Celebrating joyously in God’s promises and in His goodness is a secret to our strength (which includes laughing at the lies of the devil).
Scripture Reading: Psalms 2:2-4 (Also Nehemiah 8:10; Proverbs 15:13; 17:22, Philippians 4:4)
From the beginning of God’s miraculous involvement in the life of His people, there was always an element of celebration. The Passover, the crossing of the Red Sea, the annual feasts and other events involved festivity, rejoicing, even dancing. God through Moses prescribed these regular times of celebration in their annual calendar. At a later time, after years of sin and bondage, the people begin to weep under conviction when God’s law was read and explained to them. Their spiritual leaders stopped them and told them to celebrate instead, “because the joy of the Lord was their strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Though there are appropriate times to repent, even weep, at our
Prayer and worship times (both private and corporate) are foundational to our calling as individuals and as a church.
Scripture Reading: Mark 11:11-17 (Also Luke 10:38-42; Acts 1:14; 2:42-47)
We are in a “roll up your sleeves” culture where a person’s worth is often measured by one’s accomplishments and one’s identity is established by their occupation– what we DO! There is a vast market in do-it-yourself projects and self-help resources. This culture has influenced the church to the point that we measure Christians or churches by the same criterion– by what they do or don’t do. Every time Jesus was faced with such situations he responded in a way that cuts across the grain of our value system– even in our churches. We seem to value ministries, activities and projects that make us look good to the outside world more than we value uninhibited worship and devotion to prayer. Too often, churches who would dare stop
We really do not have problems, only opportunities to see how big is our God!
Scripture Reading: Numbers 14:1-24 (Also James 1:2-5; Romans 5:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:13)
Faith is not so much a set of beliefs to which we give mental assent, as it is our experiential encounter with God that affects how we see things. Faith is an experiential perspective of life– literally a change in vision. An important illustration of this how we see our problems. The eyes of unbelief will see them as obstacles to our destiny and God’s promises to us, instead of what they are– opportunities to see how big God is! Faith sees them as God sees them. He says– “What problems? Oh, that thing! It’s just a chance for Me to show you what I can do! Settle down now and watch Me show off! And you are really going to