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Because You Think

November 30, 2018

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Because You Think

We certainly do need  to be thinking,  but with our thinking  it is good to reach  a sure and bona fide conclusion  that we have determined  is the truth,  based on reliable evidence.     If we just know  all sorts of bits  of information — and yet,  it is nothing but a confusing mess — it cannot benefit us.

Jesus showed the Pharisees  that they needed  to think  about evidence presented to them,  and come to definite conclusions  about all  that they had learned  in their studies  of Scripture.     It was obvious  that they had memorized  a lot of Old Testament scripture,  but,  they didn’t have a clue  about  the truths in scripture  that would lead them  to salvation.     To show them  that their Bible study did not benefit them,  Jesus said in John 5:39-40,

You search the Scriptures,  because you think  that in them  you have eternal life;  and it is these  that bear witness of Me;  and you are unwilling  to come to Me,  that  you may have  life.

In all their study of Scripture,  the Pharisees realized  that it was about the coming  of their Savior.     But,  in all their silly self-righteousness,  they didn’t think they needed a Savior  from sin.     They just wanted a Savior  who would give them political freedom  from the Romans,  and make life cushy for them.     They were well aware  of verses that condemned sin,  but didn’t feel that referred  to them.     Instead,  they preferred to imagine  that only the people who suffered poverty and sickness were the “sinners”.

So,  when their Savior did arrive  in Jesus Christ,  they totally rejected Him  as the Savior.     After all,  Jesus was humble  and of humble means.     He didn’t look  or act  like a king.     The Pharisees really thought  they had eternal life — just because they studied the Scriptures  and outwardly  obeyed  all sorts of laws.     All their thinking and imagining  was useless.     Just thinking something  cannot save a person eternally.

And,  just believing  that God is real  isn’t going to cut it either.     We have to do something  about our  “belief”.     James 2:19 tells us,

You believe that God is one.     You do well;  the demons also believe,  and shudder.

We need  to believe  that God is the one and only Almighty.     But,  if we don’t do something  about that truth,  it doesn’t do us any good.     What do we need to do  about the truth?     The apostle John shows us  in John 20:31,

But these have been written  that you may believe  that Jesus is  the Christ,  the Son of God;  and that believing  you may have life  in His name.

We need  to believe in Christ Jesus  as our one and only Savior.     In other words,  we need to confess  that we are sinners  and that  Jesus’ suffering and death  really  paid the penalty  we really owe   for our sins.     Our  believing this proven truth  leads us  to live  for Jesus here on earth  and through all eternity.     All of Scripture  was written  to lay down these truths for us,  so that we can be positively sure  of all the evidence  given through the centuries.

The Bible is open  to us all.     Are we thinking enough  to see our sins shown there  and all the evidence  that points to Jesus Christ,  the Son of God,  as our only means of salvation?     The Bible shows us  how unwise it is  to trust in our own self-righteousness.     Can we see God’s trustworthiness  and  faithful love  for us  in those pages?

It’s worth a look.

Then believing all the evidence set forth  for us  over thousands of years,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  wash away all my sins  through the merits  of Jesus Christ,  and hold me close  to Your heart,  that I may always remain  Your faithful child.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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