Kindle the Flame 2015: Everything but Average
Lynette Hagin's 2015 Kindle the Flame Women's Conference was everything but average. Hundreds of ladies from around the world converged on the Rhema USA campus in September to spend three days investing in themselves and hearing from God. They enjoyed powerful messages, refreshing laughter, and encouraging new friendships.
During every service, the women sang sweet praises to the Lord, and He ministered mightily to their hearts. Each speaker shared a life-changing word. By the end of the conference, the women's inner fires had been stirred to reach their world for Christ.
One Step at a Time
// Lynette Hagin
HOW DO WE STAND STRONG when circumstances come our way? How do we accomplish the plans God has for us with joy? We do it one step at a time.
Psalm 37:23–24 (NLT) says, "The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand." Taking it one step at a time isn't always easy. If you're like me, you want God to give you the whole picture. But He is saying, "You must take baby steps."
Here are some steps He showed me that I believe will help you as well.
STEP 1: STANDING ON PEACE (Eph. 6:15). Circumstances will come, but we need to settle it in our hearts that we will have peace.
STEP 2: CONSECRATING (Rom. 12:1–2). We must renew our minds to the Word and follow His plan, not ours.
STEP 3: TRUSTING (Prov. 3:5–6; Heb. 11:1). Faith sometimes requires us to have unanswered questions. But we can trust that whatever God has planned for our lives, He's going to take care of it.
STEP 4: PREPARING (Joshua 1:8). Learn how to communicate with God. Get in His Word and pray. When we put Him first, He will help us.
STEP 5: WAITING (Ps. 27:14). None of us likes to wait. But when waiting seasons come, we need to look at them as searching times. We must make adjustments and get content with where He has us.
STEP 6: TESTING. Troubles will come our way—even when we're walking in God's perfect plan (James 1:2). But during the testing time, we can boldly shout in the devil's face, "I cannot be defeated, and I will not quit!"
STEP 7: STRETCHING (Joshua 1:9). We may not think we're qualified to accomplish what God asks us to do. But we can do all things through Christ Who gives us strength (Phil. 4:13).
When we climb these steps with God, we'll get a different perspective. Instead of looking down, we'll look up. And He will bring us through!
Loving Yourself as God Loves You
// Denise Burns
THE WORLD TELLS US as women that we can have it all. We can have a thriving social life, an amazing career, a happy marriage, kids that are involved in every single activity, and a Pinterest-decorated home. But that's a lie. We can't. We can try to do all those things, but we'll sacrifice our happiness. WE HAVE TO BE WHO GOD MADE US TO BE. You have to just be you.
In order for us to be ourselves, we have to love ourselves. We have to love ourselves as God loves us. The key is seeing ourselves the way He sees us. It's thinking the thoughts that He thinks about us. Sometimes that can be hard to see when we look into the mirror. So we have to look into a different mirror—the Word of God.
God's Word tells us how important and valuable we are to Him. It says He knows the very hairs on our heads. In Matthew 6, He tells us not to worry about our everyday life. When we see ourselves as God sees us, we can love ourselves. YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE IT ALL. YOU CAN JUST BE YOU.
"The river that proceeds from the throne of God is called Life. We see in Revelation 22:17 that anyone who is thirsty can drink freely from the River of Life. We are the ones who determine how much we drink. If we just want to sip through a straw, that's what we'll get. The more we drink in, the more God's life will flow out of us. And that life will flush out all the toxins that are in us." // Patsy Cameneti
"Prayer is the central ingredient to everything we do in the Kingdom. You want to get your children right? Pray first and ask God to give you direction. He'll tell you just what to do. You want to win that wayward husband? Pray. Don't fight with him. Talk to the Lord about him. Don't talk to your husband, because he's not going to hear you. Get in your prayer room and start praying. Then watch God turn it around." // Ericka McCrutcheon