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It may sound a little silly, but in moments of desperation or frustration, really works to call Jesus and tell him exactly how we feel.

I was in church for many years, and “knew a great deal about the bible.”  I remembered that my pastor told me once, that I was an elderly of the church to my surprise.  And even after that, at one point, I found myself struggling and I said in my heart, I need Jesus.

And I told him.  I said Lord, Jesus, I need you.  I need you to fix my life.  I need, you.

And I started surfing the web about Jesus.  I subscribed to newsgroups about Jesus.  And all I found were people denying God and cursing.  I started talking to them, exposing the gospel.  I started telling them about Jesus.  All the words were coming back to me.  And at the same time, those words were talking to me.

The whole bible started having a more especial meaning.  Every story in the bible was like brand new.  The stories that I heard since I was a child got a special power and sounded different.

Then, the greatest thing happened.  The Lord started working with me.   I never felt him so close.  My prayers were answered, I changed.  Everything changed.  I started seeing things from a different perspective.

So many things that I used to believe, I started seeing them as they were.  I realized that I was believing many lies.

I understood that The Lord truly love us and care about us.  That the blessing of God is always there if we just can see it. Also, I understood that I was blind, that I couldn’t see.  The Lord opened my spiritual eyes.  I also understood, that I was never as righteous as I thought.  But that The Lord could take me through all the way if I just trust him.

I learned that I would never be the same.  I started seeing things differently, feeling more compassion, caring more about others.  I got so sensitive, that I even started liking Opera.  I mean Christian Opera and old music.  I was living every feeling coming from the music.

When I read the news, I prayed in the spirit.  Every morning was a day for The Lord.

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Christian Positions that are not according The gospel of Jesus Christ

It’s not enough to call ourselves Christians, we need to follow Jesus teachings and be light to the world bringing up The Kingdom of God. We all need to be born again and allow Jesus to lead our actions and thoughts.

  • Hate to Emigrants
  • Hate to homosexuals
  • Hate to Jews
  • Segregate Children with Home schooling
  • Supporting of wars
  • Believing that worth is synonymous of God blessing
  • Race divided churches

Hate to emigrants: This is contradictory to the hospitality preached in the bible, and original American values.

Hebrews 13:2
“Stop neglecting to show hospitality to strangers, for by showing hospitality some have had angels as their guests without being aware of it.”

Home Schooling and Segregation of your children: Believers are not called to segregate themselves, but to influence the world with their Christian faith.

Matthew 5:13-16:
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? … You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid… Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Hate to homosexuals instead of hate to homosexuality: Christians should not hate to anyone neither behave aggressively against any group.  Homosexuality is wrong, but hate is not going to fix it.  Jesus shed his blood for everyone regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender.  Social and moral problems should be fix by the roots, not by the branches.  Only Jesus gives a new birth transforming the heart.  We can’t change anyone and can’t either push anyone into changing.

1 John 2:9-10
“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.”

Hate to Jews: The nation of Israel is the nation that God chose to put his name over it.  And The Lord those not repents.

It’s true that they rejected Jesus and God made a new covenant with his church.  But it’s also true that while believers in Jesus Christ are the spiritual Israel, The people of Israel are still the physical people of God.

Money as a sign of blessing: Money is part of earthly blessing.  But those seeking the kingdom make their treasure on Heaven where

Mathews 6:20
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

Race Divided Churches:

  • White churches will allow blacks, but they won’t let them assume positions of leadership.
  • Blacks will stay in a withe church, but would not feel happy with the differences and non intentional but still painful comments of racism.
  • Whites still can’t help to feel insecure in black communities.
  • White can’t either help to feel that they need to lead over blacks.
  • White still think that they are smarter and more educated for being white

As you can see, we all need to be born again and allow Jesus to lead our actions and thoughts.

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Mark of the beast

Where can we find real answers?

666 Incomplete Number of Man

The only other part of the bible that mention the 666 is referring to the annual rent of Salomon in 1 Kings 10:14 and 2 Chronicles 9:13.

There is a powerful group, The Free Masons that relates with the construction of the Temple of Salomon.  A secret society with many mysteries.  They also aim for power.  According to what I know about them, their mission is to keep the good people in high positions of power.  Also to open the spiritual minds of those who follow within their fraternity.  All this, sounds great!  The only problem is that it’s so secret that we do not know for sure.

There is also a conspiracy theory which have many people alarmed.  But what is behind the whole subject?  The true is that because everything seems so secret, there is not much information to relay on.  It’s like rumors, nothing in concrete.

The Illuminati, is also another obscure subject.  Some say that this group disappeared a long time ago.  But to tell you the true.  A so dangerous and secret group, could be and could be not.  It’s as hard to prove that they exists as to prove that they do not exist.

The new book of Dan Brown as well as his other book of the Davincci code brings enough doughs to wake up the imagination.  Now Brown says that his book is complete fiction.  It could be.  But we need to stay alert.  Not scared or desperate in any way, because we trust that The Lord is our Shepherd and nothing we shall want.

From my side, I would like to know which are the prophesies of Prophet Nathan?  What it’s written in those other lost books over Salomon and those other written by Salomon that are lost.

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Holy Spirit

Awakening of The Holy Spirit

Awakening of The Holy Spirit

There are some offensive expressions when referring to the Pentecostal movements. Ignorance is dangerous, but even more dangerous is to talk about the things, we do not know.  And it’s even more dangerous to talk against the Holy Ghost.

What most of those who criticize this ignore, is that the person dancing or praying in the Spirit, is 100% conscious of everything.  There is not such trance, or real slain.

The Spirit takes over your tongue or your body, but you still have full control over your body and your tongue.  And sometimes, the person is not under the control of The Holy Spirit but under their own flesh.

What these people actually experience is a deep joy.  This is worshiping at another level, where people cry of joy, feel God.  See their praise answered and God treating them as individuals.

I had seen something that sounded very awkward to me.  There are people who call the congregation and tell them, let’s speak in tongues now.  What’s the purpose of speaking in tongues?  To me, this sound fake.  You speak in tongues when you pray or when the Spirit address you to do so.  Even when you pray, it’s not a calculated choice.  The Spirit is the one intervening mysteriously.  You pray for things you don’t know and often for things you know.  You understand what is going on, and the feelings of joy and sorrow are passed to you.  Your soul is renewed, your love for the souls increases.  After, you are more capable to face the day and the troubles coming with it.

Unfortunately, the practice has been exploited by some to gather ignorant multitudes seeking for a real experience with God.  But the good thing about it is that even when the ministers are wrong, The Spirit is truthful and the clean soul is not contaminated.

Part of the job of The Spirit is to keep us awake.   The Spirit reveals mysteries and warn us of things that could harm us beforehand.

People do not manipulate The Holy Ghost.   There is no magic hands on one preacher, unless God has given it.   And if God gives the gift, the kingdom of God is manifested.

There are other types of spirits, but the Spirit of God is recognized by its fruit ( As a single fruit):

Galatians 5:22-23
“22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

The Spirit of The Lord’s purpose is to rebuild our lives and make us capable for all good work to enhance the kingdom of God.  It brings freedom, discipline and wisdom.  When I say freedom, I mean, freedom of the soul.  It allowed us to say no to sin and no the lairs who profane the word of God.

When you see something you do not understand, pray to God to open your eyes.  Do not judge by the appearance.

Joel 2:28

“28And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”

Praise The Lord!

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You may call it coincidence.

Today and yesterday, I assisted to a camp meeting. Yesterday, the preacher read the same passage I read to my children the night before. He talked about the same theme of a movie I saw the week before. And finally, he preached about the same thing, I have being praying that week.

The next day, I asked God about something.  And guess what?  The preacher preached about it.  And one of the scriptures I posted in my post was what he used that night.

Some other coincidence:

I keep forgetting things.  I misplace things, and then I can’t find them.  When I say, God, where is it?  Almost all the time, I immediately find them.  Or sometimes, I ask God to direct me where to look, and where my heart tells me to go, I go.  And almost all the time I find them.

Why not all the time?  This is a question for God that I would like to know.

Another coincidence:

When I was pregnant for the first time, I was scared.  I heard so many stories of pain and extreme labor that I couldn’t help not to be scared.

Well, I asked God to not let me see and suffer the pain of the delivery.  This did not make too much sense.  But the true is that, I had a natural delivery of a beautiful and perfectly healthy girl, while sleeping.

I did not see the birth of my first daughter.  I had no major pain, but everything went well.

Finding God, sometimes is a learning process.  It takes either belief or genuine sincerity.

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The Bible

John 5:39-40
39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

Obviously, The Lord was not referring specifically to our bibles.  The bible was not put together yet.  He was talking of individual books well-known by the Jews and accepted as the word inspired by God.

Traditionally, we understand that all the books in the bible were written by men and inspired by God.
We believe on everything that is written as the word of God.

Who decided that those books were inspired?

Who decided that these books belong into the bible?

There were individual scriptures where the most important was the book of the law or the Pentateuch ( The first 5 books of the bible).

It wasn’t until around the year 70 when the old testament was put together.

We obtained our New Testament after many attempts to gather, what was going to be the authentic word of God.  There were many disagreements.  And some of those disagreement persists still today.  Not all Christian bibles are composed by the same books.

The Christian bible was first organized around the years 300 and 400.

The protestant church rejected the Apocrypha.  The Apocrypha are five to nine other books belonging to the Catholic bible. But what many protestants ignore is that the Catholic bible is older than the protestant bible.  I also thought at one point that our bible was first.

One thing that always bug me about the number of the books of the bible, is that the bible itself says in Revelation that 6, is a number of man and incomplete.  So we have 66 books in most of our protestant bibles.

Another thing is that the bible refers to some books that were never found.  These are the lost books of the bible.

Examples of these references are:

Joshua 10:13, 2 Samuel 1:18, Numbers 21:14, 1 kings 4:32 & 11:41, 1 Chronicles 29:29, 2 Chronicles 9:29 and some others.

There is also the Nag Hammadi library.  This one was unknown until the past century. I believe, it was 1945.  Correct me if I am wrong.

As a Christian, I believe that there is more to know about our Lord.  That the bible is our road-map to heaven, yet not complete without at least taking a look to those other scriptures not included in our cannon.

Like Paul said in 2Timoty 3:16

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,”

He also says in 1 Thessalonian 5:21

“Test everything. Hold on to the good.”

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Enlighten

His light is brighter than the sun's light.

Enlightenment is more like loosing that cover from your eyes that does not let you see the true in things.  It’s like waking up to a reality before unknown.

This is a way to explain a real conversion like it was the case of the apostle Paul.  It’s the knowledge received by the Holy Spirit where the believer is convinced of sin and realize that what he though he knew, wasn’t as he thought.  The believer understands without further explanation, that something important has happened in his life.  And that his life, requires a drastic change.

According to some dictionaries, enlightenment is just learning something new.

On the other hand, baptism is like to deep in. 

Baptism in The Holy Spirit is an experience where God himself make you part of his family and a new member of the spiritual world.   It’s a great deal of controversy surrounding this.  Some affirm that this type of manifestations are not biblical and even call them heresies.   So far, almost everything seem a heresy.

The Pentecostal evangelicals, believe that what happened in Pentecost did not end up with the apostles.  It actually continues today in the same way.  Pentecostal evangelicals affirm that they speak to God, listen to Him, speak in new tongues angelic and human languages, heal the sick, resurrect the death and perform miracles just like Jesus and the Apostles did.

That even when times had changed, God and his church remain the same.

It’s also understood that a great deal of knowledge about Jesus Christ and his primitive church was lost.  After the reform of Martin Luther, the church has gone through a recovering experience trying to go back to the original church.  This has been the effort of many ministers and church revivals.

Revivals is the ideal stage of the church when the church is directed by God through the Holly Spirit.  It’s an experience where people come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, the sick are healed, and miracles just happen reinforcing the faith of the believers.

Many Pentecostal Evangelicals believe that revivals should stay in every Christian life as the day they believe and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Revival is what causes to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The message of Jesus is a revival in itself.

There is a mystic way to explain spiritual matters; way that make them feel far and unrealistic.

But the gospel of Jesus Christ is simple enough to be understood by the uneducated as well than by the intellectuals.  At the same time is too complex for the fleshy mind that only can understand physical terms.

To understand God and His true, more than a mind, we need a heart.

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