I don’t care how close you are to Jesus; I don’t care if you’re an apostle, prophet, evangelist, preacher…people hurt people. Because that’s what we do. This is why, for believers, forgiveness is not about keeping score; it’s about God helping us lose count.
One of the hardest things you’ll ever do is try to lead while you’re hurting—to sew someone else up when you’re coming apart at the seams. But that’s exactly what Jesus does right before He goes to the cross.
One of the biggest difference-makers in your destiny is the attitude you choose to adopt on a daily basis. Many people choose to adopt a griping, complaining attitude, always seeing the worst in every scenario. However, God wants there to be a song in your heart, a shout on your lips. If you go into this season with your praise out front, focusing on all the promises and blessings He has for you, you’re sure to win.
During times of crisis, a multitude of opinions flood our senses. It can be easy to allow others’ emotions, convictions, and words to alter our state of mind. However, we don’t need everyone’s opinions in crisis. The most important One we need to hear from is God.
Have you ever felt like telling God to change His mind about something? Have you ever prayed that He would start to see things your way? If we’re honest, each of us have had moments where we question God’s perspective and plans.
“Repentance” is one of those Christian buzzwords we hear thrown around often in church circles; however, we may not fully appreciate what it means to repent. Countless times, in both the Old and New Testaments, God calls His people to turn from their wicked ways, their sins, and “repent.”
In Luke 19, we come across a tiny phrase of Scripture that holds great weight. Jesus is on his way to meet Zacchaeus (unbeknownst to Zacchaeus) in Luke 19; but the first verse of Luke 19 says this...
In Mark 5, we find the story of Jairus. Jairus implores Jesus to come and heal his daughter. His faith is evident in this story; but so is another truth about what it truly means to worship.
Most of us have heard the story of God telling Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. This sacrifice meant so much not only because Isaac was Abraham’s son, but because he was the son of promise—the offspring through which God had promised to give Abraham descendants as numerous as the sand on the shore or the stars in the sky.
In 1 Samuel 30, we find the story of David and his men coming to Ziklag, only to find the city plundered and their families taken captive. David’s men, heartbroken, turn to blaming their leader for this misfortune. Until this point, David has responded to crisis by acting insane, going after others, and similar actions.