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It Came to Pass: Making the Most Out of Your Season of Preparation

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One of the most powerful accounts of Scripture is the revealing of the redemptive plan of God for mankind. This biblical account is what’s known today as the Christmas story.

If you read carefully through the story, you’ll notice a particular phrase stated time and again: “…it came to pass.”

The repeated use of that phrase is a reminder from the Lord that no matter how oppressive your circumstance is, no matter how many mistakes you make, no matter what goes wrong in your life, the promise of God will still come to pass. Read More…

Whose Idea Is It?

Have you ever thought, “How do I know that idea was from God? It could have been my flesh. Maybe I just thought it up. Maybe it was the devil!” Well, there is an easy test to determine whether or not what you are sensing is from the Lord or from your carnal nature. Ask yourself how much self-gratification is involved. If the desire or the idea is intended to benefit principally you, then it is not from the Lord. If, on the other hand, it has a wider impact that reaches out to touch others and change them, taking the gospel to the world, then it is the Lord. It’s that simple. Read More…

How to Thoroughly Defeat Fear

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There is one other element to getting rid of fear. We see it in 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Love is bracketed by two other considerations: power and a sound mind.

If we’re going to thoroughly defeat the spirit of fear in our lives and enable ourselves to consistently love, we’re going to have to draw on this power and do something with our minds. The word for “power” is dynamis. This is talking about miracle-working, Holy Ghost power—the kind that the apostles were endued with from on high on the day of Pentecost.  Read More…

“But They Treat Me Badly!”

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How do we love people when they’re unlovely, treat us poorly, or act ugly to us?

First John 3:16 says, “Hereby perceive we the love of God. Because he laid down his life for us, we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” That word translated “perceive” here is ginosko. If you look it up in your concordance, you’ll find it can be translated as “to perceive, to know, to recognize, or to feel.”  Read More…

Do You Know How Much God Loves You?

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The second key to dealing with fear is that you can’t love somebody else until you have a revelation of how much God loves you. First John 4:16–17 says:

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.  Read More…

Dealing With the Spirit of Fear, part 2

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Fear is an absolute deadly force in anyone’s life. Last week, we took a look at the truth that perfect love casts out fear. Today, I want to show you how perfected love can become a reality in your life.

The first thing you need to do is remain in fellowship with God. The more time you spend abiding in Him and being aware of His presence in your life, the more your eyes will begin to change to see others the way God sees them.  Read More…

Dealing With the Spirit of Fear, part 1

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The spirit of fear operating in the human life will choke out the fruit of God’s Word.

Second Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given us a spirit of fear. That means if you are touched by fear, which is often evidenced by worry, anxiety, and cares—it’s not from the Lord. Identify that fear and eliminate it from your life—for if you allow it to stay, it will choke out the fruit of God’s Word.

How do you get rid of fear? Well, 1 John 4:18 tells us that the spiritual antidote for fear is love: “There is no fear in love but perfect love casteth out fear.”  Read More…

Faith and Healing Sermon Series

I’m in the middle of a series at my church entitled, Faith and Healing. We’ve been walking through the 19 healings Jesus performed that were written about in the four gospels. Our purpose is to learn the principles that govern the process of healing—and receiving anything in faith from God—and apply them in our own lives.  Read More…

The Armor of God Equips You to Persevere

Do you want to know how to persevere? Study Ephesians 6:10–18.

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. (verse 10–12 Amp.)

Your spouse is not your problem. Your boss isn’t your problem. No person around you is your problem. You are in the middle of a spiritual battle, and a host of spiritual forces is arrayed against the will of God for your life. That may be difficult for you to wrap your mind around, but it is one of those eternal realm truths that you can’t validate by sensory perception. You have to take this as truth because it’s what the Word of God reveals.  Read More…

Six Mindsets to Eliminate From Your Life, Part 6

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Stop Judgmental Thinking

We have a tendency to point our finger at others and say, “Did you see what they did?” Gossiping, backbiting, and accusing others makes us feel less bad about the things we need to deal with in our lives. If we can make somebody else look real doggy, then somehow by comparison, we think we might look a little better. This judgmental mindset needs to be eliminated from our lives. Read More…