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So thankful for this hidden gem in Scripture!

When reading the New Testament, I love the subtle BOMBS that the writers dropped to show how Jesus changed everything.

Unfortunately, now 2000 years removed from their culture, many of these go unnoticed by today’s readers. 

But back then, they were REVOLUTIONARY to the people. (And they still are, when you know what they mean.)

On this eve of Thanksgiving, I’m sharing one of my favorite hidden gems from Scripture that will give you something HUGE to be thankful for.

It’ll just take a minute to watch. And if it encourages you, please drop me a comment on the Instagram post.

 

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Thinking about that time I sang on TV …

Some will say, “It’s too early!”

But after everything we’ve been through this year, I say we need a little Christmas right this very moment!

At least I do!

That’s why I started browsing live Christmas music yesterday on YouTube …

… and that reminded me of the time I sang a Christmas song on TV. (I posted the clip below, if you dare to watch.)

Of course, I wasn’t invited to sing. But I stole the opportunity!

For a good reason, though. I used it to reveal God’s plan of all plans—how every aspect of the Christmas story foretells of Jesus’ mission to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).

Anyway, my little Christmas cameo on TV led to my contribution to a unique Advent devotional that I thought you’d be interested in. …

The Glory Has Come - Advent Devotional

Advent means “arrival.” In the Church, it’s a special season we set aside to celebrate Jesus’ birth and what He came to do.

And believe it or not, the traditional first day of Advent begins this month—on Sunday, November 28.

That’s why I’m writing to you now, so that you can get this powerful devotional in time.

Will you join me to encounter the wonder of Christmas? Get your copy today.

Now, if you dare to listen to my “joyful noise,” here it is …

A Prayer to Help You Get Past the Past

Nothing like a birthday week to get you reflecting on the past and the future.

As I did, I prayed this prayer, which I thought might be helpful for you too. It’s a simple prayer for getting past the past and moving into what God has for you.

If you pray it with me, please drop me an “Amen” on the Instagram post.

 

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  • Text of the prayer: “God, give me the grace to stand up and move on from all of the ways that I have fallen. Help me to break through all of the fears and weaknesses that try to hold me back. I stand on your Word that I am made new and made right with you. So empower me like You did the apostle Paul—to forget what lies behind and to move into and move onto what lies ahead in You. God, I trust that You will take my bad and turn it into good, and help me to experience the full joy of my salvation.”
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The Shocking Reason You Are the Way You Are

I just returned from a couple weekends of speaking engagements. I’m still praising God for the salvations in each of the six services!

Afterward, people shared with me the one especially powerful part of the message.

It was when I revealed the shocking reason we each are the way we are.

To explain, I explored 3 people in Scripture, and why they each were a bit, well, WEIRD.

The last example—the lesser-known story of Timothy—is my favorite.

It’s all in the short video teaching below.

I know you’ll find it freeing. (And I’d love to know which one of the 3 you relate to the most.)

3 Words that Change Everything You Know about the Armor of God

On Thursday evenings, I usually I host a live, online Bible study. But since I have to awake super early for a flight tomorrow, I thought I’d record a short Bible study for you.

This study explores 3 words that change everything you thought you knew about the armor of God. Tune in below.

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Your Greatest Weapon Against the Enemy

A few days ago, I shared three of my top spiritual warfare secrets. And I know that a lot of people have difficulty with the first one. In fact, it may be the area the enemy attacks us the most.

That’s why today, I awoke with some extra encouragement to share with you regarding it.

The video is less than a minute long, but watch through the end, because you’re going to want to use my final declaration for yourself.

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My Top 3 Spiritual Warfare Secrets

October is often known for heightened spiritual warfare.

And while there may be more happenings this month that celebrate darkness, Christians need not fear it.

For though the devil may scheme, roar or show his horns, he remains a defeated foe.

The Bible assures that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross “disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities.” It calls the cross a moment of victory over the enemy (see Colossians 2:15).

With this in mind, I wanted to share with you three of my top spiritual warfare secrets.

Secret #1: Stand on Your Identity in Christ

Since he’s stripped of any real power, the devil can only deceive a Christian. That’s what his accusations and slander are meant to do.

Though his threats may be felt, they are meritless! For God assures that you are made new and made right in Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:17-21). When the enemy attacks, simply remind yourself and him of that.

Secret #2: Meditate on God’s Word

Sadly, today, meditation is often thought of as a new age practice of mind emptying. But meditation began as God’s idea. It’s time for Christians to reclaim it!

In God’s design, meditation isn’t about mind emptying, it’s about mind filling. And it’s done by thinking and speaking God’s Word. When you meditate on truth, the enemy’s lies can’t take root.

Secret #3: Declare the Name of Jesus

The Bible boasts that Jesus is the Name above all names (see Philippians 2:9). Nothing can stand against it.

When you sense a moment of spiritual warfare, don’t get dragged into a fight with a devil who is defeated, but rather, begin to exalt the victorious name of Jesus. This causes the enemy to flee as quickly as he came in.

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A Hopeful Word for You from “The Garden”

Yesterday, I arrived to beautiful Colorado Springs. As soon as the plane touched down, I hurried to make it to a famous landmark before dark—“the Garden of the gods.”

(Of course, I take issue with its name. It ought to be called, “the Garden of God,” because we know He alone is responsible for creating it.)

If you’ve never been there, the “garden” is a spectacular masterpiece; its vistas are breath taking.

While I was taking it all in, God gave me a word for youI just had to share it on video.

If it encourages you, please drop me a comment on the Instagram post.

 

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Why Your Uniqueness Is Needed

The Bible assures that every human being is custom made in God’s image for a unique plan (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 139:14; Ephesians 2:10).

Your natural personality, the characteristics of your features, even some of what you think are quirks—they’re actually qualities God crafted so that through you, people may see Him.

I’m certain that’s why the enemy works so hard to get us to despise our differences.

He knows that for the body of Christ to do what it’s meant to do, we EACH have to be happy with how God made us.

This short video clip from my “Designed to be Different” teaching powerfully illustrates why.

 

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A Prayer to Give Your Battle to the Lord

Whether in physical, emotional or spiritual ways, these days, many people are battling. Yet the Bible says that you don’t have to own that battle. God will take it and make it His.

Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged …
for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
—2 Chronicles 20:15, NLT

Still, I know it can be tough to surrender what’s been with you for so long or what almost seems a part of you.

That’s why I want to lead you in a quick prayer to help you do it. Will you join me to surrender the struggle to God?

 

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Prayer: “Father, I’m battling and I’m tired of it. I thank You for Your Word that says it’s not mine, but it’s Yours. So I give this battle to You knowing that because of Jesus I am right with You, I am at peace with You, and You are with me. So, Lord, even when feelings and fears creep in to tell me otherwise, help me to hear Your Word over any lies. Help me to stand firm and never waver, but to see Your victory in who I am and what I do. Amen.”

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