jueves, 21 de marzo de 2013

"Be doers not hearers only ..."

Lerma, Sunday, March 10, 2013
"Be doers not hearers only ..."(Matthew 7:21-28) "21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in Your name cast out demons (Mat 17:16-21 "Because of your little faith ... prayer and fasting", Mar 9: 17-38 "Prayer", Luke 9:39-42 "faithless and perverse generation") and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I declare I never knew you: depart from me, you evildoers. 24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon a rock. 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and fell, and great was its fall. 28 And when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine. "
The 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.
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 gets the credit. How did Abraham when God called him? The left, as the Lord had commanded.(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. "
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.
(Romans 4:1-5) "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. "The apostle tells us how to be right with God. We can not serve both God doing favors. However, this is what makes most people. 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. The pattern for you and me is the same. God will not accept us because we do favors, but simply whether we believe what He says. 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. Faith is not something you do.
The Bible speaks to those who believe in God know certain things are already well clear that the devil himself also 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 creed, however good that is. 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.
True faith is not presumption. Not to say that God has given me this or that because I believe with all my heart, and if you insist, you might meet the obligation to give it to me. 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.What, then, is the true faith? True faith is trust in Christ CREATING A CHANGE. 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 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 believing that He will do what he has promised, that if we trust Him to forgive us, to be with us, bless us if we obey Him.
When we have this confidence in 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 Jehovah God. We also will change, we will make decisions that others do not understand, because God has called us and trust Him
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. He 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.
The way you started your life with Christ is the way you should go. (Rev 2:4) "But I have this against you: You have forsaken your first love." Tell me: 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 trust him? 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.
THE BLESSING OF OBEDIENCE
Imagine, for a moment, that the president of a large company is about to leave home. He makes a meeting with all employees and tells them: "I travel, and I'll be out some time. While I'm gone, I want you to take care of business. Them send letters with detailed instructions. Want to follow my instructions to the letter. " All employees are in agreement.
The president will travel, and for a couple of years left the company in the hands of employees. During this time he writes often telling them what you want done. Finally, back to the company. At the entrance, is a total mess. The courtyard of the building is neglected. There are several broken windows on the facade of the building.
Upon entering, the receptionist is painting their nails, music blaring out of the doors of several offices and half of the workers have taken the day off. Instead of making money, business has suffered huge losses. Instantly, convenes a meeting with all employees.
"What happened? Did not received my letters?" - Asks everyone. They answer: Sure! Here we have all your letters. The binding sent to any to lose. Some of us until we have memorized. Each Sunday, we gather to study the cards. They are very pretty! The president asked: "But what did they do with my instructions?" Employees respond: "What did we? Buenos, we did nothing. But read them all!"
I wonder if this imaginary situation, have some resemblance to the current situation of the church. The answer is left to the discretion of each. Today we'll talk about obedience, and obedience brings blessings. The question for each of us is this: I'll be losing my blessings for disobedience? Let's open the Bible (Psalm 112:1-10) "1 Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, And He delights in his commandments greatly. 2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. 4 light shone in the darkness for the upright: he is gracious, merciful and just. 5 A good man is merciful, and lends his affairs with judgment, 6 Wherefore never be moved, in everlasting remembrance shall the righteous. 7 Do not fear bad news: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. 8 Insured is his heart will not fear, Until he see his desire upon his enemies. 9 giveth, give to the poor, His righteousness endures forever, His power will be exalted in glory. 10 The wicked will see and be grieved; gnash their teeth, and consume. The desire of the wicked will perish. "
We live in obedience to God, or we can live by our own ambition. We see here the comparison between these two ways of living, with more attention on the blessings of obedience, and only a brief mention of the results of disobedience. I realize that you and me many times we lack wisdom, because we focus too much on the lives of the wicked. We see a person who seems to live well without God, and we want to know why - instead of focusing on the blessing that God has for us, if we obey.
Let's focus, then, on the things that Jehovah God tells us about the blessing of obedience. Consider first the qualities of the person obedient, righteous person. Verse one describes it thus: "Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who has great delight in his commands."
What does it mean to fear the Lord? Consider an example. We've all driven down the road at some time, when suddenly we see how far the brake lights of all cars going forward will begin to shine in a certain place. We already know what's there! There is a hidden police. Drivers fear the police, and adjust your speed.
If we fear the Lord, we will adjust our lives - not only at certain times or certain places, but at all times and all places. The Lord is present always and everywhere, and if we fear, our obedience no limitations of place or time. When temptation comes, whatever, we will respond as did Joseph (Genesis 39:9) "How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?".
Obedience goes beyond fear, however, because the second half of verse 1 says that the person blessed, happy person, "finds great delight in his commands." Consider, for a moment, that phrase. Do you think that the Lord's commandments are nice? Are not a burden or a weight. On the contrary, knowing the Lord's will is something delicious, it brings blessing.
The wise and blessed is hungry to know more of the Word of God because it recognizes that it is good. Not heavy or unpleasant. It's like a recipe for a blessed life. When a woman follows a recipe, does not see it as something heavy. You know, if you follow the instructions, will result in a delicious cake or a savory broth. So it is with the Word also.
Verses 5 and 9 other qualities give us the righteous. This is how they use the money. For starters, the righteous is generous with his possessions. Verse 5 says, "Well you going to generously provided." Verse 9 repeats the idea: "distributes his possessions to the poor."
This does not mean that the person blessed day without discernment can recognize when there are real needs, and when not. Rather, this person understands that what God has given him not only for his own pleasure, but also to share with others. Understand what it says (Proverbs 11:24) "One man gives freely, yet gains more than they give, others not paying their debts, and end up in misery."
Besides being generous, blessed man is perfect in finance. The second half of verse 5 says: "Manage your business with justice." Verse 9 repeats the idea: "His righteousness endures forever." The blessed person does not receive his blessings because it Tranzas in your business, because it robs the employer or because it takes advantage of others. Someone may be enriched in this way for a while, but it is God's blessing. It will not last.
I remember on one occasion, that my wife gave Laly change more in a bakery. Realizing what had happened, my wife returned the excess. You know why he did it? Because my wife has Jesus in his heart. He knew that Jesus was watching, and that Christ is pleased to integrity and honesty.
These are the qualities of the righteous: Fear the Lord, and He delights in his commandments is generous, and it's just business. Let's talk about the blessings of the righteous. Verses 2 and 3 tell us that your home will be blessed. Your children will be good people of influence in society. At home no shortage of wealth.
However, what we can say is that if you live in obedience, this will bring blessing to your children. Bring blessing to your home. It is much more likely that your children are good people if you obey the Lord. Bliss'll be proud of them because they make good decisions and make families happy, if you walk in obedience to the Lord.
The second blessing of the righteous is to be sure, even in difficult times. Verse 4 says, "For the just the light shines in the darkness". Even when things look very dark, God shines his light on the right. Verses 7 and 8 repeat the same idea. Notes: this psalm does not say that just does not get bad news, but says his heart will trust in the Lord when you receive them.
Nor ever says the right face dark and difficult times, says that in the midst of darkness, there will be a light for him. Verse 8 says, "the end will defeat their opponents." It is not always instantly, not always the overnight. Sometimes we have to persevere in obedience for long while it seems that our opponents have their way. However, in the end, we will defeat our adversaries.
Do not believe the lie that never suffers obedient. Rather, obedience brings blessing, despite the trials and troubles that come. Bring home blessing, brings safety test times and brings good reputation. Verse 6 says. The fair, which obeys God, is remembered.
Now, what is the evil? Verse 10 describes it very briefly. What we say is this: all your wishes will come to naught! All we both strove to be left in the blue. His whole ambition is frustrated. We see many cases of this now. We will see it in its complete fulfillment when Jesus returns to establish his kingdom.
What an irony! The person who lives by obeying their wishes, according to his own ambition, be totally frustrated and nothingness. Instead, the person who obeys the will of the Lord shall be established, blessed and fruitful. As Jesus said, whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses it for my sake will save it.
The question for you and me, then, is this: How do we live? Will we live in obedience, even if it takes, even if the world makes fun, but do not understand why? If we do, we can trust God's blessing. Or follow our own ambition? The final will be frustration. How do we find Jesus, when He returns? What obedience, or evil?
(Mark 13:13) "And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. "
Lerma preaches by:Victor R. Pr Preciado Balderramasanadoctrinavictor@gmail.com
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