How to Be and Stay Filled with the Holy Spirit

And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31 ESV) Prayer is the catalyst for being and remaining filled with the Holy Spirit. After declaring healing to a lame man, Peter and John were threatened by the High Priest not to invoke the name of Jesus ever again. They responded by gathering with other believers and calling on Jesus through prayer. They did not pray… Read More

Three Reasons I Love The Lord

The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.”  -Psalm 118:14 Psalm 118 contains 29 verses full of encouragement and truth to those whose distress has been caused by both their own sin and the subsequent condemning voice of the enemy.  The Psalmist writes and repeats several times: “For His mercy endures forever.” Today I am meditating on the truths found in verse 14. The Lord is my STRENGTH.  One of the great promises of the Word is that, “when I am weak, He is strong.”  I often… 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

How a Lifestyle of Worship Can Set You Free

Anger is a familiar emotion to nearly every person, whether it stems from a sibling who took your favorite toy, a friend who broke a privileged confidence, or an inhumane public act of violence. But anger can also be a spiritual stronghold – a controlling, debilitating, demonic force that results in harmful thoughts and behavior. Having hardened his heart through jealousy and pride, King Saul had opened himself up to a tormenting spirit – one that drove him mad. What began with “small” acts of disobedience escalated to the murder of priests,… Read More

A Day of Thanksgiving and Praise

A spirit of gratitude has always been expressed by those who are aware of God’s grace and favor in their lives. But there was a moment in our nation’s history when the heart of thanks-giving became an officially recognized holiday. On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the following “Thanksgiving Proclamation.” The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come,… Read More