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Activating Your Spiritual Senses

We’ve been doing a sermon series on the Gifts of the Spirit, so today we’re reposting a wonderful article written by James Goll about activating your spiritual senses for Charisma’s online magazine that goes along with our series. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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“Each of us needs to become a discerner—no matter what our personal background or specific gift or function in the body of Messiah. Although some believers are especially gifted as prophets, every follower of Jesus receives the gifts of revelation and discernment. And every believer needs to use them! In fact, without discernment and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, we cannot read more

source: charismamag.com

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God’s Thoughts Toward You

If you’re feeling forgotten today’s devotional written by Rebecca Barlow Jordan and reposted from her blog will remind you of God’s love and care for you. If you don’t feel that way at the moment tuck this gem away for one of those inevitable rainy day or better yet share it with a friend.

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“How often do you think about God? Early in the morning? At mealtimes? Before bedtime? An hour a day? Once a week? Once a year?

Do you ever wonder if God thinks about you? If so, how often? Once a year? Once a month? After all, He has billions of names to remember. Maybe you’re just read more

source: rebeccabarlowjordan.com

Invisible

Invisibility is only a good thing if you’re a superhero trying to bring down the bad guys. If you’re a regular Jane or Joe it’s not so fun. Today we’re featuring two devotionals that speak to a similar issue: feeling invisible. The first devotional, written by Wendy van Eyck and originally posted on ibelieve.com, brings encouragement and hope for those of us who sometimes feel unloved and even invisible. The second devotional, written by Lynn Cowell for Proverbs 31 Ministries on ibelieve.com, provides a way we can encourage others who may be feeling invisible. Thanks for reading with us!

When you feel unseen…

“I get it if today you don’t want to hear that God sees you and has a plan. Even though it’s true, it is the kind of cliché that can mean so little when everyone forgets your birthday, or you have just been passed over for a job you really wanted, or you are heating up another meal for one and feeling like no one even read more

Source: ibelieve.com

Caring for the invisible

“Jesus was garnering notoriety, going about His community spreading the Good News of His Father and performing miracles of healing. As He made His way, Jesus is approached. A person identified by the scales peeling off his skin, he “… knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. ‘If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,’ he said.” (Mark 1:40b, NLT) Full of confidence in Jesus, he

source: ibelieve.com

Doing Things God’s Way

We humans are an opinionated lot sometimes. OK, most of the time. We tend to think we know how a thing should be done, and we push through in our own wisdom to “get ‘er done”. Today’s devotional written by Lysa TerKeurst at Proverbs 31 Ministry shows us a better way. God sees the beginning from the end, and He has more wisdom and understanding than we in our finite minds will ever have. Read with us today!

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“I am a planner. A problem-solver.
So when I bring my struggles to the Lord in prayer, I tend to also bring my carefully thought-out ideas and suggestions He can choose from.
Here’s what I think will work, Lord. I just need read more

source: proverbs31.org

God’s Power in Your Weakness

I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty doggone easy to make excuses when I don’t feel like doing something. Today’s devotional by Rebecca Barlow Jordan, however, puts an end to that notion. It’s a very nice kick in the pants to help all of us get loose from the inertia that wants to hold us back.

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“It’s not exactly a Bible promise we like–at least not at first. Who wants to boast of weakness? Power and strength are what enamor us, especially when the task is our idea. When we’re operating in our own strength, who gets the credit? But when God gives power in weakness, who gets the glory?

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

Have you ever tried to read more

source: rebeccabarlowjordan.com

From Dragon to Boy

The Chronicles of Narnia series was originally penned as a children’s story. Nevertheless, there are some amazing spiritual truths for all ages tucked in those books. In today’s devotional author Jim Burgen uses the story of Eustace to drive home one of those hidden gems. The devotional is reposted from faithgateway.com. If you find yourself in Eustace’s position, take heart; God is still in the un-dragoning business.

“The story takes place in a magical world called Narnia, and it’s about a boy named Eustace and a few of his friends. Eustace is arrogant, selfish, unfriendly, and generally disliked by almost every other character in the story. During their travels throughout the vast world of Narnia, the children run the ship ashore on a mysterious island. Eustace wanders off by himself and ends up read the rest here

source: faithgateway.com

A Father’s Blessing

In a world where good fathers are in high demand but low supply many of us do not receive a father’s blessing from our earthly father. Receive this devotional prayer laid on the heart of Bill Yount by Father God as your own blessing today. (reposted from charisma.com)

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“When I was a child, my father drank heavily at times for years, and I felt like I could never please him. My father passed away many years ago. One of the last times I saw him in the hospital, I left his bedside and was walking toward the door when I heard my father say, “Bless you, Bill.” It was as though read more

source: charisma.com