Monotheism (the belief of a single, all-powerful God) is the foundation of Christianity. In my opinion, these two verses are quite possibly the best verses in the entire Bible:
The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Paul sums up the Good News of the Gospel with these words:
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
What powerful words! We, as Christians, should be shouting these verses from the rooftops and sharing with all of our family and friends. This is the one and only way to eternal life. I’ve been reading Joseph Prince’s book titled The Power of Right Believing. It’s a wonderful book I recommend highly. We have the key to how we live our lives – that key is our own thoughts. Pastor Prince sums it up: “If you can change what you believe, you can change your life!” The main goal we should each have is to change our negative, fearful, anxious, mean, bitter thoughts to thoughts of Jesus every time they pop in our heads. Before you even realize it, the positive thoughts of Jesus come to the forefront and you don’t even have to consciously decide to push the negative ones out – it just happens. Try it for a day. Just one day. I challenge you to be intentional one day and consciously push all the bad thoughts out and replace them with good thoughts of Jesus. Write one or two powerful verses on index cards (maybe the verses I included in this post will work for you) and carry them everywhere you go for a day. When you find yourself thinking negatively, pull an index card out of your pocket and focus on the words in the verse. Let the words sink in and take over. Think about Jesus and His goodness and you’ll feel instantly better. I would love to hear how you feel after just one day! I’ll leave you with this verse:
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.