Thursday, July 2, 2020
Fear is a normal strong emotional reaction to impending danger—whether real or imagined, rational or irrational, normal or abnormal. It was designed by God. However, living with a fear-based mentality or with a spirit of fear is not from God.
If you grew up in a home where fear reigned, and you didn’t experience love, safety, and security, you might have easily developed a fear-based mentality. This abnormal fear cripples and stunts any personal growth or aspirations. It prevents a person from trying to leave a bad situation, even
an abusive one. It can also prevent us from seeking help for fear of what will be uprooted. Fear can also be the driving emotion behind anger. This is bondage, and we need to be set free.
God’s Word tells us that “perfect love cast out all fear” (1 John 4:18). It makes sense, then, that if we are love deficient we are fear based. The solution is to get God’s love into us. As easy as this may seem, for those who have been crippled in their ability to love and be loved because of the wounds of the past, it is extremely difficult. Only the truth of God’s love can penetrate the hardest of hearts. We can overcome fear through faith in a loving God.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Many of God's people have gaping wounds inside their hearts. Denial allows them to either checkout, so they don't have to feel the pain, or default to performance and busyness to rise above it. .
The dictionary defines denial as “an unconscious defense mechanism characterized by a refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.” In other words, we run to denial so we
don’t have to feel any pain. It is so heartbreaking to see the lengths people will go to to cover their pain. But God says in Jeremiah 6:14 (TLB), You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there! If we think we have, we have fooled ourselves into thinking that denial protects us from our pain. In truth, denial deepens our suffering because it worsens our wounds, causing them to grow, fester, and spread. It prolongs our pain and allows shame to take root. To cover it, the coping mechanisms kick in and continue to pile on, layer upon layer, and our problems get worse, not better. There is a saying: “We are only as sick as our secrets.” Truth-like surgery may hurt for a while, but it heals. .
Give your hurts to Jesus. Ask Him to bring to your mind any buried pain, surface any hidden hurt, and the exact circumstances that caused it. Ask Jesus – your loving Savior and Healer to help your wounded heart heal. . “‘I will give you back your health and heal your wounds,’ says the LORD." —Jeremiah 30:17 .
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
You know every wound that is hidden within my heart; every lie, every fear, and every tear. You see the condemnation, shame, and regret I am carrying, especially as I look back on my past. I give this burden and bondage to You, LORD, and I repent for my part in this. I also choose to forgive those who have committed offenses against me. I ask that You heal and release me from all emotional strongholds that have hindered me from experiencing the fullness of Your love and grace.
Today, I take Your yoke, Jesus, as Your burden is light, and there is no condemnation for those hidden in You.
I choose to live a life with eternal purpose, even when things seem hopeless.
I will not harbor hate or resentment, even when I am ignored or abandoned.
I will live with Your peace and remember my value, even when I am rejected.
I will pray with Your heart and love with Your love, even when I am hurt orscorned.
I will forgive with Your mercy and grace, even when I am betrayed.
I will not operate out of a spirit of fear; for, I know You are faithful and true to Your promises.
I will not let heartache reign; I will move forward in faith.
I will not blame others for my wayward thoughts and emotions; I will take ownership and ask for forgiveness.
I will not engage in unhealthy behaviors when I am wounded; I will run into Your arms, as You cover me with Your balm…until my cup runs over.
I will stand on Your Truth and promises, regardless of the circumstances…
because I know YOUR LOVE NEVER FAILS!
So, LORD, I pray for holy discernment and righteous conviction as I align my emotions with Your Truth; for strength of endurance as I actively bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ; and for a heart softened to Your will for me in Christ Jesus.
I pray all these things in the Name of my Precious Savior, Jesus Christ,
Friday, June 26, 2020
Trusting God's response to our prayers produces peace regardless of the outcome because we acknowledge and accept that He is in control and all things are according to His Will.
When He answers in conflict to our own desires or preferred timing...we have peace because we know our God and have complete reliance upon Him!
This peace that surpasses all understanding comes from knowing God in a very intimate way...getting into His Word... trusting in His Promises, His Faithfulness, His Immutability, His Perfect Love and His ultimate plan for our future.
The more we know Him, the more we trust Him...and this is perfect peace...
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand." (Proverbs 19:21)
"Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2)
"...but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action." (Daniel 11:32)
"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7)
"For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11)
"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Thursday, June 25, 2020
People who grew up in a home where the seed of rejection was planted have a difficult time trusting God. They transfer the negative characteristics of their caregivers onto God, believing that they will never measure up and are convinced that God would never approve of them. If their earthly father rejected them, or if their mother was untrustworthy, then God will reject them and is untrustworthy. That is a lie!
God wants to replace the lies that were planted and replant the Word of Truth into our soul.
Get to know God’s character and His immense love for you through His Word. Claim God’s promises for your life.
The heart of your Heavenly Father is for you to know the truth so that you will be set free.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 31:3.
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called
children of God.”
1 John 3:1.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Repeated apologies, promises never to do it again, remorse, tears, pleading for another chance are things repeat abusers say to those they hurt. Whether they are causing harm through emotional or physical abuse, committing adultery, being deceptive, lying, cheating, or are engaged in other destructive behaviors such as addiction, they may genuinely feel bad when exposed and confronted and offer appeasement for the moment, but nothing changes.
The behavior continues causing pain and destruction at all levels in families and relationships. That’s because God’s word says there is a huge difference between feeling sorry for what we do and repentance, regretting the wrongs we have committed and committing to change behaviors that bind and hurt others.
Worldly sorrow does not lead to the brokenness and humility needed to get the human heart to a place of genuine Godly sorrow and repentance before a Holy God that produces a desire to change. Worldly sorrow causes the heart to hardened and brings forth death in all areas of our lives, while Godly sorrow softens the heart and brings forth life.
If we continue to allow others to appease us with worldly sorrow, then we must understand that things will remain the same. This is called enabling.
We can’t change another person’s heart but God can. Release them to God, guard your heart, and pray the Lord will orchestrate whatever needs to take place to produce Godly sorrow in someone who is hurting themselves and others. True change begins when you stop co-signing worldly sorrow that leads to death. Stop the cycle! Choose life!
Friday, June 19, 2020
All the present troubles, temptations and tears will be removed as The New Jerusalem will replace the former things, according to His timing and in fulfillment of His Word.
He has promised there will be no more sorrow, sin, affliction or idolatry...no more ill effects of the enemy and this sin-stained world.
He will dwell with His people in harmonious righteousness. His Kingdom will come and every knee will bow to His Majesty...
And He shall reign forever and ever! .
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.
The LORD said to me, 'You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.'
"I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
It is written: 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.