With the Coronavirus outbreak, many Christians are wrestling with the balance between faith in God's power over disease and the prudence of social distancing. Certainly, we trust God and believe that He can and will protect us from sickness. The power of Jesus’ name is greater than any virus. However, where do we draw the line on taking unnecessary risks? Many pastors grappled with this reality as we closed our churches and held online services in order to protect our flocks and curtail the pandemic.
The Bible calls David “a man after God’s own heart” twice. The first time was by the Prophet Samuel who anointed him as backslidden King Saul’s successor, “But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14, NKJV). The second time was by the Apostle Paul who recounted Israel’s history, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will” (Ac. 13:22). What does it mean to be a person after God’s own heart? Does it mean perfection? Certainly not! Nobody is perfect, except Jesus. Consider eight major mistakes on David’s record:Read More
God’s main concern is, and our main concern should be, the condition of our heart! It is more important than the condition of our body, our car, our house, our yard, our clothes, or anything else. There are numerous “heart healthy” foods on the market now that are low in sodium, low in fat, low in cholesterol, and low in taste (lol). Many people are becoming more health conscious, and rightfully so. If we are mindful about the shape of our physical heart, shouldn’t we be equally attentive to our spiritual heart?
Whether we realize it or not, our enemies make us stronger. The old saying is true, “You can’t have a testimony without a test!” There is no victory without a battle. We can’t be overcomers unless there’s something to overcome. Notice how every miracle in the Bible started with a problem.Read More
One of the Devil’s biggest weapons in his bag of dirty tricks is condemnation. To condemn means “to pronounce to be guilty, to sentence to punishment, or to pass judgment against.” Satan is called the “accuser of the brethren” (Rev. 12:10). He is like a prosecutor who finds fault, points the finger of blame, accuses us of guilt, and he wants the death penalty. Notice his sly tactic. First, he entices us to sin. Then, if we do sin, he jumps on our back and condemns us for doing what he suggested all along. What a loser!