Pastor's Meditations

Dreams and Visions (Genesis 37)   

            “Once Joseph had a dream...”

            The children of God would do well to imitate Joseph.  He was a man of God in good and in bad times.   Joseph was faithful to the Lord wherever he was; either in his house, in prison, or in the Pharaoh’s court.  God’s desire is that his followers exhibit the same kind of faith and exemplary conduct.

            Joseph was also a dreamer.  To dream is to give wings to our faith; it is to have vision for the future; it is also the ability to look beyond our present circumstances and “seeing” what others can’t see or believe.

            When I refer to “dreams”, I am not alluding to the materialistic ambitions of some (like the American Dream), or to the “prophetic utterances” of others.  The dreams which I am talking about are not even the “quiet times” (e.g., sleep) that some of us practice during sermons.

            What are your dreams today?  I believe there is nothing wrong with dreaming about owning a house, buying a car, getting married, etc.  Nevertheless our dreams must go beyond the confines of our own interests.  We can dream about heaven, about becoming mature believers, about serving God and accomplishing great feats in God’s name.

            “He had another dream...”

            Dreaming is a lifetime experience.  A dream must be kept alive at all costs, because when we stop dreaming, a part of us starts dying.  Never top dreaming, for one day, your dreams may come true, especially if you dream holy dreams.

            A. G.

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Christ or Canaan? (Genesis 36)

             “Esau took his wives from the Canaanites...”

            Esau was a man of the world.  He can be compared to a pagan that has been raised in a Christian home.  Isaac served God, and was a good example to his children, including Esau.

            Esau had all the opportunities in the world to live for God and walk in righteousness.  He did not come from a “broken home” and he learned about God from his godly family.

            In spite of all these blessings and privileges, Esau chose to reject everything connected with God.  First, he rejected his birthright for a hot stew.  Now, he was marrying pagan women from Canaan.  He chose to unite with idolaters and rejected the only true God. 

            Beloved, beware of the “Canaanite pleasures.”  We are children of the light and cannot join ourselves to the kingdom of darkness.  We can’t love Christ and “Canaan” at the same time, it’s impossible; it’s a mistake; it is a sin.

            Do not take anything from this world.  Be careful not to entangle in “unholy alliances” with non-believers.  In 2 Corinthians 6:14 we are admonished by the apostle:

            “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”

            If you ever need something (or someone), ask God.  He will always give us more than we need or deserve.  At least in this case, it is better to receive (from God), than to give (to the world). 

            A. G.       

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From Deceit to Death (Genesis 34)      

            “The sons of Jacob answered...deceitfully...”

            The sons of Jacob (now also called Israel) followed the bad example of their father.  Just as Jacob had lied to Isaac and Esau, his children now practiced deceit.  The only difference was that their lie was mixed with hatred, and this led to the brutal murder of many in the city of Shechem.

            Sin has a way of multiplying itself in subsequent generations if left unchecked, especially if children see through their parents’ hypocrisy. It is very important then, for us parents to give the best example we can to our children.

            Beware of deceitful words.  Many false prophets use them to blind and bind multitudes.  If we are not grounded in the Word, we can also be carried along by the winds of false doctrines.

            The only sure remedy against deceit is to know the truth.  To find the truth is not easy, but it can be done, if we dedicate ourselves to a daily search in the Sacred Scriptures.  The Bible is the light that illuminates our way amid the deep darkness.  The believer that studies God’s word with love and reverence will never be deceived (unless we deceive ourselves).

            Are you faithfully reading God’s word?  Let the Word be your guide, and the Holy Spirit your teacher.  He can instruct, correct and build you up, if you are submissive to his divine influence.

            Never again lend your ear to deceitful words or temptations, for they will make you fall into the enemy’s trap.  Deceit always leads to sin, and sin to death (Jas 1:14-16).

            A. G.

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Room for One (Genesis 35)                       

           “Put away the foreign gods...”

            Imagine with me the following scene:  It’s Sunday morning, in your own church, and the pastor is preaching a long sermon.  Let’s “hear” what some of your brothers and sisters are probably thinking:

John--”I just want to know when the pastor is going to finish. I want to watch my football game!”

Maritza--”I still don’t’ have a job!  I don’t have money, and I do not know how I am going to pay the mortgage.”

Carlos-- “Man, I’ve got to buy that Corvette!”

Lucille--”What a beautiful dress Susan brought today!”

Elizabeth-- “Oh my poor baby! He is home sick, my house is a mess and I am here wasting my time.”

            Scenes like these are repeated every Sunday in a church near you.  Our bodies might be in the building, but our hearts and minds are somewhere else.  These thoughts that crowd our minds must be expelled at once!  If we let them roam around, they will become idols, foreign gods that will attempt to control our beings.

            The Bible clearly says that we must,

            “…take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

            God is our only Lord and Master.  Put away all the idols all the time.  When you are worshipping in your church, make sure that in your heart and mind there is only one thought, one desire and one king:

            Jesus Christ.

            A. G.

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Crystal Clear (Genesis 33)     


            “ see your face is like seeing the face of God.”

            Child of God, the world needs to see the face of God reflected upon your countenance.  The light of Christ must shine on our faces so the lost can really see that Christ lives in us.

            Does this mean that the children of God are “gods” or equal to God?

            By no means!  Even though we are “blood” relatives, because we are redeemed by the precious blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and his Holy Spirit abides in our hearts, we are not divine.  God stands alone in essence, power and authority.  He alone is God.

            In spite of this obvious limitation, our lives can be transparent in such a way, that everyone would be able to see God in us.  Our testimony must be “crystal clear” in order to show the world that Jesus is the Lord.

            How can we accomplish this? Simply, by living a holy life filled with the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22, 23).  If your life glorifies Christ in words, thoughts and deeds; and if you are in the center of God’s will, then the world will know that God lives in you.

            God will not reveal himself personally, as with an audible voice from heaven; neither will he employ angelic messengers.  We have been redeemed for the sole purpose of declaring and revealing God to the world.

            Let us then be clear vessels to show God’s glory in us and through us. A clear vessel is a genuine Christian and a holy believer. Even though we are not perfect our lives can be like clean windows where the people of this world can peer inside and see Jesus.

             A. G.

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