Faith Versus Problems.

God does not deliver us from facing everyday problems…

He did not deliver Daniel from reaching the lions’ den, but closed their mouths. Nor did He prevent his friends from being thrown into the overly lit furnace, but did not let a single hair of theirs burn.

Those who aspire to riches, prepare for persecution:

‘… “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life”’ (Mark 10:29-30)

Whoever thinks that to follow and serve the Lord Jesus means they will be free from their problems, forget it.

Whoever thinks that to be filled with the Spirit of Peace means they will be free from problems, also forget it.

The peace of the Holy Spirit is in the inside, not the outside.

However great the spiritual or material blessings may be, problems will always exist. They are part of a life with or without God. There are no time-outs from problems here on Earth.

One thing is certain: God has given us tools capable of overcoming any and all problems. Glory be to Him for this!

‘…rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.’ (Romans 5.2-4)

Which means that in the same way we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory, we should also rejoice during our everyday problems.

These problems are what teaches us, in practice to have perseverance, experiences of faith and how to conserve our faith. This signifies the materialisation of supernatural faith.

It is the deserts that matures and prepare the servants of God.

If Jesus had to be taken to the desert by the Holy Spirit in order to be prepared, how are we able to avoid it?

Faith is not only the tool for glorious achievements, but also for defence.

The power of choice

The power of choice is mine, and its consequences cannot belong to others.

It is not fair to make bad choices and blame others for the bad consequences.

God gave us the power to choose good or evil, to obey or disobey.

Nobody is perfect, but obedient people pursue perfection. These are the people that the Spirit of God seeks to serve Him.

Integrity and righteousness, fear of God, and fleeing from sin have been virtues found in the character of those who exude the good perfume of the Lord Jesus.

1 – Integrity and righteousness: has to do with the way you treat others. It’s not just about being honest, but also not wanting for others what you don’t want for yourself. (Matthew 19.19)

2 – Fear of God: has to do with being faithful to God. (Malachi 3.8)

3 – Fleeing from evil: escape from all forms of sin or unrighteousness. (Job 1.1)

What’s the use of doing the Work of God, and having a bad character? Before God, a bad character is like having bad breath. Unbearable.

If the Work of God consists of destroying the work of the devil, how can you destroy the works of the devil when you’re living in partnership with him?

It is better to be or exude the good perfume of the Lord Jesus Christ than to make perfume.

God of 100%

When we speak about having a relationship with God, we can use the clear example of a husband and wife. No husband will be satisfied with having half of his wife, and likewise no wife will be satisfied to share her husband’s love with another woman. If either husband or wife only gives only a part of themselves, sooner or later that relationship will end. But why? Because we as humans do not accept partial commitment. We want all or nothing at all!

When it comes to God, do you think things are any different? Of course not! Let us talk about tithes for example. Unfortunately, many people have the wrong idea of what it means to tithe. Thinking things like, ‘tithe is only 10%’ or ‘tithe is only money that I need to give to a church.’

But in reality friends, tithes is our faithfulness to God. It is that “wedding ring” of recognition that we are married to God. Think with me, is God a God of only 10%? Is He a God that will only give you 10% of Himself, and keep the other 90%? No, He is a God of 100%!

With God, it works like this: all or nothing! He is not after your money, He is not after your 10%. What He is after is your faithfulness. As you honor God with the first 10% of your increase, He blesses the remaining 90% that you keep. But you need to surrender 100% of your life to Him still!

“But if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.” (Nehemiah 1:9)
See how it works? Perhaps all your life you have been last, you have been forgotten and despised, but now you know the secret to change your story. Learn to be faithful to God in everything, making Him your number one, and He will lift you up to a place He has chosen for you!

May the God of the Bible bless you

Bishop Bira Fonseca

What makes Mount Sinai special?

 

When we refer to Mount Sinai, the first thought that comes to mind should be its holiness. God descended upon Mount Sinai and turned it into a great symbol of His covenant with man.
That is why God warned Moses, saying,
“THE PLACE WHERE YOU STAND IS HOLY GROUND.” (EXODUS 3:5)

 

Has the holiness of that place been removed?

This is strictly dependent to your faith. According to my faith, Sinai is the same today as it was in Moses’ days. The meaning of Sinai refers to a “desolate place’; or a sad and forsaken place. God chose Sinai due to that quality, which matched His people (the Israelites in Egypt), who were despised, just like those who are despised by society today. Sinai, once considered a desolate place, has become the most respected of all mountains.
God works the same way with those who are despised by the world today. As it is written: “HE RAISES THE POOR OUT OF THE DUST, AND LIFTS THE NEEDY OUT OF THE ASH HEAP,

 

Campaign of Faith
Journey to Mount Sinai

 

During the last months of 2019, The Universal Church held in all its temples in more than 120 countries the “Campaign of Mount Sinai”. Throughout the campaign, all those who revolted against the enslavement of the problems in their lives launched themselves completely into the Altar, seeking the materialization of God’s wonders.

With requests in hand, 12 bishops made their way to Mount Sinai to cry out to God for those who put themselves in sacrifice to change their lives.

 

The Biblical Meaning
of the Holy Oil

Olive oil has great significance as it symbolizes the presence of God and the Holy Spirit. With him, kings and priests were anointed according to God’s will. The millennial element always appears in the Holy Scriptures also in times of consecration and sacrifice. Contact with the oil made the elements sanctified (read Exodus 40: 9).
(Leviticus 14). The Lord Jesus, when He was on earth, commanded His disciples to use the oil to deliver and heal people wherever they went and did so (Mark 6:13). And it is also a fundamental element in the head of a servant of God.
“At all times let your clothes be white,
and the oil on your head never fail.”
Ecclesiastes 9: 8

 

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Will 2020 be the same or transformed?

Everyone wants their lives and families to be transformed from water to wine, but how does this happen? Just as it happened with the first miracle performed by the Lord Jesus:

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. John 2.1-2

The Lord Jesus was only able to transform the water into wine because He was invited to the wedding. As long as you do not invite Him into your life, leaving behind your ideas, opinions, and religiosity, making yourself void, He cannot do this glorious work.

And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” John 2.3

There is no way, sooner or later, the party and the wine will come to an end. Then comes the hangover, the guilty conscience, the bill to pay, and the emptiness continues!

Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” John 2.4-5

Mary left us the valuable tip that we must obey the teachings of the Lord Jesus. Her attitude in commanding the servants to obey Him shows that the Lord Jesus was above her. We should always give ALL HONOR, OBEDIENCE, AND GLORY TO THE LORD JESUS, AND NO ONE ELSE!

Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. John 2.6-7

We are like these waterpots of stone. When we come to the Presence of God, we are full of wills, religiosity, opinions, and sins, but our lives are actually empty. The water placed inside the waterpots represents the Word of God that must fill us completely so that we can rebuke the doubts and evil thoughts that arise.

And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” John 2.8-10

The interesting thing is that the transformation from water to wine happened on its path between the servants and the master of the feast, this is, we must keep on the path of obedience during all of our lives, because as long as we walk in obedience, the transforming work of the Holy Spirit happens.

The wine represents the Holy Spirit, who gives us flavor and life. First, He manifests within those that are waterpots of stone, so that everyone else can taste the transformation that took place within us.

The beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. John 2.11

So for sure, 2020, 2021, 2022… will be filled with the manifestation of God’s glory in your life, regardless of whether someone wishes you a happy new year or not. You already have the new wine quenching you day after day!

Contributed by: Bishop André Cajeu

First Things First

Have you had this experience with someone that only remembers you in their time of trouble or their time of need? Once your phone rings and you see that name you already know they are in trouble or they need something from you.

If we are human beings and we recognize such a person, don’t you think that God identifies the same thing. And how do you think He feels about it? Of course, God is merciful and comes to the aid of many who only call upon Him when they need help. But this kind of person will only receive the crumbs (little blessings) and never the bread (the true miracles).

If you put God first, then He will put you first. As it is written,

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

(Matthew 6:33)

Many only remember God when they are in trouble and fall into the pit. Then they say, “Oh my God help me.” But by then it’s too late. When they were okay, they didn’t remember God.

I advise you to do something different this year. Start making simple changes that will show God that you are putting Him first. For example, first thing in the morning, before doing anything, talk with God through prayer. Take time to read His Word each day (which is the only true way to know Him). Put Him before your spouse, children, job, hobbies and everything else.

I’m not telling you to become religious, but I’m telling you to put “first things first” as they say. Just like in life we all put our priorities first. Make your relationship with God your number one priority. If you are willing to do it, I can guarantee you that you will have a great year and a great life.

And if you need an extra bonus… you will also gain eternal life.

May the God of the Bible bless you

Bishop Bira Fonseca

BELIEVE OR TRUST ?

 

 

What good is it to believe and not trust?

Most people don’t know the difference between believing and trusting.

How many people have been deceived because they believe in the Bible but do not trust in it?

They believe in Jesus but do not trust in Him?

To believe and to trust sound almost the same in today’s language, but in the original New Testament writings, in Greek, the verb to trust means so much more.

Believing is like giving someone a vote of confidence for a while. Trusting is like giving a vote of confidence forever, regardless of the circumstances.

We can say that believing is like dating without commitment, and trusting is like a marriage without divorce.

In biblical terms, trusting involves total dedication to the person you believe in. This means honoring the words of commitment made on the Altar until death.

In the comments left on my blog, I’ve noticed that many people have believed in Jesus but haven’t trusted in Him. They are more concerned about receiving than giving.

Receiving the Holy Spirit, receiving peace, receiving joy, speaking in tongues, receiving a new life, receiving, receiving, and receiving …

The same is true in regards to marriage: there is a stronger desire to be happy than to make the other person happy. This happens because they believe in each other, but they do not trust each other. This is why so many marriages have been a living hell.

The life of many false Christians has also been a living hell.

What is the use of having the faith to conquer the riches of this world but not having the faith to trust (give) your life to the Lord Jesus?

The devil enjoys and revels in the life of those who are dishonest because they use lies, deceit, and hypocrisy.

They want a new life, but they don’t want to give up their old one;

They want to receive first, but they do not want to give first;

They want to reap, but they don’t want to sow.

Impossible!

Until these “Christians” learn to give, sacrifice, and surrender, they will never learn to receive.

If they don’t have faith to trust and obey through the sacrifice of their lives, how will they have faith to receive Salvation?

The Lord Jesus was very clear:

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water”.

John 7.37-38

Spiritual thirst is characterized by emptiness in the soul. To be quenched, you have to go to Jesus and surrender to Him 100%.

When this condition is met, the person immediately receives the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

Believing in Jesus requires total surrender of life.

“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me”.

Luke 9.23

This doesn’t mean that you’re going to turn away from your obligations and live in the church. Instead, it means that the will of the Lord Jesus is a priority in your life. Before your family, your loved ones, your own life, your reputation, your name, etc. He has to be the center of your attention.

What kind of relationship have you had with Him?

Have you believed or trusted in Him?

There’s no point in trying to deceive Him because He knows your innermost being.

He knows if you just want to date, flirt, or be His lover. But He also knows those who want a commitment for all of eternity.

May the Lord Jesus be glorified in your life!

Bishop Edir Macedo.

Learn how to make 2020 the best year of your life.

For many people December is the last month, and so they don’t even attempt to do anything big or make any big changes in their life.
They think, “no one is hiring right now, it’s the end of the year”, or “I do plan to start my business, but I will wait until January”. Others feel depressed and spend the entire month crying over what they didn’t accomplish during that year.

But for those who live by faith, this month is THE month for them. It’s not a month to sit and wait, it’s a month to challenge the Word of God and determine a change in your life now. And in the year to come, even more breakthroughs. God is telling you;
“The end of a thing is better than its beginning;” ( Ecclesiastes 7:8)

God has no calendar, even in December He can bless your life and do something amazing in your life. Because God is greater and can do great things even in the end of a year. In the Bible verse it says there that the end will be better. Your end of the year will be better than the beginning was.
Some people just look at the problems and don’t see all that God has planned for them. Maybe you say, “today is the last day on my job, I got laid off… so is this better than yesterday?”

I say, yes it is, because now you can go and find another job, an even better job than the one that you had, you can go open your own business and become an entrepreneur!

The point is, many times you have to lose in order to wake up, you have to be shaken to wake up and to do something new. So let’s go ahead and make this last month the best. Make it even better than the eleven months that have already passed this year, because God is with you and when He is with you, you are an overcomer.
DECEMBER IS YOUR MONTH

Holy supper

A special New Year meeting will also have a more important church ceremony: the Last Supper. “At the last minute you will have the cup and bread representing the Body and Blood of Jesus. The last thing you will do this year is eat bread (the Body of Jesus, suffering anguish, hunger and thirst) and the first thing you will do in 2020 will be to take the chalice, the Blood of Jesus.

 

The special celebration will take place on December 31 at 10:30 pm.

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The ark of the covenant in Canada.

 

Last Sunday, October 27, we had the great day of victory in Canada with the entrance of the Ark of the covenant. There was unforgettable moments with miracles and most importantly salvation.

     ” The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household”.

(2 Samuel 6:11)