TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV TODAY’S WORD: So many people today are not really enjoying their lives because of the condition of their minds. They constantly dwell […]

via Today’s Word With Joel & Victoria Osteen – Renew Your Mind Daily — Today’s A New Day

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Living in Freedom!

I have wondered in the past what Christians meant when they said they are now “free”. Free from what? You are still here on Earth with the rest of us. You haven’t made it to Heaven yet, so you’re in the same boat as the rest of us… Those were the thoughts that I had regularly. I recently had an eye-opening realization to what people meant by saying they were free, and I have to admit, I felt silly for not realizing the meaning sooner. With my past and the old me, I carried around a lot of guilt, anxiety, depression, feelings of worthlessness, insecurity, shame… all of my sins. Every day was a battle. They weighed on me like a ton of bricks all the time. It made my life miserable. That is NOT what God’s plan for me was, and it’s NOT what His plan is for you. He wants us to learn how to give it all to Him. He wants us to trust Him. When we let those negative feelings have a death grip on us, that is doing the exact opposite of what He wants us to do. It’s a sin in itself. When you fully give it all to God and trust Him with your soul, those crippling feelings go away. You don’t have to worry, stress, or over think. God handles you and guides you in every way possible. This world is so full of evil and the devil that if you can learn to live trusting in God and leading a happy lifestyle, you are truly blessed and you have truly found Him and have Him in your heart.

So how do you start giving it all to God? I started in the simplest way possible. Whenever I felt the negativity coming on, I immediately isolated myself and started talking to God in prayer and reading the Bible. I am still a firm believer in praying and asking God to guide you to the message He wants you to have that day before you open your Bible. It has never failed me. I would do those things the minute that the feelings or thoughts crossed my mind. You have to train your mind to focus only on one thing. God. Sit in silence and pay attention to  your breathing. Close your eyes and thank God for creating you and making you so beautifully. Ask him to help you defeat these demons that are circling you. He will give you the strength to defeat them. And when you do, they will not overcome you again. I’m not saying you will never feel a tinge of those feelings, but they are not going to override you and the gifts that God has given you anymore.

Take a stand against your demons today and be free. Guilt-free, shame-free, anxiety-free, depression-free, free from everything but the grace of God!

~Psalm 118:5 ESV – Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.

~Galatians 5:13 ESV – For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

~Acts 26:18 ESV – To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

~Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

~Acts 22:16 ESV – And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

1 Corinthians 1:18-21

The teaching about the cross seems foolish to those who are lost. But to us who are being saved it is the power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise. I will confuse the understanding of the intelligent.” Isaiah 29:14   So what does this say about the philosopher, the law expert, or anyone in this world who is skilled in making clever arguments? God has made the wisdom of the world look foolish. This is what God in his wisdom decided: Since the world did not find him through its own wisdom, he used the message that sounds foolish to save those who believe it.
1 Corinthians 1:18-21 ERV

The New You Declaration

This year is going to be my year. The year that I set aside for me and my own personal growth and journey with God. I will not let the Devil and worldly problems bring me down like they have so successfully in the past. I’ve spent my whole life thus far trying to become the person that I am now, and it only took me hitting rock bottom to do it. I’ve been through so many toxic situations and people that it has skewed my mindset and caused me to spend so many years being bitter, angry, insecure and untrusting. I didn’t realize how bad I had gotten until I let go and started seeing things the way God wanted me to. Now, my mission is simple. Chase God and happiness. Bring as many people as possible to God and happiness. Every day. I will not put myself in situations to feel uncomfortable or unhappy, I will not be around people who bring any less than positive vibes, I will not be around people who take more than they give, I will not let the devil get a hold on my mind, and I will not let the world dictate my happiness. I am in this journey with God and I am going to sit back and enjoy the ride until we make it to the pearly gates. I know that I can’t do this alone, and I also know that I am not the only person who yearns for this so badly. If you want to take a stand on your life and get your life on the path that you truly want, follow me and let’s do it together. One day at a time. We are all in this together and I hope and pray for God to bring us all together and let us help each other through these daily struggles. More love. Less hate.

~Ephesians 4:31-32 – Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

~Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

~Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

~Romans 8:28-31 -And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

~2 Corinthians 4:17-18 – For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

~Proverbs 4:23 – Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Morning Prayer — Three Iron Nails

SET AN EXAMPLE [1 Timothy 4:12; 1 Peter 3:2] I pray that you will not let anyone look down on you. May you set an example for others in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. May you understand that God chooses anyone He desires, regardless of their accomplishment, skill or special […]

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