Avoiding Spiritual Fainting Spells


     My first hospital visit was a fiasco. I was a teenage preacher and had never been in an Intensive Care Unit. The man I visited had open heart surgery and was on a ventilator. As I prayed for him, I was overcome by the sights, sounds and smells and became dizzy. The room started spinning so I stepped into the hall to gather myself. I saw his wife, called her name, tried to shake her hand but blacked out and hit the floor. Moments later, I regained my senses via smelling salts. So much for being God’s man of faith and power.

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The Heel that Crushed the Serpent's Head

   Heel Crushing serpent 
     In the aftermath of the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, God made a profound promise. Theologians use a fancy word for it—the protoevangelium. It simply means “first Gospel.” This is the first Messianic prophecy and the first promise of salvation. God spoke to the serpent, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Gen. 3:15, NKJV). The NIV reads, “He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.”

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Female Followers and Lady Leaders

     Women play a vital role in the Bible, in the home, in the world and in the church. Jesus, we know, had twelve main male disciples (Lk. 9:1) plus at least 70 part-time disciples (Lk. 10:1). In addition to this group of mostly men, there were also Certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance” (Lk. 8:1-3, NKJV). Jesus had many female followers as He preached in various villages who supported His ministry monetarily and otherwise.

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