God uses family as a portal to blessing. That said, the enemy specifically targets marriages, families, and communities and attempts to sow seeds of dissension and discouragement to block what God has specifically blessed. However, the enemy cannot curse what God has blessed. We should sow seeds of faith in our marriages, families, and communities for God is faithful through the generations (Lamentations 3:22-23).
To praise someone or something is to ascribe value or worth. God is worthy of our praise.
Praise should be part of our everyday lives. Praise is more than a Sunday practice or when we
escape calamity. If God didn’t do anything else, what he’s already done is more than enough. We are purposed to praise.
Accents help us connect and identify where people are coming from. Jesus had an accent. In Matthew 11 we see Jesus being questioned by one of his followers, John the Baptist, and Jesus responds with an accent of confidence.
An accent gives away where you’re from and who you’re connected to. The Gospel of Matthew reveals different “accents” that Jesus had. Jesus speaks with an accent of confidence and an accent of grace in Matthew 11.
God commanded his people to dig ditches 2 Kings 3:15-17. He promised to fill the valley, the lowest place with water, without rain. When they dug deep, below bedrock, they found that the water they needed was already there. What water is already there in your life if you will just dig deep enough?
Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30 (HCSB)
Today is resurrection Sunday, a day Christians celebrate. We sing songs declaring that Jesus rose from the dead, conquered sin, death and the grave, giving us opportunity for new life and eternal salvation in Jesus.
Have you ever had to wait longer for something than you expected? It can be one of the most difficult things to do in life …wait. Patience is a virtue, but it is not one that many possess. In all areas of life, the act of patience can be excruciating. You take a test you have been studying for days, and the teacher informs you that the results will be in on Monday.
Today, Good Friday, we remember Jesus journey to and his death on the cross. The cross, as the Apostle Paul writes, is the very power of God for those who believe (1 Corinthians 1:18).
For us, in our time and culture, the cross can be reduced to a fashion symbol or jewelry charm and we can lose sight of the scandal of Paul’s claim that this death on the cross is the power of God.
Let us keep looking to Jesus. Our faith comes from Him and He is the One Who makes it perfect. He did not give up when He had to suffer shame and die on a cross. He knew of the joy that would be His later. Now He is sitting at the right side of God (Hebrews 12:2 NLV).