Sunday, June 3, 2012

June 3, 2012

Is the Bible true or not?  It's a simple question and yet it has been debated by the greatest minds of History.  Are we going to believe that God exists or not?  I ask this question today because either the Bible, in its entirety is real, or it isn't?  There is no middle ground when it comes to the word of God.

We can piece it, theorize over it, change it, examine it, debate over it, but either we believe the word is true and that it stands today just like it did 2000 years ago, or we truly don't believe.  Buddhists believe in meditation, peaceful thinking and a sense of oneself.  To be a muslim you must do good works.  The mormon religion believes that Jesus existed but only as a prophet and the atheists believe in nothing. So where does the Bible say peace comes from?  Did Jesus come to save or not?  Are we meant to meditate on ourselves or Him?

All good questions and the answers are right at our fingertips.  Peace comes from God in its entirety.  There is no denying that kind of peace.  If you have experienced the hand of God in your life, then you have experienced his peace.  It is a feeling of freedom.  It comes when we ask and it overwhelms us, calms us and makes us feel secure, even when our lives are in chaos.  It's Holy and we know it because we feel God.  So why do we question whether He exists in our lives?

The second question I asked today is did Jesus come to save us or not? The Bible is clear He came to save those that call on Him.  He desires not just to be our God but to be in relationship with Him. We have the ability to choose.  His sacrifice is our reward.  If we believe that a man was born of a virgin and came to earth to sacrifice His life, then we have eternal life.  If we don't believe that, we won't be saved.

The final question of the day, whose life are we concentrating on?  Our lives are for one purpose and that purpose is to love Christ with all our hearts.  He didn't come for Himself; He came for all of us.  If you believe that then you must believe that that He believes in one man and one woman being married.  He believes in people loving their neighbors more than themselves.  He believes in a body of believers spreading the word throughout the world.  He believes that we must die to ourselves and follow Him.

I am not a theologian or a scholar of the Bible or other religions.  The lovely thing is I don't have to be.  God pours out His wisdom and words to me daily and shows me right from wrong.  He breathed into the word and now, all of us have the luxury of opening it up and reading it.  The Israelites had nothing until Moses brought down the ten commandments and even they failed once they had God's words.  We fail now and will continue to fail, as long as we live on this earth.  But there is power in the word and it was given for the purpose of directing His children to move in this world with wisdom, peace, hope and love.

I hope you take some time today to reflect on the power behind the cross.  Debate in your own head if you must what is right or wrong.  The answers to all of life's follies is in the Bible.  All we have to do is call out to God and ask Him to pour the word out to us so that we can understand Him.  I am glad I'm not a scholar because I don't want to miss  one of Christ's blessings.  I definitely want to love people more than myself.  And as we all know truly brilliant people have a hard time being humble.  Humble yourself before the Lord and ask Him to direct you in all His ways.  The Bible is true in its entirety.  Don't doubt it.  There may be lost books out there but they were never meant to make it into His book! Times have changed but Jesus remains the same.  Be aware that the world tries to confuse the facts.  Let's make sure we have the sword so when the time comes, we can slay the dragon.

Ephesians 6:10-20 NIV84:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.  Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

I have underlined some of this Scripture to emphasize the importance of the full armor of god and the word.  Please read this passage in its entirety and look at the words Paul wrote.  He was in chains explaining to all of us the dire need to put on our full armor and of course, the word is included.  The only way to fight spiritually is to use the word.  The word of God is truth and we must believe as followers of Christ that it stands alone in this unforgiving world.  Go out and be brave my sisters, fight the good fight and lead by example.  Believe me, the next generation is watching!

My prayer today:

I pray Lord that we would all stop and quit being so apathetic.  That we would believe that the word holds true in its entirety and that we would live our lives proclaiming that.  There is so much outside of the truth here on earth and all I want is to know is what you want me to know.  Lift us up so that when we read Your word, Scripture becomes a way of life, not just a book on a shelf.  Help us all to love one another, to pray for one another and to pray for the nations we live in.  You have scattered us all over the world and therefore, I pray that Your soldiers would spread the word of hope to women everywhere.  You are my only hope, my peace, my joy, my soul.  When You are near, I know and when I call, You answer.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, I am able to read and interpret Your word and for that I am most grateful.  Please help us all realize the power You have given us and the call that is so great today.  We lift up those that are less fortunate, who need You and ask that You would bring them to us.  Make us bold today and give us the courage to do Your work.  In Jesus name, AMEN

Until tomorrow...

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