Spiritual maturity does not come cheap; it comes with [steep] costs. Separating from the familiar and stepping out of our comfort boat are not in the last of the list. These require not only faith, but action.
When you experience God's purpose for you, the greater your rewards will be upon entering heaven. It's Christ in you, the Hope of Glory!
Samson had a unique ministerial assignment which called for a unique way of carrying it out; so He was well equipped to do it. The Scriptures confirms "...the Lord...was seeking an occasion to move against the Philistines. For at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel." Judges 14:4b.
Agape love is not touch-feely or romantic in any way. Nor is it a good-old-boy slap on the back kind of love. Agape love which is the love of God would be best defined as “right behavior in the midst of difficult circumstances.”
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2, NIV).
The last several months, heads have been rolling—heads of the rich and powerful in entertainment, government, and media. Many have trusted and even idolized these so-called foundations of our society. These men believed they would never fall.
Do not fast with the flesh, but be moved by the Spirit of God into fasting. Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to fast.
How bright is the fire on your altar? Every believing Christian is expected to be on fire for Christ. The level of the fire on your life determines your level of relationship with God and where the enemy places you on the hierarchy of authority and dominion.
Start declaring things in Jesus' Name and watch as stuff starts to happen. In my own life, I have declared healing to people and animals and have seen it take place.
The opposite of faith is our dependence on the arms of flesh, ours or of others instead of total dependence on God and laboring with His gifts and grace. We aren't supposed to attain God's will and obtain His promises any other way aside through dependence on Him.
Desperation is the key to the miraculous. Everyone Jesus touched, healed and impacted had a desperate need. The leper, the woman at the well, the adulterous woman, the blind, the lame, and the dead – were all desperate. Jesus’ own hometown of Nazareth said, “We want nothing to do with you.” They weren’t desperate.
Do many people see what is happening globally in these days? Are many aware of what is going on around our troubled world?
When you have the whole armor of God on, then can you stand spiritually, strong to fight and win
God already knows us inside out; our strengths and limitations. Even with these issues, He has given us a solution in 2 Corinthians 12 v. 9-10 which reads:
A family altar is simply having the presence of God abiding and filling your home. It is creating an opportunity for family members to come together and bring their needs, burdens and concerns to God.
If you have any of these thoughts and feelings, you are not alone! The journey of faith can often contain doubt, questioning, and even frustration. That is normal. It is normal because although God created us in His image to follow Him and reflect his image to the world, the world we are born into has a completely different agenda.
Prayer is a must if you are to live a victorious life. God is calling people to build prayer altars in their lives. God is looking for a man who will stand in the gap that evil will not befall men. An understanding of what to expect when you rightly build a prayer altar will energize you to do so.
God speaks to our spirits, deep within us, but when the enemy speaks we can hear that voice in our minds or our souls. Have you ever had an intrusive thought just pop up in your mind? Next thing you know you are obsessing over that thought.
Dreams can make or mar you. Your insight into this realm equips you with the knowledge of how to deal with your own dreams.
Think about the reason you are trying to be in control. Because there is so much going on in your life. How silly of us is it to want to, and try to, be more in control during these craziest of times? As if we don't have enough to do by simply trying to keep our heads on straight and get from one day to the next.
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. The message concluded by recognizing that given its vital role, protecting the heart of a Christian against any attacks including spiritual heart attacks is wise.
Until it got to Number 8, the oil did not start flowing. The number 7 stands for completion. The seven sons prior to David had been presented but it was a complete “No!” for all of them. Number 8’s are spontaneous, creative, feel the pain of others, solve problems, help others even when they are still struggling, don’t mind playing the background because that’s how they grew but when given the opportunity, they shine and evolve!
It is absolutely true that all things have been given to you as God’s child, but it is critical you understand how to possess those things which God has freely given to you as inheritance, otherwise, there’s no way you will enjoy or live the life expected of you as a son. To possess your possessions, the first key is that you must take practical steps to claim those things which God says belong to you
Therefore, when you are experiencing pressure, frustration, panic, fear and anxiety, you need to apply your break and ask yourself, "What is calling for my attention now?" You may need only a little adjustment here and there as God directs you and everything will fall in place.
There are some things we must watch for to keep Satan and the forces of darkness out of our lives. In Mark 4:14-20, we see how the devil works to steal from us:
Twenty-years later I found out that it was closing. This once-proud institution was now meeting in their Fellowship Hall, unable to pay to clean or heat the sanctuary.