There is a very close connection between you, God and His Word. Jesus Himself is called the “Word of God.” To know God, you must know His Word; to honor God, you must honor His Word; to be in touch with God, you must be in touch with His Word. Many promises are given to those who master the Bible so well that the Bible masters them.
— We are promised spiritual stability, fruitfulness and true prosperity as we meditate on His Word day and night. (Psalm 1:1-3)
— When the words of Jesus abide in us, our desires will be given to us, according to God’s will. (John 15:7)
— Meditating on God’s Word leads to prosperity and success in our endeavors. (Joshua 1:8)
— We will have more wisdom than our enemies, more insight than our teachers and more understanding than the aged. (Psalm 119:97-100)
— We will have greater power over sin. (Psalm 119:11)
— We will have comfort in affliction. (Psalm 119:50)
— By drawing near to God, we have His promise that He will draw near to us. (James 4:8)
These astonishing observations, these magnificent claims, these profound promises—they help us realize how important the Bible is, and what remarkable potential we bring to our lives when we become serious students of Scripture. That’s why it’s so important that we commit ourselves to mastering the Bible so well that the Bible masters us.
(excerpt from 30 Days to Understanding the Bible | Max Anders | © 2018)
In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus said that the gate to heaven is narrow (Matt. 7:13-14). The easier route through life is the path of happiness, which has side roads to decadence and self-indulgence. But the way to eternal life is marked by self-sacrifice and humility.
The Lord warned His followers not to be deceived about their salvation. Those who find heaven’s road have trusted Him as Savior and acknowledged that His sacrificial death paid their sin debt in full. This is important because we meet many people who appear to be walking the narrow path but have never made a decision for Christ. They may be busy with church work, but they have placed performance before commitment. At the judgment, Jesus will tell them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matt. 7:23).
You don’t want to be among those who think their deeds will earn them admission to heaven. Receiving Christ as Savior is the only way (John 14:6). Then you can be sure that at the end of your life, you’ll step off the narrow road and into God’s presence forever (1 John 5:13).
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Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. • The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. • Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. • But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.—Romans 13:11-14
In yesterday’s post I talked about making new years resolutions and the importance of following through on them. If you thought about making some resolutions for the new year but were unable to come up with any that were important to your life, then the verse above from Romans should help you.
To help you break them down into understandable, bite size chunks, here they are from the verse above.
1. Lay aside the deeds of darkness.
2. Put on the armor of light which is God’s word.
3. Behave properly with no carousing or being drunk.
4. Do not involve yourself with sexual promiscuity and sensuality.
5. Do not behave with strife or jealousy.
6. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ by becoming a Christian.
7. Make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
I am certain that if you follow through on keeping these resolutions you will find yourself blessed beyond measure and having a peace that passes all understanding. Remember, God is there to guide you and bless you if you will let Him.
The book of Revelation which is the last book of the bible spells out in vivid detail what will happen on Jesus Christ’s return. Chapter 22 is the final chapter of the Book of Revelation and is properly the epilogue, or conclusion.
The main purposes of the visions John has in the Book of Revelation are accomplished; the enemies of the church are conquered; the church is triumphant; the affairs of the world are wound up; the redeemed are received to their blissful, eternal abode; the wicked are cut off; the earth is purified, and the affairs of the universe are fixed on their permanent foundation. There are a few miscellaneous matters that close this last chapter in the bible.
There is a solemn affirmation on the part of him who had made these revelations, that they are true, and that they will be speedily accomplished, and that he will be blessed or happy who shall keep the sayings of the book.
And, finally, a command was given not to seal up what had been revealed, since the time was near. These things would soon have their fulfillment, and it was proper that the prophecies should be unsealed, or open. The final result of all these things, is to find consolation in the assurance of the final triumph of the Son of God.
Satan has been conquered and we will never have to deal with him again. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
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Some of the saddest words on earth are we don’t have room for you. Jesus knew the sounds of those words. He was still in Mary’s womb when the innkeeper said, “We don’t have room for you.” And when he hung on the cross, wasn’t the message one of utter rejection? “We don’t have room for you in this world.”
Today Jesus is given the same treatment. He goes from heart to heart, asking if he might enter. Every so often, he is welcomed. Someone throws open the door of his or her heart and invites him to stay. And to that person Jesus gives this great promise. “In my Father’s house are many rooms” (John 14:2). We make room for him in our hearts, and Jesus makes room for us in his house!
Yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God—Romans 4:20
The walk of faith begins at salvation and continues until we reach heaven. At first we may stumble, but along the way, our focus should begin to shift: Instead of focusing on the obstacles facing us, we should look to the Lord. And rather than battle nagging doubts about God’s trustworthiness, we should cling to the knowledge that He loves us and is always faithful to His Word.
This kind of thinking, practiced consistently, will lead us into mature faith, which rests in the goodness and sufficiency of God. We’ll begin to see our obstacles through the Lord’s eyes and grow strong in faith, giving glory to God.