Personal hope (the confident and optimistic expectation of seeing God’s goodness) is to be a major pursuit of our lives. There is hope for every person and every situation we encounter.
Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-5 (Also 1 Corinthians 10:13; Psalm 27:13; Philippians 1:6)
I believe hope is one of the most flavorful seasonings in the palate of the Christian life! How mundane it would be if there was not an element of anticipation for an expected gift, goal or result! I feel that one of the curses of our American affluence is that we have produced a generation who has every desire given to them immediately without anything to look for, long for, or anticipate. They are bored, futile, with no sense of accomplishment that comes from pursuing something and apprehending it. That same boredom and futility is seen in the church that lives only in the NOW. Think of an exuberant bride preparing for her wedding day or the child waiting expectantly for opening anticipated gifts on Christmas morning. That should be the
The first step in spiritual warfare is taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Warfare is not beating up on the devil. Jesus already did this. Therefore we proactively capture thoughts that do not glisten with faith, hope and love.
Scripture Reading: Luke 10:1-24 (Also 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:10-13: Philippians 4:8)
Jesus actually danced– he rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit. Why? Because his disciples came back and accidentally discovered something about this new order of things called “The Kingdom.” In this new order, not only does Jesus give us authority and gifts us with effectiveness in our speaking and in our healing the sick, but we can also speak to demons and they have to flee. Jesus saw Satan fall– displaced from his dominion which he usurped from man. And this was done by
Training people for ministry, life skills, and leadership is central to our fulfilling the great commission.
Scripture Reading: Titus 2:1-15 (Also Ephesians 4:11-12; 2 Timothy 2:2)
After being in a home where there was little spiritual leadership by a father, it must have been something to watch a man come into your city boldly proclaiming Christ. But he didn’t just preach, he demonstrated signs and wonders, such that the people wanted to proclaim him a god. When he refused, they turned on him, stoned him, and left him for dead. But somehow HE CAME BACK TO LIFE! When he returns later, he invites you to join him, taking you under his wing as a spiritual son. You watch him preach, heal the sick, cast out demons, lead others to Christ. But he then turns it over to you and