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Death Row

Death Row

 

The term “Death Row”, it’s used to describe the stage of the person waiting to be executed. After being judged, and proved to be guilty of their crimes, the death sentence is pronounced, and the person waits in the “Death Row” until all appeals and habeas corpus procedures have failed and been unsuccessful, then comes execution usually by lethal injection.

       We were on the “Death Row”, condemned by our sins and transgressions, until our Lord Jesus saved us canceling everything that was against us, saving us from death.

Give a glance to the following verse:

 Colossians 2:13-14

Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

“You were spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were not free from the power of your sinful self. But God gave you new life together with Christ. He forgave all our sins. Because we broke God’s laws, we owed a debt—a debt that listed all the rules we failed to follow. But God forgave us of that debt. He took it away and nailed it to the cross.”

One day I was in the “Death Row” and I accepted the gift of life for He died for me!. I repented and got baptized in the waters. My name is now written in the book of life.

 What about you? Are you still in “Death Row”? If you haven’t repented and accepted the gift of salvation, then YOU ARE ON DEATH ROW!..

 Nahhh, you may say… Yeahhh, the prof of your sins and iniquities are written in the books on heavens. Your sins may be hidden in the eyes of men, however nothing is hidden at the eyes of God.

But do you know what? There’s good news for you!..Whilst you are alive there’s a chance.

But until when? How many more time have you got left?

GET OUT NOW FROM THE “DEATH ROW”!…Jesus  is stretching his hand to you, offering you life, to redeem you.

Are you going to reject?

 If you accept Him, take a step of faith. Right now where you are, make a prayer asking God to forgive you. Ask God to save you and that your name should be written in the book of life. On the first opportunity that you have, go the UCKG Help Centre and get baptised.

Rui

 

 

 

 

 

Collaboration of Pr.Rui Bacala

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cross

You will know the infallible recipe that changed the history of all world. Believers and unbelievers, scepticals, atheists, etc.. we all live in the calendar AC (After Christ).
Let’s see that “Recipe”!… 

John 3:16 

” 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.”

The lord Jesus took the cross and consumed victory at the calvary, and so are those who do the same!…No wonder why He said: Take your cross!…The question is how, in what way?

God gave what was most precious to Him, irreplaceable and unique!… That’s exactly step number 1 for those who want to follow the greatest recipe of success of history!…Think for a bit!…

What do YOU have that is most precious, irreplaceable and unique? …Some moments to reflect, and you will reach the conclusion that is nothing physical or material, rather YOUR OWN LIFE!…Isn’t it?

Step number 1: Give your life to God, by following the path of Sacrifice. But what you may ask? Well, sacrifice your fleshly desires, cravings, lusts, emotions and feelings that are contrary to God’s will. Sacrifice the grudges, malice of the eyes, lies, promiscuity, sexual immorality, adultery, etc..

Step number 2: Believe in Him, by living a live of obedience and faithfulness to God’s word, a total surrender.

The two ingredients of the infallible Recipe are : Sacrifice and Obedience

DO THEM and you WILL NOT PERISH ( Here on earth you will be successful) and you WILL HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE ( After all the sacrifices done the reward will come, our eternity with God)

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Fish on Ice

Once the fish is caught, the very next strep is to keep it fresh. It may take a couple of days until it is sold. Everybody knows that in order to preserve the fish, Ice is needed!…Otherwise the fish will defile and can caught bacteria and not be ready for consumption.

Now, the Lord Jesus, spoke about the Parable of the Dragnet.

Matthew 13:47-40

The Parable of the Dragnet

47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind,48 which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, 50 and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

Those that were caught by God’s net, converted from their wicked ways, sacrificed their desires, cravings and surrendered all their lives to God in obedience and faithfulness are separated to God’s Kingdom. The problem is that many become defiled with time!…

Why? Because they lack God’s “Ice”- Yes, that’s right!..It’s the Holy Spirit.

Without the Holy Spirit one cannot preserve this great treasure, our salvation!…

What’s the role of the Holy Spirit in our Salvation and spiritual life? In what ways He maintains our spiritual life healthy?

  • He is the Helper
  • Strengthens
  • Guides
  • Inspires
  • Spiritual awareness
  • Good eyes
  • Humbleness
  • Instills God’s thoughts
  • Enables us to resist tempations
  • Subdues the flesh to the Spirit
  • Enable us to forgive

I’m sure the list can go on an on!..

Now, either you are a good fish, or a bad fish!.. and there’s only two options available!…

  1. Be transformed from bad to good fish
  2. MUST HAVE  God’s “Ice(Holy Spirit) in order to keep being a good fish.

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No Stamp

Can a letter reach the destination without a stamp? Obviously not.

In the same way, many who say that are of God will not reach the final destination- Eternity with God, our Salvation. Why?

There’s no “Spiritual Stamp”!…The Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:13-14

13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

Will we reach our final destination to be with God, the Kingdom of Heaven? 

Only if you have the “Spiritual Stamp”!…

Do you want it? It doesn’t cost some pennies, its our ALL on the Altar, 100%, Body , Soul and Spirit.

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Machette

Matthew 10:32-39

( The Message)

32-33 “Stand up for me against world opinion and I’ll stand up for you before my Father in heaven. If you turn tail and run, do you think I’ll cover for you?

Being in the church, or saying that you have faith doesn’t mean that one stands for God!…Standing for… means to abide by…Either we abide by God’s rules or by the world. Which opinion has been more important? What have you been following? If we abide by God’s rules then He will back  us up. If we turn our back, our ears and don’t deny ourselves how can He bless us? Remember faith without works is dead!..

34-37 “Don’t think I’ve come to make life cozy.

One can’t be naïve thinking that being a true Christian or living by God’s standards is easy. Not at all!…One can’t be friend  of God and friend of the world!..There is a sword- A cut. THAT’S EXACLY WHAT GOD EXPECT FROM US….

TO CUT THE LINKS WITH THE WORLD, WITH THE DEVIL, TO DIE FOR OUR WILL. THAT’S WERE BAPTISM IN THE WATERS COMES IN, ETC..

I’ve come to cut-make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law-cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don’t deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don’t deserve me.

 We have to know that the devil will use those that you love the most, so that they can influence you to divert you from God’s way

38-39 “If you don’t go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don’t deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.

 God can only go all the way with us, if we Go all the way with Him.There MUST BE A TOTAL SURRENDER OF BODY, MIND, SOUL AND SPIRIT. One must let go of selfish desires and cravings, forget to be self-centered and look up to God, in other words, allow Him to guide you and to lead you on!..

Have you passed the knife? Sorry must be machete!...

 If you didn’t, one day the Machete will be passed on you, to cut you off from God’s presence.

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summit

What have you been fighting for? What’s your main aim in life? Some think that they have conquered their objectives and goals, however there’s a “Summit” that needs to be conquered!…It’s eternity!…

The Lord Jesus said for us not to focus on the things that perish rather for the things that everlast.

Luke 12:16.21

The Parable of the Rich Fool

16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ 18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’

21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Have you conquered that “Summit”?

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Titanic

Our lives are like a boat!…We build it, sail over the oceans of this world and conquer new lands. However, few are those that realize that their boat is sinking…

I’m speaking about the shipwreck of the body. Time will bring it on, and when it comes, will you have a “Life-jacket” and enter in a “Life-boat? Will you have time to do it?

Our sinful condition before God will make our boat to sink, NO ONE WILL SCAPE!…

One must be prepared and put on the “Life-Jacket” which is the Holy Spirit, so that we can overcome our sinful nature and life righteously before God.

Please meditate on the following:

Romans 3:9-20

(The Message)

We’re All in the Same Sinking Boat

9-20 So where does that put us? Do we Jews get a better break than the others? Not really. Basically, all of us, whether insiders or outsiders, start out in identical conditions, which is to say that we all start out as sinners. Scripture leaves no doubt about it:

There’s nobody living right, not even one,
    nobody who knows the score, nobody alert for God.
They’ve all taken the wrong turn;
    they’ve all wandered down blind alleys. 
No one’s living right;
    I can’t find a single one.
Their throats are gaping graves,
    their tongues slick as mudslides.
Every word they speak is tinged with poison.
    They open their mouths and pollute the air.
They race for the honor of sinner-of-the-year,
    litter the land with heartbreak and ruin,
Don’t know the first thing about living with others.
    They never give God the time of day.

This makes it clear, doesn’t it, that whatever is written in these Scriptures is not what God says about others but to us to whom these Scriptures were addressed in the first place! And it’s clear enough, isn’t it, that we’re sinners, every one of us, in the same sinking boat with everybody else? Our involvement with God’s revelation doesn’t put us right with God. What it does is force us to face our complicity in everyone else’s sin.

We cannot rely on position , title, PhD’s (PhD became the terminal degree in most fields of study), bible knowledge, philosophies, dogmas, charitable deeds, being good or anything else!…Whether insiders or outsiders, believers or unbelievers, we are nothing before God!…

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Full Life Scanner

What are the requirements to travel by an airline company? 

  • Buy a ticket
  • Have proper documentation
  • Make your check-in
  • Be on time
  • Pass security
  • No forbidden objects

The TSA is the Transportation Security Administration. They came up with a full-body scanner. It’s a device that creates an image of a person’s naked body through their clothing to look for hidden objects without physically removing their clothes or making physical contact.

Meticulous security measures are implemented so that terrorism may be avoided. Sharp objects aren’t aloud as other hazard substances.

One has to be “Clean” in other to go trough and board the aircraft.

Now, spiritually wise is exactly the same. You will not be able to board the flight to the “Other” side if you are unclean and cary “Sharp” things with you. A Full life scan will be made, what you have done, said, thought, etc..

Let’s see some “Forbidden things”

  • Pride
  • Unfaithfulness
  • Lies
  • Sexual immorality, Promiscuity, fornication, adultery
  • Malice
  • Evil eyes
  • Grudges
  • Selfishness
  • Theft
  • Gossip
  • Addictions
  • Debauchery ( Binge, depravity, drunkenness, lasciviousness, etc..)
  • Religiousness
  • Idolatry

1 Corinthians 6

The Message (MSG)

9-11 “Don’t you realize that this is not the way to live? Unjust people who don’t care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it, don’t qualify as citizens in God’s kingdom. A number of you know from experience what I’m talking about, for not so long ago you were on that list. Since then, you’ve been cleaned up and given a fresh start by Jesus, our Master, our Messiah, and by our God present in us, the Spirit.”

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In this word there are many “Kings”. I’m not referring to the earthly ones. The figure of a King means authority, power and ruling over, commanding. Now, in a Kingdom there are the servants, subjects or followers. The one that has the crown is the one I must serve, isn’t it?

Perhaps you have crowned a “king” that is ruling over your life!…

  • Addiction of alcohol, cigarette, pornography, weed, crack, cocaine, etc…
  • Religiousness
  • Pride
  • Past traumas
  • Hatred
  • Greed
  • Hobby
  • Lies
  • Own will, desires and cravings
  • Sin
The question that we should ask ourselves is? Whom have I crowned? Who has the authority to command my life? Whether one like’s it or not, there is something or someone ruling over your life!…
I have chosen to crowned God as my King… to serve him with loyalty, faithfulness, obedience, sacrifice and wholeheartedly trust on his guidance over my life.
When this happens one becomes a true child of God!..

Psalms 2:6-7

Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”

“I will declare the decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.

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On the last post I spoke about the G.D.A.V.-”GOD’S DEFLECTION ARMOR VEST”. 

In the same way that warriors used to care body armor for the torso, a helmet was always part of the gear.

Now, if there is one thing that should be protected at all cost is the head. Obviously is a vital organ, and is one of  the most important parts of the body. Not only due the fact that has our senses concentrated, audition, vision, smell and taste but our brains, the command center of our body.

Spiritually wise, the head is a bullseye of the devil, there, is were he will work to destroy your relationship with God and above all your salvation.

Let’s break it down:

Helmet = Protection

How many were deceived and took a bad decision in life, because they followed a “Brilliant Idea”? They followed certain thoughts or inspirations that led them to disgrace their lives or to go trough a wrong path.

One, has to protect the mind from all those ideas and so called inspirations that seems to be good but at the end it’s a trap and will leading to sin,  jeopardize our Salvation.

Certainly there is a “Sniper” out there aiming your Head!… 

1 Thessalonians 5:8

“(…)and as a helmet the hope of salvation.”

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One more tragic death by a music Diva, Whitney Huston.  The cause of death is still being investigated but everything leads to drugs, alcohol and a collection of prescription pills.

We can see by the pictures what drugs do to people’s lives.

 Now, I know a drug that is worse that crack cocaine, heroine, marijuana, heed, alcohol, etc…

 Let me give some of the characteristics of this drug:

  •  Is highly addictive, the more you use it the more you want.
  •  Destroys your ability to think.
  • Makes you ignore the reality
  • Destroys relationships, families and marriages.
  • Finishes up dreams and hopes.
  • Destroys the self-esteem.
  • Destroys wealth and leads to misery.
  • Leads your body to get older,sick and week.
  • Takes away the brightness of your countenance.
  • Makes one depressed.
  • Brings guilty and self-pity.
  • Makes one disrespect his own body.
  • Brings mood swings.

However the worst effect is…. Hell!…

The name of the drugs is SIN.

It’s leading millions to misery, here on earth and worst will lead them to hell one day…

Now that’s a big tragedy!….

The biggest sin is to reject the Grace of God, trough Jesus Christ and live a wild life, satisfying de desires and cravings of our flesh.

Are you a “Drug” addict?

Food for thought:

1 Thessalonians 5:5-10

“5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. “

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I have observed one common characteristic in all those who’s lifes are messed up!… Either outwardly or inwardly. 

Now and again, I come across with people who simply do not understand why life is so upside down. 
The answer is simple and straight forward:

WRONG PRIORITIZING OF VALUES!..

Usually this is the order of priorities:

  1. Work/ Job/ Career
  2. Education
  3. Family
  4. Love Life
  5. Friends
  6. Hobbys
  7. Religion

The order may vary however that’s what I have seen.

Now when you start to put things in the right order, that is when things start to get straight.

Let’s start in my opinion by the 1st and most important priority.

  1. Relationship with God
Hence why:
  • Guidance to take right decisions. Isn’t that what we make all day?
  • Strength to keep persevering, until we get what we want.
  • Balance in daily life.
  • Certainty and assurance that you will bypass all obstacles.
  • Ability to keep your emotions under control using your intellect.
  •  Inner joy
  • Self-Control
  • Positivity
  • Good character
  • Peace
Obviously many other advantages, not only here but above all our eternity . ( This will another theme for a post in the Blog).
2nd- Marriage -(Husband/ Wife)
3rd-Children
4th-Family members
5th-Career / Job / Work
6th- Hobby
7th-You can add your own way…………

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I have observed one common characteristic in all those who’s life’s are messed up!… Either outwardly or inwardly. 

Now and again, I come across with people who simply do not understand why life is so upside down. 
The answer is simple and straight forward:

WRONG PRIORITIZING OF VALUES!..

Usually this is the order of priorities:

  1. Work/ Job/ Career
  2. Education
  3. Family
  4. Love Life
  5. Friends
  6. Hobbys
  7. Religion

The order may vary however that’s what I have seen.

Now when you start to put things in the right order, that is when things start to get straight.

Let’s start in my opinion by the 1st and most important priority.

  1. Relationship with God
Hence why:
  • Guidance to take right decisions. Isn’t that what we make all day?
  • Strength to keep persevering, until we get what we want.
  • Balance in daily life.
  • Certainty and assurance that you will bypass all obstacles.
  • Ability to keep your emotions under control using your intellect.
  •  Inner joy
  • Self-Control
  • Positivity
  • Good character
  • Peace
Above all our eternity.
2nd- Marriage -(Husband/ Wife)
3rd-Children
4th-Family members
5th-Career / Job / Work
6th- Hobby
7th-You can add your own way…………

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Almost everything that we may achieve in this world has an expiry date!.. Usualy we think about that when we buy our groceries isn’t it? What is the first thing we do? We look to the expiry date!..Simply because we know that after that, it becomes perishable. Now, what about our own lives? Our loved ones? All the Possetions, Title, Position, Status and all the assets we may achieve?
Everything will fade and perish. Even us!.. One day we will depart from this body, and all that we have achieved will become someones property or eventualy perish as well.
The inteligent person doesn’t “race” for the perishable “Crowns” of this World rather for the one that doesn’t perish, which is our Salvation!..
We will not be negligent, complancent, laid back or lazy concerning our daily lives! However we must know that sooner or later an expiry date will come!.. Sometimes this expiry date is unnown!.. It can happen any day!..
Obviously that we must strive to finish this “race”, endure persecutions, deny ourselves daily and let go of our cravings and desires.
Hence the following : I Corinthians 9:24-27
Striving for a Crown

24″ Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”

Which Crown have you been striving for? The Perishable or Imperishable?

Food for though:

Luke 12:16-21

16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ 18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ 
21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

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