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Overcoming Adverse Influences

When we think of overcoming problems in our life, we usually focus on things like depression, anger, addictions, impulsiveness, hate, unforgiveness, loneliness, lust, anxiety, etc. And if nothing major stands out, we assume everything is all right. When was the last time you thought to yourself that you should be more loving to others? The tendency is to assume that we’re always loving as long as we aren’t unloving or have blatant hatred in our hearts. Or when have you decided to ask forgiveness for those things you haven’t done? Again, our fallen way is to assume we don’t need to express humility unless we have wrongfully hurt someone.

However, a more subtle deception slowly leaks into our lives; and before we know it, we have to call for help because there is a flood. Culture can be a leaky faucet that slowly trickles into our lives which may end up causing a flood of misconceptions about reality. Culture can also be a good thing. Culture can enrich our lives, giving us a heritage …

Overcoming Adversity

The plans God has for your life are far greater than the plans you have for yourself.  He has significant plans for your life, your church, your city, and the nations. The way we choose to deal with life’s troubles, trials and times of transition are pivotal. On the agenda of God, you are significant.“For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
[Jer 29:11… NIV]

In order to fulfill the plans of God and become “who” God has pre-ordained you to be, you will go through a “process.” A process can be defined as “a series of actions, changes or functions bringing about a desired result.”

The result is: you will be who God says you are, do what God says you will do and have what God says you will have.
The entire process of growth and fulfillment of destiny hinges on a critical factor:
The way we choose to deal with life’s troubles, trials and times of transition. Like the Apostle Peter who delivers t…

Pray In The Spirit

We have to engage the enemy that attacks us using the proper weapons.  But sometimes we are so overwhelmed we don’t even know what to pray. There are times when words fail and human intelligence fumbles with the articulation of what it is we need. When life knocks the breath out of you, God understands the words contained in a single tear. When words fail, we can rely on the Holy Spirit to pray through us. Relying on the Spirit to pray “builds up” your spirit man in the places where you need it most.
“We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” Romans 8:26-27

When we pray in the Spirit, the Spirit of God intercedes for us according to whatever God's will is. 
Back up a little. The verse says that the Holy Spirit searches our hearts. Since the Spirit of God searches our …

Seeking Love As A Single Mom

Nothing is too hard for God.  About 4 out of every 10 babies are born to unwed mothers. I won’t go into the statistics of the children birthed from those relationships – it can be on the depressing side. I’m glad our God is a supernatural God! Our God defies all statistics and can do all things. Nothing is too hard for him! With Him being glorified and raised, I want to share a few insights into the lives of single parents – single mothers in particular.
Single mothers face specific issues that impact their ability to develop and maintain relationships.  Adding to the complexity of their lives is the fact that every single mother came to be where she is for different reasons; some had children out of marriage, others were separated, divorced or widowed. Some have a good support network; others are very alone. Whatever the situation, I want to share some of the specific challenges single mothers face so they might read this and be comforted, and so others may know how to touch the liv…

Your Test and Process - Get Ready for the Next Level!

“Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way.

So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive.

Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God."

I Samuel 30:1-6

There is no doubt that we are living in the most exciting time in c…

Get Reality!

Relationships are the currency of the kingdom. Human beings were created for fulfilling relationships with each other and with God. Relationships can greatly influence many aspects of our lives – even our destiny. I want to go deeper into how relationships can create wrongful control of our soul that become ungodly. I am going to show you how to receive deliverance from ungodly relationships through Jesus Christ.

“When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren. So Leah conceived and bore a son and she called his name Reuben; for she said ‘The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now, therefore, my husband will love me.’ Then she conceived again and bore a son, and said ‘Because the Lord has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also, and she called his name Simeon.’ She conceived again and bore a son and said ‘Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have bore him three sons.’ Therefore, his name was c…

What Is Wisdom?

This month, you are going to experience the favor of Almighty God!  We are examining what the favor of God is because you will experience His outpouring of blessings! Let’s dig into the meat of the Word of God to dissect exactly what His favor is. Are you ready? I hope so, because the “I AM” 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, too.  Favor is the divine current that takes you from your present season to your future destiny. You and I need God’s favor to lay hold of our destiny in Christ. We need the favor of God to take us to our “Promised Land”!

One of the characteristics of Jesus’ growth we should model in order to manifest favor with God a…

Challenge Yourself!

Life’s opportunities and challenges never end.  There will always be something new to learn, to try, and to experience. There will be new people to meet, new places to go, new insights to gain, and to share.

One of the best ways to share God’s goodness is by living in a manner that inspires others. As parents, this is one of our primary ways to nurture our children as they grow. Every parent has the opportunity to nurture and develop seeds of potential in their child. There are many ways to inspire others—and another powerful way to inspire others is by challenging yourself with continual growth!
God designed you to be a continual learner.  He also designed you to continue to explore His creation and to push yourself outside of your boundaries. Although this might make you uncomfortable in the beginning, it broadens your path toward new opportunities—and gives others the courage to do the same.

You should strive to be different today than you were yesterday – and different tomorrow tha…

Are you making the right connections?

Recent research by psychologists investigating the roots of happiness found that the happiest people are those who are closely connected with family and friends. They spend the least amount of time alone, and pursue both ‘personal growth and intimacy.’ They are people who fill their lives with meaningful, absorbing activities that keep them from focusing on the negative, or worrying too much. They live life ‘in the flow’ while doing what they are best at, gifted in – capitalizing on what psychologists call their ‘signature strengths.’
In other words — making ‘right connections’ with the world around you is vital to experiencing happiness! ‘Right connections’ is where we find comfort and safety – and a nurturing space that allow us to develop as a whole person…maturing inwardly as we develop outwardly.  Without proper connection to others, our physical, emotional and cognitive powers weaken significantly. The kind of connection we long for is the kind that creates a sense of belongin…

What is 'The Good Life?'

Americans are on the hunt for a fulfilling life, searching for everything and anything in order to satisfy unfulfilled desires, misplaced shame, and an uneasy conscience. Consumer experts and skilled inventors televise their promises of a happy life in forty-second intervals, capturing anxious hearts with cheap psychological tactics and childish gimmicks in a blink of an eye. The reciprocating truth dauntingly catches backup: we search for life in all the wrong places.
God created us in such a way that a happy, satisfied, content life is only found in Jesus.  In a clear and heart-searching tone, Proverbs pointedly speaks to twenty-first century Christians.
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments,
for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. (Prov. 3:1-2 ESV) In one sense, any person who lives on earth as a Christian has “the good life.” In another, it is true that living a good life will be an ongoing choice. Another way to s…

Key 9: Find People Who Share Your Passion | Nine Keys to Healthy Relationships

While it is impossible to survive without partnership, it’s also impossible to partner with people who do not share the same intensity and the same objectives you have. Both are needed.  You need passion and an intensity of focus that fuels that relationship. Do we see the same way? Can we get there together?
You need intensity because it focuses on how much you want it. Intensity focuses on desire. And while the objective is the focus on the specificity of what you want, you need intensity because intensity is desire. So your objective and your intensity of desire have to be the same. That takes us back to compromise. What is it you want? How much? You can rate how much you desire it. For example, you say you want God in your marriage. That’s the objective. But do you really? Does the intensity of your desire for God mean you are willing to pray together for ten minutes a day? Are you willing to go and do a Bible study together? Are you willing to go to church together?
Intensity ha…

Key 8: Keep The Big Picture In Mind When You Experience Trials In Your Relationship | Nine Keys to Healthy Relationships

All relationships go through trials.  You must constantly ask yourself about motives and the bigger picture when you experience trials and testings in your relationships.  All relationships hit speed bumps, occasionally some of them hit mountains. Some relationships just have train wrecks.

For instance, if you’re going to stay planted in the church God called you to, there will be a testing at some point. There will be a time when the enemy challenges you, and somebody in the church is going to drive you crazy. Just because one member gets on your nerves or says something cruel doesn’t mean the other members are to blame. Nothing should drive you away from where God places you.
Your marriage is going to go through trials.  You’ll face countless trials on your job. Are you going to forfeit the place where God has planted you just because you are going through a difficult time? God is using the struggles to work out the junk in your life. God is using difficulties with other people to …

Key 7: Form Relationships That Fit | Nine Keys To Healthy Relationships

In order to develop healthy relationships, we have to recognize what right partnerships look like.  Your dream needs the association of the right people, the right significant others. Every dream you have needs teamwork in order for it to be birthed into reality. You will never be what God has called you to be without the right people in your life. You form healthy relationships or partnerships based on three factors: Diversity, common direction, and deliberate destination. Diversity Relationships are most productive when we interact with people who complement us without duplicating us.  In other words, you need to cross-pollinate. You need to get with people who are not exactly like you. You need to be exposed to different things in life in order to be equipped for the assignment of God on your life. You need to get into conversations that intimidate you. You need to go into brand-new situations about which you have no understanding and cross-pollinate and learn from them. You canno…