Mikel French

  • Finding God in the Storms of Life

    Finding God in the Storms of Life

    Night came rolling in as the chilling winds of a winter storm began to blow. The thunder of missiles hitting buildings broke the silence, and the world awakened to the harsh realities of the sounds and sights of war in Ukraine. There are only two times in the Bible when all the world was at

  • How Spiritual Staleness Has Invaded American Churches

    How Spiritual Staleness Has Invaded American Churches

    American churches need the fresh wind of the Holy Spirit. How often do we hear, “It will change your life!” Don’t miss this moment, this book, this product, this service, because “It will change your life, and your purpose will be realized.” The phrase is so overused that no one expects change. “It will change

  • Holy Spirit Extends Invitation to Believers to ‘Kick It up a Notch’

    Holy Spirit Extends Invitation to Believers to ‘Kick It up a Notch’

    The entertainment-driven church calculates success as attendance + programs + offerings x short attention span. Now in a COVID-19 era, the church calculates survival as viewers + offerings x short attention span. Where do we go next? Earlier this week, I wrote down the words, “May the pressing of the ripened grapes bring the sweetest

  • Holy Risk Commands Holy Action

    Holy Risk Commands Holy Action

    In 2020, I have woken up more times with questions, doubt and fear than any other time in my life. Sometimes, these feelings are paralyzing. I am sharing openly because I know I am not the only person who has these feelings. Honesty can yield compassion, unity and hope. 2020 has brought many struggles, and

  • The True Meaning Behind the Popular Cry of This Christmas Season

    The True Meaning Behind the Popular Cry of This Christmas Season

    OMG! These three letters are texted and posted by hundreds of millions, if not billions, of times each day. The phrase has sparked music, games, books, TV, films, science and political debates. OMG! Every day, many people say, “OMG” to express surprise, reverence, sarcasm, annoyance, concern and so many emotions without even thinking. Yet, the

  • 7 Keys for Turning Darkness Into Destiny

    7 Keys for Turning Darkness Into Destiny

    Everywhere we turn, the atmosphere of life permeates with desperation—in politics, business, airports, homes, yes, even church, and you. It is one week until the U.S. elections, and COVID-19 is like a haunting cloud over the entire planet. Instead of a season of hope, there is a feeling of darkness as we enter the winter

  • Why This Is Your Only Hope in the Midst of Turmoil

    Why This Is Your Only Hope in the Midst of Turmoil

    I have listened to powerful messages on learning to hold life loosely so it will not break. But what I have experienced whether I hold on to life forcefully or lightly; it falls apart. But I want to testify in my brokenness and surrender. The Lord is faithful to reveal His greatness in those broken

  • Is the Church Taming the Holy Spirit?

    Is the Church Taming the Holy Spirit?

    Is the church taming the Holy Spirit? I mean this in the classic sense of the word: “Make less powerful and easier to control.” It is easy to slip into depersonalizing the third member of the Trinity, God of the Holy Spirit. I see today’s church, and I wonder if we still value baptism in

  • Prophetic Word: Holy Spirit Is Opening the Fountains for a Fresh Start

    Prophetic Word: Holy Spirit Is Opening the Fountains for a Fresh Start

    “It feels like we are starting all over.” I hear this statement from pastors, businesses and educators from all over the world. During my devotion time this week, listening to the Holy Spirit, God brought a powerful thought to my heart and mind. When I was crying out to God in the morning, I used

  • Spirit-Filled Pastor: Are You Too Serious for God?

    Spirit-Filled Pastor: Are You Too Serious for God?

    One morning, as I stood in the kitchen preparing my favorite drink, iced tea, my lovely wife Marsha walked in and saw the seriousness across my face. She gently asked, “What’s wrong?” My typical male response was “Nothing.” “What are you thinking about?” She asked again. “Nothing,” I repeated. Marsha then commented about my solemnity,

  • How to Unlock God’s Prophecies and Promises for Your Life

    How to Unlock God’s Prophecies and Promises for Your Life

    How do we unlock extraordinary prophecy and promise? Unlocking the power on “high” from within must first come from surrendering to God. The cross of Jesus deals with our past. The infilling of the Holy Spirit is vital in us to release hope to those who hear our testimony. When we surrender to Jesus and

  • What Choices Are You Making in This Hour of Darkness?

    What Choices Are You Making in This Hour of Darkness?

    Is the enemy of darkness robbing your joy? Say this out loud, “I choose joy!” Philippians 4:4 (TPT) says, “Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with the Anointed One!” Joy is an outward expression that comes from a growing inward relationship with God. If

  • Why the Rest of 2020 Is Ripe for Mass Revival

    Why the Rest of 2020 Is Ripe for Mass Revival

    Is anyone else besides me fed up with all the fear, doubt and hostility? The day that Pentecost exploded was a time of national turmoil and world conflict. Fear consumed the hearts of many. Darkness filled the city’s atmosphere on what was meant to be a day of festival and celebration. Let us learn from

  • The Hypocritical Double Standards for Protests and Churches

    The Hypocritical Double Standards for Protests and Churches

    Let’s address the elephant in the room. Is the church being asked to be silent by closing their doors? Would that be considered a part of voter suppression? Is there is a significant double standard in the United States? Preaching, singing and going to church are said to be significant causes of COVID-19. Yet, every

  • Spirit-Filled Pastor: Will America Choose Science or God?

    Spirit-Filled Pastor: Will America Choose Science or God?

    Is the dysfunction of 2020 almost over? To me, the answer is obvious, automatic and intuitive. No. Protests in our streets are not shattering the demonic slavery of racism. Civil unrest and violence throughout our nation are not revealing the potential of peace, prosperity, and purpose. There are so many questions before us that seem

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