Here’s a truth bomb for you: God is the only one who knows what the future holds.
Thankfully, Jesus did tell us that when the Holy Spirit came upon us that He would show us what we need to know about our future. Now, this doesn’t always mean that God is going to lay out the five-year-plan for us and He isn’t going to tell us everything — but He tells us enough about what’s to come so that we can take the next right steps.
So, let’s talk about it! (p.s. You can watch this video message on YouTube here, too.) First, we’ll hopscotch through 1 Corinthians 2 — and then I’ll tie it all together in a bow...so stay with me!
We’re starting with chapter 2, verse 9-10: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s...
Here’s the plain and simple facts: The Bible is true!
And the Bible tells us that what God has blessed, no man can curse. If you are blessed, then you are blessed. It doesn’t mean that we won’t face tribulations and trials. We will go through some testing and some persecution, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t blessed!
So what does it mean to be blessed? What is “the blessing?” So often we hear phrases like “God bless you” or “Be blessed.” But did you know God has given us a blessing in the Bible that is for us today, here and now? Take a look at this familiar passage in Numbers 6:22-26:
And the Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Tell Aaron and his sons to bles the people of Israel with this special blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.”
Common names for this passage of scripture...
This has been a fairly unusual season, am I right? And a long one, at that.
But there is good news in Christ, y’all! Our best days are indeed ahead… Praise the Lord! In unprecedented times like these, we could all benefit from a word of encouragement. And that’s exactly what you’ll read in this post (and watch in Preach to the Dry Bones). We’re talking about true liberty, the liberty that Jesus has provided for us through His finished work on the cross and through the empowering of the Holy Spirit. Let’s take a look at 2 Corinthians 3:17:
For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
This is powerful stuff, friends! As many of you know, there’s a great song by Elevation Worship called “Rattle” that we’ve been singing at our home church of Valley Family Church lately. Psst: You can listen to “Rattle” here. The words to the song come from a...
We’ve been focusing on PRAYER the past few weeks, as you can see in these posts: How to Pray for Your New Normal and 3 Prayers You Can (and should) Pray! If you’ve missed them...I’d love for you to take a look and totally believe they’ll encourage you in your prayer life!
>> Today, we’re doing a deep dive into The Lord’s Prayer — the ever-popular scripture and prayer that many of us are familiar with! We’ll discover how and what to pray with the help of 6 prayer secrets found inside The Lord’s Prayer as taught by Jesus in Matthew 6! (We also cover this entire message on YouTube if you’d rather watch than read!)
Before we explore each of these insightful “secrets” to prayer, let’s first look at the Lord’s Prayer in its entirety. You’ll find the complete prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. This is from the good ole fashion King James Version bible, because, for a lot of us,...
When we think about every facet of our lives and the current season we’re experiencing on a global level, many of us have the mindset of “I can’t wait ‘til it all returns to normal!”
But, I wonder… is the Lord wanting to help all of us rearrange our mindset?
The truth is, we’re likely not going back to normal as we once knew it. All of us are now heading toward a new normal. Which begs the questions: How do we process that? How do we prepare for that as Christians? How are we to think about our new normal?
Well, we definitely continue to stand on what we know is a sure foundation. We believe in God! We believe in His Word (the Bible). We believe, regardless of anything happening in our world, that Jesus is Lord and is coming again. And yet, we live in the midst of some very uncertain, unusual times. So then, how do we prepare for the new normal? We prepare in PRAYER!
Preparing in Prayer for YOUR New...
As we continue navigating our way through post-pandemic life, we’re transitioning into new normals. As we adjust to the new life as we know it — whether that means going back to school this fall, going back to work in the office or remaining working from home, or just living your routine life again — we can, and we must, pray.
The absolute need for continuous and effective prayer begs the question: “How do we pray?” Fear not, friends. We’re staying hot-on-the-prayer trail and uncovering all the details in this pivotal message…"3 Prayers to Pray from a Powerful Position."
Have you ever wondered if your prayers are working? Are you curious about the effectiveness of your prayer life? To what degree do you have confidence that your prayers make a difference? To best answer these questions, we’re going to thoroughly explore the ins and outs of each of these 3 prayers to pray, and we’re also going to...
“The things that are seen are temporal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18, NKJV
If you can see it, you can have it. This is a faith and leadership principle. It’s the vision protocol.
The converse is true, too. If you can’t see it -- often you can’t have it.
Again, let’s look at this interesting verse in 2 Corinthians, “The things that are seen are temporal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) In other words, if you can see it then it must be possible to experience in the temporal realm -- aka: your life!
We often see this verse in light of not being focused on temporal things, but on having an eternal perspective, and that is the overall context of the verse, but there is a vision truth for the temporal lodged in this verse as well. Let’s highlight different words and read it several different ways...
“The things that ARE seen ARE temporal.”
“The things that are SEEN are TEMPORAL.”
The encouraging thing is that if you can see...
“Wisdom is the most valuable commodity -- so buy it!” Proverbs 4:7, TPT
Yes, as Christian leaders we should read our Bibles, we should pray, we should seek God to get His wisdom. And, He’s promised to “freely” give wisdom to those who ask. (Aren’t you glad some things in life ARE free!) But, that doesn’t mean we should discount the value of buying wisdom. In fact, the Bible tells us we should!
Buying wisdom means throwing down some hard earned money to obtain the knowledge, wisdom, insight, discernment and strategy we need and desire. We buy wisdom from those who have it. Whether we buy their books, video series, online courses, expertise, conference tickets or their lunch to spend an hour asking them questions -- the truth is, you do get what you pay for!
Sure, there are a lot of free things out there in cyber world and we access all of it as often as possible. But, if you want the gold. The secrets. The scoop. The details. The how-to’s....
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should...” 1 Corinthians 9:24, NLT
If you want the baton, run faster! Run like you want to win.
Your future promotion, influence, impact and calling depend on how you run!
Think about it. At some point, the people in front of you want to pass the baton! Your parents, your boss, your pastor or the company owner aren’t going to be leading the parade forever. One day, they will pass the baton, but to who?
To the runner who can keep pace with them and better yet, run faster and farther! To the runner who can grab the baton and move everything forward! Not to a runner who is lazy, disorganized,...
I am not a tech guru by any stretch, and I know there are lots of apps I’ve never even heard of or utilized, but nonetheless, other than the standard apps that come with our mobile devices -- here are the top 10 apps I love and use almost every week!