Don’t treat Jesus like a trophy bride.

The Lord woke me up from this dream last night, urging me to share it with you today….

A man I know from several decades ago asked me to marry him, even though we hadn’t seen each other in years, and I don’t really know him well. A famous minister and counselor, he traveled extensively to teach on loving God and loving your wife; but ended up cheating on his own wife. Now, he’s rich and famous in more secular circles.

That was the man who in my dream asked me to marry him, but in the wedding ceremony there was no kiss, and afterward, no intimacy. In fact, he just disappeared.

So, the next day, I went looking for him. I found him in a hallway, on the way from one event to another where he was the guest speaker. He seemed surprised, and a little nervous, like he didn’t really expect me to pursue him. And now that I was standing next to him, and we were alone, he appeared embarrassed, awkward. He kept looking up, down, and all around, but not at me. At last, he asked me a deep question, not because he was interested in my answer, but because he thought it was expected of him.

I just wanted him to look at me.

But he never did. Instead, he grabbed my hand, and with his back to me, led me back to the circles where we’d met, and paraded me around. He walked up to everyone in sight, as if he wanted to make sure they all knew I was with him. They smiled politely, and then went on about their business, leaving us alone together once again. He seemed anxious, looking back at those people, like he wanted desperately for them to affirm he was really with me.

But he never looked at me. The one he married. The one he pledged his life to.

Finally, I stood up on my tip toes, put my arms around his neck, and got up in his face. He sort of glanced at me, and then jumped, like he was surprised to find me so close.

Now that I had caught his attention, I asked, “Why did you marry me?”

Apparently annoyed to find me still up in his face, his words shot out fast and blunt, “Because you look good on my arm.” 

“That’s not very romantic,” I answered.

“No.” He shifted uncomfortably, and then looked away again. “I married you because I wanted to make sure you’re well taken care of.” An excuse, spoken to placate me.

But I didn’t want his money. I wanted his heart.

So, still up in his face, I said something cute and funny, and he seemed surprised, intrigued, like he had no idea being married to me might actually be fun. He quirked a smile, and I could see the decision click in his mind, like, “Well, since she’s here, why not give it a go?” He turned his back to the people, took my arm in his, and walked off with me into green grass alongside quiet waters.

And then I woke up.

When I asked the Lord what the dream meant, I felt Him saying:

“Don’t make Me your trophy bride. I’m not a choice you make to help you look like a good person, so you can further your influence and career. You may think all is well because you support Me financially, but that, also, you do only to make yourself look good. I am the Lord God Almighty, Who created you for divine purposes, the greatest of which is deep, intimate relationship with Me. I’m not interested in appearances or money. I want your heart. Glance My way, even for a moment, and I will surprise you with just how intriguing, fulfilling, peaceful, and exciting betrothal to Me truly is.”

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Pursued by the God of Miracles

Did you have a chance to seek the Lord at the beginning of 2019 to ask Him for what He wanted to speak over the year? How did you see Him doing those things, drawing you to Himself day after day? What miracles did He do?

Just the fact that you sought Him, and He spoke to you is miracle enough. It’s still so hard for me to comprehend how this Almighty God, so vast not even the universe can contain Him, would call this tiny space that is my heart His home.

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One word He spoke over our last two years was “plenty.” We serve the Lord by faith overseas in a dark area of the world where few have heard of Christ and Christians are persecuted. That makes us constantly needing plenty of protection, anointing, empowering, wisdom, guidance, provision…. To put it short, “plenty” is a sweet place to rest in Him.

Little did we know, with that word, the Lord God Almighty was setting us up for a series of miracles.

We try to live constantly with our hearts tuned to the Spirit’s lead, so I wasn’t surprised when my husband felt impressed to grab up the currency of a nation we didn’t plan to visit, and then take it with him as we headed out on a trip to a totally different country. A few days later, high in remote mountains, traveling from one village to another, we suffered an accident. My husband’s injuries required a surgery not safe in that developing nation, so (surprise!), we emergency evacuated out to the other country. Less than 24 hours later, an excellent surgeon performed the needed procedure.

My husband gave me $30 worth of the God-ordained currency he had brought with him, which I used all week long to buy food, medicine, and other needed items. Surprised at how far that $30 was going, I noticed my coin purse growing fatter and fatter, but thought it was probably because of the change from the one bill my husband had given me. When he ran out of his own stash, however, the bank wanted to charge way too much for us to get more out. So, I told him, “Let me just see how much I have left.”

When I opened my coin purse, I counted more than $100, even after a week of hefty purchases!

We laughed so hard. Because we know this God of Miracles. This wasn’t the first multiplication miracle He’d done for us and others we know out here living by faith. But this time, between my husband feeling led to bring that currency, and the miracle of the coin purse, we felt the Lord saying, “The ‘accident’ was no accident.”

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Follow-up visits with the doctor meant we had to stick around two more weeks, so the Spirit again very specifically led my husband to book a certain inexpensive apartment. Meanwhile, an old friend of mine found out what city we were in, and urged me to contact a family she knows there.

I thought, “I don’t want to meet anybody. I just want to be quiet, recuperate from all my bruises, and take care of my husband after his surgery.”

But the Lord impressed on my mind, “Call them.” So, I did.

In a megacity of millions, this missionary family lived one floor down in the very same building! They were going through hard times, ready to give up on just about everything in life. But as we encouraged, counseled, and prayed together with them daily, God blocked several attacks the enemy had launched against them, started them on a road to freedom, and renewed their hope.

When, at last, we arrived back home in the dark country where we live, my husband opened his desk drawer, and there, in the very spot that had been left empty when he took out the money before our trip, was a fat stack of that same currency again!

We laughed so hard! The Lord had already prepared for the next trip out to see the doctor a month later. And, yes, we saw the family again, as well.

On the last day of that second trip, we were down to just enough money to eat lunch and get to the airport to head back home. But when we arrived at our apartment in the country where we live. and pulled off our many layers of winter clothes, every pocket we stuck our hands in, we pulled out that currency!

So, again, we had the provision for the next trip to see the doctor.

I’m actually weeping as I write this, because this Great God loved that family so much that He orchestrated every turn of events, both catastrophic and miraculous, to pursue them and heal them. And He built our faith, as well, and the faith of many others who have heard our story.

This series of travels spanned over both years He had spoken “plenty” over. But it’s just a portion of that plenty. He did even more miracles in the midst of all those I don’t have room to write about. To tell you all of it would fill a book!

This same great, beautiful God is pursuing you, too, right now. Can you feel Him?

Stop, and let Him catch you.

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What is God calling you to in 2020? Take time to ask Him. Journal what you feel Him saying, and pray it back to Him.

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What are some goals for your quiet times you feel the Lord’s leading in, especially with regard to heart change and time in the Word?

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Have a happy New Year!

Mikaela Vincent, MoreThanAConquerorBooks.com (All proceeds I receive as the author of these books go to shining the Light of Christ in dark corners of the world where few have heard His name, and Christians are persecuted.)

Prayers for the Persecuted this Christmas…

Merry Christmas! I hope you’re having an amazing season celebrating our Savior’s birth.

As you freely gather with your family and worship the Lord openly in your church this Christmas, please pause a moment, and pray for the many millions who still have never heard Jesus’ name….

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… and for persecuted Christians around the world:

Lord, we ask You for Christians in closed countries, that You would hide them under the shadow of Your wings, and keep them safe from persecution and harm. Draw to them those who are true seekers, hungry to know the Living God. Empower and embolden them to share with those You’ve placed in their path to share with, and bring many thousands of lost to You this Christmas season, Lord. As Christians gather quietly in secret to celebrate Your birth, shield those meetings from the eyes and ears and knowledge of those who would mean them harm. Keep them warm and safe, bless them abundantly, and let them touch the depths of Your grace, love, glory, and felt presence. Perform miracles and signs and wonders to baffle their persecutors and draw lost people to You. May those who have stood so strongly against You for so long crumble now to their knees before You in surrender and worship. And may this coming year be a year of unprecedented growth in church plants, with both Christians and seekers craving to gather together to pray, worship, study Your Word, and grow together. Get Your Word into the hands of those who still have not read it in their own language, Lord. May Your Kingdom come to all the peoples of this earth! In Your glorious name. Amen.

And have a wonderful Christmas!

Mikaela Vincent

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Thankful for this trial

As you tell God all the things you’re grateful for this Thanksgiving, is your present trial on that list? It is in times of hardship that we undergo significant transformation within ourselves for the better. And that is the greatest blessing of all — to be conformed to the image of Christ. Romans 12:1-2.

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Philippians 3:7-11 (niv)

One of the missionary women the Lord led me to mentor came over weekly for counseling and prayer. But on this occasion, just a few days before Thanksgiving, she came angry.

Her family had planned to spend the holiday with close friends, but she had just found out a certain missionary woman she didn’t like would be there also.

“She’ll ruin it!” my friend vented, pacing the room, and spouting off a tirade of things she didn’t like about the other woman.

Just because you believe something doesn’t make it true. Only what God says is true. If your eyes are on your problem, rather than how big your God is; or if your eyes are on how people aren’t doing what you want them to, then you’re looking in the wrong direction.

As I put on soft worship music in the background to help my friend shift her thoughts, I encouraged her to lay down her opinions and ideas about that woman at Jesus’ feet; and then ask Him for His. What does Jesus say about her? That’s what really matters. Only He knows a heart, and only He knew what He was doing when she was invited to Thanksgiving dinner.

A few moments later, my friend looked up, tears glistening in her eyes. “God showed me her pain. She’s been through so much. I can’t wait to put my arms around her and tell her I love her, and Jesus does too!”

In just a few minutes, the Lord had transformed bitterness into joy, anger into love … by giving her His viewpoint and plan.

The enemy had arranged a nasty dissension feast for Thanksgiving that year, but the Lord overcame it with His purposes, and gave those families one of the most beautiful holiday celebrations they would ever know.

The key is surrender. When we lay down our expectations, desires, opinions, judgments, plans, and agendas to ask God for His, He makes something beautiful of what the enemy purposed for evil. Romans 8:28. Especially within us.

What are you facing during the upcoming holidays? Is there anything you’re dreading about the next few weeks? A situation you’d rather avoid?

Lay down your schedule before the Lord, and let Him arrange it the way He desires. Forgive those you hold grudges against, and ask the Lord how you can be a blessing in others’ lives — a channel of love to draw those around you closer to Him and each other.

Don’t waste this trial. Look for what God’s doing, and follow Him there!

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I Want to See Jesus! (beginning reader)
Out You Go, Fear! (steps to freedom from fear for ages 4-8)
I Want a Horse! (for ages 4-8, when you want something so badly it’s all you can dream about)

All the way

One of the things I often do for exercise is run up and down stairs in a high rise building. My goal has been 7 flights 7 times, as I pray for Christians who are persecuted here in the dark corner of the world where God has called us, and for the millions who have yet to hear Jesus’ name. But a few days ago, as I prayed for a Christian brother struggling with sin, I stopped a flight too low. When I hurriedly turned around to go back up, I tripped and nearly fell! I heard the Lord saying to my heart, “Tell him he must not stop. He must go all the way with Me. If he stops too soon, he’ll fall again. Tell him, ‘You must go all the way to win the prize.‘” Galatians 5:1, Hebrews 12:1-3.

Run, runner! Run from that sin!
If you think you’ve got this, you will fall.
Fix your eyes on Jesus, and never stop running to Him.
Galatians 5:1, Hebrews 12:1-3

Actually, the Lord is telling me that now. What about you? Where have you fallen back? When did you stop pressing forward in the Lord for freedom from that stronghold that controls your thoughts and reactions instead of the Holy Spirit?

Every day is a new day.
Every moment is a new moment.
Make it His. … Forever.

Recently, I climbed the stairs again, and got so caught up in worship and prayer, I didn’t focus on how far I went. Sometimes I stopped at 7 floors, sometimes 6, sometimes 8. When at last I finished my seventh round and was ready to head home, I felt the Lord whisper, “Press on.”

He became the air in my lungs, the beat of my heart, the energy that flowed through my body.

There are treasures hidden in the Secret Place you will never find until you climb higher up and deeper into Christ.

I ran higher and faster, past floors I’d never seen before, each with new discoveries unavailable on the lower levels I had frequented.

A soft bed, tucked in the stairwell somewhere around floor 15, reminded me of the peace and rest that overtook my frazzled heart when I learned to surrender my every moment to Christ to make it His. Isaiah 30:15a.

Sturdy building materials on different levels reminded me of the various tools He has provided for me at different levels in my walk with Him to repair His temple, my heart, and build up His church.

A writing desk, somewhere around floor 23, reminded me that, before God anointed me to write together with Him books that make a difference, I first had to let Him re-write the pages of my own heart and mind, knocking down lies with His truth, and setting me free to flow in His Spirit.

Somewhere around the 25th floor, a human-sized vase, gilded with intricate flowers of gold, surprised me. What such an exquisitely detailed masterpiece was doing in a dank stairwell, hiding its beauty from the world, I have no idea. But it brought to mind 2 Timothy 2:20: The Lord wants to make us vessels for His glory.  So, what on earth are we, His masterpieces, doing hanging out in dark corners?

“Wasting His grace.” That’s what a dear local brother here calls it when we veer from God’s plans to chase our own, when we trade in the golden vase to become stinky pots used for unholy purposes.

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” Ephesians 5:8 NIV

Upward and upward we climbed, the Lord and I, and not once did I think of quitting, for His Spirit empowered me.

He gave me instructions along the way, like to walk across certain floors, and then pick up the climb at a different stairwell. But never did we stop moving upward.

That’s what this life with Him is supposed to look like. Not 7 steps up, 7 steps back. Not mountain highs, and valley lows.

Once you truly fix your eyes on Jesus, you can’t help but keep climbing. Getting closer and closer to Him is all you ever want.

What are you chasing these days that’s keeping you from the climb?

Even if you stumble, there’s no retreating. Even if He keeps you on a plateau until you learn whatever He’s teaching you, you don’t dive off the cliff. There’s no rock-bottom when you go through trials in Jesus’ arms. Every difficulty becomes a chance to press in all the harder, hear Him all the louder, obey Him all the more, and draw all the nearer to the One you love.

I know what it’s like to ride that spiritual roller coaster you might feel you’re on, because I used to waver up and down, and sideways, even. But, then … Jesus … He stole into my quiet times, toppled my lies with His truth, and set me free. Each time a stronghold fell, I could hear His voice louder, feel His presence stronger.  Why would I throw away LIFE — for He is the very air I breathe — and go back to snuffing up vomit, as 2 Peter 2:22 so graphically puts it? Galatians 5:1.

You get the point. Anyway, I continued to climb that stairwell with the Lord, until we reached the topmost floor anyone who rides the elevator knows about — anyone who takes the easy way up.

But there was one more secret floor above that one, for those who refuse to stop with “I’ve finally arrived.”  And above that highest level reached a ladder up, up, up to an open portal to the heavens.

There comes a point in drawing near to God, when our hearts are so surrendered that His Spirit overtakes us. HE is the One Who empowers us to climb higher and higher, uncovering mysteries and treasures of His love we never found at lower levels of faith.

If we press on in Him, He will open up a portal above us, where we can touch the things of Heaven even here on earth. Then, not even the sky will be the limit of what He will do in us, through us, and all around us.  

What’s keeping  you from going deeper in Christ? Let Him remove the barriers to oneness.

Is God Good?

“If God is good, then why does He let bad things happen?”

Have you ever thought that?

What if at the core of all our depression, anxiety, bitterness, anger, fear, hopelessness, frustration, wrong choices, stress, and struggles is the belief that GOD IS NOT ALL GOOD?

If God isn’t all good, if He’s sometimes evil, then I wouldn’t have to trust Him. If His judgment is fallible, then I could rely on my own reasoning over the Word of God. If He’s not really for me, I could do things my own way, rather than obeying Him. And if He’s not Sovereign, then I could spiral effortlessly into anxiety, depression, and hopelessness.

What would happen if I truly believed that God is Who the Word says He is?

  • Rather than feeling anxious, I would trust in the Lord, rejoice that He’s got it all under control, and feel peace. (Philippians 4:6-7, Matthew 6:25-34)
  • Rather than leaning on my own imperfect understanding to make devastating decisions, I would seek all-knowing God for His wisdom and follow His lead. (Proverbs 3:6-7, Isaiah 55:6-9)
  • Rather than pornography or some other worldly thing captivating me, sin would lose its appeal, as I fix my eyes on Jesus. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
  • Rather than running in my own strength and burning out, I would do only the things God asks of me, and do them in His power. (Philippians 4:13)
  • Rather than ceasing to pray, I would pray without ceasing and see miracles happen. (Ephesians 6:18)
  • Rather than depressing myself and others, I would worship God and feel joy in His presence. (Psalm 16:11, Galatians 5:22-25)
  • Rather than letting the darkness overwhelm me, I would shine for Christ, pushing back the darkness with His Light. (Matthew 5:11-16, Philippians 2:14-15)
  • Rather than getting angry at God or pointing a finger at someone else, I would take responsibility for my sinful reactions, and let God change me, so my circumstances and the people around me would also then change. (Matthew 7:1-5, 1 John 1:9-10, Matthew 5:16)
True peace comes through believing God is in control, and He is good.
True peace comes through believing God is in control, and He is good.

So, here is my challenge to you today:

Ask the Lord when you first began to doubt His goodness. Let Him take you to that memory. Feel what you felt when that happened, so you can find the lies, like “God isn’t really All-Powerful because He didn’t protect me,” or “God doesn’t care,” etc. Then ask Him for His truth. Let Him plant it deep in your heart.

Need some extra Truth ammunition to blow the lies out of your mind? Look up these verses and write what God shows you in your journal:

  • 1 Chronicles 16:34
  • 2 Chronicles 5:13
  • Psalm 25:8
  • Psalm 33:5
  • Psalm 34:8
  • Psalm 69:16
  • Psalm 85:12
  • Psalm 100:5
  • Psalm 106:1
  • Psalm 107:1
  • Psalm 109:21
  • Psalm 118:1, 29
  • Psalm 135:3
  • Psalm 136:1
  • Psalm 143:10
  • Psalm 145:9
  • Jeremiah 33:11
  • Lamentations 3:25
  • Nahum 1:7
  • Matthew 19:17
  • Mark 10:18
  • Luke 18:19

Don’t let the father of lies kill your joy, rob your peace, or destroy your faith. John 10:10.

Jesus said to them, … “Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot accept my Word. You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God.

John 8:42-47 NRSV

The areas of our lives where we do not believe Truth are the very places we have allowed the father of lies to take us captive to think and do his bidding.

Only Truth can set us free.

(John 8:31-32)
When we choose to agree with Truth, we open up a channel for the Spirit to fill us with love, joy, and peace. Galatians 5:22-25.

For steps to removing the barriers to oneness with Christ so you can live a life of freedom, see Dare to Be a Mighty Warrior, or Delight to Be a Woman of Wonder.

Overcome the enemy in the battlefield of the mind with these his-and-hers spiritual warfare manuals for freedom from strongholds, Delight to Be a Woman of Wonder, and Dare to Be a Mighty Warrior.
Overcome the enemy in the battlefield of the mind with these his-and-hers spiritual warfare manuals for freedom from strongholds, Delight to Be a Woman of Wonder, and Dare to Be a Mighty Warrior.

Let 2019 be a Year of Love and Power

What did God do in your life this past year? Did you ask Him at the beginning of 2018 for a word, verse, vision, purpose, or something else He wanted to speak over the year? How did He fulfill that? Did you make a resolution to do something for the Lord or for yourself in 2018? Were you able to do that?

The word I felt the Lord giving me for 2018 was “plenty.” And it was indeed that in many ways. We had plenty of harrowing emergencies, and even some deaths. But we also had plenty of blessings, opportunities to love, family time, new adventures in new places with new people, … and most of all, plenty of Jesus — His love, protection, felt presence, Spirit’s empowering, even miracles in the midst of difficulties, uncertainty, and loss.

Lord, we've weathered many storms. Are we changed yet?
We all face trials. But the difference for those who walk with God is we get to go through them in His arms, and come out the other side changed.

No matter how you weathered last year, 2019 can be filled with power and wonder if you let Jesus transform you.

Has God given you a special verse or book of the Bible as a theme for 2019? How will you purpose to draw all the closer to Him, and let His love flow through you to others this year? Ask Him.

Here are some purposeful habits that have helped me walk in the Spirit’s leading all throughout the year:

  1. Every morning, before I get out of bed, before I open my eyes, before I think any other thought, I give my day to Jesus and make it His:
    • “Lord, what are You doing today? I want to do that with You.”
    • “Is there anything on my schedule You haven’t asked me to do? Or anything You’re asking me to do that I’m not doing?”
    • “What do You want to teach me today?”
    • “How do You want to use me for Your glory today?”
    • “Do You have a special word or verse for my day today? A theme you want me to walk out in? Or something special You want to show me?”
    • “Delight me with Your love today, Lord, in some special way that only You would do, so I know that I know it’s You.”
  2. Every day, I purpose to spend time with Jesus. Mornings are my favorite, before anyone else wakes up. I like to
    • be still.
    • worship.
    • read the Word and listen for His voice.
    • journal what I feel God showing me.
    • check thru my heart to repent of any sin.
    • pray, intercede.
    • ask God questions and journal His answers.
    • study the Bible (with a Bible study workbook,  a concordance, or some other study help).
    • commit passages or verses to memory.
    • listen to the Lord’s instructions on how to walk out in what He’s showing me.
  3. I talk with God and listen for His leading all throughout my day.
    • I ask Him, “Lord, what are You doing now? What are You saying?” and look for what He’s showing me, so I can join Him there.
    • I hand Him my thoughts: “Lord, I think…. What do You say to that?”
    • I seek His viewpoint: “Lord, when You look at this person (or situation), what do You see?”
    • I ask Him to flow through me and use me: “Lord, speak through me. What can I do to bless (person’s name) today?”
  4. I set aside special dates or personal spiritual retreats with the Lord. I might go hiking, sit by a beach, stay overnight at a friend’s house while she’s away, or go to an empty church. It’s a sweet time to worship as long and as loudly as I like, go all the deeper in the Lord, and let Him renew my strength. Just like Jesus did, I might set aside a whole day, half day, or overnight
    • at the beginning of a new season, so I can hand all my plans to the Lord and ask for His.
    • when I need to make a difficult decision.
    • when I’m hungry for more of Him.
    • when I need to prepare for something else He’s called me to do.
    • just because I love Him.
Take time to be with God. Get alone. Go deep. Live empowered.

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Find God's purposes, and live them in His power. 2019 Delight to be a Woman of Wonder Power Planner (day planner, calendar, prayer journal, goal organizer for walking in the Spirit every moment) by Mikaela Vincent, MoreThanAConquerorBooks.com.