VIDEO Moses Wrote About Me – Moses Wrote About Me

For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.  John 5:46

Moses lived two thousand years before Jesus, yet our Lord insisted that He Himself—Jesus of Nazareth—was the subject of Moses’ writings in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. That’s quite a claim, but Jesus was actually understating the truth. Not only did Moses write about Him, but so did the psalmists, the prophets, and all the other writers of the Old Testament. The Hebrew Scriptures had only one ultimate aim—to introduce the Messiah to the world. They described Him, predicted Him, explained Him, anticipated Him, and commended Him.

Some people never have inward flutters about their faith; they are so convinced the Bible is true that doubt doesn’t rattle them. But other Christians have occasional moments when they say, “Is this really true? Is Christianity true?” After all, the secular world attacks the Christian faith every day.

The fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy about Jesus reassures our faith. Jesus is on every page, and He Himself is the fulfillment of prophecies made hundreds of years before His birth. The Old Testament gives us a firm foundation for faith.

Jesus stepped into the portrait drawn for Him in advance like a living man stepping into a pencil drawing.  David Jeremiah


Testimony to the Deity of Christ, Part 3 (John 5:41-­47)

The Man Who Couldn’t Talk

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise.  Psalm 96:4

Sitting in his wheelchair at a senior citizens home in Belize, a man joyfully listened as a group of American high school teenagers sang about Jesus. Later, as some of the teens tried to communicate with him, they discovered he couldn’t talk. A stroke had robbed him of his ability to speak.

Since they couldn’t carry on a conversation with the man, the teens decided to sing to him. As they began to sing, something amazing happened. The man who couldn’t talk began to sing. With enthusiasm, he belted out “How Great Thou Art” right along with his new friends.

It was a remarkable moment for everyone. This man’s love for God broke through the barriers and poured out in audible worship—heartfelt, joyous worship.

We all have worship barriers from time to time. Maybe it’s a relationship conflict or a money problem. Or it could be a heart that’s grown a bit cold in its relationship to God.

Our non-talking friend reminds us that the greatness and majesty of our almighty God can overcome any barrier. “O Lord, my God—when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy hands have made!”

Struggling in your worship? Reflect on how great our God is by reading a passage such as Psalm 96, and you too may find your obstacles and objections replaced by praise.

By:  Dave Branon

Reflect & Pray

As you read Psalm 96, what stands out about our great God? What barriers to worship sometimes halt you? How can you grow from silence to praise?

Our great God, I do hold You in awesome wonder. How great Thou art!

To learn more about who God is, visit christianuniversity.org/CA310.

 

Spreading the Good News

Acts 14:19-23

 

Saul of Tarsus, the zealous persecutor of Christians, underwent a radical transformation and became a passionate follower of Christ. Later known as Paul, he dedicated his time, energy, and talent to spreading the gospel message. What motivated him to surrender his life wholeheartedly to Jesus?

Jesus’ sacrifice of love. Paul realized that Jesus left His heavenly home, suffered, and died so we might be reconciled to God. This sacrifice moved the apostle to tell others about the Savior’s all-encompassing love (Eph. 3:18).

Gratitude for salvation. Calling himself the worst of sinners, Paul acknowledged that he was unworthy of salvation and undeserving of mercy or favor (1 Timothy 1:15-16). It was gratitude for salvation that fueled his devotion and dedication to the cause of Christ.

Power of the gospel to transform lives. The apostle’s own experience made him long to see others rescued from slavery to sin so they might experience God’s grace. He wanted many to benefit from the saving and transforming power of the gospel.

When inadequacy or doubt keeps us silent, let’s remember what motivated Paul to share the gospel. Then imagine a day when loved ones will experience the peace of God, the love of Christ, and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.

Your Heartfelt Prayer

“Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.” (Lamentations 3:41)

It is so easy to let our prayers become routine and repetitious, and we need to remember that God listens more closely to our hearts than the phrases from our lips. The Lord Jesus cautioned us about this: “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him” (Matthew 6:7-8).

Many people will lift their hands to pray or prostrate themselves on the ground. Some will stand; some will kneel. Some shout, some pray silently, some even leap and dance. Some will write out their prayers and then read them to an audience; others will pray eloquently and at great length. But the thing that counts far more than posture or eloquence is our attitude of heart. We must lift up our hearts to the Lord, not just our hands or our voices. Then He will hear in heaven!

We need to feel as the psalmist felt: “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God” (Psalm 42:1). Our hearts need first to be right, of course—pure and true in His sight. “Call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22). “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 66:18). “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:22).

Our prayers must also come from a believing heart. “Let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” Otherwise, “let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord” (James 1:6-7). With these conditions met, the Christian is ready to pray, but then he must pray from deep within his pure, true, believing heart, and God will answer. “The effectual fervent [one word in the Greek, energeo] prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). HMM

John 3:16

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

 

I have heard that John 3:16 is a favorite preaching text for young preachers, but I confess that as far as I can recall, I have never had the courage to prepare and preach a sermon with John 3:16 as my text. I suppose I have quoted it as many as 15,000 or 20,000 times in prayer and in testimony, in writing and in preaching, but never as a sermon text….

I think my own hesitation to preach from John 6:16 comes down to this: I appreciate it so profoundly that I am frightened by it—I am overwhelmed by John 3:16 to the point of inadequacy, almost of despair. Along with this is my knowledge that if a minister is to try to preach John 3:16 he must be endowed with great sympathy and a genuine love for God and man….

So, I approach it. I approach it as one who is filled with great fear and yet great fascination. I take off my shoes, my heart shoes, at least, as I come to this declaration that God so loved the world.   CES085-086

Lord, I take off my “heart shoes” this morning as well as I contemplate this awesome thought. I bow before You in fear and fascination before this textbut also just at the incredible task and privilege of preaching and teaching any portion of Your inspired Word. Amen.

 

The True Essence of Faith

Now we have received…the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

—1 Corinthians 2:12

 

The witness of the Spirit is a sacred inner thing which cannot be explained. It is altogether personal and cannot be passed from one to another….[T]he outward ear cannot hear what it says. Much less can the worldly onlooker know what is taking place.

The Spirit whispers its mysterious Presence to the heart, and the heart knows without knowing how it knows. Just as we know we are alive by unmediated knowledge and without recourse to proof, so we know we are alive in the Holy Spirit….The witness is in the hidden regions of the spirit, too deep for proof, where external evidence is invalid and “signs” are of no use.

When all is said, it may easily be that the great difference between professing Christians (the important difference in this day) is…between those who have reduced Christianity to an intellectual formula and those who believe that the true essence of our faith lies in the supernatural workings of the Spirit in a region of the soul not accessible to mere reason. WTA089-090

Show me a man who makes the law of God the rule, and the glory of God the end of his conduct…and I will show you one whose heart has been sanctified by the Spirit of grace. DTC207

 

The Dynamics of Discipleship

Luke 14:26-27

In examining the New Testament standard for discipleship, it would appear that Jesus had many believers and followers, but few disciples. Luke 14:25-33 records three principles of discipleship given by Jesus.

First, there can be no rival in the life of the disciple: “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sister—yes, even his own life—he cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26). Such a statement sounds strange especially to those of us who come from close families. But what Jesus is stating is that our love for Him must be supreme and all other loves secondary. We have a divine paradox here, for when we love Christ to this degree, we love father, mother, wife and children even more.

We must recognize that Jesus holds one of three places in the life of every believer. He is either present, or prominent, or preeminent. He is present the moment you are born again. He becomes prominent when you become deeply involved in His service. Until Jesus becomes preeminent and reigns supreme, we may be His followers, but we cannot be His disciples.

The second principle of discipleship is that there can be no refusal to bear the cross: “Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:27). Note that it is a cross of which Jesus is speaking and not a burden. Sometimes people say, “If only you knew the cross I have to bear,” and begin to talk of problems of finance or health or family. But these are not crosses; they are burdens. A burden is something we bear because we must. A cross, however, is voluntary. Until we are prepared to take up the cross, and thus experience a voluntary death to the old life and the life of the world, we may be believers, but we cannot be His disciples.

The third principle of discipleship is that by God’s grace there must be no return: “Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:33). Everything must be surrendered and nothing kept back. This principle became the motivating force in the life of the Apostle Paul: “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8).

Can we say that in our life there is no rival in our love for Christ, no refusal to bear the cross, and by God’s grace there will be no return?

Bramwell H. Tillsley, The Salvationist Pulpit