Monthly Archives: December 2016
A recent study conducted by Harvard University researched the way to be truly happy, and the findings ended up being consistent with what the Bible says about true happiness.
According to ChristianToday.com, the study was conducted over a long period of time–75 years–and collected data from the lives of 268 Harvard students from different backgrounds.
George Vaillant, a psychiatrist and head researcher of the study from 1972 to 2004, recently published the findings, three of which in particular reinforce what the Bible says about happiness.
First, the study found that being truly happy involves “finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away.”
This is reminiscent of 1 Corinthians 13:13 which says: “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
It also reminds us that the ultimate love was displayed when God sent His Son Jesus to die for the sins of the world.
Second, the study revealed that deep and meaningful relationships bring much more true happiness than shallow, disposable ones.
This reminds us that God is a personal God and wants a daily close relationship with His followers. He also desires for us to be at peace and in fellowship with others.
Third, the study revealed that money does not bring lasting happiness. On the contrary, contentment is much more conducive to true happiness.
This is consistent with Scripture in many places, when it says the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10) or when it says, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5).
(Information from: christianheadlines – “Study on True Happiness Reveals Results Consistent with Scripture”)
Proverbios 18:21 nos dice “La muerte y la vida están en el poder de la lengua:” Otra traducción de la spasaje dice: “Las palabras pueden matar o las palabras pueden dar vida”.
¿Qué tipo de palabras salen de tu boca? ¿En su discurso diario y en sus oraciones? Una vez leí una señal de la iglesia que decía: “¿Rezas o te preocupas de rodillas”? Tuve que parar y pensar y hacer un poco de auto-evaluación. Tal vez esta semana, al acercarse al Año Nuevo, podría hacer lo mismo.
Quiero que mis palabras sean positivas. Quiero que mis oraciones estén llenas de palabras llenas de fe. Quiero pasar tiempo en la oración centrándome en Su Palabra y las promesas que Él nos ha dado, no en las circunstancias como son. Al enemigo no le gustaría nada más que alejarnos de las promesas de Dios, pero he decidido que no va a funcionar para mí. Hablaré de fe. Hablaré la vida. Ya que la Biblia me dice que mis palabras tienen poder, ¡he decidido usarlas para el bien mayor! Mi plan para 2017 es orar más y orar mejor.
El enfoque de los 30 Días de Oración es “Mayor”. Quiero que mis esfuerzos de extensión y mi alma ganen para ser “Mayor”. Quiero que mi donación sea “Mayor”. Quiero que mi dedicación y mi consagración sean “mayores”. Quiero que mis palabras sean “Mayores” … una mayor influencia, un mayor estímulo, una mayor ayuda a los demás. Quiero que mis palabras sean agradables a Dios y las que tocarán y moverán Su corazón. A través de mis oraciones, quiero hablar la vida a los perdidos. Quiero hablar vida y salud a cuerpos que están devastados por el dolor y la enfermedad. Quiero hablar de las grandes cosas de Dios en mi vida.
Únase a mí el 1 de enero ya que el WNOP comienza los 30 Días de Oración. Hay poder en una oración unida y enfocada y quiero ser una parte de Dios que quiere hacer cuando empezamos 2017.
Dios los bendiga y Feliz Año Nuevo a ustedes ya los suyos.
Coordinador de Oración Estratégica
Red Mundial de Oración
(De: wnop Boletín de noticias)
Proverbs 18:21 tells us “Death and life are in the power of the tongue:” Another translation of the spassage says, “Words can kill or words can give life”.
What kind of words are coming out of your mouth? In your speech daily and in your prayers? I once read a church sign that said, “Do you pray or worry on your knees”? I had to stop and think and do a little self-evaluation. Perhaps this week as you approach the New Year, you could do the same.
I want my words to be positive. I want my prayers to be full of faith-filled words. I want to spend time in prayer focusing on His Word and the promises He has given us, not on the circumstances as they are. The enemy would like nothing more than to take our focus off of God’s promises, but I’ve decided that just isn’t going to work for me. I will speak faith. I will speak life. Since the Bible tells me my words have power, I’ve decided to use them for the greater good! My plan for 2017 is to pray more and to pray better.
The focus of the 30 Days of Prayer is “Greater”. I want my outreach efforts and my soul winning to be “Greater”. I want my giving to be “Greater”. I want my dedication and my consecration to be “Greater”. I want my words to be “Greater”….a greater influence, a greater encouragement, a greater help to others. I want my words to be pleasing to God and ones that will touch and move His heart. Through my prayers, I want to speak life to those lost. I want to speak life and health to bodies that are ravaged with pain and sickness. I want to speak of the great things of God in my life.
Join with me on January 1 as WNOP begins the 30 Days of Prayer. There is power in united, focused prayer and I want to be a part of God wants to do as we begin 2017.
God bless you and Happy New Year to you and yours.
Strategic Prayer Coordinator
World Network of Prayer
(From: wnop Newsletter)
Change Your Perspective…Choose Joy
By Shannon Trzcinski
My nine-year-old son, Isaiah, loves music. I mean really loves it. We are a very musical family, so he comes by it honestly. He also loves to get on the iPad. One app starts with a song when he turns it on. He loves that song. He will start the app, listen to the song, close it, and open it again – just to listen to that song over and over again.
One day, after listening to that song multiple times, I thought, “Just play the game.” I wasn’t annoyed by it, but I did take notice. Some people, however, would be really annoyed. In a split second, I thought, “Isaiah should be deaf, but he’s not! He hears this music!” You see, Isaiah was a micro preemie, born at twenty-two weeks. We were told as a result of being born so early, he would be deaf. As if that’s not enough, at one point during his hospitalization, he was on a Lasix IV. A side effect of that much Lasix is hearing loss.
So, let’s take another look at Isaiah, with his iPad, playing the same song, over and over and over. Something that could be so annoying, that could drive somebody crazy, now, I think, “Yes! Play that song!” You know why? Because my boy hears! Now, when I hear that song playing, it literally brings a smile to my face, and my heart overflows with thankfulness.
What annoys you? What drives you crazy? A spouse who chews too loudly? A son who walks around dribbling a ball all the time? A coworker drumming his fingers on his desk? Traffic? What if you chose to look at it differently and turned that annoyance into a joy? When you hear your spouse chewing, that’s a reminder he/she is alive and with you. The ball bouncing is a reminder your son is healthy and strong. Your loud coworker shows you have a job. Because you have a car, you have the privilege to drive in that traffic.
When we change how we look at things, change our perspective, that annoyance becomes a source of joy.
Even if we are not typically a positive person, we can choose it. Even if we do not feel it, we can choose it.
The Bible tells us to:
Rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 4:4).
Always be joyful (I Thessalonians 5:16).
Offer sacrifices of joy (Psalm 27:6).
Here’s the amazing thing, when we choose joy, it will change our whole day. When we choose joy, our emotions will follow, and we will begin to feel it. That annoyance, that frustration will become a source of joy, bringing a smile to our face, even when we’ve heard the same song for the hundredth time in one day
Make up your mind today that you will choose joy.
(From: UPCI – Ladies Prayer International Newsletter)
Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
(From: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-9 King James Version, KJV)
A heavy burden has gripped the heart of many for a mighty revival of countless prodigals to return to God in truth, holiness, and righteousness. We must pray, intercede, and fast more than ever before for their return. Jeremiah 3:22 reads, “Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee, for thou art the Lord our God.”
Pray that God resurrects the prodigal and lukewarm to a life with Him.
Pray that God draws His prodigal and lukewarm children near to Him by His Spirit.
Pray that there is an awakening among God’s prodigals and lukewarm saints.
Pray that God gives His prodigals visions and dreams that stirs the heart and draws them to Him.
Bind the spirits that are hindering the prodigals from returning back to God.
Tear down every stronghold through the power of prayer that is keeping them in bondage.
Pray that “The Spirit of the Lord . . . sets at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18).
Pray that the prodigal and lukewarm cries out to God for mercy (Psalm 41:4).
Pray that God opens the eyes and understanding of the prodigal and remembers how Jesus was wounded for their transgressions, Jesus was bruised for their iniquities, and by His stripes they are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
Pray the prodigals will desire to return back to God and say, “Come, and let us return unto the Lord; for he hath torn, and he will heal us. . . .” (Hosea 6:1).
May God richly bless you.
South Texas District
(From: wnop Newsletter)
“That I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary” (Isaiah 50:4).
Have you ever needed a good shoulder to lean on? The load weighed heavy, your spirits sank low, and you felt uncertain if you could carry on. Discouragement settled over you. Then, someone came along with just the right words-or perhaps just a hug and a smile-to lift you up. The problem did not magically melt away, but your steps felt lighter and you knew you could carry on because someone cared.
Being that source of encouragement is a wonderful gift you can give others. A self-absorbed person cannot do it, for he is too focused on his own needs to observe anyone else’s. To be an encourager requires looking out, not in. It also means not playing the game of “I’ve had it worse than you” with a long litany of how and why. Neither is an encourager the breezy, backslapper who mouths insincere assurances of “things will get better” and “I’ll be praying for you,” never to give the hurting one another thought in the days ahead.
Galatians 6:2 instructs us to “bear ye one another’s burdens.” When we help carry the load, putting part of it on our own shoulders, we display true compassion and sympathy. Hebrews 13:3 phrases it another way: “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” A true encourager shares the pain as if he were the one in trouble.
Many times we shy away from reaching out to others because we “just don’t know what to say.” Our words aren’t nearly as important as just being there. Knowing someone cares is a mighty force in helping us to hold on to our faith in dark times.
Being an encourager places restrictions on us. It required that we not betray that person’s trust. It does not entitle us to be privy to every detail of the situation, nor does it allow us to share confidential information with others under the guise of having them help us pray. Our objective is to help carry the load, not increase the burden through careless or embarrassing talk.
Paul had two notable encouragers in his life. The first helped when he was a new convert. Despite his miraculous conversion, not everyone readily accepted the former persecutor. Barnabus, the son of consolation, spoke in his defense to the disciples (Acts 9:26-27). Years later, as a prisoner in Rome and near the end of his ministry, Onesiphorus was his encourager. Paul tells of his care in II Timothy 1:16-18. “He oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain…he sought me out very diligently, and found me…and in how many things he ministered unto me.”
These verses give a beautiful picture of how to minister to others. Our words and actions can refresh the weary soul. Despite the complexity of the situation, we must be willing to step in unashamed to help in a trying time. The hurting one may be embarrassed to ask for help, so we seek him out. Last, we remain available to minister as long as there is a need.
Would you like to give the gift of encouragement? Ask God to lead you to someone who needs an encouraging friend. They may be dealing with a wayward child, a financial crisis, a troubled marriage, a grave illness, or a dark night of the soul.
Solomon in his wisdom told us, “Woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:10). You can be the one to reach out so that one is not alone.
(From: SISTERS email@example.com via ladiesministries Newsletter)
“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen” (Acts 17:6-7).
Have you ever heard the expression “To Make a Long Story Short…”? Usually this phrase conveys an effort to condense or consolidate a story to highlight the main points and omit most of the details. The scripture above relays that during the life of Jesus upon the earth, His story was so massive that…”even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.”
Well, in reference to Jesus surrounding the way Christians commemoratively celebrate Christmas, the excerpts of the story below narrated in Matthew tells it all! Jesus: His birth, His name, and His mission! Focus on Jesus and “stick to the story,” not only during this Christmas season, but consistently during your Christian walk. Biblically, Jesus is partly saying, “That’s the story of my life”! Glorify God and meditate on His story continually, as concisely relayed here:
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS” (Matthew 1:18-25).
When you get down to the point, even of much of what is chronicled in the entire Bible, “to make a long story short,” right down to the bottom line, we know “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” So in another respect, He was born to “save” you, and you were born again to “serve” Him, and to one day live eternally in Heaven. And, to make a long story short…this is how to make a short life long!
World Network of Prayer
(From wnop Newsletter)
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
FROM: Romans 7:14-25 King James Version (KJV)
Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
FROM: Proverbs 8:1-21 King James Version (KJV)
Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.
When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.
The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.
I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:
Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.
For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.
But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.
FROM: Psalm 75 King James Version (KJV)
God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us;
That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.
FROM: Psalm 67 King James Version (KJV)
The Bible says Jesus is God in the flesh. Read 1 Timothy 3 verse 16 KJV that says: “…great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
In Luke 7 verses 48-49 (KJV) we read “And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?” So we know only God can forgive our sins and Jesus forgave the sins of those he met while he was on Earth because he is God seen in human flesh. God is One God (not 3 persons in one) from the Old Testament to the New Testament.
The Bible says in the Book of Isaiah 43 verse 10 (KJV) “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.”
How to be saved from sins and received Eternal Life was taught, preached and practiced by the Apostles at Acts 2 verse 38 when Peter said: “…Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” So Peter knew what Jesus meant when Jesus spoke the words at Matthew 28 verse 19 and commanded the Apostles.
The name from “in the name of” is Jesus Christ. And no where in the Bible was anyone baptized according to Matthew 28 verse 19 as mentioned. Why? Because Peter knew the correct understanding of that is Acts 2 verse 38 and many people in the Bible were baptized that way. Read also Acts 2 verse 36, Acts 8 verse 16, Acts 10 verse 48 and Acts 19 verse 5 in the Bible. And there is no infant baptism recorded or taught in the New Testament.
Jesus and the Bible also said we must be born of water and the Spirit to receive Salvation and Eternal Life from John 3 verse 5 in the Bible. So were are to seek and receive the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) to be chosen Saints of God Almighty. Read Romans 8 verse 9 in the Bible.