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God Uses Women

I must truthfully say that I have found no Scripture verse forbidding a woman to preach, pray or prophesy. Instead, I found a large number of permission Scriptures. The words preach and prophesy cannot be separated. "But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort" (1 Cor. 14:3, KJV). That is exactly what a preacher does. The word prophesy means "to speak, or foretell, under divine influence."

In the book of Joel, God said that women would prophesy. Paul the Apostle also stated that women would prophesy. Some say women should not minister to a mixed group. However, we find that Priscilla helped her husband to instruct Apollos more fully in the way of the Lord (see Acts 18:26).

Phoebe, an unmarried woman in the church, attended and took part in a business meeting at Paul's commission (see Rom. 16:1-2). The great letter to the Romans was delivered by her. And women had a prominent part in the ministry of Christ Himself. All four Gospels bear out the fact that after His resurrection Christ appeared first to women. Jesus ordained women to tell the men that He was risen.

Thank You, Lord, for using women throughout history to proclaim the glorious gospel. Use me as You see fit. In Jesus' name. Amen. read more

The Disillusionment of Elijah

Satan likes to torment successful Christians with disillusionment, hoping they will give in and miss God's best for their ministries. We must learn to resist this tactic as Christ did. read more

Unconditional Trust

ABRAHAM FACED HIS ULTIMATE CHALLENGE OF OBEDIENCE ON MOUNT MORIAH. HE TRUSTED GOD AND SURRENDERED. UNAWARE OF WHAT THE OUTCOME WOULD BE.

As the sun rose in the east, elusive early morning shadows played about the rugged crown of Mount Moriah. It was now just a day's journey away.

Abraham searched its dim outline for understanding as sand shifted beneath his feet. The words of Jehovah echoed again and again through his mind. They caused the old man's heart to pound. read more

Cast Out the Spirit of Poverty

Jesus declared He came to give us abundant life. Living in poverty and perpetual lack is not God's will and may reflect an unbroken curse. read more

Savoring the Moment

Feeling perpetually dissatisfied with your current circumstances may indicate a deeper problem. When we forfeit our agendas, God helps us discover His purposes and joy. read more

When You Pray, Believe

(PART 1)

Believing God's promises necessitates first knowing God. Our experience of God comes through daily intercourse with Him. We must learn to receive Him in order to build faith. read more

Who is This Jesus?

Christianity is not about performance or production; it centers upon being immersed in a Person. His extravagant love for us fills our hearts and transforms our lives. read more

Are You a Target for Seduction?

(PART 1)

Our past wounds and weaknesses give Satan a potential advantage over us. We need to understand where we are vulnerable so we may defend ourselves against evil schemes. read more

Who Are You Trying to Please?

People-pleasers seek to gain approval from others by never saying "no." God desires that we seek His pleasure first, and then He will help us maintain healthy relationships. read more

Through the Eyes of the Spirit

Spiritual vision can be a reality for every Christian through the discipline of prayer. A born-again believer can see the kingdom of God. His Spirit reveals to our spirit a picture of things as they are in the heavenly realm, thus enabling us to perceive all He has for us.

Long before a promise of God is manifested in the earth, spiritual vision will see it and continually hold it up so that in God's time it can become a natural reality. read more

To Become Like Christ

(PART 1)

Our goal as Christians is to become sons of God. We cannot do that in our own strength. We must rely on the Holy Spirit to give us the will and ability to be like Jesus. read more

Receiving the Power of the Spirit

(PART 1)

Examples of power and transformation by the Holy Spirit abound in both Old and New Testaments. God has operated in marvelous ways since the beginning of time. read more

When You Can't Have It Your Way

DOES GOD EVER ASK HIS SERVANTS TO WALK WITH HIM IN PLACES THAT ARE UNCOMFORTABLE AND EVEN UNDESIRABLE? THE SCRIPTURES AND HISTORY TELL US, YES.

One of the most stunning comments I ever heard, almost a throwaway remark, came from one of the most famous ministers in the world. He said to me, "R.T., the more God uses me, the less I am able to enjoy it."

This may be incomprehensible to some, but I know exactly what he meant. God has many ways of ensuring that while we enjoy His blessing, we do not become conceited. read more

Grace Meets You Where You Are

We cannot know who we are in Christ until we understand God's amazing grace and love for us. His grace allows us to be transparent about our weakness and open to His strength. read more

Releasing Hagar's Daughters

Countless women worldwide are struggling to survive abusive circumstances. As their Christian sisters, we must pray and mobilize efforts to help them find freedom in Jesus. read more

Getting in Touch with God

Knowing how to pray effectively does not come automatically. Effective prayer ministers must be well grounded in God's Word and experienced in following the Spirit's leading. read more

Return to the River

Sometimes our initial pursuit of revival brings reproach. We are tempted as King David was to set God aside. Those who truly hunger, however, will return and grow wiser. read more

Breaking the Alabaster Box

Jesus said when a seed falls to the ground and dies, abundant life emerges. Our soulish nature must similarly die in order to release the spiritual life we have in Christ. read more

Open Your Child's Windows to God

Parents cannot control their children's relationship with God or "ownership" of faith. They can, however, provide opportunities and examples to inspire spiritual zeal.


READ: Deut. 6:4-12; Ps. 78:1-8; Prov. 22:6; 2 Cor. 12:14-15; Eph. 6:1-4; Col. 3:20-21.
HEART ISSUE: Is your relationship with God what you want your kids to model? How can you encourage your kids' faith?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, help me be the kind of Christian parent who celebrates faith-filled life in You. Help me live a life that says to my kids: "Taste and see, He is good."

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