If you've ever heard me share my testimony of how I was abused by my father throughout my childhood, you know I've gone through some really difficult times. In fact, there were some things that were so painful, I wondered if I would survive them.
The Bible repeatedly tells us that God is our helper. The question is, do we really trust God to help us?
Doubt and unbelief are problems for people who struggle to have a strong faith in God.
God is good. And He has a good plan for each of our lives. No matter what may be going on right now, God's plan is unfolding.
We all face challenges in life, and sometimes they can be hard to handle. But did you know that God has a battle plan we can follow that will guarantee victory every time?
God loves you and has a good plan for your life. But if you want to live in His plan, you have to renew your mind and change your whole way of thinking, according to the Word of God.
Do you know that you have an enemy? It's true.
Have you ever had a hard time receiving a gift from someone? God's gift of salvation is one gift you will want to say yes to!
When I was young in the ministry a woman came to me for counseling who had recently accepted Christ as her Savior but was living with her boyfriend.
Prayer is a vital part of our relationship with God, and it's a great privilege, not an obligation.
When you pray, do you have a vague feeling that something is lacking ... that there isn't any power in your prayers? Do you struggle with doubt or fear, or simply lack confidence that God even hears you at all?
God is in the business of restoration, and as believers in Christ, He wants to make us whole in every area of our lives.
I've been robbed! That is one of the first revelations I had after I started diligently studying the Word and realized I wasn't living the life Jesus died to give me. At first it made me mad, but it was the truth I needed to hear to help me begin an amazing transformation to a life I can honestly say I now enjoy.
My father became a Christian when he was 83 years old. There were many times throughout the years when I thought, "He will never change!" But I kept praying for him. And thank God, eventually, he did change—he experienced the greatest transformation of all.
I spent many years as a very negative person. I have teasingly said that if I thought two positive thoughts in a row my brain got into a cramp!
Our thoughts are connected to every single area of our lives. They affect our words, moods, attitudes, the choices we make, and even our relationship with God and others. They also affect our emotional and physical health.
Do you spend a lot of time feeling guilty? I did, as a result of being abused as a child. I grew up believing something was wrong with me and that everything was my fault. And when you develop that kind of thinking during your childhood, it can torment you for a long time.
We live in a very casual society today, and it's easy to carry this attitude over into our walk with God. Many are not as serious as they should be — allowing things in their lives that they really wouldn't want to be there if they thought Jesus was going to come back tomorrow.
We've all heard the phrase, "Everyone has a race to run." That just means we all have our own lives to live. And as Christians, God has a specific purpose and plan for each of us.
For many years of my life, I believed that I was damaged goods and could only have a second-rate life. I thought that the sexual and emotional abuse I endured as a child was somehow my fault…that it had happened because something was wrong with me. And I felt a false sense of responsibility to fix my circumstances. Of course I couldn't make that happen, so that caused more self-condemnation, and as a result, I didn't like myself very much.
When we try to do everything in our own strength and leave God out of the equation, we just get worn-out and frustrated by our mistakes and failures. But when we lean on God, we actually enter into His rest and can enjoy our lives, no matter what our circumstances may be.
Before I learned how to live my life by God's grace, I was a mess. I was a nagging wife, manipulative and controlling. And I wasn't satisfied living like that.
How could Paul, in the middle of a horrible storm, ask the people to "be in good spirits" and have a good attitude? Because he believed in his heart — without a doubt — "that it will be exactly as it was told me."
Romans 8:37 says that Christians are "more than conquerors" in this world. But do we really know what it means to be more than a conqueror? I know it took many years for me to learn what it means and how to live the victorious life Jesus died to give us as believers.
The book of Genesis (chapters 37-45) tells the story of Joseph. He was the favorite of his father's 12 sons, and his brothers were very jealous of him because of it. One day when Joseph shared a dream he'd had of them all bowing down to him … well, that was the last straw!