faith

Flip the Switch

“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 (NKJV) We should never be timid about our faith, the Kingdom of God, or His promises! Instead, we should be strong and bold because He has not given us a Spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. We don’t need to be afraid or shy about what He’s put inside of us; instead, we can embrace it, knowing that He’s provided the power — we only need to activate it. If I purchase a new home, assuming the power company has gone in and installed the correct equipment according to the proper codes, by all means, that building is set to receive power. Once I move in and pay my bill, I should have all the electricity that I need, right?

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Your Best is Yet to Come

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18 When you are in a relationship and fellowship with Jesus, your best is yet to come. When I say this, many of you will assume that I’m talking about Heaven, and while that is part of it, I also mean that God is ready, willing, and able to do a miracle in your life right now while you are still alive on this earth!  God is an eleventh-hour God and tends to frustrate us with His timing. I don’t know if it’s His sense of humor or His Sovereignty, but I’ve seen over and over again what Tolkien called the eucatastrophe or the good catastrophe. The Lord’s timing is rarely our timing, but He always shows up

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The Art of Being Unoffendable

“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” – Proverbs 19:11 If you’re looking for a superpower to achieve great things in life, here’s one: become unoffendable. As we continue examining the woman of great faith found in Matthew Chapter 15, we can see that she was unoffendable! This woman made a scene that became embarrassing to the disciples of Jesus. In desperation, she was begging loudly for Jesus to heal her daughter. His disciples urged Him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” This mother cared more about receiving her miracle than her ego. One commentator of this passage stated: “She was too desperate to take offense.” How desperate are you to receive answers from the Lord? How crucial is it for you to achieve that dream or goal laid before you? Do you want it so bad that you

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Jesus Responds to Great Faith

“Then Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed at that moment.” – Matthew 15:28 Over the next few days, we will look at one courageous woman of great faith who needed her daughter to be healed. As the Biblical account states, Jesus traveled to different regions, teaching and healing the sick. As He entered the area of Phoenicia, a woman started yelling out after Him to heal her daughter. She was making a scene begging loudly for Jesus to heal her daughter. So much so until finally, Jesus’ disciples said, “Will you please just send her away?”  It’s hard to believe that Jesus was non-responsive to this urgent plea, making him seem unkind and insensitive. The Bible states, “Jesus did not answer a word.” Do you ever feel that way when you’re praying to God? It’s easy to feel

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The Lord’s Joy Comes with Ease

“If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” – John 15:10-12 Today, I invite you to be a joyful person! God loves you so much, and so do I. Maybe you’ve encountered difficult trials lately, but God can restore your joy! God offers us absolute joy that is playful, full of laughter, fun, and fantastic. The Bible includes joy as part of the fruit of the spirit. The fruit of joy is one of the ways Christians can show others that we are genuinely connected to the heart of God. Initially, I thought about sharing two or three tips with you on

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Nothing is Impossible

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’ ” – Matthew 19:26 Nothing is impossible with God! I remember a story about the famous mathematician George Dantzig when he was in college. One particular day, he was running late to class. When he finally got to his seat, he noticed a math problem on the board, so he hurriedly copied it, assuming it was the homework for next week’s class. When he attempted to solve it later that night, he realized it was very difficult — much more than the typical assignment.  Although it took him some time, George didn’t give up, and he finally figured out the answer. Proud of his achievement, he went to his professor’s office and set the solution on his desk. Several weeks went by until early one morning, the young man heard a knock

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How I Respond

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” – Luke 6:27,28 Not long ago, I was driving on the freeway at a good speed and saw a guy in a pickup truck barreling down, weaving in and out of traffic. He then abruptly veered in front of my car, cutting me off to get on another freeway. Because I’m a Christian and a pastor I never flip people off! However, there is something you can do; you can give drivers a big thumbs down, and say, “BOO! BOO!” So, I did this to the driver and he looked at me, flipped me off, and to this I said, “BOO!” It’s not as striking, but it gets the job done.  As I continued driving down the road, I was feeling

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The Value of People

“And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it,” – 1 Thessalonians 1:7-8 I believe one of the best things about faith is it allows us to open our hearts and lives up to not only God, but to people. One of the things I’ve learned is this concept of the promise of people. What this means is that God has placed an immense value on people, and we should pay attention to that.  To illustrate this, I remember attending the World’s Fair in 2000 when I was 19 years old. Canadian televangelist, David Mainse, invited me to participate with his company and ministry. Countries small and great were represented. I was so excited to

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Be Tender-Hearted

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” – Philippians 2:1-3 Yesterday, I talked about faith and used the analogy that we are soft clay in God’s hands, ready for him to mold us into tender-hearted people. Faith allows us to be full of compassion! It makes it possible to be soft to God’s word and will, and guess what? This is a great place to be! Can we unashamedly state that tough-minded faith always comes from tender-hearted people? We will ask the Lord to shape us in whatever way He wills because we trust that the future He can shape is better than any future we can shape.

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In the Hands of the Lord

“ ‘Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.’ So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.” – Jeremiah 18:2-4 Have you ever worked with clay or observed someone shaping clay? Clay, as it is being shaped on a potter’s wheel, is very pliable. As you put your hands on it, you can take a little more or work with a little less. As you shape it, it can go wide or high, or perhaps it gets lumpy. No matter its state, it’s so easy to fix, change, or mold. I’d like you to think of clay as a metaphor for our hearts. If God were a

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