Anxious Much?

Be 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. – Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV).

Anxiety is an epidemic in our world. People miss work because of it. They miss out on things they once enjoyed. They are in a constant state of worry.

I used to be anxious all the time. I couldn’t talk on the phone without break out in panic. I didn’t want to go out of the house for fear I would have a panic attack. I was a prisoner of my life and my own thoughts.

I would love to say I don’t get anxious today, but I do. Not to the same extent. I don’t have full-blown panic attacks anymore. I don’t have my mind stuck on one thought like a broken record. I am able to function through the anxiety.

Why? Because I learned to rely on God as my Source. When I have a problem, when I am anxious about something, I pray, “Lord, the battle with this is not mine but Yours.” Sometimes with chronic problems, it becomes a daily prayer. But I have seen Him come through in ways that I couldn’t even imagine.

I give my problems to God because when we are burdened down, we aren’t doing what God called us to do. We are not helping others because we are focused on ourselves. God doesn’t want us to worry. He wants us to give our burdens, our problems, to Him, and let Him handle them. Then He will show up and show out in ways we didn’t think possible.

Today, give God your problems. Every day, pray, “Lord, this battle is not mine but Yours.” Then watch what He does in that situation.

#anxiety #stress #worry #Godisincontrol

Making The Comparison?

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. – 2 Corinthians 10:12 (KJV).

Everyday we are being compared to others. When we are children, our development is measured in comparison to other children our age. When we are in school, we are compared to the others in our class. Our statistics every week at work are compared to our co-workers. We are constantly being compared to others.

We are not other people. We were not created to be like Sally next door or our co-worker in the next cubicle. We are created to be who God designed us to be.
To be someone other than who God created us to be is to be out of God’s will. It is not His will for us to be anyone other than who God made us.

God created each of us for a Divine purpose. He created us to play a specific role in history. How are we supposed to do that when we are keeping tabs on what everyone else is doing? How are we supposed to do that when we are comparing ourselves to those around us?

Our only concern in life is if fulfilled the purpose God put us on this Earth to do. When God asks us if we fulfilled our destiny, what will our answer be?

We need to look our lives. We must find those areas where we are comparing ourselves to others. Maybe it just when we look at the people on television, in the magazines, and say, “I wish I had her nose.” Perhaps it is because we feel that we should have been further in life by now. Everyone else seems to be. We have to work with the Holy Spirit in those areas to stop making the comparison.

When we compare ourselves to others, we are essentially saying, “God, You are not in control. You do not know what You are doing.”

God is in control. God made us for a purpose. There is a reason we are where we are at this moment in History. No matter how dark things look, God has a plan. No matter what we have done in the past, God still has a plan. Trust Him, and trust the plan.

 

#purpose #plan #makingthecomparison

Another Night?

Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, “Entreat the LORD that He remove the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the LORD.” Moses said to Pharaoh, “The honor is yours to tell me: when shall I entreat for you and your servants and your people, that the frogs be destroyed from you and your houses, that they may be left only in the Nile?”  Then he said, “Tomorrow.” So he said, “May it be according to your word, that you may know that there is no one like the LORD our God.  – Exodus 8:8-10

When do we want our breakthroughs?  Our miracles?  Our turn-arounds?  Now! Now!  Now!  But do we really?

Pharaoh wanted the frogs removed from his palace, but when Moses asked when he wanted them gone, Pharaoh said tomorrow.  Tomorrow!  If we were surrounded by frogs in our hair, in our food, in our beds, we couldn’t wait to get rid of them.  Right?

Too many times we adjust to our pain, adjust to our bad fortunate, adjust because we think this is how God dealt the cards to us, but too many times, we settle for what God never intended us to bear.

We are battling things that are not ours to battle and yet instead of getting desperate and crying out to God for help, for His solution for our problems, we settle in, thinking it is just our cross to bear.

Life is not fair.  It is never going to be fair.  It isn’t any more fair to the Unbeliever than it is to the Believer.  It is all in how we respond.  We are to respond in faith, knowing that, no matter what we are going through, God is going to turn it around (Romans 8:28).  He is going to make a miracle out of our mess.

We have to fight.  We have to be Believers not doubters.  We have to pick up our sword, the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17), and fight against the wiles of the enemy (Ephesians 6:11).  Take your Bible and see what God has to say about your situation.

Are you sick?  Isaiah 53:4-5 says that by Jesus’ stripes, we are healed.

Are you having trouble with your mind?  I Corinthians 2:16 states that we have the mind of Christ.

Are you in debt?  Philippians 4:19 tells us that God supplies all our need according to His riches in glory.

There is nothing you are going through right now that God has not covered in His Word.

Take your Scriptures pertaining to your situation and meditate on them.  Say them to yourself over and over again when you are alone.  The more you do this, the more faith will rise within you effortlessly

Do this until your circumstances change.

Remember what Joshua 1:8 promises, “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.”

#meditation #success #problems #solutions #GodIsTurningItAround

 

 

 

Can’t?

“God said to Moses, ‘I AM who I AM.’ And he said, ‘Say this to the people of Israel, I AM has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3:14).

My patience with stupidity and lack of common sense is skating on thin ice. There are so many times that I just can’t. I just can’t deal with another person who has no common sense or who I have to explain something to five times only for them to ask me about it again.

When I can’t, I have to rely on God. Rely on His patience, His Ability, His Provision.

There are so many times in our lives when things look bleak, when things look like they cannot get any worse, and then somehow do. There are so many times when we just can’t.

We can’t move the mountains ourselves. We can’t stand the situation one more day. We can’t get up, can’t get out of bed, without a struggle.

Those are the times when we have to rely on God’s Strength. We have to rely on God to do what we cannot.

What can’t you do? What can’t you face? Remember that God is the Great I Am. He is whatever you need. He is your Strength. He is your Patience. He is your Provision.

Whatever you need Him to be in your life today, say “Thank You, Lord, that You are my ________.” And watch Him come through for you.

#ICan’t #GodCan #RelyOnGod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Do You Have?

 

With every birthday that passes, we tend to focus on what we don’t have in our lives, those dreams that we have not fulfilled yet.

It is fine to re-adjust our goals or set new ones that we intend to meet, but we cannot allow ourselves to see only what we don’t have.

Instead we need to focus on what we do have. Maybe you have a spouse and kids that love you. Perhaps you have a wonderful career that you enjoy. Maybe you have a job that is tolerable and pays the bills while you pursue your real passion. Perhaps your co-workers have become your friends.

We have to take stock of where we are now. What do we have that we can be grateful for? Can we walk? Talk? Are we mobile? Do we have people who love us? Do we have a roof over our head? Food on our tables?

Too many times we focus on what we don’t have. We focus on what we want to accomplish, which is a good thing, but we have to learn to be grateful, to be content, with what we do have.

Whatever we focus on is going to happen in our lives, so if we focus on all the love in our lives, then love will multiply.

Look around you. What can you be grateful for today?

#goals #love #focus #gratitude

Closing The Door?

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14

“Yesterday’s a closing door. You don’t live there anymore. Say goodbye to where you’ve been. And tell your heart to beat again.” – Tell Your Heart To Beat Again (Danny Gokey).

As I am nearing my birthday, I have been thinking about my life, been thinking about people and situations that didn’t work out.

This is the time of year that I reflect and create new goals for the upcoming year. Only my mind kept going back to people, to places, in my past. Things that I cannot change. We have to close the door on the past. If those people are supposed to be in our lives, God will send them back. If those situations need to be revisited, God will cause that to happen.

We have trust that those people, those situations, are in the past for a reason…at least for now. God knows what is best for us. God knows what would happen down the road. God knows better than we do. He sees farther than we do.

We cannot move forward with our foot stuck in the past. We cannot move forward because we are wearing the ball and chain of the past.

No matter what happened in the past, if you are still breathing, God has a plan, a purpose, for your life (Jeremiah 29:11), but, in order to fulfill it, you must move forward.

The past has passed. There is nothing we can do to change it, alter it, in anyway. It is done. Completed. We cannot never go back.

Instead we have to focus on now. What are we going to choose to do now to change our future? What are we going to do differently so that we don’t make the same mistakes? We cannot change the past. We can, however, alter our future by the decisions we make today.

#Christian #past #letgo #future #Jeremiah2911

Accept The Challenge?

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

I am not a still person. Even when I am watching television, I am working on my computer. I am adding photos to my online store, or I am reading articles on how to make more sales.

When I am at work, I am listening to audiobooks or podcasts. I am never still. Even when I am asleep, I move all over the bed.

In Psalm 46:10, though, God tells us to be still. Be still. Cease from work. There is a time for work. There is a time to be still. When we have done all we know to do, then we need to stand (Ephesians 6:13). We need to rest, knowing that God is control, and He will turn our situations around for our good (Romans 8:28).

Too many times we will continue on the course that we have been on, struggling with the same problems we have been dealing with for years. We do the same thing, expecting different results. That is the definition of insanity.

Let’s do something different. Let’s get still. Go out to the lake. Go outside in the backyard. Go inside your closet. Anywhere that is your safe place, that place of serene and calm for you. Then sit, quiet your mind and listen.

Keep doing this for at least five minutes every day. It will become easier as you practice it, but do it consistently. Keep a notebook nearby. The more you do this, the more solutions will come to you.

I challenge you to do this with me for thirty days. When we are done, we will share our results below.

Concerned Much?

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, – Luke 4:18 (NIV)

We are always concerned with our lives.  We are concerned with our work, our goals, our spouse, our kids, but have you ever wondered what God is concerned with?  Have you ever thought about what moves the heart of God?  What your role is?  Why you were put on this Earth?

We think that God must be turning a blind eye to the condition of our world, that God doesn’t care or that He is punishing us for our sins.  Only God was so concerned with the condition of this world that He sent His Son to take our sins, to give us the escape Clause to be in right standing with Himself (II Corinthians 5:21).

God is concerned that people are not hearing about His Son, that they are not receiving Him, that they have turned their back on Him.  He is concerned with the suffering of the world–spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally and financially.  God is concerned with everything that goes on in this world.

Why doesn’t He intervene then?  He did.  He sent His Son to die for our sins, to pay the price for all mankind’s sin forever.  It has been paid in full, but people don’t accept that they are sinners.  They don’t accept that there is a God who loves them.  They call Him a fairy tale.

A fairy tale can’t heal, save, deliver or protect you.  A fairy tale cannot love you or guide you in times of trouble.  I have experienced God’s miracle-working Power too much to believe He is a fairy tale.

He sent you to Earth to be His hands, to be light in the darkness.   He sent us all to be His hands, to be light. Yet instead of being concerned about our fellow human beings, we have our heads stuck in our phones and are fighting the wrong batttes. We are focusing on what is wrong with this world, being offended by everyone and everything.

We need to focus on solutions and how we can help our fellow human beings, how we can help the single mother with two children instead of condemning her, how we can help those who are going to bed hungry, those who are living in mansions but are heartbroken.

We are called to be the solution, to use our talents and gifts to be the solution to the problems in this dark world.

Ask God how He wants you to help bring light to this dark world today.

#light #solutions #battles #hands

 

 

 

 

Who Has The Final Say?

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” – Revelation 22:13 (KJV).

Six months ago,  I went in for a routine physical.   The doctor did an EKG.  He saw something minor on it, and he decided I needed to see a cardiologist.

I am not denying that he saw something, but I also know my God has the final say.  I know my God says He will quicken my mortal body (Romans 8:11).

Our circumstances may indicate that we are going down or that our situation is impossible, but our God has the final say.

He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:13).  He has the final say on everything in our lives.

Sick?  Believe what He says about healing in the Bible, that by Jesus’ stripes, you are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5, I Peter 2:24),  that you are healed in this body, your mortal body (Romans 8:11).

In debt?  Believe that He supplies all your need (Philippians 4:19).

Need more business?  Believe that He has pleasure in prospering His servants (Psalm 35:27), that He will teach you to profit (Isaiah 48:17).

Child ran away?  Marriage crumbling?  Need a miracle?  Believe that nothing is impossible for God (Luke 1:37, Matthew 19:26) and that He is turning everything around for your good (Romans 8:28).

The moment you are hit with the reality of your situation, you have to decide who you are going to believe.   Are you going to believe what you see and what you hear from experts, or are you going to believe God’s Word?

I am not suggesting you deny the facts or not to seek earthly help.  Just make sure that you are believing God and what His Word says as well.

Whose report are you going to believe?  Humans who are fallible, or God who isn’t?

Let God’s Word have the final say in your circumstances today.

#circumstances #miracles #believe

Why Not?

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. – James 1:5-6

This is my year of “Why Not?” At the beginning of the year, I vowed whenever an opportunity came my way to say “Why Not?”

Put together a course on painting? Why not?

Paint on Facebook Live? Why not?

Apply for a promotion? Uh wait! What? No way! I can’t do that. I am not qualified for that.

We cannot be inconsistent in our faith. We have to be steady, steadfast, knowing that it is not us but Jesus.

Jesus promotes us (Psalm 75:6). Jesus qualifies us (Romans 8:30). Jesus gives us everything we need (Philippians 4:19).

We somehow think we have to do everything in our own strength, that we have to do everything ourselves.

When we think that way, we leave God out of the equation. We are going to fail. It might not seem like it at first, but God will give us just enough rope to hang ourselves with, to make us realize our need for Him.

Only some of us are too dense to see it. We blame bad luck. We blame the economy. We blame the Powers That Be.

We need to turn back to God, to let Him help us. Without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). Nothing. We cannot do anything apart from Him.

He is the One who gives us strength, health, mobility. He is the One who gives us ideas, creativity and ability.

Just as we would take on an expert when we have a plumbing problem or an issue with our businesses, we should take on the Expert on our lives and everything involved with them and the people around us. There is no answer, big or small, that He doesn’t know the solution to.

If we need wisdom, it is free of charge. All we have to do is ask Him for it. When was the last time you ask Him for wisdom?

Make today the day you include God in everything you do, every decision you make. Ask Him for wisdom on that problem that is worrying you today.

#wisdom #God #solutions #answers #trust