Did you know the duration of a fast often has a lot to do with what a person is facing? Discover why Moses, Joshua, Paul and others fasted the way they did.
God's purpose for every soul involves bringing that soul into oneness with Himself. As we willingly yield our lives to God, He brings us into perfect union with Christ.
READ: Matt. 19:4-6; John 17:20-24; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 5:25-32; Phil. 3:8-14; 1 John 3:1-3
HEART ISSUE: Have you surrendered yourself fully to God? What, if anything, is holding you back?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, I want to be brought completely into oneness with You. Show me where my will is opposing Your will in my life. Amen.
In Ephesians 5:32, Paul calls our union with Christ a "profound mystery." Through His indwelling Spirit, God enables us to communicate intimately with Him.
READ: Ezek. 36:24-28; Ezek. 37:12-14; Joel 2:28-29; John 3:1-6; Rom. 8:5-17; James 4:1-6.
HEART ISSUE: Do you know how to communicate with God's Spirit inside you? What could help you interact with Him even better than you currently do?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, thank You for the gift of Your Spirit. Sensitize me to experience and respond to Him as You will. Amen.
God created us to worship Him. Sometimes we feel inhibited to worship because we don't like who we are. God looks past our faults and abilities--He wants our hearts.
Satan has long pursued the destruction of women, especially through the shame of sexual impurity. It is time we accept the Lord's forgiveness and be released to "sin no more."
We are living in an age of terror, but the greatest battle involves our minds. Voices inside us war for our response. We must set our minds on the things of God to know peace.
Raising godly children does not occur by chance. Christian parents must be diligent to plant their children in the Word and ways of God.
God has created each of us as a unique individual with a unique purpose. Our greatest fulfillment comes when we understand His love for us and realize our calling.
There are times in each of our lives when we compare ourselves with others. Jesus talks about this attitude in the parable of the Prodigal Son. Most of the story is about the younger son, who took his inheritance and wasted it all.
When the younger son came home, his father welcomed him with open arms and threw a huge party. The older son heard about the party and was furious. He thought it was unfair that his father was so generous with someone the elder son judged as undeserving (see Luke 15:29-30, NIV).
The older brother wanted his father to be fair. But his father, like any father, was more than fair; he was loving.
In the book of Joel, God said that women would prophesy. Paul the Apostle also stated that women would prophesy. Some say women should not minister to a mixed group. However, we find that Priscilla helped her husband to instruct Apollos more fully in the way of the Lord (see Acts 18:26).
Phoebe, an unmarried woman in the church, attended and took part in a business meeting at Paul's commission (see Rom. 16:1-2). The great letter to the Romans was delivered by her. And women had a prominent part in the ministry of Christ Himself. All four Gospels bear out the fact that after His resurrection Christ appeared first to women. Jesus ordained women to tell the men that He was risen.
Thank You, Lord, for using women throughout history to proclaim the glorious gospel. Use me as You see fit. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Insecurity tempts us to shrink back when God asks us to do seemingly impossible tasks. If we obey, however, He will equip us to accomplish and enjoy His miracles.
Jesus declared He came to give us abundant life. Living in poverty and perpetual lack is not God's will and may reflect an unbroken curse.
Feeling perpetually dissatisfied with your current circumstances may indicate a deeper problem. When we forfeit our agendas, God helps us discover His purposes and joy.
Satan likes to torment successful Christians with disillusionment, hoping they will give in and miss God's best for their ministries. We must learn to resist this tactic as Christ did.
Christianity is not about performance or production; it centers upon being immersed in a Person. His extravagant love for us fills our hearts and transforms our lives.
Believing God's promises necessitates first knowing God. Our experience of God comes through daily intercourse with Him. We must learn to receive Him in order to build faith.
Our past wounds and weaknesses give Satan a potential advantage over us. We need to understand where we are vulnerable so we may defend ourselves against evil schemes.
People-pleasers seek to gain approval from others by never saying "no." God desires that we seek His pleasure first, and then He will help us maintain healthy relationships.
Our goal as Christians is to become sons of God. We cannot do that in our own strength. We must rely on the Holy Spirit to give us the will and ability to be like Jesus.
The blessings of salvation begin on Earth through intimacy with Christ. Jesus desires to commune with us as every part of our being becomes set apart for Him.
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