Believing Beyond Criticism

Believing Beyond Criticism

Are you willing to believe despite criticism?

Have you heard of John Kirby or Alexander Garden? What about Bishop Lavington? There might be a few who recognize these men, but most would not. Perhaps you are familiar with Shaphat and Igal? Most likely, you are not. Interestingly, each of these individuals was a critic of their peers and generally, people don’t remember critics. Sadly, some critics would not have any kind of ministry if they didn’t live to criticize others.

Prisoner of the Lord

Prisoner of the Lord

Who or what are you in bondage to?

In the fourth chapter of Ephesians, the apostle Paul wrote, "Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called" (Eph. 4:1). At the writing of this letter to Ephesus, Paul was a prisoner in Rome. It’s believed during this time period that Rome was under the rulership of Nero. He was consumed with power and feared subversion so much that he had his own mother, sister, and wife put to death. Much of Rome was burned by fire due to Nero’s desire to rebuild Rome’s edifices with his own statue carved into each. The Senate summoned Nero to a trial where he was to be tried, convicted, and executed. Yet, Nero was so evil and twisted that he lied and convinced the Senate that the Christians were responsible for setting fire to the city; and, Nero made them believe that Paul was the chief arsonist.

Revelation into Revelation

Revelation into Revelation

What are you giving your ears to?

In the context of sowing seeds, Jesus made a statement that I’ve been pondering for months. He had just finished teaching on a parable about a farmer who had dispersed seeds across the ground. The seeds represent the Word of God according to Jesus (Luke 8:11)and there is no greater truth source than the Word of God (John 17:17). The Word is impervious to time, and while grass withers and flowers fade, the Word of God will stand forever (Isaiah 40:8).

Ready for the Promise

Ready for the Promise

In Acts 1:4, Jesus tells those who had assembled with Him before His ascension to return to Jerusalem and “wait for the Promise of the Father.” They followed His instructions and returned to the upper room and tarried there. Acts 1:14 says, “These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”

Stewarding for Increase

Stewarding for Increase

For over seventeen years I’ve had a garden. My garden is a sanctuary for me; a place of encounter where Jesus and I talk about many things.So often I plant something in the ground and then wonder if the seed will germinate and produce a harvest. Some seed doesn’t promise a harvest until weeks later, so the anticipation seems much greater in the waiting. Seed is likened to an impartation of the Word sown into our hearts.

Living Prophetically

Living Prophetically

The apostle Paul urges us to pursue love, desire the supernatural, but to especially desire the ability to speak prophetically (1 Corinthians 14:1). When we prophesy, we are speaking what we’ve heard the Holy Spirit say. We’re not speaking our words, but we are speaking words given to us through the Holy Spirit. Truly, all followers of Jesus hear His voice (John 10:27). If we hear His voice, then we can speak what He’s saying. Jesus lived and ministered speaking only what the Father spoke to Him (John 12:49-50). If Jesus operated in that manner, then we’re to do the same (see Luke 6:40). Holiness is Christlikeness, isn’t it?

The Awakening

The Awakening

God is awakening His Church, but not without its challenges.

We are less than a week away from the National Awakening (Prayer Conference) in Arlington, Texas, where there will be 1500 people gathering from all over the United States and also from other countries. The very first Awakening conference was nine years ago in a little building in Fort Worth, Texas. It was launched because Corey Jones, pastor of Crossroads Tabernacle, heard the call of God to lead a prayer conference. Despite his reluctance, nearly seventy people gathered for the first prayer conference at his church. I don’t believe he had any idea at the time that one day so many hungry people would assemble to cry out to God.

Physical Healing

Physical Healing

There is no doubt that spiritual healing is foundational. When someone who was dead in their sins and trespasses is gloriously redeemed and transformed by the grace of God, it is cause for great celebration. But today I want to briefly examine physical healing. When it comes to the subject of physical healing in the New Testament, Jesus made some very clear and bold statements.

Looking Above the Enemy

Looking Above the Enemy

What do you see in the midst of a conflict?

Throughout this summer, I’ve been studying David’s 27th Psalm of victory in the midst of peril and persecution. At the very beginning of his psalm, David posed two questions that each of us must answer. He asked, “who shall I fear and whom shall I dread?” His questions were stated in confidence because he already had determined that the Lord was his light and his defense. Because of his position in God there was nothing nor anyone that he needed to fear. He continued, “When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, my adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war arise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident” (Psalm 27:3-4). Note the challengers that were coming against him: evildoers, adversaries, enemies, and a host. They were coming to wage war against and devour David’s flesh.

Faith and Patience

Faith and Patience

There are two indispensable characteristics necessary for our Christian life.

Before we examine what they are, the writer of Hebrews states, “But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way. For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end” (Hebrews 6:9-11).