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Welcome to the 30 Day Journey to Spiritual Health. I pray that you will
experience massive spiritual breakthroughs. Each step of progress will be
based on God’s amazing grace and your hard work. Yes, hard work is always
part of any real change in our lives. We are not victims of a breakthrough, we
In the book entitled Crossing Your Next Threshold, the concept of blood on
the threshold is a compelling illustration. This concept refers to the need for
substantial sacrifice for any real progress. God’s plan for our lives is amazing
but it must be seized by faith and courageous follow-through. Hebrews chapter
11 speaks so clearly about the heroes of the faith who accomplished great
exploits by faith. I believe that you will begin this faith journey as well. Only
God knows the ultimate plans for your life. He knows your destiny and divine
I’m sure that you are wondering if this journey will make a difference in your life
or anyone else’s. The answer is absolutely, yes. Progress will really depend
on a very willing God who loves you and your commitment. The more time you
invest in your journey the more you will get out of it. Don’t forget that Jesus is the
author and perfecter of your faith. (Hebrews 12:2) “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,
the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the
cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
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|Section 1: Made in His Image|
"Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day." (Genesis 1: 31)
God's great idea was to create human beings in His image. Wow! We don't look like Him, but we do have the ability to make decisions that give life or death. We do have a spirit that was designed to live forever. God wanted to have a relationship with Adam and Eve.
"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." (Genesis 1:27)
Created in His image means that:
1) We were given free will. A simple definition is the ability to make decisions that bring life or death. This is a major cause of pain in the world.
2) We were created in total spiritual, emotional, and relational harmony. Can you imagine that?
God's Great Idea
"Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.' " (Genesis 1:26)
Being created in the image of God is the foundation of who you are. You were created for great things with the DNA from God. You are His idea. Consider four more attributes of your original design. Take a moment and read Genesis chapters one through three and discover more secrets of our original creation.
Think about the fact that:
1) Were were created infinitely intelligent and creative- Adam named all the animals. You are smarter than you know.
2) We did not know how to do evil- They ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
3) We were designed to have an intimate relationship with God- They walked in the garden together. Can you imagine the depth of these conversations?
4) We were given dominion over all living creatures. Genesis 1:26
5)We were given a purpose and authority. Genesis 1:26
In His Image
"Then God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'" (Genesis 1:28)
The beautiful blessing given to Adam and Eve is an illustration of the love that God has for His creation. He loves you and He wants to bless you. He has a wonderful plan for your life. From the very beginning He has blessed all those who turned to Him. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and so many more have received the blessing of God. Do you know that He wants to bless you and make you a blessing to others?
The prayer of Jabez demonstrates that the blessing is available to you today. Read 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 and begin to pray this prayer often: "Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, 'Because I bore him in pain.' And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, 'Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!' So God granted him what he requested."
"Then the serpent said to the woman, 'You will not surely die.'" ( Genesis 3:4)
Now that we know how God designed us, it is evident how far we have fallen. Adam and Eve were given complete freedom and power over the world, but they were not allowed to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In other words, God didn't want them to know evil, pain, or confusion. They were incapable of thinking of any evil thoughts and therefore doing evil. The fall wasn't God's perfect will. He permitted it because He gave mankind free will. He gave us free will because we are made in His image. If we were not given free will, we would be like robots with no ability to truly worship.
Why do you believe they chose to disobey God?
What role did the devil play in their choice? Did you that the devil is call the Father of all lies?
"So the LORD God said to the serpent: 'Because you have done this you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.'"(Genesis 3:14)
The consequences of the fall were devastating to Adam and Eve and all humanity. They opened the door to thousands of years of death and pain. If you can understand just how far we have fallen from our original design, it will be easier to find your way back.
There are eight huge consequences of the fall. Here are a few them-
1) We were separated from God.
2) Our perfect harmony was broken.
3)Humanity started feeling things that they were not designed to feel and have thoughts that they weren't designed to think. "So he said, 'I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.'" (Genesis 3:10)
The Results of the Fall
"By the sweat of your brow, you will eat your food, until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return." (Genesis 3:19)
As you start your day think about how far mankind has fallen from his original purpose and design. God loved His perfect creation. He created us to be like Tiffany silverware, but we've chosen to clean the toilets with it instead of living to its full potential. God always planned for us to rule and reign with Him. The fall robbed us of our true identity and purpose. Consider five more consequences of the fall that may surprise you.
4) Relational problems were birthed (i.e. Cain and Abel)
5) We received the ability to have bad thoughts.
6) The environment was cursed.
7) Sickness and disease were introduced into mankind's existence.
8) We now had to work and sweat for our food
Adam and Eve opened the door to plan "B" for our lives. But God had a plan to correct it all. We find a prophetic promise in Genesis 3:15- "He shall bruise your head and you will bruise His heel". The Father revealed that He was going to win us back through His Son, Jesus. The Jewish Nation waited thousands of years for the arrival of the Messiah. Jesus recognized His identity and purpose. In John 14:6 He proclaimed, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
Jesus is the One who can bring us back to God's original plan. Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 and meditate on its truths.
Jesus is the one who pays for all of our mistakes and sins. The work sins means missing the mark. God has this amazing plan for you, and Jesus paid the penalty for all of your sins and is now your leader and guide. We are saved by grace. It is a gift from God.
Read Hebrews 4:14-15 and discover Jesus in a new way: "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are- yet was without sin."
Jesus was always God's solution to reconciling us to God. The great apologist, Josh McDowell, once said that Jesus was wither a liar, a lunatic, or truly the Son of God because His claims were so extreme. Have you decided who He is to you?
a) To be the answer and the only way to the Father.
b) To have died to pay the penalty for our sin.
c) To be the Bread of life, the Door, the Way, and the only begotten Son of God.
He said that if you have seen Him you have seen the Father. These statements were blasphemous to the Jews and insanity to the Romans. Is He the way for your? Remember that Lord means that He is your Master from now on.
Jesus is the Answer
|Section 2: Our Relationship with God|
"When I was child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me." (1 Corinthians 13:11)
When we invite Christ to come into our lives, He enters a house that has already been used and maybe abused. The Bible refers to our hearts and minds as needing healing and renewing. The great king and psalmist, David, once said, "Create in me a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit in me" (Psalm 51:10). He realized that our hearts can get filled with hurts, bitterness, jealously, envy, and anger. I've been a counselor and leader for many years. During this journey I've used a simple illustration to help people get their hearts clean and healed. I call it the "vat".
In our minds we have two primary compartments: The conscious and subconscious. Everything we see, hear, and experience, we filter through our vat (1 Corinthians 13:11). In our subconscious we have filed important events and beliefs. Many of these files are old and corrupted. My mentor, Dr. Richard Dobbins, once said, "We don't live with the facts of our lives, but the interpretation of the facts of our lives." When Christ comes into our hearts, He naturally will begin a healing, cleansing, and renewing process to help us truly live to our full potential.
Jesus Comes into Our Vats
"For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
After you invite Christ into your life, He sees you differently than before. You are now a friend of God. He loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. The ways you see and feel about God are much more resistant to change. The way you see God and feel about Him is called your God concept.
Hebrews 11:6 reveals the truth about the importance of our views of God. Take a moment to think about this scripture and compare it to eight common God concepts.
There are eight types of distorted God concepts:
1.Cruel Chess Player-This view of God resembles the harsh disciplinarian. Most painful experiences in life are attributed to God allowing them to occur in order to teach the individual a lesson. It is developed out of sincere attempts to understand why tragedy and crisis strike believers' lives. Due to erroneous teaching, many Christians expect God to preserve them from all hardship and harm. However, Matthew 5:45, tells us that, "He sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."
2.The Harsh Disciplinarian-He is the God in the sky with a very big stick. His primary goal is to watch over us and make sure that we are punished for making mistakes and/or going against His will. He uses personal tragedies, such as sickness, death, accidents, and hardship to inflict these punishments.
3.The Demanding Father-He is never satisfied with the believer. In order to develop a relationship with Him, one must always try to do better and be better while realizing that it will never be good enough.
4.The Absentee Landlord-God is never around when you need Him. He is responsible for setting the universal order, but rarely comes by to check on His tenants. People who share this view often believe that God does not have time for them.
5.The Insensitive Ruler-His sole concern is that His rules and commands are followed. He has no time for His subjects' pains or struggles. What counts is the bottom line (productivity). Feelings are unnecessary obstacles to be ignored or denied.
6.The Miser God-The owner was accused of reaping what he did not sow. God is not like this. Psalm 84:11 says "God withholds no good thing." James 1:17 says "He is the Giver of all good gifts." Hebrews 11:6 says "He's the rewarder of all who seek Him diligently." God is not cheap. He is not stingy. "For God so loved the world He gave." Poverty is not a sign of spirituality. The Father loves to bless His children.
7.The Angry God-God is seen as someone whose uncontrolled anger can flare up at any moment. He is viewed as a wrathful God whose explosive temper can smite tens of thousands indiscriminately. Someone who believes this is in constant fear of an unpredictable deity. However the truth is that we regularly see in the Bible that, the Lord is patient and long-suffering, His anger lasts for a night, but His mercy lasts for generations and that The Lord is quick to forgive, and slow to anger.
8. The Out of Touch God-He is out of touch with the weaknesses and infirmities of His children, He cannot relate to our struggles. he seemingly doesn't care. This stops us from being honest with God and approaching Him with confidence. The out of touch God is seen as someone who is oblivious to our hurts and frustrations. The truth is, Hebrews 4:15 says "we have a high priest who has been tempted in all things." Jesus Christ not only understands all that we have been through, He was tempted in all things and is the only mediator between the Father and man.
Distorted God Concepts
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Genesis 2:20)
It's time to change the way we see God. If we see Him differently, we will walk more closely to Him and relate in a healthier way. Meditate on these truths to transform your view of God. What distorted beliefs of feelings about God do you need to get rid of? Paul the apostle was firmly transformed by God's love and power. In Philippians 4:13 he declared, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
He loves you unconditionally;
He surrendered Himself for you;
You are a person of great value in His eyes;
You are gifted and blessed;
God Loves You
"Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.'" ( Matthew 25:24)
The story of the talents is a wonderful example of one poor soul who had a distorted view of God. It caused him to hold back his gifts and live in fear. He definitely had an attitude and it was a bad one. Job demonstrated a distorted view of God when he said, "though you slay me yet I will serve you..." (Job 13:15). This sounds so noble, but he blamed his troubles on God instead of the real source of his pain.
God has a wonderful plan for your life: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11)
Change the Way You See God
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1John 1:9)
Sin separates us from God but Christ came to pay the penalty for all of our mistakes and sins. The law required a penalty, so Jesus paid it all. Sin leads to guilty feelings, insecurities, and all kinds of defense mechanisms. Sin means that we have missed God's best for our lives. Aren't we all guilty of missing God's will at different junctions of our life?
"We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God."(Romans 3:23)
Take a few moments to confess your sin to God and ask Him to forgive you. He will because of Jesus Christ. He will cleanse you and deliver you from the stain and impact of your sins.
"Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed." (James 5:16)
Sometimes sin can be quite stubborn and we need to take more drastic measures to secure our freedom. Find a trusted leader and confess your failures AND ASK FOR PRAYER. You will be healed.
Confession exposes the dark lies that hold people captive. It also demonstrates a real spirit of humility. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Counseling and small group support are effective tools that will help facilitate the process of getting stuff into the light.
"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." (Mathew 6:14)
If we forgive others, God forgives us. When we forgive those that hurt us, God begins a great healing in our emotions and spirit. Many of the most powerful memories of our past come from unforgiven offenses. When you forgive, you defuse old memories that may have become time bombs. Look back at the vat diagram. Forgiveness cleans the heart of all hurts and angers of our past.
There are three steps of forgiveness:
1. The act
2. The process
3. The state
"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." (Psalm 51:7)
As you visit your list of hurts and angers, ask the Holy Spirit to heal your emotions. Take a moment to pray through and allow Christ to touch you deep down.
Forgiveness helps remove the anger, resentment, and bitterness but only Christ can them heal you by His Spirit.
Don't forget that God allows a lot of things that He hates: child abuse, abortion, divorce, murder, and so many more crimes against humanity. Free will gives people the ability to make decisions and do things that can really hurt other people. Don't blame God for the actions of others. Ask Him to heal you and bless you.
Receive Inner Healing
"But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive." (Genesis 50:20)
Joseph developed this amazing ability to rebound from bad times. He concluded that whatever the enemy and others meant for harm, God used for good. God can take the worst that life throws at you and turn it into diamonds. Paul gave us his formula for moving forward in life in Philippians 3:13, "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead." He discovered the secret to forget the past. Forgiveness and healing defused the powerful memories of his past. Although he could still remember them they no longer affected him. He also had the ability to re-interpret every event for good.
What can God do with the pains and losses of your life?
Joseph lost it all but never blamed God. The enemy of our destiny is the thief, father of all lies, Satan, or whatever other title you can find in the Word of God. Joseph got it all back and helped countless others.
The Battle for Your Destiny
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 6:12)
The apostle Paul wrote these words with a clear understanding of spiritual warfare. There are spiritual forces that have to be recognized and dealt with. Never forget that "the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy..."(John 10:10) The devil's plan for your life is pain and destruction. He will try to lie to you and even use people or circumstances against you. He is ruthless and devious but 'the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but powerful to the pulling down of strongholds"(2 Corinthians 10:4) There is a force standing in the way of your true destiny, and God wants to help you breakthrough.
The story chronicled in Luke 10:17 reveals that the seventy new disciples discovered their authority over demonic forces. "Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, 'Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.'" Never forget that God wants to take you from glory to glory.(2 Cor. 3:18)
The Victory for Our Destiny
|Section 3: Inner Healing|
"Why do you stand afar off, O Lord? Why do you hide in times of trouble?" (Psalm 10:1)
The question of why people suffer is very common; Job asked it, David asked it, as have so many more. The answer that you come up with will affect how you interpret your life, especially the hard parts of your life. I've discovered that most people that I have met misinterpret the causes of pains and tragedies.
Let's look at three of the five reasons why people suffer:
1) The enemy is a thief who wants to destroy people.
2) Our bad choices can cause pain
3) The bad choices of others can hurt us.
Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
"Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." (Hebrews 12:10-11)
Let's look at two more reasons why bad things happen to people. If we can stop blaming God for all bad things that happen, we will be able to take steps that will help us. By assigning appropriate responsibility to the real causes of trouble, solutions are within our grasp. Most trials come from the fact that we live in a world that has suffered the results of the fall. Although God can discipline us, He usually allows us to suffer the consequences of our actions. He is a very patient Father.
4) We live in a broken world where natural disasters occur and people get sick.
5) God disciplines us as His children
Why Does Bad Happen?
"Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children to the third and the fourth generation." (Exodus 34:7)
Lies from your past and spiritual strongholds can be passed on for generations. Take a moment to list beliefs or habits that seem to have been passed down in your family (i.e: alcoholism, fear, anger, or depression). Which ones would you like to break?
Renounce every other spirit and ask the Holy Spirit to break every stronghold. Don't forget that you defeat the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of the testimony.
2 Timothy 1:7 promises us that "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
Destroy Generational Curses
|Section 4: The VAT|
"For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)
"Get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you."(James 1:21)
"Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things." (Philippians 4:8)
As you clean out your heart, it will be important to fill it up with the truth and His Spirit. For years, I wrote down verses on 3-by-5 cards to memorize and repeat throughout the day. These power verses transformed my mind and emotions. If you can empty your vats of all the garbage and then fill them up with truth, your emotions, decisions, actions, and consequences will change.
Fill Your Vat With Truth
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." (John 10:27)
He speaks to our minds daily. However, every day there are two forces that are impacting our minds. Jesus said that we are His sheep, and His sheep hear His voice. But Satan is also the father of all lies.
God speaks to our minds everyday to think thoughts and make choices that will help us live up to our true creative and divine potential.
The thief also speaks to our minds every day, stimulating our minds to think thoughts and make choices that will lead us to our destructive or even demonic potential. Which voice will you listen to? We are encouraged to "take every thought captive..."(2 Corinthians 10:5) The battle is one of recognition and discernment.
Model of the Mind
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:1-2)
The Holy Spirit wants to reveal the great plans of God for your life, family, church, ministry, and city. You can know the perfect will of God as you clean out your hearts and listen to the still, small voice of God daily. His written Word will also be a constant source of inspiration and direction. The Spirit will not force Himself upon you. He will come as you invite Him in during prayer or even during daily tasks.
How to Hear From God
"But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit." (1 Corinthians 12:7-8)
The Holy Spirit is wanting to manifest Himself through you. It is so exciting to be used by the Holy Spirit. In the book of Acts, Jesus told us that we would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon us. (Acts 1:8) "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Jesus also called Him the Counselor and Comforter (John 14). It is so true that the Spirit can be all things to us. The Spirit led life will feel amazing and produce great results.
The Holy Spirit is the spirit of Jesus Christ. He is not just a power, He has feelings and He is very much the true God living inside of you. He can be resisted and grieved. If you relate to Him as an impersonal force, you will miss His true identity. Invite Him to fill you, lead you, and use you for good. It's really all about a relationship.
The Holy Spirit
"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17)
The faith walk is never easy, but we can have more faith. Faith is "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen"(Hebrews 11:1). Faith is not just believing, it is being so sure of God that it causes you to act in faith. When you read Hebrews chapter eleven, you will discover what can be done by faith. You were designed by God to do great exploits by faith. Do you want faith to stream through your life? It will hep you live beyond your personal limits and fears.
Where does faith come from? It comes by hearing the Rhema of God. Every day God will speak to your mind to give you revelations that will produce more faith and results.
Receive More Faith
"And now abide, faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Jeremiah promised us that God has great plans for us(Jeremiah 29:11). In Psalms 139:16, we are told that all of our good works have already been written in the book. It seems so amazing that God has already written the script of our lives. It is up to us to choose His ways. It is a life of hope for a better tomorrow. Hope is not wishy washy, it is a firm vision for progress and breakthroughs. Have you lost your hope? Has your heart grown weary? Take a moment and picture a better tomorrow for you, your family, and church. There is no faith without hope, and no hope without faith. If you have been discouraged, begin to ask God to fill you with hope for the future.
"And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment." (Philippians 1:9).
"For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in he inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height--to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:14-19)
Unconditional (agape) love is what everyone longs for. The world's love is conditional and transient. God loved us even when we were totally blowing it. Imagine how He feels toward us now that we are His children. Receive the love of God today. Dive into His love no matter what you look like or how much money you have. It is a gift that can be received by faith. Early in our marriage, Denise and I were facing a very tough time. Our troubles seemed to have robbed us of the love that we once had. It was at an altar that we both confessed to the lack of love in our marriage. We received prayer and God filled us with a love that is still growing to this day.
"So Jesus answered and said to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done. And whatever thing you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.'"(Matthew 21:21-22)
Jesus teaches us that there is tremendous power in prayer-enough power to move mountains and change lives. Prayer is not complaining to God, it is a dedicated time of communication with Him. We speak with Him for His help and He does amazing things. Prayer is the nuclear power plant of our Christian life. No prayer= No power.
There are several important characteristics of prayer that we need to tap into today:
1)It is the prayer of faith that changes things
2)In prayer we adore, worship, and thank Him
3)We can ask Him for anything we need or desire
4)We must spend time listening to His voice. He wants to speak to our minds to give us creative and divine thoughts that will help change our lives and the live of those around us.
Prayer is Mining for Gold
"And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:24-250
An important ingredient to our spiritual health is our commitment to a great church. Jesus said, 'I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). His commitment to a vision of the church was unwavering. He knew that we need community to grow into world changers. The church is God's plan for spiritual growth, world change, and miracles. The church is designed to be the most powerful team in the world. Join the team that God has established. You will discover that it is imperfect because it is filled with people like you and me.
Is church involvement still important for us? YES!
Your gifts will benefit others, you will be discipled and disciple others, and together you will be stronger. Jesus called the church His body; Wow, that's amazing.
With a strong apostolic anointing, Pastor Paul has made it his mission in life to impart the power of the Holy Spirit into leaders worldwide. He travels extensively and has established an international network of churches, Bible schools and pastors, with the ultimate goal of building 2000 churches by the year 2020. As Senior Pastor of ICLV and the author of many books, Pastor Paul’s messages of vision and destiny are heard by tens of thousands around the world.