God wants to come to you in the most intimate and personal way—to bring healing. He loves you and me.
He wants us healed and made whole so we can step into our God-given destiny—divinely aligned with Him in His purposes in the earth—souls—advancing His Kingdom—and equipped as ambassadors of Christ in our realm of influence….
Jesus was trained in his hometown. People watched him as a carpenter and we all know that the better we know people, the more apt we are to find fault with them. Jesus was a carpenter and the son of a carpenter. Jesus was the son of Mary, and had brothers and sisters.
At first the message of Jesus was received, but then the people took offense. Imagine that! When the people of Nazareth allowed their familiarity with Jesus to breed contempt, they deprived themselves of a great opportunity. Jesus chose to take His message and blessings elsewhere (Mark 6:6).
“But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house” (Mark 6:4 KJV).
We can even judge ourselves unworthy of eternal life and deprive ourselves of blessings we would otherwise receive. (See Acts 13:46).
If you know someone very well or experience something a lot, you may stop respecting them and think you have learned all there is to know. We can learn from anyone and anything around us. God can get our attention in any way He sees fit.
Few of us can live under the microscope of constant attention or criticism. Allow relationships to grow and nurture them. Close relationships will flourish and you will grow closer to one another instead of apart. That’s God’s plan for the family of God.
Familiarity breeds contempt. We live in a world where change is constant. God doesn’t want us to live in a place of contempt—or to get so familiar with someone, that we think we can’t learn anything else from them. A form of pride can rise up that is a trap from the enemy.
God places a restlessness inside us that not only draws us closer to Him, but also moves us to action to be a better person in the world around us.
Someone needs to hear your story. Someone who is about to give up needs to know they are not alone. God wants to move YOU to greatness by partnering WITH HIM. He brings divine alignments for the next assignment.
Familiarity also breeds expectations. People can grow up with a form of entitlement and think the world revolves around them—which results in selfishness. We need discernment from God and eyes to see with a bigger worldview. Everything God calls us to do WITH HIM will advance His Kingdom—pointing people to Jesus and bringing them to the cross.
Anything that draws you away from God and His Word is from the enemy. It is a trap from hell. God made YOU to be great. The only way you will become who God has called YOU to be is to be free set free from the fear of man. It means you may have to step out in some unknown territory. It means you have a desire to obey God—no matter what. When God calls you to do something, it will bless people and offend some.
Jesus made lots of people mad in his own hometown. They listened to him, but he had become ordinary to them. Instead of recognizing Jesus as the Son of God—they went by what they had known and seen in the past. When someone becomes ordinary to us, we can fall for the trap of judging by past experience rather than fully trusting God with the outcome.
With all the radical changes across this nation, and the Bible being fulfilled before our eyes, we can see that we are closer than ever before to the return of Jesus Christ. Keep your eyes fixed on Him, with a steadfastness of heart, and a sold-out mindset that does not budge off of God’s Word. Souls are at stake. Step out and be great with God.
Share the Good News of Jesus Christ to open the door for other people to have an encounter with the Living God. The Holy Spirit empowers us to engage the world around us with boldness and a heart on fire for His passion—souls
Greatness implies a deviation from the norm. If God is calling you to do something with Him, it will take a radical step of obedience—one of stepping out—facing possible rejection, mocking, and some will hear and come to know Jesus. Wipe the dust off your feet—and keep moving forward being led by the Holy Spirit of God. Tell the world about Jesus—He is coming back soon. God created you to be uncommon, to do what others are not willing to do, to stand out in the crowd–to be a world changer!
BOOKS BY Dr. Deborah Starczewski:
GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed and Know Your Purpose)…learn how to move from drama to destiny, from pain to purpose, from a mess to a message, and from trials to triumph through turning to Jesus Christ.
A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat)….an up-to-date resurrection story that will keep you turning the pages and give you new hope to believe God for anything. Dare to take your own leap of faith and believe God for greater, for uncommon favor, uncommon breakthrough, and divine intervention!
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)…a must read for every leader.
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, www.starministriesinc.com and other distributors…also wherever Deborah ministers.
Who do you love? Who do you live to please? Who is on your mind when you wake up each morning?
Be a God-pleaser! God gave His Son Jesus because of His great love for all mankind. We must be so in love with Jesus that we want all to know Him too. Love your family and friends enough to tell them the Truth of God’s Word. God will not change His Word for anyone. Jesus is coming back–and we can’t live any old way we like.
In John 14:23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” (NIV).
People may abandon you, many will criticize you, disconnect from you, and run from God when you tell them the Truth–OR they will fall in love with Jesus. People may criticize you and make fun of you because of your relationship with Jesus–but remember, in the end…it will be worth it all.
Truth will offend some people. God’s Word and His Truth can be understood by the world around us and in practical ways. Many people deny spiritual truth because it seems easier, but doing things the wrong way still brings about delayed consequences.
People want everything right now—rather than doing life God’s way. Do you get so mad when an elevator is full—that you choose to go the roof and jump to your death on the street? I don’t think so. You might choose to take the stairs—all seventeen flights—and be worn out at the bottom. Huffing and puffing like a blow fish. People have grown impatient with waiting for anything. Look at what God’s Word says in Isaiah 40:31:
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
As Christians, we cannot ignore God’s Word…because it may be unpopular or cause division. When a person is confronted with truth, he or she will do one of two things—respond or react. The heart that is tender to God will respond. The tender heart is moved to tears and compassion and obedience. The tough heart may throw a temper-tantrum, a pity-party, disconnect, and deny the Truth. The heart that is tough, bitter, unforgiving, angry and rebellious will react.
We must love people enough to speak the Truth in love—no matter what. Eternity is forever. This life is passing away. Look at what Jesus said in Matthew 24:10-12: “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and hate one another” (KJV).
Jesus said, “Blessed is he, whoever shall not be offended in Me” (Matthew 11:6).
“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:12-14).
Take time to read all of Matthew 24. Remember, even Truth presented in love will offend some people. We must love people enough to offer them everlasting life in Jesus Christ!
BOOKS BY DR. DEBORAH STARCZEWSKI
GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed and Know Your Purpose)… learn how to move from drama to destiny, pain to purpose, a mess to a message, and trials to triumph through turning to Jesus Christ.
A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat)…the amazing ways the Holy Spirit led us will keep you turning the pages and increase your faith to believe God for anything. God raised my husband from death, healed him from two strokes, and walked with us through two open-heart surgeries through 25 days at Mercy Hospital. The way the three stories are divinely linked within and weaved together will give you a newfound hope and spur you to fall in love with Jesus all over again!
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)…a must read for every leader, pastor, and family across the globe. It reads like a devotional and is a great tool of evangelism.
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, www.starministriesinc.com and other distributors. Also available at events, speaking engagements and wherever Deborah ministers the Word of God.
True ministry only operates through the person who is broken before the Lord, who has a humble and contrite heart.
Dr. Mickey Bonner states: “Satan has authored religions to keep men powerless and busy, rather than broken. I believe this is the “spiritual wickedness in high places,” spoken of in Ephesians 6:12. His object is to get men to focus on promotion in place of prayer. Thus, the church today, for the most part is dead. The world is dying, and no amount of religious busy-ness can save it. Our salt is stepped on, our light is dim, if not out. There is no hope except a return to God on His terms. If, however, the church did return, He would again visit His people. He promised He would in 11 Chronicles 7:14.
If we are to be used by God, we must first see what God sees in our lives. This is the reason for fasting. Denying ourselves food is not in order to get God involved in what we are doing. The purpose is to get us involved in God’s will by being broken before Him. Fasting, in its right perspective, breaks the soul from submitting to the wiles of the flesh and submits it instead to the Spirit of God within.” —Dr. Mickey Bonner
Brokenness is a wonderful experience and the beginning of all true ministry.
If you have not read “Brokenness, The Forgotten Factor of Prayer”—you must read it. It’s a book that will change your life.
No matter where we are on God’s timetable, we are called to occupy till He comes. Live fully committed to Jesus Christ—and tell the world about Jesus.
Dr. Mickey Bonner’s books are available at 1-800-365-PRAY (7729) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and the books are available on Amazon.
God bless you!
Dr. Deborah Starczewski
Books by Dr. Deborah Starczewski are available on www.starministriesinc.com and on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and other distributors.
A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At the Mercy Seat)…the amazing account of God raising my husband from death, healing him from two strokes, and the walk at Mercy Hospital (CMC) for 25 days— through two open-heart surgeries….a modern day resurrection story that will keep you turning the pages and give YOU hope and faith to believe God for anything.
GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed And Know Your Purpose)….learn how to move from drama to destiny, pain to purpose, a mess to a message, and trial to triumph through turning to Jesus Christ.
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)…a must read for every leader.