The Intercessor

“It is the man who prays who exercises supremacy even over international situations. Men are going to have to acknowledge that peace will not be brought about through politicians, but through the intercessor who has learned to wage spiritual warfare and will win this peace through victory over the principalities and powers in high places….The victory was necessary to the peace. Peace is victory sustained. The only man who can keep the enemy at bay is the intercessor, and blessed is that intercessor who knows how to use the power of the blood in spiritual warfare.” ——An Excerpt from the book, “Born for Battle – 31 Studies on Spiritual Warfare by R. Arthur Mathews

Taking A Leap Of Faith

There is an interesting story about impalas in the book, “Jump Into A Life Further And Higher” by Efrem Smith. “The impala has the ability to jump not only up but also out – 30 feet out….Even though the impala has the ability to jump 13 feet high and 30 feet out, the African Impalas are contained here at the zoo by a 3-foot wall…. When the Impalas are young, they are taught they can’t jump over the 3 foot wall. Zoo personnel do this by emphasizing a weakness of the adults. An adult Impala is hesitant to use its ability to jump if it is unable to see where it’s going to land. The inability to see the end of the jump somehow hinders the impala from something it is an actually able to do….The inability to live by faith keeps the impala from doing what God created it to do, what it was born to do. It grows up to become an adult with the ability to jump into freedom, to live out its purpose, but it won’t because it doesn’t believe it can….The Christian life in so many ways is about a series of jumps that can take us higher and further into a life of intimacy with and identity in Christ. The Christian life is about the love relationship that God desires to have with us, so that we become His beloved, advancing the kingdom of God on earth. And on many days this involves taking leaps of faith into the unknown.”

It’s The Season To Watch

Pastor Paul Brady of Living Waters Millennial Church taught last Sunday morning on the season to watch. He gave a word for each letter of the word WATCH. W – WORDS, A – ATTITUDE, T – TEMPTATION, C – CHARACTER, H – HOUSEHOLD. W – words: Watch your words. Words are containers. It’s a spiritual law. We were given the ability to speak so we could release faith from our hearts. A – Watch your attitude. You could be working hard to produce heaven, and shorting things through your words or attitude. T – temptation: Watch out for temptation. Temptation doesn’t come after you when you’re strong. It waits to take you when you’re worn down. C – character. Watch your character. If there’s anything the world needs, it’s character. Watch your character. H – household. Watch your household. “No one is getting my family. If what they’re doing is not of God, it’s going to snap back into place! Everything is coming into line!” Then R.E.S.T. – Recovering every Single Thing! (You can watch Pastor Paul on the Internet at m.tulsa every Sunday at 10 am and 6 pm and Tuesday at 7 pm.)

Paul, Apostle Of Christ

“Paul, Apostle Of Cnrist” is a novel by Angela Hunt based on the screenplay by Andrew Hyatt. It is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and position, risks his life every time he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s bleakest prison cell. Here is an excerpt from the book. Lying on the floor of his prison cell, Paul started toward the light of a new day and thought about Luke. Of all the men he had ever known – his fellow Jews, apostles, disciples, and kinsman – Luke had been the most steadfast, the most loyal, and the most temperate,. If any man was an embodiment of brotherly love, Luke was. We all should strive to be a perfect example of the love that Jesus exhibited while here on earth and continues to love all of us throughout eternity.

Light The Fuse Of Faith

“‘My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God’ (1 Cor. 2:4-5). The power of God can be defined as the ability to act supernaturally and miraculously. According to this verse, our faith is to stand in the strength of God’s divine power to remove every yoke of bondage from our lives. But is there anything we can do to cause the power of God to manifest? Power is released through faith. Faith is the fuse that releases the explosive force residing in God’s power. Confession lights the fuse. You can put the fuse in, but it does no good unless you light it. So confess the Word, and light the fuse of faith! Release God’s power to perform miracles in your life! Confession: Speaking from a believing heart releases God’s power on my behalf. I say to my mountain of difficulty, pain or sickness: “Be removed and cast into the sea!” I don’t doubt in my heart but believe that what I say shall come to pass. And according to the Word, I have what I say!” ——An excerpt from “365 Days of Healing” by Pastor Mark Brazee

We Are His Beloved

Hudson Taylor explains the “Song of Solomon” in his book, “Intimacy with Jesus”. His explanation of chapter 6:3, one of my favorite verses, is as follows. “The expression, I am My Lover’s and My Lover is mine, is similar to one found in the second chapter, ‘My Lover is mine and I am His; but with a noteworthy difference. In chapter 2, her first thought of Christ was of her claim on Him. His claim on her was secondary. Now she thinks first of His claim, and only afterwards mentions her own. We see a further development of grace in chapter 7, verse 10, where the bride loses sight of her claim altogether. ‘I belong to My Lover, and His desire is for me.’ (7:19)….The section (Chapter 6) closes with intimacy fully restored. The bride has been reinstated and openly acknowledged by the bridegroom as his own companion and friend. The painful experience the bride passed through has been replaced with lasting good. We see no further indication of interrupted intimacy; in the remaining sections there is only joy and fruitfulness.”

The Turtle People

“In the old story ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ the outcome seemed obvious. The rabbit would be the sure winner. At the start of the race, he shot out and disappeared into the distance. He was so confident in his speed that he stopped to take a nap. Meanwhile, the turtle just kept slowly moving forward without stopping, until he crossed the finish line…first. So, when it comes to the race set before us, Hebrews tells us to “run the race” not with speed but with endurance. Many people make an impressive start. They go all out for God, riding a wave of emotion that crashes because they never counted the cost or committed to persevering no matter what. If you want to win the race, you must be like the turtle. Run the race set before you with endurance, perseverance, and resolve. Count the cost and commit yourself to following, come what may. Be faithful daily in prayer, the Word, and fellowship. Be consistent when you feel like it and when you don’t. Then step by step in due time, like the turtle, you’ll win your good race. TODAY’S MISSION – Today, commit yourself all the more to running your race in God, steadily, consistently, persevering, and to the finish line.” —-An excerpt from Jonathan Cahn’s Sapphires

Ask God For Big Gifts

“Years ago the professional golfer Arnold Palmer played a series of exhibition matches in Saudi Arabia. When he finished, the king was so impressed with Palmer’s expertise that he desired to give Palmer a gift. Palmer, a multimillionaire in his own right, demurred: ‘Is it really necessary. I just enjoyed meeting your people and playing in your country. The king indicated his extreme displeasure at not being able to give the golf pro a gift. Palmer wisely reconsidered and said, ‘Well, how about a golf club? A golf club would be a wonderful momentous of my visit here. The king was pleased. The following day, a messenger delivered to Palmer’s hotel room the title to a golf club, 36 holes, trees, lakes, buildings. The moral of this story? In the presence of the king, don’t ask for small gifts. —–An excerpt from Brennan Manning’s book, “The Furious Longing of God”

Titanics And Lifeboats

“The Titanic was called the unsinkable ship. It was almost a world unto itself- luxurious, ornate, elegant, and majestic. The idea of it sinking was so unthinkable that they didn’t even provide enough lifeboats for the passengers. And then the unthinkable happened. In the same way, this life is like the Titanic. We can get so captivated by its glitter that we don’t consider its end. No matter who you are, everything about the flesh is just a sinking ship. If you have any doubt about it, just attend a funeral. Therefore, if you know you’re on a sinking ship, what do you do? You get your eyes off the ship and off of its details. You get your life into the lifeboat. Scripture says that the way of the flesh is death, but the way of the Spirit is life. Salvation is the lifeboat of this life. And you dwell in it by living it in the Spirit. The flesh is sinking, so abandon the sinking ship and get aboard the Spirit. Live by the Spirit of God, and when the ship goes down, you’ll still be floating….TODAY’S MISSION – Today, evaluate your life. Abandon any area in which you are living in or relying on the flesh… Leave the flesh… Walk in the Spirit.” ——-An excerpt from Jonathan Cahn’s Sapphires

Respond To Unfairness WithLove

“Unfairness is part of the human condition. You can’t live on this earth for long without feeling like someone has treated you unfairly….You can choose to respond to the people who hurt you by hurting them. That’s the easiest choice to make, no doubt about it. But God gives us another option in his Word: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:43-44 NIV). When people hurt you, they expect you to retaliate. They expect you to seek revenge. But God wants you to do the exact opposite. He wants you to respond in love. Respond to mistreatment with love, and you keep the other person from controlling you. Booker T. Washington once said, “I will never allow another man to control my life by allowing him to make me hate him.” You can’t control when another person treats you unfairly. You can control whether you get bitter in the process….God calls us to respond in love.” —–An excerpt from Pastor Rick Warren’s Daily Hope