My dad, from my childhood up until now, would share faith in Jesus with me. He would even tell me “I wish I could pour it into your head so you can understand.” Later on some of the things my dad shared with me started to unfold and I was able to understand. When we accept Jesus as Lord of our lives and begin spending time with God, our spiritual eyes become open to the things of God in the spirit realm.
Ephesians 1:18-20 Amplified Version: 18 And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the [f]hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the [g]saints (God’s people), 19 and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe.
Romans 12:2 Amplified Version: And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
Proverbs 23:7 : For As a person thinks in their heart so that person becomes.
Philippians 4:8-9 Amplified: 8 Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. 9 The things which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things [in daily life], and the God [who is the source] of peace and well-being will be with you.
All of God’s promises are yes and amen to the glory of the Father (1 Corinthians 1:20). When a negative report of sickness comes to you, see yourself healed. An anointed preacher said: “See yourself picking up that bed and carrying it instead of that bed carrying you out of here.” God delivers as far as you can see. Instead of seeing yourself running out, see yourself running over!
If you can see it, you can be it!
Prayer: Thank you Jesus for loving me enough to sacrifice your life for me. You endured the cross because you saw the end. God help me to see things through your eyes. God open my spiritual eyes so I can see. I see myself as you see me: redeemed, forgiven, healed, prosperous, whole, and complete in you. Christ is in me, the hope of glory! In Jesus name! Amen!
Jesus left us an example that we follow in His footsteps. Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him. Because of it, we have eternal life and are redeemed from the curse when we accept Him as Lord and Savior. Join the kingdom family (Read Romans 10:9-10 for prayer of salvation). 1 Corinthians 2:8 says, If the devil had known he would not have crucified Jesus. Now He is seated at the right of the Father and we now have redemption through Jesus. Satan wants us to give up by applying as much pressure as possible. The breakthrough is when the pressure is unbearable. God knows how much we can bear. We praise when the pressure is heavy. We pray and give thanks to God for the victory. We have others to stand in the gap for us when we feel like giving up. We win the race of life looking to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. John 16:33: 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Because Jesus overcame, we can too, through trusting and depending on Him.
Job 1:6-12 Amplified Version: 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God (angels) came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan (adversary, accuser) also came among them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Then Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming around on the earth and from walking around on it.” 8 The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered and reflected on My servant Job? For there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God [with reverence] and abstains from and turns away from evil [because he honors God].” 9 Then Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not put a hedge [of protection] around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands [and conferred prosperity and happiness upon him], and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But put forth Your hand now and touch (destroy) all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face.” 12 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that Job has is in your power, only do not put your hand on the man himself.” 23 So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord.
The devil targets us especially when we are living upright to see if we will give up and turn our backs on God. Job endured sickness, children dying, his wife leaving him, and financial issues. However, God restored Job with more than what he had before: with a wife, more children than he ever had, more wealth, and he was in health. His friends witnessed it and came back. Job endured to the end and received more than what was taken from Him. The devil can use people to try to put a curse on you. Balak sent Balaam to curse the descendants of Jacob in Numbers 23. However, when he tried to curse them, only blessing came out of his mouth. Balaam said “How can I curse what God has blessed?” You can’t curse the people of God; it will only backfire on the people who are plotting evil against them.
Be determined like Job saying “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” Be determined like the three Hebrew boys in Daniel 3 that when the heat is turned up in your situation say: “The God that I serve he will deliver me.” Be like our spiritual Father Abraham in Romans 4. He did not waver in his faith. He gave glory to God and he was fully persuaded God would do what He said. Abraham called things that were not as though they were and breathed life into a hopeless situation. Believers, Christ is in us the hope of glory. Problems can also come due to something we did. Repent, ask God for mercy, and do not go back into the same situation because it can get worse. John 5:14: Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”
Had the devil known, he would have left you alone!
Prayer: Thank you Jesus because you overcame, I can overcome. I am redeemed from the curse and no one can curse what God has blessed. The trials that I have are not compared to the glory that will be revealed. I trust you to be my Shepherd in every stage of my life. In Jesus name! Amen.
ECCLESIASTES 9:11: THE RACE IS NOT GIVEN TO THE SWIFT OR TO THE STRONG, BUT TO THOSE WHO ENDURE TO THE END
The phrase came to me as God led me to listen to a message dealing with faith. Most of us, when we start something, we are so excited. However, we get frustrated, give up, or become anxious when challenges come. Love is patient, it endures, and faith works by love. True patience is keeping the same attitude as when we first begin. The race is not given to the swift or the strong, but to those who endure to the end (Ecclesiastes 9:11). God is eternal . Revelation 22:13 says: I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last One day is like a thousand years to the Lord (2 Peter 3:8). Keep the same attitude no matter how long it takes. We can slow the process even longer when we do not operate with patience. The movie “Remember The Goal” has a second movie I was led to: “The Perfect Race”. Both are compelling movies dealing with the life of a believer. Webster’s dictionary meaning of patience is steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity. Another meaning forpatience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. There are keys to remaining in patience to receive.
Prayer with thanksgiving is a way to walk in patience. Philippians 4:6-7: 6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. If you feel anxious, frustrated, angry, or unhappy, begin putting God back in remembrance of His word and start thanking Him for the victory in your situation.
We can write the date of our request and put it before us on a board with pictures; when we feel like giving up, we can look at it as a reminder. Mark 11:24 says whatever we ask according to the word of God. When we pray, we believe that we received it and then we have it. God, I thank you. I received my healing when I prayed on _______ and put the date. You can reference the blog Write The Date; It Gives Strength During The Wait! I have looked back on the prayer requests I wrote down with the date, and some have already manifested.
We can encourage and celebrate with others . Job prayed for his friends when he was going through and got his deliverance. We can rejoice with others who have received what they prayed for. Love is not envious of others or pouting because we feel we deserve it more. When we rejoice with others, it releases the anointing for us to receive.
God led me to Romans 5 concerning faith one morning. Romans 5:1-5 Living Translation: So now, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith in his promises, we can have real peace with him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 For because of our faith, he has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be.3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient. 4 And patience develop strength of character and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally, our hope and faith are strong and steady. 5 Then, when that happens, we can hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Pastor Gaines said God is more concerned about us being Christ-like than our comfort; trials strengthen our faith. God wants to develop character in us. The higher we go in God, “new level, new devil.”
We can also look back on challenges we faced in the past that God brought us through to help with patience. David said in 1 Samuel 17:34-37: 34, But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it, and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it, and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”. 1 Samuel 4:46: 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.
We can also have other believers stand in the gap for us when we are weak and want to give up. Exodus 17:12: 12 Moses’ arms finally became too tired to hold up the rod any longer, so Aaron and Hur rolled a stone for him to sit on, and they stood on each side, holding up his hands until sunset. 13. As a result, Joshua and his troops crushed the army of Amalek, putting them to the sword.
Faith comes by hearing to have the confidence to act. The Holy Spirit will lead you to the anointed person to listen to in order to build up your faith. Read and meditate on the word diligently; obey the word of God. When God gives us specific instructions, do it. Do what we know to do in the natural. After doing all we can, keep standing in faith through prayer, thanksgiving, and praise. Where there is a need, plant a seed. The seed begins with the word of God, and He will lead you through the Holy Spirit.
To overcome the challenge you are facing, walk in patience!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for being patient with me even when I was a sinner. Thank you for loving me enough to send your Son Jesus to die for my sins. I repent for allowing my emotions to dominate me. God, I thank you for leading me by your word and the Holy Spirit inside me. I endure to the end and receive the promise. Through faith and patience, I inherit the promise. In Jesus’ name! Amen,
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Daniel 3:17: Our God whom we serve is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king.
The phrase came to my dad as we discussed focusing on God during challenging situations. It is easy to allow challenges to cause us to panic, hide, complain/grumble, or freeze up in fear. However, God did not give us the spirit of fear but of power (God’s power and the Holy Spirit), love, and a sound mind ( the mind of Christ/ renewed mind through the word of God, 2 Timothy 1:7). I remember the phrase Evangelist R.W. Schambach used all the time: “You don’t have no problems, all you need is faith in God.” The phrase has stuck with me throughout the years. Also, Dr. Frederick K.C. Price would say‘ “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” Christ is in us, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27), to face any challenges we have in life! Hallelujah!
1 Thessalonians 5;16-18 The Passion Translation: 16 Let joy be your continual feast. 17 Make your life a prayer. 18 And in the midst of everything, be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.
The joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). We have to feast on God’s word to remain in joy even in painful situations. Joseph was in prison and asked the other prisoners why they were sad in Genesis 40:6-7. Joseph knew God was with him, and he went from being in prison to ruling in the palace. Paul and Silas in Acts 16 were rejoicing while in prison in chains, and they were beaten. They sang praises to God, and then they did like the scripture: they prayed. Finally, the prison doors were opened, they were free, and the jailer asked, “What must I do to be saved?” Jehoshaphat singers sang praises to God in 2 Chronicles 20, which confused the enemy. God delivered them.
After praising God and rejoicing in the truth of God’s word, pray. Philippians 4:6-7: 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Prayer with thanksgiving get us through challenges. Once you ask God when your mind starts to think about it, begin to thank God. You can never go wrong praying the word of God. All of the promises of God are yes and Amen to the glory of the Father (2 Corinthians 1:20). 1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: He hears us if we ask anything according to his will. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. Example: God, I am asking you to heal my broken heart; according to Psalm 34:18, you are near to the brokenhearted and save the crushed in spirit. God, I thank you for healing me in Jesus’ name! Amen!
Faith works by love. Read 1 Corinthians 13 daily concerning love. Ask God to help you in the area of love. Each time you feel yourself complaining or getting anxious or upset, begin to thank God for the victory in the midst of the frustration, hurt, loneliness, anger, etc.
The Hebrew boys were thrown in the fiery furnace in Daniel 3:8-25 . They refused to bow down to any other gods. They said, “The God that we serve He will deliver us.” God delivered them out of the fire without a smell of smoke or clothes burnt. Refuse to compromise with the word of God. The devil will bring pressure on your mind, finances, health, and your emotions to get you to bow down and give in. Start declaring “The God that I serve will deliver me from depression, fear, anxiety, sadness, unforgiveness, anger”, or whatever you are going through. Start thanking God for the victory; it will help you when you are impatient. Hebrews 10:36 Amplified Version: 36 For you need patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.
God led me to a movie, “Remember the Goal” (watch on Tubi). The woman coach for the girl’s cross country team coaching methods was different from the former coach. Every other team seemed like they were winning because they were going at a fast pace. The coach told them don’t look at what everyone else is doing. Do what I ask you to do, and you will succeed. Watch the movie to find out what happened in the end— there are a lot of life lessons from this movie.
God will instruct us in a way that may not seem popular. You will get ridiculed by other people and even laughed at. However, when you do things God’s way, in the end, you win, not some of the time; God always causes us to triumph through Him in every situation. The key is acknowledging God in all our ways, and He will tell us which way to go. He is all-knowing. We must be open to what God tells us to do for Him to instruct us. Those that are willing and obedient eat the good of the land.
Against all odds, trust in God!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for being the author and finisher of my faith. I run the race with patient endurance, not looking at others or my situation; I look to you. I repent for bowing to the circumstances. I submit to your will. Thank you, God; the race is not given to the swift or the strong but to those that endure to the end. I feast on your word daily to keep my joy and praise you. I pray daily, making my request known to you and thanking you for the victory while I await your direction. The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will keep and guide my heart through Christ Jesus. The God that I serve, He will deliver me! Thanks be to God, who always causes me to triumph through Christ Jesus! In Jesus’ name! Amen!
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Webster’s Meaning of Free: 1. Enjoying personal freedom: not subject to the control or domination of another. 2. Capable of making a choice.3. Relieved from or lacking something and especially something unpleasant or burdensome. God gives us a choice to live free. God tells us how to be free. If you are not saved, please give your life to Jesus Christ. It is the only way to live truly free (Read Romans 10:9-10 for salvation).
One way to live free is by being truthful. It is easy to cover things up, disguise them, or even lie to ourselves. However, this only puts us in bondage. Proverbs 28:13: One who conceals his wrongdoings will not prosper, But one who confesses and abandons them will find compassion/mercy. If it is lying to yourself, admit it to God and allow God to transform you through His word. If it is someone else, be honest. We can not control how anyone reacts, but as long as we do our part, we can be free and leave the rest up to God.
Another way to live free is by confronting things that hurt us. James 5:16: Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. Ephesians 4:15:15 Instead of speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, Christ.
We can live free by living a life of love. Galatians 5:13-15 Message Version: 13-15 It is evident that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want and destroy your freedom. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. Everything we know about God’s Word is summarized in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time will you annihilate each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?
We can live free by getting rid of anything causing us not to progress. Hebrews 12:1-2 Easy Read Version: We have all these great people around us as examples. Their lives tell us what faith means. So we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit. We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the sin that so often makes us fall. 2 We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the one who makes our faith complete. Galatians 5:1: Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
We can live in freedom by depending on God and not on people. We are not perfect, which means people can fail us. But God never fails us. Jeremiah 17:6-7: This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. 6 He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.7 “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
Finally, living in the present and not dwelling in the past. Philippians 3:12-14 New Living Translation:12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
2023, I am living free!
Prayer: God, I thank you for true freedom through Jesus Christ. I walk in love, truth, no weights, and living in the present so I can be free. I repent for my sins and move forward in you. God, you have given me life or death, blessing or cursing. I choose life. I live in the truth of God’s word. No more chains; I am free. In Jesus’ name! Amen.
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Christmas is the season of giving, but most importantly, we celebrate Jesus. Natural gifts are great, especially when you receive something that you want or something unexpected. However, natural things can not satisfy because they are temporary. People can also be temporary and can let you down because we are not perfect. God loved us so much that he gave us the greatest gift, Jesus, so we can have eternal life with Him and save us from hell. However, we must receive the gift to experience the joy of life with Him.
John 3:16-18 Message: 16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
Isaiah 9:6-7 Living Translation: 6 For unto us a child is born; unto us, a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder. These will be his royal titles: “Wonderful,” “Counselor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” and “The Prince of Peace.” 7 His ever-expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule with perfect fairness and justice from the throne of his father, David. He will bring true justice and Peace to all the world’s nations. This is going to happen because the Lord of heaven’s armies has dedicated himself to do it!
Exodus 3:14 NIV: God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM sent me to you.‘” Whatever we need, God is the Great Shepherd. Paul knew who God was. While Paul was in prison, he said in Philippians 4:4-8: 4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.7 And the Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Every day no matter what you are going through, begin to thank God and embrace who He is to experience true joy.
We celebrate December 25th, Jesus Christ the most significant gift!
Prayer: Thank you for giving us the greatest gift, your Son, Jesus. No matter what I go through, I can embrace who you are and experience true joy. Thank you for being a great counselor when I need guidance. Thank you for being my Comforter when I need comfort. Thank you for being my Peace during chaos and trouble. Thank you for being my strength when I am weak. Thank you for being my provider, my Shepherd. I want nothing. Thank you for being my Savior, saving me from hell. Thank you for being the Great I Am everything I need. In Jesus’ name! Amen!
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During the Christmas and holiday season, some people are challenged with grieving a loved one’s passing, have financial problems, health problems, and are physically drained. During the time when it should be the most beautiful and joyous time of the year, people are having a rough time. The good news is if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have hope. For those who are not saved, I urge you to repent of your sins, and acknowledge you are a sinner who needs Jesus and believe in your heart that Jesus died, was buried, rose, and lives. Receive Him into your heart, and you are saved (Read Romans 10:9-10 for an outline for salvation). Without God, you can not make it through the challenges in life, no matter how much money you have, how healthy you are, or how many friends you have. You can do the natural to seek help, but you need the super on the natural to get you through. Let God be the author of your life.
Isaiah 43:2-3,5,18-19: 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers,they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you.18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
It can seem like God is not there when situations in your life are dark, and you can’t see that God is there making things new for you. My previous blog Fix Your Gaze, You’ll Be Amazed! focused on looking to God, the author, and finisher of our faith. Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him. God brought Him through it. God can do the same for us if we let Him. I watched the movie “Harriet,” and the quote she used is, “I rather be free or die.” Our only freedom is through Jesus Christ; what goes on internally will manifest on the outside. True freedom is in our mind because as person thinks that is where they will end up. Choose life so that you can live.
Job had his gaze fixed on God to praise God and trust him through health issues, children dying, friends blaming him for what he was going through, and his wife telling him to curse God and die. He even prayed for his friends and got his deliverance. Job remarried. God blessed him double with beautiful children, and his health and wealth were all restored. God made all things new again in Job’s life.
The devil comes at you at your highest moments and your lowest moments. The devil will make you think you are the only one going through problems. When I was promoted to the praise team at church, a voice in my head told me, “no one cares about you.” At the highest moment in my life, the devil tried to make me think no one cared about me because he is the Father of lies. Depression started to come into my mind. I spoke against it with the word of God. One time was not enough; I had to continually say it for the devil to flee from my mind. The others promoted to the praise team started talking and said they were getting the same voice that no one cared about them. We all laughed at the devil and shared how we resisted the devil’s voice,
John 12:24 New Living Translation: 24 I tell you the truth unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.
The scripture came to me at a time when I believed God for something. I wanted it to be one way, but I had to let it die and surrender to what God had for me. In the end, God gave me more than I could ever have imagined. God does exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ask or think according to God’s power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20). Jesus had to die to His will and surrender to what God had for Him. In the end, his death produced for us eternal/new life. We are now forgiven, healed, set free, and redeemed from the curse. To receive the new, we must die daily to the fallen life and nature of the flesh and live a new life by renewing our minds to the word of God and His way of thinking.
Go through! God makes all things new!
Prayer: Thank you, God, because I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I have a new life through you. No matter what I go through: life, death, blessing, or cursing. I let nothing separate me from the love of God. I will spend eternity with you in the next life. I can go through because you are the Great I Am, the Most High God, and all that I need /The Great Shepherd. Your ways are higher than my ways. I die daily to my way of thinking and surrender to the kingdom’s way of thinking. I walk in the newness of life. I thank God for making everything new in my life, In Jesus’ name! Amen!
Webster’s Definition of Cower:: to shrink away or crouch, especially for shelter from something that menaces, domineers, or dismays.
Circumstances such as death, financial troubles, sickness, relationship problems, violence/crime, etc can be so unbearable until you crouch in a fetal position. We need the power of God to get us through. We can not make it without it; we can’t sleep, move, or breathe. If there is any sin in your life, it can block the power of God from flowing through. So repent and get back on the right track. If you are withholding the truth, confess it! Proverbs 28:13 Easy Read Version: 13 Whoever hides their sins will not be successful, but whoever confesses their sins and stops doing wrong will receive mercy. I knew God was speaking to my mother when she said to me boldly, “The truth sets you free.” There is no other way to freedom but to be honest with yourself, God, and others.
The devil uses fear to keep us from moving forward . 2 Timothy 1:7 says God did not give us the spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (the mind of Christ). It took the power of God for Job to trust God after all of his children died in one day, his health failed, and his wife told him to curse God and die because of what they were going through. Job had a relationship and trust in God that he said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust Him.” Hallelujah! He did not cower down but relied on God’s power and strength to get him through. The Shunamite woman put her faith in God (2 Kings 4). Her son died, but she did not cower; she plugged into the power source through prophet Elisha. She knew God worked through him. Whenever people asked her how she was doing, she kept saying, “All is well”, even though she did not feel like it. She confided in someone who God truly worked through. We can not confide in everyone about our situation. She needed a person of faith, not someone who would be in their emotions. People can mean well and say the wrong thing, weakening our faith. The Shunamite women experienced the power of God, who used Elisha to bring her son back to life. Read the blog When Going Through Hell, Say All Is Well.
It is easy to shrink back when things in our lives are dark or do not turn out as we hoped. God’s ways are higher than ours, and thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Marilyn Hickey, an evangelist, said, “You don’t want to backslide you want to in -slide into God,” when you are going through affliction (pain and suffering). Summarizing the scripture: James 15-16 says anyone among you afflicted, pray that the righteous’ prayers have power and are effective. We have to pray during times of suffering and get people of faith in Jesus to pray for us because the power of God shows up. Read and listen to the word of God; the word is God, and we will experience the joy of the Lord that will give us the strength to make it through. If you need someone to carry you through, get some friends or people with crazy faith like the man who couldn’t walk and his friends tore the roof open to get to Jesus in Mark 2:1-12. He received his healing. There is strength in numbers and unity to put the devil on the run. God moves by faith and does not take pleasure when we give up. Proverbs 24:10: If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.Hebrews 10:38: “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”
Do Not Cower! You Need God’s Power!
Prayer: God, thank you for being a very present help in trouble. I repent for allowing circumstances to shrink me down and cause me to give up. I trust you, no matter how dark it gets. I run to you, God, for you are my only hope. All is well because I am not alone. After all, you are with me. Like David said, even if I make my bed in hell, you are present. Thank you for placing people of God in my life to uplift me and hold me up when I don’t have the strength because there is strength in numbers. Thanks be to God, who always causes me to triumph through Him. The joy of the Lord is my strength. In Jesus’ name! Amen!
The phrase came to me one morning as I have people close to me who are grieving the passing of a loved one and grieving other circumstances. No one wants to go through pain. However, through life’s journey, we will encounter pain because we are not perfect and live in an imperfect world. But, believers, we have a perfect God that knows all and is touched by our pain. Jesus bore our pain for us, so we give it over to him because we can’t do it in our natural strength. It also makes us think about our eternity here on earth. We were created to glorify God and live out His purpose for our lives here on earth.
Ecclesiastes 7:2 Message Version:2 You learn more at a funeral than at a feast—After all, that’s where we’ll end up. So we might discover something from it.
No one likes going to funerals, but it makes you think about your life and what legacy you want to leave behind. Grief comes to all of us. We either make the best of it and move forward in God and our purpose or stay in misery living in the past, causing us not to move forward. We can only do it with the help of God and others who have gone through grief and came out better. The word of God is filled with events where people had to deal with grief and move forward.<
Joshua 1:1-4 Message Version: After the death of Moses, the servant of God, God spoke to Joshua, Moses’ assistant: “Moses, my servant is dead. Get going. Cross this Jordan River, you and all the people. Cross to the country I’m giving to the People of Israel. I’m giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on—just as I promised Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon east to the Great River, the Euphrates River—all the Hittite country—and then west to the Great Sea. It’s all yours. All your life, no one will be able to hold out against you. In the same way, I was with Moses; I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You will lead this person to inherit the land I promised to give their ancestors.
God told Joshua to get up to take over the land after Moses passed on. God said he would be with him and give him strength. It takes a lot of power to move on when a loved one has passed on. However, we can find comfort in knowing that God is with us, and we can rely on His strength to get us through. In 1 Samuel 16, Samuel was mourning King Saul because he loved Saul even though he disobeyed God. God asked Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul?” God instructed Samuel to find another king. Our Saul could be a friendship, relationship, or work environment that we are grieving, and God is telling us to get up and move on.
Live your life to glorify God and His purpose while He has you here on earth. If you are still determining your salvation, be sure of your eternity. Accept Jesus Christ into your life now. Life is like a vapor. For those saved, we know we are crossing over to the other side into the next life.
John 11:25 Easy read Version: 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection. I am life. Everyone who believes in me will have life, even if they die. 26 And everyone who lives and believes in me will never really die. Martha, do you believe this?” 27 Martha answered, “Yes, Lord. I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God. You are the one who was coming to the world.”
When you grieve, you think about life when you leave.
Prayer:Lord, thank you for breathing life into me and making me a living soul. I live my life to glorify you because life is like a vapor. God, I thank you for taking my grief and carrying my sorrow, so I give it to you. When I leave this life, I am crossing over to the next life with you. I lean on you for strength to make it through grief. Those who are not saved repeat this: “Lord Jesus I am a sinner and in need of a savior. I repent of my sins and receive Jesus into my heart as Lord.” I believe Jesus died, was buried, he rose, and is living; now I have eternity with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.