Monday, March 27, 2017

The Daily Readings for MONDAY, March 27, 2017

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Jeremiah 16:10-21

And when you tell this people all these words, and they say to you, "Why has the LORD pronounced all this great evil against us? What is our iniquity? What is the sin that we have committed against the LORD our God?" then you shall say to them: It is because your ancestors have forsaken me, says the LORD, and have gone after other gods and have served and worshiped them, and have forsaken me and have not kept my law; and because you have behaved worse than your ancestors, for here you are, every one of you, following your stubborn evil will, refusing to listen to me. Therefore I will hurl you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your ancestors have known, and there you shall serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor. Therefore, the days are surely coming, says the LORD, when it shall no longer be said, "As the LORD lives who brought the people of Israel up out of the land of Egypt," but "As the LORD lives who brought the people of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the lands where he had driven them." For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their ancestors. I am now sending for many fishermen, says the LORD, and they shall catch them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks. For my eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from my presence, nor is their iniquity concealed from my sight. And I will doubly repay their iniquity and their sin, because they have polluted my land with the carcasses of their detestable idols, and have filled my inheritance with their abominations. O LORD, my strength and my stronghold, my refuge in the day of trouble, to you shall the nations come from the ends of the earth and say: Our ancestors have inherited nothing but lies, worthless things in which there is no profit. Can mortals make for themselves gods? Such are no gods! "Therefore I am surely going to teach them, this time I am going to teach them my power and my might, and they shall know that my name is the LORD."

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Romans 7:1-12

Do you not know, brothers and sisters-- for I am speaking to those who know the law-- that the law is binding on a person only during that person's lifetime? Thus a married woman is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband dies, she is discharged from the law concerning the husband. Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man, she is not an adulteress. In the same way, my friends, you have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God. While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we are slaves not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit. What then should we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet, if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, "You shall not covet." But sin, seizing an opportunity in the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. Apart from the law sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died, and the very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity in the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in John 6:1-15
Glory be to Thee, O Lord!

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?" He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, "Six months' wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little." One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?" Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, "Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost." So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, "This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world." When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

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

Morning Psalms

Psalm 89: Part I Misericordias Domini
1   Your love, O LORD, for ever will I sing; from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
2   For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
3   I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
4   'I will establish your line for ever, and preserve your throne for all generations.'"
5   The heavens bear witness to your wonders, O LORD, and to your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
6   For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? who is like the LORD among the gods?
7   God is much to be feared in the council of the holy ones, great and terrible to all those round about him.
8   Who is like you, LORD God of hosts? O mighty LORD, your faithfulness is all around you.
9   You rule the raging of the sea and still the surging of its waves.
10   You have crushed Rahab of the deep with a deadly wound; you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11   Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours; you laid the foundations of the world and all that is in it.
12   You have made the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your Name.
13   You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand and high is your right hand.
14   Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne; love and truth go before your face.
15   Happy are the people who know the festal shout! they walk, O LORD, in the light of your presence.
16   They rejoice daily in your Name; they are jubilant in your righteousness.
17   For you are the glory of their strength, and by your favor our might is exalted.
18   Truly, the LORD is our ruler; The Holy One of Israel is our King.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 89: Part II Tunc locutus es
19   You spoke once in vision and said to your faithful people: "I have set the crown upon a warrior and have exalted one chosen out of the people.
20   I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him.
21   My hand will hold him fast and my arm will make him strong.
22   No enemy shall deceive him, nor any wicked man bring him down.
23   I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him.
24   My faithfulness and love shall be with him, and he shall be victorious through my Name.
25   I shall make his dominion extend from the Great Sea to the River.
26   He will say to me, 'You are my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.'
27   I will make him my firstborn and higher than the kings of the earth.
28   I will keep my love for him for ever, and my covenant will stand firm for him.
29   I will establish his line for ever and his throne as the days of heaven."
30   If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my judgments;
31   If they break my statutes and do not keep my commandments;
32   I will punish their transgressions with a rod and their iniquities with the lash;
33   But I will not take my love from him, nor let my faithfulness prove false.
34   I will not break my covenant, nor change what has gone out of my lips.
35   Once for all I have sworn by my holiness: 'I will not lie to David.
36   His line shall endure for ever and his throne as the sun before me;
37   It shall stand fast for evermore like the moon, the abiding witness in the sky.'"
38   But you have cast off and rejected your anointed; you have become enraged at him.
39   You have broken your covenant with your servant, defiled his crown, and hurled it to the ground.
40   You have breached all his walls and laid his strongholds in ruins.
41   All who pass by despoil him; he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
42   You have exalted the right hand of his foes and made all his enemies rejoice.
43   You have turned back the edge of his sword and have not sustained him in battle.
44   You have put an end to his splendor and cast his throne to the ground.
45   You have cut short the days of his youth and have covered him with shame.
46   How long will you hide yourself, O LORD? will you hide yourself for ever? how long will your anger burn like fire?
47   Remember, LORD, how short life is, how frail you have made all flesh.
48   Who can live and not see death? who can save himself from the power of the grave?
49   Where, Lord, are your loving-kindnesses of old, which you promised David in your faithfulness?
50   Remember, Lord, how your servant is mocked, how I carry in my bosom the taunts of many peoples,
51   The taunts your enemies have hurled, O LORD, which they hurled at the heels of your anointed.
52   Blessed be the LORD for evermore! Amen, I say, Amen.

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Verse of the Day - March 27, 2017

Psalm 62:7 (NIV) My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "God Always Keeps His Promises"

From then on Jesus began to tell His disciples plainly that it was necessary for Him to go to Jerusalem, and that He would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day He would be raised from the dead.
Matthew 16:21 (NLT)

I heard about a guy who traveled cross country. After landing at the airport, he went to the luggage carousel and retrieved his bags. Then he hailed a cab and climbed in the back. After cruising along for a few moments, he had a question for the cabbie, so he tapped the guy on the shoulder. The cab driver freaked out, shrieked, and swerved across four lanes.

After catching his breath, the guy in the back seat asked the cab driver, “What was that all about?” The cab driver said, “Sir, I am sorry. I have been driving a hearse for forty years. This is my first day as a cabbie.”

When you are driving a hearse, you don’t expect to get tapped on the shoulder. And when someone dies, we don’t expect them to be alive again.

Jesus warned His disciples that He would die. He also promised that He would rise again from the dead. In Matthew 16:21, we read that “Jesus began to tell His disciples plainly that it was necessary for Him to go to Jerusalem, and that He would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day He would be raised from the dead.”

Could He have been any more specific? And yet, this was lost on the disciples. They collectively missed the memo. But three days after Jesus was crucified, He rose as He said He would.

Here is what we need to remember: God always keeps His promises.

If God says something is going to happen, it will happen. God told us His Son would come to this earth. That happened. God told us His Son would be crucified. That happened. God told us His Son would be raised again from the dead. That happened.

And God has told us His Son will come back again to this earth. That will happen. It will happen very soon, quite possibly.

What other promises has God made to you in the pages of Scripture? Think about them today, and know with confidence that He will keep them.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - Alimenta a la familia

Busquen primeramente el reino de Dios y su justicia.
Mateo 6:33, NVI

Cuando hablo de alimentos, no me refiero a que seas un magnífico proveedor en tu casa. Es obvio que eso es lo que debes hacer como cabeza del hogar, aunque seas madre soltera.

Con todo, analiza lo que dice el Manual de Instrucciones: «No solo de pan vivirá el hombre» (Lucas 4:4, rv-60).

Así que me refiero a cómo estás alimentando a tu familia desde el punto de vista espiritual. Lo que hagas por tus pequeños, marcará su vida cuando sean adolescentes y adultos.

En estos tiempos tan difíciles, nunca ha sido más importante que comiences a implementar en tus hijos hábitos de oración, lectura bíblica y la búsqueda de una iglesia en la que puedan aprender a conocer de verdad a Dios y lo que Él hizo por cada uno de nosotros.

Es posible que me digas: «Pero como yo trabajo siempre, los fines de semana no tengo tiempo para ir a la iglesia y por las noches estoy tan cansado que tampoco tengo tiempo de orar con mis hijos, mucho menos crear en ellos el hermoso hábito de leer la Biblia».

Nunca es tarde para empezar, pues nuestros hijos necesitan conocer de Jesús. Esto los guardará de muchas cosas en la vida.

Ir a una iglesia no es fanatismo, sino que es un deber y a su vez es protección para ellos. Aun así, el ejemplo comienza por nosotros mismos.

De la misma manera que sea tu relación con Dios, asimismo será la de tus hijos con Él, ya que eres su ejemplo a seguir.

Comienza a dar el ejemplo hoy y cosecharás vidas victoriosas en ellos. Sin importar la edad que tengan… ¡comienza ya!

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón

Standing Strong Through the Storm - HUMAN INCOMPREHENSION: THE CROSS

And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Mark 15:34

Today’s devotional again comes from a Chinese house church pastor who was arrested and held for three weeks just prior to this talk. He says his experience was going with Christ to the Garden and to the Cross. Today he continues and explains another aspect of The Cross:

But it is not all triumph. I know some pastors who said they just smiled all the time from the moment they were arrested, and felt unutterable joy the whole time. I suppose that is possible. After all, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego seemed to be very calm throughout their ordeal. But we must not make that the test of true spirituality. The Psalmists are full of despair and questioning as they go through hard times. So were Jeremiah and Job and Habakkuk. And most sobering of all, our Lord Himself was heard to cry from the Cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34)

This is the dark side of the experience. What makes suffering hardest to bear are the questions, the voices that well up within each of us, that are full of doubts, despair and depression. And I believe this is OK. As humans we were not meant to suffer. We were made to be part of a perfect world, with no sorrow or sighing, an Eden where everyone was righteous and fulfilled. So when we suffer, there is a sense in which our bodies and spirits witness saying, “This is unnatural, this is not why we were created.”

In my own case, I wondered whether God had turned His back on me, or was punishing me for past sins. Yes, I know that sounds odd after all I have just said about feeling the power of God within to forgive my persecutor, and having the angel strengthen me. But you forget these things in the dark watches of the night, sleeping sandwiched between two prisoners and being cursed by everyone because you need to rise and go to the toilet; and so everyone must wake up and shift their position. It was the nights that were worst.

But most of these doubts were not weaknesses as such; they were attempts to comprehend the incomprehensible. Where is God here? What’s He up to? How can this possibly extend His kingdom? How is His glory served by one of my sisters being raped by an interrogator? The fact is, when we suffer, there is so much that we cannot understand. I read somewhere that “because we are human, we yearn to understand, but because we are human, we cannot understand.”

Suffering puts us in our place. It humbles us to realize that we are not really in charge of our lives. This is a hard realization. God is in charge, and His purposes can be hard to discern at times. He takes even the sin of the world, and turns it to good account. We often do not see how He does this, but we believe it. Accepting it in faith is never easy when you are suffering.

RESPONSE: Today I will not try to understand the incomprehensible. I will accept God’s goodness in everything by faith.

PRAYER: Pray for Christian prisoners going through great pain today that they may know His touch.

Women of the Bible - Jael

Her name means: "A Wild or Mountain Goat"

Her character: Decisive and courageous, she seized the opportunity to slay an enemy of God's people.
Her sorrow: To be lauded by Deborah and Barak for her part in a decisive victory.
Key Scriptures: Judges 4-5

Her Story

Jael watched uneasily through the flaps of her tent as clouds swept the blue from the sky and rain fell like a shroud across the horizon. Sisera, she knew, had marched to Tabor. But what good were iron chariots in a flooded valley? she wondered. Yet the Israelites were poorly armed, with little chance of prevailing. Still, she remembered the stories of Moses and the people he had led across the wilderness. Had their God, she wonderd, been asleep these many years?

The sight of a man running, then stumbling toward her interrupted her thoughts. A soldier fleeing? Was he Israelite or Canaanite? His identity might reveal the way the winds of battle were blowing. She went out to meet him, surprised to find that Sisera himself was approaching, dirty and bleeding.

"Come, my lord, come right in. Don't be afraid," she welcomed him.

"I'm thirsty," he said. "Please give me some water." Instead Jael opened a skin of milk and gave him a drink.

"Stand in the doorway of the tent," he told her. "If someone comes by and asks you, 'Is anyone here?' say 'No.' "

As soon as Sisera fell into an exhausted asleep, Jael picked up a tent peg and hammer. Her arm was steady, her aim sure. Hadn't she been in charge of the tents all these years? Quickly, she thrust the peg through his temple and into the ground. Like a piece of canvas fixed in place, Sisera, the great general, lay dead, slain by a woman's hand, just as Deborah had prophesied to Barak.

Was Jael a hero, an opportunist, or merely a treacherous woman? It is difficult to know. She and her husband, Heber, were Kenites, members of a nomadic tribe whose survival depended on its ability to stay clear of local disputes. Her husband had made his peace with the Canaanites despite his descent from Hobab, Moses' brother-in-law. Perhaps ancient ties had no longer seemed expedient, considering the power of the Canaanite rulers. But Jael may have believed in Israel's God. Or perhaps she merely wanted to curry favor with the Israelites, the day's clear winners. Certainly Barak and Deborah approved of her, singing:
Most blessed of women be Jael,
the wife of Heber the Kenite,
most blessed of tent-dwelling women.
He asked for water, and she gave him milk;
in a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk.
Her hand reached for the tent peg,
her right hand for the workman's hammer.
She struck Sisera, she crushed his head,
she shattered and pierced his temple.
At her feet he sank,
he fell; there he lay.
At her feet he sank, he fell;
where he sank, there he fell—dead. - Judges 5:24-27
Jael's treachery and Deborah's gloating strike us as bloodthirsty, all the more so because we don't usually attribute such behavior to women. But by the standards of ancient warfare, both were heroes. Both were decisive and courageous women who helped God's people at a critical moment in history.

Her Promise

Behind the story of Jael and the death of Sisera is a God who promised never to forget his people and who holds to that promise. When hope seems dim and the prospect of victory seems close to impossible, God is at work, bringing about his plan.

The people of Israel during the time of the judges must have worn God to exasperation with their continual wavering. When times were good, they easily forgot God and went their own way. But as soon as times got tough, they went running to him for deliverance.

Sound like anyone you know? The story of the wavering of God's people continues even today. We so easily move forward on our own, thinking we can handle it all, until we run up against something too hard for us. Only then do we run to God for help.

But what an amazing God he is. Always there. Always willing to rescue us when we call. Always willing to forgive.

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Girlfriends in God - It’s Not How You Start. It’s How You Finish

by Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth:

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7, NIV).

Friend to Friend

I sat by her bed.

Her hand swollen…full…unmoving.

Feet that danced just a few weeks ago now stilled. Arms that lifted just a short time ago now limp. Words that spilled easily just a moment ago now halted. How could life seep away so quickly, right before my eyes?

Mom was ready. But I wasn’t.

Mom called to tell me she was going to the emergency room. She had abdominal pain and couldn’t stop throwing up. I had just been at her house four days before, and this was something new.

“She has an ileus,” the doctor explained. “Part of her intestines have stopped working. But her heart isn’t strong enough to survive surgery. If her intestines don’t start working on their own, she will die.”

Four weeks into the sitting and waiting, it looked like Mom was going to get to go Home. Not to her little brick house in the colonial neighborhood…the one with cedar shingles, cobblestone street, and white picket fence where she had lived for more than 25 years, but her home in a celestial neighborhood with familiar faces, golden streets, and the presence of God. Mom was ready. She had been planning the party for quite sometime.

I gently held her fluid-filled hand. Sky-blue eyes looked off into the distance. Her mind replaying bits and pieces of life.

“Mom, whatcha thinking about?” I asked.

“It’s not how you start. It’s how you finish,” she whispered.

“Who told you that?” I asked with a knowing smile.

“You did,” she replied.

“I love you, Mom.”

“I love you more,” she countered.

Mom had regrets. We all do…if we’re honest. But she finished well. She had made sure that her grandkids, extended family, and I knew we were loved. She had made preparations of her passing as easy as possible for me, the lone child responsible for all the details. She loved Jesus and was thrilled to get to see Him face to face.

The last week of her life, I was having a bit of a crying spell. Mom had requested the doctors remove all the machines, all the tubes, all the medications. “Comfort care.” That’s what they called it.

“Well Mom, it looks like you’re going to get to see Jesus before I do.”

And in a quick wit that served her well to the end, she teased with a twinkle in her eye, “Are you jealous?”

And to be honest…I was.

We never know when our last day on this earth will be. But here’s what we do know—we have a choice right now, today, to finish well. Your new start to the finish could begin today. Regardless of your past mistakes and missteps, weakness and failures…regardless of how you started this race, you can decide to begin your finish well.

Let’s Pray

Lord, I have made so many mistakes in my life. A trail of regrets lie behind. But praise You I’ve chosen to leave them behind and not carry them into my future. No matter how I started, I pray that You will give me the wisdom and the power to finish well.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Read this passage and note what Paul said about his decision to finish well:
“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 [reaching forward] what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
What part does forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead play in finishing well?

More from the Girlfriends

What do you do with those regrets in your life? I say lets turn those miserable messes into magnificent messages of hope. Want to learn more about finding peace and purpose in the hurts of your past? Check out my book, Your Scars are Beautiful to God. It comes with a Bible study guide for groups or individuals who want to go deeper.

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LHM Daily Devotion - "Another Trap"

 The leaders of the Jewish high court are furious at Jesus, especially...

Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Doubts About the Resurrection"

March 27, 2017

There came to Him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection (Luke 20:27).

Read Luke 20:27-40

The scribes and Pharisees make up part of the Jewish high court; another group is the priests who are Sadducees. They accept only Moses' writings from the Old Testament and reject the resurrection, angels or heaven. But that doesn't stop them from posing a resurrection riddle to try to make Jesus look foolish.

They refer to a Mosaic law that preserved the line of an Israelite man who died childless. If the man's brother married the widow, the first son born could be considered the dead man's son. In their riddle a man died childless, each of his six brothers married the widow in turn, but each died childless. So whose wife will she be in the resurrection?

It seems a no-win question for Jesus. She couldn't be the wife of all seven. But if God chooses one of the brothers to be her husband He would be wronging the others. Jesus easily smashes their house of cards. God's gift of marriage holds only for this earthly period of time-not at the resurrection.

Now Jesus turns to their rejection of the resurrection. He even refers to Moses, the only authority they will accept from the Old Testament. When speaking to Moses out of the burning bush, God said, "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" (see Exodus 3:6). If there was no life after death God would have had to say "I was their God," not I am their God." God's "I AM" proves the human soul survives physical death and implies the resurrection when Christ returns.

Jesus has corrected the Sadducees so well even the hostile scribes commend Him.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we are often slow to believe things we cannot see. Remove my doubts and unbelief and give me firm confidence in the resurrection and eternal life You have promised to all believers. I pray in Jesus' Name. Amen

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Devociones de Cuaresma - Sólo Jesús libra

Devociones de Cuaresma  2017

Sólo Jesús libra

27 de Marzo de 2017

Si ustedes permanecen en mi palabra... conocerán la verdad, y la verdad los hará libres.
Juan 8:31-32 (31-34)

Jesús le habló de libertad a un pueblo que estaba en esclavitud. Tiene sentido, porque hablarle de libertad a un pueblo libre no haría ningún impacto. Sin embargo, los judíos no entendieron las palabras de Jesús en toda su magnitud, porque a pesar de vivir bajo el yugo romano, ellos nunca se consideraron esclavos. La afirmación de los judíos: "Jamás hemos sido esclavos de nadie", es la convicción de aquellos que consideraban que la única esclavitud consistía en no poder adorar a su Dios. Como los romanos les permitieron usar el templo y adorar al Dios de Abrahán, los judíos, aunque sometidos a la autoridad romana, se sentían libres. En este sentido, su pensamiento era correcto.

Pero Jesús habla aquí de una esclavitud mayor: la esclavitud del pecado. El pecado no es solamente una cosita que hacemos que está mal, que nos daña o que lastima a nuestro prójimo, o que daña alguna relación. El pecado esclaviza. Es una adicción que nos quita la libertad de vivir con alegría, sin temores, y en constante servicio a nuestro prójimo. El pecado es algo tan serio, que el mismo Hijo de Dios tuvo que hacerse cargo de él. Sí, Jesús pagó el castigo de nuestra desobediencia con su sufrimiento y muerte en la cruz.

Conocer la verdad es lo que cambia nuestra vida, y permanecer en la Palabra de Dios es lo que nos permite seguir en libertad. ¿Quién quiere volver a esclavizarse nuevamente al pecado para vivir con temor, angustiado, y sin alegría ni esperanza? Yo no.

Adorar al verdadero Dios es lo que nos da la única libertad que nos llena de paz. Demos gracias a nuestro Señor porque nos otorgó el gran privilegio de conocer en Jesús todas sus bendiciones eternas.

Gracias, Padre, porque te revelaste en tu Hijo Jesús, y porque nos diste tu Palabra. Amén

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Our Daily Bread - Image Management

Read: Isaiah 43:1–9 | Bible in a Year: Judges 1–3; Luke 4:1–30

You are precious and honored in my sight, and . . . I love you. Isaiah 43:4

To celebrate Winston Churchill’s eightieth birthday, the British parliament commissioned artist Graham Sutherland to paint a portrait of the celebrated statesman. “How are you going to paint me?” Churchill reportedly asked the artist: “As a cherub, or the Bulldog?” Churchill liked these two popular perceptions of him. Sutherland, however, said he would paint what he saw.

Churchill was not happy with the results. Sutherland’s portrait had Churchill slumped in a chair wearing his trademark scowl—true to reality, but hardly flattering. After its official unveiling, Churchill hid the painting in his cellar. It was later secretly destroyed.

Like Churchill, most of us have an image of ourselves we want others to have of us also—whether of success, godliness, beauty, or strength. We can go to great lengths to conceal our “ugly” sides. Perhaps deep down we fear we won’t be loved if the real us is known.

When the Israelites were taken captive by Babylon, they were seen at their worst. Because of their sins, God allowed their enemies to conquer them. But He told them not to fear. He knew them by name, and He was with them in every humiliating trial (Isa. 43:1–2). They were secure in His hands (v. 13) and “precious” to Him (v. 4). Despite their ugliness, God loved them.

We will find ourselves less motivated to seek the approval of others when such a truth truly sinks in. God knows the real us and still loves us immeasurably (Eph. 3:18).

God’s deep love means we can be real with others.

© 2017 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Giữ Hình Ảnh

Đọc: Ê-sai 43:1-9 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Các quan xét 1-3; Lu-ca 4:1-30

Vì Ta xem con là quý báu và đáng chuộng….Chính Ta đã yêu con. (Ê-sai 43:4)

Để kỷ niệm sinh nhật lần thứ 80 của Winston Churchill, nghị viện Anh đã ủy thác cho Graham Sutherland vẽ chân dung vị chính khách lừng danh này. Tin tức nói rằng Churchill đã hỏi người họa sĩ: “Anh dự định vẽ tôi như thế nào?” “Như một thiên sứ, hay Bulldog (chó bun)?” Churchill thích hai khái niệm phổ biến này về ông. Tuy nhiên, Sutherland nói ông sẽ vẽ những gì ông thấy.

Churchill không vui về kết quả. Bức chân dung của Sutherland miêu tả ông ngồi sụp trong chiếc ghế với vẻ mặt cau có đặc trưng– rất thật nhưng không hề xu nịnh. Sau khi xem, Churchill đã giấu bức tranh dưới hầm. Về sau, nó đã bị hủy cách bí mật.

Giống Churchill, hầu hết chúng ta đều có hình ảnh mà chúng ta muốn người khác nhìn về chính mình – dù là thành công, tin kính, đẹp đẽ hay mạnh mẽ. Chúng ta có thể cố gắng hết sức để giấu đi những mặt “xấu xí” của mình. Có lẽ trong sâu thẳm, chúng ta sợ sẽ không được yêu thương nếu người ta biết con người thật của mình.

Khi dân Y-sơ-ra-ên bị Ba-by-lôn bắt làm phu tù, họ đã ở trong bộ dạng tệ hại nhất. Bởi vì tội lỗi của họ, Chúa cho phép những kẻ thù xâm chiếm họ. Nhưng Ngài bảo họ đừng sợ hãi. Ngài biết họ từng tên và Ngài ở với họ trong mọi thử thách nhục nhã (Es. 43:1-2). Họ an ninh trong tay Ngài (c.13) và “quý giá” đối với Ngài (c.4). Dù họ xấu xa thế nào, Chúa vẫn yêu họ.

Chúng ta sẽ bớt tìm kiếm sự chấp nhận của người khác khi thật sự thấm nhuần lẽ thật này. Chúa biết con người thật của chúng ta và Ngài vẫn yêu thương chúng ta vô cùng (Eph 3:18).

Lạy Cha, cảm ơn Ngài đã yêu thương con, tha thứ tội lỗi con qua Đấng Christ và khiến con trở nên con cái Ngài. Vì lẽ đó, con từ bỏ nhu cầu được hoàn hảo trong mắt người khác.

Tình yêu sâu nhiệm của Chúa khiến chúng ta có thể sống thật với người khác.

© 2017 Lời Sống Hằng Ngày

Nuestro Pan Diario - Administrador de imagen

Leer: Isaías 43:1-9 | La Biblia en un año: Jueces 1–3 Lucas 4:1-30

Porque a mis ojos fuiste de gran estima, fuiste honorable, y yo te amé… (Isaías 43:4).

Para celebrar los 80 años de Winston Churchill, el parlamento británico le encomendó al artista Graham Sutherland que pintara un retrato del célebre estadista. A Churchill no le gustó el resultado, ya que, en vez de mostrarlo como a él le gustaba, aparecía desplomado en una silla y con su característico ceño fruncido; fiel a la realidad, pero nada atractivo. Después de su muestra oficial, Churchill lo escondió en su sótano.

Como él, la mayoría tenemos una imagen de nosotros mismos que queremos que los demás también la tengan; ya sea de éxito, altruismo, belleza o fuerza. Hacemos todo lo posible para esconder nuestros lados «feos». Quizá, en lo profundo, temamos que no nos amen si nos conocen realmente.

La deportación de los israelitas a Babilonia reveló lo peor del pueblo de Dios. Por su pecado, el Señor permitió que los enemigos los conquistaran. Pero les dijo que no temieran; que los conocía por nombre y que estaba con ellos en todas las humillantes pruebas (Isaías 43:1-2). Estaban seguros en sus manos (v. 13) y eran «de gran estima» para Él (v. 4). A pesar de su fealdad, Dios los amaba.

No nos importa tanto que los demás nos aprueben cuando asimilamos esta verdad. Dios sabe cómo somos y, aun así, sigue amándonos sin medida (Efesios 3:18).

Señor, gracias por amarme como soy.

El profundo amor de Dios significa que podemos ser auténticos con los demás.

Unser Täglich Brot - Imagepflege

Lesen: Jesaja 43,1-9 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Richter 1–3; Lukas 4,1-30

Weil du in meinen Augen so wert geachtet bist und weil ich dich lieb habe. Jesaja 43,4

Zum achtzigsten Geburtstag von Winston Churchill ließ das britische Parlament ein Porträt des gefeierten Staatsmannes malen. Der Überlieferung nach wird berichtet, dass Churchill fragte: „Wie wollen Sie mich darstellen? Als Cherub oder als Bulldogge?“ Der Künstler erwiderte, er werde malen, was er sehe.

Churchill war nicht glücklich über das Ergebnis. Es zeigte ihn zusammengesackt auf einem Stuhl mit dem üblichen mürrischen Blick—wirklichkeitsgetreu, aber nicht gerade vorteilhaft. Nach der offiziellen Enthüllung wanderte das Bild in den Keller. Später ließ er es vernichten.

Wie Churchill haben die meisten eine Vorstellung davon, wie sie von anderen gesehen werden wollen—ob erfolgreich, gütig, schön oder stark. Die „hässlichen“ Seiten wollen wir verstecken—aus Angst, man würde uns nicht mehr lieben, wenn man uns wirklich kennen würde.

Als die Israeliten von Babylon erobert wurden, wurden alle ihre schlechten Seiten offenbar. Wegen ihrer Sünden hatte Gott den Feinden erlaubt, sie zu besiegen. Aber er sagte, sie sollten sich nicht fürchten. Er kannte sie mit Namen und war selbst in den tiefsten Stunden dabei (Jes. 43,1-2). In seiner Hand waren sie sicher (V.13) und sie waren ihm „wertvoll“ (V.4). Er liebte sie trotz aller Hässlichkeit.

Wenn wir das begreifen, werden wir feststellen, dass auch uns die Anerkennung anderer nicht mehr so wichtig ist.

Himmlischer Vater, hab Dank, dass du mich liebst, dass du mir in Jesus meine Schuld vergibst und mich zu deinem Kind machst. Deshalb muss ich für andere nicht mehr perfekt sein.

Weil Gott uns so sehr liebt, können wir vor anderen sein, wie wir sind.

© 2017 Unser Täglich Brot

Notre Pain Quotidien - La gestion de notre image

Lisez : Ésaïe 43.1‑9 | La Bible en un an : Juges 1 – 3 et Luc 4.1-30

Parce que tu as du prix à mes yeux […] je t’aime. (Ésaïe 43.4)

Pour célébrer le 80e anniversaire de Winston Churchill, le Parlement britannique a confié à l’artiste Graham Sutherland le soin d’en peindre le portrait. Or, on dit que Churchill aurait demandé à l’artiste : « Comment comptez‑vous me représenter ? En chérubin ou en Bulldog ? » Churchill se plaisait à entretenir ces deux perceptions que les gens avaient de lui. Sutherland lui aurait toutefois répondu qu’il allait peindre ce qu’il voyait.

Or, le résultat a déplu à Churchill, car l’artiste l’avait peint affalé sur une chaise et arborant son air typiquement renfrogné – un portrait fidèle à la réalité, mais peu flatteur. Après le dévoilement officiel de la toile, Churchill l’a cachée dans son cellier, et l’a fait secrètement détruire plus tard.

Comme Churchill, nous nous percevons pour la plupart tels que nous aimerions être perçus – l’image du succès, de la piété, de la beauté ou de la force. Il se peut que nous nous efforcions par tous les moyens de dissimuler nos côtés « laids ». Peut‑être redoutons‑nous au fond que les gens refusent de nous aimer s’ils découvrent notre véritable personnalité.

Leurs péchés leur ayant valu d’être emmenés en captivité à Babylone, les Israélites ont paru sous leur pire jour. Après avoir permis à leurs ennemis de triompher d’eux, Dieu les a rassurés. Les connaissant par leur nom, il s’est tenu à leur côté durant chaque épreuve humiliante (ÉS 43.1,2) et les a gardés en sécurité dans sa main (V. 13), eux qui avaient « du prix » à ses yeux (V. 4). Dieu les a ainsi aimés malgré leur laideur.

Grâce à l’amour profond de Dieu, l’authenticité nous est possible.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Правдивий імідж

Читати: Ісаї 43:1-9 | Біблія за рік: Суддів 1–3 ; Луки 4:1-30

Ти став дорогий в Моїх очах… Я тебе покохав. — Ісаї 43:4

Британський парламент доручив художнику Г. Сазерленду намалювати портрет Уїнстона Черчилля на честь його 80-річчя. Черчилль запитав митця: “Як ви збираєтесь відобразити мене на полотні? Як херувима чи як бульдога?” Політику подобались ці два популярні порівняння. Але Сазерленд відповів, що намалює таким, яким він його бачить.

Черчиллю не сподобалась картина, бо автор зобразив його розпластаним у кріслі зі звичним похмурим виразом на обличчі. Портрет був правдивим, але далеко не улесливим. Після офіційної презентації Черчилль сховав картину у своєму підвалі, а потім знищив.

Кожен із нас має бажання створити імідж успіху, благочестя, краси, сили. Ми намагаємося приховати потворні куточки свого єства − боїмося, що люди не зможуть любити нас, якщо знатимуть, які ми є насправді.

Через численні гріхи Бог попустив ворогам відвести Його народ до Вавилону. Але Він наказав їм не боятись. Він знав кожного з них по імені і був з ними, незважаючи на всі приниження та випробування на чужині (Іс. 43:1-2). В Його руках вони були безпечні (Іс. 43:13). Вони “стали дорогими в Його очах” (Іс. 43:4). Якщо ця істина проникне в наші серця, ми будемо менше перейматись тим, що думають про нас люди. Бог знає, які ми справді є, однак, не перестає нас любити безмірною любов’ю (Еф. 3:18).

Отче, дякую Тобі за те, що так сильно мене полюбив, що завдяки Христу простив мої гріхи і зробив мене Своєю дитиною. Це допомагає мені звільнитись від потреби постійно створювати імідж довершеної людини.

Божа любов означає, що ми можемо бути справжніми у стосунках з людьми.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Изображение

Читать сейчас: Исаия 43:1-9 | Библия за год: Судей 1-3; Луки 4:1-30

«Ты дорог в очах Моих, многоценен, и Я возлюбил тебя». — Исаия 43:4

На восьмидесятилетие Уинстона Черчилля Британский парламент поручил художнику Грэму Сазерленду написать портрет виновника торжества. «Как вы меня собираетесь нарисовать? – спросил художника Черчилль. – Как херувима или как бульдога?» Черчиллю нравились эти прозвища, ходившие о нем в народе. Однако Сазерленд сказал, что изобразит то, что видит.

Результат Черчиллю не понравился. Сазерленд написал его расплывшимся в кресле со своим фирменным взглядом исподлобья. Очень похоже, но не очень привлекательно. После официального представления портрета Черчилль спрятал его в своем подвале, а позже и вовсе уничтожил.

Подобно Черчиллю, большинство из нас имеет некий привлекательный образ, который выставляется напоказ. Это может быть успех, благочестие, красота или сила. Мы также на многое готовы, чтобы скрыть свои неприглядные стороны. По-видимому, где-то глубоко внутри мы боимся, что нас не будут любить, если увидят наше истинное лицо.

Уведенные в плен израильтяне представляли собой жалкое зрелище. За многочисленные грехи Бог позволил врагам поработить их. Но при этом сказал, что им не следует бояться. Он знал их по имени и был с ними в каждом испытании (Ис. 43:1-2). В Его очах они были дороги и многоценны (Ис. 43:4). Несмотря на отталкивающую внешность, Бог любил их.

Мы будем меньше заботиться о мнении других, если эта истина укоренится в нашем сердце. Бог знает нас настоящих и любит нас безмерной любовью (Еф. 3:18-19).

Бог Отец, благодарю, что так сильно возлюбил меня, простил мои грехи во Христе и сделал Своим чадом. Поэтому я не хочу больше представляться идеальным перед другими.

Божья любовь означает, что мы можем быть настоящими перед людьми.

© 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный