Happy Independence Day!
Before you go about your celebrations today, will you join me in a quick prayer for this country that I—and so many others—love so much?
(Even if you’re not American, will you join me in prayer, too?)
(I encourage you to share this prayer with others who love this country.)
Here’s the text of the prayer:
“Father, we thank You for the blessing of America and its impact upon the world. Truly, You’ve shed Your grace on thee. But we need Your grace again, Lord. Each one of us needs to be filled with Your grace for those around us. We ask that You heal us of our prejudice. Open our eyes to any ungodliness. Fill us with Your unconditional love to unconditionally love others, regardless of our differences. Unify and use us to demonstrate Your goodness. And Lord, we ask that You’d, once again, crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
At some level, we’re all living with scars from things that happened in our journeys up until now. Sure, some are of our own doings. But many are from experiences we didn’t choose.
Ever wanted to put them to good use?
One morning, while talking with the Lord about the pain and brokenness in my journey, I got this:
You can’t change the ways your were broken, or take away the pain from the past. But you can make the devil regret the day he ever messed with you. Show him how perseverance built your character. How in your weakness you found strength. How that test gave you a testimony. And how all the junk he tried to bombard you with only brought you closer to Jesus. Decide to be a living illustration that what the enemy meant for bad, God turned into something good!
Will you join me? Will you decide to be a living illustration of God’s goodness to a world that desperately needs to see it today?
Watch me talk about this in my Instagram video below.
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Fear is swirling all around these days. Lots of folks are scared about what the future holds. Certainly there are plenty of unknowns right now.
But a few years ago, while facing some major fears of my own, I discovered a powerful declaration that got me through then and continues to today.
Check out this 1-minute video from my Instagram to be encouraged by my story.
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We all know there are stark opinions being debated in the world today.
And with them is a rising pandemic of anger and unforgiveness toward people and institutions that differ.
I feel the tug to be bitter. How about you?
To help you (and me!) stay calm, civil and loving during these outrageous times, I’ve released an audio track of scriptures to defeat anger and unforgiveness from my Experience Freedom declarations album.
Take a few minutes to listen along with the scriptures and declarations set to calming music. Then come back any time you feel the slightest rage rising.
I’m trying something new. For the last seven days, I’ve posted a one-minute (or less) video to my Instagram. Yesterday’s was especially popular, mostly because it’s on a question we all have: “What do I say when I’m all out of words to pray?”
The answer came after a situation when it felt I prayed everything I knew to pray and did everything I knew to do. That’s when God said this …
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Some have started to notice that I’ve been unusually quiet, so I wanted to give you a quick update. I appreciate your prayers!
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.
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?
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.
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.)
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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.