Anyone who serves God will
discover sooner or later that the great hindrance to his work is not
others but himself. He will discover that his outward man and his inward
man are not in harmony, for both are tending toward opposite
He will also sense the
inability of his outward man to submit to the Spirit's control, thus
rendering him incapable of obeying God's highest commands. He will
quickly detect that the greatest difficulty lies in his outward man, for
it hinders him from using his spirit. read more
you ever wondered why there are so many professing Christians in
America, yet so few cities that have been truly transformed for Christ?
Why, in prayer meetings and conferences, we passionately cry out for
nations to be saved in a day; yet our local spheres of influence remain
largely unchanged year after year?
answer can be found by examining the historical seeds of past
revivals. For example, legend has it that Jonathan Edwards, before the
birthing of the Great Awakening, made a covenant with God. Standing on a
riverbank, he cried out to God for revival in the land. Drawing a
circle in the sand, he pledged that before God could take the city, the
region, the nation, He must start here—and he pointed to the circle.
Then Edwards stepped into the circle.
a community, a city or a nation to be gripped with revival, a man or
woman must first be fully gripped by God. Personal visitation is always
the catalyst for revival. Visitation always precedes transformation.
In order to shake the nations for God, we must first let God shake US! read more
THE CHURCH HAS NOT ALWAYS RECOGNIZED THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS OF WOMEN. BUT GOD HAS FASHIONED THEM TO BE KEY PLAYERS IN HIS KINGDOM.
imagine for a moment what the world would be like without women. All
the wonderful traits women are capable of providing with
exuberance—gentleness, nurture, care, refined beauty—would be missing.
possess these same qualities but in smaller supply; women, on the other
hand, overflow with them. Without women the world would look like an
army base where everything's painted white or gray and designed for
efficiency at the expense of beauty. An awful sense of incompleteness
would permeate the planet. read more
GOD'S GOAL FOR EVERY BELIEVER IS ONENESS WITH HIM. TO REACH IT, WE MUST TAKE ON THE CHARACTER OF CHRIST.
the dealings God has with the soul of the believer are to bring it into
oneness with Himself, that the final prayer Jesus prayed before He died
may be fulfilled: "That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me,
and I in You; that they also may be one in Us....I in them, and You in
Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know
that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me" (John
union was the glorious purpose in the heart of God for His people
before the foundation of the world. It was accomplished in the death of
Christ. It has been made known by the Scriptures. It is realized as an
actual experience by many of God's dear children. read more
GOD'S GRACE AND MERCY CAN COVER US AND EMPOWER US TO CHANGE, EVEN WHEN WE'VE BLOWN IT BADLY.
this very moment, an ancient battle continues to wage between Satan
the enemy of our souls, and the daughters of Eve. Since the Garden of
Eden, this enemy has been unrelenting in his attempts to shame, strip
and dishonor women in order to challenge God's work in their lives.
his most vicious offensives are often launched under the guise of
religion. Nowhere in the Bible is this more evident than in the story of
the woman caught in adultery. This account, found in John 8:1-12, is an
incredible and telling example of the cruelty of law and religion as
well as the beauty of God's mercy and love.
sure you are already familiar with this story. But I invite you to look
at it again in a fresh light by imagining that you were there. read more
we are to see the church strengthened and the nation healed, we must
learn how to approach the throne of God in humble, reverent worship.
is in a time of crisis. During the last several decades, more and more
people have turned away from God, no longer wanting to hear what He has
to say about their lives and circumstances. The result has been a
frightening moral decline that threatens to destroy our country from the
September 11 terrorist attacks, however, many ears have begun to open
again. Fearful and uncertain about the future, many people are more
willing than ever to listen to what God, through His church, has to say
about the evil that has befallen our nation.
a profound opportunity we have to see this nation turn back to God and
to bring in a great harvest of souls! If we will cooperate with Him, God
will turn the present evil to good and use it for His glory. read more