He knew his actions didn’t support his earlier claim of loyalty and devotion. He was profoundly ashamed. He was overwhelmed by his failure. Peter couldn’t trust his feelings, so he appealed to Jesus who knew all that was in his heart.
Don’t doubt God’s ability to do the seeming impossible in your life. With faith, Peter walked on water. With a little faith, you can do every task the Lord requires, as well. There is no reason to doubt.
No matter how far away or how long Israel has been removed from the geographical location, God has always returned His Chosen People to the land He promised Abraham, Isaac and the descendants of Jacob forever.
. . . I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. . . last of all He was seen by me also . . .
When you permit God to generate revival in your life, He can use you to positively impact those in your sphere of influence. God transforms culture one person at a time.
We don’t normally think of the Scots in terms of those who rescued Jewish people from the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. We’re more familiar with Corrie Ten Boom born in the Netherlands and the German Lutheran pastor, Dietrich Bonheoffer. But, when the name, Jane Haining, from Dunscore, Dumfriesshire in Scotland recently came to my attention, I determined to know more about her courageous selfless life.
David’s testimony reminds us that personal peace is not dictated by our circumstances, but by our choices. Consequently, people of faith—who choose to trust God—will not be shaken by what is happening around them or personally to them.
People of faith make God’s Word part of their thought process 24/7, integrate it into their very being and share it with those around them.
When God burdens your heart for a specific job, success is assured when you prepare for action by going to Him in prayer and allowing Him time to arrange the details.
At Bethel, God not only confirmed Jacob’s name change to Israel, He reiterated and connected the covenantal blessing to all of Jacob-Israel’s descendants—“the children of Israel.”
Reconciliation between Jacob and Esau was affirmed at their unforeseen reunion. It’s a true-life story that ends well. The relationship between the twin brothers remained amicable during their lifetime.
Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.
While the uniqueness of the situation cannot be overstated, his new name, Israel, is a powerful testimony of Jacob’s character, influence and struggle with God.
Jacob quickly learned that survival required staying one step ahead of his uncle’s manipulative and conniving schemes.
How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!