The Bible is not merely a human book, in which we might easily crack our blades on an impenetrable bottom. The “rocks” we sometimes hit are actually buried treasure, hidden caches that will enrich our study of God’s Word and draw us nearer to the Lord, if only we’ll keep digging.
What is the purpose of the Book of Revelation? Is God warning us of the terrible things we should fear? Rather than a message of doom meant to terrify us, Revelation is intended to be a promise of better things yet to come.
The Lamb, Jesus Christ, is the embodiment of God when He “disarmed authorities and powers” by His death and resurrection. He is qualified to fulfill every promise of God using ferocious power against the enemy. He was willing to be destroyed, and works to destroy sin – for you!
Are we enough? In short, no. We cannot rely on ourselves; rather, we need to fully rely on God. Christians often forget that the verse where this originates (2 Corinthians 12:9) comes from a place of weakness and frailty. God’s grace fills the holes that other things we try to rely on cannot.
Jezebel is known by many as the name representing a woman with dangerous and harmful intentions in mind, who never hesitated to create the downfalls of others in order for her plans to work. Jezebel wasn’t a figment of people’s imaginations, but a real woman who was possibly one of the first feminists in our history.
Cringing in fear, we may avoid preaching or reading the Old Testament stories. Yet they play a vital role in the redemption narrative. We can’t trim two-thirds of the Bible away because it doesn’t play into our cultural palate.
This phrase from The Lord’s Prayer is among the most widely known passages of Scripture, right along with the Ten Commandments, Psalm 23 and John 3:16. But in spite of it being so well-known and so often repeated, do we really know what it means, or why we are saying that God’s name should be “hallowed”?
When we read a passage of Scripture, it’s easy to skim over the boring or difficult parts without paying much attention. But you can’t do that when you’re memorizing. When you memorize a passage of Scripture (a better approach, by the way, than memorizing isolated verses!), you must become intimately acquainted with every sentence and phrase.
Reading the Bible is a struggle for many. They read the words but are left without meaning. To experience relationship with God, we must engage with the text, which requires the implementation of some creative strategies.