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Why I’ve been so quiet lately …

Some have started to notice that I’ve been unusually quiet, so I wanted to give you a quick update. I appreciate your prayers!

An Opportunity to Consider God’s Surprising Response to Evil

I think it’s fitting that this year’s celebration of Holy Week happens at such a time as this. This week offers an opportunity to shift from wondering, “Why does God allow evil?” to the wonder of God’s surprising response to it.

It’s an opportunity to consider the cross.

Imagine the scene on crucifixion day. Jesus is mutilated beyond description. Held only by nails in His hands and feet, He dangles from a rugged, splintery beam, enduring the cruelest form of execution. Some six hours later, He lowers His head and breathes His last.

At that instant, it’s likely the devil took a victory lap. But in his arrogance, he forgot a HUGE truth: Jesus was known for turning tables!

When Satan thought he had Jesus, he never knew the cross was God’s plan:

  • from the very beginning (1 Pet. 1:20),
  • to disarm the powers of evil (Col 2:15),
  • to bring the wounds of our healing (Isa. 53:5),
  • to destroy the works of the devil (1 Jn. 3:8).

Sure, for a short time, it looked like evil had won. The enemy thought the cross was Jesus’ certain defeat. But little did he know, the cross was his.

Friend, what’s happening in our world today is not the final answer. As we go to the cross this week, I’m expecting another world-changing, table-turning moment. What about you?

Keep God in the News

In my latest live message, “How to Have a Sound Mind at a Crazy Time,” I recalled the story of the 12 scouts who were tasked to spy out Israel’s Promised Land.

After observing the land, 11 of the 12 men returned afraid because they saw giants, which they interpreted as certain death for anyone who went there (Num. 13:28, 32). This bad news quickly spread fear throughout Israel.

While it was true that giants did occupy the land, their interpretation didn’t include the promise of God’s presence.

Let’s not make the same mistake today.

Yes, there are certain realities happening in our world today. But be careful not to assume that they mean the worst. Always include the presence of God in whatever news you hear and thoughts you think. Because, after all, He’s promised to never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5).

Here’s a prayer to help with this, which I recently posted to my Facebook:

By the way, if you weren’t able to tune in to my live webcast, the message is now available to watch on demand.

A Song of Psalm 91 for Comfort During This Coronavirus Pandemic

As I mentioned on Saturday, a time like this calls for the comfort of Psalm 91. And I wanted to share a beautiful song version of it that’s sure to bring peace and calm. (I’ve been listening to it over and over the past few days.)

 


Scripture Declarations for Health and Healing

Like many of you, Psalm 91 is one of my favorite passages of Scripture. And it’s a fitting one at a time like this, when the world is in pandemic panic. Among various assurances of protection, it boasts “you need not fear the disease that stalks in darkness” (Ps. 91:6).

But how can it make such a claim? The answer is just two verses above: “[God’s] faithful promises are your armor and protection” (v. 4).

One of the greatest ways I’ve found to remain fearless is to declare God’s promises related to the situation. So for such as time as this, I’m sharing the full track of “Scripture Declarations for Health and Healing” from my Experience Freedom album. 

Follow along with these beautiful healing scriptures set to music. Use them like a preventative vitamin to help keep you strong, fearless and in good health.


90 Seconds to Power Your Day – Morning Bible Declarations

God’s Word is a source of refreshment, protection and peace. These 90 seconds of Bible declarations are sure to set up your day for success. (P.S. You’ll probably want to bookmark this page to come back to often.)

 


A Love Letter from the Lord, Addressed to You

I recently received something from the Lord. He said, “it’s a love letter;” and it’s addressed to you.

(I encourage you to share this video with anyone you know who needs to hear that God loves them.)

Here’s the text:

“My Child,

Before you took your first innocent breath in this temporary home. Before the news of your coming was ever known. In fact, before you were formed, I knew you—all about you—and I loved you.

You were always my idea! When I considered the uniqueness you’d bring and what it would offer my world, I made a choice to orchestrate your existence. So I spoke, “Let there be you.” And I’m happy I did.

Every feature and shape, the precise way your face creases when you smile … oh how I love that smile! The sound of your laugh and the passions you pursue—those aren’t quirks, they’re qualities. Qualities I crafted to make you, you.

But what I love the most. Why I made that consequential choice to bring you to life. It’s far more than anything you can do. It’s the sound of your voice. Every word you confide. Every struggle you share. Every mess you confess. I look forward to those precious, tender moments when our hearts connect.

My child, I love you. And all the words in a million love letters couldn’t adequately express what that means. You’ll find out more in time. But for now, just know there’s nothing you can do to change that. I love you. And I’m so glad you’re here … with Me.

Love,
Your Father, God”

4 Ways to Activate God’s Power … While You Sleep (Video)

One of the most popular articles on my website is about how to stop torment in the night. I wrote it some five years ago as an answer to one of the most frequent questions I receive.

Because so many people battle persistent nightmares, immoral dreams and fear in the night, I decided to turn the topic into a video. Check it out below. Then click over to YouTube to let me know what you think in the comments.

 


Want to hear God’s voice? You have no other choice but to do this.

For the last week, I’ve shared a lot about the importance of hearing God’s voice, particularly Jesus’ promise in John 10:27: “My sheep hear My voice.”

Some people wrote me and said, “The translation is actually, ‘My sheep LISTEN to My voice.’” And it’s true, in some Bibles the verse is translated this way. In fact, “listen” may be a better translation because it involves hearing AND doing.

It’s also probably no coincidence there’s something hidden in the word “listen” that reveals the single greatest key to hearing God’s voice at all—especially in today’s world. And in this clip from last week’s online Bible study, I reveal it through a potent illustration. Be sure to watch it all the way through to get the revelation.

 


An Amazing Illustration of “My Sheep Hear My Voice”

In John 10:27, Jesus promised, “My sheep hear My voice.” Of course, Jesus uses “sheep” as metaphor for those who believe in and follow Him.

Unless you live on a farm, most of us are far removed from what it actually means for sheep to intimately know their master’s voice. So during my live Bible study on hearing God, I played a video that profoundly illustrates this. It’s fascinating. Check it out …