EMPOWERING CHRISTIAN WOMEN: July 2008 Blogger Widgets

FIREPROOF on Godtube!

Thursday, July 31, 2008



Check out this interview about the upcoming movie FIREPROOF that is coming to theatres this September. Mark your calendars for a date night with you spouse; keeping our marriage GOD-Strong should be our top priority!

"'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." ~ Matthew 19:5,6

Find out if this movie is playing in a theatre near you. If this movie is not coming to a theatre near you, you can bring it to a theatre near you, please go here to get involved!

If you believe in the message of this movie (as I know you will), please add a banner/button to your blog or website. You can also download logos, posters, flyers and desktops and icons.

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Let's help get the word out about another incredible Christian film!

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Fear...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I feared being alone,
until I learned to like myself.

I feared failure,
until I realized that I only fail when I don't try.

I feared success,
until I realized that I had to try in order to be happy with myself.

I feared people's opinions,
until I learned that people would have opinions about me anyway.

I feared rejection,
until I learned to have faith in myself.

I feared pain,
until I learned that it's necessary for growth.

I feared the truth,
until I saw the ugliness in lies.

I feared life,
until I experienced its beauty.

I feared death,
until I realized that it's not an end,
but a beginning.

I feared my destiny,
until I realized that I had the power to change my life.

I feared hate,
until I saw that it was nothing more than ignorance.

I feared love,
until it touched my heart,
making the darkness fade
into endless sunny days.

I feared ridicule,
until I learned how to laugh at myself.

I feared growing old,
until I realized that I gained wisdom every day.

I feared the future,
until I realized that life just kept getting better.

I feared the past,
until I realized that it could no longer hurt me.

I feared the dark,
until I saw the beauty of the starlight.

I feared the light,
until I learned that the truth would give me strength.

I feared change,
until I saw that even the most beautiful butterfly
had to undergo a metamorphosis
before it could fly.
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Have Your Armour On?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Call to Battle

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Ephesians 6:10-11

When we become Christians, we enter into a spiritual warfare with Satan himself. We must equip ourselves with the armor God has provided, and always be prepared to stand steadfastly against the enemy of our soul. There are two reasons why we must so equip ourselves. First, there is a traitor in the camp, which is our old nature, the flesh. Paul said, "For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh, and these are contrary the one to the other, so that you cannot do the things that you would." The flesh always seeks to bring us into the bondage of its desires, and focus our attention on satisfying the pride of life. Second, because we are members of the body of Christ, Satan seeks to destroy, disrupt, and defeat us. As Christians, we are called to a struggle, to a battle, to warfare.

When I was trained in the Armed Forces to fight for our country, several basic factors were inscribed into my mind: First, never underestimate the power of your enemy. Do not be lulled to sleep by the propaganda or misinformation that may influence you, i.e., that the enemy is anything but strong, powerful, destructive, and determined to defeat everything you represent. Second, be alert, watchful, and on guard to every tactic, every device, every means he may use to infiltrate your position and destroy you. Question every motive, and doubt everything he contrives to deceive you. Remember, his one objective is to annihilate you. Third, find out your enemy's strengths, weaknesses, resources, objectives, and allies, so that you may be prepared in every way to fight him and to counter every attack against you. Fourth, remember that he is out to destroy you any way he can, so you must be prepared to engage the enemy whenever he attacks. You must be ready to fight him on his terms, and against all the ways and means he will throw at you. This is war, and you better be prepared...or YOU WILL NOT SURVIVE!

Christ on Calvary has already won our victory, but we must engage the enemy. God does not take the battle away from us. David had to fight Goliath, Daniel had to face the lions in the coliseum, Gideon had to fight the Midianites, and Joshua had to fight the Canaanites. But God interceded for David, for Daniel, for Gideon, for Joshua, and for a host of others through the ages, just as He will for us! He is our strength and sufficiency IN THE BATTLE! Paul says, "Put on the full armor of God with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all of this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions." Be prepared, put on your armor, and go in HIS MIGHT!

© 2007 by Ed Powell. Used by permission.
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Send Me

Monday, July 28, 2008

Christians heed to what I say,
the Will of God is not in play.
We tend our flocks and nourish needs,
but don't go out where Jesus leads.

Our Churches big, despite the cost,
they comfort us, but not the lost.
It seems we've lost our given goal,
that everyone through Christ be whole.

Jesus said, "Go forth and teach,
to every nation you can reach."
"To Baptize them in Gods own name,
the Holy Ghost and Son the same."

He said, "Teach to them what I have taught,
the One they seek may now be sought."
Jesus said, "Go forth and teach",
but not just those He's called to preach.

There's people dying in their sin,
cause Christians now hold God within.
Revival comes from inside our heart,
I pray dear Lord, please help us start.

Fill us full of your Holy Ghost,
and place us where you need us most.
Please send us Lord into the lands,
to heal the sick, with your precious hands.

Lord give us faith and give us power,
to save the world this final hour.
Praise your name-THE KING ON HIGH,
if we don't do it, the stones will cry.

I pray YE LORD,
one humble plea,
don't send a stone Lord,
Please SEND ME.

*Author Unknown


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Bringing the Bible to You

Sunday, July 27, 2008



Discover the relevancy of the Bible
through the experiences,
ideas and contributions of others.



You Version has these great features:

* allows you to organize the content that's important to you!

* makes connecting and collaborating with others easy

* gives you the power to share your content with your closest friends, family, or anyone online!
Anyone, anytime, anywhere!

* link to an external site

* link to an image or a video

* star it, tag it, email it, link it

* ...and much more!

Check it out; let me know what you think.


* Information taken from YouVersion
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Facebook for Pastors

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Should Pastors Use Facebook?

Would Jesus have a Facebook profile today? We can't know for certain, but Facebook is where millions of people are, and Chris Forbes says pastors today can use it as a tool in shepherding their flock in his new free e-book "Facebook for Pastors."

Facebook for Pastors

How to build relationships and connect with people using the most popular social network on the Internet. This 31 page e-book will help Pastors and other ministry leaders make the most of this great networking tool.

* How to make the most of your profile information
* Tips for Networking with People in Facebook
* All about groups, messages, poking, etc
* Brand Your Ministry
* Meet prospects for your church
* Learn more about the members in your church
* Fine tune your communication skills
* Testimonies from Pastors who use FaceBook
* and much more!

Check it out! You can download it for free.
This book is a gift to you from MMC ~ Ministry Marketing Coach.

"My mission is to help Christian ministries of all kinds use marketing to get the gospel message outside the walls of the church and to the unchurched people of the mainstream marketplace. Helping them reach more people than ever before." — Chris Forbes

* All information taken from the Ministry Marketing Coach website.
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25 FREE Marketing Tools for Ministry

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


You don’t have to have a huge budget or buy a bunch of slick materials to start improving your ministry’s marketing. You can start right now for free! Get the free 32 page e-book and start marketing better right away!

* Make first impressions count with people who come in contact with your ministry
* Spark excitement among your church members
* Stay on-track with your own ministry communication plan
* Keep new people who visit your church
* Connect with your community
* And more


This ebook is a free gift from Ministry Marketing Coach.


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Why Should You Go To Church?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008



If you're spiritually alive, you're going to love this!

If you're spiritually dead, you won't want to read it.

If you're spiritually curious,there is still hope!




Why Go To Church?

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all." This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor.

It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: "I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this... They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"

When you are DOWN to nothing..... God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment! "When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, "Jesus, could you get that for me?"


* Shared at JoJo's Place
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Church Pew Hostages

Monday, July 21, 2008

Satan is not warring over those who are in the world, for he already has them in his grasp. His war is to conquer those who are sitting in the pews! Those who have been reconciled, he longs to take hostage once again. His strategy is deceptive, because he uses them to hinder the work of the church.

Satan deludes people with other goals in life which soon take priority over the work of the church and personal involvement. They become members of the body which become dysfunctional. Hands will not work; feet will not travel; mouth, ears and brain stop functioning. Lame, blind and deaf,the church struggles to fulfill its purpose.

Satan also lures people into complacency. Having become satisfied with less than God's desire for their lives, they settle for adolescence, rather than maturing to adulthood, while at the same time believing they are adults!

Satan tantalizes people's sense with false teachings with the purpose of taking others off course.Then, deluded themselves, they delude others to a false sense of security. Then on to another, yet another, the delusions continue to spread.

Satan will also stalemate the church's vision with past accomplishments! He enjoys the boasting in the glory of a successful past program, because they fail to launch a new one, with possibly more productive, fruitful efforts!He's lingering at church . . . he's working throughout the pews!

If the church and we as individual members are ever going to be what God desires, the hostages sitting within the pews must be freed. And the only thing that can set them free is the truth. And only the Bible can reveal if we are being held hostage. Only the Bible can set and keep us free.

Read it, study it, and make it yours, that you might heed the warnings and not be taken hostage.

* Shared by Lois at In His Hands



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If We are the Body...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

...why do we neglect to do the very thing that God calls us to do?

Something to reflect on this Sunday.

Enjoy the video.

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Bushwacked by the Enemy

Saturday, July 19, 2008


By: Steve Gallagher

You were doing well. Your life in God was growing. You were becoming increasingly separated from the world. It had been months since you had fallen into sin. For the first time in years you were feeling as though it was behind you. It seemed as though you were emerging from a long, dark tunnel. Your prospects looked bright. God’s hand was blessing. Hope filled your heart. All of this pointed to the fact that you had crossed a line: you had finally surrendered your life to God.

Then suddenly, when you least expected it, you were bushwhacked by the enemy. Perhaps you were innocently writing emails when a pornographic email showed up in your “In Box.” You were temporarily bewitched by it and found yourself opening it before you could even gather your defenses against the assault. The pull was tremendous. After it was over you felt devastated.

Or maybe an old boyfriend suddenly showed up when you were in a particularly weak state of mind. You had just been thinking how much you wish there was someone to love you, to hold you… Then your phone rang and you heard that familiar voice. The bad memories and the reasons you had cut off the relationship seemed to evaporate. “Someone to hold you…” The words seemed to echo in your mind. Before you knew what had happened, you were leaving a hotel room, so disgusted with yourself that you were physically sick.

Whatever the case may be, you need to be reminded of a few things.

First, you need to know that Jesus Christ broke the power of the enemy on the Cross. This means that as a born again believer, sin will not and cannot hold you. You may have your struggles for a time, but your victory is assured. You have the Spirit of the living God indwelling you. You will find that as your relationship with Christ grows so too will your determination and strength to resist temptation.

Just to cement this reality into your mind, consider the fact that Jesus’ victory over Satan at Calvary was so overwhelming that He paraded the vanquished villain before all the powers of heaven and hell. In ancient times, it was customary for a conquering king to return home from a war with a long line of captives following in chains. The greatest trophy was the defeated king who, bound in chains, was forced to march along in shame and humiliation before the citizens of the conquering nation.

This is precisely what Jesus did at Calvary. “…He gallantly strode into Heaven to celebrate His victory and the defeat of Satan and his forces. As part of His triumphal process, He flaunted the spoils seized from the hand of the enemy. Yet the greatest spectacle of all occurred when the enemy himself was openly put on display as bound, disgraced, disabled, humiliated, and stripped bare…” (Colossians 2:15 Renner)

Once a person truly repents of his sin and submits to the lordship of Jesus Christ, Satan can no longer hold him in sin. The power of sin is broken. The best the devil can hope to do now is to try to lure him back through temptation. I pointed out his limitations in my book, At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry:

“Demons are restricted in their level of influence. I will use the Marines who were involved in espionage in Moscow in the eighties, as an illustration. The only thing these embassy guards had to worry about was allowing themselves to be duped into telling secrets. Russian agents were confined to operate within certain boundaries. They could not use torture to force the Marines to pass along military information. They could not threaten their lives or even yell at them. The only possible way they could obtain secrets was through the process of seduction. That is precisely what they did. The Russians used a beautiful woman as their ploy to entice a Marine into revealing secrets. This Marine did not place his country above himself. He may have been willing to die for his country on a battlefield, but he was unwilling to die to his own desires. He lost the biggest battle he would ever face. It was not a battle involving bullets; it was a battle with temptation.

In the same way, when the enemy determines to plot the downfall of a believer, he can only work within the boundaries set forth by God. As Paul pointed out, ‘No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.’ (I Corinthians 10:13) The veteran apostle does not promise a life free of temptations, but rather that God will keep them within His limits and always provide a way of escape in order that the believer may continue to stand.”

Finally, you need to be reminded that failure is not final. Someone once said, “Failure is not falling down; it is remaining there when you have fallen.” That is so true! Every single believer I have ever known who has gained the victory over sexual sin did so after many defeats.

The way it typically happens is like this: The person begins to feel a growing sense of being fed up with the consequences of his sin. He is tired of being a hypocrite. At some point, in utter exacerbation with his condition, a surrender to God occurs in his heart. An emotional experience may or may not accompany this pivotal spiritual decision. From that day forth, he begins to grow in strength. His failures become more seldom. Before long, victories outnumber defeats. It is not unusual for him to walk in freedom for a time, only to fall once again to some temptation. For the true believer, this final spiritual fall is usually the last. Failure is not final; it is often only the door into a life of victory. Nevertheless, you can be assured that some lying devil will do its utmost to remind you of your past string of failures so that you won’t look with hope to the certain victory that is yours.

Yes, we are in a war on this planet earth. The devil rages all around us. And although the city of Satan may open its gates and vomit every vile spirit of hell against us, in the end, their failure is assured. And the next time you are feeling wearied by the battle or discouraged by some failure, remember the words spoken by the Captain of the host: “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18 KJV)

1 Rick Renner, Sparkling Gems from the Greek, Teach All Nations, 2003, p. 75.

Steve Gallagher is the founder and president of Pure Life Ministries. He has dedicated his life to helping men find freedom from sexual sin and the abundant life in God that comes through deep repentance.

2007 www.purelifeministries.org. All rights reserved. Permission is granted to use, copy, distribute, or retransmit information or materials on this page in accordance with our terms and conditions, so long as proper acknowledgment is given to Pure Life Ministries as the source of the materials, and no modifications are made to such material.
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Overcoming Sexual Sin

Friday, July 18, 2008


Purity for Life is the weekly audio magazine from Pure Life Ministries! Each week, the podast will provide you with insightful interviews combining Pure Life staff and special guests that will cover a broad range of topics for men, women and the church related to overcoming sexual sin and developing a deeper walk with God.

Pure Life Ministries goal is to tackle the "tough issues" for those struggling with sexual sin, as well as for those who desire to help them. Real life issues finding freedom in Jesus Christ!
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Overcoming Temptation

Thursday, July 17, 2008



"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:
for when he is tried, he shall receive the
crown of life, which the Lord hath promised
to them that love him."
James 1:12

Temptation

Temptation is pretty common,
and our batting average for resisting it
is not always impressive.

Our experiences are a lot like seat belts on cars.
When we don't fasten them,
the buzzer goes off and annoys us.
And though we know they are there for our protection,
we choose to fasten them behind us
and thus shut off the buzzer
that was reminding us to do the safe thing.

Christians know deep down inside what is right.
And we know that the right thing
is the best thing for us.
And God coaches us from the inside with
His "buzzer," the Holy Spirit,
to help us resist temptation.
But often, we choose to ignore this buzzer also
and look for a way to shut it off.

We ignore God's signal and follow our own,
even though experience shows us
that things get messed up when do not listen to Him.

We need to understand a little more about how
Satan uses temptation
and how we can win the battle.
An understanding of the kinds of strategies
Satan uses to defeat us
can help us overcome temptation.

Listen for the buzzer of the Holy Spirit,
and don't ignore God's safety alert,
for He always shows us what's best for us!

* Shared by Lois Heater at In His Hands
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Spiritual Darkness

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I Can't Hear You
~ Jean Fleming
Editor - Narrow Way Newsletter Ministry

Grief can cripple you and throw you into such spiritual darkness that you can’t “feel”, “see”, or “find” Jesus. The self confidence you have experienced as a victorious Christian can disappear.

C.S. Lewis described it like this, “My pain screams so loudly, I can’t hear God’s whispers.” When I read those words I identified immediately but also felt assured because it reminds us that God is there as always and speaking softly to our spirit. He is continuing to whisper to us His comfort but the agitation of the grief is obscuring and dulling our ability to see and hear.

So what do we do? I can’t say this loudly enough and strongly enough. STAY IN THE WORD OF GOD. KEEP PRAYING! I know you won’t “feel” like it but make yourself do it. Slowly the peace will return and your darkness will disappear and the barriers that block your faith will be torn down.
Thank You Jesus
for Your presence in my spirit
even when I don’t “feel” it,
I know You are there.
Amen.

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Does Your Life REFLECT Jesus?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

I'm an author...who would have thought?
Not me! :)

I am so thankful to have been a part of the Pink Collar Club's first collaboration book effort. It was an incredible journey; God orchestrated 10 women to share their thoughts on the 10 commandments (one commandment per week) for 10 weeks!

Mirror, Mirror...on the Wall is the finished product in e-book form. This e-book is comprised of 100 devotionals, as well as a place for you to journal your thoughts.

I pray that this devotional on the 10 commandments will draw you into an even closer, more intimate walk with our God.

Writing this book took me on a journey that I never expected!
God drew me closer to His chest than ever before...a place that I never want to leave.

More Information

Thanks so much for your support!


Half of the proceeds will be sent to the Pink Collar Club, an excellent Christian ministry for women. Come find out your unique purpose for the Kingdom of God, as well as connect with other women who have a heart for God.


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The Name ABOVE All Names

Monday, July 14, 2008

Jesus


Thirty Good Names To Call Your God

~1)Healer(Psalm103:3)

2)Redeemer(Isaiah59:20)

3)Deliverer(Psalm70:5)

4)My Strength(Psalm43:2)

5)Shelter(Joel3:16)

6)Friend(John15:15)

7)Advocate(1John2:1)

8)Restorer(Psalm23:3)

9)Everlasting Father(Isaiah9:6)

10)Love(1John4:16)

11.)Mediator(1Timothy2:5-6)

12.)Stronghold(Nahum1:7)

13)Bread Of Life(John6:35)

14)Hiding Place(Psalm32:7)

15)Everlasting Light(Isaiah60:20)

16)Strong Tower(Proverbs 18:10)

17)Resting Place(Jeremiah50:6)

18)Spirit Of Truth(John16:13)

19)Refuge from the Storm(Isaiah25:4)

20)Eternal Life(1John5:20)

21)The Lord Who Provides(Genesis22:14)

22)Lord of Peace(2Thessalonians3:16)

23)Living Water(John4:10)

24)My Shield(Psalm144:2)

25)Husband(Isaiah54:5)

26)Helper(Hebrews13:6)

27)Wonderful Counselor(Isaiah9:6)

28)The Lord who Heals(Exodus15:26)

29)Hope(Psalm71:5)

30)God Of Comfort(2 Corinthians 1:3)
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P.M.S. - Praising My Savior

Sunday, July 13, 2008


P.M.S. - Praising My Savior!
With Humor & a Whole Lotta Grace All the Live Long

As women, we are all too familiar with the word p.m.s. . . .but, don't you love the concept of this little word directing our focus to the Savior? I sure do!

If you are interested in how this p.m.s. club started...please read here.

Be sure to drop by and meet the 8 fabulous women writers of this blog. While you're there, take a peek at their websites as well.

Come grow in Christ - we all need humor and a whole lotta grace!
















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Is Your Church a Cruise Ship or a Battleship?

Saturday, July 12, 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIUaa1P5fTY

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Time Zones and Faith

Time Zones and Faith
by John Fischer

Our thought for today comes from a woman who has had more difficulties to deal with than a lot of us put together. That is why she has a right to say what she says, and why we should take notice when she says it.

"I know discouragement comes easy, but I also know things happen when God is ready for them to happen and not a second sooner. God knows why he wants things to happen in the order they have to. We just need to be ready when they come."


This is a woman in a complex situation seeking to hold onto a childlike faith while displaying an adult-like wisdom. What she's saying is that she has recognized there are two different time zones going on when it comes to correlating God's will and our experience. One I'll call My Desperate Time (MDT) and the other, God's Own Time (GOT).


Most of us run on MDT. MDT defines our reality. It's what we see and feel always. We are conscious of it the minute we rise up in the morning until we put our weary heads on the pillow at night. We measure pleasure and pain by it; we judge our overall state-of-being by it.


God, on the other hand, exists in another time zone entirely. In GOT, His will is always done, and nothing is ever late. GOT also takes into account the MDT of everyone, which can often get tangled up. You see there are as many MDT zones as there are people, and that means they can often be in conflict. But with God there is never any conflict. There is only one GOT and as far as He is concerned, everything is right on schedule.


This is why it is utterly silly to wonder if God has heard our prayers based on whether or not He has acted in MDT. God always hears our prayers -- He has most likely already answered them -- he just answered them in GOT.


Most of our issues with God are all about time zones. Think about the hapless Bible character, Job. Job was smack in the middle of MDT all the while he was suffering, and his best friends were trying to figure out why God wasn't doing anything in MDT. Well, we know now that God rarely does; He is always in GOT and we can see that now, in Job's case, because his life ultimately caught up with GOT. Eventually, all MDT will be GOT. In fact, that will be what heaven is all about. We will all be kicking back in God's Own Time.


So faith is mostly all about time zones. When you pray, know that you were heard, and move ahead, believing in GOT and just maybe, MDT won't be so desperate.


* Copyright, Purpose Driven Life


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Weary Saints - Pulling Up Your Seed

Friday, July 11, 2008

Weary Saints

I have received several emails this week about people becoming weary in their prayer time or in their confessions of the word of God. I know and understand exactly what you are saying. But, once you have seeds of faith in the ground, don't pull them back up with the words of your mouth.

What am I talking about???

It's happened to most of us. We pray and ask God for a specific thing, our faith is at an all time high and we just know we are going to see the manifestation of the promise at any given moment. Many have explained it like this. Seed -----time ------harvest. They describe it as sowing the seed - then comes time and more time and more time and then the harvest.

Often during the 'time' phase many become weary and begin to pull up their seed with their words. They say things like 'I really thought that was God' or 'I don't believe it was God's will for that to happen after all' or 'I don't see it ever happening' or 'why God, has it not come to pass?' You see when we say things like that we are literally pulling up every good seed we sowed.

Imagine this, a farmer goes out into the garden and spends an entire week digging up the ground and putting his seed in the ground. He waits for the first rain and sees that his seed has been watered. He is a happy man. Then the next day, he decides he is tired of waiting - so he goes outside and digs up all the seed he planted. How dumb would that be? Yet that is what we do when we sow the word of God and then dig it back up.

I have seen people sow a seed for financial breakthrough and stand firm on that seed, then time will pass and things will 'appear' worse. What happens next is they will often say 'I shouldn't have sown that seed, it didn't work, and it only got worse.' My friend, you have what you say. Every single time, you have what you say. If you say it didn't work, it will not work.

Most of the time this happens when we become weary and discouraged. As I told one of our readers today, when I become weary, I say nothing. I say nothing at all. Until the word of God is ready to come out of my mouth, I keep my mouth shut. Why? Because I have learned to NOT dig my seed back up. I have learned as my great-grandmother used to say 'if you can't say something good, say nothing at all.' I apply this to my spiritual walk. It is much wiser to keep your mouth shut until the words coming out of your mouth line up with what you want to happen. Don't ever say what you don't want to see happen. Life and death are in the power of your tongue. You will have what you say. You have to decide what you want to have and say nothing but that. Regardless of what you see - say only what you want to see happen. If you can't do that, say nothing and feed yourself with the word of God until only faith-filled words comes out of your mouth.

When you learn to do that, your seed will grow up and produce a huge harvest.

If you have dug up your seed, don't be condemned, put your seed back in the ground. And don't be condemned if you go a few days without saying anything while you are allowing your faith to be built up. It's just like a farmer missing a few days of rain, the harvest still comes.

Think about the farmer; think about how many tomatoes come from one tomato plant. Think about how many corn ears come from one corn seed. Think about how many potatoes come from one potato plant. It is the law of multiplication and that is what happens when you sow spiritually as well - the harvest is much greater than the seed - and there is more seed in each harvest - God's way is perfect. Get your seed in the ground - water it and keep it there - then get your barns ready - harvest is here.

* This Daily Devotion is copyright of A New Thing Ministries

A New Thing Ministries was born out of a desire to teach God’s people how to gain victory in every area of their lives. To show them they can have real change in their lives by applying the Word of God. I have a desire and longing to make disciples, as God has commissioned us to do.

It is not enough to get people saved; we also need to disciple them and teach them that they can have everything Jesus died to give them. To teach them that they can walk in the fullness of the covenant. To teach them that Jesus already provided all they have need of – we only need to receive it and walk in it. To teach truth.

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Thirsty for MORE of God?

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Life Action Revival Ministries are excited to announce the release of the Infuse podcast.

Are you spiritually dry and empty?

Are you thirsty for more of God?

The Infuse podcast has been designed to help you experience personal revival. Every week the Infuse podcast will unpack practical steps to reviving your relationship with God.

Life Action Revival Ministries is on a mission! They are focused on seeing God glorified through a revival among His people.

Stop by their site today to check out their many resources to complement your daily walk with Christ.
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30 Healthy Marriage Building Tips

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

30 Healthy Marriage - Building Tips
by Willie Batson, MA
Founder/PresidentFamily Builders Ministries

Family Builders Ministries are keenly aware of the challenges that couples face in keeping their marriage strong and healthy.

Rev. Willie Batson, founder of Family Builders Ministries, often shares the story of Lance Armstrong (six-time winner of the Tour de France). Lance wrote about his failed marriage: “We forgot to do the most important thing. We forgot to be married.”

To help married couples all over the world, Family Builders Ministries are offering a 30-day e-coaching emphasis on building a healthy marriage.

FBM wants to send you 30 easy, but powerful marriage-building tips. Every day you will receive an idea that you can put into practice for your marriage that day.

It’s simple and it’s free!

Sign up today and be ready to see your marriage flourish with God’s help!

* Family Builders Ministries exists to build strong, healthy marriages and families that reflect God’s love and grace. We partner with couples, families and churches to build marriages and families with loving, caring, healthy, and lasting relationships from generation to generation.


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Running Out of Gas?

Monday, July 07, 2008

What does your spiritual gas gauge look like? If it on E for Exhausted, F for Full of the Spirit, or somewhere in between? How often do you run out of gas? A few times a week? Every day at 3 :00?

Signs You are Nearing Exhaustion or Empty

A good indication you are running low on fuel is when you feel anxious, angry, feel you are never good enough or tired of trying. I know becasue I have been so tired of tying to overcome my sin nature. It feels like a never ending battle doesn’t it?

So what is the quickest way to get the arrow towards F? Prayer, Bible study, fellowship? I’ve made the mistake of trying to work to get my tank fuller. I thought if I worked harder, prayed more, studied my Bible more, volunteered more at church that it would make up for all my sins. How arrogant! My sins, guilt and shame have been taken care of on the cross at a price higher than I could ever pay.

The fuel comes from rest. By giving God control. Christianity is not a self improvement program. Its not about us, its about Him. It’s about resting in Him allowing Him living His live in us. Giving Him control.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Trying to control God by my performance or manipulation never works. Homeschooling your children, attending church every time the door is open, diligently having daily devotions don’t earn points. These things certainly don’t make you better than any of God’s other children (unfortunately many act as they do–superior and judgmental attitudes are in epidemic proportions in the body).

It is easier to rest in God when things are going well. But what about when you are having “one of those days“? What about difficult situations. Peter trusted while in chains. Paul knew that God could rescue him from imprisonment and shipwreck. Both knew God had a reason for the circumstances. God always has our good in mind no matter how the circumstances appear. When we trust and give God control we are walking in His Kingdom.

For you have been called for this purpose,
since Christ also suffered for you,
leaving you an example for you
to follow in His steps

Sin is a form of control. When Jesus was tempted in the desert Satan was offering Him control. When marriage break up it is because two people are trying to control. Living in the sin nature is trying to control things to make us feel good in our flesh.

Our fuel tank is filled when we give up control and rest in God in all circumstances instead of trying to free ourselves. Only then can we be at peace.

Thus says the LORD,
“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths,
Where the good way is, and walk in it;
And you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

Open your eyes every morning and say “Fill ‘er up!”. Give God your day. Ask Him to teach you, lead you and guide you. Then trust He will do it. Be available! Listen for the Spiritual tugs.

When you allow Him to fill you your daily focus will be on love. WHen you understand how much He loves you, you will desire to obey the two main commands (a summery of all the law): loving Him and loving others.

Love everyone. Look at everyone that crosses your path through God’s eyes. Recognise that each person has been broken spiritually and love them as you would love an abused child.

Have this attitude in yourselves
which was also in Christ Jesus

And rejoice! The God’s fuel never runs out and His price never goes up. :smile:

* This article is copyright of Heart of Wisdom
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Unchained!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Unchained! Magazine is the quarterly publication of Pure Life Ministries. Its purpose is to equip pastors and leaders to biblically address sexual sin and its related issues by providing helpful resources and relevant articles in every issue.

The print version of the magazine is available at no cost to pastors, counselors and ministry leaders and has a circulation of 50,000.

However, the online version of the magazine is available to anyone. Feel free to browse past issues, download the articles, or even the full print version of the magazine to share with others!



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Something to Think About. . .

Thursday, July 03, 2008

The most destructive habit. . . . .Worry

The greatest Joy. . . . .Giving

The greatest loss. . . . .Loss of self-respect

The most satisfying work. . . . .Helping others

The ugliest personality trait. . . . .Selfishness

The most endangered species. . . . .Dedicated leaders

Our greatest natural resource. . . . .Our youth

The greatest "shot in the arm". . . . .Encouragement

The greatest problem to overcome. . . . .Fear

The most effective sleeping pill. . . . .Peace of mind

The most crippling failure disease. . . . .Excuses

The most powerful force in life. . . . .Love

The most dangerous person. . . . .A gossiper

The world's most incredible computer. . . . .The brain

The worst thing to be without. . . . .Hope

The deadliest weapon. . . . .The tongue

The two most power-filled words. . . . ."I Can"

The greatest asset. . . . .Faith

The most worthless emotion. . . . .Self-pity

The most beautiful attire. . . . .SMILE!

The most prized possession. . . . .Integrity

The most powerful channel of communication. . . . .Prayer

The most contagious spirit. . . . .Enthusiasm!!


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The More I Seek You

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

"I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me."
~ Proverbs 8:17 NIV

This video, "The More I Seek You" was shared on Wings of Praise; http://interceding4u.ning.com/


"How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.

I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.

I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
~ Psalm 119:9-11 NIV

THE MORE I SEEK YOU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZfsxydxEXA

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