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The Bible is the ultimate guide to life, yet it’s one of the least consulted books we turn to when looking for guidance.

The Bible is one of the most widely sold books on the planet – 88% of U.S. households have at least one Bible in the home – yet it’s one of the least read books in America.

Bible Study Thoughts wants to help make the Bible the most prominent book in your life! Let’s share our Bible ideas, thoughts, and encouragement!

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Blind, Random Chance? or Design?

The Honey Bee’s “Waggle Dance”

 

 

Logarithm & The Waggle Dance

n.  log·a·rithm  ˈlôgəˌriT͟Həm – “The power to which a base, such as 10, must be raised to produce a given number. If nx = a, the logarithm of a, with n as the base, is x; symbolically, logn a = x. For example, 103 = 1,000; therefore, log10 1,000 = 3. The kinds most often used are the common logarithm (base 10), the natural logarithm (base e), and the binary logarithm (base 2).”  From The Free Dictionary.com

Want to have some fun?

 

Check out these Wickipedia diagrams of logarithm’s functions in different contexts.

 

Now, consider how the honeybee uses a carefully choreographed “waggle” dance that instructs the rest of the hive where to find a flower so they can go harvest nectar.

 

But here’s the clincherthe honeybee’s dance moves which draw a map to the nectar are using logarithm!

 

Two Choices & Two Choices ONLY

honeybeeWhether you are a Creationist or an Evolutionist, when it comes to origins you’ve got 2 choices, and 2 choices only … Chance or Design?

The evolutionist wants you to believe the honeybee does it’s waggle dance – based on logarithm (an advanced form of mathematics) -  purely by chance. (Are they serious? Logarithm by chance?)

The creationist believes the honeybee was endowed by it’s Intelligent Creator with the ability to use logarithm by design!

When you think of honeybees doing “log”, and getting it right – which seems more rational … chance or design?

One thing I learned in math class when I was working with what my teachers called “imaginary numbers”. The teachers didn’t like my random, “imaginary answers”! They demanded precise calculations to arrive at correct answers. Which required intelligence and the ability to use abstract thinking. (Do you realize how difficult the average person finds logarithm to comprehend?)

The obvious question for the evolutionist to consider is this … in what other context – other than when weighing the debate between creation and evolution (and logarithm dances performed by bees) – would they consider it rational to believe blind, random chance was responsible for complexity, rather than intelligence and design?

Here’s more food for thought … the honeybee doing the waggle dance isn’t the only wonder – what about all the other bees being able to read it – and know precisely where to go to get newly found nectar – including how far it’ll be to get there?

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”  Romans 1:20

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What Did Lennon Really Believe?

 



Where Do We Place Our Trust?

I grew up as a non-Christian, and music was a major part of my life. As were The Beatles. To say I was a Beatles fanatic is to put it lightly.

But, is music just innocent entertainment, like I believed it was growing up? Or did it influence the way I thought? These are important questions – because as it was shown on the video, whatever our standards of right and wrong are, if they’re not God’s standards, they’re irrelevant. And if they’re irrelevant that means we’ve got a problem.

Why? Because according to God’s standards -

“… all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. Rom 3:23

We’ve all lied, cheated, stolen, and done worse. We’ve let our minds go places when thinking about sex. We’ve put ourselves first ahead of others. And we’ve knowingly disobeyed God.

And when music, the internet, tv, etc., encourage us to “do our own thing” it’s telling us to live to please ourselves only, as if there is no God.

Is Everyone Going To Heaven?

If we’ve sinned against God, we’ve shown we couldn’t be trusted if allowed into heaven … so where does that leave us instead? The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” Rom 6:23 What that means is if our lives are out of harmony with God’s will (which He expressed in the form of the 10 Commandments) – God will leave us to our own desires, He’ll depart. He’ll honor our will and leave us alone. (see Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together unless they are agreed?”)

Which creates a dilemma. Because when God departs … we die. Why? Because the Scriptures also tell us that God ALONE has immortality … 1 Tim 6:15,16  says God is ” … the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see”.

Bible Study Thoughts - At the CrossAccording to the Bible we don’t go to heaven because we think we’re good, or because we tried to be good … we go to heaven if we believe Jesus is good, and that as a good man He lived a perfect life – which Adam didn’t, in order to save all of humanity who would become repentant for their sins, and trust in what He did in their place. Jesus lived in perfect obedience to God’s laws as a man. This is what makes Him the “second Adam”.  1 Cor 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.” That is, all who choose Jesus. We can remain in Adam, or be born again in Christ.

NOTE: So was John Lennon a Christian? Watch the video to discover the answer!

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His Story

MangerJesus was:

  • Born in an obscure village
  • The child of a peasant woman
  • He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty.
  • For three years He was an itinerant preacher.
  • He never owned a home.
  • He never wrote a book.
  • He never held an office.
  • He never had a family.
  • He never went to college.
  • He never put His foot inside a big city.
  • He never traveled over three hundred miles from the place He was born.*
  • He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness.

He had no credentials but Himself…

 

His Results

While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him.

  • His friends ran away.
  • One of them denied Him.
  • He was turned over to His enemies.
  • He went through the mockery of a trial.
  • He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves.
  • While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – His coat.
  • When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

 

His Legacy

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King of Kings, and Lord of Lords

Twenty long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.

I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned,

put together

have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.

Thank you, Jesus

 

Originally By Dr James Allan Francis *where I edited

 

 

 

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And Then There Was Church

Bible Study Thoughts - Part 2As I said in Part 1, there was a church influence in my early years, but it was sporadic since we moved so much. My heart was really open to God (as I think most children’s are), and I absorbed the lessons I was being taught, the sermons I heard, and the Bible Story books my parents had bought.

More than anything I liked church because I was treated so nice by my Sunday School teachers and pastors, which was such a break from my experience at home.

I believed everything I was being taught and developed what I believed was total faith in the promises of God. I believed God loved me and it was truly a relief from the abuse I got at home. My step-father hated me (he liked to remind me of that every chance he got), but at least I knew that God loved me.

But then something happened.

Rusty

rsz_irish_setterI somehow talked my mother into letting me keep a stray dog that wandered into our yard one day. He was probably a mix of ‘something’ and Irish Setter because he had long red hair. I named him Rusty. It didn’t take long for Rusty and I to become best friends.

Then one day he disappeared.

I was probably still around 10 years old or so and I had an innocent, childlike faith in God. Because I knew God loved me I knew He would bring Rusty back. I’d been told in Sunday School that if I had enough faith – God would do anything for me. I even got that confirmed a couple times from my Sunday School teacher to be sure.

Well, I was so happy because I had faith that God would bring Rusty back. I was 100% convinced Rusty was coming home and would even stare out the window day after day looking for him. Finally, after weeks of waiting it sunk in that Rusty wasn’t coming back.

Betrayal

I can’t even begin to describe how betrayed I felt by God. My step-father hated me but at least he never acted like he’d love me and always be there for me (God had) – he let me know from day 1 he didn’t want me. But even the pain of my stepfathers rejection was endurable – because I had a God who loved me and even wanted me to call Him Father. I had someone I could trust. Someone who would never let me down.

And that’s why my belief that Rusty was coming back was so strong. Because I really trusted God. Which I why I felt so betrayed by Him, because I believed He said if I trusted Him completely that what I asked for would come to pass. I’d been taught that and even reassured that it was true.

Which could only mean one thing. I’d been deceived. God lied to me.

So I got angry with God. Actually it was more like rage. Rage at God, and, rage at myself for letting my guard down and being duped.

Unpardonable Anger?

I went outside and started screaming at God (through my tears) to get out of my life. I yelled at Him that I never wanted to have anything to do with Him again. In fact, I was so mad at Him I tried to commit the unpardonable sin. I wasn’t sure what that sin was, but I couldn’t think of anything worse than using swear words at God – so I cussed Him out and made a certain gesture.

That, I believed, would be the last of it. I didn’t see how God could ever forgive me for screaming and cussing at Him like I did, so I felt it was forever over between me and God, that He would never want me again after that – so we were through. At the ripe age of 10.

School Influence

Bible Study Thoughts.comNot too long afterwards I remember being in an elementary school music class and having a teacher we all thought was ‘cool’. Looking back I know we thought that because that’s what he wanted us to think. As an adult he was much more sophisticated than we were, so it wasn’t too hard to be impressed by an adult “acting cool”.

One day in class the discussion somehow turned to whether or not there was a God.

Our teacher, while projecting an air of refinement and finesse, confidently assured us there was no God. Believe it or not that sparked a pretty intense debate with some of the kids peppering him with questions.

He just patiently smiled, let the ‘hubbub’ die down, and then used the following reasoning …

I explain his reasoning in - “Why There Is No God” – coming up in How I Found God – Part III.

How I Found God – Part IV - “Hook, Line, and Sinker”

How I Found God – Part V - “The Ouija Board”

How I Found God – Part VI

 

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# 1)  Get the Big Picture First

Bible Study by Reading the Bible Through Before considering different ways of studying the Bible it’s a good idea to get the big picture first. How do we do that? By reading it all the way through while asking ourselves, “What does this tell me about God?”

One of the biggest benefits you’ll get by reading the Bible completely through is you’ll see how God relates to people over an extended period of time. I always tell people to reserve judgement about what they read, and not to be impatient when they come across parts that are hard to understand. Things become a lot clearer when the Bible is taken as a whole.

This is the exact way Jesus did it when He appeared to the men on the road to Emmaus after He’d been crucified, and had risen from the dead. The Scriptures say, “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” Luke 24:27

This means that Jesus, rather than turning to a couple of “proof texts” to explain the events which had occurred in Jerusalem to Cleopas and his friend – took them on a broad tour through the entire Bible.

It says, “beginning at Moses and all the prophets” He expounded to them …”

Let’s see – Moses wrote Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy and possibly Job. Add in “all the prophets” and you’ve got most of the Old Testament (the NT hadn’t been written yet). This is saying Jesus gave a Bible study on a certain topic (His birth, life, death and resurrection) which took Him through most of the Bible which was in existence at that time.

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TAKEAWAY TIP # 1: A great way to go through the Bible – whether you’ve read it before or not – is to get a chronological, one-year Bible. This type of Bible makes it much easier to read through because it’s broken down into daily readings. That’s the 1-year part.

Also, by getting one which is chronological it takes the events from start to finish in the order in which they occurred. Many people aren’t aware that the Bible isn’t compiled in the exact order in which the events occurred. The chronological comes as close as possible to exact order, with some speculation about the exact time of certain books, e.g., Job.

The second thing that makes it easier is the translations.  There are 2 versions of a Chronological, 1 Year Bible. They are the New Living Translation (NLT) and the New International Version (NIV). I much prefer the New Living Translation because it reads like a story and makes it really easy to stick with it. I’ve gone through the NLT twice this way and thoroughly enjoyed it each time.

# 2) Get the Right Mindset

Bible Study Thoughts - ThinkerAnother aspect of  “Getting the Big Picture” is having the right mindset before you begin your study.  Doing this takes an understanding of what makes the Bible different from any other book … so let’s look at that.

Here are a few interesting facts about the Bible that make it unlike any other book in human history:

First, the Bible claims to have been inspired by our Creator – think about that!!! (more on this below)

  • It was written over a period of 1500 years
  • It had 40 different authors
  • The authors were from 19 different occupations
  • It contains history, poetry, drama, & prophecy – all telling the same story from start to finish
  • The Bible tells us who we are, i.e., where we came from; why we’re here; and where we’re going
  • Unlike other books of antiquity the Bible records the true record of it’s heroes and it’s nation. It’s honest about their defeats when they happen and it openly discloses the faults of it’s heroes.  Again, this is different from other books of antiquity, which “doctored” their stories, covered up their defeats, and ‘deified’ their heroes

INSPIRED BY YOUR CREATOR

Before going on I’d like to elaborate on the first point I made above – the claim of inspiration.

The Bible claims it was inspired by God, i.e., the One who made us. Rather than take it for granted wrap your mind around that for a second then ask yourself -

Q. What if that’s true? What if the Bible really is a communication to us from our Creator? Wouldn’t that have profound implications?

A. I believe it would.

Bible Study Thoughts - galaxyHere are some fascinating quotes I’ve taken from Isaiah chapters 45 & 46. What’s amazing about them is they claim to be God Himself speaking to us in the first person. Did you catch that? God Himself speaking! The Bible, several times in Isaiah chapters 40-46, is filled with incredible claims. It claims our Creator is speaking. I’ve gleaned just a few to give you a sample of what’s said in these chapters:

“Thus says the Lord who made you, And formed you from the womb, who will help you.” Isa 44:2

“I am the Lord, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me.” Isa 45:5

“I have made the earth, And created man on it. I … My hands … stretched out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded.” Isa 45:12

“Look to Me and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess.” Isa 45:22,23

TAKEAWAY TIP #2: We lead busy lives and it’s so easy to treat the Bible as an ordinary book, or to view its reading or study as a routine task we’ve obligated ourselves to do. So here’s a tip … Before you begin get the right mindset.

Stop and think about the book you’re about to open. Before you open it, say a short prayer to God and ask Him to guide you in your understanding. Use God’s Word as the focal point of your prayer.

For example, in Isaiah 55:11 God’s Word says, “My word shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and prosper in the thing for which it was sent”. Ask Him to accomplish in your life exactly what He wants His word to accomplish, and to prosper His word in your life for the exact purpose for which He sent it. That’s how you make the Word the focal point of your prayers. You’re praying for what He said in the text to happen in your life.

So one way you can  do a topical study through Scripture is to compile a list of texts referring to your topic.

In the above example I used God’s Word as a topic, so, if you wanted to get creative and dig a little deeper you could go through the Bible and compile a list of texts on God’s Word.  There are TONS of them you can use but here’s a few for starters: Mt 4:4; Prov 2:1-6; Ps 119:49-50, 67, 81, & 130.

Besides all the great Scripture you’ll be learning and applying in your life this can help keep you from feeling daily Bible study is too routine.

# 3) Get Objections Out of the Way

rsz_questionsSometimes when I mention studying the Bible people will raise objections. Here’s a few of them, which I’ll follow afterwards with suggestions on to deal with them:

  • The Bible’s too intimidating
  • It doesn’t make sense to me
  • No one knows what’s right, that’s why there’s so many different denominations
  • The Bible isn’t relevant to our culture today
  • and many more …

 

TAKEAWAY TIP #3: Deal with any objections you may have to studying the Bible.

Write down any thoughts you’re having that can affect you in a negative way, then think them through. For example, here’s a few responses to the objections listed above.

“The Bible’s too intimidating”. That’s ok! We feel intimidated about a lot of things we do when we’re first getting started. Did you feel intimidated the first time you drove a car? Had to give a speech in school? Asked a girl out on a date (or agreed to one if you’re a gal)?

“It doesn’t make sense to me”. Hmmm. Did chemistry make sense the first time you attended? Or algebra? Or a foreign language you learned? Of course not! The Bible is like everything else. The more you spend time with it the more sense it’ll start making to you.

No one knows what’s right, that’s why there’s so many different denominations.” You’re right, there are a lot of denominations. But you don’t need to join them all. Nor do you need perfect understanding. What’s more important than that is having a right heart and a right spirit. Just concentrate on what does seem right, and stack the odds in your favor by going on the weight of evidence.

For example. Let’s say I want to know what happens when a person dies. I can take a Bible concordance (basically an index) and trace my topic through all of Scripture. If I find 30 texts on my topic, and 24 of them are saying one thing, but 6 of them seem to be saying something else, I can go by the weight of evidence and feel safe going with the 24, and use them to try to better understand what the other 6 are saying in their context.

One reason for so many denominations is people not using the weight of evidence to formulate a doctrine, but going on maybe 1-6 texts on a topic while either being ignorant of or ignoring everything else.

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The Church vs The World

The Bible isn’t relevant to our culture today.” Really? When was it ever relevant? Just joking (kind of) but think about it like this … there always has been, and always will be, a tension between the ways of God and the culture around us. The Bible says, “Come out from among them and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing”. 2 Cor. 6:17. It also says, “we are strangers and pilgrims on this earth” 1 Pet. 2:11  And, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Rom 12:2 While cultures are different principles will always remain the same. As will the tension between the church and the world (just as it is for the individual – see Gal 5:17 “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh“)

 

God bless everyone,

 

 

Virgil

p.s. I hope you feel you got some good tips on how to study the Bible. If so, be sure to comment below and share your input. If you have any personal questions about Bible study or becoming a Christian please contact me using the contact form in the right sidebar.

 

 

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Is Ignorance Bliss or Deadly?

 

Many seem content to avoid God at all costs.

They play games, buy things, party, keep finding new partners, chase the almighty dollar … BUT
One day their eyes will close, their hearts will stop, and their life on earth will be over.

 

Sometimes What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You!

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Not a care in the world.

Decided you don’t need to know what the Bible says?

What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You …

“But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and covered their ears.” Zech 7:11

Start Paying Attention!

 

Any Thoughts About This?

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Man’s Rebellion

Bible Study Thoughts - Mans Rebellion Against  GodJoke about it, laugh about it, do whatever you want. This world IS headed towards destiny.

We live in a world where there are crimes unspeakable:

a mother will put a baby in a microwave oven;

there are deviants out there who will prey upon children;

kids shooting each other;

disgruntled workers gunning down co-workers;

every nation on earth seems to either hate or be a war with the nation on it’s border (think of the countries around the globe and the relationships they have with their bordering countries and you’ll see) – and I could go on, and on, and on.

So yes, disasters are coming and will increase in every form – and from every direction – as God removes His protective care from a world that does not want Him and only wants more, more, more.

Give Me More

More money (no amount is enough), more food (to eat and stuff ourselves with), more sex (to create and spread more diseases and kill more babies before they’re born).

Man says “I can have what I want, when I want, and as much as I want — because I want it”. And He tells God, his Creator, “Let me have what I want, be my servant and give me more, then leave me alone and stay out of my personal life. Don’t place limits on my wants in any way, shape, or form”.

A Date With Destiny

Bible Study Thoughts - Super Storm CellIn describing the last days the Bible says in Luke 21:26, “Mens hearts failing them from fear for looking at the things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”

It says in the book of Revelation, “… then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of it’s place.

And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!

For the great day of His wrath has come and who shall be able to stand?” Rev. 6:14-17.

This world is headed for it’s date with destiny, and you are going to see natural disasters increase to a degree they can no longer be ignored – even by those in our numbed-out, entertainment seeking, gluttonous country – as everything continues to come apart at the seams all around them.

Choices and Consequences

As God allows man to exercise his free will, and choose whom he will serve, God “gives them up” to the consequences of their choices. He allows them to reap what they have sown. (See Rom 1:18-32)

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A Biblical Definition of the Gospel:

Bible Study ThoughtsIf you wanted to use your Bible to explain to someone what the gospel is – where would you look? Probably the most quoted verse in Scripture is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

As beautiful and as full of meaning as that verse is – that’s not the Scripture I would turn to. Although a good case can be made that it does teach the gospel. And I’d probably agree with that. In fact, there are many texts which could be used – because the Bible has plenty of good news! But there’s one Scripture which is my favorite when it comes to describing (and understanding) the gospel. And it’s one I love to think about. It’s Romans 1:16

Romans 1:16 comes right out and says, “this is the gospel” Let’s look at it together, and then dissect it. It says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes …”

Interesting. In this passage Paul is saying so many things – which we’ll break down in a second. For now though notice this text is definitely claiming to define what the gospel is. Would you agree with that? Paul says he’s not ashamed of the gospel. And then he tells us what it is. He says, “for it is the power of God unto salvation.” Is that how you would explain the gospel? Would you define it as “the power of God”? What is Paul telling us here?

 

The Power of God

Bible Study ThoughtsWhat is power?

What do you think of, when you think of ‘power’? Do you think of military might? Do you think of superior strength, or control? A lot of it depends on context, doesn’t it? It certainly does in the examples I just gave. Yet in the definition I like there’s a common denominator which applies no matter how it’s being used, and no matter what the context is. And that’s this:

Power is the ability to produce an effect.

Think about that for a moment. All power results in being able to produce the outcome you want, regardless of the situation. That is power, isn’t it? Having the ability to acquire or produce what you want means you have power over it. You have the ability to make it happen.

Now, applying this definition to our text we could paraphrase the text so far to be saying the gospel is “the ability of God to produce an effect”.

The ability to produce an effect. Hmmm.

So what effect is the gospel producing?

It says, “unto salvation.” Which means so far that the “gospel”, is the GOOD NEWS that God has the ability to produce salvation. Our next logical question would be to ask -

 

What is “Salvation?”

Bible Study Thoughts - At the CrossOne of the clearest definitions of salvation I’ve ever heard is “being set free from the power and penalty of sin.”

What a promise! I like that, don’t you? Can you imagine not only being set free from the penalty of sin – but also from it’s power over us? Amazing, isn’t it?

And for any who might be thinking they can never be free from sins power over them I would remind them of who the verse says has the power … God!

That’s the good news. That it’s not our power – it’s God’s!

The difficulty any Christian has in living a victorious Christian life is when they’re trying to supply the power (ability) through their own efforts. Although there’s a lot I could say about that – think of it like this – if you did have the ability to produce a sinless life using your own power then you wouldn’t need a Savior. But if you’re a Christian you became one because you recognized somewhere along the line that you were a sinner who needed saving. And that saving comes to us as a gift. It has to, if we are to have it, because we could never earn it through our own works.

Who does the Bible say is set free from sin’s penalty and power?

Everyone who believes!

Wow. The good news keeps getting better and better.

 

How to Make the Gospel Real

Would you like to know a way you can experience more of God’s power in your life? Let’s start by looking at our “gospel text” one more time, completely paraphrased with our new understanding:

Paul says, essentially, “I am not ashamed of the good news of Jesus Christ! For it is the ability of God to set me free from the power and the penalty of sin, if and when I believe.”

Isn’t that encouraging?

Faith is like a muscle, the more we use it, the stronger it gets.

So if the gospel is God’s power put forth to save man, and if it produces freedom in everyone who believes, it stands to reason that the greater faith a person has, the more they will experience the power of the gospel.

Isn’t that true?

That means that one of the keys is to have greater faith.

 

Faith in the Power of God

As our heavenly Father, nothing pleases God more than to have His children come to Him in faith. Meaning God loves it when we trust Him and believe His Word! Do you realize whenever we doubt Him, we’re saying we don’t trust Him to do what He says He’ll do?

How much would it help if, when we felt weak, we took our focus off ourselves and shifted it onto a new focus – a focus on God’s ability to do what He says?

If we wanted to have more faith in the power of God – where would we look? i.e., Where in all the world do we see the greatest evidence of God’s power (i.e., His ability)?

In creation! What God has created displays His power – day after day, and night after night.

Bible Study Thoughts - God's GloryPsalm 19:1 says “the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork.”

Who hasn’t looked up at a sky full of stars, and marveled at the strength and wisdom of the One who put them there?

The text goes on to say, “Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. Their is no speech or language where their voice isn’t heard!” Ps. 19:2

What David is telling us here is that “day unto day (the heavens) utter speech” – in other words the heavens speak to us – of God’s glory, wisdom and power. And “night unto night reveals knowledge” – again of the wisdom and power of a God who could create such an amazing display of glory as that which we see in the heavens.

And this is universal speech and knowledge! It says, “There is no speech or language where their voice isn’t heard.”

Now get this … using this passage, Paul reasons in Romans 10:14-18 that through the heavens the gospel had been preached to the Jews (connect vs. 15,17 & 18)!

Therefore, going right along with my premise that our faith grows as we observe the power of God in His creation, (and as we contemplate His great handiwork), Paul says that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” vs. 17.

But look what word of God he’s talking about … he makes that statement right in the middle of his reasoning that the gospel is being preached by the heavens!

 

Connect Your Need to God’s Power

So here is the sum of the matter …

If God is faithful and true, that means He will keep His promises to us.

In Scripture God has promised to completely save us from the penalty and power of sin – in Christ. That’s the gospel, or good news.

If we’re NOT experiencing victory over sin in our lives it can mean only one of two things. Either God is unfaithful to His word, or, we don’t have enough trust in His abilities. Remember, the gospel is God’s power to save … for everyone who believes. Rom 1:16

(NOTE: Actually a 3rd option could be that we’re often happy to be saved from sins penalty, but not nearly as interested in being saved from it’s power over our lives, i.e., we like sinning)

But if we truly desire to live for God, and we want the freedom He promises us from the power of sin, we will behold His great wisdom and power in the things which He has created, and we’ll trust Him. That is, once we realize that it’s the same power at work in creation, now at work in our redemption (Redemption is our “re-creation”, it’s the same power that created us – now being put forth to save us!) – we’ll know that what He has said, He’s also able to do. See 2 Cor 5:17, “If any man be in Christ he is a new creation. Old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new.”

Again – if we are a new creation in Christ that means God is exercising His creative power in our behalf – which is infinite i.e., when we believe and trust in Him to do it. God honors our will, and He will not take away our freedom to co-operate with Him or reject Him … the choice is ours.

So, if anyone ever asks you what the gospel is, you can now answer with confidence that it’s “the good news that God has the ability, through Christ, to completely save us from the power and penalty of sin, if we’ll believe it through faith!”

And that, my friend, is good news!

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In the New Earth God Promises to Create:

 

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6 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,

The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little child shall lead them.

7 The cow and the bear shall graze;
Their young ones shall lie down together;
And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole,
And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.

9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain.
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the sea.”

                                                   Isa. 11:6-9

 

All Things Made New

 

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1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”

Rev 21:1-5

 

This world is going to pass away.

God promises He will wipe away every tear. The universe will be clean, and rid of sin forever.

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