What is true regarding intimacy in marriage is also true in our relationship with God. It doesn't happen without effort. In forming Adam with His hands and breathing life into him, God demonstrated His desire for intimate involvement with mankind.
After the man and woman fell, God's plan of redemption was instituted to bring them back to the relationship God intended from the beginning. read more
MANY OF US THINK THAT GOD SENDS ANGELS ONLY TO CERTAIN PEOPLE AND ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS. BUT ANGELS HAVE A MINISTRY TO ALL THE SAINTS.
Have you ever wondered about the part angels play in your daily life? Many Christians believe God sends them only to "special" people, such as those with large ministries, or on "special" occasions, such as when a person is in danger. The truth is that angels have a ministry to all the saints of God--including you and me--to strengthen, comfort and help us in our ministries.
Throughout the Bible--Old and New Testaments--there are accounts of the involvement of angels in the lives of God's people. In fact, angel appearances were so common among the early Christians that it was easier for Jesus' disciples to believe that Peter's angel was knocking at the door of the place where they were praying than that Peter had been released from prison! (See Acts 12:12-17.) Here are just a few examples of angelic activity recorded in Scripture: read more
Knowing how to survive in the wilderness is vital, but as the Israelites demonstrated, it is equally important to know how to come out of the wilderness.
When the time is right, according to God's plan, we must leave behind our kinship with lack and struggle in order to walk into a place of vision and provision. Survival skills that may have served us well when battling the desperate conditions of the desert will hinder our entering the place of promise to which God is leading us. read more
Eve's disobedience and subsequent banishment from the presence of God was an interruption in her destiny. But immediately following the first couple's fall, God implemented a plan that would restore them to their intended purpose.
Referring to God's promise of a Messiah in Gen. 3:15, Dr. Freda Lindsay wrote: "The woman, first scarred by sin, is selected to be the one first promised to become an instrument of God's redemptive working" (Spirit-Filled Life Bible).
This is a picture of restoration. In Jesus Christ, we recover our innocence and our ability to reproduce the life of God in others through Holy Spirit-anointed ministry. read more
Knowing God stimulates our hunger to know Him more. We will increase in wisdom and anointing to the degree that we cultivate an atmosphere that always yearns for and welcomes His presence. In The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer wrote, "Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain."
Each of us should live expecting that God can, at any moment, break through and change us forever. In moments of visitation, heaven seems nearer, and God's truth becomes more real.
The Lord desires, and is certainly worthy of, first place in our lives. It's amazing how much of Himself He will pour into us if we are faithful to give Him time and opportunity. read more
No matter how knowledgeable they may be, believers who toy with carnal temptations are vulnerable to deception and capable of being led away from their relationship with God.
Pride--something with which we're all tempted--presents us with a distorted picture of self-sufficiency. If we embrace this idea, then we will be drawn away from a humble dependency on God.
Whatever the temptation, it has to find a place of weakness in us. The allurement must serve some purpose in order to lead us into deception. This is why it is essential to have our hearts continually cleansed by the Holy Spirit. read more
There are countless reasons why a woman of God would be tempted to harbor bitterness. However, none of them are good. Certainly, none are worth the cost of forfeiting the peace and purpose of God or interrupting the flow of His Spirit.
Scripture says a root of bitterness "defiles many." It may begin in one person's heart, but it takes its toll on others with whom that one associates. It is infectious and takes advantage of the gift and privilege we have of influencing people to walk after God's ways.
If unchecked, bitterness will destroy your life and future ministry. It frustrates our progress from glory to glory. read more
Every difficulty we experience is an opportunity to learn of God's mercy. It is a chance for us to discover all over again that God is good; that He is good "all the time."
The Lord is tender toward us when we struggle, and we will find throughout life that when in earnest we call upon the name of the Lord, He has bountiful mercies upon which we can drawmore than we could ever imagine. read more
As God's representatives on Earth, we have the authority to speak for Him. When we speak under the leading of the Holy Spirit, we speak as His mouthpiece. During strategic times, the Lord will prompt us to pray very specific prayers that will bring His will to bear in a given situation.
When God the Father makes known His intentions to Jesus, Jesus makes them known to the church. Then the church has the responsibility to make God's intentions known to the evil powers through proclamations of His will. The result of this chain of events is spiritual breakthrough. read more