If you doubt God using you for His glory, you are not alone. God chooses many people to carry out His plans–people are not always enthusiastic to His proposals. Doubters often fail to understand God prepared path just for them. They prefer to believe more in their own shortcomings than in the infinite power of God working through them.
But God, in His time, shows us His way. And our eventual willingness to place all trust in God draws us even closer to Him. It’s this trust relationship that allows His glory to shine through us so that others might see the light of Christ.
So don’t fret over God using you for great things to proclaim His kingdom. After all it’s His idea anyway! And He stays with you always, just as He did with the people He chose in the Bible.
In the New Testament is where we find the Good News of Jesus Christ shared with mankind. It is because Jesus conquered death through His resurrection that the Apostles traveled about explaining the new way to lead a God-Centered life.
But image what the Jews and Gentiles in Jesus’ day were going through. They were living a long established God-Centered life through their laws given by Moses, and now a new way of experiencing a relationship with God was being taught.
Thankfully, the Bible offers clear direction on how to live a God centered life. Let’s break it down to five of the basics:
Last week I shared that some folks are afraid to call on Jesus because they believe He accuses and condemns. Bible verses were selected to explain why that idea is the total opposite of God’s truth. It’s satan who is our accuser and Jesus is the One who saves us.
This week I want to share how having faith in Jesus not only helps us grow closer to Him and receive Him as our savior, but faith also gives us power in the middle of a storm-faith helps us to overcome.
Last week’s post explained who, as we stand before God, is the real accuser of sin–For the accuser [satan] of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
It is satan, continuing both day and night, who accuses–not God. God loves you! He sent His one and only son to die a sacrificial death so that we may have life eternal. If you don’t believe in this gift please know that at any moment, on any day, whether it’s the very best day of your life or the very worst day, God is right there with you. He stands near, simply waiting for you to accept the truth of His love.
Watch the following video that explains more of God’s love for you:
Let’s face it, creation is a mystery to all of us. No one knows exactly how God formed/established the earth and massive solar system–but He did. He tells us in His word that He did. So as a believer in Christ and all that God is, I take Him at His word. Christians like myself look past the unknown parts of this complicated story and simply place our faith in His truth.
I don’t question how I can smile and talk into a small electronic device, then somehow my image and voice travel through air and appear on your screen. It’s not something most folks can easily explain, but it happens. For God, believers trust the history of His perfection that we read in the Bible. And in this history we find passages of God’s truth shared with His people.
So believers, called to live by faith, follow God’s truth in the Bible, which begins with the wonderful story of Creation in Genesis.
Never doubt your worthiness to God–no matter the mess you feel you’ve created. God created you and He loves you. The Gospel affirms God sacrificed Himself to mankind in order that we may believe in this love and follow Him. Some may call faith in God a fairy tale but believers, we know in our hearts that those verbal assaults are spread by people with hardened hearts. They are spreading lies.
Fairy tales only offer momentary gratification–then life continues to hurt. God, in His infinite wisdom, offers everyone an earthly lifetime of hope, joy, and love, no matter the circumstance. By turning your life over to Christ, He will help you through any mess. Christ will get you through the hurt. Understand, Christ is here to help and desires you to hand your mess over to Him. In one quick moment you can receive His love.
Allow your heart to understand that nothing rings truer than this:
Jesus Christ died for all of us!
Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
The word “Christ” comes from christos, a Greek word meaning “anointed.” It is equal to the word mashiach, or Messiah, in Hebrew. Jesus the Christ means Jesus is “the anointed one of God.” To be the anointed One of God, one would have distinct qualities unto oneself. It is only Jesus who possesses the many distinct qualities identifying our Savior, beginning with His virgin birth.
Jesus’ virgin birth took place two thousand years ago, as foretold over seven hundred years prior by the the prophet Isaiah. How very distinct–having a virgin as His mother and prophets foretelling His conception!
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
God isn’t big because He takes up more space than us. God is big because He is more than us. And when we read His word we become blessed with knowledge of His vastness. A vastness so deep and so wide, many writers of the Bible–including prophets, king David, and Moses–have written about God yet I believe they really can’t explain it to us in human terms.
God is so much more than can be explained or understood. Creation, humankind, sin, mercy, and grace are just a few of His immeasurable traits. God is involved in every aspect of life, even in the lives of those who chose not to believe–because God is life!
And not only does God create life, God holds all things together.
Hebrews 1:3a The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
The Bible is one book made from 66 smaller books. It is divided into two sections: the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament, originally written in Hebrew before Jesus was born, contains 39 books. The New Testament, written in Greek with some portions believed to have been in Aramaic, was written after Jesus’ death. Forty years passed between Jesus’ death and the first gospel writing. Twenty books are in the New testament.
The entire Bible is written by approximately forty different authors. These people include prophets, a scribe, a cupbearer, a shepherd, a tax collector, a physician, fishermen, farmers, priests, philosophers, and kings, just to name a few!
It’s amazing, as it always is with God, how He brought together and inspired a chosen few to write and share His history and, as Revelation reveals, what is to come!
Society spends boundless time, energy, and money trying to find “the answer” to living the ever unattainable utopian lifestyle. Social Media, television, and those magazines at the grocery store check-out line all try to suggest what will make our lives complete. Their suggestions usually include:
- Eating healthy foods
- Organizational and time saving tips
- Books on mental health
- Balance family and work
- _________________ (You fill in the blank.)
In truth we need only turn to the One source who created us. Jesus—the source of all we need!