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When you feel like you’re faltering, a few words of encouragement can do wonders for the spirit. Read our collection of inspirational articles and rediscover what drives you forward.

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...As They Went…

Stephanie Binder

One of the most arduous things for Christians to do is simply obey God. We find ourselves toiling with stepping out or launching into the leadership of the Holy Spirit’s guidance. We struggle, sometimes months and years, with what we know is a “calling” in our lives from God. Mind you, that calling isn’t always a call to a pulpit or church setting at all, but then many times it is. Don’t be surprised if God is calling you to the marketplace or into some form of media. We are the salt of the earth, and our Father needs us sprinkled everywhere. We cannot put our God in a box, and always limit his callings to the confines of a church building. During these stunts of escapism, we offer ourselves every reason not to simply submit to His guidance. Many times it is simply fear of the unknown, or looking in the face of our supposed inadequacies. In essence, we are battling within ourselves, and we struggle to sacrifice “self” on the altar of obedience.

The Word of God is filled with promises of the benefits of our obedience. For example Isaiah 1:19 clearly states, “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.” The amplified version says “best of the land”. This verse also shows how there must also be a willingness coupled with an act of releasing ourselves to a type of reckless abandonment of our fears and hangups. Our willingness shows the Lord our heart and soul is involved in the decision we have made to move out in faith. On the other hand, simply obeying without possessing the enthusiasm or eagerness to do it isn’t well pleasing unto the Lord.

Examining the scriptures from St. Luke 17:11-16, Jesus who was on his way to Jerusalem passed through Samaria and Galilee when he heard ten lepers standing far off shouting, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” These men knew and had heard of the fame of Jesus’ healing campaigns and knew they needed what he possessed. According to the scripture, Jesus sensing their faith, without laying hands on them, without anointing them with oil, or forming a prayer line (not that anything is wrong with theses practices; we are instructed to do these things concerning the sick) however, in this particular case Jesus simply gave a heavenly rhema Word to these men, “Go show yourselves unto the priests.” This was the ceremonial practice for lepers from the days of Moses in order to be declared clean and blend into society again .

Leprosy is a bacterial infection that attacks and can deform a person's face with raised knots under the skin, cause loss of fingers and toes, and lesions on the skin, etc. It can wreak havoc on a person’s body. Although in modern times many medicinal treatments have been developed, during this period there were no cures unless the Lord healed miraculously.

Before they could see the leprosy disappear or see any type of manifestation, these men moved out simply on the command of the Lord. The scripture declares, “As they went, they were cleansed!!!” Their healing took place as they were willing and obedient. Their response to Jesus’ words was a declaration of their faith in the words he had spoken to them. The scripture further declares in verse 15 “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God…” With emphasis on “he saw that he was healed,” in my mind’s eye, I can see these men deciding to obey with a willingness, and as they are walking, their skin is shedding off the lesions with baby-like skin reappearing, fingers and toes are being recovered, and their youthful looks are returning to their faces. Even when the other nine did not return to thank and bless the Lord for their miracle, one of the lepers did return to express his gratitude.

To reiterate, Jesus spoke only one sentence to these men which testifies to the POWER of the spoken Word of God. Whether it is a spoken logos word (word directly from the scriptures) or a rhema word (word spoken directly into your spirit by the Holy Spirit), the Word of God is impactful on a person’s life because it is the power of God unto salvation. We should be careful not to limit the word salvation to a time of conversion. Salvation is a continual process in the life of the believer in many areas. Recounting my go to scripture, Jesus said in John 6:63, “The words I speak are SPIRIT and they are LIFE.” I say often, the words on the printed pages of your bible or on your device are not simply words, but it is a Living Word that can impact your life on three levels according to Hebrews 4:12. This scripture states emphatically, “For the word of God is quick (alive) and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” From this passage we can vividly see how the word of God can impact and affect us on three levels. First spiritually- “piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit”- by helping us to discern the difference between our soul and our spirit. The soul is the seat of our emotions and can be wishy washy depending on the circumstances. Whereas our spirit is that steady part of us that has been regenerated from a sinful state, made new in Christ, and is where we commune with God. Secondly, the word impacts us physically- “of the joints and the marrow” -by imparting healing where needed. So, physically the Word of God affects us from the surface of our skin to the deepest part of a human which is the marrow which is inside our bones. Thirdly, the word of God can affect us mentally- “is a discerner of the thoughts and intentions of the heart”- by revealing to us our actual motives and intentions in any given situation. If we are willing to put ourselves under the microscope of His Word, truth will be revealed. As the saying goes, “With thine own self be true”.

Isn’t God’s word awesome? However, this isn’t all. The wonderful thing about all this is we are made in His image according to Genesis 1:26. Because of this, we as the people of God can speak the Word like our heavenly Father, and see results. We are creative like our father and our spoken words impact our lives daily; actually creating our present and future. I say to you, Sons of God, speak the Word of God over your own life. Prophesy over your children, your businesses, and your ministry. Heaven will honor your words because the Kingdom of God is voice activated; your voice! The scripture further tells us in I John 4:17b, “ he is, so are we in the earth.”

My question to you is “Where is the Word that Christ has spoken to you?” Where did you lose it? What made you drop it? What prophecy have you forgotten that was lost due to the cares of life choking it out of you (Luke 21:34).  Now, I need you to recover your Word; excavate it. Dust it off and resuscitate it if necessary. Breathe life into it and begin to believe God again. It is not too late! Give it to God and he will perform CPR, and put you back on the road to "recover it all" as it was told King David when the Philistines burned their property and took their wives and children. (I Samuel 30)

Concerning the ten lepers, I want to recapitulate that it was ...AS THEY WENT... that they began to see they were healed. This phrase indicates a walking towards, a launching, an endeavor to move forward. So a clear principle we can extract from this message of the ten lepers is as you take positive steps of obedience in the ‘‘Word” spoken to you is when you will see the manifestations of it unfold. It could be your career, a new business idea, a new relationship, or ministry. A journey starts with you taking the first step. Our father is strengthening you right now to reset your life for the destiny he has planned for you from your beginning. Decide today that this is your day to start anew and experience all the blessings God has in store for you.

Living Beyond Your Life

Stephanie Binder

How is your current life establishing the premise of your future years and beyond? Life, as I’ve learned, takes you through various cycles. Each revolution is designed to challenge you to live your life beyond the season you are currently engaged. However, a problem occurs when we tend to linger in a particular cycle too long. We, as humans, are creatures of habit. When life becomes habitual, we feel comfortable on that plane. We become familiar with all the gears necessary to make that part of the machine work. All the while, there is an inward urge to shift to another level, but fear or complacency begins to grip our hearts. Familiarity can become our enemy. Because of it, we will wear the same hairstyle and clothing for years, be satisfied to work in the same position within a company for decades, or remain at the same level of knowledge without endeavoring to educate ourselves.

Jesus is the same today, yesterday, and forevermore, but he is constantly unfolding and unpeeling the layers of His knowledge and glory to us. Psalms 145:3 states, “...his greatness is unsearchable. Romans 11:33 says, “O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways beyond finding out.” Paul even testified he was the least of all the saints, yet he was given the grace to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ. The scripture states as He is, so are we. As we mature, we find our lives unfolding into new adventures and at the same time uncomfortable plateaus. Instead of shunning these new places, we should embrace the new vicissitudes of life we are allowed to embark upon.

Even as many of us are facing modifications, transformations, and even retirement after COVID, this time should not be looked upon as a time to rest, relax, and become a couch potato. Rather we should be asking, “What is the next chapter in my life opening to me?” Yes, time with family and especially grandchildren is vital, but how we are going to live the remainder of our years is also important. What is your heavenly father asking of you in this season of your life? As a science teacher, I teach students we learn about the past through fossils that have formed and been left behind. They learn the original material of that plant or animal no longer exists, but the imprint or mold of that organism is left and becomes filled with minerals and other materials that form a fossil. Our lives are very much the same: how will people know you were here on planet earth; what impact will you leave that you are not soon forgotten? What footprint will you leave behind? How will we know you were here? With what materials are you filling your space that after you are no longer here evidence will prove you did exist? How will you be remembered?

The Children of Israel found themselves in a similar predicament. When led out of Egypt, their place of bondage, they thought of returning there to continue eating onions and garlic after having to face a few obstacles. Then, they turned an eleven-day journey to the promised land into a forty-year excursion in the wilderness. Although the wilderness experience was necessary to their growth and development, they became comfortable and lackadaisical there and resolved to settle in a place unprepared for them. A place where they could not realize their fullest potential. Finally, the Lord spoke to Moses in Deuteronomy 1:6 to tell them, “You have stayed at this mountain long enough; turn and resume your journey.” He further stated in verse 21, “I have set the land before you; go in and take possession of the land which the Lord swore to your father, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. As Christians we must lose the mentality that God does not want us to live an abundant life while we are here. Deuteronomy 8 states how the Lord wants to bring us into a “good land” and “...giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant…” I’m sorry, but you can’t get much done for the Kingdom unless you own something. Go in and possess the land that has been prepared for you, your family, and the Kingdom of God. Keep in mind the people of God have dual citizenship. We are citizens not only of the United States and other countries, but we walk in heavenly places in the Kingdom of God right now. Jesus taught his disciples to pray “...thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven…” Not believing as some, I believe we can experience a promised land while we are here on planet earth. We don’t have to wait until Jesus’ second return to enjoy spiritual and physical things he wants us to enjoy right now as long as we are seeking His Kingdom first. I believe we, as the people of God, are so focused on the second advent of Christ until we don’t enjoy our lives here, right now. When Jesus entered the earth and began his ministry, he specifically stated that the Kingdom was at hand: it was within our reach now! There is another phase of the Kingdom to be manifested upon Jesus’ return, but this is not that time. We must now work to establish his Kingdom on earth as stated in Matthew 6:10, “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Heaven is making a clarion call to all the Sons and Daughters of the Kingdom of God to position yourself now for an invasion of heaven on earth!

Verse 21 of Deuteronomy 1 encourages us to “...take possession of our land, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has spoken to you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” When spies were sent into the land the children of Israel were to possess, they returned with a report that giants were in the land. The scripture speaks of how they wept in fear instead of believing the Lord who said he would fight for them and not to fear. FEAR is real and is the number one reason we don’t see the full manifestations of God’s promises in our lives. However, this is when our FAITH must become colossal in size in comparison to our fears. We must contend for the faith. Seems like there is a fight brewing!!! People of God you must “gird up the loins of your mind” and “take by force” what is yours in the spirit to see it manifested in the natural.

What is your next venture in life? What mountain have you been encircling far too long? This is a “Selah” moment which means -” stop and think on that”. Now is the time to take hold of your promised land and possess it with all the fruit it provides. Live beyond your life!  I am currently reading a book by Stanley Jones.  He wrote the book at age 87, and poured his life into.  As a result, although he's been deceased for many year, he is yet speaking.  He has left a legacy of principles from the word of God that will live forever.  You may not be known around the world, but you should live in such a manner that your life leaves an indelible mark upon the lives of the people you know and many you will never meet. It may be in the form of an invention, a business, words in print, or your compassion toward mankind just to name a few, but we should know you were here and you should LIVE long after you have transitioned from this place. One of my favorite quotes was spoken by Abraham Lincoln when he said, “And in the end, it’s not the YEARS in your life that counts; it’s the LIFE in your years.”

Possess your promised land!

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