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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


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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Jesus Broke the Curse

As women, we hold a special place in the heart of our Savior. Jesus came to set us free from the captivity of sin and to heal our broken hearts. His touch is as powerful today as it ever was. read more

When You Want to Quit

(PART 1)

We must hold on to hope, knowing that the Christian race is not without hurdles. Those who run with perseverance can have confidence they will see the great things God has ordained for their destiny.

READ: Num. 14:6-9; Josh. 1:1-9; Rom. 5:3-5; Eph. 6:18-20; 2 Tim. 3:10-12; 2 Pet. 1:3-11.
HEART ISSUE: Do you desire to see the great things God has for you? Have you made the choice to persevere? Is anything hindering your hope?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, thank You for Your plan and purpose for my life. Thank You for not giving up on me, even when I was lost in sin. Please restore my hope and strengthen my ability to believe in You. Amen.

(PART 2)

Knowing God's truth and trusting His heart are potent weapons against Satan's deception. Resist the enemy's lies. Be courageous, and persevere.

READ: Ps. 51:6; Is. 60:1-2; John 1:1-5; 1 John 1:5-9; 1 John 5:6-11; Rev. 19:11-13.
HEART ISSUE: What lies about yourself might you be believing right now?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, thank You for Your truth and for revealing Yourself to me. Uncover the lies I've believed about You and give me eyes to see You as You are. Amen.

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When A Thirsty Soul Found Love


Many of us are familiar with the story of the woman at the well, the Samaritan outcast whom Jesus encountered outside the city of Sychar (see John 4:1-42). Throughout our lives, we may have heard her mentioned in various anecdotes on God's grace.

A closer look at this story, however, reveals a detailed account of God's plan to restore broken lives and symbolically, the bride. There are four stages to this process described in John 4: (1) the invitation to accept living water; (2) embracing the past; (3) establishing a relationship through worship; and (4) being released for ministry. read more

Prayer that Gets Results

(PART 1)

Prayer without faith is like life without blood. One is bound to the other. To do the "greater things" Jesus promised, we must exercise true faith in prayer. read more

Overcoming the Self-Life

Joshua and Caleb claimed their inheritance from the Lord. Likewise, we must walk in humility and surrender to the Holy Spirit, who will lead us into our promised land. read more

A Fresh Look at the Lord

(PART 1)

When we speak the word "revival" we often think of masses of people falling into ecstasy in the flow of the Spirit. But what about the kind of revival that occurs deep within the individual person? Personal revival happens inside us when we encounter the holiness of Almighty God. read more

The Power of a Mother's Example

(PART 1)

The story of Hannah, mother of Samuel, bears witness to what God does in response to prayer and perseverance. Hannah's story reveals how the strength and power of God Almighty helped one woman of prayer to work through pain, suffering and weakness. read more

This is How We Overcome

(PART 1)

God, through His Son, Jesus, took it upon Himself to make a way for us to receive the gift of eternal life. Our goal, then, is not to live each day in defeat, as though our salvation must be earned over and over again, but to rejoice that we have a testimony of God's gracious love and mercy poured out upon us. We stand forgiven in Him. read more

Break Free from Religion

Religious spirits are established in churches and elsewhere to keep people from being a part of what God is doing. These spirits can destroy relationships, distort the truth and disrupt the holy atmosphere of a service. Their purpose is to hinder the authentic work of the Spirit by imposing legalistic rules and traditions on the unsuspecting. Expose these elements for what they are and refuse to participate in their work against the kingdom of God. read more

Lord, Please Change Me!


Because of his keen observations of how God works in nature, scientist and educator George Washington Carver probably had as much insight into life as he had knowledge of plants. He once commented on the fact that people often assume, when they can't see anything growing above the ground, that nothing is happening beneath it.

I've often made that mistake in my own life and in the way I've assessed situations regarding other people. Because of the many challenges facing our world and the church today, we may be tempted to think that positive change is a long way off; but that may not be true for the body of Christ or for its individual members. read more

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