His Love Never Fails

What are the deepest longings of your heart? Do you think you ever have a chance of having them fulfilled? Do you want to feel happy about a new thing or experience, or do you want a deep, abiding joy in your heart that carries you through every life experience? What if your best friend could give you this deep, abiding joy, and you had nothing to do with earning it? What if the king of all creation was your best friend?

 This short video will inspire you as we begin our conversation today.

Have you ever stopped to ponder what it would be like to live in a kingdom ruled by a perfectly good, righteous, loving, and merciful king? A king who loved, cared for and provided perfectly for the needs of all his people? Just imagine that for a moment. That is the precisely how Jesus reigns. The Bible tells us that one day Jesus will return as the King of Glory; and He will rule this world with perfect love and righteousness.

If you have given you heart to Jesus and are still experiencing a lack of passion or fulfillment in your life, it may be time for you to get quiet and take a deeper look inside your heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you if there are still a few more false idols standing in between you and the Lordship of Jesus.  Some of these  idols are pretty obvious while others can be very subtle. Depending on how attached you have been to them, the process of letting them go can sometimes be difficult and even painful. As you know, false idols take many forms. They can be our attachment to material things or to  our old beliefs. They can also be our obsession with our health or our appearance, or our performance in our profession life. Addictions of any kinds are also idols. Even our loved ones can become idols if they are more important to us than our relationship with God. Wanting to be loved, accepted or respected by others is also a trap and it can easily distract us from fulfilling God’s will for our life. Our idols can be anything that we place in between ourselves and our Heavenly Father.

If you are serious about deepening your relationship with Jesus, you must allow all your idols to fall away. The experience of dying to your old self, and to those things that give you a false sense of identity, can be very painful sometimes. As your old affections and attachments begin to crumble, you may feel a bit lost and become unsure about your commitment to follow Jesus. But hang in there! Make sure to keep surrounding yourself with other believers and keep spending time alone reading and meditating on God’s words and talking to Him.

It is not unusual for new believers to also experience the pain of rejection. You must be willing to let go of your old friendships that are pulling you away from your purpose, and you must trust God in the process. Sometimes, rejection from family members can be the most painful and difficult to endure. You may feel as if you are offering them the greatest gift they couple ever have, but instead of being receptive and grateful, they keep rejecting Christ and pushing you away. Just remember that it is Jesus who calls them and they will answer His call only when they are ready. Keep praying for those you love and continue on your exciting journey of Knowing Christ. The Lord will give you grace to grow in your ability to love those who reject you. Te good news is that  Jesus will give you a new spiritual family and many amazing new friends who are aligned with your purpose and your passion to share the Gospel. The people who belong in your life will stay!

 Indeed following Jesus changes everything and we literally become new creations! We must remember that this  transformation is a natural part of the healing and purification process.

Jesus did not promise that walking intimately with Him would eliminate all trials and tribulations from our lives. In fact, He assured us that we would have many trials. In John 16:33 Jesus told His disciples, “ I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.” (Amplified Bible)

Hallelujah! Indeed Jesus is our Lord and King and in Him we have total victory! Never forget who you true Father is! He is All Loving, All Knowing, All Powerful, Full of Mercy and Totally Faithful and Trustworthy! You can Trust Jesus with all your heart because His Love Never Fails!

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The Next Morning

Continuing my previous post…

The next morning when we arrived at the restaurant I saw the sweet waitress running to greet us with a big smile on her face. She could not wait to let me know that her wrist had been completely healed! She was laughing almost in disbelief as she moved her hand freely in the air. She proceeded to tell me that her pain was totally gone and that she no longer needed to wear he brace! Yay Jesus!!! She now could hold the heavy trays without any pain! Oh I was so happy for her! I told her to please remember that Jesus was the one who had healed her and  I reminded her that He loved her with an everlasting love. I encouraged her to find a good Christian church back home and I hope and pray that she found one and began a real walk with Jesus. 

You may say that there has been countless times when Christians of great faith prayed for their loved ones and they died or never got released from their disability of affliction. It is true. This is a great mystery. Most likely, we will not understand the reasons behind why some people get healed and others do not until we get to Heaven.  However, please, do not let this fact stop you from believing in God’s ability to heal people now.  Always remember that God is Sovereign and only He knows the bigger picture and the reason why suffering still exists in our lives. Trust Him with all your heart and allow Him to use you to pray for others. God wants to set them free! Our job is simply to pray and trust God to do the rest. Just remember that if and when they heal, all Glory belongs to God. And if they don’t heal…make sure you do not blame God for it. He created us and He truly knows what is best for all us all in the long run! Keep praying and keep believing!

A Personal Healing Testimony

“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 plank in your own eye?” Mathew 7:1-4

I witnessed Jesus heal a young waitress from Indonesia whom I met 3 years ago during a cruise to the Bahamas. She was serving our table and was being quite rude and short with us. In fact, my younger sister was getting upset and aggravated and suggested that we should tell the manager about the waitress unprofessional behavior and poor service. Thankfully, my wise mother who is a Christian and also a phycologist, suggested that perhaps the waitress was hurting and needed help. I then noticed that she was wearing a wrist brace and in that moment I realized that she was experiencing physical pain. When she returned to our table to do the final clean up, I asked if I could pray for her. She gladly accepted my invitation and began telling me that her right wrist was in a lot of pain and that she could hardly keep holding the trays. She also shared that she had three small children back home and could not afford to loose her job. I knew in that moment that she needed to encounter the healing love of Jesus.  I began to pray a simple prayer and all of  sudden she started to cry uncontrollably and placed her head on my shoulder. I held her head in my hands and kept praying and trusting the Holy Spirit continued to comforted her through my prayer. I proceeded to hold her wrist and I asked Jesus to heal her. I looked her in the eyes and told her to have faith in Jesus and that I knew without a doubt that He could heal her.  She thanked me, we hugged each other and she left. As we were getting ready to walk out of the restaurant,  I walked towards the manager who was watching the whole thing and was obviously very worried about her emotional behavior. I told him how blessed we were to have met our wonderful waitress and told him that he had a very special and lovely lady on his staff. He was relieved and thanked me for the comment. Now imagine what a different outcome we all would have had if my sister went to complain about her poor service to the manage! 

In my next post I will tell you what happened the next day. 

Now ask yourself…Is there anyone aggravating you? Most likely they are in need of prayer. Ask God to reveal to you what they really need. Encouragement? Love? Respect? An apology? How can you bring healing to them?   Be bold and ask them how you can pray for them.  Then let the Holy Spirit use you!

Miracles, Signs and Wonders

A new generation of Christians is emerging who believes what Jesus told His disciples in John 14;2, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

These courageous men and women are bold enough to put into practice what Jesus commanded His disciples to do. Pay close attention to His words to His followers in Mathew 10:8,  “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” 

Did you get the power of what Jesus told them? Please read it again and let it sink in! Many passionate Christians are emerging in our generation who are not afraid to take risks and allow the Holy Spirit to work through them, to heal and deliver the oppressed. Friends, the miraculous healing power of Christ is waiting for Christians who believe! We need more and more believers who will “get out of their own way” and allow Jesus to do what only Jesus can do. Jesus wants to heal the sick and to set the oppressed free! A life of joy and inner freedom is available for anyone who puts their trust in Christ. This does not mean that we won’t have trials, sufferings and tribulations. But it means that we will have His peace as we got through the storms of life.

If you want to learn more about the miraculous power of God, you will want to check out the Bethel Church, located in Redding, CA. Their ministry school is raising an army of  evangelists who are boldly proclaiming the healing power of Christ.  These courageous men and women are helping to bring hope to the hopeless and set captives free in some of the darkest places in the world.  I invite you to click here and spend some time visiting the Bethel TV channel. At the bottom of the home page, you will find some amazing healing testimonials. These testimonies will inspire you and increase your faith in the power of the Holy Spirit. You can also download the Bethel App on your smart phone and gain access to many free resources. If you want to go deeper in your studies, you my want to purchase their monthly subscription. You will gain access to all their previous services as well as videos of classes, concerts, interviews, and conferences.  It is well worth it!

Many churches are allowing the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit to move freely. However, you must pray for discernment. Make sure that their pastors and leaders are teaching strait from the Bible. Stay away form fringy, weird ministries that change and distort the Word of God. If they play with the occult and/or invoke “angels” or “spirits” to guide them you can be sure that they are being deceived by false prophets.

I pray that your faith in Christ and your spiritual discernment will continue to grow. No matter how difficult things get for you or around you, believe in His POWER to heal the situation. Call on Jesus and believe that He can heal every situation and set the captives FREE!

Trust and Believe

A life filled with miracles is possible for every true believer. Jesus reminded us of this truth when He said to His disciples in Mathew 10:6-8, But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” 

So what happened to us believers?  Why aren’t we displaying Jesus’ miraculous healing power to heal and deliver the sick and oppressed?

Throughout history there have been Christians who have taken Jesus’ commandments seriously and allowed the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit to heal and deliver people through their ministries. In the God’s Generals  website you can read about a few of these amazing early Christians. There is a wonderful book and also a DVD series about their lives and ministries that also reveals why some of them have failed. Their stories are filled with accounts of people who were healed  and delivered from all kinds of so-called “incurable diseases.”  Unfortunately some of these great evangelists became prideful and hungry for personal power. Dishonest and false “faith healers” also began to emerge and take advantage of vulnerable people. There were also “psychics” who were involved in the occult and exoteric teachings were also growing worldwide.  Sadly, many Christians became afraid of getting involved with any ministry that invoked the  the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. More and more Christians  became fearful and began rejecting and condemning all the ministries that promoted supernatural healing and miracles. This fear has greatly blocked and prevented the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to move freely in the Church. Sadly, to this day, there are many denominations who continue to suppress the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thankfully a few Christians stayed true to Jesus’ requests and their legacy continued to grow. In tomorrow’s post, I will share about a wonderful school of ministry that is equipping Christians all around the world to operate in the supernatural.

Indeed Miracles are REAL and they are the birthright of every Christian! Have fun reading about God’s Generals and be assured that God wants you to step up and take your place in His Loving Army!

 

 

 

Lovers Of God

Who are the the true Lovers of Christ? What do they have in common? What makes these Christians to be “on fire” for Jesus and super excited about spreading the Good News of the Gospel?

Oftentimes, these are the folks who have suffered great pain or losses, and have come to Christ broken, humbled and in great need of healing. Many of them found themselves desperately needing God to rescue them from very painful and messy situations.

Many of these precious brothers and sisters were addicted to drugs, while others fell into despair after losing a loved one, others were in prison, some were diagnosed with a terminal illness, while others were about to get divorced or engaged in a promiscuous or adulterous relationship; most of these people were at the end of their rope and found their hearts filled with either fear, anger, shame, grief, or un-forgiveness. Finally, the day came when these individuals could no longer bear their pain and they decided to cry out to God and ask for His help. Interestingly, these are often the people who are likely to become filled with love for Jesus and others. They are the ones who have surrendered their attempts to save themselves, and realized that there was nothing they could do to make them good enough to earn God’s love. It was at that low point in their lives that Jesus became real to them and they allowed themselves to be saved and receive His unconditional love. These people understand the amazing gift of God’s grace and forgiveness and they become passionate about sharing the love of Christ with others. In the Bible, in the book of Luke, chapter 7, verse 47, Jesus defends a woman who was being harshly judged while she was weeping and kissing His feet. Jesus said, “I tell you, her sins – and they are many – have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” There seems to be a direct connection between receiving Jesus’ love and forgiveness and being able to feel genuine compassion and love for others.

Only God knows the real motives inside each person’t heart. But one thing is for sure. People can surely sense if a professed Christian has been transformed by the love of Christ, because if they have, then the genuine desire to love and serve others will become evident in their lives. These transformed Christians do not love out of obligation nor to get approval from others; instead, they love simply because they have been loved first. These imperfect Christians have encountered the unconditional love and forgiveness of a merciful and perfect God.

This song is a wonderful remainder of how good God is and how much we are loved by Him!

Dear brother and sister… do not delay the gift of walking intimately with Jesus! He will heal every aspect of your life if you will let Him! Just invite Him into your heart and watch the power of His Grace and Forgiving Love to transform every area of your life!

There is NO greater love than the love of Jesus Christ!

 

Loving One Another

One of the greatest evidence that a person knows Christ and walks intimately with Him is their ability to love and  forgive others.

In John 13:35 Jesus says, “By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” 

How amazing that according to Jesus, the way that others would recognize His disciples would be by seeing the way that they love each other.

Unfortunately throughout history, we know that many of Jesus’ professed disciples have not been able to truly love other believers. We do not need to look very far to see division and strife, even among those inside the same denomination.  Needless to say, the problem escalate even more when we observe Christians from different denominations. Criticism, judgement and condemnation are very common among Christians and it is a true indicator that they have not spent much time allowing the Holy Spirit to really transform them. Only by knowing Christ and His Word intimately, a disciple can be transformed into His image and likeness.

The good news is that there are many Christians today who have been healed and transformed and who are able to love and serve one another.  I have encountered many of them and their number keeps growing! One of my Christian heroes is missionary Heidi Baker. Heidi is helping to grow an entire generation of Jesus’ lovers who are transforming the nation of Mozambique and spreading the Love of Christ all over the world. You can check Heidi’s official site by clicking here

Please do not get discouraged if you have encountered many judgmental Christians in your past. Realize that knowing Christ is a journey and you will find people in every stage of their journey of transformation with God. Remember that baby Christians will act like babies and will continue to display signs of self-centeredness and immaturity. If you are new to the faith, keep looking for mature Christians who will inspire you and help you to grow closer and closer to Jesus. Get into a good evangelical church and take advantage of all the free ressources that are available to you through your church as well as other local churches in your area.

There is no greater journey that the journey of knowing Christ! His Love will transform you and bring true freedom and purpose to your life! Do not settle for less!!!

The Spirit of Truth

And Jesus said to His disciples… 15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”  John 14:15-21- New International Version (NIV)

What a profound passage of scripture! Notice that Jesus connects loving Him with obeying His commandments. It is important for all sincere seekers of truth to understand that the “Spirit of Truth” (which is another name for the Holy Spirit) is a gift from our Heavenly Father. But it is a conditional gift that is given only to those who have surrender their lives to Christ and walk in loving obedience to Him.

Since the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth,  He can not dwell inside people who are rebellious, disobedient, and willfully sinful.  That is why Jesus declares that “the world cannot accept Him (The Holy Spirit) because it neither sees Him nor knows Him.”

Right after that statement, Jesus declares that the Holy Spirit lives inside His disciples. The Spirit of Truth is a gift from God, bestowed on all sincere believers who love Jesus and  His commandments. Therefore, if we want to know God and abide in Him, we must surrender our “independence” and become yielded, obedient, and intimately connected to Jesus. But how do we do that? Is it possible to live a life of loving obedience to Christ?

To make things even more confusing, there are many spiritual “teachers” and “gurus” who claim that there are many other paths to obtain “oneness with God” (what many call “enlightenment”  or “nirvana”.)  However, Jesus Himself never said that there were other ways through which we could know our Heavenly Father. As a matter of fact, He made it clear that He was the only way to the Father.

In John 14:6 Jesus declares, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

There is no other way!  And this is not about Christians being narrow minded or radical.  Our re-conciliation with God is precisely what Jesus came to accomplish for us.   Think about it… if it was not necessary, Jesus would not have needed to come to earth and leave behind the perfection of Heaven to die such a horrible death! Jesus came to earth with one single  purpose….to save you and I.  He came to to show us the love of our Father and to die on a cross to pay the penalty for our sins, so we could understand How much God truly loves us.

Friend, if we could have reconciled with God by other methods, Jesus would have been either crazy or a liar! And that is impossible because He is God and the embodiment of truth and Love!

Please realize that there are no other path to God.

I can testify that no amount of yoga,  meditation, healthy foods or any and all spiritual practices – apart from Christ- can ever wash us clean from our sins. Only Jesus can. Be assured that if you put your trust in Him, He will forgive you and fill your life with Grace!

Please do not delay… if you want to know true love, get on your knees and ask Jesus to forgive you and be the Lord of your Life. Your Heavenly Father wants to Love you and give you the Holy Spirit today. It is a free and unconditional gift. But you must ask for it and receive.

Abiding in Him

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

What a profound and bold declaration from Jesus! But what do you think He really mean when He said that He was the vine and we were the branches? How can we actually remain in Him and He in us?

In this passage, Jesus was using a beautiful metaphor to illustrate the unity that is possible between Him and His followers. He was talking about a spiritual reality that can only be experienced by those who know Him intimately and have surrendered their lives completely to Him.

In our three dimensional world, you and I perceive ourselves as separate individuals able to think for ourselves and enjoy our own independence and free will.  From our perspective, we also see that there are many people in the world who are not Christians but who make wonderful contributions to society. We can find “fruitful” people in just about every area of society. We can recognize productive men and women in our educational, scientific, political, economical, religious, and in every other are of life. If you are a skeptic you may think that it was quite pretentious of Jesus to have claimed that “apart from Him, we can do nothing.” After all, evidence shows that countless individuals have accomplished great things throughout history; therefore as a race, we have been fruitful and can be very proud of our accomplishments right?

Well, that is the problem! I am referring to our pride. Our intellectual pride which leads us to believe that we do not really need God. But Jesus knew a much deeper truth. The “real truth” that many of us try to hide deep down inside our hearts. The truth that no matter how hard we try to be good,  we are actually sinful. In reality, apart form Him and His divine will for our lives, our many “accomplishments” will seem pretty worthless one day. The day we take our last breath and stand  before God to give an account for our lives, the only thing that will matter will be wether we loved and obeyed His good and perfect plan for our lives.

Jesus knew that in order for us to be reconciled with our Heavenly  Father, we needed to surrender our lives to His Loving Lordship and receive His Forgiveness and Grace. Christ came to invite us into a relationship of total surrender, unity, and trust.  Jesus meant exactly what He said  and His invitation remains today. It is my prayer that you will accept His invitation and discover that there is no grater Love than His!

The Truth That Will Set You Free

There are countless interpretations about what Christ has said and done.  It is important for all spiritual seekers, Christians included, to be extremely careful about these interpretations.  If you are a devout seeker of truth, most likely you have come across many spiritual teachers and books claiming to have “new revelations” about who Christ is and what He  did and said. Many of these books have exoteric roots and were written by mediums, while contacting what they claim to be either angels, or dead spiritual teachers, or “ascended masters.” Some of these authors even claim that their messages are directly from Jesus Himself!  The list of counterfeit teachings that exist around the wold today is truly staggering. Countless young people are being deceived by these false teachings and are becoming enamored with the occult.

I  spent almost 25 years exploring different spiritual paths and I am sad to admit that I fell prey to a lot of these false teachings. But God knew my sincere desire to know the truth and He saved me.

With so much information available today,  how can one accurately discern what is truth from what is false?   The Bible contains many chapters warning us about false teachers. Many old prophets as well as the apostles  gave us clear instructions about how these false teachers would distort the Word of God and mislead people away for the truth.  Sadly any of these false prophets infiltrated the early church and completely distorted the teachings of Christ.  There are numerous passages in the Old and New Testaments about false prophets and teachers. This passage from Mathew 7:15  is very clear –  “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” See also Mathew 24; Luke 6:26; 1 John 4:1; Mathew 7:15; 2 Peter 2:1 and several passages form the Old Testament including Jeremiah 14:14 & 23:16; Lamentations 2:14; Ezekiel 13:9 & 22:28 among many others. Needless to say, God had a a whole lot to say about false prophets and teachers and we must take His warnings seriously.  

Knowing Christ is not about learning a philosophy or a set of doctrines. Knowing Christ is knowing Truth itself. Jesus said about Himself, “I Am The Way, The Truth and The Life.”  He was not confused about who He was and He did not come to create a new dogma, teaching, or philosophy. He came to fulfill the demands of the Law of the Old Covenant  and establish a New Covenant between God and His creation. A Covenant  of Grace and Love.  

I invite you to seek and most importantly to find the Living Christ. Look for a Bible translation that is easy to read and begin reading about His life, His teachings and His amazing promises. Reading the book of John is a wonderful place to start. Forget the hundreds of books out there  “about Christ” and begin reading His book, the Holy Bible. Invite Christ Himself to reveal Himself to you. You can be sure that He will and your life will never be the same!