What a Promise from God Really Means

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Opportunities come to us in a place of confinement. When we feel boxed in and closed in by circumstances and situations and maybe people, your promise is a key that unlocks that door and sets you free. I am the Truth, Jesus said. I am the Way, I am the Life, and the truth will set you free. And the truth is you have got a promise right now that unlocks your cell. Stay or go. Be a prisoner of your circumstances or learn to be free.

Promises thrive next to a problem. We are all learning to possess what God has spoken. We are not any longer just natural people. We are learning to be citizens of Heaven. Continue reading

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Soaking: How to Enter into Rest

Rest is a vital part of a rich, powerful spiritual life and it can also be one of the hardest habits to get into. Rest opens up a door for quiet communication with God where you can explore new depths of relationship with Him. In rest you can fully realize His heart for you and His plans for your future.

Soaking CDs are a great tool to help you access that place of peace and calm needed for intentional devotional time. Listen to Graham talk about the importance of soaking in this video:

Graham has a variety of soaking teachings available at Brilliant Book House, and until midnight tonight (PST) you can purchase any of the soaking CDs in the Soaking CD Collection for just $5!
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The Soaking CD Collection includes Clothed in His Presence, The Kind Intentions of God, Prophetic Soaking and Rise Up a Warrior. Each of these messages have a unique perspective on coming into a place of rest, but all of them will certainly refresh you as you contemplate new dimensions and new depths of habitation in the Spirit.

Shop for the Soaking CD Collection.

A Clearing in the Woods

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Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
– Matthew 11:28-30

How many times have you heard the refrain, “God’s not answering my prayers”, or “I can’t hear Him”? Too often we’re simply not paying enough attention: we love to hear the sound of our own voices, after all. And if we don’t, there are plenty of louder people all around us, each with their own viewpoints on a subject, their own egos demanding to be heard. The world is a loud and belligerent place, lacking the subtlety of the Kingdom: there, a whisper is worth a thousand shouts.

Our current identity in Christ is the source of our deliverance, not some voice from on high sounding suspiciously like Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston (or, latterly, Morgan Freeman). Let’s make this very clear—while the story of Superman contains within it any number of messianic metaphors and Christ allegories, Superman is not Jesus…and the Father is not a superhero. He’s not bound and determined to swoop down from the clouds and sweep us off our feet and out of the circumstances that are trying us, and if that’s more or less what we’re expecting when we pray over our situation, then we may just be setting ourselves up for a nasty disappointment.

As we dwell upon Christ, allowing thoughts of our identity in Him to develop, and considering how our affect, our persona, may be affected and transformed by that transformed identity, the situation we find ourselves in recedes in importance. Continue reading

Brilliant Tribe Spotlight from The Warrior Class: Rest & Restoration

Christine Taylor  is a member of The Warrior Class and has shared her story of learning to rest and enjoy the Presence and Comfort of the Father in spite of how busy life can be. To learn more about The Warrior Class, please visit TWClass.org

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I have a grandson who is the apple of my eye. The highlight of my week is Thursdays where I go spend my afternoon with “The Captain” or Captain Adorable as he has been nicknamed (this for a shirt he was wearing when he was just an infant, and the name has stuck). I devote the afternoon to just plain silliness: we play, I sing, sometimes we read, then we play some more, but the best part of the day is when the Captain is winding down and I get to rock him to sleep. I can always tell when he is getting tired, as he speeds up a bit first, gets a little cranky (but not much) then he settles down on my lap as we rock. He drifts off to sleep, his chubby fingers wrapped around one of mine, head on my chest and we doze together in the recliner. I wake often, a heart so full of gratitude for this wonderful gift I have been given, kiss his forehead and just gaze in wonder at God’s creation.

Lately, my life has been really full. Mostly full of wonderful things like the Captain, but it has contained some challenges and some really juicy fights too. One particularly busy day, I found I had more to do than I had the energy for and was feeling the wear in my own body. I was playing worship music (which is my norm), and kept feeling the pull to just lay face down in worship. Here I was with so much still undone and yet hearing that unmistakable call. Continue reading