A Crown of Glory in the Hand of the Lord

last month I was invited to give a workshop on spiritual warfare at the  ICAP Conference in Green Lake, Wisconsin.   When asked to participate, I immediately said no out of fear and feeling unqualified.  It was suggested that I should pray and seek the Lord for His answer, (not mine) which I did and received a yes.

After receiving a yes,  I knew I had to prepare as I would be amongst experts in the field of rescue and recovery of those in the sex trade industry, and my topic would be something new for many.

A crown of GloryWhile at the conference, I learned so many things.

Most women in this field are not there by choice. Many have suffered abuse at a very young age, are trafficked and suffer trauma, and PTSD.

I was pleasantly surprised to see people from all around the globe involved in this type of ministry. Some have a calling, others have been rescued and are now rescuing others.

Seeing and hearing these testimonies have brought me much encouragement.   God is at work, and yes, there are many success stories.

Being amongst these survivors and hearing their stories has brought a new faith and hope in me.  I feel as though I received a huge vitamin shot.   God is everywhere;  at work in the brothels, strip clubs, rescuing those in need. When I think of my own needs, they seem insignificant compared to what these women and men (yes, young boys are trafficked) go through, and because Christ sets them free, they are strong and enduring to the end.

It´s funny how God works. I went there to serve and to bless in what I can give, but I was the one that came out blessed and with a renewed hope and faith in God.

The theme for the conference was  Isaiah 62:3  You shall also be a crown of glory In the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem In the hand of your God.

After spending just a few days with these precious people, they truly are a crown of glory in His hand and the love was palpable. They choose to be molded and shaped by the master potter and continue to be used by Him for His glory.

My I continue to do the same with my life.

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9 ways how Satan attacks man

It is no secret Satan has a hatred toward man, especially those that are in the kingdom of God.  He hates us because we represent God, and it reminds him of the battle he lost on the cross.   While Satan does not accept defeat, he is always out to attack us in any way he can.  Below are some of the ways he works against us.

9 ways how satan attacks man

1- Satan deceives man  1 Timothy 4:1 -2 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,  speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,

Along with deception, he lies to us about everything. He lies about how awesome and wonderful we are in the eyes of God. He uses other people to hurt us with condemning words to crush our hopes, dreams, visions, and what God is speaking to us. These words will place doubt and unbelief in our heart. 

2- Satan blinds the minds of God’s people 2 Corinthians 4:4 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.

He blinds man through deception, and we begin believing lies in all areas of our life.   He will also try to distort our Biblical World View

3- Satan is fierce and cruel   1 Peter 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith.

I use to hear Christians say, ” Oh, Satan is a toothless lion.”  I don´t think so.  He has teeth, and when he bites, it hurts.

4- Intelligent and subtle:  2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest somehow as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is Christ’s.

We need to understand Satan has been around a lot longer than we have.  He has wisdom, but a wisdom that is pure evil.  He is out to destroy the plan the Lord has given and guided us into.

He will always attack your giftings, always placing doubt. 

5- He tempts us   1Th 3:5 For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain.

He will tempt you in your weakness, and only you know what that is. Its goal is to get you off track and cause a separation between you and God, and then he will place guilt upon you for falling into temptation.

6- He accuses us   Rev 12:10  Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

Be sure he will remind you of your past sins.  Dwelling on the past will make you ineffective for the future. 

7- Steal, kill and destroy  John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Sad to say, but Satan is doing a very good job of this.  His goal is to steal, kill and destroy your hopes, dreams, plans vision, family, finances.  

8-He puts fear in us, influences our emotions  2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

The fear in us will paralyze from moving forward.  

9-Isolates us  Luke 8:27 And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.

Isolation is a big one, sad to say,  many do not think so.  It is important to be around those that you can go to for prayer, advice, and counsel. In being isolated, you are unaware of how much of a grasp the enemy has on you. God has called us to fellowship, and it´s also fellowship outside of the church. 

He wants to keep us away from other believers, where we can grow, share and pray for others.

Now that you know and understand how he works against us, what is the solution?


James 4:7  Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 

Once the attack has been identified, you will have the strength to resist, and he will run away from you.  He will have no choice, and in resisting the enemy, you continue your spiritual growth. 





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7 ways to grow your faith

We live in a very busy world. Everywhere we go, people and things are vying for our attention. It could be the latest cell phone, tablet, or book to read, the choices today are endless. Our families complain because we don’t spend time with them, our boss wants more of us, and we go to bed tired.

Our time is valuable.

Grow your faith

If we are not careful, neglect can set it. We need to be intentional about what is important to us,  how to prioritize and learn to say no to what is not beneficial in our lives.

One of the relationships we should never neglect is our relationship with God. We should not allow our spiritual growth to languish.  This should be on the top of our list.

But where do we begin? How do we grow our relationship and faith with the Lord?

Here are a few tips. It is up to you how long you would like to spend in each section.  Doing just a few of these a few days of the week and consistently, you will notice a change begin to happen inside of you.

Here they are:

Read your Bible. Yes, a very common one, but one that is often overlooked. Reading or hearing the word has become very easy. There are excellent Bible apps and even audio versions of the Bible.

Resist the sins of the flesh. The world is full of advertisements, and the world portrays evil as good. Sexual sin, pornography, addictions are strongholds. It’s best to avoid them then fall into their trap.

Help where you can in your church. Our pastors and leaders need us. Helping, even in the most minimum of way brings gratitude to your heart. If you see a void, fill it. If unsure, ask and it will be given to you.

Learn to surrender. We love to hold onto things, to be in control of our lives, family, and circumstances. But there is One who holds our future in His hands, and He really does know best. In a struggle, surrender to God and peace will fill your heart.

Practice gratitude. Thanking and giving thanks with a sincere heart causes the enemy to flee seven ways. Even when things are not going well, I am sure you can make a list of many things to be grateful for. Go ahead, say them out loud, and experience the gratefulness that fills your heart

Practice love. Learn to love like Jesus did. Avoid strife, gossip, and contention, and learn to walk away from arguments.

Learn to hear God´s voice. Yes, you can hear God´s voice and receive peace and guidance. There are many excellent books and teaching if you are unsure where to begin. I would like to recommend Mark Virkler Book, 4 Keys to Hearing God´s voice.

I hope these are useful for you. If you know of other tips, please share them in the comments, I would love to hear from you.


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How to overcome sin

When you sin, what do you think and feel?  Do you feel guilt, shame, remorse? Do you receive thoughts such as God does not love me and He is mad?

Many people,  myself included would suffer guilt for sinning. I  would feel God would be mad or angry, and would not approach Him out of guilt.

The truth is we can’t win God´s love. He already loves us with an everlasting love. Neither can we earn salvation, it is a gift from God freely given to us. Jesus died on the cross to reconcile us to God,  for us to have direct access to the Father. We are born in sin and remain sinners.

There is good news.  Christ blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness, and he makes us whole. When God sees us, He does not see our sin, he sees how His Son´s blood covers us and makes us clean.

This does not go without saying we should confess our sin.  Try not to focus on your sin and dwell on it, but do ask for forgiveness.  If we continue to focus where we failed,  we are not looking to Jesus who has the power to give us to overcome the sin.

How do we overcome our sin?

Focus on Jesus, his death, and sacrifice for us. Give thanks. In doing so, we are no longer focusing on ourselves, but looking towards Jesus.  Receive His forgiveness, and it is important to forgive yourself.

You could go deeper and ask the Lord the root cause if it is a continual sin, and receive healing in that particular area.

The goal is to be changed from glory to glory and to be honest with yourself.  In doing so, your service to the Kingdom of God will be enhanced, and your life fulfilled.

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


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