Bible Time: Brag about Him

Get out your Bibles! Read Jeremiah 9:23-24.

The Bible tells us clearly not to boast about ourselves. James 4:16 verifies “But you boast about your proud intentions. All such boasting is evil.” (ISV) it can hurt others feeling and without meaning to we can give others the notion that we think were the best thing since sliced bread. I’m not meaning to break any hearts or kill any spirits today but I have news for you. You are not worthy to boast about anything, you have nothing to brag about, and friend, neither do I. That is another reason why we shouldn’t do it.

As humans we are all sinners. You and I (Romans 3:23) “…have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (NIV). Because of this we still find ourselves boasting sometimes about what we did or what we have, where we went and who we’ve met. Theses things are not as valuable as the world or our sinful nature tells us they are.

So we’ve explored the very known facts, boasting about our own works is not holy nor pleasing to God. But if you have met my friend Jesus, you’ve got a lot to brag about! The deep stain that was left from sin is washed away because of His love like it tells us in Isaiah 1:8 “…’though your sins are like scarlet I will make them was white as snow. Though they are red like crimson I will make them as white was wool.” (NLT) The point of boasting is to show others what we’ve got and it can be done in all the wrong ways by talking about things that have no real meaning. We find out just how pointless this boasting is when we read Philippians 3:7 — “I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.” (NLT) With Him, it IS loss! What Jesus offers is so much more.

Our song today is about that. It’s “How Deep Our Father Love For Us” performed by Skillet. It has beautiful lyrics but the one that we are looking at today states “I will not boast in anything, no gifts, no power, no wisdom but I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection.” As you praise God through song, meditate on those powerful words.
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Bible Time: Have no fear, Jesus is here

Read Psalm 27.

Fear doesn’t just happen on Halloween or in a scary movie; fear appears in our everyday lives. Sometimes we can be afraid and not even realize it! Fear can take over our actions and keep us away from God. Just the other day I was talking to someone about a struggle I’ve been facing these past few months. I thought about sharing with them that God helped me through it but I got nervous because I was afraid of what they might say in response. Has this ever happened to you?

The Bible talks a lot about fear. I think its safe to say that more than half the of the times the Bible uses the word fear it is soon followed by something along the lines of: He is with you.

Let’s test my theory. 1 Chronicles 28:20 says, “‘Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you…'” (NIV) I should have applied this when I was talking to my friend.

Maybe your fear is bigger than the one I mentioned. There is no reason to be afraid of what people might say if you think of what people might do when you talk about your faith. In other parts of the world, you may be thrown in jail for speaking to others about Jesus. Every day I thank God that I am not in one of those places. But even when the fears seem too big for you to handle remember nothing is to big for our God. Deuteronomy 31:6 says “…He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (NKJV) (<–Hakuna Matata?)

Fear is just in our heads anyway. We psyche ourselves out about a situation and we become afraid of the consequences. It’s not real like the Bible in front of you or the computer monitor you’re staring at. It’s imaginary, at least it is to me when I really think about it. Try that, really think about the last time that you have had fear. Now think about these verses. Did you really need to be afraid? In the Tenth Avenue North song “Strong Enough To Save” there is a line that says “fear is just a lie.” Do you agree? 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (NLT) God didn’t give us fear, that’s for sure, so it must be in our heads. Continue reading “Bible Time: Have no fear, Jesus is here”

Bible Time: Pray

Bible time! Read 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

In John 15:14 Jesus says “..you are my friends.” (NLT) Think about your friends for a moment. When was the last time you talked to your bff? Before you opened this right? You texted them, or called them. I can’t go a day without talking to my best friends! So why is it that we can go weeks without talking to God?

How can we forget to talk to our friends? That just doesn’t happen. Jesus doesn’t forget you. I’m not trying to make anyone feel guilty but let’s face reality, prayer doesn’t always come before texting. Proverbs 15:8 says “… He delights in the prayers of the upright.” (NLT) Jesus likes to hear from us!

Prayer is doing business with God. Matthew 6:6 says “…When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”(NIV)

Just like you vent to your friends, vent to God. There’s a difference here… Your friends can’t always help you with your problems, they can give you advice and be a shoulder to cry on, but Jesus can do so much more. John 14:13-14 says “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (NIV) Although it tells us in Matthew 6:8 “your Father knows exactly what you need before you ask him!” (NLT) He still wants to hear it from you! “…ask me…”And doesn’t it feel good to get things off your chest?

It is important to remember that prayer isn’t all about “can You?” and “will You?” it’s also about “thank You!” and “praise You!.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us “Give thanks in all circumstances…” (NIV)

Which brings us to our song today. Continue reading “Bible Time: Pray”