God Is ALL We Need

I think it is so difficult to really grasp the fact that God is all we need. Most of the time we walk around as if we don’t need Him at all. We only take Him out of that little box we keep Him in when its convenient for us. The sooner we figure out if we have God we have everything, the better off we will be. So why do people say that God is all we need? Is that really true? I believe it to be 100% true, though I struggle with it daily. Letting go of all control and giving it to someone else is so difficult because I just don’t want anything to go wrong. God has shown me time and time again that when I let go, everything falls into place. When I admit that I need God, everything seems to work out. On the other hand, when I try to hold onto control, life gets a bit more hectic.

When we have God we have everything, even if we believe we have nothing on this earth. If we don’t have God but we have everything on this earth, do we really have anything at all? Let me explain, this world is temporary along with everything in it. God is forever.He existed before all things, and all things are held together in him.” (Colossians 1:17). When we have everything on this earth we truly have nothing in the end, but if we have God… we have ALL we need. “My God will meet your every need out of his riches in the glory that is found in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19). 

God is not only all we need in the end, but He helps sustain us through this life. With God comes hope. Hope is the ultimate key to having joy, even in rough circumstances. Hope is the reason we are able to wake up every morning and smile that it is a new day and a new opportunity. Those who know your name trust you because you have not abandoned any who seek you, Lord.  (Psalm 9:10). Hope can physically, mentally and spiritually guide us through the bad days of this life. I couldn’t imagine a life without hope of something greater. I couldn’t imagine a life without dependence on God every day. A life without God or hope of Heaven seems irritating and too difficult to bare. With God, I trust that He will provide immeasurably more than I could imagine. With Him we are always able to find light in whatever darkness is thrown at us. So what are we going to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He didn’t spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. Won’t he also freely give us all things with him?” (Romans 8:31-32). Not having that would be having nothing; without God, we would have nothing.

My inspiration from this post actually came from a song I recently heard, Worthy of Your Name by Passion ft. Sean Curran. In this song, there is a section where they list who God is and what some of His titles are. Listening to it just reminds me that God really is all we need.

“You’re my author, my maker, my ransom, my savior, my refuge, my hiding place, you’re my helper, my healer, my blessed Redeemer, my answer, my saving grace, you’re my hope in the shadows, my strength in the battles, my anchor for all my days.”

He is all of that and more! Which is why needing Him and depending on Him is the best thing we could ever do for our lives.  Seek His kingdom first, you will see your needs being met, your prayers being answered, your worries being comforted and your hope being restored. So, some may ask “Well what if its all not true? Why waste so much time?” I heard something once that said if Christianity is not true in the end it will mean nothing to those who didn’t trust in God, but if Christianity is true it will mean absolutely everything! I am here to tell you it is true, it does mean everything and God is all we need.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me.” (John 15:5).

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Why is Reading The Bible so Important?

I bet at least once in your life you’ve asked one of these questions, “Why should I read the Bible?”, “What does the Bible really say?”, “How do I read the Bible?” Well, I want to give you some information below that really helped me get into the Bible. Once I started reading, studying, and meditating on God’s word every day I saw major changes in myself, my life and my relationship with God. The Bible… this giant book that gives us Christians rules? No, that is wrong. The Bible is not a rule book, it is not a book telling us what not to do. The Bible is a life guidebook, it is a love letter to humans from God. It includes helpful tips, inspirational stories, vital information and motivational quotes. Sounds interesting right? Well, it is! Now get this, the Bible is the only book where the author is in love with the reader.

The Bible is very different from other books in many ways. The first way is that the Bible is not to be treated as a book. What does this mean? Unlike other books, The Bible’s first intent is not to just be finished, its goal is not for a reader to read it front to back. Trying to read the Bible front to back is one of the main reasons why people give up on reading it. Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character, so that the person who belongs to God can be equipped to do everything that is good.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Every scripture is useful and important, which is why it is okay to open up to the middle of the Bible and just start reading. 

The second reason why the Bible is so different than other books is that it is alive. Now you’re saying, “whoa, whoa, whoa… that doesn’t sound right…” It is alive though, what I mean is that it is all God’s words and thoughts. They are relevant now and forever. “because God’s word is living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates to the point that it separates the soul from the spirit and the joints from the marrow. It’s able to judge the heart’s thoughts and intentions.” (Hebrews 4:12). When we are reading the Bible it is as if we are hearing God speak those words to us at that very moment. The words are powerful, meaningful and life-changing.

Below I have listed 5 reasons why reading the Bible is important:

  1. The Bible is a guide to life, through it we can understand God’s will for us.
    • “Your word is a lamp before my feet and a light for my journey.” (Psalms 119:105)
  2. Through the Bible, we are able to find out who God really is and who Jesus really is.
    • “As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.” (Psalms 18:30)
  3. By reading the Bible we are able to know the truth of Christianity, so we aren’t fooled or manipulated by false teachers or religious acts that are not in the Bible.
    • “But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:13)
  4. Through God’s word, we are able to find strength, courage and hope to get through each and every day.
    • “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.” (Psalms 28: 7-8)
  5. In the Bible, we are able to find an unlimited amount of reasons why we are loved.
    • “Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. And God showed his love for us by sending his only Son into the world, so that we might have life through him. This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven.” (1 John 4:8-10)

Reading the Bible doesn’t mean you have to start big. Take 10 minutes in the morning, on your lunch break or before you go to bed to read a couple verses or read just one verse and think about how you can apply it to your life. Download the Bible app and read the verse of the day. Reading God’s word is the only way to hear Him, get to know Him and get to know ourselves through Him. So, open up God’s living, breathing word and see what kind of power it holds for your life.

 

Finding Your Identity In Jesus

I think that many of us have struggled with the unavoidable question of, “who am I?” Usually, this question doesn’t just come up once or twice, it happens all the time. Every new stage in life seems to bring about this soul-aching question. So how do we truly answer it? Is there a way to be able to confidently proclaim who we are even when life is changing all around us? Well…yes, there is a way to boldly claim who we are and know confidently what our identity is.

One thing we must understand before discovering this answer is that the answer to the question, “who am I?” can always change. It is allowed to change along with life’s unpredictable circumstances. The one thing that will never change is Jesus. No matter what is going on in our lives, good or bad, our identity in Jesus is the same now and forever. We will never be able to find fulfillment in ourselves or in anything of this world. Even if we try to find meaning in our accomplishments, we will never be fully satisfied. The same holds true for our identity. When we try to find our identity in this world, we will always be searching and it will always be changing. Finding our identity in Jesus will bring peace and fulfillment.

Below are a couple of bible verses to help answer our identity crises…

(1) You are made in the image of the Almighty God

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

(2) If you have received salvation, you are a child of God 

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—” (John 1:12)

(3) You are loved immeasurably more than you could imagine 

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

(4) You are new 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

(5) You are a working and purposeful part of one body 

 “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27)

(6) You are gifted 

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11)

(7) You are set free, you are unchained from sin 

“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—” (Romans 6:6)

(8) You are worth dying for 

“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

If you are struggling with your identity, know this truth: you are a child of God, made in the image of God. You are loved, you are made new and you are a very useful part of one body, with other believers. You are gifted, you are free and Jesus Christ said you were worth dying for. Even if you cannot figure out who you are on this earth, hold onto the most important identity you will ever have, your eternal identity through Jesus Christ.