In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. Job 1:22 Continue reading
Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. 1 Samuel 17:49 Continue reading
When the storms of life rumble your way it makes things seem dark and bleak. It can cause you to doubt your faith.
It doesn’t matter if the storm is concerning work, Continue reading
No one wants a fair weather friend. You want someone that will stick by your side in good times and especially the bad; someone that will be there for you when you are at your lowest.
The Lord deserved no less. Continue reading
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. Luke 2:4-5
These days a census takes place every ten years and either a census taker comes by your home or something is mailed to you.
Can you imagine the difficulty of having to return back to the hospital were you were born for the census. Or if you were born at home, returning to that county’s courthouse for the purpose of a census.
It would be an unexpected expense and a far journey for many people. Linda would have to go to a hospital in Lufkin, our children to Nacogdoches, but I would have to go back to Baytown. At least we all stay in Texas though!
For Joseph and Mary it meant traveling 70 hard miles on foot, by wagon, or riding the back of an animal like a donkey. Still it was 70 difficult miles. That distance today can be done in less than an hour. Back then it would have taken almost 4 days!
Life is full of hardships, difficulties, and unexpected trips and expenses. But just because it’s a hardship doesn’t mean God is not in it!
Hardships are not meant to break you – but to make you stronger. Difficulties teach more lessons than books ever will.
I’ve noticed the more trouble that comes my way – the more God is glorified through His deliverance for me.
The end of that difficult journey for Joseph and Mary resulted in the birth of the Messiah.
Abba, I praise You through my difficulties and hardships because it shows how sufficient Your grace is for me, in Jesus name, YES&AMEN
It’s bad news!
The report from the doctor isn’t good.
The car breaks down.
You’re being laid off.
A house fire, flooding, or a tornado destroys all.
The list can go on and on with bad, disturbing news.
How do you react?
Throw a fit?
Perhaps you blame someone else or try to get even!
The bad news for Hezekiah was an army surrounding his city and boasting of the destruction they would bring. The Assyrians had surrounded many other cities and had all but destroyed them and taken the people as slaves.
Now they were at Jerusalem’s gate boasting of doing the same.
What did Hezekiah do?
And so it was, when King Hezekiah heard it, that he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord. 2 Kings 19:1
Hezekiah humbly sought God.
God powerfully delivered him and the city.
When life becomes more than you can handle, seek God!
It’s okay to go to the doctor or to appeal to family and friends for help – but look to God first and seek His healing, help, and protection for you and your family.
Abba, keep me calm today in the midst of trouble. May my eyes be kept on You for all things! In Jesus name, YES&AMEN
The problem with mistakes is you do not know the entire consequence of what will happen.
You and I don’t have the Godly foresight to see what the future of a single action can do.
Gen 16:5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. The Lord judge between you and me.”
Though Sarai’s intention was to give herself a child, the result of her action gave her a wild man, who would be against every man and every man’s hand against him. (Gen 16:12)
You will often lose sight of the future in a moment of sin. Sin is able to camouflage the consequences. Sin will also torment future generations.
In the case of Abram and Sarai, when they had a child of their own (Isaac) the son of Hagar (Ishmael) made fun of him and harassed him.
I believe in generational curses.
The lifestyle you set up and live today will affect your children. From there it will affect your grandchildren; and on and on.
You can turn the tide by proclaiming Jesus as Lord of yourself and your entire household.
Don’t let a single mistake ruin your future. Look to God in Jesus name, YES&AMEN