Daily Ponder: Great love and loving one another

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See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

1 JOHN 3:1 NIV

See what great love the Father has lavished on us…”

Today’s pondering continues on the book of 1 John. This letter was addressing a group of believers who where in the midst of unsettling situation. The original recipients are believers and is addressing what is happening in the community.

What really caught me is the word “See” … with your eyes, with eyes wide open. Not every who have eyes can actually see. See the greater reality, the greater truth, but in this case The love that is greatly lavish by God on us.

The Great love of the Father…. God’s great love poured upon us, God is love and God is Just. In his justice sins in our lives are unacceptable. We are actually enemies of GOD come to think of it, for we live lives of sins, for Justice to be met, Jesus took our place to be punished and gave us His righteousness, giving us forgiveness of sins and salvation as we put our faith in Him. This gift enabled us to be children.

We are children of God that is who we are. We are now recipients of His lavish love, because of Christ.

God gave us a command, To believe in Christ and to Love one another.

And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.

1 John 3:23

LOVE ONE ANOTHER!

Love is an action inevitable to those who believe in Christ.

Love is action is the command among the children of God.

Love is the marker of God’s children.

Loved people, love people.

Daily Ponder: #011

The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

1 John 2: 17 NIV

What is the the love of the world in this context?

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes,and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

1 John 2: 16 NIV
  1. The lust of the flesh
  2. The lust of the eyes
  3. The Pride of life.

Reflect:

Are we doing the will of God? or our self will?

Where is our lives centered and anchored upon?

Prayer:

Lord, forgive me from the lust of the flesh, lust of eyes, the pride of life. Help me to do your will. Increase my desire for you each day, you alone brings lasting joy, satisfaction and fulfillment. In Jesus name!

Daily Ponder: Coming into light

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In the next five days I am giving attention to 1 John in the New Testament. One chapter a day.

Today I am taking on 1 John 1, Here are my key highligth’s and take ons.

God is light and in Him there is no darkness.

1 John 1:5 ESV

Light exposes the imperfections, the dirts, the filthiness, it exposes everything that comes its path revealing what is impure. God is Light, When we invite him over our lives, His light to rule and take over us we make Him supreme leaving no room for darkness.

The darkness of sins in our lives, hinders us from walking in the freedom in the light of Christ. The markers for such brings us shame, anger, unforgiveness, pride, lust and a lot more. Remaining in the dark, is choosing to remain in bondage from the powers of darkness.

The sinful human nature is filled with darkness, unimaginable. We are in need of saving, we are in need of power against this nature. It comes in understanding that God is light and has the power to set us free. We need to desire this deeply in humility as we pray for liberation.

What can cleanse us? What can move us into these light?

The Blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 John 1:7 ESV

It requires death, a blood of an innocent and purity, free from sins. However it is none existent within the humans. So Jesus took our place, He died and rose again offering salvation and forgiveness of sins to all believe and accept him as Lord in Savior.

If we confessed our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us all from unrighteousness.

1 John 1: 9 ESV

The confession of sins is acknowledgement on our end, an act of humility bringing things to light. A promise of forgiveness and cleansing from all unrighteousness.

God’s character is faithfulness. He forgives as promise when we enter confession. Jesus is central towards forgiveness and walking into the light.

What can be my actions steps selecting on these:

  1. What are areas in my life I potentially nurture darkness?
  2. In a time of prayer, come to light acknowledging this before the Lord and hold on to the promise of forgiveness.
  3. Find a spiritually mature and confident you can come and a safe place of confession and ministering.
  4. How can you walk more in the Light? Are you part of a community that helps one another to walk in the light?

Daily Ponder #007

Your hands made me and formed me;
give me understanding to learn your commands.

Psalms 119:73 NIV

Con tus manos me creaste, me diste forma. 

Dame entendimiento para aprender tus mandamientos.

Psalms 119:73 NVI

Reflect about it, by His hand, God you were made and formed. Your existence is made with purpose, your life is not an accident nor an anomaly in the universe. Your very existence came with approval, you are a labored with love, created by all mighty.

The same creator, is the source of endless possibilities on if He causes it. But God did cause our very existence. However the question is, Are we leaving this life having Him involve? depending on Him.

The psalmist recognize the fact that His existence came with purpose. To achieve that will mean a life of intimacy with God. The request was that the psalmist be given the capacity to understand and learn God’s command.

God’s command is precious to every believer. Wrong understanding of God’s commands, can lead to a mislead us far from the truth.

It is my prayer as well that I may understand God’s command.That you may understand God’s command. that we mat have a greater desire to know God more, that we may gladly cooperate to God’s will in our lives knowing He created and formed us.

Think about it well.

Daily Ponder #006

La tierra està llena de su gran amor, enseñame tu decretas.

I have been working on my Spanish language for a while now, I’ve been using a bilingual bible that has both Spanish and English.

En english, “ The earth is filled with your love, Lord, teach me your decrees.” Psalms 119:64

So I kept this thought as I go through the day, wander on it’s implications. It started to help me recognize and acknowledge the very presence of God. I was looking at city view from my window, acknowledge that God’s great love is for this city, not just for the city, but for the nations of the world and all the people in it.

While all of this are happening, There was a sense of asking God for an experience of this love. While my head knows this lines well, the emotional part of me yearns for the experience. I don’t know how God will meet me there but I am excited for how He will meet me in this request.

The truth about this Love of God….

The truth: we are not really lovable or acceptable before him if not for the gospel. Yes God is Love, but He is also a God of Justice. He punishes and does not tolerate sins, and we the human race sins and has that inner tendency to deviant from His standards and we will never be able to satisfy the justice of forgiveness, so in our behalf Jesus who is innocent and free of sin took the place of humanity. The wrath of punishment and justice was taken upon, He died and rose again on the third day, offering salvation and forgiveness who those who repents and believe in Him as Lord and Savior. Now in Christ we have that love and forgiveness. And so much more.

We need to recognize that love of God for us, making a way for all of us to be recipients of love and forgiveness.

If you don’t have Jesus yet in your heart, let me help you know him more, what He has done. Let me be a help to grow an inch closer to Him. Connect with me.

Daily Ponder #004

Psalms 119:41 May your unfailing love come to me Lord, your salvation according to your promise.

Reflecting on the psalmist supplication for two things, first the unfailing love of the Lord to come, Second the promise salvation. Both of which has been fulfilled in Christ Jesus for God’s people. In Christ we have received God’s unfailing Love and Salvation.The psalmist was at a vantage point of waiting for the promise to be fulfilled, we on the other hand is on the vantage point of a promise fulfilled, it is done.

The experience of God’s unfailing Love, brings us to be drawn all the more and appreciate Christ that radically motivates to repent and live a surrendered life to Christ. For Salvation is only found in Christ.

God’s love is unfailing, it is manifested in His faithfulness in the greatest need of our souls, providing us Salvation.

Let us trust His words, Put hope in His ways, delight in His commands our response of loving Him back.

Daily Ponder #002

Daily ponder is my attempt to write down one of the many thoughts that took me captive or nor I meditated.

Yearning, Trust and Dependence

What caught me well today are the words…. According to your word.. you have broaden my understanding. These are from Psalms 119:25-32 NIV

  • Preserve my life according to your word.
  • Cause me to understand your precepts.
  • Strengthen me according to your word.
  • You have broadened my understanding. ( Enlarge my heart at ESV)

May we live our lives according to His word. May our greatest desires and admirations be unto him alone. May we humble ourselves towards Him and ask for His grace to enable us to understand the scriptures. May we depend on him for strengthen in accordance to His words.

I love how these psalms resounds to my to my heart, I kept reading it over and over. In the same way is my declaration for my life. Let me share to you a prayer that arouse from these lines.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

I desire to grow greatly in the word, preserve my life according to your word, teach me your decrees, cause me to understand your precepts that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds, strengthen me according to your word, keep me from deceitful ways nor in the lies I tend to permeate in my thoughts, be gracious to me and teach me your ways, when I run in the path of your commands you enlarge my heart, you have broaden my understanding. I ask these today In the name of Jesus.