The story of the lost son

(Luke 15:11-32)

11-1Then he said, “There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, ‘Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’

12-16 “So the father divided the property between them. It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to feel it. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corn-cobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.

17-20 “That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’ He got right up and went home to his father.

20-21 “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’

22-24 “But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a prize-winning heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.

25-27 “All this time his older son was out in the field. When the day’s work was done he came in. As he approached the house, he heard the music and dancing. Calling over one of the houseboys, he asked what was going on. He told him, ‘Your brother came home. Your father has ordered a feast—barbecued beef!—because he has him home safe and sound.’(…)

Hello dear reader! How are you doing today? I hope you are safe and sound!

Today I want to share a reflection with you, over this famous Jesus’ parable about the prodigal son!

If you are a Christian, you already know that we were all prodigal sons in our lives! This story represents you and I, and how we decide to use our “freedom” to do whatever we’d like! We spent our years and energy satisfying our flesh and at some point, we discovered that the so called “freedom” it is actually slavery!

When we lived as the prodigal son, we became a slave of our own desires and peoples’ opinion, untill it consumed us deeply. Then, there was a moment, probably when we were in the end of our rope, we had to realize that in our Father’s House, we used to have a pretty good life and the best food of all! Finally, we came to our senses and decided to come back, right? Most of us experienced it!

However, today I want to go further in this story and talk about something that God shared with me: More than just bring His sons and daughters back to His Presence, He wants to restitute us!

God’s desires was always that we have what He planned for humankind since the beginning: Communion with Him, identitty as sons and authority over the creation!

If you take a good look in this story that represents us and God, you will realize that, when the son got back home, the Father is not only happy and pleased to receive him bak, he is also willing to restitute the position the son had before: He put sandals on his feet, new and clean clothes and a ring on his finger! He is saying: “You are my found and beloved son, you are part of this family and I’m giving you back everything you left behind: Your position, your identity and the enhiretance and authority as member of this family!

He also gives him a huge party, to declare to everyone that he is receiving his son back, renewing the communion with his once lost son, that now is found! He is happy and proud to have him back in the family.

-Communion:

Since the beginning, what God really wanted with man was communion! He created man and woman and put them in the garden of Eden, where they had daily communion with God! They could hear him cleary and talk to him everyday!

After the fall, Adam lost the direct connection he used to have with God. However, God had already a plan, and through Jesus, He reconnected us with Him, restituing the communion we had in the beginning! How amazing s that? Look what Paul says in Romans 5:6-14:

6-8 Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.

9-11 Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way. If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life! Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!

You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in—first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses. So death, this huge abyss separating us from God, dominated the landscape from Adam to Moses. Even those who didn’t sin precisely as Adam did by disobeying a specific command of God still had to experience this termination of life, this separation from God. But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the One who will get us out of it.

This passage make very clear that God has already a plan for humankind, even before the fall! He knew that we’d need a great help from above to deal with the problem of sin, that makes separation between us and Him. The Father prepared and planned all the history to restore us back to Him, through the sacrificial death of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ!

There is nothing we could do to deserve or achieve this salvation, but God gives freely this gift, thorugh Jesus Christ, that set us free and restores us and sons and daughters! All we need to do to RECONNECT with God is to recognize Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and surrender our lives to Him!

It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This down payment from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.

15-19 That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!

20-23 All this energy issues from Christ: God raised him from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.

That is powerful, isn’ t it? Just let these words deepen in your heart and ask God to make it plain to you!

So, in the next post, I’ll talk about the 2 other things that God wants to restore in us, through Jesus: Our identity as His sons and daughter and our authority as part of His famity, to fulfill the purpose we all have in this life and the life to come, as co-heirs with Christ!

Have a good sunday friends!

A história do filho perdido!

Lucas 15:11-32

“Jesus continuou: “Um homem tinha dois filhos. 12 O filho mais jovem disse ao pai: ‘Quero a minha parte da herança’, e o pai dividiu seus bens entre os filhos.

13 Alguns dias depois, o filho mais jovem arrumou suas coisas e se mudou para uma terra distante, onde desperdiçou tudo que tinha por viver de forma desregrada. 14 Quando seu dinheiro acabou, uma grande fome se espalhou pela terra, e ele começou a passar necessidade. 15 Convenceu um fazendeiro da região a empregá-lo, e esse homem o mandou a seus campos para cuidar dos porcos. 16 Embora quisesse saciar a fome com as vagens dadas aos porcos, ninguém lhe dava coisa alguma.

17 Quando finalmente caiu em si, disse: ‘Até os empregados de meu pai têm comida de sobra, e eu estou aqui, morrendo de fome. 18 Vou retornar à casa de meu pai e dizer: Pai, pequei contra o céu e contra o senhor, 19 e não sou mais digno de ser chamado seu filho. Por favor, trate-me como seu empregado’.

20 “Então voltou para a casa de seu pai. Quando ele ainda estava longe, seu pai o viu. Cheio de compaixão, correu para o filho, o abraçou e o beijou. 21 O filho disse: ‘Pai, pequei contra o céu e contra o senhor, e não sou mais digno de ser chamado seu filho’.[b]

22 O pai, no entanto, disse aos servos: ‘Depressa! Tragam a melhor roupa da casa e vistam nele. Coloquem-lhe um anel no dedo e sandálias nos pés. 23 Matem o novilho gordo. Faremos um banquete e celebraremos, 24 pois este meu filho estava morto e voltou à vida. Estava perdido e foi achado!’. E começaram a festejar.(…)

Olá caro leitor! Como você está hoje? Espero que você esteja são e salvo!

Hoje quero compartilhar com vocês uma reflexão sobre esta famosa parábola de Jesus: O filho pródigo!

Se você é cristão, já sabe que todos fomos filhos pródigos em nossas vidas! Esta história representa você e eu, e como decidimos usar nossa “liberdade” para fazer o que queríamos! Gastamos nossos anos e energia satisfazendo nossa carne e em algum momento, descobrimos que o que o mundo chama de “liberdade” é na verdade escravidão!

Quando vivíamos como filho pródigo, nos tornamos escravos de nossos próprios desejos e da opinião das pessoas, até que isso nos consumiu completamente. Em um determinado momento, provavelmente quando estávamos no fundo do poço, nós finalmente percebemos que na Casa do nosso Pai nós costumávamos ter uma vida muito boa e a melhor comida de todas! Finalmente, recuperamos o bom senso e decidimos voltar, certo? A maioria de nós experimentou isso!

No entanto, hoje quero ir mais longe nesta história e falar sobre algo que Deus compartilhou comigo: Mais do que apenas trazer Seus filhos e filhas de volta à Sua Presença, Ele quer nos restituir!

O desejo de Deus é que tenhamos o que Ele planejou para a humanidade desde o início: Comunhão com Ele, identidade como filhos e autoridade sobre a criação!

Se você der uma boa olhada nessa história que representa a nós e a Deus, você perceberá que, quando o filho volta para casa, o Pai não está apenas feliz e satisfeito por recebê-lo de volta, ele também está disposto a restituir a posição que o filho tinha antes: Ele coloca sandálias nos seus pés, roupas novas e limpas e um anel em seu dedo! Ele está dizendo: “Você é meu filho encontrado e amado, você faz parte desta família e eu estou lhe devolvendo tudo o que você deixou para trás: Sua posição, sua identidade e a posse da autoridade como membro desta família!

Ele também lhe dá uma grande festa, para mostrar a todos que está recebendo seu filho de volta, renovando a comunhão com seu filho perdido, que agora foi encontrado! Ele está feliz e orgulhoso de tê-lo de volta à comunhão familiar.

-Comunhão:

Desde o início, o que Deus realmente queria com o homem era a comunhão! Ele criou o homem e a mulher e os colocou no jardim do Éden, onde eles tinham uma convivência diária com Deus! Eles podiam ouvi-lo claramente e falar com ele todos os dias! Após a queda, Adão perdeu a conexão direta que costumava ter com Deus. Porém, Deus já tinha um plano, e através de Jesus, Ele nos reconectou com Ele, restituindo a comunhão que tínhamos no início! Quão incrível é isso? Veja o que Paulo diz em Romanos 5:6-17:

Quando estávamos completamente desamparados, Cristo veio na hora certa e morreu por nós, pecadores. É pouco provável que alguém morresse por um justo, embora talvez alguém se dispusesse a morrer por uma pessoa boa. Mas Deus nos prova seu grande amor ao enviar Cristo para morrer por nós quando ainda éramos pecadores. E, uma vez que fomos declarados justos por seu sangue, certamente seremos salvos da ira de Deus por meio dele. 10 Pois, se quando ainda éramos inimigos de Deus nosso relacionamento com ele foi restaurado pela morte de seu Filho, agora que já estamos reconciliados certamente seremos salvos por sua vida. 11 Agora, portanto, podemos nos alegrar em Deus, com quem fomos reconciliados por meio de nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo.

12 Quando Adão pecou, o pecado entrou no mundo, e com ele a morte, que se estendeu a todos, porque todos pecaram. 13 É fato que as pessoas pecaram antes que a lei fosse concedida, mas, porque ela não existia, seus pecados não foram levados em conta. 14 Mesmo assim, do tempo de Adão até o de Moisés, todos morreram, incluindo os que não desobedeceram a uma ordem explícita de Deus, como Adão desobedeceu. Na verdade, Adão é um símbolo, uma representação daquele que ainda haveria de vir. 15 Mas há uma grande diferença entre o pecado de Adão e a dádiva de Deus. Pois o pecado de um único homem trouxe morte para muitos. Ainda maior, porém, é a graça de Deus e sua dádiva que veio sobre muitos por meio de um único homem, Jesus Cristo. 16 E o resultado da dádiva de Deus é bem diferente do resultado do pecado de um único homem, pois enquanto o pecado de Adão levou à condenação, a dádiva de Deus nos possibilita ser declarados justos diante dele, apesar de nossos muitos pecados. 17 A morte reinou sobre muitos por meio do pecado de um único homem. Ainda maior, porém, é a graça de Deus e sua dádiva de justiça, e todos que a recebem reinarão em vida por meio de um único homem, Jesus Cristo.”

Essa passagem deixa muito claro que Deus já tinha um plano para a humanidade, mesmo antes da queda! Ele sabia que precisaríamos de uma grande ajuda do alto para lidar com o problema do pecado, que faz a separação entre nós e Ele. O Pai preparou e planejou toda a história para nos devolver a Ele, através da morte sacrificial de Seu Filho amado, Jesus Cristo!

Não há nada que possamos fazer para merecer ou alcançar essa salvação, mas Deus nos dá gratuitamente esse presente, por meio de Jesus Cristo, que nos liberta e restaura a nós e filhos e filhas! Tudo o que precisamos fazer para nos RECONECTAR com Deus é reconhecer Jesus como nosso Senhor e Salvador e entregar nossas vidas a Ele!

“Agora Deus nos revelou sua vontade secreta a respeito de Cristo, isto é, o cumprimento de seu bom propósito. 10 E o plano é este: no devido tempo, ele reunirá sob a autoridade de Cristo tudo que existe nos céus e na terra. 11 Além disso, em Cristo nós nos tornamos herdeiros de Deus,[c] pois ele nos predestinou conforme seu plano e faz que tudo ocorra de acordo com sua vontade.

12 O propósito de Deus era que nós, os primeiros a confiar em Cristo, louvássemos a Deus e lhe déssemos glória. 13 Agora vocês também ouviram a verdade, as boas-novas da salvação. E, quando creram em Cristo, ele colocou sobre vocês o selo do Espírito Santo que havia prometido. 14 O Espírito é a garantia de nossa herança, até o dia em que Deus nos resgatará como sua propriedade, para o louvor de sua glória.“(…)

“É o mesmo poder grandioso 20 que ressuscitou Cristo dos mortos e o fez sentar-se no lugar de honra, à direita de Deus, nos domínios celestiais. 21 Agora ele está muito acima de qualquer governante, autoridade, poder, líder ou qualquer outro nome não apenas neste mundo, mas também no futuro. 22 Deus submeteu todas as coisas à autoridade de Cristo e o fez cabeça de tudo, para o bem da igreja. 23 E a igreja é seu corpo; ela é preenchida e completada por Cristo, que enche consigo mesmo todas as coisas em toda parte.“(Efésios 1:9-14/19-23)

Isso é poderoso, não é? Apenas deixe que essas palavras se aprofundem em seu coração e peça a Deus para torná-las claras para você!

No próximo post, falarei sobre as outras 2 coisas que Deus quer restaurar em nós, através de Jesus: Nossa identidade como Seus filhos e filhas e nossa autoridade como parte de Sua família, para cumprir o propósito que todos temos nesta vida e na vida futura, como co-herdeiros com Cristo!

Bom domingo amigos!

Shall we go?!

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life…” (2 Timothy 1:7-9)

Hey friend! How are you doing today? I hope you are having a good sunday.

Yesterday was a special day! I don’t know if you are aware of this event, but yesterday was the gathering of The Send in Kansas City and it was amazing! I mean, I was not there, I was watching online with some friends, but it was powerful!

This movement, if you don’t know about it, it is a movement of prayer and evangelism that was born in the hearts of several leaders of different countries/movements and the goal is to activate every Christian to go to the fields and preach the Good News of Christ, with passion and authority! It is so powerful, I have to admit that my heart burns for this goal and I was very glad to join in the Send 2020, that happend here in Brazil!

However, my purpose with this post it is not to talk about The Send ,specifically, but to share the need that we Christians have for community! I mean, the whole message is very powerful and necessary, but yesterday during the event, Francis Chan said something really important: It is not only about being send to the fields, but to have a life grounded in God, through a life that involves community(fellowship with the local church) and submision to the Word of God!

It is very easy to embrace this idea of “Let’s start a revolution. Let’s change the world!” but it is very easy to miss the point when you are moving in your own desires and strength! We can easily say: Yes, let’s go, let’s do it! But it is very tricky when we are moving on the wrong perspective!

It is not easy to be patient and understand that we need to take one step at the time! I remember when I was in this DTS school, I experienced a lot of miracles and new things with God and was amazing! But after I came back home, I felt frustrated for a while, because it is hard to slow down and come back to a “normal daily life”. Sometimes, we go back to our local church and we want to change everything, we struggle to connnect with people and the culture of our church.

However, what I’ve learned these past few years is that God is patient and He wants us to be patient with us and the whole process we are being submited!

He wants to be our Lord, partner and guide in everything we do, but it takes time for us to understand that, a life grounded in God’s Word takes time to show the results we want so bad to see!

There is a proper time to everything: To grow roots, to become more mature in our spiritual walk with God, to fruitify! Only on the other side of the “line” the results we expected to see will show up, but we need to be patient!

What I want to share here is that, if you have a passion for the Gospel, with you want to go to the nations, to be a leader or maybe a businnes man or woman to contribute for God’s kingdom and glory, that dream need to be sow, watered, daily cared for and it will grow, but it takes time!

Second, we are not called to walk alone or in our own strength! I have to say that I struggle with this sense of community for a long time! Even for years after I gave my life to Christ, I struggled to connect with others Christians, to let people be part of my life!

Part of the reason was because I was hurted by people and I needed to be healed first! But also because, I had this individualistic sense deep inside, that made me believe for a while I didn’t need people to accomplish my dreams and goals!

That is a big mistake. We can’t accomplish anything great without help, without a good leadership in our lives! First, we have to submit to God’s ways and timing for us, and that part can be very tough and frustrating! If you are a stubborn kind of person like me, you know what I mean!

I suffered a lot before I realized that, I din’t have all the answers or the autonomy I’d like and I needed to submit to God and to the people He put in my life!

So, if you struggle with this kind of rebellious feeling, I encourage you to surrender it to God quickly, so you don’t have to suffer like I did! Submit your mindset, your feelings and beliefs to Him and watch Him change you from the inside out! It is not a easy choice but is totally worth it!

Don’t let your past and traumas isolate you from the body of Christ! We need to walk together in submission and partnership. Like God healed and helped me to see things in a diffrent perspective, I believe He wants to do the same thing for you. You just need to open the door and let Him in!

Yesterday, while I was watching to the Send, I realize how amazing was the work of God in my own life. For a long time, I felt so disconnected from people, so alone in my struggles and, yesterday I was surrounded by good friends!

Friends that God gave me during my walk with my local church, and that makes all the difference in my life! It is so powerful and encouraging to have people we trust and can share our burdens, pray with, laugh together. I am really grateful to Jesus for this gift in my life!

I know that some day my season will change again, that He will send me in a different direction, but till them, I will enjoy the opportunity He gave to be part of His body here and now. I know that I am learning new lessons in every season, with the challenges, opportunities and people He puts in my life!

So don’t feel discouraged, don’t give up! If your dreams are not fulfilled yet, if you are feeling frustrated or isolated, just remember that God is with you, helping you in every battle and every season of your life and, eventually, it will change! New people and opportunities will arrive in your life and you will be ready to receive it!

Just remember that we are all being shaped, challenged, purified by the fires of adversities, but it is not the end! It is just a process and we will succeed, in Jesus name!

Have a great day friends!

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” (1 Corinthians 12:12-20)

Why is unity so powerful?!

“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. “My prayer is not for them alone.

I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”John 17:13‭-‬23 NIV

This was one the the last prayers of Jesus before He got betrayed and arrested!

We can realize through His Words that He was interceding for the spiritual health of His followers. He cared about how the disciples, and also the gentiles, would live after his departure!

He interced mostly for 2 things: That we, his followers, would be santified by the Word He spoke and left as an example and, how it would affect us, so we could be made ONE (one body under his rule, the head) through the same mindset and way of living!

He say that two times: Father, make they one as we are ONE. May they be in us and we in them in unity!

So, why UNITY is so important?

When people walk together in comunion, in the everyday life, that shape the way we think, talk and live!

Through unity of thinking, we can affect, and, ultimately, change the enviroment we live in, changing it’s culture!

Jesus made it very clear that “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”(Matthew 12:25)

Why is that? Because we are weak and easily influenced by everything that surround us! If we walk with people that has different perspectives and principles we going to be affected and ultimately changed in our ways.

For example , if you walk in a everyday basis with a pessimist and rovolted person, soon you going to be reproducing their thoughts and sayings and that will affect the way you live!

That”s why we need to be imersed in the culture of the kingdom of God!

When we walk alone or in the wrong enviromemt, we get weaker and isolated from the kingdom mindset and culture, that’s why the bible made it very clear: We need to walk together with those that share the same faith and face the same strugles:

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?” Ecclesiastes 4:9‭-‬11 NIV

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.” Acts 2:42‭-‬44 NIV

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 NIV

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:11 NIV

I could go on with so many examples, but those ones already made clear that unity brings a lot of benefits! It encourages us to keep going when we are feeling down, walk in union multiply our efforts. Unity also brings the Presence and favor of God!

In times of so much divison and hate, even among the so called Christians! Let’s stand up in truth and love! Jesus said that the world would recognize Him when the Love between us was real and solid!

We can decide to live above all the diferences we may have, theologicaly, political, cultural. Whatever it might be, we can choose to keep the Word of God alive, despite of it all!

I hope that encourages you to love all the people God put in your life, despite the struggles, so you could be salt and light in this fallen world! That’s what we are called to be, friends!

Let’s keep the mindset and culture of the God’s kingdom alive, encouraging one another every day! “Together we stand, divided we fall!”

That’s all folks. Have a great day!

Por que a unidade é tão poderosa?!

Agora vou para Ti, mas digo essas coisas enquanto ainda estou no mundo, para que eles tenham toda a minha alegria. Eu lhes dei a tua palavra e o mundo os odiou, pois eles não são do mundo, como eu também não sou do mundo. Minha oração não é que você os tire do mundo, mas que você os proteja do maligno. Eles não são do mundo, assim como eu não sou dele. Santifica-os pela verdade; sua palavra é a verdade. Assim como você me enviou ao mundo, eu os envio ao mundo. Por eles eu me santifico, para que também eles sejam verdadeiramente santificados. “Minha oração não é apenas para eles. Eu oro também por aqueles que acreditarão em mim através de sua mensagem, para que todos sejam um, Pai, assim como você está em mim e eu estou em ti. Que eles também estejam em nós para que o mundo creia que tu me enviaste. Eu lhes dei a glória que tu me deste, para que sejam um como nós somos um, eu neles e tu em mim, para que sejam levados à completa unidade. Então o mundo saberá que você me enviou e os amou assim como você me amou.” João 17:13-23 NVI

Esta foi uma das últimas orações de Jesus antes de ser traído e preso!

Podemos ver em Suas Palavras que Ele estava intercedendo pela saúde espiritual dos seus seguidores. Ele se importou com a forma como os discípulos e depois, os gentios, viveriam após sua partida!

Ele intercedeu principalmente por 2 coisas: Que nós, seus seguidores, fossemos santificados pela Palavra que Ele ensinou e deixou como exemplo e, que nos tornássemos UM (um corpo sob seu domínio, a cabeça) através da mesma mentalidade e modo de vida!

Ele disse isso duas vezes: Pai, faça deles um, pois somos UM. Que eles estejam em nós e nós neles em unidade!

Então, por que UNIDADE é tão importante?

Quando as pessoas caminham juntas em comunhão, na vida cotidiana, isso molda a maneira como pensamos, falamos e vivemos!

Através da unidade de pensamento, baseados em princípios e valores comuns, podemos afetar e, finalmente mudar o ambiente em que vivemos, mudando a cultura!

Jesus deixou bem claro que “Todo reino dividido contra si mesmo será arruinado, e toda cidade ou casa dividida contra si mesma não subsistirá.” (Mateus 12:25)

Por que isso? Porque somos fracos e facilmente influenciados por tudo que nos cerca! Se andarmos com pessoas que têm diferentes perspectivas e princípios, seremos afetados e, finalmente, mudaremos em nossos caminhos. Já a unidade de princípios e propósito nos fortalece ao longo do caminho!

Por exemplo, se você convive diariamente com uma pessoa pessimista e revoltada, em breve você estará reproduzindo seus pensamentos e ditados e isso afetará a maneira como você vive!

É por isso que precisamos estar imersos na cultura do reino de Deus!

Quando andamos sozinhos ou num ambiente dividido, ficamos mais fracos e isolados da mentalidade e cultura do reino. É por isso que a bíblia deixa bem claro que precisamos caminhar juntos com aqueles que compartilham a mesma fé e enfrentam as mesmas lutas:

É melhor serem dois do que um, porque eles têm um bom retorno pelo seu trabalho: Se um deles cair, um pode ajudar o outro a se levantar. aquele que cai e não tem ninguém para ajudá-lo a se levantar. Além disso, se dois se deitarem juntos, eles se aquecerão. Mas como se aquecer sozinho?” Eclesiastes 4:9-11 NVI

Eles se dedicaram ao ensino dos apóstolos e à comunhão, ao partir do pão e à oração. Todos ficaram maravilhados com as muitas maravilhas e sinais realizados pelos apóstolos. Todos os crentes estavam juntos e tinham tudo em comum.” Atos 2:42-44 NVI

Portanto, confessem seus pecados uns aos outros e orem uns pelos outros para que sejam curados. A oração de um justo é poderosa e eficaz.” Tiago 5:16 NVI

“Finalmente, irmãos e irmãs, alegrem-se! Esforcem-se pela restauração completa, encorajem-se uns aos outros, tenham uma mesma mente, vivam em paz. E o Deus de amor e a paz estará com vocês” 2 Coríntios 13:11 NVI

Eu poderia continuar com outros tantos exemplos, mas esses já deixaram claro que a união traz muitos benefícios! Nos encoraja a seguir em frente quando estamos deprimidos, caminhar em união multiplica os nossos esforços. A unidade também traz a Presença e o favor de Deus!

Em tempos de tanta divisão e ódio, mesmo entre os chamados “cristãos”, vamos nos firmar na verdade e no amor de Cristo! Jesus disse que o mundo O reconheceria quando o Amor entre nós fosse real e sólido!

Podemos decidir viver acima de todas as diferenças que temos, seja teológica, política, culturais. Seja o que for, podemos optar por manter viva a Palavra de Deus, apesar das divergências!

Espero que isso o encoraje a amar todas as pessoas que Deus colocou em sua vida, apesar das lutas, para que você possa ser sal e luz neste mundo caído! É para isso que somos chamados, amigos!

Vamos manter viva a cultura do Reino, fortalecendo-nos mutuamente a cada dia! “Juntos nos mantemos de pé, divididos nós caímos!”

Isso é tudo pessoal. Tenha um ótimo dia!