The Elephant in the Room – Self

Do you feel like God is a million miles away? Do you pray or cry out to Him and nothing appears to happen, or it seems like no one is listening? Have thoughts crossed your mind that God has abandoned you, leaving you on your own? We all tend to feel like this at some…

No Power

While cleaning his attic one afternoon, the pastor of a small church rediscovered a medium-size tent he had purchased years ago. As a result, he considered doing something different for vacation that year. Instead of staying at their usual retreat near a large lake, he convinced his wife that they should head out camping in…

Cut the Ballast!

It was a beautiful, mild Spring morning when Mr. Henry took off in the brightly colored hot air balloon with his new assistant, Cardone Stevens. It was just a routine training session, so the two ascended with little fanfare. In fact, the only other individuals around were an older man and his wife walking their…

A Strong Tower

You are in a bad predicament. Your enemy has you surrounded and is closing in quickly. What should you do? Run! Me, run? Yes, you! Run. Run to the nearest fortified protection. But that’s retreating. I don’t retreat, I fight! So you are going to fight an enemy that is always more powerful than you…

Asserting Your Individuality

  The devil tempted the first man by trying to convince Adam that God is not the final authority over each individual. He also tried to get him to believe that man is his own god. When Adam fell for these temptations, he also fell from his position with God. Ever since then, there is…

No Good Thing

“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing…” (Romans 7:18). Once we give our life to God, we discover that inside of us there is both the ‘old man’ (that person we were before God saved us), and now the ‘new man’ (that God is making us into)….

Willing Spirit, Weak Flesh

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Galatians 5:17). When the Apostle Paul wrote these words, he was saying that he had discovered that he had no strength of his…

Fine Castles Are Not Made With Wet Sand

When I was a child, my family preferred to go to the beach whenever possible for vacations—not so much for the sun or to swim, but more to take in the refreshing air and relaxing sounds of the surf. I never cared to go swimming, never wanted to ride on the waves, or even to…

“Where art thou?”

“…Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” (Genesis 3:8-9) Have you ever walked down a path leading into a forest in the quiet of the day? Maybe you’ve strolled…

Focus On Yourself?

Have you ever wondered if the trial you are going through is the result of the actions of another person, or if it is coming from the enemy of your soul? Do you ever find yourself thinking things like this: “Did you see what he (she) just did concerning you? Are you going to put…