30 Days with Elijah: Pointers from Elijah’s Spiritual Journey for Yours (A Devotional)
30 Days with Elijah: Pointers from Elijah’s Spiritual Journey for Yours is the third in a series of devotionals written to pick up pointers from Bible characters for our spiritual journey. Elijah’s story is uniquely helpful because “Elijah was a man just like us” (James 5.17). To trace his life is to look in a mirror at our own.
Elijah was as human as we are. He’s not so other-than-us it makes us believe it’s impossible for us to match his faith, his prayer life, or his walk with God. He battled the same roller coaster of emotions we do. He experienced life from both ends of the spectrum like we do — from periods of undaunting courage and unwavering faith, to struggles with deep depression and frantic fear.
The story of Elijah shows us God can transform an average Christian into a person he can use despite our foibles and weaknesses.
Elijah challenged a powerful king without wavering even with his life was on the line.
He devoted the best years of his life to prove Jehovah God was the only true God, and to call Israel to turn to the Lord God Almighty from the impotent, false gods they worshiped.
Elijah persevered even though he thought he was the only one loyal to God in the entire nation, and everyone was against him.
He endured the hardships of living as a Godly man in an ungodly culture — a culture not just indifferent to God but anti-God, making every effort to erase hum completely from their history, government, schools, and homes.
Above all, Elijah was a man who prayed and obeyed.
Because Elijah was no different than you and faced the same issues you do, and because God is the same God who works today the way he did in the days of Elijah, his story can become your story.
My Demon, My Jesus: Delivered from Demonic Oppression & Suicidal Depression; Brought Back from Death Into Victorious Life, Divine Joy & Visions
In 1997 I killed myself.
God had another plan.
Four angels woke me from barbiturate oblivion urging me to “Wake up! Call for help!”
The angels’ voices pushed me forward as I dragged my body off the couch and crawled across the floor to my phone. The operator picked up and my mind collapsed into emptiness.
I left my body that night. My disembodied spirit floated weightlessly through hospital corridors. I watched from the ceiling as medics pounded on the chest of my body below me before my soul blasted back into it.
This began my tangled passage from brokenness, drug addiction, demonic oppression and death into healing and spiritual awakening. Today I am completely drug and depression free. In the two decades since my suicide attempt, Jesus has guided me into true healing from depression, and taught me to enjoy a deeply victorious life with Him as my companion.
In the summer of 2019, I read a book about meditation and decided to try it. I incorporated my Christian faith into the steps and used this new technique to seek the presence of God through silence. Meditative prayer has become part of my daily routine and has drawn me even more deeply into relationship with Jesus as I still my thoughts and rest in His beautiful presence.
Then I started having strange vision experiences in which my spirit was transported to a heavenly place full of God’s glory where I prayed for our world along with millions of other saints. The visions took me by surprise. I wasn’t seeking them. I had never even heard of anything similar happening to any other modern day Christian. I was disturbed and suspicious at first.
Over time, through months of testing and praying and searching, God slowly convinced me in the quiet, loving way He does, that I wasn’t going insane. The visions were really from Him. I learned that many other Biblically sound Christians also have visions today.
God loves and cares deeply about us.
The visions continued. They were varied, included multiple locations and introductions to various characters from Biblical history and loved ones from my own life. Were the visions really happening or purely spiritual, like waking dreams? I cannot answer that. They are so vivid, often involving all my senses. They seem very real to me. But whatever the answer, one defining message clearly threads throughout all of them. God loves and cares deeply about us. He wants us to know Him and delights to teach us about His character. I was being called to join with the saints in praying for our world, for a great awakening that would draw all people to God.
One of God’s charges was that I write everything down, every vision in detail. As I did this I realized that there was a connection between the visions and my own life journey, from my early experiences of demonic oppression and suicide to eventual miraculous healing through the love of Christ. I began to understand that my visions about God’s love for us were also a message to others struggling with depression. My own story of God’s healing could be used to help others learn how to seek God’s healing presence through meditative prayer.
So I told it all, from a demonically oppressed disturbed child who also fell in love with Jesus and prayed to become a Christian at six years old, to a suicidally depressed young adult who overdosed on sleeping pills and was brought back from death in the hospital, to years addicted to prescription drugs, to miraculous healing, victorious life and divine visions.~
My healing was miraculous. But it was not instantaneous. It was a process of learning how to think in a healthy way, how to shift my thoughts and spirit life from defeat to victory. My prayer is that my journey will help others climb their way out of the trap of poisonous thought patterns and prescribed drug addictions. There are so many of us out there fighting this battle…
Meet Blue Tapp
Blue Tapp is a writer, artist, photographer, musician, and homesteader. She has an A.A. in Fine Arts, B.A. in English, M.A. in English Literature, and completed Ph.D. coursework in Rhetoric & Composition. She has run her own website development company, Blue’s ArtHouse Graphics & Web Design, since 1997.
Blue writes inspirational nonfiction and speaks about seeking God through meditative prayer, healing from depression, and deliverance from demonic oppression. She is available for speaking engagements and podcast interviews. Email inquiries to [email protected].
Blue and her husband, Craig Scheffer, live and homestead in Blue Eye, Missouri, where they raise chickens, ducks, rabbits, and goats and grow their own food. Follow their homesteading adventures at hermitsway.com.
Supernatural Wave of God’s Presence: Receive Miracles From Heaven Every Day
Discover how to ride the supernatural wave of God’s presence and experience miracles from Heaven following you every day. Do the miracles of Jesus and even greater things as you learn how to follow God everywhere. You could even be used of God to become one of the catalysts that starts the next wave of God’s presence around you and across the world. Start your journey today to experience Heaven’s supernatural miracles chasing after you and those around you.
Many Believers are looking for the next great movement of God like surfers who are always looking for the biggest most exhilarating wave to ride. We want to follow great spiritual leaders of the faith hoping that what they have experienced somehow gets transferred to us so that we can move in the same anointing. You can catch the supernatural wave of God’s presence by not following these spiritual leaders but rather by following God everywhere and only do everything He is doing and saying.
Learn the secret of how to catch the supernatural wave of God’s presence and move in a powerful anointing that radically changes your surroundings. Discover how to do the miracles of Jesus by doing what Jesus did – He followed God, the Father, everywhere and only did and said what the Father was doing and saying.
30 Days with the Father: A Devotional to Discover How Heaven Can Follow You Everywhere
Words from the Father you will not hear at church.
Would you like to sit down face-to-face with God each day and have real conversations with the Father? Do you want to discover what is holding you back from experiencing God’s wonders and His all-consuming love invading the depths of your soul? Would you like to experience Heaven following you everywhere so you can leave lasting impressions of Heaven with everyone you meet? This thirty-day devotional will take you on a journey to unveil God’s heart as you sit down with the Father each day and discover how the wonders of Heaven can begin to chase after you.
Some benefits from reading this book:
- Walk freely by the Father’s side and experience the endless spectacle of Heaven all around you.
- Rise far above any circumstance and usher in a whirlwind of God’s presence to everyone you meet.
- Become a magnet of God’s love and goodness that others desperately crave.
This devotional book is different from others. It focuses on having a dynamic relationship with the author of the Bible (God the Father) rather than studying what He wrote so long ago. Experience for yourself the same real connections with the Father that I have as you explore the discussions I had with God. Find your favorite quiet place with a cup of coffee or tea in hand, and spend the next thirty days encountering the Father as you discover the unlimited wonders of Heaven God desires for you.
FAQ New Believers Want to Know (And Every Believer Needs to Know)
Would you hand the keys to the family car to your 6-year-old daughter?
Would you throw your three-month-old son into the pool to see if he can swim?
Would you expect your newborn baby to fix their own bottle and their change her own diapers?
Stupid propositions, huh? And yet that’s what we do with new believers too often. We pat them on the back and congratulate them on their decision to follow Jesus. Then… we leave them to figure out their next steps on their own.
Then we’re surprised so many who put their faith in Jesus don’t stick around very long. They’re here today, gone tomorrow. Their decision to follow Jesus was sincere and heart-felt, but no one helped them grow the relationship with him they began. They return to their old lives because no one took them under their arm to show them how to grow and successfully navigate their spiritual journey. To warn them of the obstacles they’ll face down the road and equip them to deal with them. They were abandoned to figure out everything on their own.
That’s the reason for this book. It’s my attempt to spread the word to as many people as possible that we’re dropping the ball. Our commission is not just to win people to Jesus, it’s walking with them and helping them learn how to grow and mature in their faith and relationship with him.
FAQ New Believers Want to Know sounds a warning siren to awaken the Church to this neglect of new believers, but it also provides several basic truths that lay a solid foundation new believers can build upon as they progress on their spiritual journey. It is ideal for:
** New believers to read on their own
** New believer classes
** One-on-one mentoring with a mature believer going through the chapters with a new believer
** Small group study
** Believers who are returning to their faith after leaving it for a while
** Older believers who never learned the basics when they were new believers
** Older believers who want a refresher on the basics of a closer walk with Jesus
Discussion questions for each chapter are included for personal reflection or group interaction.
Hear God’s Voice Clearly: 4 Easy Steps to Silence the Enemy So You Can Hear God’s Voice All the Time
God longs to talk with you face-to-face, just as He did with Moses.
Why does God appear to be silent at times and not respond to your inquiries? Would you like to receive immediate responses from God all the time? Would you like to dialogue with God just like Moses, Abraham, Elijah, Daniel, and others did? These men from Bible times are not uniquely qualified to talk with the Father. On the contrary, God desires to have personal conversations with you and all His children as well.
Some benefits from reading this book:
- Discover what is preventing you from hearing God’s voice all the time.
- Receive immediate and comprehensive answers from God that will fully satisfy your soul.
- Sit down with God face-to-face and have intimate conversations with Him anytime you desire.
God is desperately waiting at your heart’s door, wanting to strike up a conversation with you. This practical, easy-to-understand book will take about 45 minutes to read. But, the simple truths revealed inside will unleash the infinite depths of Heaven’s wisdom to you as you begin to commune with the Heavenly Father every day.
Some sections in this book are taken from chapter six of my book Supernatural Wave of God’s Presence. If you have already purchased Supernatural Wave of God’s Presence or have a previous edition of this book, I have expanded this edition to include practical instructions on How you can easily hear God’s voice all the time.
30 Days with Joseph: Inspiration from Joseph’s Spiritual Journey for Yours (A Devotional)
How did Joseph do it?
For 13 years the circumstances of his life went from bad to worse. Slavery. Alleged rapist. Prison convict. He did nothing to deserve such rough treatment. Yet Joseph never whined or complained. He didn’t get angry or depressed. In fact, when he had the chance to take revenge, he gave mercy, grace, and generosity instead. How did he do it?
You’ll find answers in 30 Days with Joseph, the second in a series of devotionals that focuses on a Bible character. Each day of the month, you’ll accompany Joseph on his spiritual journey and learn how he overcame the challenges he encountered along the way.
And show you how you can too!
30 Days with Joshua: Inspiration from Joshua’s Spiritual Journey for Yours (A Devotional)
Joshua was just like you. As such, his spiritual journey provides insight, inspiration, and encouragement for your own trip toward Home.
Joshua blazed a trail that lays out the challenges and battles, progress and setbacks common to every traveler on their personal faith journey. In “30 Days with Joshua,” the author traces Joshua’s character development, hurdles he overcame, and the courageous faith that spurred him to take risks that scared him.
It reveals how God corrected Joshua’s incomplete perception of what he’s really like, and how that transformed Joshua from a Nervous Nelly into a man who trusted God enough he’d even follow illogical orders simply because God told him to.
Why learn the hard way? Follow Joshua’s journey highlighted in “30 Days with Joshua.”
Written in a devotional format, “30 Days with Joshua” offers bite-size chunks of Joshua’s encounters with God so you can leisurely absorb what God wants to show you rather than slam the book shut, check off “Have Devotions” on your to-do list, and rush on to the next item.
It gives you something to chew on every day for a month allowing God to shape your character, show you how to overcome your challenges, mold your understanding of what God’s like, and build a courageous, uncompromising faith.
Grab a copy and jump in. An exciting adventure awaits you!
Best of Pastor’s Ponderings: 40 Reflections for Your Spiritual Journey
“You have a future regardless of what your past is like.“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.“Every person God ever used had a past he or she was ashamed of, but that didn’t matter to God. It didn’t tie his hands. Just because you have a dark past doesn’t mean God will toss you into the garbage heap as worthless. Far from it. Every saint has a past that Jesus Christ changed.“But it’s equally true that every sinner has a future. Look at Apostle Paul, for example.” We all need reminders and the lines above are a sample of what you’ll find in this book. It’s tough to trek the path of your spiritual journey. If you try to do it alone, it’s near-impossible. This book will be a valuable companion through the difficulties and trials, victories and defeats, gains and losses pilgrims encounter on their pilgrimage toward Home. The four-minute readings encourage Christ-followers to remember what really matters, to count on God’s presence and promises more, and to deal with regrets and move on. To hold on to hope even after a painful past tries to snuff it out and present-day struggles seek to sink it. They call us to see life from God’s perspective and to convince us that every hardship along the way will be worth it someday. So keep going and don’t give up.These 40 ponderings originally appeared in a weekly newspaper column created by the author. Several years later, a second area newspaper picked up the Pastor’s Ponderings column. Many readers repeatedly asked the author to combine these columns in book