2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousnesswill rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.
Healing – Even in the Shadows Malachi 4:2 “But for you who revere my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.” Are you waiting on healing? Are you battling a physical ailment or emotional wound that perhaps, has crippled your faith? Read the Scripture again…”for you who revere my name, … will rise with healing.” To revere means to have great respect, to show devotion or honor to someone or something. Have you been in the midst of your struggle so long that now you … Read More
If there is a sad part to the way people celebrate Christmas, it is that most have no idea what the birth of Jesus really means. It is not really about the happy, tender scene of the manger setting. • It is actually about God becoming man • It is a story of suffering and the defeat of evil • It is a story of victory over Satan and the redemption of man Jesus lived a sinless life. He died on a Cross for the sins of mankind, was resurrected … Read More
13 Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. 15 He will be eating curdsand honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
God Comforts Thru the Valleys Have you ever considered the difference between the rod and the staff? Psalm 23 is one of the world’s most well-known Scripture passages. Here, verse 4 reminds believers that the Holy Spirit (the good Shepherd) is present in all of life’s circumstances to direct our steps and guide us. Rod- In Old Testament times, a ‘rod’ symbolized an object used to administer authority. This rod is a long stick that usually had a knob at the end of it. Shepherds used rods to correct and … Read More
UNSHAKABLE COURAGE To best understand the challenge of this verse, read Joshua 1:2-9. Joshua was about to face a momentous, risky, humanly impossible task. Against the dark backdrop of fear (and giants), God knew that Joshua needed courage. So Joshua was given the greatest promise He could have heard- “the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). God’s constant, limitless presence was an amazing sign of assurance to Joshua. But that was not enough. God saw that Joshua still had a choice- to move forward … Read More
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Exodus 33:13-14 says, “Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found Grace in your sight, show me now your ways, that I may know you, that I may find Grace in your sight: and consider that this nation is your people. And He said, My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” KJV Moses’ prayer focus was that he may find grace, God’s free and unmerited favor, on his journey. He was desperate to find the path that God wanted Him to go in and … Read More
13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” 14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”