Focus Moment – 6/22/17

Silence and Centering (PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE)

“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10

Confession:

Gracious and loving God, we stand in awe of You. You are holy, You are worthy, You are perfect, You are God. But our hearts often are indifferent, our wills often are enslaved, and our actions betray our confession of faith. We are sinners in desperate need of Your grace and love. Only by Your grace can we stop the misdirection of our lives, and turn ourselves back toward Your loving arms. Embrace us with Your lovingkindness, understand us with Your compassion, complete us with Your redemption. encourage us with Your Spirit. In humility and with thanksgiving, we pray in the Name of Jesus. Amen

SCRIPTURE

Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

DEVOTIONAL 

Our heart – our feelings of love and desire – dictates to a great extent how we live because we always find time to do what we enjoy. Solomon tells us to guard out heart, making sure we concentrate on those desires that keep us on the right path. Make sure your affections are pushing you in the right direction. Put boundaries on your desires; don’t go after everything you see. Look straight ahead, keeping your eyes fixed on your goal. Don’t get sidetracked; watch out for detours that lead to temptation. -Student Life Application

Jeremiah 17:9 says “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Your heart? your heart is the most deceitful? and wicked? But what about all those people that tell you to follow your heart? Why would you want to follow something that the Bible says is deceitful? Proverbs 4:23 provides with the answer when it says “Guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your life”.(NLT) The Bible repeatedly instructs us to guard our hearts. Why? because since the fall (of man through the sin of Adam), our hearts turned away from God and towards sin. We are born with wicked hearts that reject the Lord. When we are saved, a part of the renewing process is renewing our hearts, which means renewing the desires of our hearts and turning them to God. Is it easy? No way! But the guarding of our hearts against sin and temptation is an essential part of Christian living.

Luke 6: 45 says “A good person produces good thing from the treasury of a good heart, an an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” (NLT) See what a crucial role your heart plays in your life? in your lifestyle? In the way that others define your integrity and character?

How do we guard our hearts? The next following verses of proverbs answer that question:
Look straight ahead and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get side tracked; keep your feet from following evil” (Prov. 4: 25-27, NLT). the answer is quite clear, mark out a straight path for your life and stay on it! refuse to get sidetracked by evil, however alluring it may seem. We talked about trusting God to direct your path yesterday. Lay your path before the Lord and trust that he will direct you on it. Hebrews 12:13 speaks of the importance of staying on a clear path, less we stray and cause others to stumble along theirs.

All of chapter 4 talks about learning and growing in wisdom. It is not a coincidence that the chapter closes with the guarding of the heart. It is one of the wisest things that we can do as Christians because from the heart, all of our actions flow. So check your heart! Apostle Paul instructs the Church to continually examine ourselves. Ask yourself these questions:

What parts of your heart do you need to work on to keep in check?
What sins do you struggle with and how can you start guarding your heart against them?
Is my heart a pleasing home for Jesus to live in? Or is it full of smelly garbage that needs to get cleaned out?

REFLECTION QUESTION 

How are you prone to try to please God by your acts, rather than loving Him with all your heart? How will you guard your heart today?

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Focus momento Junio 22, 2017

Silencio y centrado (pausa de 2 minutos de silencio)

“Estad quietos y sabed que yo soy Dios!- Salmo 46:10

Confesión:

Clemente y amorosa de Dios, permanecemos en la reverencia de usted. Eres santo, Eres digno, usted es perfecto, tú eres Dios. Pero nuestros corazones son a menudo indiferente, nuestras voluntades a menudo están esclavizados, y nuestras acciones traicionar nuestra confesión de fe. Somos pecadores en necesidad desesperada de su gracia y amor. Sólo por tu gracia podemos detener la redirección de nuestras vidas y convertirnos hacia tus brazos amorosos. Nos abrace con su misericordia, nos entienda con su compasión, nos completan con Su redención. nos animan con su espíritu. En humildad y gratitud, oramos en el nombre de Jesús. Amén

Escritura

Proverbios 4:23 (NLT)

Guarda tu corazón por encima de todo, que determina el rumbo de su vida.

Adoración 

 

 

Devocional 

Nuestro corazón, nuestros sentimientos de amor y deseo – determina en gran medida la manera en que vivimos, porque siempre encontramos tiempo para hacer lo que nos gusta. Solomon nos dice guardia fuera del corazón, asegurándose de que nos concentramos en los deseos que nos mantienen en el camino correcto. Asegúrese de que sus afectos están empujando en la dirección correcta. Poner límites a sus deseos; no ir después de todo lo que ves. Mire hacia adelante, manteniendo los ojos fijos en su objetivo. No salirse del tema; mire hacia fuera para los desvíos que conducen a la tentación. -Aplicaciones de la Vida Estudiantil

Jeremías 17:9 dice “Engañoso es el corazón más que todas las cosas, y perverso; ¿quién lo conocerá?” su corazón? Su corazón es el más engañoso? Y malvados? Pero, ¿qué sucede con todas aquellas personas que le dirá que siga tu corazón?, ¿ por qué quieres seguir lo que la Biblia dice es un engaño? Proverbios 4:23 se presenta con la respuesta cuando se dice “Guarda tu corazón por encima de todo lo demás que determina el rumbo de tu vida”.(NLT) repetidamente la Biblia nos instruye para proteger nuestros corazones. ¿Por qué? Porque desde la caída (del hombre a través del pecado de Adán), nuestros corazones se apartó de Dios y hacia el pecado. Nacemos con corazones malvados que rechazan al Señor. Cuando somos salvos, una parte del proceso de renovación es la renovación de nuestros corazones, que significa renovar los deseos de nuestros corazones y convertirlos a Dios. Es fácil? De ninguna manera! Pero la protección de nuestros corazones contra el pecado y la tentación es una parte esencial de la vida cristiana.

Lucas 6: 45 dice: “Una persona buena produce bueno desde el tesoro de un buen corazón, una persona mala produce cosas malas del tesoro de un corazón malo. Lo que usted dice fluye desde lo que hay en tu corazón.” (NLT) Ver lo que un papel crucial su corazón juega en tu vida? En su estilo de vida? En la forma en que otros definen su integridad y carácter?

¿Cómo podemos proteger a nuestro corazón? Los siguientes versículos de proverbios responder esa pregunta:
Mire hacia adelante y fijar la mirada sobre lo que está ante ustedes. Marcar una trayectoria recta para tus pies; permanezca en el camino seguro. No consigue desviarse; mantenga sus pies desde la raíz del mal” (Prov. 4: 25-27, NLT). La respuesta es bastante clara, marcar un camino recto para su vida y permanecer en él! Se niegan a salirse del tema por el mal, sin embargo seductoras que parezca. Hemos hablado acerca de confiar en Dios para orientar su camino en el día de ayer. Pon tu camino delante del Señor y la confianza que él le llevará directamente en ella. Hebreos 12:13 habla de la importancia de permanecer en un camino claro, menos nos descarriamos y causar otros a trompicones a lo largo de la suya.

Todo el capítulo 4 habla de aprender y crecer en sabiduría. No es una coincidencia que el capítulo se cierra con la custodia del corazón. Es una de las más sabias cosas que podemos hacer como cristianos porque desde el corazón, todas nuestras acciones de flujo. Para controlar tu corazón! El apóstol Pablo instruye a la Iglesia a examinar continuamente a nosotros mismos. Hágase estas preguntas:

¿Qué partes de tu corazón ¿Necesita trabajar para mantener en jaque?
¿Qué pecados ¿Lucha con y cómo puede empezar a proteger su corazón contra ellos?
Mi corazón es una agradable casa de Jesús para vivir? O está lleno de basura apestosa que necesita limpiar hacia fuera?

Pregunta de reflexión 

¿Cómo estás propenso a intentar agradar a Dios por sus actos, en vez de amarlo con todo tu corazón? ¿Cómo se guarda tu corazón hoy?

Por favor, comparta sus comentarios

Focus Moment – Evening Prayer 6/21/17

Silence and Centering (PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE)

“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10

Confession:

Gracious and loving God,  we come into Your presence asking for Your forgiveness.
Forgive us for aspirations that never get translated into action and for promises that we have not kept.
Forgive us for having good intentions that were not fulfilled and for the good deeds that we never got around to doing.
Grant us a new vision and help us to move from intention to action.  Help us, Lord, to keep our eyes on You and to be faithful in all that we say and do.  In Christ’s Name we pray. Amen.

SCRIPTURE

May He equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to Him forever and ever! Amen.
Hebrews 13:21 (NLT)

WORSHIP

DEVOTIONAL

Isn’t it great that you do not have the live the Christian life by yourself? Isn’t it exciting that God Himself is invested in you and your success in your Christian experience? Imagine a rich business person calling you and saying that they are giving you a business. Then they say, “Besides the business, I am going to give you all the staff, computers, business equipment and customers you need to be successful.” You would hang up the phone, jump up and down and then tell everyone you know.

How much more exciting is it, that God has given you a Holy and eternal mission? More than that, God says that He is going to produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him! God says He will equip you, not with a few things, but with ALL you need for doing His will! So today you can go about your day knowing that everything you need in order to do God’s will is already provided. You can know that God is more interested in producing every good thing that is pleasing to Him in your life than you are. Rejoice, God is committed to equipping you with everything you need for doing His will. Truly, all glory goes to Him forever and ever!

PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your vital interest in me. Thank you for equipping me with everything I need for doing Your will. Please produce in me every good thing that is pleasing to You. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN

Focus Moment- Evening Prayer – 6/19/17

Silence and Centering (PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE)

“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10

Confession:

Dear Lord, You are the King of the world, the Creator of all things, and the Giver of life. You have made us in Your image and invited us to be Your children— the heirs of Your Kingdom—and we give You our thanks and praise. We confess that we have sinned and fallen short of what You would have us be. We have found our identity in earthly things like work, money, family, reputation, our homes, our friends, even our country. We have worshiped them more than You. We have turned away from being part of Your Kingdom work to satisfy our own agendas. We have broken Your heart with our sin, and we are sorry. Please forgive us.

SCRIPTURE

“So think clearly and exercise self-control.- Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires.”  I Peter 1:13-14 (NLT)

WORSHIP

DEVOTIONAL

It is easy to fall prey to our own desires and lusts. I know if I am not careful, I will spend time doing things that are not in my best interest. Peter is encouraging us to live a better way. Now that we know Christ we don’t have to slip back into our old habits. We can count on God to help us with new desires. As we read the scriptures, spend time with God in prayer and keep our conscience clear, He will renew our mind. He will help us “think clearly and exercise self-control”. It is this thinking clearly, this deliberate focused attention on God and His power, His strength, His love for us, that helps us align our thinking with His. It is this deliberate focus and yielding to the indwelling Holy Spirit that helps us exercise the self-control that is crucial to living our lives the way He wants us to. Today, let’s think clearly. Let’s focus on God and His will for our life, then we will exercise our self-control in living this day for Him.

PRAYER
Father, help me think clearly today. Help me exercise the self-control that You desire for me. I don’t want to slip back into my old ways. I want to live for You. Help me to this end I pray. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

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Feliz Día del Padre!

 

Gracias por trabajar, la planificación, el cuidado, la disciplina, la enseñanza, y sí, el aprendizaje acerca de cómo ser el mejor papá puede posiblemente estar.

En un mundo que dice “no puedo”, gracias por decir “puede también!” La mayoría de todos, gracias por ser “Papá” y confiando en su Padre celestial que te guíe en el camino.

Feliz Día del Padre!