TOP 6 Most Thankful Bible Characters

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Another Thanksgiving Day has been added to our memories! Thanks to the Lord 🙂

I will not write about the usual rutinary ‘What Am I Thankful For’ theme. Of course, that does not mean I am not thankful, because I am. I am thankful for God’s patience with me, my family, friends and church family whom I love deeply. But I’ll write about something a little different. My brother gave me this idea, and I thought it was great. So let’s take a look at people from the Bible who were great examples in the theme of Thanksgiving.

#6 JONAH

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So you might be wondering what is Jonah doing here. We usually do no associate the word ‘thankfull’ with him—at all. Instead, other words come to mind, such as #1 Fearful Prophet who needed anger management therapy. Anyways, we tend to think that Jonah deserved to get sucked up by that whale because he tried to run away from God; but have you read the prayer he offered while in the belly of the whale?

Jonah 2: 9-10 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.”

Just think of it…being in the belly of a huge whale…I would surely be so thankful to God if I did not end up getting digested.

#5 MOSES

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Have you ever been so thankful, that you were inspired to write a song at the moment, and the words and music just came to you without even trying hard?

Well, it happened to Moses after God’s great deliverance at the Red Sea. And the song is one that expresses profound gratitude.

Exodus 15: 4-6Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone. Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, OLord, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.”

#4 FATHER OF THE PRODIGAL SON 

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So the parable is of a son who demands his father to give him his share of his inheritance. He goes and wastes it and when he is broke, he returns to his father. He is dirty, and smelly—and yet his father is thankful and overjoyed to see him, that he does not care about how he is or how bad he smells, but plants a great big kiss on his cheek.

It’s interesting to note this:

Who does the prodigal son represent? Yes, you and me.

Who does the father of the prodigal represent? God, right?

So…can we imply or assume that God is the most thankful person on earth??

I’m sure you and me can both agree that God has many reasons NOT to be grateful for, such as our evil and unruly behavior towards Him. BUT we can see from this parable, that God is truly thankful to see His stray children come back to Him.

#3 MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS

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A virgin pregnancy.

I put myself in her place, and I get scared. Mary was engaged to be married to Joseph, and then she was going to tell him that she had not been with no man, but that she was pregnant? Imagine her sadness when Joseph decided to leave her!

In Luke 1:38, Mary did not seem to be “thankful”, per say. All she said was, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” But later on in the same chapter, we also see that she is so thankful, as she speaks these words: My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.”

Imagine having the privilege of being the mother of Jesus! What an honor!

#2 HANNAH

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I cannot think of a most thankful act, than that of a person who promises to give her son to the Lord.

When little Samuel was weaned, he was taken to the tabernacle to live there and work for in the Lord’s cause.

1 Samuel 2:19Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.”

Can you imagine seeing your little boy only once a year?

Would we all be like Hannah—that when we see all that the Lord has done for us this past year, we can give Him our heart.

#1 JOB

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How can you be thankful and bless God when your loved ones are dead, and everything you have–including your health–is taken from you in one single day?

This happened to Job, and yet he never cursed God.

He said this instead: “…the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

You know, things will not always be smooth and nice for us. Bad times will come; but when they do, may you and I have that strong trust in God that no matter what comes our way, we will still be able to give thanks and smile through our tears.

1 Thessalonians 5:18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  

 

 

 

 

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Le Es Permitido a Un Cristiano Sentirse Con EL Corazón Roto? (PARTE 2)

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COMO FORTALECEMOS LA CONFIANZA EN UNA RELACIÓN MIENTRAS NOS MANTENEMOS EN LOS PRINCIPIOS BÍBLICOS? 

Sabes, aun Dios nos da evidencia. El nos invita a que lo probemos.

Salmos 34:8 

Gustad, y ved que es bueno Jehová;
Dichoso el hombre que confía en él.”

Y como construimos esa relación con Dios? Por la comunicación diaria: oras y lees su palabra, verdad?

Ahora vamos a traducir esto a una relación entre hombre y mujer.

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En una relación, hablas con esa persona especial, compartes tus suenos, lo que te gusta y lo que no, se conocen el uno a otro, y diligente y bien rápido lees esos mensajes de texto que te manda, verdad?

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Y bueno, así como con Dios, esa confianza se fortalece a base de evidencia y pruebas. Poco a poco vas a ver como es esa persona. Durante el camino, van a pasar cosas que te van a dejar ver si esta persona es digna de tu confianza, tiempo, o amor. Y después va a venir ese momento en la cual lo/la vas a poder mirar y saber que puedes confiar en el/ella–pero aun así sabiendo y estando consciente de que el/ella es humano/a, y que al igual que tu, puede cometer un error.

Tu NO PUEDES confiar en un humano así como confías en Dios. Dios es todopoderoso y no te va a fallar. Nombra una vez en la cual Dios ha fallado su promesa. Yo se que no pudiste, porque Dios NUNCA nos falla, y nunca lo hará.

Bueno, ahora…

LE ES PERMITIDO A UN CRISTIANO SENTIRSE CON EL CORAZÓN ROTO?

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Juan 11:35Jesús lloró.”

Mateo 27:46 Cerca de la hora novena, Jesús clamó a gran voz, diciendo: Elí, Elí, ¿lama sabactani? Esto es: Dios mío, Dios mío, ¿por qué me has desamparado?”

Jesús si se sintió con el corazón roto. Se sintió tan angustiado por el gran amor que nos tenia; a ti y a mi. No podía soportar el pensamiento de poder perdernos.

Pero su angustia, no se puede comparar con la que nosotros sentimos. La naturaleza de como uno siente el corazón roto, va algo así:

  • Nunca voy a confiar en los hombres porque aquel fulano me quebró el corazón.
  • No voy a volver a hablar con el/ella porque el/ella me traiciono, y no se merece ser mi amigo/amiga.
  • El/Ella no se merece un ‘Hola” de mi.
  • Lo/La odio.
  • Lo/La voy a quitar de amigo/a de Facebook, y lo/la voy a bloquear.

Ahora mira como Jesús lo mira:

Zacarias 13:6Y le preguntarán: ¿Qué heridas son estas en tus manos? Y él responderá: Con ellas fui herido en casa de mis amigos.”

Apocalipsis 3:20He aquí, yo estoy a la puerta y llamo; si alguno oye mi voz y abre la puerta, entraré a él, y cenaré con él, y él conmigo.”

Juan 15:13Nadie tiene mayor amor que este, que uno ponga su vida por sus amigos.”

Lucas 12:7 Pues aun los cabellos de vuestra cabeza están todos contados. No temáis, pues; más valéis vosotros que muchos pajarillos.”

Isaias 54:10Porque los montes se moverán, y los collados temblarán, pero no se apartará de ti mi misericordia, ni el pacto de mi paz se quebrantará, dijo Jehová, el que tiene misericordia de ti.”

Isaias 49:15-16 ¿Se olvidará la mujer de lo que dio a luz, para dejar de compadecerse del hijo de su vientre? Aunque olvide ella, yo nunca me olvidaré de ti. He aquí que en las palmas de las manos te tengo esculpida; delante de mí están siempre tus muros.” 

Claro que si nos podemos sentir con el corazón roto, nos vamos a sentir tristes y desanimados; pero también vamos a poder perdonar y no quebrarnos porque nuestra fortaleza esta en Dios.

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Mateo 18:21-22Entonces se le acercó Pedro y le dijo: Señor, ¿cuántas veces perdonaré a mi hermano que peque contra mí? ¿Hasta siete? Jesús le dijo: No te digo hasta siete, sino aun hasta setenta veces siete.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are Christians Allowed to Feel Heartbroken? (PART 2)

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HOW DO YOU BUILD TRUST KEEPING WITHIN BIBLICAL STANDARDS? 

You know, even God gives us evidence. He invites us to try Him.

Psalms 34:8 

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” 

And how do we build that relationship with God? By daily communication. You pray, you share and read His word, right?

Now let’s translate that to a relationship.

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In a relationship, you talk with your special someone, you share your dreams, your likes and dislikes, you get to know one another, and you diligently and quickly read those texts and messages that he/she sends, right?

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And just like with God, that trust is built on evidence and proof. By and by you see how that person is. Things will happen along the way that will allow you to see just how true this person is. And then will come that time when you look at that person and know that it is okay to trust him/her, while still being very aware of the fact that he/she is human, and like you, can make mistakes.

You CANNOT trust a human as you would with God. God is all powerful and will never fail you. Go ahead and name one time in which God failed His promise. He NEVER has, and never will.

Okay, so…

SHOULD CHRISTIANS FEEL HEARTBROKEN? 

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John 11:35 “Jesus wept.” 

Matthew 27:46 ” And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” 

Jesus did feel heartbroken. He felt heartbroken because of the great love He had for us; for you and me. He could not bear the thought of losing us.

His heartbreak, on the other hand, cannot be compared to the heartbreak that we humans feel. The nature of our heartbreak goes something like this

*I will never trust men ever again because so and so broke my heart

*I am not going to talk to her/him again because he betrayed me, he/she does not deserve to my friend

*He/she does not deserve my ‘hello’

*I hate him/her

*I am going to unfriend him/her, and block him/her from Facebook

Now take a look at how Jesus looks at it:

Zechariah 13:6 “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” 

Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” 

John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” 

Luke 12:7 “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” 

Isaiah 54:10 “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on the” 

Isaiah 49:15-16 ” Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” 

Yes, we can feel heartbroken, we will feel sad and discouraged–we will cry; but we will also be able to forgive and not fall apart because our stronghold is on God.

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Matthew 18:21-22 “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” 

 

Le Es Permitido a Un Cristiano Sentirse Con El Corazón Roto?

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Bueno, te consideras una/un cristiana/o, verdad?

Entonces que piensas, un cristiano puede sentirse con el corazón roto? Pero que no se supone que los cristianos deben estar felices TODO EL TIEMPO?

Pero piensa, que acaso Elias no se sintió tan triste y quebrantado que le pidió a Dios que le quitara la vida?

1 Reyes 19: 4,9-10 “Y él se fue por el desierto un día de camino, y vino y se sentó debajo de un enebro; y deseando morirse, dijo: Basta ya, oh Jehová, quítame la vida, pues no soy yo mejor que mis padres…Y allí se metió en una cueva, donde pasó la noche. Y vino a él palabra de Jehová, el cual le dijo: ¿Qué haces aquí, Elías? El respondió: He sentido un vivo celo por Jehová Dios de los ejércitos; porque los hijos de Israel han dejado tu pacto, han derribado tus altares, y han matado a espada a tus profetas; y sólo yo he quedado, y me buscan para quitarme la vida.”

Bueno, entonces que tipo de “corazón roto” estamos permitidos tener?

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Pues primero que nada, vamos a contestar unas preguntas.

QUE SIGNIFICA TENER EL CORAZÓN ROTO?

Esto puede pasar en una relación, una amistad, en el circulo familiar y también laboral. Sucede cuando una persona, o personas, te causan angustia, tristeza y gran decepción. Esto puede tomar la forma de una traición, infidelidad o deshonestidad.

Ahora bien,

CUANDO OCURRE ESTA ANGUSTIA?

Esto pasa cuando un acuerdo se rompe. Y este acuerdo puede haber sido hablado o no hablado. Por ejemplo, una pareja puede haber prometido no hacer tal cosa con otra persona, así que cuando la otra si lo hace, pues esa confianza se rompe.

Y después tenemos esos acuerdos que no son hablados. Como por ejemplo, uno asume que nuestros amigos, familiares y padres nos van a cuidar y no nos van a lastimar. Pero pasa que cuando estas personas abusan de su poder, esa confianza termina por los suelos.

Por ejemplo, en una amistad una persona te puede decir que tu le inspiras confianza, que parece que te ha conocido desde antes (aunque no sea verdad), y que eres su mejor amigo/a–pero después te das cuenta que esa persona no era lo que tu pensabas. Tal vez nunca firmaron un pacto de honestidad, pero tu lo diste por hecho, verdad? Bueno, eso es a lo que refiero a un acuerdo no hablado.

Y ahora que hemos visto que significa tener un corazón roto y cuando pasa eso, vamos a ver

PORQUE SE TE ROMPE EL CORAZÓN?

Es muy simple: tu confiaste en una persona mas que en ti misma/o. Así que cuando esa persona(personas) te fallan, pues tu mundo se desmorona.

Te sientes tan angustiada/o porque nunca pensaste que esa persona te iba mentir, o que te iba hacer tal cosa. Nunca te paso por la mente.

Dependías de esta persona para ser feliz, y así que cuando esta persona te decepciono, pues te sientes sola/o y perdida/o.

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Bueno,

Y COMO EVITAMOS ESE DOLOR?

Déjame preguntarte algo: has decepcionado a alguien una vez? Te ha dicho una/un amiga/o que esta decepcionada/o en ti? Si te ha pasado eso, como les contestaste? Me imagino que tu respuesta fue muy valida en tus ojos, verdad? Quizás le pediste una disculpa, y dijiste que no iba volver a pasar y que cualquiera podía hacer un error.

Y eso es lo correcto. Nunca olvides esto—> Los humanos son humanos, y todos cometemos errores. Cuando tu comprendes esto y lo aceptas, no te vas a quebrar cuando la gente te falle.

En Jeremías 17:5 dice, Así ha dicho Jehová: Maldito el varón que confía en el hombre, y pone carne por su brazo, y su corazón se aparta de Jehová.”

Aquí esta claro que cuando confiamos plenamente en un humano, pues estamos mal.

Pero tu me dirás, “Bueno, y que acerca de las amistades y relaciones? Que no están fundadas en la confianza?”

Muy buena pregunta.

Dios nos dice que estamos malditos si pones nuestra confianza en un humano, pero aun así, una buena y sana relación esta construida en la confianza. Que hacemos ahora?

Vamos a confiar en una persona así como confiamos en Dios?

Tenemos que confiar en Dios ciegamente?

Eso me lleva a otra pregunta…

Estén al tanto para la parte #2 que va ser publicada en Noviembre 18, 2016. 

 

 

Are Christians Allowed to Feel Heartbroken? (PART 1)

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Okay, so you consider yourself a Christian, right?

So, what do you think, is feeling heartbroken permissible? Aren’t Christians supposed to be joyful like ALWAYS?

But was not Elijah  so heartbroken that he even asked God to take his life?

1 Kings 19: 4,9-10 

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers… And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” 

Okay, so what kind of heartbreak are we allowed to feel?

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Well, lets begin by answering some questions

WHAT IS HEARTBREAK?

Well, heartbreak can occur in a relationship, friendship, in a family circle or even workplace circle. It happens when a person (persons) causes you great pain, sadness, and disappointment. It can take the form of a betrayal, unfaithfulness and dishonesty.

Now,

WHEN DOES HEARTBREAK HAPPEN? 

It happens when an agreement is broken. And that agreement can be spoken or unspoken. For example, a couple can agree on not doing something with another person, so when the other party does do it, that trust is broken.

Then there is that unspoken agreement where you assume that friends, parents and relatives will take care of you and not harm you. So when that power is somehow abused, trust will be broken.

In a friendship, for example, a person might tell you that you inspire them trust, that they feel they have known you for a long time(even though it’s not true), or that you are their best buddy—but then you realize that they are not who you thought they were. It’s true that you probably never signed a pact of honesty or the like, but you assumed, right? So that is what I mean when I say unspoken agreements.

So now that we have seen what heartbreak is, and when it happens, let us see

WHY YOU ARE  HEARTBROKEN 

It’s pretty simple. You trusted another person more than you did yourself. So when that certain person, or persons, failed you—well, your world basically comes crashing down.

You feel heartbroken because you never expected this person to lie to you, or you never thought he/she would do such a thing. It basically never crossed your mind at all.

You depended on this person for your happiness; so when this person is gone, you feel empty and lost.

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So,

HOW DO YOU AVOID THAT HURT? 

Let me ask you something: Have you ever disappointed someone? Has a friend of yours ever told you that they were disappointed in you? If so, what was your response? I’m sure your response was very valid in your eyes, right? You probably apologized and said that it would not happen again, and that anyone could make a mistake.

And that is right. Please get something straight—> Humans are humans, and we all make mistakes. Once you realize this, and fully accept it, then you will not be so heartbroken when people fail you.

In Jeremiah 17:5 it says, “Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.” 

So it is very clear, that by placing your trust fully on a human being, then you are doing wrong.

But you might say, “Well, what about friendships and relationships, are they not built on trust?”

Good question.

God tells us that we are cursed if we put our trust on men, but still, a relationship is built on trust. So what do we do? 

Well, would you trust a person as much as you trust God?

Are you supposed to trust God blindly?

That leads me to my next question…

Stay tuned for part 2 on November 18, 2016. 

He/She Broke My Heart

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Heartbroken…

Just how does one avoid being heartbroken?

Well, for starters, if we hear counsel, then we would not be in this jumble of problems in the first place. I know that if you hear counsel, then you will avoid yourself many heartaches—believe me. Your parents are right 99% of the time. And I say 99% because your parents can be wrong about a person too. There are some guys who just seem like saints come down from heaven, but then as time goes on, you and parents really get to see who this Mr. Too-Good-To-Be-True really is; or Miss Too-Good-To-Be-True.

But well, the heartbreak is there now. And you feel like all your world has crashed beneath your feet. Your dreams hold no significance anymore, you try to find a reason to get up from bed, and you literally feel like you are in a place where you don’t know where to go or what to do.

You feel lost without this person in your life.

Well, first thing you have to do is stop thinking about all this hurt. What happened already happened, and it’s past. There is nothing more cruel that you can do to yourself, than to continue living in the past. Leave the past alone, pick up your dreams and look to the future. Why will you drown all your hopes and dreams, all because of a person who did not deserve your love?

Another thing to keep in mind is this: do not go publishing your hurt in Facebook. That will only spark a chain reaction of “oh! So sorry to hear that! 😥 .” And all that will do, is put you down. But in order to avoid that, you should not have made your relationship public in Facebook in the first place. As a rule of thumb, I recommend that you not publish anything until your relationship is like SUPER serious. It’s going to hurt you so much to delete all those pictures in Facebook and…you can imagine.

Also, try to help others; don’t go into a reclusive life in order to mourn your misfortune. As you help others, and make others happy, you will find that your heart will heal. Slowly, that smile will come back to your face, and you will realize that you were put on this world for a very special purpose.

You can also take up a hobby to keep you busy. But please don’t go crazy and decide that skydiving is the best way to forget your troubles.

And well, even after all the tips I have given you, the only person who can really heal your heart is God. As your relationship grows stronger with God, you will see in clear light why that relationship failed, and why you had to go through it. You will realize that the heartbreak will only make you stronger and wiser. The next time another guy/girl comes knocking on your door, you will not so easily fall for their charm.

Just remember this: YOU ARE SPECIAL, and the person that is meant for you is somewhere around there, and he/she will come at the right moment. Don’t accept the first guy/girl that shows interest in you. Of course, there is a possibility that that person might be the right one, but what I’m trying to say is that you SHOULD NOT ENTER A RELATIONSHIP just because you FEEL LONELY.

Your heart will heal. Trust me, it will—slowly but surely.

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This article was written in response to a request I received from one of my readers in India. This person asked my opinion on how to deal with heartbreak, and so I thought it was a great idea to share this with all of you. 🙂