What Is It About This Book?
“Is not My word like a fire?” says the LORD, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:29
Recommended Reading – Psalm 119:161-168
In one of his books, Charles Colson asked, “What is it about this book, the Bible, that causes people to give their lives for it, causes oppressors to try to destroy it, and so infuriates the cultural elite today?” His answer: “The reason is what the Bible claims for itself. Although it is in many respects a book like many others, a collection of ancient writings that includes a variety of genres from historical narrative to introspective philosophy, it is much more; it purports to be the Word of God itself.”
Because the Bible conveys God’s full authority, we cannot ignore it when things are going well or cast it aside during times of persecution. As Christians we must resist the lure of allowing the Bible to be marginalized in our lives, as it too often is.
Read it every day. Memorize key texts. Learn to mull over its words as you drive, shower, jog, or go to bed. Quote it to others. Teach and preach it at every opportunity. Respect its authority, for it’s like a fire and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces.
The Bible, written by men but through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, gives us God’s eternal perspective on the world—truth not bound by any time or place.
Trinity: Your Exceedingly Great Reward
After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward’ (Genesis 15:1 ).
The Lord God is Your Exceedingly Great Reward; because when you get to Heaven, He will give you spiritual treasures that He is holding for you. But, it’s not money or jewels you’ll get; the Lord is your treasure. “In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps. 16:11). Abraham fought a battle for righteousness sake (Gen. 14:1-16), yet he refused to take the earthly treasures that were rightfully his (Gen. 14:17-24). Abraham received a reward greater than gold or silver. He enjoyed the happiness of Divine presence; the Lord was his reward. People on earth strive for gold to make them happy, but they don’t realize that the greatest happiness of all is found in the presence of God. If your life is empty, let the Lord fill it with His presence.
The Lord God is Your Exceedingly Great Reward. Once you fix your love on Him, your money will have new meaning. You will get joy donating to many righteous causes. All your work for the Lord will bring you greater pleasures because you’ll glorify Him in all you do. You won’t use all your energy pursuing pleasures; but you’ll do the Lord’s will, which will bring you the greatest happiness of all.
The Lord God is the greatest source of reward and happiness in life.
Jesus: Lord Jesus Christ
My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality (James 2:1).
We usually think of Jesus as having three names: Lord, Jesus, and Christ. But He’s entirely different from people today who have a first, middle and last name. When you call Him Lord, that’s His title. You are referring to His deity. No one gave Him the title Lord, for He has eternally been Lord. When you call Him Jesus, you are referring to His humanity. The angel Gabriel told Mary to call Him Jesus, a Greek name that means “Jehovah Saves.” When you call Him Christ, you are referring to His anointed office. Just as prophets, priests, and kings were anointed into their office, Jesus came as Prophet to give the message of God, as Priest to bring salvation, and as King to rule the hearts of His followers.
Why does Jesus have so many names, titles, and descriptive metaphors? Men who do many things have many titles (dad, husband, uncle, boss, deacon, etc.), so Jesus has over 700 names because He is and does a vast number of things. The names you call Him are not as important as your response to Him. He wants your love and obedience.
Jesus has many names to elicit many responses.
The World Tomorrow
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14
Recommended Reading – Revelation 20:1-6
When we think about the future of our planet, we worry for our children and grandchildren. What kind of world will they face in coming decades? The Bible warns that perilous times will come; but the Bible is also filled with encouragement about the future and about the coming Golden Age of Jesus Christ—the Millennium. This is when the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as waters cover the sea. This is the period when God’s people will reign with Him a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-6). Satan will be bound, earthly troubles will cease, and every need will be met. There will be no want in the millennial kingdom because we’ll have all our needs fulfilled in a near-perfect world.
We don’t have to wait for the Millennium to live under the rule and reign of Jesus Christ. We can experience that now. Our hearts can be filled now with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. The principles of the kingdom can govern our lives.
Is the King at home in your heart?
There is an age coming when all earthly problems will end. One day Jesus is going to come back and set up His kingdom on this earth. But here and now, we can make Him King of our lives.
How Jesus Enriches Everything
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
1 Timothy 6:17
Recommended Reading – Psalm 14
Christopher Hitchens was a leading voice among the new militant atheists, and his dislike of the Lord was evident in the title of one of his books: God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. He and other secularists accuse Christianity of robbing life of its joys. Christianity, they say, spoils the fun and ruins everything for everyone.
Oh, how wrong they are! Those of us who are Christ-followers can’t imagine a life without Jesus. Every day with Him is sweeter than the day before. Jesus came to give us life and to give it more abundantly (John 10:10). His laws are not given to prevent pleasure but to bless and protect us. His Word is for our good (Deuteronomy 10:13), for our learning (Romans 15:4), and for our benefit (2 Timothy 3:16-17). God’s plans for us aren’t intended to harm but to prosper us (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV). We have a living God who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
Let’s write a book about our daily lives with the pages open for all to see, and let’s title it: God Is Very Great: How Jesus Enriches Everything.
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
C. S. Lewis
The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of coins of gold and silver.
Recommended Reading – Colossians 3:14-17
Writing 200 years after Christ, Bishop Cyprian of Carthage said of the Scriptures, “[They] are nothing else than divine commands, foundations on which hope is to be built up, buttresses by which faith is to be strengthened, nourishment wherefrom the heart is to be comforted, helms whereby to steer our way, ramparts whereby salvation is to be preserved; and thus, while they instruct the teachable minds of believers on earth, they also lead them onto the heavenly kingdom.”1
There has never been a book like the Bible—inspired by God and penned by men, deep enough to study for a lifetime but concise enough to hold in our hands. Every page is a treasure. Psalm 19 says the Word of God is more desirable than fine gold. Proverbs 3:15 says it’s more precious than rubies. And Psalm 119:72 says it’s better than thousands of coins of gold and silver.
When you invest yourself in the Bible, you’re the richest person on earth.
If your world today seems confusing, be comforted by the words of the prophets of God who have told you what the future holds for you as a child of God.
1T. Herbert Bindley, St. Cyprian on the Lord’s Prayer: An English Translation, with Introduction (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1904), 25.
The Lord Mighty in Battle
Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. (Psalm 24:8 )
Look to The Lord Mighty in Battle to give you victory in life. Battles are not easy; they’re tough, threatening and tiring. Jesus went through many sufferings on earth. His disciples left Him, Peter denied Him, and the Roman soldiers beat Him and finally they crucified Him on a cross. When the enemy thought they won the battle in killing Jesus, it was in His death that the victory was won. Since the world hated Him, the world will oppose you. You will always have to fight the world, the flesh, and Satan. Your enemies will be too strong for you, so you must look to The Lord Mighty in Battle. He will come to your rescue when you call upon Him.
When you think sin will defeat you, remember victory begins in your mind. You must want to win and look to His strength for victory. When you plan to win, remember victory comes when you stand by the Lord. He will help you defeat the enemy. When you’re near Him, you can be victorious in His strength.