Jim Raley Closes Charisma Conference With ‘Double Door Season’ Prophecy

Jim Raley prophesied that a "double door season" was ahead for believers during the final Saturday session of the Charisma Conference 2018.

"How many of you are willing to step into a double door season?" Raley asked at the start.

"The Holy Spirit said, ‘You have experienced double doors or doors in the past, but now get ready for double doors.’ You’ve seen doors, but God said, ‘Now get ready for double doors.’"

Raley preached from Luke and Isaiah. He specifically pointed to Cyrus’ anointing in Isaiah 45:1 as indicating even greater anointing for Christians.

"If God would anoint a Cyrus, if He would provide that anointing for a Persian king with no anointing to Jesus at all, how much more does He want to release the Messiah’s anointing on His blood-bought church?" Raley said. "How many of you want to operate in the anointing of Jesus?"

His speech was full of exhortation and encouragement to the assembled audience.

"Survival is overrated," Raley said. "I don’t want to just survive. Can I find real people? I don’t want to just barely make it. … I’ve been made to be more than a conqueror. God is on my side."

He even pointed to the spiritual benefits of trials and tribulation: "Sometimes the opposition is there to press you and push on you and make you think, ‘I’m going to show the enemy God is on my side and everything the devil has said I won’t have I’m going to have in the name of Jesus.’"

Raley later said the church was entering a season of fruitfulness.

"I hear the Lord say, ‘Tell my people they’re getting ready to birth some things,’" Raley said. "’Churches are going to be birthed. Revivals are going to be birthed.’ … How many of you are ready to step into supernatural fruitfulness?"

Later, Raley said God wanted to "expose secret breakthroughs" in people’s lives. At one point, attendees began sprinting around the room with excitement.

"God had a plan for you before you even got here," Raley said. "You didn’t just stumble up even into this room today. You’ve been set up. It’s because God has a word he wants to deposit into your life. He has something to say to you."

Before Raley closed the conference, Marcos Perez, executive vice president of Charisma Media’s Book Group, went onstage to address conference attendees and share the story behind the Charisma Conference’s origins. He said God had placed the desire to do the conference on his heart, and he had taken a leap of faith two weeks before the conference by making the conference free to attend.

Raley praised the faith of Perez and Steve and Joy Strang (Charisma’s CEO/founder and CFO, respectively).

"I believe so often we want god to do the uncommon while we barely do the common," Raley said. This Charisma Conference is uncommon. This step of faith was uncommon. That you guys would do it was uncommon. The Strangs and Marcos stepped out in faith, because we believe in revival and the move of God."

William McDowell, who was originally scheduled to speak at the conference, made a video cameo. He had an injury, in addition to a newborn at home, but he gave a short teaching and said revival was not only happening but "spreading" in the community.

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Jonathan Cahn Exposes Ancient Blueprint of Current Events at Charisma Conference

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Jonathan Cahn gave a prophetic message Saturday afternoon at the Charisma Conference 2018 in Orlando, Florida.

Cahn, the best-selling author of The Harbinger, The Paradigm and The Book of Mysteries, received a standing ovation from the crowd upon taking the stage.

"We are called to be prophetic and a prophetic witness for this time, so we need to know the signs of the times," Cahn said.

Later, Cahn said, "We have moved from the days where the people of God can be status quo to the days where we must become prophetic. We must become radical. These are the days when we must become a revolutionary people to live a revolutionary life. Some of you are afraid of the end times. Don’t be. If God didn’t want you in the end times, he would have put you in the middle ages. But he put you here now."

Before delving into the prophetic significance of current events, Cahn gave a disclaimer to the audience.

"It is so explosive that I have to say this: I will name names, but remember, we have no enemies, only the enemy," Cahn said. "We must oppose what is evil and we must pray for those who commit it."

He said that, because of the culture wars, an acceleration of wickedness has taken place in culture over the past 25 years. He then explained that ancient biblical figures mirror modern-day political figures, including Bill and Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump. Watch his full teaching here.

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The Missing Element in Most Christians’ Worship

As worship pastors, we should never stop improving engagement. If our churches aren’t engaging in worship, we’re missing the point.

It’s not so much about finding our voice and our sound as much as it is helping the church find her voice and her sound.

We are catalysts, leaders, influencers, coaches, pastors, servants of the bride of Jesus.

It’s easy to lose our way in worship. But here’s what we need more of:

  • More sensitive and skillful use of Scripture
  • An invitational style of leading where the congregation feels welcome
  • Musicians who love Jesus and people more than music
  • Visibly expressive worship teams
  • More church staff and lead pastor engagement
  • Coaching and teaching the church how to worship
  • Sermon series about the glory of God and our response in worship
  • Leaders willing to lay down the show and be vulnerable
  • A culture where young people are equipped
  • Less superstars and more teams
  • A multi generational approach
  • Skillful pastoring between songs
  • More space for God to speak

Because encounter with God is at stake over good music.

We need more atmospheres of encounter.

God is willing. We just need to get out of the way.

What would you add to the list? {eoa}

David Santistevan is a worship pastor at Allison Park Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

This article originally appeared at davidsantistevan.com.

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Katherine Ruonala Shares the Revolutionary Healing Power of Words

Katherine Rounala spoke about the healing, life-and-death power of words Saturday afternoon at the Charisma Conference 2018.

"Whatever you study about the life of Jesus throughout the gospels… you find that everyone who came to him was healed," Ruonala said. "He never once said to someone who came to him looking for healing, ‘Oh well you know I have a purpose in your sickness.’ He never said, ‘It’s good for you to remain sick for a while. You won’t understand but … you’re going to encourage others through the way you suffer.’"

Ruonala said Jesus is the hope for the impossible, and nothing is impossible for Christ. She said it is God’s will for Christians to lay hands on the sick and heal people.

"I believe the Father is longing for this generation to be the generation where it’s normal for all to be healed," she said.

She told many stories of healing during her message, saying she’s seen many miracles.

"The God who created the world with His words has created us in His image with the same anointing and power to creatively speak and cause our world to be framed by the words He puts in our mouths," Ruonala said. "…This same God is wanting us to begin to make decrees calling those things that be not as though they are. Instead of grumbling and complaining, God wants us to start decreeing and declaring with power because the Holy Spirit wants us to get agreement in heaven so we can speak life and spread his power on the earth."

Following the message, Ruonala prayed for healing for several conference attendees. Watch the video to see more.

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Abortion Escorts Attempt to Drown Out Gospel Preaching by Blaring Rock Music, Singing Karaoke

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Escorts at an abortion facility in Virginia recently set up a loudspeaker outside of the building and began blaring secular rock music, singing along into microphones, in an effort to drown out Christians who were preaching the gospel on the public sidewalk and offering help to abortion-minded women.

“It just really showed the folly of the whole practice,” Sam Frain, pastoral intern at Grace Baptist Chapel in Hampton, told Christian News Network. “When you have people who are doing serious things, considering whether they are going to take the life of their unborn child, and you have the women out front nearly making a mockery of what’s going on by their laughing, their joking as they sing, their very flippant attitude … it was just sobering.”

The situation occurred on June 7 at Peninsula Medical Center for Women in Newport News, which performs abortions every Thursday. Women who work as escorts—those who lead abortive mothers into the facility—have regularly expressed opposition to those who seek to proclaim the gospel and offer help and hope to women intent on murdering their unborn child.

Evangelist Don Karns, who has conducted outreach outside of the facility for years, told Christian News Network that the escorts have used various tactics, as one of the women sprayed him with a hose last year, and the escorts have also used umbrellas in an attempt to block him and others from view.

“Before the music, they would take the umbrella and come over to the pro-life person and put the umbrella right in our face,” he said. “At the same time, a different escort would take their umbrella and as someone gets out of the car, they hold the umbrella so that the person can’t see a pro-life person.”

Recently, as the City of Newport News agreed to freely allow the use of amplification within city limits, Karns said that the matter became a “double-edged sword,” as not only did he and others use a microphone to more effectively preach the gospel, but the escorts hooked up a loudspeaker to blare 70’s and 80’s secular rock music in an effort to drown out the preaching.

Frain said that the women were already setting up by the time he arrived that afternoon. A video recorded by Karns, and reviewed by Christian News Network, shows a truck and car parked in front of the abortion facility with a large umbrella in the back of the truck, and escorts holding smaller umbrellas. The song “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne was blaring over the loudspeaker, nearly overpowering Frain’s voice.

“Why would you try to take the life of a child that is made in the image of God? Turn to Christ and live,” Frain preaches amid the riffs, holding his Bible under his arm.

“I’m going off the rails of a crazy train!” a woman is soon heard singing, doing karaoke with the song.

Karns said that the women were not only blasting and singing along with music from artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, ABBA, Bruce Springsteen and Motorhead, but they were also laughing and dancing at times.

“The position is [supposedly] that women suffer with the decision, that it’s a hard decision to make, and for these girls to be making light of that is so sad and so telling,” Karns lamented. “… They’re basically making light of these women who are going in to have an abortion—making fun and games, laughing and dancing sometimes. They’ve made Thursday afternoon a time for them to, in effect, party on the front porch of an abortion clinic.”

He said that the escorts would also move their truck to strategically counter the preaching, and that he couldn’t imagine women having to walk into such an “unprofessional” environment.

“The last thing they want is for women to be given a choice,” he said. “They don’t want them to take literature. They don’t want them to hear the truth.”

“These escorts are intent on trying to drown out out so people can’t hear the offer of help, the offer of love, the offer of truth. They do everything within their power to keep us silent,” Karns outlined, noting that the Christians present also offer to pray for the women and direct them to the local crisis pregnancy center.

Frain said that he believes the reason that the escorts seek to drown out the gospel, and keep mothers from hearing truth, is because sin has blinded them—as it does to all men who know not God.

“I think the primary reason is because sin has darkened our minds, sin has corrupted our hearts, and sin has corrupted our wills, that we will do everything we can to make sure that God’s word doesn’t penetrate,” he explained.

He pointed to John 3, in which Jesus said, “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.”

“The Scriptures clearly say why people drown out the gospel, because they don’t want their sinful lives to be brought out into the light and therefore reproved by God,” he said.

Despite the attempts of escorts to silence the preaching of the word of God, Frain said that he will not be deterred, as he preaches for the glory of God alone.

“Because I love the glory of God and the God of glory, it gives me that motivation, whether it’s heard [or] whether it’s not, whether it’s received [or] whether people laugh, whether they mock [or] whether they clap, whether it’s a life unto life as the Scriptures say or whether it’s death unto death, I know that God is pleased when we go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,” he outlined.

When asked what he would say to those at the abortion facility, Frain said he would point them to the gospel’s message that all men have a sin nature and need to be made new by the Lord Jesus Christ.

“The reason why we come out is ultimately because we know that there is a great problem in our heart, namely sin,” he outlined. “If they would simply repent of their sin, come to a brokenness over their sin, and fling themselves exclusively into the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ, they would find forgiveness and hope and have the greatest blessing God can give, namely fellowship with Himself.”

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Katherine Ruonala: This Could Be Why You’re Suffering From Afflictions

Sometimes Christians tell others they’re suffering from afflictions because they need to draw closer to the Word of the Lord.

But speaker, preacher and author Katherine Ruonala says it may be the opposite.

According to Psalm 34:19, the righteous suffer afflictions. Ruonala, though, says there is a specific question to ask as you pursue healing. Check it out.

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Dream Interpretation: The One Question You Should Never Ask

The most important thing to understand about dream work is that dreams are symbolic. The second most important thing to realize is that dream symbols are personal. Mine are mine, and yours are yours.

That is why you are the best and most qualified person to interpret your dreams. You know what the symbols mean to you, and you know what is going on in your waking life better than anyone. A vital key for dream interpretation is to remember that symbols are specific to your own history and personal experiences; they are not one-size-fits-all.

My Eyes Changed My Dreams

For example, dream symbols may vary not only person to person, but also season to season in our lives. When I was a teenager, I would often dream of either my glasses or my contact lenses. I wore both, so when I dreamed of them, I knew God was usually talking to me about my vision: His vision for my life and my ability to see it clearly.

However, in my early 20s, I had Lasik surgery, so I no longer needed to wear glasses or contact lenses. Interestingly enough, I stopped having dreams with those symbols in them.

The fact that even my personal symbols change over time certainly begs the question: Why would God in His infinite creativity limit Himself to one symbol meaning one thing for everyone at all times? He enjoys using different pictures and varied symbols, and He delights in coming up with new ways of communicating His messages to us in our night visions.

Awesome or Evil?

What if we dream of yeast? A biblical dream symbol dictionary may tell us that represents evil—like the "yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy" or the "yeast of malice and wickedness" about which Paul warns (Luke 12:1; 1 Cor. 5:8). That’s pretty clear: yeast is bad!

But then we have another verse over in Matthew: "He told them another parable, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast…" (Matt. 13:33).

Likewise, in the Bible, a lion is used to represent both Christ as the lion of the tribe of Judah, as well as the devil that prowls around like a roaring lion (Rev. 5:5; 1 Pet. 5:8).

Therefore, we must maintain our dependence upon Holy Spirit to reveal what symbols represent. Since God used the same symbol to mean different things at different times in Scripture, we can be comfortable expecting that He is going to be flexible with His interpretation of our night visions as well.

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s…

It’s like those optical illusions where you can see two totally different things depending on how you view the picture. Is it a duck or is it a rabbit? Is it an old woman or is it a young girl?

That is how it is with a dream. I see it one way, and you see it another. One picture could mean one thing to me and something entirely different to you. For example, I could dream of a lake, and that would be a picture of a peaceful, relaxing setting to me. But if my grandmother dreamed of the same lake, that symbol would represent something terrifying because when she was a little girl she almost drowned in a lake.

One online dream dictionary says, "To see a dog in your dream symbolizes intuition, loyalty, generosity, protection and fidelity." Well, if you are an animal lover and have a dog for a pet, that may very well be an accurate assumption. However, what if at some point in your life you had been viciously attacked by a dog? Do you think you will have the same association with that particular symbol? Of course not. Instead of speaking to friendship, it would speak to fear.

This explains why oftentimes we end up more confused after checking out a dream symbol dictionary than we were to begin with! Dream dictionaries don’t take into account our personal histories, our individual experiences or our unique perceptions. The dream symbol dictionary doesn’t know our associations, memories and preferences. But God does! And He is the one who not only gives us the dream, but helps us interpret it as well. "Do not interpretations belong to God?" (See Gen. 40:8b).

We see, therefore, how the meanings of symbols absolutely change depending on who is dreaming them. We must ask the right question. The question we never want to ask is, "What does this symbol mean?" The question to the dreamer is always, "What does this symbol mean to you?" The interpretation must resonate within the dreamer. It should bear witness in the heart. Therefore, it is always the dreamer’s responsibility to say, "That’s it! That clicks with me." That is when we know we have the correct understanding and we have captured God’s message through the dream. {eoa}

This article originally appeared at glorywaves.org.

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Mark Driscoll: 5 Weapons to Defeat the Demonic

Mark Driscoll preached at the Charisma Conference 2018 from Luke 4 and explained how Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness shows us five weapons that can be used to defeat the demonic.

He framed the encounter between Jesus and the devil as a continuation of the battle that began when the devil tempted Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. He said that same spiritual battle continues today.

"All of the conflict, all of the drama, all of the trauma and all of the strife in all of human history is the result of a battle according to the Bible," Driscoll said. "We know the story and we know that God created men and women in his likeness, but [he also] created angels to be ministers on his behalf."

The first weapon, Driscoll said, is the "person, the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit." Driscoll, who has been strongly associated with the Reformed movement, has recently embraced the more Spirit-filled aspects of Christianity and has a new book, Spirit-Filled Jesus, being released in October through Charisma House.

Driscoll said for years that the Trinity has been misrepresented as "the mean one, the nice one and the weird one." But that trivializes the role of the Holy Spirit, who empowered Christ to endure the devil’s temptations when He set aside divine power.

"When Jesus is tempted, He’s tempted like you are," Driscoll said. "When Jesus grows in wisdom stature and favor, He has to learn and grow as you do. Jesus never cheated. Jesus didn’t avail Himself to His divine attributes on occasion, but it was always to benefit someone else: He would bless them, heal them or something else. … He retained His divinity, He lived out of His humanity, and He lived by the person, the presence, [and] the power of the Holy Spirit."

Driscoll also spoke of spiritual warfare, saying it was the devil’s mission to push humans to the breaking point of their humanity. However, he said the same Spirit that empowered Christ in the wilderness can empower believers today.

"Jesus also needed help and He went to the helper," Driscoll said. "When you need help, you can go to the helper, and you can experience the same life legacy and learning as Jesus. Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit."

The second weapon Driscoll highlighted was knowing your spiritual identity. He said the devil’s earliest trick, since the garden of Eden, is getting the children of God to question their identity. He said many believers forget that identity is something they live from, not for.

"You work from your identity, not for your identity," Driscoll said. "Satan comes along and he wants to question the father’s love for you and Jesus’ sacrifice for you. It’s demonic. … Don’t allow Satan to question things God has already said."

Third, Driscoll said it’s important to maintain a godly perspective regarding temptation. He compared Satan to an expert fisherman, putting specific bait on the fishing line in order to best tempt Christians.

"When you are tempted, godly perspective says I see the hook under the bait," Driscoll said. "…I know if I come and partake in that, I will be reeled in to death, I will be separated from God’s presence. It seems like I will gain everything, but I will lose everything and have nothing."

The fourth weapon is Scripture, though Driscoll cautioned that the devil will attempt to steal that weapon and use it against you. He pointed out, throughout the Bible, how Satan often misrepresents and misquotes the Bible in order to obfuscate God’s truth and lead humans astray.

"Satan knows the Bible, but he doesn’t know the Lord," Driscoll said. "Sometimes the most dangerous people know the bible but don’t know the lord."

The fifth and final weapon Driscoll mentioned was faith to trust God. He said God uses Satan’s temptations as tests for His followers.

"I don’t know what your test is, but when your test comes, you need to invite the Holy Spirit, because it was the Holy Spirit that empowered Jesus to pass his test and He will empower you to take your test," Driscoll said.

But there’s still hope for those who give in to temptation and "fail" that test: "What God intended to graduate you, Satan used to disgrace you. You’re haunted by it. You’re grieved by it. God, I failed my test. I have two pieces of good news: Right here, Jesus took your test. Jesus took your test. Did he pass this test for you? He did. And then He’ll send the Holy Spirit to you to help you retake your test. This is the good news of Jesus."

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The Hidden Key to Ushering in the Greatest Harvest We’ve Ever Seen

We have been praying that God’s Spirit would be poured out on all flesh and that all would see the glory of God. Many believe there is yet a final outpouring of His Spirit that will usher in the greatest harvest ever seen. We have repented, fasted, prayed and appealed to heaven, longing to see the fullness of this promise. Even as these practices are right and good, in Proverbs 1 there is a hidden truth that may be another key in ushering in this long-awaited revival.

Wisdom cries out in the street; she utters her voice in the markets. She cries at the corner of the streets, in the openings of the gates; she speaks her words in the city, saying: "How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge. Turn at my reproof; surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you (Prov. 1:20-23).

Wisdom is crying out in streets around the earth, stating that "she" can release an outpouring of the Spirit of God! Wisdom—not just prayer, passion or pursuit—but wisdom claims to have a key for heaven coming to earth! What is it about wisdom that would be so powerful as to open a door to revival? The answer lies in verse 23: "Turn at my reproof." The word "reproof" means "rebuke, correction, chastisement, punishment." Wisdom is saying that if we would turn and allow God’s discipline to have its way, God’s Spirit would be poured out on us!

Isn’t this the same as repentance? Haven’t we been doing that as a nation? I would propose that though we have repented of national sins and asked forgiveness for past wrongs, we have yet to fully embrace God’s discipline and correction as believers in our ongoing journey. It’s not only our past that He wants to transform, but our present condition as well. One of the biggest strongholds in our nation that is being displayed on screens around the world is that of rebellion against authority. It is the unwillingness to be corrected, challenged, rebuked or disciplined.

Unfortunately, this has also crept into the church. Due to past hurts from authority figures and corporate offenses against various denominations or churches, many have alienated themselves from the body and become convinced that any correction or rebuke is either religious, abusive or controlling. This has resulted in a belief system that shuts out wisdom’s lessons due to fear and rejection. Could this be why some of our prayers for this global outpouring are yet unanswered? Are our own painful experiences blinding us to wisdom’s work of correction and discipline?

Scripture teaches us that God disciplines those He loves (Prov. 3:11-12; Heb 12:7-11). He rebukes, corrects and chastises us so that we will become holy even as He is holy. This is the path to the center of His heart. I believe that the love of the Father is so strong, He will do anything to see that we become fully mature, built up and perfected (Heb 5:8-9). And, He will often use others in the process to guide, counsel and, yes, correct.

As we pray for our nation to be kingdom-centered and righteously governed, we must pray that our own hearts are free of any rebellion to God’s discipline. Wisdom’s finest work is often accomplished in the crucible and in the fire. If we can learn to listen to wisdom in those places, the promise for an outpouring of God’s Spirit may just happen. To pray effectively for this spirit of rebellion to be dismantled:

  • Ask the Lord to reveal any hint of rebellion in your own heart due to past hurts or misunderstandings (1 Sam. 15:23; Ps. 129:33).
  • Forgive those who have hurt you and release any offense, personal or corporate (Matt. 18:34).
  • Repent for any criticism, accusation or bitterness towards those in authority and determine to bless them and pray for them (Rom. 13:2; Matt. 6:14).
  • Determine to receive wisdom’s correction and discipline through those whom God places in your life (1 Pet. 5:5, Titus 3:1).

Habakkuk 2:14 says that "the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the seas." His glorious presence is already being seen and demonstrated in many parts of the earth. But, it is His knowledge (wisdom) that is yet to be fully demonstrated through His sons and daughters. Let’s pray we can listen to wisdom and embrace those needed corrections so God’s Spirit can be poured out in fullness. {eoa}

Wanda Alger is a field correspondent and writer with Intercessors for America (ifapray.org) and has contributed to numerous online publications such as Christian Post, The Elijah List and Spirit Fuel. She is a recognized fivefold prophetic minister with DOVE USA (dcfi.org) and is the author of several books, including Oracles of Grace: Building a Legacy of Wisdom and Revelation. Follow her blog at wandaalger.me.

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Mark Driscoll: 4 Truths About Becoming Spirit-Filled

Why is the Holy Spirit such a controversial topic within the church?

"There has tragically been a long battle over what it means to be filled with the Spirit," Mark Driscoll says in his sermon for the Charisma Conference.

But following the Holy Spirit isn’t a happy-go-lucky experience.

"What does it mean to be Spirit-led? It means to be led by the Spirit into the wilderness," Driscoll says.

So what do we need to know about the experience? Take a look.

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A Sure Way to Gain Access to God’s Ear

Waiting isn’t a curse. It’s a blessing. Patience is a gift from God. Your life would be so much more joyful if you learned how to wait with patience. King David said in Psalm 40:1-4:

I waited patiently for the Lord, and He turned to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet on a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God; many will see it, and fear, and will trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who places trust in the Lord.

Earlier he said: "Wait on the Lord; be strong, and may your heart be stout; wait on the Lord" (Ps. 27:14).

When you wait patiently on the Lord, you gain access to His ear. God hears the prayers of those who wait patiently for Him. When you wait on the Lord, He will come to your rescue. He will deliver you to safety. When you wait patiently on the Lord, your worship will go to a whole new level. When you wait patiently on the Lord, people will see what He has done for you. Your time of waiting will turn into a testimony, and all who witness your deliverance will come to fear and trust in the Lord. When you wait patiently on the Lord, you will be blessed, and your heart will be strengthened. Your patient waiting shows God that you trust Him with your whole life, and He rewards faith like that in big ways. Listen, you can’t tell me that waiting on God isn’t worth it.

Prepare your heart to begin to wait knowing that God is going to take care of you. Get ready to understand what it really means to trust God with your when.

As I have said before, we are all in the same boat when it comes to waiting. We all need something. We can also be in the same boat of victory, if we learn that waiting is always worth it.

If you’ve previously testified to having a struggle with waiting, my prayer for you is that your perspective on why you’re waiting will change. Don’t see the answer to your prayer as denied, believe that it’s only delayed. Delayed means that something has been released and it’s on its way, and at that perfect time—on God’s clock—you’ll be able to celebrate your answer’s arrival.

Many of us have such a hard time waiting on God because we haven’t asked Him to give us that characteristic of the fruit of the Spirit called longsuffering. Join me in prayer right now to ask God to give you this gift.

Father, I thank you for this time in my life. I pray that You would give me limitless strength to endure this waiting season. I don’t want to live without Your anointing for longsuffering. I pray that you will empower me to wait on You with a joyful heart, knowing that Your best is being prepared for me right now. Thank You for causing me to win because I choose to trust You. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.

Don’t get discouraged during your waiting season. God has a plan to bless you in His perfect timing. The blessing may not look the way you thought it would or come the way you expected, but it will be just what you need. Don’t quit! God has a miracle with your name on it, and it’s worth the wait.

everybody wants win nobody waitAdapted from Everybody Wants to Win but Nobody Wants to Wait by Marcus Gill, copyright 2017, published by Charisma House. This book encourages you to trust God’s timing by helping you discover why God makes us wait, why we can trust His timing, why we must have a vision, goal and plan while we wait and why we must worship to see breakthrough. To order your copy, click on this link.

Prayer Power for the Week of June 17, 2018

This week, thank God that He is working the virtue of patience in your life by allowing you to wait for His timing concerning certain answers to your prayers. Declare by faith that you trust Him in all areas. Use the Word of God to make declarations of faith concerning trust. Continue to pray for worldwide revival; ask God for more laborers for His harvest and to show you what part you should play in expanding His kingdom. Continue to pray for the nation and its leaders, allies, first responders and those in the military. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Timothy 2:8 and James 5:17.

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Here’s How You’ve Given the Enemy Access to Your Life

Have you ever bought a car, then suddenly start seeing that same car model everywhere?

It’s not like someone started putting more of those cars on the road—it’s just that your vision changed.

Now that the car model is relevant to you, your vision changed to pay attention to it.

I’ve started paying more attention to the differences between walking in the Spirit versus walking the flesh lately because it’s an issue that is highly relevant to us as disciples of Christ.

Although we Christians are designed to walk in the Spirit, too often, the enemy deceives us so that we continue to walk in the flesh as we don’t know the Lord’s power.

How can he get away with that?

Just this past week, after meditating on Romans 6:11-13, I drew a picture of how the enemy gains access to us.

I hope this picture will change your vision forever so that you see his strategy.

With that revelation knowledge, you can shut him down.

Take a moment to study the chart on this page and note the difference between the supernatural and the natural.

I’ll explain each perspective in more detail in a moment.

Supernatural (Spirit-Led)

God speaks through our spirit, which communicates to our soul (mind, will and emotions).

We can perceive spiritual things only through a mind renewed by the Word of God.

Think of it this way: Television and radio signals are transmitted over the air all around us. But we can’t see these signals with our natural eyes, can we?

The only way we can know what they are transmitting is to get a television set or radio that can translate the over-the-air signals into a picture or sound that we can perceive with our senses.

In a similar way, studying and meditating on God’s Word transforms us spiritually so we can perceive what the Lord is transmitting to us.

As our minds are renewed, we choose to submit our will and emotions to the Lord’s purpose. Our souls can then ensure that our bodies remain under subjection to spiritual direction so we use them to glorify God.

This is how a Christian is designed to operate.

Natural (Flesh-Driven)

Here is how the enemy gets access to us—through the back door. His strategy is to bypass our spirit and go straight for our soul (mind, will and emotions).

Because He knows that emotions often drive us, he wants to get us "all up in our feelings." He wants us to act quickly, impulsively.

When he directs our attention toward that which tempts us, our desire for it increases.

Driven by emotion, we choose to submit our will to that which our heart desires.

Being flesh-driven means using our bodies merely to please ourselves, not to please God.

That is why it is possible for a believer in Christ to be in just as much bondage as an unbeliever.

If their minds remain un-renewed to God’s Word, then they have the same old mind as they did when they were unsaved.

As a result, they are unable to perceive God’s voice when He tries to direct them to act wisely.

Living Spirit-Led

God’s grace gives us the ability to overcome all power of the enemy!

James 4:7 says, "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."

Here is how you can put this Scripture into practice:

1. Submit to God

One way of looking at submission is "under the mission." In the same way that a soldier puts their personal desires under the mission to protect their country, so we put our personal desires under the mission of advancing God’s kingdom.

You have been called for such a time as this. What an honor to have the opportunity to glorify our Lord and Savior.

The more you focus your thoughts daily on glorifying God in your choices, maintaining a thankful heart and renewing your mind to God’s Word, the more you can enlarge your vision to see God’s handiwork in your life and hear His voice.

2. Resist the devil

The dictionary defines "resistance" as "the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument."

Since the devil tries to gain access to you through the backdoor of your soul (mind, will and emotions), you need to shut that opening to him.

How?

Pay keen attention to the direction of your thoughts and emotions.

Your thoughts are like little steam-powered engines. The more you direct energy into a particular train of thought, the more you’ll want to go in that direction.

Through deliberate attention, you can direct the steam into what you want to do and re-direct it away from what you don’t want to do.

While this takes work, you can set up your environment to make this easier.

So question yourself: What is your will leading your body to do?

Will that action steal from you, kill or destroy? Like any criminal, that is the enemy’s fingerprint!

If you still find it hard to discern the difference between Spirit-led or flesh-driven, then seek the Lord’s help in prayer. He will honor your desire to follow Him.

One of the ways to tell if a decision is from God is if the outcome will be consistent with the fruit of His Spirit.

Is it one that is ultimately working in you love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?

Or does it lead to unrest, guilt, shame, condemnation or wanting to hide?

Here are two Scriptures I recommend you mediate on to further renew your mind and enlarge your vision:

Romans 6:11-13:

Likewise, you also consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but yield yourselves to God, as those who are alive from the dead, and your bodies to God as instruments of righteousness.

I also recommend meditating on Galatians 5:19-25, which describes the works of the flesh versus walking in the Spirit in detail.

Ask God in prayer to open up your understanding as to how his Word applies to your daily decisions. He will show you the truth, because He loves you and wants His best for you.

I hope my picture shows you how the enemy gains access to you clearly— through uncaptured thoughts and unmanaged emotions.

When you learn to manage your thoughts and emotions under control of the Spirit, you can protect yourself against the enemy’s influence in your life. {eoa}

Once 240 pounds and a size 22, Kimberly Taylor can testify to God’s healing power to end binge-eating. She is an author and the creator of the Christian weight-loss website takebackyourtemple.com. Visit today for inspirational health and weight-loss tips.

This article originally appeared at takebackyourtemple.com.

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Pastor in India Arrested While Securing Affidavits on Converts’ Faith

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) A pastor in Uttar Pradesh state, India was filing affidavits stating that 16 people had become Christians of their own will this week when Hindu extremists came and accused him of forcible conversion – resulting in his incarceration.

After manhandling and jailing 58-year-old Dependra Prakash Maleywar on Monday (June 18) at the Sardhana lower court premises near Meerut, the Hindu extremists have since gone to the 16 new Christians’ homes and threatened to expel them if they do not recant their faith, sources said.

Members of the Hindu extremist Bajrang Dal surrounded Maleywar while the Church of North India (CNI) pastor and a lawyer were securing notarizations of affidavits for baptisms signifying the faith in Christ of 16 people, sources said.

Someone on the court premises had informed the extremists about the affidavits, sources said, and at about 1 p.m. a few members of the Bajrang Dal, youth wing of the Hindu extremist Vishwa Hindu Parishad, approached and questioned Pastor Maleywar about the affidavits as they man-handled him.

Checking the pastor’s bag and grabbing the affidavits, they accused him of forcible and fraudulent conversion, the sources said.

Officers at the adjacent Sardana police station noticed the commotion, took Pastor Maleywar into custody and transferred him to the Abdullapur jail near Meerut, 14 miles away, the sources said.

“They confiscated my father’s cell phone and all the affidavits – he could not even contact us,” the  pastor’s 30-year-old son, Rohin Maleywar, told Morning Star News.

The affidavits are not legally required in Uttar Pradesh, but church leaders request them to avoid controversies and the very kind of accusations that occurred, said the Rev. Prem Prakash Habil, CNI bishop of the Diocese of Agra that encompasses the two churches the 16 people belong to. Two of the Christians belong to the church Pastor Maleywar leads, St. Thomas Church in Mulhera, and 14 belonging to Epiphany Church in Khatauli.

The affidavits are self-declarations that the signees willingly choose to follow Christ, want to get baptized and are not coerced or offered inducements.

“We always follow this procedure; they have to submit a hand-written application in their own writing, verification papers and an affidavit if they want to become a member of the church and receive baptism,” Habil told Morning Star News.

Usually, however, the candidates for baptism file the affidavits themselves, he said.

“The way my evangelist was working was not the right way – it was [supposed to be] the work of the individuals who believed to get their own paperwork done and then submit it to their respective churches,” he said.

Pastor Maleywar had gone to get the affidavits notarized in Mulhera, where his church is located, but he was unable and so went to the lower court Sardhana, fewer than seven miles away, sources said.

All 16 baptisms were still set to take place, sources said.

Pastor Maleywar has been leading the CNI’s St. Thomas Church for five years and working as an evangelist with CNI for 17 years.

Intimidation

The families of the 16 Christians have become the targets of both the Hindu extremists and local media.

“The members of the Bajarang Dal went door-to-door and met all the 16 families and spoke to them,” said Pastor Maleywar’s daughter, Ritika Maleywar.

Pastor Nirmal Jacob of the Ephiphany Church said that Bajarang Dal members are exerting severe pressure on all the families.

“The head of the village, along with Bajarang Dal members, went to the homes of these believers and threatened them with dire consequences,” Pastor Jacob said. “They said that they would be boycotted from the village, asked to leave, their educational certificates would be confiscated and their entitlement to government benefits would be withdrawn if they profess their faith in Jesus Christ.”

He said local and national television media visited him in Khatauli on Wednesday (June 20), along with local police, and interviewed him and many families from his church.

“People testified to the media how prayer and attending church has healed them from fatal diseases such as cancer and tuberculosis,” Pastor Jacob said. ‘One family boldly shared how they did not have a child after 12 years of their marriage, and after they got themselves prayed for and started to regularly attend church, they have two children now.”

The pastor was deeply troubled, however, when none of their testimonies were broadcast, and editing changed the meaning of the interviews entirely as they were shown saying only that they were once Hindus, he said.

He is receiving threatening calls, and friends have been warning him that he could be attacked at any time.

“I do not know where to find help in a situation like this,” Pastor Jacob said. “The police, media and judiciary are biased; I do not feel safe any longer.”

The pastor, 39, has been ministering with the CNI synod for 14 years.

Alwan Masih, general secretary of the CNI synod, said the churches will go forward.

“As citizens of our country, we have rights and we will execute our rights, but at places people have suffered for their faith,” he told Morning Star News.

Bail Rejected

At this writing Pastor Maleywar remained in the Abdullapur jail under Section 151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, “Arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offense,” after the Sub-Divisional Magistrate rejected his bail petition on Wednesday (June 20), sources said.

He has also been charged with causing voluntary hurt under Section 323 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 504 of the IPC, “Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace.”

“Local politicians created a ruckus in the courtroom,” his attorney, Reena Luka, told Morning Star News. “The judge said if he granted Maleywar bail, the peace of the area would be compromised.”

Luka said that the judge told them to wait a few days until tensions cooled.

“We are hopeful that we will be able to procure the bail on Monday (June 25),” she added.

The hostile tone of the National Democratic Alliance government, led by the Hindu nationalist BJP, against non-Hindus, has emboldened Hindu extremists in several parts of the country to attack Christians since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took power in May 2014, religious rights advocates say.

India ranked 11th on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2018 World Watch List of countries where Christians experience the most persecution.

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Real Talk Kim Says This Is a Season of Restitution


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Kimberly Jones‐Pothier, known as Real Talk Kim, said Christians are entering a season of not only restoration but restitution. She gave the message Friday night at the Charisma Conference 2018.

“This is a season when God’s not just restoring some things in your life,” Jones-Pothier said. “He’s bringing restitution to your life.”

Jones-Pothier shared her testimony of how she got divorced and became a Bible teacher. She said her failures were the result of letting seasons in her life define her lifetime. That experience taught her that some Christians are codependent on the pain in their life and have remained trapped in a temporary season never meant to be permanent. But she said believers are never stuck unless they want to be stuck.

“The hardest thing and the worst place to be is when you’re lying to yourself and you’re believing it,” Jones-Pothier said.

So Jones-Pothier resolved to prophesy her way out of her problems. She said she would lay hands on herself and prophesy over herself at her lowest point. That’s because the tongue is powerful–and Jones-Pothier said some Christians are speaking death over their life: “Some of your life looks the way it looks because of what you’re saying.”

“We always want to blame God for everything going wrong in our lives,” Jones-Pothier said. “The devil’s after me. I’m in a season, and the devil’s after my car, my house, my marriage. No, you need an oil change. The devil’s after my finances. No, you need to tithe. The devil’s after my marriage. No, you need to hush.”

She emphasized that believers need to grow up and take responsibility for their life trajectory.

“All you’ve got to do is realize you are grown,” Jones-Pothier said. “You have two hands and two feet, baby. God is a gentleman. He’s just been waiting for you to get up and surrender.”

Finally, Jones-Pothier challenged Christians to use her story to consider what God wants for their lives.

“I would rather be up here preaching tonight than be in a punta cana on the beach,” she said. “Because that is my purpose. What is your purpose? What is your passion?”

After all, she remarked, “Everybody has a story, but maybe yours is about to be a best-seller.”

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