by Pat Cooper
March 30, 2019
Now to the eternal king, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen. — 1 Timothy 1:17 NET Bible
Which do you believe most reliable, a crystal ball or a Bible? As a kid, I was fascinated with the Magic 8 Ball. Did you have one too? On a rainy day, I could sit amused for hours playing with it and sometimes be awestruck by what seemed an uncanny accuracy. Of course, I was a kid and believed in the tooth fairy too.
Today I look to and believe in the accuracy and reliability of God’s word. Regardless of what might be said, nothing and no one trumps what God has to say about me, about you, and about all others. Now almost every follower of Jesus reading this will quickly nod their head in agreement with that statement. Why then do so very many believers choose to buy into the enemies’ propaganda and believe his lies concerning who and what God says concerning us? “Has he said, and will he not do it?” Numbers 28:19 reads. “Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is where Jesus and his disciples are caught out on the Sea of Galilee in a horrendous storm (Mark 4:35-41). Jesus is sleeping soundly on a pillow when suddenly the skies turn deathly grey, and a howling wind begins tossing their small fishing vessel about like a toy in a playful child’s bath. Wave after frightening wave, the swelling seas crash into the boat faster than the disciples can bail them out. Surely, they are taking their last breaths before the boat capsizes and their lungs fill with water, or so they think.
Did they forget? Had fear stolen their memories? Hadn’t Jesus said before leaving shore a little earlier: “Let us go across to the other side?” Yes, I believe he did. He said nothing about smooth sailing, but he did say “Let us go across to the other side,” and they did.
Listen up, the same savior whose word was reliable then has not changed (see Malachi 3:6). He is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). As his children, we can take comfort knowing his words are reliable still. We can follow him confident of all he has said concerning us knowing it is true, every last word.
Dear Friend, the story of your life may read like a Jekyll and Hyde, or a Lady Macbeth. But according to scripture, in Jesus you are much more than your personal assessment may lead you to believe. No longer is your identity defined by your past or what others think or say. The old man is dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). You are an overcomer, more than a conqueror, a man, a woman, a boy or girl who can do all things through Christ who gives you strength (Romans 8:28).
How do I know these things to be true? I got it from a reliable source.
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