Like the prodigal son, there are times God lets us go down the wrong road so we can realize our mistakes willfully return to Him. I had to go down this road to be fully convinced that nothing will ever go right when I work without or go behind God.
The grace for obedience is the ability to do the will of God, no matter how much your flesh struggles against it. Obedience in this context doesn’t just mean following God’s instructions, it also means living a life that is holy and devoted to God.
When Mary finds out she’s pregnant with the Jesus, she sings a song — an interesting one that really illustrates the spirit behind Christmas. Mary demonstrates to us that the spirit of christmas is not the spirit of family bonding, or the spirit of giving, or even the spirit of rejoicing. All of those things are well and good, but Mary teaches us that the true spirit of Christmas is a spirit of…
Those who want to be great must be servants first. That is the secret behind the principle that being grateful breeds greatness. If you are grateful, it is a sign of humility and humility is the first step towards greatness.