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What it Means to Be “God Fearing”

What it Means to Be “God Fearing”

Watching the 700 Club last week someone asked Gordon Robertson, “…fearing God. Why does God want me to be afraid of Him? No one would willingly give their life to someone they fear. Why would God want one to fear Him when that defeats the purpose of coming to Him willingly? It doesn’t make any sense.”

Having grown up Catholic, “God Fearing” was not in my religious up-bringing. I heard it in movies and on TV, but never really understood what it meant. I heard it meant to respect God and His power.

But Gordon Robertson clarified it. He said that the Hebrew translation of the word fear is really “awe.” We call God, Awesome, Almighty, All-Powerful, Creator, Ever-Present and Eternal.

It’s towards the end of the show:

So respecting God and His Word is part of it.

We respect His Word by obeying it. 

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.” ~James 4:6 NKJV

Excerpt from 365 Daily Answers to What Would Jesus Do?

The reader of the Scriptures should be a humble person, who shows reverence and fear [awe] toward the Word of God, who constantly says, “Teach me, teach me, teach me.” The Spirit resist the proud, even though they are zealous and preach Christ for a time without fault…Therefore it is humility that we need in the study of God’s Word. ~Martin Luther

Reflection: Some “scholars” have studied God’s Word and have decided that this or that event or Scripture is erroneous. Interestingly, quite often the parts of the Bible they want to eliminate are the ones that strike closest to home. If they can deem the passage not inspired, then they no longer are accountable to is truth. Those who, in humility, hear God speak through all of Scripture will profit–both now and in eternity–by their willingness to be held to its standard. If we ask, “What Would Jesus Do?” we need look no further than the Gospels to discover what our attitude should be regarding the Scriptures. Jesus often quoted the Old Testament as fact. He believed their accuracy.

So should we. (End of excerpt.)

Besides the scholars deciding that some Scripture is erroneous, we have readers of the Bible who pick and choose what to believe and what to obey. That, my friends, is not an option.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. ~2 Timothy 3:16-17

When President Obama quoted the Bible when he declared that he accepted Gay Marriage, he said that Jesus told us to “love one another.” But yet, he ignores all other scripture that says that sexual immorality is a sin.

Love the sinner, Hate the sin

Judgement DayEven if a sin is culturally acceptable like sex outside of marriage or with partners of the same gender, it doesn’t make it right in the eyes of God.

Just as we respect God, we must respect other people who are sinners just like we are. It’s all a matter of allowing Satan and our sinful nature to rule our lives or let Jesus and the Holy Spirit guide us. (Romans 8:8-11)

And check out what Jesus said to the Jews. He called them “Children of the Devil” (John 8:42-47) that’s who we are outside of Jesus Christ.

We are in a war with Satan in this world. That’s why we MUST ask “What Would Jesus Do?” on a regular basis and strive to be like Christ.

Had President Obama asked, “What Would Jesus Do?” before he made his statement, I believe he would have not done it.

Remember what Jesus said to the adulteress in the Gospel of John after all her accusers walked away — “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:1-11)

Though we may not like or condone someone’s lifestyle choice, it’s not up to us to judge them. That’s up to God. We can only keep speaking the truth and God willing, if they truly fear God – revere Him, respect His Word  - they will respect God’s Word and “leave their life of sin.”

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Kirk Cameron: An Outspoken Man of Christ

Kirk Cameron: An Outspoken Man of Christ

Bravo, Kirk!

Marriage is between a man and woman as defined by God in the Garden of Eden – till death do you part.

He doesn’t support gay marriage.

Homosexuality is “unnatural.”

Just because 7 states in the U.S. have legalized gay marriage doesn’t mean that it’s right in the eyes of God.

Kirk Cameron is an example of someone living the WWJD? life.

We as Christians should not condemn homosexuals that’s up to God in the final judgement. We are not perfect, and we cannot tell someone to stop doing something without showing why it’s wrong. We are to love one another – everyone – no exceptions.

Kirk spoke correctly when he said that we are all sinners and the best thing to do is teach the Word of God, God’s love for us and how God wants us to behave.

Kirk Cameron’s ministry, The Way of the Master, is dedicated to bringing people to Jesus Christ by showing them that we are all sinners.

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God’s Story: Act 1

God’s Story: Act 1
This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series The Story of God

Excerpt from Chuck Foreman’s sermon 1/15/12 given at First Christian Church of Phoenix

God’s Story begins at the beginning, which is always a good place to begin.

Act 1, Scene 1: Creation

Garden of EdenThis is when Genesis tells us God got it all going—the heavens, the earth, all living things-plants & animals, & then the crown of His creation, man & woman—the Image Bearers of God Himself. God described all he had made as—“Good.” Think about that—if God said it was good, it must have been really good! The final statement about creation at the end of Genesis 2 is that the man & woman got to play- in the Garden of Eden- every day—Naked! They had become one & the felt no shame! Everything was better than good, it was great!

Act 1, Scene 2: The Fall of Man

Enter—The Villain. Satan had disguised himself as one of the animals common in the garden, a snake. Let’s set the stage for Scene 2: There were two important fruit bearing trees in Eden—The Tree of Life and The Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil were growing in the center of the Garden.

The fruit on The Tree of Life was fair game. Eat all you want! God said. But the fruit on The Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil was off limits. Like any good Dad, God wanted to nourish the life of Adam & Eve, his children, but protect their innocence. He doesn’t want them to know everything he knows.

The consequence of losing your innocence is a downward spiral toward death. God knew it. That was not His intention for Adam & Eve. It’s not his intention for any of us either. God told Adam & Eve—“Don’t touch the fruit on that tree or you’ll die.” Thousands of years later God’s still saying the same thing to us.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.~Galatians 6:7-8

Satan, the Villain in God’s Story, the Enemy in Our Story, comes along and mocks God. He distorts God’s instruction to Adam & Eve and then outright lies to them. The Serpent’s Deception—Genesis 3:1-5

You know what happened in the rest of Scene 2. Adam & Eve believed the lie, rebelled against God and everything went South fast! A once perfect creation had been literally infected by a spiritual disease which corrupted and began the breakdown/decay of all of Nature. Scientists describe this breakdown in the 2nd Law of Thermal Dynamics or Entropy, for all you science nuts…the transfer of the heat/energy of an object to the oxygen around it. (Think of iron oxidizing or rusting—that’s why they tell us to take anti-oxidants—so we won’t rust!) The Bible calls the spiritual infectious disease, which introduced Entropy into creation & began the breaking down of Nature, SIN.

Next: Important Movement in Scene 2 of The Fall of Man…

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When Everything is Heading South…

When Everything is Heading South…
This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series The Story of God

Excerpt from Chuck Foreman’s sermon 1/15/12 given at First Christian Church of Phoenix

Usually when things begin to go south in our lives, it’s not because we’ve had nothing to do with it. But we often look for someone else to blame. Those “downward spiral” times when everything in our lives just starts to hit the fan are precisely the times when we need to stop and take a long, hard look in the mirror. We need to get on our knees alone with God and honestly ask Him, “How am I doing, Lord?” What do you want to teach me right now? Not so-and-so, not my mate, not the government, not my bank—but ME!?

Christ's ArmsA couple of ‘spiritual tune up’ suggestions:

Memorize James 4:8 and take it like big boys and girls as if God were getting right up in our faces. It goes like this:

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. ~James 4:8

We also need to understand and really believe that God is looking lovingly, deep into our hearts for something. He’s not looking for perfection; He’s just looking for openness to Him, a willingness to repent and change, and a desire to be used by Him.

Have you ever wondered what God does in his spare time?

Here’s what he’s up to:

For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.~ II Chronicles 16:9a

God’s looking for a reason to rescue us, help us out of our downward spiral! He’s looking for some sign from us that we really want Him!

We’re going to see as we journey thru The Story of God this year together that rescuing His lost & fallen creation is THE PLOT in God’s Story—in Our Story.

Next: In the Beginning…

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Soli Deo Gloria!
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Standing in Faith for Our Healing

Standing in Faith for Our Healing
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Guest Posts

By guest blogger, Ronnie Dauber

Our communities are often plagued with some kind of sickness and when we get it, the first thing many of us do is go to the doctor. We put our confidence in the medical world and we tend to follow its direction and accept its diagnosis because this is the norm for this world.

Jesus heals the crippled man

Jesus heals the crippled man

However, as Christians we need to get out of this mind set and begin to focus on one issue and that is, What would Jesus do? And to take it a step further, “What DID Jesus do?”

Did Jesus hand out business cards soliciting reputable doctors? Did He send them to the nearest clinic to get examined? Did He tell them they needed medical insurance first before He would heal them?

No, Jesus had only ONE prerequisite to getting healed and that was to have faith.

We need to have faith in Jesus because the Bible says in Exodus 15:26 that He is the one who heals us.

Isaiah 53:4-5 says,

“Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows….. He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”

God is telling us to NOT go to the world for our physical healing but rather, to have faith in Him because He has already healed us – we just need the faith to believe it. And unfortunately, many of us miss this because we have one foot in the Christian doorway and the other still in the world. We need to seek His Word non-stop to get the truth into our hearts and know that He HAS healed us. We need to focus on Jesus and build our faith so we CAN believe.

Jesus heals the bleeding woman who just touched his robe

So much faith she had that she was healed just by touching His robe.

Romans 8:11 says that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us and will quicken our mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in us. This is the scripture that I held onto as I took my stand in faith last year to fight AND win my battle against cancer. I read the doctor’s report with the death sentence on my life, but I also knew that my body was the temple of the Holy Spirit. So I chose to follow God and trust Him for my healing rather than be at the mercy of chemotherapy. The Lord led me to a naturopathic doctor who helped me line my body up with the healing that Jesus had already given me.

Faith is not an easy stand to take because the world fights us and says it’s foolishness, yet it brings us into a divine relationship with God. And in the end, there is no greater reward than knowing that we trusted God for our healing and now His Holy Spirit, through us, can continue His mission on earth.

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” 1 Cor. 3:16


Ronnie Dauber is a Christian who knows what it’s like to stand in faith and believe God for healing against all the odds. She is the published author of a y/a adventure series and has an inspirational blog called, “Smile, God Loves You”, where she posts frequent messages of encouragement on faith. It’s her commission in life to help other Christians grow in faith so they can have a divine relationship with the Lord and live victorious lives here on earth.

Official website of Ronnie Dauber: http://ronniedauber.ca

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Extra Grace Required

Extra Grace Required
This entry is part 19 of 22 in the series Striving to be Christlike

Family holiday dinnerHow did your relationships fare during the Christmas get-togethers? Were there some rough patches you’d like to soon forget? Or was there joy and good cheer all around?

I yelled at my 88-year-old mother over the phone on Christmas day. Bad daughter. I had reminded her to do something regarding a financial matter and she told me that some lady told her it wasn’t necessary. She’s been let’s say, a little unwise with her finances and I lost my cool. I reacted instead of stopping and saying WWJD?

A few minutes after hanging up, I started feeling lousy. How could I yell at my mom on Christmas?! I called her back to apologize begging her forgiveness.

She’s become one of the “EGR” people as my pastor, Chuck Foreman, (First Christian Church of Phoenix) spoke about a few Sundays ago. EGR= Extra Grace Required.

For 88, mom’s doing pretty good even after major surgery and a long recovery. She’s home in Puerto Rico (I’m in Phoenix) and doing OK. But, she’s 88, set in her ways, and even though she seems to be “all there,” she’ll forget some things sometimes.

Anyway, Pastor Chuck has been sending me his sermon notes to use as material in this blog and here’s an excerpt of the sermon message of 12/18/11 entitled: “Going Home for Christmas: Unintended Destinations—-in My Relationships”. (Listen to the whole message here.)

There is nothing more important to God than our relationships.

Ironically, that’s where most of us have our biggest issues. We’ve driven some giant wedges between ourselves and some people. We hang on to hurts, resentments & we’ve either written people off or we’ve fallen into an ungodly pattern of how we live with and treat them. We might even tell them, “The last thing I want to do is hurt you.” But it’s still on the list.

There are some things I’ve noticed about people—about us.

Settling In…

Christians are often the guiltiest of this tendency, especially when we’ve been a Follower of Christ for a long time. We stop really following Jesus and just settle in. We stop growing. Over time, our Christianity becomes more defined by our routine of attending Christian Stuff –going to church, prayer, Bible Studies, concerts, conferences, meetings—Our Christianity is more about that kind of routine than really behaving and living as Jesus would. We stop paying attention to our attitudes & how we respond to people.

When was the last time you stopped to take inventory of yourself, and genuinely, honestly take a long, hard look in the spiritual mirror and asked Jesus, “How am I doing, Lord?”

Without realizing it, we settle in to a negative pattern of treating people. Sometimes it’s only certain people, but how we view them & treat them is so un-Christ-like that we would be shocked if we saw the video playback of our own behavior toward them.

We tend to excuse ourselves thinking that certain people or groups of people don’t apply. It doesn’t really matter how we treat them. For some reason, they are the exception. This happens in marriage, with other family members, parents to children, children to parents, between siblings, in friendships, & in work relationships. No relationship is immune to the abuse of un-love.

Who is it that you exempt yourself from treating in a Christ-like way?

Violating Boundaries…

We break God’s Law by violating each other’s personal boundaries. Before we get into this, What is the purpose of the Old Testament (OT) Law? –and of our subsequent modern laws, all of which are based in some way on the OT Biblical Law. Here’s the purpose of the Law…are you ready? The purpose of the law is to protect us from each other.

In 1992, Henry Cloud & John Townsend wrote a great book called Boundaries. In leadership circles, we often refer to the parts of this book that talk about setting personal boundaries so we don’t get burned out. In other words, workaholics like me need to learn to say NO, etc. But most of this great book is for people who violate the God-given, personal boundaries of others by trying to control them. You see, for some of us, everything has to be “just so” & done “just so”. We impose our hang-ups on those around us, usually those closest to us. We become control freaks, trespassing on the lives of other people—in areas we really have no right to and usually about things that matter only to us. No relationship is healthy or desirable when personal boundaries are continually violated.

We Settle In… Violate others personal Boundaries, and We all have…

EGR People…

These are very special people. Bless their hearts! They’re in a world all to themselves—because their world is all about themselves. They have achieved the honor of belonging to their own category of living things. This category is even denoted by an acronym—E-G-R, which stands for Extra Grace Required! We all know some people who fall into this category.

We all have difficult people in our lives.  Some of us have become difficult people.  We all have relationships that are not what they should be—not what they could be.  Often the single most dishonoring  area of our lives to God is our relationships. 

I’m convinced from scripture and listening to Jesus in the NT that there is nothing more important to God than our relationships with other people—-all the people in our lives and all the people we meet. According to Jesus, love for God cannot be separated from love for people. He never, ever separated what He called the “2nd Commandment” from the “1st or Greatest Commandment:” Read Matthew 22:36-40

And Jesus gave us The Golden Rule: Matthew 7:12
Don’t forget The Parable of the Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37
(Read WWJD blog post: Love Your Neighbor)

Jesus’ best friend, the Apostle John, put it this way: I John 4:7-8 & I John 4:19-21

You say, “I don’t hate so-and-so, I just can’t stand him/her!” You know, we’re not gonna feel warm fuzzies for everyone. How do you treat them?—is the question. Do your actions toward this person speak of love, or do they speak of disdain, even hate?

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The last of the “Going Home for Christmas” series was Christmas Eve. I’ll have that one up shortly. Subscribe so you don’t miss it. It was a great message.

Great Blessings!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
Award-Winning Christian Author

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Even Christians get Lost Sometimes

Even Christians get Lost Sometimes
This entry is part 18 of 22 in the series Striving to be Christlike

Excerpt from Jon Taylor’s sermon, First Christian Church of Phoenix, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011

Trail in Dreamy Draw, Phoenix Mountains

Trail in Dreamy Draw, Phoenix Mountains

We end up in places where we feel lost. We go down roads that take us away from who we really are.

What are these roads we go down that make us feel lost spiritually & emotionally; that make us feel like we are going towards an unintended destination?

  • Fear: of loss, humiliation, risk, rejection; timidity, being hurt
  • Self-doubt; guilt; unworthy
  • Worry; anxiety
  • Discouragement; loss of meaning, purpose
  • Busyness; doing more and more
  • Independence; self-reliance; pride
  • Dissatisfaction; critical spirit
  • Feeling condemned by God and others
    • There are consequences to sin, but not condemnation
  • Hurtful words from others
  • Loss of identity
    • Possessions
    • Opinions of others
    • Wearing masks to please others

These are all lies of Satan!

We build up walls and lose our way when we allow one or more of these to enter our lives and one day we wake up feeling like we’re in the largest parking garage in the world and we have no idea how to find our car, let alone how to get home.

What leads you away from who you really are?

These are lies and Satan wants to keep you there, but often we are accomplices. He tells the lies, but we are accomplices when we believe the lies. (Examples from list – “you’re right, I can’t do that.” “You’re right, it’s good to be so busy doing all these things.”

What I needed, what we all need, is to be reminded of who we really are.  Look at this list:

A Reminder of Who You Are

  • I am made in God’s image: Genesis 1:26-27
  • I am God’s child: 
John 1:12
  • I am a friend of Jesus: 
John 15:15
  • I have been justified:  
Romans 5:1
  • I’ve been united with the Lord and am one with Him in Spirit: 
1 Corinthians 6:17
  • I’ve been bought with a price…I belong to God: 
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
  • I am a member of Christ’s body: 
1 Corinthians 12:27
  • I’ve been chosen by God and adopted as His child: 
Ephesians 1:3-8
  • I’ve been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins: 
Colossians 1:13-14
  • I am complete in Christ 
Colossians: 2:9-10
  • I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesu: 
Hebrews 4:14-16
  • I am free from condemnation: 
Romans 8:1-2
  • I cannot be separated from the love of God: 
Romans 8:28
  • I am free from any condemning charges against me: 
Romans 8:31-34
  • I was washed…I was sanctified. I was justified in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of my God: 
1 Corinthians 6:11
  • I am hidden with Christ in God: 
Colossians 3:1-4
  • God started this work in me, and he will bring it to completion: 
Philippians 1:6
  • I am a citizen of heaven: 
Philippians 3:20
  • I haven’t been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind: 
2 Timothy 1:7
  • I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me: 
1 John 5:18
  • I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life: 
John 15:5
  • I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit: 
John 15:16
  • I am God’s temple: 
1 Corinthians 3:16
  • I am a minister of reconciliation: 
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
  • I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm: 
Ephesians 2:6
  • I am God’s workmanship: 
Ephesians 2:10
  • I can approach God with freedom and confidence – not because of my obedience, but because of Jesus’ obedience: 
Ephesians 3:12
  • I am a new creation: 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • I am dearly loved: 1 John 3:1; John 3:16

You can choose to trust God that this is who you really are!

God is far more interested in who you are becoming than what you are doing.

Here’s a sampling from Scripture as to who He wants you to become:

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. ~Matthew 18:3

Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant. ~Matthew 20:26

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. ~Romans 6:18

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:18

[until] we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. ~Ephesians 4:13,15

Decide: to stop listening to Satan’s lies, to put on the truth of Scripture, that you want to become who God created you to be!

Choose: courage, trust, humility, service, encouragement, contentment, dependence, power, love.

Be: transformed as you let God work in your life. Experience true life change!

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.~ Romans 12:1-2

Become who God wants you to be. Don’t conform to this world. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Let God’s Word transform you into who He wants you to become.

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Soli Deo Gloria!
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God is in Control

God is in Control
This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

The world is under the influence of the devil, but it is not under his control. God is in control- now and always. ~Charles Stanley

God is involved in every moment of your life if you acknowledge Him or not.

God is a part of all things – He is the creator, sustainer and orchestrator of everything that is.

God gave humans free will and he will never override it.

God’s ultimate purpose will be accomplished. In the end, God will have His way. His will will be done!

God does not always manifest “control” when or how we think He should. God, however, knows precisely which method to use in which circumstance. He knows what is best for each life. And He knows precisely when to employ His chosen method. Our role is to trust Him implicitly. ~Charles Stanley

God is in control of the situation, and He will accomplish His purpose.
You can put yourself on God’s side- the side of victory.

You can trust God to act in precisely the right timing and with precisely the right method to accomplish the ultimate good in any situation and in any life.

Consult God always: 2 Chronicles 15:2, Isaiah 55:6, Psalm 63:1, Romans 8:28, Deuteronomy 28:1-2, Deuteronomy 28:25, James 4:7-8, James 4:10, Psalm 145:17-18

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Soli Deo Gloria!
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Legalism is Finished

Legalism is Finished
This entry is part 12 of 21 in the series Christianity

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. ~John 19:30

When jesus spoke from the cross, saying, “It is finished!” He meant that the system of legalism was finished, that now, not only the religious high priests could enter God’s presence, but that all people could enjoy His presence, speak to Him, and hear His voice.

Before Jesus died on our behalf, the only way to receive God’s promises was to live a perfect, sinless life ( by being very legalistic), or to offer a blood sacrifice for sin, the sacrifice of slain animals. When Jesus died and paid for our sins of humankind with His own blood, He opened up a way for every person to enjoy the presence of God. When Jesus said, “It is finished,” He invaded us to a life of freedom rather than fear. One in which we could be led by the Holy Spirit instead of rules and regulations. Ordinary people who don’t do everything right all the time can now enter freely into the presence of God.

Freedom from legalism is not a call to lawlessness or laziness. It is a responsibility for each of us to learn God’s Word and to hear from God for ourselves, which is what God has always wanted from the beginning of time.

God loves you and wants you to enjoy life.

From “Hearing from God Each Morning” (July 16), by Joyce Meyer

God Bless,
Soli Deo Gloria!

How to pray

How to pray
This entry is part 10 of 22 in the series Striving to be Christlike

When was the last time you had a conversation with God?

Was it when you were a kid, kneeling beside your bed at night saying, “Now I lay me down to sleep…?”

Or maybe mindlessly rattling off 10 Hail Marys and 5 Our Fathers as your penance after confession?

Maybe it was the last time something went wrong and you yelled up to sky, “Why me, Lord, why me!”

Actually, it’s very easy. There’s no set formula, just some guidelines. But you need to know that God is a loving God and you are His child. You can speak to Him like if you’re speaking to a loving parent that cares for you and does not want to see you suffer.

Just talk to God no matter where you are. He doesn’t care what the words are, just that they are sincere – from the heart.

Here are some guidelines based on the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:6-14 when Jesus’ followers asked him, “Teach us how to pray.”

Jesus replied, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, (Praising God)
your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Acknowledging that God is in control and it’s His will not yours.)
     
“Give us today our daily bread. (He is the ultimate provider, but you still have to ask.)
Forgive us our debts (sins), as we also have forgiven our debtors (those who have sinned against us).

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (“The evil one” is Satan, the Devil, whatever you want to call him. Satan and his demons are all around us – tempting us. Evil is the absence of God just as darkness is the absence of light.)

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”

You need to thank God for what you have – food, a roof over your head, a job if you have one, etc., because everything you have came from God. You may think you worked for it, but God created everything and he allowed us to work for what we’ve got. Everything belongs to Him and we are just the caretakers while we are on earth.

Then you can ask Him for things, help, whatever is heavy on your heart for yourself or a family member or friend in need. The more open you are with God, the better.

But if He supposed to know everything, why do we need to ask? Yes, he knows you and what’s in your heart, but He wants us to recognize His power (“For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever…”) and to lay your needs at His feet. When you do that, He takes them off your shoulders and you’ll feel the weight lifted. That is what trusting God is all about.

Read this post: Up the Down Escalator – When-Tough-Times-Get-You-Down

Remember, praying is just talking to God, your Father – “Daddy”. He loves you unconditionally. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done – God loves you.

The Last Supper – A walk through Holy Week part 8

The Last Supper – A walk through Holy Week part 8
This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week

“Do this in remembrance of me.” Matthew 26:17-46

Every time a believer takes communion, they honor Jesus and the sacrifice He made for humankind. 

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it.“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. “I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God.” ~Mark 14:22-25

Jesus is the bread of life!

Jesus is the bread of life!

Jesus became the Sacrificial Lamb. In stead of having to ask for forgiveness by sacrificing a lamb each time, Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. 

But the disciples still didn’t understand and Jesus told them that they would all “fall away.”

Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”“I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” ~Matthew 26:33-34

What? Another betrayal? First Judas, then Peter? Peter, to whom Jesus said that he’d build the church upon his “rock.” Not Peter.

After dinner, Jesus went with the disciples to the Mount of Olives and at the Garden of Gethsemane where He told his disciples to wait for Him while He went to pray by himself. 

Jesus knew what was going to happen to Him. He also knew that it was His destiny and it was going to be painful.

Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me,” Jesus prayed.

But then He said, “Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Jesus said this twice.

God’s will be done. Not my will, but God’s will. That is what every God-fearing, God-respecting believer needs to understand. “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

How can you know what God’s will is for your life? Pray. Talk to God. Then Listen for His answer.

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Great Blessings!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
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Nothing separates us from God’s Love

Nothing separates us from God’s Love
This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.~ Romans 8:38

Sometimes even we Christians feel that God is far away. It’s because we let the world and our worries get between His Love and our minds.

We may think that because stuff is happening to us, to those we love or just people around us: trials, hard times, financial trouble, foreclosure, job loss, inflation, death of a loved one, illness, etc., we may want to yell, “God, why?! Where are you? Why don’t I feel your presence?”

We manage to get ourselves deeper into depression and worry. God gives us a tool to get ourselves out of the funk – the Bible. Here are a few passages that help:

Matthew 6:25-34 (the don’t worry passage)
Romans 5:3-6
Philippians 4 (yeah, the whole chapter)
James (yeah, the whole book)
You can also just start reading the book of Psalms, but here are a few that stand out:
Psalm 40
Psalm 42
Psalm 121

Listening to uplifting Christian radio also helps.

Joyce Meyer’s book Battlefield of the Mind  helps us fight all the worldly “mind-chatter” or “stinkin’ thinkin’” that separates us from God, His love and His guidance.

I highly recommend it.

God Bless
Giselle Aguiar
Soli Deo Gloria!
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Everlasting Love

Everlasting Love
This entry is part 4 of 21 in the series Christianity

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. ~God (Jeremian 31:3)

God’s everlasting love for HIs people is breathtaking. That there is nothing tha can ever separate us from this love is overwhelming. That many people we know need this love is apparent.

Today, may we learn to “bear the beams of God’s love” and give to others the same unconditional love Christ offered to those He met.
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God Bless,
Giselle Aguiar
Soli Deo Gloria
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