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WHAT FAITH IN GOD IS ALL ABOUT- #2

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Psa 12:6

 

‘The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.’   (Psalms 12:6)

WHAT FAITH IN GOD IS ALL ABOUT

(This was the theme for a series of lessons I taught in our Adult Bible Class in January 2016.  The lessons have been edited for viewers of my blogsite.)

#1 LEARNING GOD’S WORD AND ENCOURAGING BIBLE STUDY IN 2016

https://heulu.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/what-faith-in-god-is-all-about/ 

 

#2  WHY THE WORD OF GOD IS IMPORTANT

To recap last week’s lesson–  The Bible is the blueprint of God’s plan and purpose for man.  It gives us instructions to our heavenly destination by pointing us in the right direction.  But unlike a map, compass or GPS that can also direct us to a location, the Bible most importantly, does that PLUS it provides clear guidelines to keep us on track with exhortations and warnings, as to who and what will prevent us from reaching the rewards that God has for us.

So, why is the Bible a bestseller and a very important book?  It is because many people look to the Bible to find answers in life such as why am I here, what is life all about, is God real, is there a heaven and hell, and what will happen to me when I die?  I have met people who turned to God out of desperation and despair over the condition in their lives.  Some were in prison when they were handed a Bible and they found peace with God.  In my Philippines Missions posts there are pictures and stories of individuals who found the Lord in jail or prison.  We did marketplace preaching with a once ‘bad dude’ who dealt drugs and carried a gun until he was arrested in his tracks and his life was turned around!  Many folks with bad backgrounds, as well as respectable people, have met God through the pages of the Bible, by hearing the gospel message and from the witness of Christian believers.

About Eternal Life– Eternal life can be found only by faith in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son. (John 3:16).  It is only by studying the Bible that one can receive revelation of who God is and about His provision for us to have eternal life.  Titus 1:2 tells us that before the world began God promised us the hope of eternal life and God cannot lie. (Titus 1:1-2 AMP)  The Bible has detailed instructions that are clear and repetitive, with no errors or contradictions: it tells us that we have an enemy or adversary called  the devil or Satan who will use his many strategies and devices to ‘steal, kill, and destroy us’, to rob us of eternal life and to take us to hell with him.

Jesus came to show us the way to our Heavenly Father, to teach us about how we could have life and life more abundantly.  Jesus said, ‘I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me’ (John 14:6).

Jesus came to teach us and warn us about deception, mentioned 4 times in Mt 24:4, 5, 11, 24.  In Mt 24:3 one of the questions asked Jesus was about the sign of His coming and of the end of the world.  His answer was that there would be widespread deception in the end times, and that His coming would be unexpected, and sudden, catching many by surprise.  Also in Mt 24 are the signs of the world situation and extreme disturbances in the earth occurring everywhere.  In addition the condition of the church is described as in great apostasy which it is today, at this present time.  The Bible provides us with the daily news and future events on the horizon, but we must search these out by studying the scriptures for ourselves.

Why should we study God’s Word?  One good reason is because God has commanded us to do so.  Jesus said:

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.  (Mt 4:4)

If you continue in my Word, then you are my disciples indeed.  (John 8:31)

To be a blessed person, one must love God’s Word and meditate on it day and night.  (Psalms 1:1-2)

If we want to learn about God, we will find Him revealed in the books of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  If we want to have faith to believe in God, we must go to His Word to learn of Him since faith comes from hearing/reading His Word (Rom 10:17). By reading our Bible, we can increase our faith, overcome sin, and temptations to sin.  When we submit ourselves to the Word of God and will of God, we are able to be strong and can resist the attacks and fiery darts of Satan.  We can have answered prayers.  (1John 2:14; John 15:7)

An important reason for studying the Bible is that it will help us to know what is going on in the world and why.  We can know where we are in God’s timetable and how close we are to the return of Jesus Christ to earth.   Jesus said in John 16:33:

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  

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WHY JESUS CAME- God so loved us!

HERE IS THE REASON-

WHY JESUS CAME- (Because) GOD SO LOVED US!

(Reblogged from Dec. 14, 2013)

PRAISE REPORT- After 3 weeks recuperating from a badly sprained ankle, my healing miracle came in time for my birthday, yesterday 12-15.  After hobbling around with a cane with much discomfort from damaged ligaments, I woke up Sunday healed.  Later I put on regular shoes and went to a Christmas luncheon!  GOD IS MY SAVIOR AND HEALER!

God's Enduring Love

WHY DID JESUS COME?

Jesus came because of God’s great love for us.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”   (John 3:16)  

God wanted to be with us.

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”  (Mt 1:23)

Hallelujah!  EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US!

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THE CALL TO REPENTANCE- REPENT OR PERISH

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Read Drgold’s new post on Repentance, Salvation and Eternal Life.  

 

God's Hidden Nuggets for the Endtimes

 REPENTANCE– THE KEY TO ETERNAL LIFE

REPENTANCE is the key to eternal life. Without REPENTANCE towards God, there is no SALVATION. REPENTANCE is the key to the kingdom of God.When Jesus began his ministry, he declared that the kingdom of Godwas at hand and the need forREPENTANCE. Jesus said ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: REPENT ye, and believe the gospelMk1:15. REPENTANCE is believing the Gospel of Jesus Christ regarding sin,forgiveness, and holinessNO REPENTANCE, NO SALVATION, NO ETERNAL LIFE!

Jesuswent everywhere in Judea telling people to REPENT of their sins Mt9:13.He said‘I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to REPENTANCELk5:32.Jesussaid‘.. except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise perishLk13:3. Without REPENTANCE, no one can be saved and go to heaven

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THE GREATNESS OF JESUS CHRIST- THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE, OUR SAVIOUR GOD

God's Hidden Nuggets for the Endtimes

THE GREATNESS OF JESUS CHRIST                

When the young man Jesus arrived on the scene 2000 years ago in Judaea and Jerusalem, He changed the entire world’s view about life and about Himself, by what He said, what He did, and by what happened to Him. As we recently commemorated His passion and celebrated His resurrection from the dead, it is highly appropriate to considerThe Greatness of Jesus Christ.In the annals of mankind, there was no man living with greater majesty, nobility, compassion, wisdom, foresight, power, and humility than that of Jesus Christ. Though Jesus spent only 33 years on earth, He did so many great things that the apostle John hyperbolized ‘..there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should…

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Why Jesus Came and Why He Is Coming Again Part I

It is imperative to understand ‘Why Jesus Came and Why He Is Coming Again’ Read Part I and Part 2 http://drgoldsite.wordpress.com/category/why-jesus-came-and-why-he-is-coming-again/ Bible teachings by Drgold, my partner in life.

God's Hidden Nuggets for the Endtimes

The Reasons For Jesus Coming to Earth 

Knowing why Jesus came to earth is of utmost importance to our lives now and hereafter. There is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun, and it all depends upon what we do with this person Jesus that will determine where we will end up.  We will look at scriptures on why Jesus came and why He is coming again to earth.  It is all about God’s 7000-year plan for mankind as revealed in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  The reason and purpose for Jesus Christ coming to earth are myriad, revelational, and eternal.  The Bible states ‘..by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men’ Ro5:12.  Jesus was sent by God to save us, by dying on the cross for our sins

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Why Did Jesus Come?

WHY DID JESUS COME? By Greg Laurie.
Reblogged from Dec. 10, 2012

WHY JESUS CAME- God so loved us!

WHY DID JESUS COME?

Jesus came because of God’s great love for us.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”   (John 3:16)  

God wanted to be with us.

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”  (Mt 1:23)

Hallelujah!  EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US!