Hello Blogging Word- it has been some time since I have written. I continue to be faithful in my reading and searching what God is revealing to me. After all, the Holy Bible is my (and yours) personal love letter from our heavenly Father.
I am reminded during Christmas it can be a time of traditions. Sometimes, these are passed on for several generations and sometimes they begin new with you. In this case, I have decided to start a new tradition, every year on December 1st, I am going to read a chapter of the book of Luke. My new tradition will be: 24 days and chapters of Luke. This will be a perfect reminder of the birth of Christ and the story of Jesus. It is my hope to have grandchildren one day but if that is not in my story book of life, then I would like to share my new tradition with my family, friends and the world of blogging. It is my hope this would bring a blessing to all who take a moment and learn what God has revealed to me for this first annual tradition starting December 2019. It begins like this:
Day 1 – Luke chapter 1:
Man’s unbelief causes trials and tribulations
It seems to be more and more we live in a world of uncertainty. We are told of “new” truths and who determines this as truth. A world who continues to ask, how do you know God is real, how can you believe a book written so long ago and why is it so important for me to share what I believe are truths and standards to live by. Let’s take a journey to find out if any answers can be uncovered and how we can be certain of God’s truth.
Man’s unbelief causes trials and tribulations:
- if I didn’t believe in breathing air and just stop the action – the cause would be…
- if I didn’t believe I could jump in a lake of water and swim underneath for hours without any assistance – the cause would be…..
- if I didn’t believe I didn’t need to drink or eat food for days upon days – the cause would be……..
- if I didn’t believe I needed a jacket, hat, mittens and several layers of clothing on a minus degree day – the cause would be…….
- if I didn’t believe setting my hands on a burning grill without protection – the cause would be……
So, how do we know these things above as truth, perhaps we have read it or been taught by school, parents, grandparents or by another way. At some point in your life you found out these as to being truth. Most likely by faith, of knowing these as being true, you will continue breathing without the thought, use assistance of being under water for a long length of time, use protective gear when going out in cold weather and not intentionally putting your hands on a hot grill.
For me reading the Holy Bible, by faith, is the word of truth and a set of standards I can live by and come to the knowledge of peace, happiness, understanding of trials, tribulations, sadness and wonder of things to come with a hope of eternal everlasting life with my Lord Jesus Christ. It’s a faith of knowing, I don’t have to understand it all and to be perfectly satisfied with this.
So back to Luke Chapter 1 and man’s unbelief –
We read in verses 5 through 25: Zacharias does not believe his wife, Elisabeth, would bear a child at her old age. Due to his unbelief, the Lord makes Zacharias unable to speak for a season.
In verse 26 during the 6 month of this same time, Mary is told she would bear a son and his name would be: Jesus. Now, this is even more interesting since she is a virgin.
Here we read about two men: Zacharias and Joseph and both are revealed truth. For Zacharias his wife gave birth to John the Baptist and for Joseph his wife (who he had never been with intimately) gave birth to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Zacharias has immediate trial and tribulations due to his unbelief, he is unable to speak. However, this only lasted for a small amount of time. For Jesus – he is still seeking for man to believe and understand his truths.
John 3: 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever in him should not perish but to have everlasting life.
In Luke 1:35 we are shown a clear truth of the trinity: Holy Ghost, God and Jesus
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
God keeps his promises in verses 70 through 80 with verse 72 and 73 as written:
To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; the oath which he sware to our father Abraham.
oath references to Genesis 22:16
And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withhold thy son, thine only son
Therefore we have been granted: as read in verses 74-79 of Luke Chapter 1.
- knowledge of salvation by remission of our sins,
- and light to guide our feet into peace
May you continue to prepare your hearts to knowing the truth about Jesus and lean not unto your own understanding but search the living word of God.
Thank you for reading day one of my journey through the book of Luke.
Come let us adore him.