1 Corinthians 15:3-4 The Most Important Information

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

At times, in different situations, there is certain information that is of the utmost importance to those involved. That information is put to the forefront, on the headlines, because someone needs to know about it. It is imperative to know in order to accomplish a task or to prevent something.

Often when someone hears that some information is very important, they will listen. Only the fool will refuse to listen to very important information.

Paul said that the first thing that he wants to pass on to the people, that is of importance is the death and resurrection of Jesus. He also points out that this occurred as prophesied in the Scriptures.

Every believer has one piece of information that is imperative for them to believe in. That information is the death and resurrection of Jesus.

What Jesus did is the focal point of what it means to be a believer. He had to die and raise from the dead in order for the sins of anyone who believes in Him to be removed.

If Jesus had died and not rose again, then He would not have been able to remove the sins of anyone. If Jesus had not died at all, then everyone would have to remain in sin, because the wage of sin is death.

One of the most important pieces of information that every believer must share when witnessing is that Jesus died and rose again. If this is not passed on, all the rest of what Jesus taught is meaningless, there is no longer any purpose for a believer to believe anything.

As a believer, you must believe that Jesus died and rose again. This can give you strength and hope for your future, while going through difficult times. It is knowing that no matter how difficult today is, there is hope for tomorrow.

You may be dying today, but in a short time you will be raised to a new life. Jesus came to give life and is able to give it, because of what He did.

As you share the gospel message, this is to be of first priority to every person it is shared with. Let people know what Jesus did.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in what Jesus did; that you will focus your life on what Jesus did for you; that you will find strength and hope in Jesus for your future; and that you will be a witness of what Jesus did.

Luke 2:17 Spread The News

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told about this child, Luke 2:17

Interesting or unusual news is something that can spread very rapidly and most people like to hear about. People like to know what is going on, especially things behind the scenes, the unknown quiet stuff.

One of the things people like to hear about is when someone does something unusual or is just unusual and different. Once they hear something unusual, most people will talk about it to everyone else, spreading the information rapidly. With social media on the internet, it will spread around the world within seconds.

Some shepherds were told about the birth of Jesus by some angels. After going and confirming the news, they went out and told everyone about Jesus.

When a person has great news he wants everyone to know about it. He does not hide it in his heart, keeping it to himself and hidden from everyone. The greater the news, the faster one will desire to spread the news.

In today’s society, negative news is common. It is actually very difficult to find positive, good news about anything. The world thrives on bad news, though most people love to hear about something good.

Every believer has some information or news about Jesus. They have been given a revelation of who He is. They have some experience as to who Jesus is and what He can do. The greatest of this information is that Jesus can save a person.

This news is the greatest news in the history of the world. Every believer needs to be like the shepherds and go out and tell what they know about Jesus.

As the shepherds went out, they did not know much, but told what they did know. Believers need to do the same. The world needs to hear the good news.

You, as a believer, have learned some news about Jesus. It may be a lot, if you have been a believer for a long time, or it may be just a little. Either way, you have some news to tell others.

Do not hold the good news to yourself, but go out and share it as much as possible. Use every method possible to spread what you know and have experienced about Jesus. The world needs to hear about Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will be bold in talking about Jesus; and that many will believe the good news about Jesus.

Ezekiel 21:6-7 Groan Because Of The News

“Therefore groan, son of man! Groan before them with a broken heart and bitter grief. And when they ask you, ‘Why are you groaning?’ you shall say, ‘Because of the news that is coming. Every heart will melt with fear and every hand go limp; every spirit will become faint and every leg will be wet with urine.’ It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD.” Ezekiel 21:6-7

Ezekiel had been given a message of destruction and the people were not believing it. Now God tells him to groan because of the news he has been given. The people would not understand the groaning because they did not believe the message.

Hearing bad news all the time often deadens the senses. When a city starts to hear of news of major crimes in its city, at the beginning everyone is shocked and get worried with the news. As the major crimes become more common place, most people stop being so shocked. It just becomes a natural part of life. The cares of the crimes have dropped off because of how common they are.

Today there is news of a coming destruction. It is not necessarily the destruction of a specific city or nation, but the destruction of the world. The news is that Jesus will come back for judgment upon the world for all those who chose not to follow Him.

When that judgment comes, all men will tremble in fear. The horror will be greater than anything the world has ever seen. People will want to kill themselves to attempt to avoid the horror of it. At the end of that destruction, every person who does not know Jesus as Savior will be cast into hell for eternity. Then the horror of burning for ever without God begins.

As a believer you know this news. It is coming and there is nothing that can stop it. You should be groaning before the people of this world with a broken heart. A broken heart seeing people dying and getting ready to be destroyed for lack of faith.

Your heart should be patterned after God’s heart, one that breaks at the thought of anyone not being saved. Seek God for every open door to tell others about Jesus and the news of what is going to happen. Seek to save as many from destruction as possible.

I pray today that you will know the news that God has for this world; that your heart will break as God’s does for the lost; that you will tell everyone about Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Isaiah 37:5-6 Do Not Be Afraid Of Reports

When King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard–those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.” Isaiah 37:5-6

Sennacherib, king of Assyria, had come up against Jerusalem and laid siege to it. The city was threatened to be overrun and everyone killed. He boasted about the power that Assyria had and all the other nations he had overcome already. The people were afraid of him, because his army was much stronger and Assyria had destroyed many other nations.

King Hezekiah sent some people to Isaiah to find out what God had to say about the situation. Basically Isaiah said that they were to ignore the reports that were being delivered by Sennacherib’s men. God saw what he was saying and how Assyria was blaspheming Him.

Since that time the methods of delivering messages have changed, but the messages often being delivered are the same. Watch any news channel and you will see many reports of danger and threats. One nation is always threatening another nation. One group of people is threatening another group of people. Governmental laws threaten some people. Reports of epidemic sickness arise. Reports of economic collapse are everywhere. Reports of violence, rape, murder, theft are always out there. Fear is found everywhere.

As a believer in Jesus, you will hear these reports on a regular basis. There is nothing to stop these reports. However, you do not have to live in fear because of the reports being made. God is greater than any power in this world.

Just as Hezekiah did, you must bring those reports to God. He is the one who is really in control of everything. Without His permission, nothing can happen.

Instead of running in fear of those reports, give them to God and trust Him in how to deal with them. Trust that God knows what is best to be allowed or stopped. There is purpose for everything that happens in this life, both the good and the bad things. God will use everything, but all of it will be used for your benefit, if you allow Him to use it that way.

Are you fearing those reports?

Or are you trusting God with those reports?

I pray today that you will know that God is in control; that God will help you to not fear any bad reports; that you will bring all reports before God to deal with; and that you will be a witness of God’s great power to this world.

Psalm 78:4 Get The Word Out

We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. Psalm 78:4

Whenever there is exciting news, people want to let everyone know. Whether the news is good or bad news, if it is something seen as big news, people want to tell everyone about it.

All over social media people talk about some event that occurred in the news. Some of those things discussed are good things, many are tragic events. Every time there is a major sports game going on, people are discussing the various plays and who won, and who should have done something different. The news is being sent out all over the nation.

Parents who have a new-born baby are excited and want to tell everyone about the new child. They take a hundred pictures and show every relative, friend, co-worker and more. They are proud of the baby and think everyone should know.

Most people feel that their life is just simple, no thrills, boring with nothing to be talked about. So they want to talk about what is happening in the world or to others.

As a believer, you have some exciting news to tell. Your life is not just simple, boring with no thrills. It is one that is filled with God. Jesus is the greatest news that anyone could talk about on this earth of all time.

Jesus has provided you and everyone salvation. In the process of providing that salvation, God has done many great wonders in your life, and in the lives of others. This information must be told to others. Tell everyone you know what you know about God and what He has done in your life.

How has God provided for you?

How has God healed you?

What has God done for you?

What has God done in you?

What have you seen God doing in and for others?

As excited as the world may be about some great news event in this world, you should be more excited about getting the word out about who God is and what He is doing.

What are you sharing and talking about today?

I pray today that you realize what God is doing in your life; that you will not fear talking about God to everyone; that you will tell the world what great things God is doing and has done; and that you will be a shining light in this world for Jesus.