Kevin Menezes

Loved and Saved by God alone to Love and Serve God alone.

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Peace & Prosperity

There are two kinds of people: those who follow the person of Jesus, and those who follow the principles of Jesus.

Those who follow the person of Jesus, accepting Him as Lord and Saviour, almost always find peace. But because they wait for God to do everything for them without moving a finger to help themselves, they do not enjoy the prosperity of Jesus.

Then, there are those who reject the person of Jesus, but follow His principles to the T. These folks find prosperity, but they have no peace. They can never rest in their blessings.

Therefore, to have peace and prosperity, we must follow both the person of Jesus and His principles.

God bless you.

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Take It Easy

We all know that rest is important, but why is it such a big deal to God? Why does it matter so much to Him that we set apart one day every week to do nothing?

Firstly, as you may have rightly guessed, resting benefits us the most. Like every other Commandment, God instituted this one too for our good. He is the Creator and He knows His creation the best.

If your car manufacturer told you trying to go from zero to 100 miles in 6 seconds is bad for the engine, it would be unwise to not pay attention. Likewise, when God says cool it for a day once every week, He knows what He is talking about.

Yes, life is busy and each year it seems to get busier. Work, family, school, and other commitments just eat the day away. However, rest and relaxation are important. In fact, getting enough rest is imperative to living a healthy lifestyle. When you do not relax, you are putting yourself at risk for illness.

Think about it this way: God is Spirit, right? He never tires or slumbers. And yet even God rested on the Seventh Day. If God Himself felt the need to rest, then who are we to say it is not important. Would you let your children to tire themselves out all day and then stay awake all night? God cares for us just as we care for our children. And He wants what is best for us.

It is so important to God that we rest that He made it the Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:8–11)

When you do not get enough rest, you have difficulty concentrating, thinking clearly, and even remembering things. You might not notice this at first or blame it on your busy schedule, but the more sleep and rest you miss out on, the more pronounced these symptoms will become.

Lack of rest and relaxation can also affect your mood. It is a proven fact that when individuals miss out on good nightly rest their personality is affected and they are generally grumpy, less patient, and snap easier. In retrospect, missing out on rest to fit in all those activities is not much fun at all.

Incidentally, the first holy thing in all creation was not a people or a place, but a day. God made everything in creation and called it good, but when God rested on the seventh day, He called it holy.

The best part about obeying God and resting is that He rewards us for being good to ourselves. Look at what He did for Scottish athlete Eric Liddell.

During the summer of 1924, the Olympics were hosted by Paris. Liddell, a committed Christian, refused to run on Sunday (the Christian Sabbath), with the consequence that he was forced to withdraw from the 100 meters race, his best event. The schedule had been published several months earlier, and his decision was made well before the Games began. Liddell spent the intervening months training for the 400 meters, an event in which he had previously excelled. Even so, his success in the 400m was largely unexpected.

The day of 400 meters race came, and as Liddell went to the starting blocks, an American masseur slipped a piece of paper into Liddell’s hand with a quotation from 1 Samuel 2:30 – “Those who honor me I will honor.”

Liddell not only won the race, but broke the existing world record with a time of 47.6 seconds. His performance in the 400 meters in Paris remained a world record for four years and a European record for 12 years.

So, the next time you think it is a good idea to stay up late to complete a task or hang out with friends, think again.

I conclude with an excerpt from the Book of Isaiah: “If you treat the Sabbath as sacred and do not pursue your own interests on that day; if you value my holy day and honor it by not traveling, working, or talking idly on that day, then you will find the joy that comes from serving me. I will make you honored all over the world, and you will enjoy the land I gave to your ancestor, Jacob. I, the Lord, have spoken.” (Isaiah 58:13,14)

This passage suggests the Sabbath is a gateway through which we can experience the best that life has to offer.

Want to have it all? No problem. God wants that for us too and much, much more. And the Sabbath rest is God’s answer to making it all happen. It establishes the inalienable human right to rest and prosper. And prosper you certainly will. Just try it!

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It’s Going To Be Alright

The Bible is a book of stories—real stories of real people who lived thousands of years ago. And, interestingly, there is an untold story (or several untold stories) within each of these stories.

Let’s take the most popular one—the story of Jesus’ birth—and find the untold story within that.

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she conceived a child through the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:18)

Soon afterward, Mary got ready and hurried off to a town in the hill country of Judea to meet her cousin Elizabeth.

Our story within the story begins here.

Having stayed with Elizabeth until the birth of John the Baptist, Mary realizes that it is time to head back home. She is now visibly pregnant and knows she would have to confront Joseph and her relatives soon.

It is quite reasonable to assume that the one thought predominantly occupying her mind on the journey back is: I hope God has spoken to Joseph about this. If he thinks I was unfaithful to him, he will be devastated.

Imagine her apprehension when she is about to meet Joseph for the first time after her return. She is surely hoping that as soon as he sees her, he will ease her worries saying: “I know. I know. Don’t worry. God explained everything to me.”

It is quite reasonable to assume that as soon as they met, Mary searched his eyes for that hint of assurance. But she found none. Instead, the smile on his face faded as soon as he glanced at her belly. Mary realizes that Joseph is still in the dark.

As a distraught Joseph turns to walk away, Mary’s heart aches for his suffering. She yearns to call him back and reassure him of her faithfulness. “I have been true to you, Joseph. I didn’t cheat on you.”

Isn’t that what most of us would do if we found ourselves in her position? “Look, dear, it is not what it seems. It was God. He gave me this baby.”

“Yeah! Right! The Holy Spirit! Now why didn’t I think of that myself?” is how most men would sarcastically respond.

It is worth noting here that despite the predicament Mary found herself in, she did nothing to defend herself. She also did not complain to God for having put her in that difficult spot. Why? Because when she said “Let it be done unto me according to Your will,” she really meant it.

You see, though Mary was a simple girl, she was wise. She knew that like most men, Joseph would find it very difficult to believe that the baby in her womb had been conceived by the Power of God. The only one who could convince Joseph otherwise was God Himself.

Mary had to hope and trust in God. And she trusted Him enough to know that if He put her in that situation, He would also bring her out. She also knew that God would do it in His time, not hers. So she waited. And she prayed—for Joseph.

Let’s read to find out what happened next.

(Now) because Joseph was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. (Matthew 1:19)

Hmmm! So Mary was right. Joseph was, in fact, thinking just like most men would. Let’s continue.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20–21)

This is amazing stuff, isn’t it? Why did God dispatch an angel to take care of the problem for Mary? Why did He care so much? Because she trusted Him to do it for her.

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

So did Mary’s trust in God pay off? You bet it did.

In retrospect, Psalm 62 may have as well been written by someone like Mary. It says: I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him. He alone protects and saves me; he is my defender, and I shall never be defeated. My salvation and honor depend on God; he is my strong protector; he is my shelter.

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him. And so if God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:28,31)

Remember, everything is going to be alright in the end. If it isn’t alright, then it isn’t the end.