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The Sorcerer’s Sin

Cast out the demon of bitterness

“For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” – Acts 8:23

In the Book of Acts we read the account of Simon the sorcerer’s sin. When the apostles heard of a revival taking place in Samaria, they sent Peter and John to minister the Word of God there. Many had believed the gospel under the preaching of Phillip and were water baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. But none had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. So the apostles laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit (with the evidence of speaking in tongues).

Among those who supposedly had believed in Jesus was a Samaritan sorcerer by the name of Simon. Keep in mind, that a sorcerer in those times was the equivalent of what we would call today “an occultist”, “New Ager”, or “wizard” – one who tries to control others by practicing witchcraft, conjures up spells, and traffics with demons. They were generally God-haters who sold their souls to Satan in order to gain supernatural powers from the devil.

Apparently, Simon the Sorcerer attended the Samaritan’s revival meetings, saw people giving their lives to Jesus, and witnessed all manner of supernatural signs and wonders that God began to do. Miraculous healings were taking place and demons were exorcised, as well as people getting baptized in the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, and living transformed lives.

As it often happens, when people start seeing the awesome move of God in a church or town, the word gets around and large crowds begin to gather. Many in these crowds genuinely commit their lives to following Jesus, while others only make a superficial profession of faith. Those who genuinely are saved will give evidence of changed lives and bear the good fruits of salvation. Others profess to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, but, either never demonstrate changed lives, or after a time they forsake Him and return to their old ways.

Peter discerns Simon to be a false professor.

Having the gift of discernment from the Holy Spirit, the apostle Peter saw right through Simon the Sorcerer and realized he was a phony. Peter told him, “Your heart is not right in the sight of God…For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” (Acts 8:21-23). The word Bitterness in the original Greek (pikria – pik-ree’-ah) means an embittered, resentful spirit.

Peter rightly discerned the root of bitterness in Simon the Sorcerer’s heart and  his desire to deceive and manipulate others. This prompted his eagerness to purchase the gift of the Holy Spirit from Peter and John. Although Simon had believed in Jesus and had been water baptized, the residue of an evil heart continued to govern his life as he still sought power to control others for selfish or self-exalting purposes.

Peter confronted Simon to repent and be delivered. However, Simon refuses and continues to follow the dictates of his bitter heart. If only Simon had willingly forgiven those who he had become embittered to, he could have been saved and set free from his bondage to the demons that controlled him. Forgiveness is the only remedy for bitterness. It flushes out all “poison” from the heart with the power of the cross of Jesus Christ.

Remember that unforgiveness has destroyed the faith of many believers in Jesus Christ. If you have any resentment or bitterness towards anyone in your life, get rid of it today.

– Luis Josephus

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The Father tenderly loves you

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“At that day you will ask in My Name, and I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf (for it will be unnecessary). For the Father Himself (tenderly) loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from the Father.” – John 16:26,27 (Amp)

We know that Jesus often referred to God as His “Father,” but God is also the Father of all His creation, that includes you and I as well. We are the children of the Most High God, creator and sustainer of the entire universe.

At the beginning of creation, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26), therefore, we are His offspring, made in the image of God – spirit, soul and body. That’s why God loves us so much, because we are created in His likeness.

If you have ever had any children of your own, people will often say, “Why, he looks just like his father,” or “She looks just like her mother.” This generally produces a good sense of pride within us to be reminded that are children our uniquely ours, a product of our own bodies and genetic DNA.I believe God, our heavenly Father, looks at us within the same sense of pride and accomplishment. He views us with the same eyes of love that we also view our children with.

God loves that we love Jesus.

”…For the Father Himself (tenderly) loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from the Father.”

Jesus said that God tenderly loves us because we love Jesus and believe that Jesus came from God the Father.

Do you love Jesus? Do you believe that Jesus came from God the Father? Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins? Have you invited Jesus Christ [Messiah] to be the Savior and Lord of your life?

If so, the Bible gives us this wonderful promise in John 3:16-17:

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only [unique] Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”

Do you fully understand what that is saying? God loves us so much that He sent His unique Son, Jesus Christ, not to condemn us, but to save us. That’s the greatest news isn’t it? We don’t need to be afraid of Jesus; He is not our enemy, but our friend! He wasn’t sent into this world by God the Father to hurt us, but to help us, so that we would not be punished for our sins and be lost forever. Jesus wants to demonstrate His love for us by giving us the gift of salvation and eternal life.

Forgetting those things in the past.

“…but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before…” Philippians 3:13

Do you want to experience God’s love today? Do you want to forget all the bad things you’ve done in the past and begin a new life today? Do you want to be forgiven of your sins and receive the promise of eternal life?

If so, pray this prayer with me right now:

”Dear Jesus, I believe you are the unique Son of God who died in my place on the cross. Please forgive me of my sins. I invite you to become the Savior and Lord of my life. Amen.”

If you prayed this prayer today and received God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, write us and let us know so that we can rejoice with you and welcome you into the redeemed family of God. If you don’t have a Bible and need one, we’ll also be happy to send you one free of charge for you to study.

We love you in Christ, as God the Father loves you. Amen.

– Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Oh How I Love Jesus

There is a name I love to hear
I love to sing its worth
It sounds like music in my ear
The sweetest name on earth

O how I love Jesus
O how I love Jesus
O how I love Jesus
Because He first loved me


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Where is the true church today?

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That is not an easy question to answer, since there are more than 41,000* denominations and organizations in the world today who claim to be “Christian.”

Unfortunately, after almost two thousand years of church history, much of what calls itself “Christianity” is far different than what Jesus and His apostles founded as the Church. Jesus and His first Jewish disciples were called followers of “The Way” in the beginning and their religious practices were quite unlike what we see in the modern church. A great reformation needs to take place within Christiandom for the Church to be restored to its early purity because man-made doctrines and pagan traditions have seriously altered its original design.

Personally, I have come to a place in my Christian walk where I detest all the religious “babel” (confusion) that exists in Christian circles today. I seriously try to avoid much of it and concentrate on following the true biblical faith as patterned for us by our Lord and the early Church.

I also loathe denominational labels.

When someone asks me, “What denomination do you belong to? Are you a Baptist, a Methodist, a Presbyterian, or a Pentecostal?” I tell them “None of the above; I’m simply a follower of Christ.” If they press me further, I might even say, “I’m a non-denominational Christian.” You see, I believe that God also loathes denominational labels because denominationalism has a tendency to divide the church, instead of unite it. The apostle Paul tried to correct this problem of sectarianism way back in the days of the Corinthian church. Some were already starting quarrels among themselves and forming denominations and religious “clicks” when they declared “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Paul.” (1 Corinthians 1:11-13).  The apostle rebuked them saying, “Is Christ divided?”

True fellowship.

The church of Jesus Christ [the Messiah] today is comprised of believers who have one thing in common: their love for God. If you truly love God and Jesus Christ His Son you will walk in the light as He is in the light.

“If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship
with one another.”
– 1 John 1:7

When we are walking in the light we will be grounded in Jesus and with others who are also walking in the same path. True fellowship in Christ comes not from joining a particular church or denomination, but by following the precepts of God. The psalmist writes:

“I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.”Psalm 119:63

The attitude of your heart and the course that you follow in life is what really determines whether you’re saved and a member of the true church – the Body of Christ. You will be in spiritual unity with all those who truly love God and serve Him faithfully.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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* According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, there are approximately 41,000 Christian denominations and organizations in the world. This statistic takes into consideration cultural distinctions of denominations in different countries, so there is overlapping of many denominations.

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The Royal Law of Love

Love Your Neighbor

Love Your Neighbor

Have you ever heard the expression “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”? It might surprise you to know that there is no such scripture in the Bible. There is one scripture that expresses the same idea. Jesus  said in Matthew 7:12:

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

Jesus was teaching us that the entire Bible could be encapsulated into the important principle of being loving, kind, merciful, generous, considerate, forgiving, etc. towards others. Elsewhere Jesus declared that the two greatest commandments in the entire Bible was to love God with all our hearts, and our neighbor as ourselves. In regards to our neighbor our Lord said, we should treat others as we would want others to treat us.

This Royal Law of Love summarizes the way God would have us to live in as Christians. As we practice loving others as ourselves we will automatically be keeping many of the other commandments as well. The apostle James also put it this way:

“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you do well.” – James 2:8

James continues, “But the wisdom that is far above (from God) is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” – James 2:17

If you want to know how to please God and live a fruitful Christian life, keep the Royal Law of Love and you shall do well.

– Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Everyone Needs Compassion

Spirit-Lifting Thoughts for Today_150 x 150_jpg“But now entreat God’s favor, that He may be gracious to us.” – Malachi 1:9

The original Hebrew word for “gracious” in this verse is chanan, which means to be graciously inclined toward someone; to have compassion on someone; to bestow favor on a person in need. It speaks of God’s compassion, generosity, and kindness towards us. Even when we sin, we can expect Him to be gracious to us as we seek His forgiveness. God does not hold grudges like human beings, and is always predisposed to pardon and restore us once again.

Because Jesus died and shed His blood to pay the penalty for our sins (past, present and future), we should never be afraid to approach our loving Heavenly Father when we do wrong. Instead of running away from God we should run quickly to Him, admitting our wrongdoing and asking His forgiveness. We should approach Him confidently knowing that He still loves us and takes pleasure in being compassionate, gracious and forgiving.

The Bible teaches us that God is very merciful by His own choice and by His very nature.

“Therefore Yahovah will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you…” – Isaiah 30:18.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9.

If you’re bearing a burden of sin today, pray right now to God, in Jesus’ name, and confess your sins to Him. Wherever you are, no matter what you’ve done, He will hear you; He will be gracious and merciful to you because, that’s just how God is!

– Luis Josephus

“Everyone needs compassion
A love that’s never failing
Let mercy fall on me.

Everyone needs forgiveness
The kindness of a Saviour
The hope of all nations.”

– From the song “Mighty To Save”, by Hillsong United.

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Bitterness is like a cancer

Grace For Today“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”– Ephesians 4:31-32

It is astonishing to me how many born-again Christians I have met in my 20+ years of ministry that allow themselves to indulge in the spirit of bitterness. They are ultra-critical of other brothers and sisters in Christ and unmerciful to the failings of others. Yet, if you observe their lives, they are full of faults and failures themselves. If that be the case, why are they so quick to point out the faults of others? Jesus rebuked this kind of hypocrisy in Matthew 7:1-5:

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the log in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. “

Those who are critical and bitter towards other brothers in Christ are generally completely blind to their own faults. They slander and rage and speak filthy words of others when they should be loving and forgiving. They also do great damage by corrupting the minds and manners of those who give ear to their malicious gossip.

Christians should beware of all such bitterness in their hearts and evil-speaking. They will eventually grieve the Holy Spirit to the point that the Lord Himself will judge them severely. One way that God judges the believer who refuses to turn away from this type of sin is to allow bitterness to spread like a cancer throughout their entire mind and body until it produces complete spiritual (and sometimes) early physical death.

We are admonished in God’s Word to “get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, slander, and malice”. We are to forgive those who have done us wrong. We are also to stop focusing on the faults of others. As true followers of Christ, we are to be kind and compassionate towards one another, just as in Christ God is towards us.

Ask yourself, how can you expect God to forgive you when you are not willing to forgive?

Are you seeking the blessings of God? Then you must first learn to be a blessing towards others. For you will reap what you have sown (Galatians 6:7-8). If you sow bitterness and malice towards others, you will reap bitterness and malice towards yourself. If you harbor a corrupt disposition of bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil-speaking and malice, you will only end up hurting yourself.

Don’t let the spirit of bitterness eat you alive like a cancer.

Instead,  put on the “new man” which is created in the likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ. Remember that even after He suffered everything that He went through, He never allowed bitterness to enter His heart. One of the last words Jesus spoke as He was dying regarding His enemies, was, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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The Importance of Praise

Grace For TodayWhy is it necessary for believers to praise the LORD?

The most important reason, I believe, is because He is God, our Heavenly Father, Our Creator and Sustainer. Secondly, because He loved us enough to save us when we were lost and without hope, spiritually dead in our trespasses and sin. Everyday we should affirm our love for God by telling Him so – through praise and song, and blessing His holy name. Through praise, we show Him our gratitude for saving us from the destructions of our own making.

“O sing unto the LORD a new song; sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless His name; show forth His salvation from day to day.” – Psalm 96:1-2

Through daily praise, we also remind ourselves continually of His mercy, grace and love; that we are His specially chosen people, and members of His sanctified family.

Won’t you remember today to give God thanks, tell Him how much you love Him, and how grateful you are to be His child?

–         Luis Yosefus

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“Praise the LORD! Positively!”

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“Praise the Lord! Thank God for all Your Grace.”