Photo by Angel Balashev And He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Genesis 32:28 This was a word given to Jacob by God when he had wrestled with an angel all night. Jacob's story is littered with difficulties, but … Continue reading Favor in the Struggle
As we begin a new year, what better time to make the changes we have been desiring in our lives. As a believer, I have often incorporated prayer and fasting at the beginning of the year as a way of mapping out my year. I have leaned into what God is doing in this season. … Continue reading 21 DAY FAST DEVOTIONAL ( Free PDF copy)
Photo by Anne Nygard The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” Genesis 18:10 Something is revealed in this passage. Even though Abraham and Sarah had been waiting for the promise a long time, God still let them know that the appointed … Continue reading Appointed Times and Seasons
Photo by David Kovalenko And Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham. And he gave them the names that his father had given them. Genesis 26:18 Isaac re-digging the wells here symbolizes taking back … Continue reading Re-digging the Wells (The Place of Fruitfulness)
Photo by Autumn Mott Rodeheaver Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Genesis 3:7 Adam and Eve had disobeyed God’s command and eaten from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When they did, something … Continue reading A Covering of Fig Leaves
What is fear? The dictionary defines fear as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, or pain; the feeling or condition of being afraid. Whenever we feel afraid of danger, or evil, or pain we are feeling fear. Fear can be real or imagined. We can have a real reason to fear or it … Continue reading Overcoming Fear [Bible study]
God’s love has been mistaken for a lot of things. We have mistaken human love for God’s love. So many people believe that God loves us just like people love us. Because people have deemed us unlovable or have abandoned us, we also inaccurately believe we are unlovable to God. Because people have failed to … Continue reading The Love of God Bible Study
What does it mean to have a sound mind? 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 A sound mind in other translations is interpreted as having, “self control”, “self discipline”, and "sound judgment". When we say someone has … Continue reading A sound mind Bible study
Photo by Philip Ackermann And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘ I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ Acts 13:22 In all of history, there wasn’t another person … Continue reading After God’s Heart
What is our freedom in Christ for? Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 1 peter 2:16 Last week we looked at what Christ has set us free from. We saw that Christ has set us free from sin, the law, … Continue reading Freedom in Christ Bible study [pt 2]
Photo by Gabriel Jimenez But the godly will flourish like the palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.Psalm 92:12 To flourish is defined as to grow and develop well, to be healthy, to be very successful. I love that one of the meanings of flourish is to grow, and for anything to … Continue reading Staying planted
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Galatians 5: 1 What has Christ set us free from? We have been set free from sin. But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin…you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Romans 6: … Continue reading Freedom in Christ Bible Study
Photo by Gift Habeshaw Signs he is ready for a serious relationship Dating can be fun or it can be an arduous heartbreaking experience. Dating in the 21st century is even harder because of social media and the internet, which allows a person to build a completely different persona from who they really are. It's … Continue reading Date wisely
Do not judge or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7: 1-2Matthew 7: 1-2 Do not judge or you too will be judged. We shouldn't judge that's what Jesus says. But … Continue reading Matthew 7: 1 In-depth study
Fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the holy one is understanding. Proverbs 9:10 Fear comes from the Hebrew word “Yirah”. Yirah has two parts: it can mean to be afraid, to tremble, to be terrified but it can also mean awe, wonder, reverence … Continue reading Proverbs 9:10 Study
Photo by Yassine Khalfalli Winning Your Private Battles. And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “your servant used to keep sheep for … Continue reading Lions, Bears & Giants.
Photo by Everton Villa How Do We Do It Right? Dating can be daunting. It can be a season full of confusion and self-doubt. But it doesn’t have to be. We can do it with confidence and wisdom. And whether we end up marrying the person we date or not we can glorify God either … Continue reading Dating
Photo by SUNBEAMPHOTOGRAPHY. Hoping Against hope... Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” Romans 4:18 We are told that Abraham against all hope believed. NLT says...Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping. … Continue reading When It Seems Too Late
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. James 4:6 Dictionary.com defines pride as a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing conduct. God opposes the proud because it … Continue reading James 4:6 In-depth study
Photo by Clay Banks Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father were lost. So Kish said to his son, “Take one of the young men with you and arise, go and look for the donkeys.” 1 Samuel 9: 3 ESV I love the story of Saul, in an ordinary day, Saul wakes up and he … Continue reading Of Chasing Donkeys and Destinies.
Photo by Ryan Moreno When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. She said to Jacob,” Give me children, or I shall die!”Genesis 30:1 Genesis 30 gives a tale of two sisters. Rachel and Leah, who happened to be married to the same man(trouble!!). It's hard enough dealing with sibling … Continue reading A Tale of Two Sisters
My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. Hebrews 12:5-6 ESV We are not to make light of God’s discipline. NJKV says do not despise the chastening of the Lord. … Continue reading Hebrews 12:5 In-depth Study
Photo by Mariano Nocetti The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” 1 Samuel … Continue reading Moving on
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Matthew 4: 1 ESV The first temptation is satisfying our desires outside of God. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “ If you are the … Continue reading Matthew 4:1-10 In-depth Study
Photo by Marc-Olivier Jodoin Identity in God When Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey, went to his hometown, set his affairs in order, and hanged himself. 2 Samuel 17:23 Ahithophel had been David's advisor. So good was his counsel that it was said, “and the counsel of Ahithophel, which … Continue reading Where Is Your Identity?
Photo by Joel Overbeck purity Purity is defined as the condition of being free from anything that contaminates or pollutes. When we say that someone is sexually pure it means that they are unpolluted by sexual immorality. It is also possible to abstain from sex and be impure. Our thoughts can pollute us, our hearts … Continue reading 7 THINGS ABOUT PURITY
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.Matthew 7:7 Here Jesus addresses three things: asking. Seeking and knocking. Let us look at these three aspects of prayer separately. We are first told to ask. Asking entails making requests and making our … Continue reading Matthew 7:7 In-depth Bible study
Photo by ZSun Fu Grace can be an incredible thing. It's what gives us opportunities that we will otherwise not have. It's what opens doors that we would never dare to come near. It's what tells people that God is with us and for us. But there is another side of grace. A grace that … Continue reading The Other Side of Grace
Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rests for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus is promising … Continue reading Matthew 11:28-30 [God’s Rest] In-depth Study
In Hebrew, Achor means trouble or affliction. The valley of trouble would be the place where she learns to see God in a new way. Through trouble, God was going to woo her back to His heart. He was going to get her heart back. In the valley of trouble, hope would be birthed.
Most people don’t know that God doesn’t choose us in the great things. He chooses us in the menial insignificant things. He sees our attitudes. He sees how we behave when no one is watching. He sees our hearts and He knows what He can and cannot trust us with.
Sometimes we ask and receive immediately, but most often, receiving in prayer will need persistence. Some things will take longer than we expect. God has to align other things to answer our prayers. Sometimes, God has to deal with stubborn hearts. Sometimes, God has to patiently wait for people to come into agreement with His will and plan. Other times, God has to deal with our hearts before He can give us what we are asking for. So we keep on asking and we don’t become weary until we have our answer.
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It is possible to be a Christian and be rooted in things other than Him. We can have our roots in the world. We can be rooted in our relationships, rooted in our gifting. Our roots can be in what we do, but it's only when we are rooted in Christ that we will become who we need to become.
In Ziklag, God brought oil out of David, which prepared him for the kingship of Israel. Oil here represents the anointing for leadership. God used Ziklag as a place of pressing David to produce what He wanted for the purpose of leading Israel.
Anytime we don’t understand the value of something we lose it. Tragically, we often only understand the value of things after we lose them and cannot get them back.
Faith is not hoping we get lucky, that’s the world kind of faith. Apart from God, we hope things kind of work out. We hope life goes well for us. But in God, we receive the ability to see the things God has for us through faith. And by faith, bring those things into our reality.
In a godly marriage, when two people are equally yoked it means they have the capacity and ability to do what God intended for them to do together.
When the author of Romans says, do not conform to this world he is telling us to make sure we are not behaving according to what is socially acceptable to the world. To make sure we are not agreeing with the rules, standards, and laws of this world.
Discontentment tells us that our present circumstance is the problem. But discontentment is a heart problem. It's a problem of a heart that will not be satisfied no matter what it has or where it goes. If we don’t deal with it, we will go through life, season after season discontented with everything that God gives us.
Today, I’m grateful for the things God didn’t give me when I thought I needed them. I’m grateful for the doors He closed because they led me to greater doors. I’m grateful for what didn’t work out because it made way for better things.
Have you ever looked at someone's life or calling or gifting and said, "I wish I could do that,” "I want to do that" ? Well, you can only run your race; the one God has set before you.
Beautiful, godly single women seem to be a bit of a pandemic in the church today. I believe its not because there aren’t enough godly men to marry us. Marriage is an important season of our life. God wants you married, it’s His wonderful idea. But some things have to be in place before we can enter into this season. To get the results we hope for we have to do things the way God wants them done.
Many times I have asked God for something but I was sure of the way He was going to give it to me and how it was going to look like. Even though I was trusting in His provision, I was leaning on my own understanding.
When we realize that there is nothing God won't redeem and make new. We find the strength to take all our disappointments; all our sorrow; all our could have beens’ and place them at His feet believing He can make something good from them.
Have you ever felt a sinking feeling in your stomach after hearing someone’s good news or success? I have.
Have you ever tried to be happy for someone for their blessing and couldn’t?
I heard His still small voice say to me, “Stop your striving and know that I am God!” I knew it was in the Bible but I wasn’t sure. I found it in psalm 46:10. It wasn't exactly what I wanted to hear. It was what I needed at this time.
A soul tie is a connection between two people that takes part in the soul realm.
It takes place in one's soul; which is the mind, will, and emotions. When two people have a soul tie they can affect each other thoughts and emotions. They also can influence each others' will, that is, what one chooses to do.
It's very easy to be distracted from what is important, in a world of fast internet, social media, and an endless supply of entertainment. God's intention for us is to be present in every season. When we walk and do life with
Photo by Kelly Sikkema Relationship myths. With the internet, comes a lot of information some of which isn’t true. One of the most falsely represented is relationships. The internet has painted a picture of perfect couples, perfect marriages, perfect spouses which has misled a lot of people. Yes, relationships can be a great place where … Continue reading 5 Relationship myths that will rob you of a great relationship.
Photo by Shelagh Murphy. And the women sang to one another as they celebrated, “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” 1 Samuel 18:7 Both Saul and David are mentioned in the song but their reaction to the song was very different. Saul’s reaction was…and Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased … Continue reading The Praises of Men
God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 1 John 1:5-6 In order for us to be walking in light, we have to be in fellowship with him, but … Continue reading Walking in Light Bible Study
Photo by Panos sakalakis. And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 1 Samuel 3:19 ESV One of the meanings of the name Samuel in Hebrew is “asked for”. The name his mother gave to him after being barren for very many years. He … Continue reading Asked For.