Have you ever felt like you were the only one that was willing to do something about a situation? Have you ever found yourself taking on a challenge that no one was willing to take? Sometimes God challenges us not just for the sake of our own good, but for the sake of those around us. 2 Samuel 6:9-12 tells us of a man who was willing to take on a role for the Lord that nobody was willing to take, and I mean nobody.
“So David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said, ‘How can the ark of the Lord come to me?’ He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.”
Did you know that God loves left-handed people? The truth is, God loves everyone equally and infinitely, but makes us all unique in our own way. How? Because God has implanted special giftings into each and every one of us that define not only our personalities and traits, but also our purpose in what God created us to be. Sometimes we ask ourselves questions like: “What is my purpose?” and “What do I have to offer?” What we need to understand is that God makes no two people the same in giftings or in purpose. This means that no one has ever been, or will ever be someone like you in history. Isn’t that exciting! In Judges 3:15-21 we hear about how God uses an unexpected small gift to glorify his name in great ways.
“Again the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and he gave them a deliverer – Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab.”
How many times have we told ourselves to stop a bad habit or to start a good one? How many times have we succeeded? Usually when we make life-changing decisions, most of the progress is measured by the reaction of people. Last week, we learned about how we were always meant to be a temple for God and that Jesus is our defender from the control of sin. This week, we’ll focus on the second part of Matthew 21:12-17 and discover together the life-changing journey with Jesus, and how he is our healer.
“And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.” Continue reading
It’s easy to look at the scene in Matthew 21:12-17 and conclude that Jesus was angry with people, and you’d be right, Jesus was angry, but who or what was he really angry about? Through this passage, we learn more about the character of Jesus and how he is our protector and defender, and the one who has authority over the things that seek to define and control us.
“And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple…” Continue reading