The ‘ruler of this world’s system’ Satan, is in the full time business of ensuring that your life only fits to what he prescribes, rather than fulfill the perfect and unlimited will of God of growth and prosperity. He has probably been doing this successfully for generations in your family. You are now ordained as an heir of the Kingdom to stop His reign of terror and bondage. Never allow the enemy to fit you into his mould of limitations, it’s time for you to break free from that mould into God’s unlimited opportunities of grace!
PRAYER Dear God, Thank you for your great power. We praise you for your Truth. We’re grateful that you have set us free from the clutching grasp of sin and death. Would you be with your people, extending your grace, granting your freedom, providing your protection, and empowering with your strength. We ask that you'd bring about an awakening of your presence as never seen before. We ask that your Name be proclaimed, that all plans to silence the Name of Jesus would be thwarted and crushed.
Every church has a team culture whether they realize it or not. And, in spite of the resources, calling and opportunities your church may have, a toxic leadership culture can bring ministry momentum to a standstill. How do you know if you’ve got a healthy volunteer and staff team culture, or a toxic team culture? In the same way there are clear markers when your physical health is in trouble, there are clear symptoms of a toxic team culture as well.
I love pastors. Each week, through this blog and my personal ministry, God allows me to partner with dozens of pastors, helping them think through life and ministry issues. I’ve learned that many pastors struggle to find people who will invest in them and help them grow as individuals, leaders and pastors
YOU ARE WHO GOD SAYS YOU ARE God did not randomly decide to send Jesus to earth without any careful planning and preparation. The preparation for His coming happened over many centuries coupled with prophetic utterances from various prophets. His coming was a fulfillment of an accomplished purpose. Jesus was already destined for victory and success. This should tell you that God is not trying to find a purpose for your life only now, it is you that needs to find out. God is the originator and designer of that purpose, He already knows and has already prepared you for its accomplishment even before your were born. Remember that you had to be a winner in order to be formed in your mother’s womb. You raced against a million other brothers and sisters in order to fertilize your mother’s egg and you came first, that’s a mark of success already. It is the world that has been teaching you how to anticipate failure. When you were still a kid you believed you could do just about anything, but now that list is becoming shorter with every disappointment. Yet your Father in Heaven has never changed His position on you, you still remain His masterpiece and never meant to fail.
It happens at times. Life gets so hard, and your faith is so stretched that it seems almost impossible even to talk to God. Sometimes you’re just plain angry at God; you know you need to pray, but you just don’t feel like it. Here are some suggestions if you truly want to be prayerfully obedient in those tough times
Don’t just focus your prayers on acquiring material things like houses and cars etc. Those things important to have and your Father already knows you need them; rather focus your prayers on seeking God Himself and His original will and purpose for your life. All these other things shall be added to you. YOU ARE GOD’S MASTERPIECE, YOU ARE BUILT TO LAST AND TO EXCEL!
One of the great demerits of the success, breakthrough and motivational emphasis of the last several years is loss of good value system in the church. Success has been taught to mean achievement, attainment and acquirement to the neglect of personal virtues. The focus had been on secular, ephemeral, immediate gain, to the neglect of the most important success of all-Personal Success. The results have been many people who are outward success but inward failures
I’m hesitant to write this post because I know I probably exhibit some of these characteristics. Over the years there are majority of us church leaders are okay in the secular and carnal settings, but very weak in spiritual life. Yet, we operate in the church with our secular mindsets, which affects seriously the spiritual life of our churches. Furthermore, I’ve seen a lot of Christian leaders who never fully live up to their potential in the power of God’s Spirit. Here are some of the primary issues I see in this group of leaders
Romans 8:1-2 (NKJV Strong's) 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death