segunda-feira, 8 de janeiro de 2018


Leaders who are fully engaged in their daily struggles and missions do not realize their wounds as a result of these struggles. These wounds, which affect the spiritual balance of any human being, whether he is a great leader or not.

There is no avoiding spiritual struggles if you want to progress consistently, the territory where the fight is fought is never easy, and there is always a price to pay. Anyway, there are no victories without fights and no defeats, in the end there will always be a positive result or not.

Life never gives a free ride, leaders do not get a "Welcome" card when it comes to solving serious problems and facing battles. The good news is we're never alone. God brings his presence, power and favor to our life, but He never removes the human element, that is, He knows our inner well.

The realities of our humanity require that we face a variety of problems, such as financial pressures, personal issues, family problems, misalignment of vision and values, and the list goes on. These are very real problems, but all occur in the external domain.

The most common battles we face are internal battles. Sometimes small conflicts are about everyday things and can easily be conquered. However, there are conflicts that remain for long periods of time, however, they can disrupt the ministry of any leader.

It is best to identify them as early as possible and devote intentional efforts to overthrow them through biblical devotional reading, prayers, wise counsel, and practical steps of action.

Read carefully: 2 Corinthians 10: 4-5

The weapons we fight with are not human; On the contrary, they are powerful in God to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every pretension that arises against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive, to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10: 4,5

Check below; Top 3 constant internal struggles of a SPIRITUAL LEADER:

1) Distraction

It is not uncommon to be distracted in ministry. Leaders are often pulled in several directions at the same time. If we are not focused, focused on our work, it is easy to get away from the most productive priorities.

It is best to first identify the source of the distraction. It can come in many forms from such things as health issues, lack of intentional focus and discipline, family struggles, overlapping feeling and even boredom. Yes, leaders may be busy, but they should not stray from the issues of their occupations, lest they find themselves bored by accumulating unresolved questions.

It may seem counterintuitive to spend more time on the issue of distraction, but as long as you are focused on a positive solution, setting priorities, goals, and actions to achieve the results of your day-to-day ministry issues, that is the best way to beat it .

The apostle Paul in the letter to the Philippians said:

Brothers and sisters, I do not think I have reached it myself, but one thing I do is: forgetting the things that are behind and advancing to those that are ahead, I proceed to the goal in order to win the prize of God's heavenly calling in Christ Jesus. All of us who reach maturity must see things this way, and if in some aspect you think differently, that God will also enlighten you.Filipenses 3: 13-15

2) Discouragement

I do not know a church leader who has not experienced discouragement. Be it for unresolved issues or not. The question is: If it can discourage other leaders by demonstrating this desamino? Yes, it is possible, even if it is a lie, to convince them that God is not with them, and this can be a huge blow to the church.

Discouragement usually comes when you are tired and overwhelmed. Discouragement often finds its mark when its perspective becomes distorted. When you think things, that when you are in it, no one cares, and nothing is working.

Take some time to rest, think and talk. Get some time with a trusted friend to help you in prayer, with a view to seeing more clearly. God is with you and you are doing something that matters!

3) Split heart

This use of the term "divided heart" refers to when a leader is unclear about his vocation, passion, and purpose.

And there they shall seek the Lord their God, and find him, if they seek him with all their heart and with all their soul. Deuteronomy 4:29

When a leader is unsure of what their job or career should be, they can become dual-minded, resulting in internal conflict. The end result is the feeling of being pulled in two directions. No leader can sustain this for a long period of time.

This is very different from dreaming prayerfully about your future and what God has in store for you. A broken heart is when you are not really clear about what you should do in the present.

If this is the case, do not panic, but do not leave it aside to deal with it "later". You can blink and a year has passed! Take some time to think, pray, and seek wise counsel under God's direction.

Ultimately, this will come to a decision-making process. This is the part only you can perform, but no one. Therefore, make wise choices, always attentive to the word of God. Read this post on "How to Have God's Counsel" I believe I can help you with more information on practical decision-making.

If you are distracted, discouraged or with a divided heart, be comfortable knowing that you are walking in a familiar territory, as other leaders have passed or go through the same situations as you. But just know that You can overcome all this, do not give up. Take the first step today, the dynamic ministry is differentiated from the static.

Never think you're going to please everyone. The important thing is to know that the name Lord is being honored and glorified through his life and ministry.

By: Missionary Vagner



Spiritual Food: I like this expression: "SPIRITUAL FOOD THAT OF LIFE". In the Bible, we read a passage in John 6: 51-56 where the Lord Jesus said,

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. "Then the Jews began to argue exaltedly among themselves," How can this man offer us his flesh to eat? "I tell you the truth: If you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you will not have life in yourself. Everyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has the eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Everyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him.John 6: 51- 56

Hope is to our soul what energy is to our body. Just as our bodies must have the energy to continue, our souls must hope to continue.

When our body needs energy, we eat food. But when our soul needs hope, what do we feed? Of the Promises of God.

Why do we feed our soul promises? Because the promises have to do with our present and future, and we hope to see by the fulfillment of those promises in our lives, even if it takes about a month, a year or ten years.

We never expect the past. We can thank the past. The past can inspire or even secure a hopeful future for us. But all the wonderful things that have happened to us in the past will not feed our hope if our future seems sad.

However, if our future is promising, our soul will hope, even if our present is miserable, because hope is what keeps the soul at peace.

Then we "eat" through the word of God the promises of God, which our soul digests (believes) and converts to hope. Oh glory!

Toxic Foods for Alma

By feeding the body, there is "healthy food" and there is "unhealthy food". Both will, in the short term, produce energy. But healthy foods provide the right kinds of energy, increase the operation of complex body systems, strengthen their resistance against disease, and increase their durability and longevity. Unhealthy food, on the other hand, has essentially the opposite effect in all these areas, and contributes to diseases of the body over time.

Similarly, there are "healthy promises" and "seemingly healthy promises." Both will, in the short run, produce hope. But healthy promises within the word of God (the Bible) provide a certain kind of hope and promote spiritual health for eternity in all the complexities of the human soul. The seemingly healthy promises, because they are outside the word of God, ultimately prove to be toxic and lead to the death of the soul.

We realize that both physical and spiritual nutrition are important because we have always become what we eat. However, we must be more careful about what we feed our souls, that is, if we filter the contents we consume, because much more is at stake.

The world is already in the evil, so the devil is aware that we feed our souls from the promises of God or not, and that is why, there are the promises outside the word are everywhere. They are heavily marketed (observe every temptation to sin is a promise of some kind of happiness), attractively packaged, tasty (though not truly rich), convenient, and have a particular fascination when you are with little hope. They deliver a quick twist of false hopes and ruin their appetite for truly healthy promises.

But seemingly healthy promises always disappoint because their buzzing is followed by a hope that plunges us into guilt, shame, and emptiness. They never deliver the happiness they promise because our souls are designed for a much better hope. And yet, seemingly good promises can be addictive because we place our trust in something that perishes.

The live food: "JESUS"

"Man doth not live by bread alone, but ... For every word that cometh out of the mouth of the Lord" (Deuteronomy 8: 3, Matthew 4: 4). Our souls are designed to be nourished by God's "precious and very good promises" (2 Peter 1: 4).

But these promises are not mere human words; They are living and active (Hebrews 4:12), proceeding directly from the living Word, Jesus Christ (John 1: 1). He is the Word of God (Revelation 19:13) and "all the promises of God find their end and fulfillment in him" (2 Corinthians 1:20).

What could give more hope to our sinful souls than Jesus' promises to completely forgive all our sins, to remove all judgment and wrath from the Father against us, to be ever with us (Matthew 28:20) and to give us Life Eternal in the presence of God with full joy and pleasures forever (Psalm 16:11)? Only in him do we find "a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11).

This is why Jesus called himself the bread of life (John 6:35). The past grace of his death and resurrection guarantees an endless stream of hope that gives us future grace for us, which extends to eternity. To eat these promises is to eat this living bread, the best spiritual food, and live forever (John 6:51).

And Jesus created the Bible as a storehouse of living and living food for His saints. It is full of promises, and it invites us to come and feed on it for free (Isaiah 55: 1)!

You can change today

This spiritual food that makes our soul alive is more vital to our ultimate health than body food. But learning to eat well because of the well-being of our body has valuable lessons to eat well for the well-being of our soul. And one of those valuable lessons is that our taste preferences can be changed. Think about it!

Our tastes are conditioned by wrong habits and ways of thinking about food. Eating healthy food and healthy promises requires more work, to plan new discipline habits that are not as convenient and fun as seemingly healthy promises. And if we become conditioned to highly processed, sugary, and empty promises, artificially engineered to be addictive, we may find that the taste and texture of true foods are less amusing.

The only way to break the habit of eating seemingly healthy promises is to cultivate a taste for rich, nourishing, enduring, deeply satisfying, and true promises. You need to eat real food to develop the taste of real food. We must be patient. The old tastes do not diminish and the new tastes are not acquired overnight. We may find it helpful to change some bodily eating habits at the same time, and let this experience illustrate spiritual reality. But as we press on, God will find us and help us "prove and see" that he is good (Psalm 34: 8).

"The God of hope" wants to feast on his promises and be filled "with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Ghost we may abound in hope" (Romans 15:13).

Remember if! Our Joy does not come from the way of life with riches, fame, social status and everything else the world has to offer us. But our joy comes from God, when we receive grace and its benefits given to us undeservedly through the work of Christ on the Cross of Calvary.

Glory to God, Amen!

By: Missionary Vagner :);)



A "Spiritual Warning" for all Christians today, and many professing Christians in Christ Jesus are unnoticed, is the danger of "Spiritual Discouragement." In this article, we will speak on this subject in a simple and brief way, but supported by the word of God.

Why are we discouraged?

Discouragement is, by definition, a deficit of courage. Biblical courage is the ability to face uncertainty, adversity, danger or suffering with the faith-fueled hope that God will keep us through his word. The apostle Paul went on to say that, "because all the promises of God find their Yes in [Christ]," especially the resurrection, we must "always be of good courage" (2 Corinthians 1:20, 5: 6).

Meditate attentively: 2 Corinthians 1:20; 5: 6)

If we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your consolation, which gives you patience to endure the same sufferings that we are suffering.2 Corinthians 1: 6

Therefore, we are always confident and we know that while we are in the body, we are far from the Lord.2 Corinthians 5: 6

But we do not always have good courage. Because? Because disbelief in God's promises makes us discouraged. This is the focus of Satan's strategies, making you lose faith and hope in the promises of God. Their strategies are disorientedly sophisticated, but their goal is simple: to discourage Christians.

Discouraged Christians are immobilized threats. They are like diffused, silenced evangelical bombs, whose faith is erased and may even infect other Christians with the same discouragement.

Discouragement can become a chronic problem in the body of Christ
This is precisely why, shortly after Paul says, "we are always of good courage" (2 Corinthians 5: 6), he says, "For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5: 7). Worldly perceptions tend to undermine our courage. But faith perceives a reality so hopeful that even the subject of our own death can discourage our faith in God.

Thanksgiving and Courage

What does this have to do with thanksgiving? Nothing is so encouraging as seeing abundant grace from God (2 Corinthians 9: 8), and gratitude is what we feel when we see (2 Corinthians 1:11).

while you help us with your prayers. So many will give thanks for our sake, for the favor granted to us in response to the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:11

But what we need to understand is that biblical thanksgiving is not merely our response of gratitude to a grace received from God; It is actually a means of perceiving this grace. Biblical thanksgiving is not merely a command to be obeyed; It is a call to see beyond our normal perceptions the hundreds of graces we would otherwise lose because of our sin-induced myopia. And it is a call to see future graces in God's promises so sure that we can thank God for them now.

That is why God commands us so often in the Bible to thank. The commands lead us to ask, "What do I really have to thank?" This question alone can prevent our thoughts from drifting into discouragement while hindering our faith. And that responding we begin to see thanks. Thus, the obedient act of giving thanks to God really results in our gratefulness to God. The commands are by themselves graceful.

God wants this practice of thanksgiving to become a gracious habit. The more usual thanksgiving becomes more grateful. We will find that "giving thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18) is not an impossible ideal but an ever more satisfying joy and a powerful and counterintuitive antidote to discouragement.

The best things are hard to learn

Thanksgiving is a counterintuitive antidote to discouragement, because when we feel discouraged, we do not feel like giving thanks. The word of God does not teach to give thanks worshiping and praising God in any situation.

Experiencing the joy of gratitude requires the hard work of learning the habit of giving thanks through daily practice. It is difficult to learn because of our deeply ingrained habits of seeing the world through egocentric lenses. That's why, Satan works hard to distract us with all sorts of discouraging things.

But there is abundant grace available to help us see grace (2 Corinthians 9: 8). That's why there are plenty of commands to thank!

And God is able to make all grace to be added to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that is necessary, you overflow in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9: 8


Meditate on the commands "thanks" and "thanksgiving" in the Bible, and practice them, especially when you do not feel that way. "Give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Fighting discouragement with thanksgiving amidst difficulties! God will provide the strength you need (1 Peter 4:11, Philippians 4:19).

Remember if! Our strength comes from the Lord ... (Psalm 28: 7)

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and from him I receive help. My heart rejoices with joy, and with my song I will give thanks. Psalms 28: 7



Spiritual renewal requires us to wait on the Lord alone in the midst of great trials. Our faith and trust should be tested to gain strength and spiritual help from God at the right time.

Do you believe that it is possible to strengthen us through adversity?
If your answer is yes then keep reading ...

Rather, read carefully: Isaiah 40: 27-31

Why do you complain, O Jacob, and why do you complain, O Israel, "The Lord is not interested in my situation, my God does not consider my cause?" Do you not know? Never heard of it? The Lord is the eternal God, the Creator of all the earth. He does not grow weary or exhausted, his wisdom is unfathomable. He strengthens the weary and gives strength to the powerless. Even young men grow tired and exhausted, and young men stumble and fall, but those who wait on the Lord renew their strengths. They fly very high like eagles; they run and do not get exhausted, they walk and they do not get tired.Isaiah 40: 27-31

There are always those times when it seems like Satan is getting the best of us. Sometimes it's a little hard to keep your faith and trust God when it's all going against you and we're in the midst of one of the biggest battles of our life. It is in those times when we need the Lord more than ever. It is in those times when our faith and trust in God are really put to the test. This is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak, in our walk with the Lord.

It is easy to live for God and trust him when everything is going well. It is not so easy to do it when the weight of the whole world is on our shoulders. Many Christians rescue God as storms become difficult.

If your life is in the midst of turmoil and the waves of temptation are upon your life to bother you, seek and trust God, for it is the time when He is really testing your faith to see if you will pass or fail. This is the time when your trust is created. This is the moment when your relationship with God will truly show your true depth.


In this man I will boast, but not in myself, except in my weaknesses. Even if I preferred to boast, I would not be foolish, because I would be speaking the truth. I avoid doing this so that no one thinks of me more than I see or hear of me. To prevent me from exalting myself because of the greatness of these revelations, I was given a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, for me Three times I prayed to the Lord to take him from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, I will boast even more joyfully in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest in me. Therefore, for Christ's sake I rejoice in weaknesses, insults, needs, persecutions, anguishes. For when I am weak I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12: 5-10

In the same way, our behavior as a Christian is sometimes shaped by the "encouragement" of the danger of unfavorable circumstances. Without God's loving correction and faithful discipline, we would never develop spiritual strength and endurance. If the Lord did not allow the threatening conditions to come into our lives, then we would succumb to feelings of self-sufficiency and overconfidence.

No temptation came to you that was not common to men. And God is faithful; it will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when they are tempted, he will provide an escape for them to endure.1 Corinthians 10:13

God never promised that we would not have difficult times. He never promised us to navigate through life without problems. What He has promised is that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He promised that He would be with us in all our needs. He promised in Psalms 55:22, "Deliver your worries to the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to fall."

In the passage above, Israel became discouraged, so God had to remind them of who He is! And that is still in control of all things. Those who would trust him would be renewed in his strength.

I do not know about you, but there are times when my strength fails. I know many of you too, because you always ask for prayer by force to defend the Lord. There is nothing wrong with praying for strength. In fact, this is the best thing you can do. But if you really want to have more strength, God has already set the standard for you to strengthen yourself in these verses.

The first thing you must realize is who God is and what He is doing for you now.
For you, the problems you are facing seem to be bigger than those of other people, but there are people who have faced and are facing the same situations as you or even worse. Your problems are no surprises to God. He knew what was to come and already has an answer for each of them. But we will only see victory if we walk the path with faith toward God.

God is God and He is the Almighty. There is no greater problem than our God and operating He who will prevent. There is no limit to the release and provision for what you need. God never gets tired and is always listening and answering our prayers, according to his will.

What will we do with the trials we face?

Will we resort to our own devices and make decisions that will lead us to have less time for God, for the church, or even for our families?

We will forget the Word of God and become depressed because we do not have the faith that everything will be resolved at the right time determined by God. The Apostle Paul said: In Romans 8:28, "We know that God works in all things for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose."

Romans 8:28.

Shall we abandon the promises given by God to our lives?

Are we going to forget about our commitments to Christ that we made when everything was going well?

Will we forget the times of the past that God has led us through difficult times? Shall we forget the blessings, the healings, the miracles, and all the good things that God has done?

Will we ignore the fact that God has always been and will always be faithful to His promises in the Word of God? What will we do now that things are not more perfect?

Know, God is far above our little problems, no matter how bad they may seem to us.

God will not allow us to fail if we keep our trust and faith in him.
The choice to remain and persevere in the face of the problem is ours, for our God will not force our decision in one way or another because He wants us to learn and grow in Him. God will treat our decision as a loving Father and not as a tyrant dictator.

He gives power and renews the strength of the weak; And for those who have not, he will increase his strength.

I wish I could say that I understand why God allows some things to happen. I wanted to understand your designs, but I can not. Your ways are far beyond my capacity for understanding. I can only trust him with faith and know that somehow God will take care of everything.

God knows how to give you the power to overcome. He will take their weaknesses, their failings, their doubts and fears, and He will turn them into miracles of deliverance. In fact, God often does not move until we give it completely to Him, because honor and glory belong to Him.

God is our source of strength. God is our source of provision. God is our source of power. God is our source for everything we need! We can not do anything within ourselves without first presenting ourselves to Him.

... but those who wait on the Lord renew their strength. (Isaiah 40:31)

If you're facing great trials and testing right now, raise your head. Look at Jesus because all your answers are in him. Do not allow Satan to destroy your victory. Do not let him convince you that all is lost. Do not listen to your deceitful and lying voice. Listen to the voice of the Lord and the Word of God and raise your head so your redemption is closer than you think.

It will not be long before this world and all problems are left behind. We must see the King in all His glory. We should be like him and be with him in heaven. What a wonderful day it will be when my Jesus returns; When I look into His face and see His grace. Then my heart will continue to sing and with grace I will continue to worship. Until the day that my eyes behold the Savior, I will put my faith and trust in Him, and He will not fail.

Wait on the Lord. Put your faith and trust in Him and He will let your spirit soar above this world. He will lift your spirit on the wings of the eagle and you will be strengthened for the journey ahead. Be patient waiting, putting your wholehearted faith in Jesus and trusting Him, you will have your strength renewed.

Remember if! God has everything under control, operating He who will prevent it.



How to discern a spiritual attack on the mind

Many Christians do not know or believe that there are many problem situations in our lives where the battle is taking place on the spiritual plane. The word of God is very clear on this subject:

"For it is not against flesh and blood that we must fight, but against principalities, against powers, and the princes of the world of darkness, against the spiritual hosts of iniquity in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 6:12)

Spiritual battle occurs in many areas of our lives, for example: (Health, Family, Financial, Relationships, etc.), and you may not know much about it, or rather, how we can win this invisible battle. Identifying, understanding, and positioning oneself spiritually through these spiritual conflicts is essential in the life of any Christian practicing the word of God.

However, we know that not everything is the fault of the devil, because there are several situations that are natural, normal causes or that often we ourselves are the cause. But this does not rule out the evil spiritual influences that God's chosen people may actually be acting against us.

So at the end of this post, I left a link: Evangelical Spiritual Warfare Prayers, for spiritual liberation and healing of the powerful soul, but rather, I would like to expose you with some useful information in the process of spiritual identification and positioning. Amen!

What do I need to know first about spiritual liberation?

When we are born again in Christ, we have two natures within us, that is, the natural man (old man) and the spiritual man (new man).

And they fight each other. The Bible encourages us to divest the old man, letting the will of the spiritual man (new man) prevail, since he is born of God, and does not sin. Meditate: 1Jo 5:18; 3: 9.

Can a faithful Christian be controlled by Satan?

No! A faithful, sincere, obedient and practicing Christian of the word of God can not be controlled by Satan and his demons, for he himself has authority over the spiritual hosts of wickedness. However, the situation may be different since, for whatever reason, it ceases to give importance to the word of God, turning away from the ways of the Lord.

In the sacred scriptures we have some very important passages, which must be analyzed in the light of the word of God. Pray to the Father and seek direction from God, ask for spiritual discernment of the Holy Spirit of God, through revelation in His word.

Meditate: 1 Samuel 16: 14-15, Luke 11: 24-26, 2 Corinthians 7: 1, 1 Thessalonians 5:23.

Do the enemies of my soul, satan and his demons, have any legal rights to my life? It is important to understand 2 things: Proof and Legal right.

The first situation is this: Probation is something that we can face regardless of our position in Christ Jesus, for it is through the ordeal that we are approved by God in the Bible, but specifically in the "book of Job," we have a case very well-known of ordeal and final victory over the ordeal, among others. The Lord Jesus is our greatest example of trial and approval by God.

Already the legal right given to satan over souls, is directly connected the open loopholes in our lives, through our acts and behaviors, that is, sin. There are numerous Bible verses that demonstrate that curses are due to sin (Sm 107: 17, Rom 2: 9-10, Luke 5: 7, John 5:14), especially in Deuteronomy 28:15.

Meditate: 1 John 3 (Read the entire chapter).

7 Signs that you may be suffering a spiritual attack on the mind:

1) Discouragement and loss of the desire to seek God;

2) Physical and emotional exhaustion;

3) Problems with lack of resources;

4) Not having a life of prayer;

5) Overloaded by problems;

6) Sins and old habits begin to return;

7) Turn away from spiritual friendships;

7 Powerful weapons to defeat the devil, available to all Christians?

1) The name and blood of Jesus;

2) The reading and practice of the word of God;

3) Fasting and prayer;

4) Praise and Worship;

5) Sanctification;

6) Sanctification;

7) Union and communion;


Regardless of the spiritual battle or spiritual attack on the mind we are facing, it is important to remember that we have the word of God and the Holy Spirit of God dwelling and acting through us, so we must put ourselves in the position, as true worshipers and seek direction of God necessary to win the battle against our spiritual enemies.