Faith in Our One True God

Hebrews 11:6 (N)KJV—But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Please read Hebrews 10:26-12:2—These passages talk about faith.)

Believing that God exists is only the beginning; even the demons believe that much (James 2:19-20). God will not settle for mere acknowledgment of His existence. He wants a personal, dynamic, relationship with you that will transform your life. Those who seek God will find that they are rewarded with His intimate presence. God assures us that all who honestly seek Him—who act in faith on the knowledge of God that they possess will be rewarded.

When you tell others the gospel, encourage them to be honest and diligent in their search for truth. Those who hear the gospel are responsible for what they have heard. His Word is the lamp to our feet and a light to our feet. (Psalm 119:105). He lights our way to righteousness. When we obey His commandments and statutes, we are guaranteed a life of eternity with Him.

Do not quench the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). The Holy Spirit guides us with a silent voice that only God tells Him to tell us. If we don’t listen to His voice—we will not make it far on our own. When a verse strikes your heart or perks your ears is a way that He talks to us. That is why His Word is so important to read every day—so we may have His guidance. It is His way of leading us through our life’s journey as we sojourn in this temporary world of ours. Our permanent residence is Heaven—if we choose Jesus as our Personal Savior during this life—our only life that we will ever have. We do not come back after we die, like some false religions say. We will be in the presence of the Lord of our life either in Heaven or hell. It is our choice our choice where we go for eternity. When we choose Jesus as Lord of our life, Heaven is our promised land.

There definitely is a hell for people who deny Christ throughout their lifetime and they are a fool who say there is no God. Buddah and Mohammad are not God. There is only one God—the creator of the world and universe and everyone and everything in it. He is the Alpha and Omega—the First and the Last. The one omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient Almighty God. He is sovereign over all. His Word is the last word that we should listen and hear and obey.

There are some people out there – extremists who say they kill in the name of God (Allah) and they are wrong. God is all good and everything sacred and holy. He commands us not to murder and when things don’t coincide with the Bible—then they are wrong and downright evil.

Follow Jesus and be sure where you are going after death. Accept Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life and Personal Savior. Then follow his lead and imitate Him. The world would be such an ideal place if God had his own way.

How Do We Know There is a God

Revelation 4:11 (Common English Bible)–“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, because you created all things. It is by your will that they existed and were created.”

John 1:3 (Amplified Bible)–All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being.

Look around you. God created it all, from the Universe and the Earth with everything on it; from the grass to the sky; from the stars to the galaxies; and the animals to the sea creatures. He created the monkeys and He created people. (No evolution here). He created three heavens—-the Earth’s sky; the Universe and Galaxies; and the heaven where Jesus resides on the right hand of the Father. I could go on with His whole, wonderful creation; but you do get the idea, don’t you.

He made our bodies—flesh and bones; every minute detail was intricately designed; from our breathing to all of our complex organs and all their functions. He gave us all skills so that we could survive in this world (that He created). Who else could have fabricated this entire creation? If it was not for God we would not be in existence. This is how we know there is a God.

Still not convinced? Well, are you breathing? Can you hear? Can you see? Can you touch? Can you taste? Of course you can, or you would not be able to read this. This was all originated by one Creator—God. The Alpha and Omega. The One True God. God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He is the Supreme and Sovereign God.

He gave us free will. You have a choice to believe in God or not. Some people have chosen to destroy each other and the earth, which was given so generously to us as a gift. Look what man has chosen to do with it. There are bombs, pollution, toxic waste and garbage. People are killing each other. Hatred and sin are chosen by some people to show their appreciation to our loving God. They do not choose to appreciate the gifts given from our heavenly Father. This is not what He intended when He created us.

I have chosen to believe in God and appreciate everything and everyone He has put in my life. We know there is a God because we have a life to live. I am so thankful for His grace and mercy and love. He gave us His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place to save us from an eternal death in hell by giving us a way to be forgiven. Who else would have done that for us?

Read Genesis 1:1—2:4 and John 3:16.

A New Life

2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (Common English Bible)–16)So then, from this point on we won’t recognize people by human standards. Even though we used to know Christ by human standards, that isn’t how we know Him now. 17) So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, new things have arrived.

Colossians 3:9-10(New Living Translation)—9) Do not lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. 10) In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you.

The first thing we do to begin a new life is privately accept Jesus into our heart as Lord of our life. This is when we say our sincere salvation prayer, which confesses how we believe Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and we shall be saved. Nothing can take our salvation away from us. This is when we receive the Holy Spirit and become a child of God.

After we are saved (born-again spiritually), it is important to find a Christian church that preaches and teaches from God’s Word. The Pastor will teach about baptism, which symbolizes a spiritual rebirth. Baptism is not forced on us—it is solely our choice if we want to be baptized or not. It is a very important decision. Jesus was baptized.

Baptism is sharing our testimony with others to show we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. It is confessing our love for Him. When someone is baptized by immersion (dunked in water), it symbolizes our dying with Christ; and when we rise out from the water we are spiritually born again with Christ. We have a new life.

A new life brings changes. Other people should start seeing changes in our lives. Our desires will become His desires. There will be less world-like actions from us, and more of Him. Our world-like ways were put to death, such as: sexual sin, impurity, shameful desires, greed, and idolatry—anything that takes our mind off God. We used to act upon our fleshly desires, now we have a spiritual hunger. It is time to get rid of things like: anger, rage, jealousy, malicious behavior, slander, gossip, dirty language, drunkenness and drug use because God chose us to be holy.
(Read Galatians 5:16-6:2).

Instead, we are to put on the characteristics of Christ: tender-hearted mercy, joy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, self-discipline, and brotherly love. The most important spiritual fruit of all is love.

We are a work in progress. The Holy Spirit will work on us from the inside out, and help us mature spiritually. No one is perfect, but we strive to be as close as we can with His help. (Philippians 1:6 [Common English Bible]– I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus).

We are babies in Christ at first. It is our choice on how long it takes to mature. Either we follow the Lord and His ways and obey God’s commandments and stay in the Word, or we don’t. If we don’t follow the righteous path then the process to Christian maturity will be a lot slower.

1 Peter 1:3(New Living Translation)—All honor to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for it is by His boundless mercy that God has given us the privilege of being born again…(Read the whole chapter of 1 Peter 1).

Read John 3:1-21—In this scripture you will read what Jesus says about being born-again (spiritually) and being baptized.

Read Mark 1-20—This is about John the Baptist and when he baptized Jesus.

Also, in Matthew 3:1-4:25 speaks of John the Baptist and Jesus’ baptism. Plus, the temptation that Jesus went through in the wilderness.

John 1:19-34 also speaks of John the Baptist and baptizing Jesus.—John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin.

Read Romans 7:7-Romans 8:39—These scriptures deal with the Christian struggle that we deal with our flesh and spirit, our life in the Spirit, and the future glory of accepting Christ in our lives.

Philippians 1:9-11 (Common English Bible)–This is my prayer: that your love might become even more and more rich with knowledge and all kinds of insight. I pray this so that you will be able to decide what really matters and so you will be sincere and blameless on the day of Christ. I pray that you will then be filled with the fruit of righteousness, which comes from Jesus Christ, in order to give glory and praise to God.

I hope you enjoy this study as much as I did. God bless you.

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Doing Things that Please Him

1 John 3:21-22(New Living Translation)—21) Dear friends, if our conscience is clear, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22) And we will receive whatever we request because we obey Him and do the things that please Him.
(Read all of “1 John 3” when you have a chance).

Obeying His commandments—loving God and loving others pleases Him. When we see people in need, it is showing kindness and love for them when we help them. We are to love people by actions, not just saying, “Oh yes, I love others.” Doing for others without expecting something in return is love. Go out of your way to love one another.

One day I went to lunch with my Aunt and Uncle. My aunt must have noticed my sandals were old and just about falling off of my feet. (They were so comfortable, I really didn’t think about it). Out of the blue, she handed me some money and told me to buy myself a new pair of sandals. That was kindness in action. I never seemed to have enough money left over after bills to get a pair. The amount of money my Aunt gave me was exactly the price of the shoes I bought. This was an answer to prayer.

One month I needed to buy a dog license, but I didn’t have enough money. My neighbor needed a ride out of town and gave me some gas money. You know, it was just enough money for the dog license! God is so faithful—He does provide for His children. It’s wonderful what a loving Father we have who even takes care of the little things. He does reward His children when we obey His commandments. This pleases God.

Matthew 6:3-4(NLT)—3) But when you give to someone, don’t tell your left hand what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in secret and your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.

God loves us so much and is deserving of all our love. I love pleasing Him by telling people of His love for us. I like to share the hope that He gives me. Hopefully, that will bring more people to Christ.

Our actions let us know when we are living in His truth or not. Our integrity means doing right, even when no one is watching because God sees everything we do; even something as simple as walking around the clothing department of a store and seeing a shirt on the floor. Do you walk right by or pick it up and put it back on its hanger? Even the littlest things are important, and that pleases God.

Believing in Jesus Christ is God’s commandment, and when we obey Him we live in fellowship with them and they fellowship with us. We know He does because He lives in us as the Holy Spirit. I love pleasing God.

Do you love Father God; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Spirit? (Do you know them)? Show Him with your actions. Spend time with Him. He will be pleased.

Do You Have Faith Like Abraham?

Romans 5:13-25 (Common English Bible)—13) The promise to Abraham and to his descendants, that he would inherit the world, didn’t come through the Law but through the righteousness that comes from faith. 14) If they inherit because of the Law, then faith has no effect and the promise has been canceled. 15) The Law brings about wrath. But when there isn’t any law, there isn’t any violation of the law. 16) That’s why the inheritance, comes through faith, so that it will be on the basis of God’s grace. In that way, the promise is secure for all of Abraham’s descendants, not just for those who are related by Law but also for those who are related by the faith of Abraham, who is the father of all of us. 17) As it is written: “I have appointed you to be the father of many nations.” (Gen. 17:5) So Abraham is our father in the eyes of God in whom he had faith, the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that don’t exist into existence. 18) When it was beyond hope, he had faith in the hope that he would become the father of many nations, in keeping with the promise God spoke to him: “That’s how many descendants you will have.” (Gen 15:5) 19) Without losing faith, Abraham, who was nearly 100 years old, took into account his own body, which was as good as dead, and Sarah’s womb, which was dead. 20) He didn’t hesitate with a lack of faith in God’s promise, but he grew strong in faith and gave glory to God. 21) He was fully convinced that God was able to do what He promised. 22) Therefore, it was credited to him as righteousness.

23) But the scripture that says it was credited to him wasn’t written only for Abraham’s sake. 24) It was written for our sake, because it is going to be credited to us too. It will be credited to those of us who have faith in the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25) He was handed over because of our mistakes, and He was raised to meet the requirements of righteousness for us.

If you read Romans 3:1 through Romans 7:6, you will get the gist of God’s faithfulness and justice (3:1-8); how we are all under the power of sin (3:9-20); God’s righteousness through faithfulness of Christ (3:21-31); Abraham’s faith credited as righteousness (4:1-12); Abraham’s promise received through faith 4:13-25); having peace with God (5:1-11); how grace rules (5:12-21); our new life in Christ (6:1-14); freedom from sin (6:15-23); and freedom from the Law (7:1-6).

Faith is the unquestioned acceptance of the truths of God as Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer. Faith is manifest in our reliance on Him in our loyalty to His Word and way, and our absolute trust in Him. Faith is the ONLY part or action we have in God’s eternal plan for us as part of His Creation. It is by faith alone that we become His people.

I have gathered together some verses on FAITH. Please look them up in your own Bible. If you do not have the Common English Bible version then your Bibles will read a little differently, but the meaning will be the same. This is just a taste of what studying the word FAITH is like. There are a lot more verses on faith. Have fun and search for yourself if you are interested in seeking out more verses on FAITH.

Hebrews 11:1-2 (Common English Bible) —1) Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see. 2) The elders in the past were approved because they showed faith.

Read Hebrews 11:3-31: This chapter talks about specific acts of faith by God’s people.

Romans 10:16-17(Common English Bible)—16) But everyone hasn’t obeyed the good news. As Isaiah says (in Isaiah 53:1), “Lord, who has had faith in our message?” 17) So, faith comes from listening, but it’s listening by means of Christ’s message.

Romans 12:3 (Common English Bible)—Because of the grace that God gave me, I can say to each one of you: don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think. Instead, be reasonable since God has measured out a portion of faith to each one of you.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (Common English Bible)—We live by faith and not by sight.

Galatians 2:20 (Common English Bible)—I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 3:14 (Common English Bible)—He redeemed us so that the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, and that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Galatians 3:26-29 (Common English Bible)—26) You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. 27) All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28) There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29) Now if you belong to Christ, then indeed you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.

Ephesians 2:8(Common English Bible)—You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith. This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed.

Ephesians 3:17-19 (Common English Bible)—17) I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, 18) I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. 19) I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled with the fullness of God.

Ephesians 4:5-6 (Common English Bible)—5) There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6) and one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all, and in all.

1 Timothy 5:8 (Common English Bible)—But if someone doesn’t provide for their family, and especially for a member of their household, they have denied the faith. They are worse than those who have no faith.

1 Peter 1:3-5 (Common English Bible)—3) May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of His vast mercy, He has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 4) You have a pure and enduring inheritance that cannot perish—an inheritance that is presently kept safe in heaven for you. 5) Through His faithfulness, you are guided by God’s power so that you can receive the salvation He is ready to reveal in the last time.

We Have a Loving, Awesome God

There is so much to learn about our loving and merciful God in heaven. The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and all of it is true. It is our life manual to follow all the days of our life. Open it up and find your way. When we read His Word, we become a step closer to knowing about God the Father, Jesus—His only begotten Son, and His Holy Spirit. (We call them the Holy Trinity). They are one in the same. God asks for us to seek Him.

1 John 5:7 (New King James Version)—For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word (Son), and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (New Living Translation)—16) All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. 17) It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.

Deuteronomy 4:29 (NKJV)—But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

God is greater than any disaster or circumstance that could ever happen to us. He has conquered death. He has defeated Satan. When we follow Him we will share in His victory.

1 John 4:4 (NLT)—But you have already won your fight with these false prophets because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

Isaiah 25:8 (Amplified Bible)—He will swallow up death (in victory; He will abolish death forever). And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and reproach of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it.

1 Corinthians 15:57 (New International Version)—But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 John 5:4(NIV)—for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

We can go to God for everything. He’d like us to rely on Him. Trust in the Lord and believe He will help you. He will take your burdens upon Himself.

1 Peter 5:7 (Amplified Bible)—Casting the whole of your care (all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all) on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares for you watchfully.

Psalm 37:5 (NKJV)—Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.

Whatever our circumstance is, God will help us through it if we ask Him. No matter how much faith we have, we will still have to face troubles, pressures and trials in our lifetime. While we are in this world there will be sadness and evil all around us. When the trials come into our lives, we are to ask Christ to strengthen us so we may get through it. As challenges come to us, and as we commit to working on it, we show that we believe that God will give us the power to get us through. God will meet all of our needs to complete the task He called us to do.

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)—I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)—And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

God is omnipresent—which means He is always present, everywhere at the same time. He is with me and with you at the same time, listening to each one of us separately at the same time. He is so amazing. He is always with us.

God is omniscient—which means He is all knowing. He knows everything we do and say and think. He knows our motivation, why we do what we do. He is so awesome. He knows everything that ever was and will be. He knows the beginning and the end at the same time. Just think of a time line. He sees the beginning and the ending all at once. He is so extraordinary.

God is omnipotent—which means He is extra powerful. He is so powerful—He created everything and He can destroy this whole world in an instant if he chose to. He knows His own power and won’t use it on us all at once. He is so merciful, loving, and just.

God is sovereign over everything and everyone. His word is final. He is the Master of the universe, world, and the three heavens. He is the King of all kings, the Alpha and the Omega.

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)—Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

He loved us when He created the heavens and the earth. He loved us when He sent His Son to die for us. He loves us today–even when he disciplines us. He’ll love us tomorrow and forever no matter what. Nothing will take His love from us.

Romans 8:28-39 (NLT)—38) And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. 39) Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

When believers say “fear the Lord” or “fear of the Lord” or “fear God,” we don’t mean be afraid of Him. We mean—to have reverence for Him, be in awe of Him, be in wonder of, have high esteem for, have deep respect, or honor humbly.

We, born-again children, fear the Lord. Not everyone is a child of God. His children are the Christian believers in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We have a personal relationship with Jesus. We are confident of knowing where we will go when we die when we fear the Lord. Believers have asked Jesus into their hearts and know Him as our personal savior. We fear God because He sent Jesus to us so He could save us from eternal death. He died on the old rugged cross, in our place, so we would not be separated from God any longer. Being separated from God means we would not be able to live with Him in His kingdom after our death. We are dead in our sins before we accept Christ in our life.

Unbelievers, the unsaved, don’t usually know what “the fear of the Lord” means. I know I did not before I was saved. Fear usually means to be afraid. Unbelievers ought to be fearful because they will not go to heaven—unless they are saved. I’m just saying it so that unbelievers are made aware that accepting Jesus in their lives is the only way God will accept them.

Here are some Scriptures to show that the “fear of the Lord” is good:

Psalm 25:14 (NKJV)—The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.

Psalm 33:8 (NKJV)—Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

Psalm 33:18 (NKJV)—Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy.

Proverbs 2:5 (NKJV)—Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.

I mentioned earlier that not everyone is a child of God automatically. We are not His until we are saved. This is when you ask Jesus sincerely into your heart because you believe in Him and what He did for you. This is the spiritual rebirth. We originally are born in this life as a sinner separated from God. When we become an age of accountability—which is when we learn about Him and understand what sin is. The ruler of the world is Satan, the father of lies.

John 8:23-24 (NKJV)—23) And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. I am not of this world. 24) Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He; you will die in your sins.”

1 John 5:19 (NKJV)—We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

Until we are saved, we are not God’s children. We must individually make this decision on our own to trust Jesus Christ for our eternal life. You do this by asking Jesus to come into your heart because you believe in Him and understand why He died for your sins in your place; and you are ready to accept Him as your personal savior and live under God’s grace. Grace is God’s free gift to us when we are born-again spiritually. We cannot achieve grace on our own merit.

John 1:12-13 (NKJV)—12) But as many as received him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13) who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Then God adopts us and makes us part of His family. We become a sister and brother to Jesus and we also become brothers and sisters-in-Christ to each other who are born-again—those saved from eternity with Satan in the lake of fire.

Please read Romans 8:12-17. This explains how we are children of God and joint heirs with Christ.

Salvation comes through believing in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. Jesus is God’s beloved gift to us. Jesus is God in the flesh. God could not come to us as He is. That is why He chose to send us Himself through a real person, His Son, Jesus. He had to actually be born in human form to live among the people of this world so we could meet God through Jesus. Jesus only did and said what was spoken to Him by God, His Father. (Read John 6:28-65 to understand this more.)

John 3:16-17 (NKJV)—16) for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17) For God did not send His Son into the world through Him might be saved.

Jesus died for us. He took all the sins of the world upon Himself. Jesus never sinned a day in His life, but became a sinner in our place. We should have been the ones who were crucified because of our sinful nature. But Jesus loved us so much and knew we could not have been forgiven on our own power. He died for us. He had a choice and He went through with it because it was His Father’s will and Jesus always obeyed Him. He suffered for us. He went through persecution and torture in our place. He died and was buried. Thanks be to God—He rose again on the third day. After a short time, He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of His Father. This is where He is alive today.

Mark 16:19 (Amplified)—So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and he sat down at the right hand of God.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (Amplified)—3) For I passed on to you first of all what I also had received, that Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for our sins in accordance with (what) the Scriptures (foretold), 4) that He was buried, that He arose on the third day as the Scriptures foretold.

Without Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice of dying on the cross for our sins, we would have had a hopeless life. There would be no hope for us because we could not save ourselves. We could never be good enough on our own, or work our way up to please God. Jesus took all our sins upon Him and died in our place, so that we would not be separated from God for eternity. His death reconciled us with His father. If we had not been reunited with God, we never would be allowed into heaven after our inevitable death.

1 John 4:10 (NKJV)—In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be propitiation for our sins.

To die in our sin would have been a death sentence in the lake of fire. We will not go there when we are spiritually born-again (the term means being saved from our sinful life that we were originally born with).

Before Jesus died He said He would be leaving us with a Helper. He was speaking of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes into our heart when we accept Jesus.

John 14:16-17 (NLT)—16) And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you. 17) He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize him. But you do, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. He is our comforter, teacher, and wonderful counselor. He is our conscience—letting us know when we sin so that we may confess and repent. Confess our sins, ask for forgiveness and repent by changing our ways.

1 Corinthians 6:19 (Amplified)—Do you know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit who lives within you, whom you have received (as a gift) from God? You are not your own.

Romans 8:26-27 (NLT)—And the Holy Spirit help us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning that cannot be expressed in words. 27) And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

Did you know that being saved is the only way to get to heaven? Unbelievers, people of the world, say there are many ways to get to heaven. They will even mention a few different ways. But Jesus says in John 14:6 –“I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

The worldly religions and other doctrines say there are other ways. Some religions say that people come back to live many lives. The Bible does not say this so I cannot believe that is true. There is no such thing as reincarnation; also, spirits coming back to live among us is another worldly view. It is so confusing to hear these different versions of worldly religions. Satan is the inventor of confusion. God does not lead us into confusion.

God did give us free will to choose what we want to believe, that is why He allows these other religions to exist. He also gives us the truth that sets us free. We have the choice to choose Him and His Word as that truth or with the worldly views that Satan has introduced by people who are not of God. I know there are going to be a lot of people mad at me; but God wants everyone to know the truth.

Acts 4:12 (Amplified)—And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved.

We cannot work our way into heaven—we could never do enough on our own merit or be good enough in the holy and perfect eyes of God without being saved. Only Jesus can intercede for us to ask His Father for us to be forgiven because of His Sacrifice for us.

Ephesians 2:8 (Amplified)—For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through (your) faith. And this (salvation) is not of yourselves (of your own doing, it came not through your own striving) but it is the gift of God.

Romans 8:34 (Amplified)—Who is there to condemn (us)? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather, Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us?

Hebrews 7:25 (Amplified)—Therefore He is able also to save to the utmost (completely, perfectly, finally and for all time and eternity) those who came to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.

Do you believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and He died on the cross for your sins? Do you believe that He was crucified, buried, and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures?

I do believe all of the above. Having learned how much Jesus did for me made me want to ask him in my heart. I asked Him to be my Personal Savior and become the Lord of my life. I want to live in heaven with Him when I die, and being saved will guarantee me a room in one of His mansions that He is preparing for me.

Knowing that the Holy Spirit would not be in my life unless I was saved also persuaded me to accept Him. I would not have made it this far in life if it had not been for Him. He totally rearranged my life and helped me purge all the old habits of my past. I am a new creature in Christ now and am so thankful every day for His help to create a new heart in me. His desires have become my desires. The fruit of the Spirit is working within me to bring forth joy (gladness), faith, love, patience (even temper, forbearance), peace, self-control (self-restraint, continence), kindness, gentleness (meekness, humility), and mercy (goodness, benevolence, compassion) in my life.

Wanting to be a child of God was the big deal maker toward my decision. I love my heavenly Father. He takes care of me. (He had given me a wonderful earthly Father for my childhood and young adult life that I miss terribly, but I know I will see him again). I love that God is in control of my life today.

When you have a new Christian life you will understand things so much clearer. There will still be hard times, but when you have Father God to help you through anything and everything you will be glad you chose His way. You will also have the Holy Spirit’s soft inner voice leading you, when you are listening. If you pray and meditate on His Word things will be revealed to you that you never knew before. I hope you have the desire to seek the one and only true Almighty God. He would love it.

This is the Great Commission

Matthew 28:19-20(NLT)—19) Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20) Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The Most Important Commandment:

Matthew 22:36-40 (NLT) -36) “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the Law of Moses?” 37) Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. 38) This is the first and greatest commandment. 39) A second is equally important; ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40) All other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

The Covenant Made in Eden

Genesis 3:14-15 (NIV) 14) So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all the livestock
and all the wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15) And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers.
He will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

The Covenant Made to Noah

Genesis 9:11-16 (NIV)—11) “I establish my covenant with you. Never again will all life be cut off by the water of a flood never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12) And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13) I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14) Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds. 15) I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16) Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures every kind on the earth.”

Here are some Gold Nugget Treasures from God’s Word to Meditate on:

Luke 12:34 (NKJV) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Romans 8:28 (NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) 5) Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. 6) In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) 16) Be joyful always, 17) Pray continually; 18) give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 139:14 (NKJV) I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works; and that my soul knows very well.

Mark 5:36 (NKJV) “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) 6) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7) And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Hebrews 13:2 (NKJV) Do not forget to entertain strangers for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.

John 15:13 (NKJV) Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

Proverbs 19:21 (New Century Version) People can make all kinds of plans, but only the Lord’s plan will happen.

Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV) Let us hold firmly to the hope we have confessed, because we can trust God to do what He promised.

There is infinitely so much more to share about our loving and awesome God. I would love to keep going on and on, but I better leave some mystery for you to discover. He will reveal to you more and more every day. God bless you!

My Favorite Highlights of the Written Word of God

True History Lessons from the Bible–These stories are wonderful and factual.

GENESIS

God’s Creation: Genesis 1:1-2:7.
Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden—Genesis 2:7—3:24.
Cain and Abel—Genesis 4:1-4:26.
Noah and the Ark and the Flood—Genesis 5:29-9:28–(Noah was 950 years old when he died).
The Tower of Babel—Genesis 11:1-9.
The Story of Abraham (& his wife Sarah)–Genesis 12:1-25:18 /and About Abraham and his son Isaac—Genesis 22:1-18.
Isaac and Rebekah and their sons Jacob & Esau–Genesis 25:24-28:9.
The Story of Jacob (Joseph’s father)—Genesis 28:10-36:43.
(My Favorite Story in the Bible)—The Story of Joseph—Genesis 37:1-50:26—Joseph was born in Genesis 30:24.

EXODUS

The account of the Birth of Moses—Exodus 2:1-12.
The whole story of Moses and Egypt, the Pharaoh (movie—The Ten Commandments): Exodus 1—Deuteronomy 34:6 (Moses was 120 years old when he died).

JUDGES

Samson and Delilah—Judges 13:1—16:30—Samson was born in verse Judges 13:24.

RUTH

The book of Ruth 1:1-4:22—This is a wonderful love story with a lot of loyalty and love and faithfulness of the Lord.

1 SAMUEL and 2 SAMUEL

1 Samuel 1:1-7:17—Samuel’s birth and childhood
8:1-15:335—Samuel and King Saul
16:1-31:13 is about King Saul and Samuel and David—Samuel anoints David; David and Goliath; David and Jonathan (King Saul’s son) become friends; King Saul pursues David; and Saul’s Death.
2 Samuel 1:1-10:19—David becomes King over Judah; David becomes King over Israel; David conquers the surrounding nations.
2 Samuel 11:1-24:25—David and Bathsheba; Turmoil in David’s family; National rebellion against David; the later years of David’s rule.

1 KINGS

1 Kings 1:1—11:43 (The United Kingdom)—David’s son Solomon becomes King; Solomon’s wisdom (He wrote the bible book of Proverbs); Solomon builds the temple; Solomon’s greatness and downfall.
1 Kings 12:1-22:53 (The Divided Kingdom).

JOB

Job 1:1-2:13—Job is tested. He goes through a lot of suffering and loss.
Job 3:1-31:40—Three rounds of different friends telling Job the reason for his sufferings
32:1-37:24—suffering purifies our faith—we are just to remain faithful because God is faithful—trust God to make things work out for good!
38:1-41:34—God answers Job. God is in control of the world, and only He understands why the good are allowed to suffer. This only becomes clear to us when we see God for who He is. We must courageously accept what God allows to happen in our lives and remain fully firmly committed to Him.
42:1-17—Job is restored. Job finally learned that when nothing else was left, he had God, and that was enough.

Through suffering, we learn that God is enough for our lives and our future. We must love God regardless of whether He allows blessing or suffering to come to us. Testing is difficult, but the result is often a deeper relationship with God. Those who endure the testing of their faith will experience God’s great rewards in the end.

When we keep our eyes on God and believe his promise of eternal life with Him makes it easier—and we will know it will be worth it!

The PSALMS and PROVERBS—these are wonderful books in the Bible! The Psalms are in the Center of the Bible. This is a great collection of songs and prayers that express the heart and soul of humanity. David is the author of most of the Psalms—He confesses his sins, expresses doubts and fears, asks God for help in times of trouble and he praises and worships God.

As you read the book of PSALMS, you will hear believers crying out to God from the depths of despair, and you will hear them singing to God in the heights of celebration. You will always hear the writers sharing honest feelings with their God. Men and women throughout history have come again and again to the book of PSALMS for comfort during times of struggle and distress—especially during disasters. We rise from the depths of despair to new heights of joy and praise as the power of God’s everlasting love and forgiveness is discovered throughout. Let the honesty of the psalmists guide you into a deep and genuine relationship with God.

(David wrote 73 Psalms, Asaph wrote 12, the sons of Korah wrote 9, Solomon wrote 2, Herman, Ethan and Moses each wrote 1, 51 Psalms are anonymous. The Date the Psalms were written was around 1440 B.C. and during the Babylonian Captivity around 586 B.C).
Solomon wrote most of PROVERBS, later writings were by Agur and Lemuel.

SONG OF SOLOMON (Song of Songs)—This is a love story between a bridegroom (Solomon) and his bride. The purpose of this book is to affirm the sanctity of marriage and to picture God’s love for His people.
It is a moving story, drama, and poem. Song of Solomon features the love dialogue between a simple Jewish maiden and her lover. They describe in intimate detail their feelings for each other and their longings to be together. Throughout the dialogue, sex and marriage are put in their proper, God-given perspective.
Remember you are loved by God and commit yourself to seeing life and marriage from His point of view.
Song of Solomon 1:1-2:7—The Wedding Day.
2:8-3:5—Memories of courtship.
3:6-5:1—Memories of Engagement.
5:2-6:3—A troubling dream.
6:4-7:9a—Praising the bride’s beauty.
7:9b-8:4—The Bride’s tender appeal.
8:5-14—The Power of Love.

The rest of the books of the Old Testament ISAIAH—MALACHI are Books of Prophecy. (Especially Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel)

JONAH–story about Jonah and the Whale!
1:1-2:10—Jonah forsakes God’s mission.
3:1-4-11– Jonah fulfills God’s mission.

DANIEL

Daniel 1:1-6:28—Daniel’s Life.
7:1-12:13—Daniel’s visions.
Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abendnego –Daniel 3:1—27 in the fiery furnace.
Daniel 6:1-28- -Daniel and the Lion’s den.

THE NEW TESTAMENT

MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, and JOHN are the four books of the gospel.
Matthew 24 is an important book on the end times.

Mark is a good account of Jesus’ Ministry.

Luke tells the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus– Luke 1:6-1:38.
John the Baptist is born–Luke 1:57-1:80 (He is Jesus’ cousin).
Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem– Luke 2:1-2:7.
Luke 3:1-3:18 is about John the Baptist preparing the way of Jesus.
John Baptizes Jesus 3:21-22.
Luke 4:1-13 Satan tempts Jesus in the Desert.
Luke 4:14-21:38 is the message and ministry of Jesus, the Savior.

The Book of John— I love this Gospel book the best-(They are all wonderful but I have always loved reading John the best.

ACTS: 1:1-12:25 Peter’s ministry
13:1-28:31 is Paul’s ministry
Acts 2—The Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost–The apostles establish the church, they preach—get persecuted. Stephen is stoned to death
Acts 5:18019—they arrest the apostles and put them in the public jail.
Acts 7:54—7:60 the stoning of the apostle Stephen
Acts 9:1-9:18 is Saul’s conversion—God changed his name to Paul (God made him the apostle Paul)

Paul wrote the books—Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians

These are just a few highlights I made of the books of the Bible that I like the most. There is so much more in the Word of God. These are just a part of what sort of treasures you will find inside the Holy Bible.

Your study will be totally different because you all have different interests and personalities than me and we are all unique. Only God will reveal to each of you what He wants you to know in His timing. Have fun reading!

Seven Lies About Christianity

This is an excellent article. I agree with a lot of the points Stephen expressed. It will help others realize Christianity doesn’t buy us an easy road to prosperity. I liked this article enough to reblog it on my site. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

Stephen Mattson

My recent piece was featured on Sojourners, and as of a few days ago it was their most popular web piece of all time! It garnered lots of interesting discussion. What do you think?

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