In my previous message, I spoke about "The Rumble Between The Cross And The Switchblade". In this message I will be speaking about the national year of the Bible and how it has shaped America. From the very founding of America, the Bible has been its greatest influence. The convictions of the Bible has been based on the Bible. Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil governments that are contained in the Declaration Of Independence and our Constitution. Our earlier presidents, have often quoted from the Bible.
Our early fathers believed in the voluntary application of the Bible on our lives. They believed that the Bible moral teachings were important to society. There was a strong understanding of the Bible's influence on changing lives for the better.
We have been under a strong attack since then. Liberals have set up laws, that are destructive to society. They have left the moral teachings of the Bible, and replaced them with their corrupt desires. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan, made 1983 the year of the Bible.
The Bible's Answer For Depression And AnxietyDepression and Anxiety, are emotions that we all have to face at times. There are many causes for depression, including the death of a love one, loss of a job or even some bad choices that we have made. Guilt will also play a major part on depression and anxiety. The Bible gives us the following ways to deal with depression and anxiety. I will share a few of them with you.
Trust God: At times we try to lean on our understanding, when it comes to dealing with our problems. However, Proverbs 3:5 tells us “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding". We need to trust that God has a plan for us, that he is there in our trials and that he will bring us through.
Prayer and Thanksgiving: When going through trials, it is so easy to complain. We need to pray for God's help in our toughest problems. Instead of focusing on the problems, concentrate on something you are thankful for. Thinking of good things, will take our minds off of our problems.
The Bible's Answer For Our Personal Needs
The Bible give us the confidence we need to know, concerning our basic needs. First of all, it tells us that we are more important to God, than the birds and flowers. In Matthew 6:26, God tells us not to worry because we are of more value than them. Then in verse 33 we read, "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
The Bible also informs us, in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, that we need to work to make a living. Many people today do not have a good work habit, and as a result go hungry. We are also encouraged to work to the best of our might in Ecclesiastes 9:10
The Bible's Answer For SufferingWe ask ourselves, why am I suffering? Why did my love ones have to die? What did my child do, to become HIV positive at birth. Did I cause myself to be physically abused? Why am I going through this?
There are three causes for suffering. First of all, there are times that we suffer because we have brought it upon ourselves. There are times, when we personally sin and the outcome is sickness and at times even death. A good example is HIV and other sexual transmitted diseases. The Bible tells us, in Numbers 32:33, "Be sure your sin will find you out". If we play with sin, we will suffer the consequences.
The Second type is called innocent suffering. We do not do anything wrong. However, we suffer at the hands of someone else. It is not because of sin in our lives. The suffering is a result of someone else sin. We may be attacked by a criminal. Perhaps, we suffer the consequences of the sin of our closes friends and family. I knew a mother and a teenage daughter, who contacted aids, because of the husband and father's past drug use. They were innocent, but his actions caused pain to his family. They suffered along with him. The Bible tells us, in 2 Kings 21:16, “Manasseh shed very much innocent blood” Many today suffer at the hands of someone shedding innocent blood. My step son was a great example of that. He was murdered by gang members randomly.
Then there is the righteous type of suffering. There are times when we do everything right. We do not sin, but we take a stand against right and wrong. Some have taken a stand against racial injustice, abortion and sexual immorality and suffered at the hands of others. Christians have always taken a stand on social issues, and have faced persecution and even death because of it. The Bible tells us, in 2 Timothy 3:12, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted
The Bible's Answer For The Law Of The Land
In the New Testament, Jesus was asked which of the commandments were the greatest. He replied, in Luke 27, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself." The law is a set of rules, given by God, to make sure we love God and others.
There were many times that God judged Israel, for their disobedience. We see that judgment in Ezekiel 5:15, "You [Jerusalem] shall be a reproach and a taunt, a warning and a horror, to the nations all around you, when I execute judgments on you in anger and fury". If America does not repent of our ways, will we be next?
We have recently lost our love for God. Setting laws that are based on our desires. May we once again return to what God has to say about any subject. Let us base right and wrong on what God has to say about the subject.
At the same time may we seek the Bible for all of our questions. In its pages, we find hope for every situation. God loves us, and desires to meet all of our needs. In time of doubt, we can find assurance in God's word. More importantly, may we turn to the Bible to learn about God's forgiveness.