29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
This parable illustrates a few different characteristics of God. In the scripture it talks about how sparrows are sold cheap and God protects them and keeps them safe within His will. This shows that God cares and loves each and every one of us.
It further explains that God knows the amount of hairs on our head. This may seem trivial or like ‘small potatoes’ in the big picture. However, it shows God’s great power and knowledge. God knows every hair on our head but He also knows every want, need, desire, fear, worry, etc. and He cares for each of them in our lives.
Scripture also explains that we are far more valuable than the sparrows. So if God is interested in protecting and caring for the sparrows and we are more valuable then they- than we should have peace in knowing God cares and finds us valuable no matter what our circumstances may look like.
In God’s eyes we are worth more than gold. Do not let what others think or say about you determine your self-worth.
Your worth was determined upon conception.
God says you are worthy- You are loved- You are protected under His wings
Thank you Lord for being a Father who loves, care, and protects His children. Thank you for showing me in Your word that I am more valuable than gold in Your eyes. God forgive me for believing what the world says is my worth. God help me to remember every day that I am Yours and that I find my worth in You alone. In Jesus name I pray.
Deception is deep in the roots of the world today. For years, generations have been slowly moving away from the morals and foundational truths that our world was built upon. Evil is beginning to flourish in our nation and people are basing their self-worth on what they do or do not do and what others think of them.
In a world that the enemy is deceiving us people are destined to drink the cup of lies. Lies so deep they ultimately lead to failure. I have believed this lie for years! As a Christian I noticed my life did not seem any different than those who were non-believers.
I knew I had to be missing something- where was my peace and security in Jesus. I certainly was not feeling it or seeing it!
I began to ‘try harder’ to gain the approval of those around me, ultimately causing me to feel more ‘valuable’. This did not help! Unfortunately, it took me YEARS to discover that I was being deceived to my core and I had NO IDEA! It ultimately led to me feeling alienated, insecure, lonely, and an extreme fear of abandonment.
cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid
to give false impression
to make someone believe something that is not true
Insecurity comes from being born into a fallen human race and is a common struggle among people. When we struggle with insecurity we need to look within ourselves to find out the underlying reason we feel this way.
Feeling insecure comes from a problem within a persons foundational beliefs. Just as a fever indicates a physical health illness- insecurity indicates a faith ailment and should be addressed accordingly with God’s truth.
Many people seek relief for their emotional, relational, and spiritual insecurities. The intense feelings of insecurity is debilitating and painful.
Life is a constant struggle to gain more and more freedom for this debilitating ‘birth defect’ that we all have. The Bible warns us in many places to be aware of our natural conditions.
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;
We are also warned that our battle with security and significance does not disappear as soon as we accept Jesus. We must be on guard and check everything against the standards of God before accepting something as true.
2 Prime Deceptions
We do not realize that we are plagued by many deceptions of the world. These type of deceptions come in all shapes and sizes- in varying degrees- and from varying sources. No amount of contemplation or reasoning can reveal every person’s core deceptions- only God can reveal the deceptions that hinder our lives individually.
What we think we believe isn’t what we truly believe. Believing something in your mind but lacking full commitment in our heart is called intellectual assent. I am going to use myself for the example- I grew up with a harsh, condemning, and abusive father- so when I heard that God is a loving, forgiving, and patient Father- I believed this in an intellectual assented way.
I knew in my mind that God was good- His word tells me so- but it took years for me to realize that I wasn’t truly trusting God with all my heart. I would verbally state I believed God is a loving God- but due to my early beliefs of what a father was – being rooted in deception from my earthly father I struggled to trust God. If I am being honest, on occasion, I still catch myself subconsciously not trusting in Him.
Our ‘heart beliefs’ is what controls our understanding and experience of God. When we come into the world as babies- we have no defense against absorbing the deceptions around them. That, combined with our natural minds that are antagonistic (showing dislike or opposition) to the things of God- we tend to entrust our lives into critical beliefs that are false. False heart or critical beliefs influence our lives and beliefs about God and who we are. It also influences our thinking when it comes to our value and worth.
Discovering the Deception in Your Life
We do not usually question our core heart beliefs- especially when those around us hold the same ones. However, if we trace our insecurities back to their roots- we will find it is always due to a deception that we believe about how God responds to our failures, sin, or falling short of His standards.
Every perception of God, every way a person interacts with Him, is built on what they believe is the basis of their relationship with Him.
Satan has been quite successful in distorting this aspect of persons relationship with God. These type of heart deceptions are common- even in born again Christians- because we hold a distorted view of grace and God’s unconditional love for us. We intellectually know these things, but our hearts won’t believe what our minds acknowledge and know to be true.
Believer’s and non-believer’s fail consistently because of our sinful nature. If we are not relying completely on the grace of God and His love we will have feelings of abandonment. Feeling as if God has left us or even worse, He is our enemy, or that He is punishing us in some way.
When we experience these feelings of abandonment, loneliness, and insecurity- God desires that we come to Him and ask Him for help- allowing the Holy Spirit to expose to us any deceptions on which we are depending or believing.
When we feel the feelings of anxiety, fear, abandonment, and insecurity we don’t have to fear these experiences. God allows us to have these experiences so that He can show His people the deceptions on which we are relying, and then remove them.
God wants to set us free of every deception- every feeling of abandonment, insecurity, and fear. If we seek Him and His truth, discernment, and understanding- He will set us free from our insecurities and deceptions!
Thank you Lord for being a God of truth and love- For offering us discernment and security through Your word. Lord I pray You break every chain of deception the enemy has over each of us. I pray You would expose the lies we are believing in our hearts and show us the truth to replace them with. God, I ask for forgiveness for falling prey to the enemy in my heart beliefs and for not seeking Your truth. Lord, I pray for each person who reads this message- that You would touch their hearts- open their eyes- and show each of us who we are in You. I declare every insecurity, feeling of abandonment, and feeling of loneliness be shut down and the chains be broken now, in the name of Jesus I pray.
With all the uncertainty in the world right now, I felt it would be a great time to talk about loneliness and inadequacy. God reminds His people that in their times of loneliness- they should not fear or worry.
Why? Because God is near to the broken hearted and He is with each of us every step of the way, ‘holding us up in His righteous right hand’.
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Loneliness is something that everyone experiences at some time or another. However, extreme cases can lead to being fearful- causing us to take our eyes off of God. When we are going through periods of loneliness we must remember what God tells us in His word, ‘I will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you.’ (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV)
Those that are feeling lonely need to remember that God is our friend- our comforter, and our peace. We are never truly alone- Jesus is always with us. Loneliness, inadequacy, fear, and worry can all be helped through the Holy Spirit. (John 14:26 NKJV)
It is hard to keep our eyes focused on Jesus when we feel like He is not listening, but we must remember that there is a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) and God has our best interest at heart.
So when it seems like your world is falling apart- just allow God to hold you- you are not falling apart- you are falling into place. We need to release the control we are trying to keep over our life and our feelings and hand each over to God.
Allow God to just ‘hold you’ while you are struggling. Let Him do the work while you focus on trusting in Him and holding on to His promises.
Check out this Christian song- it has helped me a lot through times of struggle- when wondering ‘God where are you?!’
Thank you for always being near to us- for never leaving us nor forsaking us. Thank you for Your promises of helping us in our weakest moments. Lord I pray that each person who reads this would feel your love, comfort, and peace. Touch their hearts- open their eyes and ears- to see You. Lord, I pray that anyone who is feeling lonely and fearful that You would be near to them- lift them up Lord. I pray that any feelings of loneliness, fear, worry, or uncertainty be removed- Lord our trust and faith is in You. Protect us, help us, and lift each of us up in the mighty name of Jesus.
Are you a people pleaser? Do you often put your own wants, beliefs, and needs to the side to keep peace among friends, family, or co-workers? Maybe you feel your worth comes from what others think, say, or feel about you. Who do you live your life striving to please- God or others?
I am a people pleaser. I know this is not what God has called me to be and I am working hard on learning to stand up for myself and God.
For many years I was living my life under the control of my father. Day after day I willfully gave him all the power over my life. Allowing him to control every decision I made- from when I do yard work to how I raised my child.
It was totally unhealthy!
The worst part was it went on for many years and I didn’t even realize it was happening. I was 30 years old when God showed me CLEARLY what He was doing in my life.
I was going through a period of trials and heartache lasting about four years that finally ended when I became FULLY obedient to God. When crying out to Him about the situations going on at the time God asked me, “Are you going to serve Gary your earthly father, or Me, God THE father? You can’t do both!”
I wept. I knew EXACTLY what God was saying to me.
There were countless times that I did the opposite of what God was telling me to do to please my father and avoid any verbal abuse, physical abuse, or confrontation of any kind.
I longed for my father to be loving, positively involved, and simply proud of who I was- not who he wanted me to be.
The mentioning of God would make his skin crawl. Unfortunately, my father had many demons that he carried throughout his life starting in his own childhood. This made it very difficult when trying to serve God- yet please him.
God wants us to be fully obedient to Him- He doesn’t want sacrifice’s or partial obedience- He wants us ALL IN. I would pray and ask for direction and wisdom- God would show me something and tell me to take action- then I would try to compromise with Him to be obedient yet not upset anyone else.
We can NOT only do a small part of what God tells us to do. When we know He is leading us we have to be bold in Him. Stepping out and standing up in love and not compromising our own morals or relationship with God so others won’t be upset.
Living in a compromised peace is not what God wants for us. We are not to me conformed to this world but TRANSFORMED by the renewing of our mind through Jesus.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
The world is becoming harder and harder to be a Christian in but we need to be sure we are making our own decisions and not allowing others to influence them. The Bible tells us to stand FIRM on His word and put on the whole armor of God. Our only responsibility is do what God wants us to do.
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
When we spend time studying God’s word and seeking Him- He lights a fire within our heart that can not be put out. You should know however, when you are on fire for God, people in the world will reject you- BUT He has overcome the world and we should not fear.
Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
Thank you for this beautiful day and for offering us peace that surpasses all understanding. Lord, the world can be such a sinful and misleading representation of You and our destiny, help us to have discernment and knowledge. Let us not lean on our own understanding but trust in You with all our hearts. It is election day Lord, and the stress and tension is very tight. I pray each person would be lead by Your Holy Spirit and remember regardless of the outcome, You are still in control.
Lord I pray that each of us would have the courage to stand strong on Your word and stand up for what is right and true in You. Lord, help us to remember that we are all children of God and You want the world to choose love over hate- peace over strife, and truth over deceit.
Guide our steps and show us the way as we move forward through the election process. I pray Your will be done and the hearts of people all over the world would be open to see You.
Lord I pray for both candidates that each would hold themselves with grace and dignity. That you would protect each of them and their families. Lord I pray people would find love in their hearts and choose to support and uplift regardless of the outcome. I pray for the safety of America, guidance moving forward, and that love would fill the hearts of Your people all across the world. In Jesus mighty name I pray.
The Bible tells us that in the world we will have tribulations- that trials are inevitable. Everyone experiences trials and pain throughout their life. It’s part of life and a consequence of sin being introduced into the world. Believer and Non-Believers alike will all have pressing times.
The difference among people going through trials are the way we perceive them.
Believers often look at their trials in a different light. When we are going through a trial in life we know we can rest assured knowing that the Lord is near to the broken hearted. Just as Psalm 3:18 tell us.
Furthermore, the Bible also tells us that we can rejoice in our trials- knowing that with trials comes spiritual growth. Our faith will be tested- there are countless stories through-out the Bible that show the various trials and testing of faith.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
You can see in the above scriptures that going through trials allows us to grow and obtain practical knowledge of who God is and what He is capable of doing in our life. Our perspective on the trials we face makes all the difference on the outcome and how we deal with the situation.
I personally use to have a problem with perceiving trials in a negative light. I often felt as if I must have done something wrong to deserve going through such painful experiences. When a trial would strike it came with a ‘here we go again’ or a ‘why is it always me’ attitude. This is destructive.
As I studied the Bible, I began to learn that it was my perception and destructive attitude that was making my trials far worse than they should have been. Trials are hard to go through but they do not have to result in our spiritual destruction.
Learning that trials were common and even those in the Bible were bombarded with them- gave me peace to know it isn’t ‘Just Me’. Learning that God is near to the broken hearted and that we should expect trials through-out life in order to grow spiritually gave me the peace of mind that I can and will get through any trial life throws at me.
If God is for me than who can be against me?
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Find joy and comfort when you find yourself in trials. Knowing that God is near- He fights for you- and it will produce spiritual growth.
I thank you Lord for this day- for Your message on trials- and for using me as a vessel to spread Your word. I thank you for Your instruction on the testing of our faith and the knowledge of the growth it brings within us. I pray that each person who reads this will have clarity and understanding of what Your words says. I pray that they would find joy in You during their trials and seek Your wisdom and clarity as they go through them. I pray that the hearts of the lost would be open to Your truth- that they would have an undeniable experience with You. I pray Your love and presence surround each of us- protect us Lord from the schemes of Satan- and bless each person abundantly in Jesus mighty name I pray
Good Morning Friends and Family! I wanted to take the time to share with you what has been going on “behind the scenes” in my life and the ministry. Since the covid-19 pandemic began, I have read many posts on Facebook about elderly, disabled, high-risk, homeless, truckers and more unable to get a meal or essentials due to circumstances out of their control.
This shook me to the core.
Every person has a story and likely can tell you about a time that they have been in need. I can honestly say, I have been on both sides of the fence. I have seen times of struggle and I have been in the position to not “want” for anything. I just simply can’t fathom someone in my community going hungry if I am able to give anything to help.
I began to brainstorm ways to help the community, yet still honor the law and social distancing. That is when God laid it on my heart to cook meals to feed a crowd and I created NWI Meal Relief-FaithAnchored.
Admittedly at first I thought to myself, “Lord, you know my health isn’t great and I do not have the strength and energy to do this- not without Your help.”
Many of you do not know but I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia which is a chronic wide spread pain disorder, that robs me of the ability to “get up and go” like I use to. Prior to being diagnosed I worked a full time job, cared for family, took care of myself and my children, and felt like the energizer bunny who could just go and go.
All of a sudden I began feeling weak, always exhausted, in so much pain that many days it’s hard to be mobile or even wear clothes due to the pain.
So, when God laid on my heart to cook meals for a crowd and to deliver them to those in need, my mind said there is no way I can do this. However, I truly felt God was telling me this was my way to help the community and spread God’s love.
With a lot of prayer and without any further hesitation, I went to Facebook, and posted in a local quarantine community support group that I would be preparing a hot meal and small blessing bags to help the elderly, disabled, high-risk, homeless, and anyone in the community in need. I went on to explain, to contact me privately if they, or someone they know, was in need of a hot meal and to include an address and how many people live in the home.
The first two times I made deliveries there was just a handful or two of families to deliver to across 4 local cities. In fact, the first time I prepared and delivered meals, I had extras; which I then took to local truck stops and passed out to the truckers. They are working long hours, not seeing their families, and deserve a nice homemade hot meal.
The following week it exploded!
It went from about 5-10 meals to deliver in a day, to a whopping 73 meals delivered in one day!
My fear of failure and letting down all these families kicked into high gear! I worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up or that half way through my body would just “be done”. I also made it known to God that my own family is “barely making it” and I wasn’t sure how I could afford the supplies needed to feed so many in the community.
By the grace of God I have had the health and energy needed to continue to complete the mission that He has set before me. God reminded me of the story where Jesus fed 5000 with just two fish and five loaves of bread. When resources got low and it looked like I would have to stop serving, God provided exactly what I needed through others in the community.
In this time of uncertainty, I am so humbled and proud of my community, for coming together and donating what they can to help the less fortunate. Some have donated food, daily necessities- others have donated money, time, services, and more- all to help our fellow neighbors in need.
God is using this time to bring His people together! What the enemy meant for harm God will use for the good of His people.
Genesis 50:20 NKJV 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
Before, I took this bold step in faith to follow God’s lead, I spent most of my days on the couch or in bed, in pain that prevented me from doing much of anything. Getting up and taking a shower was exhausting enough for me and I considered that a “win” for the day.
Now, I can humbly say to all of you that with God’s help, I have successfully shopped, prepped, cooked, and delivered over 200 meals and approximately 50 blessing bags in two and a half weeks!
God is good!
I am exhausted, but God continues to remain faithful in renewing my strength, giving me the energy to push on, squashing my fear and anxiety, and providing me with the resources needed to continue to help those in our community.
What’s the point of me telling you all of this?
Do NOT let fear of failure stop you from following God’s lead!
If God sends you on a mission for Him- He will provide you with everything that is needed to complete what He has called you to do.
God has NOT given us the spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind!
2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Prayer over fear
Heavenly Father, Thank you Lord for the message on fear of failure. Thank you for giving me the power and love to conqueror the fears the enemy tried to hold me in bondage with. Lord, thank you for renewing my strength, energy, and joy each morning. Thank you for being a promise keeper and providing all I need to serve you as I have been called to. Lord, I pray for blessings of each person who reads this message I pray you speak to them through Your Holy Spirit. God, continue to lead our paths and make them straight, open our hearts to Your word and direction. Show each of us how we can serve You in our community. Lord, I pray for safety protection and good health over every family in our nation in Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen
David and Goliath is a well-known parable in the Bible. Goliath was described in 1 Samuel as a giant Philistine warrior. Goliath was huge and it should be noted that the Bible says he is six cubits and a span- which converts to about 9 feet 9 inches tall. Wow, clearly he was very large! Additionally, Goliath was dressed in heavy armor for battle.
Can you imagine- God tells you- that you are to defeat the giant and protect Israel? That is extremely terrifying. This is why King-Saul was not obeying God. He was fearful and doubtful.
Saul was the king of Israel- the one who ruled the people, however he kept disobeying God. Saul should have fought Goliath but he didn’t. King Saul thought Goliath was too big to fight so God asked Samuel to then find a new king.
Both armies lined the battle ground on each side of the valley. Each day Goliath would come to the front of the battle line and mock the Israelites and their God. He did this for forty days each day he called Saul to fight. However, the Israelites and Saul were scared so they did nothing.
Jesse, was David’s father, who sent him to the frontlines to bring back battle news. David got to the frontlines and heard Goliath mocking the Israelites and their God. He then volunteered to fight Goliath.
David was a shepherd boy and the youngest of Jesse’s sons. He told King Saul that he would fight Goliath but the king said David was too young. Likely only a teenager at the time. David knew God would protect him. Finally, David persuaded King Saul to let him fight the battle.
David choose not to wear Saul’s armor. Instead, he went to battle with only his sling along with 5 stones. Goliath mocked him, laughing, asking, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”
David responded that despite the fact Goliath had a sword, a spear, and a javelin- He above all else came in the name of the Lord Almighty. David grabbed a stone, put it in his sling, and swung. The stone sunk into Goliath’s head- allowing David to run up to the giant philistine take his sword and behead him. David killed Goliath.
When the Philistines fled when they seen that their giant was dead.
The story of David and Goliath is a wonderful example of how God can and will use anyone to do His work. In this specific Bible story God uses the underdog to accomplish the impossible.
In addition, the underlying purpose of the story is to show that Saul was not fit to be king and that he was not obeying God. At this time God called on the least expected to complete His work- so that all the glory would be given to God.
Saul saw a giant too big to fight on the other hand David saw a giant too big to miss!
Perception, focus, and faith is what it comes down to.
Never underestimate your ability to accomplish something God has called you to do. Above all know that He will equip you and be by your side through and through. God protected David and He will protect you too!
What Goliath are you facing today? Is it fear? Worry? Worth?
Whatever it may be God can and will help you defeat it if you ask Him to.
Lord thank you for Your Word and the examples of great power displayed. God help me to defeat the Goliath’s in my life. Equip me, direct me, and be by my side so that I may conquer them in the name of Jesus- just as David conquered Goliath. Lord, I am struggling with insert the “Goliath” struggle(s) you are facing. I hand each one over to you today. God help me to feel your presence and peace in my life. Guide my paths and make them straight. Lord I choose to rest in You and rely on Your promises. Protect me in all that I do in Jesus mighty name I pray.
For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? 32 It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect. 33 He makes my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places. 34 He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.