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:
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:
The other day I was packing up decor…taking it down from the house, wrapping it up, putting it in boxes, and then carrying and storing it away. I was just about done and near the end when I bent over to pick up something from the ground and then BAM! All of a sudden it felt like my lower back popped and I went straight to the ground, unable to move.
It’s possible that some of you may have experienced this before (I’m with you people) and it’s possible you’ve never experienced this yet (lucky), but long story short, my lower back seized up and took me out of commission for a few days.
Now anyone that knows me knows that I have a VERY hard time laying down and resting. I’m sure this is pride and I have a lot of issues to deal with (that’ll be in future posts), but I found myself thinking about perseverance. Not only does my body have to heal and I’ll persevere through this back issue, but it made me think of just how much Jesus persevered upon my behalf. Just how much He persevered for all of us.
Jesus lived a perfect life, died on the cross (after being tortured), and rose again from the grave defeating death and sin in Victory. Let’s just say my “back issue” is nothing compared to what Jesus has done. Regardless of what we are going through, no matter how painful it might be, we must remember that Jesus has done everything for us…that He knows us…that He can sympathize with our every weakness…and that He will bring us through whatever it is we are going through today.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on perseverance:
It’s pretty incredible when you just stop and think for a moment about what God has done for us. Just take a moment out of your day, right now, and consider this…God actually sent His one and only Son down here to earth…who lived a perfect life…died on the cross and paid the penalty for our sins…and rose from the grave defeating death and sin in victory.
Regardless of what is going on in our lives…are we blessed? You tell me.
I don’t ever want to come across insensitive to what you might be experiencing in your own life right now, but oftentimes I think we all lose our perspective on what is most important. Even in the hardest of times, we can trust Jesus to carry us through it. He went through the toughest of trials and can sympathize with our every weakness (Hebrews 4:15).
And because of what Jesus has done, we are blessed. Not only are we forgiven for all eternity (which is quite the blessing), we are also made righteous through Him so that when God looks at us…He doesn’t even see our sin but sees us through Jesus Christ.
You are blessed. I am blessed. We are all blessed for following Jesus and having a relationship with the very God who created us. That is simply amazing!
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on blessings:
What comes to mind for you when you think about provision? Food? Money? Clothing? What about Peace? Strength? Wisdom? Whatever it is, chances are we go throughout our day asking or wishing we had something. We’re often searching for something to be provided for us that we need that day, but how often are we going to our ultimate Provider?
I don’t know about you but I can go the whole day getting the things I need and hoping for the things I don’t have….all without God being a part of my day. I’ll just get my todo list done or go to the store to go get food or lean on my own understanding to share wisdom with our friends or with our children, but when I do that I’m being my own provider, when the Bible would teach the opposite.
We think we can provide for ourselves and when we don’t have something, we’ll just “muster up the courage” to go get it, but living like that is exhausting and we’ll never be satisfied.
The Bible teaches that God supplies every single one of our needs. It teaches of a God who not only provides food, clothing, wisdom, strength, etc. over and over again to His people, but provides life. Life is only truly found in Jesus.
He is all that we need. He satisfies the soul more than anything. He is our provider.