Soul’s Cleaner

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

Mark 11:25

As the first product that we apply in our face is cleaner, our soul needs, above all, be cleaned. The soul’s cleaner is forgiveness and we should use it all the time, applying it every time we see an impurity caused by an offense received. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he warned as says Mark 11:25. Never get to bed without having apologized to those offended and without having forgiven those who offended you. If thou doest well, the result is a pleasant and peaceful sleep without nightmares or insomnia.

Facial skin is the one most exposed to dust and environmental pollutants, the fill factors of impurities, irritating and make it susceptible to premature aging if you do not have proper sanitation. Therefore, facial cleansing should be essential to your beauty routine. For successful facial cleansing just moisten your face with lukewarm water, then apply a suitable cosmetic product for your skin type and rinse.

Why need to clean the skin? First it is important to remove secretions from sweat and sebum produced by the body throughout the day, as well as dirt from outside and, in the case of women, the remains of cosmetics that have been used during the day. Cosmetic cleaning preparations we use must respect the pH of the skin and not be irritating or cause allergic reactions.

Just like facial skin, the human soul is exposed to dust of offenses and pollution of gossip. So our soul is filled with impurities that irritate us and make us susceptible to prematurely become grumpy old men. Cleaning up our soul with forgiveness should be part of our daily routine. As we clean our face before bedtime, we cleanse our souls by forgiving the offenses that were made during the day.

Why should we clean our soul with forgiveness? Because we must remove secretions from bitterness and resentment that were caused during the day in our being as a result of the offenses received. Similarly we must apply to ourselves cleaning forgiveness for our mistakes and continue to get rid of guilt. We grant forgiveness should respect the balance of our relationship with our offender and should not be reluctant to avoid irritating neighbor.

Many people live a miserable life only because they refused to forgive offenses received in an increasingly distant past. If you’re one of those people I want to give you two pieces of news. The first is that your offender has probably forgotten what he did to you and possibly the only offense remaining alive is in you. The second news is that forgiving will be better for you rather than anyone, as your lack of forgiveness will do more damage to you than it does to your offender. God bless you.

Removing the Roots of Bitterness

Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.

Hebrews 12:15

The author of Hebrews identifies the root of bitterness as a source of contamination that can prevent us from reaching the grace of God. Besides polluting the root of bitterness is an obstacle in our relationship with God. Hindrances should be removed and contamination must be avoided and, if it has already occurred, must be sought way to stop it and eliminate it completely so that no further damage occurs.

The bitter taste is the nastiest of the four basic tastes. According to scientists, this is interpreted as unpleasant taste due to defense mechanism to survive avoiding poisoning. The bitter taste is the least appetizing of all flavors. The reason for this seems to be at most poisons often have this flavor.

One of the traditional ingredients of the Passover meal celebrating the Jews is the Maror or bitter herbs. The bitter herbs symbolize the bitterness and hardship of slavery suffered by the Jews in ancient Egypt. The Maror can be any fresh herb bitter taste, such as chopped horseradish with beets to make a condiment called Jrein. Our Lord with His disciples ingested such bitter herbs during the last supper.

But within the same Passover meal, after eating the bitter herbs is a food that is consumed. Charoset is a sweet paste, reddish-brown mixture of various nuts stony texture, representing the mortar used by the Jewish slaves to build barns and buildings of ancient Egypt. Charoset mitigates the bitterness of Maror and is a symbolic representation of the spiritual. In a way, the Charoset removes the root of bitterness of Maror.

In Ephesians 4:31-32, the apostle Paul urges us to remove the bitterness of us, among other things: Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Forgiveness is the key to remove from us the root of bitterness.

Certainly we’ve all lived part of our lives back to God. Sin has been a bitter poison that has left traces in our hearts. Offenses against us may have left roots of bitterness. But if God has forgiven us, these roots must be taken from us. Isaiah 38:17 says: Indeed it was for my own peace that I had great bitterness; But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.

If you’ve trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your sins are forgiven. Forgive yourself and forgive those who have hurt you. Remove any root of bitterness that pollutes and clogs you for the grace of the Almighty be with you every day of your life. God bless you.

Always Forgiving

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”  Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

Matthew 18:21-22

Forgiving seventy times seven does not mean that when someone has offended us 491 times we should not forgive last one because he or she reached the limit. Jesus did not tell Peter to undertake multiplication seventy times seven to calculate how many times he should forgive. The resulting number is only a symbol that we have to forgive always. If the mathematical operation that the Lord told Peter had been seven raised to 70 the number produced was 1.435 × 1059, i.e., 1,435 followed by 56 zeros, an immensely large amount, which clears the doubt that we must forgive every time.

An Arab legend says that two friends traveling through the desert when at some point in the trip they discussed, and one of them slapped the other. The victim, without saying anything, wrote in the sand: “TODAY MY BEST FRIEND STUCK A SLAP ME IN THE FACE.” They went on and reached an oasis where they decided to bathe. He who had been slapped and hurt started drowning and his best friend did not hesitate to save him. On recovering, he took a stylus and wrote on a stone: “TODAY MY BEST FRIEND HE SAVED MY LIFE.”

Intrigued the friend asked: “Why when I hurt you wrote in the sand and now you write in stone?” Smiling the other friend replied: “When a good friend offends us we should write on the sand where the wind of forgetfulness and forgiveness they will be responsible for deleting and off; but when we pass something great, we must engrave it in stone of the heart’s memory where no wind can ever erase it.”

I do not know if this Arab legend is real or a fictional story. The truth is that the attitude of offended friend is correct according to what it says Matthew 18:21-22. Forgive those who have wronged us is what we should do every time. That is also part of the model prayer that taught us the Lord and is also a requirement for forgiveness from God prayer.

As it is written in Matthew 6:14-15: For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. It is very clear to forgive our offenders is inescapable and we must do every time it occurs, without exception. If God is willing to forgive us our sins, who are we to deny forgiveness to someone?

If today you hear me or read this message you discover in your heart that you still have offenses that have not forgiven, I ask that you take into account what the Lord says. Besides that forgiveness is a commandment, unforgiveness makes you more harm to you than who offended you. Free yourself from all resentment and forgive as many times as necessary, it is useless to keep in your hearts the memory of an offense that maybe your offender does not even remember. Seventy times seven means forever. God bless you.

Forgiveness God Gives Us

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Isaiah 1:18

It is good to note that God acts very differently to humans. While we give a conditional pardon, when God forgives completely erases the foul. And even though every man and woman has sinned against God abundantly, He never fails to forgive whoever humbles himself or herself and recognizes his or her transgressions. Only those who justify their misconduct and refuse to accept his or her guilt condemns himself or herself. Pride and lack of recognition of our mistakes exclude us to receive total forgiveness from our Creator.

A common phrase I hear is “I forgive, but not forget.” To me, who says such a thing really has not truly forgiven the offender and he or she continues remembering the offense that claims to have forgiven. Because it is possible that the same person will offend again, chances are those who say forgive but not forget will get the bill for the above offenses, which show that he or she had never forgiven him or her.

When God forgives, forgets all about the offense. His Word says in Micah 7:19: He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. Man has walked the surface of the Moon. However, deep sea remains unconquered. There, where the atmospheric pressure peaks and where there is total darkness, is where God has placed the offenses that we have done when He forgives us.

To those who insist that it is true does not forget despite forgiving, I suggest to read what Isaiah 43:25 says: I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins. God’s forgiveness implies clean slate, which is a clear indication that His forgiveness implies the total and complete disregard for our sins.

As I said earlier, God’s forgiveness has no restrictions when we humble ourselves before Him and acknowledge our faults. In 1 John 1:9 says: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It is impossible to hide our sins from God. He knows everything, He sees everything and He hears everything. So it’s no use to deny our sins before Him. It is much better for us to confess and receive forgiveness because that cleanses us from evil.

Let us always remember that God never will remind us of our sins, it is the other who accuses us, as does Revelation 12:10: Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. God bless you.

Humiliated Before God

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

Mankind goes through very difficult times. Although for some there is some sense of wellbeing, things are not as good as they look. Our planet is sick. Global warming is no longer mere speculation. Year after year, climate changes are felt. On the other hand, there is latent threat of extremist groups from taking power by force and impose their ideas. Given all the uncertainties we face, what God expects us to do is to humble ourselves before Him. Only then, He will answer our favor.

Several years ago, Jonathan Cahn published the book “The Harbinger” which became a bestseller in the United States. This book presents a history as a narrative form about ancient mystery that holds the secret world of the future. The key to the whole book focuses on Isaiah 9:10: The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.

In the book of Jonathan Cahn, he gives parallels between that prophecy given to the kingdom of Israel and the United States today. However the warning God wants us today is not limited to the 10 tribes that were separated from the rest of the people of God after the death of King Solomon or the great nation of America, but to all mankind, for each country, each village for the entire Earth.

The nature tells us every day warning calls that we have abandoned the path that leads to God to follow one of doom. Tropical cyclones are now more frequent and destructive. In many places on earth earthquakes occur and volcanoes erupt. In temperate regions, winters are becoming more stringent with impressive snowfall. Large areas are suffering from drought, like California, while flooding occurs in the desert regions of northern Chile. In short, the planet’s climate is completely crazy.

If to all this we add the increasingly frequent terrorist attacks in different parts of the world, social and moral degeneration, government corruption, among others, the outlook is bleak. Although we do not want to admit, every evil that plagues mankind is a warning to us to change our course. What is our response to God to such warnings? Just what it says Isaiah 9:10 faced the situation with a challenge and everyone sees it as something very logical and natural.

However, the response God expects of us is just the opposite. It is just what it says 2 Chronicles 7:14: humble ourselves before Him, prayer, seek His face and repent of our wrongdoing. Only then God will heal our Earth. Hear His voice alert and take action. Let the pride and defiance that lead us to total ruin and fully trust His Word. God bless you.

True Will of God

Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Matthew 18:14

God’s will is that any should perish but that all human beings have the opportunity of salvation. If we really want to do the will of God, we must be willing to seek to present the good news of salvation to all who meet on our way.

The main argument of those who call themselves atheists is that God does not exist because there is too much evil on Earth. According to those who deny the existence of God, it is impossible to imagine a supreme being to allow wars, hunger, domestic violence, child abuse and all other calamities that plague mankind. Truly, God has nothing concerned with all these evils; but the unbelievers used as banners to argue that God is just a myth.

But the reality is quite another. God certainly exists and to prove His existence is much easier to prove the validity of scientific theories such as evolution or the Big Bang. The existence of all the ills that affect us is a direct consequence of sin we practice since our first parents fell to temptation and were expelled from Eden.

And while many of the inhabitants of this planet blame God for things that are not right, the desire of our Supreme Creator is to seek our own welfare. God does not want evil to mankind that He created. The original design of our creation was that we have an eternal and close relationship with God. That plan was cut because of sin, and thereafter, the Earth has been subject to the curse of sin producing the vast attendant evils we know.

Sin separated man and woman of God, their Creator. Since then there has been a huge chasm between humanity and divinity. To overcome this obstacle, the love of God led him to create a new redemptive plan which consisted of sending His own Son to pay for the sins of all mankind. The most famous Bible verse, John 3:16, says it very clearly:  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

There are many people who still disown the good news of salvation. God’s will is that His good news is received by every creature that dwells on earth. It is not God’s will that any human being end up in hell. That lake of fire was designed to house the fallen angels, i.e. Satan and his demons. If any man or woman ends in that place of torment is because he had no opportunity to hear the message of salvation and repent of their sins, putting their faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. If you who hear or read this message have already taken that step of faith, share it with everyone you can, fulfills God’s will not allow any of these little ones be lost. God bless you.

Our Reaction When We Are Saved

To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.

1 Corinthians 1:2

When we receive Jesus in our hearts, many things happen: we are forgiven of all our sins, we are redeemed by His precious blood, we are justified by His grace, and we are sanctified in Him as says the apostle Paul, being sanctified in Christ. We are called to be holy and this is for all Christians, not just for pastors or certain anointed men and women, but for anyone who calls on the name of our Lord.

Many times we fall into temptations and we ignore the holiness, which is a necessary quality to see the face of God and delight in the beauty of His presence. It is unfortunate that today is preached very little about holiness in the churches, and when it done, the issue is not pleasant for most of its listeners. The ears of the parishioners prefer listening topics that satisfy them and give them emotional support, rather than those that confront them.

What does it mean to be holy? Is it possible to be holy at this time so polluted with worldly things? First, if we measure our holiness to the holiness of God, it is obvious that no human being will be able to reach this standard. And not only in this age in which a good thing is called evil and an evil thing is called good, but in any era of human history on Earth. To be holy means to be separated for God, i.e. opt out of the things that the world loves and God hates.

Now we get another question, do we always adhere to the concept of holiness? I do not know how you, who listen to me or read this message you answer this question; but as far as I am concerned, I can say that I did not fulfill one hundred percent, but often do the opposite. That’s why I can say that I don’t come to give you a lesson because I’m doing things correctly. What I come to say is that, because I have failed God in so many times, I acknowledge my mistake and I try to find ways to make amends. I cannot say I’m going to make myself; but I ask my Heavenly Father to help me every day of my life to achieve the goal of holiness.

When we pray for something that is according to the will of God, the prayer will be answered. According to what the Apostle Paul tells us in his first letter to the Corinthians, God calls us to be holy. Therefore, pray for us to achieve holiness is a prayer that goes according to the plans and purposes of God. Then, why we are not holy? I think James 4:3 gives us the answer: You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. It is likely that here is also the answer to our other unanswered prayers. Let us labor therefore, let pray to the Father asking to help us improving ourselves every day to achieve the goal of holiness and God’s purposes are fulfilled in our lives. God bless you.

Forgiving a Requirement to Be Forgiven

For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

Matthew 6:14-15

Before receiving forgiveness from God, we are committed to forgive our offenders. God will not forgive those who believed himself unable to forgive his neighbor. I’m sure no one has offended us as much as we have offended God with our sins and, God was able to give His Son for the forgiveness of our sins, what offense could get so severe that you cannot forgive?

When I had a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit gave me full conviction of my sins. At that moment I realized how dirty I was, how much I had offended God and my peers. I felt compelled not only to get right with God, but to confess my faults to those whom I had offended and apologize. The other thing I felt was out of my heart every root of bitterness and forgive my offenders.

That all sounds very nice, but what really happened when I searched every person I have offended and asked forgiveness was mostly rejection. Many of these people even felt more offended than before and some still at this stage of life deny me forgiveness. However, my youngest son gave me the most beautiful note. I talked with my son, who was then 11 years old about my encounter with Jesus Christ, and then I told him that I had not been a good father and that I had failed him. I asked to the child if he could forgive me and his response was the most beautiful expression of love: “Daddy, if God has forgiven you as you told me, who am I not to forgive you?”

Next thing I’ll tell you is applicable for me and also for you. I have offended God much more than what I have been offended for any human being. If God has forgiven me all my offenses against Him, am I perhaps more than God to refuse to forgive those who have offended me? Definitely the answer to that question is NO; no one is greater than God! Therefore, if we have God’s forgiveness available through the sacrifice of the Lamb slain on the cross, why deny forgiveness to our neighbor?

Today you are reading or listening to this message, I invite you to look inside your heart if still holds a grudge against someone. No matter if that person hurt you too, if abused you or cheated you. The magnitude of the offense he or she did will never be greater than the burden of your sins, which God has every intention to forgive.

But remember that God is waiting for you to take the first step and forgive each of your offenders. The Word of God is very clear and God is not obligated to forgive him or her who denies forgiveness to his or her neighbor. Forgive any offense against you, expels all rancor and bitterness from your life for your Heavenly Father will forgive everything. God bless you.