Believe, the Key to Work Miracles

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

John 14:12

The time that the Lord Jesus was on earth was short. And much shorter was His ministry, which took less than ten percent of his earthly life. In those three years walking in Judea, Samaria and Galilee, Jesus worked many miracles. Are the miracles after his ascension to heaven, would there be? Of course the Lord would not have run out.

After Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father in the Earth it has continued having blind, lame, possessed, dumb and sick of many evils. There are diseases that modern medical science cannot cure. But for God nothing is impossible. If healing miracles sometimes happen and sometimes not, the difference is that some believe and others do not. Definitely miracles happen when we believe.

I’ll tell you a story of a woman I met in the church where I received the Lord. At that time, she had less than 40 years; she was nice, friendly and full of life. One day she went to a medical checkup, his doctor told her he had very bad news for her. They had discovered a cancer in advanced stage. The doctor told her coldly that he believed that she had left only 6 weeks of life. When she heard the news, she answered the doctor, “Who are you to tell me the rest of my life? The only one who knows the day and the hour of my death is my Father who is in heaven. I have not felt in my spirit that I should go now”. The doctor said with a smile: “I see you’re a woman of faith, that’s fine because you’re going to need a lot of that faith in the coming days.”

The woman made the decision to believe God instead of believing the opinion of modern medical science. Certainly she was treated under the various treatments that are given to cancer patients. She underwent surgery and given her chemotherapy and radiotherapy. During her chemotherapy sessions often side effects made her feel die; but she drew strength from where she didn’t had to go where the other patients to preach the gospel.

The six weeks passed and this woman was still alive. Doctors did not secure her life and had episodes in which death hovered near her bed. However, she remained firmly believing that God would work a miracle of healing in your body and also happened. Being diagnosed with terminal cancer, she happened to be a survivor of this terrible disease. To be completely cured, she dedicated herself to share her testimony with patients in the same condition and minister healing to them.

The story I’m telling you I do not brought out of the Bible or which I invented me. I speak of a woman of flesh and blood whom I know personally and with whom I have shared in my house and in the church. If she believed and was made the miracle, do not you think it could happen to you too? You believe that you will receive your miracle and you will be used to perform miracles in other people. God bless you.

Born Again

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

John 3:3-7

The things of God may seem illogical when reasoning from the human point of view. When Jesus told Nicodemus that it was necessary to be born again to see the Kingdom of God, Nicodemus immediately imagined to an adult entering the womb of his mother to be born. Indeed, Jesus was not referring to a birth in the flesh but in an entirely different birth from the Spirit. That is the real and true second birth, which we need in order to enter the Kingdom of God.

Why you must be born again in the Spirit? When we are born from the womb of our mother we are born in the flesh. However, having the breath of life does not mean that our whole being is alive. There’s a part of us that is dead although we enjoy excellent health. That part is the spirit, which is dead because of sin. In this case, spiritual death means being separated from God, whose holiness is totally incompatible with sin. To be born again in the Spirit, then our own spirit receives life, which, contrary to the carnal life we ​​know, will never end because it is eternal life.

How are we born again? Born again involves restoring the relationship between God and man. That relationship was broken by sin and as Romans 6:23 says: For the wages of sin is death. Therefore, someone must die to pay the price for our sin. That someone was our Lord Jesus Christ, who took your place and mine on the cross of Calvary dying in atonement for our sins. But the Lord Jesus was not dead, but He raised again conquering sin and death. And thanks to Him, we have the opportunity to be born again of water and the Spirit and thus have access to see the Kingdom of God.

Romans 6:23 goes on to say: but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. The new birth is not something we can buy or win; it is a beautiful gift that comes from God. Eternal life is not acquired its own right. It is impossible to be saved by our own works. Nor is there any guarantee of having eternal life because they belong to a particular church or by following certain rituals. Only through Jesus Christ and no one else, heavenly citizenship is acquired.

Being born again is what it says 2 Corinthians 5:17:  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Let us because in Christ so that the new birth we need to see the Kingdom of God and enjoy eternal life with our Heavenly Father occurs. God bless you.

Testifying to Jesus Christ

By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

1 Juan 4:13-15

Jesus Christ has been the most important figure in the history of mankind. The mere fact that the story itself is divided into before and after Christ states that no more than he has had so much influence. Despite all that, some even doubt His existence and categorized as a legendary being a myth invented a few religious fans two millennia ago.

In this century, the person of Jesus Christ is even more attacked and persecuted because in certain places, it is forbidden to pronounce His name. However, in these same places, the names of other religious leaders are said and respected. And all this is done by invoking the coexistence, free will and what is politically correct. From this point of view is correct allowed to venerate and mention the names of Buddha or Mohammed; but it is not right to pray in Jesus’ name. According to this policy, it is correct that Christians be quiet while everyone else may express themselves freely.

Is all this movement of coexistence according to what the apostle John says? The answer is not because the Bible encourages us to testify that Jesus is the Son of God and to confess Him with our mouth. Therefore, according to Scripture, Christians are called to pronounce our faith in public, not to remain silent while others proclaim theirs.

I know there is places in the world where to talk about Jesus Christ entails a great danger. But I think the reward of heaven is greater than any slip on Earth. God promises us, by His Word, to give us His Spirit and abide in us and that is worth everything in the world. The early Christians understood this very well because they lived persecution firsthand without holding back.

If we get carried away by our humanity probably we’d feel afraid to make known to others our faith. But all us as servants of Jesus Christ we have a great help to testify about Him. It is written: But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost and each of us is His temple. Therefore, we have power to testify about our Lord.

Do not feel afraid of what man can do us. Let’s do what we have. If we have received forgiveness of our sins, if we have been made heirs with Christ of the Kingdom of His Father, we have more than enough reasons to testify about Him and proclaim the good news of salvation to the nations, as is our mission in life. Do not be like those who through fear of death will let put on them the mark of the beast and perish anyway in the lake of fire. God bless you.

Dwelling Place in Heaven

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

John 14:1-3

When someone goes on a journey to a place other than his or her own, it is good to know that he or she will find safe lodging there. When our Lord Jesus was with His disciples, before returning to His Father’s side, He promised them that He would prepare a place for them. That promise of the Lord is not limited to His twelve closest disciples, or the 70 who He sent in pairs or those in the Upper Room at Pentecost, the promise is extended to each of those who have received Him.

In mid-2001, for certain life circumstances, I had to leave everything in Puerto Rico, where I lived and go elsewhere. One of my former teachers of Chemical Engineering received me at his home in San Antonio, Texas. It was nice to have a place where I received in this life change that I was obliged to take. I did not stay all the time at that house; but I am grateful to have been received at that home time enough until I could assert myself in my new place of residence.

Someday all will leave this world. Where do we go when life and our breath are completely gone? The answer to this question could be objective or subjective. The subjective response will depend on our belief system. So some will respond we will reincarnate; or we will go to a place of purification before the final destination; or we will be resurrected and live on Earth; or simply all ended with the death because there is nothing outside of what we know.

The objective response does not depend on human philosophies but what God says about it. The Bible is very clear about this and it says that there are only two possible places which are described accurately in the history of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16: 19-31). One of those places is tantalizing while the other is peace and comfort. This place is the home of the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, where He advanced before us to prepare a place for everyone who has believed in Him.

The heavenly dwelling should be the goal of all. I do not think anyone has a desire to spend eternity in a place of torment. And definitely, whether or not you believe that there is something beyond after death, the reality is that something does exist and there are only two available destinations. And although we did not win the million-star hotel in heaven for what we do, the fact is that depending on our decision in life we will have or not a place booked in our behalf.

Believing in Jesus Christ, repenting of our sins and acknowledging His Lordship over our life is the decision to allow us to enjoy eternal life. Let us not miss the opportunity to secure the heavenly dwelling. Today is the perfect day to make our reservation there because we do not know whether we will have tomorrow. God bless you.

Doers of the Word

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

James 1:22-25

This passage from the Letter of James summons us to revise our actions as Christians. Indeed, the entire letter of James is a wakeup call for us. But focusing only on these 4 verses, it should self examine ourselves to see if we are complying with the statute to be doers of the Word.

Let explore some aspects of the Word and meditate if we are doing or not what is indicating to us. John 13:34 says: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. The Lord is not suggesting loving, what He is ordering. I’ve heard many people say, they do not feel love that person. If we are commanded to love it is because we have power to decide to do it or not. The next verse is John 13:35, which says: By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. To love each other is to become doers of the Word.

In Matthew 18:33 we see an interesting question: Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you? Everyone likes to be considered with them; but we mostly forget to be considerate of others. It’s easy to cry out to God for mercy; but it is difficult for us to be merciful to others.

Jesus responds to Peter the following with regard to forgiveness: 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). In the world there are many people living with lack forgiveness, which takes them away from the standard of being a doer of the Word.

Mostly we hear people praying or asking for prayer for their needs. It is true that we all have things that we need, but how you look if our neighbor is in greater need than us? The Word tells us in Acts 20:35: I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

The Lord in Matthew 25: 35-40 gives us a summary of what being a doer of the Word: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ God bless you.

Promises of Jesus Whoever Let It All for Him

“I assure you,” Jesus said, “there is no one who has left house, brothers or sisters, mother or father, children, or fields because of Me and the gospel, who will not receive 100 times more, now at this time—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and eternal life in the age to come.

Mark 10:29-30

This is the promise of Jesus that he denies himself, take up his cross and follow him. If left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother, wife, children or land for Christ and the gospel, He promises us this time a hundred times more houses, brothers, sisters and mothers and children and lands; but we also persecutions; another great promise is eternal life.

Many people, when they become a Christian, hear these two verses of Mark halfway. To such people it sounds good that they will receive now in this time a hundred times what they left behind. They like that promise because they see it as a good investment. For them it is useful to leave a home and get a hundred. However, when the second part of the promise comes at this time, i.e., persecution, many who have approached Jesus with the wrong intention run away and returns to their old way.

I will give a brief testimony about how it has been applied Mark 10:29-30 to my own life. In May of 2002 I had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Until that stage of my life I lived in a spiritual blindness believing I was a good person. However, the Holy Spirit convinced me of all my sins and I realized that without Jesus I was lost. My first reaction upon learning that absolutely no one can save himself or herself by his or her own merits was sharing the good news of the gospel with my family; but all my relatives categorically rejected me urging me to return to the traditional path.

Given this crossroad I had to choose between following Christ and the gospel and heeding my family. I decided to choose the first and I had to leave my mother, my children, my house, the land where I felt comfortable, wife, brother and friends. From the human point of view, the worst thing that was not having left everything, but everyone got against me because of Jesus and the gospel. As a result, I suffered firsthand the persecution from my own family and my closest friends.

However, the promises God gives us in the Bible always will be met. Today I can tell you that I have received many times what I left behind. In a house I left behind, I have been received in many houses in several countries; I have found many mothers, sisters, brothers, children in many lands. But best of all that is not what I have achieved in this time, but the certainty of eternal life.

You, who are listening or reading this message, do not feel embarrassed or ashamed to let it all for Christ and the Gospel. Your reward in this life and the next are guaranteed because your Heavenly Father does not lie. 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.