PRAISE BE TO THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE FATHER OF COMPASSION AND THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT, WHO COMFORTS US IN ALL OUR TROUBLES, SO THAT WE CAN COMFORT THOSE IN ANY TROUBLE WITH THE COMFORT WE OURSELVES HAVE RECEIVED FROM GOD
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
I sometimes listen to arguments people have with atheists to convince them that God really exists. They talk about evolution, how old the world is, and if Noah’s ark really existed. They try to prove scientifically whether there is a God or not. Then I think to myself, “Mr. Atheist, if only I could tell you about the Comfort I have received directly from God, during a time when there was only sorrow. If only I could tell you about the living Hope now abiding in me where before there was only brokenness and despair. If only I could tell you about the Righteousness of Jesus that has transferred to my soul, straight from Heaven, to turn my hatred and jealousy into Love. If only I could tell you about the LIFE OF GOD that now lives in me, because I opened my spirit to receive from God!”
What about you? Do you have something you have received directly from God that is worth sharing with someone else? Have you ever opened your heart to receive Hope for your despair? Have you ever opened your spirit to receive Comfort for your sadness? Have you ever opened your soul to receive Love for your animosity? Have your sinful behavior patterns been exchanged for the Righteousness of Jesus?
SIMON PETER, A SERVANT AND APOSTLE OF JESUS CHRIST, ‘TO THOSE WHO THROUGH THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF OUR GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST HAVE RECEIVED A FAITH AS PRECIOUS AS OURS’
(2 Peter 1:1).
I hope you could answer positively to all my questions. If not, then you have not grasped that the Perfect Father loves you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, into the world, SO THAT YOU MIGHT RECEIVE FROM HIM, directly, through your spirit! Atheists have needs, too. Don’t bring them a dead argument. Show them what you have received from the living God when you opened your spirit to Him. Maybe, one day, when the time is right, they might push their dead arguments aside and open their spirits to receive a Faith, as precious as yours, directly from God.
God has made Life available to you through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is all wrapped up and ready to enter your spirit through the Spirit of Jesus. All you need to do is open your spirit…to receive from God.
PRAYER: I praise You, Perfect Father, that You love me so much that You sent Your Son, Jesus, into the world, so I might receive from Him.
Lord Jesus, I open my spirit to receive from You Joy for my sorrow, Hope for my despair, and Comfort for my broken heart. May I remember, daily, to share with others the Love, Hope, and Comfort I have received from You, so they, too, may receive a precious Faith from You.
Maintain an Awareness
It is very important that you understand that it is not so much what happened to you during your childhood that affected you the most, BUT WHAT YOU CAME TO BELIEVE ABOUT YOUR SELF, OTHERS, AND GOD, IN RESPONSE TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES (facts) of your childhood life.