4 Shocking Things that Shatter Fear

“I want to live in the fast lane. I want to reach for the biggest life I can”, Cynthia thought to herself. “So why can’t I get through this blockage of fear? Why can’t I break down that feeling right at the moment of needing strength? I want something big to start happening. I want to win the metal and not settle for any less.”

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1. Embrace Truth

All truth needs is proclamation.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you freeIf the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”John 8:32 & 36

Let truth do it’s work. What is truth’s job? It shatters fear by making you free! So proclaim it over every situation that comes your way. There is one event that caused 12 men to come out from hiding behind doors, locked in fear, to the front of spotlight. What event? The pouring out of the gift of Holy Spirit.

2. Receive Power

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:” Acts 1:8

This was a promise, and it was true for the apostles on the Day of Pentecost. Is it any less true today? Absolutely not. We serve a living and very powerful God. When we believe God raised Jesus Christ from the dead, we too are given great power. Power over the adversary in every situation of our lives.

They received power. “Received” there is the Greek word Lambano, which means they received into manifestation. They had to believe and act. That brought the power out. God cannot steer a parked car. There needs to be action. Action declares your motives. If someone says they want to run a 4-minute mile and a week later they haven’t worked out once, I know they are not running in anything. ACT is a little word, but it shatters fear, motivate you, empower the goal and manifest power. If you want the power, you will act. In this case that means speak in tongues, ask God for word of wisdom, and word of knowledge. You will endeavor to learn. We are partners with God, not robots under His control. We must do our part.

3. Focus on Your Thoughts and Think Positive

Our thoughts are like the captain of the ship. They direct where the ship goes. Will the boat drive into a chaotic storm of confusion and become powerless against it? Or will our thoughts direct us to the promise land of peace, love, power, the renewed mind and the rightly divided Word of God? Only the captain decides.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3

STAY. That is a great word. Stay your mind on God and His Word. When you do that, it’s like sitting down to your favorite meal. A meal where fear is not invited.

“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16

4. Work Hard

Work hard and heartily unto the Lord. Your work is the cultivation of a prosperous life. It doesn’t just happen. You have to work at it. Get some sweat on your brow. God thrives in the common everyday routines of the believer who won’t give up. Be diligent. And hold on to that.

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24

Let God reward you. What would a reward from God look like? Freedom from Fear, Power over it, Peace, Joy and an inheritance that propels you through eternity.

Why are these four steps shocking?

They are ridiculously simple. That’s why they are shocking. The things of God are simple but they are easy as well. How hard is it to get up in the morning? Not hard. Just prioritize and get up a little earlier so you can study and read the Word.

Four shockingly easy and simple steps lead to a life most people dream about. God knows you best, ask Him how to get started. Then do it now.

God bless you today!

Something Big is Happening

Do you feel it? Do you feel the tension? We might as well join in. We might as well look into it. We might as well feel it all the way to our bones. What is it?

Revival

We’ve all heard of revival as a sort of gathering. There are usually tents, or big social events with lots of motivational talks from leadership in the church…but that’s not this kind of revival.

Ya know… The devil has revivals too. He kicks everyone p into a frenzy over certain topics hot in the world. It brings out the claws and teeth on anyone with a conscience. Still, that’s not what I feel. It’s not what I’m talking about either.

What am I talking about?

It’s Friday, all week we’ve been talking about blogging and about talking. What we say is what helps us believe. What we believe is what takes us places in our life and gets us results. So…where do you want to go in life? How far do you want to take it with God and with yourself? Do you want to grow. Do you want truth and love and results to spread through your soul like a wild-fire on a hot, windy, dry day? Do you want to see passion ignite? Are you ready to see things change in your life? God is! I know I am for myself! There is nothing so thrilling than seeing a miracle come to pass.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

Are you ready to see something big happen today? Revival happens moment by moment one life at a time. I dare you to get quiet in your mind and with your whole heart ask God, is there anything you can do to bless Him today. The very first thought you get is His. It’s not the one that when your logical mind jumps in, the one right before that. God’s spirit works in you outside of your understanding. It will feel like you, but listen close. Let Him fill in the blessing. Let Him work inside you. We have to believe to hear from Him, we have to want it. I guarantee when you go through the steps, something big will happen to you today.

God bless you today!

How Much Foundation Do I Need?

Did you know that some buildings do not have foundations? Usually, they are called mobile homes. They are not held to the earth or supported by the ground with cement, unless you purposely add those on. On the other hand, sky-scrapers need their foundations many floors deep underground. The construction of the foundation alone takes half the time in the building of the structure. The bigger the building, the deeper the foundation must go.

How much foundation do we need in our lives? What should it be made of?foundation for a skyscraper

“47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great” Luke 6:47-49

The Word of God is our foundation, but not just in hearing it, we have to do it.

Our lifestyle is our choosing. Since the Word always produces results and all else produces consequences we can choose where to build our life and our foundation. We decide how much the Word lives in us. We decide every day how much results we want.

God bless you today!

 

7 Phrases That Screw Us Up & 7 That Make Us Better

The way we phrase things can sink us lower into ourselves, or it can lift us out it. I love this “Pin It” thing. Did you know you can google inspirational quotes and little word pictures will cover you in great thoughts. I could sit and think and read them all day long. Then something occurred to me, when someone quoted me the first cliché’ on the list below and I stopped in my tracks. I couldn’t believe it. I suddenly realized it was “Not-Not” thinking.

 What is “Not-Not” thinking?

Let me explain. People who read self-help books rarely help you get out of the problem they are in. Why? Well, think about it. If you pick up a book on alcoholism or depression what are you thinking about the whole time you’re reading it? Alcoholism and depression. The human brain, as advanced as it is, only hears the last half or last three words of any statement. Think of a two-year old, and think of telling him/her, “Don’t touch the TV.” guess what they hear. “Touch the TV?”, they go over and touch it. That’s what “Not-Not” thinking is. In the massive thrust of media noise most people hear in a day, what is the take away?

Look at some of these phrases.

  1. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Why not say instead, “Take a shot!” But no, now I’m thinking, I’m gonna miss if I take the shot!
  2. “You only lose if you quit trying.” or instead in the positive, “KEEP TRYING that’s how to win!”
  3. “Never give up.” This one is so tricky. What are the last two words I come away with? “Give up”.
  4. “When thing look the worst, just don’t you quit.” What does this make you inadvertently think about? Things are bad I should quit. Do you see what I mean now? The take away is negative. Even if the literal meaning is positive and encouraging, what gives off is the attitude and the heart of the statement. What we say has huge effects on how we deal with things. Are you positively negative, or positively positive?
  5. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” What’s the take-away? Things are tough, I don’t think I’ll last b’cuz I’m not tough enough.
  6. Here’s another one: “You can’t start the next chapter, if you keep reading the last one.” The last chapter was bad, I keep reading it, I can’t go on.
  7. “There is no life so messed up that God cannot restore it.” What? My life is so messed up, God can’t restore it? The thought never occurred to me before now, wow!

Do you see how tricky this is?

These kind of quotes and sayings are from all over the world. If you can’t get God’s Word in them, they’ll get the world into you.

“Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whither-soever the governor listeth.

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!…

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” James 3:4-6, 10

Later, it reads…”Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you…” James 4:7

Jesus used the Word when he was tempted in the wilderness. He said, “It is written.”

Light dispels darkness! What can we say that will dispel darkness?

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What are some words we can say that will empower instead of bind?

  1. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil. 4:13 Is there any doubt here? NONE! It declares strength. It declares motive! It declares positive empowerment.
  2. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19 This verse sits just beyond the last and look at the believing, the power, the encouragement. What is truth? God’s Word is truth. We must speak what we want.
  3. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:19. Where does this hit you? Right in the heart!
  4. “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” Ephesians 1:4
  5. “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 What should our attitude be? One of gratitude. Why? It is the Will of God. If you ever wonder what you can do to bless God and be in the center of His Will, be thankful.
  6. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29. What are we supposed to say? What are we supposed to talk about? The devil is a sneaky subtle prick! He will use our own good intentions against us so that we say to ourselves negative, corrupt and putrid things, thinking we are helping the situation.
  7. And finally the pinnacle reason why I wrote this blog today. “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21. This statement requires our diligence from the songs we sing to marking the words we say.  You can do it! I know you can.

If there’s anyone who can do it, it’s you!

God bless you today!

 

The Spiritual Shock of the Ages

The ground groaned and rumbled. The air-cooled, birds quieted and I heard the ripping of the earth below my feet. It was like no other sound or feeling I’ve ever had. My stomach hitched and my heart raced, did I know what this was? It must be an earthquake! Run! Hide! Find safety! That was all I could think.

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When was the last time you felt like that? Sometimes emotional shocks can feel like that, but imagine this moment.

“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;…Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.” Matthew 27:50-51,54

Jesus Christ’s death was significant. It proved the devil in all his cruelty had killed the Son of God. He was a man who never denied God, or his birthright. He stayed true to the truth of who he was and what he was, a son of man and the Son of God. But this was not the spiritual shock of the ages. The devil had reigned here on earth and planned to continue reigning. He killed Jesus Christ to prove that he could. But this isn’t where God won and the devil lost. Jesus Christ’s death had been prophesied about since Adam and Eve. That was no great thing. Men die. It was no great victory or shock. Men are still dying for causes today. Well then, was this next event the spiritual shock?

“In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matthew 28:1-6

Can you imagine seeing this? Wow! the earth shaking, the angel. WOWZAH! What an event! What a shock…no. It couldn’t have been a shock because the guards were put there because the pharisees expected him to rise again. Look at this verse.

“Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.” Matthew 27:62-63

So what was the surprise? What was such a shock to the spiritual ages?

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?”Acts 2:2-8

This had never happened before, but yet again, this was not a shock. Isaiah, the prophet said that with stammering lips and another tongues shall I pour out my spirit upon my people. SO what was it?

Here, it is. The shock of all shocks. The event that turned the tide forever. Before this God’s people were Israelite. That privilege was special and unique. They were the chosen. No other nation was included in that…until now.

“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 10:44-45

By way of an act of creation, each Gentile in that room received what we receive the first time we believe Romans 10:9-10. The Gift of Holy Spirit. WOW! Now that was a shock. The devil had lost, not just the Jews but the Gentiles who believe as well. It was poured out on all mankind. The devil lost his authority and control! He no longer dictates what happens in our life. We have received great power and access, but how little do we know about it? Now is the time to learn about this wonderful gift and believe to use it in our lives.

God bless you today!

How Important Are Your Words?

“I have a dream….” Luther

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.” Lincoln

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself…” Garland

“The harder I work the luckier I get…” Disney

Words, scads of words fill our time. I’d like to show you something amazing today in God’s Word, but the concept has been twisted far out of scope by one little word. Before we get into it though, we must agree that the whole Word is God’s Word and the whole Word is Truth. There is no slicing and dicing it to fit suit our needs, we must take it as the author meant for it. And… if we can never go farther than we’ve been taught, the Word of Truth, God’s Word, is the best place to get started.

Look at these words with me from Mark 16.

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with [them], and confirming the word with signs following. Amen”

The word I’d like you to look at lies in the midst of the highlighted text. “With”. The Lord worked WITH them and confirming the word with signs following. It says with, not through. God never possess people. He never controls them or uses them. God works with us and the only way we can have signs and wonders following is because we say and speak His Words. He cannot confirm the devil’s words with signs and wonders, that would reinforce the wrong thing. How many churches, songs, hymnals, and bible studies around the world use the term “God worked through me”, or “I gave myself over to God.” What a twist on the truth! If I give myself to anyone it’s going to be my husband! These are not the words in the Word. IF we do not use and understand the words, we will not get the results from the Word of God that we need.

Look at what else that verse says, “They went forth and preached everywhere…” not just where they were supposed to preach, but everywhere. We get so caught up in locations or rules the world has made. How many of us truly have the courage to do what it actually says. God is going to back it up. Signs and wonders follow those who believe and the rightly divided Word of God.

Look at this one.

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” Philippians 2:13

God works IN you. Not through you. He helps you with your believing, heart, mind and inner life. What is His good pleasure? That you see total abundance in every area of your life. That starts inside each of us. God is our partner in business, our friend, our confidante, our most trusted adviser. There is nothing He can’t help you with, and when you do what He says, He confirms His words.

What do you have to lose?

Nothing but your fear and wrong teaching.

It starts with making God’s Words the priority by which you operate your believing. The words are filled with power and truth. But today, religious leaders have vaunted their words above the Word of God. We run to a pastor, or ministry instead of God’s Word first. 4.1.1When the words of men, the creation, ascend over the words of God, the creator, we become double time losers. Let me ask you this. When was the last time you saw a genuine miracle while sitting in the pews of a church? Why are they filled with disease, heartbreak, and poverty? That is no confirmation of God’s Word, signs and wonders are. SO how far below par have we allowed ourselves to slip as His children.

We saw in the verse in 1 Thessalonians in our last post that “God works effectually in those who believe.” Effectually is not just effective results it’s the perfect desired results. God doesn’t just get you there, He gets you there perfectly.

How important are your words? Never more than the Words of God.

God bless you today!

If You Want to Win, You have to…

Hello! I had something so insightful said to me tonight, that I just had to share it.

If you want to win, you have to believe for it.

IF you want to succeed you have to fight for it. Believe to win! Isn’t that a phenomenal statement!? It sure knocks the crap out of the victim mentality and entitlement attitudes. We will not win in a world designed to pummel us with negatives and doubts, unless we win and believe for it. First, we must believe that God is as willing as He is able to help us. If God, the maker of all heaven and earth, decided to give you power from on-high and direct access to His throne room any time you need it; which He did, why would He withhold any good thing from you?

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

The answer is He would not. You and I however may believe the negatives and give into the discouragement. Discouragement is a trick! And believing it only brings you consequences. Believing God and His Word brings results.

“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13

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“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

What we behold, we become changed by. IF we look at the Word, it will transform us. IF we look a the fear, doubt, our past experiences or this world we will be transformed into it. What has the world given us if not more confusion, more doubts and more fear. What do you have to loose except your fear and wrong teaching when you believe the Word of God.

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” John 14:12

Jesus Christ said these words. Do we believe them? If we want to win, we must believe to. Look at your life. Isn’t it too short to guess?

I hope tonight you are ready for a life of winning.

God bless you today!