Women in the market place are discovering that to be successful they need to embrace the mind-set that God is everywhere—omnipresent and capable of empowering them for success in the real world beyond the church's walls. read more
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Every woman has endured one kind of heartbreak or another. We've all had the unfortunate experience of betrayal, and we've grieved over the difficulty of getting past it. As Christian women, how do we process the hurts we go through? And where is our God in the midst of them?
In the book of 2 Samuel, King David's daughter Tamar suffered an unspeakable violation at the hands of her brother Amnon, who afterward, rejected her and cast her away. The Scripture says: "Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the ornamented robe she was wearing. She put her hand on her head and went away, weeping aloud as she went" (2 Sam. 13:19, NIV). read more
God can speak to you at any time. He uses His prophets in the church or the Bible, His written word. But here is a vital question: Are you ready to pay the cost and give up what is necessary to fulfill His direction and call on your life? read more
We are surrounded by cultural pressures on a daily basis, urging us to "water down" what we believe and to compromise our very practices of the Christian faith. The story of Daniel is a powerful example of how to maintain your integrity in the midst of cultural forces that would pull you away from your faith. read more
If it is for freedom that Christ set us free, why do we seek to entangle one another in yokes of bondage, otherwise known as religious traditions?
Before I became a Christian, I had a reputation for being a "worldly woman." Once I accepted Christ, my heart's desire was to be accepted as a "church sister." The problem was, I didn't look like one yet.
I wore extremely tight clothes, my hair was three colors, and I had a mouth full of gold teeth. At one church I was called "Jezebel" and asked to leave. A deacon pulled me aside and warned me that the people there didn't like "my kind." read more
Despite the fact that women have often been denied their rightful place in ministry, God has created His daughters on an equal level with men. His Word shows that He has empowered them to be bold, and He has commissioned them to take the land for His kingdom. read more
God gives His girls equality and has commisioned 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
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.
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
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.
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!
READ: 2 Cor. 10:4; 2 Cor. 13:3; Eph. 1:19; 2 Thess. 1:7; 1 John 4:4; Phil. 4:13.
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.
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
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
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