Open and Release

A man was brought to Jesus. He was deaf and had a speech impediment. Jesus led the man away from the crowd, spat and took His saliva and placed it on the man’s tongue. (In the natural that is gross.) He then prayed “Be opened and released.” The man walked away hearing and speaking. 2019 was hard. But it led to a greater intimacy with God. I was constantly relying...

Shout The Walls Down

This is How I Fight my Battle. Lessons learned from Joshua at Jericho. 1. Spy out your land. Envision where you are going. Know your purpose. 2. Find your Rahab. Align yourself with people who are where you are trying to go. 3. Don’t be intimidated by walled cities or glass ceilings. Engage in the battle from the perspective the victory has already been won. 4. Get your marching orders...

Door of Hope

Achan sinned. He coveted what was to be set aside for the Lord and he stole what was not his. Because of his actions, Israel was defeated in their next battle. Old Testament judgment demanded stoning. So Achan, his family, his livestock were all stoned. Then burned and buried to appease the wrath of God. The name of that place was called the Valley of Achor or the Valley of...

What Is Your Name?

I find it fascinating the women listed in Jesus’ genealogy. They all were in some way scandalous. Rahab was one of those women. According to our societal norms, Rahab is perhaps the most scandalous of all. She was a prostitute. But that was just one side of Rahab. She was smart, a shrewd business woman. She was a woman of her word. She looked out for not just herself but...

Lay Hands

Last night, I met a woman in excruciating pain. We prayed for her, but could not get the pain to budge. She left in the same physical pain in which she had come. My heart broke for her. I was disappointed. After our prayer sessions there were so many temptations… Tempted to doubt God. Tempted to doubt who I am in Christ. Tempted to doubt if God still heals. Tempted...

Royal Priesthood

Old Testament – God’s Declaration: “And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.” Exodus‬ ‭19:6‬ ‭NLT‬ Old Testament – The People’s response: “And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!”” Exodus‬ ‭20:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬ New Testament – God’s Declaration...

Give Me Liberty

Is it better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness? Is it better to be hopeless than take a chance and be disappointed? Is it better to stay in the boat than drown walking on water? Is it better to live in obscurity than face persecution for your conviction? Is it better to keep tradition with the crowd than try something new alone. Is it...

Keep Hoping

Unjustly oppressed. Forced into labor simply because of their heritage. They had mourned. They had cried out for help. And when someone finally came to ‘help’, he only made things worse. Their oppressors now required the impossible of them. They were discouraged. They felt hopeless. So when Moses delivered a beautiful message of hope from God, they rejected it. They could not see themselves free from oppression. They could not...

Choose Love

Fear is a powerful motivator. It was present in the garden. (Eve feared she was withholding.) Feared caused Abraham to lie about his marital situation. Pharaoh was motivated by fear when he oppressed a nation of people. The Pharisees feared loosing their status so they crucified an innocent man. The Holocaust was motivated by fear of a people group. The Jim Crow laws were motivated by fear. Separation, greed, cruelty,...

Be Free!

Forgiveness is powerful! It’s funny how releasing others from their debt frees us. Joseph’s brothers were absolutely, positively wrong to sell their brother into slavery. Joseph had every right to be angry with his brothers. He had been ripped from his family, falsely accused, set in jail to rot all because of their actions. His brothers hijacked his life. When Joseph is finally reunited with the very people who caused...