If you are reading this blog post, you have already allowed God to share His passion for a particular ministry with you.
And if God's shared his passion, He's chosen you to stand in the gap on behalf of others who are on the front lines of Christ's kingdom advance.
Those others might be missionaries, pastors, teachers of pastors, strategists, supporters, or believers who are enduring persecution.
I've no doubt their resources are limited, their challenges are great and their dreams are large.
They teach, and travel, and build, and recruit, and promote, and fund raise, and...do it over and over again, all day, everyday.
And you? You have been called to pray.
The enemy would like for you to consider your job insignificant. You're not like them. You've not sacrificed, or gone hungry, or slept on the hard ground under a star-studded sky. This praying job is the kind that can go undone and no one will notice if you don't show up to work. The enemy wants to convince you...
I don’t know how your elementary schools ended their field days but mine always culminated with a great big game of tug of war. We lined up on opposite sides of a mud pit, grabbed hold of that dirty rope and held on tight as we wrestled with the team on the other side. We strained against the pressure, heaved and hauled as hard as we could. Back and forth we’d go as the bystanders hollered and our faces turned purple. We grunted and groaned until we either fell on our backsides in victory or found ourselves face down in the mud pit of defeat.
That was fun.
Those tug of war games remind me of Jacob’s wrestling match with God, and what a wrestling match that was! Jacob, a mere man, afraid, vulnerable, and completely at the mercy of God, versus the Lord Almighty, the ultimate power of heaven. Is it just me, or do you too find it interesting that, while Jacob was terrified of his brother, he didn’t hesitate to take on God? I love that!...
Now, there's a bold promise. I am about to tell you how you can rest assured on your blessed assurance that God hears your prayers and ANSWERS them!
This is maybe the most important bit of information you are going to read today. If you believe God; if you've accepted His gift of salvation and pledged to follow hard after Jesus all the days of your life; then you, my friend, have been given a powerful privilege!
God not only invites you to step into His throne room and discuss your concerns with Him. He implores you to come boldly!
"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace; that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16 NKJV
God doesn't invite you to come, just to shoot the breeze! He invites you to come to Him, so that you may get something from Him! (Notice the word, "obtain" and "find" in Hebrews 4:16.)
Here are 3 absolute truths (truths that are factual whether or not you...
If you could see clearly, we wouldn’t call this “the dark.” There are times in our lives when the truths we took for granted seem to be challenged and the God we thought we knew seems to have disappeared. If you (or someone you know) is bumbling about in the dark right now, please be encouraged by the following verses from God’s Word.
1. “I am still confident of this; I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 145:13-14
2. “’Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10
3. “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”...
As I taught the 4-week introduction to prayer this past August at Thompson Station Church, I had the privilege of entertaining some really great questions on prayer.
Is every conversation with the Lord considered a prayer? Or only when you say, "in Jesus' Name I pray?"
Every conversation with the Lord is considered a prayer! Prayer is communication with God. When you say, "in Jesus' Name I pray" those are merely words unless you understand their meaning. Some people use "in Jesus' Name I pray" as a sort of spiritual postage stamp to get their prayer to heaven. But in reality, to pray in the Name of Jesus is more about surrender than it is about sending.
When we pray in Jesus' Name we acknowledge that He is reason we get to enter the presence of God and make our request; and that we want to yield our petition to His wisdom and knowledge and power. God answers our prayers when we align them with His purposes and desires. Those simple words, "in Jesus' Name I...
1. Spiritual Warfare is real.
I Peter 4:12 says this, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as through some strange things were happening to you.”
If you are deceived into thinking that there might be a way to avoid the battle—you are seriously mistaken. When you chose to follow Jesus you became an enemy to the world and the prince of darkness targets you for attack. Jesus said it like this,
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you." John 15:18-19 NIV
Are there any “fiery ordeals among you?” There are among me! Since 2010
· I’ve fought cancer
So, you're ready to learn the secret to success. Before you read any further, I want to preface all that you're about to read with this declaration of my faith.
I believe in God as Creator and Ruler of the Universe.
I believe that God is our Source of Life.
I believe that God loves people.
I believe that sin separates people from God.
I believe God loves people so much that He perfectly crafted and completed a plan for people to be in personal relationship with Him.
I believe this plan was accomplished through the miraculous birth, sinless life, sacrificial death and bodily resurrection of God's Son, Jesus Christ.
I believe that people who accept their sin as rebellion against God, and genuinely repent of that rebellion are forgiven. Their forgiveness is made possible by their understanding and humble acceptance of Jesus' willingness to pay the penalty of sin--a debt we could not pay.
I believe that because Jesus rose from the dead, people who enter in to a personal...
This is perhaps the most practical book I've written. I don't know about you, but there's a little pool that I find myself in sometimes, the water's warm and a bit icky, but splashing about in it can be quite comforting.
It's the pity pool.
It's the place we go when somebody's done done us wrong.
It's the place we hide when our feelings are hurt.
Well, maybe hide isn't the best word for it, it's the place we sit as we shout to the world, "Look at me! Look how hard it is to be me!"
And while the pity pool is not all that bad--it's also not all that good. In fact, it's really a dead end and nobody wants to end up in that mess.
I wrote this book to help you get out of that pool. Taking Responsibility for the Choices We Make is about living this adventure we call life in a way that gives us the power to overcome.
In these pages I tell you exactly HOW you can maneuver yourself up and out of your mess. I...
You can argue with God and win.
In Matthew 7:7 Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened for you.”
And again in John 15:7 where He assured us that we can “ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.”
Jesus spoke these things to reassure us that God answers us when we pray and prayer works!
And I’m here to tell you how you can lay hold of these truths, experience their reality in your life and then turn around and say to the skeptics—I KNOW God answers prayer! He’s answered mine!
To argue with God and win, pray this way:
1. Identify what you are asking God to do and clearly state your request.
This might sound like a no-brainer to you, but if you stop and think about it, we sometimes think we’re asking for something when we’re really just beating around the bush!
When Jesus delivered miracles, He...
Shame and conviction have the same roots but different fruits. They are both rooted in sin that led to defeat, and perhaps a dose of humiliation.
Shame has Satan for a gardener.
Conviction has the Holy Spirit.
Shame’s gardener comes to steal, kill and destroy.
Conviction’s Gardner comes to give life more abundant.
If you let shame’s gardener tend to your garden, you will produce the fruit of hatred and self-loathing, despair, regret, impatience, harshness, wishy-washiness, and a life out of control. Your “crop” will spread like wildfire, and consume the plants surrounding it.
If you let conviction’s gardener tend to your garden, you will produce the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Your crop will nourish the soil and all your other plants will grow even more beautiful.
The fruit you produce will depend NOT on the root (any ol’ root will do), but on the one you allow to...