It’s once again time for the church to “come out from among them and be separate,” not that there has ever been, or ever will be a time when it isn’t supposed to. But halloween is upon us again and the season for increased dark-spiritual activity has arrived. It is an unfortunate fact that many Christians love to dabble in the satanic realm, especially on halloween. Most really don’t consider their dabbling as an encounter with the lord of darkness, but they partake willfully none-the-less. It’s a fascination, a draw, a weakness for the things that glorify satan (and in spite of my spell-checker insisting I’ve done wrong, I will never capitalize any of the names for satan—he in no way deserves such respect). So I want to start off by stating this very clearly: A Christian has absolutely no business participating in halloween (I ain’t capitalizing the name for the celebration either). Neither should they have “alternative” costume events, nor sponsor “safe” trick-or-treat activities at church. . . . Continue reading
These past several months have been months of many personal trials and tribulations. Most of which have revealed masks and faces of me into whose eyes I would rather not have stared. It is obvious to me that I still have much to overcome in moving from my “old self” into victory and abundance. I have never lost my vision for what the grace of God is all about. I have no uncertainty that God can and will deliver me into a new self as He promises in His Word. What I struggle with is my own walk and ability to just let Him do His work.
You see, I never cease to amaze myself in my efforts to be contrary to God. I know that the struggles we all face in life are the result of our original fallen natures and the world in which we live. But sometimes I look at the lives of even the unsaved of the world and wonder why they seem so well adjusted and at relative peace with the world when my life seems to be filled with a personal war against my wretched self.
I am at the point where the walls that I must overcome are of such magnitude that only God can deal the victory. I require a momentous miracle in my life. Nothing I can do in the natural world can save me. . . . Continue reading
When the darkest night is closing in and the slightest glimmer escapes;
When despair and heartache are familiar companions;
And your heart of stone is unwelcome—for no heart at all would be better than the pain you’re feeling;
When you’re touching “can’t care anymore” because numbness has overtaken your dying emotions;
And hope caught the last train out of your emptiness;
When you’ve tried so many times but end up worse;
And you simply want to go back; A time, a place that was simpler; better;
When you’re all alone, a life desolate; There is Someone!
When you’ve given up on living on the other side; The impassable canyon between your reality and where you thought you’d be;
You have been overtaken by circumstances, trials, tribulations, entanglements, and hopelessness; You’re captured; Taken;
When the fruit of your life lies as lifeless pits on the barren ground;
And your faith is dazed; It’s not really faith anymore;
Does God even want to help? How can God fix what you’ve wrought?
Did you misunderstand God? Did He misunderstand you? Is He nowhere?
When you’re all alone, a life relinquished; There is Someone! . . . Continue reading
When was the last time you raised someone from the dead? How about the last time you laid hands on someone with terminal cancer and had their cancer completely wiped away? When was the last time you cast demons out of someone? How about prophesying and speaking in tongues? Have you recently calmed a storm?
Now I’m not trying to be judgmental or flippant here. But as you will see, these are all things that should mark the life of a “normal,” every day, run of the mill Christian. It is sad that the vast majority of Christians would have a difficult time answering any of these questions in the affirmative. In fact most churches would never even think of teaching their congregations about doing any of these things.
So what makes me think that a Christian should perform any of these miraculous acts? . . . Continue reading
Just one touch from Jesus Christ changes everything! No matter where in life you are now, and no matter where you have been, God will not turn His back on you. God will not reject you and turn you away. Jesus went to the cross to pay the price necessary for your freedom. No problem is too big or too small. Jesus has already overcome all of them. Jesus says at the end of the book of John:
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NKJV)
Pay particular attention to the very last part of this verse. Jesus says that He has “overcome the world.” He overcame the world so that you too can overcome the world. You see, His death on the cross was not just a symbolic event. His death and resurrection changed the entire structure and functioning of the relationship between God and man. That means everything in the world that tries to defeat you in this life, has already been crushed by the Power of Jesus Christ. Every sickness, disease, lack, poverty, stress, strife, depression, trouble, and turmoil that the world throws at you was defeated when Jesus died on the cross and rose again three days later. Nothing in this world is more powerful than Jesus Christ. Therefore, when you become part of the Kingdom of God, you are given the exact same rights and authority as Jesus. So you too have already overcome the world.
If it doesn’t feel like you have–if you are not seeing the peace, joy, wholeness, and abundance of God in your life right now, hold on tight. You will learn more in this blog about how to make the reality of Jesus Christ a reality in your life.
Perhaps, you just need His touch. Just a single touch from the King changes everything in your life. Just one touch and you will be whole again (Mark 5:28)
The woman with a lifelong illness in Mark 5, thought to herself that she only needed “Just one touch…Just one touch and I will be whole again.”
And she was! And so will you!
See “Just One Touch from the King” by Godfrey Birtill for the really amazing worship song that gave me some of the inspiration to start this blog.
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