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The Power of Praying Together

(PART 1)

Corporate prayer does not lessen the importance of spending time alone with the Lord. However, God has promised us a special sense of His presence when our hearts are united in petitioning Him. read more

The Strength in His Names

God’s names reveal His nature and point us to our inheritance.

Did you know that God has many names? As a matter of fact, He has hundreds. And they are all representative of His awesome character.  

  • El-Shaddai: The God Who is Sufficient for the Needs of His People.
  • Jehovah-Shalom: The God of Peace. read more
  • Seven Secrets to Keeping Your Joy

    (PART 1)

    Are certain people or circumstances getting you down? Consider the fact that the Lord really is in charge. It is the Holy Spirit who should lead you and "make your day," not the whims or moods or others or the circumstances you face. read more

    The Word Will Transform You

    A proven formula for spiritual growth and transformation combines the right approach to Bible study with the practice of Christian disciplines.

    GOD, IN HIS SOVEREIGN GRACE AND outrageous love, has given us in the Bible a written revelation of who He is and what His purposes are for humanity. There is no book that is remotely close to achieving the significance and influence of this one. But the intrinsic power and greatness of the Bible does not make it easy for us to receive the life it offers.

    In point of fact, we can often use the Bible in ways that stifle spiritual life or even destroy the soul. The source of the problem is rooted in the two most common objectives of Bible study: (1) The practice of studying the Bible for information or knowledge alone and (2) the tendency to study specific passages of the Bible that speak to particular needs rather than seeking whole-life discipleship to Jesus. read more

    Armed with His Might

    (PART 1)

    Often it appears Satan has the upper hand--attacking our marriages, our families, our jobs, and even our identities--causing us to feel powerless and out of control. If we are to walk in victory over the attacks of the enemy, we must recognize that God is mightier indeed! In His Word and by His Spirit, God has given us the victory, showing us that He is not only with us, but also working through us, no matter what we face.


    READ
    : 2 Cor. 10:4; 2 Cor. 13:3; Eph. 1:19; 2 Thess. 1:7; 1 John 4:4; Phil. 4:13.

    HEART ISSUE: Instead of spending time entertaining what the enemy has done to you, why not spend that time reading God's Word and seeing how mighty in spirit God can equip you to be!
    PRAYER FOCUS:
    Father, help me to stop believing the lies of the enemy and judging how bad things are by the way they look now. Let me become mighty in spirit through the promises of Your Word, which give me peace, victory, supply and hope in all situations. Amen.

    (PART 2)

    Satan is a deceiver and a thief. He will try to get you to imagine that there is no hope. That is the time when you need to get tough with your faith and turn to the truth found in God's Word. In God's Word, you will find His assurance that not only are you protected from the attacks and wiles of the enemy, but you are also called and chosen by God and strengthened by His might.


    READ:
    Is. 40:31; Is. 50:7; Is. 54:17; Is. 59:19; Gal. 1:15; John 10:10.
    HEART ISSUE:
    Can you set aside more minutes in your day to read God's mighty promises in His Word? Consider the result--you will grow mighty in spirit.
    PRAYER FOCUS:
    Father, thank You for the promises of Your protection, Your presence and Your power in my daily life. I am truly confident in You. No matter what I face, no matter what things look like, I am assured by Your Word that You make me mighty in spirit. Amen.

    Read a companion article. read more

    Becoming God's Woman




    (PART 1)

    Once we have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, we become joint heirs with Him and daughters of the King. No matter what you have been through or how bad things have seemed, it is never too late to claim your position of dignity in Christ--as the daughter of the King! read more

    Claiming the Next Generation

    (PART 1)


    Parents and church members are responsible to show young people their value to God, to teach them the Word of God and to provide guidelines that will prevent a damaged spirit or a broken heart. 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

    Step into the Realm of Glory


    (PART 1)

    God wants to so possess us that our deep valleys of suffering will be inverted into high mountain peaks of His glory. Great glory is upon the person who is fully yielded to believe God in spite of suffering. read more


    Raise Your Shield of Faith


    (PART 1)

    We often walk by sight not by faith. But faith is the only thing that can close the gap between our theology and our reality. read more

    Your Godly Inheritance

    (PART 1)


    God provides special individuals in our lives to assist us in our spiritual growth. He will lead us to the right spiritual parents as we continue to walk closely with Him. read more

    God's Plan for America

    (PART 1)
     
    Our efforts to impact the world will be ineffective if our hearts don't reflect God's righteousness, mercy and love. read more

    Which Bible is Right for You?

    THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP IN PINPOINTING THE PERFECT BIBLE IS TO DETERMINE WHAT YOU WANT AND NEED.


    The choice is easy once you've identified your specific requirements. The following three basic questions--who, how and what--are designed to help you in choosing the appropriate Bible.

    Who is the Bible for?
    How will the Bible be used? read more

    Don't Let Feelings Fool You

    (PART 1)
     
    When we follow our feelings instead of God's Spirit, we risk missing God's will for our lives. As women of God, we need to learn how to walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh. read more

    When Forgiveness Seems Impossible

    WE KNOW THAT BITTERNESS HINDERS OUR EFFECTIVENESS FOR GOD. BUT HOW MUCH FORGIVENESS IS ENOUGH?


    Most of us have times in our lives when we are pushed to our limits with regard to forgiving others. I have vowed not to retell my story, but suffice it to say, I had never been hurt so deeply before or since.

    I couldn't discuss it with my family members. But one friend from Romania was far removed from the situation, so I was able to tell him everything. read more

    Trust God with the Outcome


    For most of us, envisioning how God wants to use us is easy. The real work comes in faithfully taking steps each day in the direction of His will.

    At times, the way seems clearly laid out for us. But at others we feel confused, unprepared and inadequate.

    You've undoubtedly had the experience of ministering to someone and coming away thinking you had utterly failed. But a few days later you encountered that person again, and she told you your ministry was an answer to prayer! read more

    You Can Finish Strong

    (PART 1)


    The Lord desires that we continue in the race appointed to each of us until we see Him. If we discipline our hearts to persevere, we will grow in the knowledge of His truth that frees us from the enemy's traps. read more

    Jesus Broke the Curse

    One woman's dramatic encounter with Christ shows us that he came to deliver women from spiritual oppression.


    We do not know her name. Usually we refer to her as "the woman with the issue of blood." But those words from the King James Bible seem archaic today and make her seem faceless and distant. She was a real person, and her pain was intense.

    I sometimes imagine that this fragile shell of a woman was called "Mara"--the Hebrew word for bitter. Chronic sickness had disfigured her life. Yet Christ got so close to her pain that she dared to touch Him, and her healing has provided inspiration for countless sermons ever since. read more

    Rely On God


    During the holidays my family traveled to London, England, for a vacation. The trip was an analogy of a much more important journey each of us is on--fulfilling God's plan for his or her life.

    For one thing, the preparation was longer than the journey itself. We prepared for months, checking flight times and prices and making certain all our paperwork was in order.

    Some of the preparation was tedious and time-consuming. How true this is in the spiritual realm as well! In fact, the season of preparation God requires of us often drags out so long we get discouraged because we are eager to be going somewhere. read more

    Seven Promises from the Cross

    (PART 1)

    Freedom in Christ means more than escape from eternal condemnation. We can find hope and peace for today in what was spoken by Jesus on Calvary's cross. read more

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