Category Archives: Overcome

What are you convinced of?

We need to be on guard at all times. The devil tried to convince Jesus that he wasn’t who he thought he was. In Matthew 4 and Luke 4, the devil said to Jesus mockingly, “If you are the Son of God, tell the stone to become a loaf of bread.” But Jesus didn’t buy into that nonsense. Jesus quoted the scripture back to the devil. If that’s what Jesus did, then that’s what we should do. Don’t fall for the lies!

The devil knows that we will start doubting our authority over him if he torments us enough. If he can convince us that we are not who we think we are in Christ Jesus, then we become powerless against him. He doesn’t want us to be strong in our belief that we are who God says we are and we can do ALL things through Christ who gives us strength, just like Philippians 4:13 tells us.  Because of Jesus, we have dominion over the devil. If Jesus had given into the lies of the enemy, like we do, then it would be all over for us.

One thing Jesus did from an early age was study and learn God’s word. He knew it inside out. When he was tested, he knew that quoting the scriptures would defeat the devil. Each time the devil tried to tempt Jesus, the word of God stopped him in his tracks. That’s why the living word of God is our deadliest weapon in battle. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places; according to Ephesians 6:12. We can’t go into battle unprepared.

God is not the author of confusion

Merriam-Webster’s definition of confusion is: a situation in which people are uncertain about what to do or are unable to understand something clearly; a state or situation in which many things are happening in a way that is not controlled or orderly.

Confusion
God is not the author of confusion. 1 Corinthians 14:33

1 Corinthians 14:33 (KJV) says, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” My thoughts on this matter are as follows: If you are confused, it is not God that is causing it. You could be doing something that you know in your heart is not right, but the devil is trying to talk you into it anyway. Just because it feels good or it seems fun or because everybody else is doing it and you want to fit in does not make it right. If you are questioning it, it might be because the Holy Spirit is trying to tell you ‘No, don’t do this”. The destroyer of our souls would love to convince you to go against God’s word and sin.

In Genesis 3:1 (NIV) the word tells us, “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Then Genesis 3:4 goes on to say, “You will not certainly die, ” the serpent said to the woman.”

Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Sin will kill you, maybe not right then, but it will kill you. That’s the whole reason we must de from this fallen life. God didn’t want us to have to live eternal life with sin. The enemy will only get the opportunity to torment and confuse us for a time and then he will be out of the picture for good.

God does not give us the spirit of fear

2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” To overcome your fears you must face them. Giving in to your fears will make the stronger in your life and soon your fears will consume you and paralyze you.

Fear is a spirit, that’s what God’s word says. So, it can be cast out. In order to cast it out, you must face it. With me it was public speaking. I did not realize how much that fear had paralyzed me. I physically couldn’t speak in front of a group. Nothing would come out. Over the years, it kept getting worse and worse. What started out as taking a zero on an oral report turned into a stronghold that was stopping me from speaking the word of God. I had to face it. It was very hard, but God brought me through.

Merriam-Webster defines fear as: an unpleasant emotion caused by being aware of danger; a feeling of being afraid.

God gives us power (the Holy Spirit) which means we have the ability or right to control people or things. That power gives us the right to control that spirit of fear. God gives us love, which is an assurance of affection. God also gives us selfdiscipline which is the ability to make yourself do things that should be done. That’s awesome! We must face the things that are controlling us so that we can fulfill the plan and purpose that God has for our lives.

It’s a new year, face your fears

In 2015, I really started facing my fears. I have always had such a fear of loud noises and speaking in public. Last year, I learned to shoot a gun. That was awesome! I also gave my first public speech in December. I really feel like we need to prove ourselves to God. He is always proving Himself to us. We need to trust that He will get us through, even if we don’t know how He’s going to do it.

I remember thinking as I was walking up to the podium, “God, I have no idea how this is going to work. I guess I will find out.” I didn’t know if I could get the words out. Well, I did and it was a pretty good speech. I was nervous and sweaty, but I did it! God proved to me that He was in control, even when I didn’t know how it was going to happen. I went to a new level of faith that day.

Here’s what I found when I did my research on ‘fear’ for this blog.

1 Samuel 12:24 says, “Be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you.” The only fear we should have is the fear of God. That is different than being fearful. Psalm 19:9 says, ” The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous.” Psalm 25:14 then tells us, “The Lord confides in those who fear Him; he makes His covenant know to them.” I believe that’s why the church is doing things that are against what the bible teaches. The church doesn’t fear God. We need the fear of God, not the fear of man! Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?”

Fear (as in to be afraid) is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by being aware of danger.

Fear of God is defined as a feeling of respect and wonder for something very powerful. (Reverence)

These are two very different definitions of the same word. We are not to be afraid of what’s happening on earth today because God is in control. When we an wrap our brains around the fact that God is God, the we will be able to show reverence to God and be able to fear God in the correct way. Yes, He gives and takes away, but He has only the best thoughts and plans for us. God is love, so we need to stop making Him out to be up in heaven seeking out who should die next. That’s what the devil is doing, not God. Get it right!

The only way to get past your fears is to face them. It might look impossible to you, but God will get you through, if you ask Him. That’s just how He is. He loves us even when we don’t love Him back. He doesn’t divorce us or walk out on us. He is always there and keeps pursuing us. He never gives up on us. He gives us chance after chance. How many times have we done that for someone else?  Trust God. He won’t ever let you down.

 

It’s a new year, it’s time for a new attitude

Philippians 2:5 tells us that our attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus. We definitely need a new attitude to change our mindsets. Ephesians 4:22-23 says, “Your were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by it’s deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds.”

New Attitude
New Attitude

Attitude is defined as a feeling or a way of thinking that affects a person’s behavior. If you act like a diva or a thug, then people will automatically think you are rebellious and untrustworthy. Well, that’s how I think of people that act like that. I get a red flag and act very cautious when I’m around them. Jesus wasn’t a diva or a thug. He had self control while he waked this earth.

Have an attitude of gratitude. Think of three things that you are thankful for and God has blessed you with. If you can’t think of anything -you are alive, that’s one! There are really more good things than bad things in our lives if we really stop to think of them. We usually only dwell on the bad.

 

It’s a new year, do something new

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.