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 Scripture testifies concerning these men, “But they stationed themselves in the middle of that field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the LORD brought about a great victory.” (1 Chro. 11:13-14). The Church today surely needs such stouthearted, skillful and anointed men to defend our spiritual heritage…
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 pursuing and fulfilling 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.
God waited patiently until Moses had built the Tabernacle according to the heavenly pattern revealed to him on the Mountain and finished setting and arranging all its utensils in their proper position before coming down to inhabit and fill it with His awesome glory (Exo. 25:40, 40:1-38). Many homes or families today are void of God’s glory, presence and blessing because they despise God’s order and pattern for home or family…
When the tax collectors and sinners drew near to the Lord Jesus to hear Him, the legalistic and self-righteous Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” (Luke 15:2 NKJV).
But, the Lord Jesus responded to their complaint with some parables to reveal that “there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7 NKJV). One of the parables Jesus gave was that which is traditionally referred to as “the Parable of the Prodigal Son.”
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. It is neither a physical ornament for decoration nor a symbol for ceremonial purposes. What are the spiritual significances of the Cross of Christ?