No matter how long you've been a Christian, or how much time you've spent in the Scriptures, there is always somethng new to discover.
In an effort to be on one accord, a daily devotional has been selected for our Image Bearers Ministry. The title of the book is "Walking with God - 365 Daily Devotions" authored by Dr.David Jeremiah.
Dr. Jeremiah instills the wisdom of the Bible into 365 beautifully crafted devotional readings that will inspire and help guide us in our daily walk with God.
You can oder the book yourself. Or, you can contact me for group order information.
There because we care!Johnny Walker, Jr.|New Hope Baptist Church| Director - Image Bearers Men’s Ministry1807 Rev. John Raphael, Jr. Way|New Orleans La 70113Ph: 504-523-5935 "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 29:15
If you know someone who’s not a Christian, don’t try to argue with them. Nobody was ever argued into the kingdom of Heaven. Anything someone can argue you into, you can be argued out of. The problem is, they cannot see. Would you scold a blind man for not seeing? On the other hand, a blind man would be foolish to say there’s no light just because he cannot see it.
There is light, but man needs more than light. He needs sight. “...Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of Heaven.” He may have 20/20 sight, but spiritually he’s blind. “Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:18). The eyes may be fine, but the heart is blind.
There are people you have shared the Gospel with—perhaps even members of your own family—but they haven’t a clue as to what it’s all about, and they never will, until the Holy Spirit opens their understanding.
It takes more than preaching to get somebody saved; it takes the work of the Holy Spirit of God. Pray: “O God, open the eyes of those who have been blinded, that the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the image of God, might shine unto them.” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Before I ever preach, I get on my knees and pray, “O, God, for those who need Jesus Christ, give them sight.”
When Jesus asked His disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:15-16). The Lord asks us the same question, though not with audible words. There are many answers, but let's check Scripture for three overarching thruths:
- Jesus is God the Son, a of member of the Holy Trinity. After His baptism, the heavens opened, the Holy Spirit decended like a dove, and the Father Himself announced, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased" (Matthew 3:17).
- Christ is the Savior of mankind. When Adam and Eve chose to sin against Jehovah, there was a separation between God and man. In Old Testament times, an animal sacrifice was necessary to atone for the wrong in one's life. But that was a temporary solution until Jesus the perfect sacrifice atoned once for all sin. He was the only One who could satisfy God's requirement for a Savior, because He had no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).
- He is our High Priest. In Old Testament times, a mediator often a temple priest, interceded between God and man, offering an animal's blood as atonement for sin. Jesus' death and resurrection took away the need for such sacrifices. Christ now stands as our intercessor, the bridge between Holy God and sinful man (Hebrews 7:25-26).
Who do you believe Jesus is? These characteristics of Christ are taken directly from the Bible. Do they align with your understanding? Check you view of Him against the standard of Scripture. Then ask the Lord to reveal Himself so that you know Him accurately and personally.
—Dr. Charles Stanley
This Month's Scripture
I recently saw this quote, "No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending" (Unknown). I really began to think about that statement. The conclusion was that we don't start over; but we begin again right where we are, making things better in our lives.
As a believer in Christ, it is not about saying I will do this and I won't do that and then dropping the idea or falling short. It is more about asking the Lord to help us each day, to fall deeper and deeper in love with Him. This way our focus will be set on the things of heaven and not on all this earthly stuff.
If I were to make a New Year resolution, it would be to have a deeper commitment, a deeper love, and a deeper worship for the Lord. In the beginning of this past year, He spoke to me in that still small voice in prayer and said, "I am more than enough. I am more than enough in every area of your life." He also said to tell others the same thing.
This year I am determined to make Him my all and all. He wants our undivided attention in spite of the distractions and temptations that lie waiting around the corner. He has to be our main focus.
How we will end this year will be determined by how we started it. Did we want to get more "INTIMATE" with the lover of our soul? I looked up the word intimacy and the meaning is to be close, familiar, very personal and private.
Do you want a new ending this year? How do you want the ending of your life? If you're not a Christian, please know that this could be the best New Year of your life. Your life can be filled with hope and peace. To know what the ending will be is an extra bonus. Why should every year be the same as the one before with nothing really changing? After all, the New Year resolutions may or may not get accomplished.
If you are a Christian and you feel stagnate in your relationship with the Lord, then now is the time to rekindle the love affair with Him. He calls us to Himself and says, "Come away my beloved." Can you hear Him? He is tugging at your heart. The real ending in our life will be when Jesus says well done my good and faithful servant. That statement will be for someone who took the time to get to know Him, love Him, and that obediently followed Him.
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