lunes, 19 de noviembre de 2012


"6 But without faith it is impossible to please God, because it is necessary that cometh to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not yet seen, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house, and he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when called, obeyed by going out to the place which he should after receive for an inheritance, and left not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 Through faith also Sara herself, being barren, received strength to conceive, and she gave birth when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. "
INTRODUCTIONThe Bible tells us that "without faith it is impossible to please God." This is why it urges us understand what faith to please God. On our tour of the Bible have come to the life of a man who is the quintessential example of faith. Knowing his life, we can find out what is the true faith and experience to imitate his blessings in our lives too.
(Genesis 12:1-4) 1 The LORD had said to Abram, 'Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house, unto a land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, and you will be blessed. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse, and be blessed in you all the families of the earth. 4 So Abram departed, as the Lord told him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. "
The man in the past decided to build a tower to become famous, to make a name, but the result was that God confused their language and not split to achieve their purposes.
Now look what God tells Abraham thy name ... Through you shall be blessed all the families of the earth. When humanity decides to become a famous name, the result is confusion, but when God finds a humble person, a person of faith, the person becomes large and given a name.
So famous did God make to Abraham now, some 4,000 years after his life, still studying him. With Abraham comes a new beginning for mankind. God begins to restore what had been destroyed because of the sin of Adam and Eve. Abraham's life is like a huge bend in the path of the world, where humanity that had been moving further away from God is now called to return to Him, through the author and finisher of our faith.(Heb 12:1-2) "1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. "
Abraham became the human father of the Jewish nation, and it was through this nation that God brought the world to the Savior Jesus Christ, who brought blessing to all nations. Those same nations that had been scattered and confused because their pride in Babel one day be blessed because of what Christ would do.
Note also that God takes the initiative with Abraham. The Bible speaks of the excellence of Abraham as the first, but rather is the call of God that comes first. God is the one who decided to rescue us, we can only answer that call. He is credited as the Lord God all the glory.
How did Abraham when God called him? The left, as the Lord had commanded. If we consult a map, we find that Abraham journeyed westward. Do you remember the direction in which they traveled men to build the tower of Babel? It was to the east, indicating their rebellion against God. Now find Abraham in obedience traveling westward, which will bring blessing.
Fast forward a little more in the life of Abraham to find revelation.
(Genesis 15:1-6) "1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. 2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is Eliezer of Damascus? 3 And Abram said, Behold, I have given no offspring, and here is my heir one born in my house. 4 Then came to him the word of the Lord, saying: Do not be your heir, but a son of yours will be your heir. 5 Then He brought him outside and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able. And I said, 'So shall your descendants. 6 Abram believed the Lord, and it was counted for righteousness. "
God promised blessing to Abraham, but there was one problem - he was old, and had no children. Following the customs of his day, thought adopting one of his servants - Eliezer of Damascus - to stay with their property. However, God declares that the impossible happen - he would have a son, who would be his heir.
In verse 6 we find the key to the life of Abraham. "Abraham believed the Lord, and the Lord recognized him as righteousness." In other words, God treated Abraham as righteous and worthy to receive his blessings because he was perfect, in fact, had many flaws. Rather, it was because Abraham believed the word of God that he was treated as righteous.
Let's say you and I left to go walking from Sonora to Mexico City. We walked to the side of the road when a car stops luxurious, spacious and air conditioned, and the driver says: Do they go to Mexico City? If you want, I'll take them.
At that time, we have to make a decision. Would you believe? If we believe, we climb into the car and effortlessly reach Mexico City. But if we do not, we'll never get walking. Abraham's situation was similar. God spoke and said I'll do something spectacular, and I'm going to use you. Abraham's decision was simply to believe or disbelieve.
"1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 4 Now to him who works, not his wage as grace, but of debt 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. "(Luke 6:46) "Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, 'and not do what I say?".(Acts 16:31) "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."
The Word tells us how to be right with God. We can not serve both God doing favors. However, this is what makes most people. To say that God said: Help yourself and I will help. They think that if they go to church once in a while, give some money to help the poor and try to carry it well most of the time will be right with God.
But with God it does not work well. Abraham himself, the man who started the restoration plan of God, was not accepted by God for the favors he did. Rather, it was the faith of Abraham's response to God's call against God accepted him as righteous.The pattern for you and me is the same. God will not accept us because we do favors, but simply whether we believe what God says and obey him. If we trust in His Word and He trusted the word came, God treats us as righteous.
But if we're trying to win the favor of God through what we do, we will not be able to do. Faith alone makes us acceptable to God. What, then, is the true faith? Let's talk first of what is not.True faith is not legalism or religion. These are not religious do certain things, to go to a certain church or lighting a number of candles. Faith is not something you do.True faith is not to know certain things. The apostle James speaks to those who believe in God know certain things are already well clear that the devil himself also believe - and tremble. (James 2:19) "You believe that God is one. Good! Even the demons believe and tremble. " Having faith is not simply know the Bible, to quote verses or know something about the life of Jesus Christ. It is not simply to recite the Bible, and that is why most good. (Mat 7:20,21) "20So by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Do not everyone who says Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. "
True faith is not mere optimism. It's good to be optimistic, but we should not confuse the simple optimism with biblical faith. Sometimes people say I have great faith that everything will be okay. Let's hope so, but optimism is not the same as faith, is as true self, I am saved and no matter what others THINK, because God says in his word that what I am and if I fail so you has put his son Jesus as my lawyer, God is good and will not allow me to lose, and so hold on to this half truth which is a lie because all truth is equal to half a lie, and this is not biblical faith.
TRUE FAITH NO presumption. Not to say that God has given me this or that because I believe with all my heart, and if you insist, God will find bound to give it. Satan asked Jesus to throw himself from the temple in the hope that his father would save him, but Jesus said that we can not put God to the test. Faith is not presumed.(Mat 4:6-7) "6y said, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written: give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against stone. 7Jesus said is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God, "and many doctrines now say do not worry do not you know that God alone is good, and that God loves you so much that He sent His son Jesus to die for you and shed his blood so that through that sacrifice you're always forgiven, and Jesus himself says in His Word that everyone who believes in Him will have life and life in abundance, so just believe in Jesus and everything is going to come besides.
What, then, is the true faith? True faith is faith in Christ that creates a change in everyone who believes in Jesus will repent of his sins but not to practice again. Abraham believed what God said, and this was a change in his life, he moved to another place, waiting for the Lord to fulfill his promise - and had to be very patient in waiting.You and I know more than you knew Abraham, we have the revelation of all that Christ came into this world to do. Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of that promise that God made to Abraham, and Jesus Christ is that we have to trust. Trusting in Jesus Christ means to repent and do what Jesus commands us to believe that Jesus will do what He promised to do, that if we trust in Jesus, forgive us, that will be with us and bless us if we obey Him.
WHEN WE HAVE A MEETING WITH CHRIST, make a change in our lifestyle. We can not continue to live the same way. Abraham left his home and moved to the other side for the faith he had in God. We also will have to change it is worthy fruits; (Mat 3:8) "Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance", will make decisions that others do not understand, because God has called us through His beloved Son and trust in the Lord God the Holy One of Israel.If you have that kind of faith, you are right with God. This is what it means to be justified by faith is to be right with God by obeying what Jesus commands us to do. And so the Lord God sees you as if you had never sinned, as if nothing You ought not. So begins the Christian life, and it makes life too. We started accepting Christ by faith, and continue to live the Christian life by faith.
(Lc.6 :43-49) "43 No good tree bears bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its fruit, men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, 'and not do what I say? 47 Whosoever comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you whom he is like. 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream broke against that house but could not shake it, for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man who built his house on the ground without a foundation, against which the stream broke, and immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house. "
MAKING A DIFFERENCEMany run everywhere, everywhere but aimlessly and without safe goal. Many look, everything, but nothing in particular, many know you need something but do not know why. Many have concerns that need to know, but what do you need to know? And who will tell? Many need a change in your life, but what change and how? The thing is, who will tell you what will change and how? Many need to call, cry out to the only one who has the solution to your problems, but who is the present? You and I can make a difference in the lives of people.
You know that only Jesus is the complete answer to all the needs of everyone. Because there salvation in any other, anywhere else there is forgiveness of sins, there is no other real peace, nowhere else's heart health, to the extent that is removed, is removed every root of bitterness, nowhere is no true freedom of prisons in which thousands of people. Only Jesus heals the wounded, injured and sick. Only Jesus frees the prisoners free from vices. Only Jesus restores the lives, families, etc.
I ask you please not fooled and be more honest with ourselves and our creator God because we can not deceive, if God says in His Word that we deceive ourselves and it is better to recognize that we have not really had a real encounter with Jesus at last accounts and Jesus is not highlighting this just because he and you know, and if anyone here has ever had an encounter with Jesus Christ, and it shows that there is still truth many works of the flesh in us, then you have not had an encounter with Jesus even though you have a lot of time in the gospel and only you can examine yourself with the help of the Holy Spirit on this day I invite you to make that decision to believe what God says. Listen to what He says in Romans 10:8-10: "This is the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. " Come today to accept.
If you have already made that decision, be sure to trust Christ through obeying. The way you started your life with Jesus is the way you should go.
Tell me:To what is God calling you things to make you seem impossible?What are those areas of your life that God wants to change, if only you believe in Jesus?What things God is calling you to continue your process?
I know God wants great things for this church and for your life.
Will come true only if, like Abraham, we learn to trust God's Word.
You come with me on this journey of faith?
Lerma preaches for himVictor R. Pr Preciado Balderrama
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