By Dr. Foster H. Shannon
When you trust a person, do you believe their word?
Most of the time we do. But men can lie. What about GOD?
Numbers 23:19 tells us that “God is not a man, that he should lie”
He has given us His WORD that He loves us. You can take it to heart. Here’s proof:
1. Proof that we are loved by God
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
2. Proof that by believing in Jesus Christ we have forgiveness of sins, and are in God’s family
“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 2:9
“For all who are led by the Spirit are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)
“it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:16,17)
3. Proof that God made us – and has a job for us
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” ~Ephesians 2:10
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9)
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”
4. Proof that God will enable us
“Whom the Lord calls, He will also enable” ~Romans 8:30
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (I Corinthians 12:4-7)
5. Proof that we HAVE eternal life in Jesus:
“And this is the record, that God has GIVEN us eternal life, and this life is in His son. He who has the son has life, and he who does NOT have the son does not have life. These things have I written to you that believe in the name of the son of God, that you may KNOW that you HAVE eternal life, and that you may believe in the name of the son of God.” I John 5: 11-13
“Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” (I Corinthians 15: 49)
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)
“…whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be saved” ~ Joel 2:32
6. Proof that God will take care of us:
“My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
“No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Corinthians 2:9)
7. Proof that God wants us to have peace
“Thou dost show me, the path of life; in thy presence there is fullness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
Don’t be afraid to come to God.
He wants you to come. He’s given you His Word on it. He says,
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
As a pastor, I have often been challenged by younger members of my congregations with
questions about how to relate the Bible and God’s words to today’s world. I find more people today
rejecting Christianity because they believe it not applicable to their lives and is thus, irrelevant.
I suspect some Christians are “straying” since the answers to daily dilemmas and major life
issues are not evident or easily attainable. Perhaps, considering God’s point of view has
become less important for many. And yet, HIS are the only answers that truly give any lasting value to our lives.
How do we find the way?
“Seek and ye SHALL find.
Knock and the door SHALL be opened.
ASK and it SHALL be given.”
Searching for the truth in the Bible can seem like mining for gold.
However, as one who has been mining it’s pages for many years, I have done the digging for you.
An experienced guide, I will help you explore the territory to find it’s riches without getting lost along the way.
For instance, my book, Answering Questions People Ask About Christianity is one of the great tools I have created to help you discover the treasures the Bible offers, as well as a dynamic reference in sharing nuggets of truth with others.
And as always, I am always here to help with any questions.
Please contact me directly at my email address:
The answers are there.
Don’t give up.