Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”
[1 Kings 18:39]
Christian apologist Josh McDowell published his first major book in 1972—Evidence That Demands a Verdict. It was a compendium of evidence supporting the trustworthiness of the Bible and the authenticity of its message about Jesus Christ.
Any courtroom judge will tell you: Evidence demands a verdict! We face evidence every day in a variety of matters; every decision (verdict) we render in life is based on evidence of some kind. When we encounter the evidence for the reality of the God of the Bible, we are called upon to make a decision. As Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” (Luke 9:20) Evidence demands a verdict. And the evidence God presented of His power and reality on Mount Carmel caused all the people of Israel to shout, “The Lord, He is God!” Many of them had been following Baal, but the evidence of God’s power through Elijah changed their minds.
The more you study the Bible, the more evidence you will have that God can meet every need. Let Him prove Himself to you (Malachi 3:10).
Faith must have adequate evidence, else it is mere superstition.
~ A. A. Hodge ~
I AM NEARER than you think, richly present in all your moments. You are connected to Me by Love-bonds that nothing can sever. However, you may sometimes feel alone because your union with Me is invisible. Ask Me to open your eyes so that you can find Me everywhere. The more aware you are of My Presence, the safer you feel. This is not some sort of escape from reality; it is tuning in to ultimate reality. I am far more Real than the world you can see, hear, and touch. Faith is the confirmation of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality, perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.
[PSALM 90:14; ACTS 17:27–28; HEBREWS 11:1 AMP]
HIS GUIDANCE PROTECTS
[Joshua 24:17; Psalms 23:4; 48:14]
I pray that you will always walk by God’s guidance, especially in difficult circumstances. May you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, with no fear of evil. May God’s rod and His staff guide you so you may find security and comfort in His direction. May He protect you and keep you safe, so that you will not be lost. I pray that you will always ask for His leading because our Lord promises to be your guide even to the end.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
you will be blessed, you who plant seed by all the banks of the streams, you who let your ox and donkey graze.
[Isa 32:20 NET]
Never mind whereabouts your work is. Never mind whether it be visible or not. Never mind whether your name is associated with it. You may never see the issues of your toils. You are working for eternity. If you cannot see results here in the hot working day, the cool evening hours are drawing near, when you may rest from your labors and then they will follow you. So do your duty, and trust God to give the seed you sow “a body as it hath pleased Him,”
~ Alex. McLaren ~
THE ENTHUSIASTIC ATTITUDE
Fervent in spirit.
One of humanity’s most chronic shortcomings is the lack of individual enthusiasm. Often our failures to achieve what we ought result directly from apathy and lack of commitment. But that should not be true if you’re a Christian.
Enthusiasm requires Spirit-assisted resolve and persistence, not just human-guided good intentions. Henry Martyn, the tireless missionary to India, conducted his ministry with scriptural enthusiasm and fervency. It was his desire to “burn out for God.” And the apostle Paul admonishes us to “not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Gal. 6:9).
A Good Conscience a Source of Joy
For our reason for confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that with pure motives and sincerity which are from God – not by human wisdom but by the grace of God – we conducted ourselves in the world, and all the more toward you.
[2 Cor 1:12 NET]
O happy soul, that lives on high,
While men lie grovelling here;
Whose hopes are fix’d above the sky,
And faith forbids his fear.
His conscience cleans’d from all his sins,
Love, peace, and joy combine
To form a life whose holy springs
Are hidden and divine.