The Holy Bible IS the Living Word of God

In human courts and legislature, some are claiming they need to interpret older legislation to meet current situations in order to keep the laws relevant.  Often these interpretations seem more like redefining to meet faddish trends and narrow opinions rather than protecting the innocent from persecution.  Man’s laws may change, but God’s Word remains a living and vibrant thing just as it is.  The Holy Bible contains examples, wisdom, and direction that is always key to living a good life.  Although the Word has been translated into multiple versions, it should never be revised or rewritten to try to fit current or future events or deceive people into falling false teachings.  The Bible is and will always be how mankind is judged as innocent or guilty for eternity.

For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow,
and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 
And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed
to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. - Hebrews 4:12-13 (ESV)

The reference to “Word of God” in above scriptures directly points to the Holy Bible.  Scriptures preceding it point to the Old Testament telling how the Jews came out of Egyptian slavery then missed the Promised Land because they did not have faith in God to fulfill his promises and they also broke some of the directives in His covenant with them as well as the Ten Commandments. The above scriptures also points to Jesus, who is the living personification of the Word of God in the New Testament.  Jesus often cited prior scripture and stories in His teaching to show how God’s Words remain relevant and helpful to all.  

How does this apply directly to you today?  When you read and study the Holy Bible, you learn more of God and build upon your relationship with Him.  The words can convict you of your sins and lead you to repentance.  After becoming a Christian, the words will guide you and direct your path to being all God wants you to be.  When you reach the judgement seat of God, Jesus will intercede for you as if He were your defense attorney.  Your testimony will be how well you followed God's directions.  You will be judged against the Word, so be sure you know it well and do your best to live by it.

Rely on God

People can disappoint you.  You may expect them to help you or to fill a promise made to you.  Sometimes this happens and sometimes it does not.  Putting your trust in people, politics, or power for your future may cause you great emotional heartache and possibly physical pain.  There is only one you can always trust to have your best interest at heart - GOD. 

"It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man". - Psalm 118:8 (KJV) 

People can be weak, selfish, and deceitful. God is none of those things.  God is powerful, benevolent, and trustworthy.  You may find your resolve wavering, but know that He cares about you.  God can never disappoint, as He knows what is best for you.  You can always rely on God to come through for you.  He is your all-time provider and the basis of your future testimony.
  
"... that we should not trust in ourselves,
but in God which raiseth the dead:" - 2 Corinthians 1:9 (KJV) 

You may be tired, sore, afraid, and/or hopeless.  Given your current circumstances, you may feel you cannot go on with life as it is. If you will fervently and honestly pray while acknowledging God for His support, He will provide what you need to continue.  It may require patience and genuine trust on your part, yet you can be sure all will work out in His time and according to His plan. Just rely on God and He will give you hope and provide what you need at the right time.


For more scriptures, read  Relying on God during Times of Desperation on Habakkuk.

Be Strong and Courageous, God Is with You

Christ called his followers to be meek, which is humble - not weak nor afraid. When things look bad and Christians feel they are losing ground.  God assures them that He is still there and always will be. He will not leave any Christian alone when they need Him.  He is still in control and always will be, even when it looks like the enemy has the upper hand. He is greater than any evil and He will always be the victor in any battle.  Persecution of Christians may come, however God provides the way out. 

"Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them:
for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee;
he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."
- Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV)

All God requires of you, as a Christian, is to trust Him and not to be weak in your faith.   Be brave and bold instead! Do not hide from what is happening in the world or retreat when things seem desperately unfair.  Do not be afraid to speak out and stand up against evil - for God is with you.  Pray about your plans and your future.  God will always be there to help and support you through difficult times.  God will not fail, He will keep His promises to you.  For you, God will be victorious!

Nothing Can Stop An Unstoppable God!

Our help in difficult times comes directly from God - the Unstoppable God!  The God who makes all things possible and is never deterred by what seems like impossible odds to mankind.  Amazingly true song lyrics are sung by Sanctus Real in their song Unstoppable God (CD or MP3 available on Amazon) in official "groovy graphics" video with lyrics below.  Miracles do still happen! Victory is still His!  God always conquers, yes, God wins!

"Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power
 and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:"  -  Jeremiah 32:17 (KJV)


Evangelizing with Gospel Tracts

Previously, an idea of Ministering and Witnessing via Bookmarks was shared on this blog as a technique to spread the message of Christ to others.  Now, with the growing need for more people to know about God, as well as both freedom of speech and religion being suppressed on the internet, it is time to reconsider the use of paper-based gospel tracts.  Tracts may contain short stories, faith Bible verses, illustrations, or poetry.

"And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, 
How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, 
and bring glad tidings of good things!" - Romans 10:15 (KJV)

It may seem like an old-fashioned idea, using printed tracts to spread the gospel and witness to people.  However, it is an easy and inexpensive method for those less confident about talking to others.  Tracts  provide something real for the person receiving it to hold onto and review multiple times at their convenience.  It is still a relevant evangelistic tool for churches and individuals to spread the gospel of Christ.  Let us bring back the Gospel tracts!

Below are a some websites where you may obtain Christian tracts:


God So Loved... John 3:16 Proves It

The Bible tells us that "God is love."  But does that really mean God loves us?  How can He love people who do not always do the right thing or openly commit sin?  How can God love people who do not know Him or those who appear to turn their back on Him?  Sin separates mankind from God.  That separation meant we all were destined for eternity in hell instead of in heaven.  However God so muchly loved the men and women He created that He planned a way for them to change their destiny and be saved.  That salvation plan was/IS through Jesus Christ.  

"For God so loved the world, 
that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life." - John 3:16 (KJV)

God proved His love for mankind by Jesus Christ dying for our sins on the cross.  Jesus, the son of God, proved His love for us by willingly going to the cross for the freedom of our souls.  The death for mankind's sin on the cross was the ultimate signal of love everlasting.  Once you believe in Christ, accept His love, and pray for salvation - you are forgiven, no longer a lost child, and reunited with God.  Your personal sins are forgiven and eternal life in heaven for you has been promised.  As Christ was resurrected and returned to heaven, so will you be with God the Father too.

Simple Salvation Prayer

There is nothing you are required to do before you can receive salvation other than recognize who is your true salvation is. Salvation is a gift of God's grace to you given through the sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ. All you need to do to start following Jesus and living a Christian life is to pray a simple prayer for your own salvation.  This salvation prayer is often referred to as the Sinner's Prayer, since you have to admit you have not always done right in the sight of God.  You can say a personal prayer in your own words using the A-B-C 's of Salvation model or you may use the example below as your beginner's guide. 

A-B-C's of Salvation Model

Admit (confess) that you are a sinner and (repent) you have made mistakes. 
Believe that Jesus is God's son and He died on the cross for you.
Commit your life to following Jesus and serving others. 
   

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe 
in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation." - Romans 10:9-10

Prayer of Salvation Example 

"Jesus Christ, Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I repent of my sins. Please forgive me. Come into my life. I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Help me to live for you the rest of my life. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen."

What should you do next to continue your life as a Christian?  There are a few things you can do to grow in your new relationship with God.  You should talk/pray to God everyday with the expectation that He hears you and will give you direction when necessary.  Buy a Holy Bible or download a Bible App so you can educate yourself in God's Holy Word with daily reading.  You may want to start with a few verses each day and build up to reading full chapters.  Listen to Christian gospel or worship music on radio, TV, or download some.  Quickly find a Christian church to attend so that you can learn about God and fellowship with people who are Christian examples (denomination comparison).  Being a part of a church not only offers you options for personal Christian growth, many churches will have options where you can serve Jesus and help others too. You will also want to tell others that you are now a Christian.  This way others will understand that you are now a different person on the inside, even though you may look the same on the outside.