THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012
John 5:39: “Search the scripture” (NIV)
When I was about 6 years old, I memorized the Lord’s Prayer and I started to ask questions like: Who is my creator? Who gave me my life? While we were growing up, our parents taught us to memorize scriptures. This teaching helped me grow physically and spiritually. (Read Proverbs 3:1-6 and Proverbs 4:1-9.)
The Bible, the whole Bible and nothing but the Bible, gives us the standards and rules to live our lives: To know its meaning for ourselves, to rely on God’s promises, to trust in the redeemer, to obey him with delight and not to follow false teachings.
In Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, Jesus revealed that in the end times more and more false prophets and false teachings will appear. Matthew 24:6 and 24: “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars but see to it that you are not alarmed…. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.” (NIV)
The lives of Christians in all countries and in all ages demonstrate the transforming power of God’s Word. The Bible, inspired to us by God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, gives us the knowledge of hope and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ who was crucified for our freedom. There’s the everlasting truth: every page is pure; the holy book has guided my youth and will support all generations and ages to come.
Our prayer TODAY is for our brethren in Asia: The Philippines, India (Kerala and Andhra Pradesh), and newer work in other countries.
The more we pray, our strength will be restored. The more we study the Bible, the more we understand God and His love.