Promises- "I am the Lord, your God."

To stand on God’s promises, you must first believe in him. Unfortunately, some people don’t. Some people think that belief is not logical, that our existence was some random accident. Other people don’t want to believe, yet deep down they know God is there. But I believe God exists regardless of what others think. I also believe if someone truly searches for God, they will find Him. God tells us in his Word, "You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart." Aside from having faith, look at some of the evidence of God in creation below. The Earth— It is perfect in size. If Earth were smaller like Mercury, an atmosphere would be impossible. If Earth were larger, its atmosphere would contain free hydrogen, like Jupiter. Earth’s atmosphere has just the right mixture of gases to sustain plant, animal and human life. Take a look at the picture of the tree above. Isn’t it interesting that everything grows upward toward the sun? Living things respond to the light or grow toward the light. Even leaves on that tree respond, bending and folding toward the sun’s light. God has made his creation perfect, and His creation dances in His glory. What about water? Water— Earth has a natural system that removes salt from ocean water and distributes it throughout the globe. It’s called evaporation; a system of purification and supply sustains life on our planet…a system of recycled and reused water. The Human Brain— First, you are aware that you think. You are aware that you feel. Humans have the quality of objectivity and awareness, giving it personality…something other living organisms do not have. It is God’s thumbprint. Your brain processes your emotions, thoughts, and memories. It takes in everything perceived by your ear, skin, what you taste, as well as what you see, and it keeps track of the ongoing functions within your body. Speaking of the eye, it can distinguish 7 million colors; it has auto-focus and receives approximately 1.5 million messages -- simultaneously. Evolution cannot explain the initial source of the eye or the brain -- the beginning of living organisms from nonliving matter. Laws of Nature Life may certainly seem uncertain, but think about the things we depend on (or take for granted) each day: 1) gravity is constant; 2) hot drinks (coffee or tea) will get cold; 3) the earth makes full rotation in a 24-hour period; 4) the speed of light does not change (whether on earth or in galaxies far away). Why is the universe so orderly and reliable? How is it that we can identify laws of nature that never change? It’s easy to imagine a universe ruled by unpredictability and chaos. It’s much more incredible to live in one that is mathematically predictable, and that thought continues to astound scientists. Quoting a Nobel Prize winner for quantum electrodynamics, Richard Feynman: "The fact that there are rules at all is a kind of miracle." Human DNA Each cell in our body contains detailed code. A computer program is made up of ones and zeros, but how those ones and zeros are ordered tells the computer program what to do. Like that computer program, human DNA consists of 4 chemicals that scientists abbreviate as A, T, G, and C. Do you know that there are 3 billion of these letters in every human cell? Just like programming your phone to do certain things, human DNA is a 3 billion-lettered program telling our cells to behave in a certain way. It is a full instruction manual. Now, tell me again how that information wound up in each human cell? Natural causes are completely lacking as an explanation when programmed information is involved. God pursues us. In that same vein, I have often wondered why atheists spend so much time, attention, and energy trying to refute something they don't believe even exists. In many cases, God is weighing so heavily on their minds because He is actively pursuing them. God wants to be known. He created us to know him, and He has surrounded us with evidence of his existence everywhere. C.S. Lewis recalled, “Whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work [it focused on] the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all of England." Jesus, as God in the flesh, is our clearest revelation of God. In major world religions, figures like Buddha, Muhammad, Confucius and Moses all identified themselves as teachers or prophets. None of them claimed equality with God. But Jesus did, and that is what sets him apart. Although he talked about his Father in heaven, it was from a position of very close union. Jesus said that anyone who had seen Him had seen the Father. Jesus also claimed attributes belonging only to God: the ability to forgive sin and to free us from sinful habits, the ability to give us a more abundant life and an eternal life in heaven. Unlike other teachers in religion who drew people in to their words, Jesus pointed people to himself. He did not say, "follow my words and you will find truth." He exclaimed, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me." What proof did Jesus give for claiming to be divine? He performed miracles; he caused the blind to see, the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, and he raised the dead. Jesus had power over nature calming the storms & waves, walking on water, and multiplying food to feed 5000+ people. If you want to know God, look no further than Jesus. In him, we are saved by grace because of God’s great love for us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

How’s that for a promise!

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