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 constitutes as “murder”?
Obviously, killing another human being is murder. But so is abortion. In Israel, as part of their idolatry, they were guilty of sacrificing their children and causing them to “pass through the fire.” God called it an abomination. Today, people who are “for” abortion would argue that then unborn fetus is not yet a human. Yet in only four weeks after conception, the developing baby is already developing a spinal system, heart, and brain. From the moment of conception, life has taken place as cells begin to divide at a very rapid rate. So abortion at any stage, is nothing short of murder.
But there is also another way we can be guilty of breaking the 6th commandment. 1 John 3:15 says, “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer.” And in Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus said, ““You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” So consider for a moment who you are angry with. Is there someone you hate? If so, you are guilty of murder.
Revival and the 6th Commandment
As long as you harbor anger, hatred, unforgiveness, or bitterness in your heart, you will not experience a revival. Jesus went on to say in Matthew 5:23-24, “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” If you want to experience revival, you’ll need to settle things with those whom you have conflict. You’ll need to forgive them and then you can seek God to revive your heart.
The Need for Revival
- Is there anger, hatred, division within your home, work, or church?
- Do you struggle with racism?
- Do you have conflict or hatred for someone who votes differently than you?
- What are your thoughts and emotions towards those in government office?
Praying for Revival
Father, Satan would keep us in conflict and divided. He stirs up anger and hatred wherever he goes. But at the center of such emotions is pride and an unwillingness to forgive. Help us to let anger and hatred go and exchange it for loving our neighbor as Christ loves them.
Father, convict us and forgive us for the countless murders of innocent children through the horrendous act of abortion. God, may we advocate for life. May we see the unborn life as a uniquely and wonderfully made creation, knitted together by your hand and given life by you.
Lord, we often think that because we’ve not killed another person, that we are not guilty of this commandment. Open our spiritual eyes and hearts to see this commandment through your eyes.
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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