A Small Testimony of My God

I want to share a little bit about myself with you. Specifically about my faith. Many of my posts have focused on how inadequate I feel. Today, I just want to leave all that behind and focus on none other than God. God is more than just some far off being to me. In fact, He is very personal. I'll be the first to admit that when people attack my God, I take it very personal. Not because I feel attacked, but because He is. God pulled me from a life that was headed toward disaster. More than that, He sent Jesus so that He and I would not be forever separated. I feel very protective of Him. Not that He needs my protection, I mean, He is God. He is more than capable of fighting His own battles.

It's just that, after seeing what He did for all mankind, it tears my heart to shreds to see how mankind treats Him. Myself included at times. Even we, as Christians, bicker and argue over the most trite things. Granted, some things are rather serious, but other things are just simply unnecessary and are only good for causing division. It pains me that we [myself included] have a lack of real devotion to Him. That we no longer understand what it means to fear Him.

I didn't come to Jesus because He would somehow enhance my life. I came to Jesus because I knew I was [am] a sinner and in need a Savior. I knew I had done wrong against my Maker. Everything good that follows is just icing on the cake. I realize that God makes many promises to us for a fulfilling life and that's all wonderful, but He did not promise there would be no hardships. Fulfilling is not equaled to easy. As a matter of fact, the more we sow into something, the more fulfilling it is--pending it is in God's will.

God has shown Himself in my life in more ways than I can count. This is a large reason why I journal. I keep a record of many of the ways God has made Himself known in my own life. I admit, there was a season when it was so much easier to focus on Him and see Him simply because life was less complex.

Yesterday I wrote a little bit about the Bible being the inspired Word of God. If you are a skeptic of the Bible and it's validity it was a weak post or "argument". If you do believe in the Bible being the inspired Word of God, the information was obvious.  So, why didn't I pull out some historical proofs that the Bible is in fact God's Holy Word; infallible and perfect? Well, because I don't need that much convincing. (Plus, I've done that type of research in the past when fear has crept in).

The Bible is just as established as any other historical document. It has been proven by even non-Christian historians. People don't believe because they choose not to believe -- even when the evidence is staring them in face. I believe even without the evidence. To many people the idea may seem ludicrous. It is not my job to give proof of God's existence. He does that on His own. It is not my job to soften a hardened heart. It is not even my job to convert people.

My job is to simply tell. Tell of the miracles He's done in my life; of the changes He's made in my heart; the direction He's given me and destination it's lead me to. Most importantly, to tell why people need Him. Not to puff me up or put any kind of spotlight on me. But to show His glory. My goal is to give Him glory and make His glory known.

Let's glorify Him with our testimonies. They were never meant to remain hidden. Our testimonies (witness), are really His.

How has God made His glory known to you recently?

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The Bible - The Inspired Word of God

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When you think about the Bible, what is it to you?

I believe it is the Holy Word of God . Holy means regarded with reverence. That is a simple way of putting it. The Word is God (John 1:1). I believe it is to be studied for admonishment, cleansing, to learn obedience, comfort, hope, and much, much more. Everything we believe should be lined up with scripture so we know we are not deceived. (Isaiah 8:20; Acts 17:11)

I was engaged in a fascinating discussion this week that lead to the purpose and validity of the Bible--more specifically, the English Bible. I admit, it got my wheels turning a bit and made me think. I had to go digging. I didn't have to dig far.

There have been times I'd wondered if the English translation was really giving us everything God intended for us to have from His Holy Scriptures. While it is very beneficial to scripture dig and use an Interlinear Bible, dictionary, and commentary for study, I do see some English translations are quite accurate.

I thought this verse summed it up quite beautifully:

2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

But then I learned the word "Scripture" references the Old Testament writings only. Which isn't bad, but it leaves me wondering where that leaves the New Testament. Is it not good for these things? Is it not inspired by God?

Well, yes, it is. The New Testament books are the prophesies of the Old Testament fulfilled! It is constantly referring back to the Old Testament and reminding the people what was written and how Jesus fulfilled it.

Paul clearly states God is speaking through them (the apostles):

And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13

There is so much to be said on this topic alone and how the Bible benefits us. It is God's living word! To me, that's exciting!

To know that He would leave us, not only with instruction, but with revelation, and it works in us. We don't just learn from it. We are transformed by it.

The Bible is not a dead book. It can only be dead to those who do not believe, because though they have eyes, they [must] not see (Mark 8:18). You just don't have to look far to see how God has woven Himself all throughout His Word, confirming it and validating it through and through; over and over.

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What fascinates you most about the Bible?

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Resources: biblos.com, WORDsearch, "Talk Through the Bible" by Bruce Wilkinson & Kenneth Boa