Friday, April 8, 2011

Happy Sabbath! :)

Dear friends,

Happy Sabbath!

I love these holy hours...time to spend time with God, to worship HIM and give thanks.

Please note, you can spend time with God anytime of the day, week, month, or year but Sabbath hours are especially sacred because God made it to be! :)

The Holy Bible, the Word of God tells us about these sacred hours, "Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it" (Exodus 20:9-11).

Amen. :)

Before sin entered the world, Adam and Eve (God's first human creations whom He made Man and Wife) were able to commune with God face-to-face. Imagine getting to walk and talk with God in person, to explore the Garden of Eden (Adam and Eve's first home), to have real, live conversations with our Creator? Awesome! Unfortunately, when Adam and Eve sinned against God, they were banned from the Garden of Eden and the problems that we all face today began. Despite their disobedience, God did not leave Adam and Eve to fend for themselves. He stayed very involved in their lives but they were no longer able to see Him face-to-face and live in that beautiful garden. Since then, life has been hard, but God has not left His children without hope! He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die and be resurrected, to serve as our High Priest in Heaven, our Mediator between God and mankind...and He promises that those who accept the gift of salvation offered through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ, will live again, forever.

Now eternity does not begin until Jesus Christ comes again (returns to Earth). It will not be a secret event! The Bible says that "every eye shall see Him (Revelation 1:7)". This is an event that no one on this Earth will miss! God will put an end to sin and eternity with Him, starting in Heaven will begin. :)

Isn't that Good News?

I certainly think so! And all of these life-changing truths are found in God's love letter to humanity-- The Holy Bible, which people often refer to as Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. :)

If you don't own a Bible, you can begin reading online via www.biblegateway.com which has great resources and the entire Bible in many different languages and versions!

It's important to know God and read His Word for yourself because the Bible cautions that we must beware of false prophets! Don't believe everything you hear-- check people's words with God's Word (The Holy Bible). Before you read, it's important to ask God to reveal to you His Truth because many have read the Bible and misinterpreted the meaning of texts. But if you ask God's Holy Spirit to be with you as you read and open your eyes and heart to what He has to tell you, then The Holy Spirit will lead you into all Truth.

I'd like to remind you that reading is wonderful, but when it comes to The Bible, reading is not enough-- you must apply what you've learned to your everyday living. Don't worry if you don't get it all at once-- most of us don't. Know that God is patient and true and He will help you in your walk of faith with Jesus Christ!

God loves you and He wants us all to be saved! So take time to know Him for yourself. :)

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

Love,

Alexis

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