You have to run over the devil before he runs over you. You are standing on a battlefield (perhaps a different one than you were last year at this time). You may be standing in the middle of an army or you may be standing all alone. Are you just going to stand there, waiting to see what will happen? Or are you going to do something that will allow you to get and keep the upper hand? King David gave us a Psalm that we should graft onto ourselves so that we can be true overcomers: "I pursued [...]
Since the beginning of time, the Holy Spirit has looked for people through whom He can manifest Himself. At the time of the creation, He "hovered" like a hen over her baby chicks (see Gen. 1:2). After the Exodus, Moses said, "Oh, that all the people of the Lord were prophets" (Num. 11:29b). The prophet Joel foretold a day when prophecy, dreams and visions would become widespread (see Joel 2:28-29). After Jesus came and the Spirit was given to the church, Peter announced that the day prophesied by Joel had arrived (see Acts 2:14-21). Today, we are still living [...]
Faith matters. Faith is the constant, abiding trust in something. True faith is the constant, abiding trust in God Himself. By that we mean faith toward God, not faith in our feelings, our circumstances or other people, even leaders. True faith is in the present tense as distinguished from hope, which is future-oriented. Faith comes after repentance and is of the heart, not of the mind. Where Is Your Faith? More...
Since the beginning of time, the Holy Spirit has looked for people through whom He can manifest Himself. At the time of the Creation, He “hovered” like a hen over her baby chicks (see Genesis 1:2). After the Exodus, Moses said, “would that all God’s people were prophets” (see Numbers 11:29). The prophet Joel foretold a day when prophecy, dreams, and visions would become widespread (see Joel 2:28–29). After Jesus came and the Spirit was given to the Church, Peter announced that the day prophesied by Joel had arrived (see Acts 2:14–21). Today, we are still living in that [...]
Battle is part of the Christian life. There is a real enemy and you were born into a war. So, seasons of struggle are a given. But can you shorten your seasons of struggle? I believe you can, and I believe that the Bible is filled with good advice toward this end. You do not need to prolong the agony. You can arise and conquer. One of the enemy's ploys is to make you roll over into a passive position. When that happens, you are no longer actively engaged and the devil can roll over you. It is important [...]