Monday, 21 July 2014

40 Thoughts — Conclusion

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Posted: 20 Jul 2014 10:07 AM PDT

Part of the series “40 Thoughts of Jesus.” View all previous here, but first learn how the purpose works here.

King David said:

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand. Psalm 139.17,18

This is exactly how I feel when I consider the Thoughts of Jesus. Like the finest gold, the most precious gem… they expand my mind, take me to places, make me like a giant; and when I think I only know some among the infinite amount of them, more numerous than the grains of sand…

Yes, you only knew 40 Thoughts of Jesus here. Imagine yourself scooping up a handful of sand, setting aside 40 grains and throwing away the rest. Imagine these 40 grains of sand in your hand. Now, imagine all the grains of sand in all the beaches of the planet. The Thoughts of Jesus exceed this number. The wisdom of God, His advice for our life, and His mysteries and revelations are countless; one of them alone is capable of changing your life. A divine inspiration, an idea, can bring you insurmountable riches and success. They are up for grabs, waiting to be discovered by anyone who would like to know them.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7.7,8

Consider what you have learned during these 40 days just an appetizer, a small sample for you to taste. He has a whole banquet prepared for you.

When we started this challenge, I said you would find, “…secrets hidden between the lines of the Gospels. Pearls waiting to be discovered. New revelations from ancient scriptures that have long been memorized. It will be a revolutionary experience. But I must warn you: your mind will never be the same again!” I believe that the goal has been reached. Now, why stop here?

I suggest that from the conclusion of these 40 days, you should apply one or all of the following steps:

1.     Select two or three Thoughts that had a stronger impact on you. Read them every day and strive to apply them in your life until they become an integral part of you. Be persistent.

2.     Review the 40 Thoughts. If you could not properly digest what you read, go back to the beginning and read them all over again [find all of them here]. Your learning will be strengthened and better assimilated.

3.     Start to read the Gospels regularly. You may purchase a Bible with the Words of Jesus in red (see if you like either this or this one, for example). This way, it will be easier to know when Jesus is the One who is speaking. This is the kind of Bible I used during these 40 days to help me find the Thoughts.

4.     Evidently, continue visiting this blog. Whether you have been with us for a long time or just found out about this blog through this challenge, access it daily. Here, I am sharing with you over one thousand posts about faith, spiritual intelligence, relationship, men, parents and children, money, and other inspirations. Besides being free, you will become more attractive and appealing, your teeth will get whiter and people will like you more… like my mother, for example.

5.     Connect with us. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, iTunes… everything here. Like it and follow it. Thank you.

I want to thank all who have followed this challenge faithfully. Keep sharing it with your friends. And if you remain a faithful reader of this blog, when the 40 Thoughts of Jesus become a book, you will be the first one to know.

May His Thoughts be with you, always!

 


Sunday, 20 July 2014

Thought #40 — Shine!

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Posted: 19 Jul 2014 08:06 AM PDT

Part of the series “40 Thoughts of Jesus.” View all previous here, but first learn how the purpose works here.

 

Go back home to your own people, and report to them how much the Lord has done for you and how He has had mercy on you. Mark 5.19

A man lived in torment for a long time, possessed by evil, which made him aggressive towards others and himself. He reached  the point of attempting harm against his own life and lived in the graveyard. Finally, Jesus set him free. Seeing that he was well, he insisted that Jesus would let him follow Him. The Lord replied with the words above.

Why is it that Jesus did not allow the man to follow Him?

Actually, He allowed him, but in a different way; every time that man told a friend what Jesus had done for him, he was following Jesus. Every person who knew about his past and saw him healed, would also know about the existence and power of Jesus. Following Jesus is not only about enjoying the good life He gave you.

The Lord had expressed the same Thought in other words when He said, “let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5.16)

A part of being a follower of Jesus, being a Christian, is to share the good that God has done to you. Whatever He gives you is not for you only; but it is to be shared, spread, and announced with the strength of the sunlight at noon; it is not supposed to be kept and enjoyed only in private. He wants to reach others, and he is in a hurry to do that. There is a lot of darkness in this world; there are many people suffering and dying for not knowing what you learned during these 40 days.

For this reason, if Jesus has done a great thing to you and you are very grateful to Him and happy about it, there is a way that He would like you to thank Him: spread this light in the good that you do and seek for an opportunity to tell everyone what He has done for you.

When you shine, He shines!

Application: Convince at least three people to start the 40 Thoughts of Jesus challenge. Tell them how it helped you and motivate them to participate. Spread the word. Tell others your experience. Start a chain of good!

Out of all the 40 Thoughts, which one helped , changed or moved you the most? What are you doing about it? What if someone whom you convince to do this challenge becomes a follower of Jesus within these 40 days? What if someone who is far from Him decides to get close? Imagine your joy in knowing that you were used to save that soul. Say what you have done or will do about it and leave your comment about the first question. 

 

IT IS NOT OVER YET: tomorrow the final post with the conclusion of the 40 Thoughts. Do not forget to read it. ​


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Thought #39 — What is that up ahead?

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Thought #39 — What is that up ahead?

Posted: 18 Jul 2014 11:38 AM PDT

Part of the series “40 Thoughts of Jesus.” View all previous here, but first learn how the purpose works here.

 

(Jesus turned to Peter and said:) Get out of my way, Satan! You are like a stone on My path to make Me stumble, for you are thinking like a human being and not like God. Matthew 16.23

Jesus used the expression “Get out of My way, Satan!” more than once. In the original text, the words He used were “Get behind Me, Satan!” —This is an important detail because it has to do with position. Satan positions himself ahead of us — neither beside nor behind, but ahead of us, like a stone in our way to make us stumble.

He wants to block our way, divert us from the path, stop us from advancing, and make us blind so we can’t see what is further ahead.

How many times have you felt that your way was blocked? How many times have you stumbled in your projects and plans? How many times have you given up trying and turned away from a path into a worse one?

How many times have you stopped in the way when you were so close to winning, but you could not see how close you were?

You did not see anyone with horns and a pitchfork in his hands, but you can rest assured that he was there. That is not fantasy or a figment of imagination. Jesus alerted us about the creature who is His nemesis. Therefore, if the devil does not exist, then Jesus was either crazy or a big liar. Ignoring the existence of the devil and his mission of blocking our way is to discredit everything else that Jesus said.

Now, see how Satan used Peter to try to make Jesus stumble: by making him think like a man and not like God; which means to say that one of the devil’s strategies is to make you think like a simple human being and not like God. Do you perceive now, even more so, the importance of absorbing the Thoughts of Jesus?

To think like a simple human being, no matter how intelligent you are, won’t take Satan out of your way; but when you start to think like God, Satan and all the obstacles will get behind you.

Application: Do not exaggerate the devil’s importance, but on the other hand, do not underestimate him. Be a friend of Jesus to overcome this enemy. All by yourself, as a mere human, you will not make it.

Has anyone ever made you feel ridiculous for believing in the existence of the devil? Have you been taught to ignore him, as if he did not exist? Have you ever felt a supernatural opposition on your path? Why do you believe that thinking like a human may be the devil’s best strategy? Think about it and leave your comment.


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Thought #38 — Healthy body, healthy mind, lifeless life

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

Lose weight now! A diet to lose 3Kg in 5 days! A fast way to gain muscle mass! Coffee prevents cancer! Have the body of a model in three weeks! Anti-aging cream, you will look 10 years younger! The lemon diet – purify your body! Coffee causes cancer!
No, I am not making stuff up nor exaggerating. All these things have been, or still are, broadcast and advertised around us all the time. It sells, because people, in general, are extremely concerned about their body and appearance. It is not wrong to dress well, eat well and take good care of the health. The problem is that people overrate the body but forget that we’re a trinity: body, soul and spirit.
This Thought of Jesus teaches us that we do not live by food and drink alone. A person may have a perfectly healthy, ripped body, and still not have life. What gives you life is not food and physical exercise alone, but mainly the words that come from the mouth of God.
Take as an example the effect that these 40 days have had on you. If you have been following this challenge as suggested, and not only reading the Thoughts of Jesus in a rush, you have certainly received life, direction and energy. And, why have you been feeling like this? Why is it that many of those who have been absorbing these Thoughts will never be the same again? Because the Thoughts of Jesus are nothing but the Words of God; if you feed on them, you will have life.
You may also be very cultured, educated at the best universities, someone who loves to read, very talented, etc. — and still not have life. True life comes from the Words of God. Jesus said that in a different way, “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” (John 6.63)
Be truly intelligent. Listen to what He says.
Application: Take good care of your body and invest in your education — but firstly, and above all else, seek to discover and follow what God says.
Among these three things: taking care of your appearance, acquiring information from various sources, and listening to the Word of God — which one have you been paying more attention to? Are you someone with a perfect health, extensive knowledge, but still unhappy? Why do you think that people are so eager for news and all kinds of information but so reluctant, careless and lazy to listen to the Word of God? What are the effects that these 40 days have had on you? Answer at least one question in your comment.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Thought # 37 The greatest victory

 

Everything is possible to the one who believes. Mark 9.23

Perhaps this is the most unlimited, most inspiring and motivating Thought of Jesus. So much being said in so few words. It opens the doors to imagination. It invigorates the discouraged one and shows us that what we want depends on us alone and no one else.

Oftentimes, the mistake we make is to compare ourselves to other people. We think they are our competitors. We want to be better than, or at least as good as, they are. Then, we rate our performance according to theirs. We’re happy whenever we do better than they did, and we’re sad when we don’t. Our thinking is completely wrong, because our biggest competition is in fact, ourselves. We have to be the main focus of what we want to overcome.

How many are those who overcome super strong enemies, but succumb to their own selves? Mike Tyson, the famous American boxer, conquered every title that a boxer can have. He had an astounding career. He pulverized his opponents in the ring, one by one. At times, all it would take were a few seconds. He became a famous, millionaire sportsman. However, outside the ring, Tyson could not overcome himself: he was married and divorced three times, convicted of rape and sent to prison, assaulted people on the street, became an alcoholic and a drug addict; he eventually declared bankruptcy and recently confessed that he almost died because of his addictions. The score of his fight against himself is yet to be decided.

However, we are not better than he is. We all make the mistake of trying to succeed by overcoming the external enemies, but what we accomplish on the outside depends on what we have inside, our faith. What makes everything possible is what we believe, and belief is something that is within each individual. That is why the biggest victory is to overcome yourself.

Using this power, which is within you, everything will be possible for you.

Doubt sees the obstacles, whereas faith sees the path; doubt sees the darkness of the night, whereas faith sees the dawn of day; doubt hesitates in taking a step, faith soars in the heights; doubt asks, “who believes?” and faith replies, “I do.”

What about you, do you believe?

Application: There is faith in you, because it is a gift from God to everyone. Stimulate this faith, exercise it, and put it to work. Overcome yourself and all things will be possible for you.

What if you start to compete against yourself from now on? And, what if you determine to overcome yourself, by each day becoming a little better and greater than the day before? And what if you start to believe that, with God’s help, everything really is possible for you? What would you try to accomplish if you were sure that you would make it? Leave your comment.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Thought #35 — Anticipating, defining, solving


Part of the series “40 Thoughts of Jesus.” View all previous here, but first learn how the purpose works here.

Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat? John 6.5

Jesus had gone up on a hill with His disciples. Before long, He looked up and saw in the distance a great multitude coming toward Him. Anticipating the problem, He asked Philip, one of the twelve disciples, ​​the above question. He already knew what He would do to solve the problem (He already had a solution), but He asked anyway to test that disciple.

What strikes me here is that Jesus was able to anticipate the problem just by looking at the crowd that was approaching. This is a rare skill. Thinking ahead and anticipating what will happen are of great value in all areas of life. If you think ahead and anticipate the problems that can happen, you will be ahead of most people. And so you can take preventative measures or prepare for the inevitable. You are the employee that every employer would pay double to have on their payroll.

Everyone has the ability to anticipate certain things by using logic, intelligence and imagination. Just put your mind to work.

Another important point is Jesus’ objectivity in defining the problem: “Where will we buy food for all these people to eat?” That is, He went straight to the point, quickly, clearly and bluntly. “These people will feel hungry” (problem). “Where will we buy food for them?” (searching for a solution). He wasted no time feeling sorry or blaming others.

One of my biggest frustrations is to work with people who (1) do not anticipate problems, (2) do not know how to define a problem objectively, and (3) have no solutions, only complaints.

To think like Jesus is to do the opposite.

Application: Practice anticipating what can go wrong or happen. From heavy traffic that can cause delays tomorrow morning to how you are going to support yourself when you are old. Prevent or prepare for difficulties. Be objective when you speak—don’t stall or beat about the bush. Focus on results. Define the problem correctly. And come up with solutions, not just complaints.

Can you remember any problem or situation that could have been avoided if only you had thought ahead? Do you have trouble being objective and straightforward? How can you practice objectivity? Are you the whiner who always points out problems but never comes up with a solution? Leave your comments.