When the Philistines gathered for battle against the children of Israel to invade their land and seize from them a piece of ground full of lentils and barley the people of Israel fled and stood afar off watching impotently as the Philistines trespassed on their land and spoiled their inheritance, but three of the mighty men of David refused to flee or watch helplessly.
The Church today surely needs such stouthearted, skillful and anointed men to defend our spiritual heritage against the invasion and intrusion of the devil and its cohorts…
God has divinely ordained and strategically positioned the husband as the head of his home or family. It is God’s order, ordinance, or command that the wives should submit to their own husbands in everything, just as the Church is subject to Christ in everything.
Any home or family where the husband is not accepted, regarded, or respected as the head as ordained by God is a dysfunctional home. Similarly, any home where the husband fails to efficiently play his God-ordained role as the head, or fails to devote himself to pursue and fulfil His God-given purpose as the head is a dysfunctional home…
God is a God of order. He abhors disorder and confusion. God dwells, operates and manifests His glory in a place of order. It is only in the place where divine order is embraced and respected that God commands His blessings and manifests His glory.
Many homes or families today are void of God’s glory, presence and blessing because they despise, disrespect and disregard God’s order and pattern for home or family. The husband is God-ordained governing authority in the home!
In any culture it is outrageous and improper for a child to request for his share of his father’s property while the father is still alive, hale and hearty. The prodigal son’s request for his portion of his father’s wealth while his father was still alive clearly portrayed him as unloving, greedy and self-centred.
Without any doubt, the rude, outrageous and improper request of this greedy son would have brought pain and sorrow to his father. Surprisingly, the father granted the outrageous request of his greedy and selfish son. What a gracious father with an extravagant love!
After the death of Moses the first great challenge before Joshua and the children of Israel was crossing over the swollen Jordan River into their inheritance. It was the first test of the leadership of Joshua, the successor of Moses.
The generation that crossed the Red Sea had all perished in the wilderness, save Joshua and Caleb. The rod of Moses that was instrumental in parting the Red Sea had also gone with Moses. How then would Joshua lead the children of Israel to cross over the swollen Jordan?
The gospel of Christ is essentially the message of the Cross. The Cross occupies a preeminent and central place in the Christian faith. Christianity without the Cross is void of power, and it is just another vain religion or man’s futile effort to approach God and to earn God’s salvation on his own terms.
For the believers, the Cross is much more than a wooden vertical stake on which Jesus Christ died. Neither is it just a physical ornament for decoration, nor a symbol for ceremonial purposes. What are the spiritual significances of the Cross of Christ?