Arm Yourself

At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.     Luke 4:42,43

Unfortunately, it is 3pm.
I say `unfortunately’ because I have spent the entire day in severe anxiety. Nothing could calm me down. I am ruminating over surviving with the SSDI decrease. Worrying is causing psychosomatic symptoms of a stiff neck, tactile hallucinations, and hopelessness. The “what if’s” keep rolling in. My faith is wavering, which surprises me since I haven’t allowed external circumstances to steal my peace for awhile. This situation is killing me.
After trying numerous remedies to calm down, I finally opened my Bible. There I found comfort as God reminded me I typically start each day studying the Bible for a few hours. Today, I went straight to writing in attempts to generate income. I didn’t make time with God a priority.
Jesus started each day conversing with His Father explaining He had to fulfill His purpose of being sent to proclaim The Gospel. He went to find His duties for each day, and I am sure The Father strengthened Jesus with words of wisdom, a vivid perspective, and encouragement. In other words, meeting with Our Heavenly Father gives us all we need to fight the world’s battles each day.

By neglecting my Quiet Time, I failed to receive the necessary tools to face the day. So my day was wasted, not to mention painful. I will go directly to Him every morning hereinafter.

Take it from me- don’t go into the battlefield without your weapons.

Created By God

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. -1 Corinthians 15:10

1 Corinthians 15:10 says, “By the grace of God, I am what I am.

I am beautiful, strong, brave, determined, blessed, and loved. None of this is because of my own doing; instead, it is the grace of God within me. Not to say I only have good qualities, because I am a sinner who lives in a fallen world.

As I write this, my heart is racing with severe anxiety and fighting clinical depression. I claim to fully trust God, yet I am beyond miserable believing the lies and negativity in my head. The thoughts go against everything I read in the Bible. They are based on my insecurities and worldly interactions.

I am too strong to be defeated by such evil, ridiculous thoughts. I know better. My Lord takes cares of me, and desires only the best for me. No person or no thing can touch me without His permission. And He has plans for me, plans to prosper me and not to harm me, He loves me so much, my Heavenly Father sent His only Son to die for me. I know this.

Still, shamefully, I try to push through my illnesses on my own, when He has given me everything I need to fulfill His purpose for me. The second part of 1 Corinthians 15:10 says, “I worked harder than all of them- yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”. This is accurate as I have lived a more difficult life than many, I have had times when I have turned away from God, yet He has never left me. The grace of God understands why I need constant reassurance God is who He says He is, and will continuously prove He is Jehovah Jireh, my Provider. It is the grace of God who created me, and understands me more than anybody. And He continually gives me grace to hold on and push through another day.

Bible Journaling Example

Thought I’d share my Bible Journaling – how I respond to what God speaks to me through His Word. Romans 6 talks about when we accept Jesus as our personal Savior, His Spirit empowers us to fight sin, thus “we are no longer slaves to sin”. We have the fruits of the Spirit to fight against what once mastered us. Therefore, we are FREE!!! God is on our side and helps us fight against evil.

Bible Journaling

Surprisingly, I am getting lots of questions and compliments regarding my journaling Bible.

I am working on a blog and would be happy to dedicate a section to Bible Journaling if enough people are interested. It would include Scripture Prompts to get you started. If you are interested, please like this and I will update my page. Will repost this in a new post. All glory to God!

Don’t Let Sin Pull You Down

Romans 6:11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but

alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace

When you accept Jesus as Lord, you die to your self. What this means is your life is no longer your own. Your future years, future days, future minutes are to be lived for HIM… not your selfish desires. The great thing about Jesus dying for our sins is we will not be put to death for our sins. Romans says ‘the wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23. Thank God we are no longer under the law… He died for us. We are free… but don’t use your freedom to sin – use your freedom to live for Jesus.

How can we apply this to our lives?
Remember, our Heavenly Father isn’t ‘a man upstairs’ (He isn’t a ‘man’ at all!) taking tally of when we do good versus when we sin. We were formed from dust – He knows that. He loves us like crazy. If you worry, are anxious, and/or are a perfectionist, keep this in mind: God’s love for you is full of grace – He knows we are going to mess up! In the Old Testament, people were killed for sinning. Jesus shed His blood for us so that is no longer true. Forgive yourself. Forgive others. If you are a child of God, your debt has been paid.

Romans 6:1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

Romans 6: 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.