If you are a Christian you know God is in control at all times. God knows the beginning, middle and the end of our stories. Yet Christians also know the reality of Satan’s continual plot to exploit our lives as he tries to entice, manipulate, and yank us away from our faith in all that God is. And satan doesn’t limit his lure to individuals. He also attacks families, groups, businesses and governments–including the government of the United states.
Satan would love nothing more than for American citizens to completely ignore God’s call.
But, America will never allow evil to overcome. We have always worshiped and relied upon God as we acknowledge His power and holiness. In fact America originated with an agreement with God. It was created in 1620.
Since the formation of America, beginning with the Mayflower Compact, God has been an integral part of our history. But, like nations of old in the Bible, America too often gets prideful and ignores God. We become arrogant. We stop turning to the Bible for guidance and instead trust our own words over God’s Word.
The same selfishness happened among the Israelites, and history shows that didn’t work well for them. In fact their recklessness for God’s Word left them wandering in the desert for forty years. They were not allowed to enter the Promised Land. It was punishment to the whole generation who stopped believing in God’s power.
God gave Israel many chances to go back to following His word. But Israel did not heed the warnings. Finally, God allowed the city to be destroyed because so many in its nation forsook God and turned to paganism.
America, it’s important to remember and learn from the ancient history of God.
Easter is the holiest of celebrated holidays to Christian believers. It is the resurrection of Jesus our savior—The One who was crucified then came back to life three days later—that is the core of Christianity.
Through Jesus’ resurrection mankind receives salvation—deliverance from sin. We come to understand this truth through Bible study, attention to biblical sermons, and heartfelt prayer. God’s word truly is a love letter to us.
The Bible is a love letter. From its beginning, God promises that though we sin and fall short of His glory, He provides a redeemer.
To understand the significance of The Cross, one must imagine the horrific scene on Calvary hill. Calvary, also called Golgotha–meaning skull, was immediately outside Jerusalem’s walls. Calvary is where Jesus hung, where He was crucified, His earthly body nailed to a cross.
In those days, a cross was a means by which convicted criminals were put to death. Crucifixion was perfected by the Roman empire as a manner of execution; the convicted were humiliatingly stripped bare then nailed to a cross outside the city walls. They hung there, for all to gawk at until dead.
Jesus, the only sinless man in all the world, was found guilty of a crime and sentenced to an excruciating death on a cross.
It’s not hard to imagine many are suffering through loneliness right now. Even if you live in a large family setting, loneliness may take hold of your emotions. You feel you just don’t connect with those around you.
Loneliness makes one believe they are empty and unwanted. Lonely people may also believe they are undesired and often, they build a barrier around themselves.
If this sounds like you, please know you don’t have to feel this way anymore.
Placing hope in Jesus means: we believe in the purpose God created us for, God will complete that purpose, and in the end Jesus fulfills His promise of redemption and eternal life. Amen!
The Bible shows us in Genesis through Revelation that God is in control, from Adam and Eve to the Israelites roaming the desert, through King David to the fall of Jerusalem. And from the rise and destruction of nations to prophets proclaiming the Christ, the Bible comforts us in proclaiming there is hope in the Lord.
So why believe anything different in today’s modern times, as the world still continues struggling just as it did in ancient history. The world has always been tough and the world will always struggle. God knows mans leans towards self destruction, thats why He instructs us place our hope in Him who saves.
When we trust God’s promises He made to us in the Bible, we trust He is always in control. That control reigns over our tough situations as well as our easy ones. Yes, I know especially today, we may not understand the “why” in tough situations. Especially those situations God allows evil to reek havoc and turn our world upside down.
But perhaps the havoc was created by mankind’s own selfish doing. Or perhaps the havoc is to help us learn a lesson. Quite possibly God may just be saying, “Ok, you show no faith in Me nor do you seek Me out, so go ahead and figure things out for yourself.”
In order to get through these tough times it’s good to remember what God told us about His comfort.
There are four types of love found in the Bible: Storge, Philia,Eros, and Agape. All four words are Greek terms, each with a distinct and deep meaning for a certain type of love. For some reason unknown to me our American language has pretty much ignored the distinct characteristics of each love term and pretty much bundled all types of love into one big “love” fest.
Though the individual words may be absent, most folks are still blessed to experience each of these loves during a lifetime, me included.
Storge type of love became known to me first and is the central love encompassing my family. Philia love is my love and care of others. Eros love is the intimate love I share only with my husband.
Each of these loves are precious to me, but it’s the agape love of God that gives life!
Jesus wants you to know He is always available to you. No matter your circumstance, position in life or emotional state, Jesus is never far. Jesus is a constant, not an acquaintance or part-time-friend. He’s simply a thought or a whisper away. In fact Jesus is knocking at your door, right now, waiting for you to invite Him into your life.
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.
You need to understand the truth about Jesus and not believe the lies unbelievers spread:
God blessed the world with the Bible for us to follow. It’s through the gospels we find instructions given to us directly from Jesus, and throughout the New Testament those same instructions are repeated by various writers.
In the short book of James, written by Jesus’ half brother James, we find each of it’s five chapters give specific messages on how to live a Christian life.
At the time of the writing Christians were scattered throughout the Roman world, so James wrote his letter to encourage the dispersed followers to not falter. Although the Bible does not offer much information about James being intricately involved with Jesus before the crucifixion, we find after the resurrection James clearly becomes a leading figure in the early church and shares these five instructions from Jesus.