There are many things that compete for our attention today, especially during this age of technology where all the information that you may need is at the stroke of a few keys. The problem is, this access is dangerous because many of the competing modern ideas contradict each other. Some of the ideas that are promoted can be very dangerous. In this age of information, we have many, many people who are confused about life and its purpose. Because of this confusion, the disease of the 2oth and 21st Centuries is depression. As a result, the world is full of people who are just drudging through life or, worse, people who end their days because they just cannot take the pain.
I would like to present 5 rock solid truths for every person who lives on this earth.
I. God is real and is the only living God
Moses is a man who grew up not knowing that God is real. He was surrounded by pagans and idolatry and he fell in line with the rest of the people around him. This upbringing led him to murder a man when he was grown. After fleeing to the desert, he had an encounter with God and discovered that God is real. This meeting is preserved for us today and can be found in the Holy Scriptures. We are able to see that God is real by opening the Scriptures and also by seeing how God has been directly involved in human history. Moses’ story can be read in the book of Exodus 3, 13-14. Here are a few truths that we can learn from Moses’ experience, things that help us learn that God is real.
He heard the Word of God (we have the Word of God today)
He accepted the Word (like we can do today)
God was with him (and He will be with us today if we accept Him)
He did amazing things because worked in him and through him (we can do amazing things today if we allow God to work in us and through us)
In the book of Isaiah we find the following information about God:
“Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts : ‘I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me. (44:6)
When we realize that God is real we must also realize that He is the only God that is real. All the other gods are just inventions of men. We have to make a choice, either accept and follow Him or lie to ourselves and continue following our own little gods (which really means “ourselves”). Moses came to the realization that the gods of his culture and religion were no more than simple inventions of men that cannot speak or act. Have you come to that realization?
II. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Savior of the world
Many people have many different opinions about who Jesus Christ is. God gives the final opinion and authority on the subject in His Word. Doctor Luke gives us a good explanation of Jesus as the Son of God and Savior of the world in Luke 2:1-20, 25-35, 41-52. This passage teaches us that Jesus is:
- the Savior, the Christ
- Son of God
In order to save the world, Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again. In order to get the message to the world, Jesus made disciples and via His disciples, He planted His church upon which the message of the Gospel would reach the ends of the earth.
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am ?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church ; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven ; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16)
Recognizing Jesus as Lord, as the Son of God opens the doors to the kingdom of heaven and gives you the ability to live life day by day with a goal in mind. Do you recognize Christ as Lord, the Son of God, your Savior? Do you live to send out the message of the kingdom?
III. Jesus is the only way to eternal life
In the Gospel of Mark, chapters 15 and 16, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ are presented to us in detail. These events are important to us because they open up the door to a relationship with God through Christ, the only way to have access to a genuine relationship with God.
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life ; no one comes to the Father but through Me. (John 14)
Peter shares a similar message with people who believed that there were many ways to reach God.
12 “And there is salvation in no one else ; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4)
If you want to have peace in this life on a daily basis, you must realize that Jesus is the only way to God, to eternal life.
IV. The Bible is God’s Word
In Jeremiah 36, we have a story of the power of the Word of God.
the Word of God comes to the prophet
the Word (message) is read before the people
Some of the people are moved to repentance
Others are moved to anger
I have the same choice as the people of Jeremiah’s day, believe the Word, repent, and live by It or try not to hear the Word, get angry, and mock at repentance. If you want to know how to live life, how to make something out of your time here on earth then you need to do as Paul teaches in II Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
The Bible is our user’s manual for life and It equips us for the job of living well. If we use the Scriptures as our guide, instead of our own wisdom and experience then we will be taught how to to live life, be shown where we are wrong and need to be corrected, then we will be corrected and set on the right path. Finally, we will be trained to stay on that path and of course, we will have good results. Are you being trained by the Word of God? Do you allow God to show you where you are wrong so that He can help you get back right?
V. My actions show what I believe
Once again we turn to Dr. Luke for some good insights for life. A man once asked Jesus “who is my neighbor” since you just taught me to love my neighbor as myself. Jesus had just summed up the Law of the Old Testament in two parts, love God with all your heart and show that love to your neighbor. In other words, Jesus was teaching the people that their actions show if they really believe in God or not.
30 Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. 31 “And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 “Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 “But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, 34 and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 “On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” 37 And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” (Luke 10)
You neighbor is your fellow man. In the story, the pastor and the choir director both avoided the downed man. They were too busy serving God or on their way to serve God to notice a man in need and reach out to him. The Samaritan, a man who was supposed to be a pagan because he was of mixed blood and religion, stopped, helped the man, took him to get help, and paid his bills. He understood that loving and serving God meant serving and loving people. If you want to have peace and stability in this life, if you want to be satisfied with life then you need to dedicate your life to serving God by serving the people around you. This kind of attitude will open up many opportunities for you to share the good news about Jesus with the people around you.
Do you believe these five important truths? Do you live them out on a daily basis? Do you live by the Word of God? To you invest in others so that you can share the Word of God with them? Have you ever encountered the living God? Do you try to help others encounter Him? These 5 truths are the keys to a life well lived, a life without regrets when it is all said and done. Are you ready to experience them?