Shameless

Shameless

We will not be ashamed of our hope, faith, or confidence in God. God’s ways will be done. Whether we are going through a barren season, a dry season, or a challenging season; we can stand believing. Our walk of faith in the Lord will never be in vain. We will not be put to shame, embarrassed, or humiliated because of our faith.

We believe Jesus is alive and working in all situations, whether we understand or not. He is in control and trusting Him means to be at peace with not knowing what He is doing. Our adversary has been battling us, expecting us to give up and fail, but God has been working on the exact opposite. He is leading us to share the gospel, stronger in Him, winning in His name!

Delays and battles do not diminish our fire for the things of the Kingdom; they fuel it… with passion and determination. We are united to exhort, encourage, and edify one another as we stand together in a spirit of love. We will not be disappointed. It will be seen: we have been appointed and anointed for such a time as this, from glory to glory! 

Romans 10:11 “For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES ON HIM WILL NOT BE PUT TO SHAME.”

 

 

 

Destructive Distractions

Destructive Distractions

The king of Syria was saying, “Don’t get sidetracked by other people. Focus on the king so we can win.” The same is true for us. Fighting against flesh and blood distracts us. We battle against spiritual wickedness in high places. As the saying goes, “don’t major in the minor.” Distractions come to move us away from the actual targets and prevent us from warring effectively.

We pray for the Lord to help us be quick to recognize the hindrances and deal with them in Jesus’ name. Our prayer of authority against the unseen is powerful. Part of our daily prayers should be to command whatever is not of God to go, and for the Holy Spirit to lead us into specific instructions. The battle is the Lord’s and our prayers avail much.

We should focus on the spiritual realm and not on what we see in the natural. The spiritual realm is our reality. Our emotions or our circumstances may try to blind us as we pray, but the Lord clears the way and reveals realities. If we major in Christ, we can trust He will handle the minors and empower us to walk in the victory we have in Him, from glory to glory!  

1 Kings 22:31 “Now the king of Syria had commanded the thirty-two captains of his chariots, saying, “Fight with no one small or great, but only with the king of Israel.”

 

 

 

More or Less?

More or Less?

Are we better than someone else? More knowledgeable? More anointed? More loved? More holy? The moment we think we are “more” than others, we become less than who God calls us to be. Pride goes before a fall. As the Holy Spirit transforms us into the image of the Lord, we become less, and He becomes more!

The self-righteous attitude says: I’m perfect and you’re not; I’m a true Christian and you’re not; I’m right, and you’re not. It places self on the throne and makes others less for them to be more. To confront others who have that attitude, we must pray for them and let the Lord minister to them as He ministers to us. We walk in forgiveness with others and ourselves.

We evaluate ourselves honestly and prayerfully. It’s Christ in us who is awesome, and we recognize Him in others. We are, above all, to walk in love, strengthen and encourage each other, even when it’s not reciprocated. As members of the Body of Christ, we all need and complement each other, from glory to glory! 

Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”

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The Word of God

The Word of God

The Word of God is not only the Bible; it’s one of the names of Jesus Christ. He is the Word of God. He is the only begotten son of the Father. He is the Word that spoke all things into being. He is the Word that was promised and spoken of by all the prophets. He is the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us.

The Word of God is living and powerful. He is the living redeemer and mediator, and He lives forevermore. He is the author and giver of all life. He is mighty, and we see that in all He created and holds in His hand; in all His miraculous works; in the supernatural manifestation of His love and grace.

He is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces our hearts, dividing even the soul and the spirit. He touches all that is seen and unseen. He is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of our hearts. All that He is becomes alive and powerful in and through us. The Word of God is not just to be read, but to be seen as it is lived. We are living epistles, from glory to glory! 

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

 

 

 

Pursuing Peace

Pursuing Peace

When we are confronted with disagreements that turn into arguments, our character is tested. Will we react the way Jesus would? Will His light still shine through? How do we walk the talk when what is talked about stirs up strife? Our ministry of reconciliation is often tested.

Even though it’s difficult to separate the person from the problem, it’s necessary when confronting conflict. Above all, we place Jesus in the forefront, always. As we focus on Him, we can focus on the person. During an argument, the person must remain more important to us than what is discussed. We can attack the problem, go through the pros and cons, and analyze a subject without attacking the person. The person matters more than the issue at hand.

In Christ, we can agree to disagree through the love we have for one another. We can lay aside our differences when we care about pursuing peace more than we care about being right. As we walk in the love of God and show His reality, He can do much more. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal and teach the truth. Let us pursue peace, from glory to glory! 

2 Corinthians 5:18 “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation …”