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Nothing Shall Hinder Us

"Expose yourself to the circumstances of His choice.”

This little phrase, which has stood by many a climbing soul, seems to have been coined for a picture I have of the Matterhorn surrounded by billowing clouds. In this picture, the confusion of the skies has been so wonderfully captured that I can almost see the movement and hear the wind that rushes past. The clouds in the picture are sunlit, but I realize that, were they real, they could with awful speed cover the face of the mountain with darkness.

Mist, rain, snow—the clouds may bring them all, and the precipice falls away at our feet. “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy” (Acts 20:24)—so speaks the spiritual mountaineer. read more

Eternal Significance

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

Heal Us With Your Power

There are times God works through medical means. But sometimes He works alone.

Have you recently received a bad report from a medical test? Has a loved one just suffered a serious injury? The stunning blow from such news can instantly turn your world upside down.

The good news is God still heals today—in a variety of ways. read more

Carry the Banner

Many Christians don’t sense the need to get involved in the political process. But your opinions matter, and your voice needs to be heard.

We are living in an unprecedented period of our nation's history. Anyone with spiritual discernment would have to say that we are on the cusp of a national crisis.

Clearly, it is time for those with true godly wisdom to stand up, reclaim their voices and bring a resolve to the life or death decisions of our beloved America (see Prov. 8). read more

God's Plan for America

ALTHOUGH ANTI-CHRISTIAN SENTIMENT IS INCREASING, GOD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN US. BUT OUR NATION MUST ALTER ITS COURSE IF WE ARE TO FULFILL OUR DIVINE PURPOSE.

Anyone 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

Listening to the Spirit

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 her.

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A Woman's Right to Preach

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

Whether You Eat or Drink

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?

I 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

Spending Time with God

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.

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Heart-Healthy Living

HEART DISEASE IS A GREATER THREAT TO WOMEN THAN BREAST CANCER. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO LOWER YOUR RISKS?

Most 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.

One 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

The Spirit's Fruit Is Love

“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

How Do I Live my Faith in a Secular Culture?

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

The Daughters' Inheritance

God gives His girls equality—and has commissioned them to take territory for His kingdom.

Most 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.

We 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

The Heart's Deepest Desire

Too often women settle for less—not realizing that our heavenly Father longs to give us true spiritual riches.

My 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

Seeing as Jesus Does

Jesus 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

Clinging to God in a Crisis

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.

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How to End the Drought

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

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God Sees You When You're Hidden

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

Prayer That Shakes the Earth

This is not a time for feeble praying. God has equipped you with power and spiritual authority to bring about change.

The Lord is positioning His church to become people of action who will advance the kingdom of God. We are Christ's ambassadors; we are called to represent His rule. Wherever we are, the kingdom of God is also.

First Peter 2:9 says: "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light" (NIV). read more

When Women Lead

In the workplace, as well as in the church, basic leadership principles are the same for men and women. But when you’re a woman with men under your authority, there are several things you need to keep in mind.

God is placing more women in ministry leadership roles today than ever before. The number of God-fearing women serving in leadership roles traditionally held by men in churches, ministries and Christian organizations of every kind is growing. How exciting to see godly men and women serving together at every level and the body of Christ more closely resembling the fullness of our Creator.

If you are called to be a leader in Christian ministry, God will bring it about. Psalm 75:6-7 tells us that promotion comes from the Lord. He also determines how long each leader serves. It is not up to us to prove or position ourselves for leadership. It is up to us only to be prepared and to live pure lives of obedience as we walk with God. That knowledge relieves the pressure of having to "perform" or to please people. We need to please only God. read more

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