And the last enemy to be subdued and eliminated is death itself.
1 Corinthians 15:26
Death is simply a part of life, but it was never God’s original plan. God’s intent was that Adam & Eve would live forever in the garden. But, what was lost in that Garden was purchased at the cross. Jesus came to die on the cross to buy back that which was lost. Death died when Christ rose.
Look beyond death to new life! We have eternity to look forward to, wrapped in the arms of Jesus.
And here is the basis for their judgment: The Light of God has now come into the world, but the hearts of people love their darkness more than the Light, because they want the darkness to conceal their evil.
We are certainly living in some of the darkest times this nation has ever experienced. Christianity, what the founding of this country is modeled after, has actually become a focus of attacks like never before. We have to understand that shining a light on sin means it must be dealt with. Most people want no part of that.
As believers, it’s important to see this present world through the filter of Jesus’ love. See them how He sees them. Even though they may reject the Gospel, we must share it anyway.
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
One thing trials can bring with them is some residual and lingering doubts, wounds that take a little more time to heal. With the loss of a job, you can be left feeling as if you may never regain the footing you once had. Your confidence obliterated, where do you go?
You go back. Remember those times God richly blessed you, those unique talents he’s given you, the obstacles he helped you overcome. God is the same today as He was yesterday. He will make a way.
So Jesus said to him, “You never believe unless you see signs and wonders.”
Many people need proof of something before they will commit to believing. In the Old Testament, God often talked with certain people, angels appeared, and great wonders occurred. In the New Testament, Jesus was physically present and performed many miracles. Today, we can read about these happenings, but we are called simply to believe.
History and creation speak to the majesty and presence of God. We can be certain that our faith is in a living Jesus who died so that we could be present with Him one day in heaven.
For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2
When is the right time to share the Good News of Jesus Christ? As uncomfortable as it is, if God prods you, move! It’s similar to coming upon a bridge that has washed away, pulling your car over to the side of the road, and watching people drive over the edge.
Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission; to spread the Good News throughout the world. We are His disciples!
Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:5
There is a huge swath of our society today that live assuming that their good works or morality earn them a seat in heaven. You hear people say, “Oh, they’ve gone to a better place.” The reality rocks people to their core. There is ONLY one way to gain entry into heaven and that is through belief in Jesus Christ. This statement garners comments that Christianity is somehow non-inclusive, and on this subject, it is.
Without Jesus, there is no eternity in heaven. We cannot stray from God’s word to please the world, but we should compassionately seek to share the Good News with anyone who will listen.
Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and came to the high priest’s courtyard. He went in and sat with the guards and waited to see how it would all end.
The breakdown of friendships and marriages can all be traced to one deficiency, communication. Once communication breaks down, stress-cracks begin to form. The same can be said about our faith. If we’re not spending time in God’s Word and praying on a daily basis, our faith becomes second and other things become first. We are basically following Jesus at a distance.
Follow Jesus closely! Grab onto His robe and allow Him to lead you! Never let your faith become second.
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
We must all have an active prayer life. Not doing so can be considered a sin. Think about it; we’re eager to hit our knees in the midst of a crisis, but can set prayer aside when things are going great for us.
Prayer prepares us, protects us, and gives us an opportunity to give God thanks. We should do this daily!