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Please share these below inspiration Bible verses and quotes with your friends and family if they’re feeling down, stressed out, or just having an all-around bad day.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lamentations 3:22-23 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, or the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Psalm 27:12 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 40:31 But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.’
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
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It’s me the Christian Tech Nerd here again! I hope the below Bible Quotes About Love bring a smile to your face today!
1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Luke 6:27-28 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
John 15:12 “My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails..”
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
Romans 5:3-4 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope
Colossians 1:11-14 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
It is our hope that you found supernatural inspiration in the word of God today! May these quotes bring you strength and hope in all of your days!
Where is God and what is He doing? I know that question. I’ve often asked Him in the middle of the night or when I’m really stressed. What I didn’t realize was how God is always at work behind the scenes. Even when you can’t see Him. Sense Him. Hear Him.
Are you going through a difficult season? Maybe it’s a hormonal teenager, or maybe you’ve hit a rut in your marriage. Maybe it’s something in your financial life? No matter what it is, you feel like your life is a frozen field on a cold winter day. You peek out the windows at first light to see that it is still dark, and a blanket of snow still covers the ground. Life looks dreary, cold, dead, and bleak.
5 Reasons God Is Working Behind the Scenes in Our Lives
He is revealing His will. He desires to have fellowship with us; that’s why we were created. He wants us to look to Him for today and the future even if we don’t understand what He is doing but He will show us the way.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8, 9
He is revealing His purpose. Sometimes we pray and fast, and think we’ve made the right decision, only to have everything fall apart around us. The job didn’t pan out, the diagnosis came back worse than expected, or the answer is no. But we can trust He is working behind the scenes as He works out His purpose—one day at a time.
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7
He is teaching us how to walk in faith. Have you ever seen a mom scold her baby for falling after taking a few steps? Of course not! She kisses his boo-boos, steadies her child, and encourages him to walk again. This is how our Abba Father works on our behalf to build our faith. Especially when He leads us to unknown places. Especially when we are grappling in the dark. And especially when we grapple with how to walk in faith that he will work all things together for our good.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
He is building your confidence. It’s hard to depend on God when we are used to relying on ourselves. But the Bible teaches how to build confidence in God, not ourselves. The Scriptures give us a picture of what it will look like when we genuinely develop confidence in God. His Word reveals that no matter what tomorrow holds, He is still holding us steady in His plans for His purpose.
“He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121:3,4
He is instilling hope. Hope is the heartbeat of God’s promises. He helps us rise in the middle of our circumstances. No matter the situation, God wants you to hope anyway.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
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What Does ‘The Earth Is the Lord’s’ Mean in Psalm 24?
The earth belongs to the Lord and the Lord alone and He created it. This statement is in every Christian’s mind and as Christians, we are expected to praise God for creating the world and also creating us. Such praising is constantly being done by King David.
In Psalm 24:1-3, David praises God the Father and acknowledges that God owns the world, and the world belongs to God. It is a beautifully crafted Psalm.
David puts emphasis on God’s ownership and spanned ownership in these verses. The verses are divided into three — with three different emphases, themes, and meanings. Let’s analyze each verse of this passage further.
The Earth Is the Lord’s And everything in it, the world, and all who live in it (Psalm 24:10).
The first verse pronounces God’s ownership to the world followed by the second line that supports the first statement of God’s ownership and expounds the span of God’s dominion.
The first verse is the boldest among the three verses. It is a strong statement that puts emphasis on the fact that God owns everything – the earth and every single tangible and intangible thing.
The verse has two themes: ownership and belonging. In terms of ownership, it talks about how God owns the earth, and yet in terms of belonging it talks about how we belong to God because God first loved us.
For He Founded it on the Seas And established it on the waters (Psalm 24:2).
The second verse is more specific. David’s praise recalls God creating the heavens the earth, which we all know was the beginning of all things on Earth:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground — everything that has the breath of life in it — I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning — the sixth day (Genesis 1:1-2, 26-31).
David also specifies both seas and waters and emphasizes the expanse of creation. Additionally, he mentions the words “establish” and “founded,” which are the two themes of this verse.
Establishing and founding are two words that are beyond creation. Establishing means setting up a system or organization while founding means planning the beginning of something.
These two actions mean that God did not just decide in one day to create the earth, but He planned for it and also made a system of organization. That is why the Earth works as it does — it was well-designed.
God founding and establishing the Earth through such a careful degree of meticulousness is so inspiring and comforting. It reveals more about God’s passion and love for the Earth. The Earth is His masterpiece and like an artist, He crafts it and maintains His masterpiece.
Who May Ascend the Mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? (Psalm 24:3).
The third verse talks about the fact that no one can reach the level of the Lord. He owns the world, and no one can be like Him. Everything belongs to Him and only Him.
This last verse puts emphasis on who is worthy to be like God and concludes that no one is. It is a pressing and lucid statement that only God owns the world.
The theme of the last verse is the worth of God’s ownership of this world. It tells us that we are not worthy of Him, yet He made us and even took care of us and made us the tenants to the things that belong to Him.
It also tells us that God is so powerful and more powerful than any other being in this world. No one can surpass His power. Because He made the earth, it belongs to its power.
It also talks about assurance. We are assured that there is a God, God the Father, who is guiding us in this world that He owns.
David is bold in praising God. This reminds us that we should be bold ourselves by acknowledging that God owns the world and because He owns it, we should take care of it with all our means possible.
A Prayer for the Earth Dear Creator God, on this Earth Day and all days, let me always be in awe of Your wonderful works of creation. I don’t want to take the details of the world You created for me for granted. Everything around me is wonderfully complex and splendid. You, Lord, are both an Engineer and an Artist that built a world to perfectly sustain life. But you didn’t stop there. You also made immense details that please all of our senses as well. There are beautiful things to see, sounds to hear, textures to feel, yummy food to taste, and even delightful aromas to bring us enjoyment. Thank you for the details of life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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Humility is not a weakness at all. Humility can be seen as a weakness in modern-day society because our culture teaches us to be prideful, overconfident in ourselves, and seek honor for ourselves above everything else. You may have noticed that the most “popular” people are not seen as having humility.
The most “popular” or admired people normally are recognized for everything they do, own huge mansions, and drive the latest sports car. To have humility would cause them great dishonor. These individuals would rather be praised for their accomplishments instead of being overlooked.
They would never do a noble action just to do a noble action–they want fame, fortune, and glory to come along. While the world teaches humility is a sign of weakness, it actually is not. Jesus Himself embodied humility during His life here on earth. Philippians 2:1-11 is actually known as the Humility Passage of Christ.
Following Jesus’ Example Jesus is our Savior, Lord, and Redeemer. He is literally God in the flesh (John 1:14). Since Jesus is God, He is our greatest example to follow. Jesus Himself was humble and showed extreme humility in His life (Matthew 11:29-30). Jesus was God in the flesh, which meant He humbled Himself to walk upon this earth.
More than that, Jesus humbled Himself to the measure of dying for sinful mankind in order to redeem us from our sins (Philippians 2:5-11). Since Jesus humbled Himself to serve others and die for mankind’s sin, believers should strive to do the same. Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”
Humility is not a weakness, but rather, a great quality of a person. Believers should strive to always take a servant-minded approach to any task they do. Humility teaches us that we are never “above” doing a task, such as helping in daycare, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or cleaning up after a family gathering without anybody saying thank you.
Jesus practiced humility and His servant-heart by washing the feet of His disciples (John 13:1-17). Jesus did not say, “Since I am God, you should wash my feet!” Rather, Jesus told His disciples that He would wash their feet and proceeded to wash each of their feet even with Peter resisting at first (13:8-9). Likewise, believers need to practice humility and take the nature of a servant.
The Benefits of Humility Humility is the exact opposite of pride. Pride is a sin and in fact, pride was the sin that caused Adam and Eve to fall. It is best for believers to abstain from being prideful as pride always comes before the fall. Proverbs 11:2 tells us, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
As we read in this passage of Proverbs 11:2, the writer tells us that disgrace comes after pride; whereas, wisdom comes with humility. If we practice humility in our lives, we will become wiser; however, if we take the attitude of pride, disgrace will soon follow.
In addition to humility causing a person to have wisdom, humility also causes a person to have a closer relationship with God. James 4:10 states, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” If we are prideful, we cannot come before the Lord with a pure heart. If we humble ourselves before God, he will lift us up.
What this means is that we have to take up humility in our lives. We have to be willing to be vulnerable to God, tell Him that we need His help, and that we are incomplete without Him. We have to depend on God because on our own, we are inadequate. Humility causes us to know that we need God and that we are not self-dependent.
Every person in the world is alive right now because of God. This should cause humility to swell inside of a person and recognize the truth of their dependence on God.
In the second half of this passage of James 4:10, James tells us that if we humble ourselves, God will lift us up. This means that if we go to God in reverent prayer and pray in humility, God will answer our prayers according to His Will.
Thirdly, a great benefit of humility is that by practicing humility, you are obeying God. We are given many instructions to practice humility in the Bible. Paul tells the Church in Colossae, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12).
This command is not only for the Colossians, but rather, for all believers. Since we are God’s people, we should be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, and patient. These qualities will shine Christ to the lost world. As believers, it is our responsibility to help the lost to know Christ and a great testimony is by our actions.
Likewise in the book of Romans, Paul urges the Roman Church, “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited” (Romans 12:16).
Therefore, simply because the world does not equate humility with strength does not mean it is a weakness. The world views humility as a weakness because the culture is very much caught up in pride, self-honor, and fame. Instead of taking this attitude, believers need to practice humility.
This is a counter-cultural teaching; however, humility is a quality all believers need to cultivate and possess in their daily life. When you practice humility, it shows your great love for God, and it makes Him very happy. God has chosen you to be a light for the gospel.
1 Corinthians 1:28-29 helps shed light on humility: “God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.” Humility is not a weakness, but a great strength.
God created humans to worship. In the Garden, Adam and Eve were able to worship their Creator face to face. In their rebellion, humans were cut off from the face of God. The Cherubim were set in place throughout history to guard the worship of God. First in the entrance to Eden (Genesis 3:24), then set on both ends of the mercy seat of the ark of the covenant (Exodus 25). Eventually, they were set to guard the Holy of Holies (2 Chronicles 3).
Though all of mankind was cursed through the sin of Adam (Romans 5:12), the Lord was gracious in letting His people worship Him from afar. God was specific in His commandments to His people regarding how sinners were to worship him (Deuteronomy 12:32), and the punishment for veering from that command proved to be severe. Consider Nadab and Abihu:
Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them. And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.’ And Aaron held his peace. – Leviticus 10:1-3
In short, the two priests were flippant and disobedient (Exodus 30:9) with the worship they offered to God, and they died because of it. Granted, this is not the normative penalty for this sin, but because God’s character never changes (Numbers 23), the truth remains—God cares how He is worshipped.
You might say that this is simply an Old Testament narrative that doesn’t apply to the church today, but that notion would simply deny the immutability of God. We may not worship with burnt offerings under the New Covenant, but does that mean God is now indifferent about the way in which we worship Him?
Global warming is a huge phenomenon going on in the modern-day. Many people debate whether global warming is happening or not. The Bible does not specifically talk about global warming; however, the Bible does tell us the world will eventually be burned in fire (2 Peter 3:7).
2 Peter 3:10 informs us, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.”
What Is the Difference Between Climate Change and Global Warming? It is worthwhile to mention that global warming is distinct from climate change. Climate change and global warming are not the same issues. According to NASA, climate change, “encompasses global warming, but refers to the broader range of changes that are happening to our planet, including rising sea levels; shrinking mountain glaciers; accelerating ice melt in Greenland, Antarctica and the Arctic; and shifts in flower/plant blooming times.”
Likewise, NASA describes global warming as “the long-term heating of the Earth’s climate system observed since the pre-industrial period (between 1850 and 1900) due to human activities, primarily fossil fuel burning, which increases heat-trapping greenhouse gas levels in the Earth’s atmosphere.”
From this definition, it is mankind’s fault that we are experiencing global warming today. People are divided on whether or not it is mankind’s fault that we are experiencing global warming and as noted earlier, many people deny we are experiencing global warming at all.
Nonetheless, it is important for all people to take care of the environment as God has given us dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26-28). Since God has given us this great responsibility and privilege, we do need to care about the way we treat the environment.
Activities, such as recycling, cutting down on fossil fuels, and simply buying energy-saving light bulbs are small ways to help take care of the environment.
Should it Matter to Believers? Whether we are experiencing global warming or not is up for debate; however, it is crucial that believers do not divide themselves over this topic. God wants the body of believers to be unified.
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought (1 Corinthians 1:10).
Each person can have their own opinion, but we must not condemn a believer if they believe in global warming, nor should we condemn someone if they do not believe in global warming. Factions, discord, and disorder are not in God’s will for His children. Whether you believe in global warming or not, do not look down upon those who have the opposite opinion from yourself.
Scientists have studied the planet and the surrounding atmosphere, which is why we should respect their work and hear what they have to say. Science attests to God, as God is the One who invented science.
Many believers believe you have to choose God or science; however, God is compatible with science because God invented every atom, molecule, and chromosome. You can respect science and still be a believer. In any case, we must obey God and He tells us to be a good steward of all He has given us.
“The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” (Matthew 25:20-21).
The Destruction of the Earth Whether a person believes in global warming or not, the Bible does tell us the world will be destroyed by fire (2 Peter 3:7-10). Logically, this would mean the earth will continue to get hotter and hotter until the destruction of the planet. The Bible tells us that the destruction of the world is going to be within God’s plan.
God will destroy the present earth because He is going to make a new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1-5). The present earth we are standing on today will not exist forever. It is our responsibility as creations of God to care for this planet in the best way we can.
The complete destruction of planet earth will happen after the Rapture of the Church, the Great Tribulation, the Second Coming of Christ, and the Millennium. However, during the seven-year Tribulation, the world will slowly be destroyed through the various bowl judgments (Revelation 16:3-5, 16:12).
After the 1,000-year reign of Christ, God will destroy the earth in fire, and He will create the New Heaven and New Earth. The New Heaven and New Earth will be a place of perfection, happiness, and joy in the Lord. There will be no more fear, crying, or pain.
“‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
Why Does This Matter? Global warming is not discussed in the Bible, but believers are given facts in the world, such as rising temperatures, melting ice caps, increased drought, increased wildfires, and increased health problems from the rise of temperatures in urban cities.
Whether a believer chooses to believe in global warming is up to them personally. What we are told in the Bible is that all mankind is to be good stewards of God’s creation as the entire world is His, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;” (Psalm 24:1).
Since God has entrusted the earth to us, it is right for us to take care of the planet and do what we can to help the earth. We are not in control of the planet; however, we can make changes in our everyday life to show God we are being good stewards of what He has given us.
The Bible tells us the earth will be destroyed by fire in the future, which would align with global warming. It could be the present crises we are experiencing with the rising heat could be the beginning of the birth pangs Jesus talked about during His earthly ministry (Matthew 24:8).
As for the immediate time, believers should strive after unity, practice good stewardship, and look forward to the day when God will make everything new.
We doubt the promises God has made. We doubt the abilities God has gifted us with. We doubt the provision God has over our lives. We doubt that God has joy set apart for us, because our current suffering doesn’t seem as appealing as our neighbor’s prosperity. We doubt that God is working out all things for His good.
Sometimes we just have questions that we don’t have the answers to, and the quest for those answers turns up empty. Yes, we can even doubt God’s existence.
“Spiritual doubt has been a reality of the Christian journey since the disciples — and today is no different,” said Roxanne Stone, managing editor of the Religion News Service and former editor in chief of Barna Group. “Just like first-century Christians, their twenty-first-century counterparts question aspects of their theology, doubt the existence of God, and mourn His seeming absence during hard times. Doubt remains a flip side on the same coin as faith.”
Many Christians, understandably so, seek answers for these doubts both in their own studies of the Bible and from pastors or leaders at their local church. But what do we do when our pastors and church leaders experience doubts as well? They’re supposed to have the answers for us, right?
Pastors Can Have Doubts, Too First, it’s important to understand that it is normal for pastors to experience doubt.
“I have had doubts and, in fact, sometimes pastors have more doubts than those in the pews, given the pressures pastors face in terms of leadership and the depth of human brokenness pastors see on a daily basis,” said Daniel Darling, a pastor and author in Nashville, Tennessee. “I think most of our doubts center around the mystery of what God is doing in the moment. I think of spiritual leaders in Scripture who doubted like David and Habbakuk and Jeremiah and Paul.
“The key to answering doubts is to rest and remember what we know to be true about God, what we’ve seen him do in Christ, what we know of his goodness and grace. This is where a foundation of thick theology, a reservoir of hymn lyrics, and a community of saints is vitally important.”
While our pastors will indeed have many answers, we cannot expect them to have all the answers. God is a marvelous mystery. He is an infinite being. Our finite minds simply cannot fathom or understand everything about God, nor were we created to.
None of us — even pastors — were given the capacity to fully understand God. This is why we have faith.
Responding to Those Who Doubt Expecting our pastors to have all the answers is simply unrealistic and puts too much pressure on someone who, like us, is merely human. Pastors are susceptible to the same sins, temptations, heartache, and — yes — even doubts that everyone else is. Oftentimes, as Darling noted, it’s the trying seasons or traumatic events that bring about doubts, even with pastors.
As churchgoers, it is vital that we understand the reality that our pastors can and will experience doubt, and it’s equally important that we pray and support them during seasons of doubt. We must encourage them in their quest for a deeper understanding of who God is and pray for them to find contentment in their limited earthly understanding of God.
“I think churchgoers should welcome a spiritual leader who has doubts in terms of understanding the mystery of what God might be doing in the world,” Darling said. “I think a good shepherd is vulnerable with his own real wrestling with God. Pastors are not content machines or Bible bots, they are flesh and blood people.
“I do think when pastors face doubts, they can model a way to navigate them in ways that help others find their way back to what they know is true. I’d be concerned if a spiritual leader was openly doubting and questioning the basic tenants of the Christian faith. It may be time for a season of rest and stepping away from leadership. But a pastor who has doubts — like David, Abraham, Habbakuk, Jeremiah, Paul — about what God might be doing in a given moment: this is the stuff of real-life as we walk by faith and not by sight.”
When someone expresses doubt in their faith, they are sometimes met with judgment, as if enduring a season of doubt is an affront to God. That misconception can be amplified when the doubt comes from the pulpit. How could a pastor have doubts about God?
Here’s how Adam Weber, pastor of Embrace Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, put it on Twitter:
“Note to Christians: One of the best answers you can give in response to someone’s questions about God, life, Bible, Heaven,… that you don’t know is: ‘I don’t know,’” he tweeted. “Don’t try and dance around their question. Don’t make up an answer. Thank them for asking and say, ‘I don’t know.’
“You can faithfully search for an answer in addition and share it with humility if you do find answers. I think often we think we lose credibility if we don’t have all the answers to questions. Not true! We lose so much more when we try and sound like we know something that we don’t.”
Not knowing an answer is not always the result of doubt, but accepting that “I don’t know” is a legitimate answer for any Christian will remove any pressure that we might feel to understand it all or seek to understand it all. We simply can’t, and we won’t. And that’s okay.
The End of the World has been a hot topic for a long time. Many people are obsessed with the idea of the apocalypse. Some people are even preparing for the End of the World with safe houses and food storage shelters.
Popular culture depicts the End of the World differently than what the Bible tells us. There have been many films created about the End of the World with different reasons as to why the world is ending and how. The truth is that the Bible does tell us how the world will end and describes the End of the World within its pages.
Doom Days The End of the World will not come right away. The Bible tells us the End of the World will not come until the end of the 1,000-year reign of Christ known as the Millennial Reign of Christ.
The literal 1,000-year reign of Christ will come after the Rapture of the church and the Tribulation. After the end of the 1,000-year reign of Christ, God will destroy the earth with fire and create a New Heaven and a New Earth (2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 21:1).
The Rapture The Rapture is prior to the End of the World. The rapture is when Jesus takes His children up to be with Him in Heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Only believers will be taken up in the rapture as unbelievers will be left on the earth to undergo the seven-year Tribulation. The rapture will happen unexpectedly and will not have anything to precipitate it.
It will happen quickly, suddenly, and swiftly. Paul tells us the rapture will happen quicker than a twinkling of the eye (1 Corinthians 15:50-54). When believers are taken up in the rapture, they will be alive and will be transformed into their heavenly bodies.
Believers who are taken up in the rapture will not die. The rapture can happen at any time, meaning it could happen today, tomorrow, or a thousand years from now. Only God knows when the rapture will occur, and He has not given us that information in the Bible. Believers should continue to do good, live for Christ, and share the gospel with others until this time.
The Tribulation The seven-year Tribulation occurs after the rapture of the church. The church will not have to undergo this wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9). The seven-year Tribulation is the major event of God completing His work of judging the nations.
The Tribulation is the last opportunity for unbelievers to accept Jesus. Israel is the focus of the Tribulation; however, God is calling all unbelievers to accept Him during this period. Sadly, there will be people who reject Jesus during the Tribulation and refuse to submit to His Lordship.
The Tribulation will be a time of pain, terror, and wrath. Noteworthy to mention is that the Tribulation is the work of God — not of Satan. The wrath being poured out on the world will be God’s wrath. The Tribulation is known also by the title of “The Day of the Lord” (Joel 1:15).
Daniel 9:24-27 gives a detailed description of the events of the Tribulation including God’s wrath, the antichrist, and the length of the Tribulation. The first half of the Tribulation will be intense; however, the second half of the Tribulation will be even more severe (Matthew 24:21; Zephaniah 1:15).
The Tribulation will end after the seven years that is declared in Daniel. After these seven years, Jesus will return with believers to destroy all unbelievers in the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16).
The Millennial Reign of Christ After the Tribulation, the Millennial reign will be ushered in by Jesus. The Millennial reign of Christ will last for a literal 1,000 years and Jesus will be the literal, physical King (Revelation 20:2-7). During this time, Satan is locked away and will not be released until the end of the 1,000 years to test the nations.
The Millennial reign of Christ will be amazing as Jesus will literally walk with mankind again. Despite Jesus being physically ruling as King, people will still reject Him and choose to follow Satan. There will still be death in the Millennial Kingdom as well as life with new babies born.
However, after the Millennial, no more babies will be born, and nobody will die. After the Millennial Kingdom ends, there will be the Great White Throne Judgment, in which all unbelievers will be thrown into the lake of fire for eternity (Revelation 20:11-15).
All believers will enter the Eternal State, in which the Bible tells us this will be the home of righteousness (2 Peter 3:13).
The End of the World 2 Peter 3:10-12 gives us the best description of the End of the World. In 2 Peter 3:10-12, the Bible tells us the Day of the Lord will come like a thief. This means the End of the World will happen suddenly and quickly. 2 Peter 3:10 says, “The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.”
When Peter says, “The heavens,” he is not referring to the physical heaven above where God is located. Rather, “the heavens” refer to everyone in the solar system, including the stars, the moon, and all the planets. Everything in the solar system will be destroyed by fire.
As you can imagine, there will be a lot of noise associated with this event. The destruction of the solar system will not be a silent event as this destruction will be louder than a crack of thunder. After the destruction of the heavens and everything in the world, the entire earth will be bare (2 Peter 3:10). Nothing living will be on the face of the earth. This will officially be the End of the World.
After the End The Bible tells us after everything is destroyed, God is going to create a new Heaven and a New Earth (Revelation 21:1). This New Heaven and New Earth will last forever. The Eternal State is what theologians call the New Heaven and the New Earth.
God will never destroy the New Heaven and New Earth because it’s going to be completely perfect, without sin, and holy (2 Peter 3:18). Only those who are in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be able to live in the New Heaven and New Earth (Revelation 13:8).
In order to be in the Lamb’s Book of Life, you have to have accepted Christ during your life by placing faith in His death, burial, and resurrection. For individuals who did not place faith in Jesus, they will be cast into the Lake of Fire along with Satan, the antichrist, and the beast after the Millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 20:10).
The End of the World is a future event, but it is best for all people to be prepared. The best way to prepare for the End of the World is not to store up food, water, or resources. Rather, the best way to prepare for the End of the World is by placing faith in Jesus and accepting Him as your Lord and Savior.
Jesus didn’t need to repent or turn from sin, rather, his baptism served as a sign to John, and future generations of believers, that he was the Messiah. With this confirmation in place, John’s mission to prepare the way for the Messiah was complete.
Jesus’ baptism account is a beautiful portrayal of the loving union of the Trinity – Father, Son and Spirit. This moment in his life marked the beginning of his ministry in which he was partaking in the human experience fully as the spotless lamb of God sent to save the world.
The baptism of Jesus doesn’t have to be confusing, even if it does raise some questions. Jesus wasn’t baptized for the same reasons that us believers need to be baptized. Instead, his baptism confirms his identity as the Messiah, and demonstrates his willingness to take on humanity to be the perfect atonement for all sin and death. Jesus modeled a key step, baptism, in the life of every believer. At the end of his life, Jesus instructed his disciples to make disciples in all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (See: Matthew 28:19). From the start to the end of his ministry, Jesus championed the significance of baptism for those who put their faith in God.
I really hope you like these….I’ve had a rough week with some family issues that are now thankfully resolved…and these quotes REALLY helped me get through the week…so what started as a week with sadness will now end as a week with HOPE! Please share these with anyone you know that may be having a rough week!
Psalm 56:3-4 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 27:1 Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
We are given grace through Christ. He took upon Himself the chastisement for sin. No more animal sacrifices and no more fear of wrath from the holy Judge.
This raises the question by some people, then if we won’t be punished anymore, why can’t we just sin as much as we want to?
God will still care for us and forgive us no matter what. But sin carries tremendous consequences. We will suffer for following our flesh. And continued evil behavior can harden our hearts toward the Spirit and keep us from hearing Him (Hebrews 3:13).
Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Romans 6:16)
A person can sit in a jail cell after committing crimes and God will still love them. But the results of their actions against society will be implemented. Sin hurts people. Sexual immorality can bring diseases and break up families. Drug and alcohol abuse destroys bodies and relationships. Lying to others breaks trust. Covetousness plants the seed for stealing.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:12-13)
If we have the deep revelation of how much the Father cherishes us, we will not want to violate that bond. We will be forever grateful for what the Savior did for us. If we approach grace as an opportunity to sin, we are abusing the cross of Christ.
The only law we are under now is the law of love (Romans 13:8-10). When we understand that we cannot be made holy by what we do, but only through the sacrifice of the Son, we are set free from the curse of the Law.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. (Galatians 3:13)
Our Creator’s original intention was for mankind to accept His love. But His heart was ignored, and misdeeds abounded. He had to show us that we were sinful so we would call out to Him in repentance.
We had to find out we couldn’t save ourselves. That’s why He sent us a Savior.