26 OF JANUARY
Revelation 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me. “
Over and over again, people ask, “If there is a God, why is there so much suffering?” There is never an easy answer to that question when someone is in distress or suffering, but God taught Pastor Rogers that the universe has a disease. And God cannot remove the pain until the last vestige of sin is gone. The worst that could happen to humanity would be that we live in a world cursed by sin, yet it still seems to be a paradise. If it were so, we would never come to God.
God has filled this world with immeasurable mercies. Focus today, not on the pain, but on the provision of God’s grace.
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Praying and WatchingCVC LAVOZ – “Then he came to his disciples, and found them sleeping, and said to Peter: So you couldn’t watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak ”Matthew 26: 40-41 This verse belongs to the story in the garden of Gethsemane, there Jesus is in the most difficult moments of his life, the scripture tells us that he was sad and anguished He knew that he would soon face mockery and torture, Jesus would suffer the worst death that a man could experience and in his body would carry the sin of all humanity which would separate him from his father, something he had never experienced before. When Jesus saw what was happening to him, he did not go looking for his friends, nor did he go to a place to talk with the teachers of the law, no, he went to the place where he used to go to pray and enjoyed intimacy with his father. . But Jesus did not go alone, He took his disciples. Jesus asks them to pray together with him, probably because he needed support from his friends but also because they were going to face their own persecution, but unfortunately the disciples could not watch for even one hour. We as children of God also have to experience deserts, persecutions, problems, afflictions, pain and even death and Jesus expects us to pray for “at least one hour.” Many children of God neglect this aspect in our lives and intimacy with God goes from being a priority to a sporadic activity. It is true that spending time in prayer is not easy, the spirit desires it but our flesh is weak, however, as we strive to do other things, praying should be the fundamental activity in our lives as it was for Jesus. Only through this time in intimacy with God will we win the battles we face daily and be supportive of those who are in trouble. Larry Lea in his book “Not Even an Hour?” He says; “It would be impossible to calculate the errors, ruined reputations, brands, broken families and many other tragedies that could have been avoided if believers had prayed. You cannot measure the destruction that could have been prevented only if the children of God had taken time to pray. “Praying at all times with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching therefor with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18 – NIV). If prayer was the strength for the child of God when he was facing death, you can trust that it will also be the strength for you in any circumstance of your life. CVCLAVOZ The following credit, by obligation, is required for use by other sources: This article was produced by Radio Cristiana CVCLAVOZ.
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Zechariah Says to Worship Our God Who Jealously Seeks Attention
“Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Return to Me,” says the Lord of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts.’ “
-Zechariah 1:3, emphasis added
Zechariah (520 B.C.) was a contemporary with Haggai (520 B.C.). Zechariah is the second of the final three prophets of the Old Testament. His name means “God remembers.” Because each word of the Bible is inspired, this offers us a theme of the book. Unlike the thunder of Haggai, his contemporary, Zechariah, gave comforting messages of encouragement. Born as the son of a priest during the Babylonian exile, he seems to have been an orphan. He was called the son of Iddo, who was his grandfather.
Returning with the faithful remnant numbering 42,360 individuals under Zerubbabel, he joined those who came to restore the temple worship of the Lord. His ministry dates to the second year of the King of Persia named Darius Hystapses (521-520 B.C.). This dates his ministry to two months after Haggai stood at the ruins of the temple and preached his first prophetic sermon.
Just like Haggai, God burdened Zechariah for the neglected repair of the temple. However, God extended his prophetic view far beyond the Jews of his day. God sent him on a prophetic voyage that travels to the very end of redemptive history. He was given detailed insights surrounding the events of the coming Messiah, the Tribulation, the golden millennial age of Israel, and the reign of Christ. Because Bible teachers of the magnitude of Martin Luther believed that God was through with the Jews, they concluded that all of this had to be describing the church. Thus, they chose to not write on some parts of Zechariah’s book.
Making Choices to Live in Hope:We can choose today to reflect truths from this great Old Testament prophet that can change us.
· Sin will bring God’s judgment:“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). Pause and examine your heart. Is there a sin that you are trying to hide? Since God sees all things, instead of trying to hide it, turn from it in your heart by seeing sin as primarily against God. Do not blame anyone for your sin; tell God that you have sinned against Him and want to stop. Ask for cleansing grace to start over. Then decide to obey even the little things that God reveals.
· Turning from sin brings blessing:“Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Return to Me,” says the Lord of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts'” (Zechariah 1:3). Even the most wicked, like Ahab, found mercy in turning. Manasseh, likewise, was forgiven (2 Chronicles 33:9-13). The instant we forsake sin we are blessed, the Spirit of God flows again through our lives, and we experience the new beginning that is our spiritual heritage in Christ. Do not wait, seek Him and find Him right now. Bow and yield, ask and receive.
· God, like His Word, can never be evaded for long:“Yet surely My words and My statutes, which I commanded My servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? So they returned and said: ‘Just as the Lord of hosts determined to do to us, according to our ways and according to our deeds, so He has dealt with us'” (Zechariah 1:6). God is not mocked and He is full of pardon. He delights in forgiving, cleansing, and giving us a fresh start. He longs to live the best life through us that is possible. Just give the helm to Him, and walk in obedience today.
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