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.
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.
Carelessly tossing around the title of our Creator–GOD–has turned into a nothing norm. Everyone does it, no big deal, and anyway–is it really even a sin? Well, so what if everyone does it, it is a big deal and yes–the Bible says it is sin.
Exodus 20:7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
If you’ve developed the inappropriate habit of taking or LORD’s name in vain, now is the perfect time to make a change. It’s a wonderful way to offer honor and respect for all that He is.
The surest way to turn a good day bad, for yourself and for others, is to spew negative words. In truth, if we often speak negativity, it turns into our norm. I know someone in particular whose conversation overflows with negativity. When I know I’ll be around that person, I approach the event mentally prepared.
Negative words and thoughts are not worthless, they do carry power. They trigger bleak emotion, aggressive action, cause pain, and forbid joy to evolve within you. Negativity does not nurture joy.
Matthew 15:10-11 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
The event, started by Focus on the Family in 2014, is growing in popularity. With every state in the nation involved, 8,000 students participated in 2014, 155,000 in 2015 and 356,000 in 2016. In 2017 almost 500,000 students participated and 2018 surpassed even that!
Proverbs 31:10-31 has always been a go-to for many sermons on how women are “expected” to act if they want to be Godly. However, this passage of scripture was not dictated by God himself to rule over women. It was written by a mother to her son, as advise, on what to look for in a future spouse.
To find the fact, go back to the first verses in Proverbs 31, which are often overlooked:
Proverbs 31:1-3 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him. Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers! Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.
Have you ever prayed over your home? I’m sure you’ve prayed for family members, for circumstances, and for blessing in your home, but today, let’s pray God’s dominion over your home.
Praying over your home is done by walking through each room of your home while claiming God’s word throughout! How powerful it is to purify a home of doubt, stress, chaos, lack of trust, and wickedness. Today is the day to tell evil it has no business in your business and you are kicking him out of a house that belongs to God! Forbid evil to return by using God’s word as your evection notice!
Do your friends and family really know you are Christian? If they were asked to write ten descriptive words about you, would Christian be at the top of the list, or would it even be on the list at all? Now that I think about it, I’m not really sure where some of my friends and family would include Christian on my list, if at all. And that thought makes me sad.
If people around me don’t perceive me as a Christian, then it means I am doing a very bad job at sharing Jesus our savior, The One who will save them from condemnation. And sharing the gospel is what the Bible instructs us to do:
Mark 16:15-16 He [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Easter is the holiest of celebrated Christian holidays, though Christmas draws much attention from non-believers and even some who conform to different faiths (specifically in interfaith marriages). However, it is the resurrection of Jesus—The One who was crucified then came back to life three days later—that is central to the Christian faith.
Through Jesus’ resurrection mankind receives salvation—our deliverance from sin. And, through studying the Bible, we understand God’s word as a true love letter. It’s a love letter because from the beginning God promises that though we sin and fall short of His glory, He provides a redeemer.
The Bible reveals the coming of our redeemer, Jesus, in the Old Testament, to prepare us to open our hearts and believe the truth once our savior actually walks amongst us in the New Testament.
I pray you believe in the life, death, and the resurrected life of Jesus the Christ. You can learn more about Jesus by reading the following obituary:
October 4 is Bring Your Bible To School Day! How fantastic is that?
The event, started byFocus on the Familyin 2014, is growing in popularity. With every state in the nation involved, 8,000 students participated in 2014, 155,000 in 2015, and 356,000 in 2016, and the number for 2017 almost reached 500,000!
Bring Your Bible To School Day started as a response to America’s schools continuing to forbid religious groups, Bibles, prayer, kneeling for God at football games, or even acknowledging Jesus in the classroom.
This much needed event is something Christian students may partake in openly.Continue reading →