There are approximately 30,000 promises in the Bible. Think about a few of the incredible promises that God has already kept to specific people in Scripture. He promised Joshua and the Israelites that the walls of Jericho would fall, and they did. He promised Elijah that food would come to him from ravens, and it did. He promised the virgin Mary that she would give birth to a son, and she did. There is one promise, however, that was a game changer.
It’s been said that most people lead lives of quiet desperation. But that shouldn’t describe God’s people. It only furthers the Devil’s agenda when Christians are filled with discouragement and doubt. Those kinds of attitudes steal our peace and crush our joy. The God who defeated death is not intimidated by any circumstance a child of God faces. No situation is too difficult for God to handle. Just think about some of the seemingly impossible situations we know from Scripture.
There are times when we read something in the Bible and wonder, “Ok, but what does this have to do with me?” Matthew 21:12-17 could be one of those passages. The week before His death on the Cross, Jesus entered the temple and described a group of people He found there as robbers and thieves. These money changers were overcharging people for animals needed for the temple sacrifices. Angered by the fact that the priests allowed this extortion and used their position as a means of profit, Jesus threw the crooks out of the temple. But what does that have to do with believers today?
You’ve probably spent weeks preparing for today: shopping, wrapping, and cooking; but are you really prepared to celebrate Christmas? The second chapter of the Gospel of Luke gives us the account of Jesus’ birth, and chapter one tells us about a man and a woman who were prepared for His arrival. Their story challenges us to truly prepare our hearts for Christmas.
According to Galatians 6:1, the job of those who are spiritual is to restore the fallen brother or sister, not to point them out to others. Restoration releases the person who has been trapped by sinful behavior, whereas self-righteous judgment brings condemnation.