How many people who are tormented by a situation find in suicide the only answer? How many people are dragged down by problems that are impossible to solve?
Jehoshaphat was facing barbarian enemies, and they were already on their way to destroy everything. At first, his reaction was natural, and he was afraid. But soon after that, faith conquered fear. How could he accept that situation if he met the requirements of faith? He was an upright man, and his conscience was at peace because he did not live in sin. Jehoshaphat called everyone to fast and, whilst he was praying, he confessed he did not know what to do—he was certainly concerned about the unfairness of that physical battle.
No matter who you are, where you come from, your age, your financial status or your gender, I can guarantee you one thing: Throughout your life, great opportunities will land on your doorstep. Unfortunately, you will ignore most of them because you won’t recognise them as great chances for success.
Well, I really hope this changes and you start taking every single one of them. At the end of the day, that’s why we are here, right?
The Word of God describes the stories of many people who took their opportunities and others who missed theirs, but one thing is sure: They all had opportunities to change their lives.
Why was I abandoned as a child? Why was I born in such a horrible condition? Why have I never had opportunities like others had? Why was I betrayed by the person I loved the most? Why was he taken away from me at such a young age? Why did God allow that to happen to me?
Human beings love to ask why things are the way they are or happened the way they happened; and while some do this in an honest search for a better life, others get stuck in time and even blame God as an excuse for their failures.
There are many questions to which we will never find the answers until the moment we meet our Creator, and there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it. Actually, there’s one thing we CAN do, which is to believe that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
Instead of asking why, we should invest our time in learning HOW.
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (1913 – 2005) was an African American civil rights activist and seamstress whom the U.S. Congress dubbed the “Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement”.
Parks is famous for her refusal on December 1, 1955 to obey bus driver James Blake’s demand that she relinquish her seat to a white man. Her subsequent arrest and trial for this act of civil disobedience triggered the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which lasted for 383 days and became one of the largest and most successful mass movements against racial segregation in history. It also launched Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the organisers of the boycott, to the forefront of the civil rights movement. Her role in American history earned her an iconic status in American culture, and her actions have left an enduring legacy for civil rights movements around the world.
God had promised to give that land (the one that flows with milk and honey) to His people. Moses almost had that prophecy fulfilled, but he gave more credit to what he heard from the 10 spies (bad report) than to what he had heard from the Lord.
“Then the LORD said to him, ‘This is the land of which I swore to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, “I will give it to your descendants.” I have caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.’” (Deuteronomy 34:4)
But with Joshua things were different. “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses” (Joshua 1:3). He believed in that prophecy!
No matter who you are or where you are from, the person you have become is a result of roots you have in your life that are linked to your past. Your roots determine who you are today.
The misconception that most people in the church have about this today is that, if you give your life to Jesus, then the roots linked to your past are irrelevant. When the truth is that these are still very much a part of your life.
As we were growing up, our parents, teachers, and mentors taught us positive things that are still very much a part of our lives right now. We still hold fast to values and teachings that we pass on to our children and those close to us that will indeed benefit them as well.
There was a man taking a morning walk on the beach. He saw that along with the morning tide came hundreds of starfish; when the tide receded, they were left behind, and with the morning sunrays, they would die.
The tide was fresh and the starfish were alive. The man took a few steps, picked one up and threw it into the water. He did that repeatedly.
Every day we see in magazines, newspapers and on the Internet guidelines on how to take care of our body. Types of diets, what is bad and what is good for the body, how to prevent diseases, etc.
I believe that following these recommendations is essential to avoid health problems and make the most of our body, which by the way is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
But little is spoken about how we should use our body parts to preserve our spiritual life, and this is exactly what I would like to share with you on the coming Wednesdays.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)