Are you using these confessions? Or ignoring them?
We can’t expect God to give us “utterance” and “wisdom” if we won’t even open our mouths. But a better question is, are you reading your Bible regularly? This promise in the Bible is that your opponents would not be able to resist the wisdom of God’s Word.
When you take the time to meditate on God’s Word, the Holy Spirit will bring it back to your remembrance when you need it.
And remember, your “opponents” are not the people you see and encounter every day. Your opponents are “…principalities and powers of darkness…” (Ephesians 6:12). Satan may use someone’s ignorance to attack you or pick… Continue reading
I laid down to go to sleep last night and prayed: “Lord, forgive me. I had ought in my heart today. Thank you for helping me recognize it, deal with it, and remove it…”
Jesus said, “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses” (Mark 11:25). You’ve heard me say it before, but it’s worth repeating: ought means any little thing.
I repeat: any. little. thing.
This is often how our day goes south (or sour, depending on how far you let it go). It’s not usually the BIG things that break… Continue reading
You and I need to remember this truth. It is the key to living by faith.
God wants us to bring our FUTURE into our PRESENT based on what Jesus has done in the PAST.
The problem with most Christians (including myself) is that we don’t understand the speaking part of faith. But Jesus said, even if you don’t believe what you’re saying, you can school yourself into faith by the things you say. Of course, it has to line up with God’s Word. But therein is another problem: we either don’t know God’s Word or we aren’t confident His Word applies to us or our situation.
In this month’s Partner CD, I walk you through the
Eucharist is a word used in our modern language for Communion. But it is also a Greek word for THANKSGIVING that embodies the highest act of gratitude for the greatest gift received from God: the sacrifice of Jesus. It literally describes the grateful acknowledgment of past mercies.
“That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wondrous works” (Psalm 26:7).
“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving” (Psalm 69:30).
“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms” (Psalm
I heard this quote this weekend and thought “YES!!”
I want to challenge you today to think about what you see when you look in your mirror…
If you see failures, you’re seeing yesterday.
If you see regrets, you’re seeing yesterday.
If you see disappointment, you’re seeing yesterday.
If you see peace, you’re seeing hope.
If you see joy, you’re seeing healing.
If you see possibility, you’re seeing CHRIST IN YOU!
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory
I love family gatherings. My motto is: The more, the merrier! And with teenagers in my house, I’ve learned to be quickly adaptable to 3 more boys for dinner without notice. But it’s not a problem… we simply make room.
But what would be a problem is if I take that same thinking and allow the devil a place in my life.
I was thinking about this recently after ministering to a woman who was battling depression and forgiving herself for regrettable mistakes. In Ephesians, Paul said, “Therefore putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor,’ for we are members of one another. ‘Be angry, and do not sin’
It must be a continual prayer of ours to be BOLD for Christ. But like with anything else, if we don’t know why, we won’t pursue it. Our “why” must be because God has called us to tell others.
Tell them what?
That it is God’s hope (the hope of glory) that Christ would live within them! AND, because Christ already lives in you, and therefore you are “chained” to Him, then ultimately it is Christ speaking through you to win the world.
Make this your confession this week!
Question: Why is it so important for you and I to speak up?
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When I give you the answer to this question, don’t stop reading!
HOW DO I FORGIVE MYSELF, you ask? The answer is: simply by faith.
I know, I know, that’s not what you’re looking for. You want the 1,2,3 steps of punishment and/or discipline. Well, I’m here to tell you the Bible doesn’t lay it out that way. Religion, the devil, and your own guilt have made you struggle with forgiveness.
I am in no way trying to say it is easy to forgive yourself. It’s not. But easy and simple are two different things. [click to tweet] It’s not easy because we literally HATE our actions and greatly wish we could take… Continue reading
This was a question I received recently. Without knowing anything else, the question alone broke my heart because I was reminded how I once felt when I believed the same thing.
I was young in my faith (but old enough to have extreme guilt) when God rescued me from the heavy weight that daily rested upon my heart. I didn’t know then what I know now—that God loves us unconditionally, that the devil is the culprit of all accusations and the constant reminder of our past mistakes, and that I needed to forgive myself because God already had.
The first thing we must understand is that God is not in the business of punishing anyone. The Bible… Continue reading
The Lord has given me a series of scriptures that I confess often as a reminder of His calling upon my life. I have turned each of them into a first-person prayer. For the next few weeks, I want to share these with you on Thursdays. I encourage you to use them throughout the weekend as your confession of faith in God’s calling upon your own life.
We are all needed in these last days to be “vessels of honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21).
Question: Who are the weary?
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