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:
One of the many tasks the Holy Spirit carries out is the bestowing of special spiritual gifts to all believers. Spiritual gifts are to lift up and glorify God through the body of the church, the church being Christ’s followers. Spiritual gifts are not meant to glorify oneself, rather, they are used to point to God for all the goodness He bestows upon us.
Though gifts may overlap, your unique gift should be used to share the gospel of Christ. You many ask: “How do I accomplish that task? Am I required to go door-to-door and quote scripture to unbelievers?” Not unless your gift involves communicating well with others and comfortably interacting with strangers.
Perhaps your gift goes in a different direction than communication skills. Perhaps yours is in teaching, crafting, mechanics, sports, or business? Depending on what you gift is, do you know how you would share it all to God’s glory? The answer really is quite simple.
In America, one can easily find new Bibles written in formats suited for different needs. It’s wonderful knowing that though the Bible is old its translations are continually updated to accurately communicate God’s original message. And, that those translations are inspected in order to maintain God’s word as pristine to that same original text.
There are several Bible versions in my home, especially since my daughter and her husband are seminary students working on their doctrines. The Bible I usually reference is the New International Version Life Application Study Bible. It contains more than 23,500 cross references. Those references provide for lots of information.
We Christians are founded on His holy word and we must do all we can to continually reverence it–not pollute it with the nonsense of society.
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:
Are you afraid to call on Jesus because you believe He accuses and condemns? If you answered yes, you are not alone. Many believe that lie. Folks don’t realize the true difference between Jesus and satan: the One offers us love and hope, the other seeks to steal, kill and destroy.
Don’t be fooled by the other!
Watch my short video to better understand who your friend and confidant really is–the One who loves you most. Versus the other who chooses to condemn all thoughts and actions as evil.
Are you struggling with a problem? If we are being honest here, we all know everyone has problems. Even those who choose to stage picture perfect lives on social media. Yes, even those people really do have problems. No life is perfect.
Granted, problems do come in varying degrees, but even little annoyances seem large in the moment when they unexpectedly ruin a down-to-the-minute planned day–Flat Tire!
So if you are struggling with anything, I encourage today, right now, to turn it all over to Jesus. It is Jesus, in His perfection as the Son of God, our Deliverer, the Bread of Life and Great High Priest, the One who raised the dead, Jesus is the One who can set you free.
Thank you, blog readers, for following me into a new year and a new decade! 2019 saw the most hits to the Lift Him Up site since its inception in 2014. I appreciate each and every one of you who choose to spend a few of your precious minutes each week to read my posts. Thank you!
From A to Z, Lift Him Up readers are scattered around the world. A sampling of our site’s daily visitors hail from: Argentina, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Mauritius, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Tanzania, Uruguay and Zimbabwe, just to name a few! There are 170 counted countries that have viewed the words lovingly arranged in these posts, all written specifically to glorify and Lift Up God’s name.
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?
So maybe your year didn’t pan out exactly as you had hoped? Sadly, mine didn’t. I penned a Christian screenplay with high hopes of finding a producer/director who would read it. There definitely is disappointment in my heart as 2019 ends with no readers so far.
I’m allowed to wallow a bit, right? Temporarily of course, because I know there’s something more important in life than an unread manuscript.
The joy of our risen Savior.
I know through Jesus all things are possible. Of course humans can’t see or know what will happen the in future, but we can, however, fully trust that what Jesus did for us in the past on the cross is eternally sufficient.
Are experiencing disappointment, frustration, anxiety, or sadness from 2019? If so, please know God is always with you. And right now–the start of a new year–is the perfect time to turn your pain over to Christ and allow Him into your life.
Jesus Christ did not come into the world to condemn. Jesus came to be a friend to all that are willing to receive Him.
Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Like a friend tapping on your door waiting for you to answer; Jesus taps at your heart, waiting for you to receive His gift. Picture your friend standing there holding a large box just for you! Now picture Jesus, who desires to be your best friend, offering you a free gift that will last a lifetime.
Jesus offers you salvation.