Thursday, October 30, 2008

Its Time To Open Our Eyes

Our goal as Christians in the church age is to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We hope to show people the need for a savior. Our fear is that so many people are so caught up in today’s society that they for get to ask themselves the important questions of life. Who am I? What is my purpose? Where am I from? Why am I here? Where will I go when I die? These questions must not be ignored. When we consider these questions it tends to make us uncomfortable, because we have to consider life and its meaning. When we consider who we are it tends to stir our emotions. Often taking many to place they do not want to go. Because who we are links us to, where we came from, what our purpose is, and ultimately where we will spend eternity. For many people these are feared thought which quit frankly should be. But the fear, in turn, scares many of us the wrong way. Instead of find out the truth we tend to run away from it, boxing ourselves into a busy and exhausting life. When we sincerely take a deep look at our lives and our purpose we have to step out of the box we have built around us. We have to examine the deeper meanings of life. These thoughts will take us on a spiritual journey. We must realize the importants of this life! We need to understand that we only get to live life once so we better get it right. We can not stop death. Ecclesiastes 8:8 says, “There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death.” I hope that this article will help you find the right spiritual path because there really is only one. It is your great responsibility, yes you have to take the initiative, to find the right purpose and path for your life. Yes it’s true, you can ignore the truth, but that does not solve the problem. I can choose not to go to work but that does not change the fact that my family and I have to eat. In just the same way ignore the great questions of life will not change the fact that they must be answered. My hope is that the fear of the unknown will lead you down the right path.

As we consider life let us first consider something beyond our comprehension our universe. When we look at our universe and its order we have to accept the fact that there is great intelligent design. Psalms 19:1 says “The heavens declare the glory of God…..” One glimpse at our universe helps us to understand this verse. But if there is intelligent design their must be an intelligent designer. Many people have been mislead by modern science which has chosen to ignore the fact that thing can not and do not create themselves. Those who have believe it all happened by chance have truly taken a great leap of faith. The Bible says in Genesis 1:1 a familiar verse to many “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." When we look at our Earth, our solar system, our galaxy and then the entire universe and consider psalms 19:1 and Genesis 1:1, we can conclude that God must be extraordinary. Our earth is so finely tuned that if it spins any faster we will all be lost in space, or if the moon was any closer the tides would drowned us. When we come to this conclusion, that a mighty God created this universe and everything in it, then it is our responsibility to seek out what God want from us and do it. Genesis 1:3 says “And God said let there be…" this verse gives us a glimpse of the shear magnitude of his infinite power. He simple spoke our world into existence. Actually the word universe means single spoken sentence. “uni” meaning single and “verse” meaning spoken sentence. Now if God can create with such divine strength and power could he not also deliverer his creation with a book about what he has done, is doing, and will do in the future. Even the most sincere skeptic would have to agree. When we refer to the Bible were not just talking about an ordinary book. The Bible is a compilation of 66 books written over a period of several thousands years. It was penned by over 40 different authors yet each of the books are in perfect harmony. The Bible is not a mere story or a figment of ones imagination, but its perfection and unison reveals something greater. One must then conclude that the author is the very God that the Bible refers too. 2 Peter 1:21 says "For the prophecy came not in old times by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." What God has delivered us is more than a book, but a collection of God thought and feelings, Gods Purpose and Plan, spoken through his messengers. Essentially it is a manual for us to live by which produces a life of joy and peace. Not to say, that the Christian will not endure hard times, hard times are a reality for us all, but that they will seem trivial in comparison to our eternality. 2 Timothy 3:16 say “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in all righteousness." The word inspired means God breathed. God literally spoke through his prophets and messengers. What God offers to the willing is to teaches us structured thinking, to rebuking sin in our lives, to keeping us from error, and instruct or guiding us in righteous living. He goes on in verse 17 saying, “That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” He will equip us. Not only that but he will mature us in such a way that we will desire to fulfill those good works in our lives. So many skeptic have challenged the validity of God word recently and in times past. But God says in Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, saith the lord…..” God says before you judge me consider what I have to say. If you will take the time to consider God word you will find that the skeptic fall short in their reasoning process. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God……… rightly dividing the word of God.” God takes our brain serious and ask us to study. God says, take my word, my Bible, and find out for yourself if I am the Almighty God, The Creator. Too many people today have painted God as a kind of mythical creature in a far away land. My job as a servant of God is to show you the reality of God. My desired is to show you his very real presents in our world and that he is the only true God.