An assortment of popular religions clamors for your allegiance. If you come from a Christian heritage, you may choose to embrace the faith of your parents and grandparents. If you did not grow up in a Christian home, you can decide, as Joshua did, to reject your heritage of unbelief and begin a generation that serves the Lord. – Blackaby
James and John were called the “Sons of Thunder.” When they discovered a Samaritan village that would not receive Jesus, they were fully prepared to call down fire to consume the entire community! Perhaps they felt that through such a show of power, their gospel message might be enhanced… – Henry Blackaby
A lot of Christians seem to be ready to “call down fire” when it comes to the morality of their neighbors, friends, relatives…and even this country. However, from what perspective are they coming from…their own or God’s?
Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written…” – Mark 14:27
Sometimes, I cry out for God’s plan for me. I do OK with the short term stuff…like I know He wants me to show up to work today and do my best. But, it’s the long term stuff I wish I had a “heads up” on.
It’s incredible to think about the fact that God is so much more than simply the God of the Bible. He is more than someone or something you put on a shelf and pull out every so often. He is as real today as He ever was…and we can see Him work in and around us with just a little bit of faith.
The biblical shepherd knew everything about his sheep. He understood what foods were best for them and what would harm them. He knew when they should eat and when they needed their thirst quenched. The shepherd was an expert of the terrain and was aware of the best places for food and water. – Henry Blackaby