HOW DO YOU KNOW FOR SURE?

Hey friends, how are you today? It is a gorgeous day.  The sun is out in all its glory and the beautiful warmth is no longer evaporating into the atmosphere, it can actually be felt now.  Thank You, Lord.   During the winter months, although the sun may bring emotional wellness, its sightings usually signified bitter, bitter cold. Can you hear the birds, as they flitter from tree to tree? They welcome each other back; they raucously tell their friends about their escapades while they were away.  I thought the kids had also gone south, but seemingly they were here all the time.  Of course, they have winter coats on today, but they are playing games outside. Spring is here! Longer days, beautiful weather, securing friendships, we have a lot to look forward to, because although spring is here, it is only 27° in my neck of the woods.

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In a previous Awana book for the T&T (ers) [Truth & Training], the kids had to answer the question, “How do we know the Bible is true?” The book supplied several answers with key verses to support the answers, which they had to memorize.  A few of the answers and supporting verses given were; because it is the Word of God (Jeremiah 10:10(a) and people witnessed the events of the Bible (I Peter 1:16). There were eight answers with scriptures; they were great Awana books, which we used as part of our Homeschool Bible Study, when the girls were younger.  

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As a young teenager, I remember asking our pastor, a similar question, how do I know what I believe is the truth? How do you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is a God? How do you know that what the Bible says about sin and salvation is true? How do you know for a fact? Is it because the Bible says so? (Churches should always create an atmosphere comfortable enough for young people to ask questions, such as these.  The questions are there, let them ask, then provide the answers. It’s unfortunate when they ask the wrong people theses questions.)  

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My friend found this great autobiography about Billy Graham. She was so fascinated, she read that book from cover to cover.  She absolutely loved the stories, shared by his wife and children, his friends and family, even the tidbits shared by Billy Graham himself.  She loved it enough that she shared it with me.  Although this book may have offered an insight into the man, do you think it was sufficient enough for her to say, she knew him? I don’t think so, she may now possess some knowledge about the man, but she certainly cannot say, she knows him. 

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The Lord has also given us His Word, which tells us what He needs us to know about Himself and about us.  He tells of His character and allows us to see that nature displayed throughout the lives of the people found in His Book.  He tells how the world was formed and how sin entered into the world and into the lives of man.  He showed us how detrimental sin is through the actions of people.  We read about the Sacrifice that was paid in full for our sin and also the home that is being prepared for those who’ve accepted Christ as their Savior.  Some; perhaps most of us, have read this Book from cover to cover, but we know Him?

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We’ve been told there is a queen in England. We’ve been told several things about this queen; her age, her husband’s name, her children and even the length of time, she has ruled.  Most of us has never and perhaps will never meet her.  Do we believe what we’ve been told?

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We attend church every Sunday, most of us even attend services throughout the week.  We’ve been told quite a bit about the Lord.  We’ve been told about people from the Bible, such as Paul, Saul, Peter and Esther.  Is that sufficient information? Do we now believe what we’ve read and what we’ve been told? How do we know the Bible is true?  

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I know that that there is one God.  I know there is only one way to Him.  I know that this way is through His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that I am a sinner.  I know and I believe that I am saved.  I believe that the Bible is true, I believe that every Word of God is pure.  I know that because I have read the Bible and because I have been told.  I believe that because the God of the Universe has moved beyond the pages of scripture and has made Himself known to me. When I accepted His Son as my Savior, His Holy Spirit now resides in me and cements what I’ve read and what I’ve been told.   His relationship with me confirmed what I read and what I was told.  The more we walk together in unity, the more assured I am of the truths I read and hear.  As I daily read His Word and pray, I get to KNOW Him, I get to SEE Him work in my life, I EXPERIENCE the change.  How do you know, what you believe is true? 

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