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Show me your ways, LORD.

 

Psalm 25:4-5

Psalm 25:4-5

“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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Why am I being persecuted?

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you.” – 1 Peter 4:12

"For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." —2 Corinthians 12:10

“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” —2 Corinthians 12:10

Are you suffering for the sake of Christ? Do people put you down, invent lies about you, mock you, or simply avoid you because you’re a Christian? Does it hurt you to be treated in this manner unjustly? Remember that our Lord Jesus was treated the same way. He said, “They hate me without a cause” (John 15:25).

Instead of getting discouraged or feeling wounded about it, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing this, that the trying of your faith produces patience (James 1:2-3). Those who live godly in Christ will suffer persecution (2 Timothy 2:12).

Persecution is the lot of every devoted believer.

Jesus said that our reward will be great: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you, when men revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. “ – Matthew 5:10-12

Do not think it strange when you are being persecuted without a legitimate cause. Those who uphold God’s standard of truth, justice and purity and refuse to compromise with this present evil world will undergo persecution in one form or another.

The first reason is that you are a threat to Satan and his demonic kingdom of darkness. Your Christian witness is a light that exposes his evil purposes and convicts those the devil controls.

Secondly, God permits persecution to make you stronger and further develop your faith and character. Persecution is also evidence that you have a strong anointing and presence upon your life. It is a high and holy calling to be chosen of God. The devil knows this and will fight you every which way he can in order to keep you from fulfilling your destiny in Christ.

“If you are reproached for the name of Christ, happy are you, for the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you…” – 1 Peter 4:14.

Be certain, warns the apostle Peter, that you are not suffering because of your own wrongdoing or as a gossip or a busybody or a thief or an evil doer and call it “religious persecution” (1 Peter 4:15). But if any man suffers because of his good Christian witness, let him rejoice and not be discouraged; let him glorify God that has counted you worthy of being a partaker in Christ’s sufferings.

Although trials and persecutions may be emotionally and even physically painful for the moment, remember to take comfort that we are suffering because of our loyalty and faithfulness to our Lord and Savior. It is a sign of the genuineness of our devotion and the great reward that awaits us when Christ returns.

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you…The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you…” – John 15:19-20.

True followers of Christ will suffer persecution from those who belong to Satan’s world because we are fundamentally different than they are, and at spiritual odds with the world. Jesus admonishes us to rejoice that we are “not of the world” and have “come out of the world.”

  • Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Do I need to be water baptized to be saved?

I recently received a letter from a dear Christian sister who wrote:

“I have a very important question for you. We recently moved to Springfield Missouri and a man has visited us from the Church of Christ. He claims that the Bible says that we are not saved until we are baptized in water. I have always understood that we are saved when we believe, and that we are only baptized because it is to be our first act of obedience as a Christian. He stands on the verse that says: “Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). I am standing on the verse that we are “saved by grace through faith, not by works” (Ephesians 2:8-9). What are your thoughts?

I responded to her as follows:

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“You are absolutely right: We are saved by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-10). Water baptism does not wash away sin – only the blood of Jesus can take away our sins.  The Church of Christ, and other such denominations teach the false doctrine known as ‘Baptismal Regeneration’ (i.e. that a person is not truly saved unless they are water baptized). The Bible never supports this notion; neither did the apostles or early Christian church. This man-made doctrine was introduced in the Church many hundreds of years later and has created much debate among believers.”

Tragically, after almost two thousand years of Christian history, there is a vast amount of religious confusion (Babel) among the various Christian sects on this important subject. One Christian denomination believes one thing, while another believes something else; some churches fully immerse the believer, while others merely “sprinkle” the forehead. The average follower can be easily confused and exasperated – not knowing what the truth really is, and even doubting their own salvation.

Water baptism after conversion is simply an outward display (symbolism) of the spiritual cleansing that has occurred inwardly – inside of us when we have repented of our sins and accepted Christ [Messiah] as our Savior and Lord. It also provides us the opportunity to publicly testify of our new faith in Christ. The correct method of baptism is by full immersion as exampled by John the Baptizer and Jesus our Lord.

 

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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The Only Way to God

Only_way_to_God“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to [God] the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

Jesus clearly taught that without the new birth there is no salvation. You’re religion can’t save you. Your church can’t save you. Your belief system can’t save you. Unless a person is born again, Jesus said, no one can enter the kingdom of God.

“Jesus answered and said to him [Nicodemus], ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. “ – John 3:3.

Nicodemus was a devout religious man. He was a ruling member of the Jewish Sanhedrin and teacher in his church. He kept most of the Bible commandments and practiced a holy life. Yet when he came to Jesus, He was told by our Lord that He was lost! In his present spiritual condition he would never enter God’s kingdom (John 3:1-3). Why was Jesus so hard on him? Because Jesus discerned that he was not “born again”. He was a good man and deeply religious, but he had never experienced the new birth.

“Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.” – John 3:5

What does it mean to be born again?

Without the new birth there is no spiritual life. You may be physically alive, but you are still spiritually dead in your trespasses and sins.

“And you has He [Jesus] quickened [made spiritually alive], who were dead in trespasses and sins…” – Ephesians 2:1.

“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He [God} that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.” – Romans 8:11

Through the new birth, God gives spiritual life to our physical, mortal bodies by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Nicodemus misunderstood Jesus; he thought that Jesus was asking him to enter his mother’s womb and be born all over again. Jesus corrected him and essentially said, “That’s not what I’m talking about, Nicodemus. I’m talking about a spiritual rebirth. That which is born of the flesh is of the flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Being born again is not experiencing a second biological birth – but a spiritual birth from above, which you don’t have. You may be a very religious Jew, but you’re never going to enter God’s kingdom until you are spiritually born again.”

How often I have met people in the Christian church with the same kind of spiritual issues as Nicodemus. They say they believe in Jesus, go to church, read the Bible, keep the commandments, but yet they are just as lost as Nicodemus was. Why? Because they are following a religion instead of following the Savior.

The only way to be sure that you are saved from your sins, have eternal life with God and truly born again, is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and commit your life to Him as Savior and Lord. He is the only way to God and the only One that that can give you new spiritual life.

If you want to be sure you are truly born again from above, sincerely pray this prayer out loud to God the Father:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I believe in Jesus Christ the Messiah as Your only begotten Son that you sent to die on the cross for my sins. I put my trust in Him only as the only way to God and Savior of my life. I repent of my sins and ask You to forgive me. Cleanse me clean of all the wrong things I have ever done with the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and help me to live in newness of life from this day forth, amen.”

If you just prayed this prayer and accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you are now born again. Write us and let us know of your decision to follow Jesus and let us rejoice with you.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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