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Rebuke a Wise Man

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“Do not correct a fool or he will hate you; correct a wise man and he will appreciate you.” – Proverbs 9:8

Do you love God? I’m sure you do.

Do you love your church pastor?
Ah, maybe you have to think about that question some more. You see, too many Christians do not fully recognize that their local church pastor  or elder is God’s representative and spiritual authority over your life. They have been given the responsibility to look after you…to teach you and disciple you and protect you from straying away from God’s flock or making mistakes that will hurt your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Your local church pastor is your overseer (1 Peter 5:12). His is the ruling shepherd in the church and is accountable to God for you under the “Chief Shepherd” Jesus Christ. Their job is to feed you the Word of God, guide you in your spiritual walk, and guard over your souls.

Loving Reproof

It is also a pastor’s job to correct you when you’re doing something wrong. Some believers don’t like this part of a pastor’s function, but it is a biblical fact. Reproof and rebuke is often necessary for all of us. When your pastor reproves you, don’t get angry at him or falsely accuse him of being unloving. If he cares enough to correct you, he is demonstrating the same love that God has for you:

“For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son [or daughter] He receives.” – Hebrews 12:6

The Greek word used here for “chastening” is paideia. It not only carries the nuances of “discipline,” “rebuke,” and “correction,” but also the positive connotation of “training” and “guiding instruction” by a loving parent to bring their son or daughter to mature adulthood.

When a pastor chastens us for something that needs to be corrected in our lives, we should do the right and wise thing and accept his correction with humility. We should recognize that He loves us and desires to see us achieve our fullest potential in Christ.

“Reprove not a fool, lest he hate you.” The fool, on the other hand, does not respond well to reproof or discipline. He faints when being rebuked and becomes angry and resentful towards his pastor or God. The fool is destined to never learn from his mistakes or reach any spiritual maturity. Some are so prideful they will actually leave the church when reproved and fall away from God.

”… rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.”

The wise Christian doesn’t get their feelings hurt when reproved by their pastor because he regards the Lord’s discipline as evidence of his pastor’s love and concern. He sees God’s grace and commitment to us as our Father in his actions.

” Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them who are trained by it.” – Hebrews 12:11

When we receive correction from those in church authority – such as a pastor or elder, instead of getting mad, let us remember the admonition of Jesus who declared that whom He loves, He rebukes. Instead of sulking in self-pity, let us repent quickly and learn to love reproof.

” As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.“ – Revelation 3:19

– Luis Josephus

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God can mend your broken heart

He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3

The Scriptures tell us that “many are the afflictions of the righteous, but God delivers them out of them all” (Psalm 34:19). Just because we’re walking with God and trying to live a righteous life does not exempt us from afflictions. People will still be people. They will still hurt us with their words and actions. Some will even betray us and break our hearts.

But Jesus will never let us down. He is our Great Physician and comes immediately to our rescue when we dial the heavenly 911 through prayer.

When we take our hurts and disappointments to the LORD in prayer, His healing love and peace bandages our wounds and brings comfort to our aching hearts. No man-made medicine in the world can mend a broken heart as good as Jesus. He knows exactly where it hurts and where to apply His healing balm.

He alone cares for us like no other.

Our family and friends can try to comfort us with their caring hugs and sympathetic gestures, but only Jesus can penetrate all the way down into our very souls. He pours spiritual oil and wine into the wounds and gives us ease, health and peace once again.

We can always count on Him when we need Him because He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. His love and mercy endures forever, and our joy and strength will be restored to us in due season.

Remember to cast all your cares and hurts upon Jesus, for He indeed cares for you.

If you’re hurting today, pray the following prayer:

”Oh gentle and loving God, Creator of heaven and earth, bestow to me Your grace, Your touch of healing, Your presence of peace, Your loving comfort. Jesus, my Great Physician, as You often did when You walked the earth, stretch forth Your hand, and heart of healing right now to me. Amen.”

– Luis Josephus

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God’s In-Box

Spirit-Lifting Thoughts for Today_150 x 150_jpg“All whom My Father gives (entrusts) to Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me].” – John 6:37 (Amp)

Most mornings after I pray and have a cup of coffee, I log-on to my laptop computer and check my email messages. I start hitting the “Delete” button, trying to clean-out the dozens of messages I don’t have the time, or desire to read. Messages like those from scam ministries asking for money, or advertisers attempting to sell me cheap watches or fabulous vacations in Tobingo – all kinds of “Junk Email” that clutters my email box every day.

Recently, I wondered how God handles all the email He gets. If He had an email address, that is, it might be something like: “OneTrueGod@gmail.com.” Would He read every email He received? Or, would He delete many of them without opening, like I do? Actually, I believe He would read every single one! Here’s why: I believe our God loves to hear from us anytime we want to talk with Him. And He doesn’t get bored with us like other people do. He enjoys every conversation we have with Him. He is never too busy to listen to us when we visit with Him in prayer.

Gods In Box_jpgIn fact, He tells us to pray unceasingly.

God loves us so much that when we honestly let him know about what’s going on in our lives – our needs, feelings, hurts, and even complaints, we always have His full attention. God is the most compassionate and best friend we will ever have. We can talk to Him about anything. He will never be judgmental or criticize us for what we say, or for expressing our feelings no matter how dumb. He has promised to “be there” for us any time of the day or night, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

“…casting all your care(s) upon Him, for He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

So next time you need to talk with someone, talk with God first.

Prayer is the best (IM) Instant Messenger – better than chatting on Google or Facebook. You can chat with God without needing a computer or Internet service. He is always ready to listen, and your message will never be deleted from His In-Box.

P R A Y E R

Heavenly Father, I thank You for your unfailing love and concern for me. I thank You that I can come to You in prayer with all my needs, feelings, hurts, and complaints, 24/7. You will always be glad to hear from me. And as I cast all my cares upon You, You will care for me, understand me, and give me the right advice. I can always come before Your throne room of grace and receive mercy and compassion in my time of need. I bless You and praise You today. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

–         Luis Josephus

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Soaring on the wings of God

Grace For Today“As an eagle stirs up its nest,
Hovers over its young,
Spreading out its wings,
Taking them up,
Carrying them on its wings,
So the LORD [Yahovah] alone led him..”

–         Deuteronomy 32:11-12

The Bible uses the above verses to illustrate how the Lord exercises His loving care over us, His chosen people, like an eagle cares for its young.

When our heavenly Father is teaching us to grow in faith and trust in Him, we are like young eagle chicks (eaglets) just learning how to fly. After the youngsters have grown past the period of nursing and have fully developed their wings, the mother eagle will stir up the nest and nudge them out of their comfort zones. She wants them to learn how to fly on their own and eventually leave the nest.

One at a time, as the young eagles are thrust out and flutter in the air (sometimes from great mountain heights) their wings are not often strong enough to keep them airborne for very long. They frightfully begin to fall until their mother swoops down and rescues them. Ever vigilant and protective of her children, she spreads her wings and catches them at the last moment.

Likewise, our Lord God thrusts us out of our comfort zones as we progress beyond the stage of “baby Christians” and trains us how to fly as mature believers. Over and over again, He teaches us that He is ever-present in our lives and protective of any danger we may encounter. He carries us on His wings to safety anytime we begin to fall until we’re strong enough to soar on our own. His constant vigilance over our lives assures us of His trustworthy love and care.

Thank God today for loving you enough to bring you out of any stagnation in your life that would keep you from soaring upwards on His wings of love and grace – helping you fulfill your utmost potential as a follower of Jesus Christ.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Blessed is the son or daughter that God corrects

“Behold, happy and blessed is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. For He bruises, but He heals; He wounds, but His hands make whole.” – Job 5:17-18

“My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the LORD loves He chastens…” – Hebrews 12:5-6

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I love the fact that God loves me so much that He often has to discipline me when I need it. You see, I have a tendency to be prideful, stubborn, and a bit hard-headed to be honest with you. I don’t always learn my lessons the easy way. That’s when my loving Heavenly Father has to step in and chastise me a little bit. “Ouch! That hurts, LORD!”, I complain. “Yes I know”, says God, “But that’s the only way you would listen to Me.”

After the sting disappears, I thank Him for the discipline because I know He has corrected me in love. In my life in particular, He has to often resort to drastic measures in order to teach me wisdom and obedience. The hard way is the only way I learn in many cases.

But after He has wounded me a little and I have repented of my stubbornness the LORD comes along and wipes away my tears and heals my wounds. He lets me know He only did it for my own good. And I thank Him for being such a good God and Father. Because I realize how much He loves and cares for me.

–         Luis Yosefus

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