Humble yourself in the sight of God


Humble yourself in the sight of God

Humble yourself in the sight of God and He shall lift you up.

Have you ever heard of the expression, “Proud as a peacock?” It is used of a person who is self-centered or has too high an opinion about themselves. They strut about with excessive self-esteem and look down upon others who they perceive as inferior to them.

An exaggerated opinion of yourself

The apostle Paul warned the Christians in Rome about their sin of conceit and a wrong attitude of superiority. He wrote:

“I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of yourself more highly than you ought to [not to have an exaggerated opinion of your own importance], but to rate your ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.” – Romans 12:3

We are living in an age where men are lovers of themselves more than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:2). Modesty and humility is considered to be a weakness. If someone is meek and humble in character, they aren’t considered to be a “go-getter” or someone to be admired.

Actually, the opposite is true. The prideful person is an offense to God. God opposes the proud but gives more grace to the humble (James 4:6). God calls us to be modest, unpretentious and sober-minded people, not thinking more highly of ourselves than we should. We should not be condescending towards others and treat people with the same dignity and respect that we wish to be treated.

The humility of Jesus

The life of Jesus is our greatest example. Although Jesus was the Son of God and fully divine, He willingly humbled Himself in order to indentify with humanity and bring salvation to His elect people. He treated everyone – rich or poor – with equal respect. Therefere, after finishing His work on the cross, God the Father, highly exalted Jesus, as He will also exalt us if we follow Christ’s example.

“And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:8-11

Let us not be proud and haughty as many people are today. They strut around like peacocks showing off their money, expensive clothes, and other material possessions, and caring only for themselves. History teaches that many men have had their fortunes come to nothing because they became prideful and selfish and did not humble themself before God.

Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, made this mistake once, and he later regretted it. The Bible tells us that when he became proud of the kingdom he’d built and began boasting about it, God humbled him with mental illness. Because of his arrogance, he lost his mind and became like a beast. He even lived with the animals of the field, and ate grass like oxen. After 7 years, God restored his mind once again and He was able to repent of His pride and give God the glory. You can read the entire account in Daniel chapter 4.

So let us always walk humbly before our God and give Him the glory for all the blessings He his has bestowed. Let us also deal compassionately with others and be merciful to those who need our help. We must not forget the words of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who taught us that “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:5-8

– Luis Joseph Castle

#SinOfPrideAndArrogrance #ImportanceOfHumility #HumbleYourselfBeforeGod #Thankfulness #Gratitude #Compassion


One day God will send the right soulmate

The right soulmate

One day God will send the right soulmate into your life and you’ll understand why it was worth the wait.

A soulmate is a person with whom you form a connection so strong that you are drawn to them in a way you have never encountered before with anyone else. You experience a love so deep, strong and complex, that you begin to doubt that you have ever truly loved before. This will involve similarity, love, romance, comfort, intimacy, sexuality, spirituality, compatibility and trust.

Was it worth the the wait? You bet.

Should you settle for anything less? Of course not.

Is God trustworthy? Absolutely!

– Luis Joseph Castle

“Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act.” – Psalm 37:7

“For this is the will of God: your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality…” – 1 Thessalonians 4:3

#WaitingOnGod #FindingYourSoulmate #AbstainingFromFornication #MoralPurity #OurBodiesBelongToChrist



From Leah: “Well, I’m still hoping and praying.”

From Elena: “I’m praying for God to give me an honest man who loves God.”

From Gwyndal: “Amen.”

From Rosana: “I am relying on God’s will for me. The Lord knows what is best for His children.”

From Pezlo: “I had a fiancee before from Las Vegas. We stayed together for 4 years but he cheated on me.”


Is it a good idea, or a God idea?

Is it a good idea or God idea

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Is it a good idea, or a GOD idea?

Did you know that sometimes good ideas can turn out to be a disaster? Yes, it happens all the time. I must confess that it has happened to me – more than once or twice.

I have learned to be very careful about making a final decision to go ahead with something before I’ve had a chance to really pray about a so-called, “good idea.” I have made a number of bad choices because I have relied on simple feelings and logic, instead of on God’s direction.

Many times we think instructions to do something are coming from God, when in reality, they are coming from a satanic source. The devil is a master at deceiving Christians in order to get us out of the will of God for our lives. Many bad or foolish decisions – and actions – get blamed on God when people say, “God told me to do it!” 1 John 4:1 tells us, “Don’t always believe every message you hear just because someone says it is a message from God; test it first to see if it really is.” And, in James 5:15 we also read, “Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

So before you make an important decision – especially a life- altering one – make sure you have prayed about it for a good long time. You need to make sure that God is indeed behind it before you go ahead. Learn how to discern God’s voice, because sometimes, it can also have eternal consequences.

A good idea is only good, if it’s also a “GOD idea.”

– Luis Joseph Castle

#DiscerningGodsWill #PrayAboutEverything #SatanicDeception #DoNotTrustYourFeelings #OrLogic


My God Shall Supply

My God shall supply


Today, are you concerned about some financial need? Maybe you need to pay off a debt, or meet some monetary commitment? Do not fret nor worry; talk to God about it in prayer. God the Father is faithful to take care of His children’s material needs, as well as their spiritual needs, as you present them to Him.

When we are in union with Jesus Christ and His divine fellowship, we will experience God’s unreserved provision in ALL things.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” “My God shall supply all your needs according to His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6;19


God has said, “Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10). It reminds us, that, if God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, EVERYTHING belongs to God. Even the wealth of the wicked is stored up for His righteous children! Oh, you of little faith, is it too hard for God to take care of your material needs too? Would a loving father allow His children to go hungry? Of course not.


In addition, the “supplying of every need out of the riches” of God’s love also has its consummation in the glory of the future, for “No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, neither has entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Humbly pray and present your needs before your heavenly Father today. Stand in faith upon the promises of God’s love and mercy. Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.

– Luis Joseph Castle

#GodWillSupply #FinancialProvision #JehovaJireh #GodsRiches #FutureGlory



Jesus Lives!

Jesus Lives


Resurrection Sunday is the most important holiday of the Christian faith. It is the day we recall and show respect for the greatest event in human history – the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is still alive today and rules heaven and earth as King of kings, and Lord of Lords. Praise be to God in the highest!

– Luis Joseph Castle

#JesusChristIsAlive #ResurrectionMessage #JesusAppearsToHisDisciples #JesusAscendsBackToHeaven


“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but did not find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said He was alive.

Afterwards, when Jesus was at the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight.” – Luke 24:19-31


“After His death, Jesus presented Himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while He was eating with them, He gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized witha water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Then they gathered around Him and asked Him, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates God the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’

After Jesus said this, He was taken up before their very eyes to heaven, and a cloud hid Him from their sight.” – Acts 1:3-9


By Constant Self-Discipline

By Constant Self Discipline


BY CONSTANT SELF-DISCIPLINE and SELF-CONTROL you develop greatness of character and avoid much pain.

In today’s hedonistic mindset of, “If it feels good, do it”, the concept of SELF-DENIAL and SELF-DISCIPLINE seems quite strange. That’s because many people are bent on seeking to satisfy every imaginable carnal pleasure – such as drink, drugs, parties, and sensuality without considering the long-term consequences of such a lifestyle.

We must never forget that not everything we desire is good for us. There are many things that appear to be pleasurable to our senses that must be avoided, since they are actually self-destructive and eventually will cause us great pain.

For instance, if we overeat or eat the wrong kind of food we will ultimately get fat and die from a heart attack. If we smoke cigarettes, we will develop lung cancer. If we sleep too much, we get lazy, and our muscles atrophy. If we indulge in sexual immorality, we will ineviatably contract some form of deadly disease, and so on.

Therefore, not every form of desire, passion, or whim is actually good for us. We must be careful to make wise choices.

It is true that God wants us to enjoy life to the the fullest, but He has also warned us against self-indulgent living, and to abstain from certain things which will do us harm.

“If you live after the hedonistic desires of the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the evil deeds of the body, you shall live.” – Romans 8:13

The word mortification means putting to death the evil inclinations of the mind and body. It requires self-discipline and self-control. It is a continual process that every Christian must engage in on a daily basis. Only those who keep the Law of God will enjoy a long, happy, and prosperous life, as well as eternal life in heaven. In doing so, they will develop greatness of character and avoid much pain.

– Luis Joseph Castle

#SelfDiscipline #SelfControl #ObeyingGodsLaws #LiveLongAndProsper





Yucca with Mojo Sauce

One of my favorite dishes. Yucca is a delicious root vegetable – much like a potato – which is rich in carbohydrates, fiber, folate, vitamin C, and potassium. Yucca is also known as Cassava root. The Mojo Sauce adds a lemony-garlic flavor to top it off. Thanks to my aunt Isabel for this recipe.

Let me know if you like this recipe. Enjoy!


Peel and clean 1-1/2 lbs of fresh Yucca root, halved and in chunks. Boil in water for about 5 minutes. Pour in cold tap water to shock it into softness (“El Susto”), continue to boil until tender to a fork.


1 teaspoon salt
1 lime juice
6 garlic cloves
1/2 cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped fine

Mash garlic cloves into salt with mortar and pestle (or use food processor).

Add garlic, lemon juice, and onions to olive oil in a separate pan, heat until bubbling, then pour over yucca.

Toss yucca & sauce “lightly” cooking to saute over medium heat; till barely brown but not CRISP!


#HealthAndWellness #Recipes #Yucca #Cassava


Happy Palm Sunday

Happy Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is the day that we remember when Jesus entered into Jerusalem, one week prior to His Crucifixion and resurrection from the dead.

The Bible tells us that Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem where a large crowd gathered rejoicing and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road for Him, giving Jesus royal treatment as their King. The hundreds of people shouted:

“HOSANNA (adoration, praise, and joy) TO THE SON OF DAVID! BLESSED IS HE who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Today, Jesus Christ is still the King of kings, and Lord of lords, over all heaven and earth! If you believe it, say, “Amen.”

– Luis Joseph Castle


#PalmSundayCelebration #JesusIsKing #JesusIsLord #Hosanna


ZECHARIAH 9:9 – “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

JOHN 12:12-19 – “The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! ” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”“Blessed is the king of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”

LUKE 19:11-44 – Jesus told His disciples, “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ” Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.” They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”


A gentle answer avoids anger

A Gentle Answer

“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words stirs up wrath.” – Proverbs 15:1

God wants us to be gentle people and peacemakers. It is not enough to avoid unnecessary arguments and strife, but when others try to begin a fight with us, we should try to deflect their harsh words with a gentle answer.

If we respond to harsh words with more harsh words, it raises a passion and flames the fury.

The general principle is to avoid contentions with others that commonly arise from pride, ambitions, jealosy, and sinful emotions, and try to preserve the peace – as much as possible. Matthew Henry once said, “A right cause will be better pleaded with meekness rather than with passion.”

– Luis Joseph Castle

#ChristsResponseToMansAnger #BecomeAPeacemaker #AvoidArgumentsAndStrife #ASoftAnswer