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Our Top Reads of 2017

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Reading has been referred to as "the gymnasium for the mind." As leaders, we can learn and grow so much from it. Both Pastor Gene and I love reading and hope to inspire you to take on some great books this year!

In this week's podcast, Pastor Gene and I are sharing with you our top reads of 2017. If you would like to purchase a copy of your own, simply click the book title. Let’s get started!

Pastor Kelly’s #3: Own the Moment by Carl Lentz

This was my most recent read. Carl Lentz is the pastor of the Hillsong New York Church and his book follows the many stories of his life and of his ministry. It is incredibly inspiring and honest. I took away many great principles from what Lentz shared, principles that I want to apply to my own life and ministry as a pastor.

For me, the most memorable story Lentz included was one of an experience he had while attending the Hillsong Bible College. He was asked to come up to the front of the class to pray but he was so terrified that he ran away and hid in the bathroom, even standing atop a toilet so that no one would know he was there. It was amazing to read that account from a man who is now being interviewed across America and has become one of the biggest spokespeople for the next generation church. It just shows that God can use anyone, anywhere, and that even though some of our heroes look like they have it all together, everyone has their struggles. God can use our greatest weaknesses for His glory! I think my favourite quote from the book would have to be when Lentz said, “I want to be a leader and a husband and a pastor who is so secure that I can love quickly, give generously, and forgive freely because I know where my life is anchored.”

Pastor Kelly’s #2: The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day by John Maxwell

This book is a devotional for leaders and is taken from John Maxwell’s book called The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership but is a Bible study. Maxwell takes the 21 laws and gives an example of a Biblical character, walking you through their process of mastering a particular law. I love that he takes a character and a law and gives you a week's worth of devotions for them. It allows you to meditate for a week on that law and put it into practice yourself. I’d highly recommend every pastor and leader get this devotional.

If I am honest, I have been bored of Maxwell’s books lately. Don’t get me wrong, he is one of my all-time favourite authors and no one compares to him when it comes to leadership. However, I have found a number of his latest books to be receptive of his earlier works and I didn’t get much out of them. But, this one was different. I found it refreshing, inspiring, and very very practical. I just wanted to get that out there just in case there were others that were feeling the same about Maxwell’s writing lately.

I think this book partners very well with The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. The devotional digs a little further into each law by giving an actual historical example through the Biblical characters. I think the 21 Laws book is one of the best leadership books ever written and would highly suggest you put it on the top of your reading list for 2018. And get Maxwell’s devotional to partner with it; the two of them will take your leadership to another level!

Pastor Gene’s #3: Instinct by TD Jakes

This one was a re-read for me. I decided to go through it again because I really appreciate the phrasing of Jakes’ thoughts. My favourite quote is about Jakes watching his children “unpack the inventory of their uniqueness”. I am still “unpacking my uniqueness,” as is Pastor Kelly.

Pastor Gene’s #2: Ted Talks by Chris Anderson & Spark and Grind by Erik Wahl

Ted Talks is one of my favourite websites. This book is about how the various speakers create their Ted Talks. It is very practical and references various talks that were challenging to the presenter. Everyone from Monica Lewinsky to Colin Powell.

Pastor Kelly read Talk like Ted which is one of his top picks for 2017 as well. It is one of the reasons our church has switched to 18-minute sermons on Sunday’s.

One of my main takeaways from Talk like Ted was the thought that “overstuffed” equals “under-explained”. Woodrow Wilson famously said, “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” Presenting just one idea and doing it well takes time. Richard Bach writes, “Great writing is all about the power of the deleted word.” I believe the same is true in speaking.

My second choice for the #2 slot is Spark and Grind by Erik Wahl. “Spark” refers to those “aha!” moments when we have an idea. “Grind” refers to “grinding an idea to the finish line.” We often face the problem of running with a good idea and ignoring better ideas that may come up along the way. Grinders are people who ignore better sparks along the way. We need to learn to do both; always expect new sparks and always be grinding ideas to their finish line. Our first idea is never the best because ideas grow. The point is to spark new ideas even while grinding our first idea to the finish line.

Pastor Gene’s #1: Resilience by Eric Greitens

This is an awesome book of letters from one Navy Seal to another. For Navy Seals, the frontline is where they live with purpose and experience victories and friendships, but also a place of fear, struggle, and suffering. Once out of their military service, they have to find a new purpose, similar to when people go through challenging times like divorce or addiction. Greitens challenges his friend that the words we say to ourselves are tools by which resilience is maximized.

He sites professional climbers and the discipline of packing well. Every tool has a purpose; a sleeping bag for sleeping, a lantern for light, gloves for protection etc. Every tool has a purpose and every tool has a weight. At sea level, an axe feels like a feather but at 12,000 feet, hours from the summit, an extra pound feels like an anvil. Words have value and the right words can right your balance. We have to carry what is essential and leave the rest behind. Thus the quote, “When we’re struggling, we need the right words in our mind.” Resilience is packed full of truths that line up with the Word of God but are freshly worded.

Pastor Kelly’s #1: Jack: Straight from the Gut by Jack Welch

This is not a new book, in fact, it’s been out for a while, but I got to it just last year. I think one reason I avoided it is the sheer size of the book: it’s quite a hefty read. I also didn’t know how much of it would apply to me. But, I found it to be a fascinating read and I took a bunch of practical principles from it that I could apply to my own leadership.

I think my ultimate top pick for #1 would have to be my new book coming out this year! It is called Six Anchors and is a 40-day devotional based on hope. Hebrews 6:19 says that “this hope will be an anchor for our souls.” The Amplified Bible defines that anchor as one that “cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it.” So, I did a Bible study on the word hope and exactly where the Bible says we can place our hope that would not give out. I found six specific places where the Bible instructs us to place our hope, hence the name “Six Anchors”. My prayer is that it will help readers to locate (or relocate) their hope so that they can live life with the fullest confidence regardless of the circumstances surrounding them. The book certainly helped me with this as I wrote it. We hope to release it on Easter Sunday: April 1st, 2018. 

Motivation for Reading

I am addicted to reading. I think it is because as leaders, we are constantly faced with new problems and challenges. I find that I am always looking for new solutions and ideas to face the ever-changing challenges that come my way as a leader. It is one discipline that helps me refuel and re-fire for the future. It helps me stay solution focused instead of problem focused. I need it or I won’t survive as a leader.

The Word of God is the best read anytime and anywhere; it’s really our number one read at all times. 2018 is a great time to encourage people - and yourself - to read the Bible with fresh eyes and a fresh heart every time they pick it up. The Bible is alive and there has never been, and never will be, a book that can duplicate it. It comes partnered with the Holy Spirit who makes what was written in it thousands of years ago so alive for life today. It’s the lifeblood of every human, especially leaders, and most definitely for us pastors. We need it, not just as a preparation tool for our sermons, but as a life source for us personally. Why? Because it is in the Bible that we can hear from God the best and get His guidance to lead His church as the hope of the world on our God-given mission to reach every available person, at every available time, by every available means, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by creating churches unchurched people love to attend.

If you have questions you would like answered in an upcoming podcast, please email leadership@myvictory.ca.

Entrepreneurial Leadership

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The Entrepreneurial spirit is characterized by innovation and risk-taking. Entrepreneurs tend to be good at perceiving new business opportunities. They typically exhibit positive biases in their perception of possibilities and a pro-risk taking attitude. In ministry terms, we could call the gift of the Apostle as entrepreneurial. They are the ground breakers, the pioneers, the ones willing to take the risks to go first. I think entrepreneurs think differently than most. They tend to have mindsets that are action oriented. They will jump in with both feet. Often they jump first and ask questions later. They also tend to be more welcoming of change. They love challenges and are often motivated by them. And they tend to recover more quickly from set-backs.

What Are You Focusing On?

Perseverance is key for any entrepreneurial endeavour. Quitters often pretend that people, things or situations outside of themselves are the blame for their entrepreneurial defeat. But it is the internal mind-set that stabilizes any entrepreneurial challenge.

When coaching emerging leaders I generally begin by focusing on what they are focusing on. I’m sure you have heard me say this over and over again, but what you focus on you give power to. So, if you focus on your past defeats, you will give power to that defeat and it will be very difficult to move on from it. But, if you focus on your future, then you will use your past defeats as stepping stones to your success. The only time we look at the past is to learn from it. Otherwise, don’t dwell there.

Self-doubt is a major distraction in the pursuit of any risky opportunity. Self-doubt becomes a major roadblock when an entrepreneurial leader is surrounded by average thinkers rather than forward thinkers.  Sometimes you have to look at who you are spending the most time with. Are they adding to you or taking from you? If you realize that the people you are spending the most time with are draining you, you will have to make a conscious decision to spend more time with those who add to you. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to completely dismiss those draining you, it just means you need to change who you are letting into your inner circle. Make sure they are building you up!

Develop a Life Plan

John Maxwell says: “Great takes time.  That’s why so many end up settling for good. It’s why so many hover around average." You have to force yourself to constantly push to learn more. I would implore everyone to develop a personal growth plan. Determine what you need to grow in and then come up with a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly plan to invest in yourself in that area. For example, I knew I wanted to grow as a leader in order to one day pastor a mega-church. So, over the past 10 or so years, I have developed a daily plan to listen to leadership podcasts from some of the world’s best leaders and pastors. I weekly read a book. Monthly, I connect with a leader who has gone further than me, whom I can learn from. And yearly, I attend a conference at a mega-church somewhere in the world so that I can see and hear great leadership principles to apply to my life and ministry. So, to each leader listening, what is your personal growth plan? If you don’t have one, you aren’t growing at the rate you should be in order to reach your top potential.

I think a great place to start is by fast forwarding in your mind to your funeral. Ask yourself, “who will be there?” and “what do I want them to say about me?” This practice will give you a focus on your priorities, both in who is most important to you as well as what is most important to you. Next, write down a list of the people that come to mind and then ask yourself “what can I do daily, weekly, monthly, yearly to invest in those relationships?” Then write a list of priorities or goals — and for each one — ask the same question: what can I do daily, weekly, monthly, yearly to invest in growing in that area? And then take that list and apply it to your calendar. Remember you have to work, eat, and sleep, so make a realistic schedule. But, I have found that a little bit of investment each day goes a whole lot further than a big chunk of time or money invested on an inconsistent basis.

Avoid The Comparison Trap

While it's important for a leader to gleam from the success of others without merely mimicking them, I believe it can be a great starting point for young leader to begin mimicking a successful leader. My answer might surprise some, but this way, you can learn all you can from them and over time begin to discover what works for you and what doesn’t work. I think we are so focused on being original that we miss learning best practices from the best. Like Solomon said in Ecclesiastes, “there is nothing new under the sun.” So, steal all you can from the greats and in the process be open to learning who you are and what works best for you. I know as a preacher, I have re-preached some of the greats messages that moved me. I was criticized for that, but I also learned over time how to deliver impacting messages and what resonates with people and what doesn’t. I feel this greatly helped me as a communicator in crafting and delivering my own sermons.

Develop A Healthy Growth Environment

We often speak about the power and importance of environments. It is important for a leader maintain a healthy growth environment. I love how John Maxwell defines a healthy growth environment.

"A healthy growth environment is one in which:

  1. Others are ahead of you;
  2. You are continually challenged;
  3. Your focus is forward;
  4. The atmosphere is affirming;
  5. You're often out of your comfort zone;
  6. You wake up excited;
  7. Failure is not your enemy;
  8. Others are growing;
  9. People desire change;
  10. Growth is modelled and expected."

Doesn’t that list sum it up well?

Of the 10 I have you found the most challenging to be number 7, "Failure is not your enemy". It is much easier said than done and I still find it difficult to overcome failure. I hate losing more than I enjoy winning, so that one is definitely the toughest.

Use the P=40 to 70 Principle

I heard Colin Powell speak at a Leadership Summit Conference a number of years ago and he instructed leaders to use the formula P=40 to 70, in which P stands for the probability of success and the numbers indicate the percentage of information acquired. Once the information is in the 40 to 70 range, he said “go with your gut.” Don’t take action if you have only enough information to give you less that a 40% chance of being right, but don’t wait until you have enough facts to be 100% sure, because by then it is almost always too late. Today, excessive delays in the name of information-gathering breeds “analysis paralysis.” He was emphatic that “procrastination in the name of reducing risk actually increases risk.” I love that.

Practice Reflective and Dream Thinking

The obligatory whirlwind of a leader’s everyday life often suffocates their entrepreneurial aspirations. You need to find ways of keeping your everyday life full of the “fresh air” needed to nourish innovative ideas. Personally, I like to practice two very important types of thinking:

  • reflective thinking
  • dream thinking

I think it is absolutely necessary to block out time in your day or week to reflect on the day and ask yourself “what went right?” and "how can I repeat that tomorrow?" and “what went wrong?” and "how do I avoid making the same mistake again?" This is vital for “fresh air” thinking. The other is scheduling time to dream and to work on the organization rather than just working in the organization. I have a dream book that I like to write ideas in and it’s so much fun to go back into the book and see how so many of the ideas I wrote down months ago or even years ago have been implemented and put into play.

Enjoy the Journey

It matters how we show up everyday. Great leaders appear to show up as contributors, challengers and game changers. But the reality is everyday is a struggle of choices. Brendon Burchard encourages leaders to “honour the struggle”. John Maxwell says “trust the process”. I would add “enjoy the journey.” Many times as leaders we are so focused on the destination that we forget to enjoy the journey along the way. It’s an amazing privilege to lead other people and yes there are ups and downs, but it all about learning and growing and being better today than I was yesterday and enjoying the process.

Reaching our target audience with the Gospel of Jesus Christ requires daily discipline and initiative. But staying laser focused on bringing the hope that is Jesus to those who need him most and it never gets old for me to see lives being changed, marriages restored, families rebuilt. When you see hope come into someones eyes it makes is so worthwhile. So, it is worth the daily discipline and hard work. I just HAVE to reach more and have to keep going…because the church is the hope of the world and we are on a mission to reach every available person, at every available time, by every available means with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by creating churches unchurched people love to attend.

 

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How to Lead a Connect Group

This is an exciting week for me. I am launching my first book this Sunday, plus we are officially opening our fourth campus in Lloydminster, a city that straddles the border of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The book is called My Victory Starts Here and it is a 40 day devotional designed to set the foundation for what Christianity is all about. It’s a great resource for new believers and was written based on the discipleship program we have been running here at My Victory for the past 2 years. In that time we have led over 1000 people to Jesus and have been able to incorporate over half of them into the regular life of the church and ministry. We’re excited about the retention of new believers and even more excited about releasing this book now as a tool for our church members to use to lead their friends and family members to Christ and then be equipped disciple them.

The book is available for order now on my website, kellystickel.com or on amazon.ca.

The 40 day devotional will be accompanied by a 6 week new believers course that will take the form of a comfortable small group. We think that life change happens best in a small group setting and that the best way to make a disciple is through relationship. We didn’t want to create a classroom style new believers course. We wanted to create relational based disciples as we feel this is the best way to mature in Christ over the long term.

I want to give you an overview of how we do small groups, or as we like to call them connect groups. We want to avoid the typical bible studies or small groups that has one predominate teacher who does all of the talking. Instead, we want to create discussion groups that are based on relationships and biblical discussion.

Here is what we encourage our group leaders to do:

  1. Encourage _________________.
  2. Ask great _________________.
  3. Cultivate _________________.
  4. Be _________________.

Our suggested meeting schedule:

  1. _________________ time (10 minutes)
  2. _________________ (10 minutes)
  3. _________________ (18 minutes)
  4. _________________ (5 minutes)
  5. _________________ (45 minutes)

    a. _________________ does is say? b. _________________ do you think it means? c. _________________ do we do about it?

  6. _________________ (10 minutes)

 

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6 Benefits of Reading the Bible Daily

For some reason, the Bible has become less and less important in the daily lives of believers. This seems especially true of believers in the Western world. While many parts of the world are desperate to get their hands on the Word of God, Western believers have easy access to the Word and yet many are neglecting the daily discipline of reading the Bible. Why is this?

One reason we may be less inclined to regularly feed on the Word is because we have forgotten the benefits this daily discipline affords us. For those of us who have forgotten these benefits, here are 6 benefits the Word promises we will receive:

  1. It gives you the power to overcome sin. Psalm 119:11 says, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." Have you ever felt like the apostle Paul in Romans 7 who cried out "why do I do the things I know not to do, and the things I know I should do, I don't." I know I have. And in those times, it is easy to resort to prayer for an answer. Yet the Psalmist proclaims that the way to overcome sin, is to get the Word into our hearts.
  2. It gives you direction and clarity for your future. Psalm 119:105 says, "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." Again, when I am searching for the right answer or for direction in my life, it is easy to fall back on prayer. While praying is never wrong, again the Psalmist says that the Word is the right tool when needing direction or an answer. And it's true! Many times I have been stumped with what to do or where to go, and I will read something in the Word that will give the answer to the questions I am asking. That is why I have made it a habit of reading a chapter in Proverbs every day. There is too many answers in that book alone to ignore!
  3. It is your weapon against temptation. Matthew 4:3-4 says, The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Jesus used the Word as His weapon to fend off the devil's temptations. He had the Word memorized and unleashed the right verse that would counter the specific lie the enemy was trying to sell Him. This is how we should overcome the temptations we regularly face. Again, it comes to depositing the Word into our hearts and memorizing the Word in our minds.
  4. It will bring you freedom from hurts, habits, and hang-ups. John 8:31-32 says, So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” The key word in this verse is "continue." Jesus said if we continue in His Word. That means regularly feeding on it, not just reading it once. If we continue in His Word we will transform our thinking to His thinking and this will bring the truth that will set us free from whatever bondage we are facing.
  5. It will lead you to prosperity and success. Joshua 1:8 says, "This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success." God promised Joshua success and prosperity if he would continue in His Word, meditating and memorizing and speaking it regularly. I've found this to be true. God's systems, as revealed in the Word, don't always make sense in the natural, but for some reason they always lead to good things. When we begin to see as God sees we will do as God does, and this can only lead to prosperity and success.
  6. It will lead you to salvation and show you how to live God's way. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, "There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us." The Bible will show you the way to eternal salvation and to living a righteous life, which simply means a life that is right standing with God. You will find your destiny here and will become eligible for all of the above benefits.

I would encourage everyone to make a daily habit of reading and studying God's Word. If you don't have a Bible, you can order one here. Don't hesitate, start today! And watch what God will do in your life.

Question: What other benefits can you think of? Please comment below in the "Leave a Reply" box. Thank you.

The Secret to Exponential Growth

Pastors, what if I could give you a secret that would increase the income in your church by 416%? What if I could guarantee a way to increase your parishioners sharing their faith with others by 228%? What if the same secret would be a key to increasing the discipleship in your church by 231%? Would you be interested? Do I have your attention, yet? Bible_Reading_Guy

These numbers are taken from a study conducted by the Center for Bible Engagement released in August 2012. It was a survey conducted on the Key to Spiritual Growth. You can find the survey at www.centerforbibleengagement.org. The secret? These astounding numbers were caused by simply increasing the number of times individuals read the Bible in a week. The results showed a dramatic climb in spiritual growth and just as dramatic decreases in struggles and bad habits if an individual would engage in the Bible 4 times a week or more!

This begs a question be asked. If simply increasing the number of times a week an individual reads the Bible can have such a dramatic effect on their lives and on the life of a church, how do we encourage our parishioners to engage more in the Word?

You see, I think we have a major problem in our churches. For the most part, our programs and systems are producing lazy, dependent Christians. They are so dependent on Pastors and Teachers feeding them the Word, that they have stopped feeding themselves. There is nothing wrong with being fed from great preachers, I make a habit of listening to 2-4 sermons a week myself. However, I've noticed that over the last few decades there has been a steady decline in the emphasis of daily devotions and personal Bible study. More and more, I am finding believers who struggle with a daily routine of reading the Word. Yet, such a habit can be life changing. Just read the above survey and read the results yourself!

But we don't need a survey to tell us these things. The Bible, itself tells us the same. Look what James wrote in James 1:25.

But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

James tells us there are 4 things we need to do if we desire to be blessed in all that we do.

  1. We need to READ the Word intently. (whoever looks intently in the perfect law) What if we helped our parishioners engage in daily reading plans? It could change their lives!
  2. We need to REVIEW the Word. (and continues in it) Reviewing the Word is studying the Word. It's a step deeper than just reading. One of the best ways to examine the Word and study it is by engaging in meaningful discussion with others. What if we helped our people establish small groups to do just that, discuss and study the Word together?
  3. We need to REMEMBER the Word. (not forgetting what they heard) One of the most significant spiritual practices is Bible memory. Quoting verses like Jesus did to his tempter, is one of the best ways to overcome temptation. The only way to do that is through memorization. What if we encouraged people to memorize a verse a week?
  4. We need to RESPOND to the Word. (but doing it) This is an active faith. What if we created opportunities for our people to act on the Word they've just been taught?

These steps and corresponding questions are something me and my staff are discussing right now. We are trying to discover the best way to encourage Bible engagement among our people. Because we believe, as the Bible tells us that it is the best way for them to be blessed in what they do.

Question: How many times a week do you read the Bible personally?

The Miracle Cure

miracle_cure If I told you I had discovered a pill, that if you took it daily, would transform every area of your life, would you want to know more? What if I could prove to you that people who took the pill 4 times a week or more, decreased their odds of giving in to the following temptations:

  • Overeating or mishandling food decreased by 20%
  • Gambling decreased by 45%
  • Having sex outside of marriage decreased by 59%
  • Viewing pornography decreased by 59%
  • Neglecting family decreased by 26%
  • Lies decreased decreased by 28%
  • Lashing out in anger decreased by 31%
  • Drinking to excess decreased by 62%
  • Gossiping decreased by 28%
  • Overspending or mishandling money decreased by 20%

But that's not all of it. Studies have shown that people who took the pill 4 times a week or more decreased their odds of struggling with the following issues as well:

  • They had 32% lower odds of thinking destructively about self or others
  • They had 18% lower odds of thinking unkindly about others
  • They had 60% lower odds of feeling spiritually stagnant
  • They had 44% lower odds of feeling they can't please God
  • They had 30% lower odds of experiencing loneliness
  • They had 40% lower odds of feeling bitter
  • They had 31% lower odds of having difficulty forgiving others
  • They had 26% lower odds of having difficulty forgiving themselves
  • They had 32% lower odds of feeling like they had to hide
  • They had 31% lower odds of feeling discouraged
  • They had 14% lower odds of experiencing fear or anxiety

Would you be interested? Do you want to know where you can get this miracle cure?

The truth is, most of you already have the cure in your home. The problem is, most of us don't take it enough. The studies show that the greatest results happen when individuals increased their intake to 4 or more times a week or more. So what is the miracle cure?

It's the Bible.

That's right. An organization called Back to the Bible conducted a number of surveys over the last few years and the results I listed above are the real numbers they found for people who read their Bible 4 times a week or more! You can access the study yourself by clicking HERE.

These results shouldn't shock us. The authors of the Bible told us as much.

Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32) He promised freedom would come in our lives if we continued in His Word. That's the secret. The secret to freedom is the daily habit of reading His Word.

King David said, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." (Psalm 119:11) King David discovered that when he read the Word and meditated on it so that it would take root in his heart, that he sinned less. Again, that's what the studies prove. Those who daily read the Word found their struggles with temptation substantially decreased. It truly is the miracle cure!

If you are feeling trapped by a specific temptation and can't seem to get free, try reading the Word daily and watch how easily you will get free of your struggle. In fact, I would encourage you to visit www.settingcaptivesfree.com and find a daily Bible study that is specific to your temptation. I have assigned this website to many, many people who have come to me for help with a specific temptation. And without exception, those who followed through with the study were set free. The results are 100% guaranteed. The Word is the key.

Question: I have signed up with YouVersion.com for a daily Bible reading plan. Will you join me? Will you join the challenge to read the Word daily?