JAEL, COURAGE AND JUSTICE

2024-06-19 03:00:00

Most blessed among women is Jael, The wife of Heber the Kenite; Blessed is she among women in tents.

' Judges 5.24 '


         The most important work of the imminent war was the destruction of the man who plagued Israel and anyone else who did anything against Canaan and its soldiers. His name was known to all, for when Sisera was mentioned, everyone was frightened by the cruelty of his actions. He made the king of Canaan buy 900 iron chariots, the wheels of which displayed large knives that destroyed anyone who came near them (Judges 4.1-3).

 

           Sisera was determined to make his rule over Israel perpetual. As well as modern and destructive weapons for the time, he had a huge cavalry battalion with thousands of strong men, ready to annihilate his opponents. Every year, Sisera equipped himself with powerful weaponry and thus subdued any possibility of Israel striking back. There was nothing to stop him, unless the Israelites began to seek the Lord. And so they did!

 

           When Barak went up Mount Tabor, Sisera rejoiced, thinking that nothing would disturb him. The country had been reduced to a group of miserable, starving people. Now, with this "madman" called Barak, he would reduce the possibility that the God of Israel would deliver them. However, Sisera thought wrong: when the Lord enters a fight, it is decided in favor of the people who love Him. That adversary would be eliminated in a few days!

 

           When Barak hesitated in front of Deborah, insisting that he would only fight if she went with him, the judge accepted, but replied that the victory would not be his, but rather that of a woman, who never imagined being used by God, as Jael was (Judges 4.8,9). When Sisera realized that he could no longer win the war, because all his strength was destroyed, his soldiers killed, and nothing else could reverse the result, he fled in despair, being pursued by many.

 

           Jael was the wife of Heber the Kenite and was in her tent waiting for the good news. She saw a man approaching and asking for help: the wicked Sisera, of whom Jael felt no fear. The general asked for water, and she gave him milk. The man was thirsty and tired from running away from those who wanted to kill him. So, she took him into the tent and made him rest, and when the general slept, she struck him dead (Judges 4.17-21).

 

          Jael took a peg from the tent and a hammer from the workers. When Sisera fell into a deep sleep, she struck him on the temple with the peg and, with the other tool, drove it into the earth, where he died. This was the fulfillment of Deborah's word that the glory of the victory over the Canaanites would belong to a woman. Jael performed an act of bravery and emerged victorious. It doesn't matter who you are; you certainly don't need to take anyone's life, because our warfare is spiritual (Ephesians 6:12). You can be used by God!

 

           Never be hasty in any situation. Seek to know the Truth, the eternal Word of God recorded in the Bible, in order to understand God's plan for you and fulfill it. The heavenly Father has given you a lot to do, so never despair, but obey the Lord. Your mission is to speak of Christ's love!

 

           In Christ, with love,

           R. R. Soares

 

 


Todays Prayer


           God of deliverance for the oppressed! Blessed be Your Name, for You ended the suffering of Your people at the hands of Sisera, commander of the Canaanite army. Today, we must fight bravely to bring the Gospel of peace to the world!

 

           Jael, Heber's wife, put an end to the search for Sisera after he realized that people who repent and seek Heaven's help cannot be dominated. She only used a peg and a hammer to finish the glorious work!

 

           May we be used by You in Your wars, which are not against flesh and blood, but against the forces of darkness that destroy our youth and those who do not know You as Lord. Use us to fulfill Your purpose!



THE SIN OF OMISSION

2024-06-18 03:00:00

‘Curse Meroz,’ said the angel of the Lord,‘curse its inhabitants bitterly, because they did not come to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty’

' Judges 5.23 '


The Lord expected Israel to come to the aid of Barak and his ten thousand men, who were fighting against Canaan, to free them from that evil oppression. However, some chose not to offer themselves to deliver their country from the hands of their enemies. This is not good in the eyes of the Most High, who saw how Meroz, a city-state, refused to help the nation. The Angel of God ordered it to be cursed!

 

The Bible warns against attitudes like Meroz's: But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel (Romans 9.6). The same can also be said about the Church of Christ, because many people attend a congregation, but their hearts are far from the Lord, as Jesus said: These people draw near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from me (Matthew 15.8). Honoring only with our lips is a mistake!

 

There will be times when the church will be persecuted by the devil's servants, whose hearts are like a serpent's nest. On the other hand, those who are faithful to the Lord and love Him will never back down from their mission to do God's will. Christians are Christ's witnesses and therefore cannot lie but fulfill their calling with love and sincerity in order to please God. Those who didn't go to war lost a lot!

 

There are people who are insensitive to good! They forget the harm they suffered at the hands of the spirits of hell. Unfortunately, after they have found the Truth, they sin again and may never recover. Why obey the devil and not God? The Word warns us: The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give (Matthew 10.7,8). He is our good Father!

 

The inhabitants of Meroz decided not to get involved in the battle, thus allowing the forces of darkness to replace God as Lord over them. As a result, they would all be cursed relentlessly. Before us, there will always be two options: to be blessed or cursed. Those who accept the Word will be blessed with all sorts of blessings (Ephesians 1.3), but those who reject the Most High will suffer the consequences of their evil deeds!

 

They could have succeeded in everything if they had offered themselves to the Almighty to defend the Israelites. However, because they resisted the touch of God's Spirit, they were cursed in a bitter and violent way. Many people don't know how to get rid of curses. All they have to do is pray to the Lord and confess their sins, and they will be forgiven (1 John 1:9). Poor inhabitants of Meroz, for they lost!

 

The inhabitants of Meroz would have helped the One who helps us with their brave man, but because they didn't come to the Lord, they suffered the enemy's violent actions. Never refuse to fight in prayer on behalf of good people.

 

In Christ, with love,

R. R. Soares

 


Todays Prayer

 

Lord of deliverance for the oppressed! For 20 years, You waited for Israel to come to You in order to receive deliverance, and it only happened when Deborah offered herself as a mother to Israel to take Your people out of the hands of the wicked Jabin, king of Canaan, and his commander Sisera!

 

 

We are Your children; we delight in doing Your will, and so we come to You to thank You for what You do on our behalf. You have elevated us to the status of kings so that Your love can be revealed in us and in the people to whom we will minister Your blessings!

 

We don't want to receive the same sentence as Meroz, but to continue at Your feet, fulfilling our mission, which is the most beautiful on Earth. To be Your partner in the work of saving humanity is such a high privilege!



POOR BRAVE ONES

2024-06-17 03:00:00

Then the horses’ hooves pounded, the galloping, galloping of his steeds

' Judges 5.22 '

 

When the Lord is in charge, everything works out, just as it did in Israel's battle against Jabin at Megiddo. This potentate oppressed the Israelites who, because they had turned away from God, suffered at the hands of the enemy for 20 years. The same happens today with those who despise the Most High and fall into sin: in a short time, problems arise. Jacob's sons paid a high price for their misdeeds (Judges 4.1-3).

 

To be redeemed from sins, it’s necessary to confess them and abandon temptations, in order to get up and walk with the heavenly Father again (Proverbs 28.13; 1 John 1.8,9). Being far from the Lord is one of the worst decisions anyone can make because you stop walking with the Almighty and become submissive to the kingdom of wickedness. So why deviate from the path of good if there is no neutrality in the spiritual world? You're either with God or with the devil!

 

We have already studied how Israel suffered, but with the rise of Deborah, Lapidoth's wife, as judge, the situation began to change (Judges 4:4). So, it is when the pastor of the church lives in the divine presence that God uses him to change the members of the congregation for the better. Nothing is as wonderful as being able to count on the Most High at every moment. The Word assures us: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46.1). It is good to love the Lord!

 

Lapidoth's wife was led to the position of judge of Israel, and she did the best she could. She soon put "the house in order," so anyone who wasn't doing what was good in the eyes of the Lord felt they had to pray and get right with the Creator. Soon, that judge and prophetess knew that the answer from heaven would come through Barak. After meeting, the two went up Mount Tabor, and the news spread (Judges 4.12). Sisera, the commander of the Canaanite army, took all his troops.

 

When the Canaanite commander went off to war, Deborah and Barak went down to Mount Tabor to meet him and tell him to leave Israel alone (Judges 4:14). They went into battle and showed that God among the sons of Jacob. Someone might ask why a woman went to war. In her case, it was to inspire all the people to seek God's guidance. In this way, fulfilling what the Lord had said, they went out to battle, because victory was certain!

 

What happened in that war was something extraordinary. Even nature cooperated with Israel, making it rain like never before. As a result, the iron chariots of Jabin and Sisera t bogged down in the mud, and the soldiers with their horses would suffer an unprecedented defeat.

 

The horse soldiers were the elite of the Canaanite army, and their trained animals were the honor and glory of Canaan. However, when they saw that the chariots were bogged down in the mud and some were overturned by the torrent, the horsemen made them gallop away quickly. Because of this, more problems arose. Their galloping through the mud caused the horses' hooves to crack, and the soldiers fell into the mud and were wiped out. It was the victory of good against evil!

 

In Christ, with love,

R. R. Soares

 

 

 


 


Todays Prayer

 

Lord of pleasant surprises! The day of Your people's victory will never be forgotten! Your plan was fulfilled in its entirety, and the enemy lost the battle. One cannot play with You and remain innocent. You have the power and wisdom to honor those who love You!

 

Who could doubt that You were on the side of the Israelites to make them prosper? None of them felt ashamed or confused. Today, whoever believes in You will never be confused, because You are the Man of War and the God of victory!

 

The horses' hooves were shattered by the galloping of their braves ones, who, in their eagerness to win the war, got the worst of it. But you were determined to destroy the Canaanites army. Father, we are grateful, because Jesus' victory over Hell was much greater!



GOD OF WONDERS

2024-06-16 03:00:00

The torrent of Kishon swept them away, that ancient torrent, the torrent of Kishon. O my soul, march on in strength!  

' Judges 5.21 '


           The Lord does wonders in the lives of those who trust in the sovereignty of His Word and power. That's why the man of God doesn't need tricks or vain thoughts to engage in His wars and receive victory. Who would have thought that a stream could accomplish such a feat? Today, seeing the stones in their course, we can imagine the gigantic torrent of water falling over them. Faced with the terrifying volume, the Canaanites were swept away!

 

            How many things the Lord thought of in creation for the sake of His children! Those who came out of Egypt couldn't believe their eyes. After Moses struck the Red Sea, a wind blew from east to west, opening up the waters which came together, forming barriers on the sides, so that the Hebrews could pass through (Exodus 14.21,22). The depth in that place ranged from 600 to 1,400 meters, but there was a submerged passage!

 

           Yes, when the Lord created the Earth, He already knew that His saints would pass through there. So, He planned a kind of avenue measuring from 20 to 80 meters at its widest point. Our God is so tremendous and wonderful! These characteristics make us glorify His Name. Never be shy or afraid, because defeat does not belong to His servant. We are more than conquerors!

 

           The strength of the waters brought by Kishon brook was disproportionate. There isn’t and there will never be anything like what the Most High has planned. There are hidden riches to be revealed to those who follow Him wholeheartedly. So even though the threat of Hell is the most terrible, persevere in your faith in Christ. The Master's hand will always be upon your life. Those who believe have seen divine glory!

 

           The strong wind that blew across the Red Sea parted the waters, but it didn't knock over any Hebrews. What God does is meant to defeat the devil and his minions, not to harm or hurt His people. Old people, children and cattle didn't notice. However, Pharaoh sent his army to kill the children of Israel and saw the power from on High in Moses, who touched the waters again, which they covered the pursuing Egyptians (Exodus 14:23-31).

 

           The torrent that strengthened the Kishon brook swept away the Canaanite army. Surely, at that moment, Jabin recognized that it was the hand of God against the Israelites' adversaries. The Lord will help His children in the trials of the adversary against those who serve Him from the heart. Like the captain of the king of Samaria, they will see, but will not have the opportunity to taste the wonders of their heavenly Father (2 Kings 7). Never doubt God!

 

           When you are going through difficulties, cry out to the Lord, and He will give you the promised deliverance. Your opponents will be swept away, but you will be spared by Heaven's engineering, which will save you from destruction. God's servants will be considered worthy to take part in the Heavenly feasts. Fear not, but continue in your faith!

 

           In Christ, with love,

           R. R. Soares

 

 

 

 

 


Todays Prayer


         Wonderful God! You have prepared a show of operations for Your people to emerge victorious from the battles! There has never been, and there will never be, a time when You turn Your back on Your people. You are more than enough to make us successful!

 

           No one had imagined the value of that brook, which, in a matter of minutes, was formed, with all its fury, for the benefit of the sons of Jacob. Lord! You make Jacob's bow conquer the greatest victories and You work in such a tremendous way that Christians are happy to praise You!

 

          To You be the glory, the honor and praise for what You have prepared, so that Your servants might enjoy and successfully proclaim Your Word. Prepare us to do more than we think, for You are the only one capable of working anywhere on Earth. Poor those who rebel against You!



THE BEST STRATEGIST

2024-06-15 03:00:00

They fought from the heavens; the stars from their courses fought against Sisera.

' Judges 5.20 '

 

There's no one like the Lord to plan a battle with precision. He uses His servants in a magnificent way, giving victory to those who would have no chance of winning it. It may be impossible for man, but not for God. At Megiddo, what was seen was beyond imagination, something that only the Creator could do. We can only lean on the Most High, the Man of War. He works in all those who believe in Him, making them act like gods (Psalm 82.6). The Lord is amazing!

 

It was night and raining very h ard. The Canaanites were cursing nature and the Almighty because they were losing the battle. They didn't know where to go, because the night seemed eternal and the darkness was complete. How could they be guided by the stars to accomplish what they had planned? Suddenly, the sky cleared and they could guide themselves by the stars, but they changed course to fight against Sisera. Thus, the Canaanites became confused.

 

Chaos ensued among Jabin's soldiers, who were an incalculable number. According to the historian and apologist Josephus, there were 300,000 fighting against 10,000 from Barak. There was mud, and the horses couldn't walk, but with every step the Israelites took, they felt like they were stepping on sidewalks that wouldn't let their feet slip. The opposite happened with the Canaanites. Just like at the Red Sea, everything worked out in favor of God's people!

 

That's a sign for us! When we fight against the forces of darkness, our ordinances come true. The demons are prepared by the devil to act, but being empowered and helped by the Most High, we see everything according to His Word. So don't be afraid and do what the Almighty says, even if it seems little, because He will transform you and give you victory. The Lord fights for you!

 

For those who don't believe, this sounds like fiction; however, it is the full truth for those who do. In any situation that seems abnormal in your life, pray, confess, and believe that God is at work. Even if everything proves otherwise, the Father will turn the waves of the sea into a concrete sidewalk for the new Peter’s to walk on.  And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him and said to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt? (Matthew 14.31). Follow Christ with your faith!

 

Remember: everything that happened in Israel is an example for us not to doubt God, the one true Lord: Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come (1 Corinthians 10:11). The heavenly Father wants to see us succeed, giving Him praise for what He does on behalf of His people. We are Christ's own people!

 

The Israelites, who refused to serve the Lord in the battle of battles, took the wrong turn. Jabin, even armed with thousands of men and 900 chariots of iron, could do nothing against ten thousand soldiers on foot. In this way, the devil lost and was put to shame. Look at the examin showing the evil that afflicts you, thank God for the victory, and follow the biblical example!

 

In Christ, with love,

R. R. Soares

 

 

 

 

Todays Prayer

God of perfect strategy! How could any unbeliever believe that he would be defeated with all that military apparatus? You know how to do things correctly, and even nature obeys You, acting in an impressive and unique way. You alone are truly the Lord!

 

With such biblical examples, how can we not be victorious if it's Your battle? You are the same in our days, so we shouldn't be afraid of the enemy's threats. Everything he says will fall to the ground when the battle begins. We will fight with Your weapons!

 

We thank You for the revelation, and we take possession of each one so that You may receive praise, honor, and glory in everything. With You by our side, we will emerge victorious from the battles. To this end, help us to remain in Your Word, for it is the truth!



SENSITIVE KINGS

2024-06-14 03:00:00

The kings came and fought, then the kings of Canaan fought in Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo; they took no spoils of silver.

' Judges 5.19 '

 

            Those who gave themselves willingly to God were considered princes of His people. However, in the Lord, they were already sovereign for what they did on behalf of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus Christ has made us kings and priests to God (Revelation 1.6), so we will never fear going against the enemy. The battle belonged to the Most High and to those who, when they heard the divine summon, came forward as faithful soldiers. The kings fought, and the heavenly forces used them. Then the rulers of Canaan, who were watching the battle, also entered it.

 

           Today, when a brother faces the forces of darkness, God makes his angels come to his aid. Thus, in a way that only the Almighty knows how, intercessors are used in the tongues of angels to make them victorious (Psalm 34.7; 1 Corinthians 14.2). Trust in the Lord and you will never be alone in adversity. It's time to wake up and go on the final attack. You will be victorious!

 

            Christians in different corners of the world pray in mysteries and talk to God, and He sends His "kings" to enter conflicts in order to help them. The Good Shepherd knows how to lead His servants to cry out on behalf of other servants. We are a community that loves the Most High with all our heart, and He loves us in the same way. Because the saved are never alone, they overcome difficulties (2 Corinthians 2:14). Praise God for the help He sends!

 

           At various moments, we are used as kings commissioned by the Most High, because, under the anointing, we become bold in intercession. Thus, many who were in danger are snatched from the fire. How often does the Church obey the Most High and assist those in need? In mystery, it prays and stands in the gap for those in need. The kings that God calls become true warlords under the hand of the Lord.

 

           The kings of Canaan fought only to fulfill the quota of divine patience, because their efforts were to no avail. Evil will never overcome those who are led by the Lord of lords (Romans 8:31-39). The enemies thought they were the great victors, but when the rains, the storms and the overflowing streams met them, their horses and chariots fell apart in front of God's holy people. The same will happen today!

 

           The courage of Zebulun and Naphtali was greater than the empty equations of Reuben, for the two groups together were worth more than those who cowered, abandoning the battle. Barak's army didn't even have a horse, donkey or ass for its commander, but the descent from the mountain already prepared him for the battle. Whoever serves God is ready to never back down or be defeated. This servant will win!

 

           There wasn't a single king who helped Israel out of interest in gaining silver or taking advantage of their spoils. The Lord lead each one to join His people. Jabin didn't know how much he was hated for his 20 years of evil in Israel, but God did. The Most High will put an end to everything bad that happens to you. Be firm to please the Most High!

 

 

           In Christ, with love,

           R. R. Soares

 

 

 


Todays Prayer

 

           Lord of sensitive kings! You use people around the globe to pray in mysteries, interceding for us. You see those who are in danger of giving in to temptation and use us to help them. We cannot accept anyone’s defeat!

 

           Father, put the right words in our mouths, because we want to see Your people win, and never be ashamed, confessing defeat. Those who belong to You will succeed. We rebuke the evils that dominate and use our brothers and sisters!

 

           In the Name of Jesus, we command all spirits of temptation to retreat. We have Your authority to do this. We now release the suffering who are trapped in addictions and other traps of hell. To You be the glory!



THE OBEDIENCE OF JACOB

2024-06-13 03:00:00

Zebulun is a people who jeopardized their lives to the point of death,

Naphtali also, on the heights of the battlefield.

' Judges 5.18 '

 

Leah's last son with Jacob was called Zebulun, which means dwelling place. He showed his love for God's plan by going out with Barak to face the army of Jabin, the king of Canaan (Judges 4.10). His proof of love was so great that, according to the Scriptures, this tribe exposed itself to death. God dwelt in Zebulun, who didn't look at the challenge that awaited him, but at the victory to be won. This kind of person pleases the Lord because, for them, God is the Greatest!

 

Declaring one's belief in the Most High in order to receive a blessing is not difficult, because He has the power to put an end to the enemy's actions and solve the problems of man and nation. God affirms that whoever loves Him has His commandments and keeps them, so they will also be loved by Him (John 14.21). Nothing is wiser than walking with the heavenly Father. When this happens, the Holy Spirit surrounds that individual with protection and success like never before.

 

The tribe of Zebulun walked down Mount Tabor, towards the battlefield, and entered where the enemy was most concentrated (Judges 4.14). In human eyes, this would give his people the least chance of defeating the Canaanite king and his great army. No matter what people say and teach, God is the Truth. When He leads us in His way, there is no doubt that our chance of success is greater than anything else (Romans 3.4). Zebulun was on the right path to victory.

 

Everything worked together for Israel to win, but if Barak hadn't accepted the Lord's invitation, he wouldn't have succeeded. When we are led by the Most High, our chances of being defeated are zero. In contrast to those tribes who were absent from the war, the Zebulunites risked their lives not only by following God, but also by winning the battle. Man thinks it foolish to fight against an organized army, but the Almighty is Omniscient (Isaiah 55.8,9)!

 

   Naphtali was Jacob's fifth son and the second of Bilhah, the handmaid of Rachel, Jacob's beloved. In order to pay his dowry and marry Rachel, he worked for seven years (Genesis 29.18,20). Then he served another seven years, because his father-in-law had deceived him the first time (Genesis 29.27,30). Naphtali came with the disposition of his ancestor, who had proved that it was worth thinking and acting as God teaches. Here we can say: "Like father, like son". The Lord also expects this faithfulness from you.

 

Naphtali joined his half-brother Zebulun, and together they went to meet the Canaanite army and defeated it. Give the Lord proof that you love Him by keeping His commandments (John 14.21). He will then do what is necessary for you to succeed in your faith in Christ. Now you need to identify what is bothering you and demand that it be removed (John 14.13–15), because the Word of the Lord never returns to Him void (Isaiah 55.11). Believe and rejoice!

 

They fought regardless of whether or not they would die in that battle; after all, their purpose was to obtain victory for their nation, and they succeeded. This must be our attitude towards the challenges of the church and our daily problems. There isn’t and there will be no chance of being defeated (Romans 8.36–37). God is the very present help in trouble (Psalm 46.1)!

 

In Christ, with love,

R. R. Soares

 

 


Todays Prayer

God of the obedient! Thank You for the testimonies You give of those who have served You and done Your will in Your chosen times. They are lessons for us! No one can defeat us if we fight your wars under Your guidance!

 

To man, we are fools, but to You, we are obedient. Our reward will come in the measure and commitment we show. Thank You for always being with us! With Your love, we will always be more than winners. It’s so good to serve and love You!

 

Exposing our lives to the point of death is nothing if we have faith that You are the shield, the help, and the fortress that is very present in the hour of tribulation. Even if hell’s army rises up against us, we will come out with our heads held high to see You doing Your wonders!



THE INDIFFERENT

2024-06-12 03:00:00

Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan, and why did Dan remain on ships? Asher continued at the seashore, and stayed by his inlets.

' Judges 5.17 '

 

The indifference of some will lead them to taste the rigor of the Most High for eternity. The Word warns us about this petty and diabolical sin: But he who did not know yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more (Luke 12.48).

 

Don't take what comes into your hands as your own, but, as a faithful steward, give God the praise! Gilead, son of Machir and great-great-grandson of Jacob, started the family of the Gileadites, and his name also refers to a territory. In the battle to end Israel's 20 years of suffering, he stayed east of the River Jordan and did not go to the aid of the nation oppressed by Jabin, king of Canaan. How many of God's children also act in this way, without even saying a prayer for the Church's mission in the world!

 

Dan was a tribe dedicated to commerce, which exported products to various countries and also imported. Jesus warned us about the spirit of business that takes over the hearts of many:  Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built (Luke 17.28). For the Danites, the priority was simply to make a profit, and this attitude was very bad!

 

Jacob spoke of Dan, his son with Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid: Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan shall judge his people a serpent by the way, a viper by the path, that’s bites the horse's heels So that its rider shall fall backward. (Genesis 49:16,17). Some scholars claim that the Antichrist will come from the tribe of Dan. Jeroboam, the founding king of the Northern Kingdom, placed one of the calves made in Dan as a demonstration of his wickedness (1 Kings 12.26-29).

 

For the Danites, God's ordinances were worthless. As soon as they took their place given to them by Joshua, they armed themselves, went north and subdued Laish, doing as they pleased. That part was not given to them, but they settled there, and this became known with the proverb: from Dan to Beersheba - from the north to the south. With the defeat of the northern kingdom by Assyria, it is not known where the inhabitants of this place went.

   

Asher must have settled in the seaports as a tax collector who was supposed to cover the fees for trading goods. This tribe also didn't take the initiative to help against Jabin, so they missed out on the reward that would have been given to them. God's children must worry about doing God's will, which is always just and good. The world needs to hear the message of salvation in order to avoid eternal damnation!

 

  Profits someone earned are infinitely less than the retribution of the faithful who are pleased to fulfill the commandments of the Most High. So why disobey His ordinances? That battle was decisive for Israel, but some had other objectives in mind. Unfortunately, this also happens with the majority of today’s saved people.

 

           In Christ, with love,

           R. R. Soares

 

 

 

Todays Prayer

Loving and merciful Lord! Those who read the Bible learn how to act in all situations, but some choose not to give importance to Your missions to be carried out in the world!

 

Gilead didn't honor its patriarch, Joseph of Egypt, failing to give You your due place. The tribe of Dan was concerned about the profit of their trade, being indifferent to Your request, Almighty, to join the others in the war against Canaan!

 

Asher was more interested in prospering from the collections made in the ports of the sea than in seeking Your reward, but then he saw that the consequence of his actions came back against him quickly: he was left in the ruin of his wickedness. Why didn't some of Jacob bow to Your authority? Help us, Father, on our journey!

 

 



GREAT RECRIMINATIONS

2024-06-11 03:00:00

Why did you sit among the sheepfolds, to hear the pipings for the flocks?

The divisions of Reuben have great searchings of heart.

' Judges 5.16 '

        Not all the Israelites were ready to go to battle against the wicked king of Canaan, and the Lord saw the attitude of their hearts. Many decided to stay in the sheep and cow pens instead of taking part in the battle of liberation that would take place in their day. Those who took part will forever be remembered as heroes, but the "wise men" who didn't commit themselves to liberating their homeland will be eternally reproached.

           

           Those who stayed to listen to the sound of the sheep did not hear the cry of victory of the saints who heeded the divine touch in their hearts. Those who cowered and failed to come to the aid of their brothers and sisters suffered great loss. Many Christians only think about prosperity and invest nothing in the Lord's missions. Those who stayed between the corrals didn't know that nothing bad would happen to them, but on the opposite side, everything bad would befall them.

 

           What a tragic decision the child of God makes when he refuses to testify to what Christ has done on his behalf! He doesn't know that the Lord allows certain bad things to happen to him so that he can learn to trust in His goodness and mercy. Whoever refuses the invitation of the Most High does what they should never have thought of doing. By entrusting us with a mission, the Lord provides what is necessary to give us victory. Never forget: if you believe, you will see the glory of God!

 

           The descendants of Jacob's firstborn were supposed to honor the family union and help their country get rid of Jabin, king of Canaan. However, out of fear or cowardice, they preferred to listen to the bleat of the flocks rather than to the Lord. In the same way, there are people who were without the resources they needed to survive and, when they watched our programs, were moved by the Holy Spirit to come to the Church, where they were set free and then prospered; however, they never helped the divine work.

 

           Reuben was the firstborn and was supposed to set an example, but he was divided when probing his obligation and got nowhere. Our faith doesn't come from thinking or planning, but from listening to God's Word (Romans 10:17). That's why we should never say that we won't go to a place appointed by the Lord, or wonder what to do. On the contrary, we must serve the Lord wherever He sends us. Whoever turns their back on God will never see Him before them. Be victorious by believing in Jesus!

  

           Those who examine the best position to stand on do not serve God, because they never feel ready to do something that their fearful soul says is unreasonable. The Canaanites were at the service of the devil in order to destroy Israel. The accuser wanted to prevent the Savior from coming into the world, because the Scriptures said that He would originate from Israel and from the tribe chosen by the Lord for this task: that of Judah. If I could be face to face with Reuben, I would ask him: "Why did you act that way?

 

           At Christ's return to Earth, many will despair because, despite having received blessings from God's hands, they didn't open their own to help with world evangelization. Why say what the Lord didn't say, condemning missions aimed at the salvation of all peoples? In the Kingdom of Heaven, there will be people from every nation, tribe, people and language (Revelation 7.9).

 

           In Christ, with love,

           R. R. Soares

 

 

 


Todays Prayer


           Beloved Lord! We will never make perfect decisions if we don't do Your will. You prepared everything for the great battle against the Canaanites, and Your people were called to take part, but some preferred to listen to the bleat of the flocks!

 

           Why stay where You didn't put us, running away from Your command to fight against the principalities, powers, princes of darkness and spiritual hosts, if You have called us to this precious moment? Help us, Father!

 

         We only want to hear from Your flocks the hallelujahs and other words that glorify You, but the enemy insists on attacking us with all his might. We can't give up going where You command us. We want to walk according to Your guidance, for we are Your servants!

 



SHAMING THE ENEMY

2024-06-10 03:00:00

And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; as Issachar, so was Barak sent into the valley under his command; among the divisions of Reuben there were great resolves of heart.

' Judges 5.15 '

 

Jabin ruled over Canaan, a land that Israel did not occupy because it failed to comply with God's command. This evil and oppressive king afflicted God's people for 20 years, taking control of the region with his powerful army. However, as time went by and because Jacob's sons had sinned, the Lord allowed them to suffer at the hands of this monarch (Judges 4.1-3). Sisera was their commander, who acted with an "iron fist" and seemed invincible, until the holy people prayed!

 

    This commander imposed great fear on the Israelites because of his 900 iron chariots and his vast army. For him, no one could defeat him because he was so well prepared. However, this was no barrier to the Almighty God, whom he did not know. Faced with this situation, the prophetess Deborah, married to Lapidoth, sent for Barak, whom the Lord had commissioned to fight against the Canaanites (Judges 4.4–7). She called him to war.

 

Deborah wanted to know why Barak, having been summoned by the Most High, was still not fighting against Jabin and his army. Barak showed his weakness by saying that he would only go if she went with him. This servant of the Lord knew that God was in that situation, so she left with Barak and the ten thousand men from the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun. The Lord promised to give the army of Canaan into her hands.

 

The situation in Israel was so chaotic that Barak and his soldiers came down from the mountain on foot to face an army equipped with iron chariots. The man of God's descent was like a mockery to Sisera, who was well armed and must even have mocked the army of a handful of men in the face of his military strength. The humiliation that the Lord did was not to Barak, but to the one who would lose the war, for the Most High is the Man of War!

 

That group may have been unprepared in terms of the ideal clothing for the mission, but they were the best equipped to go to war for Israel: God's servants were clothed in His glory, and He never loses a battle. Now, your enemy may be in a better position to fight than you, but whoever has the Almighty in charge of their life will never be defeated. The victor in that war was Israel, because, even on foot, the holy people were clothed with due respect (Judges 4.10-16)!

 

Never underestimate the power given to you in the Name of Jesus, because with it you will be able to defeat the forces of darkness. Never let yourself be taken in by the lies of the devil and his demons. Believe: Your heavenly Father has promised that you will always be victorious; you just have to want it. The willingness and fear of the Lord in your heart is the greatest strength in the world. Whoever has God, has everything!

 

Even nature has joined the destitute but powerful army of Israel. In the same way, the Most High is at the head of your battle. There is more power on your side than against you. To put it into practice, you need to follow the Scriptures!

 

In Christ, with love,

R. R. Soares

 

 


Todays Prayer

God, our Help! Israel would never have lost a war if You had stood before its soldiers. Likewise, we will overcome any evil if we fight with all our heart, trusting in You!

 

You put the leaders of Your army on our side, so our victory is certain. That's why we shouldn't be afraid or delay our prayer of faith. Our fight is not against flesh and blood, nor will it be won by the strength of the flesh, but by Your power!

 

Whether we fight on foot or with the best transport at the moment, it doesn't matter. What really matters is Your name, and with it, we will not be put to shame. You told us, "Fear not, for I am with you.". Thank You for everything!



EACH IN THEIR OWN POSITION

2024-06-09 03:00:00

Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.

' John 13.16 '

 

          It doesn't matter where God has placed you in the congregation; whether on the front line, at the altar and in church leadership, or simply as a faithful and obedient member. If there is some greater work for you to do, the Lord will show you where and how to do it. Do the task He has given you according to your strength. Being the best Strategist in the Universe, the Most High will give you enough resources to fulfill the mission. He is perfect!

 

           Never want to give Christ any advice, because He is God with the Father and has all wisdom. In the beginning, the Father said something and the Son did it, as Holy Scripture records: All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made (John 1.3). The Father spoke: Then God said, “Let there be light” and there was light (Genesis 1.3). Jesus, in His eternal form, created light. It was the beginning of the material world, which needed light and energy to live. Everything was done to perfection!

 

          No servant of the Most High will be equal to the Son of God, for Christ has been given preeminence among His brethren: And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence (Colossians 1.18). Now, without the Son, we can do nothing. However, being sent by Him on any mission, we are equipped and well prepared to act in His Name, doing the same as He would do if He were here!

 

           Jesus is the Author of our faith, and it all began with His obedience to the Father. God gave Him up to die in our place, when we were still condemned to eternal torment. Christ came and accomplished the perfect work of salvation, thus, perfectly fulfilling the mission and accepted by the Father as the only and sufficient Savior. Today, because of His blood, the Father receives us, forgives us and sanctifies us, making us blameless.

 

           The Master taught us that we must submit to His mighty hand, in order to bring us to the level of obedient servants of the Lord. For this reason, in the Son of God we reach such a good position that no condemnation is found on our record: There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8.1). This is our place before the heavenly Father and also before the devil.

  

           By humbling ourselves, the Lord will position us according to His plan for our lives. Therefore, follow the Word and you will be acknowledged and lifted up by Him: Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time (1 Peter 5.6). Recognize the Lord as the ultimate Authority over you and you will never again be defeated by any hellish force. Truth always wins!

 

         How about consecrating yourself, repenting of your sins and receiving everything the Lord has promised to those who seek Him? Thus, your life will change completely. Then, everything that is of great value to you will disappear before your eyes and the new and wonderful things God has dreamed for you will surely give you true joy!

 

 

         In Christ, with love,

         R. R. Soares

 

Todays Prayer

 

           God, our Superior! We will never be equal to You, but Your Spirit assures us that we are brothers and sisters of Jesus. He has preeminence, for He died to save us, shedding His blood. You gave Christ all power in Heaven and on Earth!

 

           We want to understand more about the divine hierarchy, so that we never do wrong. But we know that the Master has asked us to be one with You, as He is. Give us safe guidance to act correctly. We are grateful for Your care and love!

 

           The fact that we are Your servants satisfies us tremendously, but You call us friends. Hallelujah! We are happy because You have saved us from eternal death and anointed us with Your Spirit to be in Your presence, doing Your will!



GET READY FOR NEW FIELDS

2024-06-08 03:00:00

Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowd sought Him and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from leaving them.

' Luke 4.42 '

           

          When we decide to study the Gospels, we come to understand the need to minister the Word to those in need, even if a group wants us to stay with them. Man discovers what God had in mind when He allowed his conception. The master went wherever He was needed, even if the storms found Him, because with a single command, everything returned to normal. He wants to see us act like this in His name. Pray!

 

           By listening to the Gospel and paying attention to what has awakened the divine flame within you, you receive Heaven’s attention because now, everything that has been planned for your life here and in the life to come will also be shown to you. No one came into this world by chance, and we will discover this in eternity. We won't understand many things today, but Christ will certainly explain them to us in His Kingdom, so let's be servants capable of giving joy to the Lord.

 

           It's sad to see a Christian who is ambitious for prosperity, seeking riches and vain subtleties that lead to nothing, but separates him from God's plan. It is harmful to be rebellious, cowardly and evil, but in Christ you will be able to accomplish all the things that have been prepared for you. To make you a champion, Jesus declared: Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9.23) Pray!

 

           The Savior was happy to see the Father use Him, so He gave thanks to Him. We too should rejoice in being in God's presence; after all, we were brought into His kingdom for this purpose: For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4.14). Never be silent, and you will never miss an opportunity to love God!

          What awaits us from God is something great, as the Scriptures say: But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2.9). Those who don't go to the Kingdom of Light will lose everything, because not only will they suffer forever, but they will never know how good it is to live in the world of perfection.

           

            Settling for what God has done on our behalf can lead us to miss out on the greatest blessings that are scheduled to occur in the world through our instrumentality. So don't be a hindrance to the Lord's purposes. Know that, even in old age, you will bear fruit (Psalm 92:13-15). The One who carries out the mission through you knows how to act in the smallest details, but without your participation, nothing can be done. Consecrate yourself to knowing and obeying the Most High!


            It's good to have Jesus as an example, as the Bible shows: Though He was a Son, He learned obedience by the things which He suffered (Hebrews 5.8). So be firm in your faith and never speak of failure again. God will bless you as He has planned. He knows what He is doing and He is preparing you to do greater works. Seek Him, and He will surprise you!

 

           In Christ, with love,

           R. R. Soares

 

 


Todays Prayer

 

           God of new fields! Man has a big flaw: he settles into a situation and doesn't seek You as he should. You are the Lord of our lives; therefore, You have everything to give us success here and in eternity. Father, help us!

 

           Show us other cities where we should minister, bringing Your purity and love. In this way, we will free the oppressed and suffering. There is no way the devil can deceive us or take away what You have given us!

 

           We are sent to seek out the lost sheep of Israel. We need to do what pleases and delights You, so we call on the Name of Jesus to praise and exalt You. Come to our rescue, to deliver us from evil. 



PRECISION IN OUR MISSION

2024-06-07 03:00:00

But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

' Matthew 15.24 '


            Jesus' care to fulfill the Father's will deeply touches my heart. This zeal is also expected of me and of those who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. We are saved to serve the King of kings, who wants everyone to be saved. However, some, out of sheer stubbornness, will say that they don't believe in Him. But too late, they will realize that they should have given themselves to the One who paid the price for our redemption.

 

           The Creator knew us when we were still a shapeless mass and gave us the power to do His will, so that all might know and share in His glory (Psalm 139.13-16; John 14.12). It's not about going to one church or another. The issue is much more serious than we think. Our eternal happiness or eternal perdition depends on what we do with Christ's call and not on what we think is best. Nothing is more blessed than being saved. Believe it!

 

           The Savior said that he had been sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, and this needs to be understood and accepted. If it came from His lips, it was not an unimportant statement, but a precious hint for those who are called to do what pleases Him. Not everyone will listen to us, because they are not known as such sheep. However, this does not mean that they are or aren’t Jacob's children. The Israel mentioned in this context is the one who listens to the Lord, not the one known by consanguinity (Romans 4:11; Galatians 3:9).

 

           We have been sent to exercise divine judgment in the lives of millions of people, but not everyone who listens to us will share in this grace. The Father knows how many will say yes to His invitation. Now, even if some don't want to listen to the Lord, we must continue to follow his orders: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52.7)

 

           In a clear way, the Master told the Jews that not all of them were His sheep. Many of them preferred the glory of this world, letting the deceitfulness of riches occupy their lives; others allowed the cares of this world to take up their time pointlessly, or indulged in the ambition of other things. Because of this, many would be lost (John 12:42,43). We see this everywhere. Where will those hypnotized by worldly practices be millions of years from now?

    

           Christ is the Example of a successful person. So, if someone doesn't want to go all the way with us, let's pray for them, but let's not waste our time, because others are waiting for the Lord's message and will be saved through our work of proclaiming the Good News of what Jesus did on behalf of everyone. The sheep of Israel will only discover how wrong they have been up until now if they receive the Word that feeds them.


           Dedicate your days to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, who will believe in the Lord through the preaching of the complete Gospel, the same one that Jesus ministered wherever He went, healing the sick, freeing the oppressed and saving those who received the Word in their hearts. These are special children for the Most High, our glory in Christ!

 

           In Christ, with love,

           R. R. Soares



Todays Prayer


           Lord of the lost of Israel! No mind can understand the preaching of faith in Christ unless it has Your Spirit within it. This is not for those who are good at reasoning, but for those who listen to You and do Your will. Thank You for loving us!

 

           We have the privilege of going out into the world planting the good seed in hearts that will do the same with their countrymen and other people to whom You will send them. So, on the Great Day, there will be people from every tribe, race and tongue giving thanks to You!

 

           You have included us in Your group, where help and grace will never lack to free those who still live under the rule of the evil kingdom. Use us in such a way that we all share in the glory of the latter house, which will be greater than that of the first. You are amazing!



MAN GREATLY BELOVED

2024-06-06 03:00:00

And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling.

' Daniel 10:11 '


           When the Lord addresses a person, they should stop what they are doing and pay attention to Him, because it is surely their turn to be blessed. From that moment on, what God says will be the continuation of the instruction for them to become successful in life. The Creator would never make a mistake in saying anything, but it may be that those who have become the target of His love don't want to let go of their doubts and mistakes. Never reject good!

 

           Daniel was a man greatly beloved because of the faith and purity in his heart. With these virtues, he served God, which is why he was more than necessary for the Babylonian kingdom. Those who give themselves to the Lord, serving Him with integrity, will never be despised by any king or business owner. The saved who truly live out their faith in Christ will be accepted everywhere, because they do no harm even to the wicked (Matthew 5:39-42). Be a blessing!

 

           Despite being almost perfect to the point of being greatly belved, Daniel had to be alert to the Lord's words. This is the least we need to do to continue on the missions given by the Most High. When we don't listen to Him, we stop doing good and do what we should never even think about. We need to be complete servants of the Kingdom of God. We must be completely obedient to the Word!

 

           Once our souls are at peace, wanting to do more and better for Jesus, we have to get up without any hindrance to carry out the task commanded by God. Otherwise, we will lose the reason we were saved and sent into this world. See what the Lord recommends in the parable of the sower, when He talks about the deceitfulness of riches, the cares of this world and the ambition for other things (Matthew 13.22). They make us worthless to God!

 

           Daniel shouldn't be afraid, because the messenger who brought the revelation from Heaven could also make his life a blessing. Therefore, we must let the Holy Spirit strengthen us to carry out God's will. Live normally as someone who is no different from anyone else, except in the fear of the Lord. The saved don't belong to themselves; in fact, the Lord rescued them from perdition and anointed them to bless humanity!

 

           The revelations given to us don't always reassure us of our obligation to do the right thing, and that's normal. After all, we are fragile and wavering beings. However, the faith given to us to obey the Lord and do His will gives us the necessary qualifications; all we have to do is believe. Show that you are a faithful servant by doing everything you have been told to do. God's Spirit will help you. Pray!

   

          You don't know or imagine how far you can go if you believe in the Most High with all your heart. There is power in His words to tear down and to lift up (Proverbs 18:21). Walk as an obedient servant, not a Pharisee with no commitment to the Truth!

 

           In Christ, with love,

           R. R. Soares

 

 

 


Todays Prayer

           God of men greatly beloved! It's good to know that, by fearing You, we are desired by everyone, even by those who don't love You. Better than that is what awaits the person who bows before You and fulfills Your holy plan of salvation!

 

           We are fulfilled in knowing and obeying You. We lack nothing to give Your Holy Spirit the joy of having awakened us to the Truth. The one You enlighten needs to join us in obeying the command to Go!

 

           Help us to lean neither to the right nor to the left. We must serve You as You wish: firmly and faithfully. According to Your Word, we must do Your will as Jesus did. Father, thank You!



SENT TO ISRAEL

2024-06-05 03:00:00

For you are not sent to a people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, but to the house of Israel.

' Ezekiel 3.5 '

 

          Christians who have received the call to evangelize, proclaiming the same message brought by Jesus to the world, and not talk about religion, need to understand that, unfortunately, not everyone will listen to them. However, there is a large group already marked out by God to receive the Word and be saved. This is because He knows how to deal with people and, at every moment, He sees what they are thinking in their hearts. They don't speak strangely because they feel the same way we do!

 

           The Lord shows no partiality, and those who listen to Him will understand His message to come to us so that we can teach them the way to Zion, where the King of kings is in charge of His Church (Jeremiah 50:5). Spiritual Zion is the capital of the world, from where decrees are made for the good of those who will be saved. Not only do they go to heaven, but they are also chosen by the way God speaks to their hearts about events that happen on a daily basis.

 

           Despite the language barrier, everyone understands God's language, like what goes on in our hearts, and so they will join us to benefit God's work. The saved are our brothers and sisters, and others will be too. Let the Holy Spirit guide us, and then the mission will be fruitful! God is a Man of War par excellence. He does His work as we let Him guide us (Isaiah 30:21). The Lord speaks!

 

           The task given to us by the Most High needs to be revived, so that we never fall into monotony. Many don't even show the will to win. The years go by and they don't even try to improve their relationships with people. After all, having enough to eat and wear, they remain socially ostracized. If Christians are not interested in changing their faith and their service to the Lord, they will never notice when God warns them about it.

 

           The prophet Habakkuk was used to shake us out of our complacency, saying: O LORD, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; revive your work, O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy (Habakkuk 3.2). That's why Jesus taught us to cry out based on the model prayer: the Lord's Prayer. In it, Christ asked for the Kingdom of God to come and for the Father's will to be done, both on Earth and in Heaven (Matthew 6.10).

 

           The Lord won't shake you until you wake up, so if you want to win, go to Him to "wake Him up, shake Him" and ask Him to wake you up from the spiritual inertia that you don't even realize is holding you back and preventing you from doing what God has commanded: Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest (John 4:35). If you don't do your part, God won't!

 

           After being used to put an end to Baal worship in Israel and seeing all the people shout: The Lord He is God, Elijah became frustrated when he received threats from Jezebel, so he layed down and wished death upon himself. When an angel handed him water and bread, he ate, but did nothing. God's envoy returned with the food and rebuked him. Then, when he was fed again, Elijah walked for 40 days and 40 nights (1 Kings 19:1-8). Be alert!

 

           In Christ, with love,

           R. R. Soares

 

 

 

 


Todays Prayer

           Lord! We cannot let laziness, depression and other demons stop us. If we receive orders from Your hands, we must leave immediately. This is what Paul did - evangelized lands where the Name of Jesus was not known. The apostle did his best!

 

           Every day, the world is being taken over by sins, illnesses and sufferings that man cannot defeat or heal. Many only think of pleasure, the things of the flesh, while lives are lost. Will they be saved by acting like this?

 

           It doesn't matter what language the message of the cross is delivered in. Even if it is badly translated, because of the interpretation, you will make the people understand it and believe in it. After the prayer, we will hear beautiful testimonies and see that the people set free are part of Your Israel!