Category Archives: Encouragement

Fantastic Dream of Spirit-Filled Women

In my dream, I didn’t recognize my surroundings, but it was a large room packed with women who were eagerly waiting for me to teach. Excitement permeated the air like electrical current. I did not actually see any faces, except for one, a white sister from my church, Stephanie, who always has a pleasant demeanor that lights up her countenance. She is loved by all in our congregation. Continue reading Fantastic Dream of Spirit-Filled Women

The Gospel—Game-Changer for Women

According to the Genesis creation account, God created both male and female in His image. Eve could not have been inferior to Adam, or her seed, Jesus Christ, would have been inferior. God blessed them and gave them joint dominion over the earth and all living creatures (Genesis 1:26-28). But when they sinned, the rules of engagement changed. They lost their dominion, and Satan usurped it. Banned from Eden, God pronounced judgment on all parties: The serpent, Eve, and her husband Adam. Three consequences were borne by Eve and passed down to all women: Continue reading The Gospel—Game-Changer for Women

Raising the Bar

Based on what is coming across many pulpits today, it would seem that sin is not what it used to be. Under the banner of grace, the moral code of the Bible is being relaxed, allowing for active sin to go unchallenged in the Church. A favorite of grace libertines is the mantra that we are no longer under Old Testament Law, as though its moral code was rescinded. They often cite Jesus’ words of love and forgiveness, inferring He would not condemn their sin today. Their reasoning seems to be that He loves us too much to condemn us.  Continue reading Raising the Bar

Defeating Self-Defeat

It is customary in America to dub every decade with a name that is characteristic of the overall mindset of that era. If I were naming the present era, I would call it “the decade of the selfie.” In this age of cultural narcissism, people are consumed with self, and what’s more, they are not embarrassed by it. Gone are the days of subtle self-promotion. And this condition is not peculiar to the world and the unsaved. It has taken a firm hold of many in the Church.

The Bible describes these people as being “puffed up in their own imaginations; they think more highly of themselves than they ought” (Ref. Rom. 12:3, 1Cor. 4:6, 18-19, 5:2, 8:1, 13:4). Satan uses this as an entry point, especially for those in ministry, often creating a sense of superiority and entitlement. He knows this is a successful tool, because pride stemming from self-focus is what caused him to fall from his lofty position as the worship leader before the throne of God. Continue reading Defeating Self-Defeat

Portal of Glory

My Dream: Sunday, October 02, 2016 (5:30AM)

For several months, I have been in a health crisis, which I will share about in the future. During this time, I have experienced a rare spirit of peace that I can only describe as supernatural. This morning I had a visitation from the Lord that I can sum up in one word: Ecstacy!

The first half of the dream is still unclear to me. I was in a rural area that I understood to be a vacation/camping destination. It was a scenic landscape of green hills and valleys, with a large pond between two hills, where I was standing. On my left, I saw many RVs and campers parked up on a hill overlooking the pond. It was very serene, and I was strongly impressed that it was a place where people came to get away from the stress of everyday life in the cities. I was with a group of people, but I did not see anyone’s facial features. Continue reading Portal of Glory