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.
O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. Jeremiah 10:23
Recommended Reading – Proverbs 16
The introduction of GPS in recent years has put a new spin on finding directions. Our phones, tablets, and dedicated GPS devices connect with orbiting satellites to determine where we are and tell us how to get where we want to go. We have to take the steps ourselves, but the directions come from over our heads.
This is not an entirely new idea, of course. The psalmist David said that God has ordained our days — and the steps in those days —before they come to pass (Psalm 139:16). Solomon wrote that “a man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). And the prophet Jeremiah wrote that “a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23, NIV, 1984). The point of these verses is not that God micromanages our individual steps through life. Rather it is the recognition that we need His help to find our way.
Our lives are not our own. We need God to guide our steps to walk us through this thing called life. Based on these verses, ask God to guide you today and every day. Divine guidance beats all others.
Every Christian ought to be a Bible Reader. It is the One Habit, which, if done in the right spirit, more than any other one habit, will make a Christian what he ought to be in every way.
Henry Halley in Halley’s Bible Handbook
God’s Work, Today’s World: History
And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings.
Recommended Reading – Job 12:23-25
Much of the news cycle today concerns deliberations between nations. For example, talks between the United States (and other nations) and Iran over Iran’s nuclear program dominated the headlines in recent months. Talks move at a glacial pace, giving the impression that the direction of history will turn on the slightest bargaining point.
But that is man’s perspective. From God’s perspective, the future is nothing more than that part of God’s settled, eternal plan yet to be revealed. The Bible is clear—from God’s promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:3), to the future visions of nations in Daniel (Daniel 2, 7), to Paul’s understanding of who draws the boundaries of nations (Acts 17:26)—that the past, present, and future all belong to God.
Don’t feel overwhelmed and insecure when today’s media deluges you with tense international discussions. Just remember: God “removes kings and raises up kings” (Daniel 2:21).
With God the only difference between the future and the past is that certain truths which are as eternal as God himself have not yet become part of human history.
W. Ian Thomas
Moments of Solitude
For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
Recommended Reading – 1 Samuel 30:6
About 31.5 percent of the earth’s population is categorized as “Christian” based on culture or family tradition, church attendance, or self-identification. But there is no way to know exactly how many of those people believe Jesus Christ is God in the flesh who came to earth with the authority to remove man’s sins. Many people in the world today believe Jesus was a good man, a wise teacher sent from God—but not that He was God.
Not only is He God, but He is the God who knows exactly what we need in our weakest moments. When King David felt alone and discouraged, the Lord said to him, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). When facing a trial, it is easy to feel alone and downcast. But in those dark moments, if we pause and turn our thoughts away from our problem and on the Lord, His calming presence will bring assurance that we are not alone. With that confidence, our deepest doubts and fears fade away.
Moments of solitude with God are to be treasured, not neglected. Regardless of whether or not you feel comfortable “being still,” purposely make plans to spend time with the Lord in prayer. They are precious moments.
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
The Lion of Judah
He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself.” Luke 24:38-39
Recommended Reading – Psalm 35:17-18
People alongside the Monongahela River in western Pennsylvania are nervous about an alligator lurking about. Police, consulting with zookeepers and the Coast Guard, suspect the gator hitched a ride on a barge from a warmer spot down south. The creature may never be found or captured, say authorities, but several sightings have left local residents nervous about swimming, fishing, or letting their dogs play in the water.
In biblical times, people were equally nervous about lions prowling around. Two famous biblical characters faced an attacking lion. Judges 14:5 describes how a lion came roaring against Samson; and David told King Saul of the time he had slain a lion who attacked his flock (1 Samuel 17:34-35).
We have a powerful lion that is tracking us (1 Peter 5:8)—hoping to inflict harm and instill doubt and fear in our lives. But he’s no match for the Lion of Judah. Keep your focus on your risen Lord and trust fully in Him and His gift of salvation. His strength will be yours in the time of trouble. God is greater than any foe that Satan may place in your path. He will guard and keep you.
We should respect the power of the Devil and his demons, but never fear them.