I stopped being an atheist

Bishop Edir Macedo,

I am very grateful to you for introducing me to a Faith that I had never heard of, an intelligent Faith. It was through this Faith that I stopped being an atheist.  Yes, I was an atheist, and there was no convincing me that I was wrong.

Whenever I heard someone mention your name or the Universal Church, it made me angry. This is when someone gave me a book, the first volume of Nothing to Lose, which I read with great resistance. It’s impressive because I couldn’t put the book down. I have read the three volumes and was baptized in water here in the Cathedral of Fortaleza – CE.

Rational Faith, In the Footsteps of Jesus, The Faith of Abraham and other books that I read confirm how much God is with you and the best thing I did in my life was to walk into a Universal Church.

I am grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to walk with Him, and I thank you because it was through your life that my life changed. Today, I am almost married, thanks to the Love Therapy meetings. My financial life is prospering, and God is shaping my life.

May God continue to bless you more and more, Bishop Odivan, who is here today in Fortaleza and the other bishops and pastors because they are true messengers of God on this earth.

Regards!

Tiago Jedson

What is written, is Written

What is written?

Everything that the LORD has spoken to mankind. God does not speak nonsense or waste time with empty words. When He opens His mouth, His words have the right direction and never return empty, as He Himself promises:

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55.11

This is, everything that He said through the Prophets will happen, even under the worst circumstances.

When tests come back positive and the doctors give you no hope, what matters is that the Lord took upon Himself our illnesses and our pains… and by His stripes we were healed. Isaiah 53.5. This is written and it is determined!

If the prince of darkness was not able to stand the three “it is written” spoken by the Lord Jesus, imagine illnesses, infirmities and any other schemes that come from hell… Everything is a matter of faith in the Written Promises!

He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16.16

This is not the end

Dear Mrs. Cris,

I would like to tell you about my latest experience with God. I was married for 7 years. My husband was a pastor for 17 years. He was my husband, boyfriend, lover and friend. I was truly happy during those years, but on September 7th, God called him. We fought against medical malpractice for 4 years, and, as you said during one of our monthly meetings, I did everything. I did chains of prayer, campaigns, fasts and Israel Challenges, I gave everything I had and even what I did not have, and my request to God was: “Lord, I want You to restore my husband’s health, and if it is not for him to be 100% healthy, then save him.” I thought about this for a long time before finally putting it down on paper, but I did it, hoping, of course, that his health would be restored.

Several times, various thoughts crossed my mind, such as: “Oh God! He is a pastor and has served the Lord for years, this is not fair!” During the October meeting, God used you and Mrs. Esther to show me that He is God and does not have to give me an explanation about His plans. He knows what He is doing and how He will do it. In my life, I always received a yes from God. Sometimes it took a bit longer, but His response always came in a positive way. However, He showed me that His answer is not always yes. It’s not always what we want, but what we need.

Today I am a young widow, but I am sure that God’s best is yet to come upon my love life. He gave me the best 7 years, I was happy and faithful until the end with the one God trusted me to take care of, but I know this is not the end, but the beginning of a new story, since I am at the disposal of God and the Altar.

I am grateful to God for the life of Bishop Macedo and Mrs. Ester, and I am grateful to them for having given you to us, because you always provide us with your experiences, and gave us the gift of Godllywood. This family welcomed me, both in the midst of the wives and in the midst of the assistants. I am grateful to this wonderful work that today I return to as an assistant, but without losing my focus, which is to please and obey my Lord, wherever He places me.

Everyone looks at me and don’t believe that I am doing this well. They see me as a fortress. It is not easy to go through all of this, but I will overcome and I will get out of this situation a better person, I believe!

Maxsuele Prado

Apostasy

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons… 1 Timothy 4.1

We have seen many people fall away from the faith. Everywhere we look, we find people who have been inside a Christian church at least once and have listened to the Word of God, but have somehow fallen away. We are truly living the last days, but, why is this happening?

These people began well, but in time, instead of perfecting themselves in the Spirit, they perfected themselves in the flesh.

…having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

Galatians 3.3

The number of lost sheep and lost coins inside the house (church) is very troubling, because it is more difficult to remain until the end than to give your life to the Lord Jesus. To keep our name written in the Book of Life is a challenge that few can accomplish.

For these people, Jesus says:

…and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life. Revelation 3.5

How can you keep from falling away from the faith? First you need to know:

… Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. Galatians 5.7-8

The answer lies in becoming enslaved to your feelings. The first sign of life when a child is born is when he cries. This makes mankind a “hostage” of his feelings, which lead him to sin. The only way to be free from this slavery is by being born again.

…Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. John 8.34-35

Now we understand why there are so many who have fallen away, so many lost coins, who came to church, did chain of prayers, received miracles, and even held positions (assistants, pastors, etc.), but never became His children, because they remained enslaved to their feelings, which led them to sin.

The only solution for those who are in the church, but find themselves in this situation, is to be born again.

What about those who fell away? Return as soon as possible and start over again, sacrificing the will of your flesh and becoming sons and not slaves.

Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it. 1 Corinthians 7.21

God bless you!

Eternal Condemnation

He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16.16

What would this condemnation be? Those who have already been condemned here on earth know very well the terrible pain and despair this word carries.

I’ve had the opportunity to speak to people who were convicted of stealing, killing, kidnapping, or making mistakes that caused them to be put behind bars. Some told me that they were sentenced to five, six and even ten years in prison. When I asked them about the day they received their sentence, they all said the same thing with tears in their eyes: “It was the worst day of my life.”

Prison is temporary. Many people even manage to reduce their sentence, whether for good behavior, with bail, lawyers and other means. When a person is condemned here on earth, there are means that will allow him to released from prison. This condemnation is not eternal. It may take a few years, but there is the possibility of freedom.

But when it comes to spiritual condemnation, it is different, because it is eternal. After death, the person will not have anyone else to turn to, he will no longer have anyone to ask for help, he will not have a lawyer and there will be no more freedom.

Nobody likes the idea of being imprisoned, not even for a day. So much so, that when a person receives a 10-year sentence, for example, he goes into despair.
Now, stop and think… if you knew that you would be imprisoned for all of eternity, what would you be willing to do to be free from this condemnation?

Therefore we preach the gospel to all of creation, to every nation, so that no one goes to this place. The ship of Salvation is passing, but if you do not go in it, if you do not pay the price, if you do not sacrifice your life, you will regret it and then it will be too late.

And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. Matthew 25.46

Those who reject this ship today will suffer the grave consequences of their choices on Judgment Day. Each person will receive their sentence, whether it is because of the corrupt and unjust acts they practiced or for their position before God and others.

The condemned will suffer the greatest torments and pains for all of eternity. But the righteous, who accepted to enter the ship of Salvation, will enjoy the Glory of God and live with Him forever.
Seize the opportunity, before you are eternally condemned.
Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Isaiah 55.6

2017 will explode

2016 has ended, and many people were left feeling as though they did not achieve what they intended. Others, with a heavy heart, entered 2017 thinking about problems that brought them much sadness. However, regardless of how the year ended and how the new year began, the Word of God is emphatic in determining:

Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? Isaiah 43.18-19

Now, it is up to you to do the same: forget everything you left behind, and start with self-forgiveness. In other words, forgive yourself for everything and forgive everyone who mistreated you. Throw away into last year’s garbage can all the chains of darkness that bound you. Sorrows, doubts, bad thoughts, bad eyes and everything else that still holds you back, whether it is a recent past or not.

“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.” In other words, you should not beat yourself up over what you did or didn’t do, nor should you blame yourself or blame someone for something that happened. Stop thinking about what has already happened and look towards the target, which is in front of you.

There are only 363 days remaining until 2017 comes to an end. However, there are 363 new opportunities to start over. So start determining today what will happen in upcoming days.

The Lord does one new and greater thing every day, but He asks, “Shall you not know it?” To know the good things that the Almighty has done, we must have good eyes and, above all, faith. Good eyes make us see the same perspective as God, and faith makes us achieve what we see.

Therefore, if you determine right now and begin to take actions that show your faith, I don’t have the slightest doubt that 2017 will be the best year of your life and YOU WILL EXPLODE!!!!

The curse of depression

Depression is neither a fatality nor a condemnation. Depression is the state of despair of the soul.

Unfortunately, those who suffer with depression do not see it as a problem of the soul. And the more acute the level of depression is the greater the soul cries for help.

Symptoms of Depression

Imagine someone who, at a given moment, decides to throw away everything of value in their home. As he looks around, he notices the empty house and thinks to himself: “I have nothing, I will be in misery, I have no future, there is no hope for me, I am lost and I see no other way out except death…”

The feeling of a deep emptiness is the greatest pain for someone who suffers with depression. The symptoms begin with doubt, then come fear, emptiness, deep sorrow, agony and goes on.

Solution for Depression

To deal with depression you must treat the SOUL The only way to treat the SOUL is: TO HEAR the Word of God, MEDITATE on the Holy Scriptures, and ABSORVE the Spirit of the Bible.

The Lord Jesus said that:

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Mathew 4.4

Universal Perfume vs. Universal Thorn

The Universal Perfume song marked our lives. It brought us comfort among the many trials we suffered when we found Christ. The Church grew and became stronger day after day. We saw strong and determined assistants. Pastors overflowed with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. One person’s problem was everyone’s problem. It was a time of faith, innocence, joy, and courage.

However, the growth and spiritual maturity of a Christian passes through steep paths, often dark ones too… When Paul was chosen and sent by God, everything happened very fast. By the hand of Paul, God worked great miracles and the greatest revelations of the Gospel were revealed before the eyes of mere sinners, like us. Everything was happening with great progress. The gospel was expanding throughout the surrounding territories and thousands and thousands of Christians were being saved day after day. Then, one fine day, Paul said:

“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12.7-10

In the last weeks, the Internet was “bombarded” with venomous outbursts made by people that are corroded with envy, resentment, and have a strong desire for revenge, an unhealthy, monstrous, and petty revenge. As I prayed to the Lord for an answer, just as the apostle Paul did: “Please remove this, Lord…” The Holy Spirit said to me, “These are only thorns in the flesh. Do not remain on this platform of slime and rot.”

At this moment, we received a special revelation about what is happening with the fragrant Rose, which is the Church. Why so many simultaneous attacks? The answer is very simple: to make us choose which “route” our faith will take. There are two extreme positions that can be taken in the face of these events: become depressed trying to find a way to remove or prevent this, which is the route of depression; or a position of indifference: So what? I grew and I’m bothering others because of it, which is the route of pride.

Neither path is correct. Feelings of greatness or depression are natural “satellites” of the soul. They are there, spinning, spinning around us trying to get in the way of our faith. We must not allow ourselves to enter these routes, because when we do, we are entering the path of our soul’s feelings, which is a road to an imminent collision for sure. The Holy Spirit invites us to go further, to understand what or who these thorns are: Messengers of Satan. The Internet has been and will be used to spread the perfume, but there are also some thorns along the way. Satan’s Messengers do not measure efforts to look like what they really are: thorns.

So what is the solution? Use a heavenly transport whose passage is guarded by the One that has prepared it since before the foundation of the world. You can go to a place where there is no filth, scorn, where you can escape from being stung by these affronts and blasphemies:

“…and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” Colossians 1.13

Let the Holy Spirit lead you today into this dimension of spiritual maturity, growth, and serenity. Take possession of the one thing that can help save your faith from going down a route of disaster: the Grace of the Lord Jesus.

“…My grace is sufficient for you…” 2 Corinthians 12.9

This was the answer for Paul. Let this be the answer for us too.

Let’s all have a great day!

Why has evil prevailed

Why has evil prevailed in the lives of many people who profess faith in God? Why are the lives of so many sincere believers a living hell, even though they attend church and sometimes even hold a position of trust and prominence among the congregation?

Jesus said:

“…you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16.18

The church that Jesus refers to is nothing less than:

“…a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2.9

The royal priesthood are those who materialize their faith through sacrifice. From the entire Christian universe, God is separating the chosen generation, forming a holy nation, which is made up of those who set the foundation of their lives through the sacrifice placed upon the “Stone” (Altar), which is the Lord Jesus.

To become part of this “chosen generation,” it is not enough to attend a church, be an evangelical, receive a blessing here or there, we have to forsake the values of this world and do the following:

“Then you will lay your gold in the dust, and the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks. Yes, the Almighty will be your gold and your precious silver.” Job 22.24-25

Abraham did this: he laid down “his son, his only son, Isaac,” who represented, besides his past – waiting one hundred years to have him –, his present – being his greatest treasure here on earth, more valuable than his riches –, and his future – because he was the guarantee his lineage would continue. He laid him on the Rock (Jesus) and gave him as an offering. Abraham then became the father of the faith of this chosen generation, to live a life in paradise here on earth and, in the future, in eternal glory with our Lord.

Take advantage of the opportunity that has been given to you, go to this Rock (Jesus) and act by faith. Pour all of yourself onto the Altar without reservations and become the Church of the Lord Jesus, and never, at any given time, will the gates of hell prevail over your life.

God bless you!

The tree planted by the Father

When fire spreads through a forest, everyone runs. All the animals try to escape.

The birds fly to another place. Even the lion, though he is strong, dominant and feared among the other animals in the forest, also runs. The only one that does not run away is the tree.

The fire asks the tree:

—Tree, everyone ran away, so why aren’t you running?

The tree answers:

—I am a tree that was planted by God. You will pass through me, burn my fruits and leaves, but after some time I will flourish again because you cannot burn my roots. My branches, leaves, and fruits will appear again, because the tree that is planted by God cannot be uprooted, or killed.

The Most High will sustain us during all of our lives on this earth.

Whatever fire may come, we will stand firm, because we are trees that were planted by God. So, no matter what situation we go through, our roots are instilled in Him who can do everything.

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing… Psalm 92.12-14

Bishop, God bless you more and more!

Chile prays for you and Mrs. Esther.