Five Vows of Spiritual Power

by A.W. Tozer Some people object to taking vows, but in the Bible you will find many great men of God directed by covenants, promises, vows and pledges. The psalmist was not averse to the taking of vows: “Thy vows are upon me, O God,” he said. “I will render my praises unto thee” (Psalm…

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The a,b,c’s of Believing: Y – Yielded

God always makes his grace visible in Christ, who includes us as partners of his endless triumph. Through our yielded lives he spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere we go. 2 Corinthians 2: 14 TPT There is an old hymn, now in the public domain, that we used to sing in church…

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A Garden Beckons…

Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade. — Rudyard Kipling The last two weeks I can hear my garden whispering, “Come out, come out, it’s time…” The earth is starting to warm and I am famished to feel it between my fingers. All the fruit trees are full…

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The abc’s of Believing: X – Xiphoid

For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, and it pierces more sharply than a two-edged sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts. Hebrews…

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The abc’s of Believing: W – Watered

Her people will return from exile far away and rest beneath my shadow. They will be a watered garden and blossom like grapes; they will be as fragrant as the wines of Lebanon. Hosea 14: 7 TLB I still remember the first poem I wrote as a returned prodigal. I was in the middle of…

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The abc’s of Believing: V – Vulnerability

Courage originally meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” —Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection In her personal quest to start living her life with all-out (or should I say all-in) wholeheartedness, Brené Brown makes this wonderful statement regarding courage: Over time, this definition has changed, and, today, courage is more synonymous…

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The abc’s of Believing: U – Uncertainty

Direct those who are rich in this present age not to be proud or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God—who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 TLV I do believe that God calls us to a life of risk and uncertainty. This most definitely…

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The abc’s of Believing: T – Tempest

Cease striving, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 We will all be caught in a tempest at some time in our lives. I believe God allows storms for many reasons. It may be to clear away the debris that has built up. It may be to give us that “something” that we have…

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The abc’s of Believing: S – Shalom

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and shalom in trusting, so you may overflow with hope in the power of the Ruach ha-Kodesh. Romans 15:13 TLV When we ponder the whole concept of “shalom” and “wholeness” we, of course, address ourselves to the definition of spirit, soul, and body. I…

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The abc’s of Believing: R – Reviving

You, O God, sent the reviving rain upon your weary inheritance,showers of blessing to refresh it. Psalm 68:9 TPT I have a deep down wariness of what I call, “ritualized-religion.” This is because I have lived with it’s numbing effects. I am painfully familiar with it’s dry and weary landscapes. Can you imagine being a…

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