All Stories in site-archives

Page 16 of 67

Writing the Future

Lisa Bevere discusses Proverbs 3:3 and how we can apply it to our lives. She explains what it means to write God's word on our hearts, and how doing so can change our future.

{youtube}b0JcrXq2PYQ{/youtube} read more

woman talking

Taking Jesus to the Marketplace

Everyday we pass up opportunities to reveal Jesus to others. But with a little creativity we can seize those moments for eternity.

One of the last things Jesus said to the disciples was, "'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature'" (Mark 16:15, NKJV). This Scripture applies to His followers today as well, but it doesn't mean we all have to leave our jobs and homes and go into full-time ministry. It simply means we are to act as Jesus acted.

Jesus deposited His life in us, the church. Now we are commissioned to do just what He did--and He gave us the power and authority to do it. He said, "'I give you the authority over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you'" (Luke 10:19).

The problem is that we often put limits on God. We acquire wrong mind-sets about the ways in which He works--or the ways in which He will work through us. We need to ask Him to remove the mental "box" that limits our faith and to help us believe that the same Spirit who was in Jesus is in us, making it possible for us to operate in the same types of ministry He did. read more

River

Return to the River

If you were once in the river of God but have gotten out, you can go back. Here's how. 

Stephen Thompson played defensive tackle for the New York Jets during the heyday of Joe Namath. He even has a Super Bowl ring and flashes it occasionally if someone tries to intimidate him. But tackling the problem of staying in the river of God—the current flow of His Spirit— proved to be an even greater challenge than tackling football superstars.

After his days as a pro football player Stephen and his wife, Starla, entered the ministry. He became pastor of a church near Seattle in the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, a Pentecostal denomination founded by Aimee Semple McPherson, the famous woman evangelist of the early 1900s. The denomination's Pentecostal roots, however, did not seem to prepare the members of Stephen's church for the current move of the Spirit. read more

When You Pray, Believe

When Jesus was on Earth, He made an incredible promise to His disciples regarding prayer that is recorded in Mark 11:24: “‘Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them’” (NKJV). This promise of answer to prayer is one of the most wonderful in all Scripture. But in how many hearts has it raised the question: However can I attain the faith that knows it receives all it asks?

It is this question our Lord would answer today. Before He gave that wonderful promise to His disciples, He spoke another word, in which He points out where the faith in the answer to prayer originates and ever finds its strength:

“‘Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever...does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says’” (v. 23). “Have faith in God.” This word precedes the other, “Have faith in the promise of an answer to prayer.”

The power to believe a promise depends entirely on faith in the promiser. Trust in the person begets trust in his word. read more

When You Can't Have It Your Way

DOES GOD EVER ASK HIS SERVANTS TO WALK WITH HIM IN PLACES THAT ARE UNCOMFORTABLE AND EVEN UNDESIRABLE? THE SCRIPTURES AND HISTORY TELL US, YES.

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

Teen with a tude

Claiming the Next Generation

WHETHER YOU'RE A PARENT OR NOT, YOUNG PEOPLE ARE LOOKING TO YOU FOR GUIDANCE. LET'S STEER THEM INTO GOD'S PURPOSE.

 "Lord, have mercy on our souls," I mumbled to myself as my friend Marvie turned the key in the ignition. She was 16, did not have a driver's license and was behind the wheel of my father's car. I was 15, was a nervous wreck on the passenger side and had just pulled off an unlikely scheme to fool my Dad into handing over the keys.

Our mission was to make it to a gospel concert at Detroit's Northwest Activity Center. We were determined to fulfill that mission. After all, we both loved good singing, and it wasn't as if we were sneaking off to a Jackson 5 concert. It was a gospel concert, for goodness' sake.

Needless to say, it didn't take long for the whole plan to unravel. Although we made it to the auditorium, we never heard one note of that good singing. read more

Life's Interruptions

Priscilla Shirer talks about life interruptions and how we can deal with them. Even though they may seem inconvenient or disruptive at the time, God often uses them to bless us.

{youtube}Z__D_dr5Ivc{/youtube} read more

sad woman

Choose Your Attitude

IF WE WILL FOCUS ON GOD, HIS TRUTH WILL STRIP AWAY THE SPIRITUAL DYNAMICS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO DEPRESSION AND BEGIN THE HEALING PROCESS

God has a potent, supernatural prescription for depression—His Word! Hebrews 4:12 says, "The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (NKJV). The Word will not only diagnose our condition, it will also prescribe a potent treatment program that drives depression out of our lives and sets us free! God's Word is the ultimate antidepressant.

God's plan for dealing with depression is very different from the world's plan. The world wants us to reopen our wounds and recall every injustice from the past. The Word tells us to focus on the Healer. read more

Woman Warrioe

Discover Your Personal Battle Plan

BEFORE YOU CONQUER YOUR JERICHO, YOU MUST SEEK GOD FOR HIS WAR STRATEGY.

Joshua never had to face the kind of fearsome threats that challenge believers today. When he led Israel into the promised land, he didn't have to worry about the likes of Saddam Hussein, chemical weapons or suicide bombers. On the home front, he didn't have to concern himself with job layoffs, rising gas prices, a shaky stock market or the loss of his retirement portfolio.

But Joshua did have to face his own set of giants. Just across the Jordan River were real threats that had many of his fellow Israelites shaking in their boots.

How did he approach these giants and ultimately defeat them? By pressing into the Lord to gain a fresh strategy for each new battle. read more

Women of the Word

 

NEW TRENDS IN BIBLE STUDIES CATER TO THE TIME-DEPRIVED AND THE INTERNET SAVVY.

Women have long been known to be the backbone of Christian congregations in America. According to a 2000 report from Christian researcher George Barna, one out of every five Christian women—or 20 percent—belong to a small group that meets regularly for Bible study, prayer or Christian fellowship. The same statistic among men is only 13 percent.

Unfortunately, family and jobs tend to dictate how much time a woman devotes to study of the Word. As women progress through different life stages they desire Bible studies that are tailored to their interests, schedules and spiritual maturity.

"There will always be new moms looking for new-mom studies and a new batch of empty nesters looking for empty-nester material," says Jennifer Leo, marketing director for Tyndale House Publishers. "The same woman will look for different things at different points in her life."

Authors have stepped up to the plate and created Bible studies that cover all areas of the spectrum: some require no homework, others include daily assignments; some are designed for personal study and others are for groups; and some studies are self-contained while others guide users to utilize encyclopedias, concordances and different translations of the Bible.

Here are some trends to consider when looking for your next Bible study and ideas to make current study more meaningful. read more

Use Desktop Layout
Charisma Magazine — Empowering believers for life in the Spirit

Newsletters from Charisma

Stay in touch with with the news, bloggers and articles that you enjoy.