Jesus went into the Temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the stools of those who sold pigeons.
I think many people forget that Jesus was probably not in the the least bit, politically correct. He continually called out the Pharisees on their hypocrisy, mocking them in a way that forced them to look in the mirror.
As Christians, we’re not called to be meek and mild when it comes to our faith, we’re called to stand firm in it. We’re called to “have an answer”. We’re called to stand for justice and what is right.
Jesus was anything but a “pushover”. We should follow His lead.
Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”
I read a story yesterday that troubled me. It was about a popular Christian singer renouncing his faith. His reason; with all of the evil things going on in this world, he couldn’t reconcile how God could allow these things to happen.
It’s IMPORTANT for pastors to teach the Old Testament as well as the New. It’s important that they teach about Hell being real and that Satan exists, that he has dominion in the world.
Belief in Jesus Christ gives us salvation! It does not, however, form a heavenly force-field around us. As nice as that would be, we have to learn how to face adversity on our knees and cultivate our faith along the way.
God is good! Anything negative, bad, or condemning comes from Satan. Our free will is what curses us to battle against our flesh every day. God will help and guide us, but there will be times where we will go through challenging seasons. It may be God strengthening our faith for a divine appointment, or it may be Satan attempting to test us. Either way, God will NEVER leave or forsake us.
People often wonder why God had Israel slaughter whole village as they traveled to enter the Promised Land. Remember Noah and the Ark? After God wiped out all but one family, He promised not to do it again. That being said, there were still people worshiping idols and practicing horrific rituals. These are the people God had Israel remove so His people wouldn’t be tempted into sinning.
God is good. Never forget that! He will always work for your good. He will always be your source of mercy and grace.
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Our prayer life is important. It fulfills the desire of God to cultivate a relationship with us and gives the opportunity to discover who He is. Through our prayers, we access the true spiritual power of God.
The enemy attacks the prayer life of individual believers because he doesn’t want us to have access to God’s supernatural power and grace.
Pray without ceasing and access that power and grace God wants to lavish you with!
So remember your Creator while you are still young, before those dismal days and years come when you will say, “I don’t enjoy life.”
Life flies by. We marvel at the birth of our children and before we know it, they’ve graduated college and have a family of their own.
God created us to serve Him and serve others. To be “in” the world, but not “of” it. It’s a daily struggle to keep the fire of faith lit. But if we’re to add a single soul to God’s kingdom, we have to press forward.
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?
There’s a natural tendency to think that God has left you out in the cold when you’re going through trying circumstances. That’s far from true! He’s right there next to you as your anguish grows.
One of the hardest things for me during the prolonged trials my family has been going through, is isolation. Not wanting to be a black cloud, I haven’t been as social as I used to be. Then there are those friends who’ve have fallen away for whatever reason. It’s brutal.
But God has been there through it all. Small milestones; work for my wife, friends we haven’t spoken to in a long time calling, going back to school and getting a degree, things that let you know that Jesus has been going through this with us the whole time.
Don’t give in and don’t think that God has left the building! He loves you too much to abandon you! He will never leave or forsake you!