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Joy comes in the morning

Joy comes in the morning

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5

I have a dear friend and sister in Christ who lost her husband to diabetes and kidney failure. She and her husband pastored a growing Christian church in the Philippines at one time. But when her husband died, she was initially hurt and discouraged. She had to take over as head of her family and church ministry. It was very difficult at first, yet she did not lose hope. She trusted God to be faithful in the midst of her difficult season and circumstances.

“When my husband was struggling with his illness, I asked God many questions” says Rosana. “Why Lord? Why did you take my husband? He was faithful to serve you. He loved you so much!” Then one day I said to God, ‘Let your will be done. You know what is better for my husband.’ Three months of pain and suffering later, God took him and placed him in His presence. And I know today he is enjoying himself in the presence of our Almighty God.”

Eventually, the Lord restored her life and provided for her needs. She is happy and thriving again in ministry by the grace of God.

How about you? Does pain make you bitter, or better?

When you get hurt, do you withdraw into a shell and wallow in self-pity, anger or resentment? Or, do you accept your painful circumstances, trust God to make a new way for you, and give you the grace and strength to be happy again?

Remaining steadfast in your faith can turn the most difficult life experience into a blessing in disguise. God wants us to adjust our bad attitudes and not accept temporary defeat. Instead, we must keep pressing on and moving forward until we win the prize.

The Lord also reminds us that, “we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28

No matter what hurt or pain you’re experiencing today, run to God immediately and pray. He is loving and compassionate, our refuge and strength, a very present help in our time of trouble (Psalm 46:1,2).

– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES


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If God created us in His image

If God created us in His image, are we more like Him, or He like us?

Many of the attributes of the one true God bear similarities to human qualities. However, God our heavenly Father’s attributes are incomparably greater than they are in us. That’s because we are still spiritual infants just learning to walk in the ways of God. It will take us a whole lifetime to be able to make substantial progress.

For instance, if God is love, we are able to love. But God is able to love to a much higher degree and intensity than we can. As we grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ we become more and more like God, manifesting higher and higher degrees of His attributes such as love, goodness, grace, compassion, patience, gentleness, truthfulness, faithfulness, and so on.

The important thing to guage is that our journey in Christ remains in a progressive trajectory, and that it is upward and not downward. If we remain in this pattern then we have the blessed hope that one day we shall become as He is.

– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES

“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are being transformed into His same image from one degree of glory to another.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18

“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it is not yet revealed what we will be. But we know that, when he is revealed, we will be like him…” – 1 John 3:2

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Come as you are

God says Come To Him As You Are

God says come to Him just as you are.

Sadly, I ran away from God for many wasteful years. It’s not that I didn’t believe in God; I did. But I was a rebel, wanting to live my life in any which way I pleased. I didn’t want God – or anyone else – telling me what I could, or could not do. Long story short, I made a mess of my life and got into all sorts of trouble.

It’s not that I didn’t know better either. I had a good moral upbringing. My parents baptized me when I was a baby in the Roman Catholic church, which I attended throughout my boyhood. But when I became a teenager, I changed for the worse. I got involved with drugs, illicit sex, and all manner of self-destructive behavior.

Fortunately, God never gave up on me.

He sent many Christians into my life to help me, and to teach me about His love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. I finally repented and received Christ as my Savior and Lord. I was “born again” and experienced a radical life transformation by the power of the Holy Spirit. It was the best decision I have ever made. As I look back now I wish I had done it sooner and avoided so much pain and suffering which I brought upon myself.

One of the reasons I ran away from God for those many years is because I wrongly believed God was angry at me. I pictured Him ready to strike me down with a lightning bolt and send me to hell for eternity. That wasn’t the case at all; I had a distorted view and understanding of God. I discovered that He was not a cruel and vengeful God, but merciful, forgiving and loving. Like a good Father, He was patiently waiting for me to recognize the error of my ways and come to Him for salvation and deliverance.

What about you?

Are you ready to turn your life over to God? Have you had enough of your rebellious living and self-inflicted unhappiness? Why not come to Him today? He will receive you just as you are. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past. God has been patiently waiting for you too with His open arms of love and forgiveness. Pray and ask Jesus Christ to become your Savior and Lord. You’ll be glad you did!

– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES


“And the Spirit and the bride say, COME. And let him that hears say, COME. And let him that is thirsty COME. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” – Revelation 22:17

“All that the Father giveth me shall COME to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” – John 6:37


 

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I opened a gift this morning

I opened a gift

I opened a gift this morning. It was the blessing of another day of life. Thank you Lord.

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24

Every day is a gift from God. There’s no guarantee of tomorrow, so let us give God thanks for each day, see the good in every day, and make the most of it.

God gives us the exact experiences we need in life to help us to know that His Divine hand is in everything. May we recognize that no experience in life is simply random or coincidental; it is all a part of God’s plan to help us to grow closer to Him and to recognize His Love and be joyful.

The small things that sometimes get us down melt away when we remember the blessing of being alive to live another day in fellowship with God and one another.

– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES

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A mother’s unchanging love

A reflection of Gods love

As we reflect on the love of our mothers on this annual Mother’s Day celebration, let us remember that God Himself created our mothers and fathers too. He is our Creator and we are all His beloved children.

That special bond that exists between mother and son, or mother and daughter, did not happen by accident. God deliberately placed His unchanging love in our mothers to be a reflection of His own love for us. The Psalmist reminds us of this fact when he wrote these words:

“But you, O LORD, are a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” – Psalm 86:15

Was your mother merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness? Mine was, and I hope yours was too. That’s because God placed those character qualities in them. He also wanted us to learn by their example and become the same kind of parent with our own children.

Abiding in God’s love

Finally, Jesus tells us in John 15:9-12 how to abide in God’s love – by being obedient and faithful children, that our joy may be full. “As God the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES


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Do not grow tired of doing good

Do not grow tired of doing good

DO NOT GROW TIRED OF DOING GOOD

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. For at just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” – Galatians 6:9

In contrast to the forces of Satan and his evil followers who are always busy doing hurt and causing suffering in the world today, the apostle Paul exhorts us Christians to do good always. The Bible also tells us to bless, and not to curse, to render evil to no man, to be instruments of peace where there is strife and turmoil, and to never get tired of laboring for God’s kingdom.

Yes, I know sometimes we get weary. Sometimes we feel discouraged and fatigued. Sometimes we feel that no one appreciates us (I admit I feel this way sometimes). But we must keep going and continue to move forward, for God appreciates everything we do for Him.

Stay the course

“Stay the course” is a phrase used in the context of a war or battle, meaning, to pursue a goal regardless of any obstacles or criticism. It is a nautical metaphor for maintaining a constant, unfaltering course while navigating throughout our lives in the practice of our Christian faith.

Do not let your hands hang down through lukewarmness or in slothful labor, or in timidity or fear. Keep doing good in everything you can.

Jesus our Lord has promised that we will eventually reap a bountiful harvest for ourselves – and for others – if we do not give up.

– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES


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What does the cross mean to you?

What does the cross mean to you

What does the cross of Jesus Christ mean to you?

To some people, the cross is a symbol of their religion. To others, it is a decorative ornament you wear around your neck. But to us who believe and have a daily relationship with God, it should remind us of how much Jesus Christ loved us; that he suffered and died on the cross to pay for our sins. He who did not sin, died for those who did, so that we would could be forgiven.

The Romans used the cross as a brutal method of executing crimininals. Although Jesus was no criminal, He allowed Himself to be crucified to pay for my sins and for yours. We are all sinners in need of salvation.

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard of perfection.” – Romans 3:23

When God first created mankind he was perfect. Adam and Eve lived in a perfect world without sin, without pain, without sickness, and without injustice. But afterwards, sin entered into the world and we became sinners. Every generation born after Adam and Eve were born with the inclination to sin, and the world became contaminated with sin. That’s why we have so many problems today.

But God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue us from our sinful ways. In order to become perfect again we have to be “born again” and die to our sinful ways – by believing in the message of the cross. We can be justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin on the cross. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus sacrificed his life and shed his blood for us (Romans 3:24-26).

Will you believe it? Will you accept God’s free gift of salvation through faith? Pray right now, and ask Jesus Christ to become your Savior and teach you how to live a perfect life according to God’s standards. It’s not easy to be perfect; it takes lots of practice. But with God’s help and power, it is an attainable goal.

– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES

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If a man lies to his wife

If a man lies to his wife

If a man lies to his wife, he will lie to everyone else.

Faithfulness in marriage requires love, integrity, and devotion.

Men: God will test your trustworthiness by how faithful you are to your wife. Love them as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her.

Jesus said, “Whoever is faithful in small matters will be faithful in large ones; whoever is dishonest in small matters will be dishonest in large ones” – Luke 16:10

– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES


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Some people create their own storms

Some people create their own storms

Some people create their own storms and then get angry when it rains.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

“In this life, we have to make many choices. Some are very important choices. Some are not. Many of our choices are between good and evil. The choices we make, however, determine to a large extent our happiness or our unhappiness, because we have to live with the consequences of our choices.” – James E. Faust.

Adam and Eve made the wrong choice to believe the lies of the devil and disobey God. They committed sin and died spiritually. However, God forgave them and restored their lives (Read Genesis 3:1-24).

You can receive forgiveness today too. Ask Jesus Christ to become your Savior and Lord of your life.

– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES

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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
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES

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