Kamis, 09 Februari 2017

God's Simple Solution


God's Simple Solution
“Put on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”
ROMANS 13:14

God’s Solution to the problem of sin, self, and satan is to have us put on the Lord Jesus. Only through Him can we “make no provision for the flesh,” and only through Him can we “stand against the wiles of the devil.” We dare not make it more complicated when the Lord has made it simple.
To focus on our flesh and on our enemy is a huge waste of time. Instead, we must perceive just how glorious the Son of God is, and press deeply into Him. Do you have a method, or a Man? It is not about me, my flesh, or the devil – it is all about Christ, and as He is increased, none of these other things can do anything but be decreased.


Source: "Lord of All" by Chip Brogden

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The Prince of Peace

Apostle Colette Toach

The Prince of Peace

Be still and listen to my voice, child. For when the winds are blowing hard and it seems that you have no control over your sails, it is then, that you must be still and listen to My voice. Do you remember how I stilled the storm? I am the Prince of Peace and if I am your King, then are you not also covered in peace?
So let my love and my peace rule over you. Allow Me to cover you from every doubt and fear. Look up to me and I will displace your fears with faith in my power. You will see that you have the One who has overcome the world, living inside of you.
Do not be shaken, child, but come to me. See how big my hands are and how strong my arms can be, to carry you through. The storms that you face, are but a breeze to me and with one word, I can gain the attention of the tallest mountains. Every creature bows down to me and all the kingdoms of this world are servants to me. I can turn every storm around for your favor and change the direction of every wind. So be still and know that I am God. You are Mine and I am yours. Amen

Where the Power Lies

Apostle Colette Toach

Where the Power Lies

My power is mighty to save and deliver, child. I can move mountains out of your way and blast away the giants that stand before you. So why not use my strength? Why not use my authority and the weapons that I have given you?
Do not push in your own strength, but take up the sword, the shield, and the power of my anointing. What took you all of your might, would take you very little strength, when you do it with my anointing.
What have you put your hands to today? Where have you committed your focus? Stop in this moment, and instead of pushing through on your own, tap into my anointing inside of you. Speak my Word, use faith, hope and love and see the mountains tremble before you. There is success when you are in Me, child. So let your yoke be light by picking up the anointing and using my Name.
In you is everything you need to overcome every obstacle, so take up the mighty weapons before you and let us conquer what lies ahead together, for there is much to look forward to and many victories to claim. Amen

Don't Instruct the Master


Don't Instruct the Master
“Far be it from You, Lord;
this shall not happen to You!”
MATTHEW 16:22

See how many times the disciples tried to correct the Lord. See how many times they argued with the Lord. See how many times their thoughts contradicted the Master. See how many times they urged Him to take action. And the Lord, ever patient, would correct them.

In every case we see that He is the Lord, and they are the disciples. The roles must never be confused. He is the Master, and we are His servants. We do not command Him, but He commands us. We do not lead Him, but He leads us. He was not created for us, but we were created for Him. He does not serve us according to our pleasure, but we serve Him according to His pleasure. So we must be adjusted to Him, and not the other way around. The Lord will never apologize to us and say, “I’m sorry, I was wrong. We’ll do it your way.” How laughable! How absurd! But we often live as if we expect Him to do that very thing. We have not humbled ourselves.


Source: "Embrace the Cross" by Chip Brogden

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Senin, 30 Januari 2017

The Privilege of Patmos

The Privilege of Patmos
“I, John, both your brother and companion
in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of
Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called
Patmos for the word of God and for
the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
-REVELATION 1:9

Since John is an Overcomer, God sends out the call for Overcomers through John. John is symbolic of all Overcomers, and he is the instrument through which God raises up Overcomers.

I can relate to John. I know many of us feel as if we are alone, in exile, in a wilderness. Gradually we feel we are being shut up and shut out by others who have not seen what we have seen. It is right THERE, in the desert place, in the place of exile, in the place of banishment, in the place of dryness, in the place of darkness, that Christ is revealed to us. This ought to encourage us no matter what our situation.

Source: "The Prophetic Mandate" by Chip Brogden

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Abundant Life

Abundant Life
“The thief does not come except to steal,
and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that
they may have life, and that they
may have it more abundantly.”
JOHN 10:10

Those who hunger and thirst after Righteousness – Christ – will be filled. Thus, the one who is filled is never hungry or thirsty. So on the one hand I want to know the Lord and my desire for Him increases day by day; but it is not the desperate search of a hungry or thirsty man who is fainting and wasting away.

​ ​​​​​​I am full of Him because He fills me. There is my “Life, and Life more abundantly.” My Life is not in what He gives me, but in Who He is.

Source: "Lord of All" by Chip Brogden

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Want Deeper Friendships?

Want Deeper Friendships? Do This.

The most important moments in my life have all begun with questions.

Some were questions directed toward me. A friend pointedly yet lovingly confronted me with one that pierced my heart. Another initiated a conversation with a vulnerable question, altering my perspective and expanding my empathy in a much-needed way. And of course I cannot forget the life-upending question God paired with His gospel: "Will you follow me wherever I lead you?"

Some questions, however, were those I've asked of others, and they've led not necessarily to important moments but to significant relationships. An invitation to coffee kickstarted what has become a treasured friendship. A request for advice grew into discipleship. A passing invitation to the quiet newcomer has become a life-giving friendship. A curious interest in another has opened up stories and vulnerabilities and, now, a deeper connection between us.
I've taken note of this dynamic--how questions stand at the starting line of friendships--because I've been shy all my life and even speaking to others has not necessarily come naturally. But I've tested this dynamic (and survived!) and found it to be true. Questions begin relationships and then, as nails setting the frame of a house in place, solidify relationships so intimacy and trust can grow. We know and are known through well-placed questions. We develop understanding for others rather than assumptions and comparison with questions. And we cannot help but grow in wisdom when we ask questions of and listen to the wise. 

Here's something else I've noticed: the world is starving for more question-askers and empathetic listeners. With the advent of social media, everywhere we turn these days we’re bombarded with people sharing their every thought and displaying their lives for all to see. We ourselves are often shouting to be heard online, and when we don’t feel heard, we shout even louder. Perhaps we are so busy shouting that there is not even the space to ask good questions, listen carefully, and think about what we’re hearing. Or perhaps it’s that we’re naturally good at talking about and focusing on ourselves, and asking questions and listening requires thinking beyond our own desires.

Sometimes I try to picture the internet in my head and I see us all as blue dots across the world map, shouting and spouting, but far too many of us feeling isolated and relationally poor. And we don't have any idea why. Isn't talking the way to be heard? Isn't spouting an invitation for others to come toward us?

What if observing, asking questions of others, and listening is really the way to be heard? What if showing interest in others is really the way to deeper friendship? What if well-placed questions are a form of ministry to others that, in time, develop into intimate relationships?

Consider Job and his friends. Job’s friends showed up on his doorstep, sat with him silently for seven days (good!), and then, without asking a single question, started spouting off counsel, all of which came from their own experiences and assumptions (bad!). If they’d only asked a few questions and listened well to Job’s grief, they could have comforted him and offered him hope rather than compounding it.

Job’s friends offer us “what-not-to-do” wisdom and in their lack of questions, we see more clearly that our goal in asking questions and listening well is not to gather information as a busybody might do or patronize the hurting but to develop or further a relationship so that we might serve that person in some way. So much can be helped and so much can be diffused by a simple question.

Although I am shy and although question-asking can often be awkward and uncomfortable, I cannot begin to calculate back to you how questions alone have changed my relationships. If I were to try, I may begin shouting and spouting myself as I show you that map in my head and what a ripe opportunity exists for anyone who will consistently ask purposeful questions of others. They will have ministry opportunities and friendships in abundance.

Do you desire deeper relationships? It is not as simple as a question, but it absolutely begins with a question or two.