Friday, February 3, 2017

The Daily Readings for FRIDAY, February 3, 2017

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Isaiah 56:1-8

Thus says the LORD: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. Happy is the mortal who does this, the one who holds it fast, who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it, and refrains from doing any evil. Do not let the foreigner joined to the LORD say, "The LORD will surely separate me from his people" and do not let the eunuch say, "I am just a dry tree." For thus says the LORD: To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant-- these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. Thus says the Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Galatians 5:16-24

Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in Mark 9:2-13
Glory be to Thee, O Lord

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, "This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!" Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean. Then they asked him, "Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" He said to them, "Elijah is indeed coming first to restore all things. How then is it written about the Son of Man, that he is to go through many sufferings and be treated with contempt? But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written about him."

Here ends the Gospel lesson for today.
Glory be to Thee ,O Christ!

Morning Psalms

Psalm 69 Salvum me fac
1   Save me, O God, for the waters have risen up to my neck.
2   I am sinking in deep mire, and there is no firm ground for my feet.
3   I have come into deep waters, and the torrent washes over me.
4   I have grown weary with my crying; my throat is inflamed; my eyes have failed from looking for my God.
5   Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; my lying foes who would destroy me are mighty. Must I then give back what I never stole?
6   O God, you know my foolishness, and my faults are not hidden from you.
7   Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be disgraced because of me, O God of Israel.
8   Surely, for your sake have I suffered reproach, and shame has covered my face.
9   I have become a stranger to my own kindred, an alien to my mother's children.
10   Zeal for your house has eaten me up; the scorn of those who scorn you has fallen upon me.
11   I humbled myself with fasting, but that was turned to my reproach.
12   I put on sack-cloth also, and became a byword among them.
13   Those who sit at the gate murmur against me, and the drunkards make songs about me.
14   But as for me, this is my prayer to you, at the time you have set, O LORD:
15   In your great mercy, O God, answer me with your unfailing help.
16   Save me from the mire; do not let me sink; let me be rescued from those who hate me and out of the deep waters.
17   Let not the torrent of waters wash over me, neither let the deep swallow me up; do not let the Pit shut its mouth upon me.
18   Answer me, O LORD, for your love is kind; in your great compassion, turn to me."
19   Hide not your face from your servant; be swift and answer me, for I am in distress.
20   Draw near to me and redeem me; because of my enemies deliver me.
21   You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; my adversaries are all in your sight."
22   Reproach has broken my heart, and it cannot be healed; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I could find no one.
23   They gave me gall to eat, and when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink.
24   Let the table before them be a trap and their sacred feasts a snare.
25   Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and give them continual trembling in their loins.
26   Pour out your indignation upon them, and let the fierceness of your anger overtake them.
27   Let their camp be desolate, and let there be none to dwell in their tents.
28   For they persecute him whom you have stricken and add to the pain of those whom you have pierced.
29   Lay to their charge guilt upon guilt, and let them not receive your vindication.
30   Let them be wiped out of the book of the living and not be written among the righteous.
31   As for me, I am afflicted and in pain; your help, O God, will lift me up on high.
32   I will praise the Name of God in song; I will proclaim his greatness with thanksgiving.
33   This will please the LORD more than an offering of oxen, more than bullocks with horns and hoofs.
34   The afflicted shall see and be glad; you who seek God, your heart shall live.
35   For the LORD listens to the needy, and his prisoners he does not despise.
36   Let the heavens and the earth praise him, the seas and all that moves in them;
37   For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; they shall live there and have it in possession.
38   The children of his servants will inherit it, and those who love his Name will dwell therein.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 73 Quam bonus Israel!
1   Truly, God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
2   But as for me, my feet had nearly slipped; I had almost tripped and fallen;
3   Because I envied the proud and saw the prosperity of the wicked:
4   For they suffer no pain, and their bodies are sleek and sound;
5   In the misfortunes of others they have no share; they are not afflicted as others are;
6   Therefore they wear their pride like a necklace and wrap their violence about them like a cloak.
7   Their iniquity comes from gross minds, and their hearts overflow with wicked thoughts.
8   They scoff and speak maliciously; out of their haughtiness they plan oppression.
9   They set their mouths against the heavens, and their evil speech runs through the world.
10   And so the people turn to them and find in them no fault.
11   They say, "How should God know? is there knowledge in the Most High?"
12   So then, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase their wealth.
13   In vain have I kept my heart clean, and washed my hands in innocence.
14   I have been afflicted all day long, and punished every morning.
15   Had I gone on speaking this way, I should have betrayed the generation of your children.
16   When I tried to understand these things, it was too hard for me;
17   Until I entered the sanctuary of God and discerned the end of the wicked.
18   Surely, you set them in slippery places; you cast them down in ruin.
19   Oh, how suddenly do they come to destruction, come to an end, and perish from terror!
20   Like a dream when one awakens, O Lord, when you arise you will make their image vanish.
21   When my mind became embittered, I was sorely wounded in my heart.
22   I was stupid and had no understanding; I was like a brute beast in your presence.
23   Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
24   You will guide me by your counsel, and afterwards receive me with glory.
25   Whom have I in heaven but you? and having you I desire nothing upon earth.
26   Though my flesh and my heart should waste away, God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
27   Truly, those who forsake you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful.
28   But it is good for me to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge.
29   I will speak of all your works in the gates of the city of Zion.

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Verse of the Day - February 03, 2017

Psalm 59:16 (NIV) But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

Read all of Psalm 59

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "A Dad's Role"

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
Colossians 3:21, NKJV

Ephesians 6:4 says, "And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord." Notice this is directed to fathers. But, unfortunately, a lot of dads are missing in action these days.

It was unheard of in first-century culture for a father to abandon his responsibilities in his home. Nowadays, it seems to be almost the norm. We are losing fathers at an unprecedented rate in our culture. One expert said we are in danger of becoming a fatherless society.

Why are fathers so important? To a large degree, a child's view of God is based on their view of their father. You will see a lot of times that people compare their relationship with their earthly father to the one with their heavenly Father. I know this puts a lot of pressure on men, but it's the truth: dads are earthly representatives of God. And God is loving. God is caring. God is nurturing. At the same time, God is just, righteous, and holy.

So what are we to do? We are not to provoke them. In fact, the word provoke speaks of a repeated pattern of treatment that causes the child to have anger and resentment that boils over to outright hostility. Instead of provoking them, we are to bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. This could also be translated "to nourish and feed." Another translation says, "Let them be kindly cherished."

So help your children come to Jesus and develop their own relationship with God. And remember that dads are representatives of God to their kids—that is why their role is so vital in the home.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Devotion by Greg Laurie © 2016 Harvest Christian Fellowship; all rights reserved.

Un Dia a la Vez - Huye del negativismo

Panal de miel son las palabras amables: endulzan la vida y dan salud al cuerpo. Proverbios 16:24

¡Cuántas veces nos toca en la vida diaria convivir con personas negativas, personas que desde que abren su boca es para criticar a otros, para maldecir la vida que están viviendo! Se desaniman a cada momento y, como dicen por ahí, ¡no los calienta ni el sol!

Me refiero a las personas que van a una iglesia constantemente, que leen la Palabra y que se dicen llamar «cristianos». A estos más bien les digo «cristinos». ¿Sabes la repercusión que tiene para nuestra vida comportarnos de esa manera?

Sé que muchos de los que hoy leen este libro, o lo escuchan por la radio, se han sentido muy incómodos al tener a su alrededor personas así. Que en vez de atraerte a la iglesia para tener una vida espiritual, más bien te alejan y se convierten en piedra de tropiezo. Una piedra tan poderosa que alejan a los que le rodean y le impiden tener una vida con Jesús.

Recuerda que las palabras tienen poder y con ellas puedes bendecir o maldecir a una persona. Permitamos, pues, en este nuevo día, que lo que hablemos coincida con las cosas que hacemos. ¡Pidámosle a Dios ser reflejo de su luz y brillar sin contaminarnos con el negativismo!

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - SATAN’S TACTIC OF GUILT

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Satan’s internal tactics against us fall into two broad categories: deceit and intimidation. He continually accuses us in our own hearts to bring feelings of guilt and failure into our lives. True guilt is that which comes from disobeying God. One reason that this approach is so effective in crushing the witness of a saint is because it is partially true. We all have failed the Lord. None of us has triumphed in power over every circumstance as we could and should have done. So when Satan accuses us, we know in our hearts that there is much truth in his accusations.

But God has provided us with a way to cleanse ourselves of this sin and the guilt that accompanies it. When we realize we have failed the Lord, we confess it and He forgives and cleanses us. Once we have confessed it, the sin is gone, and our feelings of guilt are relieved.

David’s experience shows us God’s method of dealing with sin: conviction, acknowledgment, confession, seeking forgiveness, receiving forgiveness, praise and joyful service (Psalm 51; Psalm 32:3, 4; II Samuel 12:1-13). Once sin is dealt with in this manner, true guilt will disappear.

The revolutionary army told a young Christian in Chad, Africa that he must submit to old animistic tribal rituals. They wanted to destroy Christianity and stimulate patriotism and loyalty by reviving the ancient pagan customs. The leaders of the churches of the area agreed together that Christians must refuse to participate in the animistic rituals.

When the young man refused and was beaten, he stood firm in his faith. But when the authorities stripped him naked and beat him in front of his mother, sisters and other young ladies, his courage failed and he permitted them to perform the pagan rituals.

Then he felt terrible. He had failed the Lord. His guilt was heavy. Satan tried to convince him that the Lord could never again accept him. But he knew the scriptural promises of God, and he confessed his sin. The Lord forgave him and restored his joy.

He began to publicly witness to his neighbors and he was arrested. The authorities demanded that he denounce Christ or be buried alive. This time, his faith was strong and he refused to deny Christ. He was beaten and thrown into prison to await execution, but his faith grew stronger and the Lord delivered him. The oppressive government was overthrown and he was released.

RESPONSE: Today I will confess my sin and receive God’s forgiveness from the guilt so that Satan cannot use this tactic against me.

PRAYER: Pray that this simple and straight-forward process of relieving guilt through confession of sin will be the experience of every believer so Satan loses one more tactic today.

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Men of the Bible - Esau

His name means: "Hairy"

His work: An outdoorsman, Esau was an accomplished hunter.
His character: The desire for instant gratification was one of Esau's greatest failures. It cost him his birthright.
His sorrow: When he realized that Jacob had secured his father's blessing, Esau wept aloud.
His triumph: Years later Esau demonstrated the ability to forgive his conniving brother.
Key Scriptures: Genesis 27, 33 

A Look at the Man

Esau was a "man's man." He was ruddy, strong, impulsive, competitive, impetuous—quite a lethal mix.

As a young man he was not accustomed to holding anything back. He may have lived on the edge of danger, self-indulgence, and immediate gratification. Having his father's favor did nothing to inhibit this behavior. But Esau had a serious problem—his brother Jacob.

My twin brother has ruined my life, Esau must have fumed. And he will pay for it.

The most destructive dimension to this conflict was that Jacob fled to Haran without any conversation with Esau: no explanation, no confession, no resolution. So the battle between these grown siblings may have waged silently for twenty years. The discord gnawed at their hearts—Esau's need for revenge and Jacob's fear of his brother's reprisal.

There is some levity in the account of Jacob going to such extremes to meet his brother after two decades. First he divided his servants, his family, and his possessions into two groups so that Esau could only capture half of what Jacob owned—one group could run away while the other was being attacked. Then Jacob prepared a gift to assuage his brother's fury: two hundred female goats and twenty male goats; two hundred ewes and twenty rams; thirty female camels with their young; forty cows and ten bulls; and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys. All in all, a very expensive transaction for Jacob! And completely unnecessary. Forgiveness was granted without charge. Esau's words tell the whole story: "I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself."

The image of these two grown men embracing and weeping is one of the most powerful in all of Scripture. It is, in fact, the echo of the prodigal standing guilty as his father runs to meet him. It is the image of our heavenly Father doing the same for us.

Esau's forgiveness was not offered reluctantly. He was not arrogant nor did he require that Jacob verbally review his transgressions against him, groveling with words of repentance. In his eagerness to forgive, Esau ran, he embraced, and he wept. Twenty years of apprehension and fear were erased in that incredible moment.

Reflect On: Genesis 33:1-9
Praise God: For every earthly blessing.
Offer Thanks: For the basic ways God has cared for you, giving you food, water, and shelter.
Confess: Any tendency to pursue earthly pleasures at the expense of God’s blessings.
Ask God: To help you rightly value the promises he has made to you in Scripture.

Girlfriends in God - Creating a Calm Home

by Arlene Pellicane 

Today’s Truth

Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. (Proverbs 21:9, NIV) 

Friend to Friend

If you were to observe my home, you won’t catch me doing linens on Mondays, mopping on Wednesdays, and doing my once-a-month cooking on the first Friday. One fine day, I was actually dusting the blinds. My husband James yelled, “What’s that noise?” alarmed the kids might be messing with something.

“It’s me, cleaning the blinds!” I shot back proudly.

He was quiet for a moment and then yelled in amazement, “I haven’t heard that sound in 10 years!”

Each home will have its own level of neatness to aspire to, but there is something that everyone can agree upon as ideal: living in a calm, peaceful home. What is the atmosphere of your home on most days? Could you describe it as a place of refuge or is it more chaotic or stressful? There’s the visible calm of a clean, orderly home and there’s also the invisible calm of a welcoming, loving environment.

What if you’ve had a lousy day, or week, or month? I know I’ve had bad mornings and still managed to smile at a room full of strangers in a meeting. Somehow we can put negative feelings behind us and act civilly – even warmly – to acquaintances and co-workers. Yet our families and closest friends can get the emotional scraps of the day.

The Bible says it exactly this way twice, “Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife” (Proverbs 21:9, 25:24). The writer of this proverb would rather live in a awful spot unsuitable for cold or rain than in a comfortable house with a sour, scolding woman. No external conveniences can replace the desire and need for internal peace.

Do you realize the power you have to create a calm environment? Women are often like thermostats, setting the emotional tone for everyone else by acting warmly or coldly. You can invite the Holy Spirit into your life today so you can be joyful even when circumstances aren’t. You can show love towards your family by speaking a love language such as words of affirmation, gifts, time, acts of service, or physical touch even if you don’t feel like it. If your spouse likes things tidy, you can pick a few things up right before he comes home.

The outside world can be a noisy, harsh, ungodly place. Your home can be a needed refuge for the soul. A refuge is a place of resort and safety, a dwelling place, high tower, shelter, and hope. Purpose in your heart that when you’re home, you will do everything in your power to create a peaceful place. That may mean turning off the TV and computer more often, nagging less, looking for areas to praise instead of criticize, and possibly dusting the blinds from time to time.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, forgive me for being quarrelsome and ungrateful sometimes. Help me to be an agent of love in my home. Your Word says blessed are the peacemakers. I want to be a peacemaker in my home. Change my heart that I might be calmer and more respectful to those closest to me.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

How would you rate the level of calm in your home on a scale from 1 to 10? Ask the Lord, “What’s one thing I can do to create a calmer home today?” 

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LHM Daily Devotion - February 3, 2017 "All Things Well"

 February 3, 2017

And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak." 
- Mark 7:37, ESV

You know, I've often wondered, what does it take for people to speak nicely about you?

Even the most casual of observers cannot help but note how men and women in public office have a difficult time keeping their names at the top of the popularity polls. Even with advice flowing from a whole herd of advisers and counsel coming from a host of public-relations people, the brass ring of permanent approval seems always beyond their grasp.

Both movie stars and musicians struggle to present a positive profile. Still, as hard as they work, today's box-office hunk often becomes tomorrow's trivia question and the chart-topping recording artist often finds himself old news, being mentioned only when someone asks, "Whatever became of so-and-so, anyway?"

Most teens spend a great deal of time thinking how they can be accepted into this group or that clique. Certainly, they don't want to be written off as worthless or unwanted.

Now, I'll concede there may be a few folks out there who don't give a hoot or a plugged nickel for what others think about them, but they are a rare breed, an almost endangered species.

Much of what most of us do -- from the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the movies we see, and the car we drive -- are selected to help us fit in: to make people think positively about us. Sadly, no matter how hard we try to win people's approval, most of the time we fail.

All of this is said as an introduction to the remarkable verse of Mark 7:37.

Taking a look at the words printed at the top of the devotion, maybe you, like me, are absolutely amazed to see that there was a day in the life of Jesus when people actually said about the Redeemer, "He has done all things well." Quite possibly, Jesus was also amazed. After all, when Jesus walked among us during the years of His earthly ministry, He didn't often receive positive comments about His teaching, His disciples, His ministry, and His claim to be the promised Messiah.

Indeed, it was that last claim which, more than anything else, took Him to the cross.

Two-thousand years later, Jesus' title, "Savior of the world" is what makes other religions, godless-rulers, and free-thinking critics go just a little bit crazy. They can accept Him as a teacher, a philosopher, a healer, and a social activist, but Savior? Impossible!

Still, for those of us who have knelt before His manger, stood before His cross, and gazed into His open, empty tomb of resurrection, He can be nothing less. Seeing how He has won our forgiveness and guaranteed our salvation, without hesitation or reservation, we too must comment: "He has done all things well."

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, we know that You desire all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. Grant that we may tell the world that Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, has truly done all things well. This I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin!  Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM). The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

CPTLN Devocional - El que resucitará a los muertos

03 de Febrero 2017

... el Señor mismo descenderá del cielo con voz de mando, con voz de arcángel y con trompeta de Dios, y los muertos en Cristo resucitarán primero.

Un grupo de incrédulos le preguntó a un científico cristiano: "¿Cómo es posible que usted, que es científico, pueda creer que Dios va a resucitar a los muertos del polvo?"

Rápidamente, el científico mezcló unos puñados de arena con viruta de hierro, y a su vez desafió a los incrédulos, preguntándoles: "¿Quién de ustedes puede separar las partículas de arena de las de hierro?"

Habiendo sido tomados por sorpresa, ninguno de ellos supo qué decir. El científico, entonces, tomó un imán de mucha potencia, y con él separó las partículas de hierro.

Luego, volviéndose a los incrédulos, les dijo: "Si el Creador ha establecido leyes que le otorgan semejante poder a un imán, ¿cómo no voy a creer que Él no tenga poderes aún mayores? Si el poder invisible del imán puede sacar de la arena las pequeñas partículas de hierro, no puedo menos que creer que mi Dios puede utilizar su poder para llamar de la muerte a los cuerpos que se han convertido en polvo."

Ese fue el fin de la discusión.

De manera similar, en Vietnam tratamos de desafiar a quienes están convencidos que la idea de Dios no tiene sentido. Para nosotros es un honor compartir que Dios es el poderoso Creador. La Biblia dice que Dios formó al hombre del polvo de la tierra, que creó su cuerpo como una máquina perfecta, con funciones completas, capaz de dominar el mundo que Dios le había dado.

Lamentablemente, con la caída en pecado, ese mundo fue perdido.

Pero eso no cambia el amor que Dios nos tiene. Es por ello que Jesús vino al mundo: para morir en nuestro lugar y así pagar el precio por nuestros pecados. Pero su historia no terminó en la tumba: tres días después, Jesús resucitó de la muerte y se apareció a sus discípulos.

Gracias a que Jesús resucitó, junto con el apóstol Pablo podemos afirmar que, los que han muerto en Jesucristo, en el día del Juicio Final habrán de resucitar y recibir la vida eterna.

Lamentablemente, la Biblia también dice que quienes no se han reconciliado con Dios a través de Cristo, estarán condenados al fuego eterno... y nadie quiere terminar allí, ¿no es cierto?

ORACIÓN: Señor Jesús, gracias por prepararme un lugar en el cielo contigo. Perdóname mis pecados, y ayúdame a vencer las tentaciones del diablo. En tu nombre. Amén.

Biografía del autor: Esta devoción fue enviada por la Oficina de Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones en Vietnam. Si desea más información sobre los Centros Ministeriales, diríjase a Por el mundo en el menú, y seleccione el país que le interesa.

© Copyright 2017 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Reina Valera Contemporánea (RVC) Copyright © 2009, 2011 by Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas.

Our Daily Bread - I See You

Read: Genesis 16:1–13 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 31–33; Matthew 22:1–22

I have now seen the One who sees me. Genesis 16:13

“I see you,” a friend said in an online writers’ group where we support and encourage each other. Having felt stressed and anxious, I experienced a sense of peace and well-being with her words. She “saw” me—my hopes, fears, struggles, and dreams—and loved me.

When I heard my friend’s simple but powerful encouragement, I thought of Hagar, a slave in Abram’s household. After many years of Sarai and Abram still longing for an heir, Sarai followed the custom of the culture and told her husband to conceive through Hagar. But when Hagar became pregnant, she treated Sarai with contempt. When Sarai mistreated her in return, Hagar fled far away to the desert.

The Lord saw Hagar in her pain and confusion, and He blessed her with the promise that she would be the mother of many descendants. After the encounter, Hagar called the Lord “El Roi,” which means “the God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13), for she knew she wasn’t alone or abandoned.

As Hagar was seen—and loved—so are we. We might feel ignored or rejected by friends or family, yet we know that our Father sees not only the face we present to the world, but all of our secret feelings and fears. He speaks the words that bring us life.

Father God, just as You saw Hagar in her distress, so You see those who are hurting, fleeing oppression, and afraid. Please send them help and encouragement.

To know that God sees us gives us comfort and confidence.

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Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Ta Đoái Xem Con

Đọc: Sáng thế ký 16:1-13 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Xuất Ê-díp-tô Ký 31-33; Ma-thi-ơ 22:1-22

Chẳng phải chính nơi nầy tôi đã thấy Đấng đoái xem tôi sao? (Sáng thế ký 16:13)

“Tôi hiểu chị!” một người bạn trong nhóm viết văn trên mạng, nơi chúng tôi thường hỗ trợ và khích lệ nhau, đã nói. Đang căng thẳng và lo lắng, tôi cảm thấy bình an và nhẹ nhàng bởi những lời của chị. Chị “hiểu” tôi – những hy vọng, sợ hãi, tranh chiến và ước mơ của tôi – và chị cũng yêu quý tôi.

Khi nghe lời khích lệ đơn giản nhưng mạnh mẽ của chị, tôi nghĩ về A-ga, một nô lệ trong nhà Áp-ram. Sau nhiều năm Sa-rai và Áp-ram mong đợi có một người kế tự, Sa-rai đã theo tục lệ địa phương và bảo chồng đến có con với A-ga. Nhưng khi A-ga có thai, cô kinh miệt Sa-rai. Khi Sa-rai đối xử tệ lại với cô, A-ga chạy trốn thật xa vào trong sa mạc.

Chúa thấy A-ga trong đau khổ và bối rối của mình, và Ngài chúc phước cho cô bằng lời hứa cô sẽ là mẹ của nhiều hậu tự. Sau cuộc gặp gỡ Chúa, A-ga gọi Chúa là “El Roi”, nghĩa là “Đấng đoái xem tôi” (Sáng 16:13), vì cô biết mình không cô đơn và không hề bị bỏ rơi.

A-ga được Chúa nhìn thấy – và được Chúa yêu – chúng ta cũng vậy. Có thể chúng ta cảm thấy mình bị bạn bè và gia đình làm ngơ hoặc chối từ, nhưng chúng ta biết rằng Cha Thiên Thượng không chỉ nhìn thấy gương mặt của chúng ta như mọi người thấy, mà còn thấy tất cả những cảm xúc và nỗi sợ hãi kín giấu của chúng ta. Ngài mang đến cho chúng ta những lời của sự sống.

Lạy Chúa Cha, như Ngài nhìn thấy A-ga trong nỗi thống khổ của cô, Ngài cũng nhìn thấy những ai đang tổn thương, đang trốn chạy khỏi áp bức và sợ hãi. Xin Chúa đem đến cho họ sự cứu giúp và khích lệ.

Nhận thức Chúa luôn đoái xem khiến chúng ta được an ủi và vững tin.

© 2017 Lời Sống Hằng Ngày

Nuestro Pan Diario - Te veo

Leer: Génesis 16:1-13 | La Biblia en un año: Mateo 22:1-22

… ¿No he visto también aquí al que me ve? (Génesis 16:13).

«T e veo», dijo una amiga en un grupo en línea de escritores en el que nos respaldamos y animamos unos a otros. Como me sentía estresada y ansiosa, sus palabras me infundieron una sensación de paz y bienestar. Ella me «veía» —con mis esperanzas, temores, luchas y sueños— y me amaba.

Cuando escuché la sencilla pero poderosa expresión de ánimo de mi amiga, pensé en Agar, una esclava de la familia de Abram. Tras muchos años de esperar ansiosa un heredero, Sarai siguió la costumbre cultural de su época y le dijo a su esposo Abram que tuviera un hijo con Agar. Pero, cuando esta quedó embarazada, comenzó a despreciar a su ama. Sarai, a su vez, maltrató a su sierva, hasta que Agar huyó al desierto.

El Señor vio la angustia y la turbación de Agar, y la bendijo prometiéndole que tendría muchos descendientes. Después de aquel encuentro, Agar llamó al Señor El Roi, que significa «Dios que me ve» (Génesis 16:13), ya que supo que no estaba sola ni abandonada.

Así como Agar fue vista —y amada—, también lo somos nosotros. Tal vez nos sintamos ignorados o rechazados por familiares o amigos, pero sabemos que nuestro Padre no solo ve nuestro aspecto exterior, sino también todos nuestros sentimientos y temores secretos. Él habla palabras que nos vivifican.

Señor, gracias porque ves mi interior.

Saber que Dios nos ve nos da consuelo y confianza.

Unser Täglich Brot - Ich sehe dich

Lesen: 1.Mose 16,1-13 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 2.Mose 31–33; Matthäus 22,1-22

Gewiss hab ich hier hinter dem hergesehen, der mich angesehen hat. 1.Mose 16,13

„Ich sehe, was du meinst“, sagte eine Bekannte in einer Internet-Schreibgruppe, in der wir einander unterstützen und ermutigen. Ich war unsicher und ängstlich gewesen, aber ihre Worte hatten mich beruhigt. Sie „sah“ mich—meine Hoffnungen, Ängste, Kämpfe und Träume—und stand zu mir.

Die einfachen, aber wirkungsvollen Worte ließen mich an Hagar denken, eine Magd in Abrahams Haushalt. Als Sarah und Abraham auch nach vielen Jahren des Wartens keinen Erben bekamen, besann sich Sarah auf einen Brauch ihrer Umgebung und forderte ihren Mann auf, mit Hagar ein Kind zu bekommen. Als Hagar tatsächlich schwanger wurde, begann sie ihre Herrin zu verachten. Das passte Sarah nicht und sie fing an, Hagar zu schikanieren, woraufhin diese in die Wüste floh.

Der Herr sah Hagar in ihrer Not und Verwirrung und segnete sie mit der Verheißung, ihr viele Nachkommen zu schenken. Daraufhin nannte Hagar Gott einen „Gott, der mich sieht“ (1.Mose 16,13), denn nun wusste sie, sie war nicht allein und verlassen.

So, wie Hagar gesehen—und geliebt—wurde, geht es auch uns. Wir meinen vielleicht, wir wären von Familie und Freunden verlassen. Aber unser Vater sieht nicht nur das Gesicht, das wir der Welt zeigen, sondern auch alle unsere geheimen Gefühle und Ängste. Und er sagt Worte, die Leben schenken.

Himmlischer Vater, so wie du Hagar in ihrer Not gesehen hast, so siehst du alle, die leiden, vor Unterdrückung fliehen und Angst haben. Bitte schicke ihnen Hilfe und Ermutigung.

Das Wissen, dass Gott uns sieht, schenkt Trost und Zuversicht.

© 2017 Unser Täglich Brot

Notre Pain Quotidien - Je te vois

Ai-je rien vu ici, après qu’il m’a vue ? (Genèse 16.13)

Je te vois », m’a écrit une amie d’un groupe de soutien mutuel en ligne. Comme j’étais stressée et angoissée, ce mot m’a procuré un sentiment de paix et de bien‑être. Cette amie m’avait donc vue – mes espoirs, mes craintes, mes combats et mes rêves – et m’aimait telle que j’étais.

En entendant ce mot d’encouragement tout simple, mais puissant, j’ai repensé à Agar, une servante de la maison d’Abraham. Après que Saraï et Abram ont attendu pendant de nombreuses années d’avoir enfin un héritier, Saraï a demandé à son mari de lui donner un enfant par Agar, comme c’était la coutume de le faire à l’époque. Cependant, lorsque Agar est tombée enceinte, elle a traité Saraï avec mépris. Quand Saraï lui a rendu la monnaie de sa pièce, Agar s’est enfuie dans le désert.

C’est là que, voyant Agar dans toute sa douleur et toute sa confusion, le Seigneur l’a bénie en lui promettant de faire d’elle la mère de nombreux descendants. Après cette rencontre divine, Agar a appelé Dieu El Roi, ce qui signifie « le Dieu qui m’a vue » (GE 16.13), car elle savait désormais n’être ni seule ni abandonnée.

Agar a été vue – et aimée –, et nous le sommes aussi. Il se peut que nous nous sentions négligés ou rejetés de nos amis ou de nos proches, mais nous savons que notre Père voit plus que notre visage. Il voit également tous les sentiments et toutes les craintes que nous dissimulons au monde. Il nous exprime les paroles qui insufflent la vie.

Le fait de savoir que Dieu nous voit nous réconforte et nous rassure.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Він бачить тебе

Читати: Буття 16:1-3 | Біблія за рік: Вихід 31−33 ; Матвія 22:1-22

Чи й тут я дивилась на Того, Хто бачить мене? — Буття 16:13

“Я все бачу й розумію”, – сказала мені подруга в онлайн-групі письменників, де ми підтримуємо і підбадьорюємо один одного. Після цих слів я відчула в серці спокій; відчула, що все гаразд.

Коли я почула від своєї подруги таке підбадьорення, то згадала Агар, рабиню, що жила у таборі Авраама. Після багатьох років чекання Авраам та Сарра все ще не отримали спадкоємця, народження якого так прагнули. Тому Сарра вчинила згідно до звичаїв того часу: веліла чоловіку переспати з невільницею, щоб мати від неї дитину. Але коли Агар завагітніла, вона почала зверхньо ставитись до своєї господині. Сарра відповіла на це утисками, і рабиня втекла від неї далеко в пустелю.

Господь побачив сердечну біль та розпач Агарі й благословив її обітницею, що вона стане матір’ю численних нащадків. Після цієї зустрічі Агар дала Господу ім’я “Ель Рой” – тобто, “Бог, що бачить мене” (Бут. 16:13). Вона зрозуміла, що не самотня й не полишена Богом.

Бог не тільки Агарі явив Свою любов. Він бачить і любить нас також. Ми, буває, почуваємося усіма полишеними – друзями і навіть своєю сім’єю. Здається, всі відвернулись від нас. Однак ми знаємо, що Бог бачить нас – і не лише ту маску, що ми носимо перед людьми, але й наші потаємні почуття, страхи. І Він промовляє слова, що несуть нам життя.

Отче наш, Ти бачиш тих, кому боляче, страшно, хто потерпає від утисків – так само, як Ти бачив колись відчай Агарі в пустелі. Будь ласка, даруй таким людям поміч та підбадьорення.

Усвідомлення, що Бог все бачить і розуміє, дарує нам втіху та впевненість.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Я тебя вижу

Читать сейчас: Бытие 16:1-13 | Библия за год: Исход 31-33; Матфея 22:1-22

Точно я видела здесь вслед видящего меня. — Бытие 16:13

«Я тебя вижу», – сказала мне подруга по авторской группе в Интернете, где мы поддерживаем и ободряем друг друга. Мне в то время как раз было тяжело и тревожно. Ее слова принесли в сердце мир и спокойствие. Она «видела» меня: мои надежды, страхи, переживания и мечты. И любила меня.

Услышав это простое, но благословенное ободрение от подруги, я вспомнила Агарь, служанку Сарры. После многих лет бесплодного ожидания сына Сарра решила последовать местному обычаю и завести ребенка от служанки. Но когда та забеременела, то стала возноситься над Саррой. В ответ Сарра стала ее притеснять, и Агарь убежала в пустыню.

Господь увидел беглянку в бедственном положении и благословил ее обетованием, что она станет матерью многих потомков. После этой встречи Агарь назвала Господа «Эль Рои», что значит «Бог, видящий меня» (Быт. 16:13). Она поняла, что не забыта и не покинута.

Так же как Бог видел и жалел Агарь, Он видит и нас. Мы можем чувствовать себя одинокими и отвергнутыми родными и друзьями, но наш Отец видит нас, зная все тайные чувства и страхи. Он говорит слова, несущие жизнь.

Бог Отец, как Ты видел Агарь в пустыне в ее отчаянном положении, так Ты видишь всех, кто скорбит, боится и терпит притеснение. Пошли им помощь и ободрение.

Мы укрепляемся мыслью о том, что Бог видит нас.

© 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный