When Prayers Don’t Get Answered

When Prayers

Sometimes when we pray, we receive answers the way we expect. Other times when we pray, we don’t. Paul the apostle prayed to God three times to remove the thorn in his flesh. We don’t know exactly what the thorn was or whether it was something physical or spiritual. God answered Paul’s cries by saying, “… My grace is sufficient for you …” (2 Cor. 12:9). Like Paul, there are others Read More

A Distinguishing Mark

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We live in one world with two kingdoms intersecting — the kingdom of this world and the Kingdom of God. Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, we were born naturalized citizens of the kingdom of the world. But, because of the love of Christ, He transferred us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His beloved Son. The Bible says, “If anyone be in Christ, he is a new creation.” We have Read More

The Dark Side of Success

THE DARK SIDE OF SUCCESS

Samson is someone who had reached success but didn’t have the inner strength to sustain that success and the pressure of that success destroyed his life. He was someone who had a great start, but a poor ending. When the Philistines surrounded Israel as their enemies, God raised up Samson as a judge. God gave him divine strength, great gifts and the ability to bring people together and catalyze Read More

In the Midst of Storms

In the Midst

In Acts chapter 27, we find the Apostle Paul in the middle of a storm. And what does he do? He paused, broke bread and gave thanks to God. God puts these stories in the Bible so that we may learn lessons from them and find our compass in the midst of a spin-cycle word. We are going to have to stop in the middle of it. Sometimes, it is hard to do that because it is too easy to get caught up if we don’t Read More

Against All Odds

AGAINST ALL ODDS

God loves to turn the tables and beat the odds makers by His miraculous power and He loves to surprise us by His grace and wisdom. The odds makers think that, in the real world, God is somewhat irrelevant or non-existent, but the wisdom of God is real, unmatched and unparalleled. The Word of God says: “… the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood Read More

Seeing and Hearing Again

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The Pharisees were trained and schooled to recognize God, to hear His voice and to know what God was saying. They looked for something that was so obviously close, but never saw Him. When He actually came on that Christmas, they did not even recognize Him. In fact, even when He spoke, they hardened their hearts and said, “No, that’s not true!” The Bible says our hearts, like that of the Read More

Finding Contentment

FINDING

The devil’s tactic was to try to tempt the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in the wilderness, and the same is true with you and with me. The devil’s bottom line to tempt you is to get you to feel dissatisfied with what you have. If he can get us to feel dissatisfied with what we have, when we are dissatisfied, we will play into his hands. This is the same temptation he used with Eve in the Garden Read More

David: Finding Confidence in the Desert

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Saul was jealous of David and all his successes, so he pursued him relentlessly for a long period of time. David had his chances to kill Saul and claim the throne that God had promised him, but he refused. He remained a faithful servant of God and waited upon the Lord to rescue him.  Living in the Desert It isn’t common knowledge, but there was a time David actually deserted the people of Read More

Waiting on the Promises

WAITING

Microwave ovens! Cell phones! E-mail! Fast food! We live in an age where we want things instantaneously. As it is with our culture, we have the same expectation in our relationship with God. We say, “I want it now, God! I want a fast God — not a slow God!” We want to take shortcuts; we think God is too slow! But God is not slow. He is patient! There is a purpose for waiting. “The Lord Read More

An Appointment with God

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God has appointments with different people, including us. On Palm Sunday, Jesus had an appointment with Jerusalem, as He rode off from the Mount of Olives and through the gate called Beautiful. He came not on a white stallion, but on a donkey. People didn’t have flags fluttering; they had branches waving. He had a message for Jerusalem because He knew that, in a few days, the greatest even in the Read More