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

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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

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Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving day.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” – Psalm 107:1,8-9

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Why Jesus Chooses Us

I chose you_jpg“You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, in my name.” – John 15:16

I’ve always wondered why God chose me – the least of all people, to become His beloved Son. I certainly did not deserve to be saved or be loved by God. On the contrary, I was the worst of sinners for most of my young adult life. Yet, God loved me despite my sinful lifestyle. He patiently waited for the day that I would repent and cry out to Him for His mercy and forgiveness.

Before I was even born, He chose me for salvation and redemption, for reasons only He knows. Likewise, all of us who are called and chosen by God are saved by grace through faith; we did not earn our salvation since it was a free gift of God ¹.

God’s love for us is pure and immeasurable;
it commenced before the foundations of the world.

Before we had any affection for Him, He loved us and ordained us to be holy and blameless in His sight². Therefore, none of us can boast that we are better or more deserving of God’s love than anyone else because we now belong to Christ. Jesus reminded us of this, “I am the One who chose you, you didn’t choose Me.” For what purpose? So that we can produce much fruit. What kind of fruit? Spiritual fruit that endures into eternity

Some of this fruit is described in the Book of Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Are you bearing good fruit? Have you noticed that your life and character has changed for the better since you received Jesus Christ as Savior? Are you being obedient to His commandments? If so, you are truly one of His beloved children. Ask what you will, in Jesus’ name, and the Father will be pleased to give you the desires of your heart.

– Luis Joseph Castle


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1. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

2. “For He chose us in Christ, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love.” – Ephesians 1:4

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