Happy New Year! “Simply Jesus” in 2013!

Scripture reading for January 1st: Matthew 1, Psalms 1 Proverbs 1:1-7

Welcome to the fifth year of BibleTrekToday.com, a blog that comments on a personal journey through the New Testament in 2013!  I would like to invite you to read along with me and participate in the journey for yourself.    I will post the readings for each day from the New Testament and Psalms and Proverbs.

Our theme for 2013 at Good Shepherd Church is “Simply Jesus”.   Key scriptures for this theme are found in Acts 4:10-12  and Hebrews 12:1-3 .  Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation and His Name is the only Name with power for salvation and healing.  Through Jesus, the Holy Spirit was given as the Father’s gift to the Church.  The Spirit marks all who belong to Jesus Christ with God’s seal of ownership (Ephesians 1:18).  The early apostles simply trusted in the Name of Jesus and experienced miracles and deliverance.  May we learn to simply trust His Name for miracles and our needs.

In our journey of faith, we must fix our eyes on Jesus Christ, who is the author and finisher of our faith.  (Hebrews 12:2)  The times we live in  may involve suffering, pain, persecution and even martyrdom. “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)  As Jesus suffered and set us an example of patience and faithful obedience, we must also simply follow Him.   Jesus has promised to never leave us and will walk with us through any trouble or persecution.  In Him we will overcome the world as well!

Religious and spiritual deception is rampant in our world as well.  “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy.  I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him.  But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”  (2nd Corinthians 11:2-3) As we journey through this year, I am praying with godly jealousy over my church family against the deceptions of our time.  Satan knows his time is short and is actively seeking to lead God’s people away from a pure devotion to Christ.   Through a pure and simple focus on Jesus Christ, we shall overcome in 2013!

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