Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Daily Readings for WEDNESDAY, October 4, 2017

2 Kings 18:9-25
In the fourth year of King Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of King Hoshea son of Elah of Israel, King Shalmaneser of Assyria came up against Samaria, besieged it, and at the end of three years, took it. In the sixth year of Hezekiah, which was the ninth year of King Hoshea of Israel, Samaria was taken. The king of Assyria carried the Israelites away to Assyria, settled them in Halah, on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes, because they did not obey the voice of the LORD their God but transgressed his covenant-- all that Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded; they neither listened nor obeyed. In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, King Sennacherib of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. King Hezekiah of Judah sent to the king of Assyria at Lachish, saying, "I have done wrong; withdraw from me; whatever you impose on me I will bear." The king of Assyria demanded of King Hezekiah of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold. Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the house of the LORD and in the treasuries of the king's house. At that time Hezekiah stripped the gold from the doors of the temple of the LORD, and from the doorposts that King Hezekiah of Judah had overlaid and gave it to the king of Assyria. The king of Assyria sent the Tartan, the Rabsaris, and the Rabshakeh with a great army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. They went up and came to Jerusalem. When they arrived, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is on the highway to the Fuller's Field. When they called for the king, there came out to them Eliakim son of Hilkiah, who was in charge of the palace, and Shebnah the secretary, and Joah son of Asaph, the recorder. The Rabshakeh said to them, "Say to Hezekiah: Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: On what do you base this confidence of yours? Do you think that mere words are strategy and power for war? On whom do you now rely, that you have rebelled against me? See, you are relying now on Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of anyone who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who rely on him. But if you say to me, 'We rely on the LORD our God,' is it not he whose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, saying to Judah and to Jerusalem, 'You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem'? Come now, make a wager with my master the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able on your part to set riders on them. How then can you repulse a single captain among the least of my master's servants, when you rely on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen? Moreover, is it without the LORD that I have come up against this place to destroy it? The LORD said to me, Go up against this land, and destroy it."

1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that "all of us possess knowledge." Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; but anyone who loves God is known by him. Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that "no idol in the world really exists," and that "there is no God but one." Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth-- as in fact there are many gods and many lords-- yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. "Food will not bring us close to God." We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols? So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed. But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.

Matthew 7:13-21
"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it. "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

Morning Psalms
Psalm 101 Misericordiam et judicium
1   I will sing of mercy and justice; to you, O LORD, will I sing praises.
2   I will strive to follow a blameless course; oh, when will you come to me? I will walk with sincerity of heart within my house.
3   I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the doers of evil deeds; they shall not remain with me.
4   A crooked heart shall be far from me; I will not know evil.
5   Those who in secret slander their neighbors I will destroy; those who have a haughty look and a proud heart I cannot abide.
6   My eyes are upon the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me, and only those who lead a blameless life shall be my servants.
7   Those who act deceitfully shall not dwell in my house, and those who tell lies shall not continue in my sight.
8   I will soon destroy all the wicked in the land, that I may root out all evildoers from the city of the LORD.

Psalm 109 Deus, laudem
1   Hold not your tongue, O God of my praise; for the mouth of the wicked, the mouth of the deceitful, is opened against me.
2   They speak to me with a lying tongue; they encompass me with hateful words and fight against me without a cause.
3   Despite my love, they accuse me; but as for me, I pray for them.
4   They repay evil for good, and hatred for my love.
5   Set a wicked man against him, and let an accuser stand at his right hand.
6   When he is judged, let him be found guilty, and let his appeal be in vain.
7   Let his days be few, and let another take his office.
8   Let his children be fatherless, and his wife become a widow.
9   Let his children be waifs and beggars; let them be driven from the ruins of their homes.
10   Let the creditor seize everything he has; let strangers plunder his gains.
11   Let there be no one to show him kindness, and none to pity his fatherless children.
12   Let his descendants be destroyed, and his name be blotted out in the next generation.
13   Let the wickedness of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, and his mother's sin not be blotted out;
14   Let their sin be always before the LORD; but let him root out their names from the earth;
15   Because he did not remember to show mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy and sought to kill the brokenhearted.
16   He loved cursing, let it come upon him; he took no delight in blessing, let it depart from him.
17   He put on cursing like a garment, let it soak into his body like water and into his bones like oil;
18   Let it be to him like the cloak which he wraps around himself, and like the belt that he wears continually.
19   Let this be the recompense from the LORD to my accusers, and to those who speak evil against me.
20   But you, O Lord my God, oh, deal with me according to your Name; for your tender mercy's sake, deliver me.
21   For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
22   I have faded away like a shadow when it lengthens; I am shaken off like a locust.
23   My knees are weak through fasting, and my flesh is wasted and gaunt.
24   I have become a reproach to them; they see and shake their heads.
25   Help me, O LORD my God; save me for your mercy's sake.
26   Let them know that this is your hand, that you, O LORD, have done it.
27   They may curse, but you will bless; let those who rise up against me be put to shame, and your servant will rejoice.
28   Let my accusers be clothed with disgrace and wrap themselves in their shame as in a cloak.
29   I will give great thanks to the LORD with my mouth; in the midst of the multitude will I praise him;
30   Because he stands at the right hand of the needy, to save his life from those who would condemn him.

Evening Psalms
Psalm 119: Ayin Feci judicium
121   I have done what is just and right; do not deliver me to my oppressors.
122   Be surety for your servant's good; let not the proud oppress me.
123   My eyes have failed from watching for your salvation and for your righteous promise.
124   Deal with your servant according to your loving-kindness and teach me your statutes.
125   I am your servant; grant me understanding, that I may know your decrees.
126   It is time for you to act, O LORD, for they have broken your law.
127   Truly, I love your commandments more than gold and precious stones.
128   I hold all your commandments to be right for me; all paths of falsehood I abhor.

Psalm 119: Pe Mirabilia
129   Your decrees are wonderful; therefore I obey them with all my heart.
130   When your word goes forth it gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
131   I open my mouth and pant; I long for your commandments.
132   Turn to me in mercy, as you always do to those who love your Name.
133   Steady my footsteps in your word; let no iniquity have dominion over me.
134   Rescue me from those who oppress me, and I will keep your commandments.
135   Let your countenance shine upon your servant and teach me your statutes.
136   My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law.

Psalm 119: Sadhe Justus es, Domine
137   You are righteous, O LORD, and upright are your judgments.
138   You have issued your decrees with justice and in perfect faithfulness.
139   My indignation has consumed me, because my enemies forget your words.
140   Your word has been tested to the uttermost, and your servant holds it dear.
141   I am small and of little account, yet I do not forget your commandments.
142   Your justice is an everlasting justice and your law is the truth.
143   Trouble and distress have come upon me, yet your commandments are my delight.
144   The righteousness of your decrees is everlasting; grant me understanding, that I may live.

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St. Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi

Today the church remembers Francis of Assisi, Friar, 1126.

One of the boldest and most spirited figures in history, it is a shame that Francis is sometimes dismissed as simply a quiet bird-watcher. Actually he was an outspoken and controversial social activist. He was one of the greatest preachers of all time. His concern with poverty and ecology give him a strikingly modern quality. Although he was a wealthy cloth merchant's son, he gave all he had to help the poor and was contented with only the barest necessities for himself. He vigorously opposed the abuse of political power, particularly when it was wielded by the Bishop of Rome.

Francis was effective in initiating sweeping social and economic reforms. He was a popular singer, often called "God's Troubadour." His most famous hymn, "Canticle to Brother Sun", has stood the test of time. Francis founded one of the strongest and most dynamic religious orders in Christendom. Today we find Franciscan Friars in both the Roman and Anglican communions.

Most high, almighty, and good Lord: Grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world, that, after the example of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in all your creatures, with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Read the Wikipedia article here.

Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer of the Day for WEDNESDAY, October 4, 2017

Heavenly Lord, no matter what I do or which way I turn, my pride raises its ugly head to damage my life. It tells me that my opinions are correct, no matter how ill-informed I might be. I fail to appreciate my stupidity, my weakness, my self-deception and rationalization for my many errors and shortcomings. Help me, O Holy Spirit, to see my fault. Instruct me in my error and support me in my efforts to follow your commandments; for I truly love you, Lord God, and want to grow in service and faith. In the name of Christ, forgive me and bring me closer.

Verse of the Day for WEDNESDAY, October 4, 2017

Proverbs 27:1 (NIV) Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - Bartilia


But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
~ Psalms 86:15 (ESV)

This is a story of a heart that was as hard as stone, turned into a heart of love. If anyone deserved to have a hardened heart, it was Bartilia.

Life was hard for her from the very beginning. Born in a poor family in Honduras, Bartilia only attended school until second grade. After that she was made a worker on a farm. Every morning at 3 a.m. she would wake to do her work. She first had to feed the many animals. She then would work on making tortillas from scratch, starting with rolling the corn to break it down to flour consistency. She was so small, they fashioned a stool so she would be tall enough to do her work. At lunch, she would dish up the food for all the workers. This little 8 year-old girl didn’t get to play with dolls and toys. She was busy working.

After her mother died, when she was only 10, her father sold her into slavery. It was then that things got much worse. She was used in every way possible, even for the sexual desires of men. When she worked, if she made a mistake, they beat her, or make her kneel naked in the scorching Central America sun, holding a heavy rock over her head. If she allowed the rock to rest on her head, she was beaten.

Eventually one kind lady helped her to escape. At only age 14, she fled to Nicaragua. Eventually, she came to America. It was here she gained not only freedom, but the true freedom that Christ had to offer.

Through her many trials, Bartilia’s heart had grown as hard as possible, molded that way from a child. Bartilia wanted nothing to do with God. She did not even want to hear the name Jesus, but one day at her brother’s funeral she was forced to sit and listen.

God spoke directly to her. He wanted her to accept the love that she so lacked as a child. He was calling, because Bartilia needed His love. She never received love from her earthly father, but her heavenly Father had a love that was like none other. He spoke in gentle tones, never forcing Himself as men had in the past. She heard the message, and it did begin to penetrate her hard heart.

When Bartilia gave in to the Lord’s bidding it was like dynamite had broken her concrete heart into pieces. The flood gate of tears, poured out from her. She had found the Lord, even though He was already there. Jesus came in and replaced her heart of stone, with His heart of love. He healed her from all the hurts of the past.
Dear Savior, Come into my heart and give me that love you have to offer. I accept your gift. Thank you. Amen

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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This is a story of a heart that was as hard as stone, turned into a heart of love.

Un Dia a la Vez - Poder transformador de la Palabra

Poder transformador de la Palabra

La palabra de Dios es viva y poderosa, y más cortante que cualquier espada de dos filos.

A manera de testimonio te puedo dar fe de que no soy ni la mitad de lo que fui antes de conocer la Palabra de Dios.

Como a muchos, me gusta decir que la Biblia es el Manual de Instrucciones porque eso es en realidad: Un manual que te muestra con hechos que la Palabra de Dios tiene mucho poder para sanar, liberar y transformar.

Una vez que hablamos de la Palabra, la leemos o la enseñamos, no volverá vacía. Por eso se compara con una espada de dos filos, pues corta y transforma.

Cada día podemos acudir a esta guía y nos mostrará cómo cambiar esas esferas de la vida que necesitan la intervención de Dios, al igual que lo fue con grandes hombres y mujeres de la Biblia.

Otra cosa que debemos tener muy presente es que la Palabra de Dios nunca pierde poder ni vigencia. En fin, todo pasará, pero la Palabra no pasará.

Confíale tu vida a Dios y pon en sus manos todo lo que necesite cambio.

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - October 04, 2017


Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
~ James 3:18 (NIV)

Jesus instruction to His followers to be peacemakers is not as easily practiced in some areas of the world as we in the west might think. Tribal differences can cause deep divides.

In April 2011, Open Doors sponsored a Christian youth camp in the southern Philippines bringing together 115 youths, mostly believers from Muslim background (MBB’s) from four different Muslim tribal groups. The goal of this camp was to show the youths that Jesus is the ultimate source of peace. When we have Him in our hearts, then, we can have peace within ourselves, with others and with our environment.

Every activity of the camp was also designed to foster awareness and appreciation of each other’s tribal identity. Short drama presentations every night gave the youths a chance to tell their story. Bringing these ethnic groups to a point of understanding and acceptance was the crucial part of the camp. During Bible sessions, facilitators combined their lectures with tasks that encouraged campers to express their thoughts and feelings. They described their idea of peace, distinguished between peaceful and conflicting situations, and discovered their biblical responsibility as peacemakers taking after Christ’s example.

While peacemaking starts with one’s self, it does not end there. It must affect other people’s lives. And so, the campers did community service in three neighboring areas during the camp. But the true litmus test for a peacemaker is when a conflict breaks out. The camp was on its homestretch when two campers from different tribes got tangled in a fight during the morning assembly. It was about to turn violent, until other youths stepped in. The two youths were brought to the camp director. Everyone was clearly upset as they streamed into the classrooms for the day’s round of Bible sessions.

They were in for a surprise. An Open Doors co-worker shared, “The fight was staged. We wanted the campers to have an opportunity to apply what they had been learning so far. During the Bible session, we processed what happened. They realized that it brought out their biases and impatience; that some of their responses were condemning. They wanted to be a peacemaker, but they had yet to learn how to sow peace in times of conflict. It is a lifestyle.”

It was an important lesson for the youths to learn, especially for those who lived in conflict areas. After the session, many campers approached the two volunteer actors and asked their forgiveness for judging and condemning them.

Then, the youths were given some time to write down their commitments to becoming a peacemaker. One fifteen-year-old said, “It’ll be hard becoming a peacemaker, but I will try my best…The pastor taught us that becoming a peacemaker like Jesus comes with suffering. I must be prepared for that too.” 

RESPONSE: Today I will take practical steps in being a peacemaker for Jesus wherever I am.

PRAYER: Pray for young tribal Christians who struggle with Christ-like actions and responses in conflict situations.

Girlfriends in God - October 04, 2017

What Does Living Holy Look Like?

Today’s Truth

You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean…

Friend to Friend

When I think about the books in the Bible that encourage and inspire me, the Old Testament book of Leviticus would rank near the bottom. Not kidding. It’s a tough read.

But it’s important to approach God’s Word holistically, so I have to take the good with the bad… the easy-to-read chapters with the hard-to-get-through chapters. And I’ve found that in doing so, God reveals powerful, life-changing lessons.

Here’s a doozy He taught me recently that will change the way you approach your day.

Leviticus is a historical narrative that reveals God’s holiness in ways large and small. It’s intense. Full of complex instructions (detail upon detail, instruction upon instruction) given from God to Moses so the sins of the Israelites could be covered through a sacrificial system. So that God’s people would learn to recognize, respect and revere His power, righteousness and majesty.

The long and short of it is this, offerings were to be brought to God on behalf of the Israelites, mainly: Burnt Offerings, Grain Offerings, Fellowship Offerings, Sin Offerings and Guilt Offerings. The priests made these offerings, in strict adherence to the law established by God himself, so that the Israelites could be forgiven and restored in God’s sight.

As New Testament believers, we are free of these requirements. Jesus died on behalf of all mankind so that our sins could be forgiven, making these offerings no longer mandatory. He poured out his love and life for us in crimson sacrifice. The Bible tells us that when you and I confess our sins and place our faith in the finished work of Christ, that we are fully forgiven and restored to the heart of God.

After Moses had told his brother Aaron all that God had instructed, the Israelites gathered to worship the Lord and present their offerings according to the Lord’s instructions. (Leviticus 9) The ceremonies of sacrifice began near the Tent of Meetings and God met them there with fire.

After the sacrificial ceremony was well underway, Aaron’s sons decided to do their own thing. They stepped outside of God’s revealed will and brought offerings in a way that they wanted to.

And God consumed them with fire.

On the spot.

Struck them dead before all of the people.

Oh. My. Heart. Knowing how often I set aside God’s will for my own, I read this and struggle to process.

Following the deaths of Nadab and Abihu the Lord gave further directives to His people. The one that stopped me in my tracks was found in verse 10: 

And the Lord spoke to Aaron, saying, “…You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean, and you are to teach the people of Israel all the statutes that the Lord has spoken to them by Moses.” (Leviticus 10:8-11)

Distinguish between the holy and the common.

Between the unclean and the clean.

I read this chapter and am gripped with a fresh awareness of God’s holiness. His words ring loud in my ears. These precepts are important to God, so they need to be important to me.

I’m left wondering how I can distinguish the holy from the common today.

How can I sift through the mundane and dust off the majestic in practical ways?

What would it look like for me to separate and set aside the common from the holy in my marriage and mothering, at my work place, in my friendships, on social media…?

Some answers rise in my soul as obvious. Others loom nebulous. I want all to align my street-level-life with God’s sacred will, so I turn to Him in prayer and ask Him to show me. I ask Him to help me to see the holy and the common for what it is. To choose the best. His best. I ask that He would help me to turn from the unclean toward the clean. I hand over my limited perspective, selfish intentions and stubbornness.

Pray with me?

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, You are holy and worthy of all praise and honor. Lead me in Your ways today. Guide me with Your Spirit to choose words, thoughts and deeds that bring you glory.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Now It’s Your Turn

Quiet your heart before God for a few minutes, then ask Him to reveal the common things, behaviors, thoughts and relationships that you’ve been settling for. Make a fresh commitment to pursue holiness and ask the Holy One to lead you in the pursuit.

PAUSE to WORSHIP: Listen to this song, Holy Adonai, and center your heart and soul on God’s goodness.

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LHM Daily Devotion - October 4, 2017 "Wrong Experts"

The other day I came across a list of the simple pleasures of life...

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

"Wrong Experts"

October 4, 2017

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
~ John 1:14 (ESV)

The other day I came across a list of the simple pleasures of life.

On that list were things like soft pajamas, holding hands, a light snow on Christmas, watching a first-grader suddenly understand something, not having to set an alarm clock for tomorrow morning, taking a family picture where everyone's eyes are open and smiles are sincere.

The person had apparently spent some time putting together the 100 items on their list.

I agreed with some - didn't understand others. There was one item that I thought was noticeably absent. You may disagree with me, of course, but I think most people would put on their list finding out an expert was wrong.

Fifty years of human observation have convinced me there are few things which give greater pleasure than seeing an expert proven to be wrong. Yes, it's probably petty, and just a little juvenile, but it's true. Think, what is your reaction when you hear experts predicted train travelers would get nose bleeds if they exceeded the blinding speed of 15 miles an hour? Don't you smile?

You might smirk when I tell you Joshua Coppersmith was once arrested in Boston for selling stock in the telephone. Why was Coppersmith arrested? He was arrested because the experts knew the human voice couldn't be carried over a wire.

Most people find it makes them feel good when an expert is proven wrong.

Years ago, I was invited to attend the 55th wedding anniversary of a really neat couple. They were pleased as their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren eulogized and congratulated them. Then the gray-haired groom got up and said "Thank you." He continued: "This has been a satisfying day to have so many of you gathered here and hear the things you've said. But it's most satisfying to know our parents were wrong when they told us, "Our marriage wasn't going to last."

People like it when an expert is proven wrong.

Have you seen the joyful tears of a mother who gazes upon a newborn baby sleeping by her side? The mother cries because the experts have been wrong in telling her she would never have children. And you know what, the experts - the ones who had given her that sad news - cry right with her. The experts are just as glad as the mother that they've been proven wrong.

If you want to see a great group of experts be proven wrong, read the four Gospels.

There you will see almost every expert on the Messiah proven to be wrong. Listen to them as they call Jesus a liar, a Samaritan, demon-possessed, and insane. They said He was frightening, a magician, a heretic, a blasphemer, a threat, and someone who was too dangerous to let live.

The truth is Jesus was none of those things.

He was the Son of God, the Savior of the world. He was innocent of any sin, yet He carried our transgressions to the cross where He died the death we deserved. He was hated by many, but He loved us so much He became our heaven-sent ransom. He defies the experts, but still touches the little ones and brings hope and salvation to all who count Him as Lord.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, many great human minds still do their best to pronounce their negative opinion on Jesus. Grant that, when it comes to Jesus, we may listen carefully to the Holy Spirit and Your Word, so we might not be led astray. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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CPTLN Devocional de 04 de Octubre de 2017

Alimento Diario

La necesidad del necesitado

04 de Octubre 2017

Al oír esto, Jesús les dijo: 'No son los sanos los que necesitan de un médico, sino los enfermos. Vayan y aprendan lo que significa "Misericordia quiero, y no sacrificio". Porque no he venido a llamar a los justos al arrepentimiento, sino a los pecadores.'

La última encuesta Gallup, realizada en 114 países, preguntaba si la religión era importante. Luego del análisis de la información, Gallup concluyó: "La religión tiene un papel más importante en la vida diaria de las personas de los países pobres que en las de los países ricos".

En otras palabras, las personas de los países pobres del mundo consideran más a Dios que las de los países ricos.

Pensemos por un momento. Tenemos un grupo de personas que son suficientemente ricas como para pensar que todas las bendiciones que disfrutan vienen de... sí mismas. Y tenemos otro grupo, un grupo de personas que no está segura de qué comerá el día de mañana, o si tendrá techo sobre sus cabezas,.

¿Qué grupo se acercará al Señor? Yo diría que tiene que ser el grupo que no está seguro de lo que el mañana les traerá. Esas son las personas que naturalmente son atraídas al Señor en busca de ayuda.

¿Cómo lo dijo Jesús? Las personas enfermas son las que necesitan un médico. Las personas pobres necesitan de Alguien que provea por ellos.

Cuando las personas son atraídas al Señor porque Él es su única esperanza, ahí es cuando el Señor puede proveer consuelo.

Cuando en medio de su pobreza las personas se vuelven al Señor, Él puede asegurarles que serán ricos espiritualmente.

Cuando las almas enfermas por el pecado hacen una cita con Él, el gran médico del cuerpo y del alma, el Señor puede sanarles el corazón, el alma y la mente. Él puede darnos el Cordero de Dios que quita el pecado del mundo.

ORACIÓN: Padre celestial, haz que todas las personas sean tocadas con el poder de tu Palabra. Pobre o rico, lleno o vacío; todos ellos necesitan un Salvador. Dales corazones y mentes que oigan el llamado del Espíritu Santo. Esto lo pido en el nombre de Jesús, quien no tuvo hogar para que podamos tener un hogar en el cielo eternamente. Amén.

De una historia escrita originalmente por Jenna Lyle.

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