5 Ways to Wreck Fear

Fear has left its mark on me.

Fear has left its mark on me.

It was how I did life. Most of my decisions were based on fear—not fear of God— but fear of everything. Will anyone be upset if I do this? Will so-and-so be mad at me if I do that? What will my neighbors/friends/relatives think if I do this? Worse yet, what will THEY think? THEY is a very powerful group. THEY have been making life miserable for the rest of us for many years. We need to vote THEY out of power. Why? Because THEY will  keep us from following HIM.

Peter did it.

He finally beat THEY and took back his power.

I’ve been thinking about Peter.

How did he go from a three-Pete denier to the man who stood and preached like his heart was a-fire? Poured-out, filled-up, all-in man of God. I want that.

Let’s look at what happened to Peter in the book of Acts.

Jesus and Peter are having a conversation. Peter declares he is ready to go the mat for Jesus, but Jesus knows better.

31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me. […]

58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” 59 And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly. Luke 22

Peter was all talk and no walk. He couldn’t deliver. I have been Peter—fired up at the conference and fast burn on the drive home. But, Peter changed.

How did it happen? How did God wreck fear?

Let’s look at God’s Peter Transformation Plan: From Fearful to Fearless

  1. Spend time weeping. Go back and read Acts 3:62. Just admit it and be done with it. Tell God you have failed, and you need Him to break your heart and put it back together again so it beats only for Him. Ask Him to do whatever it takes so you will fear only Him.
  2. Spend time with Jesus. A lot of time. Peter spent 3 years doing daily life with Jesus. How many hours do we spend each day with Jesus? Perhaps the more accurate question is, How many minutes do we spend each day with Jesus?  If you are serious about change, you’ll be spending serious time with Jesus. Luke 5:11
  3. Spend time in prayer. In the time between the Ascension and Pentecost, Peter and the rest of Jesus’ disciples spent their time in the Upper Room in prayer. God used extended prayer to change Peter’s heart. Acts 1:14, Acts 4:31
  4. Spend time in fellowship.  Peter did not become fearless by hunkering down by himself in his house.  Effective outspoken Christians are not loners. We need others to encourage, confront and hold us accountable as we walk with Jesus. Acts 1:14, Acts 4:31
  5. Spend time in Scripture. Start at Acts 2:14 and read Peter’s speech to the crowd. How did he know what to say? Hours in the word of God. An Acts 2:14 kind of witness requires time, effort, perseverance and faith.

I have added one more element to this list: fasting. For this Lenten season, I have given up my favorite: Jason’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Yep. It hurts. But God honors my sacrifice. By the way, I don’t expect to not ever feel fear again. I want to act in faith despite the fear. That’s what I’m talking about.

There we have it. The perfect recipe to wreck fear: prayer, repentance, scripture, fellowship and Jesus. Join me on this journey to wreck fear. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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Mary Kane

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The Grave: Life’s Final Fear

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“So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.” Mark 15:46

Death. It comes no matter how we try to prevent it. We are all dying.

The grave is the final fear of us all. The unknown of what’s next has caused people to fear this final stage of life. Even Jesus faced it. Knowing in the garden the cup He would drink overwhelmed Him.

This day, more than any other, the Christian should think of death as the cruel curse Satan has played on all of us. Today, the father of lies has placed man’s greatest fear in “a tomb cut out of a rock” and “rolled a stone against the entrance.”

Sealed up. Never more to be opened. As if to say this thing called death is final.

But to understand death is to examine His death. As the disciples ran in fear they would be next, we look to what His death meant.

Jesus came to live the life we never could and to die the death we will never know. His death on the cross paid the debt of sin and caused the death of sin. We will not know what it means to die IN sin because His death was that price for us.

We don’t linger here because every born-again follower of Jesus Christ died IN Him that day. “And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him” (Romans 6:8). Saturday is here but Sunday will come.

Like every other fear, faith gets the last word. Matthew Henry said, “He whose head is in heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave.” Our life and death are hidden in Jesus. This final fear will not best us because God gave His best for us.

This is not over!

Pastor Rodney

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Where do your fears come from?

Where do your fears come from?

Fear attacks us in the areas God wants to use us. Your greatest fears are platforms to step out in faith that God has given you the power to overcome. Where you feel weak is opportunity to put the spotlight on God’s strength.

Godly fear is out of reverence and love. It’s a holy fear that says, “God Almighty, I see you on that throne and I trust you. I know your intentions for me are good.”

Satan will twist God’s good things — His word, His gifts, His work – around tormented thinking that makes you want to curl up in a corner. The devil wants you to entertain these thoughts in your mind and retreat. It’s a death trap for the serpent to coil more negative thoughts around that dream to suffocate the joy, the power and the freedom that God planted in His garden.

“God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.” 1 Timothy 1:7

You have the Holy Spirit inside you that gives you the ability to resist fear. There is power here in the name of Jesus to stand up in the middle of a storm and say, ‘No more! I refuse to believe the lies.’

You have the power to welcome fear or resist it. You have the power to let peace in or let fear rule.

The enemy’s cunning device of fear is only a smoke screen. Satan uses fear to steal the life out of your dreams. This fear will convince you out of insecurity to give up the gifts God gave you. We might trade in God’s big things that require a leap of faith for a false sense of security in the ‘safe’ stuff we can see.

Fear from the gates of hell will force you to act fast. Fear is hasty. God’s fruit of patience knows how to wait.

The thief uses a heavy and oppressive fear to torment you, paralyze you and prevent you from moving forward in God. The devil uses fear as bondage. Our Savior came to bring us freedom.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived the things that God has planned for you. The Lord Almighty is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that you could ask and think.

Let not your heart be troubled. Neither let it be afraid. (John 14:1)

Holy fear gives you this ability to be courageous despite all you’re facing. Holy fear knows our Creator, Almighty God, is good and in His image, He intends good things for His children.

Fear says we’re alone. The gift of God is His Truth. Your Heavenly Father has never left your side. In Jesus, there is freedom, power, love and a sound mind.

Where is God calling you to step out in faith in this freedom of His power, love and peace? Where do you need to shut off the feelings of fear, the consuming thoughts of doubt and confusion and surrender to trust in Him?

Trisha Keehn

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Silence the Fear

Are you giving fear permission to access the promises God has made?

Are you giving fear permission to access the promises God has made?

There’s an enemy of our souls and he’d love nothing more than a permanent place to filter every plan God prepared for you. Fear is crippling. Fear causes us to react irrationally. Fear drives a wedge between our relationships.

Today, we see natural disasters, racial tension and political division panicking our world. Personally, you might be suffering with a broken heart, loneliness or struggling with becoming another statistic; falling victim to addiction, divorce or suicide.

This isn’t Satan’s first rodeo. The author of confusion and doubt will use your insecurities to stir up questions in every corner you put your confidence. The enemy will use this freak tidal wave of uncertainty and hesitation to drown every declaration you were once so sure of.

Even our past carries the power to pause present day promises if we allow pain to produce the kind of panic that alters our perception of truth.

Fear likes to grip the best intentions and suffocate God’s truths with these burdens from a hardened heart. Be careful here because good decisions don’t come out of our reactions to fear. Worry won’t provoke positive changes.

Jesus says, “I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT)

This peace Jesus gives is not of this world. He’s the only one who can give you lasting peace. In His presence, there is an absence of fear. It’s a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Jesus silences fear.

The pain of our past will pursue our present day stories until we give the hurt a proper burial and lay these insecurities to rest permanently.

The pain of our past wants to prove nothing has changed. Peace is asking you to step out from the shadow of the past and process life through the lens of Jesus. As you learn to let go, cling to this deep reassurance that His unflinching love, His unfailing hope, and His very best for you is here in His presence. Draw near to this peace.

When it looks like He’s not changing the hard things, know that the Father’s delays are designed to draw out the darkness in our hearts by drawing us into Him.

In this world, there will be trouble. The storms will swirl through your emotions with debris from other people’s messes but you still have the final say. You have a choice to settle your mind and steady your stance on this truth: Jesus has overcome the world, fully, completely, finally and for all of time. It’s already done.

Fear only resides within us. And, the perfect love of Christ resides in us also. You may feel fear but you don’t have to live fear. At the feet of Jesus is where you are set free.

Trisha Keehn

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Is This Really God’s Will?

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“But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.’” Matthew 1:20

We’ve all been there. Is this God’s will?

When the thing we believe God told us contradicts our common sense or becomes so difficult that we must have misunderstood what God was saying. If God really wanted us to do this, it must be sensible.

Oswald Chambers wrote, “Every time you venture out in the life of faith, you will find something in your common-sense circumstances that flatly contradicts your faith.”

Joseph was about to be married. Mary became pregnant and Joseph knew on thing: he wasn’t the father. He had to make a decision based on common sense circumstances and the character God had built into him.

The Bible tells us, “Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.” Matthew 1:19

But the angel of the Lord told Joseph what to do. Dr. Stephen Olford outlines three instructions to follow when we struggle with God’s will:

1.Shun Fear“Do not be afraid.”
Usually fear overcomes faith when the struggle hits us. We have to learn to shake our fear and trust God.

2. Stand Firm“Take to you Mary your wife.”
Stand in faith and follow God’s plan. Hold on to what you know God told you. Don’t waiver in faith. It probably doesn’t make sense but God will accomplish His will in our lives.

3. Show Faith“That which is conceived is of the Holy Spirit.”
We have the conviction, encouragement, wisdom, and guidance of the Holy Spirt. We must show that we trust God.

It may not make any sense. It may contradict all human ingenuity but that doesn’t mean it isn’t God’s will for our lives.

Keep Looking Up!

Pastor Rodney

What is the Devil’s Favorite Tool?

tool

I have red handled pliers with deep grooves that can be used to pull nails or loosen bolts. That tool is what I use most often.

The enemy of our souls has a favorite tool as well. It’s the thing that paralyzes us the fastest. The Bible tells us: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Whether it’s fear of failure, what others think, losing a job, a person, getting old, or dying, the enemy reaches in his toolbox and pulls out his red handled pliers of fear.

Fear intimidates us. It could be called the what if syndrome. “What if I fail?” “What if I lose everything?”

The devil successfully used this against the entire Israelite army by placing a loud mouth giant in front of them. He demanded, “‘Send me a man who will fight me!’ When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.” 1 Samuel 17:10-11

Goliath told them if they win the Philistines would be their slaves. But if he won the Israelites would be the Philistine’s slaves.

The army was terrified. Knees knocking shaking in their shoes. Fear made them a slave.

But all it took was a boy who had a stone and a sling. A young man who had killed a lion and a bear, who was brave enough to believe God wanted what was best for him and his home.

David had practiced throwing stones with his sling. If he had a fence post and a coke can he would have taken it out at fifty feet. Dead-eyed faith fights fear.

Max Lucado wrote, “Can you imagine a life with no fear? What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats?”

The what if questions of fear need to be replaced with the answers of faith. As the psalmist wrote, “But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

Or as Job said, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;” Job 13:15

If this is my final battle, then I will trust Him.

What if we lose our home? What if we lose our wealth? What if we lose our children? Could we, like Job, still trust?

That’s what fear does. It shakes our trust in God. It’s the stone of fear that hits us between the eyes of faith. Fear is demonic. It’s a “spirit of fear.” Designed to intimidate us. The Goliath that stands and yells, “Can you defeat me?”

We can’t. But God gives us the tools to face the giant.

The next time the devil grabs those red handled pliers of fear, remember, you have a tool.

Grab your sling, pick up a stone, and let it fly.

You will lose some things here on earth. But none of them matter in heaven.

Keep Looking up!

Pastor Rodney

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How Strong is Your Faith?

How Strong is Your Faith?

To trust God in the light is nothing, but trust Him in the dark that is faith.   C.H. Spurgeon

When you feel good, your relationship is going well with your husband and kids, the grandkids are cute and adorable, it’s easy to have faith in God. You wake up, have breakfast, and then go do your workout, it’s a great start to the day. Then you begin with the chores and meal planning. You can have days, weeks, even months go by and everything goes smoothly. God is Good, and your faith is strong.

Then life hits you smack in the face.

One of those moments for me was in the late 1970’s. I had been having a lot of abdomen pain and irregular periods. This had gone on for a couple of years. I had seen the doctor about it, and we were also trying to have a second child, that wasn’t working either. My doctor told me he would have to do exploratory surgery to see if he could help relieve the pain and help me to be able to get pregnant.

At first I was okay with this. Then fear started to encroach on my thoughts and feelings. I was becoming more and more nervous as the surgery date got closer. I talked with my husband, family and friends, but no one was able to ease my frazzled nerves.

Then one day I saw that our pastor was at the backyard neighbors home. I called her and asked her to see if he could come over and talk with me when he was done visiting with her. A while later he was at my front door. I welcomed him in, we sat in the living room and began to talk. I told him about my upcoming surgery and that I was afraid.

He asked me what was making me so nervous. I told him that I was afraid that the doctor would find cancer. My mother had died from cancer only three years earlier when I was pregnant with our first daughter. I was afraid of dying and not be able to raise our beautiful daughter, April.

His response was that that was silly. Just because my mom had cancer, didn’t mean that I would also have it. He took down my surgery date and said he’d pray for me. I still didn’t feel at ease with my upcoming surgery and struggled regularly with my nerves.

The day before I was to go to the hospital I called the church to ask if the pastor could come to the hospital. I was told that he was away on vacation and wouldn’t be able to come. That night unable to concentrate on TV I went up to take a hot bath. That didn’t help either. They laying on my bed I opened my heart to God and cried in agony. Please help me, I can’t do this alone. Instantly I felt a literal heavy weight being lifted off of me. I felt the peace that passes all understanding. I knew that God was with me and would help me through whatever was ahead.

The next morning, I went to the hospital and was happy and joking around with all of the staff. They told me I would have a Band-Aid if all was well. If there was a problem I would have a lot of gauze and tape on my stomach. Then they gave me a shot and I immediately went to sleep. It seemed like only moments later that I was trying to wake up. Everything was fuzzy. I remember asking several times how big my bandage was. Finally, I was awake enough to know that I just had a Band-Aid.

Praise God. I found out that I didn’t have cancer, but endometriosis. It’s scar tissue near and around the ovaries. This was what was causing my pain and inability to become pregnant. I was very relieved with this news. My prayer was then to thank God for being able to have one child. I was able to relax and enjoy the life we had. Then God surprised us with our daughter, Nickie, when April was seven years old.

When I was struggling the most, I forgot to pray and ask God what I should do. My faith was weak; I was trying to do it on my own. When I finally laid down on my bed and cried out to Him, He lifted my anxiety and fear, and gave me His peace. We all need to remember that no matter what our situation He is there to help and guide us.

Here is a website with quotes that can help you in your daily walk: www.dailyinspirationalquotes.in

Jann Martin

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Fear Not

Just Man

I taught preschool for several years and with all the fun things came a few necessary things. One of the necessities was practicing fire drills to get the children safely out of the building. I explained to my class of four and five-year-olds that we would have a fire drill that day. I told them that when we heard the fire alarm that they were to line up and walk out the door. I made sure they knew that we were just practicing.

When the alarm sounded, some thought it was fun and exciting, and some were frightened by the loud noise. Regardless of what they thought, they did a good job of lining up and getting outside. After a few minutes, I told them that we were cleared to go back inside. We calmed down and started our next activity when I noticed one little boy was still visibly upset.

I went over to him and put my arms around him and told him that the fire drill was over. I reassured him that we were just practicing, that everything was okay and that we were safe. He looked up at me and said, “I know, but I just can’t stop my knees from shaking.” Fear was keeping him from enjoying the fun activity. It had him in its paralyzing grip. It took a while for me to convince him that all was well again.

I couldn’t help but think that we do the same thing when we get frightened by the noisy things of the world. We hear the news, and we get scared at all the violence, wars, and natural disasters. We hear our doctor’s report, and we get scared at the diagnosis. Our children get their driver’s license or go on a trip, and we start thinking of all the things that could go wrong. We hear our boss say that our jobs are in jeopardy, and we are afraid of the unknown. We hear our loved ones say hurtful and negative words and we get frightened at the possibility of broken relationships.

The truth is, scary things do happen. Sometimes the alarm sounds, and it’s not just a drill. Being frightened is a human response. It is built into us to alert us when there is danger. God knew we would experience fear that is why over and over again he tells us in his word to “Fear not.” He is there to reassure us that he is in control and that we are in his hands. We hear him say, “I’ve got this.”  Our Heavenly Father tells us, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) (NIV)

So, are your knees still shaking over an alarm in your life? If so here are some practical steps to dealing with fear:

  • Admit your fear. Tell God exactly what you are afraid will happen. Tell him in as much detail as you worry.
  • Recognize that no matter what happens that God is good and that he is still on his throne.
  • Let him do what he says he will do when he says he will strengthen, help and uphold you. Lean on him. He is big enough and strong enough to take it.
  • Replace fear with the reassuring words of someone who loves you. Cling to scriptures about fear. Here are a few to get you started. Psalm 46:2, Psalm 91:5 2, Luke 12:7, Timothy 1:7
  • See the big picture. No matter what happens in this world, if you accepted Jesus as your Savior, you will have nothing to fear in heaven.

Don’t let fear paralyze you from getting back to the activities of your life.

Feel your Heavenly Father’s arm around your shoulder and hear Him tell you that you are not alone.

Sue Potts

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Facing Fear

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When the phone rings unexpectedly in the middle of the night, it’s never good news.  Kenny and I had only been married a few months when the call came.  My grandmother had been assaulted in her home. She often traveled by bus from Arkansas to Texas or Florida to visit family.  We worried about the “kind of people” she might encounter at the bus stations and what could happen there, but not at her home located in a small farming town with very little crime. We thought that was a safe place.

We grieved for the pain, physical and emotional, that my grandmother experienced.  We were angry. We wanted the man who committed this crime to see justice.  We now were not only concerned about her safety when she traveled, but at all times.  Those feelings and responses weren’t surprising.  What was unexpected was the fear that began to grow and fester in my own heart.  A fear that lurked in the day as well as the night.

I knew in my head that a relationship with Jesus was not a guarantee of personal safety.  I am sure I had even said so out loud, but now I had to confess the reality of my heart was that I felt my grandmother had earned a right to be safe.

She loved Jesus more than anyone I knew and would share with anyone and everyone about him . . . whether they wanted to hear or not.  This is what she often did in those bus stations.  We saw people who weren’t safe, she saw people who needed Jesus. She might even jump up in the middle of a sermon and let the preacher and everyone in the church know how much she loved Jesus and how thankful she was for him.

But there wasn’t just a new fear for my grandmother’s safety.  There was a new fear for my own.  If God had not protected my grandmother, who loved him so dearly, how could I trust him to keep me safe?

Thus began my journey into a binding fear.  For many months I did not want to be alone in our apartment.  I would sit in Kenny’s office while he worked until he was ready to go home.  The only way to enter our apartment was through the front door or window.  If I had to be there alone, I would sit in a chair where I could see the door and window and wait for Kenny to come home.

I searched the scriptures for a verse or story that would guarantee my safety.  There were stories of deliverance, but there were also stories of beatings and death.  I wanted someone to tell me that if I did certain things, followed certain rules, nothing like this would happen to me, but it wasn’t there.  I couldn’t find, and no one could give me the sense of security I desperately wanted.

The worst part was that for as long as I could remember I had found my security in the Word and in my relationship with God and now I had no source of comfort. No sanctuary. No peace. I didn’t understand I had previously built my foundation on sinking sand – on a false idea that I could put God in my debt.  I felt God had abandoned my grandmother, that I couldn’t trust him not to abandon me and as a result, I wanted to abandon him . . . but he would not let me go.

I remember another call in the middle of the night, but this was not by phone.  It was my heart calling, crying out to God in my anger and fear.  I told him I thought he was a rotten God and that I didn’t want anything to do with him.  The odd thing was, the more I unleashed my spiteful words, the more he seemed to draw near.  Looking back, I was like a child throwing a tantrum and God, the Father, wrapped his arms around me and held on until the ranting stopped and the calm set in.

It was a turning point.  Although it would take time, and there were many more days and nights of fear and not so pretty, well let’s be honest, ugly prayers to come, God began to build a new foundation. A faith more solid and secure.  A faith that didn’t completely fall apart when God didn’t act in the way I wanted.  A faith that could weather the storms, not that water wouldn’t get in the boat or the sails were never torn, but I wouldn’t be capsized.

I would be lying if I said fear is no longer an issue.  It still rears its ugly head – especially when it comes to my children.  But I’ve learned and am still learning . . . God Is Enough.

I was recently reading in John chapter twenty.  The disciples were gathered in a locked room because they were afraid. Jesus came to them in their fear and said, “Peace be with you.”  He didn’t say it just once.

Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”  Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

I thought about how those same men who had been hiding in fear were able to be sent out, to endure persecution and even to die for Jesus.  They no longer lived in fear. What made the difference?

“When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.” (John 20:20)

They saw the risen Lord, his wounds, and they received the Holy Spirit.  This same Holy Spirit who transformed the disciples into men of courage resides in us and can transform us as well.  Transformation isn’t quick or easy, but it is possible.  I know. I’ve experienced it and continue to experience it.

Peace be with you.

Tami Lowman

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How to Step Into Your Value

The Value of being alone with God

As the Lord works behind the scene in our lives, not only does it become a true faith walk for each of us, but often the challenges reaches those around us too. When God puts a dream, a goal, a vision upon your heart, not everyone will be able to understand or get excited with you about it.

See, it isn’t for everyone, it is exclusively for YOU. When or if you choose to share it, some people will be able to celebrate the process as your journey unfolds, and some may not be in agreement at all.

When we do feel led to share what God has put with our hearts, and are not met with the same enthusiasm we have for ourselves, it can get hard. Especially, when those people are people we know & care about, either through work, our businesses, family or even online connections.

Disapproval, negativity, scrutiny, or unkindness in any form, isn’t easy. It’s also something, as we live all out for the Lord, we simply won’t avoid. The world only loves its own, not those things born from above.

The challenge comes when this criticism, negative opinion or disapproval is taken personally, or worse, we start to believe it as truth. When we allow the negative, incorrect opinions and input of others to grab on to us, it affects our peace, our thoughts, and ultimately the creative, faith-powered flow of the Holy Spirit working through us.

If we let our hearts meditate on it too long, our own worth and value can begin to diminish as well, as we focus on someone else’s thoughts.

Although we know through the scriptures that God has set us apart, often it can feel like He has set us too far apart, where no else understands or appreciates the journey we are on.

For Leaders, Pastors, Mentors and people who are natural encouragers, this can really make you feel as if you’re not enough or that you are all alone.

We all will feel it at one time or another, but the ache and misery of feeling as if you are all alone, as you walk by faith down paths, turns, and twists you can’t see, is like no other.

When left unchecked, the feeling of loneliness quickly grows into despair, hopelessness, and then completely disrupts the momentum in your life and what Gods doing through you.

The 1st way to fight its destructive intent from getting a hold of you, is to understand what loneliness is. When your heart feels alone, it doesn’t mean there is NO ONE there for you, contrary to how it appears. See, the feeling of being alone has nothing to do with the absence or the presence of a person or people.
That feeling is the Lord trying to get your attention that He misses YOU, that He loves you so dearly that He wants to spend more time with you and fellowship.

This is why the only permanent cure for it, isn’t better friends, happier activities, or brighter decor. Those things help our 5 senses only. The ONLY permanent cure for a heart that feels alone…is to get ALONE…with Jesus.

When we get alone with Jesus, this is where :
• the rejection you experienced is replaced with a worthiness like no other.
• the disappointment, despair, or heartbreak are erased and replaced with a love so mighty, a hope so bright, and a strength life no other.

Take time today and throughout your days, to be filled with Jesus. Don’t wait until your heart is empty. HE adores you and wants to spend time with you. His love for you appreciates, values, and treasures every part of you. Yes, even that which you don’t like.

Spending this time with HIM fills our empty wells so you feel FULL, refreshed and bubbling over with His Living Water, which has the life-building power to touch and bless everything it overflows onto in your life and throughout your day.

God has a mighty and beautiful plan for you life. But the journey is meant only for you. Fill up on His Love and make your fellowship time your priority, so God’s love and favor on your life can overflow onto others, making the impact onto a lost and lonely world you were created to make for Christ.

Gwendolina Paoletti

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