Meant for Great Things

“The anointing which you have received from Him abides in you.” I John 2:27


If you’ve ever felt like you were meant to do something great, it’s because you ARE! Your Daddy is the creator and originator or all power, all wisdom, and all things good and true. He made you to know Him, experience Him, and operate together with Him. Jesus said we would do greater works than He did because of the Spirit of power He sent.

His tangible power is referred to as “the anointing.” His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, is also referred to as the Anointing. The Holy Spirit is the power of God, and He possesses the power of God. When God created the Universe, it was in partnership with the Holy Spirit. God gave the command, and the Holy Spirit carried it out. When God raised Jesus from the dead, it was the Holy Spirit who brought the Savior up from the grave. When you give your life to God through the redemption Jesus Christ provided, that SAME SPIRIT comes to reside inside of you. If that is unfamiliar to you, understand that spiritual matters are known from our spirit, the innermost part of who we are. As we develop spiritually, we learn to recognize the Holy Spirit, to perceive what He is communicating, and to realize when and how He is manifesting His power.

Not only does the Holy Spirit offer to reside; He also offers to empower. If we are willing, Jesus will immerse us in the power and fire of the Holy Spirit. We call this the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is a separate experience from the new birth. To receive it, it must be asked for. The Holy Spirit will never push His power on you.

Here are a few characteristics of the anointing:

  • The power of God is spiritual. It can manifest and change what is natural.
  • The power of God is tangible. It has substance. When you are spiritually perceptive, you can experience it. I have sensed God’s power falling on me like a blanket. I have sensed what was like a fire move through my hands and other manifestations.
  • The power of God flows. This tangible substance moves from God, through us, and touches others.

Jesus wants you to have power to live this life and to help others. Value the Holy Spirit and you will experience the supernatural power of God.

Application: The more we give ourselves to the Holy Spirit and God’s Word, the more we are aware of spiritual matters. Spend some time with God today. Ask Him to manifest His anointing through your life.

Dominate or Be Dominated

“…just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4

Sin is anything outside of God and His life for us. Sin can bring a person to a low place, but God can lift us up to know His life. The life God intended for us is a life of knowing His glory, His joy, and His peace. Sin works against us knowing that life in its fullness. Sin, if permitted, can dominate anyone, even the Christian, pulling us downward, resulting in heartache, misplacement, and failure. Furthermore, sin in the life of a believer, if allowed, we could hinder the cause of Christ to the people we influence. If we don’t dominate sin, sin will dominate us.

You can’t save yourself; you need a Savior for that. In a similar way, you can’t live a holy lifestyle by yourself; you need the Holy Spirit for that. It is the power of the cross and the work of the Holy Spirit that causes anyone to rise over the temptation to go against God. We access that power through a trusting surrender to Jesus Christ. Through surrender, Christ is able to transform our mind, empower our spirit, and rule our body so we can put action to our faith, resulting in obedience. If we do not learn to dominate sin through the power given to us, sin could easily dominate the Christian, leading to a life of carnality, which works against what is God’s best for us (Romans 8:6).

Jesus helps us to dominate sin by working His salvation, which starts with the new birth and continues in a process of transformation. Jesus is always ready to take our daily surrender to restore us and to complete us in areas where there is lack. If there is an area of our soul that is broken or missing, we need to yield it to Christ. If we hold back a part of us from Christ’s loving authority, we are being self-sufficient and self-absorbed, which is sin. Don’t think you can fix yourself or fulfill desires outside of Christ. If not surrendered, sin will have an opportunity to have a hold on us. If you think you can control a sinful addiction on your own, you are mistaken. We have to let go in order for Christ to raise us up. Let go of the past relationship, the past pleasures, the past hurts – let it all go, and instead, embrace Christ and this new life. My personal reminder for letting go of the past is Lot’s wife. God told Lot and his family to leave their home and not look back. I believe Lot’s wife had friends in her past, affections, joys, and memories. She died as a result of her desire to stay bound to what God had set her free from. Surrender and you win!

Application: God will give us personal convictions for our specific issues. It might be a boundary for social media or online activity. It could be a friend or place we need to separate from. The choices we make determine whether we dominate sin or sin dominates us. Choose life!

Minister Life

“God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

The mission of the Christian and of the Church is the commission we received from Christ, our Head, who told us to go and make disciples. Similarly, the motive, message, and methods should reflect the ministry Christ had on the earth. His motivation was a deep compassion. His message was one of reconciliation without compromise. His methods were supernatural with an anointing from the Holy Spirit.

If there were groups that illustrated an opposite to Christ during His earthly ministry, it was the Pharisees and Sadducees of the Sanhedrin. The Sanhedrin was a council of religious leaders assembled in every city in Israel to rule the Jews and oversee Jewish disputes. The Pharisees and Sadducees were Jewish men who used their religious position to manipulate the people of Israel to advance their own agenda and propagate their own way of thinking, speaking, and behaving. The Pharisees and Sadducees used what we call the sin consciousness to dominate men and women underneath their influence. The sin consciousness consists of the human condition and mentality that has been affected by sin, a condition that is rooted in self-sufficiency; therefore, their focus is founded on performance, works, and rules, and their motivators are guilt, shame, and fear. Their greatest violation and grossest tool of manipulation was using the name of God, misrepresenting our Father for selfish ambition and gain.

When Jesus ministered, He gave a true representation of God’s love, a love that was contrary to the sin consciousness and religious control. Instead of performance, there was grace. Instead of works, there was faith. Instead of rules, there was relationship. He did not condemn people for their failure to comply with God’s righteous standard; instead He revealed that righteousness was an endowment and empowerment from God that could be received by through the surrender and obedience of faith. Christ’s representation of His Father’s love was demonstrated through healings, miracles, and teaching about true life. Jesus did not compromise the standard of righteousness, but He did show us the way to life was through His redemption and our surrender.

The Sanhedrin brought condemnation that kept people down. Jesus ministered life that would raise people up. Like our Lord, let’s choose to save the world rather than to condemn it. Let’s minister life!

Application: Righteousness can be used to control and condemn or to save and set free. Minister life to someone today!

Living in Resurrection Power

“… out of weakness were made strong…” Hebrews 11:34

God will take our weakness and make us strong – not by our power, but by His power. When we are weak, we realize we have limits. We know we are insufficient of for the kind of life God intends for us to have. The person of faith realizes that real life is living in reliance upon a loving and all-sufficient Creator. He is our Life. He is our strength.

God told Paul, “My strength is made perfect in weakness (II Corinthians 12:9).” The word for “perfect” in the Greek is teleioo, which means to perfect, complete, accomplish, fulfill. I believe the meaning of this verse is that God’s power and ability can operate at its fullest capacity when we allow Him to have His way in us. That means, we lay down our agenda, self-promotion, and selfish ambition; instead, we seek God’s plan and God’s glory. Our lives are not about what we want; they become a constant pursuit of what God wants. It’s not about the world knowing who we are; it’s about the world knowing who He is. By choice, we live to serve Him and lift Christ up. Paul stated his choice, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…”

Paul knew his weakness, but he also knew God’s power. Paul experienced a strength that was supernatural, a strength that lifted him when he was weak. That’s why he could say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).” Paul said that he went to minister with trembling. He didn’t live in self-confidence; Paul lived with a God-confidence. He didn’t go from place to place like he was a hot shot. Paul’s life was in danger every place he went. He went with one motivation – and that was for Christ to be known in His power. Because of His position of surrender as a bondservant of Christ, his ministry was known for the demonstration of the Holy Spirit and power. He must have loved Jesus to live for Him like he did.

Paul wrote, “For though He (Jesus) was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God… (II Cor. 13:4).” God did the miraculous through lives that were genuinely sold out to Him. The same is true today. When we come to an end of self, then God can have the freedom to be all He can be through us. It’s supernatural. It’s extraordinary. It goes beyond what we could think or imagine. It’s God’s grace working in us and through us – a grace that is only received through the surrender of a sold out faith. It’s a resurrected life of knowing His glory!

Application: Do you feel weak? Are you going through difficulty? Let the trials bring you to a place of complete surrender. The Lord will lift you up.

Snatched Out Of Depression

“The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down.” Psalm 145:14

There is no doubt that depression brings a person down emotionally, but it also can drag someone downward mentally, physically, and spiritually as well. Depression is a lower condition from the higher position God has intended for us. Depression is not a product of life; it’s a result of our fallen world. Whether depression is caused from something that has gone wrong within us or something has brought us down from what is around us, depression is not from God. I will even go as far as to say that there are times when our spiritual enemy will use depression in an attack against us. Whatever the cause, depression is downward spiral descent that steals away our quality of life.

Depression is more than a lack of joy. Depression can be a robber of our “want to,” our motivation. Depression can numb us so that we just don’t care anymore. We can lose our drive for productivity, our passion for purpose, our appetite for enjoying life, and in some cases, our will to live. People who suffer with depression often feel lethargic from experiencing circumstances and relationships. They feel worn, like it should be the end of a day. Each day they look less and less forward to the mornings. Depression can feel like you are slowly dying. Life is being drained by each situation, emptying a person of their vitality and vigor.

Depression is more than sadness. Sadness is an emotion, and sadness can change with circumstances. Depression is a state of being, and it can hold a person down, no matter what the circumstances. Depression can take over, to control or manipulate a person from rising up or from doing what they should do, could do, or would do.

Depression is often based on lies – lies about you, lies about others, and lies about God. If the truth can set us free, then believing a lie can keep us down. There can be underlying mistruths about your past, your present, and your future. Religious control and bondage can be a chain of depression, using guilt, shame, and fear to dominate us. Magnification of things gone wrong can imprison a person in depression.

Jesus went to the grave and defeated it. He has power to reach down into your darkness and snatch you out. Jesus can bring you into the light of His life, a place where you are seated together with Him. No matter what is going on around you, you can live above it.

Application: Depressed? Look to God to lift you, because you can’t do it on your own. Believe Him, receive Him, and be free in Jesus’ name!

Life Has a Name

“I am the resurrection and the life…” John 11:25

Jesus told us, “I am the resurrection…” One meaning for this noun “resurrection” in the Greek New Testament means to be set into place like a stone. As a stone, some will use Christ to climb up, and others will run into Him and fall down. As the resurrection, if you receive Christ, you will be raised with Him. If you reject Him as the resurrection, you will be brought down. For some, Jesus is a rock to build on, a cornerstone, because they receive Him. To others He is a stumbling stone, because they reject him. However, Christ is put in place as our way to life.

Jesus also said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6).” Jesus didn’t say this to be manipulative or dogmatic; He was stating a fact. The only way to the Father is through Him because Jesus was the only one who could shed His blood to pay the price for the judgment against us because of our fallen, separated, condition through the rebellious nature that came through disobedience. Sin caused us to crash down into a prison we could not be freed from. Jesus came to die our death, go into that prison, get the keys that locked us in, free us, and raise us to new life. He died, He was bound, He paid the ransom, God raised Him from the dead.

I love the account of Peter when he was freed from prison. In Acts 12:7 it says that there was light and an angel raised him up who said, “Arise quickly!” And the chains fell off Peter’s hands. Peter was either lying or sitting down, chained down, and the angel grabbed him and lifted him up. How illustrative this is, not only of our resurrection, but of Christ’s resurrection as well. We were chained down, but lifted up out of the darkness of prison and into the light of new life.

Jesus is the resurrection because He was the first one of many to be raised from the dead. He made the way! In Colossians 1:18 it talks about Jesus being the head of the church, the firstborn from the dead, so that in all things He may have the preeminence. When we initially receive Christ and make Him our Lord, we receive His resurrection life and our spirit is reborn. As we live each day surrendered to His Lordship, not only does Christ lift us up from death; but He also has the power of life to free us from any addiction, any sin, or any bondage. You can rise up in His life and His power! Life has a name. His name is Jesus!

Application: The tithe was the first of any increase, and like the firstborn, God said it belonged to Him. Why the first portion? The tithe is symbolic of Christ. When we honor God by giving Him our tithe, we are honoring Christ, our salvation. The next time you tithe, think about your salvation.

Lifter Of My Head

“…My glory and the One who lifts up my head.” Psalm 3:3

There is a Hebrew word for poor that means to be needy, weak, and lowly (aniy, 6041). The root word (anah, 6031) has the idea of being bowed down, stooped over because of a heaviness or depression. If you can imagine, a person who is feeling low might have their head down, bent over with feelings that are overwhelming.

Being poor is coming up short for what is required. Being poor is a position of being under, dominated, and defeated. Poverty is a state of lack, never having enough. The poor has a vulnerable quality. Along with poverty are often feelings of insecurity, instability, fear, worry, and anxiety. Poverty has much to do with feeling out of control, often feeling controlled by others.

People can be poor for different reasons. While some might be lazy, others could be suffering with a handicap or disability. Others could be bankrupt because of taking a risk that failed. Some have an oppressor who financially holds them down or hold them back. This could be anyone from an unfair employer to an abusive spouse to a corrupt government. It could even be Satan himself, working against the believer to keep him or her down so as never to rise up and do their part in the kingdom.

Several times in the Word of God we read about lifting up our eyes to see beyond our limits. In Psalm 3:3 the Bible says that God is the One who lifts up our head. James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

God’s salvation completes us in every way. His life brings us to an abundance of all we need. It includes eternal life, and it includes everything that restores us from any kind of life. This includes provision, an abundant supply. John 10:10 Jesus said, “…I have come to that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” God promises to meet your needs so that you have more than enough.

God’s power to resurrect can reach down into a low place of oppression and raise up His people to new heights in Him. Being resurrected is not a matter of what we do to climb out of our troubles, but it is a matter of God raising us up by His power!

Application: Jeremiah 22:16 says, “He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Was this not knowing Me?” Find someone in need you can give to today, whatever the amount. This is knowing God.

Resurrected Health

“And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up…” James 5:15

There are three historical stories from the Bible that I want to share with you. In all three you will see people who were in a low position and could not get themselves up. The first is found in John 5. Jesus asked a lame man by a pool of water, “Do you want to be healed?” The pool was known to bring healing to the first person that stepped in after an angel stirred it. Of all the people waiting by that pool, the one Jesus approached was a lame man, a man incapable of moving himself. To a lame man with a need, Jesus said, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.’” The man walked. I believe this miracle is illustrative of the condition we all are in. We are insufficient to raise ourselves up to the life God intends for us to have. We need someone to resurrect us and lift us to the place of abundant life that God has for us.

The second is found in Luke 5. A paralyzed man had friends who wanted to help him. They heard of the healing miracles that Jesus had performed. However, they could not reach Jesus because of the crowd in the building. The men lifted their friend to the roof and let him down into the crowd. Jesus said, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Then man immediately got up and went, glorying God. The people who witnessed the miracle spoke of seeing strange things, impossible things. However, if God can create, then why could He not recreate? If God can give life, then surely He can raise it up again.

In Acts 3, Peter and John went to the temple where a beggar approached them. The beggar was a man who had never walked a day in his life. He was in a lowly position because of a condition outside of his control and outside of his ability to fix. The lame beggar called out to Peter and John for money. Peter replied, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you.” Peter had been with Jesus, and he knew that Jesus had given him authority and power. Peter said to the man, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” Then Peter took the man by his hand and lifted the lame man up. The man, for the first time, walked, then leaped, and began to shout his praises to God.

All three accounts tell us this – we cannot save ourselves; we cannot heal ourselves. They also communicate that God’s life is available to us here and now. The good news is this, our need makes us a prime candidate for Christ’s resurrection power to be demonstrated.

Application: The world we live in is a constant reminder of our limitations. Fast. Pray. See a God without any limits. He will raise you up.

Lifted Into Position

“He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” I Thessalonians 5:24

Is there anyone out there that is struggling to rise up to what you sense is your God-given destiny? You try your best and still you feel like you continually fall short of your purpose? Do you have that knowing on the inside of you that tells you there is so much more?

John 15 says that without Christ, we can do nothing. There is wisdom in the understanding that true fulfillment can only come with God’s help. It’s not that God has this narcissistic need to be the center of everything; it’s that God IS the center of everything. Life begins with knowing the love of the One we belong to, which means much more than any accomplishment. In knowing Him, we are raised up by Him and in Him. What God wants to do in our life, God will do, as we seek Him.

Just as God wants you to know Him, He wants the world to know Him. God is always looking for some way and someone to show His glory through. We see lives of people from history that could not have risen up to do what they did without God’s help. God gets the credit for lifting them into their position. Look at these examples:

  • David (Acts 13:22)
  • Moses (Acts 7:37)
  • Pharaoh (Romans 9:17)
  • John the Baptist (Matthew 11:11)
  • Jesus as priest (Hebrews 7:11)
  • Jesus (Acts 2:20; 3:22,36)

In addition, God pulled Joseph out of a pit, Jonah out of a whale, Lazarus out of a grave, and Peter out of prison. What has God pulled you out of? David said in Psalm 40:2, “He brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.” Praise God, He is willing to go to the depths to find us, raise us up, and set us in position just like He promised.

When God establishes a person, He sets him or her in a position He has chosen for his or her life. When God sets you, no one can remove you. When God raises a person, He does so with purpose – to produce something. Romans 7:4 speaks about becoming one with Christ, who was raised from the dead, “that we should bear fruit to God.” When something is alive, it produces, and you are alive in Christ!

Application: Ask God to help you do something today that will help Him to be seen. Share your testimony with us at!

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

“…God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as through they did.” Romans 4:17

It can seem that dreams God gave to you have died or become stagnant. Maybe it’s because you failed, maybe it’s because people have failed you, or maybe it seems that the dream has expired. However, when a dream seems dead, don’t give up; God has been known to resurrect the dead, including what seems to be a dead dream or promise.

You Failed

It’s up to God to choose whom He will use, and God has been known to choose people who have failed. Failure happens for several reasons. Perhaps there is lack of ability, drive, stamina, knowledge, wisdom, or focus. Maybe someone was selfish or hurting and chose to sin. One thing about God we should know is that failure doesn’t frighten Him. In fact, one of God’s preferred qualifications is humility, not perfection, because humility puts a spotlight on God’s love and glorifies His grace.

I Corinthians 1:26-28 “(26) For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. (27) But God has chosen the foolish thing s of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; (28) and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the thing which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are.”

God will always forgive someone who comes with repentant faith; however, whether they fulfill their destiny or not is up to Him (Romans 14:4). Sometimes people fail several times (Proverbs 24:16), yet God is able to raise them up from their place of falling every time. 

Other People Failed

God wants you to rely upon Him, not on your network of people – your family, your friends, your advisors, your promoters, or your investors. God has the connections you need, and He will not disappoint.

It Seems God Failed

Abraham and Sarah felt their promise from God to have a son would never come true. It may seem that God failed you and the dream that He promised has expired. Never stop believing. God wants the people in your world to see more than a miracle; he wants them to see Him.

Application: Our greatest accomplishment is when God is seen through us. Let Him resurrect you and your dreams for His glory.