“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” I’m not sure who came up with that saying, but it is very true. If you give up, then you will never win at what you are trying to do. It may be hard or it may look impossible, but if you keep pressing toward your goal, it can be achievable. It’s all up to you. How bad do you want to like your life? How bad do you want to be happy and see the good in something? You have to know that everything is not bad. It is mostly just the way you perceive it.
2 Chronicles 15:7 says, “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” I really needed to find that verse today. My job is having some instability and it seems like the people that actually work are not being recognized. Thank you Heavenly Father that you see where I am right now! He cares for you and if you seek out His will and His word, you will find comfort and strength. I really don’t know how people live if they don’t have Jesus. He is everything to me.
To give up means: to abandon; to yield control or possession of; to desist of; to declare incurable or insoluble.
I honestly have to fight every day for a sound mind. The enemy is always attacking and he will not give up. I am not giving up either. I know that the one that is living in me is stronger that the enemy in this world, so I will win. I will keep pressing toward the mark. I will be a warrior dressed for battle and I will take the land!
I have been thinking a lot about forgiveness lately. Why do we think that we should hold on to un-forgiveness? What does it help? Who does it help? I have never known of a person able to change a bad situation because they won’t forgive somebody. Forgiveness is the key to changing any situation.
I wonder if there is anyone that hasn’t done things that others could not forgive you for. Do you want them to forgive you? As Christians, we should long for forgiveness from others. We all do stupid things sometimes, so we should know that others do stupid things too. If someone does something that shows that they are untrustworthy, then forgive them and be happy that you’ve learned a valuable lesson. Don’t fall for it again.
Un-forgiveness doesn’t hurt the person that you won’t forgive, it just hurts you. It causes stress and health problems. Let God take that from you and gain your freedom from it! It’s not worth it. To top it off, God can’t forgive us unless we forgive others. After all, we all fail God daily and need His forgiveness. We must be willing to forgive our brothers and sisters. The word tells us in John 20:23 that if we forgive others then they are forgiven, but if we don’t forgive them, then they are not forgiven. But, the verse in Luke 6:37 says that we are not forgiven if we don’t forgive others. As we forgive others, we are forgiven. Forgiveness is key!
I have had quite a wake up call this weekend. I just want to be real with anyone that might be reading this blog post. I will admit that I have been struggling with depression for the last month or so. I am not sure what happened to bring me down, but I have really been fighting in my mind. God has convicted my heart this weekend. The reason this has happened is that I have been looking inward instead of upward.
For some reason, I have let the enemy’s lies take root and make me feel down and depressed. I know better! I think that when you have a lot going on and you are busy, the devil will bombard your mind with lies. If you entertain those stupid lies, they will take over. I can’t believe I let the dumb devil get the upper hand, even for a small time! God is so good and I couldn’t see the blessings because I was starting to focus on the uncertainty going on around me.
God reminded me that He is in the storm. He will bring me through! He is for me and not against me so what on earth am I worried about? I have been repenting this weekend and I feel so much better. I know that I have been attacked and so have a lot of other Christian people lately. Something is happening and the enemy wants to shut us up. Don’t allow it! Not even for a minute! I will not shut up because there are so many that are hurting and need to know that God will deliver them. He is faithful. Don’t ever give up. He will never give up on you!
On Monday, I blogged about being filled by the Spirit to be ‘born again’. Now I will elaborate on what the bible says about being ‘spirit filled’. In Exodus 31:3, the Lord is telling Moses about Bezalel son of Uri, in the tribe of Judah, “and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills.” Micah 3:8 says, “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgressions, to Israel his sin.”
The Holy Spirit dwells in us and gives us power, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, skills, justice, might, and truth. This is given to us freely if we only confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. John 15:26 says, “But I will send you the Advocate —the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.” The Holy Spirit is our Advocate. He is on our side.
The Holy Spirit is also known as our comforter. John 14:26 says, “But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” To be ‘Spirit Filled’ is to have the teacher and the teaching all in one. We will be equipped with everything we need for whatever God has called us to do. Even when we are not qualified, He qualifies us.
Do you ever feel like you have been in the wilderness? I can honestly say that I wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, just like the Israelites. Moses led the people of Israel into the wilderness to escape slavery. When things started getting tough, the people started murmuring and complaining. Exodus 14:12 says, “Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’ they complained.” Even still in Numbers 14:2, the word tells us, “Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron, ‘If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!'” You know what, they got exactly what they said. The died in the wilderness!
We talk ourselves out of a lot of blessings. Sometimes we just need to shut our mouths so that we don’t curse ourselves. As long as everything is going our way, we are happy and praising God, but when things start getting hard, we start blaming God. These people wandered through the wilderness 40 years until they finally died out. Numbers 14:16 says, “The Lord was not able to bring them into the land he swore to give them, so he killed them in the wilderness.”
Wilderness is defined as a wild and natural area in which few people live; a confusing multitude or mass; a bewildering situation.
If we don’t learn to speak positively and speak the word of God, then we will be wandering through the wilderness until we finally do learn. Hopefully we will learn, some people don’t. I actually got very tired of wandering through the wilderness. I still have some trouble with my mouth, but I am trying really hard and moving forward. I am definitely in a better place now that I used to be. I can finally say that I graduated from the wilderness! I have moved into my Promised Land.
Forgiveness is defined as the act of forgiving; the act of ending anger at. To forgive is not just a thought, it’s an action. You must physically forgive others, not just mentally replay the actions of how they hurt you or offended you or mistreated you. God will judge them, it’s our place to forgive them and let it go. Matthew 6:12 says, “Forgive us our debts, as we have also forgiven our debtors.” Everybody sins and falls short of the glory of God, we have all hurt others and need their forgiveness just like we need to forgive others for hurting us in the same way. Have we been any better than the people that we refuse to forgive. Be honest…
Jesus tells us later in Matthew 6:15, “But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” This doesn’t mean to let people keep hurting or abusing us, but it does mean to let go of the hurt and anger in your heart so that God can heal you and set you free. Sometime only God can help us to forgive. Some hurts are so deep and have been there for so long that you wouldn’t even know how to start letting them go. The only was to move ahead and be happy is to forgive.
If you need to ask God to help you, then ask Him. He can’t help unless you ask. The devil forces himself on you and lies to you, but God is a gentleman and will only intervene when asked. You are free to choose. Do you choose to forgive? Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Choose life, choose forgiveness, choose happiness and move forward this year!
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This is a season of new beginnings. I have seen over and over on Facebook, ‘This is the first page of your new chapter, make it a good one’. You can’t keep doing the same things that you have been doing over the years and expect life to be different. It’s your choice.
I have decided to run the 5K and publish my books this year. Also, possibly start my own business. God is taking me in a brand new direction during this season of my life. I’m excited about what He’s doing. I trust Him.
I did something I have never done before on December 12th, 2015. I gave my testimony in front of a women’s group. I was very nervous! God got me through it. If He called you to it, He will get you through it. It was amazing! I am not going to miss out on what God has for me. He is using me to set the captives free from depression by sharing the power of Jesus. Revelation 12:11 says that we are overcomers by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimonies.
Isaiah 43:1-2 (NIV) says, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Our Lord has summoned us by name. We are His. He protects us and keeps us safe wherever we go. He will help us get through everything we are facing. We are not alone.
God wants to help us in our time of trouble. Just ask and you will see. Psalms 46:1-2 (NIV) says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in the time of trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” That gives me peace. Just to know that God cares enough to help us when we need Him. He has helped me so much during my life. Even though I fail Him daily, He has never failed me. I don’t want to fail Him again.
Psalms 34:4 (NIV) says, “I sought the Lord, and He answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” He is faithful. When I just take a small step in faith, He will make sure I am going in the right direction and He shortens the distance to my breakthrough. It’s happened over and over in my life. It blows my mind. If you will trust Him, He will make your crooked places straight.
There are a lot of scary things going on in the world today. We just had several terrorist attacks and the threats of more to come. How are we to handle this uncertainty? Do we live in fear of what’s to come? Do we hide and try to avoid others just to be on the safe side? No, we can’t bury our heads in the sand and let the enemy terrify us. Psalms 55:5 says, “Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking.” We have got to trust God! If we let the enemy stop us from being free, then he has already won.
Fear will hang on tight and not let go. In Job 14:4, Job says, “Fear gripped me, and my bones trembled.” Fear will get a tight grip on us and when it has us, it’s very hard to make it let go. It won’t leave voluntarily. It won’t leave if you ask it to. It will paralyze you and ultimately kill you.
2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” If God didn’t give us fear, then where did it come from? Why do we have it? The answer is that the enemy is trying to stop us with fear. Fear will keep us from our life and our expected end. Fear will keep us from going out and preaching the good news to all the nations. Fear will keep us in bondage to our mindset.
1 John 4:18 tells us, “Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love.” We need to remember that Jesus came so that we might have a more abundant life. Not a fearful life. Not a depressed life. Not an unhealthy life. A more abundant life! Again, it’s our choice what kind of life we have. We will sometime have to fight with our own minds to take control over our thoughts and fears. Fight with the Word of God. Then you will have the victory.
Well, I say NO! We are not what we feel. Our feelings will lie to us. God reminded me recently why He didn’t have me put a section in my book about ‘You are what you Feel’. When I was scrolling on Facebook, I read how Bruce/Caitlin Jenner doesn’t “feel” like a woman now. Well that is a shocker! Maybe because he’s not a woman! You can’t just put a wig and a dress on and be a woman. That is not how it works. Agree with me or not, it’s the truth. It’s Biblical and it’s genetics.
Our feelings will get us in a lot of trouble. Proverbs 30:12 (NLT) says, “They feel pure, but they are filthy and unwashed”. Ecclesiastes 8:11 (NLT) says, “When a crime is not punished, people feel it is safe to do wrong”.
We are not to go by how we feel to base our decisions. Psalms 42: 5 and 11 says, “Why am I so discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again–my Savior and My God!” We don’t see what God is doing behind the scene. He is working everything out for our good.
Freedom from depression, fear, anxiety, and helplessness