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The Subtle Danger of False Humility

The Subtle Danger of False Humility

One of the greatest attributes in the kingdom of God is humility. Jesus modeled and taught the importance of humbling ourselves, serving, and not being self-exalting. Pride is a deadly, self-seeking force that is the root of so many other sins and problems. Pride caused the fall of Lucifer and was instrumental in the fall of man. Peter outlines the importance of humility and the danger of pride: “Yes, all of you be submissive to one...

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Sermon: Restoring the Ministry of Deliverance

Sermon: Restoring the Ministry of Deliverance

This past Sunday I preached a message at Threshold Church called “Restoring the Ministry of Deliverance.” Deliverance ministry refers to casting out demons in order to free people from torment, oppression, and bondage. Another way to put it is to free others from the influence of evil spirits. Reading through the gospels shows that deliverance ministry was very common for Jesus. Mark 1:39 says, “And He was preaching in their...

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4 Things that Can Derail Our Destiny

4 Things that Can Derail Our Destiny

The following is derived from chapter 11 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. At the end of his life, the apostle Paul could look back and know that he was finishing well. He was able to say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). I certainly hope that I will be able to say the same thing when it’s time for me to go on to eternity. Unfortunately, not every character in the...

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The Other Side of Your Obedience

The Other Side of Your Obedience

The following is derived from chapter 10 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. When it comes to moving forward on the path of our destiny, time does not necessarily equal progress. Destiny is not advanced by the mere passing of time, but by our steps of obedience to God. The children of Israel went forty years wandering in the wilderness without advancing in their destiny, all because of disobedience. When it was time for them to enter...

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The Season of Stepping into Your Purpose

The Season of Stepping into Your Purpose

The following is derived from chapter 8 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. One of the vital things to remember in walking out our destiny is that life is lived out in seasons. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Just as there are seasons in the natural, there are seasons in our walk with God and in fulfilling our divine purpose. Understanding this can help us to keep in...

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How Passion Fuels Destiny

How Passion Fuels Destiny

The following is derived from chapter 7 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. We may not realize it, but our passions and desires play a key role in the walking out of our destiny. They are a part of our wiring, and can be an indication of our calling. Jesus displayed some tremendous passion throughout His ministry. He was not simply going through motions out of robotic obedience; He was consumed with His call. Obedience to His Father...

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Should We Just Ignore The Devil?

Should We Just Ignore The Devil?

There seems to be an increasing number of believers who are taking an approach to the devil that is totally foreign to the New Testament. The thought process goes something like this: Since Jesus defeated Satan through His death and resurrection, we can pretty much ignore him now. While the premise is true, the conclusion is very false. This mindset of ignoring the devil sounds nice, but it has one major problem: the New Testament paints a...

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How we are Sons of God and Servants of God at the Same Time

How we are Sons of God and Servants of God at the Same Time

One of the most important revelations we can have as believers, is that we are sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ. The apostle John was astounded at this thought, and put it this way: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1). There is such freedom and security in the Father’s love. This theme is so important, that I devoted an entire...

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How Do We Recognize Our Gifts?

How Do We Recognize Our Gifts?

The following is derived from chapter 6 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. Our gifts are a part of our unique identity, and one of the indicators of what we are called to do. Therefore, it is important that we gain a good grasp and realistic perspective on what they are and what they are not. Since gifts often come naturally to us, we may not recognize that we are operating in a gift. For example, you might have a teaching gift and...

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How Isolating a Truth from Other Truths Causes Error

How Isolating a Truth from Other Truths Causes Error

In a recent article, I mentioned that one of the ways that error gets into the church is when a genuine truth from the Bible gets isolated from out of its context or from the whole counsel of God’s Word. There are concepts, teachings, and truths that are true and good. But if they become isolated from other concepts, teachings, and truths they can easily become error. This is a deceptive way that the enemy draws people and churches into...

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How Relationships Impact Your Destiny

How Relationships Impact Your Destiny

The following is derived from chapter 5 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. There are a variety of ways that we can discover our destiny, and often it is the combination of these clues that comes together to make our calling clear. In the previous chapter we saw that God desires to speak into our destiny. Answering the question “what has God spoken?” is the first clue that we covered. The second clue that we will look at is with...

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When God Speaks to You About Your Destiny

When God Speaks to You About Your Destiny

The following is derived from chapter 4 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. Throughout the Bible we see that God is a God who speaks. He is not a distant God and He is not a silent God. He is intimately involved in our lives, and He communicates to us in a variety of ways. His written Word is the foundational way He speaks to us, and nothing He says will contradict the Bible. But while the Bible has general instructions, commands, and...

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Identity Releases Destiny

Identity Releases Destiny

The following is derived from chapter 3 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. Walking in our divine calling is first and foremost about our relationship with God. Our highest purpose is to know and love God, and walk in obedience to Him. This all stems from our revelation of His love for us. Out of our relationship with the Father, we begin to become secure in our identity as sons and daughters. We also begin to understand the specific...

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Christians: Stop Trying so Hard to be Non-religious!

Christians: Stop Trying so Hard to be Non-religious!

There is a lot of information about the “religious spirit” and how to be free from its influence. I have written before that the religious spirit is a destructive influence that destroys the church. Jesus warned about the leaven of the Pharisees (see Mark 8:15) and this force is still alive and well today. I wrote about it in Restoring the Ministry of Jesus as one of the influences that still opposes Christ’s ministry. The religious...

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Finding our Security as Sons and Daughters

Finding our Security as Sons and Daughters

The following is derived from chapter 2 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. As we seek to walk in our destiny, pursuing our relationship with God is paramount. Our destiny will unfold out of the place of intimacy with Him. And learning to relate to God as our Father is a big part of this journey. So much is solved when we are able to receive His love for us and be secure as a son or daughter. Again, we look to the example of...

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