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I am a proud mother of three beautiful girls. I"m happily married to my wonderful husband of eleven years. I enjoy reading, hiking, traveling, and making memories with my family and friends. Most importantly, I love spending time with my heavenly Father. He has given my life purpose and meaning and I am overwhelmed by His love and mercy.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Light That Overcomes
By: Rachel Storms

In our society, darkness has been portrayed as this overpowering evil that dominates
everything around it. It has been glorified in Hollywood movies, television series, video
games, and even the media. Its power seems limitless, however there is a greater
power that not even darkness can overcome.

In John 1:5 the Bible says, "And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness
did not comprehend it." The word translated "comprehend" is the Greek word
katalambano which means to seize, to pull down, to tackle, to conquer, or to hold under
one's power. So, based on this definition we could read the latter part of this verse
"the darkness did not hold the light under its power or domain." 
Here are some other translations of this same verse:

(MSG) The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn't put it out.

(AMP) And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never
overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to

(NLT) The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

It is exciting to know that no matter how obscure things appear, there is a Light that
cannot be hidden neither can it be absorbed by the darkness around it.

So, what exactly is darkness? One of the definitions is the absence or deficiency of
light. It can also be defined as obscurity or concealment. 2 Corinthians 4:3, 4 says,
"But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose
minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the
gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God should shine on them."

We see here how Satan has used darkness as a veil to conceal the gospel and blind
the minds of unbelievers. But wait! It says in the latter part of verse 4 that it is so that
the "light of the gospel" would not shine on them. Well, we know from John 1:5 that
darkness cannot hold the light under its power. What is the light referred to in John 1?
Verses 1-4 tell us that the light is the life of Him, the Word. So the life of the Word is the
light of the gospel. Satan may try to conceal it in an effort to hold people in a state of
blindness, but the light will always overcome.

Now, allow me to expound on this a little more by looking at 2 Corinthians 4:6. The
beginning of this verse reads, "For it is the God who commanded light to shine out
of darkness..." Although Satan has tried to conceal the light, God commanded it to
shine. At God's word, it breaks through the barriers. The rest of the verse says, "...who

(speaking of God) has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of
the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." Clearly, it is our responsibility to share
the light with those around us. Romans 10:14 tells us, "How then shall they call on
Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom
they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”

It is time to engage in battle. We are in a fight of good versus evil, light versus darkness,
and we are on the winning side! So, let us declare the truth of the gospel, shedding light
on a darkened world. We are called to be beacons of light. Darkness cannot hide the
light, but light will penetrate the darkness.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Anticipating Opportunity

Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” Then the Lord said to me, “ You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” (Jeremiah 1:11,12 NKJV)

In this passage of scripture, the word ready is translated from the Hebrew word shaqad which means “waking, waiting, hastening, or anticipating.” It is closely related to the word shaqed which is translated almond in verse 11. The margin of my Bible says that in Hebrew thought, the almond is considered the “waker” because it, of all trees, blossoms early, watching diligently for the opportunity to bloom. What God was showing Jeremiah in the vision, and even explained to him, is that He was actually looking for the earliest opportunity to perform His word. 

In 2 Chronicles 16:9, it says that God searches the earth “to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…”

What is the word that God has spoken into your heart? God is looking and anticipating the opportunity to perform what He said and move on your behalf. Pray that God will show you how to prepare yourself and make ready that opportunity.

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Dream Again

After having lost my father to cancer last year, I found myself in a state of hopelessness. Not only was my dad my natural father, but he was also my spiritual father. It was like our covering had been removed and so many of our plans and dreams had died with him. Everything we had been praying and believing so hard for was lost in a single moment. Or so it seemed.

In the midst of my pain I heard the Spirit say to me, "Dream again!" Over and over I kept hearing these words. I was reminded of Psalm 126:1 which says, "When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream." So, I began to study that verse. I found that the word "dream" came from the Hebrew word chalam which, according to Strong's Concordance, means 1) to dream 2) to recover. I realized that I was being held captive to circumstances, the death of my father and leader. However, when the Lord brings a person out of captivity, He brings about a full recovery. No longer is that person bound by their circumstances. Their vision which was limited by walls of captivity is renewed and their hope restored. The Lord was letting me know that, even in all the disappointment and pain, His plan for me did not change and He is bringing me out.

In Isaiah 60:1 AMP it says, "Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you--rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you!" Notice that to arise requires effort on your part. Many of you are sitting in a spiritual dungeon acting like a prisoner not even realizing that the shackles have been removed and the doors have been opened. All that is left to do is to walk out.

So, my hope for you today is that you rise up! Don't let the enemy of your soul steal your dreams. It is time to take possession of your promised land. It's time to dream again!