Bread and Circus

​Matthew 5:6

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
The great American spectacle that is the super bowl is just a version of what the Roman Empire bread and circus, to entertain and govern the people with ease.

The NFL has been denying the dangers of football and the long term affects to the brain.

Also

Super Bowl known as ‘largest human trafficking event” 

The Super Bowl spectacle is not a standard for morally. It is the world’s atomphere and it will fade, waking up the next day the same as before not filled up with righteousness.

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 Revealed Knowledge 

​Luke 10:22

“All things are delivered to Me of My Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and He to whom the Son will reveal Him.”

It will be well for us to know the origin of Christianity, and reflect upon it’s development in order to understand the roots teachings of Christ. For us as Christians, Christianity is the revealed truth of the knowledge of God. The clear revelation of the knowledge of God is seen in Jesus Christ. 

There is a difference between a knowledge that is revealed and a knowledge  is not revealed. One resides from the mind of God and the other is earthly from men. For the Christian knowledge that is reveal rest upon the authority of the holy scriptures, in which testify of Jesus and in Him are all treasures of knowledge:

[2 Timothy 3:15-16]

“The holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

 [John 5:39]

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me.”

[Colosians 2:3]
“In Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

In the knowledge of the scriptures are the thoughts from the mind of God. The Word of God is wise and I am not therefore I ever need His counsels.

[Isaiah 55:8-9]

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” 

[Romans 11:34]

“For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been His counsellor?”

The revealations of the knowledge of God in the scriptures leads me humble myself. The Word says “if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know “[1 Corinthians 8:2].

In life we often are met with dissapointments even bitter ones. It’s because His ways are not mine neither His thoughts are not mine. In His revealing of Himself of His thoughts and ways ever leads to confess I know nothing. “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence” [1 Corinthians 1:27-29].

The cross is a weak thing and base [vile] thing of this world  but yet display the reality of God’s love to whosoever believes will not perish.

In Luke 24 two of Christ’s disciples walk together after a bitter disappointment because they saw the cross as a sign of hopelessness for them instead of hope. And Jesus said to them “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?” [Luke 24:25-26].

And Christ began revealing to them from the Scriptures the knowledge concerning Himself:

“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself” [Luke 24:27].

The Faith of Jesus

Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40)

I still consider myself a unbeliever in contrast with Jesus. I wish to have faith, the faith of Jesus. During a storm that arose at night and “the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full” and Jesus was “in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow” (Mark 4:37-38).

Jesus has “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding” and we can have that same peace if “in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6-7). Then our hearts and minds will be kept from the overwhelming storms of life through Christ Jesus.

When Jesus was awaken, He master the circumstance and said “Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39). Never did the circumstances overwhelm Jesus, He conquer over them. That is the faith we need.

We may think Jesus is able to do that because He has power as the Son of God. But He came to earth to show not what a God can do but a man can do cooperating with God the Father. Showing us the way to the truth to assimilate His life.  Jesus said “the words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works” (John 14:10).

Jesus is the author and the finisher of our faith.

Faith is:
1) The substance hope for
Romans 8:24-25
“Hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

Waiting for the Cross Hour
John 16:32
Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave Me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.”
Matthew 26:45
“Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.”

Jesus had patiently waited for the disciples to believe Him and He needed to prepared them to be fishers of men.
John 14:9
“Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”

Jesus demonstrated to His disciples God with us.

2) The evidence of things not seen
2 Corinthians 4:18
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Things seen = are temporal
Things not seen = are eternal

An evidence is demonstration and what is a demonstration which is not seen in lost humanity? Jesus showed the evidence which wasn’t seen in one of his disciples.

Judas the betrayer
Matthew 26:50
“And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed Him.  And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took Him.”

Who is a friend to Jesus?
John 15:13-14
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down His life for His friends.  Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Jesus saw in Judas, the image of a obedient disciple perishing.

1 John 4:18-20
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  We love Him, because He first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”

1 John 4:17
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.”

May GRACE much more abound

The Fatal Danger

Luke 18:8
“When the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?”

Can faith be falsify? Not the opposing to faith but a counterfeit of faith. In the previous post we cover on what faith is. Now let’s look at the author and finisher of our faith Jesus, to see faith in action and discover what is the falsifying of faith.

In Matthew 4:5-6 when Jesus was tempted by the devil and took “Him [Jesus] up into the holy city, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the temple” and he told Jesus “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning Thee: and in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone.”

The devil quoted from the old testament scriptures but look what he omitted:
Psalms 91:11-12
“For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.”

If Jesus would have yield His will to the suggestion “If thou be the Son of God” Christ would have doubted His Father in Heaven which in Matthew 3:17 the Father says “this is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Also in yielding it would be risking outside of His Fathers will and the end would have been fatal. Both for Him and the plan of redemption. Jesus Himself said in
“I do nothing of Myself” (John 8:28).
Christ did not please Himself in order to prove that He is the Son of God.

Then a faith that is falsified is this: whichever leads me in thought and action to take a risk base upon an impulse of myself and not from the Word of God would be just as fatal. In other words pleasing me (my senses) independently from God is the counterfeit faith and is very dangerous.

Why is it dangerous about self pleasing?

2 Timothy 3:1-2, 4
“This know also, that in the last days perilous [dangerous] times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves…Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.”

Why is perilous (dangerous) about the time the we live in?
The fundamental danger is if I please myself, do whatever I desire, I am at center of my religion (even if I call myself a Christian).

It is not longer “I, but Christ” doing His will, Jesus need’s to be at center “and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

Romans 15:2-3
“Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.  For even Christ pleased not Himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on Me.”

In whom do we believe in? In us or Christ? If we believe Christ? We will believe in His Word. And then we will have the answer of faith.

“When the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?”

Faith as a transaction like of a child, simply accepting His Word:
Luke 9:23
“If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
Luke 14:33
“Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.”

The cross in Christ’s day was not a symbol but a reality. Today the cross is a symbol but not a reality. The Roman cross was giving only to the stranger (a Roman citizen was not allow to be crucified). It was for the stranger.

Are you stranger to the things we see in this earth?
“I am a stranger in the earth.” Psalms 119:19

Stranger to this world and things in it!

May GRACE much more abound

Shall Christ find faith on the earth?

Luke 18:8
“When the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?”

This question is a prophetic because it is referring to the second coming of Jesus Christ. This question that needs an answer. A question we could ask “why would Jesus asks if there will be faith on earth?” The question implies there will be very little faith or no faith when He comes back for second time. But this NO can be turn to a YES if I choose to answer it. How do I answer? In order to answer I must know what faith is and to have it.

In Romans 12:3 “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith”. Faith is a lot like transaction because God has dealt or impart to us but what does it look like? 

“Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3-4).
Faith is the simple trust of a child and is dependent on their parents. A child has no concept or knowledge but whatever mom and dad gives or says to them they receive and do.

Christ major lessons in healing and preaching was about believing:
Matthew 13:57-58
“And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

Mark 9:22-24
“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”

What is the definition of faith then?
Hebrews 11:1
“Now faith is the Substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

HOPE
Romans 8:24-25
“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”
EVIDENCE
2 Corinthians 4:18
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Faith is disbelieving what we do see but believe what we don’t see.

The SUBSTANCE
Matthew 17:20 “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed…and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

The Faith of the Centurion
Matthew 8:8 “Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the Word only, and my servant shall be healed.”

And Jesus Christ said about this centurion “I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”

But how does faith come by? By Word Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” And His “Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalms 119:105). The Word educating the feelings and all five senses subject to the Word of God.

Faith leads to humbly seek the Word of God as my only source of dependency and letting His Word to educate my perception in the world I see.

May GRACE much more abound

Arm Wrestling with God: Again

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Commitment.

When you read that word, what do you think? Does fear invade your mind? Does your body convulse? Do you get sweaty palms and a racing heart? Do you, like me, go through your agenda, weighing your options if you should or shouldn’t? Or perhaps, you freeze, your walls around your mind have gone into defense mode and you are paralyzed.

It’s a strong word, don’t you think.

Today, I was asked to volunteer at my church. I am new there and desire to get connected, yet am really good at dragging my feet to do so. Thankfully, the inquirer left a voice message, because when commitment leaped in front of me flailing its arms, I sat like a statue in my chair while thoughts flew every which way in my mind. Should I? I know I will like the position. But what if I miss dates? How often…

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Jesus the Radical

Luke 14:33
“Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.”

What is radical? It is very new and different from what is traditional, out of the norm. In other words a nonconformist to the cultural world.

Today we as Christians are more like the ancient Greeks. The ancient Greeks made up their gods. Almost every Christian has invented their own Jesus. The Greeks conform their gods to their own personal interests.

Jesus said:
“Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My Name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:4-5).

Today almost every Christian has their own Christ. But who is the real Christ?  The real Jesus is radical. How? Jesus, in His life, His example and His message is radical. And for being radical He was crucified.  The Christians who are not radical are living their lives at ease, and comfortable.

In the reality of this sinful world.  What is really pure, honest, and true. It doesn’t fit down here and it must be eradicated from the face the earth. For example Christ’s disciples, all were put to death except one. And the Christians that followed suffer severe persecution.

For us as Christian there is for “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).  But the majority of Christians have a different Jesus. Who wants the Jesus that receives persecution because they live in the likeness of Christ’s moral image of God?

In Luke 9:56-60
Verse 56
“For the Son of Man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”

And to save them He had lose His life
Who is willing to that today?
Let us think and examine our Christian experiences.
Which is my Jesus? A Jesus preparing me to be crucified? The real Jesus or another one we made up.

Verses 57-58
“Lord, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest.”

Normally when one wants to follow us and we make arrangements for them and help them, but Christ said:

“the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.”

What kind response? Provoking that he may follow Him?

Christ invitation “Follow Me”
59-60
“Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.”
“Let the dead bury their dead”

Is this radical?
The real Jesus is radical and the false Jesus is comfortable, tranquil and leaves us where we are at. The fisher men continues to be a fisher men, and the publican continues to be a publican. The harlot continues to be harlot.

61-62
“Let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.”
Jesus says:
“No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8).

The salvation lesson at the end of the sermon on the mount found in Matthew 7:24, 26, 
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock….every one that heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand”.

Whosoever: Fisher men, publican, or a blind men, anyone.

The Christian of today with anything gets offended, becomes faint, frustrated and lose the faith.

Anyone that hears and does. Simple.  Anyone that hears and does not. They have another Christ.

Christ didn’t have anything and wasn’t giving any thing either. How much Jesus have? House, lands, banks? Jesus wasn’t talking of concepts or ideas but about being who He is, the Life of the moral image of God.

Jesus while walking on the earth had two missions.  The first to reveal the image [character] of God in man.  The second to make disciples in order for Him to leave. So the disciples can do what He did fishers of men.

He accomplished it with 11 disciples.
And the 11 accepted the radical message of Jesus. And they left everything. Only those who by faith replicated the character of Jesus will accomplish Matthew 24:14 in this generation.

The real Jesus “made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant (Philippians 2:7).  The followers of Christ will be serving as He served here on the earth. Christ had to wait here until the 11 disciples were ready.  And at the end of Christ ministry the disciples all failed the final test.

What was their final test?

The Servant Test
The culture of those days the foot washing was left for not for the master of the house, but for the servant (the slave).

Arriving at the final scene at the Passover. The disciples were awaiting for the slave to arrive and washed their feet. Seeing Christ rise up to began to wash their feet.  They were shocked and in disappointed even though Jesus was always been a Servant to them. And in this American culture we as Christians will be shocked with the same disappointment, if we don’t realize the radical act of service. We are always thinking of excuses all the time, it’s very probable we will won’t pass no test today. But how have we responded to the call? Like in the parable [in Luke 14:15-24], “I just bought some land, bought yoke of oxen, just got married” (school, house, family, etc).  Christ has said to all “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Are we being fishers of men? Its time to make disciples who may be ready to go anywhere and with nothing to serve the world, saved to serve.

May GRACE much more abound

Understanding the Sufficient Evidence

[The following is a translation from a discourse of a spanish ministry called “Educate is Redeem” that move to understand God’s plan for me.]

John 14:8-9
“Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”

Philip, the disciple wanting Jesus to show him God the Father and this request is not evil, but his motivation was moved by an unbelief, and the disciples had many evidences with Jesus, but didn’t understand His mission.

How can a person spend much time with Jesus and not know Him?

The disciples came with many expectations and knew that Jesus was the Messiah, but they came with preconceived ideas and plans in their minds that got in the way of what God wanted to achieve in them.

To make plans isn’t evil, but it when these plans get in the place where God wants to do in me it becomes an obstacle. Now, when the disciples knew Jesus, and saw that He had a plan different of what they have conceived, their expectations crumble away, and since their expectations were not met, the lost the faith; ending as a results a greater disbelief in them.

The person which is promissory projects themselves before the world, many of the time they oppose the LORD; because their thinking are not in line with God’s. Our Savior says “deny himself”, I should be open so that LORD will instruct me in what to do and how to do it.

Often time my personal ambitions takes the place of God has plan for me. When we deny our personal ambitions the LORD can use us better for His service.

When we come to the LORD with a flexible plan, He assumes the reins alone however He wants to. There people who have every plan, and there are others that don’t; and only say “whenever God will is”, and they have no direction. Let it be clear that we should make plans always guided by the principles of the LORD, to have an attitude of indifference and disorganization before the life ahead of us the LORD does not approve of. But when we don’t give a opportunity to the Holy Spirit to guide to the truth in Jesus we stray away from the path.

The evidences are necessary, Jesus said to Phillip that He is the major evidence. But faith is necessary and sufficient. It’s safe to ask, do we as humans are satisfied with evidences? No and we always inquire more and more evidences.

In Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”

All of us go through moments of decisions and in need of a overwhelming evidence. Philip said “show us the Father” what do we ask for? If we have no faith it will be pointless, some times we want an answer from the power of God immediately.

For this reason the significance of faith is to surrender and have a total trust all of the life to the LORD Jesus Christ. All the experience of the disciples was a contrast with the life of Jesus, “show us the Father, and it sufficeth us” or it will be sufficient for us. What did Jesus said “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?”

Phillip having Jesus visible and presently asking Him to show him God the Father. He ask for evidences, and Jesus said that Christ was sufficient evidence.

Ask yourselves, has the LORD Jesus provided sufficient signs and evidences in your life to believe in the plan He has for you? What are your expectations? Replace such expectations with the cross and let the LORD guide your life.

May GRACE much more abound