The Holy Bible is the living Word of God. Although many individuals have written various portions of the Bible, the whole scripture is authored by the Holy Spirit. Thus there is much power to change situations and circumstances, to guide and restore, to heal and make wholesome, to change and transform lives in the Holy Bible. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. ( ref. 2 Timothy 3:16 )
Many of us can probably relate to the students who have a very tight schedule of portions to be revised when the examination dates are approaching. As a student suddenly discovers that he/she has portions to revise, only sufficient time to focus on main objectives – that is the upcoming examination.
Jesus and John the Baptist have asked for repentance. In the Gospel of Mathew, we have this verse which refers to the statement by John the Baptist. In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” ( ref Matthew 3:1-3). In the very next chapter, towards the end we have From that time on, Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near. ( ref Matthew 4:17)
Many tried putting Jesus in a trap by asking him ‘wise questions’. The Sadducees tried, but Jesus responded with superior wisdom and they were silenced. But the Pharisees wanted to ask and try. They discussed among themselves and the one who was an expert in the law asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment. Before going to the answer, let us understand the important precepts about love.
To understand praise, as a first step, we look at the differentiation with thanksgiving. While thanksgiving is the first step to entering the gates of the Kingdom of God, praise is the key to entering God’s court. Thus, your proximity to the King of Kings is closer when you are praising God.
Entering rooms, offices, homes is possible when we have the keys, or if anyone who has got the keys lets us in. We can also enter when we have access cards. Physical objects like keys or access cards are required to gain access to restricted areas.
The Jewish festival of Purim starts today. It is from 16th March to 17th March in the year 2022. It’s a celebration of the freedom for Jewish people from certain death. Family and friends gather to celebrate this joyous occasion by feasting, rejoicing and exchanging gifts and food.
Joy has a noise. Gladness can be heard. Victories are loud. Imagine any sporting event. Much rejoicing is heard from supporters of the winning team. Even in the case of individual sports items, the sounds of cheering from the friends and family of the winner is just great to hear.
“Fear not“, is the most frequent expression that God says in the Bible. God told this to Abraham. He assures Mary. He advises the temple priest, Zechariah, father of John the Baptist. God has told this to several people in the Bible. Today, God tells this to many.
The Bible is a treasure trove, for those who live life using it. It has great power because it is inspired by the Holy Spirit. The book will lead you to joy, hope, favour, peace, fruitfulness, wisdom, knowledge, discipline, healing, and freedom, among other things.