The story of Ezra is the story of a priest called to rebuild Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem. There is a tremendous amount of work that goes on “behind the scenes” in order to finish a project of this magnitude. What may not be readily apparent are the things that God is doing behind the scenes to accomplish his work. Or the people He may be using.
How often do promises go unfulfilled? We have (or hear) excuses. People forget. Sometimes, people make promises they have no intentions of keeping! But God never fails to fulfill a promise.
As the year comes to an end, resolutions are often on the minds of people. Quite often people are resolved to change things in the coming New Year. How often do those things reflect something in our spiritual lives?
Few people don’t know who Jesus is, and most people understand that Christmas is a story that revolves about the birth of the Messiah. But who was Jesus exactly? Who was he before he came to earth to save the world. The answers to that question have a dramatic impact on one’s understanding of Christmas.
Your “enemy” is crafty. He is the father of lies, Jesus said, so his message is, by definition, deceitful. In other words, there is often just enough truth in the lie to make it sound reasonable. Recognizing your enemy, Satan, and his intentions are important.
You are what you think. As the writer says in Proverbs: “As a man thanks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).” In this lesson, Mike discusses the importance of taking “every thought captive.”