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!