|Posted on August 31, 2015 at 3:55 PM||comments (0)|
Do you ever worry or are you ever anxious? Of course we all worry about things now and then. Just reading the daily news can make you anxious about what’s happening in the world. There is only one answer to all worry and anxiety: Believe in Jesus Christ!
First, we can have assurance that we are forgiven of our sins, saved, and have eternal life because we believe in Jesus. Period. Like the old hymn says, ‘Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling.’ Jesus has done it all as far as our salvation is concerned. Only believe! The New Testament was written so that we ‘might know we have eternal life.’ And what is eternal life? ‘To know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.’ Believe in Jesus and rest assured in Him!
Being assured of eternal life in Jesus Christ is the basis of living worry-free and non-anxiously in all of life. When we believe in Jesus, we have perfect peace—a peace that passes all understanding, guarding our hearts and minds in Jesus Christ. How do you have that peace? Believe in Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God, who died on a cross for your sins, was buried and rose again.
When the news of the world begins to shake you, remember Jesus. Trust in Jesus in whom and through whom all things were created. Fill your mind with thoughts of his life and his death on the cross, his resurrection and his coming again, and peace will fill your heart. Do worries about family relationships, finances or health cause you anxiety? Fill your mind and heart with Jesus. Pray, yes, and believe in Jesus in whom all things hold together.
‘You believe in God, believe also in me,’ Jesus said. It’s one thing to believe in God but to know the peace of Jesus we are to believe in Jesus and remember His work on the cross. This is the work of God--that you believe in the One whom God sent—Jesus! This is Jesus’ commandment: ‘Believe in His (Jesus) name and love one another.’ Always be believing in Jesus.
Perhaps you may have been anxious about your own salvation. Then fill your mind and heart with the words of Christ, which are Spirit and they are life: ‘Believe in Me,’ He said! Then once the words of Christ have renewed your assurance and peace, all the world’s news can’t shake you. Believe in Him!
My love be with you all,
|Posted on June 2, 2015 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
Did you know that the Bible is restricted or banned in 50 countries? We are blessed in America to have so many Bibles available to us. However, having the Bible available and agreeing on how to interpret it are two different things.
There are basically two ways to read and interpret Scripture. We can read it in the way that it says it is to be read—that it is God’s Word. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,…” (2 Timothy 3:16).
This is the way that Jesus read and interpreted the Bible: “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” ( Matthew 5:18 ). “The Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). He believed the stories and people of the Old Testament were historically real and accurate. Also, as the Son of God and member of the Trinity Jesus is the final arbiter and interpreter of the Old Testament. We see this in his approach to interpreting the Ten Commandments and in his declaring all foods clean.
Or we can read the Bible in another way--that it is just like any other book ever written. This method is called the historical-critical method and it sets up man as the judge over the Bible, even as judge over Jesus and his words. In reading the Bible this way a person can choose for himself or herself what parts are meant only for the time in which it was written as compared to what can be applied today. This is the basic division in how to read and interpret the Bible. These two ways of reading the Bible have caused a huge split in churches and societies in today’s world.
For example, we see this in the current understanding of marriage. One side claims Biblical marriage is defined as between one man and one woman for life. This was affirmed by Jesus in Matthew 19:4-6, and in Mark 10:6-9. I believe Jesus is the final word on this.
Those who read the Bible from the historical-critical method say that marriage is evolving and we can define it differently today. But it all comes down to what you think of the Bible: God’s Word or just another book?
May God bless you as you read and apply God’s Holy Word in your life!
|Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:35 PM||comments (0)|
March 27, 2015- The Spectrum Newspaper
“I am a man of one book,” was a phrase that John Wesley, the 18th century preacher and evangelist, used to describe himself. The one book he was referring to was the Bible.
The Bible, for him, was the foundation of all in which he believed and trusted. In the words he read in the Bible — Genesis through Revelation — he found the truth of Jesus Christ, and in Him, salvation. Reading and studying the Bible brought Wesley peace and hope, even in the midst of many trials. The Bible is a solid rock upon which to stand for all who will believe and trust in its truths.
In our society we are busy with many things, but Jesus is calling us to the one thing that is necessary — Himself. We get to know Jesus through reading and studying His Word — the Bible.
I want to encourage you to become a man or woman of one book — the Bible — and to begin by reading the Bible with a new openness. Don’t come to it with a spirit of skepticism about what you’re reading, but read it with hopeful expectancy. Jesus said his words were Spirit and they are life. He said the Scriptures cannot be broken, and that His words would never pass away. When we read the One Book with an attitude of trust and assurance we find the peace of Christ that passes understanding.
We live in trying times. The news is often bad and we struggle with personal problems in our daily lives. The good news is Jesus Christ has purchased for us eternal life. His truth is in the Bible. Go to the Bible everyday. Read it in a spirit of trust. Find peace for your troubled mind and soul. Jesus promises good things to whomever will become a man or woman of one book — the Bible.
Ray Schroeder is the Pastor of St. George Community Church.