I’m amazed by the how God’s word, through his Spirit, moves his people to repentance. Hopefully you can relate to the profound effect of the reading of the word can have on a person. God’s word has power. It shows us who God is and who we are in comparison to him. Through the reading of his word we see our sinfulness exposed and it should drive us to repentance and humility. Hebrews gives us a great picture of the power of the Word to change man.
The Bible displays the reality of God’s faithfulness from Genesis to Revelation. It is a comforting thing to know our God displays his faithfulness to us. He gives us assurance that he will never change. So what is the meaning of faithfulness?
Do we have correct and biblical understanding of the Holy Spirit? I often hear people speak and praying about the Holy Spirit and wonder if we fully understand.
Have you ever tried to envision Jesus in his risen state? Read these words and the description of the vision that John gives us in Revelation 1:12-16, “Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lamp stands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.”
What does the Bible say about the poor and powerless and how we should help them?
There are many references to this topic in both the Old and New Testaments. To list just a few:
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. – Psalm 82:3-4
“Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4
Giving, specifically of our money, is an important topic among the body of Christ. And often it is one that we don’t want to talk about. Did you know the Bible has around 2,000 verses on the topic of money? That is significant. Just to list a few for your reference, take a look at these: Proverbs 3:27, Proverbs 11:25, Malachi 3:8, Matthew 6:2; Matthew 19:21, 2 Corinthians 9:7; 2 Corinthians 8:12. And the list goes on.
We know that all things belong to God including our material wealth. But do we trust him enough to give what is due?
Do you ever feel the call of the Lord stretching you until it feels uncomfortable – pushing you out of your comfort zone? I am experiencing it now and it is probably the first time in my life as a follower of Christ. So why does he do this? Why does he stretch us beyond our comfort and ability? Ultimately, for his glory.
Let’s look at a couple biblical examples of how God stretches those whom he calls his children.
I have been reading through the Gospel of John a lot lately. I must say some of my favorite chapters in the Bible are found in this Gospel; specifically chapters 14-17. Throughout these verses we see Jesus laying out things that are going to happen. He was going to the cross, but before he did he wanted to reassure them – and us – that though he would suffer and die, he would return.
For the past few days I have been doing a lot of thinking about covenant commitment. What is it? How does that play out in our life? We see in scripture that God made a covenant with Abraham. We see the covenant commitment played out throughout the entire bible. Our God is committed to the covenant he has set in place. So is it possible for us to do the same? I believe that answer has to be a definitive yes!
I sense a big change coming on the horizon. We serve a mighty and awesome God!! I sense that the pieces are starting to fall into place – even though I am uncertain as to what exactly those pieces are. Have you ever experienced that? When you read in the Old Testament whether it was Moses or the prophets, when God spoke, things happened in mighty ways: parting the Red Sea, killing Egypt’s first born, just to name a couple. We have a God who acts decisively and deliberately; One who judges and saves. Even if we don’t understand it completely in the moment – he always moves at the perfect time.