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Your Praying Priest

"But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."
Hebrews 7:24-25
When Peter was faced with his greatest test, Jesus called him aside and warned him that Satan had desired to sift him as wheat. Here "desired" means, "to put a demand on something." Satan put a demand to take Peter out. When the enemy wants to attack you, he is not after your car or your job—he wants you dead.
But Jesus gave him comfort with these words, "But I have prayed for you that thy faith fail not," (Luke 22:32).  Jesus told him that he would rely on his flesh, but that there was a deposit inside him that would not fail. It was the faith of God. Peter denied but did not depart.
Jesus' prayer was answered. Peter remained true, returned to his senses, and was the support person for the disciples, and the preacher…

Ask For Wisdom

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
James 1:5
God asked Solomon in a dream to seek anything he desired, and the Lord would give it to him. But instead of asking for long life, riches, or honor, he asked for wisdom. It pleased the Lord for what he had sought after, and it was granted to him.

There is a worldly wisdom, and there is Godly wisdom. It is more than head knowledge; it is heart knowledge. For, you see, you can get an education, gain experience and administrate the largest company in America, but if you do not have godly wisdom, you are lacking revelation. Earthly wisdom is obtained, but heavenly wisdom is imparted.
What good is it if you know the ways of the world, but do not have the God who is running the world inside of you? And what is even worse is to be a Christian and depend upon worldly wisdom for success. God can tell you things that only He knows, and provide provi…

Marital Needs

"And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God."

Revelations 19:6-9 (KJV)

Not only does human history open with a marriage; it is also destined to close with one. Marriage is a special and sacred institution to God. God created marriage so that the family could springboard from the fountain of the marriage relationship. Because God created and intended all of these things before we entered the world, we look around and find that lif…

Above All

"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth."
3 John 1:2
At times in our life, it is difficult to know what God's will is for our life. Finding God's will is a continuous activity that will be a part of our life until we go to heaven. But one thing is certain, that God came to give us life and to give it more abundantly—life to the fullest. That means to have more then enough, to lack nothing. He did not send His only Son just to save us from our sins, but that we would live life to its maximum potential in God. This is the purpose of God.

The word "prosper," can mean, "to succeed in reaching." God says if you will reach for it, I will slap success on it. Everything you go after in God, He desires that you obtain it. If it is ministry, your marriage, your children, your finances, your healing, God declared that He would slap success on it.

Above all means just that—all. When God brought t…

Challenge Life

"And [the daughters of Zelophehad] stood before Moses,…saying, Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father."
Numbers 27:2–4 What do you do when something in life tries to rob you of what is rightfully yours? The five daughters of Zelophehad faced gender discrimination regarding their family inheritance in the “promised” land and refused to sit back and accept “wrongs” as part of their destiny. They were willing to challenge! Many people today are so passive that they do not seek out the power they need to press through the obstacles of life. The enemy wreaks havoc in their lives because they refuse to stand up and say, “Enough is enough!” Passive people do not win in life.Some people expect that after they become Christians, everything will fall out of heaven into their laps. That isn’t what the Word of God says. Joshua 1:8 tells us that we become prosperous and…

Undeserved Grace & Access

"As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
the rough ways smooth."
(Isaiah 3:4-5 NIV)

John the Baptist came declaring a message of the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins in order to prepare the way of the Lord. To “repent” means to think differently or afterwards; to reconsider. It’s a call forward into the things of God.

The Lord’s intentions are that you are filled and lifted up before His return. However, before we will ever be prepared for the Lord Jesus, the “mountains” of our pride and self must come down.

Only to the degree that we become “valleys” can we expect to be filled up. In preparation for Christ, God placed John the Baptist in the Jordan Valley – the lowest place in the world. It is significant that the Lord be…

Rewards of Diligence

And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
Luke 2:51-52
Jesus increased in wisdom, stature and favor as He grew. As you and I grow in Christ, we mature spiritually as well. One of the characteristics of Jesus’ maturity we are pursuing is wisdom. Wisdom attracts the favor of GOD.

Wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord, through which discernment can develop in a growing believer. There are seven pillars of wisdom, or underlying kingdom principles that under gird what wisdom does.

The fourth pillar, which we will talk about now, is diligence. Diligence is showing perseverance at whatever is undertaken. It is characterized by steady, earnest and energetic work. Diligence in the Biblical sense is a persevering application of the Word of God. Not only does diligence mean “faithful, steady, consistent work at something you refuse to…

God's Direction

"Who...called us...not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace,"
2 Timothy 1:9
It is not up to God to create a destiny for you. It is up to you to discover the destiny that has already been created for you. When you walk in your destiny, you will have peace, prosperity, joy and fulfillment. But what will lead you down a path of destruction and death is the walk of the flesh. The flesh can only satisfy for a moment. The Bible states, "The pleasures of sin [are] for a season," (Hebrews 11:25). This kind of lifestyle will cloud your vision, make you lose your focus, and miss your destiny.

God desires to lead you into righteousness and goodness. Psalms 35:27 declares, "Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant." Many times we evaluate our life by measuring it to others, instead of the Word of God. We think that nothing will go our way, because our self-image does not appear to be changed. Our cir…

The Cycle

"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9 A struggle or trouble is not a one-time event. It is cyclical. Some things come in cycles. Life can teach us many things and I have learned that life is nothing but a series of cycles. I can tell my future by looking at the past. It is not something we like to hear, but it is true—history repeats itself. Cities, names, and factors my be different, but the story-line is the same.
You might change churches, but too often we find the same mess we just left. I have discovered that no matter how hard you try, you cannot change certain events in your life, no matter how much faith you have. It takes more than faith to walk through the struggle than to be delivered from it. I may not be able to stop things from happening, but I can do something about my gratitude towards it. It really does not matter what you go through…

What are the Characteristics of Discernment?

Beloved, in this season, the people of God are going to experience unprecedented favor! We are examining the Word of God to discover what He favors, and bringing ourselves into alignment with the Word of God. When we bring ourselves and our lives into agreement with God’s Word, we are positioned to receive His favor – triple favor!Are you ready? I hope so, because God is at work, and He has chosen you for such a time as this!

"And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man."
Luke 2:51-52

Jesus increased in wisdom, stature and favor as He grew. As you and I grow in Christ, we mature spiritually. One of the characteristics of Jesus’ maturity we should strive to model is wisdom. Wisdom attracts the favor of GOD. Wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord, through which discernment can develop in a growing believer. Discernment is …