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Becoming One with God

God's purpose for every soul involves bringing that soul into oneness with Himself. As we willingly yield our lives to God, He brings us into perfect union with Christ.

READ: Matt. 19:4-6; John 17:20-24; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 5:25-32; Phil. 3:8-14; 1 John 3:1-3
HEART ISSUE: Have you surrendered yourself fully to God? What, if anything, is holding you back?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, I want to be brought completely into oneness with You. Show me where my will is opposing Your will in my life. Amen.

In Ephesians 5:32, Paul calls our union with Christ a "profound mystery." Through His indwelling Spirit, God enables us to communicate intimately with Him.

READ: Ezek. 36:24-28; Ezek. 37:12-14; Joel 2:28-29; John 3:1-6; Rom. 8:5-17; James 4:1-6.
HEART ISSUE: Do you know how to communicate with God's Spirit inside you? What could help you interact with Him even better than you currently do?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, thank You for the gift of Your Spirit. Sensitize me to experience and respond to Him as You will. Amen.

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The Wilderness Test


When you ask God for something great, you also ask Him for great testing. The unspoken part of your prayer is, "Train me for it."

Make sure you understand that God will prepare you for the answer to that for which you are praying. He wants to qualify you, and the qualifications may be so rough that you tell Him to forget it.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites left Mount Sinai and walked a large circle in the wilderness before reaching Kadesh Barnea, where they sent out a spying party into the promised land. Ten of the 12 spies weren't ready for entry, and they came back with a bad report (see Num. 13:31). read more

Castles in the Sand

What folly it is for us to attempt to gain our own immortality through what we possess or the things we do. God blesses us with the tools to build His kingdom. How tragic when we instead employ them in building our own! He blesses us to enjoy our achievements and the products of our creativity, but these are not to become the source of our fulfillment and security.
Try to imagine which of your works will stand and which ones will perish when subjected to holy judgment. Having the right heart motivations will keep us from wasting our substance on things that will not last. Only what is purely born of the Spirit of God is eternal. read more

Why We Must Embrace the Cross

Like Fenelon, we've all had occasion to be ashamed when we've looked back at the behavior we exhibited when going through difficulties. How poorly it attests to our faith. But weathering storms changes us forever, not just by developing our spiritual muscles, but also in terms of solidifying our certainty of God's awesome love and protection. read more

Garbage In, Garbage Out

High-speed communication has provided us with the means to reach more and more people with the gospel. Yet the same technology is being used to destroy the souls of men and women who are tempted by ungodly pleasures and entertainment. We must as women of God labor to "keep [our] hearts with all diligence." read more

Restoring Your Passion for God

Often it's said that no one backslides overnight. We become accepting of our decreased interest in prayer and spiritual disciplines, and we gradually begin to take steps away from God. Without a conscious decision to increase in spiritual passion, we will slowly begin losing the desire we have. Then it becomes easier to tolerate carnal thoughts and behaviors. But the romance can be restored by repenting, recalling the memory of "first love" and re-establishing the intimacy by doing the first works. read more

Declaring War on the Enemies of Joy

Joy is a fruit of the indwelling Spirit. Why then should there be a struggle to protect it? Daily we are forced to choose how we'll respond to circumstances that have the potential to destroy the peace God intends for us to have. Knowing those attitudes that war against the Spirit of God in us will equip us to begin to formulate an offensive strategy that will guarantee our peace and our joy.
Regardless of what we know to be right, the choice to walk after the Spirit of Truth will always be ours to make. He'll not force us to follow Him. read more

Opening the Windows of Heaven

It is astounding to think that man in all his wisdom has never seen, heard or imagined what God has in store for a special kind of people—those who love and wait for Him. read more

Press Toward Your Miracle

All of us have had to deal with baggage from the past--things we either willfully or innocently were a part of that we fear will disqualify us from being blessed and used of God. The infirm woman in Scripture is an illustration of perseverance. Though she had experienced incredible indignities and isolation because of her illness, she possessed an ability to overcome the odds against her. She had a proven track record as a survivor. As such, she is a model for every woman who needs to be strengthened and restored to embrace the inheritance to which she is entitled as a daughter of the living God. read more

Maintaining the Flow

We've all had the experience of being touched so powerfully by the Holy Spirit that we knew instantly everything would change from that moment. Throughout our time on earth there can be many life-changing encounters with the Spirit of God. Often we may be tempted to question whether a permanent impartation has taken place. Scripture does offer us prerequisites for staying on fire for God.

Begin using what you have. Keep in mind the fact that the anointing is not given for personal consumption. The anointing must be allowed to flow out to others. read more

A Woman's Right to Preach

Many christians object to the idea of women in ministry because they believe the bible forbids it. The scriptures show their belief is unfounded.

How is it that women would venture to preach when female ministry is forbidden in the Word of God?

This is a serious objection to consider and, if capable of substantiation, would receive my immediate and cheerful acquiescence; but I think I can show, by a fair and consistent interpretation, that the very opposite view is the truth--that the public ministry of women is absolutely enjoined by both precept and example in the Word of God. read more

Revival Starts with You!

God desires to pour out an unfathomable amount of wisdom and revelation to His children. He is simply waiting for hearts that will seek Him above all else. read more

When You're Raising Kids Alone

Without the provision of the Lord Jesus, life for single moms is overwhelming. Only with His presence and by standing on His promises can single moms live with hope. read more

Women and the Prophetic Ministry


(PART 1)

The Old and the New Testaments provide multiple examples of women who operated in the gift of prophecy. Joel tells us God's daughters will prophesy through His Spirit. read more

Captivated by the Occult

Our enemy is constantly seeking those whom he may devour. We must intimately know our Counselor, the Holy Spirit of truth, in order to defeat the enemy's lies. read more

Getting Past the Age Barrier

Every generation is challenged by learning to embrace the generations before and after it. Our willingness to see God in others determines how often we can see Him. read more

Why Do Christians Fail?

(PART 1)

Every day presents new opportunities to submit our wills to the Father's. Only He can truly lead our hearts into perfect submission, read more

The Working Woman's Dilemma

Even today, some church leaders tell Christian women that God wants them to stay at home. But what does the Bible really say?

In the small town of Berryville, in northwest Arkansas, members of the board at First Baptist Church voted in February 1997 to close their church-run day-care center. They made the abrupt decision not because the facility was too expensive to operate or because they didn't have enough children enrolled. The official reason, as stated in a letter that was mailed to parents, was that church leaders felt their day-care center was encouraging women to work outside the home.

"God intended for the home to be the center of a mother's world," the letter from First Baptist stated, adding that working moms "neglect their children, damage their marriages and set a bad example." First Baptist's day-care center board, under the direction of the pastor, also noted in their letter that families should learn to get by on the husband's single income." read more

Lord, Please Change Me!

As part of our Christian life, we are being steadily transformed from the inside out. We are assured in God's Word that someday our transformation will be completed. read more

Exceed Your Expectations!

The heart of Jesus' message is for us to embrace His power within us. When we do, we are free to walk in His extraordinary grace in every situation. read more

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