Truth

What love is this?


What love it this. Kari Jobe

God’s love is authentic and unfailing

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

Lord your love is authentic and unfailing. You sent your Son, a man without sin to die as a ransom for the sins of others. You have been patient with us through the ages. Still, yet we often take you for granted. But the time will come when you say enough is enough.

Help us to realize that we are on a collision course. And, unless we make an about turn, we are on track to make the same mistake the people made during Noah’s time.

Open our eyes that we may see the danger that lies ahead. And remove the spirit of complacency from within us.

Increase our knowledge and understanding. And guide our footsteps toward the path Jesus walked when He was on earth.

Give us the spirit of boldness and help us to be steadfast in our commitment to serve you. Steer us from distractions and anything that will beset us. Amen

You are not alone


God’s love toward us does not insulate us from trials. But it sure will see us through difficult times. Even the rebellious and unruly Israelite were allowed to enter the Promised Lands.

Deuteronomy 31:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”Deuteronomy 31:8 King James Version (KJV)
And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.


Who is God?


It seems to me that most of us do not have a clear picture of who the God we worship is. If you asked ten Christians who God is, you are likely to get ten different answers. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that we all have debatable notions of who God is.

But, if the patriarch and former Shepherd, David were still here he would paint a clearer picture of who God is. Here is how David described God:

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Bible Gateway King James Version (KJV)

“I am the way”


Jesus is the way

It was soon time for Jesus to leave the earth. He knew he had to be careful how he breaks the news to his disciples. After all, the men had been with him for three years. Some have even walked away from their family and their livelihood. And Jesus had been their provider for the entire time. How could he leave them now? He had to have a good explanation, and he had to use tact.

So, after telling his disciples about his father’s mansion and that there was room for everybody, Jesus said, “You know the way to where I am going,” (John 14:4).

Then, a puzzled Thomas said to him:

“Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:5-6 (NIV) Bible Gateway
The way–Pat Barrett YouTube video

Christian encouragement


Let us pray

My dear Father, on occasions I get worn out and weary. I work hard. I try to do the right thing, but often my circumstances overwhelmed me, and I lose focus. Teach me to train my eyes on You, and not on my situation. Lift me, and guide my eyes to see the joy of the reward that awaits me. I pray for perseverance as I consider the satisfaction of the prize; I get to be with you forever in heaven. Free of pain, full of joy. Refill me with your truth, O Lord. Amen


12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he faced from sinful people;[ then you won’t become weary and give up.

Hebrews 12:1-3 (NLT) Bible Gateway

The trial you face today could be a test from God


Biblical history proves that God often uses hardship to test His chosen. But sometimes it is difficult for Christians to tell whether their trial is a test from God.

Aside from the hardships that come naturally on your Christian journey, there are also more than a few tricky situations that God uses to test your commitment and resiliency. Hence, as you navigate this narrow path, it is important that you understand that not every trial you face is designed to destroy you. The Bible says, ..” the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” (Hebrews 12:6).

For example, Job 1: 1-3 states, “There once was a man named Job, who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.”

Bible Gateway, NKJV

Still yet, God allows Satan to visit terrible trials upon Job to test him. And in a short period, Job’s lost all his livestock, then a desert wind blows down his house, killing all of his ten children. And when Job keeps his faith in God, Satan double down and afflicts him with painful sores all over his body. Unable to help her husband, Job’s wife urges him to curse God and die. Instead, Job stays true to his commitment to God.

And in the end, “the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before” ( Job 42:10)…He lived for another 140 years.