Deal With It!


“‘But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.’”

(Numbers 33:55-56)

 

The moment is finally here; time to enter the, long awaiting, promised land. Many of us, prophetically speaking, find ourselves at that very point in our lives where we are about to be a part of something amazing. What I want to point-out is that if we do not deal with those dark areas in our lives soon enough, they will come back to haunt us.

Obviously, it was by the power of God that the children of Israel were to have a chance to drive the inhabitants out. Many of these inhabitants were also giants; they were intelligent, sophisticated, skillful soldiers, and very powerful people. In the natural, the children of Israel did not have a chance. However, God commanded the children of Israel to drive them out. So, what does this means? If we don’t have the power to conquer the land, yet we depend on God to give us victory; then the conquering is up to God; right?

We can easily become lazy Christians where we just sit back and expect God to do it all; even as He is the one with the power, our job is for our hearts to be in the right place. The children of Israel needed to have a made-up heart that these inhabitants were coming out of the Promise Land one way or another.

Walking in fear and not facing our giants will provide us with devastating consequences. The Bible compared these consequences with having a fishhook (Barbs) in our eyes and thorns in our sides; it clearly states that it will give us trouble. Perhaps the most devastating consequence is found in verse fifty-six: “‘And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.’ “

 

 We must do three specific things in our journey towards our own Promise Land; we must trust God, obey HIM and move with His glory. That is our part of the deal and surely God will do the other ninety nine percent of the job. It is our job to trust God and move forward in faith…God will do the rest! What we don’t deal with today will, for sure, come back to haunt us later.

 

No Hay Mal que Dure Cien Años


              ¿Por qué este desierto de sufrimiento? Parece ser que las puertas de la bendición de Dios se cierran en mi propia cara. ¿Qué ha pasado con mi vida? Aún las aguas que tomo para saciar mi sed me son amargas. Cansado estoy de estos senderos aflicción; de tantas noticias malas, de tanta traición, de tantas derrotas y de mi condición putrefacta.  ¿Hasta cuándo tendré que resistir estas noches largas y frías? Mis heridas aún están abiertas e infectadas con el tiempo. Tiene que haber algo más haya que estas lagrimas; alguna enseñanza más profunda… Y entonces he aprendido un misterio no muy hablado; he aprendido de un tema superficialmente tocado.  

            Dios está cansado de relaciones distantes; que solo le conozcamos de a oídas; de que solo sepamos los que otros dicen de EL. Repetimos las historias de otros, nos memorizamos los testimonios de otros, nos alimentamos de las revelaciones de otros, nos agarramos de libros, programas de radio y de nuestros ministros favoritos en la televisión, pero ¿quién Le conoce? Job tuvo que aprender esta lesión, la misma que muchos de nosotros muy pronto aprenderá. Job 42:5 nos dice:

“De oídas te había oído;
    Mas ahora mis ojos te ven.”

            Al otro lado de tu dolor; si no te alejas de Dios, si no permites que las raíces de amargura asfixien tu existir… verás a Dios. Al otro lado de estas malas noticias de hoy; del matrimonio roto, de los hijos enajenados de Dios, de problemas financieros, de la pérdida de empleo, del que te odia y te acosa, de la enfermedad que aflige tu cuerpo, del abuso sexual que sufriste, del que manchó la reputación de tu nombre, de la novia que te dejó, del esposo que te engañó y aún mucho más…está la presencia manifestada de Dios. Todo dolor tiene un propósito que vas más haya de lo comúnmente aprendido. ¿Cómo poner medida a la llenura de la presencia manifestada de Dios?

            ¡Aliéntate hermana, despierta querido hermano! Al otro lado de este dolor que hoy sientes hay grandes bendiciones; pero nada se compara al valor del incomparable tesoro que encontramos en Cristo. Por lo que sea que actualmente confrontas recuerda que no hay mal que dure cien años… y si lo hay, ¿cómo se compara ese mal a una eternidad con Dios?

Go Jubilee Go!!!!


             

            As I sat in my car looking at my daughter practicing basketball, a few thoughts crossed my mind. It have been a tough and long season of troubles, pains, mistakes, bad decisions, regrets and the bitter taste of sin. But as I watch my daughter running up and down the court I suddenly realize that I am free. Not free just because I was sorry, but free because God blessed me with the grace to repent.

            I surely mess-up in so many ways; I surely deserve nothing but the flames of hell, but today I am free indeed. The “Balaams” of this world prepared to articulate their curses over my life, but God declared me free. I am free to go after God with all my heart and without distractions. Today I am free to be the father that God wants me to be. I have many personal challenges, but God has given me the courage to face my giants; the power to kill them and the anointing to live the life He wants me to live.

            I am not condemned, I am not discouraged, I am not disqualified and I will not allow the accuser of my soul to keep me bound.  I can see the turning, I can see the good and I can see the light. God will get the glory in my life; He is greater, without measure, than any giant in my life. The land of my promise awaits; the land of my promise is mine.

            I see my daughter who at six lost her mom; who tragically saw her dad at his worst as he engaged in a second marriage. My princess endureth the pain of not knowing what was next. Ileana, like her mom, Jubi as I commonly called her; there she is jumping so high! I saw her as she went through five elementary schools; changed of people, changed of neighborhoods; but here she walks into this practice, this new team, like she is being here forever. God knows how to turn things around. There is my princess, in the center of the court, strong, courageous and fearless. New coach, new teammates, hard practice, but there she is pressing on… This is your day baby! Life surely has made you tough! My baby can sweeten your soul with a song and be your worst nightmare on the court. Go Jubilee go! Your daddy is surely proud of you!

Even in the Terrorizing Presence of Death.


February 12, 2011

“The only exceptions are Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they have wholeheartedly followed the LORD.” (Numbers 2:12) (NLT)

 

            No doubt that Joshua and Caleb were not perfect men; they were just like the rest of us; they needed to carry their own humanity day in and day out. However, these individuals had the honor of being the only two people out of the original group that came out of Egypt, that went on to enter the promise land.

            Not only did they enjoy this distinction, but also, the “Reina Valera;” perhaps the most popular Spanish Bible Version, actually stated that these two men were perfect in their pursuit of God. To go after something wholeheartedly means: “To go after something enthusiastically, entirely, unreservedly, unconditionally, etc. It is characterized by unreserved enthusiasm, passion, or commitment.”

            Is it possible to be perfect? Perhaps yes and perhaps no! Without God we can’t go any further. We all know that as we stand right now and if we are honest with ourselves, that we still have issues in our lives that need some more fixing. What we know, confirmed by this Scripture, is that we can go after God with all of our hearts and that our pursuit of God can, indeed, be perfect. I am talking about a hunger for Him, a hunger for His presence and a sincere desire to surrender more and more of us to God.

            You and I have our own promised land to conquer; the Lord already gave us the land; it is ours to take; we just have to fight for it. But the issue here is not to fight with our own strength; the issue is not in having more of God. We have all that we need in us from God and more. The issue is for us to be reckless in our trust to God and go after HIM with all of our hearts. Let God have more of us!

            For those that want to sound the trumpet of negativism and declare the impossibility of such commitment; Joshua and Caleb stands as statutes with mirrors on each side that reflects the condition of our own heart and our trust and loyalty in other gods. For those that are injected with faith that goes beyond circumstances, Joshua and Caleb stand as soldiers of encouragement. They stand as two men with a powerful inspirational message that casts out all fear, a message that cries out “Go forward!” a message that will never back-down, even in the terrorizing presence of death.

 

Victors not Victims


 

Be brave in battle, be humble in life.

In all things give glory to Jesus.

In the clarity of the day

and even, in the uncertainty of the night.

 

Why do you declare the good of you?

Has arrogance made residence in your heart?

Be fearless in tribulation;

Go! And in my name, take the land.

 

Persevere when all is lost,

Persevere without complaint,

Persevere when hope is injured,

Persevere only in My Name.

 

Stand and walk on water

And don’t follow the feet that sank.

Come after My Holiness;

Come after My Way of life.

  

My Holiness is the Way;

the only way that will give you life.

Don’t be fooled by world.

Give your soul to Christ.

 

Give Me your life and trust Me;

Give Me your life and don’t hold back.

Come after Me and love Me

More than you love your own life.

 

I know of your tears,

I know of your pain.

I know of all the injustices,

But nothing will be in vain.

 

I hold your dreams close to My Heart;

I hold your whole life in My hands.

I Am who will turn everything around.

Be humble and not arrogant.

 

Be brave in battle, be humble in life.

In all things give glory to Jesus.

In the clarity of the day,

and even in the uncertainty of the night.

 

 

 

 

Would You Keep the Faith?


February 11, 2011

“These are the ones counted by Moses and Eleazar the priest when they counted the Israelites on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho. Not one of them was among those counted by Moses and Aaron the priest when they counted the Israelites in the Desert of Sinai. For the LORD had told those Israelites they would surely die in the desert, and not one of them was left except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.”

 

(Numbers 26:63-65)

 

          Many of us already know that out of the original group that came out of Egypt under the leadership of Moses, only Joshua and Caleb actually made it to the Promise Land. Only two out of thousands of people made it! I don’t know exactly the percentage that we are looking at here, but I know that it’s less than one. Joshua and Caleb, in my opinion, are two of the most extraordinary people of faith in the Bible; they kept the faith against all odds.

            Joshua and Caleb kept the faith as slavery intensified in Egypt right after the intervention of Moses; as Moses spoke the words to Pharaoh on behalf of the Lord: “Let my people go,” and as Pharaoh, in response, doubled the work. Joshua and Caleb kept the faith through the long nights in the desert, through hardship, through hunger and thirst, as everybody else complained; as death surrounded the Israelite camp and as they saw the size of the giants and the natural challenges of conquering the land.

            What are our challenges today? What kills the faith in us? Does it take much or very little for us to complain? In whatever situation you are facing today, the question remains the same: Would you keep the faith?

 

When you are Blessed; You are Blessed


February 10, 2011

4 The Moabites said to the elders of Midian, ‘This horde is going to lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field.’ So Balak son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time, 5 sent messengers to summon Balaam son of Beor, who was at Pethor, near the Euphrates River, in his native land. Balak said: ‘A people has come out of Egypt; they cover the face of the land and have settled next to me. 6 Now come and put a curse on these people, because they are too powerful for me. Perhaps then I will be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed.” (Numbers 22:4-6)

 

            So many times we worry so much about what people have to say about us. For many of us, the idea of people spreading negative rumors about us is intolerable. By now, the children of Israel have shown their good, their bad and plenty of their ugly. They have spoken against Moses, against his brother Aaron and have manifested a display of lack of truth in God. At one point, God was getting ready to eliminate them as a nation all together, but Moses’ effective intersession kept them alive as a nation. Moses found himself totally tired in the burden of leading this nation. Even as the people that were directly involved in sin paid the price for it; God still showed his love and mercy for this nation as a whole.

            In these verses, we see Moab trying to get Balaam to curse God’s people. However, God did not allow for such a curse to be spoken against His people. You may be one that messed up real bad; God surely is dealing with you without a doubt; however, you must also understand that you are blessed. Your blessing can’t be taken away from you by anyone. When you are blessed; you are blessed!

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Peculiarity


I am the Lord and more than enough; whoever follows me will lack nothing, for I am with you. I am all you need! If you have Me, you have everything! Why then are you going to the world seeking what only I can give you? Stop compromising My Gospel, stop compromising My Truth. I demand your heart, I demand your mind and I demand your soul. Come after Me you double minded. Seek My Will and deny your own, for it is then that you will gain the abundant life. Bring down the idols of your heart; trust me and go and face your giants. For I Am with you! Why do you insist on returning to slavery? Why do you reject My Freedom, My Peace and My Joy for the emptiness of other gods? I gave My Levites specific instructions on how to serve me, treasure My presence, My Way of doing things and how to serve my people. One thing you and the Levites have in common; I called you both to be holy…for I Am holy. You want to follow me, but want to carry your idols among your material things; you want to follow Me, but your high places are consumed with the idolatry of this age. My message is Power, because I Am Power; don’t change My message to grow in numbers…to say that you are doing something for Me. Come after Me with your whole heart…make-up your mind and stop trying to fit-in! My people are not of this world; you belong to My Kingdom! You are my peculiar people, but you are ashamed of your peculiarity, so you’d rather look like the world as you use My Name in vain for things that I don’t approve. This is not your gospel; it is My Gospel; this not your truth, it is My Truth. They are not rejecting you, they are rejecting Me.

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The True Secret for Effective Leadership Part 3


 

10 Moses heard the people of every family wailing at the entrance to their tents. The LORD became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled. 11 He asked the LORD, ‘Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? 12 Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors? 13 Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14 I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.” (Numbers 11:10-15) (NIV)

 

                  By my calculations, from the time Jethro gave him the advice to the time described in these verses, it was less than two years. In Numbers 10:11-12 the Bible tells us:

11 On the twentieth day of the second month of the second year, the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle of the covenant law. 12 Then the Israelites set out from the Desert of Sinai and traveled from place to place until the cloud came to rest in the Desert of Paran.”

                  So what happen with Moses’ help? Why is he saying: “What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?” In his interaction with the Lord, Moses added: “If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.” Wow, Moses sounded suicidal here! Moses is now a man who is totally burned-out in two year of this long journey. We all know that the children of Israel wondered in the desert for forty years; how can a man in this condition last thirty eight in the same position after this? Many of us are ready for a vacation once a year!

                  So what was God’s answer? How was He going to resolve this issue? How was Moses going to remain the leader for the rest of this long journey? Obviously, the advice of Jethro fell short of providing Moses real help: capable men, men who fear God, trustworthy men and men who hate dishonest gain, were not enough. So this is what God did and it is in fact the heart of this message in what leadership stands in need of, today.

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