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.
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.
Spirit-filled living is central to the powerful possibilities of the married couple. As God develops a husband and wife’s relationship, they begin to exist as a unique identity—the one He designed them to become when the two were joined.
Every believer is commissioned to bring people to Jesus. When the love of Christ is seen in us, others will be drawn to Him. Here are four ways to share God's love.
In the story of a father’s heart toward his prodigal son, Jesus also tells us how Father God feels about us, even in the face of our failures or the wastefulness of what He’s given to us. Like the father in the story, Father God never loses hope for us, is always looking our way, responds to our repentance, and desires to reinstate us.
“Nothing impacts a broken world like the ministry of healing.” Pastor Jack Hayford presented this overview of the Blueprint behind and within Jesus’ plan to “Build My Church” at the 2005 King’s Autumn Leadership Conference. It offers a definitive and inspiring study of Jesus’ desire to mobilize the healing ministry of the Church through its people, as well as profound insight into the pastors’ perspective.
How many times have you counted on something that seemed sure to happen, and then it didn't? How about those situations when you prayed, waited on God, gained an inner witness He would be working to bring everything about--and then, everything switched?
If you want to talk about having a bad day, Good Friday certainly would qualify. While the “good” in that day is related to God’s love gift of His Son, the Good Shepherd, laying down His life for the sheep, it was, nonetheless, a very bad day.
The unqualified invitation of God's will and way into a crisis guarantees your ability to stand in faith, knowing that the answer you have is His. Such prayer releases God’s maximum redemptive purposes, and such living releases an ever deepening conformity to the Person and power of Jesus in our life.
My release of “speaking in tongues” was far more normal than I ever believed it was. Spiritual language is a Holy Spirit, God-given, potential for every believer. And though I could never imagine it happening to me, it did.