Archive for January, 2013

Hosea 10:12

Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he comes and rains righteousness upon you.

Sembrad para vosotros según la justicia, segad conforme a la misericordia; romped el barbecho, porque es tiempo de buscar al SEÑOR hasta que venga a enseñaros justicia.

This wisdom is for us all. This prophecy was for then, but also for now. It is time to seek Jesus. He will rain upon us righteousness if we do according to His will.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nehemiah 4:1-9

1But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews. 2And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned? 3Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall.

4Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity: 5And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

6So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

7But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth, 8And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.

9Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

1 Y sucedió que cuando Sanbalat se enteró de que estábamos reedificando la muralla, se enfureció y se enojó mucho. Y burlándose de los judíos, 2 habló en presencia de sus hermanos y de los ricos de Samaria, y dijo: ¿Qué hacen estos débiles judíos? ¿La restaurarán para sí mismos? ¿Podrán ofrecer sacrificios? ¿Terminarán en un día? ¿Harán revivir las piedras de los escombros polvorientos, aun las quemadas? 3 Tobías el amonita estaba cerca de él, y dijo: Aun lo que están edificando, si un zorro saltara sobre ello , derribaría su muralla de piedra.
4 Oye, oh Dios nuestro, cómo somos despreciados. Devuelve su oprobio sobre sus cabezas y entrégalos por despojo en una tierra de cautividad. 5 No perdones su iniquidad, ni su pecado sea borrado de delante de ti, porque han desmoralizado a los que edifican. 6 Y edificamos la muralla hasta que toda la muralla estaba unida hasta la mitad de su altura, porque el pueblo tuvo ánimo para trabajar.
7 Aconteció que cuando Sanbalat, Tobías, los árabes, los amonitas y los de Asdod se enteraron que continuaba la reparación de las murallas de Jerusalén, que las brechas comenzaban a ser cerradas, se enojaron mucho. 8 Y todos ellos conspiraron juntos para venir a luchar contra Jerusalén y causar disturbio en ella. 9 Entonces oramos a nuestro Dios, y para defendernos montamos guardia contra ellos de día y de noche.

Just like the Jews, we too have walls built around us to keep us from outer evil. At times, with our sin, we can make holes in these walls to allow the enemy passage in. Are we keeping our walls secure? We need to pray and read the Word and the walls God has built around us will stand firm and solid. As verse 9 says, we must set a watch with prayer. The evil ones are always looking for opportunities to break through the walls, but God gives us the strength and the way to keep the walls tight and strong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Isaiah 50:7-9

7For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

8He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.

9Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.

7 El Señor DIOS me ayuda,
por eso no soy humillado,
por eso como pedernal he puesto mi rostro,
y sé que no seré avergonzado.
8 Cercano está el que me justifica;
¿quién contenderá conmigo?
Comparezcamos juntos;
¿quién es el enemigo de mi causa?
Que se acerque a mí.
9 He aquí, el Señor DIOS me ayuda;
¿quién es el que me condena?
He aquí, todos ellos como un vestido se gastarán,
la polilla se los comerá.

If we stand on the Rock, He will guide us and keep us in His perfect love.

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2 Corinthians 5:14-17

14For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 16Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

14 Pues el amor de Cristo nos apremia, habiendo llegado a esta conclusión: que uno murió por todos, por consiguiente, todos murieron; 15 y por todos murió, para que los que viven, ya no vivan para sí, sino para aquel que murió y resucitó por ellos. 16 De manera que nosotros de ahora en adelante ya no conocemos a nadie según la carne; aunque hemos conocido a Cristo según la carne, sin embargo, ahora ya no le conocemos así. 17 De modo que si alguno está en Cristo, nueva criatura es ; las cosas viejas pasaron; he aquí, son hechas nuevas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Porque la palabra de Dios es viva y eficaz, y más cortante que cualquier espada de dos filos; penetra hasta la división del alma y del espíritu, de las coyunturas y los tuétanos, y es poderosa para discernir los pensamientos y las intenciones del corazón.

This Word you read and hold knows your inner thoughts and being. If you give it all; yes, it ALL to God, He will purify and make you clean. Give your thoughts and desires to Him. He loves you.

 

 

 

 

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Zephaniah 3:1-5

1Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!

2She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.

3Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

4Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

5The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.

1 ¡Ay de la rebelde y contaminada,
la ciudad opresora!
2 No escuchó la voz,
ni aceptó la corrección.
No confió en el SEÑOR,
ni se acercó a su Dios.
3 Sus príncipes en medio de ella son leones rugientes,
sus jueces, lobos al anochecer;
no dejan nada para la mañana.
4 Sus profetas son temerarios, hombres pérfidos;
sus sacerdotes han profanado el santuario,
han violado la ley.
5 El SEÑOR es justo en medio de ella;
no cometerá injusticia.
Cada mañana saca a luz su juicio,
nunca falta;
pero el injusto no conoce la vergüenza.

When I read this prophetic scripture, I am considering today’s world and the United States. Could we fit into this? We need to repent and do right. We need to seek the True and Living God! We need to fall down and worship before Him and ask His mercy. It says at the end the unjust know not shame. Do you feel shame when you do wrong, or is it just another thing? Cry out to Jesus and beg His grace and mercy upon mankind!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Galatians 2:20-21

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God: for if righteousness comes by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Con Cristo he sido crucificado, y ya no soy yo el que vive, sino que Cristo vive en mí; y la vida que ahora vivo en la carne, la vivo por fe en el Hijo de Dios, el cual me amó y se entregó a sí mismo por mí. No hago nula la gracia de Dios, porque si la justicia viene por medio de la ley, entonces Cristo murió en vano.

As is pointed out here, it’s all about Jesus and the gift of grace He gave us. There is nothing we can do that will make us “good” in the eyes of God. We are naturally evil, but God’s grace through His precious Son has given us a new life. Accept and cherish the Gift.

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Psalm 142

1 I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication.

2I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.

3When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

4I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

5I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.

6Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.

7Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.

1 Clamo al SEÑOR con mi voz;
con mi voz suplico al SEÑOR.
2 Delante de El expongo mi queja;
en su presencia manifiesto mi angustia.
3 Cuando mi espíritu desmayaba dentro de mí,
tú conociste mi senda.
En la senda en que camino
me han tendido una trampa.
4 Mira a la derecha, y ve,
porque no hay quien me tome en cuenta;
no hay refugio para mí;
no hay quien cuide de mi alma.
5 A ti he clamado, SEÑOR;
dije: Tú eres mi refugio,
mi porción en la tierra de los vivientes.
6 Atiende a mi clamor,
porque estoy muy abatido;
líbrame de los que me persiguen,
porque son más fuertes que yo.
7 Saca mi alma de la prisión,
para que yo dé gracias a tu nombre;
los justos me rodearán,
porque tú me colmarás de bendiciones.

If we keep our eyes on the Lord, He hears our pleads. He will guide and lead us. He will not allow evil to overcome us, but we must seek Him in all we do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Matthew 11:28-30

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Venid a mí, todos los que estáis cansados y cargados, y yo os haré descansar.  Tomad mi yugo sobre vosotros y aprended de mí, que soy manso y humilde de corazón, y HALLAREIS DESCANSO PARA VUESTRAS ALMAS.  Porque mi yugo es fácil y mi carga ligera.

This is a promise from our Lord and Savior. I can testify that it is true. The Holy Spirit will guide us when adversity comes and it is easier. We find ways to deal with problems the way God would have us and it is much better and easier. If you have not accepted Jesus in your heart–today is the day; right now is the time.

 

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James 1:5-8

5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

5 Pero si alguno de vosotros se ve falto de sabiduría, que la pida a Dios, el cual da a todos abundantemente y sin reproche, y le será dada. 6 Pero que pida con fe, sin dudar; porque el que duda es semejante a la ola del mar, impulsada por el viento y echada de una parte a otra. 7 No piense, pues, ese hombre, que recibirá cosa alguna del Señor, 8 siendo hombre de doble ánimo, inestable en todos sus caminos.

If we seek God and all His ways, He will be with us and lead us. If we are “walking a fence” He will not hear us and help. He loves us and wants our worship and faith. If we waver on our faith when times get easy, He sees it and when we have tough times and cry out to Him, He will let the chips fall where they will. Keep the faith and let God reign!

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