Jesus Had a Favorite Book?

After doing my morning prayer, I began searching for bible scriptures. Somehow I became fascinated with the book Deuteronomy. What a coincidence! I figure out that this was Jesus most quoted old testament reference.

Deuteronomy was written by moses once he helped free the slaves. The book was a set of laws given so everyone could live their best life.

Once Jesus began to develop in his spiritual gifts, he went into the wilderness for isolation. Satan tempted Jesus, but he used this Old Testament book to make him flee.

  • But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ Matthew 4:4

  • Jesus said to him, “Once again it is written: ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’”  Matthew 4:7

  • Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: ‘You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” Matthew 4:10

How amazing is it Jesus used the Old Testament for power? But oh – it get’s better. Jesus Used this book to make clear the most important commandment of them all.

You must love the Lord your God with your whole mind, your whole being, and all your strength Deuteronomy 6:5

Why is it important to love the God with all of you heart? If he made everything can’t we love other things first?

When you trust and love God – he will give you a peace through any situation. You don’t have to understand or worry about the next phase in your life because it will already be taken care.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

So I think it’s safe to say this one of Jesus’s favorite Old Testament books.

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The Prince of Peace

Isaiah is named “one of the most powerful books in the old testament.” Hardships and trouble have become part of the norm. With kingdoms in turmoil, a prophet wrote Isaiah to give people hope.

For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:5-7

Lets break down each thing:

Wonderful Counselor : a person who gives advice. Jesus was going to guide people out of trouble and help fix their lives.

Mighty God: Not only was he going to lead them out of trouble -it was through the greatest source. Before God’s child was sent – there were only temporary fixes. When God gives a gift – it is everlasting.

“Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your instruction is true.” Psalm 119:142

Eternal Father: Not only was he the savior’s father – he is an “infinite” father. Everything is his child. Because we are all sons and daughters he bless and take care of us. No matter who our earth parents are he is the highest parent.

Prince of Peace : In the New Testament was given a beautiful name : Jesus

What a mighty God we serve. He can deliver us from anything and call us his own. No matter the situation – he will keep his promise and deliver us from any evil.

In depth information about the book Isaiah.

The Book of Isaiah

Webster Dictionary

Anna Witnessed Jesus

The story of Jesus is amazing. There is always something new to learn. Even  when the story is heard every year – something new always pops out. One story people hardly ever mention is the story of Anna.

36 There was also a prophetess, Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well along in years, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and was a widow for eighty-four years. She did not leave the temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers. 38 At that very moment, she came up and began to thank God and to speak about him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

In Latin- her name means favor and grace. Anna experienced life, but always stayed connected to God. Even though Jesus was a baby, she recognized the savior. She went out and spoke of the good news so all could experience God’s blessings.

Even during stressful times like the holiday season – it is good to be a part of the holy spirit. Even if it’s by example: we can show the grace and love God has given to us. As they say “Jesus is the reason for the season.” Let’s show this world the representation of Christ!

More info about Anna

Jesus: The Basics

Since Christmas is coming up, I thought I would write about the man that changed the game: Jesus. I want to point out bible verses that are not as popular in order to bring it all together.

They were saying, “Isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” John 6:42

Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary. Joseph was his earth father who helped raised him. He was always the son of God, but matured into his position as he got older.

But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31

Ok let’s break down this verse.

Messiah means the “expected king and deliverer of the Jews”. It also means Jesus was “a professed or accepted leader of some hope or cause” Dictionary Source

From the very beginning with Genesis, there was a lot of turmoil for God’s people. Blood sacrifices and crusades were a part of seeking righteous. God didn’t want to allow this to happen forever so he had a plan. The father sent his son down to save the Jews and everyone who believed in him away from a life that leads to destruction and death.

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know the true one. We are in the true one—that is, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20 

“But what is eternal life if we are all going to die?” There are 2 types of deaths – spiritual death and physical death. If you believe in Jesus and follow his ways – your spirit will remain alive. Following the commandments and loving others will give a life of peace and prosperity- which is a lot better than having no hope and feeling like you’re just going through the motions. I know when I followed the world’s ways I always felt stuck in something that was going no where.

Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:19

When you die a physical death – those who follow Jesus will have a life in heaven with him. It will be an everlasting life of great joy and peace with our creator.

As the week progresses, I will go into more detail – this is a warm up to what I will be writing. I want everyone to enjoy the holiday and remember why we celebrate it in the first place.

Bible Verses for Overcoming Challenges

Your life is priceless.  Your are special. You matter. You have special gifts and qualities. Wipe away the doubt and tears. Put on your game face and conquer life.

Now when you go out for the day remember this:

10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by his vast strength. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens. 13 For this reason take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.  Ephesians 6:13

Don’t be afraid.  Those who follow Jesus are given peace and strength to conquer the world.

27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful. Isaiah 41:10

You got this – the lord is your strength. The power of God can conquer all.

Indeed, God is my salvation; I will trust him and not be afraid, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is my strengthand my song. He has become my salvation.” Psalm 18:2

Remember – if you fight according to God’s will and purpose for your life, you will always have victory.

Now I know that the Lord gives victory to his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with mighty victories from his right hand. Psalm 20:6

 

Here is a prayer I want to leave off with

God thank you for giving grace and the spirit to serve you.

I pray that you would protect me and guard my heart from anything that is not of you

I pray that everyone reading this will have peace and fulfilling joy

Please let them know they are worthy of your love and mercy for their lives

Let everything go well for them .

Any doubt or fears they may have I pray they conquer it by the mighty name of Jesus 

And I pray as they go through the day they are given constant reminders of your faithful heart 

In Jesus Name

Amen

God Loves You

Maybe you know and just need a reminder. Maybe you are doing your own thing and no one ever told you. I am writing this to you today to let you know God loves you.

You are so special. You were not a mistake. You created with perfect design. Every detail about you is known by the father. He loves you no matter how far you think you messed up.

See what great love[a] the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children—and we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know him. 1 John 3:1

When I was in the world, it was hard to understand I had a father in heaven. “A parent in heaven loves me? Why has bad things happen to me?”

We have free will to do what ever we want. Just like a hot stove there are consequences to everything.

A good parent allows their children to learn some things on their own in order for them to mature and grow. I promise you God is always there with you. He will not let you endure anything you were not equipped to handle. 

“Some things were out of my control especially as a child – that doesn’t make any sense.”

20 You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people. Genesis 50:20

It’s true that there are evil forces in the world that don’t mean well for your life. Sometimes things just happen.

I realized when I come out of hard situations – I can use those testimony’s to help other seek Jesus.  Sharing our stories with others in the body of Christ creates a community that pleases God. When we stand together against the enemy – we are honoring God’s will.

Know that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps his gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love him and keep his commands. Deuteronomy 7:9

No matter what this world has going on. We must stay close to a God that will keep us in perfect peace through good and bad times. God’s faithfulness gives his believers everything they need to leave a productive life.

I challenge you to talk to your creator. It doesn’t matter what you say – just get the communication going. Watch him unfold in your life. Here is a starter prayer to help:

“God I want to know your true everlasting love. Somethings may not be perfect in my life but I am coming to you in faith to ask you to show me who you are. I want to know more about you and your son Jesus Christ. I want to know what being your child feels like. Please show me your grace and mercy. I want your will to be done in my life the way it is done in heaven. In Jesus name Amen.”

Old Testament : The Purpose

If the point of living the Christian life is to follow Jesus, why don’t we just begin with that? Why is there an old testament?

 

After research and clarity – it all makes sense.

23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (New Testament.) 

What better to illustrate this by starting from the beginning? In America we have the saying “if you don’t understand your past, you are bound to repeat mistakes.” It’s important to understand Adam and Eve – Malachi (the last book of the OT) so we understand the nature of humans. It’s not to say we will do things the exact way – it’s more of patterns of society.

Understanding the state of the world before Jesus creates a clear picture of why we needed him in the first place.

But now he has appeared one time, at the end of the ages, for the removal of sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrew 9:26 

God wanted no man to suffer from sin’s burden. When I do something I know I shouldn’t be doing – a lot of times I feel horrible. Changing from my ways to make things right (repenting) can only be done when I pray through Jesus.

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

The highest rulers of the land – all the money in the world could not get everyone to eternal life. Sacrifices and high priest were a big deal in the Old Testament. Because they had to keep doing it, it was ineffective. Something everlasting was needed to save the world.

16 For God loved the world in this way. He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 

Combing the testaments gives a image of our downfalls, weaknesses, yet the favor and potential we have. We all have a super hero : Jesus.