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When we read the scriptures we often come across terms that most saints do not have a clear working understanding of: temptations, tests, and trials. Consequently, they intermingle these terms and come up with some very inaccurate conclusions. Your Christian life and your perspective will become very confusing if you do not understand the difference between the three. For example, if your bible-based belief is that God will send cancer to you to test you, why would you even attempt to receive healing? Your faulty thought process would conclude: Why should I pray to God to take away something that he sent to me?A test is when God places you in a situation with the objective of conducting an audit, so that you can have a clear picture of where you stand in an area. A faith that has not been tested cannot be trusted. The goal in a test is to pass, and the agenda is to produce a positive outcome. A temptation is when satan entices you to do evil, and the objective is to produce a negative outcome. The goal when we are tempted is to take the way of escape. A trial is an inevitable part of life that exists because of atmospheric sin. We will have many trials in life. We live in a fallen world, and life has not been problem free since chapter two of Genesis. Consequently, we have to deal with difficulties and challenges. The goal is to endure the trials with a good attitude.
Many of us in the United States have fallen prey to a Western version of Christianity that states that we will never have any challenges, problems, or difficulties. However, based upon how I read the scriptures, that simply is not true. Now let me be crystal clear: I am not suggesting that we should have a defeated mindset, because Jesus conquered every difficulty we would face as part of the finished work of the cross. The challenge is to make sure we use all the tools that He left at our disposal to overcome the challenges we will face. As you’ll learn in Today’s Prayer, there are six specific things you can do whenever you face a challenge or difficulty… Psalms 37:23: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.”
Many of us in the United States have fallen prey to a Western version of Christianity that states that we will never have any challenges, problems, or difficulties. However, based upon how I read the scriptures, that simply is not true. Now let me be crystal clear: I am not suggesting that we should have a defeated mindset, because Jesus conquered every difficulty we would face as part of the finished work of the cross. The challenge is to make sure we use all the tools that He left at our disposal to overcome the challenges we will face. As you’ll learn in Today’s Prayer, there are six specific things you can do whenever you face a challenge or difficulty… Psalms 37:23: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.”
Many of us in the United States have fallen prey to a Western version of Christianity that states that we will never have any challenges, problems, or difficulties. However, based upon how I read the scriptures, that simply is not true. Now let me be crystal clear: I am not suggesting that we should have a defeated mindset, because Jesus conquered every difficulty we would face as part of the finished work of the cross. The challenge is to make sure we use all the tools that He left at our disposal to overcome the challenges we will face. As you’ll learn in Today’s Prayer, there are six specific things you can do whenever you face a challenge or difficulty… Psalms 37:23: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.”
Many of us in the United States have fallen prey to a Western version of Christianity that states that we will never have any challenges, problems, or difficulties. However, based upon how I read the scriptures, that simply is not true. Now let me be crystal clear: I am not suggesting that we should have a defeated mindset, because Jesus conquered every difficulty we would face as part of the finished work of the cross. The challenge is to make sure we use all the tools that He left at our disposal to overcome the challenges we will face. As you’ll learn in Today’s Prayer, there are six specific things you can do whenever you face a challenge or difficulty… Psalms 37:23: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.”
Clueless (Part 2)

Clueless (Part 2)

2021-09-1711:22

None of us like being in a state of confusion, we all abhor uncertainty. When we find ourselves in a season where we don't know what to do, it's easy to get disappointed with God, but we want to stay mindful that there are steps we can take to minimize the temptation to feel overwhelmed. Here's what you can do: Don’t panic; Focus on God’s love; Come clean with God so that you can take advantage of the power of humility; Talk to Him about the areas you struggle with--have a contrite heart; Review the scriptures that you are standing on, and meditate on them; Ask for wisdom and guidance; Do an internal audit. How much time are you spending in the Word of God vs. the things of the world?
Clueless (Part 1)

Clueless (Part 1)

2021-09-1609:24

None of us like being in a state of confusion, we all abhor uncertainty. When we find ourselves in a season where we don't know what to do, it's easy to get disappointed with God, but we want to stay mindful that there are steps we can take to minimize the temptation to feel overwhelmed. Here's what you can do: Don’t panic; Focus on God’s love; Come clean with God so that you can take advantage of the power of humility; Talk to Him about the areas you struggle with--have a contrite heart; Review the scriptures that you are standing on, and meditate on them; Ask for wisdom and guidance; Do an internal audit. How much time are you spending in the Word of God vs. the things of the world?
I think that honor is one one of the most misunderstood terms in the Christian vernacular. The word literally means "to give weight or respect." In the simplest definition honor is "manifested respect." Honor is tangible. You can respect someone in private, but honoring them is done in public. In the secular world, we honor people by giving awards or diplomas or addressing certain people in a deferential manner. Unfortunately far too many Christians know how to honor a judge in the courtroom, but don't know how to honor God with their lives.
I think that honor is one one of the most misunderstood terms in the Christian vernacular. The word literally means "to give weight or respect." In the simplest definition honor is "manifested respect." Honor is tangible. You can respect someone in private, but honoring them is done in public. In the secular world, we honor people by giving awards or diplomas or addressing certain people in a deferential manner. Unfortunately far too many Christians know how to honor a judge in the courtroom, but don't know how to honor God with their lives.
We all know that divorce is difficult for children. But did you know that the way parents handle the divorce in front of their kids directly correlates to how their children will adjust post-divorce? There are a host of things parents in the midst of divorce unwittingly may say or do that greatly increases their child’s stress level. Such parents are so often consumed by grief and loss themselves that they aren’t aware that their behavior not only has far-reaching negative consequences for their children, but also greatly affects the relationship between parent(s) and child. Ephesians 6:4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
We all know that divorce is difficult for children. But did you know that the way parents handle the divorce in front of their kids directly correlates to how their children will adjust post-divorce? There are a host of things parents in the midst of divorce unwittingly may say or do that greatly increases their child’s stress level. Such parents are so often consumed by grief and loss themselves that they aren’t aware that their behavior not only has far-reaching negative consequences for their children, but also greatly affects the relationship between parent(s) and child. Ephesians 6:4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
When our time here on earth is over, in the final analysis, we all want to feel like we have made an impact. All of us want to feel like when we die, we will be missed, and that we have left a mark that cannot be erased. In my judgment, the way you make your life count is to make sure that you are doing something that has a Kingdom Agenda. By Kingdom Agenda I mean that we have fulfilled God’s reason for sending us here. In order to understand this better, we need to examine Ecclesiastes 3:11: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” Allow me to explain this scripture: We exist in a realm called time. God exists in a realm called eternity. So this verse tells us that God takes a dream from his realm (eternity) and deposits it in our hearts to accomplish within our realm (time). This is why most people do not even share what they believe they are called to do, because most people would think they are crazy. The reason is you are trying to give birth to something that is out of this world! If you really want to make your life count, start pursuing the dream that God has placed on the inside of you!!
When our time here on earth is over, in the final analysis, we all want to feel like we have made an impact. All of us want to feel like when we die, we will be missed, and that we have left a mark that cannot be erased. In my judgment, the way you make your life count is to make sure that you are doing something that has a Kingdom Agenda. By Kingdom Agenda I mean that we have fulfilled God’s reason for sending us here. In order to understand this better, we need to examine Ecclesiastes 3:11: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” Allow me to explain this scripture: We exist in a realm called time. God exists in a realm called eternity. So this verse tells us that God takes a dream from his realm (eternity) and deposits it in our hearts to accomplish within our realm (time). This is why most people do not even share what they believe they are called to do, because most people would think they are crazy. The reason is you are trying to give birth to something that is out of this world! If you really want to make your life count, start pursuing the dream that God has placed on the inside of you!!
When our time here on earth is over, in the final analysis, we all want to feel like we have made an impact. All of us want to feel like when we die, we will be missed, and that we have left a mark that cannot be erased. In my judgment, the way you make your life count is to make sure that you are doing something that has a Kingdom Agenda. By Kingdom Agenda I mean that we have fulfilled God’s reason for sending us here. In order to understand this better, we need to examine Ecclesiastes 3:11: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” Allow me to explain this scripture: We exist in a realm called time. God exists in a realm called eternity. So this verse tells us that God takes a dream from his realm (eternity) and deposits it in our hearts to accomplish within our realm (time). This is why most people do not even share what they believe they are called to do, because most people would think they are crazy. The reason is you are trying to give birth to something that is out of this world! If you really want to make your life count, start pursuing the dream that God has placed on the inside of you!!
You inner life is the key to the victorious Christian life. 1 Thessalonians 5:23: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” We are tri-part beings: spirit, soul, and body. It is majority rules. The goal of the Christian life is to have your spirit and your body align—but not your soul and body. Why? Satan cannot attack you via your spirit, because you were sealed when you were born again. However, he can attack you via your soul (your mind, imagination, etc.). When your inner man is stronger than your outer man, you are spiritual. When your outer man is stronger than your inner man, you are carnal. The enemy does everything he can to demoralize and discourage us, and he endeavors to create enemies on the inside. His agenda is to introduce negative emotions to your soul, and to try to get you to act on them. These enemies are the following: indifference; indecision; doubt; worry; over-cautiousness; pessimism; and complaining. When we learn to conqueror these enemies, the sky is the limit for what we can accomplish for God!
You inner life is the key to the victorious Christian life. 1 Thessalonians 5:23: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” We are tri-part beings: spirit, soul, and body. It is majority rules. The goal of the Christian life is to have your spirit and your body align—but not your soul and body. Why? Satan cannot attack you via your spirit, because you were sealed when you were born again. However, he can attack you via your soul (your mind, imagination, etc.). When your inner man is stronger than your outer man, you are spiritual. When your outer man is stronger than your inner man, you are carnal. The enemy does everything he can to demoralize and discourage us, and he endeavors to create enemies on the inside. His agenda is to introduce negative emotions to your soul, and to try to get you to act on them. These enemies are the following: indifference; indecision; doubt; worry; over-cautiousness; pessimism; and complaining. When we learn to conqueror these enemies, the sky is the limit for what we can accomplish for God!
You inner life is the key to the victorious Christian life. 1 Thessalonians 5:23: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” We are tri-part beings: spirit, soul, and body. It is majority rules. The goal of the Christian life is to have your spirit and your body align—but not your soul and body. Why? Satan cannot attack you via your spirit, because you were sealed when you were born again. However, he can attack you via your soul (your mind, imagination, etc.). When your inner man is stronger than your outer man, you are spiritual. When your outer man is stronger than your inner man, you are carnal. The enemy does everything he can to demoralize and discourage us, and he endeavors to create enemies on the inside. His agenda is to introduce negative emotions to your soul, and to try to get you to act on them. These enemies are the following: indifference; indecision; doubt; worry; over-cautiousness; pessimism; and complaining. When we learn to conqueror these enemies, the sky is the limit for what we can accomplish for God!
You inner life is the key to the victorious Christian life. 1 Thessalonians 5:23: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” We are tri-part beings: spirit, soul, and body. It is majority rules. The goal of the Christian life is to have your spirit and your body align—but not your soul and body. Why? Satan cannot attack you via your spirit, because you were sealed when you were born again. However, he can attack you via your soul (your mind, imagination, etc.). When your inner man is stronger than your outer man, you are spiritual. When your outer man is stronger than your inner man, you are carnal. The enemy does everything he can to demoralize and discourage us, and he endeavors to create enemies on the inside. His agenda is to introduce negative emotions to your soul, and to try to get you to act on them. These enemies are the following: indifference; indecision; doubt; worry; over-cautiousness; pessimism; and complaining. When we learn to conqueror these enemies, the sky is the limit for what we can accomplish for God!
You inner life is the key to the victorious Christian life. 1 Thessalonians 5:23: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” We are tri-part beings: spirit, soul, and body. It is majority rules. The goal of the Christian life is to have your spirit and your body align—but not your soul and body. Why? Satan cannot attack you via your spirit, because you were sealed when you were born again. However, he can attack you via your soul (your mind, imagination, etc.). When your inner man is stronger than your outer man, you are spiritual. When your outer man is stronger than your inner man, you are carnal. The enemy does everything he can to demoralize and discourage us, and he endeavors to create enemies on the inside. His agenda is to introduce negative emotions to your soul, and to try to get you to act on them. These enemies are the following: indifference; indecision; doubt; worry; over-cautiousness; pessimism; and complaining. When we learn to conqueror these enemies, the sky is the limit for what we can accomplish for God!
Transferring blame onto one's spouse is one of the biggest problems plaguing marriages today. Husbands unjustly place blame on their wives, and wives do the same to their husbands--and nobody wins. Listen to this teaching and learn how to communicate in a fruitful way and avoid the dangers and pitfalls of transferring blame onto your spouse. Whether you're already married, or single, and looking to get married, this teaching will set you free from the tyranny of the blame game.
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