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Some Things Are Better Out Than In

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It’s easy to think that the way we are is just ‘the way we are’. Some people gush and others hold back. The Bible is clear than we need to show emotional self-control. However, if our habits are bad for our health then we should probably take a closer look to see if there is a cause or even a cure. Tamar was King David’s daughter. She was a tender young woman with a bright future. All too often, horrible…

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The Big Let Down

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Have you ever felt certain that something special was about to happen and then… nothing. Maybe you were believing that your breakthrough was imminent but then the “cloud the size of a man’s hand” drifted back out to sea? Too many times to mention, I have been sure that my suddenly was upon me. I believed that I was about to see a turnaround in my circumstances but then precious little happened. What do you do with those moments? How…

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Satan Is A Spin Doctor

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Recently, I was flicking through Facebook when I saw a photo of a friend. She was pictured doing exactly what I had been believing to achieve for years. Although I was genuinely delighted for her, I felt deeply discouraged. It made me feel like a fool: “I bet she never cut out pictures and put them in her dream book!” (Yes, that’s right, I did and I have the book to prove it!) Her success made me doubt myself. I…

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Disappointed

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I was ministering to a young lady who was feeling dry & discouraged. She was born with a disease that affected her in a particularly personal way and had been believing for her breakthrough for years. When we spoke, she had almost reached a point of disillusionment. After all, she had been persevering in prayer since childhood and yet in the natural, nothing had changed. Her eyes welled up with tears as she explained that she went through ups and…

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It’s Not Every Door We Should Open

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I used to think that self-pity was a problem for certain personality types. I didn’t think that I was particularly susceptible. How wrong I was. I now believe that self-pity is one of our greatest and most subtle enemies. That’s why I’m following up last week’s blog with more on this topic. We all know to keep a watch out for unforgiveness, pride or fear. However, in my view, self-pity is like a stealth missile – often invisible yet very…

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Pretty Please!

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Have you ever been in a meeting or at an event where everyone has someone to talk to but you are alone? Recently, I attended a conference on my own. I felt awkward as I stood by myself. If that wasn’t enough, as I looked around, I realised not one but two other people were wearing the exact same outfit as me. And one of them was a child! I had that sinking feeling in my stomach and started to…

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Why Would God Choose You?

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Have you ever felt like you were God’s second – or even third – choice? Do you look around and assume others are far more equipped than you? Do you see yourself as an accidental leader? Are you someone who jumped in to help because no-one else was available? Do you ever look at yourself and wonder why God would ever choose you? If you can identify with any of these sentiments, I want you to join me as we look at…

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Push Back!

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In just 8 verses in the book of Acts, Paul and Barnabas encountered spite, envy, hatred and rejection. Leaders poisoned the people against them and they went from being celebrated as heroes to being despised as villains. It was an awful period of opposition and yet the Bible says, “The disciples were filled with joy…” (Acts 13:52). How is that possible? How could they go through such devastating attacks and come out the other side happy? The answer is simple,…

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Whose Clothes Are You Wearing?

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The devil copies what God does. He develops a whole host of harmful counterfeits. For example, just as faith is believing what God says, so fear is believing what the devil says. That’s why we need to refuse fear. Whereas conviction comes from the Holy Spirit to keep us free from sin; condemnation comes from the enemy to bind us up in guilt. In the same way, I believe that the enemy has developed a counterfeit to the whole armour…

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Dust Off Your Dream!

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God has phenomenal plans for you life. However, He doesn’t distribute manuals detailing the plans He has for each one of us. Instead, He plants His plans and purposes in our hearts in seed form. These seeds are in the form of dreams and desires. When God given dreams are alive on the inside, they motivate us to pursue our purpose. So dreams are an important part of us fulfilling our God-given destiny. How do we know if our dream…

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