The Privilege of Suffering

For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. (Philippians 1:29 NLT) I have never been imprisoned for my faith in Jesus Christ. I have never been beaten, or had my kids taken from me, because of my Christianity. But I have suffered. Christians around the world know the sting of suffering for Christ. Some face daily hardship, legal risks, and potential death. Others face skepticism, scrutiny, and the slow, agonizing “pulling away” of friends who no longer want to… Read More

Experiencing Victory Amidst Daily Conflict

With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes. (Psalms 60:12 NLT) Earth is the battleground of the conflict of the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of God. From the time Lucifer was cast out of heaven (to earth) for rebellion and pride, earth became “without form and void, and darkness covered the face of the earth (Genesis 1:2).” God created Man to take authority and have dominion over the earth and satan’s cohort. However, in like fashion as Lucifer, we (Man) chose to pridefully… Read More

Two Ways to Praise

Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power! Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy! (Psalms 98:1, 4 NLT) Praising God does something IN me. It does something TO me. It does something FOR me. This morning I listened to the news update regarding the tragic deaths caused by a massive tornado that ripped through Oklahoma. That news prompted me to pray for… Read More

Four Gateways You Must Guard

The gatekeepers were stationed on all four sides—east, west, north, and south. They would spend the night around the house of God, since it was their duty to guard it and to open the gates every morning. (1 Chronicles 9:24, 27 NLT) In the days when Israel was a united kingdom the Levites (who were the priests) were assigned to the ministry at and around the Temple. An important part of their responsibilities was to ensure that the gates were being guarded. In the New Testament God makes it clear that our… Read More