The believer who is utterly in love with the Lord will not even desire the things that might offend the object of his affection. It is only by complete abandonment, however, that it is possible to reach a total victory in subduing your senses and your desires.
I used to believe God never used physical affliction to do a spiritual work in the hearts of His people. I was taught that God has many means at His disposal to deepen our love and purify our faith, and sickness and infirmity were not among those tools.
Affliction always comes from the hand of the enemy, I was told, and Christ would never send such a thing our way because He died to deliver us from all the works of the enemy. So sickness is never God's will for the saint, and if it lingers then there's something wrong. These were things I believed and preached—until infirmity hit me.
Have you ever been tempted to restrain your emotions in a worship service because someone might misunderstand or become uncomfortable? Often women have been accused of being overly sensitive or sentimental. But when your outpouring of love and thankfulness goes beyond words to tears, don't be embarrassed. I believe the Lord receives those tears as worship.
Four times in the gospels, the story appears of a woman's lavish gesture of worship—anointing Jesus with a very expensive jar of perfume. Three of these reports are likely descriptions of Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, whose ministry to Jesus occurred during the final week of His earthly life (see Matt. 26:6-13; Mark 14:1-9; John 12:1-8).
The fourth account, however, though similar in detail, is a report of a separate event involving a different woman and occurring earlier in the life and ministry of Jesus than the week of His passion (see Luke 7:36-50).
Do your problems get in the way of your relationship with God? Sometimes we let hindrances such as disappointment, pride or the cares of life block the flow of the Holy Spirit in us and we become ineffective for Him.
There are two distinct sets of temptations that assail those who have, or think they have, rather less, and those who have, or think they have, rather more than an average share of intellect; while those who have neither less nor more are generally open in some degree to both.
What do you do when you're struggling with feelings of fear? Do you face your emotions and come up with ways to combat the problem? Or do you concede defeat and allow the assaults to continually rob you of your joy?
Fear is a powerful emotion and when left unchecked, it metastasizes like a cancer cell. It spreads quickly through your mind destroying your creativity, confidence and the godly authority you once wielded as a servant of the Lord. The result is paralysis of the will.
Several years ago I was ministering to a woman in her 70s who told me she didn't go to college because she had been retained in sixth grade. She was afraid and thought she would never be good enough to be a college student. She managed to graduate high school, but low self-esteem gave way to fear and she stopped living life to the fullest.
The church was electric with the power and presence of the Lord. Revival gatherings were taking place morning, noon and night. It was exhilarating as well as physically exhausting going at such a pace.
But God was obviously meeting deep needs among the children as well as the adults. Visitors were coming and going, and our home, like the church building, was the center of activity and wonderful fellowship.
I was just clearing the breakfast table and laughing with some of our guests when I heard a thump and a weak cry for help. Heading in the direction of the cry, I discovered 88-year-old Nana, who had been living with us for a number of years, on the floor. It was obvious that she had experienced a stroke.
The fairy tales we all read as children taught us to believe that one day a handsome knight in shining armor would come and take us away on his white horse. But reality has left us wondering, "Why hasn't anyone brought me my glass slipper yet?"
It is the heart cry of every woman to be loved. But if we do not discover and accept the love of God, then we cannot love ourselves. And if we do not love ourselves, then we cannot love others.
Many of us spend our lives suffering from low self-esteem and insecurity because we never come to understand our own personal worth. We do not see ourselves as God sees us—"fearfully and wonderfully made" (Ps. 139:14, NKJV).
I had no idea when my husband, John, started his traveling ministry that God had a call on my life, too. It all began so innocently—and I almost missed it because I was afraid.
In 1990 John resigned an associate pastor position to pursue the burning call he felt for our nation. Our two sons and I traveled from place to place with him. We drove almost everywhere because John's ministry was unknown at the time, and no one was willing to provide an airline ticket for him.
But before the end of John's first year as a traveling preacher, ministry invitations began to flow in from places that were willing to fly him out for extended meetings. He was often gone for weeks at a time, and the family rarely accompanied him. This meant I was home alone with two toddlers—and a baby on the way.
Countless times God's Word assures us of His desire to bless our lives if we commit our steps to Him. We're also told that willful disobedience will eventually result in unwelcome consequences. Often we can determine the good or bad outcome of life's situations by the degree to which we willingly walk in obedience to God's commands.
There is a way of ordering our mental life on more than one level at once. On one level we may be thinking, discussing, seeing, calculating-meeting all the demands of external affairs. But deep within, behind the scenes, at a profounder level, we may also be in prayer and adoration, song and worship.
If you're anything like I am, you live a very busy life. Actually, you don't live just a busy life, you live a hectic life!
The moment my feet hit the ground, I dash here and there filling my day with everything imaginable--work, church, meetings, volunteering, witnessing, shopping. The list goes on. Oftentimes I feel like the Energizer Bunny—I keep going and going and going at maximum speed.
But guess what? I'm tired! I'm tired of living on adrenaline. I want God to flood my soul with His peace and contentment, and help me to resist the temptation to do more and more. I need Him to remind me from time to time that only what I do for Christ will last. I was grateful the other day when He told me to "be still" and hear Him.
Have you ever needed miraculous intervention from God, but didn't know how to pray for it?
Even now I am in the midst of praying and waiting for a miracle in the life of a loved one. Though God has provided answers to many of my prayers, I have been in the process of birthing a vision from God for this person for more than seven years.
The problem is not with God. He always has a ready ear. He is ready, willing and able to respond. The work to be done is on our part. We need an increase of understanding about how to call on God.
Are you hungry for the presence of God? When we seek Him wholeheartedly, He will anoint us and empower us to carry out His will in the earth. Let well-known preacher and conference speaker Cindy Trimm usher you into the presence of God in the clip "Wave of the Anointing."
To purchase Cindy Trimm’s books, Commanding Your Morning and The Rules of Engagement: The Art of Strategic Prayer and Spiritual Warfare, click here.
Some of the greatest challenges to our faith are those moments when we must endure the cold blight of a disappointment. The greater the anticipation, the greater the disappointment when we fail to receive what we have anticipated.
There is no shield that can keep away the days that come to teach our hearts submission to God's will and purpose for us. There are no roses so fragrant that they dismiss for us the tingling sensations of brokenness that come upon us when we see our expectations cave in.
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What's Been On Your Mind Lately?
Have you ever heard the saying "You are what you think?" It's true. Your thoughts carry a lot of weight and oftentimes dictate your actions. When you don't guard your mind from negative influences, your thoughts eventually control who you are and what you believe about yourself.
Let well-known Bible teacher Joyce Meyer help you discover the freedom that comes with taking authority over your thoughts in the trailer, "What's Been On Your Mind Lately?"
Welcome to the new SpiritLed Woman eMagazine! My name is Valerie G. Lowe and I'm the editor.
I'm excited about launching this weekly online magazine because I know there are women who want to connect with other women who love God and want to do His will. It is my prayer that you receive an impartation of the Holy Spirit every time you read the SpiritLed Woman eMagazine. But don't keep the news to yourself—spread the word! Click here to share this premiere issue.
My good friend Mildred often says something good happens when women get together. She's right. When we unite together in prayer and the Word here, something good is going to happen.
Have you ever felt like giving up in prayer? As an intercessor, I admit I've had times when I felt overwhelmed and frustrated—when I've prayed and prayed, maybe for weeks, or even years, and seen no breakthrough. Questions have run through my mind: "What's the use? What difference does it make if I pray?"
It is one of the devil's goals to keep each of us from experiencing the blessings of God that come through intercessory prayer. Intercessory prayer is unique because it means, literally, "to stand in the gap for another."