Sunday, April 26, 2020

God's Guidance is like a Scroll, not a Blueprint


Everyone wants to know what will happen in the future. When will the corona virus pandemic end? What is going to happen with our economy? How am I going to provide for my family?

Suppose you had a friend who was a super-genius—the smartest person in the world. He knew the answer to any question, but he wouldn’t tell you anything unless you asked him. Even then, he wouldn’t tell you everything, but only what you needed to know.

That friend is God. He’s real, even though He is invisible to you at this time. He’s the only one who knows the answer to every question and everything that will happen in the future. God “knows all things” (1 John 3:20). God knows “the end from the beginning” (Isa. 46:10). He says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jer. 33:3)

God is not only all-knowing, but is also all-powerful. “Nothing is too difficult” for God (Jer. 32:17). And that’s why those who are wise will seek Him for guidance. God says, I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go.” (Psalm 32:8).

But here’s one thing to remember. God’s guidance isn’t like a blueprint where you see the completed picture all at once. Instead, it’s like a scroll that’s unrolled a little bit at a time. In His wisdom, God won’t tell you everything that will happen in the future. Jesus told His disciples, “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now” (John 16:12). He will reveal what you need to know today. Sometimes He will tell you more, if you need to know it.

As long as you put your trust in Him, you will be confident in facing the future because He is the "I AM" and exists there too. Psalm 62:8 says, “Trust in Him at all times.” Even during uncertain times. www.makinglifecount.net www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Five Commonly Believed Myths


Years ago, a wise person told me, “Read the Bible for what it actually says, not what you think it says.” That bit of advice is a good tool to use in correctly interpreting the Bible. Here are five myths that many people believe, but are not mentioned in the Bible.

Myth #1: Three Wise Men came to Jesus. The magi, or wise men, came to Jerusalem to find the King of the Jews (Matt. 2:1-2). People assume there were three magi because they presented Jesus with three gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh (2:11). However, the Bible doesn’t tell us how many there were.

Myth #2: Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was bad eyesight. Some people teach Paul’s thorn in the flesh was bad eyesight, based on Galatians 4:15 which says the Galatians would have given him their eyes. It’s likely Paul’s vision worsened as he grew older, and they didn’t have glasses in those days. Paul tells us the thorn in the flesh was an angel of Satan to keep him humble. Click here to read more…

Myth #3:  The “eye of needle” that a camel must pass through was a small city gate.
Jesus said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God (Matt. 19:24). “Camelgate” is the theological scandal that changes the eye of a needle to a small city gate. Someone came up with this idea to make the impossible example possible to believe. Luke, who was a physician, uses the Greek word of a surgeon’s needle, thus blowing the doors off Camelgate. Click here to read more…

Myth #4:  Jesus was beaten with 39 lashes. None of the gospels say this. It was Paul who was beaten with 39 lashes on five separate occasions (2 Cor. 11:24). We know Jesus received “stripes” from being flogged (Isa 53:5, Matt. 27:26), but the Bible doesn’t tell us how many He received.

Myth #5: The forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden was an apple. God told Adam and Eve they could eat any fruit yielding seed (Gen. 1:29). Apples have seeds, so the forbidden fruit was not an apple.
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Sunday, April 12, 2020

The One Thing That Could Stop Salvation


When Jesus died on the cross, He paid for the sins of the world. But the apostle Paul makes a stunning statement in 1 Cor. 15:17, If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless. You are still in your sins.” I’ve often wondered WHY that was true.

The answer is found in our being united with Him. Every believer is “IN Christ” (Eph. 1:7, 13) and Christ is IN every believer (Rom. 8:9-11). When Jesus died, we died with Him (Rom 6:8). “Even when we were dead in our transgressions, (He) made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:5-6)

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but though Me” (John 14:6). If He was still in the grave, we could not go with Him to the Father in heaven. We would still be in the grave with Him. That’s why Paul said, “If Christ has not been raised…you are still in your sins.” If there is no resurrection, there is also no redemption, no reconciliation with God, no justification, no salvation.

But then Paul continues, “But now Christ HAS been raised for the dead” (1 Cor. 15:20). Paul had seen Jesus in His resurrected body (15:8) and spent his entire life trying to convince others of that fact. “If you confess with mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9). www.makinglifecount.net www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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Sunday, April 5, 2020

God Will Show You The Next Step


Worry always concerns things that might happen in the future. You don’t need to know everything about your future. You only need to know where and when to take the next step.

I hated being in second grade, so I asked my father why I had to go to school. He explained, “So you can get to third grade, and then fourth grade, and then later to high school, then college, and then you’ll get a job to support your family.” 
That was NOT what I needed to hear! I was just trying to get through the next day at school, and now my dad was adding even more burdens on me for years to come. It was too much information for me to handle.

That’s why Jesus told His disciples, “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now” (John 16:12). To make life easier, He would reveal things to them a little bit at a time—as they needed to know it. God leads us one step at a time. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” God gives enough light to your feet to take the next step. The light keeps moving with you as you take each step, which lights the path to your destination.

After the prophet Elijah stopped the rain in Israel, God led him to the brook Cherith. After the brook dried up, God told him to take the next step—go to Zarephath (1 Kings 17:1-9). The Lord didn’t speak to him about taking the next step until Elijah needed to know it.

When Joshua was leading the people into the Promised Land, they wondered how they could cross the Jordan River. God told Joshua to tell the priests, who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant, when to take the next step. When the priests arrived at the Jordan and took the next step into the river, the waters parted for them to cross over (Joshua 3:8-4:18).

God isn’t going to reveal everything that will happen in your future, but if you will seek Him, He will tell you when to take the next step. It’s called walking by faith (2 Cor. 5:7). www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com www.makinglifecount.net
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BIBLE STUDY: Here is a list of scriptures telling you to not be afraid. For more information about why God can be trusted and how to be set free from fear and worry, read The Sure Cure for Worry

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