The gospel of Jesus Christ is still Powerful. It never loses its power, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believes. (Roman 1.16). Believing in the gospel of Jesus Christ not only offers eternal life, but also healing and deliverance and fullness to the whole body !
Forty days after Jesus’s resurrection, God took Him from earth into Heaven. We call this event “the ascension”—because His disciples literally saw Jesus ascend into Heaven. The Bible says, “He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight” (Acts 1:9).
But after His resurrection Jesus would never grow old or die for another reason: When He was raised from the dead, God gave Him a new body that would never age or die. In some ways it resembled His old body—but in other ways it was far different. Thus, for example, Jesus was able to pass through locked doors and appear in the midst of His disciples—and then vanish from sight. We can barely imagine this—but it is one of the proofs that Jesus has conquered death.
I’m grateful for every discovery scientists have made; many reading this column probably wouldn’t be alive, nor would I, if it weren’t for the remarkable advances made by medical science over the last few centuries.
But these discoveries have only strengthened my confidence in the Bible! For one thing, every scientific discovery confirms the Bible’s statement that behind this incredibly complex creation is a Creator—God. Not every scientist believes in God, I know—but I’ve met many who do, and without exception they have told me how their discoveries have strengthened their faith in God. The Bible says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1).
How can the Bible come alive for you? First, take it in small pieces. Yes, the Bible is a profound and massive book, and no one will ever exhaust its full meaning. But just because we can’t understand everything about it doesn’t mean we can’t understand something! Set aside time every day to pray and read your Bible—even if it’s only a few verses. Begin reading in Psalms or Proverbs, or in one of the Gospels, and ask God to help you understand it and apply it to your life.
Fasting can be a wonderful spiritual experience. Believers who never practice fasting and prayer are missing a spiritual discipline that has blessed many throughout the ages.
A person in good health may choose not to eat occasional meals in order to focus on devotion to God. Not only are there spiritual benefits, but some doctors believe that there are also health benefits. The early church found prayer and fasting valuable when seeking the guidance of God for making important decisions such as choosing spiritual leaders; see Acts 13:2-3 and 14:23. God will honor and bless anyone who fasts and prays in the right spirit.