When We are Afraid

Life is a scary place, but I have learned to put my trust only in God (Psalm 56:3). People will fail us, because they are human; but God is supernatural, and He will always be in us and with us to protect and to provide for us (Hebrews 13:5).

 

We have no need to fear the future, because God will face it with us from inside of us, giving us chances to do His will, and opening doors for spiritual prospects that we shall never experience unless we walk in His will.

 

The quickest way to diffuse our anxiety over the unknown possibilities of tomorrow is to continually put our trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6). Each time fear finds its way back into our conscious mind, we replace it with faith in God’s faithfulness.

 

We experience pure joy as we come through a trial victoriously, seeing the hand of God carrying us through the entire ordeal. He is the same in nature, character and unconditional love from one day to the next (Hebrews 13:8).

 

God walks through life with us and in us, regardless of the nature of our trials: relational, illness, financial difficulty, a major loss, vocational challenges, an unexpected divorce, death of a loved one, etc.

 

He enables us to totally trust in Him rather than in our human resources (2 Corinthians 5:7). Our faith is strengthened by reading Biblical accounts of our ancestors in the faith. Their testimony helps us to persevere in prayer throughout our tribulation (Hebrews 12:1).

 

We trust in God, and He is in control; so we do not need to be afraid of the current or future events in our life (Psalm 56:4). When we focus on our circumstances, we worry and feel insufficient and unprepared to face the issues.

 

However, when we keep our mind focused on God, He gives us His continual, abundant and perfect peace to weather any storm (Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 4:7). His peace and stability belong to all those who love His instruction (Psalm 119:165).

 

 

Prayer:

Father God, You called us out of the world in order to serve You with our life. Emotions come from thoughts; and our thoughts come from our human insecurities, as well as Satan’s lies. As long as we do not attempt to control our life, we can surrender to Your will in every area, regardless of the outcome. Our negative emotions shrink when held under the microscope of Your love (1 John 4:18).

 

Thank You for choosing us, living in us, and walking with us through every experience we have in our lifetime. You are our good, good Father, and we are loved by You, more than by any human being that we know. We grow in our trust in You with each passing day, and we look forward to eternity in order to serve You in immortality.

 

Thought for the Day:

The great “I AM” sends us out into the world to walk in His will through every circumstance that comes our way; as we live by the faith of the son of God, who loves us and gave Himself for us, we experience freedom from fear and the peace and joy of God’s love. –  Galatians 2:20

 

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God Cares for Us

As authentic Believers, we get so much loving attention from the Trinity. We are connected to the Vine, which is Christ, and our Father is our caretaker. He prunes off our dead flesh, so that we can bear more fruit for His Kingdom (John 15:2).

 

This lightens our load in life, narrows our desires that cause us distractions from our purpose, and diminishes the number of trials that we experience from our own making.

 

Our Father gave us to Jesus for safe keeping (John 17:12). Jesus is our ever watchful Savior, Lord and King (1 Timothy 6:15). He is also our Brother and co-heir with us of all that belongs to our Father God (John 15:15; Romans 8:17).

 

In every issue that we experience, the Trinity is there working out everything for our eventual good (Romans 8:28). God allows trials in our life to perfect us, to draw us closer in an intimate relationship with Him, and to give us wisdom for our future.

 

Our faith in the Trinity is never wasted. We may get disappointed, because we did not get what we wanted, but we always get what God wants us to have, which is better than what we wanted. Even a jail cell is a sanctuary in which to worship our Lord.

 

In this world, we have two choices: either to serve Satan and our flesh or to serve our Living Lord. When we serve our self/Satan, we put our life under a horrible bondage; however, in serving the Trinity, we find true freedom, which we never before experienced.

 

There is no need for us to worry about anything in this life. God is working out the issues in our life to bless us and to further His Kingdom (Jeremiah 29:11). He uses our faith in His faithfulness as a testimony to those around us.

 

Prayer:

Father God, Jesus constantly stated that who He was and what He did was a direct manifestation of Your work in and through Him. We can enjoy this same relationship with You, because of Christ’s sacrifice for us on Calvary’s cross. We are so thrilled to enjoy this life of a union and unity with Your Trinity (John 14:10).

 

You fill us with Your presence, and we enjoy the peace, love and joy that You pour over us, in us and through us every moment of every day. We detest a life apart from You, and we can never praise You enough for giving us Your new life for now, as well as throughout eternity (2 Corinthians 5:17).

 

Thought for the Day:

A light bulb without electricity is useless; in this same way, our life without Christ in us is no more than an empty shell, useless and without a source of power.

 

God’s Rest is the Best – Part Two

In times of trial and stress it is very helpful to consult God’s Word as we imagine our self snuggled in the feathers under His Wing, or sitting in His lap as a little child – totally trusting in His goodness, grace, mercy and love (Psalm 107:29; Mark 4:35-41).

 

Our Lord God is always with us – in us and surrounding us. He cares about our experiences. He is mighty to save, and He rejoices over all of His children with gladness. He calms us with His love as He delights in us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).

 

People often hurt our feelings, let us down, abuse us, break their promises to us, discount our feelings, falsely accuse us, etc. We also encounter unexpected trials, overwhelming stress and physical issues during our lifetime. All of this disturbs our place in God’s rest.

 

We can acknowledge our feelings of being forlorn, cast aside, depressed or even angry; and then comfort our self with thoughts of God’s love for us. We calm our soul and body, and pray through this troubling event, listening for God’s reassurance and inspiration.

 

Until we learn to hear God’s voice, we can practice short moments of being still and paying attention, but listening eventually becomes a constant habit all throughout our day. We are no longer blindsided by life’s eruptions, because we trust that God has every single event under His control.

 

When we sit silently before the Lord, He calms our nerves, makes sense out of our inner clutter, and reminds us that His peace helps us to be still and to rest in His wisdom and provision (2 Thessalonians 1:2; Proverbs 2:6).

 

As we patiently wait on the Lord, and listen for His instructions in His nurturing calm (Psalm 37:37), He always hears our prayers and turns to us in both the good times and bad (Psalm 40:1). He knows our heart better than anyone, and even more than we know our own self.

 

Prayer:

Father God, thank You that we are precious in Your sight, cared for by You, and that You love us unconditionally (Isaiah 43:4; John 3:16-18). Remind us to consult You when we first open our eyes in the morning, before we ever get out of bed (Proverb 3:5-6). You have a plan for every moment of our day, and living in Your will provides us with Your miraculous intervention throughout our day.

 

We want to learn to continually walk in Your rest all day long (Hebrews 3-4). Teach us to pray for requests immediately, either in our mind or out loud for our self or with the person making the request (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). We no longer want to wander in this wilderness called “life”, but we want to live with, in and through You every single moment of our day.

 

Thought for the Day:

Like a baby gazing into its mother’s eyes, we live in confidence in God’s faithfulness; as we snuggle in the quietness of His rest, we are saved, and as we trust in and rely on God alone, He will give us His guidance and strength. – Isaiah 30:15

The God Who Brings Us Comfort  

For most of us, this world is full of trouble and sorrow. We have times of happiness and constructive building, but other times we suffer from fear, stress, sickness, loss and destruction.

 

Many people blame God for these negative circumstances, and take all the credit for the good times they experience (Lamentations 3:1-21). Without Christ in us, however, we will experience the blunt of the results of living on this sin-cursed life.

 

As authentic Believers, we can traverse these same trials with the joy and peace of Christ within us. We simply change our focus from our troubles to God’s constant comfort and multitude of blessings in our life (Isaiah 26:3; Lamentations 3:22-41).

 

As we concentrate on the amazing amount of times that God encouraged us, gave us hope, and worked out all things for our ultimate good (Romans 8:28), we realize that every trial is a gift from God. He plants a seed for a miracle in every one of them.

 

The Lord is good to all those who wait on, rely on and trust only in Him (Lamentations 3:25). We realize that life’s afflictions do not totally consume us, only because of His compassion and His mercy – which never fails and is new every single morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).

 

God may allow Satan to buffet us as He did Job (Job 1:13-19), because He uses our circumstances to mold us. He works out our negative character traits and draws us more intimately into His presence within us, but He never leaves or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5).

 

All the while, God is right there in us, walking through the tribulation with us. He is comforting us, teaching us wisdom, allowing us to learn as we reap what we sow, and revealing His eternal presence within our spirit.

 

Once we face our self during the misery, and praise God in spite of the horrid circumstances, we see God’s mighty hand pouring out His blessings in our life more than ever before (Job 42:10).

 

Prayer:

Father God, when we face our utter failure and wretchedness that comes from trusting in our human resources, we soon learn to appreciate Your truth and grace in our life. We are no longer consumed with darkness, but revel in Your glorious light (John 8:12).

 

We submit to the trials in our life, allowing them to mold us and make us according to Your will for us (Lamentations 3:32-33). Once we start to think about our choices, rather than complaining about our “lot” in life, and we turn back to Your perfect plan for us, we free You to pour out Your multitude of blessings on our life, regardless of our situation (Lamentations 3:39:40).

 

Thought for the Day:

The more we listen to God’s Spirit within us and walk in the center of His perfect plan for our life, the fewer trials, discomfort and negative issues we experience; although life in this sin-cursed world does bring us sickness, death and sorrow, we are victorious in Christ through it all. – Ephesians 2:10

Unpacking our Emotional Baggage

Emotional baggage is a term freely used in our modern society to explain why we react to situations the way that we do. This dysfunction is seeded in our past traumatic experiences and bears fruit in our current circumstances. It causes grief that must be resolved.

 

We may have experienced abandonment, devastation, loss, rejection, failings, shaming situations, sexual violation, demeaning relationships, etc. We fear a repetition of this trauma, and we use various methods to protect our self, including anger, aloofness, fear of commitment, obsessive/compulsive behavior, etc.

 

Growing up with physical, emotional and/or verbal abuse weakens our immune system, causes mental issues and physical illnesses that can last a lifetime.

 

Some of us are currently very needy individuals due to so much deprivation in our past. Others are used to being in the center of attention, and need that same homage now.

 

Burying our memories in our subconscious mind takes more resources from us than facing the trials head-on. Ignoring incidents, running from the memory, or acting as if they did not happen depletes our physical and emotional energy.

 

As wounded individuals, we use a great deal of emotional and physical vitality in an attempt to avoid pain. We fear the future, resent the past and try to run from or fight against possible current trauma. This drains us of energy that we could use in other ways.

 

Negative emotions and unresolved issues drain our vitality, escalate adrenalin production, impair digestion, suppress our immune system, drain our vitamin and mineral storehouse, cause inflammation and too much acid, etc. which can all cause pain, stiffness, sensitivity, and poor health.

 

On the other hand, positive emotions and resolved issues give us joy from deep within our soul. The allow us to walk in the Spirit and to accomplish God’s will for each moment of our day.

 

Negative emotions are meant to be red flags to alert us about an issue in our body or soul that needs attention, not a place to camp out or to spend the night. They prompt us into action so that we will meet our needs.

 

We do not have to wait on someone else to meet our needs; we simply meet them, or ask God to supply our needs from His glorious riches. God cares about every aspect of our life.

 

Prayer:

Father God,

If we interact with life from our human resources, we soon burn out and lose interest in the details of our day. We get stuck and feel hindered from changing the situations that are holding us back or causing us stress. Sometime we give up, and just snuggle under our covers and pretend that we could sleep forever.

 

You know that we live in fear and feel insecurity as we face undesirable changes that come our way. They make us feel out of control and miserable, without hope, peace and joy. Turn our life around and give us Your indescribable joy that controls or negative fears regardless of our circumstances.

 

Thought for the Day:

Our fulfilled desires and goals, as well as our compassion, devotion, joy and peace, come only from our intimate relationship with the God of the universe and the coming King over all of the earth.

 

Filled with the Fullness of God

The Day that I discovered Ephesians 3:16-19, I thought I would stop breathing. The beauty of these verses in the Amplified Bible overwhelmed my soul with joy. From that moment on, I stopped working “for” God, and I began allowing the Trinity to work “in” and “through” me instead.

 

Like many Christians, I vaguely understood the impact that Christ in us has on our life. I knew that at salvation, Jesus moved into our spirit by His Spirit (John 14:16-23); however, I did not comprehend the fullness of the Trinity abiding within me. I thought He just visited me when I prayed.

 

God taught me that as we read His Word, we realize the plans, which God has for our life (Ephesians 2:10; Jeremiah 29:11). Out of God’s glorious riches, He strengthens us in our inner soul and spirit with His power through His Spirit (Ephesians 3:16). He does this so that His Word may richly dwell in our heart through faith (Colossians 3:16).

 

God also roots, grounds and establishes us in His love. He provides all of His Saints with His power, so that we can grasp the immense capacity of Christ’s love for us: its width, length, height, and depth – so vast that we can barely comprehend it fully (Romans 8:25-35).

 

Our Heavenly Father actually wants us to experience this love, as well as to understand it, because this sacrificial love is more than an emotion, and it surpasses what our finite minds can understand or what we find in human relationships.

 

One of the major aspect in our life that blocks the fullness of God in us is when we insist on controlling our own life rather than having faith in God’s faithfulness, and submitting to His control over every single aspect and moment of our day.

 

God’s Spirit fills us throughout our entire being with all of the fullness of the divine presence of His Trinity, until we experience His incredible intimacy and love filling us through every moment of every day (Ephesians 3:16-19).

 

Prayer:

Father God, any activity that we are involved in is of utmost importance to You. Due to our finite minds, it is so hard for some of us to fully realize the greatness of Your love for us. Yet, as we trust You to help us with everything, including small things like opening a jar or big issues like selling a home or a major illness, we learn to turn over more and more matters into Your safe keeping, for You to work out in Your way and timing.

 

As we consult You during each moment of our time in Your service (Proverbs 3:5-6), we gradually learn and grasp the fact that You want to work out every issue in our life for our ultimate good (Romans 8:28). It is often that breaking point which we come to, when everything is impossible and no good can come from it, that we finally take the time to pay attention to the revelation of Your abundant love for us, as well as Your hand intimately involved in every single one of our circumstances.

 

Thought for the Day:

God’s love is a life-force that changes us forever, and His presence in us fortifies us as He gives us His favor and encouragement and strength to face each new tomorrow, while His Spirit gives us the mind and divine nature of Christ, as He also exchanges our human character with all the fruit of His Spirit. – Galatians 5:22-23

 

 

 

Recovering from Abuse – Part 3

In today’s society we all experience pain, which causes negative residual effects on our life. This is due to the fact that our subconscious stores every thought, word or deed that ever occurs.

 

Harmful images and memories fill our subliminal mind and haunt us, especially in our dreams. Our soul uses dreams to exorcise unwanted memories or unresolved issues in our past. The people, places and things in our dreams are symbols and clues to what our soul is attempting to communicate.

 

To heal from these issues, we simply need to bring them to God in persevering prayer. So, set aside an hour or more of time and get in a quiet place with a notebook and pen.

 

Take an inventory of any negative emotions plaguing your soul at this time and write them down with several lines in between. Then think about each emotion one at a time. What words or phrases accompany these emotions? Write them down in the lines next to that emotion.

 

These are lies from the devil that you believe as truth, and the keys to your healing. Now, pray about one emotion at a time. Ask God to speak His truth about each negative phrase. Write down what He tells you.

 

This may take time and some phrases may take longer than others to find the root source – sometimes several days/months of times of prayer may be necessary to do the spiritual warfare connected to these negative emotions and phrases.

 

Have patience, but You can skip the ones that seem deep rooted, or that cause a blank in your mind. Some other phrase may reveal the root of this one eventually. Just moving on to the next phrase may heal a previous one.

 

Having a prayer partner may facilitate your healing. Pick a spiritual person whom you trust to keep your confidences. One person praying can chase a thousand demons, but two put ten thousand to flight, because the Lord promises to be in their midst (Deuteronomy 32:30; Matthew 18:20).

 

God may reveal a hurtful image from your childhood or adult life. Angry, violent, fearful, emotional, abusive, intrusive and invasive images, thoughts, words or deeds may come to mind, but not necessarily.

 

All you really need for healing are the phrases connected to your negative emotions. As you read and concentrate on those phrases, what else comes to your mind? Other emotions? Other phrases? Write them down and take those to the Lord too.

 

Ask Jesus to reveal His truth to you about each one. He may show you a picture of Himself ministering to you in some way, or He may give you a Bible verse or just tell you some truth pertaining to this issue.

 

He is giving you the opportunity to believe His truth rather than Satan’s lie, and to heal you from the residual effects of Satan’s lies. Read the phrases connected to the negative emotions again. Do they still seem true?

 

Do you still feel the negative emotions, which plagued you when you started praying? If so, remain in prayer and allow God’s Spirit to give you freedom from them, until they all diminish in intensity, and your soul is free from these negative emotions.

 

Now, allow negative emotions in the future to be red flags to warn you that there is a wound needing healing or an idol, over which you can repent and leave at Jesus feet. He will change your focus about that issue.

 

Prayer:

Father God, thank You for freeing us from the tyranny of sin and Satan’s lies. Thank You for the liberty in which we walk, when all that occupies our mind is Your truth and Your living words from Your scripture.

 

We can never thank You enough for the redemptive work of Christ on the cross, which set us free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2). We give You all the praise and glory for putting a smile on our lips and a song in our heart.

 

Thought for the Day:

Take moral, mental, physical, spiritual and emotional surveys each day to follow the steps outlined in this post, and gain freedom from tormenting negative emotions until all that remains are thoughts and emotions which are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of a good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy.

– Philippians 4:8