God Dreams

The Bible tells us clearly that God dreams. As a matter of fact, in Genesis, we see the beginning of the world, and how God created it. What’s clear is that God literally imagined—dreamed—the entire universe, then spoke it, and it was created. He thought it up before it actually became a reality. It was a dream in the mind …

Faith to Dream

The new year is a time of goals, plans, and dreaming. I believe God wants us to dream bigger than ever before. But this requires something very specific: faith. I remember a time in my life where I was a believer, but I wasn’t embracing the faith in God that He desired from me. I had a sense in my …

The Hallmark of Jesus’s Ministry

Prayer was the hallmark of Jesus’s ministry. Throughout His life, the Savior maintained a close connection–a lifeline, really—between Himself and the Father. When you study the ministry of Jesus, what you see is that, consistently and intentionally, He always communicated with the Father through prayer. Often, He would withdraw to a quiet place, and talk to His Father one on …

Three Steps to Breakthrough

As we explore prayer during our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, I think it’s important to examine the process that leads to spiritual breakthrough. Yes, there is a process by which we discover God’s best for our lives—and it requires our participation! There are three steps to breakthrough. Some of us sense that God wants to do a new …

Be Still

So you’ve set an appointment to meet with God in prayer. You’ve kept the appointment, and you have a list of things you want to talk with Him about—now what? How do you begin? Too many times, we begin our time in prayer by listing every single item we need help with, pouring out our thoughts, and getting all worked …

Idol Worship

If you’ve ever read the story of Jonah, you’ll see that there’s a definite superior streak in the prophet. On top of initially refusing to go to Nineveh due to their brokenness and depravity, he later says in Jonah 2:8-9, “Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving …

Spiritually Double-Minded

John 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” For those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, it can be tempting at times to revert to a lifestyle of striving …

Outer Activity vs. Inner Activity

As believers, each of us has been given a unique calling by God. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that “We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Oftentimes, we get so focused on these external works that we neglect a very important part of God’s calling on our …

Love Isn’t Like

We often think that God’s method of loving is equivalent to the way that we love—the way the world loves. If we take a hard look at Scripture, however, we find that this isn’t the case. How does the world love? We’ve been conditioned to love based on the sum total of how much we like someone else. So, if …