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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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Teach Me Your Ways, Lord

Young woman reading bible by stream in summerTeach me Lord Jesus
The way of righteousness
Help me to love God
With all my heart

Strengthen my faith
That I may trust You
In the good times
As well as the trials

Let me be confident
That all things work together
For my highest good
Because at all times God is in control

I want to follow
The true way of life
Not empty religion
Which leads to sadness & bondage

You are the Son of God
That sets me free
Salvation from sin,
Life eternal, happiness & peace

Teach me Your ways, Lord
Teach me your ways
Teach me Your ways, Lord
To glorify You in every way

– Poem by Luis Josephus, Real Jesus Ministries, http://www.RealJesus Life.com. (c) Copyright 2014 Luis Josephus


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Show me your ways, LORD.

 

Psalm 25:4-5

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“Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” – Psalm 25:4-5

The psalmist, David, was a man after God’s own heart. Although he knew the Lord Jehovah well as his God, he still hungered and thirsted to know Him in a greater way. His fervent prayer was, “Show me Your ways, Oh Lord; teach me your paths, “ that he might grow in his understanding of God and deepen in his relationship with Him. His greatest desire was to always be under His guidance and fulfill the Lord’s perfect will for his life.

We must pray that our hearts desire would be like David’s, so that God can continue to teach us to walk in His truth and His ways. We must wait upon Him everyday until He satisfies our longing for more of Him in our lives.

– Pastor Luis Yosefus

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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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He Who Accepts Jesus, Accepts God

Pastor Luis Yosefus

By the same token, he who rejects Jesus, rejects God. Jesus Himself acknowledged this in John 12:48-49…

“He that rejects Me, and receives not my words, has One that judges him…For I have not spoken of myself, but the Father [God] which has sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.”

Many well-meaning people today profess to believe in God and even practice some type of religion. They may even call Him by a variety of names. But unless they are worshipping the one true God of the Bible, the Creator of heaven and earth, they are worshipping a false god. Those who claim to know God must also accept Jesus the Messiah whom God has sent.

“And this is life eternal, that they might know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ [Messiah] whom You have sent.” – John 17:3

No matter how devoted you may be to your religious belief system, if your religion rejects Jesus the Christ as God’s only Son, and the only true messenger, and the only atoning sacrifice for your sins, all your religious practices are in vain. If so, you are following a false way: a religion that will lead you to eternal death, rather than eternal life. Only by following the true way that Jesus offers can you be sure you are on the right spiritual path to God. Any other prophet or teaching that contradicts the gospel message of Jesus is deception.

Jesus warned, “And many false prophets shall arise, and deceive many.” – Matthew 24:11

You may be sincere in your devotion to the many false prophets and religions that exist today, but if you do not repent and come out of deception you will be lost for all eternity. God will not acquit you on the basis of your sincerity, but on whether you accepted His Son, Jesus Christ, as your Savior and Lord.

Won’t you trust in Jesus today?

Believe that He is truly the only way to God. Renounce your involvement in any other religion or false teachings, and invite Jesus to become the Savior and Lord of your life. After you do, find a good Bible-believing church to attend, and fellowship with other like-minded believers in Christ.

– Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Comment from Donna: “I wholeheartedly agree! Today I was at work and I heard a man say that ‘all that mattered was that people believe in God.’ He said that ‘as long as a person believes in God, it was okay.’ The Bible states otherwise. In I John 2:22 it says that anyone who does not believe what Jesus Christ said about himself, is Anti-Christ.”

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Comment from Pastor Luis: “Amen, Donna. The Bible tells us that even demons believe in Jesus (James 2:19-20), but of course we know that neither Satan, nor fallen angels, nor demons will ever be saved. So there must be more to salvation than simply ‘believing in God'”

Comment from Pastor Yousaf: “Praying for you! Jesus bless your ministry work. Amen. Your brother in Christ! – Pastor Yousaf.”

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Fear Not When You’re Walking With Jesus

Pastor Luis Yosefus

“Then after that He said to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. His disciples said unto him, Rabbi, your enemies of late have sought to stone You; and You go there again? Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walks in the day, he stumbles not, because he sees the light of this world. But if a man walks in the night, he stumbles, because there is no light in him.” – John 11:7-10 [JCV]

When Jesus decided to return to Judea, His disciples became alarmed at His decision. They were deeply concerned about the danger He was putting Himself in. They tried to reason with Jesus, “Don’t you know that if you go back there your enemies will try to stone you and take your life?” I believe Jesus replied in this manner, “Don’t you worry about Me. First of all, I am the light of the world. Secondly. I know that I am walking in the light and my Father is watching over Me. As long as any of you are walking according to the will of God you should fear no danger. Our Heavenly Father will watch over you and protect you. He will never allow you to stumble. However, if you’re not walking in the light, but in darkness, you certainly have reason to fear. God’s divine protection will not cover you, and your enemies will triumph over you. You will stumble as those who are walking in darkness.”

Are you walking in the light today? Have you received Jesus as your Savior and Lord? Are you doing the best you can to live your life according the will of God? If so, then you have nothing to fear when you’re walking with Jesus. Your enemies can try to intimidate you and make threats against you, but with God at your side, no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17) Stand on God’s promises of protection. David said, “I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” – Psalm 16:8

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Grace For TodayOrder your free devotional booklet “Grace For Today” by Pastor Luis Yosefus which contains many more inspirational messages written to encourage your life and enhance your understanding of God’s Word. Simply email us your postal address and we will mail it to you free of charge at no obligation.

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Comment from Donna: “Yes, even though we travel through the valley of death, we will fear no evil because He is with us. My family has been going through a challenging time right now, and because He is with us, we have His peace.”

Comment from Pastor Luis:Hello Donna: We are praying for you and your family. God will deliver you from your challenges as you patiently and faithfully wait upon Him. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him.”

Again Jesus invites us, “Come unto Me…and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

Comment from Pastor Yousaf: “We are thankful to you for your newsletter you always remember us in your mission. God bless you all, your brother in Christ, Pastor Yousaf.”


Was Jesus a Rabbi?

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Pastor Luis Yosefus

The simple answer to the question is, “Yes!”  Jesus was indeed a Jewish “teacher” of God’s Law and “Master” or spiritual leader over those who followed Him as His disciples. That’s what Rabbi means – a teacher or master.

A Rabbi in early first century Judaism and Christianity was very similar to what we call a “Pastor” or “Preacher” today.  The title “Reverend” that is commonly in use today was never permitted in the early church, since it was considered blasphemous to call any man Reverend (which means to be revered).  God alone is to be worshipped and revered.

Years ago, when I was first ordained as a minister of the gospel I was given the title “Reverend Luis.”  I used this religious title for a brief time not knowing any better. I must confess that being addressed as “Reverend” inflated my ego a little bit and I enjoyed the false sense that I was somehow better than others, on a higher spiritual level than other Christians. But as I grew older (and hopefully wiser), I saw the arrogance of such a preposterous title. I humbled myself before God and asked for His forgiveness. Afterwards I discontinued using the title Reverend or allowing anyone to address me in such a manner.  I prefer to be called Pastor or Shepherd or Teacher of God’s flock, under the authority of the Great Shepherd Himself – Jesus the Messiah.

In Jesus’ case, however, he was more than just a Rabbi or Teacher.  He was the only begotten Son of God, the long awaited Messiah of Israel, and Redeemer of all mankind.  To say that Jesus was simply a good teacher or godly prophet is to minimize His spiritual authority and ignore His divine attributes.

Today for the sake of brevity, we will focus on His role as a Jewish Rabbi who was anointed of God to correctly teach God’s people about the Kingdom of heaven.  As we seek to further understand the Jewish roots of our Christian faith, we must realize that Jesus was not only sent by God the Father to die for the remission of our sins, but also to dispel many false religious doctrines and traditions that had perverted the worship of Yahovah God.  Judaism, 2000 years ago (as well as today) had been contaminated by thousands of man-made traditions that had made the Word of God void.

In Mark 7:6-9, Jesus rebuked some of the Rabbis and religious leaders of His day for being hypocrites and only honoring God with their lips and not their hearts.

He answered and said to them, Well has Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. However, in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things you do. And he said to them, Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition.”

They had substituted outward acts such as washing of hands, cups, pots, and brazen vessels, for the more important attitudes of inner holiness. Outwardly, these religious leaders appeared righteous, but inwardly they had no real love for God. Sound familiar?

Many of the Jewish Rabbis and teachers of the Law were guilty of placing man-made traditions above or before God’s written Word.  The same problem exists within the Christian churches today. Man-made or denominational doctrines have also superseded the Word of God. Jesus the Rabbi would again rebuke many of the religious shephereds (Christian pastors and preachers) today for being hypocrites and following the traditions of men instead of Gods Word.

Jesus indeed was the greatest Rabbi that has ever lived!  If we are to practice an authentic form of Christianity, Jesus the Messiah, our Savior and Lord of our lives, must have the final word over everything that we accept as truth, and practice.

If you’re not sure if your church or denomination is teaching the absolute truth according to the Old and New Testament Bible, go to Rabbi Jesus. Pray and ask Him to show you the way.  Rabbi Jesus declare in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one can come to God the Father except through Me.” AMEN.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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