Las Cosas Están Malas en Puerto Rico Nos Dice la Comay


 

Las cosas están malas en Puerto Rico nos dice la Comay. Las Noticias televisivas hacen eco de los gritos de terror en nuestras calles. Los periódicos describen como poesía los asesinatos en nuestras esquinas. Los fotógrafos, cada vez más gráficamente, nos dan los retratos que nos dicen más de lo que nos pueden decir mil palabras. En la radio todo es un chiste, una comedia interminable con precio de sangre.

Las cosas están malas en Puerto Rico nos dice la Comay. Llegué el viernes pasado, directamente desde la Florida. Llegué cuando hacía ya veinte años que me había ido. ¡Qué emoción tan grande sentí cuando llegué al Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín!

Después de rentar un carro me di una buena perdida; se me olvidó lo que me dijo mi padre, que para llegar a Guánica tengo que estar pendiente a los letreros que dicen Caguas. Pero ¿Cuál es el apuro? estoy ya de vacaciones. Finalmente encontré mi camino correcto; La Avenida Luis A. Ferrer, la que siempre conocí como La Avenida las Américas.

Las cosas están malas en Puerto Rico nos dice la Comay. ¿Habrá algo en Puerto Rico que no haya cambiado? Y como creo en Cristo y creo en la obra de Su Espíritu, abrí mis ojos para ver lo positivo.

 

Para empezar sentí el saludo fuerte de la Cordillera Central. Las grandes montañas ofrecían un espectáculo de belleza y acariciaban mi mirada y mi semblante. ¡Qué lindo es Puerto Rico! ¿Habrá algo en Puerto Rico que no haya cambiado? Al Flamboyán no pude ignorar con su robusta mas delicada forma, sus hojas verdes, sus flores tan brillantes como el amanecer en la costa este y como árbol que provee una sombra sin igual.

Por la noche; ya cansado, me acosté con las melodías del coquí, quienes por toda la noche, un concierto gratuito me ofrecieron. El gallo anunció muy bien afinado, cuando aún no había salido el sol completamente, la llegada de un nuevo día. Los pájaros se levantaron con gozo y entonaban cánticos nuevos que decoraban el roció refrescante. ¿Habrá algo en Puerto Rico que no haya cambiado?

Mi gente con rostros preciosos y fuertes, el amor de la familia, el arroz con gandules, los pasteles de Yuca, los refresquitos, el pan fresco de agua, los pastelillos, las carcajadas, los chiste coloraos, el comer juntos, el jugar dominós y las libritas de más son algunas de las cosas que no cambian.

No, no servimos bebidas en mi fiesta y así la gente llegó temprano en la tarde y temprano en la noche partieron todos contentos. Es que hay algunos que les cambia la personalidad cuando toman; se creen que son Bruce Lee y otros se creen boxeadores y buscan cualquier excusa para pelear. Todo entonces terminó en paz.

Las cosas están malas en Puerto Rico nos dice la Comay. Quizás la Comay tenga razón; pero son muchas las cosas que no han cambiado, es que este amor Borincano aún con el tiempo nunca muere. Nuestra bandera sigue bailando con el viento, nuestro destino para nada ha cambiado.

 

La esperanza de nuestra familia Dios la manifiesta en nuestros hijos. Vi atletas destacados, jóvenes estudiando en la universidad luchando por un mejor futuro, jóvenes preciosos y hasta cantantes tenemos. Los Casianos siguen adelante, mas no tan solo nosotros, sino también los que cargan tu apellido. A Dios sea toda la gloria, que Dios nos cubra con su amor, en Dios está nuestra fuerza y a El dirigimos nuestro clamor.

A Temptation or a Test?


The Bible is filled with examples of the things that we must flee from; things such as Sexual Immorality and Idolatry perhaps, are at the top of the list. Temptations are things or circumstances that entice us to sin. Temptations come from Satan and he is an expert in how to effectively tempt us. Satan always tempts us with things that our flesh likes. We are not called as Christians to face our temptations, but to flee from them; we are called not to even entertain them. God promises us that He will not allow any temptation to come our way that we are unable to overcome. First Corinthians 10:13 tells us:

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

          The reason we fall into temptation all the time is because we choose to; I have been a prime example of this shameful reality. I do appreciate the fact that after you are a “born again” believer, you can never fully enjoy sin. The conviction of the Holy Spirit will hunt you down until repentance is brought forth in your spirit. What an amazing God we serve! I know that we place a lot of emphasis on speaking in tongues in some denominations, but for me, the greatest evidence that someone is a man or woman of God is that when they receive the conviction of their sin, that inner voice tells us “Stop! This is not good, come back to me!”

          However, the emphasis of this article is to explain how to be able to identify and know the difference between a temptation and a test. As we have already established, Temptation is designed to entice us to sin; but, what about the Test? How do we know that we are being tested? James 1:2-3 gives us a good clue concerning this issue:

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”

          Testing is everything that comes in your life that challenges your faith. Just as temptations are related to sin, tests then are related to faith! Let me give you a simple example in order for us to have a very clear understanding of what we are dealing with here:

Temptation:

          You are home alone and you get an urge to watch pornography on the computer.

Test:

          There was a budget cut in the company that you have worked for the last five years, you are a good worker, but you were just told that your job has been terminated.

          One boldly challenges you to sin as you sit in front of your computer considering watching pornography. The other challenges your faith as you now find yourself without a job, a family to take care of, bills to pay, etc. etc. The Bible tells us to “count it all for you when we fall in various trials.” However, joy is the last thing that crosses our minds when we are faced with a test. Many of us run into the temptation, rejoice as we enjoy the momentary sweetness of sin and. On the other hand, flee from the test. Temptation, as we can see, is appealing to the flesh; the test never is; however, if we learn how to receive the tests with joy, the end-result is maturity and spiritual growth. James added in verse four of the same chapter:

“But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

          Do you want to live a life of no lack? Then receive your testing with joy and let that trial workout patience in you. It is then and only then, that you will be closer and closer to perfection, completeness and a state of true prosperity.

 

 

 

I Thank God for the City Rescue Mission


To all my City Rescue Mission Family: Thank you so much! You guys got me real good with the Code Blue thing to get me to the cafeteria; that was awesome! The surprise parties and eating at Golden Corral… Wow! Thank God for the Students and the many lessons I learned from them! I thank God for my good friend Reggie Bridges and for Pastor Gerald Cruse for the many times he imparted wisdom into my life. You can continue to count on my prayers and I know I can count on yours! Support the City Rescue Mission; a real effective and anointed ministry inJacksonville,Florida!

We Will Never Be Free Until We Forgive!


Do we still have racism in the great United States of America? Absolutely, it is sad to admit this truth. The reality is that racism exists all over the world; racism is a demonic spirit, indeed. In America, we have come a long way. We must not forget that the freedom that we enjoy today is the direct result of the prayers of many of our slave fathers and mothers.

 

For us as Christians to continue to carry un-forgiveness in our hearts against “The White Man” is a direct slap in the face to our own history. Even as the demonic spirit of racism is still alive and well today, no demon in hell can stop you or me from doing what we are called to do for God’s glory. It is time to stop the excuses, go after God with all of our hearts, take our education seriously, get out of the ghetto and the ghetto mentality, stop the violence amongst ourselves, stop cursing one another with the ‘N” word and it is time to embrace our freedom.

 

Can you hear the songs of liberation in the midst of the brutality of slavery? Can you listen to the sermons that revolutionized this nation and brought forward a revival that changed the political spectrum of this nation? Or do you think that the civil war just happened? Why dwell on another man’s bondage of racism when I can be free to forgive him and to be all that God wants me to be?

 

Do you remember a man by the name of Joseph back in the book of Genesis? His suffering gave his nation four hundred years of freedom and prosperity; how much more do you think is awaiting us for the suffering of a whole nation (Africa)?

 

God is proposing today that we love HIM above all things and our neighbor as we love ourselves. God is proposing that we forgive those that trespasses against us and also God is proposing that we take a good look, in spite of the injustices committed against us, at the nastiness of our own heart, for the Bible says in Romans 3:10

 

“As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one.”

 

Beloved, that includes you and me. We will never be free if we refuse to forgive! Close your ears to those that continue to dwell in racism and refuse to embrace the freedom and accountability that we have in God. Many of our Civil Rights Advocates, who also call themselves “Reverence,” are doing nothing but enslaving their own people. Suffering is not an excuse or a free ticket for us to leave as if everybody owns us something. The just and the unrighteous, both, are accountable to God and God will judge both according to His Word and not according to our temporary circumstances while on this earth.

Spiritual Independence Day: Do You Know How Free You are?


“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Cor 3:17)

How can our Christianity be described by whatever happens on Sunday mornings? The reason why Sundays are spiritually dead is not because “they” are spiritually dead, but because WE are spiritually dead. The reason many pastors are getting away with heresy is because we don’t study the Bible. We become satisfied with just taking what the man or woman of God is saying as true. Our own laziness set the stage for our Sunday morning “funerals.”

     Do you have a problem with the way your church worships? You don’t like the style of music? Perhaps these are the wrong questions. The right question in my opinion is: Who is stopping you from worshipping at home? Who is stopping you from having this thing we call church in the living room of your house? I guarantee you, that when you make your Christianity personal, when you are having family devotion, when you are praying together, ministering to one another as you allow the gift of the Spirit to flow at home, our Sunday morning experience will become more fulfilling.

     I guess what I’m trying to say is if you want to preach and teach, start at home. I guess what I’m trying to say is if you have a heart for souls, go and tell people about Jesus. Do you not know that nobody can stop you from preaching the gospel? No police officer, no president, no judge, and no pastor can stop you from telling people about Jesus.  Did you not read the book of Acts?

     What are you waiting for: for seminary, for an ordination? It is sad to say, but there are many pastors who want to control and manipulate their congregations. Perhaps, some are jealous of you, terrified that the people will like you more than them. Insecure leaders can be massive weapons of destruction in the manifestation of the gift of God in the local churches. The spirit of control and manipulation is indeed witchcraft.

     I feel very strongly in my spirit, especially as we celebrate another Fourth of July, that God is saying “Go, you are free!” When we get a deeper understanding that whatever happens on Sunday mornings should not determine how we feel as Christians, we will be able to have a deeper celebration of how free we really are in the Spirit.

     Have church at home. Not that you need to stop attending church as we know it, but as you bring the Lord home and the move of the Spirit in the intimacy of your home, you will see our leaders in the body of Christ losing control. This may sound like a negative thing but as they lose control then the Holy Spirit will be in place to take control. Beloved, that’s the place of the anointing: the anointing that breaks the yoke, the anointing that can truly change us from the inside out. Beloved, as the Holy Spirit takes control of our lives, He will also take control of our Sunday morning experience and we will be seated in a place of revival where people will come from the north, from the south, from the east, and from the west. We are a nation free to worship God. Today I pray that you celebrate, not only the political freedom of this nation, but also that you embrace YOUR Spiritual Independence Day.

A Call For Boricuas and People in General to Pray For Puerto Rico


         Recently the New York Times published the following article concerning the alarming numbers of murders in Puerto Rico:

“So far this year, there have been 525 murders in Puerto Rico, a number that is outpacing last year’s 983 homicides, the second-highest ever, and the 995 in 1994. New York City, with a population a bit over twice that of Puerto Rico, reported 199 murders through the middle of this month, with a total of 536 in 2010.” To continue please click here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/us/21crime.html By LIZETTE ALVAREZ Published: June 20, 2011

Even as I left Puerto Rico and moved to Jacksonville, Florida twenty years ago and even as, at times, I have tried to emotionally disconnect myself from what is going on in my island, it is next to impossible to do so. I am Puerto Rican and I dearly love my country.

Affected by these alarming and discouraging numbers, I felt the impulse in my spirit to search for some answers. I started with our original name as a nation “Boriken.” The meaning of this word is very prophetic indeed, Boriken means: “the great land of the valiant and noble Lord”. This word is from where we get the word: “Boricua”. Even as we know that our Indians did not serve the true God Jehovah; I am convinced that God allowed this name to be our original name for a reason.

The name of the god of Puerto Rico, then known as Boriken or Borinquen, was a reflection of the character of the people. A great example of this truth is that the name “Taíno” was given by Columbus to our Indians when he met some native men and they said “Taíno, Taíno”, meaning “We are good and noble people“; Columbus thought that Taíno was the name of the people and therefore he named them that way.

As I study these definitions I found that in Boriken we had people that were valiant or courageous. Can we doubt the courage of the Puerto Rican people? Do you know that Puerto Rico, a little island of about one hundred miles from east to west and about thirty five miles from north to south is on record as the third nation with the most World Champions in the history of Boxing? Do you know the courage of the Puerto Rican soldier who, by the way, has fought for this country in every major war in the last one hundred years? Puerto Ricans are indeed brave people! However, we must also emphasize the noble aspect of our nature as a nation. The word Noble means: “Having or showing qualities of high moral character, such as courage, generosity, or honor.”

 

 

            We as a nation are call to be courageous and noble people. Every time we call our fellow brother “Boricua” we are declaring his/her courage and his/her noble character.  So what is happening now? The Devil is taking our courage away as people seems to be terrified of reporting a crime. People are dying, getting killed in our streets and witnesses are being silent. Can you believe that? A Puerto Rican being silent?

We continue to move further and further from the principals of God; the church is divided, the Gospel is being compromised and the love is diminishing. Just as the Taíno Indians were eliminated in less than one hundred years by the hands of the abuses of Spain, our nation is being overtaken by Satan by the voices of intimidation through the Drug Lords. Corruption continues to grow in our island as Government continues to either turn their heads away or in many cases, forming a part of such crimes.

I am calling Boricuas and people in general to Pray for our nation! I believe God for a noticeable reduction of the statistical bloodshed of my nation. I am calling Puerto Ricans to pray for a Government cleanup and for God to give us a Godly Leader. I am calling Puerto Ricans to report crimes and to not allow Satan to silence their voices. Our God is mighty and He is greater than any drug lord.

Boricuas, rise up and fight the good fight! Boricuas, rise up and be courageous and noble! The blood of our Taíno fathers is crying out as loud as the blood of our children that are getting killed today in our streets. Let’s come against the spirit that is behind the gangs and domestic violence and let’s bring this nation back to the cross. For the sake of the Taíno, for the sake of the African Slaves, and for the glory of God, let’s declare our nation, a nation that belongs to Jesus. In Jesus Name!

 

Short Prayer for the 2012 Presidential Election


“Lord, as the 2012 Presidential Election is approaching in our beautiful USA; please don’t give us another Bill Clinton, don’t give us another Bush or another Obama. Please Lord give us a President (Democrat or Republican) with the heart of King Josiah!” In Jesus Name…Amen!

“Neither in the days of the judges who led Israel nor in the days of the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah had any such Passover been observed. But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, this Passover was celebrated to the LORD in Jerusalem. Furthermore, Josiah got rid of the mediums and spiritists, the household gods, the idols and all the other detestable things seen in Judah and Jerusalem. This he did to fulfill the requirements of the law written in the book that Hilkiah the priest had discovered in the temple of the LORD. 25 Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.”~2 Kings 23:22-25 (NIV).