Aug
28
2009
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Focus on the Goal by Richard Roberts

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Once a king was pestered by a young prince who often led his small army in brief skirmishes against the king’s troops. It became bothersome to the king, so he told his commanding general to capture the prince.

 

When the prince was brought before the king, the king said, “I’ve had enough. I’m going to have your head cut off!” The headsman was ready to swing his axe when the king said, “I’ll give you one chance to save yourself. If you can carry a full container of wine from the outskirts to the center of the city without spilling the wine, I’ll let you live.” The street the prince had to walk was lined with people, one side cheering for him, “You can do it!” the other side yelling, “Spill it! Spill it!”

 

The prince carried the container to the center of town and didn’t spill a drop. The king said, “You did fine. You will live. But tell me, what were you thinking when you heard the crowd yelling at you?” The prince answered, “I didn’t think about anything except not spilling the wine.”

 

The prince had remained focused on his goal despite the distractions all around him. And that’s how God wants us to live. The world will try to discourage us from reaching our goal in our Christian walk. But we can do it if we follow the apostle Paul’s example. He said, I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be…. I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven (Philippians 3:12-14 NLT).

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Aug
14
2009
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Empty Your Purse by Lindsay Roberts

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Like a lot of women, I carry a roomy purse. Without realizing I’m doing it, I’ll put one more thing and one more thing into my purse until it feels like I’m carrying a brick! My purse certainly doesn’t start out weighing very much, but adding just a little at a time adds up until it gets to the point where I can hardly carry it. When I empty my purse, I’m always amazed at all the junk I’ve stashed in it.

 

Satan works in much the same way. He adds a little burden to your life here, a little stress and worry there, and before you know it the load you’re carrying has gotten heavier and heavier until it’s too heavy to carry.

 

That kind of load is not from God. The Bible clearly says that satan has tricks and strategies. It may have taken you a long time to fully realize the crushing burden satan has put upon you piece by piece, but now is the time to turn it over to God, who daily bears our burdens (Psalm 68:19 NIV).

 

I believe an earnest prayer can begin to lighten your load. Join me as we pray in agreement:

 

In the authority of Jesus’ name, I command satan to take his hands off God’s property. I command the spirit of death, despair, worry, sickness, and disease to leave. I bind satan in the name of Jesus. I command and demand that he flee from you according to the Word of God.

 

Father God, You tell us in Your Word that by the stripes that wounded Jesus we are healed and made completely whole. We claim that word, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Aug
07
2009
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Don’t Agree to the Threats! by Oral Roberts

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Are you being threatened by something today? Do the odds seem insurmountable? Are you about to give up hope? The disciples of Jesus knew this feeling. In God’s Word we read how Peter and John met a lame man who was begging for alms as they were going to the temple. Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” Peter took the man by the hand and lifted him up by faith, and he began to walk and leap and praise God.

 

The people who witnessed the miracle knew the man, and they began to ask what had happened. Peter used the opportunity to preach the Gospel (Acts 3:6-11 NKJV).The next day Peter preached before the priests and leaders of the temple. After he had finished, the Bible says that the religious leaders realized that they [Peter and John] had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13). When you’ve “been with Jesus,” there is a boldness that comes on your life. You can get the attention of those who don’t know Him.

 

After the religious leaders witnessed the miracle healing of the lame beggar, they didn’t know what to do with Peter and John. They agreed, “Let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in [Jesus’] name” (Acts 4:17 NKJV). How did Peter and John answer? They said, “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (v. 20).

 

The devil comes to threaten you for one main reason: to get you to stop talking about Jesus. Our response must always be, “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard!”

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