VIDEO Ravi Zacharias on God allowing Evil

June 14, 2016

This question, no doubt, is on people’s minds following the Orlando shootings this weekend. Watching this video might help you answer the question or add thoughts into any discussions you have within your community.

https://praymillennials.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/ravi-zacharias-on-god-allowing-evil/

Stop Making Excuses and Bring Jesus Into Your Life

 

The Rev. Billy Graham

 

“Yes, right now life seems stable and happy, but what of the future? Where will you turn if illness strikes, or some other disaster threatens to overtake you? And even now, to whom can you turn when you face major decisions and don’t know which way to go?” the evangelical leader questions.

“If God didn’t love you, then your feelings about Him might be justified,” Graham continues. “But God does love you and your family, and He wants what is best for you. The proof is that he sent His Son into the world to give His life for us.”

“Don’t be deceived, and don’t come to the end of your life some day and realize you’ve taken the wrong road. Instead, turn to Jesus Christ and invite Him to come into your lives,” the Baptist minister concludes, citing Psalm 16:11 which reads: “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.”

Graham expounded on the importance of God in another recent blog post, writing that it is impossible for people to be fully good without Christ in their lives.

“Yes, sometimes we are capable of great good — but unfortunately the human race is also capable of great evil,” Graham explains.

Christians need to stop making excuses and welcome God into their lives, the Rev. Billy Graham says.

The founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association wrote in a question-and-answer column published in the Kansas City Star on Tuesday that Christians need to stop coming up with reasons not to strengthen their relationship with God, saying that some have a misconception that Christianity is an “unbalanced” way to live one’s life.

“I don’t know how you decided that Christians are unbalanced, or that God doesn’t want us to enjoy life, but you’re wrong,” Graham writes, referencing John 10:10 which reads: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Graham goes on to say that when people feel like something is missing in their life, it is likely God.

“Yes, right now life seems stable and happy, but what of the future? Where will you turn if illness strikes, or some other disaster threatens to overtake you? And even now, to whom can you turn when you face major decisions and don’t know which way to go?” the evangelical leader questions.

“If God didn’t love you, then your feelings about Him might be justified,” Graham continues. “But God does love you and your family, and He wants what is best for you. The proof is that he sent His Son into the world to give His life for us.”

“Don’t be deceived, and don’t come to the end of your life some day and realize you’ve taken the wrong road. Instead, turn to Jesus Christ and invite Him to come into your lives,” the Baptist minister concludes, citing Psalm 16:11 which reads: “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.”

Graham expounded on the importance of God in another recent blog post, writing that it is impossible for people to be fully good without Christ in their lives.

“Yes, sometimes we are capable of great good — but unfortunately the human race is also capable of great evil,” Graham explains.

 

What It Means To Believe In Jesus

John 3:16-18

The apostle Paul told his jailer, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31). That Philippian man and his household had saving faith—they accepted the invitation and joined God’s family.

Saving faith has three elements: knowledge, conviction, and trust. Today, let’s look at the knowledge component. To believe in Jesus as our Savior, we need to know who He is, what He accomplished, and why it was necessary.

Who is Jesus? He is deity—God the Son. At the request of God the Father, Jesus set aside His divine rights, took on human form, and dwelled on earth (Phil. 2:6-7).

What did He accomplish? Jesus lived a perfect life, which qualified Him to be our substitute: He stood in our place and bore God’s judgment for our sins. His death on the cross made a way for us to be forgiven and experience peace with God.

Why did He have to die? We could not save ourselves, since our “good deeds” are all marred by our sin nature. When we accept Christ’s atoning work, we go from being God’s enemy to becoming a member of His family.

When I was saved at age 12, I understood only the simplest aspects of these basic truths. I knew I was a sinner in need of forgiveness and Jesus alone could save me. What mattered was, I truly believed—and the Lord saved me.

Knowledge without conviction and trust does not bring salvation. Even the demons understood that Jesus was the Son of God (Luke 4:41). Do you believe what you know to be true?

Jesus Christ Is Lord

“And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:11)

Throughout the New Testament, we find there are three names in primary usage for the Son of God: Jesus, Christ, and Lord. The name Jesus, meaning “Jehovah is the Savior,” is His human name, linking Him with humanity whom He came to save. Christ, meaning “anointed,” is His Messianic name, linking Him with the prophecy that He came to fulfill. The New Testament equivalent to the Hebrew word Jehovah is the word “Lord,” linking Him with deity whom He came to represent and reveal, and to whom is due homage.

These three names have a chronological emphasis, for until His crucifixion He was known primarily as “Jesus,” but after His resurrection and ascension He was preeminent as “Christ.” When He returns, it will be as “Lord” to reign. To be sure, there is overlap, for He is simultaneously all three and has been throughout history. But the general pattern is clear.

The three names also indicate His threefold office and work. “Jesus” suggests His career as a prophet, teaching men the truth, while “Christ” suggests His priesthood, atoning for sin, and “Lord” His Kingship, ruling over men. Mankind’s relationship and responsibility to Him follow this same pattern: obedience to Him as prophet, faith in Him as priest, surrender to Him as King.

There is no effort on the part of the Scripture writers to separate these names into different individuals, for on many if not most occasions two or three of the names are combined, showing that these three names reference one and the same person. “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36). JDM

True to Himself

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. —Psalm 89:1

Faithfulness is that in God which guarantees that He will never be or act inconsistent with Himself. You can put that down as an axiom. It is good for you now and good for you when you’re dying. It will be good to remember as you rise from the dead and good for all the eons and millenniums to come. God will never cease to be what He is and who He is. Everything God says or does must be in accord with His faithfulness. He will always be true to Himself, to His works and to His creation….

Now that may sound a little dry, but if you get that inside of you and build on it, you’ll be glad you know it the next time you’re in a tough circumstance. You can live on froth and bubbles and little wisps of badly understood theology—until the pressure is on. And when the pressure is on, you’ll want to know what kind of God you’re serving.

This is the kind of God you’re serving: All that God says or does must accord with all of His attributes, including His attribute of faithfulness. Every thought that God thinks, every word that God speaks, every act of God must accord with His faithfulness, wisdom, goodness, justice, holiness, love, truth and all His other attributes.

The next time I’m in tough circumstances, Lord, I will trust Your faithfulness, for I know that’s the kind of God I serve! Amen.

Ascription of His Glory

Yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. (1 Peter 1:18)

I am discovering that many Christians are not really comfortable with the holy attributes of God. In such cases, I am forced to wonder about the quality of their
worship.

The word “holy” is much more than an adjective saying that God is a holy God. It is anecstatic ascription of glory to the triune God. Everything that appears to be good among men and women must be discounted, for we are humans. Abraham, David and Elijah,Moses, Peter and Paul—all were good men, but each had his human flaws and weaknesses as members of Adam’s race. Each had to find his own place of humble repentance. Because God knows our hearts and our intentions, He is able to restore His believing children in the faith!

So, we should be honest and confess that much of our problem in continuing fellowship with a holy God is that many Christians only repent for what they do, rather than for what they are!

Losses, too, are frequently the means God uses

Losses, too, are frequently the means God uses to fetch home his wandering sheep; like fierce dogs, they bring wanderers back to the shepherd. How often have we seen the Christian rendered obedient to his Lord’s will by straightness of bread and hard labor. When rich and increased with goods, many professors carry their heads much too loftily, and speak much too boastfully. Like David, they boast: “My mountain standeth fast; it shall never be moved.” When the Christian groweth wealthy, is in good repute, hath good health, and a happy family, he too often wanders away. If he be a true child of God, there is a rod preparing for him.