"...you will often face ungrateful people that hurt you without pity. Don't get discouraged, continue accomplishing your mission. Ingratitude is part of life in this world; it is the amnesia of the heart that has lost the path of dreams.
Psychologists say that the need for recognition is one of the basic human needs; that may be true. But if you want to arrive at the promised land of your dreams, you have to fill that void with the presence of Jesus in your life. Any other way and you will join the skeletons that lie in the desert.
Lift your head and go out today to face your responsibilities, without waiting for gratitude from people, motivated only by the desire to serve. And remember: ‘Then they said to Moses: because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with is, to bring us out of Egypt?’” (Exodus 14:11)
Alejandro Bullon, Finding Fulfillment in Christ, p. 346
"In the New Testament, John says, 'be in health.' Without health, it does not matter if you have a good job, money, or love; a sick body will always bring pain, and will not allow you to serve God happily.
The Lord Jesus, during His ministry on earth, demonstrated care for people’s physical health. When He saw the hungry multitude, He fed them. When He saw the sick, He cured them. Many times, He told His disciples that it was necessary for them to rest, so they could be in a better condition to serve.
By doing many healing miracles on Sabbath, Jesus was also relating the Sabbath to salvation, life, and good health. It is proven that rest is a remedy against stress, provoked by living in today’s society.
Don’t you think that God’s care for your health should be a motive for gratitude? Take advantage of this day to evaluate the way you are treating your body. Do you drink enough water? Do you do daily exercise? Do you make sure you get healthy food? Or do you think that health is a product of chance? ‘Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.’” 3 John 2
Alejandro Bullon, Finding Fulfillment in Christ, p. 339
“The battle may take one minute or one year, but that will depend on me, not God. I must first get the issue settled between God and myself in the secret places of my soul, where no one else can interfere.”—Oswald Chambers (via pepper-ish)
"It's never too late to reevaluate what you call 'Christianity.' Some of those who say they know Jesus don't take the Teacher by the hand and take Him wherever they go. Authentic Christianity is submission to a God that leads you to the land of freedom: freedom from licentiousness and the tyranny of human desires.
Look outwards today, and ask Jesus to help you walk with Him. Because ‘he who says: I know Him, and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.’” 1 John 2:4, 5
Alejandro Bullon, Finding Fulfillment in Christ, p. 342
"Right now, are you facing the recent death of a loved one? There are deaths that leave a terrible mark; it's not easy. While you live in this world, you will continue facing death. But Paul, writing to the Corinthians, talks about Jesus' victory over death. It will be the last enemy Jesus will defeat. When the Lord appears in the clouds of heaven, death will be swallowed up, because the graves will open and the dead in Christ will rise again.
…May today be a day of hope, for you and your loved ones. Flee from death. Take care of your life, which is the most precious gift. But if death touches a loved one, rest in the marvelous promises of Jesus. One day, you will ask, ‘Oh death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’” (1 Corinthians 15:55)
Alejandro Bullon, Finding Fulfillment in Christ, p. 335
"...Bible study cannot be simply theoretical and intellectual. You should not only go to the Bible in search of arguments and theological understanding, but also in search of a relationship with Jesus. Read the Bible as if it were a personal letter that Jesus wrote you. Place yourself in the middle of the story that you are reading. When you read about Daniel, you are Daniel. Imagine being taken to the lion's den for obeying God. When you read about Mary Magdalene, you are that woman who is tired of sinning and one day met Jesus. When you find the story of Joseph in the Bible, place yourself in his shoes. Imagine being sold by your brothers and taken into a strange country.
Read the Bible in first person. Each time it says ‘they’ or ‘us’, place yourself there, and apply the biblical advice to your experience and the struggles you are facing at that moment. This way, you will get to know Jesus and He will be the foundation of your faith. You will be able to trust Him, because you got to know Him through study of the Bible.”
Alejandro Bullon, Finding Fulfillment in Christ, p. 336
"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17