The Bible tells us that in the beginning, God intended for a man and woman to remain together forever. However, in the Old Testament, Moses gave God’s nation permission to divorce, in an effort to maintain peace in homes. Even though God has permitted divorce, the Bible states that it is better to be celibate (and never marry), than to marry and divorce. This indicates that marriage is a huge commitment which we must never take lightly. Most of us have not demonstrated the God-given strength to remain celibate, therefore the Word of God clearly states that it is better to marry than to cohabitate or fornicate (Mt 19:1-12). Simply put, God wants to protect us from sin, disease, unwanted pregnancy, strife, heartbreak and more. Most importantly, He desires to bless us and be at the center of all our relationships!
Believers and theologians often feel proud of their Bible study, but in truth, we have no more revelation than God (in His mercy) has personally revealed to us. Owning a Bible, or even reading it, does not change the heart of the man. It is God’s Holy Spirit who calls us, teaches, us, guides us and anoints us to accomplish specific work. As we focus on God’s presence daily, there is no justification for discouragement because neither devastation or God’s enemies can abolish what He has spoken into existence. This includes our deliverance, provision and blessing.
People were amazed when Jesus healed the blind, crippled and mute. Although they praised God, many did not become believers because our senses aren’t enough to communicate with God. Even though we plainly see the work of God in nature, we must respond to His still small internal voice. Simultaneously, must release our faith before that connection to truth and wisdom is made. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV).
Jesus was emphatic (stating over and over) that worry is foolish!!! It accomplishes nothing. God already knows what we really need and He has provided it. We need but open our eyes! It’s God who is providing for the entire plant and animal kingdom, so won’t He do more for us? All we need to do is keep pressing to know God and do His will. He promises that if we “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,” He will provide everything else. Have faith! (Mat 6:25-34).
Recently I volunteered to help someone with a project. I did everything I could think of, but we didn’t reach our goal. A bit discouraged, I handed it all to God in prayer, asking for direction. Next, I received a text that more help showed up! Without any further effort from me, the job is a complete success and I received heartfelt thanks for all my contributions. 1 Corinthians says, “One plants and another waters, but they work together and both will be rewarded.” If you’ve done all you can do, give the project to Jesus. He knows how to send help to cross that finish line!
The Word of God says Jesus “went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” It is safe for us to assume that Christ needed to talk to Father God about their plans for mankind and to thank or praise God for His help (Phil 4:6). If Christ (the Son of God) never proceeded without God’s guidance and help, why do we charge ahead alone? Our lives are busy and we are faced with daily challenges. Instead of worrying, God is waiting to help us! (Matthew14:23).
In Matthew chapter 14, Christ’s disciples suggested sending the crowds away (from Jesus) so they could find food before it got too late. They never dreamed that Jesus could feed more than 5,000 people, until He did it. Jesus was already miraculously healing the people and He could feed them as well. Both were miracles. Oh how limited our minds are! Miracles are available to believers in every situation, even in matters whee we see a convenient human solution. Let’s increase our faith. The Father God and His Son Jesus, receive glory when are blessed beyond our expectations!
We must not be distracted by catastrophe or seduced by riches and acclaim. Jesus reminded us, “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all” (Luke 17: 26-27). We are not to live in fear. Still, we need to be reminded that for most, in the twinkling of an eye one day, everything will suddenly be over! In another passage, the Bible says, “It is foolish to lay up riches on earth and not have a rich relationship with God.” In other words, we can’t take anything (except our good deeds) into the next life. Today, in the most unlikely of times, keep your perspective. Hour-by-hour, trust in Jesus for solutions and try to avoid being caught up in the cares of this world. Stay close to God and keep your eye on the BIG PICTURE.
The Bible demonstrates that miracles are not difficult. At the request of His mother Mary, Jesus performed a miracle at the Wedding in Cana (John 2:1-12). In this passage, the bride and groom ran out of the wine being served to their wedding guests. This was a disgrace to the couple and Mary felt compassion for them and asked Jesus to help. Even though the timing was not convenient for Jesus, Mary had faith in His love. She went forth ordering the servants to “Do whatever He tells you.” Next, Jesus turned urns of water into wine. God loves us enough to rescueus, heal us, help us, defend us and provide for us. Miracles are not difficult when we follow Mary’s example. Therewere just 3 steps to her miracle: 1) Ask Jesus for help. 2) Rely on the love of God and remove all doubt from your heart 3) Go forth fully expecting and preparing for the best!