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See for Yourself

May 19, 2017

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See for Yourself

Have you ever played the game “Telephone”?     In it,  everyone sits  in a big circle.     Then someone writes down  a message  and whispers that message  to the person sitting next  to them.      Each person  in the circle  takes their turn  whispering that message,  exactly as they heard it,  to the person next  to them.      Then the last person  proclaims the message  out loud.

What a surprise as it is  compared with the original written message!      No one can figure out  how the message  became so changed.      Everyone “claims”  to have repeated it  exactly as heard.      And so gossip  (hearsay)  goes…

It is possible  for even God’s word  to be radically changed,  IF people today  don’t go straight  to the source  (the Bible)  and find out  for themselves  what was originally said.      That is why  we see so many cults today  —  people don’t check things out  for themselves.

What good is hearsay?      We each need to read  and learn first-hand  about God’s faithfulness,  love,  salvation,  forgiveness,  and patience  with each and every one  of us.      Don’t leave all the work  of reading,  studying,  and searching  up to someone else.      They might be  all messed up.     They might just be  on an ego trip.

It is our personal responsibility  to purposely  look through the Bible  for evidence  of God’s love  for each of us,  (personally  –  really personally)  realizing  that the books  in the Bible  were written hundreds  and even thousands  of years apart,  by many different prophets.      But,  no matter when written,  they all agree  with all the other books  in the Bible  and with other archeological records.

Even better than that,  the Bible shows  how God made a promise  of salvation  in the very beginning  (in the Garden of Eden)  and then the Bible shows  every single step  God took  throughout history  to keep that promise  of salvation,  word for word,  in the birth,  life,  suffering,  death,  and resurrection  of Jesus Christ.     There simply is nothing  more marvelous!      And it is pure truth  right down  through the ages  for you  and for me.

Do you really know  just how deeply  God loves you  —  even though other people  may not see you  as particularly lovable?     You’ve got to find out  for sure.

If you only believe  what someone else has said  about God’s love  for you,  your faith  will be weak.     You might be tempted  to think,  “Well,  what do they know.     They don’t know  ‘my’ sins.     They don’t even know  ‘my’ doubts  and fears  or the horrendously rough times  I’ve had.     It’s easy  for God to love ‘them’;  BUT ‘me’?…….    That doesn’t seem possible.”

So, not reading the Bible  will cause even you  to be a weak Christian  —  exactly the way  Satan wants  to keep you in his realm  of doubts  and fears.

Find out  for yourself  the strength,  power  and love of God  over thousands of years.     Delve into the Bible  like a defense lawyer  —  searching,  digging out details,  comparing verse to verse,  even though they were written thousands  of years apart.     Prove it  for yourself.     Then,  erase your wonderings.

You will see  that Psalm 119:89,  “Forever,  O LORD,  Your word  is settled  in heaven,”  is true.

Then you will see  the awesome wonders  and truths  of Isaiah 40:8  for your own personal life,  “The grass withers,  the flower fades,  but, the word  of our God  stands forever.”

It’s like an old computer  learning ad  we used to see  on TV.     The mother says,  “My daughter knows a lot more  about computers  than me  and she’s only three.     Now, I’ve learned a lot  about computers  and I had a lot  of fun.”

We can also have  a lot of fun learning  to use  all sorts of Bible study aids  —  like Strong’s Concordance,  which is a language dictionary.     It gives the definitions  of the Bible’s  Greek and Hebrew words  that have been translated  into English  for us.     That will give us  greater depth  into what the Hebrew and Greek writers  were saying  when they wrote the Bible.

There are a number  of Bible study web sites  on which one can use  Strong’s Concordance  for free.     Or,  if you prefer,  you can get our own hard copy  at most Bible book stores.

Then,  at your leisure,  you can search out  the beauties  of God’s word  for yourself.

What a comfort  we can find  in the Bible,  as our heavenly Father  speaks straight  to us.     2 Timothy 3:16-17“All Scripture  is inspired  by God  and profitable  for teaching,  for reproof,  for correction,  for training  in righteousness,  that the man of God  may be adequate,  equipped  for every good work.”

It’s God talking directly  to us,  training us.     Listen.     Don’t let anyone else  take you  off course.    Then in relief,  we can say,  “Hallelujah!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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