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.
To have faith means more than just believing in something. Faith is defined in Hebrews as ‘the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’. Faith usually starts out certain. When people believe that God will fulfill His promises to us- they are showing true faith. True faith believes even when you can not see any evidence, despite trusting in God and His character.
True faith is believing in God’s promises and that His works are always good for those who love Him.
Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
When people have faith in God, they know without a doubt that He will always keep His promises, He will always protect them, and He will never leave them.
Each day people of faith have to make choices in this world- usually doing so based on their unseen reality of their eternity in heaven.
People of faith preserver- despite pain, hardship, and persecution, because they know that God is with them through it all.
People claim to believe in God all the time- but do they really know who He is?
To know God intimately- faith is required. There must be a willingness to believe through the unseen that God exists and that His rewards are certain.
When having faith people discover how to unlock the power of having full trust in God and relying solely on Him. The power of salvation- through a personal relationship with Him.
Do you ‘believe in God’ or do you know God through a personal relationship with Him?
I want to thank you for this beautiful day and for Your message on faith. Lord, I confess sometimes it is easy to lose sight of my faith because of the burdensome and painful circumstances that can arise on any given day. Lord I pray that my faith would be increased, that we would keep our eyes on You and Your promises. Remind us Lord that seeing is not believing but believing is seeing. I pray each person would want to come to know You and learn about Your unfailing love and promises kept. I pray that You would increase thee faith of each person reading this in the mighty name of Jesus I pray.
As parents we have many responsibilities pertaining to raising our children. We literally have to teach our children everything- from eating- to walking/talking- to how to interact in the world as they grow. Our children rely on us to teach them life’s most basic needs and provide them with the tools and knowledge needed to survive and have a fulfilling, happy life.
When you ask parents what they feel is their responsibility to teach their children- you get answers like: Feed them- Protect them- Prepare them for life. These things are all necessary but we also need to further break it down and think about what we are teaching our children.
Is it positive? Is it helpful? Will the things they are learning from us, help them or hurt them, in their futures?
How do we know what we should and should not teach our children?
This world has been grossly misinformed on how our children should be raised. They are confused by ‘lovely-sounding’ misconceptions that ultimately lead to destruction at some point in their lives.
One example is the rose theory. It alleges that children are like rose buds- if no one bothers them or interferes with them- they will naturally unfold into gorgeous roses.
Sounds nice! The problem is- children are not born with the same needs as a plant. Children need strong, loving parents- not a friend or an observer- to watch them ‘naturally unfold’.
I have heard many times in my life that having a child does not come with a how-to or instruction book on raising them. However, as I grew and had my own child- I realized this is not entirely true.
Although, when I gave birth and was ready to leave the hospital with my new little bundle of joy- no one handed me a book and said read this and you will have perfect children. The thought of thinking you can raise a perfect child without any outside interference is a bit laughable for me at this point in life. There is no way to control or predict and prevent negative life experience’s for our children- it is guaranteed going to happen- we live in a sinful, fallen world.
But we do need to be teaching our children how to be prepared and how to respond, when unexpected things happen.
The Bible is God’s handbook on life. It has a lot to say about how to raise our children and how we should and should not live our lives- furthermore it also explains why we should raise our children in a specific manner- as it leads to joy, fulfillment, love, peace, and eternal life- just to name a few.
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it
Let us take a look at seven functions of great parenting according to God’s Word.
Nurturing- Besides the obvious nurturing in healthy foods- As parents we should be feeding them spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and socially. We teach them how to handle emotions like anger and sadness correctly. We teach them how to play and share- how to recover from grief or loss- how to laugh and how to pray. We should be teaching them how to think, listen, and learn and how to communicate effectively. Above all we should be teaching our children about God.
Protection- All infants need protection from a loving parent to survive. Good parents seek to find a balance between protection and overprotection- especially in a world that is becoming increasingly violent.
But we also need to provide protection over their mind and soul in an eternal sense. We should be leading by example and teaching our children about God. Protecting their minds against agnosticism (the belief that there is not enough proof to say that God does or does not exist), prejudice, hatred, and injustice.
We must counter cultural trends that encourage superficiality (lack of thoroughness, depth of character, or serious thought) and materialism (a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values) to be the basis of their thinking. We need to equip our children with the truth and train them in the way they are to live, according to God’s will, in order to protect them from these ways of thinking.
They may temporarily rebel but they are likely to return to those good teachings they learned early in life.
Creativity Good parents are creative with how they teach their children- correct them- play with them- spend their money- prepare them for the future- and even on teaching their children about God.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NKJV- “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 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. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Education: Many parents seek out the best preschool for their toddlers in hopes the child will receive the best education and prep for elementary school. However, children need far more than just the text book basic academics. Children need to learn the foundation of trust.
Trust comes from a consistent response to your child’s needs. Weather the response is tender love or tough love-likely a mixture of both, but either way the child knows you are there, you care, and will take charge for their well being.
Preschoolers who learn how to respect boundaries and obey rules are more likely to be safer and more responsible teens. Proverbs 29:15,17 makes it clear that children respond to the rod of correction.
One example I have seen is picturing the rod of correction as a shepherds hook- designed to prod wayward sheep away from danger. And at times, the hook is needed to rescue a sheep who has fell into real danger.
Children can learn to know right from wrong- we simply must teach them. We need to teach them the qualities that later become the fruits of the Holy Spirit- love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
By teaching our children these values we are preparing them for a future in eternity.
Motivation You set the tone of your child’s inner voice. We should be teaching our children that their life is no accident- that God has a plan and purpose for them- their only job is to seek it- find it- and follow it.
Motivation to make one’s life count for God is taught at a young age. Parents who bless their children with this truth and help them to discover God’s best for them live a happier, more fulfilling life.
Unfortunately, some parents choose a different route of motivation in their parenting- they declare things over their children that are negative predictions- usually done in bits of anger. These statements are detrimental to a child’s mental health and become the very curse that causes some children to fail. They believe the lies and curses their parents have said over them to be true and it robs them of the healthy motivation it takes to accomplish what they are called to do in life.
Paul wrote in Colossians 3:20-21 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
When parents bless their children- it is easier for children to be obedient. We as parents can not ignore, neglect, or abuse our children physically, mentally, spiritually, or emotionally and think that they would or even should be obedient to us.
God calls children to be obedient to their parents and show respect but He also tells parents NOT to provoke (stimulate or incite (someone) to do or feel something, especially by arousing anger in them.) their children.
Bless your children with the love of Christ and they will grow to do the same.
Relinquishment The goal of Godly parenting and training our children up in the way they should go is to raise happy, healthy, and God-fearing adults whose lives will make a positive impact in the world.
Teaching our children responsibility through giving them chores or tasks to complete- showing them how to complete them well- and than expressing approval and appreciation will prepare them to become independent, motivated adults.
Letting our children go out on their own into the world is a scary process. However, this process can be easier when parents have the reassurance that they are transferring them from the shelter of their parental wings to the perfect care of God.
A place to return Teaching our children the foundational truths in God’s word will prepare them for times of struggle in life. Having a solid foundation is important for our children to successfully navigate through life’s storms.
Sometimes children stray away from God, but they almost always find their way back. This is because they have the solid foundation in which their childhood formative years were built upon.
This will also help bring comfort as we grow older and eventually pass away. Our children will know they are never alone- that they are a child of God and can fully rely on Him for every need.
Thank you Lord for being a Father of love- for being patient with each of us- and for giving us Your Word so we may study it and learn more about who You are and who we are in You. Lord, I thank you for giving us this message and showing us through scripture how we should be parenting our children. I pray parents all across the nation will open their hearts to You and seek Your guidance. Lord, the world is so lost and many are chasing what they desire without giving any thought to their eternal destiny and they are falling into the traps of Satan and choosing the ways of the world. Lord, many do not even know who You really are and have never tried to know You. Many were never taught about Your love, mercy, and power and Lord I pray they would have an undeniable encounter with You. That they would feel Your love and presence and be moved to seek You more. I pray parents everywhere, including myself, would remember to teach our children about You and to live by example. I pray for Your protection over each of us and our nation as a whole. In Jesus mighty name I pray.
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.
This Bible story comes from Genesis 18:1-15 and Genesis 21:1-7.
Abram and Sarai were now known as Abraham and Sarah. God had told them to change their names. They were living in a tent and just as Abraham had before, he sat outside the tent wishing that he and Sarah could have a child. Abraham remembered what God had promised, “I am going to give you children, Abraham.”
This was so long ago Abraham thought. Is God going to keep His promise? Abraham really was hoping so, since this was what he and Sarah both wanted badly.
When Abraham lifted his eyes, he saw three men next to him. He ran to them immediately, and bowed. He asked the men to allow him to get them water to wash their feet and prepare them a meal and drink, while they rest under a tree nearby.
The men agreed and told him to do as he has said.
Abraham hurried back into the tent and told Sarah to prepare three fine meals. He then hurried to the herd and got a calf; the meal was prepared and set before the men under the tree.
It’s obvious these three men are not just any men, since they just appeared. The Bible later explains that two are angels and one a manifestation of God.
The men asked Abraham where his wife Sarah was at and he told them she was there, in the tent.
The men then told Abraham that his wife Sarah would bear a child within a year.
Sarah was listening nearby and knew she had passed the age of child bearing. So, she laughed to herself, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”
The Lord asked Abraham why did Sarah laugh and say she was too old to bear a child. Is anything to hard for the Lord? I will return to you in a year, and Sarah shall have a child. You can always trust in what God says.
God fulfills His promise.
One year later the Lord visited Sarah and He had done what He had promised. Sarah and Abraham had a child, his name was Isaac.
Sarah was 90 years old and Abraham was 100 years old. Sarah was so happy, she laughed. Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.”
This story shows that God always fulfills His promises. It may not be when or how we think He should do it but God’s Word can ALWAYS be trusted. He is in control and it’s never too late for God to fulfill His purpose and promises in You.
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!
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.
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