Sorry for the missed post. For the month of February, I’ve decided that I would be focusing on God’s love for us as human beings and as His children over the next couple posts. For this blog post, I couldn’t help but turn to one particular passage of scripture that I kept thinking about in Luke 18:22. In that verse, Jesus was trying to tell the rich young ruler that what he lacked was his inability to give all that he had to the poor and follow after Christ.
In my Bible, there is a notation at the bottom of my Bible that made me stop and think about what Christ is trying to reveal to us that may be hindering us from God’s blessing.
In my NKJV Study Bible, the notation said,
“Jesus was examining the ruler’s orientation to God by directly confronting him with the very thing that was hindering him…”
“22. So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing.See all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”Read More »
Today, I would like to ask that as you read this blog post, you reflect on this question Jesus asked His disciples: “Who Do You Say That I Am?” As we go into the Christmas season, it’s easy to forget the true meaning of the holiday and that it’s about the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. But, it’s also about how we as human beings perceive God and His Son Jesus Christ.
What did Christ really mean when He asked the question: “Who Do You Say That I Am?”
Well, to me, I feel that Jesus was asking a very simple question but it’s a question that I feel, we as Christians just skim over and never really dig into. I feel that Jesus is asking us this question out of a sense of curiosity because He wants to know; how we as human beings perceive Him. In the Bible, God refers to Himself as “I AM” to Moses and as the God of the Israelites and even Jesus Himself said that phrase “I AM”. In Mark 8:29, Jesus asks this very question to His disciples, but it’s Peter’s response that should show us who Christ really is and not who we perceive Him to be.
“29. He said to them, “But who do you say that I Am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ”.Read More »
Well, the words give thanks come from the Hebrew word Yadah, which means “to make public acknowledgment” in conjunction with another Hebrew word Yad, which means “hand.” So, in essence, to give thanks to God really means to lift our hands in public acknowledgment Him. But do we as people give thanks to God like we should?
Giving thanks to God is one of the most important things we as Christians and people should do because it is only through God that we are alive and it’s only through God that we wake up each morning. In Psalms 35:18, David calls the nation of Israel and even us today to give thanks to God before people.
“18. I will give you thank in the great assembly; I will praise you among many people”Read More »
Well, as human beings; we are told that “fear is an illusion” or “fear is just our mind’s perception”, but as Christians, we know that fear is not of God, but of the enemy as said in 2 Timothy 1:7 which says, “7. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” with the so-called “Spirit of Fear” being Satan’s way of counteracting our trust and faith in Christ. Although we as human beings think that we can overcome fear with a man-made solution, there is no man-made solution to an internal struggle. The only way that we as people and Christians can conquer fear is by putting our trust in God first and letting His Word strengthen and encourage us to fight our fear.
1 John 4:18-19
“18.There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19. We love Him because He first loved us.”
Well, in today’s society; people don’t use the word “adultery”, but use “cheating”. But God doesn’t see it that way, He sees “cheating” on your husband/wife as a violation of His covenant with humanity and a violation of the purpose of marriage. So, how does God describe adultery and how is it a sin against our bodies and God? In Matthew 5:28, Jesus describes what adultery is.
“But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”