John 14:6 NKJV – Which way, what truth, whose life

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

This is a powerful and strong affirmation that Jesus Christ alone is the way of salvation. To even imagine or proclaim any other way is simply misleading people and forgets the necessity of His coming and redemption. (John 1:4 NKJV)

The world will try to convince us that we can only live as best as we can live and that there is little else we can do. That through our acts of kindness and thoughtfulness to humanity, we can feel secure that we’ve placed our mark on this world. Our legacy rests on being a good and loving person.

Well, that’s one opinion and I simply don’t align with that opinion. My belief rests in the truth and the knowledge of God’s eternal Word that also says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV) Certainly, the attributes of Jesus Christ includes being kind and thoughtful. But if we live a life that relies on just this, without the power of God’s Holy Spirit living in us, we are falling fatally short. The things of this world are temporary. We see proof of that each and every day. It’s called disappointment. It happens every day in the life we lead in this world because the world is flawed.

Do I face disappointment being a believer in Jesus Christ? Yes, I do. But I am never disappointed in Jesus. He is where my strength and my absolute trust lie. It’s the world that disappoints me. People disappoint me. Things disappoint me. But God never disappoints me. That’s a lot to believe for someone who doesn’t have a relationship with Jesus like I do or cannot believe because God just isn’t a part of their life right now. I know how that feels. I was in that place as well. And I was disappointed when I lived outside of Christ. I thought I had it all together, but life and this world disappointed me. I needed to find stability in my life and Jesus brings me that stability. His love and truth and mercy and grace and sustaining strength gives me stability in an unstable and mixed up world. I live in this world, but I am no longer of this world. (1 Corinthians 3:19 NKJV)

How do I keep on keepin on? Prayer. The more I pray, the stronger I become. The more I pray, the more compassionate I become. The more I pray, the wiser I become. The more I pray, the more patient I become. The more I pray, the healthier I become. The more I pray, the happier I become. The more I pray, the more loving I become. The more I pray, the more I prosper. The more I pray, the more clearly I can hear. The more I pray, the more I understand. This list can go on and on. When did I learn to pray? When I chose to put my faith and trust in the blood of Jesus Christ and His saving grace. My point is without Jesus Christ, there is no way.

Nowhere in God’s Holy Word does it say that the way to eternal life is being a good person. Nowhere in God’s Holy Word does it say that the way to eternal life is giving the most to those who need it the most. And it’s in God’s Holy Word that I choose to place my trust. “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NKJV)

What or who will you believe? What is your truth? Which way is your way? What or who defines your life? For me, the answer is Jesus. How about you?

Father, thank You for Jesus. Thank You for sending us Your Son to live and suffer and die for us so that in belief of Him we would have eternal life. Forgive us Father when we think that we can control our life. We can do nothing. It’s only in our belief in Jesus and His shed blood on the cross that we can find assurance of our life with You eternally. Draw us Lord unto to You. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Psalm 117:2 NKJV – God’s merciful kindness

“For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever.  Praise the Lord!”

God’s merciful kindness is granted to us, His beloved children.  This kind of steadfast love celebrates God’s covenant relationship with us.  This merciful kindness was reflected at Moses in Exodus 34:6 (NKJV) – “And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.”  Our finite minds cannot comprehend this kindness.  But we can be assured that it is the truth.

God’s Word indicates the ways in which God relates to His children.  Not only does God grant merciful kindness and truth, He demonstrates His love, His compassion, His grace, His patience with us, and His faithfulness.  What an incredible list of attributes set aside as gifts from God to His children, and the perfect reason why we need to worship and adore Almighty God.

I don’t know about you, but what the world offers in gifts will never surpass the magnitude of love and blessings given to us by God.  What the world offers will wither away, but what God gives to us will endure forever.  Scripture emphasizes the importance of giving thanks to God for all His gifts and works, both as an expression of our dependence upon Him and gratitude to Him.  We are to give thanks in all circumstances.  “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV)

Friend, we are fast approaching Thanksgiving Day, where we can choose to bow our hearts and minds to a loving and faithful God who grants us undeserved mercy, kindness, and grace.  I say that we can choose because it’s true.  We can choose to celebrate what the world says is important during the holiday or we can choose to spend time thanking God.  For me, I will choose the latter.  If it were not for God’s intervention in my life, I would not even be here chatting with you.

Dear Lord, thank You for Your abounding mercy and kindness. You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life and You endure forever.  Your love is matchless and You are our greatest gift.  We give You praise, now and forever.  In Jesus Name.  AMEN.

 Don’t believe me, believe God!