While many teachers focus directly on the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in these messages, my objective is to focus more attention primarily on Biblical text and how it instructs us in behavior which will prepare us for the next life, eternally. The behavioral suggestions in our Bibles apply to each and every one of us today, even though it was written centuries ago.
I like to call my blog a “mustard seed” because just like Jesus, I aspire to plant the seeds of God’s Word across the Internet, and with God’s blessing, throughout the world. The passages I cite, for the most part, link to the King James Version of “Bible Gateway,” where you can change the version for easier reading if you wish. My final goal would be that everyone study their Bibles so that they all cross over the threshold from this life to eternity with The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
With God’s unfailing Grace, we have this user manual with which to learn the experience of a righteous life earning ourselves a jeweled crown in the final judgment. It is my prayer that this blog site will inspire people from all over the world, to a life of following Jesus so that they may all step over the threshold into the light of our Lord and Savior.
I have lived now for more than half of a century on this planet. I have broken all of the 11 commandments and yet I can tell you I have found peace and contentment in my life. It is the peace of God, the grace of His forgiveness and the contentment of knowing He will always take care of me as long as I live within His will for my life.
An example: I stayed in a concrete apartment building in Brandon the night that hurricane Irma ravaged southwestern and central Florida. I watched the storm track on my phone as the center literally passed right over my house. My wife and I knew our house may not be standing as we cautiously approached our street the next morning but we knew that whatever the outcome, we had peace about it because God was guiding us through those circumstances.
The foundation of my life now is summed up with two basic principles:
We know that God causes all things to work for the good to those who are called according to His purpose.(Rom 8:28)
With these principles in mind, we can be assured that as long as we stay in God’s word, meditate on it and obey it (Josh 1:8), we will be able to find peace in whatever circumstances we find ourselves facing. These are the life principles that allow us to accept the tragedies we see nearly every day and still find peace in our lives, if we stay in God’s path. We should obey God, accept His forgiveness, stay in His word so we know how to communicate with Him and leave everything else up to Him.
The Holy Bible is full of stories and wisdom teaching us life lessons. But possibly the most comprehensive and condensed passage is the sermon on the mount. In just 3 chapters, Jesus, God himself, personified, tells us all that we need to live a peaceful and fulfilling life.
Starting at the beginning of Matthew chapter 5, we are taught many of God’s promises in the Beatitudes (Matt 5: 3-12). We learn the promise of the kingdom of heaven (Matt 5:3), the promise of the Lord’s comfort (Matt 5:4), the promise of the fulfillment of righteousness (Matt 5:6), mercy (Matt 5:7), and our rewards in heaven (Matt 5:11). All of this, straight from the mouth of God himself.
Why would we not listen and believe these things He has said? He tells us that we “are the salt of the earth” (Matt 5:13). So then, as salt improves the flavor of food, so should we improve the “flavor” of the world.
“You are the light of the world.” (Matt 5:14). As believers we should be shining our lights ahead on the way through the “narrow path” (Matt 7:13) so that others may follow us and we need to lead by example. The narrow path is more difficult because it takes concentration and focus to aim ourselves in the right direction to get through it. The wide path is easy to find and easy to pass through, so many people find their way to it. It is not easy to find and follow the narrow path (Matt 7:14), so we should shine our lights (living by example) so that other can see, learn and follow behind us. As believers, we should be leading the way to the kingdom of heaven and righteousness and peace here on earth.