For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 In her book The New Spirit-Controlled Woman, Beverly LaHaye wrote about a friend of hers who was very fearful and introverted. The woman’s friends didn’t realize her inner turmoil, for she hid it and rarely spoke of it. But one day this woman simply fell apart and … [Read more...] about Don’t Be Afraid: Getting Rid of Crippling Fear
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Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed [David] in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. 1 Samuel 16:13a Since 1789, presidents of the United States have been inaugurated. In monarchies like Great Britain, the monarch is crowned and also anointed with oil. The tradition of anointing with oil has its roots in … [Read more...] about Favor and Power: Why It’s Important to Be Filled With the Spirit
He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19 If you were asked to share your life story, which events and moments would you include? The experiences we remember with the greatest clarity are those with the strongest emotions attached to them: the overcoming of obstacles, the losses … [Read more...] about Defining Moments: Have You Allowed God to Free You From Your Shame?
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5 David was forgotten. Instead of being summoned to join his father and brothers when they met with Samuel, he was left in the field tending sheep. David was only sent for after God had confirmed, one by one, that none of his brothers would … [Read more...] about Desired: God Has Not Forgotten You
For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13 One of the hardest, but most important, lessons for children and young people to learn is to view hardships in light of their purpose and outcome. Most children don’t like to practice scales on the piano, but they love a superior rating at the recital. Most young athletes don’t … [Read more...] about Daily Doxology: Why It’s Important to Praise God in Hard Times
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 The widow saw a handful of flour and a little oil. Peter saw the crashing waves. Moses and the Israelites saw the sea before them and the Egyptian army rushing toward them. The disciples saw five loaves and … [Read more...] about Bountiful Feast: What to Do With the Abundance God Gives