Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Lord Gives Strength

It seems that recently my fear has been greater than my faith. I'm not happy with myself about this. I know that when things happen in our life we don't have to deal with them on our own. We have a Lord that loves us and is there to help us with all of the trials we go through. It doesn't matter what they are...God is bigger than any thing we face. In my heart I know this. In my head...well...sometimes my heart and my head don't connect. I'm finding that sometimes I have a hard time seeing beyond the here and now, meaning...what/how I feel and what I hear...are different than what I know in my heart. Fear is not from God!

We have to be careful to not listen to...take to heart...all that we are told by the outside world. We need to listen to...take to heart and believe...the things we are told that are from the Lord. We need to have the faith to believe in all we know to be true. All that we read in the Word. All that we have been told and taught from God fearing, faithful people. Faith...not fear. We live by faith in God not by faith in people.

There is one here on earth that has a job to do...fill us with fear and make us doubt what we know to be true. His name is satan. Satan comes to steal...kill...and destroy. He is fighting to get us back everyday. We don't have to let him win.

I told someone...that I trust...I was scared. I hate telling anyone that. For me...being tough has always been what I was about. I know that is not the right way to be. Lately...God has been showing me...more and more....I am not so tough. In my past I had to I don't. I asked this person to pray for me and this is the prayer they e-mailed me...

First to satan say...I curse you satan, you have no control or power over me, I will not give into your lies.

Then pray this...

Father GOD, I know I am YOUR daughter, I belong to YOU.  YOU gave YOUR only begotten SON JESUS to be beaten almost beyond recognition for my healing and JESUS died on the cross for my salvation.  I pray in JESUS' NAME that you would touch my body, I claim my healing, and I thank YOU for what YOU are doing right now.  I plead the BLOOD of JESUS over me right now.  I pray for rest for my body tonight.  I will give YOU all the praise and the glory for what YOU have done tonight.  The desire of my heart is to honor you and be a testimony of YOUR grace and mercy.  I love YOU LORD, In JESUS NAME I pray, Amen and Amen!!

First I talked to satan and then I prayed to God...I believe they both heard me. The things that were happening got better and the fear is gone. I know that God answers prayer. God tells us in His Word that He will never leave us...even when we don't feel Him He is there.

Hebrews 13:5b

God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”

God promises us that we will never be alone. 

There are many scriptures that have come to my mind while I was writing this. Here are some of them...

Philippians 4:6-9

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

John 10:10

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

As I sit down to finish this post I have to remind myself to keep thinking about things above...not the things I am feeling. Satan wants me to have a bad day and night. The Lord wants me to keep pushing forward and thinking of Him.

Colossians 3:2

Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

Psalm 29:11

The Lord gives his people strength.
    The Lord blesses them with peace.


Child of God said...

Hi Chelle,
Satan sure does know how to get us. I fear for my kids. I totally want to trust God with this but it just seems that the fear of the unknown for them gets me all the time. What I'm learning is every time I realize I am fearing for my kids, I just repent and hand it to God. I end up doing this a lot and I know God understands so I just have to stand on His promises that He will look after them and me too.

Praying for you hon.

Just Be Real said...

I am a firm believer that our words are powerful. Whether good or bad. What we say out loud brings forth results. Both the good and bad angels listen and move on our words. I try and be careful what I say out loud. If I do say something negative, I quickly repent and say, "I take that back." Then correct what I say.

Chelle, thank you for sharing. And the prayer! Amen.

Brenda said...

Hi Chelle,
it is wonderful how, whatever we read or hear from other Christians, it is the word of God that truly stands out in the encouragement. I have been tested for many years as regards sickness and finance, and am learning very strongly to take every thought into captivity, making it obedient to Christ. Try to cast all your cares upon the One who cares for us, draw close to God and the devil will flee. Sometimes, when satan tries to work in our minds we can wander into listening to his reasoning and forget that Jesus' voice has the authority, not his. Satan's voice will cause fear, Jesus voice brings peace and healing.
God bless you.

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Chelle,
I am struggling with some things as well.
One of the things I am still learning, is that I will sometimes fail, but it is okay, as long as I try again and learn to do better. I know I can always trust God, but I just need to tune everything else out sometimes in order to hear Him better.

Each day is a gift, and there will be both blessings and trials in each one. But everything happens in order to shape us into who God has designed us to be in Christ.
~God Bless~ Lisa

Tracy said...

Wow Chelle, faith in action, that is great and a great prayer too. Think I'll pray it too.
God bless

Kristin Bridgman said...

Hey there,
I'm so sorry you were going through this. Fear gets the best of me too sometimes, and I also shout at the enemy, get thee behind me, I am a child of God, you have no room here! You are so right there at the end. . .to not let our emotions get the best of us but keep our eyes on Him. (those emotions can really mess with us can't they?) I'm so glad you're feeling better. You're in my prayers~