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Weapons of Mass Destruction

We are under attack! Satan is attacking our values, our beliefs, our families, our cities, our country, and our souls. The Bible tells us that Satan only comes to steal, kill, and destroy but Jesus came to give us life and to give it to us abundantly.

Our world is in a spiritual war, like we have never seen before. People are full of hatred, negativity, and down right disrespect. Refusing to hear anything that disagrees with their beliefs or personal agenda. No group has been left out of the attacks– from the minority movements to removing God from school, television, and everyday life.

Satan has stirred up strife among so many through his lies and deceit. He has driven wedges between families, friends, and nations as a whole. Whispering the lies that drive the hatred between people or groups of people to an all time high.

Satan has our country so divided that we are attacking anyone whom has a “different” view on race, religion, sexual orientation/preference, politics, or even the meaning behind particular monuments, statements, and hand or body gestures.

We must learn to stop the enemy’s attack as soon as it starts. Access and use our own weapons of mass destruction against him. God has already won this war– we only have to believe and use the weapons He has given us.

What are these weapons, I am referring to?

Simply put, God’s Word– Scripture.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NKJV
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (of the flesh) but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ

Luke 10:19 NKJV
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Put on the Whole Armor of God

Ephesians 6: 10-20 NKJV
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of [c]the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

God has given us His Word and all the authority to bind the attacks of the enemy. There is no special way to use these weapons; we only need to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and know His Word; so that we are equipped with scripture when the attacks from Satan come before us.

This is the time for our nation to rise together– to stand firm on the Word of God– to overcome evil with good– to spread love to one another– and to stop the hatred from filling our hearts.

Let today be the day you decide to be a part of the solution– to take a stand against the attacks of the enemy. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to give your heart to Jesus. Accept Him as your Lord and Savior and pick up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to fight every attack with weapons of mass destruction– God’s Word.

Prayer for Salvation

Heavenly Father,
Thank you Lord for loving me so much that You would send Your only son to die for me on the cross. Forgive me Lord for my sins– come into my heart and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. God I want You to be my Lord and Savior– the rock on which I stand. Come into my life, change me, renew me, and bring me closer to You. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray.
Amen

Prayer Over the Attacks of Satan

Heavenly Father,
Thank you Lord for your Word and for your gift of salvation. Thank you for giving us the weapons we need to withstand the attacks from our enemy. God, I pray that each person who reads this will have clarity on the message you are giving. I pray that they would seek to take up the whole armor of God. That they would equip themselves with your Word and remember to access it’s power when under attack. I pray that each person’s heart would be filled with your love, mercy, and forgiveness. That each would eagerly be wanting to be a part of the solution by spreading love and stopping the violence and hatred. Remind us God that we must overcome evil with good and that You have already won the battle. Lord help us to put our trust in You and You alone. Knowing that You have given us all the power over the enemy and nothing by any means, shall harm us. Thank you Lord for Your promises and and authority in Jesus mighty name I pray.
Amen

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Joyful Revival

Motivational Monday for this week focuses on joy and laughter. Worldly humor vs Godly humor. Have a blessed week!

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8 Common Misconceptions of God

With all the chaos and misinformation in the world today, I feel now is a good time to clear up some common misconceptions of God. Many listen to what the world says about who He is, His character, and His existence. I am writing this article to encourage you to find out the TRUTH for yourself. The best way to do this is by reading God’s Word, the Bible, and discovering the answers for yourself.

The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 29:13 “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

I have put together a list of 8 common misconceptions about God that I, myself, have heard from “non-believers”.

1. God is mad at me.

TRUTH: God is NOT mad at you! God is slow to anger, quick to forgive. He is an understanding and loving God.

Psalm 103:8

The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

Psalm 145:8

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.

Colossians 2:14

having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

2. God doesn’t care.

TRUTH: God DOES care! He cares for you more than anyone ever can or will. God wants the best for you. He is near to the brokenhearted. He is always by our side and wants to help us.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

1 Peter 5:7

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

3. God is not fair.

TRUTH: God is a fair and just God. He knows and sees all. He does not like to see His children be mistreated.

Romans 8:32

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

Isaiah 30:18

Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you;
And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
Blessed are all those who wait for Him.

4. God only hears certain, elaborate prayers.

TRUTH: God eagerly waits for us to come to Him with our needs, repentance, and praise.

Matthew 6:7-8

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

5. God is mean or cruel.

TRUTH: God is loving and kind. So much, that even children ran to Him when Jesus walked the earth.

Matthew 11:29

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

6. God doesn’t exist.

TRUTH: God is very much alive and working in each of our lives. If you just look around with open eyes and open heart- you will see Him in everything!

Psalm 14:1

The fool has said in his heart,
There is no God.”
They are corrupt,
They have done abominable works,
There is none who does good.

Romans 1:20

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

7. God is nice.

TRUTH: God is not nice. If He was, we would get everything we desire and not have to pay the consequences for our choices. God is good, and does what is best for us in a loving Father way. He corrects us out of love.

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Psalm 100:5

For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

8. God is just a human like you and I.

TRUTH: Jesus walked the Earth as a human, but He was still God. Jesus is not someone who was delusional and believed He had special powers but was merely a human. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you while reading His word, the Bible– You will see for yourself.

Numbers 23:19

“God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

John 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Jeremiah 29:13

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

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Dealing with Guilt/Shame

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5 Reasons God Might Make Us Wait

Waiting helps us learn to trust in God alone and then builds on that trust. Waiting teaches us that God’s purpose, plan, and will– will ALWAYS prevail– if we put our trust in Him. God is a faithful and patient Father. The Bible tell us we are made in His image and we are slowly transforming to be more and more like Him.

Waiting builds up our patience, our obedience, our endurance and teaches us how to quiet our minds from worry and keep our focus on our faith in God. In a season of waiting, we learn more about God himself, thus helping us to grow into the person He was created and called us to be.

5 Reasons God Might Make Us Wait

  1. To reveal our true motives, to ourselves.
  2. To build patience in our lives.
  3. To build anticipation.
  4. To transform our character.
  5. To build our intimacy and dependency on God.

We all have season’s of waiting in our life. Some of these seasons may be short– others may be longer. One of my longest seasons of waiting, lasted about four years before I could finally see what God was doing.

The key to waiting is how we wait.

Just as with all decisions in life, there are two choices. You can wait in anger, bitterness, discouragement, and fear– or you can wait with eager anticipation for God to fulfill His promises.

Waiting can make us better or bitter. What will you choose?

The ability to wait on God, comes from knowing His promises and being confident in Him. Focusing on God– who He is– and what He is doing helps us to stay positive and grow through the waiting season.

We have to keep the balance between positive and negative while we are waiting. Know God’s character, His principles, His promises, and most importantly His power. Be confident in His wisdom, love, mercy, timing and will.

God promises to never leave us nor forsake us. He is on our side and will turn what the enemy meant to harm you into good.

When we wait, we have to learn to seek the Lord.

Ultimately, waiting is claiming God’s promises by faith and resting in what God is doing– even when we can not see it.

My prayer for you

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for Your promises and for being a trustworthy Father. Lord, I am thankful that You are working on my behalf, even when I do not see it. God, I pray that You touch the life of each person who reads this message. Open their hearts and minds to Your Word, the truth in which will set them free from fear and worry.

Lord, I pray that You would surround each person with Your love and protection. Calm their spirits and give them clarity. Help them to remember Your promises and stand upon Your Word when the trials of life coming roaring in.

Lord, I pray You would renew their strength each day as they fight the fears that come with waiting. I pray that they would seek You and put their trust in You, over every situation in life.

Thank you Lord for the many blessings You give us each and every day. I declare in Jesus name that all worry bondage is broken today! I declare no weapon formed against you shall prosper. I declare God’s promises over Your life, in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Fear of Failure!

Failure is something we all experience and it’s hard to face due to the pain and fear it can cause deep within us. Failure is defined by dictionary.com as the lack of success or the omission of an expected or required action.

DID YOU KNOW?
Some people have fear of failure so badly that there is a medical term for it? Atychiphobia is the fear of failure.

Fear of failure could be linked to many different causes. For instance, having critical or unsupportive parents is one.

As a child, I often heard, from my father- I was a failure, a let down, and that I only caused more problems for him. He literally told me I had been nothing but a disappointment to him.

It’s important to understand– I wasn’t an out of control teen, I wasn’t out repeatedly breaking rules, and I didn’t dare talk back to him. I was in NO WAY perfect, but he was miserable and wanted everyone else to be also.

To be clear, there is never a good reason to speak to your children or anyone else in such a manner. We all have failures in our life- moments we are not proud of- mistakes we have made- but we are NOT defined by these moments.

Just as many children do, I wanted more than anything to make dad proud- to hear some form of approval for all I had endured. As a child and even in to my adult years– I strived over and over to “make my father proud of me.”

It was only about two years ago that I finally realized- it wasn’t me- it was him. He would never be proud of me- never acknowledge how hard I had worked or how far I have come despite all odds against me. He was miserable.

This formed a deep root of fear of failure and lack of self-worth within me. Something I still struggle with today.

It’s hard for me to get started on something new. A new idea– new career path– new relationships– basically, new anything. I get intense anxiety about being around new people or in a new environment. To the point, that I use to avoid it all together.

Things really began to change for me when I started soul searching and trying to find out WHY I am always fearful. As I began to dig and research, I found that it was likely due to the abuse and constant negative talk from my father. Which then developed into full blown negative self-talk.

Yikes!

Reality check!

Change starts within You!

So what do we do to overcome this?

First, realize this is not something that will just magically go away overnight. I have been working at breaking these chains for two years. Everyday gets better and closer to the ultimate goal of living a FEARLESS life.

4 things I found to help me overcome my fear of failure:

  1. Pray. Anytime you are feeling fearful, stop and pray. Ask God to break the chains of fear over your life. Ask God to give you courage, strength, and clarity. Ask Him to remind you that you are His and He has NOT given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
  2. Find the benefits of past failures. Appreciate the growth that comes with failure.
  3. Change the way you view the circumstance. When failure is possible, view it as a challenge.
  4. Eliminate bad self-talk. Treat yourself kindly when you experience failure.

Failing at something is a stepping stone to success.

I have missed over 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games, 26 times I was trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.

Michael Jordan

We need to learn to embrace the concept of doing it afraid. Often times, our biggest successes come from something we were afraid to do in the beginning. The key is to do it even if you are feeling fearful.

The Bible tells us that God has not given us a spirit of fear. It does NOT say we won’t feel fear. It is our choice on how to react, when the spirit’s of Satan creep into our inner thoughts, causing us to feel fearful; we must kick him out!

Stop the downward spiral of Satan’s lies and begin to declare God’s word over yourself and the situation.

2 Timothy 1:7 is a great weapon against fear.

There is truly nothing to fear, except for fear itself.

Take a moment to think of something you have felt compelled to do or even wanted to do but ultimately didn’t because of fear of failure or fear of any kind.

Have you always wanted to ride a roller coaster, but you’re afraid of heights? Maybe you want to sing karaoke, but are afraid to be in front of people. Is there somewhere you want to go, but you’re afraid to fly? Perhaps, it’s something most might think is simple, like visiting a local church for the first time, but you’re afraid of what people may think. Do you want to start a new business– new hobby– new relationship?

Do you have it? Good!

Write it down. Seriously, do it!

Now, on the same paper, write why you haven’t done it yet. The associated fear– confess to yourself and God the fear(s) that has prevented you from doing what you wrote.

Next, I want you to do some research in the Bible for yourself. This can easily be done on a Bible App. or at biblegateway.com. Write down one or more scriptures to declare over that fear.

I recommend memorizing 2 Timothy 1:7, so that you can easily access this scriptural weapon to declare when Satan attempts to attack you with any form of fear.

I challenge you today to complete the activity above (if you haven’t already) and be courageous, go do whatever it is you wrote down.

Don’t give up on anything and don’t let Satan use his lies to keep you bound in fear.

My prayer for you

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Your word. I pray that you use this blog article on fear of failure to touch each person that reads it. Give them understanding and clarity. Help them to remember your promises and to declare Your Word, when they begin to feel fearful. Open their hearts and minds as they research and complete the activity above. God, I pray that you would expose their fears to themselves and give them the scripture and strength to overcome each one. Your Word says we can do ALL things through You who gives us strength! In Jesus mighty name I pray.
Amen

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Pain comes with a lesson to be learned.

Pain comes in all forms, emotional, physical, mental and relational– all of these are equally difficult to deal with when they arise in our own life. Pain is a powerful teacher, we must be careful that we are learning the right lesson and not falling into Satan’s trap of lies and deceit.

Throughout our life we go through many storms, each of which comes with it’s own destruction path of hurt and lessons to be learned. We must be very careful and aware what “life lessons” we are learning through each of these experiences and carrying with us throughout our life.

As we go through these storms, often starting at a young age, it begins to form lies in our mind about ourselves and our love from God. No matter how big or small these storms may seem to those around you, they do impact our life in ways beyond our understanding. Often times this is happening without us even noticing the hold these experience’s are forming in our life.

Proverbs 23:7 says For as he (she) thinks in his (her) heart, so is he (she).

This is a battle I have fought for myself throughout my entire life due to the amount of abuse (of all kinds) that I have endured from the time I was a very young child until about a year ago.

I had many lies form against my character, things I am sure many can relate to. My life experience’s, mixed with the influence of those in my life, I quickly began believing the lies that I was not worthy- not lovable- not wanted- not good enough, just to name a few.

I also began learning “life lessons” from these experience’s, later discovering it was all the wrong lessons to be learned. From the surface and perspective I was looking at my life I learned you can’t trust anyone- you depend on no one but yourself- everyone is out to hurt others- God must hate me to make me go through all of this, again just to name a few. Y’all I was a hot mess!

As life went on and I continued to go through massive storm after massive storm these lies began to subconsciously replace the truth’s about what God says about who I am. I was one that truly believed good things don’t happen to me.

To be clear, I was going to church I knew what God said about me, but unknowingly allowed Satan to replace what I knew was true, with lies he formed to destroy my life, faith, and future.

Our thoughts typically derive from our circumstances regardless if they are recent or distant past. You see we were all designed in the image of God, we are all perfectly and wonderfully made with a great purpose in His kingdom but our adversary, our enemy, Satan, plots against us and our life from the time we are born, he does not want us to live the life God has planned for us.

John 10:10 says The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

So I ask you today how many lies do you believe? Prior to reading this article had you ever thought about your thoughts? Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and more are all related to our brain chemistry and thought life, these along with many other mental health issues derive from our life experience’s and the lessons we learned from them.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common lies we believe and the absolute truth from God.

Lies we believeTruth’s about who we are in God
I am unlovable.I was designed for love and God loves me.
– 1 John 4:19
I am not good enough.I am fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of Christ.
I am good enough.
– Psalm 139:13-16
I am unwanted.I am chosen by God.
– 1 Peter 2:9
I am a bad person.I am created by God to do good works.
– Ephesians 2:10
I am a failure or will fail.I will succeed. I can do all things through Christ.
– Philippians 4:13
I have to be perfect.EVERYONE sins and falls short of the glory of God.
– Romans 3:23
God is mad at me.God is NOT mad at you! Nothing can separate you from the love of Jesus.
– Romans 8:38-39
I am permantely damaged.God will renew your mind.
– Romans 12:2
I am discouraged, fearful, and alone.God is with you wherever you go, you do not have to be afraid.
– Joshua 1:9
I am weak.I am strong.
– 2 Corinthians 12:10
I am defeated.I am an overcomer!
– 1 John 5:4
I am powerless.I have all the power over the enemy, I am Powerful.
– Luke 10:19
I have no value.You are valuable- established, anointed, and sealed by God.
– 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

It is important to be aware of what we are thinking about and pondering on. Just as the Bible says in Proverbs- what you think in your heart is what you are or become. So I encourage you today to take inventory of the feelings and emotions you are holding in. Are they negative or toxic? Is it time for you to ask God to help you let go of what’s holding you back? Let’s pray and ask God to expose our hearts to ourselves and replace the lies we have been believing with His truth.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

You are an amazing father of love, patience and forgiveness and I am so thankful for the freedom I have in You. Lord, forgive me for falling trap to the devils lies and holding them as truths in my life. Lord, I pray you examine my heart and bring to my attention the areas in which I am believing lies and may not even know it. Expose my heart to myself so that I may see where I need to begin searching Your word to renew my mind in Your truth. Lord I ask that you give me clarity and understanding of this message from you. God help me to see Your hand working in my life. Protect me and guide me in the way you want me to go. Lift me up and shelter me under your wings of refuge. Show me Your love and how to live and love according to Your plan. Thank you Lord for your never ending patience, love, and understanding. Thank you Lord for working in my life even when I don’t see You or feel it. Thank you Lord for the blessings you shower upon me each and every day. I pray you continue to help me grow and become more like You and who you designed me to be in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Mothers Day 2020-5 Bible Verses for Mom on Mother’s Day

5 Bible Verses for Mom on Mother’s Day

Isaiah 66:13 NKJV
As one whom his mother comforts,
So I will comfort you;
And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

Proverbs 31:25-29 NKJV
“Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 NKJV (emphasis added verse 7)
“Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. Therefore hear, O Israel, and [a]be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Proverbs 31:31 NLT
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Psalm 139:13-14 NKJV
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.

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3 Mental Barriers preventing a relationship with Christ

In times like we are in today, when the world is turned upside down, as fear and panic are being pumped through the media due to the Covid-19 Pandemic- the nation and its people need to be running to God, not from Him.

I find myself in an awe of disbelief when reading comments and posts from local news stations. The amount of people that are belittling, mocking, and/or denying God and His almighty power is shocking to say the least.

This is a time to stick together, to rise stronger than ever before, to call upon our Savior for help, and to spread the love and truth of Jesus Christ.

Easter was this past Sunday and I don’t find it coincidental that at a time like this we are all having to “carry our own cross.” God is faithful, trustworthy, powerful, and He is the only hope we have to rise above and be saved from our own sinful nature.

It’s hard for me to read comments from others that are bashing and mocking God and His power, when I myself have seen God at work first hand in my life. This brought me to the question of why.

Why are people fighting His love, His power, and His ever present help when we are all in need of something?

The world may be full of uncertainty right now, but one thing remains certain and that is God’s plan. God has already won the battle- He already knows how all of this will end.

So what is holding us back from the relationship with God?

These 3 mental barriers likely have a lot to do with the “why” in your life.

1. Pride
Thinking I got this, I can figure this out, I don’t need anyone’s help

2. Fear
Thinking about what others will think of you, fear you will turn into a “Jesus freak”, fear God will not want a relationship with someone like you

3. Bitterness
Holding on to hurt from the past, growing your heart hard from all of life’s disappointments, and closing your mind and heart off from allowing anything new or positive in

Can you relate to any of the above mental barriers?

I know that even as a devout Christian and follower of Jesus, when I find myself having a “dark season” full of problems and uncertainty, I can usually take a look at my inner being and recent interactions or lack of with God and pinpoint exactly which of the three barriers above has me blocked from overcoming and moving forward.

I’m encouraging you today to do a soul search on yourself.

Do any or all of the above mental barriers exist within you? Are you avoiding a relationship with God because of one or more of these barriers?

Maybe these barriers exist within other relationships as well, not just your relationship with God.

It’s time to break the barriers!

Seek God’s word and His guidance- read the Bible, starting in the areas that you struggle with most and Pray, Pray, Pray!

God can and will redeem and restore you. It takes time and fervent prayer but God is faithful- He is a promise keeper!

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for all You do and all You are. Thank you for this message and for Your promises. Lord, I am a sinner and I need Your help, I can’t do this on my own. Lord save me from my sinful nature and wrap my in Your arms. I struggle with mental barriers of pride, fear, and bitterness. Lord, renew my mind, remove the fear, pride, and bitterness. God, show me if there are barriers I am not recognizing. Lead me and guide my paths. God, I need You, I want to run to You first, I want to feel Your love surround me. Lord, deliver me from the enemy and protect my mind, body, and soul. I pray for good health, restoration, and protection over myself, my family, and every nation effected by this pandemic. God we know you have the whole world in your hands and do not wish for any to perish but all to have everlasting life. I pray all the glory be given to You and Your kingdom in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen


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Hope in His Mercy

A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen, a feeling of trust is the definition of hope.

Compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm is how mercy is defined.

The action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil this is the meaning of redemption.

Now let’s take these three definitions and replace them in the scripture for the words used. This will give us a more clear understanding of what Psalm 130:7 is telling us.

O Israel, expect or desire a certain thing to happen,have the feelings of trust in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone who it is within His power to punish,
And with Him is abundant action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil.

The Bible is telling us in Psalm to expect or desire a certain thing to happen that we should trust in the Lord. That God is compassionate and forgiving towards us and that He will save us from sin, error, and evil– abundantly!

That alone should bring us peace and give us a great reason to put our hope in His mercy. God is patient with us and always by our side showing compassion and saving us from our sins and the errors in our ways. God knows we will make the wrong choices from time to time and find ourselves in a mess and He is already there waiting to save you– to rescue you from the evil.

We have to keep our hope in His mercy in order for us not to become defeated and choose to give up instead of pushing through. The Bible also tells us in Psalm to be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart as you keep your hope in Him.

Psalm 31:24
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord.

God wants us to come boldly to His throne– to ask Him for help in our times of trouble. (Heb. 4:16) Without God we can often get wrapped up in trying to solve our own problems in the ways of the world– only to leave us feeling hopeless. With God we can be of great courage, confident, peaceful, and full of hope in His promises and His mercy!

Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Lord I want to thank you for your mercy and redemption. My hope is in You alone Lord. I am thankful you have called us to come boldly to Your throne and I ask You today to fill me with Your Holy Spirit– let me be filled with Your hope and love. God, forgive me for trying to solve my problems in my own strength. Forgive me for allowing myself to feel hopeless in my efforts and not seeking Your guidance first. I pray that You will strengthen my heart as I hope in You, in Jesus mighty name I pray.
Amen