We think of love, for example in marriage, as some kind of business deal, where one person commits to loving another as long as they receive love in return. But that’s not what God means by love at all.
The Bible was written in a polytheistic culture: a culture which believed that there were many gods. But there is one thing that distinguishes the Christian God from all other gods.
Many people don’t understand what being a Christian truly means. Many think it’s actually more about them than it is about Christ. Sounds a bit silly… but honestly a lot of people do.
In our Western world, it’s not difficult to lived a good life. But God has a very different life for those who choose to follow him. It’s a good life, but it’s more than good.
If you want to follow Jesus, there will be hardship and suffering. So, if it’s going to be like that, why continue to follow Jesus Christ?
“Feel the fear and do it anyway”. Every time I read this phrase or say it out loud I envisage a breath being drawn in and then exhaled right where the word “and” appears. It’s as though this word is the turning point.
We — the ones who follow Jesus — we must stop saying “God is good” only when good happens in our lives.
Did you know that most ancient history professionals in the field are confident that Jesus of Nazareth existed, just like Alexander the Great or Julius Caesar?
He knows you, he’s familiar with you—he knows your complete personality. He knows your emotional triggers, behavioral patterns, your bad habits and comfort zones. He can unravel the intricate workings of your heart when you remain confused.
Me: “God, is this a sign? Should I get a lotto ticket?”. Also Me: “Don’t be ridiculous. It’s literally a sign. It’s not a sign from God.”