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Brrr! Temperatures recently plummeted across the northern United States to record lows due to a polar vortex spilling sub-zero arctic air further south than normal. This can be a life-threatening situation, especially if you’re living on the streets. As of December 2017, a HUD report stated 193,000 Americans are doing just that – living unsheltered on the streets. A total of 554,000 Americans are considered homeless. The situation is even more shocking in the United Kingdom where an organization called Shelter estimates 1 in every 200 persons are homeless. In America and the UK, a lack of affordable housing is cited as a primary cause of homelessness. You may not be able to provide housing for a homeless person, but you can provide food without breaking your budget.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. — Galatians 6:9 One area where many people struggle is in the realm of finances. Financial stress is one of the most difficult pressures that can be experienced in life. If you’ve ever experienced the stress that comes from financial pressure, you know how difficult it is when you are so strapped that you don’t have enough money to pay your bills. But I want to tell you that God is always faithful! If you are living for God, walking in holiness, doing what the Holy Spirit has told you to do with your life, and sowing your financial seed into the soil of God’s Kingdom, then you are promised a harvest to meet the needs in your own life. Sowing and reaping is not a fantasy or a fairy tale. This is God’s promise to you, and it always works.
When I take Communion, I take it as a prophetic act, applying it to any situation that is weighing on my heart. A prophetic act is a Holy Spirit-inspired physical action that disrupts the atmosphere. Sometimes, I’ll feel as though God wants me to do something tangible to activate something that I’m praying into. During those moments, I simply ask the Holy Spirit, “What should I do about this?” Then, I’ll feel prompted to—for example—take my shofar into the prayer house that we have at Bethel or go to a specific place to take Communion. In completing the prophetic act, we are releasing something into the atmosphere that helps the answer to our prayer to break through. In Exodus, God had the Israelites kill a lamb and put the blood over their doors, signaling to the Spirit of God to pass by without harming the family inside. Moses instructed the Israelites...
I spent the last two weeks ministering in Uganda, where I've made some of the best friends on the planet. But life is not easy here—at least not for a "Mazungu" (white person) who has become so accustomed to American conveniences. I've traveled to Africa 19 times, so it's not like I expect to have air conditioning there. I'm not shocked when the electricity goes out or I have to take a bucket bath because the water system stops working. I'm just grateful if I have access to an oscillating fan on really hot nights. I've even grown to love the local food, which includes matoke (mashed green bananas) with peanut sauce, posho (cooked corn meal, similar to grits) and grilled goat meat. Two years ago, I tried fried grasshoppers for the first time. On this trip, one of my hosts also slaughtered a pig in the front yard and roasted it for dinner. It was delicious.
Testing the spirits deals with all three aspects of discernment: revelation, interpretation, and application, although a different kind of spiritual filter needs to be applied to each aspect. I might pick up a revelation accurately only to interpret it incorrectly. Or I might get a revelation and its interpretation right, only to get stuck on the application (what I am supposed to do with that information). For example, let’s say I get a revelation about a political situation, but it happens to touch on a sensitive area in my own experience. If I have hung on to bitterness, for example, my revelation will be tainted by my bitter opinion, which will render my revelation worthless to the kingdom of God.
A glory cloud supernaturally appeared over the congregation at an intense worship service at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. The unexplainable and glorious moment was captured on camera! Captured In A Video The video was recorded back in 2011 but was only posted online a year ago. WP Films planned to use the footage in a documentary movie ‘Father Of Lights’ but ended up cutting it. “Bill Johnson [Bethel’s pastor] was also hesitant at the time to bring too much attention to it, fearing that people might chase more after the gift given than the giver of the gift. So I put it in the vault. But now, of course, we’re opening up that vault,” WP Films stated.
Chick-Fil-A is known for their Christian values and for being present for their community. Not to mention their famous chicken sandwich! But how well do you really know the restaurant chain? Here are some facts you may not have heard about!
When I teach, I make workplace leaders uncomfortable if they are disconnected to the local church and I equally make pastors uncomfortable if they separate the church place from the workplace and do not understand marketplace ministry. Until the day comes that the need to make a distinction between the two realms ceases—our assumptions will be incorrect. The following are 10 reasons there should be no separation between the church place and workplace:
I believe it is the responsibility of every believer to do as much as possible to learn about the ways of God because that is how we will be able to draw close to His heart. In His Upper Room Discourse, Jesus tells His disciples that they are no longer servants but friends (see John 15:15) because He knows that it is out of relationship we minister. He modeled this for us in His relationship with the Father. Jesus is inviting us into an intimate relationship between Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to embrace His mission and do what He did. In this place of intimacy we will find His revelation. John 14:26 says, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” Through the Spirit, Jesus is with us, and His Spirit enables us to do the same things He did and more (see John 14:12). Servants don’t receive this kind of revelation, but friends do. The basis of supernatural faith is this revelation that flows from intimacy.
In a recent interview with Vogue Magazine, Justin and Hailey Bieber, give a revealing look into their much publicized, often misrepresented, marriage. Hailey Bieber (neé Baldwin) is the first to speak about their relationship in the interview and she doesn’t give readers any PR rehearsed glorifications. “The thing is, marriage is very hard,” says the 22 year-old model, television host, and since this past September, wife.