There is no more significant moment in my life’s recollection than when, as a teenager, I declared, “Jesus, You can have it all.” I’d opened to everything He had for me when I was ten, but I gave Him everything I had six years later.
Faith that pleases God is saving, redemptive, and triumphant. Saving faith believes unto salvation and secures God's promises. Redeeming faith restores what's been lost and makes us an instrument of recovery to others. Triumphant faith breaks through the blindness of only seeing the present, and possesses the confidence of tomorrow with such certainty that its joy is received today.
When you can't see a thing, you can be brought to a certain point. But there finally comes the moment when you must decide to reach out for yourself. Jesus' encounter with the blind Bartimaeus demonstrates the faith that God will give us in our very darkest hour.
There are very real, rich, and profitable reasons for fasting; so vital that fasting becomes a kind of feast--a celebration in spiritual dynamic. Let me share with you concerning this meaningful practice.
Recognizing a clear-cut, head-on attack of a massive spirit of fear can be a challenge. We become afraid to be bold, tearing ourselves up with self-scrutiny, always inclined to function from a defensive stance rather than from the solidity of a positive-in-faith position.
How can I pray when we know I've failed God? Awareness of sin may cripple a believer's confidence in prayer, but that kind of honesty can also be used as a cleverly guided boomerang by the Adversary to keep you at a distance from the Father.
God wants friendship with us, and Jesus paid the price for it. But for many people, there are three things at work against the possibility of our having a confident relationship with Him.
We’ve been inclined to conclude "mind" and "spirit" are synonyms, when the Bible shows the "heart" is a more likely candidate to answer to the meaning of "worshiping in spirit" (John 4:24). The exercises of our enlightened minds may deduce God, but only our ignited hearts can delight Him.
We are all tempted at times to wonder: Is God’s mind tuned to my heart-cry...my need? Is His eye focused on me now...on my present situation? Will God’s hand reach my way...to cover me in time? His Word thunders in response: “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
Although God may not have willed the way a person came into the world, that does not mean He has not planned a purpose for that individual. Long before anyone is conceived, God's purpose for that LIFE is foreseen.
Christmas is the great celebration of God's redemptive entry into our world, an invasion that took place through an ordinary person no different than you or me.
Too often, prayer for healing ends up as a last-ditch proposition, an expression of resignation to fate, an assignment of blame to the Creator. Or it becomes a search for "faith" healing rather than divine healing. Let's look at how to rightly pray for healing and deliverance, and how to find the balance between faith and presumption.