Tag Archive | relationship with god

Jude 17-19 ” But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, ‘In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.’ These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.”

The world started scoffing at the notion of Jesus being resurrected from the very start.  The Roman guards who were watching His tomb and the High Priests cooked up a story about Jesus’ disciples stealing His body and spread the lie far and wide. (Matthew 28:12-15)   Over the course of history,  the world has gleefully questioned and ridiculed Believers with, “Where is this coming He promised?” (II Peter 3:4)   The world would like us to doubt and question our beliefs about the second coming, but we need to stand strong against those who malign the name of Jesus.

I Corinthians 10:12 ” So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall.”

Here Paul was warning about idolatry and falling into temptation.  Probably the most conceited thought a Christian can have is, “That couldn’t ever happen to me!”   It’s when you think your “beyond” being tempted…that it’ll sneak up behind and bite you.  I’m sorry, but no one is immune to temptation and smugly thinking you are above it is only setting yourself up to fail.  We all need to be on guard and wary…for our enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (I Peter 5:8)

Job 22:2 ” Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise man benefit Him?”

So many times we foolishly think we can somehow “help God”.  We look at the situation and feel we have more insight and intelligence than our Heavenly Father does over the matter…but our “help” usually just messes it up more.  Relinquishing some thing or one to God doesn’t mean you’re giving up and walking away…it simply means you’re stepping aside and allowing God to work in ways you never would be able to.  Surrendering and laying at the foot of the Cross a loved one can be the scariest thing you’ll ever do.  But until you do this and fully give that person to God – you’re just in the way and the Lord can’t work.  You may think you love that person immensely…but remember, God loves them even more.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 ” There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”

It’s hard to imagine, but there’s an appointed time for everything happening in your life today.  From the very important to the mundane, each matter has been carefully created by God to fit perfectly within His purpose and timetable.  In verse 11 of this chapter we read that God has made everything beautiful in its own time…in its right and proper time.  For with the Lord,  there is no unplanned or unintended actions…that’s because His timing is always perfect.

Colossians 3:8 ” But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”

Ephesians 4:22 tells us to put off our old selves…or rid ourselves of our old ways.  But it’s almost impossible to do if you’re still hanging out with the same wrong friends… at places that got you in trouble before.  Putting aside our old ways  means we have to disarm our sins…exposing them to God’s truth and confessing them, but then ridding ourselves of whatever necessary to make a clean break from the past.

Psalm 55:1-3 “Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught at the voice of the enemy, at the stares of the wicked; for they bring down suffering upon me and revile me in their anger.”

Bad things happen to good people…for we live in a troubled and broken world where peace and unity is hard to find.  But that doesn’t mean we have to cave in to all the ugliness around us. God has placed you on the earth at this particular time in history to make a difference…for you to be an influence, rather than being influenced by the wicked around you.  Stand strong in the face of evil…pray without ceasing…tell others about Jesus.

John 1:10 ” He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.”

I think as Believers,  we all smugly think that if we had lived during Biblical times and had witnessed the miracles and teachings of Jesus…we would of immediately realized He was the Messiah.  But would we?  Humanity saw Him as just another man…indeed, a good man who taught with unheard of authority and passion, but still just a flesh and blood human like the rest of us.  Would we have been  able to recognize  His divinity…when the incarnate Jesus Christ…the embodiment of God took on human form and lived among us?  I would hope and pray so.