December 2015

Thursday, December 31

Let's Continue Seeking the Lord



"Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD"... -Hosea 6:3

How important it is to continuously pursue the knowledge of the LORD.  In 2016 let us continue to seek Him wholeheartedly, without compromise.

Let us know Him this year. Second by second. Minute by minute. Hour by hour. Day by day. 24/7. Let us rejoice in Him. Let us pray without ceasing. Let us give thanks in everything for it is His will1.

Let us pursue Him. Pursue denotes the basic action of one object or person adhering or clinging to another2.  Let's be that person who adheres and clings to Him every single day. Let us seek Him before anything else so that all other things will fall into place3.

Knowledge of the Lord... The word knowledge means the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association4. Let us become familiarized with His Word and experience Him through fellowship. Let us daily connect with Him that our relationship with Him may become strong.

Notice that all of the above is a call to action. His Word calls His people to action. Let us move forward and do His will!

May the Lord God Almighty bless us as we seek Him!

-Ruben

Notes

11 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words
3 Matthew 6:33
4 www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knowledge

Tuesday, December 15

What Happens After You Become "Born Again?"


After becoming born again, God's Word - the Bible says that you become a new creation in Christ. Everything from your past, the old things, the baggage, the sin, the nonsense and so on passes away. All of it becomes dead and all things become new.1


Remember that regeneration that happens to a person when one becomes born again?2 The above is part of that, and all of it happens at once.

So now you have confessed your sins to God and He has forgiven you. You've accepted Jesus as your Saviour. You are born again and all things are new.
Are you going to feel different? Some people do. Some people don't.
Some people do not feel anything after they become born again, and that's ok. It's not about feelings. (That is very very important to know and abide by.) It's all about His forgiveness and salvation in Christ, not feelings.

On the contrary, some people do feel God's presence right away sometimes right at that moment of conversion. That's ok also and believe me it's a great feeling but again, feelings are not what we go by.

Here's something to remember, feelings go away but God never does. No matter what we are facing in life, if you've become born again, God will never leave you nor forsake you.

Now that you have given yourself to God, you are saved from eternal life in hell and are now heaven bound. Yes, when you pass away, you will be with the Lord for eternity.Isn't that awesome to know?

Ok, so let's move forward. The next steps are to get acquainted and to begin building a relationship with God.
Think of it as a Father and son or daughter relationship 
because He is now your Father. You, in turn, are now His son or daughter.4

This is the ultimate Father and son/daughter relationship. This is your true Father who will never let you down. He always keeps His Word. He will never lie to you. He will never knock you down but only build you up and make you strong if you allow Him. He says this in Jeremiah 29:11,
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."
Now that we know all that, how do we begin to get acquainted with God and begin building our relationship with Him?

Step one is to begin reading His message to you and me - The Bible. God our Father speaks to us by way of the Bible. He gave it to us so that we can become instructed and thoroughly equipped in every good work.5

A great place to begin reading is the book of John. It is also called the Gospel6 of John.

The book of John provides many answers to questions you may be asking about your new relationship with Jesus. It will also provide you with answers you may have about Jesus, himself.

Step two is to begin asking Him questions and talking to Him from your heart. Let Him know what you fear, what you don't fear, your doubts, what you ought to do in situations and the list goes on. This is called having fellowship with God or praying.

As He speaks to you through His Word, you speak to Him from your heart. This fellowship establishes and builds up your relationship with God our Father.
One additional and very important thing to know is to always stay and be in fellowship with Him. 
Keep it consistent and natural. Don't make it a chore. On a daily basis and throughout the day stay in fellowship with Him7 so that your connection with Him stays solid.

If you veer off, get back on track. If you fall, get back up and keep moving forward toward Him. He knows your heart and He loves you and will forgive you if you call on Him with a true heart.8

If you have any questions about anything at all please shoot me an email via the website. Everything is kept confidential and no one sees the email except for me. I'll respond to you asap.

Have a great day in-Christ and stay strong!

-Ruben

Footnotes

1 2 Corinthians 5:17
2 What Does it Mean to Become Born Again?
3 2 Corinthians 5:8
4 Galatians 4:6-7
5 2 Timothy 3:16-17
6 To announce good news -Strongs Dictionary
7 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
8 1 John 1:9

Tuesday, December 8

What Does It Mean To Become "Born Again"


Sunrise at Camp Pendleton, CA

Have you ever heard anyone talk about becoming born again? Have you ever wondered what it means to become born again?


In the book of John (chapter 3 specifically), a story is told of a man by the name of Nicodemus who was a Pharisee and ruler of the Jews1.

This man came to Jesus one night and commented to Him that he and others knew He was a teacher whom God had sent. They knew this because they had seen what Jesus had been doing amongst them and no other could do those things unless they were sent from God2.

Nicodemus knew in his heart that Jesus had been sent from God and wanted to know more about Him. Have you ever wondered the same?

After Nicodemus stated his comment, Jesus straightway told him,

"unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God3." 

(Jesus did not offer any explanations nor long stories, but instead went right to the point.)

After Jesus said this, Nicodemus asked Jesus a valid question,

"How can a man be born when he is old. Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born4?"

Note: In case you are wondering, it is ok to ask God any question. Simply ask with a sincere heart and He will answer you.

Jesus then answers,

"unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again5.'"

Jesus made it clear to Nicodemus that a person can not see nor enter the kingdom of God unless he or she is born again.

The word born means to be regenerated. It is a metaphor which implies "of God making men his sons through faith in Christ's work6."

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary uses the biological verb regenerate meaning "biology : to grow again after being lost, damaged, etc. : to give new life to (something)." (Notice it says after being lost.)

The first birth is as Jesus said to Nicodemus "of the flesh." The second birth is of the Spirit which is the connection that is finally made between the spirit of the man who has been born again and the Holy Spirit.7

After you have accepted God as your Lord and Saviour through Jesus Christ, then the Holy Spirit comes in to live in you. This is when your new life begins.

Who has been given this opportunity to become born again? Every single living human being on this planet from the worst of the worst to the humble of humblest.

Why? Because in John 3:16 it says

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." -John 3:16 NLTse

If you have any questions, please post or send me an email via the email section on the right.

Believers, if you have any additional scripture that pertains to this, please post it.

God Bless you,

-Ruben

1 John 3:1 NKJV
2 John 3:2 NKJV
3 John 3:3 NKJV
4 John 3:4 NKJV
5 John 3:5-7 NKJV
6 Strongs Concordance
7 Romans 8:16, 1 John 4:13

Wednesday, December 2

SB Active Shooter. Should We Fear Man?


"And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." -Matthew 10:28 NKJV


Today there was an "active shooting" about one mile away from where I work. At first, one siren went by. Then, another went by and another and so the sirens kept passing by for almost fifteen minutes. 

The sirens were coming from ambulances, police cars, SWAT team personnel and who knows what else.

They were all going to the scene where the active shooter massacre took place. At the end fourteen people were dead and countless others were wounded. 

It was pretty incredible to witness this event. As the day went by, the news put forth many reports regarding what had taken place. I was amazed at what had happened so close to home. I never thought it would happen so near.

This made me think about the people affected their families and others. When I thought of the possibility that it could have been one of my family members, my heart dropped a bit and I actually became worried for a few seconds. What would I do?

Great comfort comes to me when I read passages like Matthew 10:28. The creator of this universe, our Father in heaven, says do not fear those who can kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. He also says to rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 

As more and more bad things continue to happen here in the United States and abroad, we must remember what the Lord says and take it to heart.

We need to fear the Lord and not man. 

Man, at most, can kill the body as the Bible says, but he can't kill the soul. If we succumb to the fear of man, we'll become caged up in fear and will live miserably; That's where we mess up because the Lord does not want us to be caged up, but freed up and to be in His peace so we can share His good news to as many as would receive it.

"This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." -Joshua 1:9 NLTse


Stay strong and keep the families of those affected by this tragedy in prayer. May the Lord bring many to Him and may the enemy be thwarted.

God bless you!

-Ruben


Understanding the Fear of the Lord




"Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God"
-Proverbs 2:5 NKJV


To fear the Lord does not mean to be afraid of the Lord. The word fear stands for high respect or reverence. Another definition for fear is, as we normally know it, is to be afraid or terrified of something. The latter is not the case when we are told to fear the Lord.

Earlier in Proverbs 2, it says that if we receive His words, treasure His commands, take them to heart, concentrate on understanding and call on Him for insight then we'll understand the fear of the Lord.

As you apply the aforementioned when reading through His Word: the Bible, you will notice that fear (terror of) as we normally know it actually goes away. And, that fear, is replaced by the other fear or utmost respect towards the Lord.

As you read His Word, you will notice that His love for you is great and He desires that you be blessed with His goodness. Yes, He is the one we want to fear (respect).

If you are not already reading His Word, then begin reading His word today so that you will understand the fear of the Lord. It will change your life.

Blessings!

-Ruben