Trusting in God’ Word

We can trust in God’s Living Word – sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Symbolism in the Bible speaks to us about the truth of His Word and the perfect timing of God’s plan for all of mankind.

For instance, Jesus – our perfect sacrificial Lamb – was crucified on the 14th day of the first month of the Jewish year (1 Corinthians 5:7). That was no accident.

This is the exact day and time that the Passover lambs are slain as a memorial of the Jew’s deliverance from the death angel while in Egypt.

Christ’s sacrifice makes us fully acceptable and totally pleasing to God by washing away our sins and giving us Christ’s righteousness. His Word gives us faith to believe in Him.

The Word informs us that God’s Spirit renews our mind and character, establishing in us the fruit of His Spirit and the character of Christ (Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Peter 1:3-10). Seeing our identity in Christ improves our self-image and deepens our union with Him.

Christ in us makes us the light of the world, a city high on a mountain top, which is impossible to hide (Matthew 5:14). However, this also means that any sin in our life is instantly visible and damages our witness for Christ.

Our words and actions affect our testimony either positively or negatively. That is why we are exhorted to keep our self unspotted by the world, and God’s Word helps us to do this (James 1:27).

God’s Word also makes us realize that Satan only has power over us if we give him something to devour (1 Peter 5:8). If we submit to God and resist the devil, he has to flee from us (James 4:7).

Trusting in God’s Word gives us peace of mind, the security of faith, and hope for tomorrow. His precepts and prophesies give us solid ground on which to stand in this world of shifting sand.

Prayer:
Father God, life on this earth is scary and unpredictable, debilitating and demoralizing, full of pain and suffering. If we had to live without You and Your Word, our hearts would fail us for fear (Luke 21:26). Yet, trusting in Your Word gives us strength within, which permeates all of our decisions and fuels all of our actions.

As we walk in Your Spirit through every moment of every day, there is no guesswork to consider, no mistakes to reap from and no mishaps for which You have not already prepared us. Thank You for not leaving us on earth without Your Word to comfort and encourage us.

Thought for the Day:
Criticizing the Word of God is human arrogance at its worst; only the wise will believe in His Word and trust in its insights. – 1 Corinthians 1:21; Romans 10:17

How to Know the Bible is True

We know without a doubt that the Bible is true, because it’s prophecies are true. Bible prophecies are exact predictions of future events, and they have a very slim chance of occurring by coincidence. No other predictors, such as Nostradamus, were ever as exact in their predictions as Bible prophecy. Even in archeology and historical records, we see the exact details of the Bible confirmed.

Discoveries such as the Tel Dan Stele (900-850 BC), the Meesha Stele (846 BC), the Nabonidus Cylinder (550 BC) and the Caiaphas Ossuary establish the veracity of the Bible. No archeological find has ever invalidated the Bible. In fact, proper research of Biblical references constantly leads to startling archeological discoveries. Even people formerly considered as fictional are proven to have just lived like the Bible stated.

The Bible is full of prophetic utterances recorded for all posterity. Daniel foresaw the exact lineage of the four empires from Babylon to Medo-Persia to Greece to Rome. He predicted the spectacular rise of the Greek conqueror Alexander the Great to power, as well as the final division of his Greek empire by four of his surviving generals (Daniel 7:6, 8:5-8, 11:2-4).

Ezekiel’s prophesied about the destruction of the Phoenician city Tyre (Ezekiel 26). Isaiah predicted the coming reign of the Persian King Cyrus — two hundred years before his birth (Isaiah 44:28). God even prophesied to Isaiah that He would predict distant future events and bring them to pass Himself (Isaiah 41:21-23, 48:3-5). The exactness of the multitude of ancient texts also prove the veracity of the Bible.

Jesus fulfilled over three hundred Bible prophecies with unerring accuracy (Isaiah 11:1-Matthew 2:6; Genesis 35:19, 48:7; Ruth 4:11; 1 Samuel 23:23; Exodus 18:25; Psalm 90:2-John 1:1). Consider His life (Isaiah 7:14-Matthew 1:18; Micah 5:2-Matthew 2:1; Isaiah 35:5–6-Matthew 11:5), His death (Isaiah 50:6-Mark 14:65; Isaiah 53:12- Mark 14:65; Isaiah 53:9-Matthew 27:57–60), His resurrection (Psalm 16:10-Mark 16:6), His ascension into heaven (Psalm 68:18; Mark 16:19) and His exaltation at God’s right hand (Psalm 110:1; 1 Peter 3:22).

In the end times in which we live, the news consistently reports another fulfilled Biblical prophecy (1 Thessalonians 5:1-9:1). Record-breaking weather, world events such as the new nation of Israel, the revised Roman Empire in the European Union and the World Council of Churches, along with mounting Israeli-Arab hostilities and the coalition between Russia and the Middle East fulfill a major portion of end time prophecies (2 Timothy 3:3-17; Ezekiel 35-39).

Are you ready to meet King Jesus face-to-face? The Bible is true. Jesus is coming again. Be on your guard so that you many not be deceived by the error of lawless people, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom we owe all glory and honor (2 Peter 3:17-18).

Prayer:
Father God, I pray that You will open the eyes of the understanding of everyone who reads this post, so that they can see and comprehend the wonderful love You have for all of mankind. You did not just speak the world into existence (Genesis 1:1) and then leave us to function on our own (Colossians 1:17; Psalm 18:35, 20:6, 138:7; Isaiah 41:10, 48:13). You are constantly involved in the lives of anyone who will give You the time in their day (Proverbs 3:5-6). Draw us ever closer to Your heart.

Thought for the Day:
Fulfilled Prophecy proves that the Bible is true.

Sources:

Dr. Nelson Glueck, Rivers in the Desert [New York, Grove, 1960], p. 31).

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