Monday, November 29, 2010

First-- Listen to His Words.

The first step in following God is to actually listen to His Words.  Reading them works also.

Ways to Listen to God's Words

  • Reading the Bible
  • Listening to a Preacher of the Bible
  • Christian Songs
  • Bible CD.
  • A Christian book

Of course, the best way is to get the original words of God through the Bible and TESTING everything everyone else says about God... to make sure they're right.

What Does It Mean--To Believe in God?

Believing in God is actually believing.  It takes action... it takes following Him and what He says.

Faith and action go hand in hand.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.  1 Jn 3:16-18

How to Find Stuff in the Bible

Whenever I want to find what the Bible says about a certain topic, etc, I use a concordance.  A concordance is a list of topics and all the verses in the Bible that relate to that topic.

So if I want to find out what the Bible says about pride, I would look up the word 'pride' in the concordance and view various verses that contain this word.

Not all words or topics are discussed in the Bible explicitly.  But there are also principles that can apply to many situations.  The more we read and meditate on God's Words, the more we'll be able to use it in our daily lives.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:16-17

Sunday, November 28, 2010

How Do I Listen to God?

  1. The Bible.
  2. Through angels.
  3. Through dreams.

The Danger of “Believing God”


Here I go, after this ‘dangerous’ lifestyle.  I’m choosing to follow God no matter the cost.

Danger #1:  There are many out there who hate God and His Words.

This can only mean that there are many out there who are going to hate me.  Ay ay ay!

“You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”   Mat 10:22  NIV

“The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master.  It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul (prince of demons), how much more the members of his household!”  Mat 10:24-25  NIV

Well, the first thing I did before writing this article was PRAY.  I prayed for protection from all evil and asked for forgiveness of my sins. 

It’s been a long time since I have truly given my full attention onto God and His Words.  Transitions in my life have made me very ‘busy’, that it can seem as though I have no time for God. 

So, let’s beware of transitions: getting married, having kids, deaths, births, hurts, joys… these things could get us closer to God or separate us from God.  It all depends on our thoughts and beliefs.

Monday, October 13, 2008

My Church by Rene Gonzalez (translated by me)

This is one of my favorite Christian songs... in Spanish.

My Church

It's been a long time since I bought a church,
The price was blood from intense pain.
It's been a long time since I came
to rescue what was lost.

It's been a long time since I've been desiring
that humble surrender from a worshiper,
who only bows down in my presence
not for the offer of a certain role.

It's been a long time since I've been desiring
that you all show my image, which is love,
to not get confused amongst so many people,
to be different, to be only like me;

To not to divide yourselves, as you often do,
getting into quarrels and arguments,
seeking to be greater than others-
if in the universe, the only great one is me.

I want a church that gives me the glory,
and tries to keep unity.

I want a church that heals the wounded,
that breaks the chains and frees the captive,
that clears the confused mind and that speaks TRUTH.
I want a church that with its look
gives hope to the anxious soul.
I want a church that heals the wound of the human race.
I want a flock where my sheep
will feel safe and at peace,
where my Word will be their food,
that's where I want to dwell.

I want a church where its praises
perfume my throne and gives me that place;
a church that knows how to differ
between good and evil.

Where is the church that was forgiven,
and that was saved from the atrocious wrath;
the church that seeing someone fall,
holds out its hand and forgives their mistake.

Awaken Church!
The time of your redemption is here!