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There was awesome energy when you walked into V1 auditorium for this year’s Resilient Women’s Conference. The hospitality team did a great job of making the lobby into an exciting place with a photography booth, jewelry products, books and a warm inviting feeling. Women were having eager conversations all over the place. As the countdown began for the conference to start, the applause and praise flooded the building. Everyone was so excited to be a part of Resilient! The hostess started out giving away prizes to lucky ladies with tickets under their seats – pampering baskets!
Pastor Colleen then took the stage to announce the Resilient Woman of the Year from Victory World Christian School, Irene Prue. The Vickids did a short video of what an outstanding teacher she is and how she gives them confidence and always takes time with them. Irene was ecstatic to receive the award.
As the Praise Team came, every woman was on her feet, dancing, clapping and praising the Lord. The music was uplifting and inspiring, which set
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the stage for Lisa Bevere to come and deliver a powerful word on being Dangerous and Fully Awake.
The word inspired women to be what God has called them to be. She highlighted points from her new book Lioness Arising, using the illustration of how the lioness often leads the lions of the pack. We as women are called to help lead our men and not be afraid to do what God has for us. Lisa’s message was funny and encouraging and it truly delivered God’s Word in a way that many women could relate. In charging each woman to go out and discover her true calling and serve God to the highest capacity, she challenged us to be dangerous like a lioness, yet fully awake so that no weapon formed against us will prosper.
Saturday was packed with wisdom as Pastor Colleen stirred the ladies to love out loud and Atlanta news anchor Jaquitta Williams shared her moving testimony. Powerful and life-changing are words to describe this year’s women’s conference, a gathering that truly gave new meaning to RESILIENT!
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It’s no secret that we live in a world with a perverted value system, and as a result, many people have a perverted image of what makes a woman valuable. Men, how have you been treating women in your life? We tend to treat them how we see them, and unfortunately, many of us see women as challenges, sex objects, trouble, less-than, or anything else but what God says they are.
One of the great challenges of our time is to get both men and women to think and value each other correctly. This weekend I talked about getting back to God’s original intention for valuing women. Here are some important things to know:
1) Men and women were created equals in fulfilling the plans and purposes of God.
Men and women don’t look equal. We don’t act the same or think the same. It’s our spirit man within that makes us equal. When we get to heaven, it’s not about being a male or a female. It’s about being a spirit. There is no gender in your spirit man. God doesn’t look at your outward appearance, but at your inward – your spirit. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28 NKJ)
2) Women are a gift from God to man.
God took the woman out of man and gave her to him; she is a gift. I believe the reason some men are alone is because they don’t value women as gifts. The Bible says in Proverbs 18:22 (CEV), A man’s greatest treasure is his wife — she is a gift from the Lord. Every woman is a gift from God to some man, and every woman needs to see herself as a gift, not try to prove that she’s a gift.
3) Women are a reflection of how well they’ve been valued by men.
The only reason men don’t see women as a gift from God is because there are some women that don’t act like they’re a gift. When a woman doesn’t act like a gift, it’s
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because she hasn’t been treated like one. Somewhere in her journey, she has been devalued, and she reacts to that devaluing. When a man really values a woman, her wounds begin to heal and she changes.
4) When a man values a woman, divine order happens naturally.
There’s a divine order for the way relationships work, just like there’s a divine order of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in heaven. The Bible says Jesus while on the earth was totally submitted to His Father, and the Holy Spirit is submitted to Jesus in a divine order. When God forms the family, He says there has to be a leader. God created man first, and He appoints him as leader, not to dictate and dominate, but to be a great servant that values his family. When a man values a woman the way Jesus values the church, she will naturally flow into a divine order with him.
5) The power of a man’s life is multiplied when he values a woman.
The enemy knows if he can get men and women at odds with one another, he can strip us of the power of two! Two are better than one. A man is more powerful with a woman than he is by himself, and when you put Jesus in the center of it, it’s a three-fold cord that cannot be quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV).
There’s more to this critical message for single men, married men and all women! Watch it here.
How many times have you been frustrated when communicating with the opposite sex? It’s hard to count something that happens so often. Sadly, that’s the reality for many of us. Because we’re so lost when it comes to understanding each other, our way of “communicating” at times is to shut down, ignore, talk over, or just flat out refuse to talk
to our spouses, sons, daughters, co-workers, parents or friends of the opposite sex. We see it as a dead end. But we’re looking at it wrong.
It’s been an absolute pleasure to have Dr. Caroline Leaf with us to talk about how the science of the brain is finally catching up to what we already know in the Word of God. The brain is a wonder. The God who created the heavens and earth is the same God who created us, males and females, and created our brains. We – males and females – have been designed uniquely and our brains are wired to think differently. When it comes to relating to one another, we really can do better. Dr. Leaf points out that each of us has 3 million years+ worth of space inside our brains, so we are designed to constantly grow new thoughts, and we’re also mentally equipped to be able to really relate to each other and understand each other. We have no excuses!
Dr. Leaf teaches these three C’s:
1) We are designed to complete one another, not compete.
2) We are designed to be compatible, which means “fit together.”
3) We are designed to be complementary, which means “to contribute to and improve each other.”
Click here to watch Dr. Leaf address these three C’s, along with the differences in the male and female brains, how we think, how we communicate, how we process our emotions, anger and stress, and ultimately, how we can be on the same page!
Whether we want to admit it or not, a lot of us are carrying around some kind of hang-up about race or other cultures. If we’re not, then we know somebody who is. Even though more than 100 nations are represented at Victory, and Reconciling Cultures is part of the vision of this church, topics on race relations or cultural barriers are still sensitive ones to talk about. Our experiences run deep and any scars left behind are very real, but ask yourself this important question: “How much of my life do I live based on race and earthly culture and how much do I live based on Kingdom culture?”
When you belong to Jesus, you now have an opportunity to demonstrate to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and everyone around you that you no longer see them how you used to see them. As a new creation living a new creation life, you do more than just tolerate others. You set out to embrace all people and reconcile them to Jesus and to one another.
We know that every day we are influenced away from this kind of Kingdom culture. History, Seeds of Bad Theology, Politics, Economic & Educational Inequities, and Secular Media are five barriers we need to
overcome in order to reconcile with each other. I talk about that more here, but I want to emphasize some principles that will help people break the barriers that keep them apart.
1) Embrace Kingdom culture over earthly culture.
The culture we grew up in forms our thinking, and everything we do filters through our earthly culture – the way we dress, the music we listen to, the way we talk, the people we vote for, etc. How much more are you focused on your race vs. the human race?
2) Embrace righteousness and justice.
Righteousness is living right; justice is doing right. If we really want reconciliation, we have to try to look at both righteousness issues and justice issues.
3) Live with the intentional mindset of love.
The thing about Jesus is that He intentionally went out of His way to love people, especially those who were different from Him. Whatever race we are, we need to be intentional about demonstrating our love for other races.
“Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:16-18).
Listen to this message, Breaking Cultural Barriers, in its entirety.
Who doesn’t love a good story? Some pull us in more than others, but the ones we really connect with are
the ones that change us. We’re moving into the time of year when the baby in the manger story will be everywhere. But how often do we think about the story of the Almighty Artist who existed before existence? Imagine what He
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felt when He spoke the first Word that birthed creation. Picture the sights and sounds of the scene as light and life unfolded for the first time. Then imagine the Word becoming flesh and blood – Jesus – who would walk the streets of Earth, sharing and relating to people just like you and me.
No other story is more fascinating than God’s story. There are laws, parables, miracles, ministry and more, but the most amazing thing about this story is that God’s high purpose is for us to be in relationship with Him, just so He can love all over us. It’s God’s story, but what is so profound is that it’s your story too.
I challenge you today to read the Bible differently than you have in the past. If this means spending more time in it, do it. If it means being more intimate with it, do it. Unplug or wake up earlier if you have to. Make it a real experience, not just something you check off a list. Pray before reading and ask the Holy Spirit to show you how the words on the pages connect to your life. To close out this year strong, go for a goal to lose yourself in the depths of God’s story.
We live in a
world of busyness, and if you’re a doer like so many people are today, you find it hard to just “be.” It may even sound ridiculous to you, but it’s one thing God desires – for us to really BE with Him, to consistently pull away and spend time with Him. It’s called rest. Do you know how to do it? Until we figure it out, we will never really be satisfied in life.
This is an information society, and we know a lot! But the smartest among us don’t know how to rest. We’ve come up with our own interpretations. We play hard to balance out working hard. We get lost in television or the internet, or we turn to our favorite food or treat to help us chill out. We do all of these things and it pacifies us in the moment, but we never get to the root of our restlessness.
We do have better options. Jesus is just waiting for us to accept His invitation to enter into a real rest.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 MSG.
How do we enter that place in Jesus? What do we need to do to get a rhythm of rest going in our lives? Pastor Colleen gives us these steps:
1) Be alert and aware.
Awaken your spirit. You are
a spirit, so you need to answer the desires of your spirit. We call ourselves alert and aware, but how much of what we know comes from the world and how much comes from the Spirit of God?
2) Be attentive.
Pay attention to the only One who can truly validate us.
3) Be consistent and patient.
Remind yourself of what He says in His word and stand on it. Be stubborn! Learning how to step back out of that daily grind and take a mini Sabbath trains you to stay connected with Him.
Think you’re ready to take a real rest? More details about it from Pastor Colleen are right here!
We love the idea of living a fulfilled life, but how do we actually make it more than just an idea? First it’s key to remember that it was never God’s will for us to live defeated, sad, depressed, or underneath circumstances. While the enemy is satisfied seeing so many believers miserable, Jesus says He came so that we could have the opposite – abundant,
full life (John 10:10).
Once we’re convinced of God’s will, we need to ask ourselves, how badly do we want it? Are you hungry for a full life?
Consider your calling, your gifts and your passion. These are three things I call the Trinity of Fulfillment, and when these three work together, you’re living the abundant life.
Do you believe you have a calling from God? Do you know what that calling is? When your hunger for God becomes greater than your hunger for the things in the world, you begin to discover what God is calling you to do. To live in rhythm with God, we need to live in our calling
Don’t compare yourself to others. God designed each one of us with specific gifts to accomplish specific things, and the key to enhancing those gifts is to use them to build up God’s Kingdom. Do you know what your gifts are? If so, are you using them for you or for God’s Kingdom?
We were created to be filled with fire and passion about something! What drives you in life? What are you passionate about? Beware of the two things the enemy tries to do: beat you down with trials so you’ll lose your passion, and trick you
into becoming passionate about wrong things. Again, when you hunger for God more than the things of the world, you’ll start feeling passionate about something He puts in your heart.
You may be strong in one or two of these areas, or perhaps weak in all of them. Wherever you are, it’s not too late to pursue the most satisfying Jesus-life you could ever live. There’s more to the Rhythm of Fulfillment, here.