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Yesterday, God gave me a dream* of a man going around and around in circles. In the center was the enemy, named Bondage, holding a list of the man’s sins in his hand.
The list was heavy and red. Heavy because the wages of our sin is death. But red because Christ has already paid for them.
If He has already won the victory, why are we still in bondage? Why do we keep on thinking those same negative thoughts and reacting the same way over and over again?
Focus is the problem. We do not yet have a habit of listening to Truth and walking as one with Him so that the enemy lies no longer control us, Christ does.
“If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 niv
What has been the focus of your thoughts lately? Regrets? Mistakes? Failures? Someone else’s attitude toward you? Your attitude toward them? Fear? Worry? How things aren’t going your way?
If you are in one of those negative cycles, where the enemy keeps controlling your reactions with his lies (making you angry, anxious, depressed, etc.), then you have not yet found that place of rest in Christ’s love, where His Spirit is constantly flowing through you to love Him and others (rather than being about how everything affects you).
Whatever excuses you have of “That’s just the way I am. I can’t help it. I’ll never be free,” lay those down now. Those are lies from the enemy directly contrary to what God says in His Word. No matter how “true” those lies feel to you, they are from the pit of hell, from the father of lies. John 8:42-47. How do I know? Because they are contrary to what Truth says.
Jesus can and WILL set you free, if you let Him. But it will take some mind-changing. Romans 12:2.
Start a new habit today:
Whatever you’re thinking, hand it to Christ. Tell Him, “Jesus, this is what I think…. What do You say to that?”
Don’t worry if you keep forgetting to do that. Every new habit takes a bit of work to get started. Keep asking Him to remind you, and when He does, do it. John 14:15.
Don’t worry if you can’t hear His answer right away. Our strongholds are like walls between us and Christ. They need to be demolished to make it easier for us to know Truth and agree with Him. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
But I promise He’s right here. He’s greater than those walls and He LOVES it when you seek Him. He will answer you. So, watch and listen and wait for Him.
“You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.” Jeremiah 29:13-14 niv
Christ will most certainly set you free and bring you back into oneness with Him, if you seek Him with all your heart. This is Love’s character.
For a *free guide to knowing God’s voice, and the deep devotional Bible study with steps to freedom from strongholds, Dare to Be a Mighty Warrior, and the women’s version, Delight to Be a Woman of Wonder, visit MoreThanAConquerorBooks.com.
I had a dream* about a woman who lived her entire life bound to worry and other strongholds.
Her focus was on all that was going wrong, her fears, her regrets, what others thought of her, past hurts, earthly troubles, how she couldn’t quite seem to make ends meet, what a failure she was as a wife and mom….
Even when she prayed, her focus was on what she wanted to see happen; and when it didn’t, her shoulders bent all the more beneath the weight of her burdens.
Jesus was there with her in every circumstance, constantly reaching out, taking her by the hand, inviting her in to so much more, to the love, joy, peace and freedom she longed for.
But she missed it. Then, after a weary lifetime of struggles, she laid down and died, Jesus still holding her hand.
At last, she saw Him face to face, and recognized the One who had walked with her.
You only have one life.
Don’t waste it on your strongholds.
Look for what Christ is doing in each situation.
And join Him there.
He loves you.
He’s here to set you free.
Step into the adventure, and let Jesus set you free TODAY.
For these deep devotional Bible studies, as well as a *free guide to knowing God’s voice,
Delight to be a Woman of Wonder (for her)
Dare to Be a Mighty Warrior (for him)
Steps to freedom from strongholds, so you can live in the love, peace, joy and victory you were created for
Happy Resurrection Day!
May the same power that was alive that day be yours now through Christ.
It’s easy to think that because I can’t seem to break free from these debilitating thought processes or this habitual sin, because I keep reacting the same way over and over again, that I can’t be free.
That this is just the way I am.
That I’ll just have to live and die with this mess in me.
In light of all Christ did for us on the cross,DYINGfor that sin, and rising from the grave to prove thatnothing is impossible for Him,do you still really believe He can’t set you free?
Just because you haven’t experienced it quite the way you thought you would yet?
Truth is truth, whether you believe it or not.
Jesus can and will set you free, if you let Him.
How do I know?
Because I’m living it! He has set me free from more than 30 strongholds, and…
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So many things that seem so important at the time just aren’t. And other things we brush aside can turn out to be the most significant of all.
Like laughing with my husband so hard we cry. Or long, sweet, passionate kisses. Or stepping outside to watch the moon rise with our arms around each other. Or praying for one another.
It’s easy to stress over the small things and then let those issues build walls between us.
Because love is warfare.
We have a real enemy who is out to destroy our marriages. He wants to trap us in pits of busyness, distraction, weariness, unfulfilled needs, and he-said-she-saids until we’re in so deep we can’t claw our way out. We self-destruct: Self-defense. Self-absorbedness. Self-pity. Selfishness. Self. Self. Self. Pow! Suddenly, everything we thought was going to be so wonderful the day we said “I do” is already over and done.
Focusing on my needs and expecting an earthly person to fill them sets me up for a fall. It is one of the top strategies the enemy uses to destroy relationships, because my needs are God-sized, and he knows it!
As long as we make our bed in a pit of selfishness, self-pity and unfulfilled longings, the enemy will work overtime to make sure our expectations are never met, except the negative ones, of course (when we expect that person not to fulfill our needs). That’s why those situations keep happening to us again and again. That argument. That loneliness. That anger. Those hurt feelings. That promise that’s never fulfilled. Expectations can lead to the death of even the best of marriages.
But choosing love destroys Satan’s plans and positions me to fulfill Christ’s instead. John 10:10, Matthew 22:37-40. That other person isn’t there to fill my needs, after all. He’s there for me to love.
True love happens when I am fulfilled completely by the One whose name is Love.
If I put value on things that really don’t matter and then stress over how that other person isn’t caring about my needs, I will miss the moments that truly matter — the ones that count for all eternity because they’re packed full and overflowing with love.
Love gives me wings to soar over problems and carry both me and the one I love into Jesus’ arms.
For a free guide to knowing God’s voice, and the steps to removing the barriers to oneness with Christ and others in Delight to Be a Woman of Wonder and other devotional Bible studies for all ages by Mikaela Vincent, visit MoreThanAConquerorBooks.com.
Read the beautiful, miraculous account of how God used these kidnapped missionaries to share His love with their captors and other hostages, and then led them on a perilous escape.
All 17 Christian Aid Ministries missionaries taken captive by the Haitian 400 Mawozo gang are at home with their families now — alive, unharmed and free! This is an account ofGod’s hand in their miraculous escape.
When the Lord called the believers to share His love on the tiny island ravaged by hurricanes, an earthquake, economic crisis, and violent gangs, this is the verse He laid on their hearts:
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for theLordthy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Little did they know that on the afternoon of October 16, 2021, after visiting an orphanage, they would encounter a roadblock and find themselves surrounded by trucks. When the Christians realized they were being kidnapped, they prophetically sang Psalm 34:7, “The angel of the Lord encampeth ’round about…
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Let’s keep praying for those held hostage in Haiti. The kidnappers are now threatening to kill them.
Lord, we pray for the 17 missionaries (including children) who are being held hostage for ransom by gang members in Haiti since Saturday. Be a Mighty Shield around them, holding back the enemy and caring for all their needs. Protect them from harm and fight for them. Reveal to rescuers the location where the hostages are being held, and make a way for their safe escape and the downfall of this gang. If the Christians are in the same location as hostages from previous kidnappings, open up the way for believers to impart encouragement and share Your Good News with the other prisoners. Open up the hearts of the lost to hunger for You and be saved. Fill that place with Your angels and the power of Your felt presence to such levels that the kidnappers see the joy and peace in the missionaries and long for that. Rise up…
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I’m so excited to share these new books with you! I wish I’d had these when my kids were little. But, praise God, the adventures He took us on together listening to Him and following His lead became the bedrock for these beautiful strategies to help kids grow up loving and clinging to Christ. Please share with others you know will be blessed!
When my children were just toddlers, the Lord told me, “You think you have 18 years to grow them up into My arms, but you really only have a few. In the first few years of their lives they will lean on you like you lean on Me. But when they reach around age 10 or 11, they will begin to lean on something or someone else. That Someone must be Me!”
That was such a fear-of-the-Lord moment, I rushed to put a Bible time together for us to do everyday. We just read through the Word, memorized verses, etc.
But the Lord also led me to open up special times just to ask Him questions and listen for His answers. So many thoughts run through our heads every day, some that bring healing and life, and some that hurt and lead to sin. I wanted our kids to know…
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The situation in Afghanistan is so devastating. Let’s join together in prayer at the Prayer Wall, please.
“How we survive daily only God knows. He knows because He has been kind to dwell with us. But we are tired of all the death around us.”
secret Afghan believer
Oh, Father, please have mercy. Make a way for peace to come to this country. Steal into every dark corner and illuminate it with Your light. March in Your armies, God of Love, and fight for those who have no way out. Haunt persecutors in their dreams and in vivid visions in broad daylight. Bend their hands and fingers backwards when they aim a finger or a weapon at the innocent, so that they drop their weapons and flee in fear. Pull their legs out from under them, break down their vehicles, make their weapons malfunction, fall apart…
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If one or more of these describes you, you may have a stronghold of control:
- Do you get anxious when things feel out-of-control?
- Do you often push to make things happen?
- Do you tell people what to do? (Especially without listening to their viewpoint)
- Do you get angry when people don’t do what you want?
- Do you “punish” them? (silent treatment, retaliate, etc.)
- Do you manipulate? (like, “If you love me, you will …” or say things to make them feel guilty, etc.)
- Do people hide from you so you won’t tell them how to do it or what they’re doing wrong?
- When someone has already told you what they want, do you go ahead and make people do what you want anyway?
- (Feel free to add more “symptoms” in the comments.)
To combat a stronghold of control, set yourself up to let GOD be the One in charge. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
- Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19. Look for ways to serve and bless others.
- Lay all your opinions, ideas, and desires about the present situation at Jesus’ feet. Ask HIM what HE wants to do.
- Pray together with the people involved in the present situation to seek the Lord for His viewpoint. See where He’s leading each person, and help each other do God’s will.
- Get alone with the Lord, and ask Him when the need to control first entered your life, maybe when you were a child and some situation seemed out of control, or you felt forced to do something you didn’t want to. (Did you make a vow, like, “I’ll never let anyone do that to me again!”? If so, break it.) Feel what you felt when that happened, and let God show you the lies. Then ask Him for His truth.