by Sharman J. Monroe
The whole congregation of the Israelites [grew discontented and] murmured and rebelled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the Israelites said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and ate bread until we were full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this entire assembly with hunger.” Exodus 16:2-3 (AMP)
The children of Israel cried out to the God for help during the 400 years they were slaves in Egypt. God used Moses to deliver them from Pharaoh and, after a while, Pharaoh let them go. They witnessed God part the Red Sea and walked through it on dry land on their way to the Promised Land. When they reached the other side, they were finally free of Egypt forever! And what did they do? Every time things got difficult on their way to the Promised Land, they murmured and complained and lamented.
In today’s times, we act like the Israelites. We ask God for something (more patience, more time with Him, deliverance, etc.). When He starts us on our way to it but it’s not the cakewalk we expected, we murmur and complain. In other words, we have a pity party hoping to get God’s attention so He will do another something to make everything easy. Sometimes we invite others to our party. Unfortunately, pity parties don’t get God’s attention. Why? Continue reading
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. 52 The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.
Many would call the hour Jesus died as just a story but last week I came across an article on MSNBC from the Discovery Channel called “Quake reveals date of Jesus crucifixion, researchers believe” which talks about geologists who have now been able to prove Jesus time of death based on seismic activity. From the article: Continue reading
by Sharman J. Monroe
Recently I wanted to sell some diamond rings and a diamond watch that I own to met a financial need. I fell in love with them when I saw them years ago. They were so pretty and sparkly (I love sparkly and glittery things) I had to have them. I wasn’t happy until I bought them. The high prices didn’t bother me. When I took them to the jeweler to see how much money I could get for them now, the jeweler didn’t want them. My items were too niche-y and “not modern enough”; he couldn’t re-sell them.
It was at that moment the Holy Spirit brought this scripture back to my mind:
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NJKV)
by Tammy Phillips
Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. Psalm 115:3
Joe, a new acquaintance to me, shared his story. He had spent ten years in prison. This was miraculous because he had been given six life sentences for contract killings. Joe wept as he spoke, not fully understanding why God had so favored him. I did not begrudge him his miracle, but I did wonder, why him? Many had not killed six people and were serving far more time.
God does as He pleases. Continue reading