Are you or a loved one passing through a season of suffering? Perhaps you’re wondering, “Where is God in all this? Why do innocent people suffer? Why do bad things happen to good people? If God loves me, why is He allowing me to go through this?” Sometimes, it’s hard to understand why we experience hurtful, painful experiences – even when we love God and are wholeheartedly serving Him. Without trying to minimize your pain, I want to encourage you that suffering does not just randomly happen in our lives. God does not bring suffering our way – it comes because [...]
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God loves to partner with us – He puts His stamp of grace on our words of faith and makes them happen. And, as we walk in step with the Holy Spirit, we find that there’s a time to prophesy, a time to pray, and a time to put God’s plan into action. The Father loves it when we come up with faith-filled ideas! Sometimes, we’ll say something really good, and the Father goes, “Yeah, I like that!” And then, boom! He puts His grace on it and makes it happen. It’s like when my child comes up and says, [...]
I remember when it first hit me that the Lord said I was an intercessor. And I thought, “Really?” In my mind, intercessors were those women who were on the prayer team. They were these little old ladies that would get up at 5 in the morning with Jesus, and from their mouth to God’s ear made stuff happen in the world. They were the intercessors – earth-shattering prayer warriors. I didn’t see myself as that. I saw myself as maybe a teacher or something else, but I didn’t see myself as an intercessor until the Word of the [...]
How do we persevere through those times that just don’t make sense – when there’s grief when there are questions when there’s hurt? We know where to be on the alert because our enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). We literally live in a war zone, not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12). We don’t want to live in fear of persecution, but we need to be prepared and built up spiritually so we’re not destroyed by it – instead, we are [...]
Sometimes, discussing the topic of persecution is like feeding spinach to a baby. The baby is happy to get banana, but with spinach, you just have to keep putting it back in! As Christians, we love hearing about the good stuff, but we have to realize that there’s going to be hard times as well. Are we prepared to go through the suffering of persecution? And are we ready to persevere? The more we grow in God, the more our light will shine in dark places, and the more noticeable we will be. It’s like Isaiah 60:1-2 says, “Arise, shine, for [...]
We all love an underdog story – a Cinderella story – where someone climbs to the top, overcoming all kinds of circumstances. We love that! And, when we’re watching a sports event – we secretly do not cheer for the team or person who is the ten-time champion – the ones that have been on a roll for ten years or whatever. We’re saying, “Where’s the underdog that’s going to topple these people?” And when that underdog shows up, we’re all rooting for him or her! Why? Because we all identify with the suffering. We identify with the struggle. Everybody [...]
On Sunday morning, November 5, 2017, worshippers at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church heard shots ring out in the parking lot, and looked up in horror to see a man in the doorway, wearing black tactical gear and wielding a semi-automatic rifle. He began systematically shooting virtually everyone in the pews. When the massacre was over, 26 men, women, children and babies lay dead or dying, with another 20 injured. The killer was from our nearby community of New Braunfels, Texas. As I was praying over my brothers and sisters, God reminded me of the thrill of victory and the [...]
Do you know when to be silent and when to shout from the rooftops? There are times to keep your mouth shut, and then there are those times to just let it rip! “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…a time to be silent and a time to speak.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7 NIV) A time to be silent…and a time to shout – those were God’s instructions for Joshua and the people of Israel as they faced the great stronghold of Jericho. We read in Joshua 6 that God had given them three [...]
Do you have a stronghold in your life? Perhaps you need a physical or an emotional healing? Perhaps there’s some problem that blocking the fullness of life in your marriage, your family, your career or ministry. Or perhaps the stronghold is in your mind – negative thinking that is preventing you from moving forward – that needs to be taken captive. Joshua had a literal stronghold – the great fortress city of Jericho. And God had given him three keywords on how to take the city: See! Advance! Shout! What did God mean by “see?” “See! I have delivered Jericho into [...]
Something’s been stirring in my spirit about those times when we’re sort of hovering in the same place. Do you ever feel like you’re sort of circling around the mountain – going through the same thing over and over, and not seeming to get results? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? I think the Lord wants to highlight times and seasons of transition for us – to help us to see that He’s doing a new thing – not an old thing. Sometimes, as we walk with the Lord, we may feel like we’re going backward, but we’re actually moving forward. He heals [...]