I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last…” —Revelation 22:13
Have you ever thought about how many things about us are constantly ending and beginning? 2016 has ended and 2017 has begun. Today will end with the beginning of night and night will end with the beginning of tomorrow. Brian Wilson wrote and sings a song about it titled, “Midnight’s Another Day.” Amen, that’s right.
Our Lord is both the beginning and ending of everything! 2 Corinthians 5:17 speaks to us about some endings and beginnings within our own lives: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passing away, and all things are becoming new.”
For the believer, there is a constant change going on. Life is being re-shaped. It begins in a new-birth experience and as we grow in the Lord we are reshaped into the image of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.
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“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men but as it is in truth, the word of God which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” —1 Thessalonians 2:13
The Bible works! It is effectual! No other book ever written has had the profound effect on this world as the Bible has.
Some one has noted the thing that determines great literature is it “changes you. When you are done reading, you’re a different person.” Since that is true, the Bible must be the greatest piece of literature in the world since it has literally changed countless lives.
The Bible challenges us to live better… It calms us when we are afraid… It cheers us when we are sad… It comforts us when we are down (1 Thess. 4:18). It convicts us when we are wrong (Ezra 9:4)… It cautions us about what is harmful… It cleans us when we are dirty (Ps. 119:9; John 15:3)… It converts our soul to the Lord Jesus Christ (Ps. 19:7).
Hebrews 4:12 says “the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Notice God’s Word is ALIVE (“quick”)… POWERFUL… SHARP… PIERCING… DIVIDING… and DISCERNING! There is no other book in the world that can do these things!
The only way to allow God’s Word to work in your life is to (1) READ it and (2) BELIEVE it!
Al’s Quotes and Quips for July
This month’s list of quotes and quips are deal with the subject of “change.”
- “Change is inevitable—except from a vending machine.” (Robert C. Gallagher) [NOTE: Also, God never changes (Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8). AH]
- “Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” (Arnold Bennett)
- “Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.” (Bertolt Brecht)
- “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
- “Change is such hard work.” (Billy Crystal)
- “Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.”
- “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts his sails.” (William Arthur Ward)
- “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” (James Baldwin)
- “All some people need to make them happy is a change — and most of the time that’s all a baby needs.”
- “If we want something to get better, something needs to change. Nothing is improved without change.”
- “Prayer changes things and prayer changes the one who prays.”
The greatest change in my life took place in 1967 when I became a Christian (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). As the song goes: “What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought, Since Jesus came into my heart.”
Until next month, may all the changes in your life be for the better!