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 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:
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.
The word gospel originally was defined by the Christian message itself–the truth that Jesus is the son of God, fully human yet fully God, was born on earth by a virgin, spent the last three years of His life on earth sharing who His is with others, and then gave Himself , though faultless, as a sacrifice for all sin so that believers may receive salvation and spend eternity in heaven.
Over time, gospel came to be used for the books in which the story of salvation through Jesus is written: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Each of the four gospels are written by a different author, and are originally directed at different audiences. Though the tone and setting of each book differ, their main purpose is clear throughout–to explain in their own style without a doubt the purpose of Jesus on earth.
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?
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.
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.