Encountering God in Troubling Times

  • Friday, January 25, 2019
  • By Priscilla Shirer


We’re not just called to read about God, we’re called to experience him. This is the idea which underpins all of Priscilla Shirer’s message, the linchpin of her speech at the She Rises Conference. This is the reason, Shirer explains, why Christ died on the cross for us. So that we might have a personal, continual encounter with Him.

At this point, you might be asking yourself how we can be sure that regular people like us are called to have such an encounter? The way we know, notes Shirer, is because the Bible is chock full of ordinary people who encountered God. Their stories teach us that regular people like us can encounter Him. After all, aren’t there times when we may have doubts like the apostle Thomas?  Or question God’s promises like Abraham? Like Priscilla says, “If regular folks like that can encounter God, then so can we.” God dictated these stories so that we might be encouraged to encounter Christ.

The other point that Priscilla makes is that in order to encounter God, we must learn to recognize Him. Often, in the Bible, Jesus shows up in a different looking “package” than the one people are expecting -- and the people around him don’t really see Him.

And often this applies to our own lives: God shows up in seasons of our lives, but the season is wrapped in a “package” that isn’t what we wanted or isn’t what we expected, so we miss God in those seasons. His fingerprints are all over the situation but sometimes we miss Him completely.

So be encouraged friends. Read the Bible, and understand that it is there to help us learn about God. Then, realize that the knowledge helps us to encounter Him. And when troubling times come along, look for God and His plan in those times -- don’t miss Him, He is always there for you!

Bonding With Others

  • Friday, January 25, 2019
  • By Bobby Schuller

Your Value is Not Based on Your Achievements.

If anyone knows something about belonging, it’s Bobby Schuller. A third-generation pastor, Schuller knows his place in the world. It is out of that pastoral belonging that he shares this truth: we don’t have to struggle to belong, we already do.

It should come as no surprise that the greatest human need is to bond with God and with others, it is a need to belong. Yet we fall into the trap of “constantly hustling for worthiness.” This hustle is our attempt to find value and worth outside of our being sons and daughters of God. We look for our value in our achievements, in our titles, in our work. When we continue this pattern of attempting to find value in this way, it can lead to us feeling spiritually and emotionally numb.

There is hope, however. We don’t need to be trapped in this self-destructive cycle, we can break it. We do this by learning to share, being vulnerable, and being known by others. This takes us out of the “I will make myself worthy” mindset and puts us into a mindset which allows us to walk humbly, be vulnerable, and have a deep, strong relationship with our community and, most importantly, with God.

Maybe you’re asking yourself, “How do I get to this new mentality?” Prayer is a primary way of bringing about this mentality. Another help, though, is to repeat this simple creed which you can find in Bobby Schuller’s book:

I’m not what I do.
I’m not what I have.
I’m not what people say about me.
I’m the beloved of God.
It’s who I am.
No one can take it from me.
I don’t have to worry.
I don’t have to hurry.
I can trust my friend Jesus and share His love with the world


Remember, you are loved, you are wanted, you are needed, you are forgiven, and you belong.

Be In The World But Not Of The World

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
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Thursday, 28th March 2019

The Transforming Power of Righteousness There’s a very specific way that the Bible refers to God’s church. It uses the term “ecclesia,” and this terminology is important...Pastor Bill Johnson doesn’t want us to miss the distinction. Why? Because the term “ecclesia,” explains Pastor Johnson, is “a secular term” which gives its members power to “bring about change” through their organization. Now, why did the Holy Spirit guide Bible authors to use a secular term for the church? One of the reasons was to erase the distinction between the church and the world it exists within. God becoming a man (in the form of Jesus Christ) took things which were previously unclean (e.g. the world) and redeemed them. Pastor Johnson provides an example of a leper, “Old Testament, you touch a leper, you become unclean. Jesus touches a leper; the leper becomes clean.” In the Old Testament, one wouldn’t “associate with the sinner because it would contaminate [them]” but in the New Testament the power of righteousness “in the life of the believer transforms everything around them.” This distinction provides a helpful roadmap by which we can better navigate the complex business of being “in” but not “of” the world. We don’t have to fear the world and can set about loving others and spreading the Gospel because He is alive in us, redeeming those who do His will. Amen!

Be In The World But Not Of The World

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • By Bill Johnson

Thursday, 28th March 2019

The Transforming Power of Righteousness There’s a very specific way that the Bible refers to God’s church. It uses the term “ecclesia,” and this terminology is important...Pastor Bill Johnson doesn’t want us to miss the distinction. Why? Because the term “ecclesia,” explains Pastor Johnson, is “a secular term” which gives its members power to “bring about change” through their organization. Now, why did the Holy Spirit guide Bible authors to use a secular term for the church? One of the reasons was to erase the distinction between the church and the world it exists within. God becoming a man (in the form of Jesus Christ) took things which were previously unclean (e.g. the world) and redeemed them. Pastor Johnson provides an example of a leper, “Old Testament, you touch a leper, you become unclean. Jesus touches a leper; the leper becomes clean.” In the Old Testament, one wouldn’t “associate with the sinner because it would contaminate [them]” but in the New Testament the power of righteousness “in the life of the believer transforms everything around them.” This distinction provides a helpful roadmap by which we can better navigate the complex business of being “in” but not “of” the world. We don’t have to fear the world and can set about loving others and spreading the Gospel because He is alive in us, redeeming those who do His will. Amen!

How To Build Your Vision From The Ground Up

  • Monday, April 15, 2019
  • By Steve Furtick and Bishop T.D Jakes

15th April, 2019

Too often we remain in jobs that stifle our souls and leave us on the runway of opportunity with the engine of our deepest passion stalled, watching others make their personal vision a reality and build a legacy for their children-the opposite of what God intends for us. But it's never too late to get your dreams off the ground! If you long to maximize your unique abilities and aptitudes, if you strive to combine personal fulfillment with professional satisfaction, if you dream of creating exceptional goods and offering transformative services and fulfilling God's destiny for you, then you are ready to SOAR! 

In SOAR! T.D. Jakes reveals how to build the uniquely personal vision within each of us into our special contribution to the world. Blending the practical business acumen of a successful, global CEO with the dynamic inspiration of a life coach, SOAR! provides the tools needed to ignite our imaginations into action and challenges us to embrace our God-given purpose as we align our character and creativity with our careers. 

Bridging both the corporate and nonprofit worlds, SOAR! is a practical and easy-to-follow flight plan for launching the entrepreneurial drive inside each of us. It provides an inspiring look into the mindset of people who don't wait to see what will happen but strategically build the wings that will take them to new heights. So buckle your seat belts and prepare for liftoff-you have been cleared to fly beyond your fears, to absolutely SOAR!

Worship Is Intimacy

  • Friday, April 26, 2019
  • By Kim Walker

Worship Is Intimacy. Worship launches us in deeper places with God  and grows our relationships.

26th April, 2019


WHAT CAN I GIVE?

  • Monday, April 29, 2019
  • By


Reframe Your Life's Work by Giving, Not Getting.

 

The first thing you notice upon meeting comedian Michael Jr. is that he’s got jokes. It’s impossible to not crack a smile when you’re around him. But in between the laughter is a large heart for God, and a relentless focus on helping make the world a better place...through comedy.

 

How can you make the world better through comedy, you might ask?

 

For Michael Jr., it boils down to this: reframe your life’s work as something you can give to the world, instead of making it something you get from the world.

 

To illustrate this point, Michael Jr. tells the story of an auto mechanic he met at one of his shows. At first, the mechanic thought of his work in terms of fixing other people’s cars. But after some reflection, he came to see his job in terms of “ensuring other people reach their destination.” That type of mentality shift becomes a motivation, a reason to get out of bed in the morning, and gives us a purpose.

 

The reason this mindset shift is so great is because it allows us to constantly give. Give of our talents (in service of our community), give of our time (to others), and most importantly, give all of the glory to God.



And as for Michael Jr., he’s busy giving laughter and hope to audiences each time he performs. And though the jokes are extremely funny, his message of giving versus getting is as serious as could be.

You are an OverComer

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • By Mandisa



Help us to Have the Strength to Accept What Your Perfect Will is for Our Lives.

 

This is one of the most difficult prayers that a person can ask of God. As Christians, our lives are filled with immense joy of being in relationship with our Savior. We’re bonded to Heaven, our eternal destination. And we know for a fact that the worst that can happen in this life doesn’t hold a candle to the magnificent future that’s in store for us in God’s kingdom.

 

But that doesn’t mean we’re immune to pain in this lifetime. Realistically, we’re probably not going to overcome every difficulty that comes our way. We may see loved ones pass away, marriages crumble, people fall ill, and other trials of life that cause us to grieve and hurt. We may pray without ceasing that these difficulties “go away.” But what if they don’t? What if an illness was meant to cause us to meet someone (a doctor, a nurse, a fellow patient) whom God has created an opportunity for us to share His love with?

 

What if through our difficulties people see our faith magnified and they become encouraged or saved through the mighty power of Christ?  

 

In this clip, Grammy Award-winner Mandisa talks about the prayers that don’t get answered in the way we hoped they would. Earlier, she refers to Joey Feek who was promoted to Heaven after a valiant fight against cancer.

 

Mandisa shares that as she reads her Bible, she’s realizing that even though God cares about our trials, He also cares about our hearts as we face trials.

 

To be an overcomer then partly also means overcoming ourselves--our will, our wants for our lives, and to accept God’s perfect will for our lives.

 

You're an overcomer

Stay in the fight 'til the final round

You're not going under

'Cause God is holding you right now

You might be down for a moment

Feeling like it's hopeless

That's when He reminds you

That you're an overcomer

GOD' PLAN

  • Monday, May 6, 2019
  • By

The Lord knew us before we were created and his plans towards us are perfect. The Lord only has good plans and those are to prosper us and to give us our expected end. How do you want to finish in this life? What are those things that you daily work towards to. What is that you are believing God for? Is it an education, marriage, children, house, job? God says He wants to give you all these things. He is our hope at all times. Always remember that the Lord is ready to give you all that you want and need. He is God.

It Crushed Me

  • Friday, May 10, 2019
  • By T.D Jakes AND Keion Henderson

The pathway to God’s power in your life often begins when we are crushed. This new series highlights extraordinary stories of overcoming immense pain and hardship--I call them crushing moments.

Pastor Keion Henderson and I sat down to discuss his story and how it aligns with my soon to be released book, Crushing: God Turns Pressure into Power! This charismatic young preacher spent years crushed beneath a childhood family secret that threatened to wreck their church! Could it be possible that what gives you the most significant pain is going to be the force that unlocks your power? Could it be possible that what gives you the most significant pain is going to be the force that opens your power?


Night Of Worship

  • Friday, May 10, 2019
  • By Todd Dulaney, Maranda Curits & Jonathan McReynolds

David & Nicole Binion host Todd Dulaney, Maranda Curtis and Jonathan McReynolds for a night of worship with several of their latest songs.

Worship launches us in deep places with God because we only see Him as He truly is we we worship Him in Spirit and in truth.


God's Love

  • Monday, May 13, 2019
  • By Lighthouse Television

God has loved us beyond our imagination or anything we know love to be. He never tires to look out for us. The Bible says that He never sleeps or slumbers. 

This week just be reminded of the love of God that is from everlasting to everlasting. His love is with you forever.

DEVOTION

  • Monday, May 20, 2019
  • By Lighthouse Television

The Bible tells us that all things work together for our good because we love God and are called according to his purpose. 

In anything that you are going through, keep this mind that that situation is working a character in you that you will need in the future. Everything we go through pushes us to another level and grows us into whom and what God wants us to be.

God bless you. I pray that in all the situations we go through, we see God in them.

Victoria's Secret Model Kylie Bisutti Quits Modeling and Turns to God

  • Monday, May 20, 2019
  • By Brittney R. Villalva,

Former Victoria's Secret model Kylie Bisutti thought her dreams were coming true when she was signed by a top modeling agency. But shortly after joining the business, she realized that becoming a model was making her less of a role model. Unhappy with her life, she quit her career and turned to God.

"I was being paid to strip down and pose provocatively to titillate men. It wasn't about modeling clothes anymore; I felt like a piece of meat," Bisutti said during a recent interview while recalling her career as a Victoria's Secret model.

After winning the "Angel Search" competition by Victoria's Secret, Bisutti's career as a model pushed forward at full speed. But instead of feeling like she was on top of the world, the 19-year-old newlywed did not feel right. After one particularly bad day, she fell to her knees in prayer. She told the New York Post:"God, why did you have me win the Victoria's Secret Angel competition if it was going to make me feel this way? I'm not honoring my husband. I just want answers!"

A number of events would occur after that moment that would motivate Bisutti to quit her career as a model. One of those moments came when she realized that she was becoming a bad role model to other women.

"At the time, a Victoria's Secret lingerie show was airing on TV, and I was looking at Twitter and saw loads of tweets from women comparing themselves to the impossible image of the models," she told the Post. "It made me think back to earlier in my modeling career, when my 8-year-old cousin was watching me put on makeup and said to me, 'I'm going to throw up my food so I look like you.' I realized my career was sending a bad message to women about confidence and body image."

The moment inspired her to go public about her renewed commitment to God.

"I quit being a VS model to be a Proverbs 31 wife," she wrote in a tweet to the world.

Proverbs 31 states, "Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

After that point, Bisutti was done with modeling, but that didn't mean that the entertainment industry was done with her.

"After my infamous tweet, I turned down an offer to do "Dancing With the Stars" and an opportunity to act on a show on The CW because I didn't think it was promoting the right message," she said. "I didn't want to dance with a man other than my husband on the reality show or shoot scenes in a bikini for The CW."

While ending her career with Victoria's Secret and turning down other offers may have cost her "millions of dollars," Bisutti says that she has "never been more content" in her life.

Instead, she is working towards becoming a positive role model for young women.

THIS IS HOW I LEARNED TO HEAR GOD'S VOICE MORE CLEARLY

  • Monday, May 20, 2019
  • By Kytia L'amour

In this video, I talk about the changes I had to make in order to hear God's voice more clearly as I became a young adult. In the Bible, God says that His sheep know His voice. Have you had a hard time making out His instructions lately? I hope to help you. Please share with anyone you think might be interested in this video.

8 Ways To Set The Tone For Your Day Before You Leave Your Room

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • By Jireh

I've struggled getting out of bed. I mean, really struggled. To the point where I would open my eyes and stay under the covers for another hour or so not wanting to face the world, people, and all the unknowns that came with it. Thoughts of possible ways I’d fail would rush into my head before I would even move a muscle. I’d eventually drag myself out of bed and out of my room but you can just imagine how these types of mornings affected the rest of my day.
Can you relate?

While proclaiming myself to be a “follower of Christ,” waking up and feeling defeated before my day even started was wrong not to mention super unhealthy. We are meant to live victorious lives! I wouldn’t call it depression as I know better than to just casually self diagnose with that term, but if it was even just a taste of it, I did not want more.


Little by little I made intentional adjustments to how I woke up- from the minute I opened my eye lids to leaving my room for the day. The keyword here is intentional. There’s a battle in our minds. A raging and never ending one and we need to be prepared. Especially as we commence our new, God-given day. The enemy loves nothing more than us feeling defeated and fearful of the day ahead, paralyzing us from accomplishing anything God wants us to do.


Here are eight ways I intentionally set the tone for my day within its first 10 minutes. Whether you’re unemployed or employed or a student, I pray this helps you!
#1 Put worship music on. 
As in while you’re still in bed the minute you open your eyes. I just started doing this a couple weeks ago because when I wake up and have a rush of thoughts, I know the devil is already attacking. He doesn't rest, y’all! Even if I’m just getting ready to work out which only takes about 1-2 songs, I take my phone and open Spotify anyways. Feed your mind and start your day with praise, hope, and love for God.

#2 Pray. 
Yeah, you knew it was comin’! This can obviously interchange or occur during #1. Don’t know what or how to pray? Here’s a prayer by Lysa Terkeurst that is so good for a new day. You’ll feel it. (Btw, reading a prayer still counts as a prayer that God is listening to. I’m adding this in because I thought they felt robotic and weird like they didn’t serve as a true petition).


“Lord, may nothing separate me from You today. Teach me how to choose only Your way today so each step will lead me closer to You. Help me walk by the Word and not my feelings. Help me to keep my heart pure and undivided. Protect me from my own careless thoughts, words, and actions. And keep me from being distracted by MY wants, MY desires, MY thoughts on how things should be. Help me to embrace what comes my way as an opportunity . . . rather than a personal inconvenience.
And finally, help me to rest in the truth of Psalm 86:13, ‘Great is your love toward me.’ You already see the ways I will fall short and mess up. But right now, I consciously tuck Your whisper of absolute love for me into the deepest part of my heart. I recognize Your love for me is not based on my performance. You love me warts and all. That’s amazing. But what’s most amazing is that the Savior of the world would desire a few minutes with me this morning. Lord, help me to forever remember what a gift it is to sit with You like this. Amen.”

#3 Quiet time/devotion. 
Spending devoted time with God is the most important thing you can do. Many people will encourage you to do it right after you wake up, but from personal experience, I need to get my blood rushing to stay awake and truly focus so I usually do it after my workout. 

#4 Stretch. 
Our bodies have been laying down for 7-8 hours. That’s a long time! A great way to get a pep in your step is to stretch. Mine just consists of raising my arms up and to the sides, twisting my torso, and circling my neck. However, you can do a full routine if you’d like! Blogilates has a great morning stretch-only video, check it out!


#5 Make your bed. 
Something so simple but makes a major difference. A one Admiral William McRaven said:“By making your bed, you will have accomplished your first task of the day… it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you can come home to a bed that is made. That you made. And a made bed gives encouragement that tomorrow will be better.”

#6 Have your clothes for the next day prepared. 
If you’re off to work in the morning, get your outfit together the night before. I put my clothes in a folded pile (if they don’t get wrinkly) smack dab in the middle of my closet. I even take it a step further and choose my accessories, shoes, and how I want my hair to be styled. If exercising is the first thing you do, this especially helps because you don’t have to think even for one second of what you’re wearing and your motivation gets boosted a little bit more.


#7 Greet someone good morning. 
If you have a hubby next to you, say good morning. If you’re single (like me) text someone good morning. I text my family, “Gooood moorrrnnning familyyy-” you’ll be surprised how much cheer and joy it can add! Whether it’s verbal or through text, be delighted to say “good morning” because let’s be honest, not everyone has the opportunity to face a new day.

#8 Don’t go on social media at least within the first 30 minutes of your day. 
I heard this from one of Ed Mylett’s podcasts. I used to scroll through social media the minute I woke up and it was the WORST. Thoughts of comparison and dousing myself with everyone’s highlight reels was the catalyst for a blehhhh morning. But that doesn’t go to say that stopping this bad habit wasn’t hard. Because it was. If you struggle with this, try placing your phone on the opposite side of your room. Bonus: if you set an alarm, you have no choice but to get up, walk, and turn it off.


As we begin our day, even if we don’t feel like it and we’re trying to hold on to any hope and truth that’s left, I pray that this verse is the cry of our hearts:
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” – Psalm 143:8

God wants nothing but the best for you and living a defeated life is NOT His best. And if during one of your days you've failed despite a great morning- don’t stop. Don’t give up. May we allow Him to continue to mold our character, pick ourselves up, and move forward. Don’t let one rough morning or day define the rest of your life.

Hope this is helpful......

Three small ways to live your best life

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • By Jireh

1. Be positive.
Don’t just think positive. Be thankful. Be kinder. Help others. Smile more. Love more. Because you can’t live a positive life with a negative mind. I’m a huge believer that things in life happens for us, not to us. Being positive doesn't necessarily even have to be stemming from a bad situation. Waking up with air in your lungs is something to be thankful enough for. And please, you don’t always have to resort to social media to post your complaints and miserableness. One bad day doesn't mean you have a bad life.



2. Keep track. 
365 days is a pretty long time and we can tend to lose our perseverance throughout those days. Personally, physically writing down goals and encouragement for myself helps me to think positive. During college I started a quote book where I wrote down anything that lifted my spirits just a bit more. It quickly became filled with Bible verses, quotes from books and the Internet, song lyrics, and words of wisdom from close friends and family. Whenever I felt down and discouraged I read each page carefully and meaningfully. How do you keep yourself on track?



3. Trust God. 
Yep, you knew it was coming! Living out a faith-filled life changes your entire life. Block fear, worry, and anxiety. These keep you from living the life you were designed to live. Dive deep into His Word, His love letter to us that basically guides us through anything and everything. I realize life is far from perfect; it never will be, actually. But remember: God brought you into this life. He will get you through it.

I am no therapist, counselor, or the like but I pray that these words somehow help you achieve what you want to do and who you want to be in the last few months of 2019 and onwards. Be determined and stay focused. Be the type of person you want to meet. I, for one, am so excited to see what God has in store for you and for me!



DEVOTION: LIGHT OF THE WORLD

  • Monday, May 27, 2019
  • By Lighthouse Television


The Lord has set us to be the light of this world. In case the world is looking for answers, they should find them in us because we are the light.

At our work places, schools, businesses and any area of influence we are in, we should be examples to them because we carry God. You carry the next solution to the world. Don't be afraid to let your light shine. Get out of your comfort zone and do something that will leave a mark where you are.

Jesus in you is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we think or even hope. He is that power that works within you.The scripture says greater is He that is in you than he in the world. Be of good cheer. You are a light to the world.

I pray that God opens your eyes to see that you are an answer to this world and you carry what the world needs because you are the Light of the world.

CHOOSING HELPFUL OVER CONVENIENT: MY BATTLE WITH SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Monday, May 27, 2019
  • By Christian Women

For many years, I have struggled with depression, though many people wouldn’t know it by just looking at me.

I can easily wear a mask and hide those areas of struggle or hurt, but it’s still there. When I’m not vigilant about my mental and emotional health, and when I have neglected my relationship with the Lord, depression can quickly take over. Then, in the seeming blink of an eye, I can find myself in a really dark place yet again. 

In 2018 I cut out social media.

I didn’t make a big deal about it. This wasn’t a social media “fast”; I realized it wasn’t good for my mental and emotional health and decided to make a change. All of my social media apps were moved to the last page of my iPhone, a place that I never need to go. I installed a newsfeed blocker extension for Facebook (I don’t have the app on my phone) so I can still use the application for business and went about my merry way. 

My stepping away from social media was a huge step for me. There were so many awkward moments where I would get out my phone to create an Instastory about something, only to have to put my phone back without the payoff of my followers reacting to my post. I realized just how many times I wanted to post something that I was doing so that I would get a positive reaction from someone. “Good job doing yoga!” or “Way to eat healthy, that looks delicious!” or “You read so many books—how do you do it?”.  Choosing the helpful over convenient

I felt the need to perform on my social media and, as a result, it was making me feel the need to wear an even thicker mask than I usually did. So, removing that temptation, eliminating the desire to be my inauthentic self, felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. 

Distinguishing the Helpful from the Unhelpful

For me, social media has become one of those things that Paul talked about in 1 Corinthians 10:23. 

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.” (ESV)

This is one of the things that I love about the Lord: there are negotiables and non-negotiables in life, and we get to figure it out from there. There are some things that I just can’t do, like drinking alcohol, and there are things that I can do in small doses, like social media, but these rules don’t apply to everyone—just me. 

Each of us are unique individuals, and we all respond to life differently. It’s our job to be in tune with ourselves and the Lord to know what those things are.  We have been given ourselves—skills and limitations, desires and downfalls, and good and bad—to steward well. Part of caring for ourselves is knowing what triggers us and then work through those things accordingly.

If you know that social media is not good for your mental and emotional health, then cut it out. It won’t be easy and you will miss out on some baby or engagement announcements, but it’ll be worth it. If you know that you struggle with gossiping, maybe it’s time to ditch those friends who provide constant temptation. Or if food has become an idol, perhaps it’s time to lay that down at the Lord’s feet. Or you could struggle with something entirely different. 

My hope is that we are able to sit with the Lord and identify those things in our lives that are not giving us life. My prayer is that we would each have the courage to remove those things that are not helpful and do not build us up and replace them with those things that do. 

POWER FROM WITHIN

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019
  • By Christian Women
Lately, my church and my Bible study group have been talking about the Holy Spirit. I am learning so much. You see I grew up Catholic, but now I’m a Baptist.  So, this is all kind of new to me because I never really heard much about the Holy Spirit. I’m so amazed that He does so much for us.

Yes, I know that I can talk to God. But, I always wondered how I could understand Him. Why did I feel like I had Him listening and talking back to me in my mind? Especially, when I knew I was doing something wrong. His Spirit was convicting me.


Power within

Through the studies, I am learning that we can understand the Word because of the Holy Spirit. He interprets and helps us understand the Word.

When I first started to read the Bible I was not saved yet. Even though I was trying to read and understand I still could not. Looking at the scriptures wondering what does that even mean? I know you probably thought that or even think that for some scriptures. Now, I know that the Holy Spirit helps me understand.

The Helper

Jesus told his disciples that He would send a helper when He was gone. This would be the Holy Spirit. At the time the Spirit only hovered over the earth. He would be on prophets, but was not in people like He is today. How lucky are we? To have such Power in us.

John 14:16 says,” And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.”

If you notice that Father, He, and Helper are all capitalized. This could only mean one thing. They are all the same, they are God. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Meaning He sent us an Advocate/Helper/Himself to be with us forever.

Power Scriptures

He is our Teacher, Advocate, Convicts us of our Sins, Revealer, Intercessor, Guide, and Spirit of Life. He is the same Spirit that was in Jesus. The Spirit that rose Jesus from the dead lives in us. So, why do we feel weak, sad, worthless, or depressed when we have Him inside of us. Well, He dwells in the believers.

“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:16-17

When you believe, you are a new creation. Thank goodness for that. You do not have to walk around with your past. Drop it and leave it. Believing in Jesus makes a new person out of you. Then, you will receive the Holy Spirit and all its power.

“So we boldly say : ” The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6

Fill me up

Power within

  1. “But the Help, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that said to you.” John 14:26
  2.  “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.”         John 15:26
  3. “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
    Luke 24:45-47
  4. “Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
  5. Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
  6. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26
  7. “But you, my friends, keep on building yourselves up on your most sacred faith. Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit” Jude 1:20
  8. “God poured out the Holy Spirit abundantly on us through Jesus Christ our Savior”  Titus 3:6
  9. Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” John 3:5-6
  10. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

Prayer

My prayer for you is to believe that you have the power of His Spirit inside you. Knowing that you can get through anything. You are not alone. If you are going through a hard time and need someone to talk to know that you have the Spirit in you. He is listening and if you can’t get it out. Know that your tears do all the talking. God knows your heart and can see who He made you to be. You just have to believe it. Repent of your sins. I know that I have to do this daily because we all sin. I hope that you feel that the scriptures will help you in times of need. Understanding that God gave us a helper to be with us forever. He never wants us alone.


DEFY THE STATUS QUO!

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019
  • By Cindy Trimm


“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 NIV

There are so many believers in the world who let life happen to them, not knowing they are in a position to affect change.

There are so many gifted and talented people living miserable lives because they are confined by restrictions imposed upon them by others.

The days of restricted living are over.

Dare to go beyond the boundaries and expectations of others.

Dare to stretch past the walls and barriers that have been imposed upon you.

Dare to imagine and ask for more.

Dare to “do immeasurably more…according to His power that is at work within us.”
Ephesians 3:20 NIV

Dare to defy the status quo!

Your destiny is attached to the decisions you dare to make every day.

If you want to live into the immeasurably more that God has for you, you must learn to adopt a make-it-happen mindset.

Your destiny is contingent upon your decisions.

When we talk about destiny, we’re talking about where a person ends up at a future point in time based on the decisions they make now or have made in the past.

I am always surprised by the numbers of people who don’t have a clue that they can “decide for a change”—that they can change anything the moment they embrace their identity as a divinely-ordained change agent.

You are divinely created to create change.

You are a creative being with the power to imagine new outcomes—and endowed with the divine agency to act on what you’ve imagined.

You’ve probably heard me on a number of occasions describe the three types of people I’ve observed: 

1. Those who watch things happen

2. Those who ask, “What happened?”

3. Those who make things happen

History is made by those who make things happen. Change is made by those who make change happen. Success is made by those who make success happen. Wealth is made by those who make prosperity happen. 

A difference is made by those who make a difference happen.

Life is never fair; success and prosperity happen on an uneven playing field.

I used to think the playing field was level—that we are all given the same opportunity because we are all given the same number of hours in a day.

But the field is never completely level, and you will trip if you fail to see it for what it is. You need to run toward the end zone with your eyes wide open so you don’t stumble when you encounter a dip—let alone a defensive tackle.

You must be quick to adjust to make the goal.

We’re living in a world where we hear a great deal about discrimination—where we hear about marginalization, injustice, and inequality.

Most people believe that these are the types of things that determine their destiny.

However, it’s not inequity that determines your destiny, but how you react; it’s how you respond to the obstacles you encounter that determines your future.  

This is how you defy the status quo.

You take action.You learn not to be reactive, but to be proactive. 

It takes courage to go against the status quo—to go against tradition or the socio-cultural constraints of a nation; to speak up against unjust legislation.

It takes courage to proactively stand and speak out on behalf of those who haven’t yet found their voice. 

It takes strong inner conviction to disrupt the status quo.

We’re living in a time when believers must step up and disrupt!

Now more than ever we need God’s people to shake the world awake—to disrupt a world asleep to the need for justice and mercy.

We can no longer stand idly by watching from the sidelines. It is incumbent upon each of us to defy the status quo in our lives and in our nations.

The days of living bound by restrictions are over.

Purpose and destiny have the power to propel you beyond the status quo.

BREAK THROUGH TO THE REALM OF PROSPERITY!

  • Friday, June 7, 2019
  • By Cindy Trimm

If there’s one message the enemy comes against, it’s the message of prosperity. In this week’s 4-Points Broadcast, you will learn biblical keys to breaking through to the realm of prosperity—for good!

God wants to show you Kingdom principles for living in a wealthy place.

I don’t want you to compromise your vision for lack of provision! You are going to be able to build financial margin in your life so you can fulfill God’s original plan and purpose—you won’t have to wonder how you’re going to underwrite the vision God has given you. 

This is the last day you will feel as if you must minimize your dream because of an income stream!

I decree you will have the resources and capital to underwrite whatever vision God drops in your spirit—and an overflow to underwrite the Kingdom-inspired visions of others. You will learn to activate the principles of Kingdom economics and biblical finance to bring Heaven’s dreams and visions to pass!

DISCUSSION GUIDE

Read Haggai 1:6-11

What do we learn from this passage of scripture?

How might you have experienced what Haggai describes here?

Discuss how we can adjust our motivations and mindsets to access productive wealth?

Read Matthew 28:12

What is the number one reason why people don’t receive a return on their giving?

If it’s not the lack of money that creates poverty, what is it?

Discuss how most people convert money into the wrong things. Instead, what types of things should we be investing in?

Read Deuteronomy 15:10 and 30:9

What do we learn about God’s will from these verses?

Discuss five things we must understand about money if we are to truly prosper.

What repels and attracts wealth?

Read Job 1:1-3

What do we learn from Job about the power of our emotional energy?

How can you reframe your goals and motivations to strategically target your energy?

Discuss three actions steps you will take this week to break through to the realm of prosperity.

LETTING GO OF HURT: THE POWER TO FORGIVE

  • Monday, June 10, 2019
  • By Nicki

One of the hardest things to ask the human heart to do is forgive. Letting go of past hurt and forgiving those who have hurt and betrayed you.  It’s not an easy thing for one to do and no one forgives overnight. For many years, I thought forgiveness was a myth. I did not think it was possible. Even though I was in Christ, heard tons of sermons about forgiveness, I just did NOT believe it was something I personally could do at the time. I was filled with malice towards those I felt had wronged me. I wanted to pay them back with evil. I wanted to hurt them in the worst way possible. I was angry and did not want to forgive them. I didn’t feel they deserved forgiveness for what they had done to me.

Then I realized refusing to forgive those who had hurt me was blocking my blessings AND the Holy Spirit cannot dwell in a heart where malice and bitterness resided. I started to pray about it. I have spent a lot of nights crying and asking God why me? I didn’t deserve any of this. But I also spent a lot of nights laying those hurt at the feet of Jesus. I did it so much I don’t know even know when I was set free from those I held captive in my heart for years.

Friend, are you struggling to forgive today? Here is what the Word of God says,

Romans 12:17-21

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


The scripture indirectly addresses forgiveness. You ought to live at peace with everyone. There will always be the one-off situations. But even with those situations, Christ calls for you to love them. You can love others from afar. You can forgive them but use wisdom when dealing with those individuals. You don’t need to hate them. The Lord said if your enemy is hungry still feed them. Friend, did you notice while Christ was on the cross, He forgave those who crucified Him?
Jesus realized the only thing that was keeping Him from entering the kingdom of God was forgiveness and He forgave all those who persecuted Him. It wasn’t easy but He did it. All the hard work He had done on the cross for you and I would have been for nothing. You were on the mind of Jesus so He chose to forgive.Refusing to forgive others can keep you from your blessings and prevent you from entering the kingdom of God. That is the power of forgiveness. No one deserves your power.
When I began to release the people I had held captive in my heart for many years. Doors began to open for me. Happiness began to dwell in my heart. Honestly, it’s been so long I didn’t realize I let those people go. I’m more at peace in my life. I’m not bothered by who does not speak to me or love me.
I’m just like eh whatever!
I’m over it.

Thank God this is now a thing of the past for me. I have finally learned to let go and let God. I feel so much lighter and so much more powerful. I use to think, forgiveness meant giving the other person power over you. But it meant taking back your power from them. You’re not forgiving them for them, you’re doing it for YOU!
Forgiveness means to release the person from your grip hold. It doesn’t make you weak. They don’t deserve to have control over your life. I want you to understand, when someone hurts you they draw power from you and when you don’t forgive they keep the power. Friend, they don’t deserve to have such power over you. In fact, no one does. They’ve done enough damage in your life.  God has given you power and when you choose not to forgive others, you’re allowing them to access the power God has given to you.

So many people struggle with forgiving others. There are people who are holding on to grudges and bitterness with people who are dead and gone. They refuse to release them from their heart. That’s a dangerous place to be. Because the dead can’t do anything for you. You will never get to hear the word “I’m sorry.” The time has passed. Friend, you may not be able to forgive, but God can give you the strength to let it go today. If you desire to release anyone you may have in your heart today. I encourage you to pray to God and ask Him to give you the grace and strength to forgive. There is no need to continue to block your blessings from flowing. God can set you free from resentment, bitterness and hurt.

THIS IS HOW FASTING CHANGED MY LIFE

  • Monday, June 10, 2019
  • By Kytia L'amour

In this video I talk about a few ways God has used fasting to drastically change my life for the better. For some, fasting is a confusing topic, and I hope to shed some light on how, when, and why you should fast.

OVERCOMING FEAR

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • By Dr Cindy Trimm


Listen to this interview, as I teach you how to overcome fear in your life! You have not been given a spirit of fear. You have been given POWER, LOVE, and a SOUND MIND!

YOUR WORDS ARE POWERFUL

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • By Grace For Purpose


Guilt and Grace

  • Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • By Max Lucado

Sometime ago I read a story of a youngster who was shooting rocks with a slingshot. He could never hit his target. As he returned to Grandma’s backyard, he spied her pet duck. On impulse he took aim and let fly. The stone hit, and the duck was dead. The boy panicked and hid the bird in the woodpile, only to look up and see his sister watching.

After lunch that day, Grandma told Sally to help with the dishes. Sally responded, “Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen today. Didn’t you Johnny?” And she whispered to him, “Remember the duck!” So, Johnny did the dishes.

What choice did he have? For the next several weeks he was at the sink often. Sometimes for his duty, sometimes for his sin. “Remember the duck,” Sally’d whisper when he objected.

So weary of the chore, he decided that any punishment would be better than washing more dishes, so he confessed to killing the duck. “I know, Johnny,” his grandma said, giving him a hug. “I was standing at the window and saw the whole thing. Because I love you, I forgave you. I wondered how long you would let Sally make a slave out of you.”

He’d been pardoned, but he thought he was guilty. Why? He had listened to the words of his accuser.

You have been accused as well. You have been accused of dishonesty. You’ve been accused of immorality. You’ve been accused of greed, anger, and arrogance.

Every moment of your life, your accuser is filing charges against you. Even his name, Diabolos, means “slanderer.” Who is he? The devil.

As he speaks, you hang your head. You have no defense. His charges are fair. “I plead guilty, your honor,” you mumble.

“The sentence?” Satan asks.

“The wages of sin is death,” explains the judge, “but in this case the death has already occurred. For this one died with Christ.”

Satan is suddenly silent. And you are suddenly jubilant. You realize that Satan cannot accuse you. No one can accuse you! Fingers may point and voices may demand, but the charges glance off like arrows hitting a shield. No more dirty dishwater. No more penance. No more nagging sisters. You have stood before the judge and heard him declare, “Not guilty.”

THINGS AREN'T FALLING APART, THEY ARE FALLING INTO PLACE!

  • Friday, July 5, 2019
  • By Grace For Purpose


Have you ever thought that everything you are going through...all of the tough times, all of the storms are God preparing you for what's to come!

STOP WORRYING AND HEAR GOD CLEARLY!

  • Friday, July 5, 2019
  • By Priscilla Shirer

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