For so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.' 2 Peter 1.11 '
From the beginning of this letter, Peter was used to give important revelations of who we are in Jesus, as there are also in other books of the Bible. As we examine the Scriptures, we learn how much they speak of our position in Christ and in the Kingdom of God. The Master declared, "Search the Scriptures, because ye think that in them ye have eternal life; and they are the witnesses of me" (John 5.39). Recipe for complete success!
Those who meditate on the Bible passages are blessed in their walk of faith in the Son of God. Peter spoke of the heavenly gates being opened to those who answer the Father's call and meditate on the divine revelations. This is demonstrated by those who live at the Savior's feet, as Mary did: And this woman had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and listened to his word (Luke 10.39). Why not follow this example?
We have to fulfill more and more firmly our calling and election in God (2 Peter 1.10). Some Christians call us fanatics because we always refer to the Holy Book. Well, they learned to call us that from Satan, the head of Hell. People should imitate those who walked with the Most High in Bible times, for they were used to teach us the right way. This will help us a lot!
The devil doesn't want us to know how to use faith, so that he won't be defeated every time we call on the Name of the Lord, as happened with the 70 disciples sent by Jesus. This fact surprised them greatly: And the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us through your name" (Luke 10.17). Whoever walks with the Savior will always be surprised by the results!
The Master's answer to the surprise of His disciples shows that He accompanies all those who obey Him with satisfaction: And He said to them, "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven" (Luke 10.18). How long has it been since the Lord has had this pleasure? Instead of putting our faith in action and using the Name of Jesus, we complain about God for not helping us in our tribulations. Use the power of His Name, that He may behold you and rejoice with you!
Because of the obedience of the 70, Christ increased their action, promising, "Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents, and scorpions, and all the power of the Enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you" (Luke 10.19). From this, there would be no battle lost - they would defeat the enemy wherever they went. It doesn't matter the hierarchical position of the evil spirits in the kingdom of wickedness; we can step on them, and nothing will harm us!
There will be no limits for those who learn from Christ, who is meek and humble of heart (Matthew 11.29). The acts of God's servants must glorify the Father in the Son, in the Name of Jesus. Our opportunity to do good is great, but to do so we must believe what the Lord speaks to us through His Word. Believe and live!
In Christ, with love,
R. R. Soares
Lord of the gates! We will gain much by learning the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven. Not only will we destroy the works of the devil, we will trample them with the strength with which we have been shod, the preparation of the Gospel of peace. Hallelujah!
Why don't the members of Your Church stand up with all heavenly strength, to put the demons and the devil in their place: under their feet? Walking in faith and in Your love makes us act like the Savior!
Our boldness in faith in You will make the gates of Glory open for us, and the entrance of the saved will mean defeats for the evil one. May Your other servants learn that their entrance into Your Kingdom is guaranteed!
WE ARE LOST
For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.' 2 Peter 1.9 '
The more we learn about the will of the Almighty, the smaller and more meaningless we feel. We are like the prophet Isaiah, who, when he saw the Lord and beheld the divine glory, saw his littleness and said: "Then said I, Alas, I perish! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell among a people of unclean lips; and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts" (Isaiah 6.5). We must seek understanding!
How could God entrust such a responsibility to us, if we are flesh and weak? But the divine love dwelling in our hearts will give us the necessary strength to do good to those in need. That is why we must consecrate ourselves to doing the will of the One who called us by His glory and virtue (2 Peter 1.3). Millions of people are waiting for us to get up and be set free from the forces of darkness. What do we have to do? Seek the Lord!
In the previous verses, the apostle Peter discusses what has been given to us in Christ. These revelations have been given for the members of the Body of Christ to prepare themselves by studying each one and believing that they are available. According to our vision as we meditate on them, we can act. Never neglect what you are shown in the Bible.
It is our obligation to believe the Scriptures, for with the proper weapons we have the strength to confront the evil that dwells in people and in some of us as well. We must strive to announce the acceptable year of the Lord, deliver the oppressed, give sight to the blind, and whatever else is revealed to us. We are stuck because we have not examined the Word or believed it. We must widen our vision to see far into the distance what God is announcing!
The little we can see is already enough to keep us from defeat. Every revelation from the Lord has a purpose. The Most High gives to those who believe in His Word the ability to accomplish their mission. Let us remember the cleansing from our sins, which freed us to be people used by God for His exclusive glory, provided we are obedient and fearless servants.
What you have understood about the Father's will can change your life, making you follow His commands fully. Therefore, detach yourself from the things of the world that torment you, from the deceitfulness of riches, the cares of life, and the ambition for other things. Otherwise, the divine Word will not be able to move you to carry out the task you have been given. Fulfill the responsibility that rests on your shoulders and be obedient!
You have come into the Kingdom of God to be a blessing to many people. So, find out what the Lord has already given you, so that nothing is wasted. Humbly honor the Father's command; otherwise, you will have problems when Jesus returns. Paul said: "If I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast about, for I am under obligation to do so; and woe to me if I do not preach the gospel" (1 Corinthians 9.16).
In Christ, with love,
R. R. Soares
Lord of our obligation! We need to consult Your Word, meditating on it, to receive the faith that can give us victory. Thank You for giving everyone the opportunity to be delivered from evil and to be victorious in Christ!
We must retain Your revelations. Thus, we will never be compared to those who are deprived of spiritual sight. The good that is available to us, as we see from afar, is Your best for those who love and serve You!
With the cleansing from old sins, we become pleasing to You. By faith, we can do the same works that Jesus did in His days in our midst. For all that He has made us to be, we thank You with all our hearts!
WITH ALL ATTENTION
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,' 2 Peter 1.5 '
The guidelines found in Scripture must be carefully observed. By doing that, we will be good stewards of God's love and goodness (1 Peter 4.10). The world does not want us, because, being dominated and directed by the devil, it does everything so that the lost will not see that we are the salt of the earth (Matthews 5.13), the ones who will not let them get lost in sins. We have the power from Heaven to lead the wicked to the transformation they need.
After informing us that we receive from divine power everything that concerns the life and fear of the Lord (2 Peter 1.3), Peter exhorts us to put our diligence into it (verse 5). The brethren who turn a blind eye to this warning live below the line of achievement in Christ, which all people should experience. It is unacceptable that a saved person, having the Lord as Father, should live with empty hands, lacking even the basics in life.
The Most High informs us that everything has been given to us through the knowledge of the Savior. It is He who has called us by His glory and virtue (2 Peter 1.3), and not man, who talks too much and can do nothing. The Lord has all power in Heaven and on Earth, so He does all things that He desires or that are essential. The Father used the knowledge of Jesus to enable the needy to fulfill themselves while they are here in this life.
The apostle says that we have been given very great and precious promises (2 Peter 1.4). This information was given by God himself, who speaks the truth. In view of this revelation, I ask you: why don't you consecrate yourself and become the person that the Lord has planned? Now, whatever He says is required of all His servants. The lack of action on your part damages the divine work.
No promise of the Lord can be ignored. Through each one, we, the children of God, become partakers of the divine nature. Now, this is paramount to our complete victory. To be partakers of the Father's nature is the best that could be promised to us, isn't it? So, whoever you are, be fulfilled in Jesus, fulfilling His guidance. The power to obtain all things has already been given to you!
Peter declares that we must devote our care to the very great and precious promises. No doubt God would not have made and put them in the Bible if they were not important to us. A lack of zeal in meditating on the Word deprives us of the authority and anointing that rested on Jesus in His days on Earth. They will also rest on us, His blessed children. In Christ, we are the answer for the afflicted.
We must add virtue, the infinite power of God, to all that He reveals to us. Then the enemy will not prevent us from carrying out our mission. The Lord calls us to be zealous with Scriptures. In this way we will fulfill what has been said about us. God informs us that, in this way, we will not be idle or useless in our calling (2 Peter 1.8).
In Christ, with love,
R. R. Soares
O God! With great joy before You, we place our lives to be used as You have spoken, just as You used Your Son. With Your power working in us, we will do the same works as Christ, and even greater. We desire to be the express image of the Savior among the ungodly!
Those who do not know You are filled with futility and live in sin. If we have the understanding of Your Son, we will go to the lost with Heaven's answer to their cries. From the Word, we understand that this is our task!
Father, to fulfill Your redemptive plan, we must act, working in Your harvest. After all, as Jesus was sent into the world, we are sent by Him. Therefore, we cannot disregard what we have learned here today. Help us to truly honor You!
THE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,' 2 Peter 1.2 '
This verse is the recipe for success available to us, for it came from the Holy Spirit to give us guidance in all the challenging situations we will face in the world. Life is like that; when we least expect it, we come across some hellish trap whose purpose is to kill, rob, and destroy us (John 10.10a). Now, we have to face trials with determination and faith in the One who has provided salvation.
When any temptation comes, it is for our teaching. Thus says the Lord: No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10.13). Therefore, never get angry or say something inappropriate during any difficulty, because even the way you behave is analyzed.
Those preparing to serve Christ must present themselves to God approved as workers who know how to behave at all times (2 Timothy 2.15), whether good or bad; after all, the Most High will be ahead of them. The end of the trial will show that we were well instructed, neither denying nor despising Jesus. Failure to honor the Lord will lead us to the precipice. This is the most foolish thing anyone can do, for he will be lost forever.
Peter talked about the grace and peace that can be multiplied. Grace is the moving of God's power on our behalf, as we are forgiven of sins, healed of sicknesses and, best of all, have our spirit recreated in Christ. Our spirit is the main part of our being, the real person. With the blessings wrought by divine grace, we are free from the condemnation that came upon mankind through the fall of Adam in the garden of Eden.
Peace is a state of mind that, even during the worst circumstances, it guarantees us tranquility to do and say what is necessary, casting out the disturbances that bring chaos. God's servant must never despair when a situation seems irreversible. With peace, we put our head on the pillow and rest, but without it, we become distressed and take crazy attitudes, which will bring us endless evil.
The multiplication mentioned by Peter does not happen by chance, but it happens to those who have the divine promise as a support in their prayers. It comes when we know the heavenly Father and His Son, who work together in regards to the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, never be distressed when everything indicates that God will never hear you again. Even if other things fail, the Lord will always keep His promises.
The necessary knowledge of the Word is given to us by the Holy Spirit. In the Bible, it is written: "I turned and saw under the sun that the race is not of the swift, nor of the mighty the battle, nor of the wise bread, nor yet of the prudent riches, nor of the clever favors, but that time and fortune belong to all" (Ecclesiastes 9.11). God guides us!
In Christ, with love,
R. R. Soares
Lord of our teaching! Your grace and Your peace have already come in just the right measure. In planning to help us in our afflictions, You have determined that which is necessary of Your goodness and mercy. Without a doubt, we can have these two blessings multiplied!
According to Your wonderful revelation, we ask that You bless us as You declare. With the forgiveness of our sins and Your love, we thank You for these two more amazing promises!
It is good and productive to know You as our God, and Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives. We are thankful for the salvation that freed us forever from the kingdom of darkness and opened the door to love and for us to know You. We love You!
PRAISE OF YOUR GLORY
That we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.' Ephesians1.12 '
After speaking that we have been made an inheritance (Ephesians 1.11), even before the Creator's planning in Jesus, when nothing yet existed, the apostle Paul declared that we, the saved, the first to put our hope in Christ, are destined for the praise of the glory of God. Now, the creation of man is surrounded by this hope that we need to learn, so we must read the Word and meditate on it always, thus, we will not frustrate the Lord. We have been predestined!
Predestination has been very badly misunderstood, for they say that the Lord had made some to be saved and others to perdition, but this we cannot accept. Now, being holy, He would not create some to be happy and others destined to eternal punishment. God knew that there would be the Fall when all would be separated from Him. So, He would send His Son into the world to provide our salvation by dying in our place.
The redemption of any person occurs in a way that is simple to our understanding, but complex in its essence. Those who surrender to Jesus enjoy the work He has done and go through the process called being born again (John 3.7). Those who reject Him remain separated from the Father, and if they die without accepting Him as their Savior, they will never again have the opportunity to be born again, a condition for escaping eternal damnation.
Paul said that the purpose of salvation is that Christians should be to the praise of the glory of God. But, unfortunately, many who started out well have been led into temptation and, as a result, have fallen into sin. Consequently, after death, they will not have another chance. We have the tools to break the barrier of perdition in front of these people, which leads them to refuse the free gift of God. Those who love the Lord are loved by Him (John 14.21).
While we are here, we should live to the praise of the blessed and wonderful glory of the Father until after death. However, that’s not exactly what we have seen. During prayers and supplications, out of the mouths of many have come only complaints and grumblings. Even unconsciously, when they should produce praises to God for what He does, they accuse Him of not answering them.
We came into the world to partake of the divine nature, but we forget that we have to do our part first, so that God can do His (John 14.21,23). Peter wrote: By which he has given us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (2 Peter 1.4). It is our duty to be partakers of the nature of the Lord. What will you do?
God has given us the conditions to carry out His purpose, designed before the command for His plan to actually exist; then everything became as He planned. I ask: if we have the tools, why don't we carry out the work? You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways (Job 22.28).
In Christ, with love,
R. R. Soares
Lord! You have revealed our participation in Your Kingdom, and that delights us. With Your resources, we can fulfill all that You have determined as our share in the blessed inheritance of doing good at any cost!
We need to be Your partners in carrying out Your will, leading many people to eternal life. But all the time we grumble and complain! This is horrible and it will bring us condemnation. Your glory has not received the praise that we should give You!
We want to fulfill Your will by doing what is holy and pleasing in Your perfect eyes. Take away from us laziness and any involvement in the kingdom of darkness. Then we will give You the answer that pleases You. Father, help us to fulfill Your beautiful plan while we are here!
GOD WILL REQUIRE AN ACCOUNT
That which is has already been, And what is to be has already been; and God requires an account of what is past.' Ecclesiastes 3.15 '
What a mystery this verse reveals, it seems like a play on words! The Lord has foreknowledge, so He knows what will happen to us in our last moment in the world. He has proved that it is possible for us to live free from any onslaught of the kingdom of evil, without suffering loss. People who fail to heed the message of the Bible do not understand how much they are missing or what trials they will go through without Heaven's help.
We must rest about the future. This is because our Good Shepherd always takes cares of us. The saved person has the promise of the Most High operating in his life, for he has a covenant with the Lord of Heaven and Earth, lives in the shadow of the Almighty, and can call Him his Refuge. To be protected in such a way, one must dwell in the hiding place of the Most High (Psalm 91.1)!
The promise is: No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling (Psalm 91.10). When Adam sinned, we were cut off from God and lived without His complete protection. Without a doubt, the Lord did not let the devil do with people what he wanted, but protected them to a certain extent until they heard the Gospel and decided whether they would be saved or remain lost.
This is the reality of the world. As long as a person doesn't know the Good News, he has little of God. But when he hears and believes, he is protected by Him. Then, truly, divine love surrounds them in such a way that the evil one does not touch them. It is necessary to announce to everyone what happened on Calvary, when Jesus replaced us by suffering our sins. Today, whoever believes in Christ is freed from all suffering. Believe!
There is a world of opportunities waiting for those who receive the Good News. Those who resist it cannot imagine what they are despising. Besides not living next to the Lord here, when the time comes for them to leave this world, they will not enter heavenly joy. By denying the offer, such person will not have God's help on Earth, and when they die, they will suffer in the lake of fire and brimstone (Revelation 20.15).
Salvation is a reality, and it was purchased with the blood of Christ more than two thousand years ago. During all this time, those who have converted have been redeemed and many are in Glory. However, those who rejected the divine plan are in eternal suffering. Millions of years, sometimes billions of years, these people will continue to suffer. God wants accountability of what has happened!
All is recorded on your behalf, you just need to accept Christ's sacrifice on the cross. Then your future will be glorious. But those who are unwilling to receive Him are making the wrong choice. Be wise and accept Jesus as Lord of your life! He loves you indeed!
In Christ, with love,
R. R. Soares
God, to Whom we shall answer! We shudder at the fate that awaits the one who remains rebellious to You. On the other hand, it fills our hearts with happiness to have the certainty of the eternal Kingdom prepared for us from the foundation of the world!
We thank You for letting us know that everything is done and we just have to accept Your Word and believe in it with all our hearts. You love us and make us Your people who will live in the Heaven of light forever!
We will pass from death to life, and the devil can no longer touch us or oppress us. In the Name of Jesus, we are authorities over him and his works. Receive our gratitude for revealing such truths to us and making us Your children!
OBRAS ETERNAS/ EVERLASTING WORKS
I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.' Ecclesiastes 3.14 '
King Solomon received more wisdom from God than other men. He came to the conclusion that everything the Lord does will last forever. But this logic did not come from his mind, but from the Author of the Holy Scriptures, which is the Holy Spirit. He delivered this revelation to Solomon, so that we know, today, that God's works are endless and good. Hallelujah!
The Lord does not act like some industrialists, who make their products to be short-lived. God fancies everything, and when He promises us something or makes some statement, He never goes back on it. Divine gifts are also without repentance and, therefore, irrevocable. The man who receives them must take good care of them, because they are perfect for the Creator's purpose. They do not wither or diminish.
There is a mistake going on around the world with the cultivation of the foods that should keep man healthy until the end of his life. Because of the greed of the producers, who are always looking for higher profits, various pesticides have been added to the crops in order to combat pests. By doing that, they put many people's lives in danger. How sad!
When there is fear of the Lord in the farmer's life, he doesn't add anything to the seed he has planted, and Heaven blesses him with a harvest never seen before. Abraham's son Isaac, because of the famine in Canaan, left for Egypt. However, when he reached Gerar, God told him not to go down to that country, a symbol of sin (Genesis 26.1-3). The people of that region persecuted him, but by trusting in the Most High, Isaac was blessed.
A similar fact to the act of adding something to the work of the Almighty occurs with those who decide to take away a part of the food that they think is too much. This is not good, and no doubt someone will pay a price they can't even imagine. The Holy Spirit speaks of this in relation to the Scriptures, in the book of Revelation, to those who add or take away something from them, as we will see in the next paragraph. Unfortunately, many ignore the divine warning.
Near the end of the Bible, we find these harsh terms: For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book, that if anyone adds to them, God will bring upon him the plagues that are written in this book (Revelation 22.18). Those who do not take notice do what they want, but be sure that accountability will come here and hereafter.
The person who takes out of the Holy Book what he doesn't like, believing in the devil, must prepare himself. The Lord declares: "And if anyone takes away any words out of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the Holy City, which are written in this book" (Revelation 22.19).
In Christ, with love,
R. R. Soares
God of eternal works! When someone defies Your warnings, he is condemned. This is what Adam did, and we all suffer the consequences. Why doesn't man bow down before Your wisdom? You are true love!
It is wonderful to know that everything You do lasts forever. We will never see a single failure in what You have determined and accomplished. It is good to walk beside You, fulfill Your command, and live resting in Your peace and faithfulness. You are our eternal reward.
As we observe Your precepts, Your fear will keep us from stumbling. There will never be an addition from us in what You warn and command us. Always instruct us in the way to go. Guide us, Father!
IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD
And also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.' Ecclesiastes 3.13 '
This is a decree from the throne of God, which everyone must obey. Clearly, the Lord does not approve of labor spoliation. When there is a shortage of work, there is a labor surplus and it is wrong to oppress someone by lowering their wages, which means less purchasing power than is necessary to provide for the worker and his family. This is not observed by those who need the labor of those who have no one to take care of them.
If the employer fails to pay a wage that will give the worker the dignity to support himself anywhere, he may be inflicting one of the ten commandments: Thou shalt not kill (Exodus 20.13). Now, there are those who use someone's service and pay less than the person needs; if so, their survival and that of their family will be threatened. This is killing them little by little.
The Most High has decreed that every man shall eat. This is law! No one can fail to deliver the minimum to live to those who help him. Therefore, the contractor who pays his worker a fair wage cooperates with the Lord. But if he does not recognize the value of the labor employed, he becomes a transgressor of this commandment.
The Word declares that every man must eat and drink of his labor! The person who breaks the law of man will be punished for it. Likewise, those who do not heed the biblical precepts make themselves deserving of divine wrath. How dangerous it is for those who create unjust laws, if they do not examine the law in relation to the minimum wage, the worker's right!
It is not only the basic survival that God says we must observe, but also everyone's right to take a vacation and go for a walk these days, in order to replenish the energies expended on their job: enjoy the good of all his labor. Thus, the Lord warns us: Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which were cut down for you, cry out; and the cries of those who mowed have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts (James 5.4).
Of course, we can enjoy our work, and that includes the work of faith that we do, using the Name of Jesus. Bringing someone to salvation fills our hearts with joy, and nothing in this world compares to it. However, this does not mean that we can imply that the person should reward us. After all, we are forbidden to touch the glory of the Redeeming Name of the Lord, who is the One who truly acts (Matthew 10.8).
We must help everyone in the tribulations that beset them. The gift given to us by the Lord has the capacity to operate in majestic and unbelievable ways. With anointed words, we can make a person who is thinking of suicide give up killing himself, and also the worker receiving that which is righteous, delivering him from the death that destroys him little by little. This is God's gift!
In Christ, with love,
R. R. Soares
God of Truth! How tremendous You are in condemning the abuse of some who serve You. You are just and avenge those who have not received their just due for using physical, mental, and even faith to help others live well!
Let Christians begin with an example of respect for others! You will never look kindly on the decision not to give workers what they need to eat, drink, and enjoy their work. We ask You to help us overcome these evils!
We wish to see in each one, employer and employee, people to be honored by those who fear You. We cannot love the Deliverer, if the will of the king of Hell is accepted by Your servants. The devil has come to steal, kill and destroy. Father, deliver us from evil!
THERE IS NOTHING BETTER
I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives' Ecclesiastes 3.12 '
Human nature was corrupted by Adam's sin, and no part of it is free from this contamination. Therefore, it is necessary to be born again, as Jesus said (John 3.3). The Gospel offers benefits to man, and one of them, of great importance, is that our spirit is remade. With this we are freed from eternal damnation and can be used as we were before the fall.
If we fail to observe right, even if we are born again, the enemy, whose work is to remove us from the presence of the Lord, will cause us to leave grace and our soul to return to the level it was at before salvation. This is a warning to anyone who wants to stay saved. If we don't watch what the Word says we are, the devil will snatch us away: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5.8). Heaven's guidance is to resist the evil one!
In the verse being studied, it is said that nothing is better for a human being than to rejoice and do good in his life. A great mistake is seen in people who are blessed financially. They soon begin to rejoice in the things of the world, instead of seeking the joy of the Lord, which is our strength not to give the devil a chance to possess us again (Nehemiah 8.10). False satisfaction is a deadly trick!
The only way to remain unshaken in the face of the worst temptations is when our understanding is enlightened by the Word. In this work, God gives us the power to resist the devil, and he flees from us (James 4.7). We must ask for and seek joy from on High. This is because it will give us the authority to stand firm when facing evil.
The secret is to take pleasure in doing good, just as it was with our Savior: As God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him (Acts 10.38). Those who persevere in this purpose are rewarded as the Father desires. Solomon did not understand this, and at the end of his life, he went away from the blessing he had received!
To seek earthly joy is to get involved with the enemy. Thus, we are warned by God: Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him (1 John. 2:15). The recipe is simple, and the benefit is for the one who asks for and receives the necessary judgment to remain faithful until death. The weak in faith think that they can do some things of the flesh, because it will not harm them. What a mistake!
The promise was made to David, repeated to Solomon, but at the end of his days, he did not follow the guidance of the Most High: And I will establish his kingdom forever, if he will persevere in keeping my commandments and my judgments, as at this day (1 Chronicles 28.7). So, his kingdom was divided. Be warned by the Lord, lest you fall!
In Christ, with love,
R. R. Soares
Lord of holy joy! You used Solomon himself to warn us about temptations, but because he did not persevere in the holy way, Your servant's heart was corrupted. Saved people must strive not to give in to carnal practices!
We cry out for help. In this way we will be delivered from the snares of the devil! We pray for the oppressed, to be free from the devil's lies. We have the pure and faithful Word from Your lips, which comforts us, strengthens us, and gives us salvation!
We want to taste the best, rejoicing with You and doing good in life on Earth. Then we will live fully and arise to stand before You for ever and ever. Give each one of Yours the pleasure of obeying You!
EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN ITS TIME
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.' Ecclesiastes 3.11 '
Every divine work has beauty as God's signature. This is the difference between Him and Satan. The Lord made everything according to His nature, but in the works of the enemy, there isn’t and there won’t be a sign of beauty. Whoever contemplates the landscape of the world, from a small flower, realizes that there is a Being capable and wise enough to be honored as the Creator of all things.
The birds with their songs and their varied colors, blended in such perfection that man can never imitate. The fish, which feed us with their flesh, possess the same wisdom as the other animals. They also communicate in a way that is incomprehensible to us, but perfect. Who could make such wonders, like the fruits, which are not only nutritious, but also tasty?
The grain grows in the grass, then comes the stalk, and finally the much desired grain. They are beautiful in their time, but soon grow old. If we stop using them, we will lose the nutritional properties that do us so much good. Man's lack of wisdom leads him to throw away what could be of great help to him. We err by not studying what we have been given!
Man is distinguished from every creature, for he was made in the image and likeness of God, thus, he is superior. They say that the Most High made us to be His companions; however, unfortunately, many do not think so, and some even deny His existence. We will never cease to exist, because the Lord has put eternity in our spirit. But anyone who fails to accept Jesus' death on the Cross for mankind - will not inherit the Kingdom of Light!
The redeemed will go to the Father's House, where many dwellings await them (John 14.2). But the unconverted will never taste the new birth and will experience the second death - complete separation from the Lord. This is too serious! Yet people are like madmen seeking pleasures, riches, instead of salvation in Christ.
It is impossible, no matter how hard one tries, to discover the work that God has done in all the ages of creation. Only the saved will ascend with Jesus into the Kingdom of perfection. Why do so many people stop believing in the One who made us? We are the only creature that learns to the point of evolving, but there are those who prevent the Truth from being revealed to them, and they will be separated from the Creator!
The voice of Truth knocks in the hearts of people who do not yet understand why they need to be converted. This has to happen, otherwise - they will continue to march towards endless doom and torment. Awaken to the Truth, before the Great Day!
In Christ, with love,
R. R. Soares
Lord of beauty! We thank You for creating us in Your image and likeness. It makes us sure that we are beautiful, even though we don't feel it. Having Your nature thrills us, for You have made nothing false, but according to Your essence!
Since we are eternal, even though we are not yet all that we will be after Your return and the consequent transfer into Your Kingdom, we can believe what Your Word says. You are beautiful and perfect, for out of You comes the purest truth!
When we are on the other side, living in Your full presence, we will learn that You made us for a purpose far greater than we can think or imagine. Preserve each of us in the purity of faith. Then we will be found worthy of the holy work!
THE SHEPHERD IN ACTION
“Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, And declare it in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’' Jeremiah 31.10 '
It is the obligation of every citizen of any country to inform himself about its laws, or he will fail to provide any of the information requested. Those who don't want to know about them can be fined, or, depending on the case, go to jail. Similarly, many Christians despise the Lord and, because God is love, they put off until later, and this later never comes. Those who do not seek to know their obligations become rebellious.
God's summons is for all nations, regardless of whether His laws are strict or lenient. Since He is the Creator, all are summoned to obey His voice, even if they refuse to accept what He says. One country or another may even say that it doesn't believe in the Most High, but on the Great Day, when all will stand before His throne to receive judgment for their attitudes, many will be in despair before the Judge par excellence (read Matthew, chapter 25).
Here is Jesus' command: the Church must go into the world preaching the Gospel to every creature. The authors of the law of a nation, who prevent their people from knowing the message of the saving work of Calvary, will be condemned for preventing them from hearing the Truth and being converted. If the authorities want to control the faith, they will be held responsible for such evil. The condemnation will be eternal and irreversible!
There have always been dictators who have seized power and come to control the population, thinking that this is what is best for them. Now, the intentions in the hearts of those who consider themselves great will be shown. The message of the cross has to be preached to the world, so that everyone can decide for Christ. The devil uses the authorities in some places to prohibit the transformation of people through conversion to Jesus!
The message should be given to the nations, and also to the crowds of people unreached by the preaching of the Gospel residing on distant islands. God committed His Word to bring back the Hebrews who went into exile in search of a place to live in peace, free from persecution and the mistreatment received where they lived. The fact that Israel resisted the preaching of the Gospel caused them to be banished to the farthest corners of the world at that time.
According to Jeremiah, God Himself scattered Israel throughout the world, but now the descendants of Jacob would be gathered together by Him. Many people need to accept Christ before it is too late; otherwise, they will be eternally lost. Therefore, God raises us up to go and meet these people. Many are not of Jacob's physical blood, but of the spiritual. The Lord Himself will take care of our work of evangelization.
The Most High still promises to protect those who will come seeking salvation; after all, one of His Names is the Good Shepherd, who lays down His life for the sheep (John 10.11). We cannot leave the lost out of the plan of salvation. We must care for them with joy and courage. God will give us strength!
In Christ, with love,
R. R. Soares
God, our good Shepherd! How can we not heed Your call, if You are all perfect? Your voice is unmistakable. It touches us deeply and gives us tremendous peace when we hear it. May we give the nations the Good News that transforms lives, and brings full salvation!
It is exciting to know that You will bring the lost children of Jacob to the planet. When they hear You, they will rise up and shake off the yoke that binds them, and they will come to You with joy. Thank You for giving us such beautiful news!
You have spread them, taking them safely to every place in the world. They have learned new languages, how to do business, and have not forgotten to love You. Now they will come to join us in true faith in Jesus. Father, praise be to You!
A FATHER TO ISRAEL
They shall come with weeping, and with supplications I will lead them. I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters, in a straight way in which they shall not stumble; For I am a Father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn.' Jeremiah 31.9 '
The way of the Lord is always the best. Knowing our spiritual structure - which, by the way, is weak (Psalm 103.14) - God shows us the best and safest way to hit the target, without deviating. Therefore, never rebel against those who bother you, but pray and be a submissive servant to God in everything. You are not able to understand everything that is shown you, but since the Father knows all things and has promised to keep you, He will help you.
The Most High says that we will come to Him with weeping. So, when you stand in His presence, pour out your soul completely. Weep what you must weep, lest you do it in the face of an attack from the enemy. Be strong to face the devil and overcome him. Whoever desires heavenly help must open himself completely to God with tears and cries. Before the Almighty, empty your being, that He may fill you with good things!
Supplications are short prayers made when in need, such as "Help me"; "Have mercy on this person"; "Lord, don't let this happen" etc. God guarantees that our prayers, resolutions and declarations of faith will be answered (John 14.13). Therefore, in any need, believe in what you will speak in the Name of Jesus and go all the way, believing that your decision will be confirmed by the One who promised. Believe!
As the Most High carries you into battle, open up your heart to Him and make your supplications. He says that He will lead you to streams of water that will water you, feed your faith, and strengthen you, for the power is in the Word sent (Deuteronomy 8.7). The Lord promises streams -revelations- capable of equipping you for the decisive battles (Psalm 1.3). He knows how to enable His servants to emerge victorious from struggles. God is perfect in everything!
The Most High will guide you to those streams on straight paths. From beginning to end, He will never use dark means. The saying that God works in crooked lines is false. The Lord’s involvement is done in holiness; otherwise, it is not His work. God's way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; It is a shield to all who trust in Him (Psalm 18:30). Refuse that which has any error or vice!
There is no stumbling block for those who follow the Word. It is the way God uses to bless us. The Father is holy, pure; his enemies will stumble: But the Lord is with me as a mighty, awesome One. Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and will not prevail. They will be greatly ashamed, for they will not prosper. Their everlasting confusion will never be forgotten (Jeremiah 20.11).
The reason God blesses us is simple: He is our Father. Why walk outside the guidelines of Scriptures, if outside the Scriptures the enemy will never leave us in peace and with that, we will have afflictions all the time? Well, cast your afflictions on the Lord and live well!
In Christ, with love,
R. R. Soares
Lord, our Guide! We must come to You with weeping, and with supplications You will lead us. We open our hearts, that You may cleanse us from sins we committed. We want to be cleansed by Your work!
Your promise is to lead us to the stream of waters through sure paths. Then we will not stumble over the obstacles placed before us by the enemy. We need Your gaze so that we don't wander off the path, but rather bear witness to Your deeds!
You promise to be the Father to Your Israel, the people who love and serve You with unconditional love. You always know what You are doing, and You proved it when You blessed Ephraim as the firstborn, even though he was born later. This also happened with Esau and Jacob. Use us, Father!
SHALL RETURN TO THE DETERMINED PLACE
Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the ends of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and the one who labors with child, together; a great throng shall return there.' Jeremiah 31.8 '
Isaiah foresaw the Diaspora that the Israelites would suffer, when they would be scattered throughout the world for having rejected the Messiah, who came to solve their problems. Because the Jews rejected Jesus, we Gentiles were saved (Romans 11.11-15). Sometime later, Jeremiah declared that the day will come when the movement will be reversed - the people of Israel will be brought from the land of the North.
Today, many are on their way home, returning from all nations to their biblical origins. It’s the revival! They return to Israel with the most diverse experiences, yet they have not denied their origin or their God. The fig tree is already bearing its buds (Mark 13.28,29), and the day is coming. The fruits of the promise will fill the world with the knowledge of Jesus, the promised Messiah. We already see among the remnant of the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the beginning of the acceptance of Jesus - rejected by the Jerusalem elite more than two thousand years ago - as the true Vine (John 15.1).
Those who come from different cultures from the land of the North bring the desire to know the Truth and thus come to love God from their heart. It is beautiful to see many receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the seal of promise (Ephesians 1.13). With this, the God of wonders has turned the solitary fugitive Jacob into a flock that will fill the Earth as many as the sand of the sea. Whoever receives the fullness of the Spirit becomes king and priest to the Lord of the harvest (Revelation 5.10).
Those who experience the new birth receive the power to turn the lost into sons and servants of the heavenly Father. Jehovah, the Lord of lords and holiness, overpowers all "gods", proving there is only one God, one Way, and one people called by His Name. The Bible prophecies are beginning to be fulfilled, and the time to prepare for what is to come is today. They are being gathered from the ends of the Earth. The glory belongs to Jesus'!
Those who were completely blind to the Truth are being set free by it, as their eyes light up. One day in Amman, the capital of Jordan, I cried as I saw Arabs singing that Jesus was the Savior. Those who could not see the Truth are now also part of the redeemed. It is Ishmael coming to worship together with Jacob, just like at the burial of Abraham in the cave of Machpelah (Genesis 25.9). Jesus' death has united them!
Disabled people are no longer forbidden to enter the temple of the Lord to worship God in spirit and in truth. Pregnant women with revelation will be present along with those in childbirth. The Word will be confirmed in the smallest and greatest details. Our generation will see the Truth being known by all. Even those who were repulsive to what God does will become true worshipers and serve Him.
In Christ, there is an opposite movement to that of the tower of Babel, when people spoke another language; now they speak the same language: the Truth. There is no difference, nor discriminated against or rejected. The Lord's work is to turn the two peoples into one (Ephesians 2:14-16).
In Christ, with love,
R. R. Soares
God of our salvation! The solution to our problems lies in the faith in You. From the two peoples, holy and wicked, You have made one: the saved. Now we are Your peace to settle the differences between people. Salvation in Jesus unites us!
Your promise is to bring from the land of the North those who have been scattered, as well as to gather from the ends of the Earth others who have gone astray. Lord! The time has come for You to open the eyes and ears of those who were created by You for a purpose greater than we think!
Bring the sick to see You and walk in Your way; pregnant women and those in childbirth to conceive true citizens in the new Earth. Thank You for promising that they will be in Your great assembly!
THE FINAL INTERCESSION
For thus says the Lord: “Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘O Lord, save Your people, the remnant of Israel!’
' Jeremiah 31.7 '
Beginning to understand God's plan for the redemption of mankind is good. The more our understanding is enlarged with the beauty of the redemptive work of the Most High, the greater the glory we will know. Surely, we will be amazed at every revelation of His will. Only the Lord could create a way to redeem us from the fall, to be free forever from the devil's kingdom. Now we are free!
Jeremiah begins his message by saying: For thus says the LORD. This shows the seriousness of his speech. Later, Jesus himself said: Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away (Mark 13.31). Everything that comes from the mouth of the Almighty is true and will be fulfilled at the right time. God knows everything that will happen, even in the distant future. It is good to heed God's warning about things to come!
The message received by Jeremiah to announce to the children of Israel was that they should sing about Jacob, their father. No doubt, this Jacob would be one of the descendants of the patriarch, the Messiah about whom Daniel spoke, who would come to free the people from the oppressions of the dark empire (Daniel 9.25,26). Now, the song praising Him should be done with joy. In fact, there is nothing more beautiful to hear than the songs that speak of the love of the Savior born in Bethlehem (Luke 2.8-20)!
How many people have been moved by praising Jesus, His love and peace? It is impossible to calculate the number of sick people healed by hearing a song extolling the power of this mighty Name. Many demons are manifested when people are singing about Christ. In 1975, in Nova Iguaçu, blind Jorge was freed of a corneal ulcer when we sang about the triumphant Name of Jesus.
God's message called the Messiah the Head of the nations. In the Bible, there are numerous names given to the Son of God. He is the Head of the nations, because everything is from Him and came into existence by the power of His Name, which is over every name: Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name (Philippians 2.9). At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth (Philippians 2:10).
Our mission is to proclaim that Name not only in words - often empty of anointing - but in authority. People marvel when we give praise to Jesus, and the hellish force twists itself and releases its captives, because it cannot stand the fire and power that comes from the Name of the Lord. With Him, you defend yourself against the attacks of the evil one's kingdom. We must proclaim this Name that sets people free and sing praises to God.
It is not necessary to ask, but to confess the Word, which tells us: ‘O Lord, save Your people! Now, there is a little remnant of Jacob's descendants who will not be saved, if the hearts of our brothers do not agree that the Almighty will do this. Use your authority now!
In Christ, with love,
R. R. Soares
Lord of the Mighty Name! We desire to follow Your lead - leading people to You - and see how much You can do for those who seek You and take pleasure in Your commandments. The saved will never be disappointed or confused. We sing about Your Name with joy!
Praising You gives us excellence, fills us with pleasure and exultation, for You are the Head of the nations. We don't want to be silent, but to keep on knowing You more and more, glorifying You accordingly. It does us good, nourishes us, and draws us closer to You!
We will proclaim Your grace to all the people! You raise the poor from the dunghill and make them sit among princes. You bring us out of oppression and into Your halls where we pray, asking You to save Your people, the remnant of Israel. Father, the glory will be all Yours!
THE FINAL REVIVAL PROCLAIMED
For there shall be a day when the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim, ‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion, To the Lord our God.’' Jeremiah 31.6 '
The Church longs for the day when its members will be used by the Lord as He used Jesus. But we have yet to be transformed by His power. If we are not one Body with Christ, we will hinder the plans of Heaven. The man without discipline and the servant without vision will do his own will, and not God's. That would be chaos! We are not praying yet: Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22.20b).
The Most High has set watchmen over His work, and they will not cry out before the time (Ezekiel 3.17). The members of the Body of Christ must belong to Him indeed, and not the "enlightened ones" who promote themselves, as if they owned the revelation. As long as these teachers, doctors and wise men do not understand John the Baptist's statement, the watchmen will not open their mouths. Upon hearing about the deeds of Jesus, John said: He must increase, but I must decrease (John 3.30).
The watchmen on the mountains of Ephraim live desolate lives, because the message for all to fulfill the Lord's purpose could not yet be delivered. The men of God do not understand that the work is not theirs. To do it with pompous displays and personal promotion is of no use. The work that was prepared before the foundation of the world must be accomplished in this generation (Ephesians 1.4), as Jesus demonstrated in His days here on Earth (1 Peter 1.20).
The order will be given, and everyone will arise as a well-organized army, each one conscious of the mission to be accomplished. Then the world will be surprised. We must put a stop to the aspirations and desires of the heart and seek true conversion. See Peter's answer to the paralytic at the Beautiful Gate: Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk (Acts 3.6). We lack power!
May God help us to let Him lift us up to go up to Zion, David's fortress! The beloved king was strengthening himself there, seeking the Lord and going out to win his wars. You see, we talk much and do little. We must surrender to the Man of War, who will lead us beside still waters (Psalm 23.1,2). But the people despised them, cheering Rezin and the son of Remaliah, who got together to attack Judah (Isaiah 8.6). This is a time for conversion!
The Church needs to go up to Zion and strengthen itself for the battles to come. Hell is already preparing for when the Antichrist appears (1 John 2:18,22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7). This spirit is in the world and contaminates many servants of the Lord. The Scriptures say: Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition (2 Thessalonians 2.3).
Those who have the wisdom of God cannot stand idly by. The facts that Jeremiah saw occurred just as told. We need to go up to Zion, to the Lord our God, and not to promote ourselves and do our best. The Most High knows why he has called us and what the plan is for us. We will go up to Zion, if we diminish ourselves for Him to be magnified!
In Christ, with love,
R. R. Soares
God of the watchers! We are alarmed at what will come against Your Church, but You are the Lord, and that comforts us. Our position must be secure in You. Then Your work will not suffer harm through our fault. We want to please You and serve You in everything!
Let the waters of Siloam not be despised by anyone! Your love must prevail. Father, command us to serve You, to be exalted and honored as You have declared. You are the Reason for our calling; so, enable us to fulfill it!
Prepare us for when the watchmen cry out, commanding us to arise and go up to Zion. Your warning signal cannot be ignored, and we must understand that we are part of Your plan. Let us be like Abraham, Your friend and servant!