"All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more strongly the truths contained in the Sacred Scriptures." Sir William Herschel, 1738 - 1822. An English astronomer who mapped the heavens.
"It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom." Horace Greeley, 1811-1872. An activist who fought to abolish slavery, established the New York Tribune.
"The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it." Napoleon said this; think we all know who he was.
I could literally fill pages of quotes spoken and written by gifted, educated people who placed great value in this Book. I don't think what I have to say will be very profound compared to all that has been said. But know this, whether you're ruling a nation, rocking a baby, or painting a house - the Bible is is your tool to freedom. A freedom that no government can provide. Children of a sovereign God are never victims of their circumstances.
The Bible teaches over and over again, that those who have a relationship with Christ have overcome this world. . .even if they are in the midst of a crisis. Believers have, not just a place, but a person to go to for help and comfort. I can listen to my children or a friend, give comfort and love to my husband - but I have no power to effect an outcome. Only God does.
I love the Bible because it's true. No piece of literature has been, and is continually, vetted like the Holy Scriptures. It's an incredible masterpiece that only God could write. It's what it says it is. . .God's Word.
Do you love stories?
Do you love action and excitement?
How about history?
Want to know why this world is such a messy place?
Can you see God's hand in creation?
Would you like to know how to live in peace and experience joy when all about you is falling apart?
Can't rid yourself of your not-so-good past or have difficulty facing the future with confidence?
Are you discouraged to the point of having lost hope for a better time, a better day?
Do you want to know the One who has given you life - and has a purpose for it?
Do you want to be loved unconditionally?
Would you like to know how the Holy Spirit works in us to mold us into the person God wants us to be?
The answers to these questions are all there in one book, the Bible. The Bible has out-sold all other books ever written.
Yes, I will admit there is a lot of 'mystery' in the Bible. It may be confusing at times. The Lord didn't want to make it so easy to study that you would feel like you know it all. Rather, He wants you to come back to His Word, time and time again. As Napoleon said, it's a 'Living Creature' - so alive that God can use it for your benefit at any time. He brings His Word to us so He can meet us where we are, now, in this hour, this minute, in this dilemma.
When I first became aware that I belonged to God, I was so touched by the words from a song written by the Gaithers,
"Something wonderful, something good
All my confusion, He understood.
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife,
But He made something beautiful of my life."
Thank you Lord for the incredible gift of your living Word. Help us to apply your heavenly principles to our earthly lives, to grow closer to you and share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all who will listen.
Bobbe Van Hise
- Over the past few years my blog has been visited by people from all over the world. Very few know me, or of me, they simply are looking information concerning the Bible and discover my blog. After many years of intense study and teaching, I've come to believe we are vulnerable to misguided and incorrect teaching if we don't understand for ourselves the teaching of God's Word. My 'hot buttons' are - grace, sovereignty, exhortations and sanctification. If you understand these basic principles of Scripture, and apply them to daily life, you will understand what it means to have peace, joy and absolute security in any circumstance.