lunes, 17 de noviembre de 2014


Filipenses 1:3-11

3 Doy gracias a mi Dios cada vez que me acuerdo de ustedes. 4 En todas mis oraciones por todos ustedes, siempre oro con alegría, 5 porque han participado en el *evangelio desde el primer día hasta ahora. 6 Estoy convencido de esto: el que comenzó tan buena obra en ustedes la irá *perfeccionando hasta el día de Cristo Jesús. 7 Es justo que yo piense así de todos ustedes porque los llevo[a] en el corazón; pues, ya sea que me encuentre preso o defendiendo y confirmando el evangelio, todos ustedes participan conmigo de la gracia que Dios me ha dado. 8 Dios es testigo de cuánto los quiero a todos con el entrañable amor de Cristo Jesús.

9 Esto es lo que pido en oración: que el amor de ustedes abunde cada vez más en conocimiento y en buen juicio, 10 para que disciernan lo que es mejor, y sean puros e irreprochables para el día de Cristo, 11 llenos del fruto de justicia que se produce por medio de Jesucristo, para gloria y alabanza de Dios.

Reflexión:

Cuando leemos la Biblia y meditamos en ella es importante que tenemos en cuenta la historia, la geografía, la demografía y la cultura de la gente que la Biblia está abordando o revelando. La historia de Pablo y esta maravillosa carta (epístola) a la Iglesia de Filipos no comienza en  cima de una montaña que supervisa la sede de Galilea, ni empiezan en las vastas colinas con corderos recién nacidos que corrían por un pasto verde para cumplir con su pastor. No, comienza en una cueva oscura, con un hombre de Dios encarcelado por una sociedad que odia "Buena Nueva". Usted ve los romanos no encarcelaron Pablo a causa de un crimen atroz, sino más bien para la difusión de la noticia liberadora del Evangelio de Jesucristo. ¿Alguna vez ha sido en torno a las personas o ha participado en una cultura de la gente que simplemente odia "buena noticia"? Han sido tan cultivada en mala noticia de que sólo la mención de "buena noticia" se convierte en un crimen!

Pablo se encontró en una mazmorra con sus tobillos encadenados a la espera de su liberación, porque después de todo él era inocente a los ojos de Dios, pero culpable en los ojos del hombre. Él no gritó, no lloró, él no abandonó la esperanza ni tampoco onda la toalla blanca y rendio su fe a las circunstancias abrumadoras que pueden plagar un tiempo en prisión frente individuo en manos de un enemigo. Este héroe comienza su carta agradeciendo a Dios por las personas que él ha sido capaz de servir. Su mente no estaba en su circunstancia, ni estaba en una celda de 5 por 10 con el olor húmedo de agua fangosa. No, dio gracias a Dios por cada momento que tenía que servir al pueblo de Dios. Él aprende la importancia de la oración, ya que no tiene a nadie con quien hablar, nadie con quien cantar ni para animarle. Usted ve su oración no es el tipo de oración de alguien indefenso ni desesperada, pero uno que conoce a su Dios y dice "yo siempre oro con alegría, porque han participado en el evangelio". Él no pierde la confianza en el carácter y la fidelidad de Dios, porque después de todo lo que él entendía claramente que su "llamada apostólica" probablemente invitaría a la muerte a llamar constantemente a su puerta.

Pablo tenía confianza, estaba decidido, estaba convencido y era emocional de su Dios y el mensaje de que él tuvo el privilegio de compartir. Termina su tesis similar a la forma en que comenzó esta carta - en la oración. Afirmando que la esencia más importante, y la experiencia que cualquier persona que sufre circunstancias similares deben buscar y adquirir es el amor divino de Cristo y el conocimiento que produce el fruto de la justicia entre los hermanos.

Ya ve que estoy convencido de ello, que las personas que tienen miedo, encarcelados, confundidos, lastimados, desesperado y enojado sólomente necesita una cosa, una idea del amor divino que viene del trono de Dios. Si usted se encuentra en circunstancias similares Te reto a buscar el rostro de Jesús y le pide la unción de su amor divino que fluye continuamente desde su corazón el suyo!

domingo, 9 de noviembre de 2014


Lucas 19: 1-10

1 Jesús entró en Jericó y comenzó a atravesar la ciudad. 2 Vivía allí un hombre rico llamado Zaqueo, jefe de los que cobraban impuestos para Roma. 3 Éste quería conocer a Jesús, pero no conseguía verlo porque había mucha gente y Zaqueo era pequeño de estatura. 4 Por eso corrió adelante y, para alcanzar a verlo, se subió a un árbol cerca de donde Jesús tenía que pasar. 5 Cuando Jesús pasaba por allí, miró hacia arriba y le dijo: Zaqueo, baja en seguida, porque hoy tengo que quedarme en tu casa.

6 Zaqueo bajó aprisa, y con gusto recibió a Jesús. 7 Al ver esto, todos comenzaron a criticar a Jesús, diciendo que había ido a quedarse en la casa de un pecador. 8 Zaqueo se levantó entonces y le dijo al Señor: Mira, Señor, voy a dar a los pobres la mitad de todo lo que tengo; y si le he robado algo a alguien, le devolveré cuatro veces más.

9 Jesús le dijo: Hoy ha llegado la salvación a esta casa, porque este hombre también es descendiente de Abraham. 10 Pues el Hijo del hombre ha venido a buscar y salvar lo que se había perdido.

Reflexión:

El Señor quiere que usted sepa, él nunca te salvó para dejarte en la misma manera que él te encontró!

El maravilloso mensaje del Evangelio de Jesucristo es que el mensaje encontradad dentro de la Sagrada Escritura es más que palabras de fe, afirmación, promesas, bendiciones, la salvación y / o la gracia. Pero, es un mensaje sobre el amor de un padre, la obediencia de un hijo, y el Espíritu Santo y su deseo de morar en la vida de todo creyente.

La "buena noticia" no es una mala noticia. No es sólo para los débiles de corazón o el corazón roto. Usted no tiene que estar siempre en la miseria a adorar o servir a Dios. La "buena noticia" ha sido escrito para los ricos y los pobres, los jóvenes y viejos, a corto y alto, e incluso el grande o pequeño. Dios dice en Proverbios 22: 2 "Los ricos y los pobres tienen un vínculo común, el Señor es el creador de todos ellos". Jesús quiere que todos los que escuchan para saber que es movido por la fe. Este joven rico llamado Zaqueo se encontró en una ciudad llamada Jericó, Dios tiene una increíble forma de establecer las bases para un milagro. Usted ve Jericó era una ciudad conocida por sus paredes y Dios siempre ha tenido una capacidad increíble para caminar a través de paredes, o tare hacia abajo. Esta ciudad no sólo fue el escenario de milagro del Antiguo Testamento, pero la ubicación de una revelación del Nuevo Testamento.

Usted ve la Palabra de Dios deja en claro que a pesar de que Zaqueo ser rico, fuerte, rápido y sabio que él todavía tenía barreras o muros para escalar o para romper en su vida. Él es como muchos de nosotros que no encuentre a sí mismo en necesidad desesperada de Dios se manifieste a sí mismo. Él no es alguien que está en bancarrota o en su última etapa de la carrera. Pero, una cosa está clara todavía tiene este afán innato de conocer a Cristo y la belleza de su misericordia abundante. Su "deseo" era todo lo que necesitaba para mover el corazón de Dios. Asombrado por su voluntad de dejar atrás, subir y posicionarse para encontrarse con su parada Salvador, Jesús de y mira a este hombre que la Biblia describe "pequeño de estatura."

Por primera vez en su vida, este joven recaudador de impuestos no será conocido o recordado por su increíble capacidad para recaudar impuestos romanos, sino por la fe y su voluntad de ser cambiado por la presencia de Jesucristo. Una invitación simple pero apasionado de Jesús fue suficiente para cambiar la vida de Zaqueo, llevarlo a las rodillas de convicción, y darás a luz una acción que va a traer la salvación a su casa y para todos los que quieran leer su historia.

Si usted se encuentra no en la necesidad de Dios, porque todo es mar de fondo, a continuación, te desafío a repensar o considerar el mensaje de Zaqueo. Usted no tiene que estar en la miseria para adorar y servir a Dios!

miércoles, 5 de noviembre de 2014

Juan 8: 1-11

1 pero Jesús se fue al monte de los Olivos.

2 Al amanecer se presentó de nuevo en el templo, donde todas las personas se reunieron en torno a él, y él se sentó a enseñarles. 3 Los maestros de la ley y los fariseos llevaron entonces a una mujer sorprendida en adulterio. Hicieron su puesto antes de que el grupo 4 y dijeron a Jesús: "Maestro, esta mujer ha sido sorprendida en el acto mismo de adulterio. 5 En la ley, Moisés nos ordenó apedrear a tales mujeres. Ahora, ¿qué dices? "6 Ellos estaban usando esta pregunta como una trampa, con el fin de tener una base para acusarlo.

Pero Jesús se inclinó y comenzó a escribir en el suelo con el dedo. 7 Y como insistieran en preguntarle, se enderezó y les dijo: "Que ninguno de vosotros que esté sin pecado sea el primero en arrojar la piedra contra ella." 8 inclinándose de nuevo, escribía en la tierra.

9 Al oír esto, los que oyeron comenzaron a desaparecer uno a la vez, los más viejos, hasta dejar a Jesús solo con la mujer que estaba en medio. 10 Jesús se enderezó y le preguntó: "Mujer, ¿dónde están? ¿Ninguno te ha condenado? "

11 "Nadie, señor," dijo ella. "Tampoco yo te condeno", declaró Jesús. "Vete, y no peques más."

Reflexión:

¿Estás libre de tu pasado? ¿Estás viviendo todo el potencial de Cristo en su vida? ¿O hay todavía cosas que hacen eco a través de su mente cuando se trata de vivir para Jesús que te hace pecar?

La historia de las mujeres adúlteras que se encuentran en la escritura anterior realmente golpea más cerca de casa, entonces usted piensa. Usted ve, la mujer adúltera refleja todos nosotros. Ella es un hijo de Dios que se encuentra a sí misma se entregaron a prácticas que ella nunca fue diseñado. Ella es un recipiente fértil, diseñado para estar en pacto con Dios, pero debido a las prácticas del pasado y del presente que ha roto su "pacto" con su esposo (Cristo). Ves a esta mujer puede ser usted, podría ser la Iglesia, puede cualquier persona que es actualmente un "interruptor de pacto."

Porque ella ha sido sorprendida en su pecado, ella se presentó a Jesús. Pero Jesús le entiende, él la perdona, él conoce su historia, sabe que su presente, él sabe lo que ha hecho ella disfrutar de una práctica que viola su inocencia y su condena a la vergüenza. Jesús se inclina y comienza a escribir, al igual que el que escribió los "Diez Mandamientos" con el dedo, o escribió los escritos en la pared en el Libro de Daniel. Él escribe, escribe, porque él es un autor, que es el consumador de nuestra fe.

La historia termina con el perdón, la reconciliación, con un propósito, y con la libertad. Usted ve la única manera de vivir su experiencia con Cristo, y la salvación que él ofrece es entender que nunca condenará a aquellos que se encuentran en él. La vergüenza y la condena es el fruto del "hombre caído" en el Jardín del Edén, pero Cristo vino a restaurar todas las cosas a sí mismo.

Si usted se encuentra ser un "interruptor pacto" o caer en los pecados que te separan de el amor y la protección de Dios, Jesús invita a abrazar su perdón no importa cuán vergonzoso tus pecados son o eran. Él desea para cubrir su vergüenza y condena con la gracia y el perdón para que pueda vivir una vida libre en él. Sólo hay una orden final, sin embargo, "Ve ahora, y no peques más."

domingo, 27 de julio de 2014


Ephesians 5:15-20

15 Be very careful, then, how you live not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflection:

There is nothing more frustrating in life than wondering around, spending our time and energy without direction or purpose. To often we hunger for a clear picture of what our future looks like through the eyes of God, and what does he really want from us. The last time I took my son to the doctor, I sat on the edge of my chair hoping that the physician attending to my son would give me the right prescription so that my son's health will improve. I had no doubt that the hard work of the physician and the knowledge he possessed can quickly help resolve the problem with my son's ailing body. In the same way, God has a prescription for our lives to live with maximum purpose and direction. The Word of God is our compass, and our hope should be that if we apply the remedies prescribed in his Word we will see the outcome and evidence of his promises.

The will of God for your life is provided in Scripture as the following:

1. Rejoice Always, pray continually, give thanks in all

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - "16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

2. Have eternal life

John 6:40 "For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

3. Good health, all goes well with you, and your soul

3 John 1:2 "Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well."

4. Blessed, favor, abundance

Deuteronomy 28:3-6  "You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. 4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. 5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. 6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out."

5. Be Sanctified

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 - "It is God’s will that you should be sanctified"

6. Keep doing good

1 Peter 2:15 "For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people."

7. To be sons of God

Ephesians 1:5 "He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved."

8. That no one should perish

Matthew 18:14 "So it is the will of my Father who is in heaven that not one of these little ones should perish."

martes, 22 de julio de 2014


There are ten very important questions that you should ask yourself before joining a Church. These ten questions and answers will determine whether you are a right fit for the Church or whether the Church is a right fit for you.

Question 1: Is it a Gospel Centered Church?

The will of God is that you find a place where your spiritual food will produce good spiritual fruit. In all dietary disciplines a person becomes what he or she eats.

Matthew 16:13-20   “Is Jesus Christ the Son of God?”

3 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets. 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

2 Timothy 4:1-5   -   “Itching ears”

1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and discharge all the duties of your ministry.

2 Timothy 3:10-17   -   “All Scripture is God Breathed”

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Acts 20:25-28   -   “Full counsel (will) of God”

25 “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. 26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. 28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

Question 2: Is it a place you can call “home”?

It is the will of God that the place you will worship, fellowship and partake of God’s Word is a place that you feel at home. A place and fellowship that you feel acknowledged, appreciated and part of a spiritual family.

Psalms 84:1-12   -   “A place call home”

1 How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! 2 My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 3 Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young  a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. 4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. 5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.

8 Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob. 9 Look on our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one. 10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 12 Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.

Question 3: Do you believe and agree with the purpose or mission of the Church?

It is the will of God that you believe and agree with the purpose of the Church you will be attending and serving in. The purpose or mission of the church is the course of action and the steering by which the Church will strive to build the Kingdom of God personally, corporately, locally, and globally. If the course by which your Church is steering is different from the “course” or “beat of drum” which you are accustomed to, or looking to take, it is inevitable that your journey will experience many bumps and bruises along the way.  The Church of your choosing should be a place where your personal “mission” should be fulfilled through the corporate “mission” or “purpose” of the Church.

Our Church’s purpose statement:

I AM Ministries is a Gospel Centered Church that makes disciples of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, teaching everyone to live a life in reverence and worship to God, and love through service to it's community locally and abroad.

John 14:1-7   -   “I AM the Way”

1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Acts 2:42-47   -   “Share a common purpose and vision”

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Question 4: Is there an opportunity to grow and mature spiritually (discipleship)?

The Lord’s will is that you grow and mature in the faith and grace, to fulfill the purpose for which he has saved you in Christ Jesus. Every individual has a “calling” and/or “purpose” for which he or she will give an account for, and that will require the necessary discipline to fulfill it.  Growing in discipleship is essential in attaining the necessary discipline to fulfill your call.

Matthew 28:16-20   -   “A Church that disciples”

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Philippians 3:7-16   -   “Press on toward the prize”

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Question 5: Does the Church practice and believe in the active presence of the Holy Spirit?

The Lord’s will is that each person in Christ Jesus be baptized in the Holy Spirit so that he or she may produce spiritual fruit and be effective in ministry and in testimony.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18   -   “Spirit filled”

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Question 6: Does the Church encourage and practice Worship

It is the will of God that each believer grows in his or her intimacy with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  All acts of ministry, song, service, fellowship, giving, and/or offering is the way we practice our spiritual act of worship. The more your intimacy in God grows, the more godliness and fruitfulness is found in the life of a believer.

John 4:19-26    “Encourages Worship”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

Question 7: Does the Church have a local and global desire to evangelize and practice missions”?

It is the will of Jesus Christ that you tell and share the Good News of the Gospel with the world. For the bride of Christ is built locally but also engaged globally. Seeing and partaking of souls repenting and turning to the Lord for Salvation is the commission of every believer and Church, and for which heaven rejoices.

Acts 1: 4-9   “A Church that evangelizes & sends to missions”

4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

Question 8: Did Jesus call you there?

It is the will of God that you find a place where Christ has called you to grow and serve. A place where you are part of God’s spiritual family, and where you can use your spiritual gifts and talents to build the Kingdom of God.

John 10:22-30   “The Voice of your Pastor”

22 Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.

Ephesians 4:11-16   -   “Joined and held together by supporting ligaments”

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 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.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 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. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Question 9: Does your Church have a Statement of Faith (What they believe)?

It is important when choosing a Church that you become familiar with their “purpose” and “what the Church believes”. This will help you identify denominational values, doctrinal differences, and ecclesiastical Church structure and governance. Please be sure to avoid any so called church that practices occultist, heresy, or apostasy practices.

Acts 20:25-35   -   “Savage Wolves”

25 “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. 26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. 28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.

32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Question 10:  Does your Church practice and believe in Salvation through faith and grace in Jesus Christ?

It is the will of God that you come to know Christ through his saving grace on Calvary. Trying to earn your way to heaven, or build a personal relationship with God without believing in his saving grace (unmerited favor) will lead you down a religious path. It is the will of God that you be trained up and encouraged in the “divine grace” which is a free gift from God the father through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ephesians 2:1-10   -   “Salvation through faith and grace”

1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions it is by grace you have been saved.

6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
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Malachi 3:13-18
13 “You have spoken arrogantly against me,” says the Lord.
“Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?’
14 “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? 15 But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’”
16 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name.
17 “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.

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Breaking the Spirit of Poverty 1

We would like to begin by encouraging you to sit back and take a moment, a moment to identify any area of your life where you may be struggling and/or wrestling with a lack of God's provision. It could be in the areas of your finances, relationships, un-forgiveness, emotional health, mental health, or something as simple as self control or enjoying a level of peace. If you can identify with any of these symptoms we want to welcome you to the ranks of those who may be suffering from a spirit called poverty :)

We want you to know that "poverty" takes on many forms, even some of the wealthiest people in the world suffer from a lack of spiritual and emotional stability and even at times mental health. The information that we will be providing is to diagnose and solve this reality with the truth of the Gospel. This is not a prosperity message, but rather a Gospel message that God wants to see you prosper as much as your soul prospers. So put on your hats and take this journey with us as we indulge into battle to rid ourselves of this spirit called "poverty".

The very first step in breaking the "Spirit of Poverty" is to identify that "Poverty" is not simply a lack of finances, material gain or a lack of mental stability, it is a Spirit. There is an entity, which the Bible states, desires to devour the blessings of your family, your children and your children' children. I do not want to seem overly spiritual, but if we disregard this first fact, that there is an entity who desires to steal, kill and destroy your dreams, your hopes, your faith, and even your finances we are blind of the truth that will set us free. As a Pastor I want you to know that there are external forces working against you trying to disrupt your effectiveness in the Kingdom of God and the opportunity to bless others. I say all this not to bring fear to your hearts but to strengthen you in the truth that some of what is happening to you may not be the fault of your own. In later lessons we will be discussing attitudes, behaviors, and habits that can lead to poverty, but at this moment we want to address the truth of our adversary.

I have seen throughout my many years in ministry that many of God's greatest generals within the Kingdom of God will struggle, if not face this enemy named poverty. It disguises itself as self pity, righteous sacrifice, and even takes the form of self denial. There are many times when these excuses become our reasoning to embrace or make sense of what is happening to us while serving God with all of our hearts and even with our finances. As a Church Planter, my wife and I know very well what it is to empty out our accounts and live within our means for the sake of the Gospel. We understand what is means to not enjoy a simple meal at the local fast food restaurant because we didn't have the means to even provide. I, myself, have faced this enemy and I would like to encourage you to do the same. My purpose for this post is not to impart a spirit of self pity but to recognize and cause you to wake up. There are struggles and/or patterns which you must recognize and become resiliently angry about. The Word of God states that people perish for lack of knowledge. Receive this knowledge today and break the spirit of poverty in your life. Remember, only the truth of Christ will set you free. And the truth is "Christ became poor so that you may have life and have it more abundantly!