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​TEN THINGS TO DROP IN 2017By Christine Caine

I hope your new year is off to a great start!
I know the month is moving quickly, but I want to encourage you one more time about how to make 2017 your best year ever. I don’t know what your 2016 was like, but mine was like the best of times and the worst of times—just like life often is.
We had so many opportunities to see people saved and delivered. We experienced amazing breakthroughs in ministry with A21 and Propel. We got to visit so many cities and spend time with our Propel Chapter members, and our A21 walks were off the charts in more cities than ever before. Thank you!
And yet, in the midst of our growth, like any family, we dealt with unexpected events, like the loss of my mom and sister-in-law.
Just like you, we always put our trust in God, no matter what is happening. I know that not one day, not one moment did I go without the power, presence, love and grace of Jesus with me—and he’s with you.
In every storm and heartache, he carried me, especially when I couldn’t carry myself—and he does the same for you.
God loves you. God is good, God does good, and God is always working all things for our good—even through all the unexpected events (Romans 8:28). He doesn’t cause bad things to happen, but he’s always there leading us, working in the midst of them for our good. He always has a plan, purpose and destiny for our lives regardless of what we see going on (Jeremiah 29:11).
As I’ve prayed for you, I believe for 2017 to be a year full of hope and expectation in which the leading of the Lord in your life will be incredible. God has given me ten directives to share with you. He wants us to drop what we don’t need to be doing, so we can pick up what he wants us to be doing.
1. Stop doing things that aren’t working so you can start doing some things that are working.
I know this sounds so basic, but it’s amazing how long we will continue to do the same old thing expecting a different result—and it’s not going to happen. Just because you’ve always done it that way doesn’t mean that’s the way you need to continue doing it. Maybe it’s something you’ve connected to—like the pain from abuse—and it’s time to put it down and let it go. Maybe it’s how you’re balancing your family life or how your running your office. I continually evaluate our leadership of A21 and Propel, along with my team, to see what is working and what is not. And what is not, we have to let go.
2. Stop investing in relationships that are taking you nowhere so that you can start building relationships that will take you somewhere.
It’s amazing how many friends and acquaintances we have in our lives that really just drain us. It’s time lean away from the people who might have been good for you in the last season, but they are not good for you in this season. You may love them dearly, but they are no longer good for you. God wants you building your inner circle with people who can help you get to where you’re going—who can help make a difference in your life.
3. Stop trying to change other people, and just let the Holy Spirit change you.
In my 50 years of living, I can tell you, no one can change anyone but God. Changing people is the Holy Spirit’s job, not yours. You are simply not that strong. If you will drop this, you will sleep much better and have a whole lot more peace in your life.
4. Stop trying to please everybody, and start just trying to please God.
The truth is you are never going to please everybody—not even some of the time. So set yourself free. If I tried to please everyone with what I post on social media or write in my books, I would be a man-pleaser and not a God-pleaser. I certainly don’t want to offend or hurt people, ever. I love people, but I can’t please everybody—and neither can you. Drop it and let it go.
5. Stop looking for the path of least resistance, and start embracing the challenging path of going to where you want to go.
You’re not going to build the spiritual muscle, the tenacity, that you need to end up where you’re going, if you take the path of least resistance. We’ve grown accustomed to having an app do the work for us in so many areas. But there are no apps for building character or tenacity. We have to do the hard work of crucifying our flesh, obeying Jesus, and going the distance in our race.
John Maxwell says everything worthwhile in this life is uphill. He’s right. By choosing to be all that God has created and called me to be, I’m choosing the challenging path and daring adventure of where he wants me to go—even if it’s uphill.
6. Stop procrastinating, and start doing what you need to do.
Just because you’ve decided to do something doesn’t mean you’ve done it. Too many women make New Year’s resolutions and a year later haven’t accomplished any of them. Don’t be that woman. Don’t put off what you can do today for tomorrow. Don’t say, “I’ll go to the gym tomorrow. I’ll eat healthy tomorrow. I’ll start reading my Bible tomorrow. I’ll start being nice tomorrow.” It’s not good when that becomes the story of our lives.
I have wanted to get my master’s degree for years, and I have decided to go for it in 2017. No more putting it off until tomorrow. Whatever it is you need to do—apologize to someone, get a relationship right, address inner issues in your heart—stop procrastinating. Do it today.
7. Stop expecting people to be Jesus, and let Jesus be Jesus.
A lot of the conflicts in our marriages and friendships could be eliminated if we quit expecting from others what we can only get from God. I get up early so I can get from Jesus what I need from Jesus—and so I won’t unintentionally try to get it from my family or pastors or team.
When we let people off the hook, when we quit expecting them to be Jesus in our lives, then we quit being a victim and start taking responsibility for ourselves. That’s when we make Jesus bigger than anything anyone has done to us in our past. That’s when we get free.
8. Stop blaming everything and everyone else for where you are in life, and start making what Jesus did for you bigger than what anyone has ever done to you.
Maybe you’ve had a past like mine where there’s been pain and abuse. It wasn’t our fault. We didn’t ask for it. But we can’t live our lives as victims. I’ve made what Jesus did for me bigger than what anyone did to me. I’ve made what Jesus said to me bigger than what anyone else has said to me.
This is your year to drop the baggage. Get my book,Unashamed, and learn how to walk free from all that you’ve been through. God has used this book more than any other I’ve written to help people find freedom.
9. Stop being so hard on yourself, and start loving yourself.
Jesus took all the commandments and summarized them into the two most important points: Love your neighbor and love yourself. When you don’t like yourself, you tend to not like others. When you’re hard on yourself, you tend to be hard on others.
So give yourself forgiveness, grace, mercy, genuine love and kindness. Start with discovering and loving who you are in Christ. Learn to truly love yourself so you can genuinely love others.
10. Stop doubting and start believing for the best.
Perhaps from your perspective—and certainly from so many who’ve posted on social media—you think everything that happened in 2016 was a mess—from the political process to the social unrest to the tragedies around the world. And it has stirred up insecurities in you, anxiety, fear and doubt. Consider this instead: Two thousand years ago, God said he would build his church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).
Well, I’ve read the end of the book and we win. So, even if all the economies of the world are in flux, let’s keep moving forward sharing the love and grace and mercy and goodness of God with everyone we encounter.
Let’s stay focused on the truth: The government rests on Jesus’ shoulders (Isaiah 9:6). All things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26). He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, and no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9). We are on top and not on the bottom (Deuteronomy 28:13). We are women of God, women of prayer, women of faith.

So let’s stop doubting and start believing for the best. We’re entering 2017 on the winning side!

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You did not choose me, but I chose you…

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you”(John 15:16). 

No matter how great or difficult your past has been, you must be more committed to the future than the past if you are going to fulfill your purpose and become who God created you to be.

  • Growth stops when you become inward rather than outward focused.
  • Growth stops when you talk about where you have been more than where you are going.
  • Growth stops when you think you’ve arrived, rather than remaining a learner.
  • Growth stops when you allow your own insecurities to stop you from raising up others and leaving a legacy.

We are supposed to keep growing, learning, changing and advancing. We are called to be fruitful during our time on this planet. It is to our Father’s GREAT GLORY that we bear fruit that will last (see John 15:16)! 

So if your past looks better than your future, get on your knees, open your Bible, begin to confess the promises of God over your life and pray until your passion, vision, mission and purpose return. 

Your greatest days are ahead of you, not behind you!

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Psalm 121


​I look up to the hills, but where will my help really come from? My help will come from God, the one who created those hills. He will not let you fall. Your Protector will not fall asleep. He does not get tired. He never sleeps. He stands by your side, not taking His eyes off you. He’s got you. ‭

Psalm‬ ‭121

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He who promised is faithful

​When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise – in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4)


I want to encourage you to trust God today.

Trust God to bring you a harvest even when people do not acknowledge the seed you’ve sown.Trust God to open doors for you even when people have tried to slam them shut.Trust God to bring you new opportunities when others seem to have snatched what should have been yours.Trust God to promote you when those who should have, didn’t.Trust God to vindicate you, protect you and reward you, even if people don’t.Trust God to bring the right people into your life, even though others may have used you, betrayed you or discarded you.

Trust that God sees, knows and cares. He is your very present help in your time of need. Others may have left you, disappointed you, not come through for you, but God has and will never leave or forsake you. Your pain matters to Him. He bottles your tears. He is not aloof, detached or indifferent. Cling to God today. Don’t run from Him; run to Him!

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FAITH


​”…Faith, in the higher sense, arises after we have tried our level best and failed to practice consistently the Christian virtues, and realized that even if we succeeded, we would only be giving back to God what was already God’s own. In other words, we discover our bankruptcy. Once we have made these discoveries, God can really get to work. Now real life begins.” — C.S. Lewis

We will never come to fullness until we realize our bankruptcy. C.S. Lewis says it best! I’ve came to a point where I’ve realized that I can never remain perfect and faithful. I made mistakes. I messed up, no matter how much I tried to stay on the line–we will always fail. I’m definitely aware of my faults and shortcoming. Temptation, weariness, poor choices strike my way. Let’s get realistic. But that’s why. That’s why I need Jesus. I know I’m flawed and I can never be perfect, but I’m covered in the blood of Jesus. His perfection covers my flaws and I have access to the peace of God, to freedom. Therefore I will boast all the more about my weaknesses, because His grace is sufficient for me, His power made perfect in my weaknesses. 

Dear you, yes you who’s reading this: it’s okay not to be okay. And even when we’re faithless, He remains faithful. 

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Called Forward

By Christine Caine

The Australian Coat of Arms depicts a very insightful image—and one that I hold dear since I was born and raised in Australia. There are two animals portrayed holding up a shield—the Red Kangaroo and the Emu. They were chosen not only because they are indigenous to Australia, but also because they were created to move forward.

The Emu, a large non-flying bird slightly smaller than its cousin the Ostrich, is known for its speed covering as much as nine feet in a single step when running full throttle. It is the only bird with calf muscles—much like a human—nonetheless, it can’t walk backward. It can only move forward.

The Red Kangaroo—like all kangaroos—moves by a hopping motion called saltation, which literally means “to leap.” They push off with both of their large feet simultaneously and use their tails for balance. The combination of their muscular legs, big feet and tails help the kangaroos move forward effectively. But again, they can only move forward—not backward.

I believe God designed you—another marvel of creation—to move the same way. Forward-bound, never stepping back, not even looking back.

Throughout the Bible, God consistently leads His people in one direction: “Press on…look ahead…forget what lies behind…REACH FORWARD to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:12-14).

Just as the Apostle Paul challenged the Philippian church to move forward, Propel Women exists to mobilize and motivate women to go forward—to keep reaching for all that lies ahead. The wordpropel means “to drive, to push, to cause to move in a particular direction,” and that is forward. That is the direction God wants you to move.

I know our world often feels like it is spiraling out of control—certainly globally and often close to home. That’s why Jesus is the only hope, and we as Christians have been given the responsibility to shine his light in a dark world—to encourage others with hope that they too can move forward in life. Your world needs believers like you who can lead themselves well, and then lead others.

Propel Women wants to accelerate your growth—through every season, challenge and change. We want to energize you to move from where you are to the next place God has orchestrated for your life—activating you to live on mission, on point. We want to help you REACH forward—a motion that will always require intentional effort.

If you’ve been considering and praying about a change—whether it’s a promotion, moving to a new city, or going for more education—it will begin with your decision to take a step forward.

To help you in your decision-making, take a personal inventory and contemplate these questions:

1. Have you been where you are long enough? Whether it’s some place physical—like your present position—or someplace mental—like your attitudes or habits—if you’ve made a permanent place out of something that was supposed to be a pit stop, or somewhere you were supposed to grow through, then you’ve been there long enough. Procrastinating is never going to move you.

2. Is it time to break out of where you are into where you are going? To break is to shatter, smash, snap, crack or fracture. It’s to interrupt, disturb or break your routine. When you break something, it often hurts physically or emotionally. It might not be comfortable, but it’s often necessary to leave a place that’s constricted, confined and limiting. It’s often necessary to grow to the next level. Remember: It’s just as easy to miss a moment as it is to seize a moment.

3. Is it time to advance? To advance is to move forward in a purposeful way, to press on, to progress. Oftentimes, it takes courage to let go of where you are and what you have to lay hold of the future. You will have to be more faith-FULL than fear-FULL. If God is saying go, your willingness and determination will be necessary to go and receive what he has for you.

4. Is it time to forget the past—if that’s what’s holding you back—and risk failure or hurt again? God will always have another chance ready for you to take. But you will have to let go of any of the past holding you back emotionally. You will have to build strong emotional intelligence and capacity to move forward and successfully lead others and build healthy relationships. You can do this!

5. Does it seem impossible? Maybe…but so what? Impossible is what God does. And nothing he asks us to do can ever be done in our natural strength anyway. If you can manage it on your own, you don’t need God.

It’s time to increase your capacity. The world is waiting—and you are the answer. If God is saying, “Go,” then don’t say, No.” Whether you are a CEO of a national company, a supervisor in retail, a stay-at-home mom managing a home-based business, or a post-career leader in your community, God has things for you to do every day you are on this Earth. There are assignments for you to responsibly manage—and now is the time to live propelled into your future. Answer these questions and discover your leadership capacity—then embrace all that God has for you to do, individually and collectively. Identify how you are equipped, and then be confident in how he’s gifted you and prepared you. He’s calling you forward, the only direction the Emu, the Red Kangaroo and you were ever created to go.

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​THE ONE WHO SEES ME

Engkau menciptakan setiap bagian badanku, dan membentuk aku dalam rahim ibuku.  Aku memuji Engkau sebab aku sangat luar biasa! Segala perbuatan-Mu ajaib dan mengagumkan, aku benar-benar menyadarinya.  Waktu tulang-tulangku dijadikan, dengan cermat dirangkaikan dalam rahim ibuku, sedang aku tumbuh di sana secara rahasia, aku tidak tersembunyi bagi-Mu.  Engkau melihat aku waktu aku masih dalam kandungan; semuanya tercatat di dalam buku-Mu; hari-harinya sudah ditentukan sebelum satu pun mulai. Mazmur 139:13‭-‬16 BIMK

Setiap kita ada di dunia ini punya tujuan yang luar biasa, kenapa ada di dunia ini. 
Kita sebagai manusia kita seringkali takut untuk melangkah, mau make a first step juga tidak tahu.
Burung-burung di udara juga dipelihara Tuhan. Ketika kita experience God, kita harus bisa juga menceritakannya kepada orang lain, sehingga orang lain tahu dan bisa merasakan kebaikan Tuhan. 

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God ’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God ! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent God ’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this. Proverbs 3:5‭-‬12 MSG

Pada saat saya membaca ayat tersebut diatas, hati saya di ubahkan, pemikiran saya diperbaharui. 

Our God is bigger than we know! 

God sees in you what you can’t see in yourself. 

The world of God defines us. We all have a future. 

Tetapi carilah dahulu Kerajaan Allah dan kebenarannya, maka semuanya itu akan ditambahkan kepadamu.Matius 6:33 TB


Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become
2 Corinthians 12:7‭-‬10 MSG

TUHAN YANG MAHA TAHU SELALU MELIHAT KITA DIDALAM GAMBARAN YANG LEBIH BESAR DAN TUJUAN YANG LEBIH BESAR. 

Ketika kita mempunyai relationship dengan Tuhan, Dia membawa kita selalu terbang lebih tinggi lagi dari hari ke hari. 

Apa yang boleh kita lalui di masa lalu, Tuhan sedang mempersiapkan kita untuk hari ini, dan apa yang kita lalui hari ini, Tuhan mempersiapkan kita untuk hal yang besar di depan nanti yang mungkin saat ini kita tidak tahu. That’s a life journey. Dan sata percaya apapyn yang kita alami adalah sebuah proses perjalanan. 

God will take you from glory to glory.

God will take you from strength to strength. 

God will take you from faith to faith. 

Begitu besarnya kasih Tuhan untuk setiap kita. Langit put bahkan tidak bisa menampung besarnya kasih Tuhan dan kemurahan Tuhan. 

Saya tidak pernah menjadi orang yang sangat berani. Tapi saya pernah merasakan sedikit hasilnya dari apa artinya mengikut Tuhan. Saya mendapakan keberanian yang membentuk diri sata untuk bisa berdiri sanpai hari ini. Dan sesungguhnya semua ini terjadi karena kasih Tuhan yang tidak pernah menarik diri sata keluar dari tempurung saya. 

There is One who sees you of who you are. Someone sees you of who you are, because someone knows your worth. It doesn’t matter where you’ve been, what you’ve been through, how dark your past, He doesn’t care. There is always HOPE in Him. There is always second chance to start a new life. In this a new life, there is a freedom and we also take a courage to shout the praises that He deserve. To proclaim that someone loves me for who I am and because of that I can do the thing that I do now.

Don’t hide from Him anymore. Don’t run from God. Don’t fear the night, because for God, your night is day. Do not fear, because you fearfully and wonderfully made by God. 

Every thought that you think of, He already knows. 

He loves you. He will take your hands.  

He is for you, to embrace you, to provide for you, to breakthrough for you, to love you, to protect you and to uphold you. And you never fall apart.