(By: Norm Rasmussen)

If your Bible was suddenly taken away from you and you never had access to another one, what scripture passage would be your most favorite? (If you don't have a favorite one, I can't encourage you enough to start praying and seeking the Lord for one and WHY it's should become so important to you).

For anyone interested, my favorite scripture passage would be Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV), which reads:  

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all you ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Allow me to explain my reasons why this is my most favorite bible passage: I am not God. He is. God does not need me. I need Him. He has all power. He is all knowing. He has my best welfare in mind even when I may be suffering the worst I've ever suffered (I back this statement up with James 1:2-3; 1 Peter 4:12-14; 2 Timothy 3:12; 2 Cor. 4:16-18).

Trust in the Lord with all your heart: There is something about God that appears to insult Him (at least anger Him to some degree with certain people) when we doubt His clearly understood Word applied in its proper context to our situation. Trusting Him "with all your heart" is a much bigger deal to many folk than what they might realize. James 1:5-7 should make than abundantly clear! It doesn't always require "mountain moving faith" to trust God with all your heart (which the Holy Spirit will give a person if that degree of faith is required for the occasion), but it does require a heart that wants to make certain that God will receive all the glory when He comes through for that person trusting Him.

Leaning not on my own understanding: My own human instincts, my own way of coming to human conclusions cannot be trusted. Human analytical logic can be man's worst enemy when you desire God's help in a given matter. Scary circumstances can persuade us far easier to move into fear than faith - trust - into God can if we're not careful. You may be in the deepest part of the ocean without a life vest about ready to drown, believing there is no way you'll be able to survive much longer, but it's no difficult thing at all for God to send you an angel to rescue you if it's not your time to go to heaven.  

In acknowledging God in all my ways: Obeying God in every way I know how in accordance with Ephesians 6:10-18 ... I will include making thanks and praise out loud to my Lord my two most frequently used offensive weapons when the pain and darkness grows the most intense! I'll make myself aware of my limited understanding of matters I'm faced with and consider all options, but won't sink any faith or trust in them if God is telling me something different. God always knows what is best in every situation. That I can solidly trust! And because I trust that God knows what is best for me in every situation, I have every reason to be confident that He will direct my path at any given, though it is absolutely imperative that I remain patient with God through it all.

The path He directs me on is always the right path: One of the things I've painfully learned is that God often takes longer to 'direct my path' than what I would like Him to, but I need to keep constantly reminding myself that God's time is always the right time, and His time is usually never my time, just like His way may not seem my way, but His way is ALWAYS the right way. God often chooses a path for us that seems the most dangerous and in our own mind, the most painful ... but once we come out fine on the other side, it sure makes for an awesome testimony that glorifies Him and it grows Godly character in us that is priceless to God that will reveal eternal ramifications!

Dear Reader - are you at peace with God? If not, you can be. Do you know what awaits you when you die? You can have the assurance from God that heaven will be your home, if you would like to be certain. You can even have that assurance RIGHT NOW! Either Jesus Christ died for your sins, or He didn't (He did!). Are you prepared to stand before God on the Judgment Day and tell Him that you didn't need the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross to have your sins forgiven and get in right-standing with God? We plead with you...please don't make such a tragic mistake. 

To get to know God, to be at peace with God, to have your sins forgiven, to make certain heaven will be your home for eternity, to make certain that you are in right-standing with God right now ... please click here to help you understand the importance of being reconciled to God. What you do about being reconciled to God will determine where you will spend eternity, precious one. Your decision to be reconciled to God is the most important decision you'll ever make in this life, because in Christ, it is impossible to put a value on the worth of your soul in light of eternity.


JESUS DID IT! and...


Remember:  All that we do in this life comes back to our God-given purpose which is to serve and glorify God. The money and assets we accumulate, the fame and power we've attained or seek to attain - all of the things of this nature will one day pass away, but those lives of others we impact for Jesus Christ will last for eternity, and we will be rewarded for the part we helped play by impacting those lives ... for eternity. (Matthew 6:19-20 is our assurance)