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Revive Us

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” That’s why we ask you, REVIVE US LORD!

The works of God are interesting, they have a complex of matters and ideas of material and spiritual things, and in his great wisdom God rules everything. And the things that happen to the saints or the things that happen to everyone who loves God there is a purpose in them, there is something that we cannot understand humanly. Some activity, some work that is close to us has its purpose, but sometimes it is difficult to embrace that purpose, to understand the will in which God wants to execute on that person, so Romans 1:17 says something interesting “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” It is important to understand everything by faith as Habakkuk understood it, who uttered the same words when he prayed for a sinful people, a people who would suffer greatly and fall into the hands of the Chaldeans, they were going to be victims of Babylon, and Habakkuk complains, he enters into a moan for his people about how is it that God will use a sinful people to punish and humiliate his people, and enters into different arguments, asks questions and challenges the ideas and the form of the works of God and concludes and says when he receives the answer from God: “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” David said something similar, Psa.138:7:8 “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.”

David places all his trust in God, that is the secret of him who lives by faith. But the psalmist here says that there are anxieties, pains, afflictions, works that the human being cannot sometimes carry, but if we remember the verse of Romans says that all those things that come upon those who love God, everything like a whirlpool Is going to help you for good, there is something there that God is working, there is something there that is needed in our life so that he can then perfect his work. Paul said that God will not finish until he completes the perfect work in us. If the pain one is going through, that moment of affliction that you are suffering, if we put our trust in God as he says, “The just shall live by faith” that work, that anguish, that pain, has its deep meaning in the will of God for those who love God to help you reach that place where you need to be by the divine grace of God. David said here, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me.”

The word “to revive” is to give life: There are moments that we no longer have strength, that we are already without any breath, but that trust, that faith will revive us, because it says “you will make me alive.” When we look at the end that there is no longer escape and we no longer look at that little light, there is still hope for the righteous, there is life for him who believes in God.

There is something very interesting about Habakkuk. What do I want to say? In his natural state the ordinary man cannot resist that storm that comes from the Almighty, but there is something supernatural in us, and that is the grace of God, the mercy of God. Habakkuk said, “in wrath remember mercy”.

In Hab. 1: 13-13 it is a way Habakkuk is speaking to God about how he is questioning him because He was going to humiliate them with these evil people. But in chapter two he receives one of the answers, he speaks of that prophetic experience that he had with the Lord of how he was going to prophesy to the people of what was to come and he could not understand how God was going to do this. Sometimes we are in the same situation and we wonder why we are in a certain situation? Why it is that God will be doing the other? Why do we have to go through that? But in all things these will serve a good purpose for those who love God.

Hab. 2: 4 “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” The proud, the lofty, he who does not want to humble himself, will have what he is seeking, But he says, “But the just shall live by his faith.” That faith, that trust in God, everything that is happening to you will ultimately result in good. Hab. 3: 1-3 is the prophet’s prayer, the Jews have done it as a hymn, this whole chapter is like a hymn, it is a prayer, it is a prayer sung with the strings, with the guitars of those times. It is a tone of music that goes with the strings, he is saying “on this tone he wants this prayer to be sung” this prayer, as in Psalm 6 David instructs on which strings the tone must be played, gives the note in which he wanted that this psalm to be sung, just as it is what it meant and in verse two can be found the message. The questions of Habakkuk in chapter one are all those questions that the prophet had, he did not understand how in a holy people a punishment so horrible would happen that came upon them by the Chaldeans as instruments of God to do a work.

Habakkuk 3:2 “O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid…” How many of us also on our knees, fasting, having made supplications and petitioning in prayer for something, have we received the answer that has left us trembling at times? Habakkuk receives the answer and says “O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known…” And that is something important in the life of the church, how much have we heard out there, “ah sometimes the church does not understand it, does not have enough prayer sometimes,” “does not have enough activities”, but, YOU are the church! You are the one who needs to pray to God as David prayed to the Lord in that psalm: “Lead me in the midst of the anguish” You are the one who has to ask the Lord, “Lord, in the midst of this pain, Revive me; In the midst of this anguish, Revive me, in the midst of preaching, Revive me!” Let them be personal prayers, let them be petitions and entreaties in general, as the prophet said, “OH LORD” and he heard the voice of God, trembled, he was afraid of those answers, and so we to the answers we receive from God, To the commandments of the Holy Spirit, Lord! Revive me! “I feel weak, I have anguish, I am passing something that is weakening my faith, Lord, revive me in the midst of your law” and it says, “Oh Lord, stir up your work.” What does it mean to revive? Give strength, give vigor, give encouragement.

When you see the fire, what do you do to stir up the fire? You take leaves and dry wood to revive it. We need our God to revive us, do not blame the church for being cold, you ask God to revive your being, do not blame anyone who is lacking in prayer, who is lacking in fasting or consecration, You ask God! Revive me Lord! Do not blame anyone, if you do not want to enter a service, plead to God, “Revive me!” Do not blame anyone if you do not want to ask for prayer, you ask for the prayer! The word of God is to be feared because it is a two-edged sword, it is a hammer that can break the hardest of hearts, but we only need the Lord to revive us. And in the life of each and every single one of us we need this revival on the part of the Lord, in the midst of pain, in the middle of laughter, in the middle of consecration, of any circumstance in which you are, if you are walking, sitting, in your bed, in your deed, “Lord, Revive Me” that’s what Habakkuk said, “Revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known!” But not in your time, not in your personal will but in the will of God, in the midst of the times make it known! How important it is to make known the work of God and many do not do this because we lack strength and vigor, and we need the Lord to revive us. And he said, “in wrath remember mercy,” because God can punish, with a look he can silence the whole congregation, with a single word he can command the angels to come in defense, so in the middle of any problem you’re going through, any pain, whatever it is, you say always and forever, “Lord, have mercy on me in your anger, and Revive Me!

May God Bless You All.

Pain

Pain is something that not all of us can assimilate, many have not developed or understood it in its entirety and I want to talk about it. Each person assimilates it differently: for some, this can bring them courage or confusion. For others it can bring happiness, joy, everything depending on the state that this person is in, but something is sure, the pain is inevitable, no one can avoid it, be it physical or spiritual. The physicist, even the scientists, want to understand it and are just beginning to try to understand the point of how it is that the human being in its capacity can in the nerves have certain receptors that receive the signal, and these are sent to the brain, and the brain in its capacity sends this signal to the place where the pain is. And the pain is good, it is not bad, it warns us of certain diseases or something that may be wrong in us, and it is like a red alert that warns doctors to detect the affected part of our body.

Pain is given by God, this goes according to His Word, it is introduced by sin, and for the first time we can see it in the Word in Gen. 3 where he says to the woman “in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.” Pain is part of being a human, it is inevitable. We as parents sometimes want to overprotect our children when they are going through certain things in life, and the more we try to avoid suffering for them, I think we can do more harm because it is inevitable, it is part of life, and the sooner we come to accept this fact, the faster and easier we will manage to face it. They have to be taught that there are certain pains that mom and dad will not be able to save them from. Maybe we can lead them, but they have to experience those pains, you have to face them, you have to walk with them, whatever. Whichever path you want to take, these are inevitable.

The human being is not a stick or a stone, he is not indifferent to pain; not every Christian sings to pain or suffering – but we are disciples of Him who instead of the joy that was proposed He bare the cross (Heb. 12:21). As Christians we must learn to accept all suffering through Faith. What can we say about the cries of suffering, mourning, defeats, and calamities of life and the ailments of this body? For the Christian cause that the prayers are raised, in our soul it could be heard like an immense concert of cries in her that is with lamentation. There, in that pain, raise your voice, raise your prayer to God. The soul responds to the sensitivity it feels, but it is the judgment pronounced on the pain, on the suffering, it is an evil that should not be—“in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children” because of disobedience, thus we realize that is given to every human being. The man born of woman has a short life and full of troubles, Job 14:1. But in spite of everything, the Christian learns and is sustained by that grace, so Paul understood it, by joy, by prayer in Jesus Christ, by this promise by which he is praised and we ask for, Job 5:8—8:5; Psa. 107:19 “Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.”

Prophets, apostles, disciples, and Christians at some point all passed or will pass through pain and affliction. This does not mean that we will be undone by that pain or suffering, but we are sustained by his grace, by faith. Progressively entering that place on the sacrificial altar and coming to the sanctuary of God, we discover the purifying value of suffering as that of the fire that separates the metal from its slags. We cannot deny its educational value, that of a paternal correction.
The pains and sufferings for the Christian are divine designs. Do not forget the sufferings of Job. Joseph made it known to his brothers his recognition of suffering, included by faith in the design of God it comes to be a test of high value that God reserves to his servants. They are lessons to teach us what God is worth and what can be suffered for Him.

There are very strong physical as well as spiritual pains, but I think the spiritual is the hardest to heal. Physical pain, whether it is an ankle or knee, can last for three months. If it is a small cut, it is healed in three weeks; but spiritual pain is a very deep pain that can pierce the soul, as in the case of Mary in Luke 2:34 “And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” But here a sword was to pierce her heart. Ever since she conceived Jesus Christ, from that moment on just imagine the pain, the anguish, the affliction from a very young age even when Christ spoke to His parents as He spoke to them, “who is my father, who is my mother?” The times when he separated from them, from birth when she bore him with pain, and the suffering next to the cross relives that same pain, perhaps deeper when she sees Him on the cross of that prophesied physical pain passes to that pain of the soul. Who among us is exempt from these pains? No one. Christ was a sign, was the target of all, “This is a glutton, is a sinner friend of sinners, a blasphemer,” this is spiritual pain, it is a deep pain when we are rejected, when we are mistreated, when we they point out, they abuse us; they are wounds that mark people.

But there are also marks that we look for on our own, there are paths that we take that we are guilty of those spiritual pains, as much as the physical ones. The blows that we took in the streets for being mischievous, others for getting into issues that do not belong to us, but of all these things, I can assure you, both physical and spiritual pains, do us a good. If each of you can look back at all the mistakes made that caused pain, I have the certainty that it serves you also as a warning, as a signal, as a beacon that warns us, “and you walked around, remember of the pain you suffered, the blow you received.” I can be a witness, and each one of you, that the blows that we have received in life have helped us to walk more cautiously.

The world is not exempt from these pains, therefore Christ told us: “In the world you will have affliction.” But with Christ there is a peace, there is comfort, and even to that consolation Paul addressed when he asked the Lord to take away the “thorn in the flesh”, but Christ said “No”, and we as parents have to leave our children. We can give them counsel, but these pains are important, and in the end they always receive the consolation of God. 2 Cor.1:3,4 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” 4:17,18 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” And even Romans 8:18 tells us that they are momentary, they will come to pass, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” If a sword is piercing your soul, it will come to pass, for Revelation says that God will wipe away every tear. So be as old as you are, whatever you are, if you are going through a pain, my recommendation is prayer.

Sometimes the pain comes without provocation, as in the case of Job, something inexplicable. What physical and spiritual pain! What a deep example, and do we want to run away from those things? Some want to depart from the faith for physical pain and even for spiritual pain instead of going to prayer. There is no healthier remedy than prayer in the midst of pain, either through physical or spiritual pain and those spiritual blows you have received or will receive. But in all that you will look back and you will realize that maybe there are things that you could do a little different, but in the end they will have the same result, because it is the way that it has been outlined. God is the one who governs all things, so you have no choice but to tell physical pain and spiritual pain, “Welcome, you are my partner.”

Christ said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for thee” and Paul says that that pain, that the tribulation you pass is important, is necessary so that you can transmit it to your partner, to the disciple, to your brother, sister. What experiences of pain will you transmit if you flee from that pain? How are you going to help them? Paul says in Corinthians that you have to go through that because that experience will help you to help them. So let us stop harboring ourselves in a harmful psychological way and accept that pain is a part of us, it is part of humanity. We cannot forget the pain, the suffering that the thorn caused to Paul, and despite the insistence with which he asked the Lord, He did not take the thorn, but said, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” We must look upon these words as a lesson of the Lord, profitable, not only for Paul himself, but also for each of us, for it is a great consolation to know that the mighty grace of the Lord can counteract all our physical weaknesses as well as pains and sufferings. Paul has learned very well the lesson he will not forget. 2 Cor. 12:10 “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

The pain here in church is passed with Christ, whether physical or spiritual. The pain in the world passes without hope, and I want to be in the hope that God will help me. So do not close the doors, do not separate from the church, do not separate from the brotherhood of your fellow friend, do not exclude yourself hiding in a small room, No! You are not a victim, look well and start praying and you will see that God will get you up, but you have to go through that pain. God told the prophet Isaiah that Christ was to be “the man of sorrows, experienced in brokenness, and many hid his face from him.” They did not want to look at him, and perhaps many would not want to look at him, as Job’s friends told him, “Confess, you did something.” He who is suffering a pain is not because he committed a sin, it is already part of this life, it was begotten in the DNA of this body. “In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children” is part of this, then what are you doing with your head down hiding from those who can help you and sheltering yourself with false friends or with a bottle or other things that do not benefit you? Prayer, prayer is your strength, Job said, “Now my eyes see you…” he had gone through a process, and I am sure that by that process that we have to walk, if we walk in faith and under prayer, the sure things of the Word of God will be fulfilled: “My grace is sufficient … Not everything remains… My eyes will see you…You will cleanse my tears,” so pain is part of us, and here it is overcome with hope, in prayer, with Christ, because Christ is the medicine to take away your pain.

God Bless You

Tolerance

Tolerance is a virtue that has a special relationship with our neighbors. Tolerance is patience exercised in relation to people and helps to endure, without vengeful resentment, the perverse behavior of others towards us. This virtue is mentioned in Gal. 5:22 as a necessary fruit to be able to cope as a good disciple/anointed of the Lord to those brothers who test our patience. To support and maintain this provision is necessary for the preservation of unity in the Church. It is not enough to be united in faith, it is not enough to be united in prayer, the fruit of tolerance and patience are cultivated and linked by Love, which is the perfect bond.

Eph. 4:2 speaks of 4 fruits: Humility, Meekness, Patience, and Love. Humility and meekness have to be accompanied with tolerance and patience to deal with people. They are the prerequisite to be able to comfortably support each other in this path that consists of patience. And why this? To “[ENDEAVOR] TO KEEP THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT IN THE BOND OF PEACE” (Eph.4:3), as Paul says.

It is time to put aside those indifferences between the brothers, those who have time not to speak for some friction in the past, others for just or unjust reasons do not dare to go to other camps. And what would we say about that pastor who needs to lay down his life for the sheep? Should he not receive a Christian? An anointed of God? An officer? I think he is not cooperating with the truth if he does not receive them. 3 Jn. 8 “We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.” We believe that the anointed of Christ must be clothed with the fruits of the Spirit.

Col. 3:14 “And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” He is speaking as of a rich garment that covers and gives value and shine to all the others. Note, on all these magnificent qualities, we are asked to be clothed in Love, which is the ligament of Perfection, and the Church must be perfectly united. Love is the bond (ligament that unites perfectly the anointed ones to its Church) ligament, (or bond) that perfects, crowns, and gives value to all the other virtues. Without the girdle of love, all other garments are useless, that is, they sell the body dangerously, loosely, remember, “When you feel love, you will do the whole work.” Love is the fulfillment of God’s law because love does not do the neighbor, but what is good, Eph.4:2, “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love…” Remember, the necessary provisions for the preservation of unity here in the Church are 4 and are cultivated and linked by Love, which is the perfect bond.

First, Paul mentions 1) Humility, which means in a few words, “the feeling of smallness”, recalls that being humble in heart is praised, Mt.11:29 “…learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart… “ even in the very Son of God, Phil. 2:6. And smallness, (not “baseness” since it involves a low moral condition) is recognized as the indispensable basis for the exercise of genuine humility, Lk.1:48.

2) Meekness, Mt. 5:3,5 is the daughter of humility – just as irritation and rebellion are daughters of pride. Look at the scriptures, which in the Old Testament, Meekness was the specific virtue of the good Israelites who patiently suffered their ill-treatment, and instead of personally taking revenge on this unjust behavior of others, they took refuge in the Lord. In the New Testament it refers almost always to the activity which the servant/Christian is to keep in relation to others, 1 Cor.4:21; 2 Tim. 2:25; Tit.3:2, it is an indispensable requirement, not only to be endured but also for mutual subjugation, Eph.5:21 “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

Humility and meekness are virtues of those who want to live in Christ’s likeness, it is required in a total and constant manner for the specific attitude Paul mentions, Eph.4:2 “…forbearing one another in love” Therefore we see that what Paul indicates here is that humility and meekness are constantly accompanied by Patience, which leads us to think that he speaks of long-suffering, breadth of mind, patience to deal with people—these are the prerequisites to be able to comfortably support each other to the Church, synonymous with long-suffering, tolerance.