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Breaking through to victory.
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 24, 2017

“…Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”

Zechariah 4:6

There was a huge obstacle standing between the children of Israel and the land that God had promised them. It was the city of Jericho, which was surrounded by a massive wall.

That obstacle seemed to say, “Keep out! You cannot have the blessings of God. They’re not for you!” 

Now, you and I may not be obstructed by a literal wall in our lives, but we certainly face very real obstacles every day. And they can be every bit as intimidating as that seemingly impregnable wall of Jericho.

Issues like family problems and financial issues can stop you in your tracks. Problems associated with an unholy mind can bring your spiritual growth to a standstill.

Obstacles like these and others are spiritual strongholds that Satan uses to keep you from God’s best plan for your life. You may even hear him chiding you, “Keep out! You’ve gone as far as you can go with God!” But that’s a lie.

Listen, God can tear down those obstacles if you trust him. And you need him to tear down those walls because you cannot do it on your own. It’s impossible.

So today, if you have come to an obstacle that stands in your path, God is saying, “Listen to me. I will show you what to do.”  

It’s time to stop trying to fix things and to start trusting him. Because that is the only way to really break through to victory in your life!  

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What is standing in your way?
By | August 23, 2017

So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat… and they captured the city.

—Joshua 6:20

 

Do you know that God’s plan for every Christian is victory? It’s true. That means if you’re a believer, God’s promise of victory is right in front of you. You just have to grasp it!

 

For the children of Israel, grasping the victory God planned for them came after they had been in the wilderness for 40 years. Moses had promised them a land flowing with milk and honey, and they were eager to see that kind of abundance!

 

But right before they were to enter the Promised Land, they faced a problem. A huge problem. Standing between them and this great land was the city of Jericho. And it was surrounded by a massive wall!

 

After 40 years of waiting, do you think the Israelites hung their heads and went back to Egypt? No, they didn’t! The children of Israel were an army of believers. And in today’s military vernacular, they surged.

 

They prepared. They prayed and marched around Jericho. And when it was time, they shouted and blew their horns and the walls came down! And the city and the victory was theirs.

 

Let me ask you today, is there something standing in your way to the promise God has given you in your life? If so, what are you doing about it? Are you hanging your head in defeat… or are you surging...

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Recognizing the hand of God.
By | August 18, 2017

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…

—Genesis 50:20

 

Do you know why Joseph was able to forgive his brothers who sold him into slavery?

 

One primary reason was that he trusted that God was in control. And Joseph could see that God was using the adversity in his life to advance him and to be a blessing to others.  

 

You see, God often uses a major crisis or hurt to get us ready for the next big thing that he is doing in our lives. Those things that you and I might mistake for obstacles often reveal God’s very hand at work.

 

Are you in the midst of a trial or difficulty? Well, here’s what you need to know. As a believer in Jesus Christ, nothing is working against you. With Christ, everything is working for you!

 

Speak that into your own life: “As a believer in Jesus Christ, nothing is working against me. Everything is working for me!”

 

Regardless of how it looks or feels, God is at work in your life. And all those terrible hurts you suffered? God can use them for good if you will let him.

 

So ask him to help you see beyond your current pain. And believe that the hand of God is working for you!

 

AS A BELIEVER IN JESUS CHRIST, NOTHING IS WORKING AGAINST YOU. EVERYTHING IS WORKING FOR YOU!

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The gift of forgiveness.
By | August 15, 2017

And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. After that his brothers talked with him.

—Genesis 45:15

The story of Joseph is one of most powerful stories of forgiveness and reconciliation in the entire Bible.  

Here was a man who was betrayed and sold into slavery by his brothers when he was 17, and then he was falsely accused, imprisoned, and forgotten in prison. Yet Joseph resisted bitterness and grew in godly character.

And when the day finally came when Joseph’s brothers came and stood before him in Egypt seeking grain, he didn’t punish them or retaliate against them. Joseph called them forward and loved them.

Most likely, you have experienced injustice and unfairness like Joseph did. Perhaps someone mistreated you. Maybe you’ve been lied to or betrayed… or perhaps someone even abused you.

Each of us suffers deep hurts over the course of our lives. But you and I can’t change the past. And it does us no good to try to figure out why things happened the way they did.

But here’s one thing you can do. Like Joseph, you can refuse to allow the past to pollute your present or your future. Like Joseph, you can give the precious gift of forgiveness to those who hurt you.

Are you willing to take these steps today?

REFUSE TO ALLOW THE PAST TO POLLUTE YOUR PRESENT OR YOUR FUTURE.

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The Faith of Glen Campbell
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 9, 2017

 

He grew up in a small town in rural Arkansas, the seventh son of a seventh son, a dirt poor farmer’s son in a poor rural county. But Glen he did have two gifts—good parents who gave him a $5 Sears and Roebuck guitar and a strong work ethic.

 

Through hard work and vision, high school dropout Glen Campbell found himself not behind the “north end of a southbound mule,” but in Southern California in the Sixties. Though he never learned to read music, it was apparent to all that he was something special, a prodigious guitar player. He played with Elvis, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Rick Nelson, and The Mamas and The Papas, just to mention a few.

 

But despite his success as a session musician, Glen charted a different course—he decided to take the lead. What a bold and wise decision it was. Glen quickly racked up mega-hits: Gentle on My Mind, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Southern Nights, and Rhinestone Cowboy to name just a few. He also became a star of television and film.

 

Still, to obtain fame, the boy from tiny Billstown, Arkansas had done a load of compromisin’. And as a result, marriages and relationships failed and he was horribly addicted to drugs and alcohol. While he never sought to be a star, “just a country boy who played guitar,” he nevertheless fell into the trap of so many who pursued stardom.       

 

Then in 1981, after a near overdose and due to the faith and love of Kimberly Woolen, whom he would eventually marry, Glen accepted Christ as his Savior. He...

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