May 10, 2023
- He was quickly deserted by all his friends.
- His status in the community among religious leaders and Pharisees were stripped.
- At Lystra, Paul was stoned, dragged out of the city, and left to die, Acts 14:19.
- Throughout his missionary journeys, Paul traveled thousands of miles mostly on foot, building churches, sharing the Gospel and teaching the word of God.
- He survived a plot for his assassination, Acts 23.
- He was whipped with 39 lashes, a total of 5 times 2 Corinthians 11:24.
- Paul was shipwrecked, a total of 3 times 2 Corinthians 11:25.
- He spent an entire night and day in the open sea, 2 Corinthians 11:25.
- He was beaten publicly with rods three times, 2 Corinthians 11:25.
- When on the island of Malta, Paul was bitten by a poisonous viper, which he shook off into the fire. The islanders were watching and thought he would drop dead, instead he survived Acts 28.
- During his missionary trips, he would often be left without food, water, and sleepless times.
- Paul was falsely arrested many times. 2 Corinthians 11:27.
- He was beaten up and thrown into prison many times without fair trials.
- He was chained to a prison wall for two years in Rome, Acts 24-28.
May 05, 2023
To know Him who is true and what truth is, is to live in Him. Are you living in Jesus Christ?
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April 03, 2023
The Nation of Israel had been living under the hostility of several powers, and during Jesus’ time the nation was subjected to the ruling power of the Roman Empire. Along with other cruel and abusive treatment, Rome imposed heavy taxes on the Jewish people and forced them to meet the demands of tax collectors. After living in such hostile conditions, the people were longing for a Savior.
Jesus’ triumphal entry into the City of Jerusalem took place on what is now known as Palm Sunday, which precedes the crucifixion that would occur the very next week (John Chapter 12). On that day, the city was crowded with Jews who came from all over the world to take part in the annual Passover celebration. In fact, the ancient historian Josephus estimates a million or more pilgrims were already flowing into the capital before Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. His fame had drawn adoring crowds, all hoping for a king to liberate them from their brutal Roman oppressors. This event appears in all four Gospels as a momentous day. Palm Sunday became known to the people of Jesus’ day and has also spread to Christians throughout history. Even now, this historic event is celebrated all throughout the world.
Leading up to the triumphal entry, Jesus told His disciples that He would be betrayed by the chief priests and scribes. Ultimately, He would be delivered to the Gentiles to be mocked, scourged, and crucified.
As they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage at Mount Olives, Jesus sent two of His disciples to go into the village “saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” (Matt 21:2-3)
So, it happened just as Jesus had told His two disciples: They brought the donkey and colt to Jesus, laid their cloaks on them, and set Jesus on them. As He was riding into Jerusalem, a great multitude came out from the city to welcome Him. They laid their cloaks on the road, cut palm branches, and spread them on the road. The people cried out, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
As we look at the scriptures describing this event, what is the significance and implication displayed by Christ?
Jesus riding into the city of Jerusalem openly declared that He was the true Messiah and King of Israel; fulfilling the Old Testament prophecy of Zechariah 9:9, “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The spreading of cloaks was an act of honor for royalty. In His action, Jesus confirmed to all who witnessed that He indeed is their King and the Messiah they had been waiting for.
Riding on a donkey, in that culture is a symbol of one who comes to bring peace. The Prince of Peace came to bring peace. The mention of a donkey in Zechariah 9:9-10 fits the description of a king who would be “righteous and having salvation, gentle.” Rather than riding on a mighty horse to conquer, this king would enter in peace.
Jesus riding into the city on a donkey symbolizes His humility in contrast to earthly kings. He came as a lowly man on a donkey – not in royal robes. Jesus Christ conquered through love, grace, and mercy; not through force as earthly kings would.
Sadly, the multitude could not truly comprehend the praises they had toward Jesus that day. In their hearts, they did not recognize Jesus as their Savior from sin, but instead looked to Him in hopes of a deliverer who would lead them in a revolt against Rome. Their hope was that perhaps He would be a great temporal deliverer, but they did not know His sacrifice would lead to an eternal deliverance. The people hailed Him as King with their many “Hosannas” and recognized Him as the Son of David, however, their cries would later change to “Crucify Him!” Jesus obediently went to the cross to pay the ultimate sacrifice for us and died in our place so that we could rise with Him in eternity.
How is it in your own life? Would you allow Jesus to make a triumphal entry into your heart? Would you allow Him to rightfully reign in your heart on His wonderful terms that would not only be beneficial to you in this life, but for eternity?
March 16, 2023
Has it ever come to mind that perhaps God may have placed you in a certain situation or circumstance for a purpose?
Let’s look at the story of Esther where we discover a phrase that says, “For such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). What does this phrase really mean?
Esther was raised by her cousin, Mordecai who adopted her as his daughter (Esther 2:7). Esther was an orphan who later became the queen of Persia saving her people from what seemed a certain demise.
At this time, Xerxes (King of Persia) enjoyed publicly displaying his kingdom’s wealth and power. The previous Queen, Vashti, enraged the prideful king when she refused to come at his command to display her beauty amongst the people and nobles. His advisors urged him to remove the queen, as a result – she was dethroned and a decree went out in search of a beautiful girl to take the throne beside Xerxes (Esther 2:1-4). A historian recorded 400 women that were chosen, of all that were called – Esther, a Jew became the new Queen of Persia.
Much time had passed when among Queen Esther’s people, Mordecai became aware of a genocidal plot against the Jews. Hamon, a trusted adviser to the king, hated them and sought to have them murdered. Esther had grown accustomed to a royal lifestyle, we see in scripture as Mordecai pleaded with her to think above the luxurious distractions saying to her , “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty ‘for such a time as this?’” (Esther 4:13-14).
What he had asked was not an easy task, she would risk giving up her title, personal ambitions, reputation, and most importantly – her life to speak to a king known to murder indiscriminately. She was called to action, and her bravery and faith in God are a testament to the trust this young woman had in the living God. An entire nation was saved because of her obedience regardless of how it might have taken her life. God saved her and spared the lives of her people.
How many souls can be spared in the culture where we live today if we chose to step up to service, even if it involves sacrifice?
This passage reminds us that God’s kingdom work will move forward with or without us. God assigns our positions, status, intellect, wealth, resources, in order to optimize His kingdom purposes. He didn’t place us where we are so we could enjoy and store up earthly treasures for ourselves. He places us wherever we are for Him and for His purposes.
We can learn an important characteristic of God from Esther’s story: His complete sovereignty over His Creation. God orchestrates and maneuvers every aspect of life in order to position people, government, events and situations for His plan and purpose. Esther was in the harem “for such a time as this.” She was made queen “for such a time as this.” She was strengthened and prepared to intercede for her people “for such a time as this.”
The Lord may position you in the right place, at just the right time, among the right people, in a certain situation, “for such a time as this.”
March 7, 2023
Have you ever felt as though you were unloved, rejected, and that your presence was unwanted? Have you ever felt alone and as though you were merely existing and insignificant?
In the Gospel of John chapter 4, we read about a lonely woman who was an outcast in her time. Jesus and His disciples had been making their way from Judea to Galilee and stopped in a city called Samaria. Now, Jews typically went through great lengths to avoid the easier route through Samaria and would instead travel off the coast or through the mountains. The reason being that these two groups held deeply rooted hatred and tension towards one another.
During the captivity of the Israelites by the Assyrians, those left behind intermarried and their offspring became known as the Samaritans. Consequently, Samaritans were not accepted as Jews and the Jews did not want to have any dealings with them. Despite these racial and social barriers, Jesus chose to travel through Samaria for the sake of one person – a seemingly insignificant woman by the well.
When Jesus arrived in Samaria, He wearily sat down to rest beside the well weary after their long journey. At about the 6th hour (high noon), a woman came to draw water and Jesus made a simple request for a drink of the water. It was uncommon for a woman to draw water at this time of day as it was the hottest part of the day. Normally, this task would be completed in the morning or in the evening when temperatures were much cooler.
When the woman had realized Jesus was asking her for water, she questioned in her defense, “How can you, being a Jew ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” Jesus responded by letting the woman know that “whoever drinks this water will thirst again,” but what He has to offer is living water. If only she drank it, she would be satisfied and never thirst again. It would become “a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Instead of embracing Jesus in His pursuit, her walls went up. To this day, we encounter instances where Jesus is mentioned and walls immediately go up as well. We tend to come up with excuses and justification for our sins, but Jesus knows all about us. He longs for us to realize that we need Him; we need this living water that would satisfy our thirst eternally.
As the story progresses, we come to learn that this woman was indeed living in sin and had been drinking from a well of relationships. In her shame, she went to draw water at a time when no other women would be around. The choices that this woman made resulted in rejection and separated her from those around her. This is what sin does. It builds walls that separates you from friends, family, and most importantly, it separates you from God.
This story illustrates one who thirsts and longs for something to quench the deepest desires within their souls and cover their shame. Time has proven that many have attempted to satisfy this thirst through many different ways, but it is never and will never be enough. Only Jesus can quench this thirst. Jesus knew everything about the Samaritan woman and everything that she had done, yet He was full of grace. And just as this one Samaritan woman mattered to God, you matter to God as well. “For you created my innermost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made!” (Psalm 139: 13-14).
February 22, 2023
In 2022, the CDC reported over 1.6 million marriages in the US and of those marriages 630,505 resulted in divorces. Unfortunately, many married couples go separate ways when things don’t work out as they desired and this has sadly become a norm in today’s society.
Being married for over 35 years, I could attest that marriage is not always full of sunshine. There are moments when all is well and everything runs smoothly, and there are other times when they don’t. All in all, my wife and I have been blessed with 35 wonderful years of marriage.
So, what is the secret? What is the recipe for a successful marriage? To better answer these questions, we must first understand what marriage is, the origin of marriage, and its intended purpose.
First and foremost, we should understand that marriage is not an invention of man, but rather a sacred institution created by God and for God (Genesis 1:27, 2:24). The purpose of marriage resides within the purpose and plan of God. Since marriage is created by God, it must honor and glorify Him.
Ephesians 5:31-32 reads, “For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
The marriage between a man and his wife is a reflection of the marriage between Jesus Christ and His Church. The Bible describes the Son as the groom and the church as His bride. The Son expressed His love for His bride with a love written in blood that went to the cross. Husbands, you are to love your wives as Christ loves His church – with a love that knows no end. A love that was expressed to His bride through self- sacrifice, absolute self-sacrifice. The church expresses her love to the Son. She joyfully submits to the loving head, acknowledging Him as her leader and following gladly where He leads. This is the marriage that all marriages should model after.
So, will it always be smooth sailing and easy? Definitely not. There will be challenges to overcome, but what have we learned about the secret to a successful marriage? Look to God’s Word – the Word that has withstood the test of time.
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Growing up as a young island boy, I’ve always dreamed of coming to the US. Being influenced by movies and those that came from abroad, the place I always wanted to go to was America.
Naturally, people long for a better place. There is a void within man’s heart that yearns for something better and satisfying.
Interestingly, Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “God has placed eternity in the heart of man.” Longing for a better place, for eternity, has been a divine plan all along!
Ecclesiastes further explains the progression of life. There is a time to be born, a time to die, and the in betweens. From a baby’s first breath, to adulthood, to the diminishing point where we gradually get older and weaker, then on to the day we exit this earthly life.
Hebrews 9:27 explains, we are all appointed to die once. Our exit from this life is not an option and we will all come to that point in our lifetime.
Now, some may think that death is a bad thing, but for a child of God, death is a beautiful and glorious event. For a child of God, death is only a departure where we leave one place for another. The Apostle Paul puts it this way, “…absent from the body is to be present with with Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).
The destination for a believer, as described in Revelation 21:4, is a place where God will “wipe away every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed.”
The things happening around us should prompt us to get our one-way ticket ready for our trip to heaven. A trip to the place we are longing for, the place that Jesus is preparing for us.
The progression of life is beautiful because it gets us somewhere, but there is only one way that gets us to our eternal destiny with Christ. How do we get there? Jesus Himself said it, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me,” (John 14:6).
Question is, do you have Christ in your life? He is the only way there, not religion, not being a good person, not belonging to a godly family, only Jesus.
January 16, 2023
In the retail business world, redemption is defined as the act of exchanging of one thing for another such as, a coupon. You would go into a store that issued the coupon, and you submit the coupon in exchange for the product, or to redeem the product it represents.
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, ‘redemption’ means to ‘buy back’, ‘to get or win back’, ‘to free from what distresses or harms’, ‘to free from captivity by payment of ransom.’
In the beginning, God created man. Man could fellowship with the holy and glorious God face to face; because of disobedience, relationship with God was destroyed (Genesis 3).
Jesus was sent on a mission by His Father to restore that broken relationship. “For God so love the world that He sent His only Son…” (John 3:16).
What was required to rescue man? Scripture paints a clear picture: a sacrifice of life would need to happen because sin is punishable by death, (Romans 6:23). In order for God to accept and be pleased, only a perfect sacrifice would satisfy the requirement. Jesus, the perfect and spotless Lamb of God (John 1:29), was willing to restore that broken relationship. He willingly sacrificed His life to take away the sin of the world.
God always had a plan. This is not something He scrambled and suddenly came up with as a solution to rescue man. “…the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world,” (Revelation 13:8). Yes, God foreknew man will fall. He had a plan before the foundation of the world that Jesus would come and gave His life as a ransom for our deliverance.
In Mark 10:45, Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
What is ransom? It means a sum of money or other payment demanded or paid for the release of a prisoner. The amount has to be precise to satisfy what is required for the penalty. And because sin is punishable by death, Christ had to sacrifice His life as a ransom for our deliverance from the imprisonment of sin.
Thus, a ransom was necessary in exchange for man’s freedom. You were living under the bondage of sin and death, but because Jesus gave up His life as ransom, you have been bought out by the blood of Jesus Christ as an exchange for your deliverance from the slave market of sin.
Now after deliverance from the slave market, God didn’t just stop there and said, you are good to go, you are free. No, He didn’t do that. Instead, deposited His Holy Spirit into our hearts. I don’t know how that works, but the Bible says that the Spirit of God establishes residence in a believers life one that person has a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, God adopted us as His sons, no longer slaves but sons, wow!
In writing to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul writes, “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. You are no longer slave but a son,” (Galatians 4:4-7).
And as an adopted son, you are heir of God, co-heir with Christ. “Now if we are children, then we are heirs, heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…”(Romans 8:17). Think about it, what belongs to Christ, belongs to you as well. As children, we have an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade kept in heaven.
By what means are you claiming you are a son of God? Have you been adopted as a son of God? A ransom has already been paid for your deliverance by Jesus Christ on the cross of calvary. All you have to do is to accept it that payment. “But as many as received Him, He gave them the power to become children of God, even to those who believed in His Name,” (John 1:12).
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“You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for our sake, He became poor in order that we through His poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9)
The Gospel of Luke chapter 2 records that Jesus came into the world in human form. In getting further into the scriptures, have you ever considered what Jesus left behind for you when He came down?
Let us consider a few more things:
- Where was He before He came?
- Where was He in eternity past?
- What was He experiencing?
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is God. John Chapter 1 begins with, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Jesus is God! He is the all powerful, all knowing, and all present God. Jesus is Lord over all!
As God, He was there in eternity past, eternity present, and eternity future. He was there being worshipped with the Cherubim and Seraphim proclaiming, “Worthy and holy!” He was, and is still, in total glory.
Jesus said in John 17, “Father, glorify Me with Yourself, with the glory I had before the world began.”
This is where Jesus was – in glory. The glory that Moses could not look upon. A glory that filled the Temple so thick that the priests could not freely go in to minister. A glory that caused Peter, James and John on the Mount of Transfiguration to fall on their faces in complete fear and reverence. A glory that is presently in heaven with angels bowing before His throne in worship.
In consideration of these things, take a moment to think about what Jesus left behind for you.
He is the Creator of the Universe. He spoke the world into existence. He breathed the breath of life into the nostrils of man. He put the planets in their orbits, hung the stars in space, and keeps the earth rotating upon its axis. Jesus sustains all creation. “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together,” (Colossians Chapter 1). The entire Universe is subject to His command, power, and absolute authority!
Yet because of His love for mankind, He came! He laid aside His divine privileges, took the form of a man, and became what we are so that we could become what He is, glorified! (Philippians 2:5-8).
Paul emphasized it further in 2 Corinthians 8, “You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for our sake, He became poor in order that we through His poverty might become rich.”
That is what Jesus did for you and for me. He not only emptied Himself out willingly, but He gave His life on that cross at Calvary so that we could have everlasting life with Him in glory.
Again I must ask, have you considered what Jesus left for you?
Have you ever thought of why Jesus came down to earth from heaven? Why would the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, who is Himself God, the One true God; Creator of all things, come and be born in mortal human flesh?
In the Gospel of Luke, the 9th chapter, the Bible tells us a story about a man named Zacchaeus. He was small, short. His lack made it so he was unable to see Jesus over the much taller, larger crowd as He was walking through the town of Jericho.
Not only was he physically little, but his story reveals he was also a lonely guy. No one would want to have anything to do with him because he was a tax-collector.
Based on this context, what is wrong with being a tax-collector during that time? Why were they so rejected by the community?
We learned tax collectors were known for their corrupt conduct. Deceiving people and effectively defrauding them of their tax.
Tax-collectors during Jesus’ day were very rich because of that.
Therefore, Zacchaeus was not only a tax-collector, but a chief tax-collector.
Worse yet, the tax-collectors were despised as traitors by the Jews because they were working for the Roman Empire, who was against the Jewish community.
Zacchaeus had no friend in the town of Jericho.
When Jesus showed up, it was a big deal.
So here is Christ, walking down the street and Zacchaeus unable to see him in the crowd. People were trying to make a shot at Jesus; Zacchaeus had no chance getting through to Jesus because of the crowd and his physical challenge.
Perhaps, since he was hated, he thought to himself, I’d better just run ahead and climb on that tree. I’ll keep the distance from everyone else and climb that tree. At least I could see Jesus from there.
We don’t know for sure that was the case. But what we do know is
- He took quick measures, not allowing anything in the way to stop him from seeing Jesus.
- He left his tax table ( something very important to him) and ran ahead, climbing up on a sycamore tree just so he could get a view of Jesus.
Picture that, a sea of people were all around Jesus, out of all that was happening in that moment; Jesus came down under this tree, looks up, makes eye contact at Zacchaeus and He calls him up by name.
He said, “Zacchaeus, come down from that tree. I’m coming to your house today.”
You could imagine the shock Zacchaeus had that Jesus noticed him and knew him by name. Better yet, Jesus wanted to come to his house.
The picture painted in the Bible shows Zacchaeus was overjoyed as he was welcoming Jesus into his house.
Whoever you are, and whatever and messy situation you may be involved in, the Lord knows.
He knows you by name.
Don’t ever think that you are too deep into a messy situation that Jesus won’t regard you. You are the reason He came.
Conversely, we see as Pharisees point out Christ in His action, saying, “Jesus is gone to be a guest at a man’s house who is a sinner!”
Exactly! That’s where Jesus wanted to be at.
He came for the sinners. So the question is, How can you reach a sinner if you don’t spend some time with them?
Zacchaeus walked into his house as a sinner, and he came out a saint. That’s what spending time with Jesus will do.
Jesus revealed the reason He came.
“Salvation has come to this house for the Son of Man has come to seek and save the lost.”
He came, to seek and save the lost.
It is interesting that Jesus was born in Bethlehem to bring life in all its fullness. The meaning of Bethlehem is, “House of bread.” Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35). He said in John 10:10, “I have come that you might have life and have more abundantly.”
Are you lost and feeling empty in your life?
Jesus came to give you life and all of its fullness.
He came to give you life, and life more abundantly.
Prior to conversion, the Apostle Paul lived a life of self-righteousness. He felt that it was righteous in the eyes of God by keeping the Law of God. His heritage as a Jew or his position as a Pharisee or his religious zeal, all of these things combined, he thought made him righteous in the sight of God. All of these things he initially thought were great assets to his life.
But one day, a radical transformation took place in his life. He encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts Chapter 9). From that moment on, he’s never been the same. All the things of his life that he held at such high esteem, they became meaningless. All the past passions of his life seemed pointless.
“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ,” (Philippians 3:8).
To Paul, nothing else matters in comparison to gaining Christ in his life. This included his religion, status, family, friends, wealth and so on. His ultimate focus is on gaining Christ in his life. What can be more important than having Christ and being secured for eternity.
In writing to the Romans in the 8th Chapter, verse 38-39, Paul writes, “…nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.” That is security! Nothing! No angels, no powers, no things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, or any created being shall be able to separate us from that love of God in Christ Jesus. That should bring a feeling of joy, peace, and satisfaction to anyone who has lost and is continually losing things for the sake of Christ.
Paul gave them all up, all that he once cherished in his life. In fact, called them all rubbish in comparison to gaining Christ in his life.
Jesus Himself said, “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it,” (Matthew 10:39).
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with eloquence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified,” (1 Corinthians 2:1-2).
When the Apostle Paul first arrived in Corinth, he preached the Gospel Message, people responded, the church was planted, they knew that they were being saved by grace, they were justified by faith through Christ. In writing to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul was greatly concerned about the churches, how they have turned away so quickly from Him who called them in the grace of Christ to a different gospel, Galatians 1:6. Here in 1 Corinthians in the first chapter, he wrote and reminded the church to think back to when he first came to them, think back to how they were being saved. Was it a result of living under the bondage of the Law, was it by works or following some religious rituals? He wrote that he did not come with eloquence of speech, that he was determined not to know anything else among them except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. He wanted the people to hear the simplicity of the Gospel, nothing else.
As ministers of the Gospel, we can be careless by attempting to add styles, persuasive and eloquence of speeches, or adding steps or religious rituals that people would go through in order to fully have salvation. Salvation is not attained by works or steps that man needs to go through, it is simply a gift of God, Ephesians 2:8-9. You have been saved through faith in Jesus Christ, believing in the finished work of Christ on the Cross of Calvary. For by grace, you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast,” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The Bible is literally “God’s breathed,” 2 Timothy 3:16. In other words, it is God’s very own words to us.
Going through life without the Bible would be like trying to get to a destination in the darkness of night without a gps or a shedding of light to lightens the path.
It is true, the Bible is about life, but it is beyond that. It is about our Lord Jesus Christ from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. In order to see through life’s path in this world, you need to have a light, and Jesus Christ is the true light of the world.
We have heard love expressed in so many ways by many. It becomes so norm to us that sometimes we say it without no deep affection behind it. Or some may sincerely say it with deep affection. However, when things don’t go well, that love is nowhere to be found.
But there is one true love we can truly depend on, it is an unconditional and lasting love. In fact, the Bible says there is no end to it, once you’re in, you are locked in for eternity.
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, no angels nor principalities nor powers, no things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, no any other created things, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” (Romans 8:38-39).
“Certainly the faithful love of the Lord hasn’t ended; certainly God’s compassion isn’t through! They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithful.” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42-47)
The church (Body of Christ) is inseparable. We need each other and there is no better time to be together as now in consideration of the hostility around us.
As a church, we are the light of the world, like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. The light deems when we are not together. But there is power when we are united and of one accord because we are together connecting to the true light, who is Jesus Christ Himself.
The writer of Hebrews in the 10th chapter writes, “And let us not neglect our meeting together as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near,” (Hebrews 10:25).
Why there was such a daily growth to the First Century Church as recorded in the Book of Acts in the 2nd chapter. There is power and growth when believers are united and are in one accord.
Some take-aways from this passage are, the believers continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and in the breaking of bread and prayers. And as a result, fear of the Lord came upon them, and many wonders and signs were performed by the apostles and all that believed were together and had all things in common. Verse 47 says, “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”
I encourage the church (the Body of Christ) to continue steadfastly in the word, prayer, breaking of bread together. And let me add, as we learn to know more of our God, there is nothing that could hold us back from worshipping Him.
You can’t be a strong believer isolating yourself from the rest of the Body members. The members are interrelated and depended on each other and can only be strong when together with Christ being the Head of the Body.
If you are a child of God and don’t currently belong to a church, find a Bible-base teaching church and be part of that family. Your isolation is vulnerable to the enemy whose mission is to steal, kill and destroy.