Watched a dvd yesterday about the remarkable life of the apostle, Paul. Paul's task it said was to testify to the gospel (good news) and his efforts were 'an epic endurant life of faith and devotion.' The gospels recorded about Paul say he strived to 'help the meek and it is more blessed to give than to receive'. He left his home, travelled for years to spread the good news. He was beaten, imprisoned, went cold and hungry,stoned, persecuted and finally beheaded in Rome.
How DID he do this? Through the POWER of the Holy Spirit that's how. Paul wanted to leave a lasting legacy and blessing for us. Thank you, Paul. A true Saint.
Does God require such efforts from us now? Looking back, Job was a man tested -God allowed to be tested by the devil- to show God's love and power and Job's faithfulness. At the end of Job's suffering, God of course, fully restored him and Job said 'I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted' in 42;2.
In comparison to Paul and Job and many others whose lives and faith testimones are written in the bible, I believe that never has it been easier than it is now to believe in God and also to please Him. These others who have gone before us paid the price so that we could be inspired. God propelled them as He does now with all who ask and make an agreement with each 'a covenant of life and peace' Malachi 2;5
I made my agreement with Him a long time ago through simply saying in prayer 'God, I truly believe that Jesus Christ is Your son. He died and rose again and by His precious blood I am saved. Please come into my life. I trust you. Help me. Thank you. Amen.
This confession of faith that I made gives you what is called salvation. You are saved. From yourself and from the devil's plans for your life. Romans 10;9 tells us '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'. Have you asked Him in? Have you confessed your faith? He won't force His way in. He stands at your front door waiting to be asked in. He brings a lot into your house and life. Open the door to Him and His kingdom, it only takes a few words and