Believe God for Miracles!

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Recently, the movie Do You Believe? came out in theaters, featuring the Newsboy’s hit song “We Believe.” One of my favorite scenes was where Joe is in the hospital and flatlines, only to come back to life, totally healed and restored, just a short time later. This miracle really impacts his nurse, prompting her to devote her life more fully to God. It gives her confidence that God really can do anything – even work in the situation of an unfair law suit her husband is facing. It also deeply impacts Lily’s mother, who had been with Joe both when he died, and when he came back to life.

That whole situation in the movie really caused me to think about what would happen if we would dare to ask God for the things that seem impossible to us, believing that He would grant our requests. God desires for miracles coming to pass to be more than just an inspiring scene in a movie. He wants to do that kind of thing in real life, but He needs someone to be willing to step out and ask Him in faith.

In the Bible, Jesus healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead, and so much more. People flocked to Jesus because of the miracles He performed. Guess what?!? God never changes! It is still His desire to do these kinds of things today, THROUGH YOU! Jesus says in John 14:12 that the same works He did, you also shall do also. Imagine how many people would be impacted for God if they saw His miracle-working power operating in your life, and flowing through you to touch others!

Mark 11:24 says that if we believe, we will receive WHATEVER we ask for in prayer! Mark 19:26 says that with God, ALL things are possible. Know that there is no situation to big for God to handle. No matter how desperate things may seem, He is willing and able to help. Don’t be afraid to trust Him for big things. Make your request in confidence, knowing that you will see what you’ve asked for come to pass, because of God’s love for you!

God’s Not Dead, and a Question Asked by Many

God's Not Dead

One year ago, the movie God’s Not Dead was released in theaters. Last summer, it came out on dvd. The movie is all about a college student, Josh Wheaton, standing up for his faith on campus against a professor who demands that he signs a paper stating that God is dead. I recently rewatched the movie, and there was something that really stuck out to me.

This scene is Josh’s final classroom argument to prove that God’s not dead. Pay attention especially to Professor Radisson’s response to a question Josh poses –

As the movie progresses, it becomes apparent that there’s more to the story of the professors’ unbelief than meets the eye. During the last debate, Josh asks the professor point blank why he hates God. The professor responds by saying it’s because God took everything away from him. Earlier in the movie, we find out that Radisson’s mother died of cancer when he was 12 years old, despite his prayers that God would spare her life. Therefore, he holds God responsible for his mother’s death. He also says something very interesting. He comments that the most committed athiests were originally Christians who awoke to what life really was like.

People all over the world every day are asking the question of why bad things happen if God is so good. It deeply saddens me to know that the response they often receive, and what many Christians believe to be true, makes it sound like it’s God’s fault – that He causes or allows negative things to happen for our good, because He has reasons we don’t always understand. This causes many people to turn directly away from God, or feel bitterly towards Him. Who can blame them? After all, who would really want to serve a God that is behind all of life’s tragedies – all the different things insurance clauses describe as “acts of God?” And are they really acts of God?

To say that God is good, and then to point things back to Him that are clearly bad just doesn’t make sense. John 10:10 clearly states that it is NOT God who steals, kills, and destroys, but rather that He sent His Son to give us life. Therefore, how could things like sickness, disease, death, and natural disasters possibly be good, or be from Him?

The truth of the matter? God is good. The trials and tragedies of life are not from Him. Sometimes they come as a result of people’s bad choices, and other times, it’s simply because we live in a fallen world where all is not as God originally designed it. The good news is that whatever we’re facing, God is both willing and able to help us, but when we ask, we HAVE TO BELIEVE that He will, and that it is His desire to do so. This is hard to do when we’re blaming Him for what we’re going through, or thinking that He caused or allowed our situation to teach us something.

What about you? What do you believe about tragedy, and whether or not God causes or allows it? Instead of blaming Him, are you willing to believe that He is ready and waiting to rescue you in any and all circumstances that you face?

The Son Of Man Came To Serve

Matthew 20 28This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Matthew 20:28. It says that the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and give His life as a ransom for many.

Our Savior didn’t come to be served, but to serve. He healed the sick, raised the dead, and caused the blind to see. He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). The same Savior that served those around Him when He was here on this earth, still desires for you to allow Him to serve you right now, and be Savior in every area of your life, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He still wants to provide for you healing, life, and freedom, if you will let Him.

Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many. This was the greatest act of service He could do for us. He gave His life in our place, taking upon Himself the punishment we deserved, so we could have a relationship with God, and be able to freely receive His many blessings. This Christmas, remember to celebrate the One who gave His life to redeem you!

Life More Abundant

Life More AbundantThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is John 10:10. This verses says that while the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, Jesus came that we might have life more abundant.

John 10:10 states that it is the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. It is not God who does these things. He isn’t the author of pain and heartache in our lives, for His desire is for us to experience the abundant life that His Son came to give us.

When Jesus died for us at the cross, He paid the price for our sins in full. Because of Him, we have been made righteous. God has lavished upon us the abundance of His love and grace. Jesus’ finished work guarantees that there is no longer anything standing in the way of us experiencing God’s blessing, and the abundant life He desires for us!

Ephesians 3:20-21 declares that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, far above all we could ask or think. The question isn’t whether He is willing for us to live in the abundance He has made available to us, but whether or not we will receive it.

Jesus came that YOU might have life, and have it more abundantly! Do you believe that God wants you to live in the abundance that Jesus came to give you? Will you receive and begin to walk in it?

Making Wise Media Choices, and Spending Time In God’s Word

Making Wise Media Choices, and Spending Time In God's WordWeek 33 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was Philippians 1-4, and Colossians 1. These chapters cover Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, and begin his letter to the church at Colossae.

Philippians 4:8 tells us what kind of things to be thinking about – whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. One thing that affects our thoughts in a greater way than we may sometimes think is our choice of media. What are we watching and listening to? What are we reading online? Does it match up with the kind of thing Philippians 4:8 says that we should be thinking about?

What goes in our eyes and ears often ends up in our minds and hearts, and what’s in our heart will come out in our life. Therefore, our media choices often impact us more than we may imagine.

An excellent choice of what to be filling our minds with is God’s Word. It truly possesses all of the qualities mentioned in Philippians 4:8, and Psalm 1:2-3 says that those who meditate on and delight in the Word of God will prosper in whatever they do! Let’s be intentional about making wise media choices, make sure to spend time in God’s Word!

Do This In Remembrance of Him

Do This In Remembrance Of HimThis week is week 26 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan. This week’s reading is 1 Corinthians 7-11. These chapters further continue one of Paul’s epistles to the church at Corinth.

In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul speaks of the Lord’s Supper, better known as communion. Verses 23-26 state that on the night Jesus was betrayed, He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, declaring it as His body, which is for us. Also, that he took the cup, declaring it the new covenant in His blood.

In communion, the bread represents the body of Jesus, which was broken for us.  The cup represents the blood He shed for us, that we might be forgiven.

When we take communion, we are to do so in remembrance of Him
(1 Corinthians 11:24-25). The bread, which symbolizes His body, and the cup, which symbolizes His blood, remind us of what He has done for us. John 6:53 says that unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood, we have no life in us. Partaking of the Lord’s Supper helps us to visualize Christ’s finished work, which secured for us life, healing, and forgiveness.

When we take communion, let’s take time to focus our attention on Christ, and all that He’s done for us. Let’s remember how His body was broken, and His blood was shed for us, and receive with thanks all that He died to give us!

You Can . . .

You Can . . .Many allow the ways of the world to determine how they live their lives. Romans 12:2 tells us, however, not to be conformed to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by renewing our mind.

Just because everyone’s doing it doesn’t mean that you have to. Here’s a list of things that you CAN do, though they are contrary to the world’s way of doing things:

You can . . .

  • think for yourself, trusting the Spirit of Truth to guide you into all truth (John 16:13), rather than simply believing everything modern culture would try to tell you.
  • do things God’s way, rather than following the ways of man.
  • take charge of your own life, and follow the path that God has for you, instead of following the path that the majority of those around you are following, simply because it’s what everyone else is doing.
  • read God’s Word, and believe His truth instead of falling for the lies of the world.
  • find your fulfillment in God’s love for you, rather than this world’s empty promises.

Dare to stand out, living your life according to what God says. Instead of conforming yourself to the pattern of the world, allow your mind to be renewed to His way of doing things!

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10 Scriptures To Remember Throughout The Week

10 Scriptures To Remember Throughout The WeekAs we go about our daily lives, it is important to take time to remind ourselves of what God has to say to us in His Word. Here are 10 scriptures to keep in mind as you go about your week:

  1. Romans 8:31 – If God is for you, who can be against you?
  2. Psalm 5:12 – God’s favor surrounds you as with a shield.
  3. James 1:5 – If you lack wisdom, ask it of your Heavenly Father, who will give it to you liberally, and without reproach.
  4. Deuteronomy 31:6 – God will never leave nor forsake you.
  5. Proverbs 16:3 – Whatever you do, commit it to the Lord. Then your plans will succeed.
  6. Philippians 4:13 – You can do all things through Christ, who strengthens you.
  7. Ephesians 3:20 – You have a Heavenly Father who is able to exceedingly, abundantly more than you are able to ask or think.
  8. Philippians 4:6 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, present your requests to God.
  9. Philippians 4:19 – God shall supply all your needs according to His riches and glory.
  10. Matthew 7:7 – Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door be opened to you.

What is a scripture that encourages you?

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Names of Jesus – The Resurrection and the Life

Names of Jesus - The Resurrection and the Life

The Resurrection and the Life – John 11:25 

In John 11, we read the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. In verse 25, while talking to Lazarus’s sister Martha, Jesus declares Himself to be the resurrection and the life.

At the cross, our Savior gave His life for us, paying the price to redeem us. Afterwards, He was placed in a tomb with a stone rolled in front of it (Matthew 27:60), but He didn’t stay there. On the third day, He rose again (Luke 24:6-7). 1 Corinthians 15:22 says that just as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:55 declares the sting of death to be sin, and the strength of sin to be the law. Jesus took all of our sins upon Himself, receiving the punishment for them in full. The only Perfect One fulfilled the law for us. Through Him, we are given the victory (1 Corinthians 15:57)!

Jesus is the source of life. True life is found in Him.

  • He came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
  • All who believe in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).
  • He gives us eternal life, and none can snatch us from His hand (John 10:28).
  • Those who follow Him will have the light of life (John 8:12).
  • He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

Our Savior truly is The Resurrection and the Life! He came that we might have life (John 10:10), and promises eternal life to all who believe in Him (John 3:16). Let’s give thanks Him thanks!

“I will live, I will not die. The resurrection power of Christ alive in me, and I am free, in Jesus’ Name!”

Names of Jesus – Bread of Life

Names of Jesus - Bread of Life

Bread of Life – John 6:35

In John 6:35, Jesus calls Himself the Bread of Life. He declares that those who come to Him will never hunger, and those who believe in Him will not thirst.

In this world, many hunger and thirst for something that can satisfy. They try to fill the void that they feel inside with that which can never give true satisfaction. Time and time again, they come up empty, always longing for something more. The only One who can truly fulfill is Jesus. He promises that those who come to Him, He will never cast out (John 6:37). Never it all of the gospels did anyone approach Him in vain. He knew each of them individually, and in love, met them where they were at, and provided for their needs. He who did this is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Come to Him, and receive the Bread of Life, which alone can truly satisfy.

Jesus is the Bread of LIFE! True life is found in Him. John 10:10 says that He came that we might have life more abundant. John 3:16 says that all who believe in Him have eternal life (John 3:16). He wants us to experience the life He came to give us in our every area of need.

Those who come to the Savior will never hunger or thirst. He gives life to all who believe in Him. Receive the Bread of Life, knowing that in Him, you are complete (Colossians 2:10)!

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