So our challenge today is this—let’s take an honest look at ourselves and evaluate if we are living by Paul’s simple advice: “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.”
Our Heavenly Father, with His Holy Spirit planted firmly within us, fills us with His fullness. Jesus Christ lives in our hearts with a love so big that it is impossible for a human being to completely comprehend.
Each of us having tasted of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” will be eternally thankful for the work of our savior, Jesus Christ, when He nailed each of our evil lessons to that cross outside Jerusalem many years ago.
One of the phrases my pastor uses is this: “We are a ‘microwave’ society but we serve a ‘crock pot’ God.” Over the generations we have become impatient people, we have a strong desire for immediate gratification.
A key item to consider during a conversation regarding the existence of God is this: “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 people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)
While reading Jeremiah’s book in the Old Testament, the condition that existed within the city of Jerusalem reminds me of America today. On the surface, the Israeli’s were regularly worshiping at the temple; they were performing the required sacrifices and offering their prayers up to God. There were significant problems below the surface, however, that God pointed out to Jeremiah.
The assuring love of God, and Jesus, along with the true presence of the Holy Spirit within our souls; is the hope to fill us with joy. The hope is this—Jesus has already defeated death! He is the first fruits of the resurrection. He has shown us that He truly is the Messiah.