We can do powerful things through Christ, but sometimes the
Holy Spirit asks us to do things we're not comfortable with. Watch as Beth Moore
shares a humorous story of how the Lord instructed her to brush an elderly
gentleman's hair in a crowded airport—and what the incident taught
ANTI-CHRISTIAN SENTIMENT IS INCREASING, GOD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN US. BUT
OUR NATION MUST ALTER ITS COURSE IF WE ARE TO FULFILL OUR DIVINE
who reads the paper, listens to the news, watches television or goes to
the movies with regularity can't help but be aware of the rising tide
of anti-Christian sentiment in America. It is apparent in almost every
aspect of our culture, including our educational system. read more
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
Have you ever felt that everyone other than you was doing something significant? That feeling can come even after reading something meant to be uplifting—such as an article in SpiritLed Woman! But who sets the standard for what is significant?
Often we assess significance using the world's standards—public visibility, wealth, power, influence. However, in God's kingdom values are reversed. Outward manifestations of importance are not the true measure of success. What is eternal—what we don't see—matters most.
God has an awesome plan for women today. This plan includes us all, not just those in public ministry. God is building an army, and He looks past natural attributes such as gender or circumstances to fill up the ranks. read more
In this excerpt from the film Be Still and Know that I Am God, Priscilla Shirer discusses how spending time with God can allow us to have an intimate and personal relationship with Him, and she gives her insight on ways we can do this.
HEART DISEASE IS A GREATER THREAT TO WOMEN THAN BREAST CANCER. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO LOWER YOUR RISKS?
women I meet, if asked about their greatest health concern, would
probably name breast cancer as the malady they most fear. But though
breast cancer might generate a more passionate reaction than heart
disease, the truth of the matter is this: More women in the United
States die each year from heart disease than from all cancers combined.
out of five women in this country has some form of cardiovascular
disease. It is the leading cause of death in American women, claiming
more than half a million lives annually. read more
Help and strengthen
us to glorify You in all that we do, Father. This
request, or something like it, is lifted up to the Lord by countless
Christians every day. But how many of us take time to consider the
sweeping implications of the unassuming, three-letter word, all?
am a 24-year-old personal trainer who grew up hearing the Word,
praying with my parents and attending church since Day One. But
despite my Christian upbringing, it took me19 years to learn that
exalting Christ’s name and glorifying the Father isn’t simply
restricted to “holy” or “religious” activities such as
fasting or volunteering at a homeless shelter. Like Paul said to the
carnal Corinthians, we are called to glorify God whether we eat or
drink! (see 1 Cor.10:31).
Today, by God’s grace
and unending faithfulness, I am healthy, strong and free from
oppression and pride-saturated sin. A devastating breakup with my
first love at age 17 turned my world upside down. Instead of turning
to God for consolation and guidance, I sought to obtain a sense of
control through my “healthy” habits. read more
“When the evening of this
life comes,” says John of the Cross, “you will be judged on love.” The
only question asked about the soul’s use of its house and the gifts that
were made to it will be: “Have you loved well?” All else will be
resumed in this—all thoughts, beliefs, desires, struggles and
achievements, all complex activities, for faith is nothing unless it is
the obscure vision of a loved Reality, and hope is nothing unless it is
the confidence of perfect love.
So, too, with all the
persons, events, opportunities, conflicts and choices proposed for the
soul’s purification and growth. Was everything that was done, done for
love’s sake? Were all the doors opened that the warmth of love might
fill the whole house; the windows cleaned that they might more and more
radiate from within its mysterious divine light? read more
The crises of man are not new.
There is nothing "more secular" about the world today than there has
ever been, in any age or society. The world's hostility toward God has
not changed since the days of Adam.
Living out your faith in a
secular world does not depend on the approval or disapproval, acceptance
or persecution, or health or disease of the world. The issue at stake
centers not on the depth of the world's depravity but on the depth of
your personal desire for God. read more
If falling asleep is a nightmare for you, here are some
tips to make the thought of going to bed less frightening.
Almighty God, who created the universe with unparalleled
wisdom, also created your body to need rest. In His wisdom God made rest a
foundational principle for life on Earth.
The Bible says, “On the seventh day, having finished His
task, God rested from all His work. And God blessed the seventh day and
declared it holy, because it was the day when He rested from His work of
creation” (Gen. 2:2–3, NLT). read more
God gives His girls equality—and has commissioned them to take territory for His kingdom.
Israelites who traveled through the Sinai desert with Moses probably
knew about the daughters of Zelophehad. While other women hid inside
tents and covered themselves head to foot with heavy veils, these
girls—Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah—defied the patriarchal
system of their day and earned a special place in biblical history.
rarely hear sermons about Zelophehad's daughters today, even though
they are mentioned in the Bible five times (see Num. 26:33; 27:1-7;
36:1-12; 1 Chr.
7:15; Josh. 17:1-6). Maybe this is because many church leaders simply
don't want to empower women or are afraid to. But it is time we unlocked
these women's secret for a new generation. read more
If your world was turned upside down in an instant, would you run away in fear, or turn to God? At 33 years old, Christine Caine's knowledge about her life history was challenged. In what could have been one of the greatest moments of crisis in her life, Caine chose to cling to God and the foundation of her faith, rather than panic and turn away.
The Lord accepts, loves and approves of you in every season of life, even the uncelebrated ones
Have you ever felt overlooked? Have you ever moved or entered a new environment where no one knew who you were, what you could do or what dreams ignited your soul? Have you ever crossed the threshold into another season of life, where you shifted from recognition to anonymity, from standing as a leader to sitting as a learner again? Have you resigned or retired from a position and transitioned from being sought out to left out, celebrated to celebrating others?
Hidden dreams. Hidden giftings. All of us are acquainted with chapters in life when our visible fruitfulness is pruned back, our previously praiseworthy strengths become dormant and our abilities are unnoticed by the watching world. Like a flower whose budding glory is covered up by wet leaves, we sense the weight of hiddenness in our hearts and whisper, "I have so much more to give and be." read more
Too often women settle for less—not realizing that our heavenly Father longs to give us true spiritual riches.
heart sneaks up on me when I least expect it. Just this morning, after
dropping off one of my sons at school, I was sitting at a red light,
impatient for it to change, when suddenly I was overcome with sadness. A
longing filled my heart, an ache, a desire for more.
My immediate response to this surfacing desire was to chastise myself. What is wrong with me? I thought. I have a good life. My family is healthy. My husband loves me. read more
had a power of overcoming trouble, a power of triumphing over the
“prince of this world,” which was unique in the history of mankind. All
will agree to this, even the skeptics and agnostics and those of alien
faiths. And He promised that He would leave us this power: “Most
assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he
will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to
My Father” (John 14:12).
Up to now His professed
followers have failed, as a whole, to experience the power He said He
was going to leave with us. The question that is left unanswered is,
What is this power, and where shall we find it?
Having convinced myself that
Jesus meant us to take Him absolutely at His word when He said we would
do even greater works than He did, I determined to study until I had
answered this question. And this is what I found—that Jesus’ attitude
toward life was one of converting everything He saw and touched into
parables. read more
If it seems as if God isn’t listening, maybe you’re trying too hard.
Listen to a child pray and
you’ll hear something like: “God, I really want that doll with the blue
dress”; or “I will work really hard, but can You help me get picked for
the baseball team?”; or “God, will You heal my mom [or dad]?”
Stated in plain, common language,
that’s all prayer is: God’s people talking to their God. There is no
need for special words or to say things in a certain order or way. When
we talk with our friends or co-workers we don’t talk differently than
we normally do. Why do we do that when we talk to God? read more
Many christians lack the
courage--or the conviction-to testify to their faith. But the power of
the Holy Spirit helps us to speak up.
As I go out into the world, presenting the gospel on
television and radio talk shows or exalting Jesus from secular and
religious platforms, I am treated with respect—most of the time. But
reviews of my engagements are not always as gracious as my live hosts
They sometimes describe me as a middle-aged woman parading a
worn-out, old-time message that has no relevance in our century—simply
because I lift up the cross. read more