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With God All Things Are Possible

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Faith is the necessary link to receiving God’s blessings and miracles.

Jesus taught us that, if we believe, whatever we ask of God the Father in prayer we will receive. Since He created all things and His power is unlimited, is there anything too hard for God to do? If we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, in harmony with His will, God will move heaven and earth to answer our prayers. That’s how much He loves us!

Even if we don’t see our petitions answered right away, we must continue to persevere in faith that God hears our prayers. Continue to trust that God’s delays are not His denials. Sometimes He may delay His answer in fulfillment of His perfect timing for all things. Continue to trust that His wisdom and planning for our lives is infinitely superior to ours, and He is working everything out for our very good.

– Luis Josephus

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Stop dwelling on your past

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No matter how old or young you are, stop dwelling on your past; there’s nothing you can do to change what went before. What’s done is done. Trust in Christ to give you hope for a bright future and a fresh new beginning. Commit your life to Him today and receive His love, mercy and forgiveness.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (has spiritually become a new person). The old things (the old life) have passed away; behold, all things are become new (a new life has begun as a result of spiritual re-birth).” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

– Luis Josephus

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Triumphant with God

 

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“And He said, ‘Your name shall be called no more Jacob (crafty deceiver), but Israel [that is, “A prince of God”]. For as a prince you have struggled with God and with men, and have triumphed.’ ” – Genesis 32:28

The patriarch Jacob was given the name Israel (Hebrew: Yisrael) by God Himself after striving with Him all night long. Followers of Christ are sometimes called the “Israel of God” because we are also God-strivers (Gal 6:16). To strive for anything requires that we give it our upmost and go all-out to reach our destiny in God.

God expects our faith to be that way; to be active and energized – not passive. Utilizing hyperbole, Jesus once said,, “The kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12). The violent who take the kingdom of God by force are not those who are weak in faith, but those who press-in spiritually by passionately pursuing their faith and believing God to do great and marvelous works. They act on the confidence that, with God, nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37). God honors His children of great faith with miraculous answers to their prayers.

Without great faith it is impossible to please God.

In order to be triumphant with God we must be like the men and women of old who are held-up as examples for us to follow (see Hebrews chapter 11). Great saints of God like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, and others who, through great faith, subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, closed the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, and more.

The true Israel of God demonstrates their saving faith by trusting God in all circumstances. They remain steadfastly loyal to God and His Word at all times and believe in spiritual realities not visible to the common person. They have purposed to never let go of God until He blesses them.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for choosing me to be part of your family – the spiritual Israel of God. Help me to live my life worthy of Your divine calling by walking in great faith that is most pleasing to You. Let me honor You by trusting You in all circumstances and believing You to do great and mighty things. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

– Luis Yosefus

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Pleading with God

HEBREWS 11:1

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“…she said, ‘Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.’ Then Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed at that moment.” – Matthew 15:27-28

In the story about the Canaanite Women’s faith, Jesus taught us the importance of pleading with God for answers to prayer.

The woman was following Jesus and His disciples to seek healing for her demon possessed daughter. Apparently, her persistent cries must have gotten on the disciples nerves. They urged Jesus to “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us” (vs.23).

Finally, Jesus reacted and told the woman that He was only sent to the Jewish people, the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Since she was a Gentile Canaanite, it was not right to take the children’s bread (spiritual food) and give it to the dogs (non-Jewish people). Jesus’ words were not intended to be harsh or racist, He was simply testing the genuineness of her faith. Jesus loves people of every race and nationality, and He died to save all who will put their faith in Him as Savior and Lord.

The Canaanite Woman would not accept “No” for an answer.

Most people would have given up at this point, but she responded, Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the masters table.” When Jesus heard this He was pleased at her response and persistence. He felt compassion for her and declared to everyone present that this woman’s faith was strong and worthy of His attention. As a result, her daughter was healed from that very moment.

God is not legalistic, rigid or unbending.

He is merciful and open to reason and always doing what is good and right and true. Abraham was able to reason with God about the number of people to save in Sodom and Gomorrah (see Genesis 18). In the story of the Canaanite Woman’s prayerful pleadings, Jesus bent His own rules in order to show her compassion and honor her faith. She received her miracle because she refused to give up pleading with God.

Are you believing the LORD for a special answer to prayer? Maybe it seems like God is not listening. Don’t give up. Keep praying. Keep believing. Be persistent until you see the answer. Keep pleading with God until the answer comes. Show Him by your great faith that, you too, are a child of Abraham and worthy of God’s favor and compassion.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, I thank you for hearing my prayers and being my loving and compassionate Savior. I know that in Your own way and perfect timing you will answer my prayer. I’ll keep pleading with You and trusting You for the answer, no matter how long it takes. Amen.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Struggling Faith

Grace For Today“When however they persisted with their accusations, He [Jesus] raised His head and said to them, “Let the sinless man among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” – John 8:7

Many people are quick to criticize and judge others who fall into sin or fail to live up to their standards of perfection.  But the truth of the matter is, none of us are perfect – no matter how much we say we love God or try to keep His commandments.

The Bible tells us that we are “saved by grace through  faith” in the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross on our behalf. We must remember that, even after we are saved and spiritually born again, we are still far from being perfect. We are all a “work-in-progress” for the rest of our lives. We will still commit mistakes and sin everyday, make wrong moral choices, and fail to live up to the righteous expectations of our holy God. We even have days that our faith is weak and wonder if we are really saved at all.

But does that make us phonies? Or does anyone else have the right to judge us or question our salvation? Not at all! Even Abraham, who is considered the “father of our faith” struggled with his faith and made wrong moral choices.

In Genesis 12:10-20, we are disappointed to learn that Abram, a great man of faith, was also a man of moral weakness. At 65 years of age, Abram took his family to Egypt. Because he feared for his life, he sold his beautiful wife Sarai into adultery with the Pharaoh of Egypt. He lied about Sarai being his sister and permitted her to become the sexual plaything of the King. Fortunately God intervened before Sarai was defiled and struck Pharaoh and all his other wives and family with disease.

When Abram’s deception was exposed, Pharaoh was mad. He declared, “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? Why did you lie to me and say, ‘She is my sister.’?” Ashamed and humiliated, Abram, Sarai and their entire clan were expelled from Egypt.

Abram’s character weakness and failure to trust God to protect him and deliver him out of any danger shows that, this great man of faith, still had “issues”. His faith still faltered at times, and his personal works did not line up with the religion he professed.

Does that sound familiar?

I think many of us can relate to that story. I know I can. I think many of us will admit we have done things that we regret and that has brought shame to the name of Christ. When we sin and make mistakes, don’t give up; God is very forgiving, merciful and patient with us. Confess your sins to Him and promise to do better. When you fall, pick yourself up and get back in the race. Keep pressing on towards the finish line and you will ultimately win the prize.

FAITH STEP

Memorize the verse: “If we confess our sins,[to God] He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Remember that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. The good work He has started in us will be completed one day. Don’t ever give up on God – no matter what. He will never leave us or abandon us.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for your great mercy, forgiveness and compassion. Please forgive me of my sins today. I confess that I am weak and make mistakes. Strengthen me more and more each day and help me to live up to your holy standards. Thank you for Jesus who paid the penalty for my sins on the cross. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

– Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Grateful to God in all things

Grace For Today“Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

An attitude of gratitude is a decision we must make every morning when we get out of bed – even when we don’t feel like it. Remember that each new day is a gift from God. The fact that we woke up at all is a blessing from God.

Even though you may have money troubles, physical ailments, rebellious children or other complaints, choose to give thanks to God in all circumstances. Don’t just thank Him for when things are going good in your life, but also for the things that are going wrong. Even our chastisements and corrections are a demonstrations of God’s love, and His design for our benefit. If we truly are trusting Jesus Christ as the Lord of our lives, then we should be confident that He is working ALL things out for our good (Romans 8:28).

Be careful not to quench the Holy Spirit by indulging in self-pity, resentment or bitterness. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus. As you do, He will reward you with His peace, joy, nearness and comfort. A truly victorious life in Christ is a life of constant joy.

FAITH STEP

Think of five things you are grateful for and concentrate on those today. Praise God for them and submit to His divine wisdom in allowing them into your life.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, I praise You and thank You for everything in my life today – not only for the good, but also for any adversity I may be experiencing. I choose to have an attitude of gratitude, for I know you are working all things out for my good. I thank You especially for my salvation in Christ Jesus; for forgiving me of my sins and redeeming me with His precious blood. Amen.

– Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Fess Up When You Mess Up

Grace For Today“Fess up” is a modern phrasal verb that means “to admit that you have done something wrong.” In biblical terminology, it means “to confess your sin.” Even though we have been forgiven and saved by trusting on Jesus Christ, God understands that we still sin. That’s why He reminds us in 1 John 1:9:

 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

The precious, cleansing blood of Messiah Jesus our Savior is available to us, at any time, to cleanse us from all sin. All that God asks of us is to “confess” or “fess up” when we know we have sinned, once again, and missed the mark of God’s holy commandments.

Confession on our part helps us to recognize that we still struggle against the old sinful nature and how often we fall short of God’s standard of perfection. On a daily basis, confession also keeps us humble and dependent on God’s grace and mercy. Without regular confession, we have a tendency to become prideful and self-righteous. We may even become blind to our faults and self-deceived – like the Pharisee in Jesus’ parable (Luke 18:9-14). This pompous religionist looked down on other people and declared himself more righteous than the Publican because “he wasn’t an immoral person, fasted twice a week, and gave tithes of all he possessed.” Yet Jesus said he was still lost!

Only the Publican went home “justified” because he humbled and pleaded with God to forgive him – a sinner.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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