A daily verse about the state of our nation and time for Christians reflect and unite in prayer, asking God to send a revival across our land and turn our nation back to Him.
Do we need a revival?
What is the Sabbath?
The word Sabbath comes from a Hebrew word meaning “day of rest.” In the Old Testament, the Sabbath was the seventh day of the week. Keeping of the Sabbath was a sign of the covenant between Israel and the Lord: “You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come” (Exodus 31:13). As Israel kept the Sabbath set apart, they were reminded that they were also being set apart: “So you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy” (verse 13). Believers today, being under the New Covenant that took place when Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, are not bound to keep the sign of the Old Covenant. Since the resurrection of Christ was on a Sunday, we typically “remember the Sabbath” on Sunday.
God set the example for the Sabbath
God understood that we need rest as much as we need to work, exercise, eat, and breathe. In fact, He even modeled this pattern for us in the creation. For six days, God created the universe, but on the 7th day, He rested. Not because He was tired, but because he had finished his work and now He was setting the example that He would set forth as the 4th of the 10 Commandments.
“To keep it holy”
But rest isn’t the only reason for us to remember the Sabbath. It is also a day we are supposed to keep holy. This four-word phrase, “to keep it holy” in English is only one word in Hebrew. It means “consecrate,” “set apart,” or “sanctify.” The Israelites, then, were to make a distinction between the seventh day and the rest of the week. The Sabbath was different. It was to be dedicated to the Lord. The priests were to double the daily sacrifices on the Sabbath (Numbers 28:9–10), marking the day with increased sacred activity. The rest of the Israelites were to mark the day with decreased activity—no work at all—in honor of the Lord. The penalty for desecrating the Sabbath with work was death (Exodus 31:14; Numbers 15:32–36).
Today, we keep the Sabbath holy as we “forget not the assembling of our selves together.” We keep the Sabbath holy when we attend church with an attitude of worshipping our holy God
The Need for Revival
- Do you remember to keep the Sabbath holy?
- It is easy, with us attending church virtually, to miss church. Are you still worshipping as a family, even if you attend virtually?
- Men, if you are a husband and/or father, God has placed you as the spiritual lead in your home. Are you seeing that your family is in church and attending with them?
- Identify ways that you sat aside a Sabbath day and spend it worshiping God and keeping it holy.
Praying for Revival
Father, forgive us for not keeping a day set aside and holy to you. Give us spiritual eyes and understanding to know why this is important. Give us a burning desire to be with our family of believers, worshipping you, learning about you, and growing in our faith. Make our hearts yearn for you, O God.
Lord, send a revival and let it begin in me.
The Valentine’s Collection
Beloved Collection: This Valentine’s Day, let your spouse know how much you love them. Based on the Bible Verse, Song of Solomon 3:4, the bottom line reads, “I have found the one whom my soul loves.”
I have found the one whom my soul loves: Based on Song of Solomon 3:4
God’s Plan: God’s design for marriage is one woman, one man Woven into oneness with Christ – this is God’s plan
Greatest Valentine’s: On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate love and there’s no greater love than Christ who laid down His life so that we can have eternal life. Includes John 3:16.
God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars
by Julia M. Bruce
What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?
This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:
- Scripture to memorize and meditate on
- Conversation Starters
- Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
- Romance Builders
- Relationship Builders
- Personal reflections
- Date ideas
- Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples
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Join the community of couples on Facebook who are committed to intentionally growing their marriage and learning how to have a marriage that honors God. Here you can post photos of the different activities as you do them, ask questions of other couples, share how God is using this book to strengthen your marriage, and grow with other Christian couples. We’ll see you in the community.
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