Facing the Truth

Facing the Truth

How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways. – Psalm 128:1 Many of the struggles we face come as a result of something we learned as children. For example, think about how children develop insecurities. Many don’t know whether they will be living in another place tomorrow. They don’t know whether they’ll receive the love …

Portrait of a Christian Family

Portrait of a Christian Family

The Lord bless you from Zion, and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. – Psalm 128:5 Statistics tell us that more than half the couples that get married today will also get divorced. For the African-American community, this figure is even more sobering. More than 70 percent of our children will grow up in …

Remember God’s Faithfulness

Remember God’s Faithfulness

When they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore it was named Marah. – Exodus 15:23 A man attending a Bible study requested prayer because he had gotten a promotion at work. He rejoiced over his new position, but he also felt apprehensive. A woman who had been with the firm much …

Relief for a Weary Soul  

Relief for a Weary Soul  

“I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it,” declares the Lord. – Ezekiel 37:14 How has our nation become so dry in its devotion to God? The answer is simple—we have turned to other …

A Breath of Life

A Breath of Life

Thus says the Lord God to these bones, “Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.” – Ezekiel 37:5 A couple of years ago, the southern half of the United States suffered a drought that led to a widespread crop damage. At the same time, the western part of the country was also experiencing an …

Overcoming Spiritual Dryness  

Overcoming Spiritual Dryness  

He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” – Ezekiel 37:3 Spiritual dryness comes when we overextend ourselves and don’t take time to be alone with the Lord. Sin is another reason we feel dry and distant from God. The nation of Judah struggled with both of these problems. …

Worth the Wait

Worth the Wait

Yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places. – Habakkuk 3:18-19 When the storms of life hit, we’re often tempted to run for cover. When they continue indefinitely, we …

Learning to Wait God’s Way

Learning to Wait God’s Way

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry for help before Him came into His ears. – Psalm 18:6 David was the anointed king of Israel, but before he could enjoy the realization of God’s promises, he had to go through a season …

Trusting God in Times of Darkness

Trusting God in Times of Darkness

Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God …

A Picture of Brokenness

A Picture of Brokenness

We do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life. 2 Corinthians 1:8 Picture a wild stallion being ridden for the first time. It doesn’t want to submit to the rider or do what it’s told. It …