Maybe this is one of the best definitions, i have heard, of what the Bible is...
Taken from an email i received, which was taken from the foreward of the sender's Bible...
"The Bible contains:
The mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrine is holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.
Read it to be wise, believe it to be saved, and practice it tobe holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's character.
Here heaven is open and the gates of hell are disclosed.
It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, health to the soul, and a river of pleasure.
It is given to you here in this life, will be opened at judgement, and is established forever.
It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and condemn all who trifle with its contents."
"For this reason, we also thank God without ceasing, because when you recieved the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of man, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe." 1 Thess. 2:13
Psalm 113:5-6 (NKJV)
Who is like the Lord our God,
Who dwells on high,
Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?
Who is like the Lord? NONE. Noone is as powerful or merciful or mighty or loving... or just... or... the list goes on. And yet He is humble? How can someone so powerful be humble enough to kneel before a mere human and wash their feet (John 13:5-10)?
So many people think that God doesn't listen to them when they speak to Him. That He isn't watching their every move at every moment. That He doesn't hear what is in their hearts. But He does. He spent 42 chapters in the book of Job listening to Job and answering him. Jesus, the Son of God, spent many years on earth healing people and teaching them how to live life to the fullest. Jesus, the only Son of God, died on a cross... the same way common thieves and murderers did. If that isn't humility, i don't know what is.
If Jesus can lower Himself to listen to our every word, to number every hair on our heads (Matt. 10:30), to live among mere humans and love us, how much more should we humble ourselves to love other people? Can we say that we are better than others? Can we say that other people don't deserve things that we can do for them? Should we be able to look someone in the eyes and say "I hate you", when God is sitting on His throne and saying, "I LOVE YOU"....?
How well David spoke in the Psalms!!
Psalm 22:22-23a - I will declare Your name to my brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You. You who fear the Lord, praise Him!
Psalm 22:24 - For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from Him; But when he cried to Him, He heard.
Psalm 22:26 - The poor shall eat and be satisfied; Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever!
How amazing is that?? How amazing is what God has done for each of us! It is amazing to look around and see what He has provided!
It amazes me every time i think of how often i can cry out to God and still be heard! Even for the smallest things, He answers. It may not always be the answer i'm looking for, but i shudder to think of the things i would have missed if i had been doing it my way.
Every time my heart is poor, He feeds me. Everytime my soul hungers, i praise the Lord and He fills it with good things!
To trust in the Lord and to belong to Jesus is truly to let your heart live forever!
Praise God that recovery is possible!
Spiritual recovery, that is. Not that physical recovery from illness, etc, isn't important, but the life we live on this earth is nothing compared to the eternity we have to live after we leave.
God has given us a most excellent way.
When Jesus was hanging on the cross, He gave us hope. A man was hanging on a cross beside Him because he deserved to die. He spoke to Jesus...
Luke 23:42 - Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."
And that was that. The condemned man received an eternity of blessing because he asked. He asked Jesus.
Jesus listened to a man who was sent to death row (Luke 23:39-43). Jesus listened to a woman who had five husbands and was living with a man she was not married to (John 4:7-42). Jesus listened to a man who denied Him three times (Luke 22:61). Jesus forgave the people who whipped Him, beat Him, nailed Him to a piece of wood, and watched Him die, and mocked Him during the process (Luke 23:33-34).
Noone has done too much to be forgiven. Praise God that it is so.
And Jesus said to His disciples...
Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)
After this manner, therefore pray ye:
"Our Father which art in heaven,
"Hallowed be Thy name.
"Thy kingdom come.
"Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
"Give us this day our daily bread,
"And forgive us our debts
"As we forgive our debtors.
"And lead us not into temptation,
"But deliver us from evil:
"For Thine is the kingdom,
"And the power, and the glory
"For ever. Amen."