God is gracious and blesses me as I make His saving power known among people everywhere. (Psalm 67:1,2)
I am glad and strengthened before God and celebrate my righteousness in Christ Jesus with joy. (Psalm 68:3)
He leads me to lift up a song of praise to His name as I make Him my holy habitation. (Psalm 68:4,5)
God to me is a God of deliverance; blessed be the Lord who daily bears my burdens. (Psalm 68:19,20)
Singing praises to His Name is fitting as he thunders with
2 Corinthians 10:5 - "Casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"
Have you ever felt condemned because of the bad thoughts you have had? You may have felt that you had to confess every one of them and seek God's forgiveness. But that is not what God's Word exhorts us to do. God wants us to bring "every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." Whose obedience
"For we are HIS workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." - Ephesians 2:10
Whether or not you feel you are fulfilling your destiny, you are being prepared by the King of kings for His good purposes. You were chosen by God and have been given a divine DESTINY in eternities past. Why? The Lord is CALLING you to partner with Him to shape the future of the Kingdom of God (see 2 Corinthians 6:1,2: "And working together w
"And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him." -- 1 John 5:14,15
You cannot ask with confidence until there is a perfect union between you and God, as there was always perfect union between God and Jesus.
The moment you pray you find that the heavens are opened -- having a fidelity and confidence to believe that He
Joshua 1:9 - "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
Those Believers who are pursuing their calling in Christ have to be risk takers -- getting into deep water is scary because there's a possibility that you could drown. Getting into the water is scary because it's cold. But getting in is the only way you will learn to swim. You can't learn hanging on the edge.
John 9:2 - "And His disciples asked Him, 'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?'"
The disciples asked a question that many ask today. Why is a child born with a physical defect? Is it a judgment of God upon the parents for some sin, or is it God's judgment upon the child for sins that God knows he will commit?
This has led many people to interpret the rest of this verse as saying that God made this man blind just so that He could heal him and be glo
2 Corinthians 4:3,4 - "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."
Since God doesn't save anyone against their will, does it really do any good to pray for people who consciously refuse to receive Jesus as Lord?
YES IT DOES!
Unbelievers who have purposely refused to receive J
My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation from anything that comes against me. (Psalm 62:1)
He alone is my rock and my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken. (Psalm 62:2)
I trust in Him at all times and pour out my heart before Him for He is a refuge for me. (Psalm 63:8)
Your love is ever-faithful, Lord, for you reward me based on what I have done.(Psalm 62:12)
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my whole bod
Hebrews 11:1 - "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
It is a mistake to think that only certain people with unique gifts can hear and see God.
If I think that it's only for others, then I will disqualify myself because I know I'm nothing special. In doing so I remove myself from ACTIVE FAITH.
John 10:27 - "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."
One of the essential gestures of faith is to live with the expectati
I am a new creation in Christ, I am His workmanship created in Christ Jesus. Therefore I have the mind of Christ and the wisdom of God is formed within me. (2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 2:16)
I have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him that created me. (Colossians 3:10)
I receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened. An
Even when I am afraid, I still trust you. What can man do to me? Psalm 56:3,11
For your Word O God, I give you praise, for you have kept my feet from stumbling so that I could walk in your presence, in the light of life. Psalm 56:4,13
I will praise you, Lord, for everyone to hear, and confess your name amongst non-believers. Psalm 57:9
You are gracious to me, O Lord, for my soul takes refuge in you in the shadow of your wings as you shield me from destruction. Psalm
"Long before He laid down earth's foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love. - Ephesians 1:4 The Message
Today He is calling you unto Himself. He is going before you, and He going behind you. He is overshadowing you with His Presence; and you will come into a new understanding and a revelation of the power of His Spirit that is within you. For it grieves His Spirit when you walk below your CALLING, and it brings plea
Job 2:13 - "So they sat down with Job on the ground for seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief and pain were very great."
Job's life helped create the awareness for the need of a savior. Job is the question. Jesus is the answer.
If our study of Job (and other Old Testament issues) doesn't lead us to Jesus as the answer, it reveals we never really understood the question. Any understanding we have about the nature of God that can't be seen in
"And have compassion on some, who are doubting" - Jude 22
Jude wants us to elicit an emotional response from his readers. He wants us to graphically see and understand the seriousness of believers who have backslidden into a life of sin and disobedience. He wants us to "feel" for these critically ill spiritual patients.
Because Jude uses the word "compassion." he is telling us that the spiritual condition of a backslidden believer is just as real and serious as the plight of a starvi
We will never be righteous due to anything we do for God. Only the righteousness of Jesus Christ which covers us makes us righteous. This is why in Galatians 3:1, Paul addressed those in the Church concerning this issue. Paul was concerned that they seemed to have tossed aside the finished work of Christ and were back into the old belief system that involved the Law and performance. If they were truly doing this, and obviously Paul thought they were, then they were negating what occurred on the
We are a part of a people God has produced to penetrate the veil of the ordinary. We are a golden, holy storehouse of God's potential. We have the life in us to liberate literally the entire world.
We are to become history-makers and world-changers. God has determined the exact time of our births. Truly, each one of us is in the Kingdom for such a time as this (see Esther 4:14).We were placed on earth for a special assignment (our DESTINY in Christ).
1 Corinthians 2:10 - "Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the Holy Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God."
In Him our eyes can think - they see with discernment and understanding. The mind of Christ fuses with our vision, revealing what was impossible to be seen by the narrowness of our perception; we see "In front and behind."
Our vision also comes from "The center of
Romans 8:11 (NASB) - "But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you."
We have that same Spirit of God, His "Resurrection Power," indwelling within us to transform this earth into God's Kingdom now and for eternity.
BUT HOW MUCH AUTHORITY DO WE HAVE
When Jesus declared on the Cross, "It is finished," He decreed to the earth and
Be aware that the enemy would come with distraction after distraction only to rob you, and deposit within you despondency and numbness putting you in a sense of shock and longing -- not know which way to go -- to the left or to the right.
In times of trouble, call in His presence, for where you are His presence is. Do you not understand 'The Hope of Glory' that is within you? Do not look to the exterior. Do not look outward. Don't look around. Look in. Let His presence, let His strength,
A grace-filled heart covers others. It will not boast in being better than another, but instead will cover another when fault is found. We are to cover one another in the grace of God, knowing the nature of God is to cover (see Genesis 9:23)
"Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." - Hebrews 4:16
Pray within yourself all day long. Live in prayer -- let it touch everything that you do. Be
Mark 3:14-15 says, "Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sickness and to cast out demons."
Luke 9:1 says, "Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases."
He gave it to them. He just said, "Here, take it." And they took the impartation He gave them, and they healed the sick and ministered to everyone they met.
John 20:21-22 says,
Seek first the Kingdom of God. Let His righteousness do rightness all around you. For, understand, when those come to oppose you – lift up His right hand, His Word, against that. For His left hand will sustain you, and His right hand will give you the direction of counsel, by His Spirit.
For He is raising up a people who are hungry to seek His Kingdom, hungry to taste of the Kingdom, and hungry to rule in the Kingdom. Understand and meditate; dwell upon His Word.
Genesis 28:12 - "And he had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it."
The word translated "angel" in the text is the Hebrew word "Mal'ak" (mal-awk'), which means to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically, of God, ie. an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher).
The point is the messengers that are to ascend and descend upon this ladder are not just angelic beings, but God
Revelation 4:6 - "And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal."
The source of God's Peace is God Himself. The glass sea is a symbol: there are no ripples, no waves, no anxieties troubling God. The Lord is never worried never in a hurry nor without an answer. The sea around Him is perfectly still and totally calm. All our victories flow out from being seated here with Him.
John 3:3 - Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth: no one can see the Kingdom of God unless he
He makes the crooked paths straight and the rough places plain.
He is the greatest Teacher the world has ever known, and He is the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit.
He preserves the faithful, and He is the resurrection and the life.
He spoke and framed the world; He makes my way perfect and makes my feet like hinds' feet, and He causes me to walk in high places. He is able to comfort, guide, and bless me.
He spoke, and the heavens unrolled themselves, and the galaxies were