Take the “people of war with you.”

“Take all the people of war with you.” Jos 8:1 NKJV When you’re under spiritual attack, you need to surround yourself with “the people of war.” They are experienced in spiritual warfare and know how to deal with the Enemy. They have proven strategies for victory and a tenacious faith that rises up and says, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Ro 8:31). The truth is, the people of war are the people of the Word. They know how to take the sword of the spirit, which is … [Read more...]

Heartfelt Prayer

“When you pray, don’t babble on and on.” Mt 6:7 NLT Here’s what Jesus taught about prayer: “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.” Then He gave us two specific instructions. First: “Shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private” (v. 6 NLT). Second: “Your Father knows exactly what you need…before you ask him” (v. 8 NLT). Heartfelt prayer isn’t meant for human ears. In The … [Read more...]

God Wants to Tell You Something

“When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the…bush.” Ex 3:4 NLT Never judge a person’s potential by what they appear to be right now. Moses, one of history’s greatest leaders, was tending sheep when God called him. There’s not a corporate headhunter who would have hired him. But don’t judge him yet—he’s just between jobs. God is about to talk to him and change his life. If you’re tired of listening to everybody else’s opinions, get alone with God. He will show … [Read more...]

A Formula For Successful Living

“Accept…authority…humble yourselves…Give all your worries… to God.” 1Pe 5:5-7 NLT Somebody quipped, “The trouble with success is that the formula is the same as the one for a nervous breakdown.” The Bible gives us the realformula for successful living. It encompasses three areas: authority, attitude, and assurance. “Accept the authority of the elders…humble yourselves under the mighty power of God…Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” Let’s look at each of the … [Read more...]

You Will Get Through This

“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job 8:21 NIV Sometimes when your heart has been broken, the healing comes first and the answers come later. But when you think about it, wouldn’t you rather walk with God in the darkness than walk alone in the light? It’s doubtful Job ever fully comprehended all the losses he experienced in life or why. But there came a time when he was able to look back and say with confidence, “He will yet fill your mouth … [Read more...]

Step Back and See the Bigger Picture

“A great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” 1Co 16:9 NKJV One day the Chamber of Commerce in a small town invited a successful businessman to come and speak. The local economy was bad and they were discouraged, so his job was to motivate them. He took a large piece of white paper and made a red dot in the center of it. “What do you see?” he asked the audience. One person replied, “I see a red dot.” The speaker said, “Fine, but what else do you see?” Others … [Read more...]

Remember the Overlooked and Forgotten

“Plead the case of the widow.” Isa 1:17 NIV In New Testament times society had no welfare system. That’s why the apostle James wrote, “Religion that God…accepts…is…to look after orphans and widows” (Jas 1:27NIV). This could be the kind of ministry you’ve been looking for! The only qualification you need is the memory of how it feels to “be left out” and the compassion to “do something about it.” The following poignant letter, “The Story of Widowhood,” was written by a … [Read more...]

You can overcome your past!

"Jephthah…a mighty man of valor…was the son of a harlot.” Jdg 11:1 NKJV Sociologists tell us that human behavior is largely determined by two things: our parents and our environment. Judging by that, they’d have written Jephthah off as a lost cause! But not God. His Word says, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing” (Isa 43:18-19 NKJV). When Jesus becomes Lord of your life, neither genes nor environment can prevent you from becoming … [Read more...]

Enjoy Your Life

“To everything there is a season…a time to laugh…to dance…to love.” Ecc 3:1-8 When did you last take time to laugh, to dance, and to love? Can you even remember? In the words of an unknown poet: “This is the age of the half-read page; the quick hash and the mad dash. The bright knight with the nerves tight; the plane hop and the brief stop. The lamp-tan in a brief span; the big shot in a good spot. The brain strain and the heart pain; the catnaps until the spring snaps…and the fun’s done!” … [Read more...]

Stop Putting It Off

“Teach us to number our days.” Ps 90:12 NKJV In a 1985 newspaper essay, Anne Wells wrote: “My brother-in-law opened my sister’s bureau and lifted out a tissue-wrapped package. It was an exquisite silk handmade slip; the price tag with an astronomical figure on it was still attached. ‘Jan bought this the first time we went to New York…eight or nine years ago,’ [he said]. ‘She never wore it; she was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this is the occasion.’ He put the slip on the bed … [Read more...]