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Why you can wear leggings as trousers in 2019

I plead guilty. I’m sure I already said one day or another that you can not wear leggings as pants. I am no better than anyone, I am a living being who learns to become a better human every day of his life.

But I start:  in 2016, you can wear leggings as trousers. 

Between you and me, leggings, it’s really comfortable. No surprise here. And it is surely this attribute that makes them still popular 10 years after their return to the world of fashion. Until then, no problem.

The problem is in the collective perception. I explain to you.

I find that the woman’s body is very sexualized by society. It is a fact, we sexualize the breasts to the point where some people are restricted the fundamental right to breastfeed in public. Women’s bodies are used to sell products, their physical attributes are used to sell cars, burgers and a little anything. On the other hand, if a girl decides to expose her body by herself to be empowered,  it is bad. It’s out of place or lacks class. The comments are going to be mean and ruthless.

So I’m a little tired of this double standard. Because we sexualize the curve of a seam of a garment because everyone knows that there is a vulva underneath. I’m tired of limiting women to wear clothes with pockets on the buttocks if it’s adjusted, because otherwise it’s too sexual to see the shape of a pussy. I’m tired of a woman wearing a fitted skirt, but if you can guess the shape of a pair of buttocks in leggings, it’s not clean.

The choice to wear leggings as pants does not belong to you, it belongs to the person who wears them. That’s all. And then, why hide the shape of a body if it is only to reinforce a double standard? Why please people who want to control the bodies of others?Screw that .

If you really want to find problems with leggings, it’s not the side of the potential malaise of people to watch. We could talk about where they came from, because they may have been manufactured under questionable conditions. We could also discuss the fact that some people choose to wear them a smaller size to try to match the standards and the popular pressure. We could also talk about the fact that people are trying to restrict the right to wear leggings to thin women. These are small examples, just the same.

In 2016, if the shape of your body disturbs someone, I invite you to send a walk.

And wear leggings in pants freely, if you like!

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Released, but taken captive at the same time?

What is the difference between the law of sin and death, and the law of sin in our members?

Released, but taken captive at the same time?

Paul says in Romans 8: 2: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has delivered me from the law of sin and death.”  However, he also says that he is taken captive by the law of sin that is in its members. (Romans 7:23) Can we be freed from sin and at the same time be held captive? What is the difference between these two laws?

The law of sin and death

There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8: 1-2) The law of the Spirit of life is the most powerful law. All other laws must be subject to it when it comes into force. We are freed from the law of sin and death when we are in Christ Jesus. Jesus Christ is like a fortress in which the devil can not penetrate. When we walk in the Spirit, in prayer and worshiping God, we experience that the law of sin and death does not affect us. Which means, that we can stop committing sin voluntarily.

Additional reading: What is sin? 

But in our walk, we can still fall into sin – perhaps because we are weak or not alert enough. When we commit sin and do not clean ourselves immediately by askingforgiveness to God, then the law of sin and death comes and damages our conscience, causing our conscience is no longer so strong. If we continue to sin (deliberately) knowing that something is wrong, we sink deeper and deeper into the law of sin and death, making our conscience no longer affected by doing evil. It takes a long time for this to happen, but through the powerful law of the Spirit in Christ Jesus, we can be delivered from this. The law of sin and death has no authority when we are in Christ Jesus and we walk in obedience according to the Spirit. (Romans 8: 1-2)

The law of sin in our members

However, we have not been released from the law of sin in our members; which is in our body of sin, our flesh – the one we inherited from our fathers, and entered because of the fall in the garden of Eden. Jesus never committed sin, however, He was a man, and as such, was aware of the inclinations of His human nature. He had to hate and make these inclinations die so that they would never enter His heart and make Him impure. And in the same way we have to do.

We are taken captive by the law in our members when we say and do things that we definitely do not want to say or do. It is something that simply comes out of our body. These are the works of the body of sin. For this same reason we experience that sometimes we say things that hurt others, even those we love, resulting in  consternation to ourselves.

But then what should we do about it? We are not going to be freed from the law of sin in our members while we are on this earth. As long as we live, we will experience that we do the things we hate. (Romans 7:15) Not consciously, but it is the unconscious part of the body that has not yet been brought to the death that wants to leave.

What we should do

We have to recognize – that’s the way things are. We did what we hate. When we serve under the new regime of the Spirit, God speaks to us through His Holy Spirit of the works we commit with the body of sin. And when we accept, recognize and hate these works, hatred will give light to death. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can make these works die, but we  ourselves have to do it, through the Spirit; the Spirit will not do it for us.

“For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. “ Romans 8:13.

We ourselves have to agree with the Spirit, and then we can hate these works and get away from them. We grow in the virtues of Christ. In this way begins sanctification, and if we persevere in it, the virtues will grow more, and therefore will bring as a result: divine nature. This creates better communion.

This is the way of the cross. It is the way of life for all of us. None will escape. As human beings we have been sold to sin, but God saves the miserable. If we recognize how miserable we are, we will be one of those that God saves and blesses. Therefore, do not be afraid because you have sin in your flesh, but remain in hatred when you experience what dwells in your own life. In this way you will live.

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What is the importance of Christian baptism?

Baptism is only about the forgiveness of sins – or is there something more than this?

What is the importance of Christian baptism?

In the Bible there are many stories of people being baptized. But what is the purpose of baptism and what is its meaning for our Christian life?

What is baptism?

Baptism is an act in which a Christian is immersed in water to symbolize the end of a way of life, and the beginning of something new.

The Bible first mentions baptism in relation to John the Baptist. This was under the old covenant, when baptism was performed to receive forgiveness of sin. “I indeed baptize you in water for repentance; but he who comes after me, whose shoes I am not worthy to wear, is more powerful than I; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. “  Matthew 3:11. With the establishment of the new covenant, because of the death of Jesus on the cross, now baptism is more than the forgiveness of sins – it is a covenant to live the life of a disciple before God.

Peter compares baptism with the flood in Noah’s time. 1 Peter 3: 18-21 The Bible says about the time of Noah:  “And the LORD saw that the wickedness of men was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.”  Genesis 6: 5. Just as the waters of the flood put an end to evil in the Old Testament, in the New Testament baptism represents the end of living an egocentric life doing my own will and the beginning of a new life doing the will of God.

Who should be baptized?

A person who has made a commitment to give his life to follow Jesus, be obedient to the Word of God and live a new life is a candidate to be baptized. Such people have repented, and want to be free from their sin.

This was the case of the Jews, who had crucified Jesus, when they heard Peter. ” When they heard this, they were heartfelt, and said to Peter and the other apostles: Men and brethren, what shall we do?”  Acts 2:37. It was these whom Peter exhorted to be baptized. Verse 38.

Like the Jews mentioned above, today there are many people who mourn their sins and who have proposed living a life pleasing to God. Although it is evident that a certain maturity is needed to make such decisions, an adequate attitude in the heart is the main criterion for deciding to be baptized – at any age. Jesus’ own words to his disciples confirm the need of many to be baptized:  “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  Matthew 28 : 19 There are no references in the Bible about infants being baptized.

What does baptism mean for my life?

Although Christianity consists of a hidden life with God, baptism is an external act in which we affirm our desire to follow Jesus on this inner path.

Paul explains how we should live this new life: “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized in Christ Jesus have been baptized in his death? For we are buried together with him to death by baptism, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life. “   Romans 6: 3-4. 

This  “death”  that Paul mentions is a death to my old life, where I choose to stop living according to my human nature and sinful tendencies. To begin to walk in  “a new life” by  being obedient to the commandments of God.

Being baptized does not free us from temptations, but we can, as the writer of Hebrews declares, overcome temptation as Jesus did:  “Because we do not have a high priest who can not sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who was tempted in all according to our likeness, but without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, in order to obtain mercy and find grace for the opportune help. “  Hebrews 4: 15-16.

We can live the rest of our lives doing the will of God, just like Jesus:  “Therefore, entering into the world he says: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not want; But you prepared me body. Holocausts and sin offerings you were not pleased. “Then said I, Behold, I come, O God, to do thy will, As in the scroll of the book it is written of me. ‘” “  Hebrews 10: 5-7.

With such a purpose in mind, God will open his Word to us, so that we can run in the way of his commandments. This new life will produce in us that we reap the blessings of God instead of the consequences of sin.

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Why does not God want to listen to me?

Have you ever felt that God does not always answer your prayers? Why does not God give you an answer to your prayers?

Why does not God want to listen to me?

There are times when life can be a bit overwhelming. But who can you turn to when it seems that even God is not listening to you?

Have you ever felt that God does not always answer your prayers? Have you ever hated such a day where things only go wrong, and at the end you are in your bed, with a pillow in tears because no matter how loud you cry out to God, there is nothing that changes? Why does not God give you an answer to your prayers?

” And we know that to those who love God, all things work together for good, that is, to those who are called according to their purpose .”  Romans 8:28.

If you believe that all things work together, is not it then more likely that God will simply answer your prayers in a different way than you expected?

You can not escape the tests

Imagine that you have to deal with some angry customers at work. They scream and get angry with you, inside you can feel anger start to boil. You know if they do not leave soon, then you will boil completely and really explode! 
You can pray that the client does not return, because you really can not tolerate being yelled at once again. Or maybe you take it a step further and realize that as a Christian you should not have reacted with anger. You pray, “Oh, please do not let these clients come back, I really do not want to get mad again.” But the next day the same client comes back and yells at you again! Is not this just the opposite that you asked for? 
Beloved, do not be surprised at the trial fire that has come upon you, as if something strange were happening to you, but rejoice because you are partakers of the sufferings of Christ, so that also in the revelation of his glory you may rejoice with great joy . ”  1 Peter 4: 12-13

Perfect and complete, without missing anything

” My brethren, be of great joy when you find yourself in various trials, knowing that the trial of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its complete work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing . “  James 1: 2-4.

Is not this a better solution? To be perfect and complete, without missing anything?

Of course it’s much better! However, God himself has to respect the laws that he has established. You can ask for patience every day, however God does not want your anger to simply disappear one day by magic – you would not do it even if you wanted to, since it has given you a free will! He is interested in voluntary service and obedience. The attitude of a disciple is manifested in Jesus’ own prayer: “Thy will be done, as it is in heaven, so also on earth.”  Matthew 6:10.

Why do you ask that the tribulations disappear? You can not expect to spend a lifetime without ever coming across someone who makes you angry. Such people are everywhere! God makes you meet such people, so that you can have victory over anger and thus have more love and be patient. 
Instead of asking why God does not listen to you, perhaps you should ask why you do not listen to God! If your mind is focused on doing God’s will, then He will answer your prayers to be free from anger precisely with the correct tests you need to become patient. If you feel that God does not hear your prayers, ask yourself if you have really said, “Thy will be done”  in every situation.

Do not pray to God to protect him from trials; Pray that I will give you strength and so use the test to be like Jesus! That way he will be more than willing to listen to your prayers! Then never again will you have a day without hope!

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What is “reconciliation”?

The reward of sin is death, but through Jesus’ sacrifice we have the possibility of eternal salvation …
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What is “reconciliation”?

Yes, quite simply: “But he is wounded for our iniquity and crushed for our sins. The punishment is upon him for us to have peace … “ (Isaiah 53: 5). He atoned for our punishment. He took the punishment we were to receive on himself. That was the great work that was done on Golgotha ​​- so that we can have peace. That is the reconciliation.

Who is the reconciler?

Who is the reconciler? Our intercessor with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous, he who atoned for our sins, and not only ours, but the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2: 1-2).

Jesus not only accomplished the reconciliation of our sins, but now we encounter Himself as the living, exalted Christ, through the right hand of the Father, and it is written of him, ” He is the atonement of our sins.” Not only did he atone for our sins, but he himself is atonement. What security for our salvation!

What is the result of reconciliation?

He entered into the sanctuary with his own blood, into heaven, to be revealed to God’s presence for our sake , and found an eternal salvation.

What Jesus did on earth was recognized by God in heaven. And there Jesus’ blood speaks better than Abel’s. For Abel’s blood was shouting from the earth, and God cursed Cain on the earth for having slain his brother (Genesis 4: 10-11). Jesus’ blood does not cry out of the earth like Abel’s blood, because Jesus went with his blood to heaven before God, for our sake. In heaven, in the presence of God, Jesus calls blood, and God does not condemn anyone on the earth as it did with Cain, but he has mercy and salvation. That’s why Jesus talks blood better than Abel. When Jesus walked on this earth, they said of him, “Never has a man spoken like this”(John 7:46). And we say: No one in heaven has ever spoken like him. That’s why he is the highest. Through his Spirit he speaks to us, here on earth, and through his blood he speaks in heaven. What comfort and what salvation!

60 reasons why Jesus is everything for me

If you can say to this list, “Yes, that’s also true for me!”, Then your life will also be unshakable!
  1. He is my peace . – Even if everything around me is full of unrest and unrest.
  2. He is my joy . – I do not need another joy.
  3. He is the Atonement for my sins. – He threw all my sins behind, into the sea of ​​oblivion. And if it should happen again that I sin, he will forgive me immediately, so that this is atoned for.
  4. He is my sanctification . – He purifies me and purifies me again and again, as long as I live. His death is effective in me, so that gradually more space for Christ’s life arises.
  5. He is my shepherd . – If no one else takes care of me, he watches over me day and night.
  6. He is my praise song . – Even if there is no other reason for me to sing praise , HE is my praise song.
  7. He is my capital . – I do not need other capital. If that is too little, then everything is too little.
  8. He is my reward . – If he is missing, everything is missing.
  9. He is my insurance . -If that is uncertain, everything is uncertain.
  10. He is my future . – I look forward to it. I go to meet him. He is my bright and eternal future. Hallelujah!
  11. He is my only lord and ruler. – I have sanctified him in my heart. I have submitted to him – in full confidence in his guidance and in the perfection of his good commandments.
  12. He is my kin . – He is my mother, sister and my brother.
  13. He is my honor . – For other honor I have absolutely no need. People like to despise me for life.
  14. He is my castle , my fortress, my shield and my protection. This is not so easy to storm and take. Here I am sure.
  15. He is my master . – I am the apprentice. Even if no one else has instructed me in truth and efficiency, so does he.
  16. He is my guide . – Even if all the others who have not gone their own way are just babblers, and therefore can not lead me reliably – he knows his way around this way.
  17. He is my ruler . – If no one else can strengthen me and instruct me in warfare – He is a mighty warrior, the leader of God’s army. He is not a sissy.
  18. He is my peace . – Even if the body would have to get along without a bed and a pillow – my spirit has a wonderful resting place in it.
  19. He is my pantry . Otherwise, if I have no provisions, then the whole fullness of God lives bodily in HIM, and I am a member of his body, filled with him.
  20. He is my doctor . – Even if none of the earthly doctors can heal my body, HE can still do it, and he will do it if it is best for me.
  21. He is my goal . – to become like Him – in his essence.
  22. He is my forerunner . – I do not wander – on a journey of discovery – on unknown paths. There is a path through which Jesus preceded; He has already done every single step before. He is tested in every step I have to go. What a comfort!
  23. He is my consolation . – And this consolation is enough for me.
  24. He is my judge. – The judgments of others can be as they please.
  25. He is my choice food . – He is the bread of life, his flesh is true food.
  26. He is my game and my pleasure. In contrast, all other games fade.
  27. He is my happiness and my satisfaction. – What He sends into my path is always for my happiness and for my good. Nobody could do better!
  28. He is my wisdom and my mind. – Greater wisdom and a deeper understanding than obeying HIM do not exist.
  29. He – the Word – is my sword . – This weapon is more effective than any other.
  30. He is my faithful, sincere friend . – I do not need other friendships.
  31. He is all my interest – in relation to him all other interests are contentless – just foam.
  32. He is my cliff and my foundation. – This remains, even if everything else goes by.
  33. He is my life . – It will last forever.
  34. He is the truth . – There is never reason to doubt him.
  35. He is my groom , my eternal love.
  36. He is my defender , my lawyer, my lawyer. – I do not need other lawyers.
  37. He is my mediator , he mediates between me and the father. Through him I come to the father.
  38. He is the Son of God , received by the Holy Spirit.
  39. He is the Son of Man , a human, Abraham’s son, born of the Virgin Mary.
  40. He is my true brother , the unsurpassable firstborn among many brothers.
  41. He is my high priest , who has pity on my weaknesses.
  42. He is my vacation . – There can be no more restful abode than being in HIM.
  43. He is my well-being and my cosiness. – Nothing is more comfortable and comfortable than being with Him.
  44. He is the tree of life to which I am a grafted sprout.
  45. He is the builder who, together with the others, builds me up to become an abode of God in the Spirit.
  46. He is the main cornerstone in the living structure in which I am also inserted as a living stone.
  47. He is a stumbling block and a rock of annoyance, in which I have participated through the cross – to the annoyance of all those who want to defend their own.
  48. He is the head of the church, that body in which I too am a member.
  49. He is my strength . – In him I can do everything, everything he tells me.
  50. He is God’s power . – It is wonderful what he could do in the same flesh and blood as we have.
  51. He is God’s wisdom . – It is miraculous to get an insight into the work that happened in Christ Jesus.
  52. He is God’s secret . – Is it any wonder that one does not understand Jesus’ person?
  53. He is my time ; he fills these out. Time never gets too long, pastime falls away.
  54. He is my Sabbath . – I rest in him, in his will and in his works, instead of going my own way and being “busy with my own things”. I do this every day of the week and year, and that’s why, as it’s written, I’m the same every day. Stable sabbath rest! God be praised!
  55. He is the giver of all goodness. – For other gifts my eyes need not look around.
  56. He is my refuge . – On the day of need, I have to run after springs that have not jumped.
  57. He is my source of life . – “All my sources are in you.” Psalm 87 , 7 . (Butcher translation)
  58. He is in all things my perfect pattern and role model .
  59. He is unchanging and immutable , always the same, even when others are as changeable as the moon.
  60. He is everything for me. – That’s why everything else is null and void. It is meaningless and indifferent.
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29 verses from the Bible that will give you strength to resist temptation

These biblical verses give you the tools you need to overcome every temptation. Temptation must never result in sin!

29 verses from the Bible that will give you strength to resist temptation

Being tempted is part of life. Until we stop having a body of sin we will not stop being tempted to commit sin. But the reality is that, every temptation is an opportunity to overcome and receive victory over sin! With the Word of God as our weapon we can always resist temptation!

Believe that God has a way out for you. Temptation only becomes sin if you agree with it, so the path of resistance is the way to escape. Resist temptation and you will be a winner!

“But each one is tempted, when from his own concupiscence he is attracted and seduced. Then concupiscence, after it has conceived, gives birth to sin ; and sin, when it is finished, gives birth to death. “ James 1: 14-15.

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not human; but God is faithful, who will not let you be tempted beyond what you can resist, but will also give temptation with the way out, that you may be able to bear it. “ 1 Corinthians 10:13.

Use the power of the Holy Spirit. That is the strength you need to resist the temptation until the end:

“I say, walk in the Spirit, and do not satisfy the lust of the flesh. For the desire of the flesh is against the Spirit, and the desire of the Spirit is against the flesh; and these are opposed to each other, so that you do not do what you want. “ Galatians 5: 16-17.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for the destruction of strongholds,” 2 Corinthians 10: 4.

Put the Word of God in your heart before you are tempted to have it when you need it:

” In my heart I have kept your sayings, so as  not to sin against you. “  Psalm 119: 11.

“For the rest, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can stand firm against the snares of the devil. “Ephesians 6: 10-11.

” With what will the young man clean his way? With keeping your word.  Psalm 119: 9.

Remember your covenant with God:

” How, then, would I do this great evil, and sin against God? “ Genesis 39: 9.

” I made a pact with my eyes; How, then, was I to look at a virgin? ” Job 31: 1 .

Love Jesus more than your wishes:

“If you love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15.

“And verily, I still esteem all things as a loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all, and I count it as filth, to win Christ.” Philippians 3: 8.

Love justice:

“But you, O man of God, flee from these things, and follow righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” 1 Timothy 6:11.

” Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. “Matthew 5: 6.

See the sin to which you are tempted as something despicable, abominable and exceedingly sinful:

“Things by which the wrath of God comes upon the children of disobedience.”Colossians 3: 6.

” Ye that love the Lord, hate evil; He keeps the souls of his saints; he frees them from the hand of the wicked.  Psalm 97:10.

Resist Satan in the moment of temptation. Jesus teaches us how to do it: Using the Word of God

“Submit yourselves, then, to God; Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  James 4: 7.

“Then Jesus said to him: Go away, Satan, for it is written: You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only.  Matthew 4:10.

Stay close to Jesus:

“… For as soon as he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.” Hebrews 2: 14-18.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13.

Remember that it is Christ who lives in you, and that you are already dead to sin! Sin has no dominion over you:

” Even so you consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Therefore, sin does not reign in your mortal body, so that you obey it in its lusts. “ Romans 6: 11-12.

“With Christ I am crucified together, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me; and what I now live in the flesh, I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. “ Galatians 2:20.

“Little children, you are of God, and you have overcome them; for greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. “ 1 John 4: 4.

Pray! Go to the throne of grace to receive help (power to overcome) in the timely help – when you are tempted:

” For sin shall not have dominion over you; for you are not under the law, but under grace “ Romans 6:14.

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, in order to obtain mercy and find grace for the timely help.” Hebrews 4:16.

Follow the example of Jesus:

“And Christ, in the days of his flesh, offering up prayers and supplications with great crying and tears to him who could deliver him from death, was heard because of his reverent fear. And although he was a Son, because of what he suffered, he learned obedience. “ Hebrews 5: 7-8.

The battle is already won, if you just stand firm and resist the temptation until the end:

“I am persuaded of this, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ. “ Philippians 1: 6.

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has withstood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. “ James 1:12.

Remember that winning leads to a deeper communion with other believers. We fight for each other so that the body of Christ can be built:

“Be sober, and watch; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour;  Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being fulfilled in your brothers throughout the world. “ 1 Peter 5: 8-9.

“… choosing before to be mistreated with the people of God, to enjoy the temporary delights of sin. “ Hebrews 11:25.

 

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What is the reason why many are called but only a few are chosen?

You can become one of the chosen ones!

What is the reason why many are called but only a few are chosen?

In Matthew 22:14 Jesus tells us that “many are called and few are chosen.”

What does it mean? What is the difference between being called and being chosen? How can we make sure that we are chosen?

The parable of the wedding feast

Jesus turned and began with a parable. He tells the story of a king whose son was getting married. The king sent many invitations for the wedding, but on the big day, not a single guest showed up. When the king sent his servants to find out what was going on with the guests, it turned out that they simply were not willing to go. They were rather busy with their affairs and even despised the invitation. The king was furious when he heard about this. Then he sent his servants back, this time telling them to invite anyone they met on the street. So the wedding was filled with guests. Later, a man suddenly appeared with inappropriate clothes for the wedding, so he was thrown out. That was a day of celebration with great significance, so it was appropriate to dress appropriately. (Matthew 22: 1-14)

At the end of the story, Jesus says: “For many are called, and few are chosen.”What does it mean to be called?

The word “call” is used several times in the Bible, in different contexts. In this case Jesus is using the word “called” as an invitation. This parable is an analogy to what we have been invited. An invitation to something more than a life serving ourselves. An invitation to live a life together with Christ, serving God and experiencing the fullness that brings to life. An invitation to be disciples of Jesus, to follow in his footsteps. And finally, an invitation to be with Him for eternity!

This is a call that God puts in the heart, and there are many different ways in which people perceive it. Anyone who has the opportunity to hear the gospel and make a decision about whether or not to become a disciple is considered among the many who are called. Many people receive this invitation. Jesus gave the disciples the job of going out and making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). But who among those many becomes one of the chosen few?

What does it mean to be chosen?

To be chosen is to accept the invitation and do what is necessary to accept the invitation: Lose your life in this world (Luke 9: 23-24, Luke 14:26) That is, say “Yes!” To the call and then continue living a life as a faithful disciple. God calls us, but those who are chosen are those who wholeheartedly accept the invitation and its conditions.

 

Why are there so few chosen?

Because there are not many who want to pay the price! Jesus says elsewhere that narrow is the door, and narrow the road that leads to life, and few are those who find it. (Matthew 7: 13-14) The reason why it is difficult, is because we have to give up everything in this world; our selfishness, our own ideas, opinions, thoughts and feelings, our own will and our own desires. This is done in order to be completely obedient to the direction of the Master.

To be chosen, you must show that you really want this life with all your heart. You can not let yourself be influenced by the world, by relationships, by your selfishness, etc. It is 100 % obedience to Jesus; 100% fidelity.

Make sure you are chosen

Peter writes in 2 Peter 1:10: ” Wherefore, brethren, all the more seek to make your calling and election sure …”  How do we do that? Doing the things he writes just in the verses above in verse 5-8:  ” You too, putting all diligence by this very thing, add to your faith virtue; to virtue, knowledge;  to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, patience; to patience, piety; to piety, brotherly affection; and to brotherly affection, love. For if these things are in you and abound, they will not let you be idle or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. “

Only those who truly want to follow Jesus, following in their footsteps while He instructs us, obtain the grace to do what is written above. Such people bear fruit, which are the virtues. These virtues are the appropriate wedding garments that we make ourselves in order to accept the invitation and dress appropriately, so that we are not expelled like the man in the parable.

There are no conditions

In history the king sent his servants to bring all kinds of people. It is the same with our invitation. It does not matter what our starting point is, who we are by nature, what our past is, what our talents are and what is not, how much knowledge we have or what our circumstance is. What determines whether we are chosen or not is how we respond to the call when we receive God’s invitation in our hearts, and what fruit we get as a result.

And the end of our faith is that we will be brothers and sisters of Jesus, co-heirs with Him of all things. Not only do we receive eternal life, but we will be kings and priests along with Him for all eternity.

“The Spirit itself bears witness to our spirit, that we are children of God. And if children, also heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if we suffer with him, so that together with him we may be glorified. ”   Romans 8: 16-17.

 “You have made us kings and priests for our God, and we will reign on earth.” Revelation 5:10.

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Ministry of prayer in your room: Putting into action the power of God’s grace

In our “secret” room of prayer we have a close communion with God and exercise great power!

Ministry of prayer in your room: Putting into action the power of God's grace

Connection with celestial powers in your prayer room

There are powerful forces in prayer that go beyond what we imagine. It is written that God is able to do much more abundantly than we ask or understand. (Ephesians 3:20 )  Therefore, it is important to dedicate oneself unceasingly to prayer. Jesus gives good instructions on how we should pray in Matthew 6: 6:  “But you, when you pray, enter your room, and shut the door, pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you in public. “

Many forget their room (prayer room), so they miss great blessings. Through prayer we receive a connection with the heavenly powers.

The great effects of prayer

A power plant can be used as an example to illustrate how important it is to pray in our room – where a great hidden electric service is performed. Electricity is often produced using water that enters the turbines of a power plant. There is a certain room, where a single person can turn on the system by turning a handle. It is a very simple task but it has a great effect since the energy is released in the cables. A handle opens the current to the railroads so that they can get moving. By turning another handle, the power is released for a whole city, and can be illuminated.

The ministry takes place in the power station that is hidden, and not many people think about it.

Our prayer room is like the room of a power station. According to the powerful laws of God, the power of God’s grace is activated, and directed to where you want it. Your wife on your side, a friend in another city, your son who is far away. Just as a person at the power station does not fully understand what happens when you turn the handles, you likewise, if you are obedient to the laws of God, you can cause great effects.

United to the Lord in your prayer room

It is good to spend some time alone with God. When you close the door you come into contact with God. It can be at any time of day or night. You can come before the face of the Lord in prayer with your petitions, with a simple and unpretentious prayer. Then God is in your prayer room, and the angels are there. In 1 Corinthians 6:17 it is written that if you are united to the Lord, you are a spirit with Him. You can put your children before Him, as well as the members of the church, the sick, etc … We always receive something more to pray Even when we feel miserable, nothing can break us when we join Him. If you are active in this control room, you are helping your fellow men. Usually, there is only one leader in a congregation, but how many speakers can there be?

Prayer is a spiritual battle. Do not be blinded by the difficulties, the tribulation of today and the small problems that can block our sight. It is so easy to get caught up in them. But go to God and get help from Him, just as the psalmist does in Psalm 121: 1-2:  “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; Where does my help come from? My help comes from Jehovah; Who made the heavens and the earth “   The result of prayer is a new force and a new spirit, and my progress is evident to all.

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Discovering and increasing the unique talents that God has given me

Being “talented” can be something very different from what you think. For example: Have many tests!

Discovering and increasing the unique talents that God has given me

The parable of the talents: The tests are also talents

In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25: 14-30), Jesus speaks of a man who gave each of his servants a different number of talents (a sum of money) to take care of. The intention was that they could obtain a profit for the teacher with what had been entrusted to them.

The talents in the parable are said to be our abilities and strengths, as when we say that someone is talented in something. But the talents also represent the circumstances that God has given me in life; opportunities where I can carry out God’s will.

Now I must see myself and examine my life through the eyes of God: What has this body given me for? Or this personality? These skills? This family? These circumstances? Can I see clearly that they are talents entrusted to me ? The trials and difficulties, or the prosperity and the good times, are all opportunities that God has entrusted to me personally, in fact in the eyes of God, many challenges means that I have been given many talents; Many tests mean that I am very talented! for I am the only one who can carry out these tasks, since all my circumstances are completely unique according to God’s purpose.

God trusts me to use these possibilities and at the same time develop and grow obtaining eternal content. He has given me the tools to do it. God gives me His word to teach me what I should do if I am willing, and the Holy Spirit gives me the strength to carry it out. Jesus has come forward as a forerunner to show me the way. In every situation, with every talent that has been given to me, the name of God can be glorified (as Jesus did in John 12: 27-28), the will of God can be carried out (as Jesus did in Luke 22:42) and I can earn an “eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4: 17-18).

Noting the talents that have been given to me

In the parable, the servants had to give an account of the talents entrusted to them. Two of them wisely had handled them, so they made a profit. This can be compared to using my circumstances to obtain eternal riches. God’s investment in me is that he has given me a body and circumstances in which I can do His will. The gain He expects in return is that the sin be eradicated piece by piece in my life, and that it can be replaced with a new creation: the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), eternal life (John 12:25). Romans 2: 6-7) and above all, that through all these things, God be glorified by my body and my situations.

The Lord praised the first two servants, saying:  “Well, good faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little; I will put you on much; enter into the joy of your lord. “

However, the third servant, who had received only one talent, had hidden it in the earth and had nothing to show for what had been given to his care. The man was very displeased with him, calling him bad and negligent, saying:  “… take away the talent, and give it to the one who has ten talents; for to him who has, it will be given, and he will have more; and to the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him; and cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. “

This may seem hard and unfair. After all, he had been given the least talent of the three servants, and he just returned just what he received, was not it? The point was that he had not used the talent he had been given; He was lazy and was not willing to do any work. Not only had he not made a profit from it, but probably the talent was damaged and rotted by having been buried on earth. That is why the trial of the Lord was totally fair.

Using or burying the talents that have been given to me

The talents may vary. Let’s say that I am very good at something: do I use that ability to bless others, to do good, to help and guide in the way of good? Or do I bury them for myself and for my own benefit? Let’s also say that I am going through tests of illness, difficulties in finances or that we are understood and that I am judged by it: I use my skills to overcome complaints, doubts, discouragement, etc … that usually arise from the sin in my flesh? o Do I recognize the opportunity as a unique talent, which I can use to obtain the fruit of the Spirit such as: gratitude, faith, joy, etc.? Or do I “bury” it by yielding to sin and not gain anything of eternal value in the trial?

Life lessons from the parable of the talents

If I have not gained anything from the situations that God has given me, no matter what those circumstances are, I am in the same position as the lazy servant. In fact, doing nothing is the same as allowing my natural tendency to sin to grow more and more, and the ending to be worse than the beginning.

But now I can do something with the opportunities and grace that God has given me. The result of my circumstances, whether large or small, long or short, heavy or light, should always be something of eternal value created in me: where there was impatience, now there is patience; where there was ingratitude, now there is gratitude; where I had problems supporting others, now there is love; Where I was weak, now I have become strong.

In this way I will hear those wonderful words from the mouth of my Lord, whom I have served all my life: “Well, good faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you much; enter into the joy of your lord. “  Matthew 25:21.

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Christian Modesty and Women’s Clothing: What Does the Bible Actually Say?

Christian Modesty and Women’s Clothing: What Does the Bible Actually Say?

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How a Christian Should Dress

How a Christian Should Dress

Sermon for Sunday, December 18, 2016. This is the 116th sermon preached in English on www.thecloudchurch.org. It was preached by Pastor/Missionary Evangelist Robert Breaker, who shows what the Bible says about how a Christian should dress.

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5 Wardrobe Hacks for Dressing Modestly

5 Wardrobe Hacks for Dressing Modestly

In this Girl Defined Vlog, Kristen and Bethany share 5 wardrobe hacks that are essential for dressing modestly during the hot summer months. 

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Have dinner with Jesus!

Jesus knocks at the door of our heart – what happens when we open?

Have dinner with Jesus!

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me. “ Revelation 3:20.

Jesus is outside touching the door of our heart. He calls long before we are saved. “If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,” he says. However, most people do not listen to His voice, but on the contrary, they hear other voices and open the door of their hearts to everything but Jesus. But Jesus only enters and dines with those who hear His voice and open the door.

However, Jesus is not only at the door of our heart touching before we are saved. We can say that whenever we are tempted, whenever we must make a decision, He is at the door and knocks. The question now is: what voice do we hear? If we listen to the voice of Jesus in the midst of temptation – when our flesh with its passions and desires attract us – and open the door of our heart, then He will come and dine with us, and we with Him.

To dine with Jesus is to break bread with Him, and bread is the Word of God. When we open the door for him in the moment of temptation, he will enter our heart and break bread with us – he will open and reveal the Scriptures, which become food and help for our lives. When Jesus makes the Word live for us, it fills us with joy and joy. In addition to that he also shares the wine with us.

This is something completely different from listening to the voice of the flesh and opening the door to the passions and desires, which are what cause us to fall into temptation. Falling results in pain in our heart and causes us to harvest corruption.

May God grant us the grace to always be able to hear His voice when He knocks at the door, and may we open so that He may come to dine with us, and we with Him!

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The secret to avoid conflicts in our relationships with others

Following these 3 lessons will help you have a good, blessed and healthy relationship with others!

The secret to avoid conflicts in our relationships with others

Our relationships with others can be delicate. All people are very different. A person’s way of thinking, and their way of processing the world around them, can be completely different from another’s. Not to mention that there are also several different styles of communication. God created each and every one of us in a very peculiar and specific way, which is very special. God has given us all gifts and abilities, in such a way that we can appreciate each other for the different strengths we have. Each of us also has areas in their nature where naturally we are weakest, areas that we can improve. In any case, there are many things we can learn in life through our relationships and interactions with others.

Lesson # 1: I need to focus on “the beam that is in my own eye”

One lesson that assures me of having a strong relationship with others is that I need to have my own connection with God in life and focus on myself and the different situations that are presented to me, instead of focusing on what I the others do. Most people know the verses in Matthew 7: 1-2: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with the judgment with which you judge, you will be judged, and with the measure with which you measure, it will be measured to you. ”  The question now is: How can I carry out this in my daily life?

I know that the way I see things is not necessarily the same as someone else interprets in the same situation, and even when there is good communication there is the possibility of misunderstandings or wrong judgments. That is why when Jesus gave us that commandment, it was not simply because judging leads us to all kinds of evil (criticism, suspicion, gossip, etc …), but also we are not in the position of knowing if our judgment is completely true, does not exclude anything and is perfectly fair.

“And why do you look at the straw that is in your brother’s eye, and you do not see the beam that is in your own eye? Or how shall you say to your brother: Let me remove the speck from your eye, and behold the beam in your eye?  Hypocrite! first take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see well to take the straw out of your brother’s eye. “ Matthew 7: 3-5.

If I focus on myself when I am tempted to judge, I will realize that there are many things in my own life that I have to work with.

In my relationships and interactions with others, God wants to show me things about me; things that are not yet exactly as they should be in my life. (James 1: 4, 1 Peter 5:10, Philippians 3:12) For example: let’s say I have a tendency in my nature to worry about what others think of me, which causes me to spend a lot of time worrying about things that I have been told or done. God wants every day to have perfect joy and peace, and it is easy to see that worrying does not bring any of these two. That is why God has to show me that tendency in my daily situations, so that I have the opportunity to get rid of it and purify myself – overcome it.

Lesson # 2: We can have the same feeling no matter how different we are

Another thing we should know is that Jesus came to “abolish enmities.” (Ephesians 2: 14-18) In the New Testament it is written of how Greeks and Jews could not be seen “face to face” because they were totally different from each other – they had different customs, cultural traditions and different fundamental beliefs. They could not understand each other or get along with each other. But Jesus came with the “word of the cross” – which is to overcome the desires and demands of our flesh – and changed all these things.

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In short, the goal is that we only react with kindness, compassion and love towards the people we come in contact with. In practice, it means that I have to overcome my own tendencies which prevent me from reacting in the way I should. It can be about my selfishness, imprudent opinions, anxiety, impatience, cowardice, fear of what people think, etc … So, even though people can be completely different and conflicts arise naturally, the road where we overcome our Desires and demands can end all enmity and give us the same feeling. We have a goal: to overcome all the tendencies that separate us from God and prevent us from being a blessing. (Ephesians 2:22)

Lesson # 3: Sometimes I just need to keep my mouth closed

Of course, not everyone believes in the “word of the cross”, and sometimes we can face situations where people (whether intentionally or unintentionally) hurt us or are simply rude. In these situations it is important to listen carefully to what God tells me. Sometimes it is necessary to give my opinion and say what has to be said, or at least explain my point of view and give the reason why I see and understand things differently. Sometimes it is necessary to fight for the truth, because what you say may be necessary to improve communication.

It also happens many times that after saying or giving my point of view about things, I know perfectly well that God is speaking to me and he says to me: “Now be silent.” Nor is it about angering or judging harshly the person with whom I do not agree.

When I am interested in overcoming my own tendencies to sin, instead of wanting others to change, I will be faithful in the trial and will not agree with the thoughts of bitterness, the thoughts of unfair judgment, or the impulse to want to murmur and do feel bad to others. This means that I need to be focused only on the intentions that God has for me in the situation: If I react according to His Word and His will. My whole way of reacting and the way I take things comes from my thoughts and whether or not I lead them captive to obedience to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10: 5)

Much of our sanctification is through our relationships, interactions and communication with others. While all this is certainly a learning process, when my desire to be a follower of Christ I press on to grasp the goal. (Philippians 3:12)