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He Will Never Leave or Forsake You

depression I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can see something of the future he has called you to share… I pray that you will begin to   understand how incredibly great his power is to help those who believe in him. — Ephesians 1:18

For years I took anti-depressants because a doctor decided after my divorce that I needed to take them. Well, guess what? You should be depressed after a divorce. It is a loss. Something God created has been destroyed. It does not matter what happened that caused the divorce, the loss should be grieved. When we lose a loved one, or have a business failure, we should be sad. God gave us this emotion for a reason.

I was suicidal and I needed help. As a young Christian, I didn’t understand that God was waiting to help me. Instead of asking God, I asked my doctor to help me. Doctors are trained to help people by giving them medicine. The prescription my doctor gave me was helpful for a while, but once the divorce was over and time passed, I was suicidal again. The doctor gave me more of the medicine. After a few years I was addicted to the medicine and the doctors decided I was a chronic depressive and would have to take this medicine for the rest of my life. However, no test had ever been done to determine that I had a disease of chronic depression. After almost 30 years of telling the doctors I was still suicidal, the dosage had increased to FIVE antidepressants a day, and I was still suicidal. Finally, I decided that with God all things are possible, and with God I could break the addiction.

Don’t be afraid as you go out to fight today! For the Lord your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies and he will give you the victory! — Deuteronomy 20:3-4 (TLB)

I withdrew from these drugs cold turkey. The withdrawal reactions were the most horrible thing I have ever experienced. I knew I was in full blown spiritual warfare. The devil didn’t want to give up and he terrified me. The things that brought me through it were my strong faith, God’s healing power, and the supernatural Power God gives His children when they ask. The amazing thing we seem to always overlook is that all we have to do is ask, have faith, and it will be given to us. I can tell you it was not easy to withdraw from these horrible drugs. I can also tell you, He never left me. He tells us we will never leave or forsake us and He didn’t. (Hebrews 13:5) He always keeps His Word. I made it through the withdrawal, and came out a stronger and more faithful woman of God.

Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. — Joshua 1:9 (TLB)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:6-7 (EVS)

If you are dealing with mental disease, ask God for help and know that God always has a sound mind. The Word says we have the thoughts of God and even part of the very mind of Christ is ours. (1 Corinthians 2:16) Depression is of the devil! Mental disease is of the devil! If you are struggling with any type of mental disease, start researching your Bible for answers. Rebuke Satan in the name of Jesus. Spend time with God, and you will receive answers and healing. It may require work on your part just as it did with me, but He never leaves you or forsakes you. I remember when I was struggling with depression it was so hard to do anything positive. It was hard to think anything positive. That is Satan’s way of keeping you from God’s plan for your life. Keep defying Satan and he has no choice but to flee.

Don’t allow Satan to win the battle. Depression is horrible. I am not saying medicine cannot help if you have a chemical imbalance; I am saying if life has beaten you up, and you are sad because of events that have taken place, it is time to get closer to God. It is normal for us to be sad in those types of situations, and as Christians we do not need medicine to get us through it. We have a Big God and He is always there to help us through all our problems.

He Paid The Price for Your Sins

 

13646936169adqm[1]He personally carried the load of our sins in his own body when he died on the cross so that we can be finished with sin and live a good life from now on. For his wounds have healed ours! Like sheep you wandered away from God, but now you have returned to your shepherd, the guardian of your souls who keeps you safe from all attacks. — I Peter 2:24

We know sin is what causes disease, but we have been delivered from the curse of sin. Jesus paid the price we owed for our sins so we do not have to suffer with disease. Now the question is: Why do we get sick? There are several reasons why sickness comes upon us, but the root cause is always sin. It can be your sin. It can be your ancestor’s sin. Or, it may simply be the sin of the world. Right about now, I bet you are thinking… “That’s not fair…I should not have to pay for the world’s sin. Why should I have to pay for someone else’s sin? I thought God was a just God and that doesn’t seem fair to me. “

It was for these very reasons God sent Jesus to pay for sin. God’s Son paid the price so that we do not have to pay. When we gave our lives to Christ we received so much more than eternal life in heaven. We were given a basket full of gifts from God. He gave us His Word, the most wonderful gift, because it allows each of us to get to know God on a personal level.

Along with the Bible, He gave us the Holy Spirit. That too, is the most wonderful gift, because Holy Spirit is our constant companion. He walks with us and talks with us throughout life. He guides us through the storms. He protects us. He is how we know God is ALIVE! He gives us armor to fight off the evils of the world. He is the one who gives us many other gifts throughout life as we need them. One of the gifts He gives is Divine Healing. All of these gifts, and many more, were given to us when we gave our lives to Christ. But, if you don’t read the Word of God, you don’t know about them and you don’t know how to use your inheritance. If you don’t open the gifts in the basket, you will never know what they hold.

It is important to read the Bible and search for answers ourselves. This is when we begin to discover all the wonders God has waiting for us. If we don’t read the Book of Life and learn what He has for us, we cannot receive our gifts. They lay there dormant until we decide to use them.

We have already learned that spoken words create.  Speaking the Word of God over our bodies creates a well spirit with which to heal the body.  We know what the Word says and we must receive it through faith. You can speak the Word over your body and it will bring you to a place of creating a deeper faith, which allows your body to accept it. Once the body accepts the healing it will behave accordingly. God honors His Word. He can’t ignore it because He cannot lie. It is very productive to repeatedly speak His Word over your body for Divine Healing.

Following are a few scriptures you can use to get started. Repeat them over and over when you are having fear or doubt about God’s healing power within your body. Each of them is personalized, using the scripture which is noted afterwards.

God, I remain faithful even when I’m facing death, I believe You. Oh Lord you will give me life and an unending, glorious future. (Based on Revelation 2:10)

I will bless the Lord and not forget the glorious things He does for me. He forgives all my sins. He heals me. He ransoms me from hell. He surrounds me with loving kindness and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things! (Based on Psalms 103:2-4)

I seek the Lord and He hears me. He delivers me from all my fears. (Based on Psalms 34:4)

As for me, I call to God and the Lord saves me. Morning noon, and night I cry to Him in distress and He hears my voice and heals me. (Based on Psalms 55:16-17)

You have restored my health to me and you heal my (body, liver, heart, eyes, back, fill in the blank) (Based on Jeremiah 30:17)

Watch Your Words…

th[3]Sons and daughters, come and listen and let me teach you the importance of trusting and fearing the Lord. Do you want a long, good life? Then watch your tongue! Keep your lips from lying. Turn from all known sin and spend your time in doing good. Try to live at peace with everyone; work hard at it. — Psalms 34:11

Some people like to make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise soothe and heal. — Proverbs 12:18

Gentle words cause life and health, griping brings discouragement. — Proverbs 15:4

The tongue can be a hateful weapon that cuts to the bone.  God is telling us that words hurt; speak gently and lift yourself and others up for healing. Words are powerful.  Words create. God spoke and the whole universe was created.  (John 1:1). What you speak today will come back to you. It is the law of sowing and reaping. God created the world with certain laws. We all know that gravity is a universal law. Sowing and reaping is a universal law. It doesn’t matter who you are, the law of sowing and reaping applies to everyone, just as gravity applies to everyone.  You are the sum total of your spoken words up to this point in your life. If you want to change something in your life speak words to create that change. Think about that for a moment.

The Bible says when we die and meet Christ for judgment, we will be held accountable for every idle word we have spoken. (Matthew 12:36) Previously, we have looked at what the Bible says about how our thoughts are affecting our health; now the scriptures say it is even more important to understand our words are creating life. That includes even those words we say in jest. Watch every word you speak and listen to what you are actually saying. If we speak good words of a gentle spirit it delivers health and life. If we speak curses with cruelty and hatefulness we are creating sickness and death. Griping, complaining, cutting and hateful words, and cursing are all cited in the Bible as causing illness, sickness and an early death.

It all began with cleaning our thoughts, making them pure and acceptable to God. Now consider that the words you speak are creating the havoc in your life and health. Think about what you are saying to others, and think about what you are saying to yourself; then think about what you are saying about yourself. For example, when we say things like, “I don’t think I’ll ever get better.” “Cancer runs in my family. I will probably die of it,” we are affirming that is what will happen to us. Words are self fulfilling. Many times we say something unconsciously without thinking it is negatively affecting our lives. “Give me a break.” “You make me sick.” “You are a pain in the neck.” They seem so harmless and we often say them and laugh, but they do affect our health. I don’t think there is anyone who is not guilty of this, but when seeking God’s healing grace, we must become aware of everything that could be causing illness according to what the scripture tells us.

Here we are told you live and die by your words. (Proverbs 18:21) Become very conscious of your words and you will start noticing things you say automatically that can cause sickness in your body and mind. When you notice you have said negative self-fulfilling words, cancel them immediately and speak positive words to replace those negative ones. I will discuss in a later blog how to speak health over your body.

Christmas Lessons of Joy

Nativity-straw“Fear not,” said the angel, ” I bring you glad tidings of great joy. For born to all this night, in the City of David, is the Saviour, who is Christ the King. You will find the Child in Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” — Luke 2:10-11

When I was a young girl (about 10 years old) my father had left home and my mother and I were very sad. I didn’t think we would have a Christmas that year. It was such a sad time and money was scarce. I remember awakening Christmas morning and seeing there were so many gifts under the tree. Mother had bought me more than ever before. There was a fake fur coat that I had wanted, beautiful clothes, and a little diamond ring. I was overjoyed by her gifts.

The following year things were still not good. We visited aunts and uncles all day on Christmas Eve and at 6:00 pm, as always, we went to church for the candlelight service. When we arrived home it was late. While we were gone, unbeknownst to us, Dad had come by and left presents for me and Mother under the tree. Christmas morning came and there were plenty of gifts. Mom was only able to give me shampoo, hair spray and other things she bought for me whether it was Christmas or not. Mother made sure I had gifts, but she could not afford to buy anything extra. Daddy had brought us some great gifts, and we had a joyous Christmas.

God always made sure I had something nice, even when times were hard. Mom showed me how to celebrate Christmas during the good times and the hard times. She taught me it’s not about how much you get or give. It’s about celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus. Many years later, I found myself alone and lonely. It was a hard Christmas Eve but I got myself up and dragged myself to a church service. It wasn’t even my church. I knew in spite of myself that church was where I belonged on Christmas Eve. While at the service, Holy Spirit filled my mind with Joy. That is all I can tell you. I was filled with joy. All the sadness dissipated as the service progressed. I went home that night and read from my Bible the marvelous story of our Savior’s birth.

Fast forward many more years and my son had lost his job. His wife had left him and I had hardly enough to take care of us. There was very little money for Christmas. That Christmas was sad, but I was now the mother and it was my responsibility to lift my family up and show them how to bring the Joy into Christmas. I wrapped up shampoo, shaving cream and things I had to buy anyway. I made sure everyone had one nicer gift under the tree. But Christmas was lean. On December 23rd, I took the family out to look at the Christmas lights. It was hard to get the rest of the family to be happy. I talked, I tried to sing Christmas Carols, I laughed, and it lifted me up, but I could not get my family to understand that it’s not about anything but the Joy of Christmas; that joy that passes all understanding. On Christmas Eve we went to church for the candlelight service. The wonder of His birth brought joy to my family.

Then, several years later, we were blessed with prosperity again. I was able to provide a Christmas of plenty. Everyone got what they dreamed of. They all received lots of nice gifts and there was a lot of joy and happiness. We all went to candlelight service on Christmas Eve. When we got home and everyone had opened their gifts with happiness and glee, I told them the story I’m sharing with you. It’s not about how much you give. When you have the money, you give nice gifts. When you don’t have the money you make do, but the Joy of Christmas is always in the air at Christmas time. IT IS NOT ABOUT THE GIFTS YOU RECEIVE! It is about the gift you received when you received Christ as your personal Savior. Keep that at the forefront of all your celebrating and you will have a joyous Christmas.

The Holidays and Depression

file6911261720031 Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you nor forsake you.” — Hebrews 13:5

The holiday season is here. It is such a joyous season – celebrating Perfect Love. Unfortunately, it is also the time when many become depressed. It does not matter why you are depressed at Christmas, the root cause is always the same. On the surface there seem to be all sorts of reasons for being depressed during the holidays, but the truth is you are not focused on the “REASON FOR THE SEASON.”

Depression is a powerful tool in the devil’s bag of tricks. If he can steal your JOY for Christmas he sits back and laughs, enjoying his successful deceit. Can you imagine him laughing at you for being depressed, all because you cannot enjoy the true reason for the season? Having dealt with depression for 30 years, let me share some tricks for you to throw in Satan’s face. And great news, IT WORKS! Before the Lord saved me from depression I always had a joyous Christmas. There was only one year I was depressed during Christmas. I decided after that year, it would never happen again, and it never has. The depression was still there, but it did not defeat me. If you use these ideas below, they will work for you. You can personalize them but they are fool proof.

  1. Start by mentally refusing to allow yourself to become depressed.The most effective way to have a joyous Christmas is to declare it out loud. Use a firm, commanding voice. “Satan, you will NOT STEAL MY JOY. I love Jesus. This is the time when I celebrate His joyous birth. Flee from me in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ!” It is extremely important that you say it with conviction. Be definitive. Use a powerful voice. It is also important that you repeat it as often as you need to hear it. If you are feeling down or depressed, Satan is playing with you. That is when you yell it at him. Absolutely refuse to allow him to play with your mind.
  2. Plan your holiday season.Don’t allow yourself time to be depressed. There is plenty to do. Plan joyous events, even if you go alone. Look… there will be more things to do than you can possibly work into your schedule. There are always special services at local churches. You don’t have to belong to a church to enjoy their special Christmas presentations. Many of these presentations rival Broadway productions. Go to the Christmas parade. If you have to go alone, go anyway. Just determine you will enjoy it. If you are not alone, plan special events for you and your family to enjoy. You will receive great blessings from putting these kinds of things into your schedule.
  3. Volunteer to help those who are less fortunate. Helping others always brings joy, even when you feel desolate. Help at the local homeless shelter or the food bank. Volunteer to sing in the Choir at church. Ring the Salvation Army bell. There are so many charities that need your help; just pick one. Give of yourself and you will receive more than you can possibly imagine. It will lift you out of depression.
  4. Forget about how much you spend on gifts. So often people are depressed because they go into debt for gifts that people don’t really need. Do something nice for those whom you want to show love. Giving of yourself is always heartfelt. If you have children, they deserve a nice Christmas, but NICE is the relevant word. Don’t overdo it, and if you can’t afford it, don’t go into debt. Get help from a local charity who helps people and give back by donating your time. Don’t spend if you cannot pay cash.
  5. Remember it is Jesus’ birthday. If you should give anyone a gift, it should be Jesus. Give your gift to the Church where you attend, or to a charity who serves people.
  6. Spend time with Jesus, praying and reading the New Testament. Read the Gospels where it gives us the story of His life and the wonder of who we are by receiving Him as our Savior.

Christmas is our holiday. Don’t let the devil steal it. Plan to have a joyous Christmas and spend your time doing good. I promise you will have a good Christmas. You may have to work hard at it, but it will be there if you follow these instructions.

stomach acheI have written about God’s healing Grace, but do we really believe in it?  Let me share with you what happened to me today.  It’s just a small thing, but it shows exactly how the healing grace of God can work for us.  God can heal both major disease and aggravating nuisances that attack our bodies and minds.

When I awakened this morning I was not feeling very well but I continued on with my chores for the morning. Suddenly, I had a stomach ache and ran to the bathroom with diarrhea.  This was the day for my Bible study class and I didn’t want to miss it. It’s a good class and I learn a lot each week, but my stomach was cramping and it was getting worse.

Time for me to get ready and I was still running back and forth to the bathroom. I quickly sent an email to my teacher telling her I would not be able to attend, and rushed back to the bathroom again.  Afterwards, I decided to lie down because my stomach was still hurting, when I noticed someone from church had called and left a message. The message was from my teacher saying she wanted to pray with me and she continued on with her prayer right there in the message.

Instantly, the moment the message ended, I knew I was well. There were no cramps. The yucky feeling was gone. I barely had time to throw on some clothes and make it to class. The class message was poignant for me and taught me several things I will use in my daily life. Interestingly enough, I had not even thought about praying for God to heal me of diarrhea. I mean, who thinks of asking God to heal them of a case of diarrhea? My Christian teacher thought of it for me.

The point is, we have power that we don’t even use because we don’t think of it, or we don’t believe it will work. But it does work. God wants us to have perfect health and all we have to do is ask and believe, and He delivers!

“It is the thought that pollutes.”

file000746328414 (1)Jesus added, “…it is the thought that pollutes. For from within, out of man’s hearts, come evil thoughts of lust, theft, murder, adultery, wanting what belongs to others, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, pride and all other folly. All these vile things come from within, they are what pollute you and make you unfit for God.” — Mark 7:20-23 (TLB)

WOW, talk about putting it on the line. Jesus just lays it out there for us to see what must be done to draw closer to God. And sins are going to keep us from God. Why? Jesus said it outright:  If you have these things in your mind you are not fit for God. This is why it is so important to control our thoughts. Without God we cannot receive divine healing. He is the great physician. He is the creator of our bodies, and He knows more about them than we know. He knows how many hairs are on our heads. He knows everything and there is nothing we can keep from Him. Our thoughts must be made pure to be close to God and receive divine healing.

 The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him. — Proverbs 15:26

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. — Romans 8:6

God hates the thoughts of the wicked, and for those who choose evil thoughts, the result is death. That shows us how important it is to control our thoughts and think purely, which is pleasing to God. Then He will give life and peace.

Continue to examine your thoughts and think about anything that is not pure and pleasing to God. It is important you remove those things that are displeasing to God if you want Him to deliver a healing miracle. God is a God of laws and order. He loves us more than we can even conceive, but He cannot lie and He cannot break His Word.

Cleaning your thoughts is like cleaning house. You can start with the fluff cleaning; just running the duster across the furniture and the vacuum through the walkways. But when it comes to really cleaning, you have to move the furniture and clean all under it. You have to polish it with oil. You have to clean all the nooks and crannies to have a clean house. This is what you are doing now with your thoughts. Get your thoughts aligned with the Word of God and your life will become aligned with God.

When in crisis we need more of God and we must get rid of all that is displeasing to God. We need to draw closer to Him and receive His blessings. Search in the recesses of your mind. Shine the light back into the dark corners and see what has been hiding there. You know, those things you have forgotten about. If you have jealousy in your heart, if you have resentment hidden back there from years ago, if you have any of those sins mentioned in this lead scripture, you must let go of all that stuff. Those old grudges, hates, and resentments are like old friends. They validate we were hurt and have a right to be angry, but those old negative companions keep us from the miracles God has waiting. Is it really worth it to hold on to them? Are they still serving you well? Isn’t it true, you really want to let them go so you can move on?

These are the thoughts that make us sick, and steal our health. It is now time to do inner soul searching, to discover these deep hidden thoughts which may have been festering for years. Let them go and you will allow the healing process to begin.

We are going to discuss in the upcoming weeks how to release them and become pure of heart.

Life is Shaped by What You Think

file0001711040321Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. — Proverbs 4:23 (TEV)

Say it out loud, “My life is shaped by my thoughts. It says it in the scripture.” It has been proven by those who are terminally ill, the ones who have a positive attitude are much more likely to survive than those who have a negative attitude. The Power of Positive thinking is truth when the Power comes from God.

There must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. — Ephesians 4:23 (NLT)

Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. — Romans 12:26 (NLT)

It doesn’t get any clearer than these two scriptures. You’ve got to get your attitude right and you might even need an attitude adjustment. A bad attitude is like a cancer in the brain. It destroys. The good news is God transforms. You can become a new person simply by changing the way you think, and He is there to transform you.

…. fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about. — Philippians 4:8

Fix our thoughts on what is true. The only truth is the Word of God. So, we are to fix our thoughts on the Word of God. Think about what is good and right. God is the only Good thing there is.  (Matthew 19:17.)  The scripture also says, God is Good and righteous. (Psalms 107:1)  What is pure? That which has not been tarnished by sin. What has not been tarnished by sin? Jesus. He is the only one. So, keep our minds on the Word of God. Keep our minds on God who is good and right, and keep our minds on Jesus who is pure. Then we are told to dwell on the fine, good things in others. Why do you think He wants us to dwell on the goodness of others?

Finally we are told to praise God for what makes us happy. He has given us the formula for having a positive attitude right here in this one scripture. If you get up in the morning and you’re ill, it is hard to think about positive things. Think about the goodness in someone else. Think about the lady who called to check on you yesterday, and how thoughtful she was to take her time to care about you. Think about the nurse at the doctor’s office who called in your prescription, even though it was past her time to go home. You get the idea… put your thoughts on the good in other people. When you start your day off by setting your thoughts on positive things in others, you don’t start off by going down that spiraling hole of depression. It is so easy to be depressed when you are ill. That is the devil’s greatest and most successful tool. If he can get you depressed, then he has you.

It is very hard to stay sad when you start praising God. If all you can get to come out of your mouth is a weak “Hallelujah,” then just keep repeating that one word and you will soon find you want to say, “Praise you, God.” “Thank you, Jesus.” Just keep repeating what you can say, and the Joy of the Lord will inhabit your praise. (Psalms 22:3)

These scriptures are God’s instruction for a positive attitude. Memorize them. Repeat them until you get them into your memory. Once you have them committed to memory, keep repeating them, and it will become deep seated into your spirit. That is when the Word becomes alive in you. Once you have repeated it so much that it gets into your spirit, it becomes who you are.  God will transform you.

Fix Your Thoughts on What is True

Blue-Sunset.jpgAnd now, brothers, as I close this letter, let me say this one more thing: fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about. — Philippians 4:8

Anyone who has ever been in the sales industry understands the importance of having a positive attitude. When I made my living as a sales professional, it was part of my job to have a constant awareness of my thoughts and attitude. We were required to use positive reinforcement affirmations about our sales abilities, which proved to create a positive influence on our sales results. Athletes do the same thing. It is common knowledge that our thoughts are self-fulfilling. What you think about is what you are going to experience in the future. These same sentiments are found in many different professional venues, but did you know there are numerous scriptures that tell us this is TRUTH?

It is important when dealing with any health issue to be aware of what your mind is telling your body. If we think about how sick we are and how devastating this disease is, then it will continue to devastate us. If we fear life in the future as being wheelchair bound, or we fear surgery is imminent, then that is probably what is going to happen. Our bodies will respond to our thoughts. If we affirm that our bodies are healing themselves and we feed them with positive reinforcement, our bodies will respond to these thoughts.

Jesus said, “All of you listen, and try to understand. Your souls aren’t harmed by what you eat, but by what you think and say.” — Mark 7:14-16  

The mind is constantly thinking. Often we are not even conscious of what we are thinking. Our thoughts literally run from one thing to another and they run wild if we don’t control them. Lack of mind control is lack of discipline and many of our illnesses are created by this lack of discipline. In this scripture Jesus is telling us to pay attention; this is important. He wants us to “get it.” What you THINK is going to AFFECT you. Can’t you hear the urgency in His voice?  Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Then Proverbs 14:30 tells us, “A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life.” Again in Proverbs, chapter 17:22 we are told, “A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick.”

It is important to listen to what our minds are saying; stopping the negative thoughts as soon as we hear them, and immediately replacing them with positive ones. It will force the soul to accept that we no longer allow those thoughts. We are the only ones who can control our thoughts. We must also listen to what our bodies are telling us, and have our minds respond to it with positive affirmations. For instance, if you have severe back pain or you have cancer, do not deny the reality. But, with positive affirmations based on the scriptures, instruct your body what you want it to do. An example is: “God created my body and He knows exactly what is wrong with it. He heals me.” “I am a child of God. As my Father, He provides me with perfect health.” “Every cell in my body responds to God’s perfect health.” You can be very specific responding to what you hear your body telling you.

When you first take control of your mind, you will notice you are constantly intercepting negative thoughts, but as you continue with positive instructions, directing your body to heal itself, the negative thoughts dissipate. You automatically transition to thinking positively, and your body responds positively. Part of the process of divine healing is learning how the Body-Mind-Spirit work together as one.

Don’t Give Your Power Away!

10-14-15For how can we walk together with your sins between us? Amos 3:3 (TLB)

Even when life is going well we still need God. When we develop a self-sufficient attitude it leads to making decisions without the guidance of God, and when we make decisions without God we give away our Power.

Imagine: You made it through the last storm with the Grace of God. You are so thankful and humbled. It was hard, but with God’s help you did survive. Now you can breathe and relax again because life is going great. When you look back, you quiver in your skin at how close your life came to being destroyed. No doubt, you can see that God was with you all the way. As a Christian you recognize those times, and are thankful for the relationship you have with God.

Sadly, after the storm we may have a tendency to take a deep breath and relax, and put a distance between ourselves and God. While living in the middle of the storm we pray, oh, how we pray. We pray in the morning, noon and night. We know only God can help us. Now that the storm is over, we just need a little breather. We took time to rejoice and thank God, but, now we need a break from it all. Does this sound familiar?

Yes, the storm is over, but we never get to the place where we don’t need a “closer” relationship with God. It is after the storm that we reap our rewards. This is when we are able to rejoice and be glad we have victory with God; celebrating “with God.”

Each trial we have is a test. Our lives are filled with tests to prove we are indeed God’s child. Sometimes the tests are from God, but most often they come from Satan, and God allows it, so we can build faith as he did with Job. Satan wants to trip us up. He wants us to fall and turn from God. He loves to catch us when we let our guard down. So, when we walk away from God to RELAX, that is exactly when Satan can pounce on us, and we never see it coming. Satan is clever and deceptive.

In each situation we have the choice to stand with God as our Armor, or go to the world and seek help. It seems so easy, but it is actually quite complicated. First, we must seek answers in the world at every junction. Just doing business requires it. Although we are not of this world, we live in it, so we must get answers about all sorts of things. We put our children in the world when they go to school, and we are constantly bombarded with issues contrary to our beliefs, just within the school system.

Then there are the healthcare systems. We must seek answers that are often totally contradictory from what we believe as Christians. We must also make decisions on our finances, where the information we are given is from a world run by Satan. We must earn our money in a society that is by nature corrupt and evil. Yet, our money must be gained by doing good. It is a constant balancing act, and we must always be on guard against the ways of the world.

Instead of taking a break after the victory, bask in the presence of the Power of God’s Love. With the victory comes great rewards, but if you were relaxing from God for a breather, you will miss the rewards, because it is the “after event” that is such a wonderful blessing.

When you are triumphant it is a time of rejoicing, and God inhabits our praise. After the trial is the time when you can grow ever closer to God by praising Him for being with you. Praise Him for adopting you into His family. Praise Him for dying for you and forgiving you of your sins. Praise Him at every moment, morning, noon and night, just like you did when you were praying for His help. Now is the time for praising and receiving your rewards. You will understand Him better with each lesson learned and you will love Him more with each life event.