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Failproof Faith

"For if ye do these things, ye shall never fall." 2 Peter 1:10b The author of this book is the apostle Peter. It strikes me funny that he is the one who writes this. It is obvious that he learned through experiences, for he was the one who (in my opinion) struggled the most to stand. He loved God, he followed God, he gave to God, he forsook all, but he struggled in the end to stand. Is this not the real issue in your life, as well?  I am not talking about your love for God or your obedience to God; I am talking about your ability to stand. When Jesus warned Peter about his denial, Peter guaranteed Jesus that he would have his back. When we are faced with real pressure from our peers and the world, we struggle to stand. But how can you go through and not fall? Peter was the perfect portrait for most people.
His name was Simon, which means, "water." Water is unstable (taking on the shape according to its environment) in terms of an element. But Jesus renamed him, Pet…

Restoration of the HEART

“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Genesis 2:18 (KJV)

God and His Word has a lot to say about relationships, connection, intimacy, bonding, and sex. In relationship connections, we find comfort, safety and nurturing that allows us to develop as a whole person. Truly loving others maturely and not becoming co-dependent comes from loving and respecting ourselves first which only comes from “wholeness” through intimate relationship with God!

Statistics have shown that happiness is correlated to the cultivation and experience of stable, healthy relationships. When you have healthy relationships and feel loved and accepted for who you are, you are much more likely to be a healthy, happy person. Connection is the key to happiness. God wants us to be happy, and experience the joy of whole, secure relationships. Let’s go a little deeper into the issues surrounding relationship connections: the issues of bonding and attac…

Victory Through Relationship

The currency of the kingdom of God is relationships.  Life is not about what you have, your title, or your bank accounts. Although all those things are important, life is relational. We exist and perceive our identity not in a vacuum, but in relation to whom we are connected. I believe that God wants us to experience the abundant life, one that is superior in quality…and for us to have victory in our relationships!

Statistics have shown that happiness is positively correlated with stable, healthy relationships. When you have healthy relationships and feel loved and accepted for who you are, you are much more likely to be a healthy, happy person. In connection, we find comfort, safety and nurturing that allows us to develop as a whole person. Your relationships can even affect your biochemistry, which affects your physical body. It isn’t any surprise then, that Satan would try to affect our ability to be healthy and whole in relationships, or to choose the wrong individuals with which…

Strategies in Spiritual Warfare

"“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters."Luke 11:21-23 [NIV]

The Bible makes it clear that a battle line has been drawn between two kingdoms. Satan has tried since the beginning of time to copy God’s hierarchical organization and fill it with perversion. God has always preserved a remnant of true followers who will not be turned away from Him. These followers – you and me – have been the subject of Satan’s jealousy and anger since the serpent set out to deceive Adam and Eve.

The enemy has a limited arsenal that he uses to attack God’s people. We have been examining these inferior methods of attack and discussing effective defenses to them. God has harvest for His people! In this season, God desires that you should break o…

Uncover What Is Hidden

"But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light." Ephesians 5:13 When Joshua and the Israelites conquered Jericho, they were so confident in their God and the previous results, total annihilation, that when they went out to fight the next city, Ai, they did not send all the troops. But they not only were defeated, they suffered causalities—thirty-six soldiers were dead. It devastated Joshua.
God revealed the source of their defeat. Hidden under the tent of Achan were the spoils of the war, which were "off limits." God had previously warned them to not take anything from the city of Jericho for it was "devoted" or "set-apart" to God as a first fruit.
Sin in our lives will bring harm, not only to us, but also to those whom we love dearly. It is best if we uncover our hidden treasures ourselves. If not, God will expose it eventually. Seek God with a humble spirit today and with honesty. O…

Recognizing the Depths of Satan

Every season in your life has certain events predestined and appointed to happen by God’s hand. Understanding the times and seasons of God is important for perceiving your destiny because your individual mandate falls within the bigger scheme of God’s timing. Your individual mandate will have attacks launched upon it by Satan, and we must get an understanding so that we can overthrow the plan of the enemy.

Satan has organized ways that he attacks believers and we must be aware of this. As a believer, you belong to the winning side, and you must know how to legally engage in combat. I’m going to talk more about the strategies of spiritual warfare. You’ll recognize the depths of Satan while wearing the mighty armor of God!

The Bible makes it clear that a battle line has been drawn between two kingdoms. One is the kingdom of God: the kingdom of light and righteousness. The other is the kingdom of the devil: the kingdom of darkness, evil, and all lies. The kingdom of God and the kingdom …

Warfare: Possess Your Success

Understanding the times and seasons of God is important for perceiving your destiny. Your individual mandate falls within the bigger scheme of God’s timing. Your individual mandate will have attacks launched upon it by Satan, and these are marked by the enemy’s perception of what God is doing in the spiritual realm.

The Bible makes it clear that a battle line has been drawn between two kingdoms. One is the kingdom of God: the kingdom of light and righteousness. The other is the kingdom of the devil: the kingdom of darkness, evil, and all lies. The kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness both operate in hierarchical order.

Satan has tried to copy God’s hierarchical organization and as such, has organized ways that he attacks believers. Your enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy you. He doesn’t want to just give you a bad hair day, or make you lose your patience. He wants to cause you to forfeit all the blessings that God has around the corner for you, and the ones you have alread…

Keep On Course

"From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to rock that is higher than I." Psalms 61:2 This Psalm is sometimes called a supplication song. Supplication means to "beseech or implore; to ask or beg in a humble way." It gives us a glimpse of David in a private moment when he cries out to God, as he is faced with a traumatic situation in life. It is good to know you are not the only person who has ever had a problem. You are not alone. Trouble is not a respecter of persons. It is not prejudiced toward you. It does not care about your social or economic status.

Do you feel like David today? You know you are saved and chosen by God, but heartache and pain continue to visit your doorstep. You cannot simply pray all of your struggles away, because sooner or later God will make you face them head on. There are times when it seems like hell is coming against you. Then you wonder, "What went wrong? How did I get here? Why am I …

Wear The Armor

God dispenses seasons by which our purposes are regulated. That is, to every season He has appointed a certain thing to come to pass in your life. Understanding the times and seasons of God is vital to understanding the context of our destiny. Within the grand scheme of God's season falls your individual mandate.

The enemy, Satan, also has methodical, organized ways he attacks believers and we must be aware of not only our enemy, but the accusations and temptations he tries to lay across our path as a stumbling block. As a believer, you belong to the winning side, but you must know how to legally engage in combat.

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gat…

In Due Time

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time." 1 Peter 5:6 If you have ever suffered from low self-esteem, you may think to yourself, "How could I possibly humble myself any more than I have already?" It is possible for you to exaggerate everything out of proportion as you attempt to make yourself and everything you do seem bigger and better, in order for you to feel comfortable within your surroundings.
Believe me, I am talking to you out of experience, so stay with me. Peter's phrase "in due time" is very interesting. In Greek it means "kyros," or "set or proper" time. In other words, if you are unwilling to humble yourself or go through this process, then God Himself will exalt you. God will do this; it is His promise to you. But remember this, it will happen at a preset time. When you are too impatient to wait for the promise of God, you will begin to work things out within your o…

You Are Worthy

"Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar."  2 Samuel 9:5 The person David went after, Mephibosheth, was Saul's grandson.  When he was five years old, an invasion took place.  He was picked up by a nurse who cared for him, but she lost her grip in her attempt to rush for safety, and as a result, the boy became impaired (2 Samuel 4:4).
Think of it: Mephibosheth was dropped when he was in the arms of someone he trusted, and the incident left him lame, handicapped, and crippled.  After he was dropped, he was sent to live in Lo-debar.  Lo-debar means a desert, a wilderness, a place of shame, and the city of despair.
David sent rescuers to retrieve Mephibosheth, because he made a covenant of kindness years earlier with Jonathan.  When Mephiboseth entered the presence of king David, he made a pitiful statement: "What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?" (2 Samuel 9:8).  He di…