The purpose of the Monthly View is to affect the way you see God. For our view to change, our spiritual eyes must be opened to The Revelation of Jesus Christ. The word "revelation" comes from the Greek word “apokalypsis” which means "unveiling or disclosure", and in this case, the unveiling or disclosure of Jesus Christ.
The Hidden Jesus
The gospel or good news of Jesus Christ was hidden from me for years. The Apostle Paul in the Bible writes: “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.” 1The first step in my recovery was admitting that I was lost. The gods of this world had blinded my mind, robbing my childhood beliefs in God. Many people tried to share the good news of Jesus Christ through their shining examples, but in my rebellious state, I would have nothing to do with them. 2
We celebrate our freedom as a Nation this month, but as a Christian I will focus on the believer's Spiritual freedom in this Monthly View. “Jesus said to the people who believed in Him, you are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free." 1
What Does God Say?
We never question the fact that the United States declared its freedom from England on July 4th 1776. The early Americans fought for and gained their freedom, and ours, in the Revolutionary War. We question however, through our unbelief, that Jesus Christ gained our freedom from sin, self and Satan in His death on the cross and His resurrection. It is pretty serious to call God a liar because we do not believe what He says about His Son, Jesus Christ.
In this Monthly View, I share my failure to receive God's love from those who loved me as a child; my rejection of God by turning my back on Him to indulge in the pleasures of this world; and, my eventual belief that God's love could change my life through the finished work of Jesus Christ at the cross.
My Childhood Memories
My parents took me to church and held me as a baby in their arms, while singing and hearing God's word. I remember how friends of the family shared God's love with me at Church and Sunday school. I memorized John 3:16, the Apostle's Creed and many hymns, such as "Jesus Loves Me This I Know" and "The BIBLE, That's The Book For Me." I even sang in the choir as a teenager, while Rita Beth played the piano.
I had many opportunities to develop my beliefs in Christ. Once, I put together a “Tabernacle in the Wilderness" kit during Vacation Bible School. I can remember my English teacher assigning us to memorize "The 23rd Psalm" and having us recite it in front of our eighth grade classmates. I visited many churches while growing up in a Bible-believing community.
It is such a joy to share my experience of God's unconditional love each month. As a child, I memorized John 3:16 but the words were without understanding, until I heard them spoke by a visitor in prison. It was as if a light came on in my heart when I heard, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Jesus shall not perish but have everlasting life. " 1 I pray for God to enlighten your heart as he did mine over thirty years ago. You will never be the same!
That Spirit of AntiChrist
The News this month from the Discovery Channel concerns the tombs of Jesus and His family found in the Holy Lands. I do not get the Discovery Channel, but whatever credibility this company may have will suffer loss an a result of this deception. Also, there is a New Age book named "The Secret" getting lots of hype. On the surface, this book offers philosophical truths, but the author does not confess Jesus as the Christ--God in the flesh. The Holy Scriptures refers to him as an antichrist.
The purpose of the monthly view is to share things that will interest You. For instance, things that go unanswered in the many letters that come my way. My hope is that you will keep coming back to visit us and reply when you have time. Though the monthly hits are several hundred thousand, we don't know the results unless you respond.
I realize there are many situations worse than mine. Whatever yours may be, I pray that you will rise up out of it by faith in Christ to realize an abundant life. 1 As the old hymn goes "Trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”
For me, I'm singing the chorus “ It gets sweeter and sweeter as the days go by, oh what a love between the Lord and I. T keep falling in love with Him, over and over and over and over again.” There is another I like, “Turn you eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things on earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace.”