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Blessed are those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in prayer, Prophecy, Spiritual Growth | 0 comments

Blessed are those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Is there something in you that comes undone when you hear a report of child abuse? Or that cancer has taken another life, despite the prayers of the saints? Perhaps you’re rattled by the lack of accountability among media, corporate, and political moguls who seem to get away with unbelievable wickedness. What about personal rightness with God? Are you crestfallen when you realize you’ve sinned against the Holy One of Israel? We stand in the righteousness of Christ; yet the knowledge that there is grace doesn’t – or shouldn’t – annihilate the personal sorrow when we know that...

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The Keys of the Kingdom

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in prayer, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, The Holy Spirit | 4 comments

The Keys of the Kingdom

Not long ago I was finishing my devotions, and I sensed the Lord urging me back for a moment. I sat down and told Him I was listening, and then I wrote down three things I heard Him say. The very last thing I heard was, “I have given you the keys of the kingdom.” Not a minute after I jotted it down, I heard the chime of a text come across my phone. A friend had written, “Matthew 16:19” and said God was restoring “keys of authority.” Matthew 16:19 says “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven,...

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Do You Need to Remind God?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in prayer, Spiritual Warfare, State of the nation | 2 comments

Do You Need to Remind God?

Do you need to remind God of something? The Hebrew word Zakar means “to call to mind, bring to mind, to record, to mark, to mention, to take note of, to make a memorial.” There is a pattern in scripture of God’s people actively bringing things to His attention, or reminding Him, particularly in times of avid distress. Things God remembers/remembered: His covenant His word Individuals (Abraham, Rachel, Hannah, et al) His lovingkindness His people’s enemies the foolish man’s reproach the afflicted Our sacrifices (Ps. 20:3) Our tears His congregation Human...

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Prayer for America

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in prayer, State of the nation, The Holy Spirit | 1 comment

Prayer for America

“The scepter of wickedness shall not remain over the land of the righteous, so that the righteous will not put forth their hands to do wrong” (Ps. 125:3). Lord, You promised that tyranny shall not reign over the territory of the righteous, lest Your people be incited to take up the weapons of the flesh rather than those of the Spirit. We are weary of watching liberty erode, and our country crumble before our very eyes. Let the very foundation stones of this nation testify against its current corruption. Let those who plot evil fall into the nets they themselves have made (Ps 35:8). We...

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Christ’s Government: Establishing His Kingdom on Earth

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in prayer, Prophecy, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

Christ’s Government: Establishing His Kingdom on Earth

God’s supreme objective is the establishment of His kingdom on earth. Jesus told His disciples to pray this way: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10, KJV). This is God’s will: that earth should look like Heaven. The church exists to bring heaven to earth. And since we know that this is the Father’s will, we have confidence that when we pray this way, we will receive it (1 John 5:14-15). Demonic opposition, the world system, and sin in our own lives may delay God’s objective, but it will not ultimately stop it. As...

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Christ’s Government on Earth: Physical or Spiritual War?

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in prayer, Prophecy, Spiritual Warfare, State of the nation, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

Christ’s Government on Earth: Physical or Spiritual War?

Gay author and activist Bruce Bawer left the US to escape what he described as the influence of conservatism and Christianity. Moving to Europe to live with his lover, he was hit with a disturbing reality check: the secularization of Europe left a vacuum for an ideology far worse than that which encumbered Bawer in the States. In his book, While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within, Bawer describes his experiences in Amsterdam, Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and Stockholm, where he encountered large, rapidly expanding Muslim enclaves in which women were...

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Christ’s Government: Mount Sinai contrasted with Mount Zion

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in prayer, Spiritual Growth, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

Christ’s Government: Mount Sinai contrasted with Mount Zion

I remember the expression on my 99 year-old grandfather’s face the first time he watched me pull a compass, a video, and then a photo album up on my iphone. It is really incredible to think that a camera, telephone, a GPS navigation system,  and a host of other tools, along with infinite access to the world’s public information and entertainment is available as a download that fits in the palm of your hand. But it’s even more incredible to think that the God of the universe can be “downloaded” into us individually! Think of the intimacy level involved with...

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