Sunday, July 8, 2012

How Do You Know God is Real?


This world is amazing.  Look around you.  Who designed the world to be as perfect as it is?  The people of this world are far from perfect, but the physical structure of this world is simply outstanding.  Water:  colorless, odorless, without taste, and no living thing can survive without it.  Scientists can’t cause rain…so who controls it?  This complex design on Earth can only come from one being…God…all powerful and eternally extraordinary. 

Jesus tells us in the bible that He is one with His Father – God.  I forgot what verse this is, but it says, “I am the light of the world, he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  Jesus never said, “Follow what I say and you will find truth.”  He always promised us Himself:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the father but through me.”  Since Jesus told us that He is one with His Father, God, then we can only come to God through Jesus.  In other words, we have to believe in Jesus in order to understand why God is real.

Jesus performed miracles that no one could even begin to explain.  He was, still is, and always will be so amazing.   He told people that if they didn’t believe in the words He told them, then they would have to believe through the miracles He performed.  Jesus makes it clear that He is aware of our self centeredness and shortcomings, yet He still deeply wants a relationship with each one of us.  It is so amazing that it is hard for me to explain.  My 13-year-old-brain is still trying to wrap its sense around it, but logic can’t explain how I feel about God.  I wouldn’t know what to do without Him…I honestly don’t.  We are sinners, and there is no doubt about it.  We sin everyday.  We are worthy of punishment because we do things that deserve great consequences.  Even though we are sinners, God views us differently and has created a specific plan for us all once we accept it through His merciful love. 

Jesus accepted the punishment for our sin on our behalf.  We deserve consequences for our ruthless actions, but God sees us through grace.  The bible says, “We love because He first loved us.”  He didn’t only love us, but He died for us.  Wow.  Jesus physically gave up His life for us so that we wouldn’t have to.  After Jesus died for our sins, He rose and created a home in heaven.  We are assured of this faithfulness:  “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.”  That is who God is:  full of mercy, grace, love, understanding, and comfort.  He is 100% faithful…always reliable and dependable.  You may not be able to see Him, but I promise you that He is ALWAYS there.    

So…you tell me.  Does God exist?  If you really want to understand this from your heart, then you have to do the investigating.  Read the bible, pray to God, ask for forgiveness, and you will start to understand.  This is not something to be taken lightly.  Jesus.died.for.you. Don’t you get it?  He is waiting for you to pour out yourself to Him, asking for forgiveness.  The sooner you accept His love, the sooner He becomes real to you.  God does not force us to believe in Him, though He could.  Instead, He provides sufficient evidence that He is real, giving us the option to willingly respond to Him.
Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door of your heart and knock. He who hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him.”  Look at all of this evidence:  the unique design of water, the human brain, DNA, the gnawing in our hearts and minds to determine if God is there, the number of people who have dedicated their lives to Christ…it goes on and on.  The question is:  what is holding you back?  Do you believe?  All of the evidence is here.  Accept it.  Accept His love.  Grab it.  Don’t question it. 

A lot of us like to be in control.  We have to understand all of the reasons why before we can be calm about anything.  A relationship with Jesus works differently.  We don’t have to understand why about everything because Jesus has already defeated the many “why’s” we might come up with.  He understands us more than anyone else, as He placed every single piece of hair on our heads…He knows us more than anyone else does.  He is ready to help us overcome the fear within ourselves.  This is why I love Him so much.  He gives me life.  He died for me so that I can live.  He still loves me even though I turn against Him.  He never turns His back on me, and He will always listen to me…no matter what I have to say.  I am thankful that I know Him, as my life will forever be changed by Him. 

We all have great potential through the plans God has for us.  There is no such thing as a perfect person…not even close, but God sees us as HIS CHILDREN and loves us for who we are, including our flaws.  We are all beautifully and wonderfully made, and I believe that we all have a lot of opportunities to look forward to.

I hope this helps you understand who God is and what He means to me…what He could mean to you if you accept Him.  God will always care about you, and I just pray that everyone might someday understand how much better life is with God than it is without Him.  I hope you can see how much He loves you and me for who we are.  Come as you are, cry out to Him, and He will answer.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Knowing God's Love

        We may not be able to hear the remedy to our lost hearts, but we do have the promise that He won't let us fall. He might let us bend, but we won't break.  We are free to fall because we have a God full of grace...grace that is freely given, as long as we accept it.  Whenever we go through life's battles and feel like Christ has forsaken us, we just have to look at the nails that pierced His hands to know that we are not alone.
        I am blessed to know that I have a heavenly Father who is just waiting for me in a celestial place that is beyond what my brain can grasp.  God makes us into beautiful creatures of His love, and He transforms our souls to praise the reason in which we are alive...we are alive through HIM!  It is not possible for us to live this life alone, riding by luck and chance...it just isn't possible.  Through God, we live by faith, mercy, and peace, as we can experience being a part of a love so deep it conquers everything we fear.  I really am blessed to know Jesus because He has given me a whole new life, and there is only one way to know what this love really feels like...and that is by getting to know Him.  When you truly know who He is, it is impossible to ignore.  It is far too magical to miss, and it is far too irresistible to pass up.  This love of God honestly is the greatest thing I've ever felt.
        
I am blessed...with everything inside of me...blessed to know my God.



Thursday, July 5, 2012

Please Stop and Pray!

Today, Trey Erwin went to be with God.  He fought a long battle through pancreatic cancer while changing so many lives and inspiring so many people.  In a video that was posted before Trey's passing, he said, "I'm not inspiring anyone, I'm being used by God, and I just want all the glory to go to him and none, none, none to me."  We don't understand why God does the things He does...we don't have the human ability to understand, but we know that God performs His own miracles even when we can't see them.  Trey told the doctors that he would be happy whether he'd be here or in heaven.  Trey didn't want people to see the cancer in him as much as he wanted them to see his faith.  Trey has left the greatest legacy for so many people to be inspired by.  God used Trey in amazing ways, and God can use you just like He used Trey!   Trey's 16th birthday would have been on July 31st.  Right now, I ask that you stop and say a prayer for Trey's family.  His younger brother, Collin, had a close relationship with Trey, as they shared many laughs together.  There is no longer a need to pray for Trey, as he is dancing with God in heaven!  Pray for Trey's family, pray for his supporters, pray pray pray.  If you would like to make a donation to Trey's family, follow this link:   http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/treyerwin/journal