Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The worship

“Yet the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. For the Father seeks such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth.” John 4:23, 24
Why does Jesus talk about worshiping God in spirit and in truth?
Many are those who worship Him with their mouths, but in their hearts they are rebellious and disobedient. God desires people who are sincere and not religious, that is, people that glorify Him with their lives. And not people that are worried about pretending something or "complying" with external rituals.
Now I would like to clarify one thing that has been making many people stumble. God is Spirit and therefore his worshipers should not expect to feel emotions or some reaction in their flesh the moment they seek Him. The presence of God is not based on sensations or feelings, but on certainty, in faith.
It may be difficult for many because the human being is accustomed to be guided by what he sees, touches or feels. When we worship God we do not see, touch or feel Him, but we are sure that He hears us.
This is only possible through faith! It gives us the condition of having a relationship with God based on intelligence and not on emotions.
So do not think that when you receive the Holy Spirit you have to feel something, cry, and laugh, etc. but faith in the Word of God that gives you the assurance; this is the rational worship that pleases God.
I hope I have helped to clarify this misconception of many.
Stay in faith!
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Sunday, 19 February 2017

The clash

“Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband. So you have spoken truthfully.” John 4.16-18
The conversation went on and now the Lord Jesus asked the Samaritan woman to call her husband, this way He wanted to confront her sin. His intention was neither to judge her nor to condemn her, but to make her aware of her mistake. We can only repent when we recognize our sin. Sometimes God needs to put his finger on our wound to see our own reality and spiritual condition.
Think now of what God has confronted you, whether it’s your pride, rebellion, evil genius, lies, whatever; do not be afraid of what you may discover within yourself, but propose to give it up forever. Only then you can receive what you are seeking in this Fast of Daniel, the Holy Spirit.
The Lord Jesus wants sincerity. God wants to hear from your mouth what is inside you, as much as He already knows. It was what he did with that woman and she was sincere in her response.
Jesus confronts us to save us. He will never confront you in an accusatory way to overwhelm you, but always with love showing the solution and giving His forgiveness. Who plays the accuser is the devil that accuses you and causes distress and anguish within.
Be sincere with God and I am sure that He will bring the peace you need within you. Read the previous articles on this message:
And leave your comments telling us your experience.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Water

“Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water that I shall give him will become in him a well of water springing up into eternal life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not thirst, nor come here to draw.” John 4:13-15
The physical water represents the pleasures of this world, which even though are very attractive they bring momentary joy and satisfaction. However those who are dependent of the “water” that this world offers are frustrated and disappointed. These pleasures bring pain and suffering.
The Lord wanted to show to that woman the difference between the water she had to offer, momentary and illusory, and the water He has for us, living and eternal water. Those who cannot let go of the pleasures of the flesh cannot receive the Holy Spirit that is seal of our salvation.
Many prefer what is temporary and despise what is eternal. God let us choose, but the decision will always be ours. What is the water that you wish my friend?
Read the previous article, of the study of this chapter, of the Samaritan Woman:

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The request

“A woman of Samaria came there to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”  For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” John 4:7-10
The Lord Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for some water, but He was willing to give her something immensely greater, which is eternal life. He always wants to give us the best, but not everyone is willing to give himself/herself to Him completely.
Jesus showed this woman that she urgently needed this Water because she was unhappy. Truly no one can be happy without the Holy Spirit.
How many are those who have possessions, family, many friends, but their soul remains empty and unsatisfied? They lack the living Water, the Salvation.
Know that all the sacrifices you may make and all that you have to renounce are nothing before what you will receive: the Holy Spirit. So do not think that you are doing much to give your whole life because what you will receive is certainly much greater.
Is your life formless and empty? Ask the Holy Spirit and God is going to give you. Wasn’t it what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman? “You would have asked Him, and He would have given you.” Make the request and He will give you. Do you believe?
Read the previous article, of the study of this chapter, of the Samaritan Woman: The encounter.
We will continue with this study!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

The encounter

“So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, therefore, being exhausted from His journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came there to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” John 4:5-10
Dear friends, I’m going to start a meditation with you, of the woman of Samaria. I will divide it in a couple of posts, so it’s not too long. I hope you follow with me because, I’m sure, it will help you a lot. Normally the Jews walked around the city of Samaria and didn’t walk through it, to avoid problems with that people. But the Lord Jesus overcame the barriers of the religious and social prejudice to reach the woman of Samaria.
Jesus was tired of the travel and asked her for a cup of water when she went to the well. She was admired by his petition because the Jews and the Samaritans didn’t get along. A Jew never received water from a Samaritan let alone from a woman of such a bad reputation. But what this woman didn’t know is that Jesus came to save everyone, and He is above all hostility between people. He didn’t want to accuse her but to save her. Do you think that the encounter was a coincidence? Of course not! The Lord Jesus had already prepared that encounter. He wanted to reveal Himself to that afflicted and rejected woman, with a sad and ashamed past.
In the same way God wants this encounter with you. It doesn’t matter from where you are, what your past is like, or if you deserve it or not. What’s important is that you don’t miss this opportunity. Accept the invite of Jesus so that He gives you the water of life because He doesn’t deny His Spirit to those who ask with fervor and thirsty.
So don’t question like the Samaritan woman did. Don’t ask things like: Lord, do you know who I am? Not so long ago I didn’t even care about You. I don’t deserve it; I did so many wrong things in my life. Who am I to receive such a grace? etc.”
Focus in the objective which is to receive the Holy Spirit; God promised to those who believe and not those who deserve it. Of course you will have to do your part which is to let go of the wrong life; but what is wonderful is that God gives us His forgiveness and the opportunity to start again. He erases our past and forgets our faults.
Do you believe so? Then stop doubting and do what needs to be done, and then He will give you the water of life. What a day!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

What to do in the Fasting of Daniel?

“Then they came to Jericho. And as He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat along the way begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Many ordered him to keep silent. But he cried out even more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. So they called the blind man, saying, “Be of good comfort. Rise, He is calling you.” Throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. Jesus answered him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
The blind man said to Him, “Rabbi, that I might receive my sight.”  Jesus said to him, “Go your way. Your faith has made you well.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the way.” Mark 10:46-52

By reading these verses, it may sound like a common story of someone asking for help; a blind man along the way begging.  But paying attention in between the lines, we can absolve a lot in these few verses and see how we can act:

 1.  Take action – That moment the blind man saw an opportunity to change his like, and he wouldn’t give it away. Shame or being rebuked by the multitude that followed Jesus woudn’t stop him; after all he wasn’t doing anything wrong. He had faith and wanted a miracle. When we are in the right way, wanting what’s right, we fight until the end and we don’t let the opportunites pass by. That’s why you cannot let anything stop you from participating in the Fasting of Daniel. Fight for what you want: the Holy Spirit.   

2. Persevere – Even though they told him to keep silent, the blind man cried out even more. He wasn’t intimidated by the negative words to make him give up.    When you truly want something, you go until the end. The blind man could have thought, “I called once but Jesus didn’t pay attention, I better keep silent now.” Sometimes God wants to see if you really believe. Do the Fasting of Daniel until the end. Do not give up in the middle of the way. Those who give up easily can never conquer anything.

3. Call Jesus attention – The blind man couldn’t see, however he did something for himself. He cried out so much that Jesus seeing his determination commanded to call him. If you really want the Holy Spirit, you must call God’s attention with your faith and change your ways. The Fasting of Daniel is a way to do it.

4. Let go – As we know beggars normally have a garment that they use to warm them up, and also to lay it down on the floor to receive their alms. When Jesus called him, he was sure that his live would never be the same. By leaving his garment behind, he proved by his faith that he would not need it again because he would be healed. He left behind what he had of most important; he let go of it. Do you want to live a new life? Then you must let go of pride, shame, shyness, position, wrong life, etc. all of these must be left behind.

5. Be decided – Even though Jesus knew that he was blind, He still asked what miracle he wanted. The blind man answered, “I want to see.” The same moment the miracle happened, and he started following Jesus ways and not along the way anymore, because his faith took him out of that situation. Jesus knows that you want and need the Holy Spirit, still you must seek Him, do your part, and the miracle will happen.

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God bless you go; we’re still together.

Tânia Rubim 

Monday, 26 September 2016

Third important step

Hi friends, how are you doing? To continue to talk about the important steps for our spiritual life, today I will talk about something that I believe many have even forgotten about: To fast. You know girls, fasting is a powerful tool against hell and when we fast, we get spiritually strengthened and the devil loses his power against us. Have you realized that fasting is everyday being forgotten among Christians? And do you know why this has been happening? Because the devil has been occupying our minds with a thousand things that to fast ends up becoming something for tomorrow.

I remember that when I was lifted as an assistant, every Wednesday, Friday (later changed to Tuesday, the deliverance service) and Sunday were the days that I would fast for the Church. I wanted to consecrate myself, to be in the spirit with God in order to be used by Him to set the people free (and I still fast for the people). And the more I would fast, the stronger I would become. I've noticed that when we fast we are more willing to do things for God. For example, to read the Bible, to go to church, to evangelize, to read blogs and to learn more about God begins to draw our attention and we start to care less about the things of the world. Note that the Bible is full of examples of men and women of God who fasted. Moses, Elijah, Hannah, Esther, and many others fasted. The greatest example is the Lord Jesus who fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. He also teaches us to fast in Matthew 6:16 and Matthew 17:21, He tells us that there are demons that come out only by fasting and praying.

And how should I fast? When? How many hours? Friends, fasting is a period of time where we abstain from food and drink to be in spirit, in communion with God. During this period, we cannot be on the Internet, reading magazines, but we fill ourselves with the things of God. Of course, if you are working or in school, there is no way to read the Bible, but your thoughts can be in sync with God, talking to Him. And you can do the day you want. Below I will give you a few ideas of fasting I have done and how I usually do, okay?

1 – Food  and beverage Fast: We stay  a few hours of the day without eating. But I  always take a little water to not dehydrate myself.  An important tip: If you don't feel good and feel like your blood pressure is dropping because it has been too many hours without eating then close your fasting with a prayer and eat. We have to be smart and balanced, each one of us  know  our own body and we know how long we can fast for, especially you that is going through a medical treatment or taking any medicine, please be wise, ok?
How many hours can we fast for? Well, you can do from midnight to noon, or 12 hours. You can do from 6am to 6pm. You can do on Fridays from 9am to 3pm (the time Jesus was on the cross and overcame the devil). You can do 24 hours. Or you can do fewer hours too. Always ask for God’s guidance and go on your  faith. My husband has done three days of fasting drinking water only, it was his faith and God always honors our faith.
2 - Fasting of vegetables. Daniel 1. Daniel decided not to defile himself with the king's meat and asked to eat only vegetables and water. We can also do this kind of fast,  to eat only vegetables and drink water for a certain period of time.
3 - Fasting of bread and water. Not  bread with butter or cream cheese, lol just plain bread!
4 - Fast of Daniel – To stay away from media and the worldly things. (I would still do it along with food fast).

Any kind of fast is a powerful weapon against the devil, let's take that weapon and use it against him because he  wants to push us away from our Lord. I would like to propose something to you: What about this week you do this test with God? Make a fast on Wednesday, asking to receive the baptism with The Holy Spirit or to be renewed; another on Thursday for your love life; one on Friday to tie up the devil and all of his traps against you and one on Sunday to start a blessed week with our Lord. Or choose the days yourself, according to your needs and next week, come back and tell us about your experience, okay? I am also in the same  faith, for each of you, deal?  Who's coming with me?
 A big kiss to you friends and God bless you and give you strength to continue in this  faith. Kisses.
Juliana Furucho

Translated by: Tatia Oliveira

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