Praise is Not Merely Your Gift to God; Praise is God’s Gift to You

Praise is a choice, not a feeling. It’s easy to associate emotions with praise, because praise ushers into your life the manifest presence of God, which often prompts deep feelings of gratitude and joy.  Praise, however, is not limited by how I feel. In fact, my choice to praise God when I don’t feel like it may be the strongest praise I can offer to God – it says, “Father, You are worthy of praise and I choose to give you praise in spite of my circumstances or feelings.” My worship of… Read More

Invisible Enemies from Trusted Friends

Invisible enemies can come from trusted friends.  Peter meant well. His heart was (generally) in the right place, but his thoughts were limited and led him to wrong conclusions.  Just moments before, Peter had made a brilliant and insightful statement, a revelation given to Him by God, when he said to Jesus: “You are the Christ (anointed one), sent by God!” But, after Jesus told His followers that He would suffer and die, Peter refused to believe it and began to rebuke Jesus, arguing against what He said, sternly confronting Him.  Can… Read More

Unleashing God’s Light to Defeat Darkness

so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭10‬ ESV) A fundamental function of the Body of Christ is that we are to proclaim – to declare in faith – the truth of God’s word and His promises to the world.  What many may not immediately realize is that we are not only to declare God’s word to the people of the world, but specifically to the spiritual authorities and demonic principalities of the world. … Read More

Their Heart Is Far From Me

“‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;” – Jesus (‭Mat.‬ ‭15‬:‭8‬ ESV) I can fool others, and I can even fool myself; but God always knows the true condition and motivation of my heart. 

Sticks and Stones…Practical Advice Regarding the Weaponry of Words

Few statements are more untrue than this: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The truth is, words are powerful, because words are spiritual. They can be seeds to produce a harvest of blessing and peace, or swords to wound and destroy a person’s reputation. The world was created by God’s words. That same creative force has been given to us! Kingdoms, nations, businesses, churches, and marriages are either built up or destroyed by words. The writer of Proverbs said: “Death and life are in the… Read More