Excitement and expectancy filled the Rhema Bible Church auditorium as women gathered for three days to get refreshed and go higher with God. Anyone who has attended any of Lynette Hagin’s women’s conferences agrees they are life changing. No one leaves without having a God-encounter. Make plans to attend Kindle the Flame September 22–24, 2022! In the meantime, enjoy these highlights.
Getting Kingdom Business Done Unhindered
God has assignments for us to complete, and to do as He asks, we have to go higher with Him. A deeper foundation is required to go higher in Christ. When we build our foundation on the Word, we can withstand any storm in life.
Communicating with God through prayer strengthens our foundation. We can talk to the Lord at any time and need Him to be the dominant influencer of our thoughts and actions.
Going higher with God requires commitment. We must surrender our will to His will and become clay in the potter’s hand. The Holy Spirit is with us to lead and guide. But to recognize His voice requires that we become still enough to hear what He says.
We all like our comfort zones, but we must be willing to let God stretch us. Before stepping out, we often want the whole picture. But it’s after we take a step that He shows us what to do next.
In our walk with the Lord, we must throw aside every weight that hinders us. The list of weights can be long: fear, offense, unforgiveness, bitterness, and even social media.
We need to be about kingdom business. God has a work for every one of us. As we commit to go higher with God and let go of the weights that hold us down, we will complete the
assignments God asks of us. We were truly born for such a time as this.
Celebrate Your Season
Denise Hagin Burns
God has our best interest in mind when it comes to our season. He sees the big picture. God showed me that we often get hung up on the destination. He once said to me, “It’s not about a destination; I’m interested in the journey.”
Many of us are missing what God has called us to do because we’re so concerned about the destination. In the meantime, we’re missing the journey and everything He is trying to teach us along the way.
I was so concerned about getting to the destination that I wasn’t having fun. God told me to relax and have fun because there’s nothing better in life (Eccl. 8:15 NLT). He said, “Denise, I want you to celebrate your season, whether it’s good, bad, hard, or stressful. Celebrate it.”
I believe celebration is an important but underrated spiritual discipline. It’s a discipline because it’s hard to celebrate when things aren’t going great. But in the middle of stressful and heartbreaking circumstances, God is saying, “I want you to sit down with Me and relax, and fellowship, and enjoy because I’ve got you. Even with everything that’s happening around you, you can still celebrate your season. We’re going to sit here for a bit, and then I will walk you through to the other side.”
Whatever season you are in, learn to celebrate it. It will take commitment and determination, but that’s how God wants us to live our lives.
“God wants to take us higher and deeper, but we must be free from offense. How do we walk in love and stay free? By abiding in Christ. Jesus said if you abide in Him and draw close to Him, He will draw close to you! He will take you deeper, further, and higher. You can forget about what’s been done to you because your eyes are set on Jesus. And you will produce fruits of righteousness and bring glory to the Father because you’re abiding in Him.” —Lindsay Hill
“The culture of Rome was constantly pushing against the Early Church. Paul’s mission was to make sure the Gospel message did not become tainted or polluted. He established the point that salvation was by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. But the culture of his day pushed against that. I present to you that in our world today, we cannot permit the Gospel to be anything but the power of God unto salvation. When today’s culture pushes against our beliefs, we must engage and speak the truth in love.” —Ericka McCrutcheon
“Jesus said, ‘I came that you may have life and enjoy it to the full’ (John 10:10 AMP). He came to give us an abundant life. Life is a journey, and we can enjoy the trip. We have places to go and things to do in the Kingdom of God, and we have to be full of the joy of the Lord. The joy in us ought to radiate on the outside. People will want to know what we have. We’ve been chosen to rise up in the strength of the Lord and carry the message of hope, help, and healing to others.” —Brenda Thomas
“Maybe you’ve experienced something really difficult, and it’s knocked you off your feet. But just like the sun, you will rise again. Every promise will be tested and every dream challenged. God may not do everything the way you want. But He’s always ready to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond anything you can ask or think. No matter what it looks like, declare with full assurance that there isn’t a need God can’t meet or a mountain He can’t move. There’s no prayer God can’t answer, sickness He can’t heal, hurt He can’t mend, or door He can’t open. You will rise again.” —Ty Ward
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