The song playing in the video is "Now We Are Free" by Enya.
Friday, November 30, 2007
The song playing in the video is "Now We Are Free" by Enya.
How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas?
~ Fleece Navidad
Why was Santa's helper down in the dumps?
~ Because he had low elf esteem
Why does Scrooge love Rudolph?
~ Because every buck is dear to him
Where do polar bears vote?
~ At the North Poll
What do you get when you cross an archer with a Christmas gift-wrapper?
~ Ribbon Hood
What did Santa shout to his toys on Christmas Eve?
~ "All right everyone, it's sack time!"
What do elves learn in school?
~ The Elf-abet!
What did Adam say on the day before Christmas?
~ It's Christmas, Eve!
Remember to have fun this Christmas too!
~ Karla :) LoL LoL :)
Thursday, November 29, 2007
From November 26 to December 7, 2007, three pre-loaded iPods will be given away each day (36 iPods total) to website visitors who enter the giveaway!
-- Adventures in Odyssey: A Christmas Odyssey-- Adventures in Odyssey: Christmas Classics-- Adventures in Odyssey: The Gold Audio Series #1-15-- Adventures in Odyssey: The Lost Episodes-- Including all audio bonus features from those albums (does not include CD-ROM bonus content from those products)-- Radio Theatre: A Christmas Carol-- Previews of other Adventures in Odyssey and Focus on the Family Radio Theatre audio dramas.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Watch this video (found on the right hand corner)from Citizenlink, a publication of Focus on the Family.
Citizenlink has many resources featured. These resources are all designed to educate and energize concerned citizens within religious, political, educational, and activist spheres working to apply Christian principles to the struggles that face our nation.
Enjoy the video! It made me smile!
By Julie Roe, PH.D.
If you're concerned that your passion for God might drive a wedge in your marriage, here's how to put your fears to rest.
More and more women today are sensing a call of God on their lives--a call to draw closer to the Lord, to grow spiritually and to minister in His name. But many hesitate to respond to that call.
"What will happen to my marriage if I become more spiritually mature than my husband?" wives often ask. "Will I become the 'spiritual head' of our family and be out of God's order?"
"I want my husband to be the spiritual leader in our home, but he is not taking on that role for himself," others say. "What do I do with my call while God is working in my husband?"
I believe God is pleased to know that such issues concern His spiritual daughters. You probably know at least one woman who did not ask these difficult questions--with disastrous results in her marriage.
Each of us needs to ask the tough questions and find the answers that fit our particular circumstances. Only then will peace, mutual love and respect be maintained in our marriages while we grow and minister in the Lord.
The guidance for this challenge, as for all the challenges we face, is in the Word of God. Ecclesiastes 1:9 says, "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun" (NIV).
In other words, your situation is not as unique as it seems; according to the Bible, it has already been experienced by at least one other woman! God had the answer then, and He has your answer now.
As you begin your quest, an important scripture to consider is 1 Peter 5:7: "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." You are never alone! God is always with you. He loves and protects you and cares about you and your marriage.
According to the dictionary, "to care" means "to have strong feelings for." That's something to remember and meditate upon: The God of the universe has strong feelings for you!
And because God has strong feelings, you do too. After all, you were made in His image. It's no surprise, then, that many emotions rise to the surface when you feel a tension between your marriage and God's call on your life.
TAKING THE RISK Fear is perhaps the most common of these emotions. And it's a valid one because following your destiny in God can be risky for you and your husband.
You may not understand all that's happening to you and in you. What you do with your time may change. Activities that used to hold your interest may no longer do so.
Instead of watching television at night, you may find yourself choosing to read the Word and other books for self-improvement. Instead of shopping during the day, you may prefer to have a small group or Bible study meet in your home.
You may change your circle of friends. Your appearance may even change as you begin to honor God with your body, His temple.
It is especially important that you remain intimate and connected to your husband during this time. He may or may not accept some of the changes he sees in you.
Even these healthy kinds of changes can be perceived by some men as threatening to the marriage. But by developing a humble spirit, you will ultimately add to your inner beauty, causing your husband to appreciate the changes he sees in you and lessening his own fears about your relationship.
The wrong response to fear is to try to control or manipulate the timing or degree of your husband's spiritual growth. If you do that, you will be out of alignment with God's design for a godly wife. And depending on your husband's temperament, you could cause him to rebel and retreat even further from God or develop an "Ahab nature."
You remember Ahab, the cowering, ineffective husband of Queen Jezebel in the Old Testament. In his book The Jezebel Spirit, Francis Frangipane describes a husband with the Ahab nature as a man who never truly exercises his spiritual authority.
Frangipane writes, "The man who cannot govern his household in godly, protective authority will not exercise his spiritual authority elsewhere." That's the exact opposite of what you want!
God's solution to fear is not for you to push but for you to put your faith in Him. If you have allowed fear to govern your behavior, repent and ask God to increase your faith. Believe in God's sovereignty and timing, trusting that He will work all things for your good. His Word says that God's plans for you and your husband are not to harm you but to give you hope and a future (see Jer. 29:11).
DEALING WITH ANGER Another common emotion is anger--anger directed at your husband or even at God for not seeming to act on your behalf. Hebrews 6:1 tells us that God's desire is that we all become spiritually mature.
You see other husbands growing spiritually. So why is your husband the one dragging his spiritual feet?
Many Christian women have confided to me that their husbands won't pray with them. Many have said they've had to take responsibility for family devotions--otherwise there would be none. And week after week, many women have had to bring their children to church by themselves.
How easy it is for anger to build up in such circumstances! But over time, anger can be stored and, if not resolved, turn into resentment and bitterness. When that happens, aggressive behaviors, either passive or overt, can begin to destroy the unity and intimacy that God intended for your marriage.
Again, we can go to God's Word for insight. Ephesians 4:22-33 says that we must not sin in our anger but rather be "made new" in the attitude of our minds. We must "get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger" and "speak truthfully" to our neighbor. And in this case, your husband is your closest neighbor!
If you have spoken the truth--without anger or rage--about God's desire for your husband's spiritual maturity and his response is not what you had hoped for, you can find further instruction in 1 John 3:18: Love him "with actions and in truth."
Addressing marriage in particular, 1 Peter 3:1-6 says that you can win your husband to Christ by your godly actions and behavior--by living a pure, reverent life; by exhibiting a gentle and quiet spirit; and by remaining hopeful and not giving way to fear. Obeying God's commands with a heart full of love pleases Him. In this attitude of faith, humility and love, you can "receive from Him anything" you ask (1 John 3:21-22).
NO COMPARISON Sadness and rejection are two more common emotions experienced by women who are not able to share spiritually with their husbands. The grief and pain are very real, to be sure.
There is a special closeness, a deep connectedness, that comes in a marriage when a man and woman are growing together in the Lord. When that's not happening in your marriage, observing other couples who seem to share spiritual intimacy only adds to your hurt.
It doesn't help to deny the truth. You must face the pain of grieving to ultimately regain hope and joy.
How you respond in your particular situation is critical. Each marriage is unique. There is no point in comparing your marriage with another. In fact, God tells us not to compare ourselves with others (see Gal. 6:4).
Instead, ask yourself these questions:
Are you listening for the Lord's voice?
What direction is He giving you?
Are you interceding for your husband and your marriage?
Have you called on other godly women to pray for your situation?
Have you sought godly counsel from your pastor?
Is there a trusted Christian male friend who could begin to mentor your husband? Some men may not know how to get started on their spiritual journeys and could use the encouragement of a fellow journeyman.
THE SPIRITUAL AND THE NATURAL God's will for you and your husband is that you be united--"one flesh" (Gen. 2:24). Spouses are to be in mutual submission (see Eph. 5:21).
Yet I have known Christian women who believed the Lord was calling them into ministries that would take them away from home for days and weeks at a time. Their husbands and children were not convinced that the Lord had called them out.
The women went anyway. Unfortunately, some of these women began to experience major spiritual and natural battles in their homes.
This is not always the case, of course. There are those who have genuinely received a call from God and whose families support their efforts and accommodate the women's commitment to follow the Lord. But in order to "live a life worthy of the calling [we] have received," it is important to "make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace" (Eph. 4:1,3).
God may indeed be calling you. Perhaps He is giving you a vision of things to come. Just as we anticipate the birth of a baby by preparing for its arrival, you can begin to prepare for what God is birthing in you spiritually. Then when the time is right, you will be ready.
As a young woman, I knew God's will for my life was to minister to my husband's and my children's needs. I knew God would not call me to a ministry that interfered with my primary calling as a wife and mother.
I ministered at the local level, serving in the church nursery and teaching Sunday school. Today our children are grown, and I am able to accept ministry opportunities on a broader basis. I know that my obedience to the Lord during the early years pleased God and prepared me for my current ministry.
Another woman I know made a decision early in her marriage not to leave her husband behind spiritually. She was concerned that the spiritual distance would create competition or separation between them on a natural level.
Instead, she determined to wait on the Lord to touch her husband so they could then journey together in the spiritual and the natural. Her obedience to the Lord brought blessing, as Deuteronomy 5:29 promises.
She prayed mightily and kept loving her husband unconditionally. Today, 10 years later, her husband is a deacon in their local church, and they are serving the Lord in ministry together. God is faithful!
Of course, some situations are extreme. Personally, I have not known many marriages in which the husband completely forbid his wife to go to church, bake cupcakes for a bake sale, help a widow or orphan, cook for a sick neighbor, read the Bible, pray, or speak words of godly encouragement to others; but they do exist.
If you are living with an abusive spouse under that kind of control, talk with your pastor and seek professional help. More than the spiritual aspect of your relationship is suffering.
PREPARED BY LOVE If that's not your situation, however, you can be sure your husband's heart is being prepared right now for spiritual growth and maturity as you and God love him with perfect, unconditional love. Remember, the Lord desires fellowship with your husband more than you desire it for him! And God wants your spouse to love and serve Him, just as you do.
God has a plan for your life and for your marriage. If He has indeed called you to a specific ministry, He is working out the details; you don't have to force it to happen. Your life, your marriage and your ministry are in His capable hands.
~ Julie Roe, Ph.D., is a Christian clinical psychologist who has ministered to hurting and wounded women around the world. Her private practice is based in Sanford, Florida, where she lives with her husband, Allan.
* This article appeared in the Jun/Jul 2002 issue of SpiritLed Woman - "Empowered for Purpose"
1. Thou shalt prepare early. Don't wait until the last minute to get into the Christmas spirit.
2. Thou shalt keep Christ at the center of Christmas. Don't allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the commercialism of the season. Resolve to read one of the Gospels during December. Meditate upon what it means that Christ came into the world.
3. Thou shalt make Christmas a family time. Do things together: Decorate the tree, play games, bake cookies, shop, write cards, have devotionals, go caroling, attend church together.
4. Thou shalt remember those who are less fortunate. Contribute significantly to an organization serving the needs of others throughout the year. Give a Christmas gift to your church.
5. Thou shalt give thyself with every gift. Put some thought into the gifts you purchase. Give a gift that represents you. If possible, make something instead of buying something.
6. Thou shalt learn to be a good receiver. Many of us have trouble receiving graciously and gracefully.
7. Thou shalt put music into Christmas. Buy several Christmas CD's and play them again and again. Attend church choir cantatas and special Christmas programs. Sing carols with loved ones.
8. Thou shalt slow down. Remember: Christmas is supposed to be a season of peace, not hypertension.
9. Thou shalt remember to worship. The church is the place you are most likely to be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.
10. Thou shalt receive Christ into thy life. Don't just talk about the Christ of Christmas, receive him into your life as Lord and Savior.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Come join the Kick Off Celebration for the Synergize Your Life Retreat. It's not exactly a party, but it is a time to come out and celebrate being a Woman.
This get-together is super packed with blessings - right from the guest speakers - to the topics that will be discussed!
You will be blessed and liberation will occur in some area of your life!
Come join us! Click the link below for more information:
Are you excited???
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Have you ever thought of using your pockets for Jesus?
In all honesty, I hadn't thought about it either, until I came across this ministry - The Pocket Testament League. This ministry was birthed in 1893 from one teenage girl's excitement about sharing her faith!
The girl's name was Helen Cadbury, daughter of the president of Cadbury Chocolates. In her excitement, she organized a group of girls who sewed pockets onto their dresses to carry the small New Testaments that her father provided. The girls called their group "The Pocket Testament League." Using small membership cards, they pledged to read a portion of the Bible every day, pray, and to share their faith as God provided opportunity.
That same vision still drives the ministry today. Through its many years, the ministry has enjoyed tremendous moments of victory in reaching people for Christ.
Read more about this teen's extraordinary vision here.
For more than 110 years, this "pocket" ministry has shared over 100 million pocket-sized gospels all over the world. Membership is completely free, and members may order free Gospels every month to give away as special gifts in one-on-one encounters in their day-to-day lives.
Visit The Pocket Testament League for more information and to sign up as a member.
Will you use your pocket for Jesus?
I'm using mine,
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Surviving the Holidays
In past years, the Christmas holiday season may have been a time of great anticipation and excitement …but this year, the prospect of facing the holidays without your loved one may cause anxiety and dread.
You are not alone in these feelings.
At GriefShare, we have compiled practical ideas and words of encouragement and comfort to help you face the holiday season. These suggestions are from people who have experienced the loss of a loved one and have found ways during the holidays …
* to cope
* to take care of themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually
* to comfort and help others in need
* to remember and honor their loved one
* to build new traditions while remembering past traditions
* to focus on the true meaning of the holiday season
Please visit Griefshare today.
They are here to support you on your journey from mourning to joy.
Friday, November 23, 2007
~ By Dionna Sanchez
Have you ever noticed that when you are going through something in your life that is really tough, that you tend to push others away? Do you know why that is?
Think about it for a minute. We are social and relational creatures. God created us to rely on each other to get through life. He says in Hebrews 10:24-25 that we are to spur each other on, to meet together and to encourage one another. Yet whenever we feel like we’ve messed up in life, or are going through a particularly tough time, why is it that we isolate ourselves from the very people we need to lean on?
Satan loves isolation. If he can isolate us from friends and family who would be able to help us not feel defeated – then he wins! He loves to deceive us into thinking that we would be a burden on others or that they wouldn’t understand how we are feeling or what we’ve been through. But it’s a lie. In all reality, not only would those who love us try to understand, they would be able to encourage us, pray for us, and give us the strength we need to overcome our situation.
I know that it is really good to be by myself sometimes. It recharges me to have some quiet time to myself. It’s good for me to learn how to enjoy my own company and how to schedule my day on MY terms. Yet I think we need to be careful that an occasional recharging session doesn’t turn into an escape from reality. We can get to the point that we don’t know how to handle others anymore and then start to think that everyone is out to get us or that no one understands us. Satan is so good at doing that to us.
We need each other. As much as you may try to deny that fact or ignore it – we need each other. Yes, you may have your husband or your child. But they are not enough. We need a variety of Godly people in our lives that can help us on this road of life. People who can lovingly be honest to us and help us overcome challenges or issues. (You may think you don’t want to hear honesty but you really do – for how else can you grow and become that person you really desire to be?)
When we remain isolated, several things happen to us:
* We are vulnerable to attack by Satan because we don’t have a support system to help us * We remain in sin and/or poor behavior patterns * We become “posers.” Showing or acting like all is well in our life because we lose people whom we can really trust to be authentic with or we feel no one will understand. * We lose touch with real life, real feelings, and real people.
It’s uncomfortable sometimes to start relying on others when you are afraid they will crush your feelings. But I encourage you to take a chance. Pray about it and let God lead you out from your isolated world and into a world of open arms waiting to love you along in life.
Isolation is not good for anyone. It is only Satan’s way of hindering you, deceiving you, and leaving you unhealthy. It’s his way of keeping your thoughts, feelings, issues, and struggles a “secret” when God only wants them out in the open and into the light.
Don’t reason with yourself about this dangerous stronghold. But make a vow today to run away from your isolated way of living. Even if you are housebound, there is a way to get the friendship and support system you need. Pray about it and God will answer. Seek and you shall find – never to be off on your own again.
God says, “It is not good for man to be alone.” Do you trust Him? Then make a change today.
~ Dionna Sanchez desires close Godly women friendships in her life. She shares with other women from her heart through her blog at http://emphasisonmoms.blogspot.com
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
BE INFORMED - Be careful what you allow your kids to watch.
Read more here.
"Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4 NIV
Are we headed in the "right" direction?
Saturday, November 17, 2007
by Summer Waters, age 11
Do They See Jesus in Me?
by Rubel Shelly
It seems to me that more people who claim to be Christ-followers in this world are caught up in doing church over being church. But church isn’t a place. It isn’t a set of rituals. It isn’t the performance abilities of teachers or musicians. Church is the life of Jesus on display through his people – with Jesus functioning as head and all his people as various parts of his body in the world.
Jerry Cook tells a story about Richard Halverson that illustrates the contrast between “doing” and “being” as the people who confess Christ.
Dr. Halverson was chaplain of the United States Senate for several years. He would occasionally visit the seminary where Cook was a student. After one of those visits to speak to students, he joined a group of them for coffee and made himself available for informal conversation.
“Dr. Halverson,” began one of the seminarians, “where is your church?” The student was asking about the street location of the Presbyterian Church Halverson served, but he got a deeper and more insightful answer.
“Well, its three o'clock in Washington, D.C. The church I pastor is all over the city right now. It’s driving buses, serving meals in restaurants, sitting in board meetings, having discussions in the Pentagon, deliberating in Congress.” He proceeded with a long list of roles and responsibilities where his church was functioning that day. “And periodically we get together at a building on Fourth Street,” he added, “but we don’t spend a lot of our time there.”
The pastor-chaplain was not naive with his answer. He was brilliant. And he had the clear intent to challenge a young would-be pastor to raise his sights above the Sunday event of church as an assembly. Or even church as programs and budgets and organization. The church was never intended to be isolated from the world but to penetrate it as salt does food. Jesus wants his people to be “in the world” but not “of the world” – functioning as light to dark places.
Where will you be today? In meetings? On the phone? Calling on clients? Teaching algebra? Cleaning house? Delivering product? Delivering speeches? Delivering babies? Wherever you will be and whatever you are doing there, you will be part of the spread-out, scattered-over- the-world church. Your role is to be a stand-in for Jesus to make the world a better, less-threatening place.
“Whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father” (Colossians 3:17 NLT).
Rubel Shelly is a Preaching Minister at the Woodmont Hills Church of Christ. This article is from the November 5, 2007 issue of “The FAX of Life,” his weekly message. http://www.rubelshelly.com/
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Marriage Message #318
– Stolen Treasures of Marriage
"I've met many women (and we've met many men) who don't realize what a treasure their marriage is until it's stolen from them.
STOLEN HOW, you may wonder... Marriages are stolen by our comparisons—our endless wishing that things might somehow be different, more romantic than they actually are. Marriages are stolen by our lack of appreciation. As women (and also as men), we often focus on what ISN'T being done, rather than on all that is being done and done well, if we're truly honest." (Cindy Dagnan, from article "In Search of the Perfect Husband," posted on www.heartsathome.org)
The enemy of our faith is called a thief and a liar. And one of the things we're too often allowing to be stolen from us, is seeing our spouse as a gift from God, to help us to become more like Christ. We fail to see him or her as if they are autographed by God to not only bless our lives but to smooth down our rough edges. We allow our eyesight to become focused on the negative to such a degree that we don't see the positive and acknowledge it. We don't realize that as we encourage each other we "spur" one another on to "love and good deeds."
The Bible says in Ephesians 4, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
Think about the things you said to your spouse today and/or yesterday. Was your "talk" wholesome and did it benefit him or her and those around you as they listened?
That doesn't mean you can't be truthful and confrontational. But was it truthful and "spoken in love" where your motivation was to help your spouse and help your marital partnership?
The Bible says in Galatians 6, "If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
And then there's the temptation to be prideful when our spouse does something "wrong" and we feel proud and think, "at least I didn't do that!" But is that an attitude which God would have you hold on to?
The Bible also says in Galatians 6, "If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself without comparing himself to somebody else, for each should carry his own load… Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows."
So the questions come to mind:
Are you allowing your marriage to be stolen by "comparison?" Are you comparing your actions with your spouse's and feeling prideful because of it? Or, maybe you're comparing your marriage to someone else's and you're coveting what they have. That can cause trouble!
Are you allowing your marriage to be robbed of being people, who "give thanks in every situation" knowing that God can "work good" even out of that which appears to be bad on the surface?
Are you looking so intently at the "speck" in your spouse's eye that you over-look the "log" in your own, forgetting the Matthew 7:3 principles? Our pastor said in a message recently that he confessed to his family that he came to realize he minimizes the "logs" in his own way of looking at things, and goes right past them to point out the "specks" others have in their vision of reality. Ouch! When I thought about it, I realized that I'm guilty of the same thing. How about you? Is your view of your spouse's good habits less visible because of what you choose to focus on as you look past your own bad habits?
As Cindy Dagnan also said (which applies to this Marriage Message), "Not putting our marriage at the top of our earthly priority list is a mistake we cannot afford to make. Now that we can admit that our marriage is a treasure and gift from God, "He who finds a wife finds a good thing." Proverbs 18:22 What can we do so it won't lose its luster?
That's a good question that each of us should ask God to help us to answer.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
My good friend Corrie Petersen and her husband Kevin from Heavenly Crosses are pleased to offer 3 cross necklaces for $20. What a great idea for stocking stuffers!
This special is only available until November 30th, 2007.
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Our cross necklaces, key chains, zipper pulls, and bracelets make great gifts for anyone and everyone. We also have keepsakes for baptisms and confirmations. We have many colors to choose from. You can even design your own cross.
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Monday, November 12, 2007
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Sunday, November 11, 2007
Terry was impressed with the store's leadership role in adopting the Legion's "two minutes of silence" initiative. He felt that the store's contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.
When eleven o'clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the "two minutes of silence" to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.
Terry's anger towards the father for trying to engage the store's clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was later channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, "A Pittance of Time".
I think that you will find it to be a moving video and song.
Please remember your 2 minutes of silence at 11am on Nov. 11, 2007....
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle"
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Every November 11 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month) Canadians remember those who died during the First and Second World Wars, in Korea, and in Vietnam.
Find out what Canadians do on this special patriotic day. If possible, talk with veterans of these wars. How do other countries observe similar holidays, such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day?
Article from: Crayola
At Crayola, they encourage the kids to make a triptych, a 3-panel paper display. You can see the picture here.
(1872-1918) Canadian Army
The November 11th Remembrance poppy picture at the top of this post is a free printable that I found. There is also a patriotic coloring book, as well as a lot of other cool stuff for kids.
Have YOU ever wondered how YOU can support the troops in Iraq?
Please click here for a list of links.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Imagine walking to a destination that is one mile away. The first step doesn't seem to take you very far, though if you keep going you'll be there in half an hour.
When working toward a goal, the intermediate steps may seem tedious and unfulfilling. Yet in reality, they are the very essence of fulfillment.
That fulfillment will be realized when the steps are all taken. Keep going, and the achievement will be yours.
Whether the goal is modest or highly ambitious, taking sure and steady steps will get you there. When you're willing to take the necessary steps, there is no limit to where you can go.
Though the goal may seem distant, the pathway is not. The first step is right in front of you now.
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Wednesday, November 07, 2007
It's All In Your Mind
~ Dr. Creflo A. Dollar
Your mind holds tremendous creative ability. That's why God gave you an imagination- -so that you could create mental pictures, add faith to them and see those pictures manifest in your life.
Once you have an image in your mind of something you want to do or become, nothing can stop that image from coming to pass. Whatever you meditate on will become the blueprint for your reality. Too often, though, Christians suffer from "stinking thinking." They give the devil control of their minds by meditating on thoughts that do not line up with the Word of God. Then they reap the results of the curse because their carnal mindset produces the fruit of the flesh described in Galatians 5:19-21.
To keep the devil from gaining a foothold in your life, you must develop a sound mind that is completely controlled and directed by the Holy Spirit. In other words, you must renew your mind with the Word of God.
Romans 12:2 says, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." When you become born again, your spirit instantly changes; you are recreated in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Yet your mind is not recreated. You must conform your thinking continually and on purpose; it is not an overnight, one-time event. Renewing your mind to God's Word every day is vital. By reading the Scriptures and meditating on them thoroughly, your thinking will be transformed to line up with the mind of Christ. And when you have the mind of Christ, you can do anything!
When you set your mind on the Word of God, you'll also experience soul prosperity and peace (3 John 2). The Bible says that the issues of life flow out of the heart (Proverbs 4:23). The word heart in this scripture actually refers to your soul--your mind, your will and your emotions. If you can control your mind, you can control your destiny. But it will take a quality decision on your part to dedicate your life to changing the way you think.
First Thessalonians 5:23 says, "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
It is God's will that your mind, will and emotions be whole, with nothing missing or broken. As a Believer, you can receive a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
It is then up to you to enforce and maintain soundness of mind by keeping your thoughts and imaginations in line with God and His Word (Isaiah 26:3).
When your mind is focused and directed by the Word, you will position yourself for success. You'll have wisdom, discernment, insight and the ability to accomplish anything. A renewed, Word-controlled mind guarantees abundance and prosperity in every area of your life. Don't let another day go by without a daily dose of meditation.
Set your mind on the Word of God and let it become the focal point of your life and purpose!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
"Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance, in troubles, hardships and distresses."
- 2 Corinthians 6:4
Troubles. Hardships. Distresses. Ever heard that old adage, "Bad things come in threes"? There's no biblical support for such arithmetic, but it happens.
For example, bitterness was a temptation to me in the early days of my paralysis. Deep inside I knew it was wrong, but I justified myself saying, "Surely God won't mind if I let off a little steam every now and then. After all, I am paralyzed!"
As if that trouble weren't enough, God added a second hardship: Several months into my hospital stay, I had an operation on my lower spine. After the surgery I was forced to lie facedown for fifteen days while the stitches healed. "I am sick and tired of this," I complained out loud.
Then, the third distress. I caught the flu. Suddenly not being able to move was peanuts compared to not being able to breathe. I was fit to be tied! But as I thought about it, I understood what God was doing. No longer was my bitterness a tiny trickle; it was a raging torrent that could not be ignored. It was as if God were holding my anger up before my face and saying lovingly but firmly, "Stop turning your head and looking the other way. This bitterness has got to go. What are you going to do about it?"
The pressure had gotten so strong that I was either going to give the situation over to Him completely or allow myself to wallow in bitterness. Faced with that ultimatum, it helped me see clearly what a wicked course bitterness would be. Sometimes troubles, hardships, and distresses - in three or more - back us into a corner to get us seriously considering the lordship of Christ.
Lord, when troubles pile on, may I look to You for help and hope.
Joni and Friends
Taken from Diamonds in the Dust. Copyright © 1993 by Joni Eareckson Tada. Used by permission. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530
Monday, November 05, 2007
Victory Through Warfare
Life without warfare is impossible in the natural world as well as in the spiritual realm. The Christian is called to a life of war, and victory will only come when one is active in the war. We are called to walk in spiritual authority and power, which is necessary to establish the kingdom of God on the earth. The Christian is called to wage war on three levels.
Face to face warfare with Satan in where we overcome temptation and the seductions of the flesh and its nature. This is the first level of spiritual warfare, but I must make this point--all spiritual warfare must be done in the power of the Spirit, and therefore, all warfare produces real authority, which produces power. Even in this first level of warfare we "by the Spirit put to death the deeds of the body (flesh)" (Romans 8:13). Then, we will have overcome by resisting, and we will live in Him in victory for He always causes us to triumph.
The second level of spiritual warfare is hand to hand combat in which we enter into warfare for others by bringing truth (witnessing, preaching) to them or through intercession or by casting out demons, thus fulfilling the Great Commission in Mark 16:15-18. Please note that this type of ministry is only for those who have had victory in their own lives in face to face combat. Again, this is done by the authority of the Holy Spirit who is the finger of God. Luke 11:20 "But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you." And, by His commission and authority we cast out demons. Luke 10:18-19 And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
So now let's talk about the third level of spiritual warfare, and may it be so that the Spirit of the Living God open the eyes of our understanding regarding warfare in the heavenlies where the thrones of principalities and rulers of darkness are pulled down.
First, we acknowledge that principalities (Satan's princes) do exist. Daniel 10:13, 20 clearly show that there are princes in the heavenly places, and Ephesians 6;12 clearly tells us that we (the church) wrestle with (engage in warfare) the principalities, rulers of darkness. With these truths firmly established, the only question that remains is how do we wrestle? The word wrestle is pallo meaning to sway or vibrate with principalities. The vibration of prophetic proclamation comes against and causes the throne of principalities to begin to sway, until they topple over and come down. Again, this type of warfare does not take place in our own strength or power. 2 Cor 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.
The weapons of our warfare (in the heavenlies--spiritual realm) are intercession by prophetic proclamation (speaking by the Holy Spirit), not bringing a railing accusation but through proclamation that declares the establishment of the Kingdom of God and commands Satan to get behind (a place of defeat) the kingdom and to get under the feet of God's rule. And, as ambassadors for Christ, we must engage the enemy.
In the Old Testament we have a shadow and type of warfare in the heavenlies called pulling down the high places, and you will notice that most did not do this, and therefore, a fullness of the kingdom was not established. In the New Testament we have an example of how this takes place. And now, we get to the heart of the matter, and when one is seeking truth we must go to the Truth, Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith, the Master teacher Himself, and we must examine the example that He left us with, and it is found in Luke chapters 3 and 4. Jesus is not warring on the first two levels of warfare, which we have discussed. The object of warfare is to establish kingdom rule. Luke 4:5-6 "Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, 'All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.'"
Herein the divine plan of spiritual warfare (in the heavenlies--spiritual realm) is revealed.
1. First, Luke 3:22 tells us that Jesus is baptized with the Holy Spirit. I believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for those who are going to engage in spiritual warfare against Satan and his principalities (princes).
2. In Luke 4:2 Jesus is LED into spiritual warfare by the Holy Spirit. Warfare in the heavenlies is orchestrated by God who gives the gift of discerning of spirits, thereby revealing what principalities are ruling.
3. Jesus does not bring a railing accusation against Satan (neither do we), but He does speak the Word of God by the Spirit of God, and His main message is "Get Behind Me Satan!" In other words, the kingdom of God has come, and you are now behind (or under) My authority, and you must move out of the way--verse 13 says, "He (Satan) departed from Jesus."
The authority of the kingdom must first be proclaimed, this is how Jesus began His ministry. Matthew 4:17-- From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." So the question is, are we supposed to speak to Satan and his principalities? And, by whose authority are the principalities pulled down? Matthew 18:18 "Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Mark 11:23 "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says."
What we bind and loose (by proclamation) on earth is done by Jesus in the heavenlies, for He is the Captain of the hosts (His angelic warriors), and it is His angels who pull down the strongholds (fortresses) that Satan establishes. The angels of God were there at the wilderness battle. Mat 4:11-- "Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him."
4. Now most would say the battle is won and is over at this point, but it has actually only begun. Luke 4:13 indicates that Satan may have lost this battle, but he hasn't lost the war yet because his departure has only been for a season.
Now, we must move on to the second phase of spiritual warfare which is to establish the kingdom (dominion) of God by following Christ's example. Luke 4:14 tells us that the establishment of the kingdom will be through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The next key is found in Luke 4:18--"The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed." The kingdom of God is going to be established through the anointing as the Word is preached, and by continuing to cast out demon powers wherever found (Luke 4:35, 36) and by healing the sick (Luke 4:40,41).
5. Okay, a bottom line...The principalities and powers that we wrestle with are pulled down (lose authority) by the establishment of the kingdom of God as the anointed servants of the Lord speak to (bind, rebuke and cast out) and as they continue to do the works of Jesus as He said we would in John 14:12 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father."
It is the continuation of the kingdom of God that destroys the rule of Satan's powers of darkness and the thrones of his rule will diminish in exact proportion to the rule of the kingdom of God in any given geographical area.
It is the responsibility of the church to confront principalities and powers by establishing the Kingdom of God first in their own lives and then by helping others, and thus establishing a witness to the people of God's Kingdom. Ephesians 3:9-12, "And to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him."
The victorious Christian life is only available to those who are willing to engage the enemy. We must exercise the authority that we have been given, and if we do, victory is assured!