This Scripture describes the purpose of all believers—to become sowers of the Gospel seed; to cast a wide net of the Gospel to catch the hearts of others for eternal life. But such purpose requires us to first let go of the pursuits the world offers. Letting go of the familiar may cause fear. But what you take hold of in its place is eternally better. No need to fear dropping everything to follow Jesus.
Jesus existed in eternity past, He exists in the present and He will exist forever. He is still to come to usher in a new era. Believers will partake in that era. And the attribute that makes all this supernatural possible? God’s holiness. It sets Him apart from everyone else and all other “God’s”. Thank goodness God is holy. We can trust His Word.
God likes to tell us before things happen so we know He’s in control. The Bible is full of prophesies that tell of significant events designed to move forward God’s plan of reconciliation with His wayward children. And the turning point of history was the birth of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, whose life God intended to be the atonement for all sin of all time. Jesus’ birth made possible the fulfillment of all God’s promises. And He told us about it before it happened. There’s no question—God’s in control. #fruitsoffaithministries
Belief is the currency of heaven. Deposit belief in God’s heavenly bank and your investment will pay supernatural dividends.
It did for a little girl who died. Jesus healed her. All they had to do was believe Jesus could and would do such a miracle. The power of belief has been made evident in other Scriptures: James 1:6 “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”
1 Thessalonians 2:13 “And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.”
Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”
Matthew 21:22 “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Believe in Jesus and what He can do for you—most importantly eternal life
Here’s a quote I recently read: It said, “With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side, I am on my side. “The world has us focusing so much on ourselves. Self-reliance, self-care, self-confidence, self-awareness, and the list could go on. We are searching for fulfillment and we think we can find it in ourselves. All we will likely find is the mantra “I am on my side” with little to show for it. What is the best form of self-care we can give ourselves? Preparing for eternity. Culture tells us we need to be “authentic” and “stronger” and “less fearful.” These are all good attributes, but when done from a temporal and not eternal perspective it amounts to little more than what the Bible calls vanity. Being on our own side doesn’t eliminate fear. We are fallible. We mess up, say the wrong thing, make the wrong choice. Fear thrives in uncertainty and we are uncertain, unreliable beings.Only if God is on our side can we leave fear behind! He has the future already figured out. And if you choose to trust that “God is on my side” you’ll get to enjoy the benefits of what He has in store.
We give thanks for you this Thanksgiving! And we all give thanks to the Lord. What God offers is different (and infinitely better) than what the world offers. The world and its definition of goodness and love constantly changes. Human love is here one day and gone the next. We must guess and hope that we never fall out of someone’s love. But God’s goodness and His love never changes. His love never runs out. We never have to guess how to earn his love—because we can’t. It’s a free gift through His Son, Jesus Christ. This is good news and definitely worth giving thanks to God today and every day. Happy Thanksgiving!
We don’t know when Jesus Christ is returning. So what should we do? For many not knowing means not giving it a second thought. But Jesus offers many parables to make the point not to ignore His Second Coming. The very fact that we don’t know should make us more cognizant of the signs of His imminent return.
In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, half did not prepare for the Bridegroom’s return and rushed at the last minute, only to find out the gates to the feast were closed and they were shut out.
Don’t be like them. Prepare your hearts now for Jesus Christ’s second coming. You can’t rush Faith after the fact. We have been put on notice. The choice is ours.