Hebrews 1:1,2 “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.”

     The Gospel is fully revealed through the Word of God; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)  The Word is Jesus; “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) There is nothing more to add to it.  Nor should we take anything away from it;  “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

     We just need to listen to His Word.  This is the will of God; “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” (Matthew 17:5)  For a stable life filled with His blessings, we need to follow His Word in our lives on a daily basis; “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)

     Unfortunately, we live in a world where there are many influences that draw us away from a good life blessed by God.  Personal temptations, people who exploit others and a world ruled by indifferent selfishness all work to make life a dark cold place with little or no hope. “This is the judgement, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)

    If you are tempted by desire, fear or anger be encouraged because God won’t leave you in its grip; “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)  Even though the world will torment you by prompting you to anger, fear and lust, stand firm in His Word and He will lead you out of temptation.

     There are those who would mislead and exploit the vulnerable; “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.  Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.  In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” (2 Peter 2:1,2,3)  That is why we need to cling to what the Bible tells us.  Hold on to Jesus’ words not the words of false prophets.

     We live in a world run by evil.  Those who follow Jesus and live by His Word see the hold the world had on us;  “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” (Ephesians 2:1,2) The Bible tells us not to despair; “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

     Jesus warns us; “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)  And Jesus assures us that no matter how much trouble the world causes us – He is in control; “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

     Praise the Lord!

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