Remember the saying,’ If you don’t have anything good to say then don’t say anything’?
Proverbs 21:23 says, ‘if you keep your mouth shut, you will stay out of trouble’.
Sometimes we can lose hope in difficult situations. You can always tell if somebody has no sense of hope. It’s a sad, gloomy, dark place. Remember that the dark can’t comprehend the light. That’s why it’s so important that we speak positively- speak hope. Even if we don’t believe that it will change anything, wouldn’t it be better for things to go right instead of wrong? If all you are doing is murmuring and complaining, then how can things go right? You are setting an atmosphere of darkness and hopelessness. Why not try thinking and speaking of what is good in your life and stop dwelling on the bad? Believe me, we all have bad thing that happen in our lives but we can choose not to bring attention to the bad stuff. People around you don’t want to hear all the negativity anyway.
I have been noticing that with each season in my life, there is a new word that God gives me. When I wrote Depression: State of Mind, it was RUN. God wanted me to run after Him like I was running a race. I did and it gave me freedom in my mind.
Now my word is GRACE. My dad just passed away and I had to be the strong one in the family. I am an only child and my parents are divorced, so it was all on me. He has 5 brothers and sisters but I was considered the next of kin. I was there encouraging him and praying with him when he transitioned from this life to the next and I handled all the final arrangements. It was hard, but God carried me through. I cried but I never felt alone or depressed. I know I will see my dad again and I have peace that he is with Jesus. I will be blogging more on grace for a while until my season changes.
~Update on my book~ I am getting the book cover worked on and some other final pieces of the puzzle put together. It won’t be long now. I am excited!
~Proverbs 23:18 (NIV) says,” There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”~
I truly believe that the devil has desensitized us to the word ‘hope’. What comes to my mind when I think of hope is: ‘(Sigh) Well, I hope it will be ok.’ –OR- ‘I hope that this will turn out good.’ It’s more like wishing or wanting, than what God’s definition is.
~1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV) says,” And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”. ~ If one of the three things that remain is hope, then it can’t be as insignificant as we make it. ‘Oh, I’m hoping and praying…’ sounds so wish-ee wash-ee.
Definition of HOPE from the merriam-webster.com website is to cherish a desire with anticipation: trust
To hope means to trust. We need to get this deep in our spirit. We will not have success in our freedom without hope.
I have always struggled with why some people get healed and some don’t. I always kind-of blamed myself for my grandparents dying from long illnesses. I just didn’t understand. I believed that Jesus could heal them, but I didn’t know if He would heal them. They were Southern Baptists and would always say things like, ‘Ifthe Lord’s willing’. I would always think to myself, why wouldn’t He be willing? That ‘IF’ always bothered me. I was confused and knew just enough about the Bible to make me dangerous. The more I study and get in the Word now, the more I am finding that we must believe that Jesus is willing to heal us. In fact, He already did… taking those strips for us. ~Psalm 107:20 (NIV) says, “He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.”~ That is one of the reasons He came. ~Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. ~ We only need to receive our healing since Jesus is willing. ~Matthew 8: 2 (NIV) says, “A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.”~
Who’s report are you gonna believe. I will believe the report of the Lord!
We all need to start believing that our words can directly affect our circumstances. ~Deuteronomy 28:13 (NIV) says, “The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.”~ If we are the head and not the tail, then why are we still living in darkness? It is because we do not truly believe that we are the head and not the tail. Our circumstances show that we are beneath and not above and we are certainly not blessed. The problem with that is, ~Deuteronomy 28:3 (NIV) says, “You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.”~ Stop looking at your circumstances and letting what’s going on around you determine your mood. Fight it! It is a battle! Look to the Way, the Truth, and the Life. ~Ephesians 6:11 (NIV) says, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”~ Take a stand! Like ~Ephesians 6:13 (NIV) says, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”~
Definition of BELIEVE from the merrim-webster.com website: Intransitive verb-: to have a firm religious faith: to accept something as true, genuine, or real; to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something; to hold an opinion: think: Transitive verb-: to consider to be true or honest: to accept the word or evidence of.
The things that we believe have so much power over our lives. If you believe that you will have seven years of bad luck if you break a mirror, then you will probably start having bad things happen to you if you break a mirror. Even though there is no such thing as ‘luck’, when you believe that it will happen, then it will happen. ~Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”~
In the last part of ~John 10:10 (NIV) it says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”~ Jesus came so that we might have abundant life. That makes me excited! We do have the victory, it’s Jesus. If we have Jesus then we have victory. I fight the devil every day, but he will not win! It’s easy to see now why positive thoughts and a positive mind set is the only way to have the victory that Jesus wants us to have. ~Philippians 4:8 (NIV) says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”~
We all seem to worry too much about what other people might think of us. Don’t worry about what others might think of you. What do we care what somebody else thinks of us? What does God think of you? That’s the important question. Remember what ~Romans 2:1 says, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things”. ~ If someone judges you for being a Christian, then they will have to answer to God for that at some point.
The devil really knows how to work on people. He has all the time in the world to figure out what makes us tick. I was lonely and all anyone had to do was show me a little attention. People are truly easy! People are basically all the same. If one thing doesn’t work, the devil will try something else until he finds what will work with you. He will continue to torment us and he will try to keep us down. ~John 10:10 (NIV) says, “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy…”~ and ~2 Corinthians 11:3 (NIV) says, “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”~ Who knew… that controlling our thoughts can change everything? I sure didn’t. ~2 Corinthians 10:5 says,” We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”~
I have pretty much always been a ‘glass is half empty’ kind of gal. My mind set is usually pretty negative. My thought was, ‘If my expectations are not too high, then I won’t be disappointed when good things don’t happen.’ I said things like that for many, many years. I was really scared to get excited or happy about anything. You know, that’s really no way to live life. We need to change the negative thinking and purposely think *positive things. ~Mark 5:28 (NIV) says, “because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”~ And she was.