September 27, 2016

Delight in the Lord

“Delight in the Lord”

How hard is it to walk with God when the world keeps tugging at you through temptations? This Psalm emphasizes the difference between those of us who follow Christ and those of us who follow the world. He says a person who delights in the Bible, who finds a joy and peace in following Christ is blessed. The author of this Psalm compares a follower of Christ to a tree to illustrate his point further. While being a follower of the world takes away life, becoming a Christ follower will make you prosper.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;  but his delight is in the law of the LORD , and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalms 1:1‭-‬3

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September 24, 2016

God's Promise

“God’s Promise”

Imagine a world where everyone keeps their promises. Wouldn’t that be incredible? But, there is only one man that has ever lived that keeps his promises forever, Jesus Christ. Here Jesus is speaking directly to his disciples. He explains the importance of his words and the Bible as things that will never pass away.

Even Heaven and Earth will pass away, and be made new, but God’s words will never pass away or change! This should serve as a comfort to us as we live by these words, instructions, and promises that never expire or become obsolete. 

Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Matthew 24:34‭-‬35

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September 23, 2016

The Word of God Endures Forever

“The Word of God Endures Forever”

Life happens quickly, one day its blistering hot in early August and then we’re watching the snow fall down in January. Seasons come and go, just like our life here on Earth. In this passage we are compared to grass and flowers because a season is just what our 80-90 year life looks like to God. Everything is constantly changing, people come and people go. New job, new house, new state your living in.

As time passes, nothing really stays the same. We are a people of change and transition. Things can get a little exhausting moving throughout life with almost every variable changing all the time. Yet God promises one thing that will never change -- Himself. God never changes. He will always be the same, He always has been the same. His Word will endure the test of time, because the Word is God. Therefore, when we read God’s Word we can know and find stability in clinging to the one thing that will never change -- the Bible and our God.

The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass.  The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:7‭-‬8

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September 21, 2016

How to Be Successful

“How to Be Successful”

Today’s world is filled with “get rich quick” schemes and infinite self-betterment books. Why? Every person on earth has an innate desire to be successful, but so often we mistakenly believe that success is found in money, power, status, our job, or anything else in the world. Here is where the Bible is clear on answering this question: want to be successful? You have to know the Bible, meditate on it, trust in the Lord, and be obedient to God’s word.

THAT is true success. God’s word will never lead you astray therefore if you are careful to read the very breath of God you will learn just what God wants for your life. God is a GOOD God, so we can be confident that His word and His path for our life will lead us down the road of success.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8

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September 20, 2016

God's Very Breath

“God’s Very Breath”

Once we know that reading the Bible is something we are to do, we can come to see just how it impacts us as believers. The whole Bible was written by one Author, God! He literally breathed out every single word, comma and period in this book, and used men to record it! He perfectly ordained this book to be a guide to us, a source of His voice for us and a place of rest for us in any and all circumstances.

God is a Teacher, a Trainer, a Rebuker, and a Corrector. God wants everything good for us in our lives, but sometimes we think we know what is better for our own lives. Yet, the more we read His word the better we can understand His plan for us. And, even more so, the more we engage with God through the scriptures the more He will equip and teach us to be ready for anything that possibly can come our way. How satisfying is that!

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16‭-‬17

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September 19, 2016

Purpose of the Word

“Purpose of the Word”

What’s the point of reading the Bible? How can something written so long ago still apply to me today? The Bible or the Word of God was written in such a way that these words are eternal truths. All the answers to almost every question you have can be answered through God’s word, you just have to know where to look. The Word has the ability to penetrate you, make you a new person and to carve out the bad and make room for the good.

The Word also makes new our thoughts and attitudes of our heart. Our hearts can be deceitful and tell us things that are not always true. However, the Word is always true. We have to be careful of the feelings of our hearts because our hearts were tainted to be lovers of the world and we must teach them through reading the Bible to be lovers of God.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

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September 18, 2016

Live Your Life in Him

“Live Your Life in Him”

What does it mean to live my life IN Jesus? How do I become rooted and built in Him? Receiving Christ and trusting in Him completely is one decision, but the process of being made like Jesus and continuing to live your life IN him takes time. We must seek to know Him more through prayer and through reading his word, the Bible.

This will make us rooted and built more in him and will strengthen our faith. Strengthening our faith is important because it is what we are called to do. We must continue to aim to learn more about God. The journey of knowing God will only increase our thankfulness towards Him as we uncover how unbelievably holy, sovereign and good He is.

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6‭-‬7

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The LORD Takes Pleasure in His People

Praise the LORD ! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! 

Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! 

Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! 

For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.

Psalms 149:1‭-‬4