Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mountain Moving Faith

"I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them." ~ Mark 11:23 

What is faith?  Hebrew 11: 1 (NASB) says "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."  To make it clearer the Living Bible Paraphrased translation says it like this:  "What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead."

Who do we place our faith in? In Jesus!  "Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." (John 13:14 ESV)

Let me say that the "whatever" or "want" or "things hoped for" must be aligned to God's will. God is more interested in giving us what we need rather than what we want.  He knows what is best at that moment we are asking.  If something we prayed for has not come to pass, we may want to examine ourselves before we make assumptions that He said "no" or does not care for us. These are a few possible reasons that will hinder our answers:

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Spiritual "Vision" Board

Spiritual Vision Boards

Redefining Your "Wants" for Your "Needs"
 “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth." ~Colossians 3:2

(Most Vision Boards Look Like This)

I finally entered the world of "Pinterest" and I created two boards - one to inspire women entitled "I am Beautiful, I am Victorious and I Am a Woman of God" and another for married couples "Married For Life".

As I was adding contents to these boards I felt a leading of the Holy Spirit to create another one but this one would be called "Spiritual Vision Board". This board would consist of specific spiritual things that I seek after rather than a general vision board that consists of things I want, life ambitions and goals. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Deliverance Ministry - Is it Real?

In a previous post entitled "Are YOU Free Indeed?" I shared a teaching series on deliverance from Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church.  In these teachings we discovered that a Christian can possess demons but not be demon possessed. If you want to know the difference please see that particular post.

There has been much controversy within the church regarding deliverance ministry due to ignorance. The bible says "my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6) You have a few churches that embraces and administers it and then you have those who shy away and speak against it.  Unfortunately today there are more that shun it than embrace it because of fear or theology, doctrine, traditions and/or beliefs.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Refiner's Fire: Are YOU willing to get in it?

"My heart's one desire is to be holy, set apart for you LORD" is a verse in this song called "Refiner's Fire".  With so many desires floating within our heart, why choose this one?  Especially when it requires immersion in the fire. May I add that this process is NOT a one-time dip in the fire! It definitely does not sound appealing, does it?

Well for one, it is not our own desire but God's command. It transforms into a desire when we develop an intimate relationship with Him. It is birthed in the secret chambers of our heart because our love for Him yearns to do His will.  Therefore we "choose" to be holy, set apart, ready to do His will!

...but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy." ~ 1 Peter 1:15-16 ESV

Now the question: Why fire? Does it have to take all that to be ready to do His will? I mean we do have the "desire" right? Yet, the scripture above also says to be holy in all of our "conduct"!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Are YOU Free Indeed?

Can a Christian be demon possessed? NO!  Can a Christian possess a demon? YES!

What's the difference?  A demon cannot have ownership of a Christian because we belong to God. On the other hand a Christian can possess a demon and be bound by their influence when "open doors" are made available to them.

For example, if you happen to leave your home and left the door open a thief is able to come inside.  Correct?  Does it mean he owns your home? Of course not! He doesn't own it but he IS inside and able to steal, kill and destroy!  Just the same when we open doors through unrepented sins, we give access or foothold to the enemy.  He does not own or possess us but influences us.

Many Christians are bound with spirits that they themselves are not aware of.  They find themselves struggling in a particular area in their life and find themselves falling prey to a sin that easily besets them.  They pray, repent and find themselves doing it over and over and over again!  They are in need of deliverance! Yes deliverance.  Today, this type of ministry has been shunned and misunderstood. Therefore, the enemy is having a field day as it is kept hidden and not ministered.