You don’t need an advanced degree in agriculture to understand the sow-and-reap concept. You know that if you plant an avocado seed you won’t get a peach tree. We easily understand that good or bad consequences result from good and bad choices.
At the time of Jesus, many Jews believed the soul hovered near the body for three days after death. According to this belief, it was technically possible, until the third day, for a body to revive. In order to make sure there was no chance of Jesus reviving, the religious leaders sealed the mouth of His tomb with a heavy stone. Ironically, this only reinforced the miracle when an angel rolled away the stone that was supposed to be almost impossible to move.
Jesus knew He would soon be handed over to Roman soldiers and put to death. Though His spirit wanted to do God’s will, His flesh dreaded what was coming. Even so, as our perfect example, Jesus surrendered His flesh to God’s sovereign plan. Simon Peter, on the other hand, who had earlier claimed he was willing to die for Jesus (Mark 14:29-31), could not even stay awake to help Jesus pray.
What is your treasure? Your time? Your family’s money? Your talents? Your heart will dwell wherever you invest your treasure. This is why it’s so important that we use our resources for God. To whatever we entrust our resources, we entrust our heart.
We sometimes think of walls in a negative sense: barriers that divide and separate, or obstacles that work against the cause of unity. Walls can have a positive connotation, too, however. Walls protect and preserve.
Legacy: the inheritance, good or bad, that one generation leaves to another. A legacy is the past’s gift to the present and the present’s gift to the future; it is the inevitable blessing or obstacle we pass to generations to come.
What's the dumbest thing you've ever done? With a few exceptions, there's a good chance that peer pressure inspired many of your worst choices. Maybe you were afraid to stand out, so you went along with the crowd. Maybe you wanted someone to think you were cool, so you tried something you knew was wrong. Maybe you spent a little too much time in a bad environment, and it rubbed off on you.
Imagine that God’s eyes are roaming throughout the earth, searching for someone whose heart is turned toward Him. When He sees you, warm approval fills His being; your integrity and love for truth leap out at Him, and His heart is delighted. Did you know God can actually feel this way about you?
Few pains are as cruel as the searing pierce of a thorn. Paul described a situation in his life that was like a thorn in his side, forever jabbing, forever throbbing, forever tormenting. He prayed multiple times that God would send relief, but God was more concerned about Paul's spiritual condition than his comfort. God knew that because of the great things that had been revealed to him, Paul might become puffed up with pride if this thorn was removed.