Barb
  I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 6 years, 2 months and 3 days.

  I have published 273 blogs and 334 comments.

 My most recent blog was published: Aug 13 2017 05:33:20pm

 I currently live in: United States.
 About Barb

an intense, passionate follower of Jesus Christ. I am equally passionate about equipping believers for their calling.

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Reflections on faith
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published . 2 min read
If you have been a follower of Christ for any length of time, you are familiar with the numerous passages that speak of faith. In fact, without faith it is impossible to please God! Most certainly faith is of utmost importance. Recently in a time away studying and seeking the Lord, the Spirit impressed the words “spiritually apprehend”. The context of what I was reading and reflecting on spoke of the need to spiritually apprehend the meaning behind the scriptures. Apprehend katalambano properly signifies "to lay hold of;" then, "to lay hold of so as to possess as one's own, to appropriate." Hence it has the same twofold meaning as the Eng. "to apprehend;" (a) "to seize upon, take possession of," Perhaps we see faith as believing,......
The devil's gospel
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published . 3 min read
Jesus came declaring that the Kingdom of God has come. It is a Kingdom of light in which there is no darkness at all. He instructed His disciples to go out into the world and preach the Gospel, heal the sick, and cast out demons. This was a command that required power. Jesus instructed them to wait for that power from on high. The early church moved in that power. Unfortunately, over the centuries, in many movements and denominations, that power from on high has undergone a makeover. Along the road, pronouncements were made. Among these is the belief that the gifts of the Spirit are not for today. They teach that they are no longer necessary. Due to such beliefs and teachings like this, the church is stripped of power. Believers are not taught of their authority in Christ. Expectant faith......
The rise of satan
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published . 5 min read
A man with an experience is not at the mercy of the man with an argument. Like a cosmic boom the fireworks began! Seemingly, out of nowhere, thoughts pommeled my mind. The rise of Satan. Jesus Christ never walked the earth. You have been mesmerized. It was group hypnosis, a hoax. Test it. Relinquish this supposed prayer language. If this new language is of God, He will give it back to you. Baptized a warrior became my disclaimer. I was a marked woman from the beginning in 1975. I did not choose this disposition; it was chosen for me. My journey’s theme would remain constant, in this regard, through the many years ahead. In the book War on the Saints this is expressed: “The Bible throws much light upon the Satanic powers, which cannot fail to be discerned by all who search......
Whispers to the heart
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published . 3 min read
Like whispers to the heart, a small voice speaks . . . He will live and not die... in response to a life threatening crisis. She is OK... in response to worry for a friend late into the night. They are safe... in response to fear for loved ones. The package will get there... in response to concerns over loss or theft. Many times, over many issues big and small, a small voice speaks. . . Is it your voice? It sure sounds like you. Is it your hopeful thinking? Certainly that is there. And yet each time you lift your heart in concern, prayer, thought, you hear the same thing. Is it the voice of the Spirit? This is the walk of faith. It is a path that requires faith, and tests faith. It is a journey of learning, a journey of lessons. In the midst of it is an opportunity for God to show us......
The basis of authority
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What is the basis of spiritual authority? On what foundation is it built? Does it come by knowledge? Does it come from learning the right prayer style? Or is there a much deeper work that must be done. After all, if it is spiritual authority, must not growth in that authority come in and by the Spirit? It is only by a comprehensive understanding and spiritual apprehension, assimilated into our innermost being that we are brought into spiritual reality. Scriptural knowledge alone is insufficient to give a believer authority. If it were, would we not see more victory in lives, more power in prayer? All authority is in Jesus Christ alone! In and of ourselves we have nothing. No matter how holy, self-sacrificing, loving, giving and forgiving. No matter if a religious institution elevates one......
The clashing kingdoms
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published . 3 min read
As I sat looking out at the beautiful North Woods my thoughts were all toward the Lord. For more than 25 years this place has been my personal Garden of Eden. Each path is full with memories of my walks in the Garden with God. And yet this time my spirit was stirred in a very different direction. As I looked out at all the tranquility, listening to the wind stir through the trees, I saw a vision and fully felt the passion of it in my spirit. I saw myself as if I were standing right next to the Father, looking outward toward the earth. A passion gripped me and I could hear myself say, "I want to do only one thing. I just want to war! I want to war with an unrelenting ferocity!" Can it be that God is amassing His soldiers and we are waiting for the strategy and our orders to go......
Weapons of war
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published . 4 min read
Weapons of war In Christ you have authority! You have powerful weapons of war at your disposal. You can change situations and set captives free. There is no better time than now to stand up, take your place, and exercise that authority. I am going to make a bold statement. Everything that is not the will of heaven can be bound, turned around, and forced to loosen its grip if we will persist in one thing. Do I have your interest? God certainly had my attention when He spoke this to me - You need to take authority over the devil on each and every front! It changed my perspective. I saw the need for this one thing above all else. No matter what approach I took in prayer, it must include a stand of authority, claiming both protection and the enemy's defeat, through the blood of the......
The faces of intercession
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published . 5 min read
Recently, as I sat praying, I found myself seeking the solace of a few simple facts. Facts that were simple and yet profound, facts that I could sink into and rest. I thought of the utter hopelessness of the man in Romans 7. Once again, I identified myself with him. I was totally hopeless and helpless without Christ. I thanked God that in my hopeless state He delivered me from the shackles of death. Thanked Him that as I reckoned myself dead with and in Christ, that Christ now lives His life through me. I found additional comfort in the confidence that the Holy Spirit was given to me as counselor, comforter, strengthener, and helper.[ii] In the fact that I am a son of God and can expect to be led by the Spirit of God.[iii] That I can trust in His great ability and not in my ability. I......
Prayer as a mystery
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published . 3 min read
"True prayer is measured by weight, not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length." C. H. Spurgeon When a friend or loved one is struggling or suffering, I am sure we all feel for them. We feel a burden, a heaviness of heart. If there is any closeness in the relationship, we are not surprised that we seem to carry their burden. But what of the times when we feel heavy or downcast when there is no apparent reason? Have you ever had that happen? Have you ever found yourself in a mental battle of defense? Somehow, you feel the need to examine your every action, looking for failure or fault. Or perhaps a myriad of other accusations arise in your mind. If you pay attention, you may discover that often these......
Stepping up in prayer
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published . 3 min read
"We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth." "Our prayers lay the track, down which God's power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails."[ii] The Bible is clear in the instruction to pray. In this life, many needs and situations that require prayer will present themselves. We know we are to pray about everything that worries us.[iii] Nevertheless, it is important to remain sensitive to the quickening of the Holy Spirit in our spirit. We begin by praying with our own understanding, praying the Word of God over the situation. If, after some time in prayer you sense no quickening in your......
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