As One!

"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." -Romans 12:4,5 Dr. Lance Wallnau, a speaker and author on Christian cultural influence, talks about supporting one another in our respective callings, "As One." In a message he once shared, he pointed out the similarities of the Christian life and that of the movie Gladiator. Before the main character and commander-turned-slave Maximus goes out into the Roman Coliseum as a gladiator, he devises a battle plan between he and the other slave men going with him. He knew they would not survive on their

Being Aware of Resistance

"Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." -1 Peter 5:8 Have you ever started something you know God had called you to only to be met with extreme resistance? "Why is this happening to me?" we might ask. "God, all I'm trying to do is serve you!" What we may not realize is that we have an enemy that is "hell bent" on deterring us from our mission. Things will happen in life. Problems and issues will arise, and the demands of life will continually try to dissuade us what God has called us to do? So how can we push through? Being aware of our enemy is the first step. Expecting resistance will better prepare us fo

Different Rules

"Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." -Matthew 18:18 Have you ever noticed that Jesus does things that are rather unusual? He drives demons into pigs, He turns water into wine; He multiplies bread and fish. Twice He says in Matthew, "Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven." Jesus plays by different rules. Our trouble is, we've always played by the rules our family, society, and the world has taught us. But these rules can leave us powerless. If we believe our circumstances are bigger than our God we're headed for trouble. If we believe that God has no power (when He's shown He does), we're

Taking Only His Yoke

"Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light." -Matthew 11:29-30 In our busy world, it is easy to get involved in so many things. When life gets complicated, it can be overwhelming! Because we have such a limited amount of time on earth, it is essential that we use our time where we are best suited or called. The Message version of the above verse states, "I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." The problem lies in what we feel obligated to do. We may not want to let someone do

The Greatness of God

"I am nothing - how could I ever find the answers? I will cover my mouth with my hand. I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say." -Job 40:4&5 Have you ever marveled at the greatness of God? There are so many things that I cannot understand or comprehend. My human mind just can't process it. For instance, I cannot comprehend: How God knows each of us, intimately and personally; how he knows the number of hairs on each of our heads (Luke 12:7) How He created the world, simply by speaking (Genesis 1:9-12) How God created the universe, all of the planets and millions of stars (Genesis 1:14-17) How God created people - in His image - with the most complex body system of any other

Great Followership

"At once they left their nets and followed Him." -Matthew 4:20 What makes a great follower? Why should we be great followers? Becoming a selfless follower is one of the biggest proving grounds for becoming a leader. We need to learn to lay down our own agenda. A great follower will more than likely produce a great leader. Conversely, poor followers make poorer leaders. Jesus was the greatest example of serving his followers by laying down his life. He did the most menial task you could have done back in those days as an act of service to them; he washed their feet. "He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, 'Lord, are you going to wash my feet?' Jesus replied, 'You do not realize now what I a

My Only Hope

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect." -1 Peter 1:18-19 When I was younger, I was really seeking God. I was hungry, and my heart was craving a true experience with a living God. I had grown up in a stuffy church that seemed rather phony to me, and I was looking for something real, something authentic. I would pray to God as a teenager, but I had a really hard time hearing Him or feeling His presence in my life. This led me to check out New Age as a way to further my faith. Well, it was cool for

Having Good Boundaries

"Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control." -Proverbs 25:28 Have you ever heard the term 'boundaries' before? The word may conjure up images of a fence or a wall, but the idea of boundaries has come up in recent years as it relates to our emotional and spiritual health and interactions with others. Drs. Cloud and Townsend have written a great book on the subject entitled Boundaries. Why are boundaries important? Boundaries give order to our lives, and our world. If we didn't have them, our lives would be out of order. Imagine if you always stayed up late and got up early. You would always be exhausted. Your work would suffer, your relationships would suff

Dealing with Betrayal

"So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe - the ornate robe he was wearing - and they took him and threw him into the cistern." -Genesis 37:23 & 24 Have you ever had something happen to you that wasn't fair? Have you ever been falsely accused or wrongly judged? It is in these situations where our emotions can get the better of us. But, we have to stand firm and "be the bigger person" in order to see the fulfillment of God's purposes in our lives. Joseph was betrayed by his brothers - he was betrayed by his own family! Isn't it interesting that the people who should have been his biggest advocates were his betrayers? Joseph had to trust God. Even during his time in t

As It Is In Heaven

"And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven." -Matthew 16:19 You know, God gave us quite an incredible gift when He sent His son Jesus to die for us. In addition to this free gift of eternal salvation, He also gave us many keys that, when activated, can move mountains on our behalf. All He said we needed to have was a mustard seed of faith, and to keep asking (Matthew 17:20, 7:7). Recently a friend was going through a really difficult situation. Something had happened with her place of residence, and she was facing undue eviction! Understandably, she was very ups

Everything Is New

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." -2 Corinthians 5:17 Did you know that when Jesus died on the cross, He died to make everything new? No, really, I mean everything? When we're in a tough spot and we can't see out of it, we need to realize that there is hope, that this is not the end of the road. When we're tried something and it didn't work out or an obstacle got in the way, we need to know that just as surely as the sun rises that God, through Jesus Christ, has given us a "new day". In the Bible, there was a woman with a horrible medical condition where she bled constantly for 12 years. That is a really

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