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The Ancient Enemies of Israel Have Entered Our Land

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Thank you for joining us as we seek to better understand some of the things going on in our lives and nation today. This is an in-depth study written by Susan Pons. As you read, please ask the Holy Spirit to give you ears to truly hear and understand this important message.

“Behold, I will send you Eli′jah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:5-6 RSV)

This is the perfect Scripture to begin with in order for each of us to perhaps face the happening that a curse has been released across our land and the reasons for its release.As a culture, the hearts of the fathers are not being turned toward their children.This makes it almost impossible for the hearts of the children to be turned to their fathers. Malachi declares the consequence of the sinful divide between fathers and children… ‘lest I come and smite the land with a curse’. Amazing as it is, this is the final warning of the Old Testament.

When a curse comes upon a nation, it covers the nation except for those people who recognize its debilitating force.

What happens when enemies enter our land?

Exodus 34:10 (The Message) says“And God said, As of right now, I’m making a covenant with you: In full sight of your people I will work wonders that have never been created in all the Earth, in any nation. Then all the people with whom you’re living will see how tremendous God’s work is, the work I’ll do for you. Take careful note of all I command you today. I’m clearing your way by driving out Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. Stay vigilant. Don’t let down your guard lest you make covenant with the people who live in the land that you are entering and they trip you up”.

Who were these enemies that had entered the land of Israel? Let’s define them and compare them to our America in today’s world.

  1. Hittites – literally translated means, sons of terror”; and as we know the word terror refers to an extreme manifestation of fear. The Hittite spirit will bring intimidation and fear and discouragement. In Numbers 21:1-4, King Arad heard that Israel was coming. He fought against Israel and took captives. Israel made a vow to God and asked for His help. God accepted the vow, and Israel with God’s help, won the battle… but the Hittite spirit did its damage.

“And the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way” (Num 21:4 KJV).

The Hittite spirit had done its job causing Israel to become fearful.

In America today, it may do us well to recognize the Hittite spirit operating in our nation to bring fear to those who disagree with their agenda that goes against the peace and safety of our nation and citizens. School, church, and synagogue shootings; violent shows over our television and movie screens; violent video games; in Chicago 75% of Black homes are fatherless…thus the Hittite spirit is free to operate.

2.  Ammorite – the word for Ammonite in Hebrew comes from another Hebrew word, amor,which means to utter, to say (gossip, slander, and evil speaking). This implies that people with Ammonite spirits are people who want their name uttered or mentioned. Ammonites are haughty fame-seekers; seekers of human glory and greatness. Practically all dictators in history are Ammorites. These are people like Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, Adolph Hitler, and Joseph Stalin, who like to dominate and control others. Ammorites are again mentioned as people who followed false gods. Cherish was the name of a god they worshipped whose whose name means “destroyer”. The aim of the Ammonite spirit is to stir up discord and division in our mind as it beats us down in spirit.It is aimed at the Christian faith that preaches liberty to the human soul.

Perhaps we can place much of the media into the tribe of the Ammorites.

3. Canaanite – the name Canaanite means trafficker. This is the exact same description given to Satan in Ezekiel 28:13-18. This spirit is behind addictions and sexual impurity. This is why in the Scriptures, Sodom and Gomorrah were said to be Canaanite cities (Genesis 10:19). Jezebel was the daughter of Ethbaal king of Sidon, which means she was Phoenician, who were Canaanites. The Canaanite spirit uses wealth and material gain to bring God’s people into compromise and backsliding.

Sexual trafficking, labor trafficking, and drug trafficking, are all start examples of the Canaanite spirit that has invaded our land.

4. Philistine – The name Philistine means strangers, emigrants, foreigners, forces foreign to the Spirit of God.

A person who is guided by a Philistine agenda is usually disdainful of intellectual or artistic values. Philistine also means a people who are contentedly commonplace in ideas and tastes. They are called Allophyli, (foreigners in the Septuagint). They are spoken of as uncircumcised in the Books of Samuel. Philistines are a people who are lacking in, or hostile, or smugly indifferent to cultural values such as art work, theatre, manners, respect, homes in God’s order, etc. Christian and Godly cultural values are taught and learned in the home. Uncleanness can enter our homes in what we view, read, and the way we speak to each other.

The giant Philistine spirit operating in our nation today is tolerance of the Muslim faith but persecution of the Christian faith.

5. Hivite – Hivite means dwellers in the land.The first time they play an active roll in the Bible is when Shechem the Hivite raped Dinah. The Hivite spirit’s goal is to lure us using illusions, delusions, and sensual pleasures that place the mind and imaginations into a snare.

The word Hivite can mean tent dweller, living a lifestyle that is lived out in the confines of the systems of the world and in conflict with the Kingdom of God. The Hives speak of our conflict with the world and its lifestyles. The prodigal son operated under the Hivite spirit.

Movies, television, the internet, pornography, and sexual abuse (especially with children) are ensconced with the Hivite spirit.

6. Jebusites – Jebusite means thresher. From this we can infer that Jebusite spirits, being threshers, are spirits that tread or stomp on others. People whose hearts are infected by Jebusite spirits tend to be people who do not hesitate to put down and humiliate others. By stomping on people, Jebusites make a concerted effort to prevent them from growing taller. They like to make people feel small, and deliberately put them down anytime they see them trying to establish spiritual authority.

Here again, arrogant politicians, media, Hollywood, and government systems are rampant with the Jebusite spirit.

In our homes we need to make certain that we are not bullies and our children are not growing up to become bullies. We need to learn how to confront this arrogant spirit.

7. Perizzite – Perizzite means unwalled town, city, or village. Ezekiel 38:10-11 says, “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. You [the evil army] will say, ‘I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people – all of them living without walls and without gates and bars’.”

A nation without borders loses its identity. A home without boundaries is a home without an identity. Illegal immigrants and foreign enemies easily enter into our unwalled cities and towns. Many cause violence, harm, and aid in the cultural collapse of America. This is the Perizzite spirit invading our unwalled nation, cities, and our citizens.

This Perizzite spirit can operate in our homes that have become unwalled…homes without fathers…homes that do not give their marriages or children a holy identity to carry with them throughout life.

“Joshua marched up from Gilgal with his entire army, including the best fighting men. The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you”. The Lord threw them into confusion before Israel, so Joshua and the Israelites defeated them completely at Gibeon” (Joshua 10:7-8).

Perhaps each of us should embrace the challenge that we are included in the fight for our nation. Some examples of ways we can make a difference are calling our representatives, writing letters, posting facts and articles, teaching our children truths about the history of our country, sending funds to those organizations that stand for true American values, or writing editorials to our local newspapers, etc…

“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!”(Ephesians 5:14).

There are so many ways that we can truly get involved in the way our nation is run. Even a small effort (which may seem insignificant) will be blessed by our Father who is always looking for righteous people that honor Him. These people are a blessing to Him.

Here at CTCI, we pray for our nation and government daily, weekly and sometimes more often. It’s that important! We believe Godly character is taught and begins in the family. We offer “Train to Reign” programs throughout the year to guide and teach (and many times restore) families, experientially, to know how to honor God and fulfill their God-given role in the family – with love. Everything we teach is based on God’s Truth found in His Holy Word.

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The Ancient Enemies of Israel Have Entered Our Land — Who are the Philistines?

Thank you for joining us today as we study the fourth part of our series.  We are looking at the ancient enemies of Israel, who and what they represent, and how these spirits are still relevant today in our nation and world. This is extremely valuable information to raise our awareness of the battles we fight daily. We know these battles are not of flesh and blood, but of spirits and principalities.

                                What happens when enemies enter our land?

Exodus 34:10 says “As of right now, I’m making a covenant with you: In full sight of your people I will work wonders that have never been created in all the earth, in any nation. Take careful note of all I command you today. I’m clearing your way by driving out Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. Stay vigilant. Don’t let down your guard lest you make covenant with the people who live in the land that you are entering and they trip you up”.

Who were these enemies that had entered the land of Israel? Let’s define them and compare them to our America in today’s world.

Part 4 – Who are the Philistines? ~~ by Susan Pons

Philistine – The name Philistine means strangers, emigrants, foreigners, forces foreign to the Spirit of God.

A person who is guided by a Philistine agenda is usually disdainful of intellectual or artistic values. Philistine also means a people who are contentedly commonplace in ideas and tastes. They are called Allophyli, foreigners, in the Septuagint, and in the Books of Samuel they are spoken of as uncircumcised. Philistines are a people who are lacking in, hostile, or smugly indifferent to cultural values such as art work, theatre, manners, respect, homes in God’s order, etc. Christian and Godly cultural values are taught and learned in the home. Uncleanness can enter our homes in what we view, read, and the way we speak to each other. Tolerance of the Muslim faith but persecution of the Christian faith, this is the giant Philistine spirit operating in our nation.

Before we pray it’s worth mentioning that the Philistines were known to have giants among them. Do you remember the story of David and Goliath (the Philistine)? This is a giant problem in our nation today.

Father God, we pray for Your mercy and we repent for the sin of allowing uncleanness into our homes. We have slowly faded into a nation that allows things that You hate. We don’t even notice or see it as a sin anymore. Our values should and do begin in our homes. May we have eyes that see the areas that we need to change to please You. Let us be the change we want to see in this world and let us stand out as Christians to be an example for others.

Here at CTCI, our conferences and retreats throughout the year provide a time for Christians from far and wide to come together for insightful teaching, sincere worship and life-changing ministry. We have been blessed to host a number of outstanding Bible teachers including Lance Lambert, Derek Prince, Bob Mumford, Johannes Facius and Gary Bergel. We are please to welcome Dave Kubal from Intercessors For America this summer as our repeat speaker during our Appeal to Heaven conference. Bob and Kathy Fittts will be leading worship! Most importantly, in all we do, we seek the presence of the Lord.

If you would like more information about our upcoming conferences or our ministry, please go to our website at http://www.lifeisrelationships.com, or fill out this contact form below and we will get back with you promptly.

 

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A Place of Encounter

Welcome from all of us at CTCI. We trust you’ll enjoy this short yet extremely profound devotion from day three of Mike Bickle’s Growing in Prayer Devotional book. 

“Prayer should not be regarded as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.”       -E. M. Bounds

“First and foremost, prayer is about encountering God and growing in relationship with Him. In prayer we position ourselves to receive fresh insight into His heart as new desires are formed in our hearts, enabling us to commune deeply with Him. Prayer positions us to be energized to love – to love God and people. Yes, it is biblical to pray to get answers and to see God’s power. But prayer is first of all an opportunity to commune with God.

The call to prayer is a call to participate in the love that has forever burned in God’s heart. From eternity past, the Father has loved the Son with all His heart, and the Son has loved the Father with the same intensity. This love is the foundational reality of the kingdom of God. It is this very reality that we participate in as we grow in prayer, and it is what prayer is mostly about – that is, participating in the family dynamics of the Godhead.

God created the human race to share His love. Why? Simply because “God is Love” (1 John 4:16).

God’s heart burns with love, and He calls us to experience it – to enter into what I refer to as “the fellowship of the burning heart.” Salvation is an invitation to this fellowship.

WHAT CAN I DO?

As you pray today, actively position yourself to receive the love of God, and ask the Holy Spirit to draw you into the fellowship of the burning heart.

FOR REFLECTION

“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16).

Lord, I will seek daily prayer encounters with You, not only to strengthen our relationship but to partake of the abiding love that is only found when I am in Your presence.”

Prayer is a huge part of our walk with Lord. If you have a prayer request and you would like us to join you in prayer, please fill out the contact form below and we will pray for and with you.

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The Ancient Enemies of Israel Have Entered Our Land — Who are the Canaanites?

Welcome, and thank you for joining us today as we share the third part of our series.  We are looking at the ancient enemies of Israel, who they are and what they represent, and how these spirits are still relevant today in our nation and world. This is extremely valuable information to raise our awareness of the battles we fight daily. We know these battles are not of flesh and blood, but of spirits and principalities.

Part 3 – Who are the Canaanites? ~~ by Susan Pons

What happens when enemies enter our land? Exodus 34:10 says “As of right now, I’m making a covenant with you: In full sight of your people I will work wonders that have never been created in all the earth, in any nation. Take careful note of all I command you today. I’m clearing your way by driving out Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. Stay vigilant. Don’t let down your guard lest you make covenant with the people who live in the land that you are entering and they trip you up”.

Who were these enemies that had entered the land of Israel? Let’s define them and compare them to our America in today’s world. Today we will talk about the Canaanites.

Canaanite – The name Canaanite means trafficker. This is the exact same description given to satan in Ezekiel 28:13-18. This spirit is behind addictions and sexual impurity. This is why in the Scriptures, Sodom and Gomorrah were said to be Canaanite cities as told in Genesis 10:19. Jezebel was the daughter of Ethical king of Sidon, which means she was Phoenician, who were Canaanites. The Canaanite spirit uses wealth and material gain to bring God’s people into compromise and backsliding. Sexual trafficking, labor trafficking, and drug trafficking are start examples of the Canaanite spirit that has invaded our land.

Father God, we repent on behalf of our nation for all of these trafficking offenses that are so evil in Your eyes. When we look from a heavenly perspective it’s so hard to believe what our nation has become. We know that Your promises are real, and if we repent and turn away from these things You will heal our land. We pray for Your help and Your healing, holy, and righteous Spirit to increase in our nation. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

Here at Christian Training Center International, we put much time and effort into making sure we are all updated and at least aware of current news and happenings in both the spiritual and also the physical realm in this world. The spiritual battle on earth is not new nor has much changed in the enemy’s tactics. It is so important for us all to be involved in prayer to Almighty God for our government and nation and other current world events.

If you would like more information about our ministry, please go to our website at http://www.lifeisrelationships.com, or fill out this contact form below and we will get back with you promptly.

 

 

 

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How to Handle Authority: Yours and Others | Jay Fesperman (3/3)

Good morning from all of us here at the Christian Training Center International. This is another beautiful day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Please join us as we wrap up this three part teaching by Jay Fesperman about authority. Today we see how our entire culture is affected by WHO is actually in authority.

All the members have been given gifts, a call, and authority to exercise those gifts. But they must be under someone’s control; otherwise there will be chaos. Thus, as the Church, the Body of Christ, is growing up and maturing into what she has been called to be and do, all the functions of ministry must be under the rule, the government which the Lord has set in place. Sometimes, there are restraints prematurely put upon the flow of ministry. But we have to remember that everyone in the church was a rebel, and that characteristic has not been totally removed. We still want things “our way”, to “do our own thing”. We haven’t put way childish things. But both forms of authority are given, that we might all come to maturity. So Paul tells Timothy that a man must manage or RULE his own household well and get obedience and respect from his own children. At home or in the church, ministry and rulership both must be established. A very simple principle evolves within this distribution of authority: The more effective the MINISTRY is exercised, the less GOVERNMENT is needed. So, top priority should be given in ministry.

The Ancient Enemies of Israel Have Entered Our Land 2 of 7

Thanks for joining us today as we read the second part of our series by Susan Pons regarding the seven types of ancient enemies of Israel, and how these evil tactics are still relevant in today’s world. We pray that this seven part study raises awareness and causes more believers to pray for healing of our nation. This same spiritual battle of old continues to affect our nation and world today.

The Lord is Molding This Guy

Welcome from all of us at Christian Training Center International. Today we would like to share a testimony from one of the students who attended our spring 10-week Heroes Semester Program. Actually, he came 6 months early to volunteer here at the ministry, then he stayed on after the program to continue volunteering and helping us out here through the busy summer. We are so very thankful and grateful to the Lord for sending Ian to us! You can hear his take on it by clicking on the video below.

 

Father God, it is only by Your grace, mercy and favor that we even exist. We thank You so much for Ian, he is such a blessing. We also thank You for the opportunity to share Your gospel and Your love with families and young people here at CTCI. As You send people to us, we pray that all of our efforts, teaching, and work, would be for Your glory and honor only, amen.

If you would like information about how we may be able to help you and your family or details regarding our ministry or any of the programs we offer, please go to our website at http://www.lifeisrelationships.com or fill out the contact box below and we will get back with you promptly.

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How to Handle Authority: Yours and Others | Jay Fesperman (2/3)

Good morning from all of us at the Christian Training Center International! What a glorious day that our Lord has given us today, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Please join us today as we continue in the second part of Jay Fesperman’s teaching about authority and let’s see how it flows down from the HEAD (Father God, Jesus Who has been give all authority) to our earthly authority in the church as “ELDERS”. What a responsibility, may we recognize and respect all authority as God has created and allowed it!

. . . in the closing words of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus told His disciples, “ALL AUTHORITY in heaven and on earth has been given to me!” (emphasis mine). In His prayer to the Father in John 17:2, Jesus said, “For you granted [me] authority over all people”.

Paul says in Colossians 2:10, “. . . you [we] have been given fullness in Christ who is the Head over every power and AUTHORITY”. So all authority comes to man from God, the Father, through Jesus Christ His Son. Thus, Jesus Christ has AUTHORITY over ALL authority. For example, in Matthew 10:1, “He called His twelve disciples to Him and gave them AUTHORITY to drive out evil spirits, and to cure every kind of disease and sickness”.

The Ancient Enemies of Israel Have Entered Our Land 1 of 7

Welcome, from all of us at CTCI. Please join us today and the next six Mondays as we study, one at a time, the ancient enemies of Israel and how these spirits are still relevant to our world today. This is extremely valuable information to raise our awareness of the battles we fight daily. We know these battles are not of flesh and blood, but of spirits and principalities.

Part 1 – Who are the Hittites? ~~ by Susan Pons

“Behold, I will send you Eli’jah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse (Malachi 4:5-6).

How to Handle Authority: Yours and Others | Jay Fesperman (1/3)

Good morning from all of us here at the Christian Training Center International! This is another beautiful day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Please join us as we begin to look at what it means to submit to authority, namely our Father God to start! This will be the first of three Wednesday teachings by Jay Fesperman on this topic. May God bless us all as we seek to live a disciplined life in Christ!

It seems that the Lord wants us to share about something that we have been sharing [on] for several years. We have reached a stage where the Lord wants us to dig and probe deeper into this subject (as well as other subjects). This is so important a matter, in the face of what God is doing in the church throughout the world. Lately, within this contemporary renewal in the work of the Holy Spirit, great emphasis has been put on things we had forgotten or laid aside as not being all that important. The subject: HOW TO HANDLE AUTHORITY: YOURS AND OTHERS.

Yes or No?

Welcome from all of us at CTCI. Please join us today as we see what the Lord God says about how we should handle our responses to others’ requests of us.

How often do we make a promise and fail to keep it? Our intention at the time we committed was good. We know that it’s wrong to go back on our word, but still we say to ourselves “It’s not very important what’s the big deal? What does it matter?” Well, the Word of God tells us that it is very important. I for one, am guilty of missing the mark, but convicted today to do something about it. Where and when did this business of promising begin anyhow? Why do we need to go beyond the simple answer of yes or no? Here is what the Bible has to say:

Who Cut In?

Welcome, from all of us at Christian Training Center International. Please join us today as we reflect on this meaningful insight from Susan Pons!

“You were running the race beautifully. Who cut in on you and stopped you from obeying the truth?” (Galatians 5:7 ISV).

Hi Everybody!

We, at Christian Training Center, hope and pray you are having a wonderful day! I want to take just a few minutes of your time to share a few thoughts that happened this week. 

So, it all began during our devotional time this week with our staff. As we were reading this scripture from Galatians 5:7, spirited memories filled my mind of days when three of our children ran cross country and track.

There are rules in racing as in all sports.You can be disqualified if you cut in front of a runner causing he or she to stumble or push someone over the boundary lines. We saw this happen more than once during their years of competitions. The onlooking crowd would boo and hiss at this kind of foul play. But, disqualification was up to the judges. Most of the time, the cheater was counted ineligible.

Obviously, there were competitive races being run in A.D. 49 and the Apostle Paul must have watched a few of them. How clever of him to turn this kind of contest into a spiritual issue!

Were there not more than a few of us who began our spiritual race beautifully?

  1. We were eating the best food. “Your words were found and I ate them” (Jeremiah 15:16 NASB).
  2. We were pacing ourselves. “This you know, my beloved brethren, but everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger” (James 1:19 NASB).
  3. We refused to let those old ways of life interfere with our training. “…put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires” (Ephesians 4:22 NIV).
  4. We learned the rules of following the Lord. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37 KJV).
  5. We prepared ourselves mentally. “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:13 NASB).
  6. We kept our eye on the prize! “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 NIV).  
  7. We wore the right shoes and clothes. “And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15 NASB).
  8. We trusted our Coach. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV).
  9. We learned how to be part of a team. “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets; some evangelists, and some  pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11 NKJV).
  10. We were determined to finish the race. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV).

BUT…

Sadly enough, our competitor, the Enemy, cut in on our race. Some stumbled…some stopped training…some were even knocked off the course. We were blindsided and became unaware of the Cheater’s schemes.

  1. We no longer ate the Word.
  2. We began to lose our stride.
  3. Our old life and its sinful ways began to outrun us.
  4. The rules of our New Life quit mattering to us.
  5. We lost our focus.
  6. The prize just didn’t seem that important anymore.
  7. Our outward attire lost its attractiveness.
  8. We no longer trusted our Coach and did not want to listen to Him anymore.
  9. The team (the Body of Christ) did not matter anymore.
  10. We lost our determination to finish the race.

But, God does not expect us to be those who give up! The book of Revelation gives us the victory by shouting, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death”.

The Apostle John gives us the context of this verse and it is where he “heard a loud voice in heaven saying, ‘Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God’ ” (Rev 12:10 RSV). 

So, fellow team members, if necessary, let’s pick ourselves up, shake off the dust, find our lane, and finish the race. The team needs you!

by Susan Pons

It’s important for us all to keep a close check on ourselves lest we drift away slowly, subtly, and even unknowingly. Here at CTCI, we study the Truth of God’s Word daily both on our own with the Lord and also as a staff at morning devotions. When you come to a ministry like this your time is truly set apart for the Lord. Lives are changed and many miracles happen in these times. We have programs for families that need direction or re-direction, we have experiential discipleship semesters for young adults, and we host many events throughout the year. Would you like to know more about our ministry and how we may be able to help you and your family? Please fill out this contact form and we will get back with you promptly.

 

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Growing Up to Hear God | Jay Fesperman (3/3)

Good morning from all of us at the Christian Training Center International! This is another beautiful day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

We all want to hear God more and more! Here are a few things to consider when we struggle to hear our Lord. We should often consider if we are in the right heart and mind, and if we are not let’s take the time to get right! Please join us as we read the 3rd of Jay Fesperman’s series on Hearing God. May you be blessed by the insight!

Iniquity Upon Iniquity

Welcome, from all of us at Christian Training Center International. Please join us today as we read this profound insight from Susan Pons regarding how important it is to pay attention to our words and actions to make sure we are aware of our spirit. Much of this very harmful behavior is unintentional. Instead, let’s be intentional. We can overcome by the power of our Lord and Savior.

Where can we find our Lord and Savior?

Welcome, from all of us at Christian Training Center International. Please join us this morning as we read and ponder this devotion written by Susan Pons about seeking the Lord with all of our heart. We have a promise from the Lord that He will be found if we seek Him with all our heart, so don’t give up – keep seeking until you find Him! Genuinely: Pray, ask, talk to God, be in Scripture daily with full focus.

Will you join us at the Christian Training Center this summer? Heroes Week — Ages 14 – 18 — July 15-20, 2019

Welcome, here is a little taste of what you can experience here at the Christian Training Center this summer during our Heroes Week program. Ages 14 – 18 — July 15-20, 2019

 

If you are interested in becoming a hero and would like more information about how you or someone you know can attend this summer, visit our website by clicking here or fill out the contact form below and we will get back with you promptly.

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Wisdom vs. Lawlessness in Our Homes

Greetings from all of us at Christian Training Center International. Please join us this morning as we read a teaching by Susan Pons and discover God’s wisdom and order for the family and how we can have it in our homes!          

Growing Up to Hear God | Jay Fesperman (2/3)

Good morning from all of us at the Christian Training Center International! This is another day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Please join us today as we see how important exercise is! Exercising our faith that is! If we want to master anything, then we have to practice that thing many many times. It is the same truth with our faith. In this part 2 of Jay Fesperman’s series, we will learn the importance of training and consistency in building our faith strong.

That verse – Ephesians 2: 8 – goes on to say of faith, “It is a gift of God.” Now, just as the parental “gift” of milk to the baby is gradually replaced with solid food, so the basic gift of FAITH becomes “solid food”. But your FAITH, that solid food, being for the mature, requires constant use, and, as we use it, “We are trained by it.” (Hebrews 5: 14).

So God lays back so that we can be exercised by the use of our GIFTS in order to “distinguish good from evil” – making correct decisions for ourself. And, as we constantly exercise the GIFT of FAITH, we find that we have come to trust God! Almost as much as He trusts us!

What do you want to become?

Welcome, from all of us at CTCI!

Before the work of pottery begins, the potter starts with a lump of clay and an artistic idea. There is also the job of watering the clay. With proper training and talent the watered clay is transformed by the guidance of the potter’s hand. If it’s a pleasant outcome, then everyone sees and marvels.

I know that this is such a widely taught Scripture. Let’s study it anyway. It is so very profound if we take a moment to really think about it through Holy Spirit eyes.

Dear Lord we pray for Your Holy Spirit of wisdom as we read and ponder this Scripture.

Jeremiah 18:1-6

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.

Then the word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

The Lord is speaking to us also. He transforms us by sanctification and we become a new and beautiful creation in Him! People that see this transformation, marvel.

Father God, You are HOLY and PERFECT and the Creator of all things! Our desire and prayer today is for You to mold us into Your new creation. We pray for sanctification and for Your holy hand to guide and recreate our lives into what You know is best! Please Lord, help us be courageous and steadfast in the process and confident in You. We thank You and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

We seek the Lord daily here at CTCI. Our prayer is to not only become the Lord’s beautiful vessel, but also to be used as such for His kingdom! The two main things going on here at this ministry are biblical healing and training. We have several events and programs throughout the year for believers of all ages. Would you like more information about how we may be able to serve you? Please leave us a message here in the contact box and we will get back to you quickly!

 

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What does it mean to be “Set Apart for the Lord”?

Good morning from all of us here at the Christian Training Center International! We invite you to join us as we study, through God’s Word, what it means to be set apart for the Lord. We will see what we can do (and not do) to be obedient to this holy calling.

Be Holy. If you have chosen Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then be holy. He says to do this, and He provides the ability to do this. The Lord has, even from the beginning, been telling His people to be holy because He is holy.

Growing Up to Hear God | Jay Fesperman (1/3)

Good morning from all of us at CTCI! This is another beautiful day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Please join us today, and the next two Wednesday’s, as we study a teaching from our founder here at CTCI, Jay Fesperman.

Have you ever been discouraged by what seems to be the disappearance of God from your horizon, the inability to hear His voice? I believe one of the most wide-spread problems that young Christians face is that they seem to lose touch with the Lord. That intimate fellowship with Him fades away, and “I just cannot hear the voice of God for my life anymore.” As they move along the path of maturity, many young Christian men and women come into times when confusion creeps in, and it becomes really difficult to know what choice to make or who to listen to.

Does prayer work?

Good morning from all of us at the Christian Training Center International! This is another beautiful day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Please join us today as we study the prayer of a distant relative of ours, and how the Lord honored her faith and her prayer and then some! This is a piece of the story of Hannah’s prayer found in 1Samuel 1:9-28.

Once after a sacrificial meal at Shiloh, Hannah got up and went to pray. Eli the priest was sitting at his customary place beside the entrance of the Tabernacle. Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord.

And she made this vow: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut.”

As she was praying to the Lord, Eli watched her. Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, he thought she had been drinking. “Must you come here drunk?” he demanded. “Throw away your wine!”

“Oh no, sir!” she replied. “I haven’t been drinking wine or anything stronger. But I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord. Don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.”

“In that case,” Eli said, “go in peace! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him.” “Oh, thank you, sir!” she exclaimed. Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad.

The entire family got up early the next morning and went to worship the Lord once more. Then they returned home to Ramah. When Elkanah slept with Hannah, the Lord remembered her plea, and in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I asked the Lord for him.”

The next year Elkanah and his family went on their annual trip to offer a sacrifice to the Lord and to keep his vow. But Hannah did not go. She told her husband, “Wait until the boy is weaned. Then I will take him to the Tabernacle and leave him there with the Lord permanently.“Whatever you think is best,” Elkanah agreed. “Stay here for now, and may the Lord help you keep your promise.” So she stayed home and nursed the boy until he was weaned.

When the child was weaned, Hannah took him to the Tabernacle in Shiloh. They brought along a three-year-old bull for the sacrifice and a basket of flour and some wine.  After sacrificing the bull, they brought the boy to Eli. “Sir, do you remember me?” Hannah asked. “I am the very woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And they worshiped the Lord there.”

Hannah prayed in complete faith and with fervency, so much so that the Priest thought her drunk. The Lord heard her heart and in compassion and love honored her request. It’s not always going to be the outcome we seek but I believe that when we come to the Lord in genuine true prayer, He hears us and truly wants to bless us abundantly!

Is there a prayer on your heart today? Have you set apart a time and place to fervently seek the Lord in the matter? We will pray with and for you if you would like.

Ask and you will receive!

Good morning from all of us at the Christian Training Center International! We invite you to join us as we meditate on this small yet hugely valuable truth from God’s Word.

We often pray for wisdom and guidance in specific circumstances. God’s Word tells us that it’s so important to pray genuinely and with complete faith. Do not doubt. He also tells us in His Word that He will give us wisdom generously when we ask! We may or may not get what we think we want, but we will get His wisdom and His heart in the matter!

“This is our prayer:

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to us a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him…”

Thank You Father that when we ask in faith, not doubting, that You give us Your Holy Spirit of wisdom generously!

(Ephesians 1:17) (James 1:5-8)

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Wives, Why Should We Submit to Our Husbands?

Good morning and welcome to another beautiful day that the Lord has made! We invite you to join us as we share another valuable pearl of wisdom! Women, please know that submission as God intends is beautiful in a marriage! Husbands have a command from the Lord in this matter also. We are considered equal with our husbands yet different in nature. The two complete each other and become one.

Here is another small clip from Susan Pons’ message “Leave and Cleave” from the Train to Reign family program here at CTCI. When we break down Scripture and make practical sense of it, then we can begin to apply it to our lives and in this case our marriages.

“Wives, submit to your husbands as unto to the Lord. Women are equal in every way to men because we are also created in the image of God, but women’s roles are meant to be different from his. Then the Lord God said. It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him. (Genesis 2:18)

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish. The words of a husband are to have a cleansing effect. This does not mean he should condemn, belittle, or behave condescendingly, but, he should show love in what he says and how he says it. What an incredible challenge for husbands to face and what a wonderful blessing for wives to receive! Christ speaks to us in the same way through his Word to his people.

In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, because we are members of his body. What an incredible example of love is this is! For a husband to love his wife as his own body…tenderly nourishing, pleasing it! What wife could ask for more? When a husband loves his wife as much as himself, it helps to make submission from his wife an easier passage. Christ loved the Church more than His own body. As a part of His Body, we are to submit to His love.

Therefore, a man shall leave father and mother and cleave to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.This mystery is very great, and I am applying it to Christ and the church. Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband. As husbands make their wives his priority, he becomes the earthly example of Christ’s intense love for His Bride. Wives perhaps should realize that respecting…responding in respectful tones…builds up a man’s role as a husband.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! (Psalm 34:8)

So, why not begin the conversation with your husband or wife and examine the place your marriage is in concerning leaving and cleaving? You just might find answers to questions that used to seem impossible to solve. Look forward to this wonderful experience called marriage. It is meant to be good!”

It’s never too late, while we are still here, to begin restoring relationships. If you would like to know more about our family program here at CTCI called Train to Reign, and how we may be able to help you, then please fill out this quick contact form and submit. We will contact you quickly!

 

 

Husbands, will you lead in the fight for your marriage?

Good morning from all of us here at CTCI! Please join us in this second of three clips from Susan Pons’ message titled “Leave and Cleave” as we uncover the next practical action step to a Biblically sound marriage. We see who has the first foundational responsibility and where the command comes from!

“It is important to note after God created humankind in His image as male and female, He then gave to them (and us) the first necessary step for the design of a successful marriage—leaving. This command was given to Adam as a means to establish his headship. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve (I Timothy 2:13).

It is interesting to see that this commandment also reveals man as the initial and  active foundational builder in the marriage relationship. In other words, it is the husband’s responsibility to place that first stone creating the firm foundation of his marriage. 

That first solid stone has the word leave engraved upon it.  The second cornerstone to be placed in the marriage foundation finds the word cleave chiseled deeply into  the foundation’s underpinnings. These are two absolute necessities for a solid marriage.

Jesus says it well in Matthew 7:  Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on rock.  The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock.  Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.

If there is no leaving—the first stone in a firm foundation is not put into place. This was God’s plan, not ours.

God’s earthly plan for marriage, then and now, was to guide man away from his former priorities which were formed in him in his life before marriage. Then, he was to turn and make his wife his new priority, through  covenant, with the intention of creating a brand new identity with her. He is commanded to begin building a state-of-the-art foundation for his new life with new stones.  He would begin this construction by placing leave and cleave in the mainstay positions.  This masterpiece, the first marriage, Adam and Eve, was predestined to be a foreshadowing of Christ and the Church.” (Ephesians 5:32)

The marriage built on the right solid foundation as commanded by our God will prevail. It does not matter if you have been married for five weeks or fifty years! This command given by the Lord, establishes a fruitful marriage not matter what stage.

Husbands, you can begin to establish steps leading to a solid foundation even now! It all begins with two words… leaving and cleaving.

Would you like more information about how our Train to Reign program here at CTCI can help guide you practically on this journey of marriage as God intended?

 

Marriage…Why it is a mystery

Greetings to each of you from all of us here at CTCI, we hope you enjoy this clip from our teaching today! 

Marriage, according to God’s Word is meant to be an earthly reflection of the relationship between Christ and the Church. (Ephesians 5:22) What an incredibly high calling! The Lord has given us the first two steps in creating this new identity once we say “I do”.

Mr. Webster gave us excellent definitions for these two words:

Leave: to go away from; to abandon; to exit; withdraw from; to forsake. 

Cleave: to adhere firmly and closely or loyally and unwaveringly.

Step #1 – Leave our old life behind. (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4, Mark 10:7) Many of us have not done this. We brought our “single life” into our marriage and thought we would continue in our previous lifestyles.

Step #2 – Cleave, or cling to our spouse and God’s instructions for a successful marriage. It does not matter what kind of past you may have come from (stable or dis-functional) the Good Lord requires a new oneness and obedience together in Him.

Let’s take a peek at this small piece of a teaching here at CTCI called “Leave and Cleave” written by Susan Pons. She and her husband learned by experience how to do this God’s way.

This is one of a series of three posts from this teaching that we will be sharing.

“Between uncovering God’s plan for the Christian household and reading Mr. Webster’s definitions, Larry and I were confronted with the stark realization that we had failed to leave behind many of our former self-seeking attitudes and independent ways in order to become one. This included our distinctly male and female thought patterns, which were reasons enough to cause major rifts between us. It was up to us to change. This was challenging… yet oh so rewarding!

But, the Lord had an answer that was designed for each couple from the very beginning of time. Actually, leave and cleave is the first command God gives to man and woman following their creations. (Genesis 2:24) So, these two action verbs must be very important in His sight. This mystery is very great; but I speak concerning Christ and the Church. (Ephesians 5: 31-32)”

So, we see in God’s Word that we are commanded to leave our old life before marriage and cleave to our spouse as a new family is created. What steps can you, even now with your spouse, “leave” from your lives before marriage?

Why not come to our Train to Reign program this June and learn how to practically walk this out. It will be a precious time of healing, training and restoration. Train to Reign is the name of our family program here at CTCI and it is designed to help heal and restore family relationships based on Biblical truths. Would you like to know more about how we may be able to help you?

Our Family in Africa

Good morning from all of us here at Christian Training Center International! This is another beautiful day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Ezekiel is an example of how BIG our God is! Please take a few moments and view the videos below, miracles are happening! Ezekiel has been to our program and has carried the teachings back to Africa, to his mission field. The teachings and Biblical lessons are spreading and making a huge impact on their area! He wants to come back for more, our God is the God of more and abundance! God is working mightily and we get to be a small part of it for HIS glory! Won’t you join us and help us get Ezekiel and his wife Joy back over here for the MORE that the Lord wants to share?

Please pray about whether the Lord wants you to be a part of this mighty work HE is doing!

Please make a donation today to help Ezekiel and Joy Udoh!
EZEKIEL & JOY UDOH
Ezekiel and Joy Udoh are very special to CTCI. They are ministers in Port Hartcourt, Nigeria and run an orphanage for street children…most whose families have been victimized by the terrorist activity of Boko Haram.
Ezekiel was able to attend our Train to Reign program in 2017. What he learned impacted his ministry and he sees the desperate need for biblical family values in his country. Ezekiel and Joy feel the Lord is leading both of them to attend our summer Train to Reign Program . The flights alone will cost $4,000.00 (round trip) and the Train to Reign Program fees will be $920.00 for the 10 day program. Will you prayerfully consider helping them be able to return to CTCI this summer?
Would you like to invest in an orphanage in Nigeria?
Please watch this short video of CTCI’s director, Larry Pons as he shares why we feel it is important for the Udoh’s to join us this summer.
Please help CTCI raise funds for the Udoh family to attend our Train to Reign program!
Enjoy this short clip taken from Ezekiel in Port Hartcourt, Nigeria asking for your help. Due to the location of the video in Africa, the video may be difficult to understand.
Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you to help bless this precious family!

Jesus was made a curse, that we might enter into the blessing!

The Exchange at the Cross

by Derek Prince

Good morning, please join us as we end this series on this Good Friday remembering with reverence, and yet joyfully proclaiming together, our undeserved inheritance because of what Jesus did on the cross! So much happened on that cross! Our brains cannot understand the depth of it!

We invite you to claim these blessings with us slowly and let this really sink in! Thank You Lord!

Jesus was made a curse, that we might enter into the blessing!

Thank You Lord, that the BLESSING given to Abraham is ours through Christ Jesus,  by faith we receive the promise of the Spirit! – Galatians 3:14

Thank You Lord that You will meet all of our needs according to the RICHES of Your glory in Christ Jesus! -Philippians 4:19

Thank You Lord that every good and perfect GIFT is from above, coming down from You, the Father of the heavenly lights, and You do not change like shifting shadows! -James 1:17

Thank You Lord that out of Your fullness we RECEIVE GRACE in place of grace already given! -John 1:16

Thank You Lord that because of Christ we yield fruit in season and we PROSPER! -Psalm 1:3

Thank You Lord, we are BLESSED abundantly, and in all things at all times, having all that we need, we abound in every good work! -2 Corinthians 9:8

Jesus was made a curse, that we might enter into the blessing!

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Why do Opposites Attract?

Good morning from all of us here at the Christian Training Center International! Today we would like to share with you a very small clip from one of the teachings at CTCI’s Train To Reign program for families.

We each have a specially designed place and order in our marriage and in our family. God created it that way from the very beginning. And, God’s design in marriage is for us to complete and compliment each other! We are to be different, on purpose. How very profound and perfect! Here is the clip:

“Eve was not designed to be exactly like Adam. Eve was not only designed to become one flesh with him, but also, to be his complimentary opposite, possessing the other half of the qualities, responsibilities, and attributes which he was not given in the creation process.”

God meant it to be this way in order to deepen the understanding of the union between Christ and His Church. 

For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior. Christ is head of man. Man is the head of woman. God is the head of Christ. In His divine wisdom, God established this order…

-teaching written by Susan Pons

When we want or lack something we are instinctively attracted to it! For example, without realizing it my sister ended up with a husband that loves to cook. You guessed it, she doesn’t love to cook! We smile about how God knew and arranged the whole thing. What about a friend of ours that own their business, he, an introvert for the most part, is out doing the physical job while she is dealing with the customers and building longterm relationships. It works, they compliment each other and make a great team. One is no better than the other just endowed with different gifts, as intended! It’s when we criticize differences or expect people to think and be be just like us that problems arise.

What if in our marriage, today, we purposefully choose instead of complaining about what we think something should be, (because we know we are right) allow it for that time to be their way. After all we have only told them our opinion how many hundred times? Let the Lord reveal the truth in His time. Meanwhile, instead of the argument, what if we choose to accept our spouse as the complement that he/she really is… and accept them this way with gratitude?

It’s beyond amazing to watch as families come to CTCI and see miracles occur! The Lord God meets them as they seek Him and His righteousness in their family relationships. The Lord guides and directs the healing process through group teachings and individual sessions during our family Train to Reign program and families are restored!

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A Remedy for Insomnia

Let’s hear about what David has to say in the Psalms! This is a good place to start if you are looking for a cure for insomnia! This is a very short yet powerful devotion by Derek Prince. How can you apply this to your life and perhaps find rest? We would love to hear from you in the comments section!
Psalm 3:5–6

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side.     NIV

     There is a remedy for insomnia. How many of you, I wonder, know what it really is to have the assurance of quiet, blessed, restoring sleep each night. Who can count the millions in our contemporary civilization who are tormented by sleeplessness, by insomnia? But there’s a man who had found a remedy: I will lie down and sleep. I wake again because the Lord sustains me. You may think that that man did not have the pressures that you have. He wasn’t subjected to all the trials. He didn’t have the worries and concerns. But you are very mistaken. He probably had many enemies, more pressures, was more confronted by danger, than at any time you’ve been in your own life. But he’d found the secret.

I lie down and sleep. I wake again. I will not fear. Why? Because the Lord sustains me.Each night he committed himself to the Lord. He lay down in confidence in the Lord. He knew that his soul was safe in the Lord’s keeping. He could sleep and he could awake without anxiety, without fear, without the torment of sleeplessness. If you’re troubled with that awful torment of insomnia, remember David’s words and apply them.

—Derek Prince
It’s so profound that when we are in close communion and fellowship with our God, He truly sustains us and truly gives us rest in our souls! That soul peace transfers to the physical and does calm our mind and allow for us to sleep well!
Here at CTCI we do always point every situation to Christ. The first relationship that has to be reconciled in any circumstance is the one that connects us to Christ! Sometimes we as humans just need a little guidance in finding our way back to our first LOVE (Jesus). We host families, young adults and also teens with various programs and events throughout the year. May we be of help to you? Let us know if you would like more information.

Jesus endured our rejection, that we might have His acceptance with the Father!

The Exchange at the Cross

by Derek Prince

Please join us for the seventh of eight in our series as we proclaim together our undeserved inheritance because of what Jesus did on the cross! Read slowly and let this really sink in! Thank You Lord!

Jesus endured our rejection, that we might have His acceptance with the Father!

Here is the message from the first church!

“So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place; that the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.” – Acts 26:22-23

Here is what the prophet Isaiah proclaimed about the coming Messiah so many years before He came!

“Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.                                                                                   

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” – Isaiah 53

Jesus endured our rejection, that we might have His acceptance with the Father!

Thank You Father God that because of Your gift of Jesus we who accept and believe are presented as holy in Your sight without blemish and free from accusation! -Colossians 1:21-22

The Divine Exchange that happened at the Cross is so significant and valuable that we often teach it to our participants here during the family Train to Reign program. It is imperative that we know who we are in Christ in order to take our rightful place in our family with courage and confidence. Would you like more information about our Train to Reign program and how we may be of service to your family?

Is God really with us at all times?

This is a clip from the last part of the article we have been studying from The Teaching Legacy of Derek Prince called “The Holy Spirit: Eternal, Omniscient, Omnipresent”. We pray that it will create a sense of awe of who our God is and how close to us He is always!
    “Let’s look now at the third significant adjective that applies to the Holy Spirit: omnipresence. When we say that God is omnipresent, we mean that He is present everywhere at the same time. In Jeremiah 23:23–24 God Himself affirms this:
“Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.
     How can this be? We know that God is seated on His throne in heaven, with Jesus at His right hand. How then can He fill heaven and earth with His presence?
In Psalm 139:7–12 David supplies the answer. First, he asks:
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
     This reveals that it is through His Spirit that God makes Himself present everywhere at the same time. Then David fills in the vivid details:
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me.”
Even the night shall be light about me;
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
     No matter where we may go, God is there by His Spirit—invisible, often imperceptible, but inescapable. For the unbeliever, this may be a terrifying thought. But for the believer, it is a comforting, strengthening assurance. No matter where we may find ourselves, “even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.”

In the New Testament, Jesus Himself gives us this assurance: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5). At times, we may not be in any way conscious of His presence. But by His Holy Spirit, He is there. Our surroundings may appear totally dark, but as David said, “the darkness shall not hide from You . . ..”

You and I need to cultivate an inner sensitivity to the Holy Spirit that does not depend on the evidence of our physical senses. When our senses tell us nothing about His presence, or even when they may seem to deny it, there should be an area in the inmost depths of our own spirit that maintains an uninterrupted awareness of the Holy Spirit’s presence. Then we shall more fully understand why, He is given the title of “the Comforter” (KJV) or “the Helper.” (NKJV). (See John 11:26.)

There is no more appropriate way to close this letter than by thanking the Father for sending us the Holy Spirit. Will you join with me in the following prayer?

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for sending me the Holy Spirit, my Comforter and Helper. Even when I can’t feel it, I thank You that He is always with me, strengthening and assuring me with His presence. Thank You for His power and protection over me and those I love. Father, I now ask that You would please allow me to come into a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit. Help me to love and honor Him as I ought to do. And I thank You in advance for answering my prayer, as I make all these requests in the Name of Your precious Son, Jesus. Amen”

volume XXVII, issue 2

Here at the Christian Training Center, we are always seeking a deeper relationship with our Father! In fact,  we have had missionaries and pastors come here as a place of respite and find rest and fellowship with the Lord. Would you like to know more about CTCI and how we may be able to help you?

Miracles happened here this spring!

We recently finished a two week family program here at CTCI and the Lord worked miracles! He is faithful, always! Here is a brief overview written by Susan Pons:

“Spring  Train To Reign was a most meaningful experience for all involved.  Families from New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and Guatemala were introduced to Biblical and experiential training from the staff here at Christian Training Center.

We witnessed one couple placing their wedding rings on their fingers once again after a long period of almost discarding them.  Another couple recognized their need to renew their marriage covenant and place each other in priority over the business and “out of order” circumstances, according to God’s Word, in their lives.  One other family came to the Center longing to help their child stand against the  temptations facing him daily at school.  A young couple, with their family made a decision to return to ministry after embracing the necessity of cherishing their marriage and their role as parents above all else.

So, in closing, the Good Lord was in our midst, healing, restoring, repairing and completing God’s call for family…the first Church!”

Would you like to know more about our Train to Reign program?

Hot or Cold?

This morning’s devotion by Susan Pons is talking about marriage, however, it’s also relating Christ to the Church. So, whether you are single or married, please join us as we dig into God’s Word and feel free to comment below!

Revelation 3:15 – “I know your works. You are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were either hot or cold. So because you are neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

Ephesians 5:21 – “Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

Ephesians 5:31 – “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is very great, and I am applying it to Christ and His church.”

 

1. Considering that Paul is referring to marriage as a mirror of Christ and the Church, how important is marriage in the sight of God?

2. Was marriage part of God’s plan from the beginning?

3. If the Lord will spit out the Church for being lukewarm, what does this say about marriage?

4. Is your marriage lukewarm? How so? Discuss this with your spouse today.

JESUS BORE OUR SHAME, THAT WE MIGHT SHARE HIS GLORY!

The Exchange at the Cross

by Derek Prince

Please join us for the sixth of eight in our series as we proclaim together our undeserved inheritance because of what Jesus did on the cross! Read slowly and let this really sink in! Thank You Lord!

JESUS BORE OUR SHAME, THAT WE MIGHT SHARE HIS GLORY!

Thank You Heavenly Father that because of Jesus’ work on the cross, we may share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ!” (2 Thessalonians 2:14)

Thank You Father God that we are being transformed into Christ’s image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit! (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Thank You Lord that because of Christ You are glorified in us! (John 17:10)

JESUS BORE OUR SHAME, THAT WE MIGHT SHARE HIS GLORY!

Thank You Lord for Your time on the cross! The Father turned His face away and You took our shame (all of us for all time)! We can never imagine or deserve Your gift but we are so thankful to You!

He knows exactly how many hairs are on our head!

This is a valuable piece of a wonderful article I read from “The Teaching Legacy of Derek Prince”. The article is called “The Holy Spirit: Eternal, Omniscient, Omnipresent”.  Our God knows us better than we know ourselves and He will reveal things to us through His Holy Spirit! “For the Spirit searches all things, yes the deep things of God” (1Corinthians 2:10).

    “Closely related to the eternal nature of the Holy Spirit is His omniscience. In 1 John the apostle places before us a profound, yet simple revelation: God knows all things.  “God is greater than our hearts, and knows all things” (1 John 3:20).

There is nothing God does not know. From the tiniest insect in the earth to the farthest star in space, there is nothing God does not completely know.

God knows things about us that we ourselves do not know. For instance, He knows the number of hairs each of us has on our head. “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30).

God knew the number of inhabitants in the city of Nineveh, “that great city, in which there are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons” (Jonah 4:11). He knew—and controlled—the growth of the plant that shaded Jonah. He also knew—and controlled—the action of the worm that caused the plant to wither.

And the Lord God prepared a plant and made it come up over Jonah…But as morning dawned the next day God prepared a worm, and it so damaged the plant that it withered (Jonah 4:6-7).
In 1 Corinthians 2:9–10, Paul speaks about the things which “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man.” Then he continues, “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

The Holy Spirit not only plumbs the deepest depths; He also scales the highest heights of all that was, that is, and that is to come. His knowledge is infinite and limitless. In that respect, He also knows us to intimate depths, and He wants us to know Him! It is in the light of this infinite knowledge that you and I must be prepared to give an account of ourselves to God. “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13).”

We will press on!

With our Father God, we can repair much of what has been ruined or broken in our relationships. The Word of God tells us we are to press on toward our goal of the upward calling. It begins vertically with our relationship to the Lord Himself and then extends horizontally to those close to us in our lives. Please join us this morning as we study this devotion by Susan Pons and reflect on how we can begin this process.

Isaiah 58:12 (NRSV) Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.

Philippians 3:12-14 (NRSV) Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal;but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own… forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

1. Personally, what does it mean to you for God to say that your ancient ruins will be rebuilt?

2. What does it mean to be a “repairer of the breach”, a “restorer”?

3. What are those things you must leave behind in order to press on with God?

4. Will there be a strain in doing this?

5. How will this be worth the strain it is going to take?

JESUS ENDURED OUR POVERTY, THAT WE MIGHT SHARE HIS ABUNDANCE!

The Exchange at the Cross

by Derek Prince

Please join us for the fifth of eight in our series as we proclaim together our undeserved inheritance because of what Jesus did on the cross! Read slowly and let this really sink in! Thank You Lord!

JESUS ENDURED OUR POVERTY, THAT WE MIGHT SHARE HIS ABUNDANCE!

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. Thank You Lord that You came to give us life and life abundant! (John 10:10)

Thank You Lord that You will meet all our needs according to the riches of Your glory in Christ Jesus! (Philippians 4:19)

Thank You Father God, because of Christ we overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!

JESUS ENDURED OUR POVERTY, THAT WE MIGHT SHARE HIS ABUNDANCE!

From Age to Age 

This is a small piece of a wonderful article I read from “The Teaching Legacy of Derek Prince”. The article is called “The Holy Spirit: Eternal, Omniscient, Omnipresent”.  Our human brains are so finite but because of the power of the Holy Spirit we get to catch glimpses now and again!

He says: “Clearly, the Greek adjective “eternal” has an extremely expansive meaning. It is derived from the noun aion, from which we get the English word “aeon.” An aion is a measurement of time and occurs in a variety of expressions, as we see in the following literal Biblical translations:

     Hebrews 7:24: “And he, because of his remaining—to the age, hath the priesthood not transient” (YLT). This is referring to the duration of the present age. The NKJV translates this verse “because He continues forever.”

     Jude 25: “From before the whole age, and now, and to all the ages” (Darby).  ( The NKJV translation is  “both now and forever.”).

     Gal. 1:5: “To whom is the glory to the ages of the ages” (YTL). The (NKJV is  “forever and ever.”).

     It is obvious to me that some of the English translations do not even begin to convey the depth of meaning in the Greek phrases. These expressions—and others like them—fill me with a sense of awe. They are like a little drop of moisture suspended above a bottomless chasm that separates two mountains too high for me to climb. My mind cannot fully comprehend that there could be even one age made up of ages, much less that there are ages made up of such ages. Yet the eternal Holy Spirit encompasses them all, stretching from the measureless past and on into the measureless future.

     I began to apprehend in a new way the title under which God is endlessly worshiped in heaven:

Holy, holy, holy, “Lord God Almighty, Who [eternally] was and is and is to come!                                                Revelation 4:8

He ends the entire letter with a beautiful prayer! Won’t you join us in this prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for sending me the Holy Spirit, my Comforter and Helper. Even when I can’t feel it, I thank You that He is always with me, strengthening and assuring me with His presence. Thank You for His power and protection over me and those I love. Father, I now ask that You would please allow me to come into a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit. Help me to love and honor Him as I ought to do. And I thank You in advance for answering my prayer, as I make all these requests in the Name of Your precious Son, Jesus. Amen

DPM Archive Volume XXVII, Issue 2

Dress for Success

We pay close attention to our physical appearance (at times even too much). We must also be mindful of our character and how we appear to others in a relational sense! Please join us in this mornings devotion by Susan Pons and see what Scripture says about what we ought to put on daily:

Colossians 3:12-14  So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: Compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.  Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense.  Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love.  It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it!

What does being dressed in the “wardrobe of God” mean to you personally?

How does our wardrobe in Christ differ from the world?

When should we dress ourselves in the attire of Christ?

JESUS DIED OUR DEATH, THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE HIS LIFE!

The Exchange at the Cross

by Derek Prince

Please join us for the fourth of eight in our series as we proclaim together our undeserved inheritance because of what Jesus did on the cross! Read slowly and let this really sink in! Thank You Lord!

JESUS DIED OUR DEATH, THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE HIS LIFE!

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.  -John 1:4

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. – John 14:6

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. – John 10:10

And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ This is the true God and eternal life. – 1John 5:20

And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. – 1John 5:11

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. – Romans 8:2

When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. – Colossians 3:4

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. – Galatians 2:20

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. – 1Corinthians 15:22

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. – 1John 5:13

These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.           – Matthew 25:46

JESUS DIED OUR DEATH, THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE HIS LIFE!

 

Our Family Vision

What a blessing to create a GODLY vision for your family for all to see and know! Please join us this morning in our devotion by Susan Pons and use your time with the Lord to begin your family vision statement!

Habakkuk 2:2  Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it.  For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.

1)Write on your tablet the vision you have for your family. If you have not had one, begin it now.

2)If you are not married, write the vision God has given you for your life.

JESUS WAS MADE SIN WITH OUR SINFULNESS, THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE RIGHTEOUS WITH HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!

The Exchange at the Cross

by Derek Prince

Please join us for the third of eight in our series as we proclaim together our undeserved inheritance because of what Jesus did on the cross! Read slowly and let this really sink in! Thank You Lord!

JESUS WAS MADE SIN WITH OUR SINFULNESS, THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE RIGHTEOUS WITH HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. -2 Corinthians 5:21

Proverbs chapter 10 lists blessings that are ours in Christ – Here are a few we proclaim today!

Thank You Father that we are delivered from death! v.2

Thank You Father that we will never go hungry! v.3

Thank You Father that we are crowned with blessings! v.6

Thank You Father that our names are used in blessings! v.7

Thank You Father that we walk securely! v.9

Thank You Father that our mouth is a fountain of life! v.11

Thank You Father that our wages are life! v.16

Thank You Father that what we desire will be granted! v.24

Thank You Father that we stand firm in the storm! v.25

Thank You Father that our prospect is joy! v.28

Thank You Father that we have wisdom and Your favor! v31-32

JESUS WAS MADE SIN WITH OUR SINFULNESS, THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE RIGHTEOUS WITH HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!

Testimony from an intern here at CTCI

Once in a while we like to share about how people considered their time here at the INN! Here is a testimony from one of the interns that spent some time with us and had something to say about it!
When I came to CTCI several summers ago, I came not knowing why God had led me there. All I knew was that He wanted me to go and, once I understood…the idea was from Him, I immediately signed up.
Upon arrival, I sensed that the Lord would use those 3 months to shape me on the inside. I carried a lot of hurt and insecurity with me to “The Inn”. Without hesitation, [God instantly confronted those obstacles]. He surrounded me with loving relationships that challenged and grew me. As a result, my faith increased as a consistent inpouring of truth addressed my fears.

Obeying God cost me in many ways, but it was not without reward. During my time as an intern, I experienced a peace and clarity that I hadn’t felt in a long time. I heard God’s voice. My spirit knew that what was placed in my heart that summer was something worth protecting. I wouldn’t change my decision to go to [CTCI]. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made since becoming an adult. Now, I understand that life is relationships. I hold a richer perspective on the importance of community, the need for discipleship, and the urgency of evangelism.

I’d go back to CTCI without question if God led me back there. I also encourage anyone who has trouble hearing God’s voice to spend some time at “The Inn”. I promise…that if you consecrate yourself to Him, if you are sincerely desperate like I was, you will find Him again. Rather, He’ll find you.

What kind of Ark is He asking you to build?

Please join us in this mornings devotion by Susan Pons regarding healing in our homes and families.

Genesis 6:9,11-12 (NASB) These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.

1 Peter 3:20-21 (NASB) When the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

1. Why do you think Noah and his family were the only humans saved during the flood?

2. Do you believe the Lord looks down from heaven in today’s world on our individual household?   What kind of ark is he asking us to build?

3. What changes will it take for you and your wife to obey God in your ark?

4. Discuss this with your spouse:    “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3)

      

JESUS WAS WOUNDED THAT WE MIGHT BE HEALED

The Exchange at the Cross

by Derek Prince

Please join us as we continue in the second of eight in our series proclaiming together our undeserved inheritance because of what Jesus did on the cross! Read slowly and let this really sink in! Thank You Lord!

JESUS WAS WOUNDED THAT WE MIGHT BE HEALED

If You heal me, O Lord, I will be HEALED; If You save me I will be saved, for you are the one I praise! – Jeremiah 17:14

Is anyone among us sick? Let us call the elders of the church to pray over us and anoint us with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make us WELL; the Lord will raise us up. If we have sinned, we will be forgiven! – James 5:14-15

We worship You our LORD our God, and Your blessing will be on our food and water. You HEAL the sickness from among us! -Exodus 23:25

We do not fear, for You are with us; we are not dismayed, for You are our God. You will strengthen and HEAL us; You will uphold us with Your righteous right hand.          -Isaiah 41:10

“Surely You took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered You punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. But You were pierced for our transgressions, You were crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on You, and by Your wounds we are HEALED!” -Isaiah 53:4-5

You will restore us to HEALTH and HEAL our wounds!” -Jeremiah 30:17

You will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away! -Revelation 21:4

JESUS WAS WOUNDED THAT WE MIGHT BE HEALED

 

Healing for your spirit

Are you checking your spiritual health regularly? Like our body we need to keep our spirit healthy too! Please join us in this mornings devotion by Susan Pons and let’s each check our current state.

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away (Hebrews 2:1). Staying the path with God requires a discipline to take the time to hear Him speak: Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:25-27) There are seasons in this life when we can drift away from our “first love.” Similar to an earthly marriage that needs careful attention to keep the flame burning, so it is in our union with the Lord. How do we keep these two most important relationships alive? (1) inclining our ears towards the Lord and our spouse; (2) seeking both relationships with all of our hearts (3) cutting off those things that keep us from nourishing these two highest unions. So, today, let’s make the effort not to drift away from our relationships with the Lord and in our marriage. The rewards are great!

1.What is it in your personal life that can cause you to drift away?

2.What kind of discipline does this require of you?

3.How does our not drifting away affect the Body of Christ of which you are a

part?

We would love to hear your answers in the comments section!

JESUS WAS PUNISHED THAT WE MIGHT BE FORGIVEN!

The Exchange at the Cross

by Derek Prince

Please join us for the next eight Friday’s as we proclaim together our undeserved inheritance because of what Jesus did on the cross! Read slowly and let this really sink in! Thank You Lord!

JESUS WAS PUNISHED THAT WE MIGHT BE FORGIVEN!

 Thank You Father that if we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness!  Thank You Father that when we repent and turn back to You, our sins are blotted out!  Thank You that in You we have redemption through Jesus’ blood, the forgiveness of our sins, according to the riches of Your grace!  Thank You that You will remember our sins and our lawless deeds no more!  Thank You Father that You deliver us from the domain of darkness and transfer us to the kingdom of Your beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins!  Thank You that as far as the east is from the west, so far do You remove our transgressions from us! Thank You Jesus You invite us to take and eat Your body and drink Your blood of the covenant, which is poured out for us for the forgiveness of our sins.

JESUS WAS PUNISHED THAT WE MIGHT BE FORGIVEN!

1John 1:9, Acts 3:19, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 10:17, Colossians 1:13-14, Psalm 103:12, Matthew 26:27-28  

Why are you cast down?

God is our HELP, our HEALER, our HOPE!!!! Please join us as we study this devotion written by Susan Pons regarding how David dealt with his time of distress.

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God (Psalm 42:7).

I suppose most of us have experienced David’s weep expressed in this scripture at some time or another…those moments when an uninvited, unnerving, unsettled anxiousness blasts into our soul. Many times we can put our finger on reasons for the turmoil. But, there are those experiences when we simply cannot begin to understand such dis-quietness troubling us. So, David gives us the answer for these paralyzing emotions. Hope! Hope! Hope in God! Your help! Your God! Because the tumultuous waves of the ocean obey Him, how much more will our souls obey as we hope in Him?

1.What are some circumstances in your life that can cause your soul to become restless (disquieted)?

2.If we cannot put our finger on the reason for our restlessness, Whom should we turn?

3.What does “hope in God” mean to you?

We would love to hear some of your answers in the comments!

Changing Things…By Prayer (Part 3 of 3)| Jay Fesperman

Now, there is one more thing: believing that we have a great High Priest, an intercessor – Jesus Christ, seated at God’s right hand. We hear Jesus say something like this, “Now, Father, you hear what Jay is asking; release it to him, in My Name.”

If we pray the way Jesus told us to, we will pray to the Father, “in Jesus’ Name.” “The Father will give you whatever you ask IN MY NAME,” Jesus said (John 15:16). But then He says, “In that day you will ask IN MY NAME. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No. The Father HIMSELF loves you because you have loved Me AND HAVE BELIEVED that I came from God” (John 16:26-27). What is Jesus saying? I think He is trying to get our identity with the Person of God, the Father settled into our spirit, by clearly defining to us who He is as He relates to the Father, and who He is as He relates to US.