Preparados para Morir


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La Biblia nos habla de lo que es un tiempo de vida completo y de lo que es la muerte prematura. Hubo tiempos en donde el ser humano duraba cientos de años. Nuestros días fueron acortados luego a 120 años debido al pecado (Génesis 6:3) Luego, también por nuestros pecados, nuestro tiempo en este planeta fue acortado una segunda vez. El Salmo 90:10 nos dice, “Los días de nuestra edad son setenta años; Y si en los más robustos son ochenta años…” (RVR 1960)

El vivir vidas desordenadas, la mala alimentación, el fumar, el consumir drogas y alcohol, el vivir vidas sedentarias y otros factores, contribuyen a nuestras muertes prematuras. En el centro de la descripción de trabajo del diablo está el matarnos prematuramente (Juan 10:10). También es notable en la biblia que la falta de respeto a los padres tiene el poder de también acortar nuestros días de acuerdo con Éxodos 20:11.

De todas formas, vidas largas o no, la muerte es segura. La pregunta es, ¿estamos preparados para morir? El Coronavirus ha demostrado el terror que los humanos le tenemos a la muerte. Personalmente, yo no quiero morir, siento que todavía tengo mucho que hacer y tengo mucho que ver. Mas debo decir que estoy preparado para morir, no por mi propia justicia, no porque sea bueno o perfecto, más porque Cristo salvó mi alma y, a través de su sangre, mis pecados, mis transgresiones e iniquidades han sido perdonados.

La pregunta más importante que un ser humano puede hacerse es, sin duda ¿estamos preparados para la muerte? La muerte no es un boleto directo para vivir eternamente con Dios. Parece ser que siempre que muere alguien decimos, “está en un mejor lugar.” Mas eso no es necesariamente así. Cuando morimos sin Cristo nuestras almas se van derechito al infierno en donde serán atormentadas por toda la eternidad (Lucas 16:22-23). De ahí pasan al Lago de Azufre, el cual es el destino final para todos los que murieron sin Cristo (Apocalipsis 20:14).

Para estar preparados para nuestra muerte tenemos que 1) arrepentirnos ante Dios de nuestros pecados (Mateo 4:17), 2) creer en el señorío, sacrificio y resurrección de Cristo y, 3) tenemos que hacer confesión con nuestra boca de lo que Cristo hizo en nuestros corazones. Romanos 10:9-10 nos dice,

que si confesares con tu boca que Jesús es el Señor, y creyeres en tu corazón que Dios le levantó de los muertos, serás salvo. 10 Porque con el corazón se cree para justicia, pero con la boca se confiesa para salvación. (RVR1960)

Tenemos que señalar que la salvación no es una decisión que tomamos para Cristo; eso es un error doctrinal. Si fuera una decisión, la salvación estaría en nuestras manos. Lo cierto es que no tenemos la capacidad de salvarnos a nosotros mismos; la salvación es obra exclusiva de Dios. Efesios 2:8-9 nos dice,

Porque por gracia sois salvos por medio de la fe; y esto no de vosotros, pues es don de Dios; no por obras, para que nadie se gloríe. (RVR1960)

Si leyendo este artículo sientes que tu corazón está sintiendo cierto grado de convicción es probable que Dios quiera salvarte ahora mismo. Somos salvos porque hemos experimentado el nuevo nacimiento. En Juan 3:3-6 Cristo dice,

Respondió Jesús y le dijo: De cierto, de cierto te digo, que el que no naciere de nuevo, no puede ver el reino de Dios.Nicodemo le dijo: ¿Cómo puede un hombre nacer siendo viejo? ¿Puede acaso entrar por segunda vez en el vientre de su madre, y nacer? Respondió Jesús: De cierto, de cierto te digo, que el que no naciere de agua y del Espíritu, no puede entrar en el reino de Dios. Lo que es nacido de la carne, carne es; y lo que es nacido del Espíritu, espíritu es. (RVR1960)

El ser humano es tres en uno. Somos espíritu, alma y cuerpo. Primera de Tesalonicenses 5:23 nos dice, “Y el mismo Dios de paz os santifique por completo; y todo vuestro ser, espíritu, alma y cuerpo, sea guardado irreprensible para la venida de nuestro Señor Jesucristo.” (RVR1960) Cada uno de los aspectos de lo que somos como humanos tiene funciones específicas que discutiremos en otros artículos.  La parte de nosotros que nace de nuevo no es el cuerpo; lógicamente no regresamos al vientre de nuestras madres. Tampoco es el alma; el alma entra en un proceso de restauración. En el alma están nuestra mente o formas de pensar, nuestra toma de decisiones y nuestras emociones. Del alma emana nuestra personalidad. Dios, poco a poco, nos va cambiando; por lo que el cambio en nosotros es un proceso.

La parte que nace de nuevo en nosotros es el espíritu. El espíritu es la parte mas profunda del ser humano. Hay dos características muy importantes que emanan del espíritu, 1) del espíritu sale nuestra expresión de amor y admiración mas profunda en el ser humano… la adoración (Juan 4:24). Todo aquello a lo cual le ofrezcamos adoración fuera de Dios se convierte en idolatría. La idolatría sale de nuestros espíritus y es, después de la blasfemia al Espíritu Santo, el pecado más severo que puede cometer un ser humano. El espíritu de los impíos esta contaminado severamente con idolatría; por eso es por lo que el espíritu tiene que nacer de nuevo.

La segunda característica del espíritu en un cristiano que ha nacido de nuevo es que el espíritu en nosotros es la única parte en nuestra trinidad que está dispuesta a seguir a Dios.   En Mateo 26:41 Cristo nos dice, “Velad y orad, para que no entréis en tentación; el espíritu a la verdad está dispuesto, pero la carne es débil.” (RVR1960) El espíritu en nosotros quiere hacer lo correcto; muy contrario a la carne, la cual se opone a Dios en todo (Gálatas 5:17).

El cristiano anhela estar con Dios y no le tememos a la muerte. Queremos cumplir nuestro propósito en este mundo, pero sabemos que nos espera un mundo mucho mejor. El cristiano toma la actitud del Apóstol Pablo y, con estas palabras termino,

Porque sé que por vuestra oración y la suministración del Espíritu de Jesucristo, esto resultará en mi liberación, 20 conforme a mi anhelo y esperanza de que en nada seré avergonzado; antes bien con toda confianza, como siempre, ahora también será magnificado Cristo en mi cuerpo, o por vida o por muerte. 21 Porque para mí el vivir es Cristo, y el morir es ganancia. 22 Mas si el vivir en la carne resulta para mí en beneficio de la obra, no sé entonces qué escoger. 23 Porque de ambas cosas estoy puesto en estrecho, teniendo deseo de partir y estar con Cristo, lo cual es muchísimo mejor; 24 pero quedar en la carne es más necesario por causa de vosotros. Filipenses 1:19-24 (RVR1960)

 

 

Preparing the Way to a Society Without Love


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What else is to say about the Coronavirus? Everything that needed to be said from the democrat/liberal side has been said, everything that needed to be said from the republican/conservative side has also been said. Arguments everywhere, some refuse to stay home and embrace social distancing and sheltering in place; others feel that it is irresponsible not to do so. Some expect the government to fix it all and take care of them; others are ready to go back to work. Some argue that they care about lives more than the economy. Others argue they also care about lives, but also about the economy. Every side pushing their agendas; some blaming Trump, some blaming the Chinees, etc. I get it, we seem to be saturated with the Coronavirus topic from every angle.

Let me add a point of view on this topic that I have not seen discuss yet. Personally, I have never seen anything changing our way of life more than this virus; not even September 11. I am convinced that from here on social distancing will be the “smart” thing to do in our society. Let’s face it, before the Coronavirus we were already becoming more and more socially distant. Am I the only parent who struggles with children, now adults, who want to spend hours in their rooms consumed with social media? Some of our youth already have experience sheltering in place. LOL!

I don’t claim to have all of the answers, but something hit me the other day. The Bible tells us in Matthew 24:12, “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.” (NASB) The word Lawlessness is the Greek Word, anomía; “In most cases in the NT it means not the absence of the Law, but the violation of Law, i.e., transgression or lawlessness.”[1] The reason why the love of many will grow cold will be because the total disregard for the Law. Folks will move away from God further and further and, absolute truths will no longer be accepted; we are already seen that.

This virus will justify isolation and will forever affect the way we interact with each other. No shaking hands, no high-fives, no hugs, etc. This virus will take away all of the social and public expressions of love and human contact and, those who continue to hug and kiss, shake hands and high-five will be seen as irresponsible. Who knows, they may pass laws against it; all the government need is a justification to do so.

As we get closer and closer to the reality of Matthew 24 and the culture of the last days, we will see an increase in the hatred against Christians. That hatred is going to be justified also because Christians will continue to gather, to hug, to kiss and essentially, to love each other. We will be seen as barbarians, lacking sophistication, lacking intellect and as non-educated ignorant folks. The “sophisticated Christian”, on the other hand, will bow to the craziness of the world and ultimately, do services online and keep people separated.

I saw many churches close around the country and the world; they went online and encouraged their folks to stay home. I am not sure how I feel about that! Others were more creative and increased the number of services for their Sunday services, assigned their members to go to their specific services and did their best to keep their Sunday congregations between 10 and 15 people; I respect that!

See, the reality is that the Bible does not justify for us to stop gathering, kissing, hugging and all of those simple expressions of love and fellowship because of a virus; it is not there. It is going to be a difficult battle because folks are going to be afraid of getting sued; what if I open my church and somebody get infected? How will the world see me? These are real arguments, real struggles that will require a total trust in God and in his Word. See, our faith is in direct conflict with the way of the world.

 I understand that, at times, we have to take temporary measures; but make no mistake about it, this is not a temporary thing, this is designed to change our culture… to prepare the way to a society without love.

[1] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

 

El Distanciamiento Social y la Iglesia: Respuesta al Coronavirus


Nunca antes en mi vida había visto un virus o evento cambiar nuestras formas de vida como la hecho el Coronavirus. Negocios cerrados, los deportes interrumpidos, no poderse sentar en nuestros restaurantes favoritos, conciertos cancelados, etc.

Hoy día, además de lavarnos las manos constantemente, una de las herramientas que se está utilizando para combatir este virus es el aislamiento, mejor conocido hoy día como el distanciamiento social.

El darse las manos como saludo, el abrazo y el acercarse más de seis pies a otras personas, eran conductas y acciones normales en muchas culturas. Hoy día se consideran irresponsables.

Este virus, así como lo fue el ataqué terrorista de Septiembre 11 del 2001, cambiará nuestras sociedades por siempre. No hay vuelta atrás. Todo esto contribuye a preparar el escenario a una de las más tristes características de la cultura de los últimos tiempos, la falta de amor.

La Biblia nos dice en Mateo 24:12, “y por haberse multiplicado la maldad, el amor de muchos se enfriará.” (Reina Valera Revisada 1960). Otro aspecto importante de la cultura mundial de los últimos tiempos lo será el odio a los cristianos.

En el centro de nuestra fe tenemos el mandamiento divino de amarnos los unos a los otros, de aún saludarnos con ósculos santos, de no dejar de congregarnos, etc. Nuestra fe está directamente en oposición con el aislamiento y el distanciamiento social.

Interesante saber que se recomienda que no se reúnan grupos de más de 10 personas. Eso es una ventanilla dada por Dios para la Iglesia.

No creo que fue la voluntad de Dios el reunirnos en edificios; creo que es la voluntad de Dios que seamos una familia verdadera. Las familias comparten sus vidas, comen juntos, hablan, juegan, se ríen, se abrazan, comparten historias, carcajadas y, en nuestro caso como cristianos, Hechos 2:42 nos dice, “Y perseveraban en la doctrina de los apóstoles, en la comunión unos con otros, en el partimiento del pan y en las oraciones.” (RVR 1960)

Muchas iglesias han tomado la decisión de llevar sus servicios a cabo a través del internet. Puede que esto sea una buena idea por ahora; pero quiero que sepan que el dios de este mundo secular nos odia y su deseo es destruirnos y destruir nuestra fe.

No sé como, pero de alguna forma el diablo se las ingeniará para eliminar o limitar nuestros servicios. Aquí le va a salir el tiro por la culata, ya que la iglesia NUNCA será vencida… NUNCA.

Muchos pelearán por sus servicios de Domingos, las mega iglesias, etc. Esa batalla la perderán y se sentirán como que la iglesia perdió. Mas la iglesia será lo que Dios quiere que la iglesia sea, el Cuerpo de Cristo, una iglesia santa, sin manchas, sin arrugas, gente diferente, gente apasionada por Dios, gente dispuesta a a dar sus vidas mismas por el evangelio de Cristo.

La gloria que viene va a ser mucho más grande y mucho más poderosa que la gloria de los tiempos de los apóstoles, pero también habrá más derramamiento de sangre y más persecución. En todo y con todo, veremos el avivamiento más poderoso en la historia de la humanidad y muchos, no pocos, vendrán a los pies de Cristo.

Muchos se darán cuenta de que no hay gobierno, ni ideología, ni hombre que verdaderamente pueda saciar nuestras almas y revivir nuestros espíritus… solo Dios puede.

Durante estos tiempo tan difíciles y de tanta confusión muchos tienen temor. Temor a la muerte, temor a enfermarse y temor por los niños y los ancianos que son los más vulnerables ante este virus. Mas, hay otras agendas egoístas y diabólicas como lo son el propagar el pánico, el destruir nuestra economía, algunos en contra del Presidente Trump, otros utilizan esta crisis para acomodarse más en el poder y en fin… estamos rodeados de muchas voces y opiniones. No nos dejemos engañar.

Hermanos, no seamos tontos, no tentemos a Dios ya que no somos inmunes a enfermedades. Vivimos en cuerpos mortales y no eternos. Limpiemos y ordenemos nuestras casas, lavémonos las manos, comamos bien, tengamos una rutina de actividad física y no dejemos de amarnos, de congregarnos en grupitos pequeños, en nuestras casas, con la familia, etc.

Mantengamos el gozo y la paz de Dios, la cual sobrepasa todo entendimiento. No dejemos de amarnos y de extender nuestro amor a aquellos que no odian. Confiemos en Dios y hagamos lo que nos toca. En el nombre de Jesús, amén.

En el amor de Cristo, su Siervo, Ángel Casiano para la gloria de Dios y para el servicio de su pueblo.

Our Divine DNA


We can’t find anything in the Bible that can, in any way, present us as innocents; that is because we are not. All of us are guilty of sin. We find innocents only through Christ Jesus.

Nevertheless, there is nothing in the Bible that describes us as victims either. We are God’s children, uniquely and extraordinarily made.

When we make up our minds to do something (good or bad) only God himself can stop us. We learned that with the story of the Tower of Babel.

We know how to build cities in valleys and mountains; from the deserts of Arizona to the  Alaska arctic. We are truly extraordinary.  That is why I believe that every human, from within, has the power to recover from any addiction and do better for themselves.

From within, we have the power to come out of poverty, to educate ourselves, to learn new skills, to come out of homelessness, bad relationships and circumstances. From within, we have the power to overcome. As God’s people, we are more than overcomers. That is… our divine DNA.

The struggle is to believe that we have that power. Some do not believe they do, so they embrace their status quo, they have lost all hope! Some look at the government and programs as their only hope for survival. In that, they limit themselves from the fullness of their potential.

Our job, as ministers, is to speak faith. Faith comes by hearing God’s Word. The very Word the world rejects. Go and unlock your divine DNA.

 

Shortcuts Physical & Spiritual (Part 3)


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Spiritual Shortcuts

I left dealing with spiritual shortcuts for last; however, our spirit is the most important aspect of our lives. If our spirits are inline, we are in great position to listen to God and work on our soul (Way of thinking, decision-making and emotions) and, our bodies. King David knew the vital importance of the spirit when he prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God,  And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (NASB)

This information is designed to affect the way we think so we be in divine position to make Godly decisions and enjoy better and more stable emotions such as peace and joy; not anxiety, anger, depression, etc.

Spiritual shortcuts are even more detrimental for us as humans. That is because our spirit is the inner most part of us. It is with our spirits that we do the most important and the deepest thing we can ever do as humans… worship God. Jesus told the Samaritan woman, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24 (NASB) Anything outside of worshipping God is idolatry; idolatry happens when our spirits are corrupted.

The spirit is the only part of us that is born again (John 3:3-6); therefore, it is the only part of us that that has the ability to voluntarily and willingly, after the born-again experience, cooperate with God. In Matthew 26:41 Jesus made a powerful statement that describes the essence of our spirits and our flesh as He stated “…The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

The flesh has no hope; it opposes the Spirit of God in us (Galatians 5:17). All we can do with the flesh is discipline her (First Corinthians 9:27). That is the reason why I made the statement in our previous article that, I do not pray for God to heal my diabetes, I pray for grace and discipline in my life to continue to embrace this lifestyle.  Just like taking care of our bodies requires work; the same principle applies to our spiritual life.

Jesus gave us the best example of how we should live our lives and the foundation of a righteous life. As we are able to clearly see all through the gospels Jesus was:

  1. Committed to Intimacy with the Father through prayer. (Matthew 14:23)
  2. Committed to the study of the Word. (Matthew 5:17-19)
  3. Committed to sharing his life with others. Let me point out that true and authentic fellowship is not just a Sunday Service, is family, brothers and sisters who are a part of each other’s life, who are there for each other’s celebrations and are also there in the struggles and sufferings of life.
  4. Committed to His Ministry. (Matthew 20:28)
  5. Committed to discipleship. Our ultimate mandate, after worshipping God, is making disciples.
  6. Committed to the fulfillment of Father’s will in His life. We can’t get so lost in everything else and lose our soul in the process. We are here to do God’s will and not our own. (Luke 22:42)

These six commitments are the foundation of our Christian duty. A conference, a book, a Christians TV or Radio Show, a retreat, etc. are all good things and great spiritual exercises. However, if at the end of the day, you are still 1) without intimacy with God, 2) you have no desire to study the Scriptures or know what God has to say, 2) you are still disconnected from the Body of Christ, 4) you are not ministering anywhere, not even making a living or depending on the government 5) you are not in position for someone to disciple you  and you are not making disciples and, lastly, 6) your lifestyle reflects that you are doing your will and not God’s, whatever external spiritual thing you are doing is not working because is just that… external; a sad attempt to shortcut the things of God.

Loving America


This is our daughter Ileana J. Casiano’s Air Force Graduation. We are absolutely proud of her as the first female in the Casiano family to join the USA Arm Forces. Israel was not perfect, nobody is! However, in Scripture we see the men and women of God honoring, loving, praying and even weeping for their nation. Not one example can be found from Abraham to Moses, from Moses to King David and all the way to the apostles where they expressed hatred against their country. The USA is not perfect either, however, it is ok to honor our country, it is ok to love our country, it is ok to pray for our country and to weep for her. Our soldiers go as far as fighting for her. They pay the price of sacrificing time with their families and, some pay the ultimate price by giving their lives for our freedom. As a father, those couple of days celebrating and witnessing, firsthand, how the Air Force was use so powerfully by God to transform my daughter’s character, were truly life changing.

Music: America the Beautiful, an amazing rendition by Phil Driscoll America the Beautiful, the classic rendition by Ray Charles and, Set Me Free, by Casting Crowns

 

 

Shortcuts Physical & Spiritual (Part 2)


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Physical Shortcuts 

Physically, in terms of our health, we look for shortcuts very often. We go to the doctor, he/she does and exam, gives a diagnosis and then, after that, is very common that the Doc will prescribe us some kind of medication. In some cases, you receive the life sentence that you will have to take these medications until the day you die and, many accept that. However, “…according to leading health organizations, factors underlying most chronic diseases include tobacco use, harmful alcohol use, insufficient physical activity, and poor nutrition.”[1] To these factors you add stress and bad sleep and we are definitely in trouble.

When dealing with resolving the problem of any illness, why not start by addressing these factors? Let’s stop smoking, stop abusing alcohol, let’s get moving and let’s eat better. To these factors we can also add avoiding stress and, get better sleep. Nevertheless, because we want to keep our cigarettes, because we like to abuse alcohol use, because we hate exercise and love our foods, we rather take the pills. It is the shortcut, the easy way out. The question is, is it working? Are we getting any better? Well, NO! About half of Americans are experiencing at least one chronic health condition such as cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. So how is that shortcut working for us?

Let’s be honest, the god of this world is Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4). When you look deeply at the way the secular world works you can actually see Satan at work. The reality is that there are a group of people making a whole lot of money out of the sickness of other people. Sick people are the reason why others are able to put food on their tables. Sick folks are a very lucrative business! So, is there a good motivation to get people healthy? Nah!!!

I was diagnosed with diabetes three years ago and, immediately, I was placed on meds, but I noticed something that it did not take me a degree in medicine to figured out. I noticed very quickly that during the summers in Alaska my sugar levels were much better, almost normal, compare to the winters. See, the summers in Fairbanks are the best, temperatures around the 70s and plenty of daylight! Is very simple, during the summers I was working around the house, cutting trees, splitting wood, riding my bicycle, walking the golf course, etc. but come the winter, I became sedentary. I could not do much with temperatures below zero and, to be honest with you, I was never excited about going to the gym, I am always excited about outdoors activities!

Last year, around this time, my wife, who is also a medical doctor, told me that we needed to stay away from process food. It is hard to stay away from process food because about everything in the supermarket is processed. However, eating real food is possible and worth it for the sake of our health. A year later I can say that I am about 30 pounds lighter and have gone from size 40 to 36. At one point in my life, not too long ago, I was size 42; that was over 40 pounds ago!

Now in Arizona, the weather is amazing this time a year. I know, it will get very hot during the summer! However, there are still physical activities that can be done early in the morning or late in the afternoon and night. My current sugar levels are normal; why? Well, very simple, 1) I don’t smoke, 2) I don’t drink, 3) I eat better, and 4) I exercise about every day.

Exercise is the foundation for my physical health. That’s why golf has been such a blessing to me. I don’t ride those golf cars; I walk the whole 18 holes; but not only that, I stretch about every morning, I do my sit-ups, I work around the house, I take my dog for long walks, I wash my cars by hand and, I just keep moving! I am also attempting to go to sleep earlier. By the way, I sleep much better because come 10 PM I am tired and ready to actually go to sleep. I absolutely love waking up earlier in the morning ready to go, excited about the day and the tasks at hand.  Finally, I avoid unnecessary stress. After all, the Bible does tell us to “be anxious for nothing…” (Philippians 4:6)

I am not taking any shortcuts with my health, I know that as long as I continue with this lifestyle, diabetes is not an issue for me. How I know? Very easy, 1) I check my numbers, and 2) I pay attention to my sex life! Oh yes, Diabetes affects that to. There are millions of men in America with Erectile Dysfunction (ED). I bet I got your attention now!

This may sound strange to you, but I stopped praying for a miracle, I do not pray for God to take away my diabetes anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in the power of God and, I definitely believe in miracles, but, what a miracle is going to do if I continue to eat garage, if I embrace alcohol abuse and smoking and, if I go from my job to my couch? How long do you think the effects of that miracle will remain? Again, I am going to reap what I am sowing and, you to.

What I pray for is for God’s grace and to continue to discipline myself to keep this current and healthier lifestyle. Asking for a miracle, without the commitment to change our lifestyles is an ineffective shortcut.

Another important point; sadly, I am surrounded by sedentary and physically lazy people. That’s just the truth, especially folks my age (I am 51 years old). I can’t depend on them when it comes down to my health. My health is my responsibility so, I do not wait on anybody; I will take care of myself regardless of who is around me. If is not an emergency, I will be out there, walking, exercising, playing golf, working around the house, etc. Waiting on other people will take you to the grave early. If they want to be lazy, let them be lazy! You are the expert of your own body and you know how your body responds to certain things; like Nike say, just do it! Do it for your own sake, in obedience to God and for HIS glory.

To be continue…

 

[1] ACE (American Council on Exercise) The Professional’s Guide to Health and Wellness Coaching. (2019)

 

Shortcuts Physical & Spiritual (Part 1)


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Introduction

As I was taking my golf lesson the other day, I was pointing out to my instructor that I was told by my first teacher to stand in an angle when swinging wages and irons. My golf instructor wasted no time in telling me that she does not teach shortcuts; that she tries her best to teach the correct way, from the beginning, to avoid the development of bad habits. Her words got me thinking about how often we use shortcuts for our physical and spiritual health.

Before I continue, let me establish that taking good care of ourselves is a biblical principle. First Thessalonians 5:23 tells us, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NASB) These verses represent the biblical foundation for this three-part article.  The honest true is that when it comes down to our overall health as humans, there are no shortcuts.

            A shortcut is commonly defined as, “…a shorter alternative route; an accelerated way of doing or achieving something.”[1] Shortcuts are embraced openly by our society; we like things easy and we like things now. I do not argue that time has shown us that there are better and faster ways of doing some things; not all shortcuts are bad. Nevertheless, there are times when shortcuts are designed to hurt us and rob us of a great blessing, in this case, physical and spiritual blessings. There are no shortcuts there! We must pay the price, we must work hard, do our part and, make the time, if, we want to get better… PERIOD!

Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash recently, understood these principles as he stated, “I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you.”

The Bible explains a very simple truth relating to this topic. In Galatians 6:7-8 the Bible tells us, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (NIV) Shortcuts are, many times, an attempt to mock God. Nevertheless, the law is very clear, whatever we are sowing, that we will we also reap.

To be continue…

[1] https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=shortcut&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8