Stop Being Anxious and Fearful?

What am I going to do? I am not happy? ¬†I feel overwhelmed. I have too much going on and I don't know how I am going to be able to do all of this. What will tomorrow look like? Will I be able to help my family? Will they think I'm a failure? What about me? Where is my place in all of this? These are questions that we all ask at some point in time in our lives. ¬†Sometimes we ask the questions and then continue to be productive in life. ¬†At other times, these questions cause us to begin to experience certain emotions within ourselves that are hard to get past. ¬†Whether we realize it or not, when we do not deal¬†with these thoughts in the correct manner, they produce anxiety within us. Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. ¬†~Proverbs 12:25 What is anxiety? Anxiety is defined as... a condition of mental uneasiness arising from fear or solicitude. Very few of us can say that we have never experienced anxiety. ¬†From the moment that we begin to ask questions like, what am I going to do, and are not able to provide and answer, anxiety arises within us. ¬†We are uncertain about the future and become fearful because we have … [Read more...]

The Lord is My Shepherd

Trust in the Lord, He is Faithful   (I wanted to revive this and our trust in Him) Psalm 23:1-6 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me besides the still waters He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name‚Äôs sake Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me;¬† Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. This psalmist knew that God was faithful.¬† He saw God as a daily provider that would always take care of Him. My question to you today is how do you see God? Do you trust Him? Do you trust His word?   The Lord is my shepherd‚Ķ (you may listen to the audio as this is taught on In His Name Ministries Prayer and Intercession, prayer line.) Psalm 78:52, 53 But He made His own people go forth like sheep, And guided them in the wilderness like a flock; And He led them on safely, so that they did not … [Read more...]

10 Scriptures To Read When You Are Experiencing Doubt

We all have faith issues sometimes. Faith vs. Doubt Faith deals with what you can't see, while doubt deals with what you can. It sounds confusing, but Faith tells you that something that hasn't happened or that can't be seen, will be. Doubt says that because of what you see or because of what has already happened, things won't be. Faith As A Gift It has been said that faith is a gift from God and there is no way to increase it. ¬†While I agree with the first part of this statement, the second part is not true. So then, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~Romans 10:17 So what does this mean? Can Faith Grow? Well, we have all been given a certain measure of faith by God (Romans 12:3), but our faith can grow. (Luke 17:21, Mark 4:24) ¬†However that growing is not in the sense of more or less. ¬†Instead it is in the sense of being of quality. The question is not, "How much faith do I have?" as much as it is, "Is my faith strong?" Without strong faith, doubt creeps in and exposes us to troubles and fears in our lives. Steps To Take There are steps that can be taken to help with this process. We have to hear, read, or speak the word of God because … [Read more...]

Tearing Down Barriers

There are times in our lives, when we look to people to affirm the message in our hearts that God has already spoken. ¬†At these times, we have to realize that unless an individual has heard from God, they cannot affirm our call, our mission, or even the message that God has given. ¬† The truth is that looking to people for affirmation can sometimes lead us to a place of hurt, frustration, and even doubt. ¬†That's when it's most important to turn to God. ¬†It is at these times that we have to look to the Word of God to tear down barriers in our lives. That turning may feel difficult... You may not want to or even feel like going to your Bible. You may find so many other things to do that seem more important than turning to the Word of God for the moment, but let me assure you of one thing‚Ķthere is nothing more encouraging and powerful than the Word of God. So, when you feel that it is hard to get the Word, I encourage you to push‚ĶPUSH‚ĶPUSH‚Ķpush your way to the Word and watch God speak into your situation. He will give you boldness, clarity, and the affirmation that you were seeking... You will find yourself with the same boldness that Paul had. ¬†Read today's word from … [Read more...]

Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement: a directive/s issued by a military authority specifying the circumstances and limitations under which forces will engage in combat with the enemy. I want to apply this to the spiritual battle all born-anew, followers of Christ engage in on a daily basis. Let's answer several¬†FAQ's! Why is this battle raging? When will it end? What is my defense? What are my weapons? Because your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.¬†1 Peter 5.8 Truthfully? When we die and go to heaven!¬†No more curse! The Word. The Word. The Word. After Jesus' baptism and before He began His earthly ministry, He went into the mountainous desert places surrounding the city and there He was tempted by the devil for forty days. His defense? He quoted scripture. You can read exactly what Jesus said to Satan¬†here. Here's where we can get excited because our God has armed us well! Every morning after we brush our teeth and comb our hair we get dressed, right? The best-dressed believer adds these items every day to their outfit! The belt of Truth -¬†Ephesians 6.14 The breastplate of Righteousness -¬†Ephesians 6.14 The shoes of … [Read more...]

Is God Pleased?

Genesis 6:1-8 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the Lord said, ‚ÄúMy Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.‚ÄĚ There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, ‚ÄúI will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.‚ÄĚ But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. The scripture that stuck out most to me after reading this was verse 6. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on … [Read more...]

Asking Questions

Today as I was reading my bible, I found that I began to have questions about what I was reading. Now these questions were not simple. They were very complex. I sat and contemplated and then realized that I would not be able to find the answer within myself, so I asked God. Now there are times in life when questions are simple and can be answered very quickly, but then there are times like this. I know that the complexity of this question will take some time to receive an answer. It's not because it takes God a long time to answer my questions. The opposite is true. He is able to answer my questions within a nano second. Yet, some questions require prayer and a silencing of my heart. I think of it this way. When we are talking to someone that we are very close to and care about, we must be attuned to where their heart is in a situation. We must listen attentively for the answer that they give. We can't force them to talk and once they do, we have to have a open heart to clearly receive their answer. God is no different. He wants to talk to us. He loves it when we ask Him questions, but unlike man, He knows the condition of our hearts. He knows why we are … [Read more...]

Meditating On The Word

In the Bible we are told that it is important for us to focus or meditate upon the word of the Lord. ¬†Meditation is not something that many Christians are familiar with. ¬†The reason is that there is a secular way of doing it that is more of a taboo than a positive way of focusing our energy on the Lord and His word. In Genesis 24:63 "Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening, and he lifted his eyes and looked, and there the camels were coming." ¬†The NKJV Bible states that "to meditate may mean to walk around in thought...to do much more than contemplate. ¬†The idea is that one would reflect upon God's Word in a thoughtful way, appropriating its trough personally and applying them to life." Joshua 1:8 ¬†"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. ¬†For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." Joshua was instructed to meditate upon the word by God. ¬†This was to be a part of his daily life. ¬†We should assume that it is also to be a part of our lives as well. Psalm 1:2 ¬†But his delight is in the law of the … [Read more...]

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