The average believer never learns to pray beyond the circle of their own personal need, usually because they suppose it’s presumptuous to pray for great issues, or they feel their faith isn’t great enough. Yet the Word of God calls us to pray for our cities and nations, assuring us that our prayers are indeed decisive.
God doesn’t want people to be divorced; it isn’t His will. Yet that doesn’t blackball anyone who’s been divorced or write them out of the possibility of a fulfilling life because of their divorced status. It is possible with time—and those are important words—to see God’s purpose restored in the lives who have been impacted by a divorce. Jesus is, after all, our Redeemer. Those possibilities come on the terms of God’s Word, and are lived out in the power of His Holy Spirit.
Through my years of walking with Jesus, I’ve discovered He keeps me in a permanent state of transition. And I’ve learned a little about the potential for joy when you allow the Holy Spirit to keep “flex” in your soul.
All of us have faced a pivotal moment that required us to choose between God's way and our own. Within the context of an intimate relationship with the Father and a restful commitment to His will, we are able to do the right thing when everything around us is going wrong. As we walk in obedience, even in the midst of struggle, an unimaginable outbreak of God's redemptive work occurs in us and through us.
The vitality people experience in church doesn’t come from any personality or style of leadership. It is the glory of the Lord. The liberty we experience is because of the presence of the Lord, and our worship makes room for that. The same thing is true in our homes.
“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." It offers a definitive and inspiring study of Jesus’ desire to mobilize spiritual gifts through people to save souls and impact the world.
God’s call to observe and celebrate the milestones of our life is His way of reminding us, "My world is different from yours." By means of feasts and celebration, God's covenant is established to bless, prosper and work miracles among His people.
Jesus uses the story of the unjust steward to cut across the landscape of everything that has to do with our moral values, life values and priorities. He concludes by saying that there is one choice that settles it all: Who will you serve?
Something about the Christmas season makes us more inclined to recognize the child in us. The encounters of Jesus with children show how we are invited to come as a child to Him. Jesus Himself says, if you don’t, you’ll never enter into the Kingdom.
Jesus calls us to His Table to celebrate and remember that He’s given us Forgiveness (He’s a mighty Savior who has washed us from our sins); Provision (He will be the strength for your every day); Healing (He will heal you in spirit, soul, and body); and Victory (He is the One who has broken the power of sin, temptation, and bondage to, in any way, dominate your life).