There is a call of revival in Cuba that is connected with Miami. The largest Hispanic group in Miami is Cuban. Fidel Castro exiled them and drove them out of Cuba over religious, political and economic issues. When he closed the borders, many escaped and have since become American citizens.
However, a deep wound is in their heart because Castro displaced them and removed their inheritance.
Now a new generation has arisen in Florida. However, this generation is indoctrinated by the wounds of the past generation and they have much bitterness toward Cuba.
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‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches’
July 8 & 9, 2013
"You Must Believe!"
But without faith it's impossible to please Him, for whoever comes to God must believe
that He exists and that He is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him!
– Hebrews 11:6
It seems to me like I've been in a 'difficult place' in my walk with the Lord for quite some time now. By 'difficult place' I mean one of those seasons where nothing's working, nothing's happening, God's not answering, life's come to a standstill, so that the only song that seems to have any relevance is "Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me"!
If you've been in the Lord for any length of time, you know exactly what I'm talking about. You dial heaven and ask to please speak with the Lord; the angel who answers says He's "not available right now" and "would you please call back at a later time". The second time you call you get a Busy Signal. On your third attempt you get a recording: "This number is no longer in service."
Enter Hebrews 11:6. There's a little 'four-letter word' there that's discomfiting when you're in the difficult place. It's that little word 'must'. Anyone who comes to God . . . MUST believe (1) that God exists to begin with, and (2) that He's a Rewarder of those who diligently seek . . . HIM (ie, He's not a Rewarder of those who merely seek His 'rewards' while disregarding seeking Him).
"MUST Believe." "MUST." Hmm. This is a word both to Christians (ie, supposedly believers) and to non-Christians (ie, supposedly non-believers) alike. The Holy Spirit does not say here:
"It would be so neat if when you come to God you might consider believing Him!"
"If you'd just believe God – He would be so relieved!"
"How noble and magnanimous of you to choose to believe God!"
"I'd be so honored and pleased if you'd believe Me!"
"Please . . . please . . . I entreat you: Please believe Me. Please!"
Nope. Nyet. Nicht. Nein. Nada. Negatory. No. The above-mentioned four-letter word is simply, MUST – whether you're a believer or non-believer the demand is ever the same – MUST. No discussion, no excuses, no exceptions, no exemptions, no substitutions. MUST Believe Him/in Him. MUST.
When you're in the difficult place, the challenge is to . . . Believe. (1) That God IS there ("He exists"), so that you believe that He hasn't forgotten you. AND to Believe: (2) That He is a Rewarder if you 'hang tough' with your faith and keep pressing in to Him.
Believing in Him isn't Optional. You MUST believe in Him.
You MUST cast off Disbelief. It is DISPLEASING to Him for you to entertain Doubting about Him. No matter what your Emotions say, no matter how 'good' it feels and how inwardly 'warm and fuzzy' it may be to be cast down and depressed, you MUST reject and resist that tendency – and with jaw-tightened, teeth-clenched, fist-closed Fierce Resolve, you MUST Declare your Belief in Him and His ability to reward.
And you MUST do it over-and-over, resolutely standing in your Faith. There's no other way to PLEASE GOD.
You Must Believe in Him. You simply . . . MUST.
For our Hispanic Friends!!
Present Word Ministries (Ministerios de La Palabra Presente)
"El que tiene oído, oiga lo que el Espíritu dice a las iglesias"
8 de julio y 9 de julio 2013
"Tiene que creer"
Y sin fe es imposible agradar a Dios. Porque es necesario que el que se acerca a Dios a crea
que El existe, y que recompensa a los que Lo buscan
-- Hebreos 11:6
Me parece que yo he estado en un "lugar difícil" en mi caminar con el Señor por un buen rato. Con la frase "lugar difícil" quiero decir que es uno de estas temporadas cuando nada funciona y nada está sucediendo; Dios no está contestando; la vida ha llegado un tope para que la única canción que tenga correspondencia con mi situación sea "Pesadumbre, desesperación, y agonía para mí".
Si usted ha estado con el Señor por un espacio del tiempo, usted sabe de lo que estoy hablando. Usted marca el número telefónico del cielo y pide, por favor, hablar con el Señor; el ángel que contesta y dice, "Él no está disponible ahora" y " por favor llame más tarde". La segunda vez usted llama, usted llega el tono de ocupado. En el tercero intento, usted llega una grabación: "Este numero está afuera del servicio".
Entra Hebreos 11:6. Hay "una palabra de cuatro letras [en inglés, 'must' o tener que]" que está presente y está incomodándole cuando usted está en un lugar difícil. Es la pequeña frase "tiene que". Cada quien que se acerca a Dios. . . . TIENE que creer (1) que Dios existe en el primer lugar, y (2) que Él es un Recompensador [él que recompensa] de aquellos que le buscan. . . . . a Él (i.e., Él no es un Recompensador de aquellos que meramente buscan a sus 'galardones' mientras le pasan por alto a Él mismo).
"TIENE que creer". "TIENE que. . . " Hmm. Esta es una palabra para cristianos (supuestamente, los creyentes) y para los no-cristianos (i.e., supuestamente, no-creyentes) mutuamente. El Espíritu Santo no dice aquí:
"Seria bonito que cuando usted se acerca a Dios, tal vez, podría considerar creer en Él".
"Si usted creería en Dios -- Él sería tanto tranquilizado".
"¡Cuán noble y magnánimo de usted escoger a creer en Dios!"
"Sería yo tanto honrado si usted creería en Mí".
¡Por favor, por favor, Te ruego: Por favor, créeme. Por favor!
De ninguna manera. Nyet. Nicht. Nein. Nada. Negativo. No. La frase de arriba de 'tiene que' sencillamente es TIENE que -- si usted es creyente o no-creyente la exigencia es igual -- TIENE que. No discusión, no excusas, no excepciones, no exenciones, no sustituciones. TIENE que creer en Él. TIENE que.
Cuando usted llega a ese lugar difícil, el reto es. . . . creer. (1) que Dios está presente ("Él existe"), para que crea que Él no se haya olvidado de usted. Y creer: (2) que Él sea un 'Recompensador' si usted 'aguanta firme' con su fe y continúa acercándosele a Él.
El creer en Él no es una opción. TIENE que creer en Él. TIENE que echar afuera la incredulidad. No es agradable a Él para usted seguir dudando. No importa lo que sus emociones digan. No importa cuan bueno se sienta y cuan bueno sea de ser desconsolado y deprimido, TIENE que rechazar y resistir esta tendencia -- y con mandíbula apretada, con los dientes apretados, con el puño cerrado con determinación feroz, TIENE que declarar su creencia en Él y en Su habilidad de recompensar. Y TIENE que hacerlo una vez y otra vez, resolutamente, siendo firme en su fe. No hay otra manera para agradar a Dios.
Tiene que creer en Él. Usted sencillamente, TIENE que creer.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Spanish Jews Immigrate to Israel
By Stan Jeter
CBN News Senior Producer
Monday, September 03, 2012
Hispanic family in Beersheba, Israel
Thousands of Sephardites, descendants of Jews in Spain and Portugal, fled in 1492, after a royal decree ordered them to convert to Christianity or face imprisonment, torture and execution. Today, many are returning -- not to Spain but to southern Israeli city of Beersheba, as the Bible foretells.
Fireworks lit the sky over the southern city of Beersheba as Israel celebrated its independence. Thousands of new immigrants joined the festivities, among them the Javier Montenegro family, which arrived from Argentina in 2003.
"The first thing we saw was a great number of Hispanics," Javier Montenegro of the Negev Bible Center recalled. "We found some 15,000 Hispanics, coming from the nations. The majority were Argentinean because of the crisis in Argentina."
For Bible scholars, the arrival of Hispanics in the Negev is the fulfillment of a phenomenon predicted by the prophet Obadiah.
"Obadiah 20, the prophecy that the Jews of Sephardim, of Spain, returning to the city of the Negev -- and Beersheba is the capital of the Negev -- of the desert...our forefathers passed through Spain, to Latin America, and we're returning in the purpose of God," Montenegro said.
Yet the purpose of God for the Montenegro family was not that clear.
"We were led to a deep search for God," he said. "Many times I went to the desert to pray, to seek the Lord."
Montenegro is a Christian with a Jewish mother. He believed God wanted him to start a church in Beersheba, but found its spiritual climate "too cold." "People didn't want to hear about the Lord, about Jesus, Yeshua (Hebrew). So we felt like the only ones in the city who thought differently," he said.
After inviting people for a year, they established a small congregation. But as people came, another challenge reared its head: persecution.
"The religious Orthodox, they think that they are like the spiritual police of the country," Montenegro said.
The threat is real. In December 2005, a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews attacked a Messianic congregation there. And there were other incidents as well.
"In our neighborhood, the Orthodox rang the doorbells of all our neighbors and told them we were unwelcome people, that we were missionaries and we could change the way people think -- that we were dangerous to the children," Montenegro said.
But in spite of the opposition, the Hispanic congregation began to grow. Today, the Negev Bible Center is a community of some 80 people.
Many of those who gather here thought of returning to their homeland. Life is expensive in Israel and sometimes the work available to Hispanics is cleaning offices and buildings, which pays very little. "So husband and wife both have to work many hours just to survive, and it's not enough. So they can't have a car, there are a lot of limitations. So we help with food, we try to help our brothers but there's not enough and there's so much need," he said.
Life in Beersheba is not only difficult financially. At times the threat of missiles launched by Palestinian Arabs in the Gaza Strip can make it dangerous.
"We're 25 miles from Gaza. We've started to receive missiles in the city," Montenegro said, adding that "every war that we've had has helped the Hispanics to turn to God."
The congregation has plans to buy its own bunker that could hold up to 500 people. When the Code Red air raid siren goes off, residents have a few minutes to find shelter. "So we need a place of refuge because the time of war is when we most want to be together as a family of the Lord, praying, worshiping the Lord," he said.
But when Montenegro thinks of the rest of Beersheba's population, he's moved by their spiritual need.
"A lot of people go to the synagogue services just out of tradition. But there are a lot of secular people who turn a deaf ear. There are a lot of atheists -- a lot of masons," he said. "In the newspapers you can see horoscopes, and palm readers, (and even) witches."
Although this congregation is small, it offers an answer to the confusion and spiritual apathy of Beersheba, calling its people to return to the God of the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who centuries ago found life-giving water here in the desert.
"We love this land. We've sold our house in Argentina. We've bought a house in Israel. And we want to give our lives; we want to serve the Lord all the days the Lord gives us here," Montenegro said.