Monday, 28 July 2014

The Temple and I

Dear Friends,

Even the most beautiful words would not be enough to express my experience with God in the Temple of Solomon. It's is impossible to explain such greatness, beauty and majesty of that moment.

We were all waiting outside the Temple for the greatest moment, until the angels - our wonderful levites - opened the doors of the Sanctuary and it was something so amazing to see... It seemed like heaven itself had been opened for us. We entered the Sanctuary with calm and reverence and it was incredible how we could feel something different in the atmosphere, God is definitely in that place. It's so amazing and at the same time so indescribable!

We waited in silence and in spirit for about 1 hour and a half before the service began... I contemplated every detail of the Temple, everything so perfect, so beautiful, so meaningful, the way God meant it to be... I got my Bible and didn't read many verses but one in particular called my attention:

Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hostsHe is the King of glory. Psalms 24:10

I looked around and I saw the army of the King of glory, I was surrounded by men and women of God, pastors and Bishops from all over the world there in one Spirit. We are the stars Abraham contemplated... Abraham could never imagine what God would do in his life. He had his eyes on the only son he wanted, while God wanted to give him an army as a descendance. God called us for a purpose, to be part of His army, to fight His battles, to inherit His dreams!

When the Altar curtain was opened, it was impossible to hold back the tears, such joy in my soul, and the assurance that God was in that place multiplied inside of me.

And the rest.... I can't tell you... it would be the same as telling you the end of a movie, right?

All of you, from wherever you are will have the opportunity to step your feet in the Temple of Solomon. Don't think that this is a impossible dream, because our God gives us condition to fulfil all our dreams. One tip for you is to start saving, so that when the moment comes you are ready :)

I will never be the same again. The holiness of that place, pushes me to be more holy and separated for my God.

If His house does that to us, imagine His continues presence inside of us? Let's have spiritual eyes, ears, and minds to hear Him.

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! Today I have a better understanding of why the angels of God say so day and night!

What a day!!!!!!

Kisses to all!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Fast of Jesus - Day 40 - Dwelling place of God: you!

"Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,  in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit." Ephesians 2: 19-22

The sacrifice of Jesus made us all that were afar off and who didn't have the right to be part of His promise to become Temple for Him too!!! We are not strangers for Him any longer, we are His dwelling!!!

My dear friends what else can I say? He's done everything for us! For all of us. All we need to do is to believe and enjoy such a wonderful privilege to be His Temple!

WHAT A DAY!  I am heading to the Temple of Solomon in few hours :)))

I will tell you all about it soon :))

Kisses and congratulations for completing the 40 days of the fast of Jesus!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Fast of Jesus - Day 39 - I dwell among the Children of Israel

Therefore do not defile the land which you inhabit, in the midst of which I dwell; for I the Lord dwell among the children of Israel.’ Numbers 35:34
Who are the children of Israel? Children of Israel are those of the faith. Children of Israel are those who follow the footsteps of the heroes of faith from the past and of today. They are those that because of their faith and surrender have also gained a new name!

It's God's pleasure to dwell among those who without seeing Him physically, still believe in Him and follow Him with all of their lives.

We are not better than anyone, but our genuine faith in God attracts Him to us. By faith we can be children of Israel!

However in order for God to remain dwelling with us, and in us, we must not allow our land - our lives - to be defiled. Our privilege of dwelling with Him, doesn't give us the right to do anything we please with our lives. We must live a clean life with God in order for Him to remain in our midst...

Do not defile the land...
Do not make it unclean...
Do not corrupt the purity...

As long as we stay away from what's unclean, God will dwell with us. YAY!

Tip: What has been making you unclean before God? Is it your thoughts? Your desires? Your words? Your temper? Could it be grudges?
Dear friend whatever you've been holding onto, is not worthy. Living a clean life before God makes you to be at peace and have God inside of you all the time! What do you choose?

Tomorrow is the BIG DAY!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Fast of Jesus - Day 38 - I dwell with the faithful on the land

'My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, That they may dwell with me;' Psalm 101:6
No one on this earth likes to live with a person who is not faithful to them.

It is not pleasant to live with a person who is always failing with their word.
It is not pleasant to live with a person who always lies to us.
It is not pleasant to live with a person who fill us up with promises, which they never keep.

Lack of faithfulness shows lack of respect, consideration and love.

That's why in every relationship there must be faithfulness.

And God Himself thinks the same way about it, and He has the right to demand this faithfulness from each one of us, because He is faithful. There is not a thing He says He will do that He doesn't.

God gave so much for each one of us and the least we can do to Him is to be faithful to Him, by obeying everything He says.

Many people keep on repeating to themselves that God is love, as if this was all He is. God is love indeed, but He is also justice, and He will judge us not according to what we say but according to what we do, that is, if we are faithful to Him.

God's dream is that each one of us may dwell with Him, but as the verse above says His eyes will be searching for the faithful ones.

Tip: Where in your life have you been unfaithful? What are the actions you could start taking from now on in order to be faithful and dwell with Him?

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Fast of Jesus - Day 37 - I dwell with the humble

For thus says the High and Lofty OneWho 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. Isaiah 57:15
Another extra important condition for God to abide in us, is to be humble. Many people think that humbleness is to be a poor person, or a person who is downcast, a meek person.

But true humbleness is shown when you are not afraid of showing your true colours to God. Being humble is to acknowledge your mistakes. It's not to be trying to justify every mistake you make. It's to understand that without God they can't do anything. It is to be the same person before the authorities and also when they are not around.

Actually, few are the people who are truly really humble. Unfortunately many people who were once humble when they had nothing in life, today have stopped being humble because of their many conquests, because they think that what they have or who they are today are due to their own merits.

When a person thinks he is good enough, when they think they can do anything on their own, when they think that the many blessings they have in life are due to their merits there is no reason for the Holy Spirit to dwell in them.

Friends, God wants you to count on Him for everything. He wants you to depend on Him, He wants you to understand that living on His total dependence is much better than having the world at your feet conquered by your own strength. He wants us to be like the little girl in the picture, totally dependent and so amazed at her mommy! All she wants is to be with mommy :)

When God sees this need in a person, He comes to her. He can see the deepest longing in their soul for Him. He sees that this person acknowledges that without Him, they can do nothing...

Tip: In what areas of your life you have not been depending on God? In which areas of your life you consider capable of resolving everything on your own? What are the results you've been getting?
It's is not a sign of weakness to acknowledge that you need Him. After all, only the strong ones are the ones who can really stay together with Him. You should try it :)

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Fast of Jesus - Day 36 - Keep My word

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. John 14:23
The word that calls my attention in this verse is 'keep'. It is so important in this verse because it is the condition to prove to God the love we have towards Him and it is also the condition for Him to make us His home.

Let's us see more meanings of the word keep:
To hold, to maintain, to remain, to take notice, to be faithful to.
Can you understand how important this condition really is? Those who want to be God's home, need to hold, remain, maintain, be faithful to His word.

His word gives us life.
His word keep us in faith.
It is in His word we find relief.
It is in His word we find wisdom.
It is in His word we find the right direction.

Without His word we are not even able to believe we can be His home, after all how can such an amazing Being, be willing to dwell in clay vessels like us?

Dear friends, above any treasure, anything you may want to keep and remain with here on earth, keep His word in you. Live, eat, breath His word.

God will love you for that and will dwell in you.

Tip: Have close moments with God, where you meditate upon His word, and after meditating, think about it during the day, keep it inside your mind, search to understand it and know how you can apply it in your life.

See you tomorrow!

Monday, 14 July 2014

Fast of Jesus - Day 35 - The temple of God

Hello dear friends, the great day is approaching right? The grand opening of the Temple for our God! In this picture it wasn't yet finished, but now it is!!!!
What a joy!!!!

You know friends, every time I think about the Temple, I become amazed at how God was so careful and specific with each requirement of His dwelling... You see how things are, before, the Ark of God, (His presence) used to dwell in tents, but when David had the initiative of creating a Temple for Him, He was so happy that he specified how he wanted every part of it. He was careful with every detail of His house. He wanted everything to be done with love and care as He deserves THE BEST!

And do you know what amazes me even more? To know that He also gives us the privilege to be His dwelling place, a temple for Him!!
'Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?' 1 Corinthians 3:16
In the same way God had requirements for His physical temple so that He could dwell in it, He also has requirements regarding us. If we want to be His temple, His dwelling place, we also must be attentive to His requirements so that this may be possible.

In fact, there are many requirements one needs to meet in order for Jesus to be in them, and Jesus never told us that it would be easy. But every request, every requirement that He asks of us are for our own good. He loves us so much, that as a Father who teaches his son, He also does the same with each one of us, so that we can enjoy a happy and peaceful life!
"For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:30
In the next days of this week, until the 19th of July I will be talking about some of the main requirements we need to meet in order to be His temple. It will be impossible to talk about all of them, but I will be talking about some I consider very important.

For today I want to leave you a question: Do you want to be His temple? Do you want Him to live inside of you all the days of your life? Are you ready to follow to all His requirements?

Let's journey together and prepare ourselves to be His temple?

See you tomorrow!