Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Matthew 21:9 What brought about this outburst of praise? Put yourself in the crowd and you’ll soon find out. Look there was Bartimaeus who was blind but Jesus noticed him, stopped, and gave sight to him. . Now Bartimaeus was seeing everything. No wonder he was praising Jesus! Lazarus, who not long ago was dead and in the grave… until Jesus gave him new life. And the crippled man who for thirty-eight years was lying by the pool of Bethesda, who Jesus healed, was dancing and singing and shouting his own hosannas to this King of kings.Do you and I have any less reason to praise Jesus? We have seen His greatest miracle ever: His provision of new birth through His death and resurrection. We were dead in our sin until He brought us new life.Yet, sadly, some of us have lost the joyful spirit of praise — and we desperately need to recover it. God will move in our cities and prompt those around us to ask, “Who is this?” when we, like those of old who have experienced Him, praise and extol Him.
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And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 The whole world had been brought to a grinding halt. The cities are quiet that we can even hear the birds chirping at dawn. What seemed top priority isn’t important anymore. People are in despair. But these times can be times when we can refocus our attention on things that are really important. Though things seem like reeling out of control, God is still on the throne. There is no chaos in heaven. We don’t understand the “whys”, we can leave that in God’s hands. Use these moments and days to draw near to God. A) Read and study the word-perhaps you were so busy you hardly had time to meditate on the word, now you do. 2) Pray more- talk to God, pour out your fears and worries to Him. 3) Trust Him- things may seem hopeless, but know that God can make beauty out of ashes. 4) Cherish and enjoy the loved ones God has bless you with. Listen to them, make memories with them. Above all, be thankful always!
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“…keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people.” (Ephesians 6:18)
When you are prompted in your heart to pray for someone, don’t put it off; don’t fall asleep; don’t let yourself get distracted. You never know what that person might be going through or how timely it is for you to call on the Lord for them at the very moment you feel led to do so. The person may not know they’re in trouble; or they may be so discouraged or far away from God that they’re unable to pray. In fact, a lot of people needing God’s help aren’t praying, so God is stirring others to pray. How amazing it is to realize that we can pray wherever we are now, and something can happen on the other side of the world as a result! That’s the power of intercessory prayer. Pray, people of God, pray.
The internet is abuzz with what to do while the world is locked down due to the Coronavirus, such as learning online, homeschooling kids, exercising in the living room, knocking out home projects and getting that Zoom account. But I haven’t seen a list of things that you could do that would nurture your spirit and support the cause of Christ. Here are eight to think about.
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