Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Hard Times

How we deal with the hard times is just as important as believing in God's love and willingness to help us. During times in our life when we feel broken we may find ourselves battling old thinking patterns. When we are emotionally and mentally challenged to hold it together our old thinking patterns may pop up and tell us that we need a cigarette, we need a drink, we need whatever it is that person used for a crutch before he or she learned to have faith in God Almighty.

God will not only supernaturally take care of life's problems he will give us strength, empower us, lift us up, give us peace that is beyond all understanding. When you can stand peacefully in a storm solid in your faith you have reached a level of faith that will allow you to operate in the holy spirit and manifest the fruit of the spirit in your life. You see God's power, see him at work. I have found that sometimes I only need to tell myself no and at other times I have to bury myself in God's word.

I have also seen times when after being mentally and emotionally barraged for a long time I felt spiritually and mentally weak. I felt as though I was so spiritually weak, dumbfounded even at how difficult it was becoming to remain the strong one, positive and centered and holding it together for everyone else. At those times in my life I find it necessary to separate myself from the source of heart ache but often that isn't possible. Sometimes just finding a little time to be alone with the Lord and fellowship with him is like trying to find water in a desert. I have learned that stealing five minutes here or 20 minutes there is the only time I have to lock and reload. But it is possible and it is all I need to release God's power in my life. Prayer, worship and praise are powerful tools of faith.

During the difficult times in life we sometimes have to cling to the little ammunition we have against the world  but it is enough. In many battles in the word we read that someone had to be obedient to God and often they had to allow God to be the chief of staff but they always won the battle even when all the odds were against them. In the word we find battles where angels fought beside men, and one angel killed 185,000 of the enemy army in one night while soldiers slept, and so much more. We can't see with the naked eye what goes on in the battlefield of our life but I am convinced that angels are fighting for us, beside us and instead of us.

We have to empower ourselves with truths from the word of God. When you believe in God's amazing love and power and see things on a larger scale instead of allowing yourself to be buried under one mountain you will see things and situations change all around you. Trust in God's power and strength not your own.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Much

I have been thinking about a passage of scripture.

Acts  18:9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:  18:10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

The apostle Paul was able to remain in Corinth for another year and a half teaching the word of God without fear because God told Paul, "Be not afraid, but speak, do not be quiet: for I am with you, and no man shall be able to hurt you; for I have much people in this city".

I wonder, how many people does God have in the city that we live in? Why are we quiet? What do we have to fear? Death? Dismemberment? Prison?

How many of us touch and connect because we are God's people? How many of us reach out to our neighbor? How many of us help others?

Do I obey the spirit? Am I listening? Am I hearing? Are you listening?

What do you want me to do Lord?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Time

I have come to realize that my time is best put to use praising my heavenly father, studying the word of God and speaking in tongues. When I spend my time in his presence and worshipping him the problems of this world melt away. Nothing is more powerful than God.

There were times when I suffered from fibromyalgia or cervical pain that as I sang praises to him or sat writing articles to spread his word that I felt completely well afterwards. There is power in speaking God's word and praising God. Bring the power into your life. Allow God to change your health, finances and relationships by praising him instead of worrying.

When you feel anxious, praise him. When you feel burdened, praise him. When you feel tired and sick, praise him. Take time each day to read the Holy Bible out loud and to sing praises and hymns to him for at least twenty minutes a day and you will see what kind of difference it will make in your life.

Written by Lisa Collier Clewis, 25 July 2016