Monday, March 23, 2015
Do You Believe?
I saw the movie Do You Believe? yesterday. Excellent movie. Very well done! (Bring tissues! Be ready to be inspired and touched deeply!) But one part stood out to me (although it all stood out . . . excellent movie!). A lost, hurting, confused man was in a hotel room when he found a Bible. And I thought about how sad it is that, nowadays in America, people are trying to get Bibles out of hotel rooms and to erase all references to God in public areas.
What about the hurting person who needs help? The lost person who needs to be found? The hopeless person who needs the Truth, Love, and Healing that only God can give? How will they find the answers they are looking for (even if they don’t know they are looking for them) if we eradicate God from our society?
More than ever, the responsibility to spread the Gospel lies with us believers. A grassroots movement. (Which is what it’s always been!) Society is trying to erase God; we need to be the ones that share Him. And so I put together this compilation of verses that neatly sum up the message of the Bible, the greatest message we will ever share! Of course, you can boil it down even more. But I like the fullness of these verses.
And in my sadness and frustration with our society's efforts to erase God, to turn their backs on Him, I also decided to buy and start wearing a simple cross necklace. I don't like jewelry, but I want to wear this necklace to put a little more God back into the world. To take a stand for Him. I want to wear one because we can. We still have the right to, in our country. And I want to exercise that right before we lose it, before God is erased completely from America.
Take a stand for Jesus in some way. Wear the cross. Share the truth. Love your neighbor. Pass these verses out. Scripture can touch hearts deeper than anything else. And you never know who desperately needs to hear it! Without it, we would all be completely lost!
Do You Believe?
“Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17, NIV Bible, in all these verses, the emphasis is added)
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
“He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord . . .” (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
“For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already . . .” (John 3:16-18)
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6)
“if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. . . . ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” (Romans 10:9-10, 13)
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” (1 John 1:9-10)
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)
“since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20)
“The heavens declare the glory of God . . .” (Psalm 19:1)
“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
“He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 11:15)