Cutting Ties with Your Past When the Enemy Won't Let You Forget | alyssajhoward.com

Cutting Ties with Your Past When the Enemy Won’t Let You Forget

Cutting ties with your past is often easier said than done. Yet the truth is that your life before Christ was actually not life at all. Now, this doesn’t mean your past is useless. God will often use our pasts in some way for His glory. But the Bible tells us that we have become alive in Christ and our old selves were crucified with Him. So what happens when the enemy tries to remind us of our past? What do we do when he’s trying to use our past to keep us from growing and moving forward in Christ?

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Unmistakably His: A Story of Confidence and Grace

Today, I am honored to feature guest writer Kate Schwab!   A few weekends ago I attended a faith-based writers conference. I had never been to one, and I have to say – it was awesome! The huge throng of people who showed up, (mostly women) the excitement in the air, the publishers that attended; looking for new talent and fresh voices, and best of all the Holy Spirit moving with us throughout the day. It was incredible.

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3 Reasons Why Your Identity Matters in Spiritual Warfare | alyssajhoward.com

3 Reasons Why Your Identity Matters in Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual warfare is something that we all face, even when we don’t realize it. On a daily basis, we fight the lies of the enemy. When he tells you that you’re not worth it, makes you wonder if God will ever accomplish what He has for your life, or causes you to question how you could possibly be worthy of love with all of the mistakes you’ve made… We all must know how to handle thoughts like these because they will come at some point.

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Are You Walking in the Victory Jesus Gained on the Cross?

There have been many times in my life when I have felt defeated. Beat up. Broken down. Overcome with pain or grief. These feelings come with the territory when it comes to being human. We all know what it’s like to feel like you’ve lost. But there’s a difference between feeling defeated and actually being defeated. Looking back at my own life, I’ve certainly experienced feelings that weren’t an accurate depiction of the truth.  On the surface, Jesus may have seemed defeated on the cross. But what appeared to the world to be Jesus’ ultimate defeat was truthfully His greatest victory.

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God Created You to be a Superhero | alyssajhoward.com

God Created You to be a Superhero

Have you ever envisioned yourself as a superhero? Perhaps as a kid, you put on the cape and pretended to fly around the room. Or maybe you’ve given thought to what superhuman skill you’d like to have. (I would love to be able to make myself invisible in case you were wondering!) Unfortunately, adulthood brings its share of challenges – so many, in fact, that it’s easy to allow reality to take the place of childish superhuman dreams.

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When Your Crown Falls Off: What It Means to be Royal in the Eyes of God | alyssajhoward.com

When Your Crown Falls Off: What It Means to Be Royal in the Eyes of God

My daughters love to play dress up… especially my youngest. Every morning we stare at the closet trying to pick out the princess dress she wants to wear that day. And let me just say that if her outfit does not include an enormous tutu, there will be tears! But it doesn’t stop with the dress. My daughters are regularly adorning themselves in play jewelry, tiaras, and sparkly shoes. They love to look like beautiful princesses; and as their mom, I love to see them twirl around the house feeling beautiful and confident. Growing up changes us. Somewhere along the way we exchange our tiaras and Superman capes for reality. And I’m not so sure this is a good thing…

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Dare to Be Bold: 3 Truths That Will Change the Way You Live

I’ve always been a little shy. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy writing so much. I’m able to say what is on my heart without fear or inhibition. But as I was sitting in my Bible study small group this morning, I felt that little nudge from the Holy Spirit. “Stop thinking that you’re shy. You’re bold because you have Me living within you.” I was instantly convicted.

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Identity Theft: 3 More Reasons to Guard Your Identity in Christ

There’s nothing more important than our identity. Understanding who we are is crucial to comprehending who God is and what He ultimately did for us on the cross. In a previous post, we addressed two very important reasons to guard your identity against the enemy – the ultimate identity thief. The Bible tells us that he comes to “steal, kill, and destroy,” and as we’ve learned from our modern culture, identity theft is one of the most harmful crimes to commit.

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Identity Theft: 2 Reasons to Guard Your Identity in Christ

Who do you think you are? Our culture is currently obsessed with this question. We’ve tried to define ourselves in so many different ways over the years, all in an attempt to “find ourselves.” Honestly, it’s something that the entire human race has in common. We all want to know and understand our identity. We crave to know who we are, where we come from, and what we are destined to become.

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