As Christians we go to the Bible for everything, or at least we know we should go to the Bible for everything. It’s impacted us one way or the other on something we have read or heard before, but is also sometimes a challenge to us as well. It can be hard to read, seem old, or even out of place in today’s culture, but oftentimes we forget to see what the Bible actually has to say about itself.
I’m convinced more than ever today that spending time with Jesus is the hardest thing for us Christians to do and there are a lot of reasons why. I believe the most important reason it is difficult is because we have a real enemy who is against us and knows the power that takes place when we spend time with God.
The primary way we do this as believers is through the Bible. Since the Bible itself declares that it is the very word of God, I think that’s one of the main reasons it’s so hard to read it. The enemy is against us reading the Bible. Let me encourage you to just read small chunks of it, one day at a time. Maybe start in one of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) and just read a chapter a day. Just start there…start somewhere…and see what God does through time with Him.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on scripture:
I don’t know about you but I think God works a lot of times in us through seasons. Seasons of busyness. Seasons of difficulties. Seasons of prosperity. Seasons of excitement. Seasons of loss. And the list goes on.
Lately I’ve been in one of the craziest seasons I can remember in awhile with so many things going on, our church, 121 Community Church, moving new to a brand new building, celebrating Easter, and reflecting on things that matter the most…and all of this seems to have happened at the exact same time.
I remember specifically walking through 121 for the very last time. No one was there. Nothing was left. Not only was it a little emotional because of such history happening there, but something happened at that moment. It was if God stopped me in my tracks while looking down the empty hallway and said, “this…..this is what life is about……..this is how fast life goes……..now that you see this, what do you think really matters?
And I immediately knew the answer…
Whenever anyone brings up heaven, what do you think about? What comes to mind? Is it the thought of people floating on clouds? Playing the harp? Just singing all the time? There not being anymore pain or suffering? Daylight all day long? Does it bring excitement and anticipation into your life? Does it sound boring?
We have so many ideas and thoughts of what heaven will be like we’ve even made tons of movies about it. At the end of the day, there is not one single person who has been here on earth who has been in heaven…except for Jesus.
It’s interesting that we default to making up what heaven will be like “for us” or look around to other ideas to try to get a glimpse into heaven, when we have something…and someone who can tell us firsthand what heaven will be all about. Be encouraged to spend time with God today, pray, read the Bible, and reflect on what the future has to hold for followers of Jesus.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on heaven:
The Bible has a lot to say about obedience and it’s a big deal for followers of Jesus. While obedience to some people might just mean training their animals or raising their children, obedience to the follower of Jesus means bringing glory to God more than anything or anyone else.
If we claim to follow Jesus, but we are not obedient to what He teaches us in the Bible, that reveals a lot of things. It’s possible that we don’t really trust Jesus in those moments or at all and it’s also possible for us to mislead people the wrong way. People are watching and when they see followers of Jesus continue to not live out what the Bible teaches, that drives people farther and farther away from the Church.
The Good News is that even in our disobedience, we have someone who was perfectly obedient on our behalf. Jesus continues to forgive and has saved His followers for all eternity. Rest in the fact that you are forgiven today and seek to be obedient, one day at a time.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on obedience:
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Have you ever been overwhelmed? To the point where you felt paralyzed and you didn’t know what to do next? Are you going through something like that right now perhaps? Is your anxiety increasing? Keep reading…
The other day this happened to me. With what felt literally like a million things to do quickly overwhelmed me, I could tell my body and mind was shutting down, and things were starting to get really bad.
I kept replaying in my head all the things that needed to get done over and over again where my mind would just not stop going crazy, when all of a sudden I realized I was being attacked. We have a real enemy in our midst…one who at all times wants to steal, kill, destroy. I realized I needed to respond because he was not going to stop pressing into me.
Have you ever felt this way? Maybe you’re dealing with this right now? Let me encourage you.
I decided to call an audible on my day. I stopped everything I was doing, put my phone on do not disturb, put on my headphones, turned on some music, parked my car, got out, and just started walking while listening and reading Scripture. At the same time my friend texted me the exact Scripture that was needed for this moment…