Gabi Lupescu – Cum poti sa cunosti voia lui Dumnezeu?

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„…Înţelegi tu ce citeşti ?”… „Cum a-ş putea să înţeleg dacă nu mă va călăuzi cineva ?”
Fapte 8:30,31

Dilema crestinului nu consta in a alege intre un lucru bun si unul rau. Daca este un crestin serios, avand o buna relatie cu Dumnezeu, el va sti intotdeauna sa aleaga ceea ce este bun, curat, nobil, inaltator, util, frumos si spre slava lui Dumnezeu, lasand deoparte ceea ce este rau, vulgar, pamantesc, frivol, urat si degradant.

Dilema apare cand toate posibilitatile pe care le ai in fata ti se par la fel de bune.

Sa presupunem ca ai o zi libera. Cum ar fi mai bine sa-ti petreci acea zi ? Simti nevoia sa te odihnesti, dupa cateva zile stresante petrecute la serviciu ? Nu-i nimic rau in asta… Dar la fel de bine poti alege o carte buna pe care ai cumparat-o demult, asteptand prilejul potrivit pentru a o citi. Dar ce zici de o vizita facuta unui prieten bun, cu care nu ai mai vorbit de multa vreme? Ar fi ceva rau? Nicidecum! Dar daca sotia si copiii iti vor cere sa-i scoti undeva in natura? Ar fi excelent, nu-i asa? Ai putea scrie un articol, ai putea viziona cateva documentare interesante la televizor, ai putea merge la un concert de muzica clasica sau ai putea face o vizita unui bolnav internat… Ai putea profita de timpul liber, incepand un studiu biblic pe care il ai de multa vreme in plan…

Nu este asa ca e greu de ales intre mai multe lucruri bune? Cu toate acestea, dintre multele posibilitati bune, una este cea mai buna. Care sa fie aceasta?

Din nefericire pentru ei, majoritatea oamenilor alearga la surogate pentru a afla cum sa faca cea mai buna alegere intr-o situatie sau alta de viata. Si tot din nefericire, “piata” in domeniu are o gama foarte bogata de oferte. Se apeleaza la ghicitori, vrajitori, clarvazatori, spiritisti; se practica chiromantia, ghicitul in cafea, datul in bobi; se alearga la cartile de tarot, la horoscoape si astrograme, la preoti ce pretind ca au inzestrari speciale de a descoperi viitorul…

Cati oameni insa , atunci cand sunt in fata unei rascruci in viata… alearga la Dumnezeu pentru sfat si calauzire ?

“Oferta” Tatalui ceresc este cat se poate de generoasa in aceasta privinta: “ Eu -zice Domnul – te voi invata si-ti voi arata calea pe care trebuie s-o urmezi; te voi sfatui si voi avea privirea indreptata asupra ta.” Aceasta fagaduinta divina este impresionanta, caci ea raspunde in mod desavarsit nevoilor noastre multiple.
1) In primul rand, aceasta promisiune nu se limiteaza doar la anumite aspecte ale vietii, lasandu-ne descoperiti si fara calauzire in altele. Cand Dumnezeu ne promite ca ne va arata calea pe care trebuie sa mergem, El ne asigura de asistenta Sa in toate domeniile vietii.

Ca sa fim siguri de acest lucru, El ne intreaba prin profetul Ieremia: “Sunt Eu numai un Dumnezeu de aproape, zice Domnul ? Nu sunt Eu si un Dumnezeu de departe? “ ( Ieremia 23, 23 ) Altfel exprimata, ideea este urmatoarea: “Sunt Eu un Dumnezeu care pot calauzi doar in lucrurile mari ale vietii ? Nu sunt Eu si un Dumnezeu care va poate calauzi si in lucrurile mici si neinsemnate?”

Daca atunci cand dorim sa ne intemeiem o familie, sa ne mutam intr-o alta localitate sau alta tara, daca atunci cand ne alegem profesia ne este mai usor sa ne plecam genunchiul in rugaciune, cerindu-I Tatalui ceresc sa ne indrume, cand este vorba de alegeri pe care le consideram neinsemnate este ceva mai greu. Ne simtim destul de intelepti sa ne descurcam si singuri, sau poate consideram ca Dumnezeu este prea ocupat cu marele Sau Univers pentru a da importanta si maruntelor noastre probleme. Dar nu este asa! El are placere sa se implice in cele mai mici amanunte ale existentei noastre, daca si noi dorim acest lucru.

2 ) In al doilea rand, Dumnezeu nu ne obliga sa urmam sfatul Sau. Expresia “te voi sfatui” (nu “te voi obliga”!) ne vorbeste despre principiul libertatii de constiinta la care El tine mult, principiu pe care se intemeiaza intregul Univers. Principiul leninist : “Daca nu stii, te invatam; daca nu poti, te ajutam; daca nu vrei, te obligam !” este strain de caracterul lui Dumnezeu. Inaintea Lui are valoare doar o alegere de bunavoie . Tot ce trece peste liberul arbitru al omului Ii este complet strain.

3 ) In al treilea rand, Dumnezeu ne promite supraveghere continua si discreta: “Voi avea privirea indreptata asupra ta”. Aceasta latura a promisiunii Sale ar putea sa-i deranjeze pe unii oameni stapaniti de spiritul de independenta si razvratire. Indiferent de sentimentele unora fata de Tatal ceresc, El nu poate fi altfel decat un Tata plin de grija pentru creaturile Sale. Cand copiii sunt neasultatori si zburdalnici, supravegherea si grija parintilor este cu atat mai mare. Insa pe cei care doresc prezenta divina in toate amanuntele vietii lor, aceasta promisiune este una din cele mai mangaietoare care exista pe paginile Bibliei.

Se ridica insa o problema cat se poate de practica: Cum poti cunoaste voia lui Dumnezeu atunci cand te afli la o rascruce de drumuri ? Care sunt caile prin care El iti vorbeste , calauzindu-ti pasii pe un teren sigur?

Raspunsul e alcatuit astfel:

  1.  Cauta-L pe Dumnezeu pe aceeasi cale pe care L-ai cautat si in alte ocazii ale vietii si El ti-a raspuns ! Desi exista mai multe cai prin care putem cunoaste voia lui Dumnezeu, numai una singura este infailibila : B i b l i a !!! . Pentru ca Biblia sa fie cu adevarat o Cale sigura si infailibila de calauzire divina ( cum si este de fapt ! ) , trebuie sa dai atentie catorva lucruri importante:1) Ia-ti un timp special de rugaciune, cerandu-I lui Dumnezeu sa te ajute in intelegerea voiei Sale si a drumului pe care trebuie sa mergi.
  2. Pune deoparte in fiecare zi un timp special destinat studiului Cuvantului lui Dumnezeu. Observa principiile expuse in ea, incearca sa-L intelegi pe Dumnezeu si caracterul Lui, apoi incepe, cu ajutorul Lui, sa aplici in viata ta principiile gasite.
  3. Schimba-ti obiceiurile de care ai devenit constient ca nu sunt placute lui Dumnezeu si paraseste viata de pacat in care ai trait pana acum.
  4. Daca ai facut toate acestea, fii mereu “pe faza” , mereu atent la glasul cerului. S-ar putea sa fii calauzit intr-o zi prin constiinta, alteori printr-un text biblic, alteori printr-o experienta personala in care vei vedea Providenta divina lucrand. Uneori vei primi raspuns la cererea ta de calauzire printr-un sfat dat de un prieten, sau intr-un paragraf citit intr-o carte. Poate ca Domnul va alege sa-ti vorbeasca printr-un vis, printr-o predica auzita la serviciul divin, prin mustrarea unui parinte sau chiar prin piedici pe care le intalnesti in calea ta.Si inca ceva foarte important: Daca ai inteles din Biblie care este voia lui Dumnezeu intr-o anumita privinta, nu-L ispiti cerandu-I inca un semn. A cere semne suplimentare din partea lui Dumnezeu, in conditiile in care un anumit adevar este clar descoperit in Biblie, este o dovada de nesinceritate la care cerul refuza sa raspunda.Adu-ti aminte de trista experienta a primului imparat al lui Israel, Saul. Neascultarea sa fata de vointa clar descoperita a lui Dumnezeu l-a adus in situatia de a i se inchide orice posibilitate de comunicare cu cerul.

“ Saul a intrebat pe Domnul si Domnul nu i-a raspuns nici prin vise, nici prin Urim, nici prin prooroci…” ( 1 Samuel 28, 6 ) Dumnezeul nostru este un Tata nespus de iubitor si intelegator, insa daca intalneste la copiii Sai nesinceritate, falsitate si interese meschine, zidul dintre sfintenia Sa si pacatosenia noastra devine de netrecut.

Asadar, primeste, te rog, inca un sfat:
Nu cauta sa afli voia lui Dumnezeu …decat daca esti dispus sa o implinesti in viata ta ! si
Nu cauta sa afli voia lui Dumnezeu daca deja ti-ai ales propria cale , la care nu vrei nicidecum sa renunti …!

Doar atunci, cand esti in cele mai bune relatii cu cerul, cand insetezi dupa neprihanirea Lui Dumnezeu, cand esti sincer si dispus sa mergi pe calea pe care El ti-o va descoperi, doar atunci se va implini pretioasa Lui promisiune: “Urechile tale vor auzi dupa tine glasul care va zice: “Iata drumul, mergeti pe el !” ( Isaia 30 21 ) – A m i n.


Vladimir Pustan – Marturia Unui Cuget Curat

Din predica de la Valea Mare:

  • Nu confundati niciodata RELIGIA cu CREDINTA.
  •  Poti sa te inchini la Dumnezeu fara ca sa Il cunosti.
  • Cea mai mare nenorocire nu e sa mearga oamenii de la bufet/bar la iad, ci de la Biserica la iad.
  • Oameni buni, cititi Biblia!

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John Piper – „Hallowed be your name”

„Hallowed be your name” ASPIRE – Yearning to join God’s Kingdom activity

at the ASPIRE 2011 Conference

Session 3 Phoenix, Arizona June 12-13, 2011
http://www.sbcpc.net/media/session-3/

„Hallowed be your name”

 

FIVE CROWNS IN THE BIBLE

– by Perry Stone

There are two common Greek words for the word „crown”  in the Bible. One word used in the New Testament is the word „diadema”, found in the Apocalypse (Rev. 12:3; 13:1; 19:12). This word is used of the crowns on the dragon’s head, the crowns on the ten kings in the Antichrist’s kingdom, and the „many crowns” on the head of Christ when He returns to Earth to set up His kingdom. The English word is diadem and always refers to the crown of a king or imperial dignitary.

The second word is the Greek word „stephanos”, which is the main word used to describe the crowns believers will receive if they are found faithful (1 Thess. 2:19; 2 Tim. 4:8; James 1:12; Rev. 2:10). The word comes from stepho, meaning „to encircle,” and alludes to a victor’s crown. In the Greco-Roman period, this crown was given to the victor of the games. It was woven as a garland of oak, ivy, myrtle, or even olive leaves, or, in some cases, an imitation of these in gold. Nowhere is a believer promised a diadem, as there is only one King of kings worthy to wear this crown of kingship, and that is Christ. Believers will, however, receive the „stephanos,”  which is the reward to a person who won the games, ran the race, and crossed the finish line.

There are five distinct and different types of crowns that believers are promised as a part of their heavenly retirement package!

The Incorruptible Crown

1 CORINTHIANS 9:24-25, KJV 24Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

The idea of an incorruptible crown indicates a crown that will endure throughout an eternity. This crown indicates a reward that a believer will receive that will always be a reminder through ages without end that the wearer was faithful in his or her earthly life to follow the Lord and be obedient to Him.

The Crown Of Rejoicing

1 THESSALONIANS 2: 19-20 – 19For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 20For ye are our glory and joy.

This crown is often called the soulwinner’s crown, as there will be a special reward for all soulwinners. Paul was addressing the church at Thessalonica, Greece, in what was the first of thirteen letters he penned in the New Testament. The letter is divided into five chapters, and in each chapter Paul alluded to the return of Christ. He told this church that at the coming  of Christ, they would be given a „crown of rejoicing.” We will be rewarded for the souls we have won to Christ, and a special soulwinner’s crown will be given  to each believer who was a soulwinner!

The Crown Of Life

– JAMES 1:12 – 12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Scholars identify this crown with the crown promised in Revelation 2:10, which is the reward of believers who endure and overcome temptation and testing. When Christ warned, „Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown” (Rev. 2:11), He was warning the church of Philadelphia to be faithful and endure the attacks of the enemy. There is a special crown for those who have disciplined their bodies, minds, and spirits to follow the Lord until the end. It is a crown of life.

The Crown Of Glory

– 1 PETER 5:4 – 4And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

In 1 Peter 5, the apostle Peter was addressing the elders and instructing them to remain faithful to feed the flock of believers, not to be greedy of money, and to be an example to other believers. If they are found faithful, then at the appearing of Christ they will receive a „crown of glory.” This particular crown is for those who have served as elders, pastors, and spiritual bishops over the believers as a shepherd would care for his sheep.

Crown of Righteousness

– 2 TIMOTHY 4:8 – 8Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

It is interesting that Paul mentions that this crown is given for those who „love His appearing.” Once would think that all believers would love the appearing of the Lord. However, there are some who claim to be believers who actually scoff and mock the idea that Christ is returning (2 Pet. 3:3-4). Others will be „ashamed before Him at His coming” (1 John 2:28). For those who look for His appearing, there is a crown of righteousness. Only those in an active covenant with Christ, will receive this particular crown.

There are seven blessings promised for thos who overcome, mentioned by John in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. The blessings are:

1. The overcomer will eat from the tree of life in the heavenly paradise of God (Rev. 2:7).

2. The overcomer will not be hurt by the second death (Rev. 2:11).

3. The overcomer will eat the hidden manna and will be given a new name, written on a white stone (Rev. 2:17).

4. The overcomer will be given authority over the nations (Rev. 2:26).

5. The overcomer will not have his or her name erased from the Book of Life (Rev. 3:5).

6. The overcomer will be a pillar in the temple and will receive a new name (Rev. 3:12).

7. The overcomer will sit upon the throne of Christ (Rev. 3:21).

All of the above are a part of the rewards believers will receive for serving God faithfully.

Other rewards will include ruling on the earth with Christ during the millennial (one-thousand-year) reign. In Luke 19, Christ gives a parable concerning servants who were receiving rewards for their faithfulness. Based upon how these dedicated and loyal servants invested their time and income into the Lord’s work, they were given rule over numerous cities. In the Apocalypse, all believers are called „kings and priests” and are promised to „reign on the earth” (Rev. 5:10). During the Millennium, there will be thousand of cities in which leaders will be set to rule over entire regions. These rulers and kings will be the saints who are living on Earth during this time.

Losing Your Reward

There are some very soul-stirring things that are linked to the bema judgment. While a person must have a redemptive covenant  to stand at this judgment, there will be people who will lose their eternal reward. This warning is found throughout the Scriptures.

– COLOSSIANS 2:18-1918Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 9And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

– REVELATION 3:11 –  11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Christ said that by helping others, you will „by no means lose (your) reward” (Matt. 10:42). I have often wondered how believers who make it to heaven – or people who were dead and then raised with the „dead in Christ” – could have made it into the kingdom of heaven and yet lost their rewards or their crowns?

In light of the warnings not to lose your reward and not to allow another to take your crown, warnings were given to five of the seven churches in Revelation, instructing them to repent of their spiritual and moral failures or face severe spiritual and judgmental consequences.

1. „Repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place” (Rev. 2:5).

2. „Repent, or else i will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth” (Rev. 2:16).

3.”I will cast her (Jezebel) into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds” (Rev. 2:22).

4. „Hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour i will come upon you” (Rev. 3:3).

5. „[Repent, or] because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Rev. 3:16).

All believers at the bema will have their works tried through some form of fire.


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