Saturday, 22 April 2017

13 reasons to NOT do the Blue Whale Challenge


 
Hi dear friends, how are you? if you have been keeping up with the recent news, you will understand the title of this post, right?
 So, today I would like to teach you first what this is all about and how to overcome it, ok? let's start? First: What are these 13 reasons all about? Well, there is a new series that is attracting the young people by the message of "more understanding and tolerance and less bullying." But on the background it is passing a subliminal message totally erroneous, that with suicide we can fix some things.
There is also the challenge of the blue whale, that consists of 50 obscure challenges, where on the last challenge the winner is the one that commits suicide.  People, what is this??  The challenges of the blue whale are so depressing that the person who follows the instructions to the foot of the letter, in the end will wish to commit suicide. And this new series that seems so "innocent" has triggered a wave of suicide between youngsters that even psychologists warn the ones with depression, etc. not to watch that series because it can motivate them to commit suicide.
Now here comes my question: Why are we hearing the word suicide so much? Do you know why friends? Because a person that commits suicide is condemning herself to hell. Look at what the bible says in Revelation 21: 8  "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars  shall have their part in the lake  which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Yes, murderers, because who attempts  to harm their own life is committing murder, is it not? unfortunately the devil has found a way to quickly take souls to hell :(
Friends, the devil wants souls. He is using many different weapons, arguments and little things "innocent" to sow his foul words in youngsters. Perhaps you ask me: "But Ju, what foul words?  I do not give ears to the devil, oh no way!" Well, all negative words, words of doubt, of sadness, of low self-esteem, etc. All words that bring you down, words of death, those are the words of the devil. And I believe that no person wants to obey the devil, right? but unfortunately this is exactly what has happened,  people have given ears more to the devil than to God, when  they believe the negative words and let them enter their minds and hearts.
Have you noticed that people who commit suicide believe that nobody cares for them, that their problems will never be solved, that there is no more solution for them; that whatever happened with her is irrevocable, hopeless. That if she dies no one will miss her and the world will be better without her; that with her death, others (family members) will no longer suffer because she is leaving an "example" with her death; that if she dies, the pain will end. Who you think fills the thoughts of this person with those ideas? This is exactly the strategy of the devil:  to bombard the minds of people with those type of thoughts, that can start with a silly talk, with a series, with music, with a movie... there the devil begins to fill the head of the person to the point where she  believes in everything and puts an end to her life.
Then how do you overcome those thoughts?  I will give you a very interesting tip I shared with the youth group this week.  Every time  a bad thought comes, a doubt, a  negative thought, imagine the following; an ugly bug, dirty, stinky, with broken wings, with a disfigured face, holding a trident and telling you all those things to you, what would you do if that bug comes to talk to you? You would at least run out asking for God’s help rebuking that, correct? I,  particularly would use God’s authority by faith rebuking it, sending fire until it is out of my sight, sending it back to hell with all my faith and anger against it... and I believe that you would NEVER give ears to what it had to say, right?
Then friend, those negative thoughts is the devil talking to you, everything with a purpose: to make you an infinitely sad person to the point of you wanting to end your own life. Don’t give that taste to him my dear, don’t listen to his words, I am here unmasking his work so that you may have opportunity to have a happy life with Jesus, what about taking advantage of such opportunity?
 I advise you not to watch depressing movies and listen to psychedelic songs, neither see that series... Don’t feed the negative thoughts, and if your mind is full of thoughts like that, then ask God right now to remove them from inside of you. Fill your thoughts with the things of God. Read the books of the Church, listen to Christian songs, read the bible more, learn the songs of the church and every time the devil tries to bring negative words to mind, you rebuke him and burn him by faith and sing a song to the Lord Jesus:)
Whether it is a bad thought or a doubt, remember it is the voice of the devil to destroy you, don’t give ears to that because Jesus says to you: "Daughter, I love you so much. I am always here for you. I want to make you happy."  Isn’t it beautiful, right? our God is wonderful... then, listen to the voice of Jesus, participate more times in the church and truly surrender your life to  God and see how your life will be a blessing!

A big kiss and may Jesus bless you much more...

PS: On the next post we will continue with the series of the young people of the bible.


Juliana Furucho

Friday, 21 April 2017

How to keep the heart clean?



We all like to live in a clean house, wear clean clothes, have our bodies clean and even look at the city and see that it’s clean. Trash and dirt bother too much; the environment becomes ugly, undesirable, smelly and disgusting. To avoid this scenario we do certain things every day, such as: we clean our house, wash our clothes, we take showers, and we don’t throw trash on floor of the city. We do everything we can to keep things clean and scented. To conclude, we do not allow anyone to dirty what we with so much care and effort leave a gleam.
These are the basic rules of hygiene. Everyone knows and everyone should do. When we see someone who does not do it, we think that she’s dirty lol. But what to do when it comes to the interior? How to keep the heart clean in the chaos we live in?
We see and experience so many injustices. We live with false people, there is ruin everywhere. Lies and deception take on frightening proportions, anyway, the world is immersed in evil and nobody is immune. However God wants us to keep our hearts clean. The evil is there but only enters into those who give him permission. He left a wonderful promise to those who have a clean heart:
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8
Have you ever imagined seeing God? Oh what day!
What you need to know, my friend is that to keep the heart clean is your responsibility! That's right, God will not cleanse your heart; you'll have to do it. But how? Rejecting evil, refusing to feed yourself of bad feelings, not allowing bitterness, hatred and revenge to take over you; chasing away malice, evil eyes and anything that may contaminate the purity of your heart, and consequently your faith.
Just like in your house, you throw away the trash every day to avoid bad smell, unwanted little animals and bacteria; you have to do the same with regards to your heart. It must be clean at all times, otherwise the dirt will make it stink and repulsive before God. How could He, a pure Being, dwell in the midst of filth? Impossible!
You cannot stop the evil that is in the world, but you can prevent it from entering and dwelling within you.
Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4.23
Have you faced difficulties and even unjust moments and ended up dirtying your heart? Are you willing to clean it? Be decided and leave your comment bellow.
Or have you ever faced this issue but overcame it? Share your comments as well.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Rivalries!



They exist everywhere: in the family, in conjugal and friendly relationships, in the work environment and even in the work of God. This kind of feeling had already risen in Jesus' days and today is not different.
The Lord Jesus had begun His ministry and was baptizing people. Many people repented of their sins and went to Him to take that step of faith. Seeing this, the disciples of John the Baptist were saddened that the people no longer went to be baptized with John, but with the Lord Jesus. So they brought their complaint to their master.
“They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you bore witness, look, He is baptizing, and everyone is going to Him.” John 3:26
We notice that these disciples were saddened by the success of the ministry of the Lord Jesus. Isn’t it what is happening today? How many people and servants of God get jealous when they see the success of other servants? They get sad because of the blessing of others. In addition to allowing themselves this kind of feelings, they spread it and contaminate others with poisonous comments and full of malice.
But when John heard these words, he rebuked them saying that he was nothing; that he came just to prepare the way for the Savior, and he rejoiced in it.
“You yourselves bear witness of me, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but ‘I have been sent before Him.’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom. But the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.” John 3: 28-29
Let's look at two important things: what we speak and what we hear. Whenever we speak carnal things, we show what is inside of us and the possibility of contaminating others is very big. On the other hand we must filter what we hear.  When someone is in the faith, and listens to something that sneakily wants to infiltrate and create division, rivalry, jealousy, envy, etc., she reacts like John. But if she is not in the faith, when listening to negative words, she can be carried away by them and give rise to feelings or attitudes that displease God.
Do not listen nor feed these things because they will surely destroy you.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Example of a Servant – He was submissive



“He went a little farther and fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.” Mark 14: 35, 36
The moment was agonizing; the Lord Jesus was going to be crucified. By thinking that in receiving the sins of the world, the Father would have to turn away from Him; it was an hour of agony. But our example of Servant did not come to this world to fulfill His own will; and He didn’t because He came with the purpose of fulfilling the will of the Father in favor of the humanity. And things were not easy for Him. On the opposite, he was despised by many, humiliated, treated as a false prophet and condemned to death on the cross; determined to the worst transgressors of the law. The Lord Jesus went through all of this without complaining, without hitting the foot, without giving up and most important without displeasing God, ever.
But many servants have not been like their Lord. They do the work of God according to their own will. They always question the orders of God and want to do their own will. They perform the work not wanting to please the Lord of the work, but looking at them. They complain about the responsibilities, where they are sent, and the direction they receive; in other words, they forget that they are servants and must submit to the Lord. So they contradict what He tells them by doing the opposite or asking for favors from others.
The Lord Jesus overcame because He never allowed Himself to do what He wanted, but fulfill the mission He had received. Being God, he was subjected to live in this rotten and unjust world to execute the plan of salvation.
Have you been doing the work of God according to your will or God’s will?
“For I came down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 6:38

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Example of a Servant – The Work of God was above Him



Those who saw it told them how it befell him who had been possessed with the demons and also concerning the swine. Then they began to plead with Him to depart out of their region. When He entered the boat, he who had been possessed with the demons prayed Him that he might be with Him. Jesus did not let him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you and how He has had compassion on you.” So he departed and began to proclaim in the Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him. And everyone was amazed.” Mark 5:16-20 (if you’d like to read it all, you can read in your bible from verse 1)
The Lord Jesus was visiting a city, and as soon as He arrived He met a man who had been possessed with demons. He was known by everyone for his deplorable condition. He lived in the cemetery, he hurt himself with stones and was often caught with chains, yet no one could calm him down.
The Lord Jesus set him free and when he was seen in perfect judgment by the people of the city, they were terribly frightened and did not want Jesus to remain there. He was prevented from continuing in the city, people were afraid of Him, for having set free the gadarene man from the demons. On the other hand the man was so grateful that he wanted to follow Jesus. But Jesus asked him to stay in the city, so that through his transformation of life other people could be reached and believe. And so it happened.
You see that the Lord Jesus did not think about himself, not even to satisfy the desire of that man, but he thought of the people of that place who could be saved through the testimony of the man who was set free.
In the work of God our will cannot prevail. The priority must always be the work of God and not our desires. The question is:
- Would you let go of people you like to have by your side, for the good of the work of God?
- How many times have you renounced something for something greater?
- Do you see the work of God with spiritual eyes or the eyes of the flesh?
- Can you understand the purposes of God for your life and for His work?
- Do you do the work of God thinking about yourself or the Kingdom of God?
From your answers depends your future on the work of God. All those who do the work of God thinking about themselves, one day will no longer be with us. The work of God is not about our own life; and in practice it demands total renounce of our will. And giving up hurts, but not everyone is willing to feel this pain. Meditate on your intentions regarding the work of God. Just like the name says, the work is His and not ours. Think about it!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

When giving things in God's hands become too hard!



The great human battle is the war between reason and emotion. What to do when your reason says one thing but your emotion says another?
You are experiencing a certain situation, in your mind you know what to do, but your heart screams for something else and you get divided.
You had already decided to give it in God's hands, to not be hasty and impulsive, but you ended up listening to your heart and took control of the matter.
You behaved guided by emotion and things went wrong, so bad that now you don’t know how to solve it!
When we decide to give things in God's hands, we are giving Him control over the situation, but for this we must TRUST. You know what’s best to do, however you have no patience, you don’t trust that He will work it out the best way; perhaps you don’t want to wait for God's time. You want to solve it here and now!
Yes my friends, giving a situation in the hands of God requires you to keep your faith. Perhaps you will not see the answer the next day, or the next month, but you know that He will always do the best and at the best time.
If it has been so hard for you, maybe it is because you still cannot trust or you always end up using your heart instead of your reason; and that weakens your faith.
“Those who trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abides forever.” Psalm 125:1

Friday, 24 March 2017

Example of a Servant - Always warning others



“He warned them, “Take heed. Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.” Mark 8:15
Our example of a servant, the Lord Jesus, always warned his disciples about the danger of bad influences, so that they would not be contaminated by the hypocrisy of the Pharisees.
Yeast represents evil and corruption because it has the power to alter the dough, just as sin alters genuine faith.
In the same way Jesus warns us to watch, to flee from bad conversations, and from people who can contaminate our faith with our words and actions.
How many people have already given up the path of faith? Simply by joining others who were spiritually bad and subtly injecting poison into their innocent hearts. When that person realized it he/she had already bad eyes, bad feelings, bad thoughts and full of malice.
Watch out! Sometimes the wolves come dressed in sheep just to destroy you.
As it is very clear in the above verse, we must guard ourselves. It is we who decide with whom we come together and who we listen to. It is not God who will keep us from these people, it’s us! From the moment we do not join them, we do not listen to them, and we do not follow them.
Do not forget what I always teach here on the blog. If it's not good for your faith, and it's not good for you, so run away!
I would like you to leave your comment bellow. Who has already given up on faith because h/she allowed himself/herself to be contaminated by someone who was spiritually evil?
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