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You Can Make It

"My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9 God does His most powerful work when we are weak, empty and helpless. That is the state we do not like to be in, but it is the condition out of which God builds masterpieces. We like full. God likes empty. In fact, emptiness is a necessary first step to being filled with His presence.

Being weak is sometimes depicted as something painful or unpleasant. But pain can become a conduit for power. I eventually discovered that what was meant to destroy us can actually be what makes us strong and whole. What was supposed to be a stumbling block in our life can actually become a stepping stone.

You may be saying, "Paula, what good can possibly come out of my situation? How can God take my mess and get any glory?" It is interesting to me that transforming messes into blessings is God's specialty.
God does not communicate with us, bless us, and use us because we a…

Don't Be Disappointed

"And Peter went out, and wept bitterly." Luke 22:62 When I was seven years old, my grandfather took me to a five-and-dime store. Like a typical child, I ran to the toy section. There on the shelf sat the most beautiful doll I had ever seen. He saw the excitement on my face and observed the obvious anticipation of ownership. But he did not say what I expected, for he replied, "One of these days, Paula, I'll buy her for you."

Christmas came, my birthday came, but my three-foot, pink-laced, blonde ribbon-haired doll did not. Many years passed, and despite my desire, my doll never showed up. That doll was just one of many broken promises and disappointments I experienced in my young life.

Peter and the disciples had anticipated the majestic parade of a coming King that would deliver them from the political oppression by the Romans and the obsessive manipulation by the Pharisees. The scribes had taught the people a version of this long awaited Messiah. The pe…

God's Substitute

"And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew." - Genesis 4:25

Eve was the first woman to ever wrestle with real pain, real depression, and real brokenness. She had lent her ear to the enemy, and with Adam's consent, it led to the worst possible destruction - the fall of humankind. Adam and Eve were originally created in the image of God, but after the fall their nature was changed. And from then until now, every child that is conceived is born into sin, the likeness and the image of Adam and Eve.

As a result of their sin, Eve's son Cain killed her son Abel. I cannot imagine the pain she must have felt. she did not just lose one son. Abel was dead, and Cain might as well have been dead. he was there, but he was not there. He became a fugitive. I have often wondered what emotional pain Eve must have gone through.

Eve no doubt beat herself up for the person…

Walk Away

"And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country and from thy kindred and come into the land which I shall show thee." - Acts 7:3

It is dangerous to hold onto some things that need to be released. God wanted Abraham to establish a nation through his descendants by blessing him and by making his name great. He promised him that his future was going to be much better than his past. And when God began to reveal His plan to Abraham, the first thing He told him was to beware of his family ties.

God showed Abraham what he would inherit, once he was willing to leave everything and pull away from those who would be a snare to his destiny. The thing that gives us power to leave one thing is seeing something better that we are going to inherit. If you cannot see that you have a brighter tomorrow, it becomes far more difficult to leave your yesterdays.

When Abraham got ready to leave the "old" to inherit the "new" the Bible records that Lot went with him (Genesis 12…

Take Control

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." -
2 Corinthians 10:4-5

I want to speak to you this morning concerning imaginations. The word "imaginations" in the Greek language is the word "logosimos," which denotes the mental reasoning or the emotions in direct response to a thought. When the apostle Paul insists that we cast down our imaginations, he is referring to the emotions connected to the thoughts we perceive. We are not instructed to quit imagining, but to destroy every imagination that is contrary to the will of God.

Emotions can be deceptive. How can you trust something that is not always consistent or reliable? And as far as imagination is concerned, it is God who gave it to us in the first place, so how can it, in …

His Word Works - Pentecost

1) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3) And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4 Something happens when we walk in agreement! Did you know many theologians believe that the 10 commandments were given to Moses on Pentecost? Or that King David was born on Pentecost? Pentecost is a significant day for God to suddenly release “new things”! 2015 is the year of God’s favor and grace. He is going to do new things this year! The Day of Pentecost in Acts was a fulfillment of a promise – the promise of the Holy Spirit. “Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write t…