Category Archives: Spiritual Warfare

Ministry Team Training

Bay Area people, would you like to receive training to serve on a ministry team? I’ll be conducting training for The Collide ministry team on Saturday, June 18 from 1-5 pm at Neighborhood Church, 1290 Pomeroy Ave., Santa Clara, CA. and Pastor Del has opened it to my contacts as well. The training is free, but you must register at Register at www.thecollide.com/ministrytraining. Space is limited.

This class is for people of all ages, and denominational background. It’s a simple hands on training to teach us how to discern what the Holy Spirit is doing in a ministry moment, and how to partner with the Holy Spirit to help bring people into a breakthrough moment with the Lord.
*Please note that FREE lunch is provided, beginning at 12pm, however no childcare will be provided during this time*
This first training class will include some of the following subjects:
  • The Collide Mission and Vision
  • Goals for Ministry at The Collide
  • Basic Altar Etiquette
  • Theology of Healing
  • Diagnosing the Spiritual Need
  • Basic Deliverance
  • and so much more…

 

Thriving in Babylon

thriving in babylon

Thriving in Babylon: Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture

Have you been discouraged as you see our culture deteriorating? Have you faced fear as ISIS spreads and homegrown terrorists spread panic across the world? Have you lamented the loss of freedoms caused by court decisions, increasing regulation, and political correctness?

Meet a man forced to live in a fast changing and godless society. He faced fears about the future, concern for his safety, and the discouragement of world that seemed to be falling apart at warp speed.

Sound familiar? His name was Daniel, and with the power of hope, humility, and wisdom, he not only thrived, he changed an empire while he was at it. Though he lived thousands of years ago, he has a much to teach us today. But his key message is this:

Even in Babylon, God is in control.

In Thriving in Babylon: Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture, Larry Osborne explores the “adult” story of Daniel to help us not only survive – but actually thrive in an increasingly godless culture. Here Pastor Osborne looks at:

-Why panic and despair are never from God

-What true optimism looks like

-How humility disarms even our greatest of enemies

-Why respect causes even those who will have nothing to do with God to listen

-How wisdom can snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat

For those of us who know Jesus and his promises, and understand the full implications of the cross, the resurrection, everything changes—not only in us, but also in our world.

This is an easy read, but filled with thought-provoking challenges. Is my faith really all I think it is?

Give Away!

And here’s the good news! David C. Cook has provided me with an extra book to give away to one fortunate reader. Leave a comment below telling us what concerns you most about our world today -or- how you are finding ways to thrive in your Babylon. I’ll randomly select one of you to receive the book on August 7.

Daily Communion: A Valuable Practice

Do you want a practice that will greatly enlarge your love of God, your healing, and your contentment? I’ve been doing daily communion for all of this year, and I can highly recommend it. I take my first moments of the day, even before coffee, to spend a few minutes with Jesus. I thank him for his amazing sacrifice. I meditate on the cross and the pain He endured. I thank him for the salvation and healing he offered me. Me. Personally.

Daily Communion

Daily Communion
Photo Credit: klndonnelly

As I break the bread, I ask that he break off all sin, infirmity, sickness, bad habits, brokenness – anything that is not pleasing to him. As I take the cup, I remind him of the new covenant that promised me a heart of flesh rather than a heart of stone. I receive the healing effect of the blood. I pray. I remember.

Since doing the same thing every day can feel a little stale, I’ve also been using a simple devotional At the Foot of the Cross: Meditations on the Meal of Remembrance It gives me new ideas and insights on how to pray.

Since starting the practice of daily communion, I’ve noticed more healing, more serenity, and more faith. To avoid the problem of not having the components at home and the nuisance of preparing every day, I buy my individual communion set ups from Amazon, either Fellowship cup,Prefilled communion cups juice/wafer-100 cups (net wt.1.62 lb) or Celebration Cups Wafer and Juice Communion Set (100 Count) (shown above). Both have been quick satisfactory.

I encourage you to consider this wonderful practice. Let me know what you discover.

Every 37 Seconds… | A Key to Healing

Have you tried “everything” to heal? Like, wishing the problem would go away? Like talking about the problem to everyone you know? Like, praying every morning, like mouthwash? And yet, nothing seems to work… Now what?

Every 37 Seconds...

Every 37 Seconds…
Photo Credit: Jason Devaun

Here’s my number one surefire approach to positive change: every 37 seconds. Huh? Here’s the deal. Many problems require constant persistence rather than the “every now and then” approach.

I remember the time I learned this. I had just been hit with a huge spike of fear. The kind that grabs your gut and twists it in a dozen knots, and then sends buckets of bile into your throat. You know the kind. The situation warranted a bit of fear—concern, perhaps. But not this. No way. I knew that Satan had overplayed his hand.

So I spent the next month challenging the fear. Commanding it to go. Reminding it of the promises and character of God. Every 37 seconds. Over and over and over. Every time the gut would twist, I’d remind the enemy that I was having no part of it. Every 37 seconds. Every time the fear hit, I’d whop it and demand that it to go. Every 37 seconds. Every time the bile would rise, I’d replace the lying fear with the Truth. Every 37 seconds.

You know what? Within a month, the fear was gone. And what’s more, the issue that caused the fear had absolutely no power over me! I was free!

I’ve used this same approach for the past 30 years, both personally and with others I’ve ministered to. It works every time it’s used consistently. Not once in the morning. But every 37 seconds.

 

 

Through It All | Sabbath Songs

This song, another by Andrae Crouch, was popular when I became a Christian 38 years ago this month. As I was going through hard times and trying to figure out how to live this life called Christian, it was a comfort to me. And it reminds me of my dear friends from that era — Chris, Beth, and Marti — who have all graduated to glory. I miss them. But through it all, Jesus has been faithful.

Caregiving as Spiritual Warfare

We’ve looked at caregiving as legacy. Now let’s up the ante. What happens in the heavenlies when a Christian lays down his or her life for another (John 15:13)? What does that sacrifice do in the spirit world?

Caregiving as Warfare

Caregiving as a Form of Warfare
Photo Credit: Brendan Sceroler

While we don’t the purchase redemption of mankind with our sacrifice, could it be that in our little corner of the world, in our little family, our redemptive act has power to break the strongholds of the enemy? If the enemy is empowered through hatred and anger, would it not make sense that he is disempowered through love? We know that perfect love casts out the spirit of fear (1 John 4:18). Would it not be reasonable to think that perfect love and redemptive acts of sacrifice also cast out spirits of anger, resentment, bitterness, and revenge? Would it not be reasonable to think that the thing God is calling me to is not merely to care for a needy person, but indeed, to a powerful, strategic, redemptive act? And if so, how can that change my attitude?

It critical to understand that we can’t pull this off on our own. But with Jesus? Now it’s possible (Matt. 19:26, Mark 10:27)! Here’s how. I enter into this role as a son, not a slave (John 8:35). My life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). I am seated with Jesus in heavenly places (Eph. 1:20-21). I am an heir of God and joint heir with Christ (Rom. 8:17). But as long as I’m taking care of myself, actualizing myself, I don’t experience the full impact of being fully resourced. As a son of God (yep, even as a woman), as an heir, all things are mine. Everything I need to do this difficult job is mine. My role, then, is to enter into Jesus in such a way that I bring the Kingdom to earth. In such a way that I break the strongholds that Jesus has already broken (Col 2:15).

What if there actually is something that happens in the spirit world when I take the hurts, the pains, the insults, and the dirty diapers and offer them, offer my body, as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God (Rom 12:2)? What if that “spiritual act of worship” has a tangible impact on the demonic realm? What if the result is a generational legacy that will transform my family, and in so doing, society? What if….?

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