Jesus, the Water of Life

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again—ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.”

John 4:13-14

Today I’ll share a vision I had some years ago. I saw a huge fireball red-orange color is approaching at high speed from outer space to crash to Earth. The fireball was a little larger than the size of our planet. It was a very different celestial body to which I’ve known for astronomy, not having the appearance of a comet, nor did an asteroid because of its large size.

I saw the fireball of the previous vision did not clash with Earth. When approaching our planet, there was a repulsive force between two spheres, similar to the repulsion between magnets placed opposite each other in their identical poles. The fireball tore its collision course at the last moment and turned away from Earth. So I saw from outer space. However, I also saw the effect of the passage of the fireball from the ground. First I saw in the sky a large red-orange trail covering at least a third of the horizon. The waters of rivers, seas and lakes rose up as if a force greater than the force of Earth’s gravity’s attracted. It was not due evaporation because I saw liquid water flows up into the sky and disappear behind the red-orange trail. At the end, I saw the void left when exiting the waters of lakes, rivers and seas.

The result of the previous vision was something awful. The gaps left by the waters were grave all aquatic fauna of the planet. The decomposition of the bodies of millions of marine animals flooded the land of a foul smell. I watched as the ground cracked by the lack of water and people were crawling on the floor dead of thirst. The birds of heaven fell fulminated, terrestrial animals suffered the same fate as humans and the heat was stifling. The whole atmosphere on the planet was desolate and no one seemed to have any consolation, it would seem as if a nuclear war would have ended completely with civilization.

Amid chaos left by the previous visions, I saw something very beautiful. First I saw a cloud, like a dense fog covered the entire Earth. After Earth being covered by the cloud, global temperatures turned nice, not that hot. In a fog, I saw appear the Lord Jesus, walking towards people crawling on the floor. He came full of glory and power and spoke to the crowd with words of encouragement. He told them that He is the source of water of life, and He is the resurrection and the life and, therefore, He was also able to give life to a dying planet.

People were encouraged with His words and all nations fell down before Him to worship Him. In this situation, I saw fulfill that every knee shall bend before Him. All nations of the earth began to sing a song of praise to the Lamb, proclaiming King. Here I saw fulfilled the prophecy that every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. That’s when I raised my eyes to heaven and saw millions of angels descend with a huge white bowl filled with pure water which gushed about the voids left by the water that was. Pure water of life filled every river, every lake and every sea and contact, reborn life on Earth. I saw the emergence of new and beautiful vegetation, new animals in the waters, new birds in the heavens and new land animals. Life had returned to the planet through who is the way, the truth, and the life: Jesus Christ. God bless you.

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The Kingdom of God

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:33

This verse, in their 19 words, reveals the heart of God and what He expects us to do every day. What is to seek? Seeking is going out of our comfort zone and take action, go and meet with God, is to search His Word to know His thoughts and His will, it is actively engaged in finding the truth. First means we have to do before anything else. This word indicates where to start, what should be our priority. It also shows the focus point from where the goals, objectives and purposes.

Many have heard of the Kingdom of God, but do we really know its meaning? The Word says that the Kingdom of God is like a planted seed that sprouts, grows and produces fruit ready to be harvested. That seed can be as small as a mustard seed, but can grow large enough to surpass everything else and shelter us in it. The Kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. However, as Paul puts it, the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink. Therefore, the Kingdom of God cannot be tangible and visible as an earthly kingdom, but its spiritual extension is as immense as God Himself.

Becoming part of the Kingdom of God requires us to certain requirements. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus indicates how difficult it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God because he or she puts more confidence in money than in God. As Jesus himself says, we cannot serve two masters and we have to choose between serving God and serving mammon. If money is more important to a person than to serve God, obviously that person will have difficulty in allowing God to rule his or her life. In Luke 6:20, Jesus clearly states that the Kingdom of God is for the poor. The reason is obvious: the poor are totally dependent on God, completely subject to His will because they know they can do nothing on their own strength. Many wealthy people, however, might even think they do not need God because they feel powerful enough for their wealth.

Another requirement to enter the Kingdom of God is being away from sin. Jesus rebukes us hard about it even to sort us to draw an eye if our sight becomes a tool for sin. Paul lists a list of practitioners of sin who cannot inherit the Kingdom of God unjust, immoral, idolaters, adulterers, effeminates, thieves, homosexuals, covetous, drunkards, revilers and swindlers.

To stay away from sin, we need to be born again of water and the Spirit. Jesus tells us that this condition is necessary to see the Kingdom of God. To be born again must receive Jesus Christ into our hearts and then also receive the Holy Spirit. But before being recipients of such holiness, we need to repent and renounce sin forever, never look at our past. God bless you.

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El Reino de Dios

Mas buscad primeramente el reino de Dios y su justicia, y todas estas cosas os serán añadidas.

Mateo 6:33

Este versículo, en sus 17 palabras, nos revela el corazón de Dios y lo que Él espera que hagamos día a día. ¿Qué significa buscar? Buscar es salir de nuestra zona de comodidad y tomar acción, es salir al encuentro con Dios, es escudriñar Su Palabra para conocer Sus pensamientos y Su voluntad, es participar activamente para encontrar la verdad. Primeramente significa lo que debemos hacer antes que cualquier otra cosa. Esta palabra nos indica dónde empezar, cuál debe ser nuestra prioridad. También nos indica el punto de enfoque desde donde parten las metas, los objetivos y los propósitos.

Muchos hemos escuchado hablar del Reino de Dios, pero ¿acaso sabemos realmente su significado? La Palabra indica que el Reino de Dios es como una semilla sembrada que brota, crece y produce un fruto listo para ser cosechado. Esa semilla puede ser tan pequeña como un grano de mostaza, pero puede crecer lo suficiente como para sobrepasar todo lo demás y cobijarnos en él. El Reino es también justicia, paz y gozo en el Espíritu Santo. Sin embargo, como expresa Pablo, el Reino de Dios no es ni comida ni bebida. Por lo tanto, el Reino de Dios puede no ser tangible y visible como un reino terrenal, mas su extensión espiritual es tan inmensa como Dios mismo.

Entrar a formar parte del Reino de Dios nos exige ciertos requisitos. A través de los evangelios, Jesús indica cuán difícil le resulta al rico entrar en el Reino de Dios debido a que pone su confianza más en el dinero que en Dios. Tal como dice el propio Jesús, no podemos servir a dos señores y tenemos que escoger entre servir a Dios o servir a las riquezas. Si para una persona es más importante el dinero que servirle a Dios, obviamente esa persona tendrá dificultad en permitirle a Dios que gobierne su vida. En Lucas 6:20, Jesús expresa claramente que el Reino de Dios es para los pobres. La razón es obvia: los pobres están en total dependencia de Dios, sometidos por completo a Su voluntad porque saben que nada pueden hacer en sus propias fuerzas. Muchos ricos, sin embargo, podrían incluso pensar que no necesitan de Dios porque se sienten lo suficientemente poderosos por sus riquezas.

Otro requisito para entrar al Reino de Dios es estar alejado del pecado. Jesús nos reprende duramente al respecto llegando incluso a ordenar que nos saquemos un ojo si nuestra vista se convierte en un instrumento para pecar. Pablo enumera una lista de practicantes del pecado quienes no podrán heredar el Reino de Dios: injustos, fornicarios, idólatras, adúlteros, afeminados, ladrones, homosexuales, avaros, borrachos, maldicientes y estafadores.

Para estar alejados del pecado, necesitamos nacer de nuevo de agua y del Espíritu. Jesús nos dice que esta condición es necesaria para poder ver el Reino de Dios. Para nacer de nuevo es preciso recibir a Jesucristo en nuestro corazón y luego recibir también al Espíritu Santo. Pero antes de ser recipientes de tal santidad, necesitamos arrepentirnos y renunciar al pecado para siempre, sin mirar jamás hacia nuestro pasado. Dios te bendiga.

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The Calling of God

Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13-14

The apostle Paul gives us in Philippians 3:13-14 a great lesson to each of those who have known the Lord. To give ourselves to Jesus Christ, we have committed to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Him. We are called by God and, as such, we have to give an answer to that call. Is likely to feel with jelly legs face the responsibility; but we must bear in mind that it is all part of the process.

In the Bible we find how each of the servants that God called responded to that call. What I love about the Bible is that gets to the point because it presents to every man or woman as he or she was, with his or her strengths and weaknesses. In no way were pluperfect superheroes, but real men and women of flesh and blood that including for God they had excuses. Of course, the Lord had a sure way to deal with every excuse.

Moses, to be called said he had difficulty speaking. God answered the following: Now go! I will help you speak and I will teach you what to say (Exodus 4:12). Isaiah told God that he was of unclean lips, perhaps meaning that he was badly spoken. Faced with this excuse of the prophet, God provided the following solution: Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said: Now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed and your sin is atoned for (Isaiah 6:6-7). Jeremiah apologized to God, saying he was a child. God’s answer was blunt: Then the Lord said to me: Do not say, “I am only a youth,” for you will go to everyone I send you to and speak whatever I tell you (Jeremiah 1:7).

In the New Testament, we also see some excuses of those who were called. An example is the one who asked the Lord to let him bury his father first, to which Jesus said to him: Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead (Matthew 8:22). We also know the story of the rich young man who chose not to attend the call of the Lord for not letting their property.

I will not be hypocritical with you; I’ve also made my excuses to the Lord. One was when I tried not to serve in the ministry of marriages for considering me unworthy because my divorced condition. Of course God had his way and I had no another option than serving there and He is greatly glorified because at my weakness, all I could do about it did not come from me but from Him.

If you are today wrestling with excuses for not respond to God’s call, remember that we are not yet a finished product. We continue to be processed every day, we are in the process. On the other hand, the work is not yours or mine but Heavenly Father who will guide us step by step to comply with excellence. God bless you.

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El Llamamiento de Dios

Hermanos, yo mismo no pretendo haberlo ya alcanzado; pero una cosa hago: olvidando ciertamente lo que queda atrás, y extendiéndome a lo que está delante, prosigo a la meta, al premio del supremo llamamiento de Dios en Cristo Jesús.

Filipenses 3:13-14

El apóstol Pablo nos da en Filipenses 3:13-14 una gran lección a cada uno de los que hemos conocido al Señor. Al darle el sí a Jesucristo, nos hemos comprometidos a negarnos a nosotros mismos, tomar nuestra cruz cada día y seguirle a Él. Hemos sido llamados por Dios y, en tal sentido, nos toca darle respuesta a ese llamado. Es probable que nos sintamos con piernas de gelatina ante la responsabilidad; pero debemos tener en cuenta que todo es parte del proceso.

En la Biblia encontramos cómo cada uno de los siervos que Dios llamó respondió a ese llamamiento. Lo que me encanta de la Biblia es que no se anda con paños tibios sino que presenta a cada hombre o mujer tal cual era, con sus virtudes y sus defectos. De ninguna manera fueron superhéroes pluscuamperfectos, sino hombres y mujeres reales, de carne y hueso que incluso le presentaron excusas a Dios. Por supuesto, que el Señor tuvo una manera certera de enfrentar cada excusa.

Moisés, al ser llamado dijo que él tenía dificultad para hablar. Dios le contestó lo siguiente: Ahora pues, ve, y yo estaré con tu boca, y te enseñaré lo que hayas de hablar (Éxodo 4:12). Isaías le dijo a Dios que era inmundo de labios, quizás queriendo decir que era mal hablado. Ante esta excusa del profeta, Dios presentó la siguiente solución: Y voló hacia mí uno de los serafines, teniendo en su mano un carbón encendido, tomado del altar con unas tenazas; y tocando con él sobre mi boca, dijo: He aquí que esto tocó tus labios, y es quitada tu culpa, y limpio tu pecado (Isaías 6:6-7). Jeremías se excusó con Dios diciendo que era niño. La respuesta de Dios fue tajante: Y me dijo Jehová: No digas: Soy un niño; porque a todo lo que te envíe irás tú, y dirás todo lo que te mande (Jeremías 1:7).

En el Nuevo Testamento, también vemos algunas excusas de quienes fueron llamados. Un ejemplo es aquel que le pidió al Señor que le permitiera enterrar primero a su padre, a lo cual Jesús le dijo: Sígueme; deja que los muertos entierren a sus muertos (Mateo 8:22). También conocemos la historia del joven rico quien prefirió no atender al llamamiento del Señor por no dejar sus bienes.

No voy a ser hipócrita contigo, yo también he puesto mis excusas al Señor. Una de ellas fue cuando traté de no servir en el ministerio de matrimonios por considerarme indigno al ser divorciado. Por supuesto que Dios se salió con la suya y no me quedó otra que servir allí y Él se glorificó grandemente porque ante mi debilidad, todo lo que yo podía hacer al respecto no venía de mí sino de parte suya.

Si hoy estás luchando con excusas para no responder al llamamiento de Dios, recuerda que no somos aún un producto terminado. Continuamos siendo transformados día a día, estamos en el proceso. Por otro lado, la obra no es tuya ni mía sino de nuestro Padre Celestial quien nos guiará paso a paso a cumplirla con excelencia. Dios te bendiga.

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God’s answer for a World in Crisis

For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.  For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would fail before Me, and the souls which I have made. For the iniquity of his covetousness I was angry and struck him; I hid and was angry, and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.  I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, and restore comforts to him and to his mourners. I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” Says the Lord, “And I will heal him.”

Isaiah 57: 15-19

If we listen to the news today, we see that natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, snow, extreme temperatures, global warming, catastrophic cyclones, tornadoes, wildfires, volcanoes, etc. occur. If to all these natural disasters, we add other social or personal calamities: wars, international conflicts, poverty, drug trafficking, inflation, unemployment, economic crisis, bankruptcy, divorce, drug addiction, abuse, family breakdown, forced migration, crime, kidnappings, etc. our senses may tell us that everything is wrong and there is nothing good under the sun, because the whole world is in crisis.

I do several questions. The first one is will also be the church in crisis? Will Christ’s body being dragged by the current world? In the Bible know stories of men and women of God who passed through crises. An example of these was Job. David, Abraham, Joseph, Moses and Daniel also went through many moments of crisis.

Of all the calamities afflicting the world, everybody on this planet have his or her own share of responsibility, although most of the time we feel more comfortable blaming others (parents, children, spouses, politicians, fathers, sons, foreigners, people from other races, etc.). But when we point a finger at someone else, there are four other fingers pointing us. Says the Holy Word of God: For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water (Jeremiah 2:13).

As Christians living in this world, we will not be immune to the crisis. Our Lord warned us about: These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (John 16:33). Although we have forsaken the fountain of living water, and hewn broken cisterns, our repentance and closer to God again allow us to resume drinking the cool water of the Spirit.

There is certainly a great crisis today, which impacts all of us; but God has not abandoned us. Recognizing His great love and care for each of us stop complaining and celebrate the victory that gives us. God bless you.

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Respuesta de Dios para un Mundo en Crisis

Porque así dijo el Alto y Sublime,  el que habita la eternidad,  y cuyo nombre es el Santo: Yo habito en la altura y la santidad,  y con el quebrantado y humilde de espíritu,  para hacer vivir el espíritu de los humildes,  y para vivificar el corazón de los quebrantados. Porque no contenderé para siempre,  ni para siempre me enojaré;  pues decaería ante mí el espíritu,  y las almas que yo he creado. Por la iniquidad de su codicia me enojé,  y le herí,  escondí mi rostro y me indigné;  y él siguió rebelde por el camino de su corazón. He visto sus caminos;  pero le sanaré,  y le pastorearé,  y le daré consuelo a él y a sus enlutados; produciré fruto de labios: Paz,  paz al que está lejos y al cercano,  dijo Jehová;  y lo sanaré.

Isaías 57:15-19

Si nos ponemos a escuchar las noticias de cada día, veremos que ocurren desastres naturales, como terremotos, tsunamis, inundaciones, sequías, nevadas, temperaturas extremas, calentamiento global, ciclones catastróficos, tornados, incendios forestales, volcanes, etc. Si a todo estos desastres naturales, agregamos otras calamidades sociales o personales: guerras, conflictos internacionales, pobreza, narcotráfico, inflación, desempleo, crisis económicas, bancarrota, divorcio, drogadicción, maltrato, desunión familiar, migraciones forzadas, criminalidad, secuestros, etc., nuestros sentidos nos podrían decir que todo anda mal y no hay nada bueno bajo el sol, ya que el mundo entero está en crisis.

Yo me hago varias preguntas. La primera de ellas es ¿estará también la iglesia en crisis? ¿Estará el cuerpo de Cristo siendo arrastrado por la corriente del mundo? En la Biblia conocemos historias de hombres y mujeres de Dios quienes pasaron por situaciones de crisis. Un ejemplo de ellos fue Job. David, Abraham, José, Moisés y Daniel  pasaron también por muchos momentos de crisis.

De todas las calamidades que sufre el mundo, todos lo que habitamos este planeta tenemos nuestra propia cuota de responsabilidad, aunque la mayoría de las veces nos sentimos más cómodos echándoles la culpa a otros (padres, hijos, cónyuges, políticos, suegros, yernos, extranjeros, gente de otras razas, etc.). Pero cuando señalamos con un dedo a alguien más, hay otros cuatro dedos que nos señalan a nosotros. Dice la Santa Palabra de Dios: Porque dos males ha hecho mi pueblo: me dejaron a mí, fuente de agua viva, y cavaron para sí cisternas, cisternas rotas que no retienen agua (Jeremías 2:13).

Como cristianos viviendo en este mundo, no vamos a ser inmunes a su crisis. Nuestro Señor nos había advertido al respecto: Estas cosas os he hablado para que en mí tengáis paz. En el mundo tendréis aflicción; pero confiad,  yo he vencido al mundo (Juan 16:33). Aunque hayamos abandonado la fuente de agua viva y cavado cisternas rotas, nuestro arrepentimiento y acercarnos de nuevo a Dios nos permiten volver a beber del agua fresca del Espíritu.

Ciertamente existe una gran crisis en la actualidad, la cual nos impacta a todos; pero Dios no nos ha abandonado. Reconociendo Su gran amor y Su cuidado para con cada uno de nosotros, dejemos de quejarnos y celebremos la victoria que nos da. Dios te bendiga.

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