Are You Trying To Overcome Pain?

Are You Trying To Overcome Pain?

I wrote this for my Overcomers people because it's an issue those in recovery deal with, but we all deal with pain and sin. There can be a confusion regarding the term overcoming. What exactly are we supposed to overcome? It may not be what you think. You can’t overcome pain. You've tried desperately to do good. You want off this roller-coaster. Still, you struggle with the addiction and chronic cycles of negative behavior. Here’s the thing: The pain you feel cannot be overcome, not even with the help of a 12-step program. Pain has to be healed. Period. End of story. God is the only one who can heal and take away your pain. And you’re the only one who can let Him. I spent years trying to overcome my pain. At first, I didn’t even know that pain was driving my behavior. I was just empty inside and was searching for love in all the wrong places. My heart was encased in a shell of...
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A Key To Breakthrough

Do you ever wonder why you haven't experienced a breakthrough? You pray, and you earnestly trust God. All the while, the situation remains the same, or even gets worse! I'm experiencing that right now. I can't pretend to know the answers to every situation, but maybe there's something to this: "Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man." (Matt. 15:11) Here Jesus says it's the words you speak that defile you (and your situation). In another verse, He says, "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man." ( Matt 15:18) Faith and speaking are connected. And what you really believe is in your heart, not your head. I find myself acting with duplicity in these matters. On one hand, I pray, declare, and believe God. That's good! But on the other hand, I speak what I see in the natural. The natural, or what I call...
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How To Grow In God

It happens to all of us. Life. It's hectic, busy and (sometimes) confusing . If you're a believer, then you know God's word has an answer to your dilemma. Recently I spent some time studying the first several chapters of Revelation, and one of the things that stuck out to me is about our role as kings and priests. As the messages roll out to the various churches we find each church has a lampstand. The lampstand represents the light we are to the world, but that light is fueled by oil. Going back to the Old Testament, we can find out how symbolic it all is to our current life as New Testament believers and as modern day priests (which has nothing to do with enrolling in Bible school!). Listen to my latest message entitled, Keep the Fire Burning, here and here. You'll learn some ways to grow in God. And I'll answer questions like what is the purpose of light and what...
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Is There A Reason For The Struggle?

Is There A Reason For The Struggle?

If you're going through something difficult right now and you're wondering why then take a moment and read. There's a reason for what you're going through, and it has a good ending, but *spoiler alert* it may not be the ending you’ve imagined. The circumstances of life are most difficult – there's always something going on to cause worry, fear, and anxiety. But have you ever considered those difficulties to be invitations to draw closer to the Lord? Have you ever thought that the dryness of your soul is meant to be quenched and that the thirst is meant to drive you toward Jesus, not away from Him? I’ve been thinking a lot about the wilderness lately. It's actually kind of a funny story. I was asked to preach at church on a Sunday morning about a month ago, and the message was about the wilderness. My message followed my lead pastor's message on the same topic, I just had an additional perspective....
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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well." Psalm 139:14 This verse keeps shouting at me in a loud whisper: believe! Know it's true. I don't know if this ever happens to you like it does to me, but have you ever disliked a part of yourself and forgotten that you are actually fearfully and wonderfully made? For a good deal of my life, I've not understood a particular driving force within my being. I have a deep desire to take things that are not quite right and turn them into beautiful, efficiently functioning things. This means I see the broken parts of systems and habits and usually ways to "fix" them, but sometimes that comes across as negativity. I'm not trying to be negative - inside my heart, I only want to make things better! If I'm being honest with myself, I've unconsciously loathed that part of me. I've found...
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