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God's Invisible Messengers

God has called us to the kind of supernatural life that Jesus lived. At the beginning of the New Testament church, God confirmed His Word with signs following, and the presence and words of angels further established the gospel in the Earth.

The book of Acts is replete with angelic visitations. A case in point would be the incident involving Peter in Acts 12. The believers who were gathered for prayer were skeptical about Peter's being released from prison, choosing to believe that his angel rather than Peter was at the door.

If God hasn't changed we have no reason to believe that angels were at work only in biblical times. Many would testify they are among us even now. read more

Are Your Words Loaded With The Spirit?

How we long to speak words that penetrate the hearts of those who hear them! Often, we try to impart reason and wisdom to family members and friends and sense that we've not made a lasting impact.

George D. Watson wrote, "Words are chariots in which the quality of the heart and mind ride forth to other souls." If this is so, we would do well to desire closer fellowship with Jesus, so that our conversation would be bathed with the life of His Spirit.

We speak forth out of the abundance of our heart's contents. The more we are filled with Christ's Spirit, the more our words take on His qualities. read more

Keep Your Eyes On The Mountaintop

Joseph's life from the very beginning indicated great favor and potential. He was the beloved son of his father, Jacob, and was chosen by God for a great work.

Before Joseph understood the magnitude of his dreams, God was at work in him, fashioning his character into that of a man to whom great responsibility could be entrusted. While undergoing this process, Joseph had to keep his focus, or he never would have seen the dream fulfilled.

Eventually, his perseverance paid off when God made him the guardian of His plan to rescue a nation. read more

How You Can Get God's Attention

A worshiping woman is a dangerous woman because she commands the notice of God.The woman in Luke 7 had overcome shame, guilt and people's disapproval in order to have an audience with Jesus.

She was not intimidated, but rather her tragic past gave her even more cause to rejoice in His restoration. She who had been forgiven much poured out her love on the Master as no one else had.

Her reckless praise angered some, but it confirmed her deliverance and exposed the evil motives of those who were looking on as she worshiped God. Her sacrifice also won her a place of honor in biblical history. read more

Never Stop Believing

God's commands cannot be grasped apart from His gracious promises. When we fail to appropriate the greater grace of God to fulfill His will, we open the door to tolerating unbelief, which is unacceptable to God.

When we choose to believe them, God's promises compel us to respond toward the Lord's commands in love and faithful obedience. His promises have the ability to enable us to "press on." Jim Cymbala wrote: "It is not in the nature of the 'Thou shalts' and 'Thou shalt nots' to draw help from God. It is the ministry of His gracious promises to do that."

Placing our faith in circumstances rather than in God's promises puts us at risk of rebellion, for if we don't believe Him, we won't obey Him. read more

No Longer Addicted

Normally, the term addiction represents a dependency on immoral or illegal, life-controlling substances or behaviors. But the truth is, dependency on anything or anyone other than God is idolatry.

Christ wants us to be free to entrust everything that pertains to life to Him. In the Old Testament, God's people were sorely rebuked and even judged for establishing unholy alliances with other nations and relying upon their gods for help. In judgment, God withdrew His mercies and allowed the consequences of their actions to come upon them.

Judgment is not His will for us. He does not desire for addictive behaviors to have free reign over our lives.

Yet, we must choose to draw our help and strength from His hands, or we will become subject to the illusion that somehow we must depend on ourselves. read more

Before the Fire Falls

Have you asked for the fire of God to fall on the altar of your heart? Then get ready! You must remember that God will visit you as an all-consuming fire--burning up completely anything unlike Him.

More and more saints are feeling that God's Spirit is invoking in them a passionate desire and hunger for Jesus. On pursuit of Him, however, some are being met with the unexpected effects of their petitions--cleansing and purification.

Often we are surprised at what the deeper searchings of the Spirit turn up. How did that remain a part of me for so long? we wonder.

Thankfully, the God who searches us loves us. It is His promptings that draw us, cleanse us and change us. Our response to Him is simple: Just say, "Yes, Lord." read more

It's Not Just a Fairy Tale

Cinderella's story has no doubt left an indelible mark on most of us; many say that it's a bad one. Many have unfairly blamed the fairy tale for creating illusions in women's minds about what their expectations should be.

But even in this fantasy, there is truth: There is a Prince who will lift you from shame to acceptance, from rags to riches.

Like every damsel in the books we've read, we all need to be rescued. We've built fortresses around our hearts, and the tower walls intended to protect us have imprisoned us. But the Prince of Peace will not allow us to be separated from our destiny or from Him forever. read more

Up One Day, Down the Next

The foundation for our perception of truth has to become God's Word if we ever intend to have a consistent walk of faith. Our ever-changing emotions are totally unreliable.

Trusting in the final authority of the Scriptures and the leading of God's Spirit has everything to do with victorious living. The world we live in is hostile to our beliefs and our way of life, so daily it is necessary to re-establish our hearts and minds in righteousness.

Thus, the renewing of our minds according to the Word of God is an ongoing process requiring discipline and courage. But there is the enabling of the Spirit--the Helper on the inside, who was sent to give us wisdom, strength and the power to overcome the world. read more

The Spirit's Fruit is Love

Ultimately, the purity of our charitable works will stand or fall based on the motivation of our hearts. And the foundation for our service must be a genuine love for God that transforms all else we do.

What a marvel of grace it is that God should love us. But what an awe-inspiring miracle it is that we could be empowered to love Him in return.

Divine love was God's sole mot ivation for sending Jesus to Calvary. His demonstration is our model. read more

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