Memorize Scriptures.

Memorize Scriptures. Lay them up in your heart. See Psa. 119:11.

“The Bible…is the one supreme source of revelation of the meaning of life, the nature of God and spiritual nature and needs of men. It is the only guide of life which really leads the spirit in the way of peace and salvation.” -Woodrow Wilson

Job 22:2 “Can ta man be profitable to God, Though he who is wise may be profitable to himself?

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Rainfall and the “water cycle.”

Job 28:26. Centuries after Job wrote this, scientists began to discern the “law for the rain.” Rainfall is part of a process called the “water cycle.” The sun evaporates water from the ocean. The water vapor then rises and becomes clouds. This water in the clouds falls back to earth as rain, and collects in streams and rivers, then makes its way back to the ocean. That process repeats itself again and again. About 300 years ago, Galileo discovered this cycle. But amazingly the Scriptures described it centuries before. The prophet Amos (9:6) wrote that God “calls for the water of the sea, and pours them out upon the face of the earth.” Scientists are just beginning to fully understand God’s “decrees for the rain.”

Job 28:26 When He made a law for the rain, And a path for the thunderbolt…

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Living by trusting.

Much of what we do in life has its foundation in trust. We trust our dentist when he drills, our taxi driver when he drives, our pilots when they fly us. We trust our history books, our teachers, and some still even trust politicians. Marriage is a trust relationship. So are business partnerships and friendships. We trust elevators, planes, cars, brakes, chairs, doctors, surgeons, brokers, and television anchors. We place our faith in these items and people based on evidence that they are trustworthy. This is why it’s hard to understand why skeptics mock the thought of trust in God.

The questioner’s statement implies that Christians are living by a naïve, “blind” faith based on something for which we have no evidence, when the opposite is the case. Our faith is rational and reasonable, and is based on credible, verifiable, historical evidence. The God who created us has given us all the evidence we need to come to know Him, and He invites us, “Come now, and let us reason together” (Isa. 1:18).

The fact that some do not recognize the evidence doesn’t mean it is not there. God has given light to every man (see John 1:9)—through this wonderful creation, through the undeniable voice of the conscience, and through plain old common sense. We have the Bible’s thousands of fulfilled prophecies, “many infallible proofs” of the resurrection (see Acts 1:3), and He even promises to reveal Himself to those who obey Him (see John 14:21).

It is also important to explain the difference between believing something (the Bible), and trusting Someone (Jesus Christ). Skeptics think that a Christian is someone who simply “believes” in God’s existence. When the Bible speaks of “faith” in God, it is not a reference to an intellectual acknowledgment that He exists (we all intuitively know that). It is speaking of an implicit trust in His person and His promises. There’s nothing difficult about having trust or “faith” when the One you are trusting is utterly trustworthy.

Acts 1:3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

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Joseph’s father?

Skeptics argue that there is a contradiction regarding who Joseph’s father was. Matt. 1:16 says, “Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary,” while this verse says Joseph was the son of Heli. Joseph’s father was Jacob. Luke follows Mary’s genealogy, though he doesn’t name any women in his list. He therefore lists the name of Joseph (her husband), who was Heli’s son-in-law (in legal terms, his son by marriage).

Luke 3:23 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli…

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A.W. Tozer said…

“Christians alone are in a position to rescue the perishing. We dare not settle down to try to live as if things were ‘normal.’ Nothing is normal while sin and lust and death roam the world, pouncing upon one and another till the whole population has been destroyed.” A. W. Tozer

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Makes me tremble.

Ezekiel 33:8,9. These verses should make every one of us tremble, when we realize how many professed Christians within the Church don’t bother to warn a soul of the coming judgment of God. It would seem that Paul had these verses in mind when he spoke of his responsibility to God and man (see Acts 18:6; 20:26,27). To help your hearers consider the seriousness of the situation (whether you are speaking to a crowd or just one person), you may like to say, “If you refuse to repent and you die in your sins, if your eyes and mine meet on the Day of Judgment, I am free from your blood because I haven’t held back from telling you the truth.”

Ezekiel 33:8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.9 Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

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Wanting and wishing.

“Every man is as close to God as he wants to be; he is as holy and as full of the Spirit as he wills to be… Yet we must distinguish wanting from wishing. By ‘want’ I mean wholehearted desire. Certainly there are many who wish they were holy or victorious or joyful but are not willing to meet God’s conditions to obtain.” A. W. Tozer 

Psalm 119:10 With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!

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