In the New Testament is where we find the Good News of Jesus Christ shared with mankind. It is because Jesus conquered death through His resurrection that the Apostles traveled about explaining the new way to lead a God-Centered life.
But image what the Jews and Gentiles in Jesus’ day were going through. They were living a long established God-Centered life through their laws given by Moses, and now a new way of experiencing a relationship with God was being taught.
Thankfully, the Bible offers clear direction on how to live a God centered life. Let’s break it down to five of the basics:
Folks, the time is here. Don’t think it won’t happen to you. Don’t think courts have your back when it comes to protecting freedom to publicly pray. The state of Washington certainly is not protecting high school football coach Joe Kennedy for his action of prayer on the playing field. If anything, the system is all about stripping him of his freedom to pray,—and you may be next!
In a years long ordeal Coach Kennedy, a man with twenty years of military service to our country, has been fighting to preserve his first Amendment right to pray at work.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
It’s human nature, time and again, 24-7, mankind sins. We can’t help ourselves. We sin in thought, word and deed. Yes, there are millions and millions of folks who have pleasant thoughts, speak kindly to others, and always offer assistance above and beyond—but they are still sinners.
And since all sin and fall short of God’s glory, man needs a way to make ourselves right with God. We need atonement to free us from sin. And that atonement comes to us in the form of our savior, Jesus Christ!
Revelation 1:5 …and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
Praise God, our savior forgives sin!
I miss the efforts of Sarah Sanders in Washington. For those of you who don’t know, Sarah Sanders is the former Press Secretary to President Trump. She spent over two years explaining, defending, and reminding the press core and America of all aspects of President Trump’s words, actions and tweets.
Her job was not one I envied. She was verbally beaten daily by the press core and liberals both before and after standing at the podium. Verbally beaten to the point that she and her husband were refused service at The Red Hen restaurant in Virginia, and asked to leave, because of her association with President Trump. Verbally beaten, by “comedian” Michelle Wolfe at the White House Correspondents Dinner, by degrading Sarah’s appearance, calling her a liar, and insulting her southern heritage.
“I believe in the Bible.”
But Sarah remained calm during both assaults. Her calmness no doubt stems from her public statement—”I believe in the Bible.” Sarah, along with her husband Bryan and their children, attend an evangelical church in Washington D.C. I believe it is Sarah’s faith in the Bible that sustained her during those verbal beatings, and during her time as WH Press Secretary.
School is just around the corner. Perhaps you are already tackling that back-to-school shopping list containing clothes and supplies, doing you best to physically prepare your children for the coming school year.
But are you preparing them spiritually? Do they understand they remain in God’s care as they exit the front door? As they await that anxious first day of kindergarten or that exciting first day as a senior in high school, do they remember Jesus is always with them?
Though they don’t always admit it, it’s tough for children to leave the security of their home for a place that isn’t always welcoming, agreeable, or easy.
Children need to be reminded they are fully loved as a child of God!
Have you ever prayed over your home? I’m sure you’ve prayed for family members, for circumstances, and for blessing in your home, but today, let’s pray God’s dominion over your home.
Praying over your home is done by walking through each room of your home while claiming God’s word throughout! How powerful it is to purify a home of doubt, stress, chaos, lack of trust, and wickedness. Today is the day to tell evil it has no business in your business and you are kicking him out of a house that belongs to God! Forbid evil to return by using God’s word as your evection notice!
It’s time to claim Jesus over your home.
Many conversations are evolving across America regarding the condition of our country. Some citizens say we should have more laws to enforce specific crimes. Other folks are concerned that our elected officials are corrupting the current system of justice.
What, as Christian American citizens, is our role or responsibility to make sure our country continues to prosper? Should we just turn the other cheek when we see the country falter? Or is rebelling against undesired government decisions the better option to grow a strong nation? Honestly, who knows the correct answers?
In His omniscient, all-knowing power, (Psalm 139:1-24), God knew all the problems that citizens of a nation would face. And in accordance with His all-loving nature, God gave instruction on how to live with justice for all.
No two diamonds can ever be the same because of their color, cut, imperfections, and complex characteristics. Each is unique in size, weight, and sparkle. And just like diamonds, no two prayers are ever the same. Each person praying is unique in their being, and each instance of prayer includes different circumstances and individuals with unlimited problems and requests.
As Christian adults, we experience how prayer works from our time spent studying God’s Word, and, from years actually participating in a daily prayer pattern. Christian adults also know prayer may sometimes happen fast, but often God chooses to use prayer as a way to grow our faith.
So how does God grow us when we come to Him with our requests? The answer has many facets.
Do you desire to receive all the blessings God planned for your life? I sure do. The trouble is many Christians either have not been taught, or, do not realize—It’s ok to ask God for blessings!
This concept of asking is often considered selfish by some believers. They say we should be praying for God to bless those less fortunate than ourselves, not ask for “more”.
Wrong! A man named Jabez, who is mentioned in only two verses in the Bible, thought differently. Jabez dared to ask God for more, “And God granted him that which he requested.”
There is no shortage of news headlines endlessly announcing attacks made against anything Christian. The hate is very outspoken — there seems to be no filter applied.
No matter if you are Vice President of the United States (Mike Pence) or his wife who teaches at a Christian school (Karen Pence); are Christian young people attending a pro-life rally (Covington Catholic H.S.) or a simple baker trying to run your personal business according to God’s Word (Jack Phillips) — verbal and written abuse against Christians continues.
So. . .what does God say we are to do in all circumstances?