What is Insecurity?

Insecurity is a loaded term; it can mean different things to different people. Before we get into how insecurity affects our lives, I want to define what it is. When I talk about insecurity, I’m referring to the lack of confidence or assurance that all of us grapple with at some point. It’s the overwhelming sense of self-doubt that plagues …

A Greater Dream

I believe God has greatness in store for you. That’s what He’s is calling you to this year. But here’s what we have to understand about greatness: great lives are built around great dreams. Nobody is naturally a great person. You don’t just pop out of your mother’s womb great. You’re beautiful; you’re cute; but you’re not great. You become …

Bigger Thoughts, Bigger Dreams

What’s the link between what you think about your life and what your future looks like? The Bible has a definite answer on the subject. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” This Scripture is so important; it’s God’s way of saying, “This is how I’m going to work in your life—through your …

The Value of Imagination

Dreaming shapes your life. Dreaming shapes my life. Our willingness to dream—or even our unwillingness—is going to shape our lives. The way that we think is going to affect the way that we feel; and the way that we feel will ultimately impact the way that we act. This is why the writer says in Proverbs 23:7, “For as he …

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 …