What the bible says about God ?
When you think about God, the best place to start is at the beginning.
Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
God created this world as recorded in the book of Genesis, where we read about, the "beginning" the beginning dose not refer to God, it refers to the universe which God created. God was always there - he is eternal - he has no beginning and no end. God said let there be. and it was so. By the word of God, creation was out of nothing. He was at the beginning and always will be there.
Revelation 1:8 "I am the alpha and the omega" says the Lord God who is and who is it come, the almighty.
Christiana believe that there is only one God who is the proper object of religious worship. Through the bible, we discover what kind of God he is and why we should worship him and him alone. Through the pages of the bible we see the activity of God - he is love - he is just, he is merciful, he is omnipresent (always with us)
Malachi 3:6 "I the Lord do not change" this is prophetic word from Malachi. The people of Israel had reason to say that he was an unchangeable God, though they had been fickle at times, god remained faithful. God is our father and we can have a relationship with him similar to that of a child and his father. Sometimes that relationship is imperfect and flawed - always the same. God the Lord is merciful and gracious slow to anger and bound in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Psalm 34:8-9 "Glorify the lord with me, let us exalt his name together. Taste and see that the lord is good. Blessed us the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the lord, you his saints for those who fear him lack nothing.
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT ETERNAL LIFE ?
We don't know when we will leave this life, but our choices now will determine how we spend eternity...
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believe in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
If you were the only person in the world, Jesus would still have died for you. That's how much he loves you. Because of his death and resurrection, he can offer you eternal life. You may think you don't want to live forever, maybe your life is miserable, but in eternity there will be no sickness, evil, sin, or death. When you accept Jesus, you can begin to consider your life from an eternal point of view ...
Psalm 39:5-6 "You have made my days a mere handbreadth, the span of my years is as nothing before you."
Each mans life is but a breath. Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro, he bustles about, but only in vain, he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it ... We spend a lot of time these days securing our future on earth and yet we often spend no time at all thinking about eternity. The success, wealth or status we achieve in this life will have no bearing in eternity ...
Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate but broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it. But but small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."
The Bible is quite clear about the fact that there is only one way to gain eternal life. Believing in Jesus is the only way to get to heaven. Being a kind person, giving to charity and even going to church will not get you into heaven accepting Jesus and trusting him is the only option. The really good news is that, although this route may appear restrictive, the "narrow gate " referred to is the wide enough for everyone. All we have to do is believe, seek forgivness and live within Gods will..,
Matthew 10:39 "Whoever finds life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it ..."
When we strive after the things that seem important (power, wealth, success, security) we begin to realise how little those things have to offer. The best thing we can do is to let go of the things that the world has to offer, this will enable us to enjoy life with Jesus now and to look forward to eternity in his kingdom. If we can remove the desire to focus on status and material things, we can begin to live life with a new freedom that comes from living within Gods will.
John 17:3 "Now this is eternal life. That they may know yo , the only true God, and Jesus Christ,whom you have sent ..."
Jesus was very clear about how we achieve eternal life. We need to enter into a personal relationship with him, we need to confess our sins to him and start living a new life in his strength. Jesus does not expect anything from us, other than the person we are right now. It doesn't matter what we've done or how we have lived our lives. He simply want us to say that we are sorry for the wrong things we've dome and start living his way. That's it ! Rudy.
In God we Trust?
"Blessed are those whose strength is in you," (Psalm 84:5a)
"Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you." (Psalm 84:12)
Absolutely. Take note of this if you are someone who blames God for your hard times. God didn't make the temptation that you fell for. He didn't set the traps to hurt you. God will restore you. (Patrick Vance)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
What the bible says about justice ?
We dislike it when we are treated unjustly, whether it is by a person or an event in life. We often don't understand why so many people in the world get such a rough deal compared to others. How can God allow injustice to happen? Yet the Bible describes God as good, just and righteous. Not as distant and uncaring. What does the Bible say about living in a world of injustice ?
Isaiah 53:4-5 Isaiah was a prophet, telling Gods people what God wanted them to hear. 700 years before Christ was born,his message was of hope and encouragement but also of warning and challenging ... "Surely he took up our infirmities and carried are sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God. Smitten by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed..."
This whole chapter describes (years before it happened) how Jesus would come to earth and be the recipient of human injustice, in order to make our salvation possible. God is our judge. But if we should ever be tempted to think it's not fair or that God is unjust, we should remember and thank God that we do not have to receive what we deserve. Because God allowed Jesus to take our punishment... Yes, He was crushed for our iniquities. God is our ultimate judge, but he is also a God of amazing mercy and grace, to go to such lengths to give us a way out. Our peace is only possible by Jesus' wounds, as it came at such a great cost, we should never take his mercy for granted.
Matthew 5:38-38 (Matthew was account of Jesus life on earth was aimed at helping people understand and follow Jesus ) "You have heard that it was said eye for an eye and tooth for tooth, but I tell you. Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek turn to him the other also ..." Good people were used to the court rule an eye for an eye which meant that the punishment should fit the crime and that there should not be excessive retaliation or revenge. Jesus completely turned up-side-down that accepted thinking and said that people should no seek revenge at all and if hit on one side of our face should then turn the other cheek. He goes on to say that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. It can appear as if Jesus is teaching us to be weak, or telling us to accept violence but Jesus himself was strong and hated violence, he was teaching people, who were familiar with being under foreign occupation, the power of overcoming evil acts with unexpected goodness. It's not a victim mentality at all. This way of living is radical and costly, but as our reading from Isaiah teaches us, (Jesus practiced what he preached). Seeking justice for ourselves, we leave more room for considering the needs of other people who need justice...
Amos 5:24 "but let justice roll on a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.
Amos was an ordinary sheperd given the task of communicating an important message, which came with a warning of judgment to a society complacent about poverty and justice ...
Amos 5:11-13 "You trample on the poor and force him to give you corn, therefore though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards you will not drink their wine, for I know how many are your offences and how great your sins. You oppress the righteous and take bribes amd you deprive the poor of justice in the courts. Therefore the prudent man keeps quiet I'm such times, for the times are evil ..."
You really need to read the whole of Amos. The society was outwardly religious, taking part in religious feasts offering sacrifices and singing songs of worship but God was repulsed, not impressed because of the way that the people treated the poor. The poor were being exploited and because of the corruption in the courts there was nothing they could do to help their situation those trying to right these wrongs were being oppressed. Surprisingly these people that were taking part in bribery and corruption called themselves Gods people! Amos warned them that even though they spoke of having God with them, God intended to punish them if they didn't change and start to seek good instead of evil and make the courts just. Do our churches focus more on religious activities and singing nice songs than we do on seeking justice for the poor and vulnerable? Let us strive to ensure that we never become complacent and allow injustice to prevail. Rudy.
What the bible says about hatred ....?
Hatred is evil - it splits families: it destroys neighbourhoods and nations. There is an antidote to evil and that is love - love as taught and practiced by Jesus ...
Amos 5:15 "Hate evil,love good: maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God will have mercy..."
God cannot tolerate evil as all sin and evil doing is against his will. He longs for us to do good in our dealings with all people. Grievances can be redressed if we live by the principle of love ...
Psalms 97:10 "Let those who love the Lord hate evil..."
We cannot love God and the devil at the same time. If we love God we will always avoid evil as much as we can. Love for God will show itself in a real hatred of sin. The truth is that if we love the Lord, evil will be abhorrent to us. We will not want anyone to suffer because of the evil in the world.
1 John 2:9-10 "Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light ..."
To be in the light means that God is living in us and directing our actions and if this is so, we love others with a Christ-like love. Hatred is a sign of spiritual darkness and therefore if we hate others we also live in darkness. Let us strive to be governed by the love that Christ can give so that we can live in the light...
John 3:20 "Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed."
If we are sorry for our wrong doing we need not worry. God loves us and will forgive our sins if we repent...
Psalms 119:163 "I hate and abhor falsehood but I love your law."
The psalmist cannot have anything to do with lies and he finds the words in scripture beneficial to good living. Lying in any circumstances is a sin which every good person hates. The psalmist hates evil, but loves the law of the Lord and the reason why he loved the word of God was because of it's truth.
Proverbs 10:12 "Hatred stirs up dissensions, but love covers over all wrongs."
Hatred often stirs up trouble but the great peacemaker is love which covers all sins. Love will excuse the offence and over look it, then trouble is prevented. Rudy.
What the Bible says about gossip?
We may enjoy gossip, but we must understand how damaging it can be and how we feel when we are victims.
2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 "we hear that some people among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge un the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat ..."
If you don't have enough to do. It's easy to get involved in gossip. It may be exciting to think you have information about someone: The reality is that there is no benefit to you and it can tear apart the victim of gossip.
Proverbs 25:18 "like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbour ..."
If you're tempted to gossip about someone remember this verse. If that shocks you then it's better to stay silent and say nothing."
Psalm 57:4. "I am in the midst of lions; I lie among ravenous beasts-men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords". (a Psalm of David)
Gossip is commonplace, and at times we may feel that people criticise and talk about us behind our backs. This type of behaviour can damage us as much as physical abuse. If we find ourselves in this situation, we should avoid responding with hateful words, but respond as David and ask God for support and strength ... Rudy
I'd like to introduce you to my Christian brother Rudy. We both go to Newbold Baptist Church in Rochdale and Rudy is going to join me on "Walter's Preach" telling you a bit about what it means to be a Christian and how knowing Jesus Christ has made such a difference in his life. Walter.
Our God is great, He loves to answer our prayers. We as Christians sometimes forget all the prayers He as hanswered when we are going through them tough times. So I just say to you when you are going through those hard times... just stop for a minute and remember all the prayers He has answered in your life. It's safe to say He will answer your prayers again.
I have been learning a lot in life lately and one of the things I'm learning is to wait on God's timing. So many times I rush into things and so many times I get it wrong. It's because when we rush into things we are not prepared. It might seem like nothing is going forward, that we not progressing but we have got to understand in those times God is teaching us, preparing us and moulding us into what we need to be in order to do what he wants us to do.Thank you Lord for preparing me for what you want me to do.
Amen bro this is the calm before the storm. God's got a plan but he is allowing us to be made ready, Everyone in the Bible who God used in a big way had to be prepared first. Sometimes for many years.
Gods timing is perfect Walter.. And his timing is alway good if we just have faith and trust in his timing, on his timing and yeah it's like when you go in the army for battle you have to train yourself and get training before you do anything so that yiu are prepared for what is in front of you ... But God knows... Have you ever heard that Reggae song "Only fools rush in"? I think it's ub40, well that is what it is Walt. Thoughts those who wait upon the Lord. Walter ... Study and get prepared brother, same with me Walter and anyone ... Godbless you Walter in Jesus name Amen.
Ah THANK YOU Walter! I needed to be reminded of this today! We do tend to think that what we are doing is so important and can get wrapped up in our plans..... all the while Jesus' one main goal for each of us is to become more like Him.. and yeah we need to recognise the preparation time too.. He knows just when we are ready for those good works which He has planned in advance for us to do... (think that's in Romans!) Ephesians 2:10
I have decided to follow Jesus... the world behind me the cross before me...though none go with me I still will follow...no turning back !no turning back!. William J. Reynolds
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