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Whenever You Find Yourself Facing a Storm, Anchor Yourself in the Presence of God

Hebrews 6God knows our strength even when we have difficulty believing it. He also knows what it is he has planned in advance for us even when we can’t see it. There are times we will go through things and feel as though in our weakest moments we don’t have the strength to go on. God will give us strength. We just have to believe, trust in Him, and hold on.

Every day I sit and wonder what my purpose is as I still try to figure out what is my passion. And for the most part I do this because there are so many things I am passionate about but I struggle daily with being able to engage in the simplest tasks given my health. While I know there are people in this world who are in worse condition than me I can’t help but wonder at times why it is so hard for me to make a difference in the world. I can honestly say I know what life is like because of my experiences every day when trying to gain enough strength just to make it out of bed and do something to bring God glory. It doesn’t stop me. I still do. God knows my strength. He knows what I can do.

I have the strongest desire to minister to the masses and one day complete the work of the Lord, but with all the things I am dealing with I feel like I am failing God. Although there are some of the kindest people who remind me daily that I do, even when I don’t feel like I do. At times when I sit from my bed and send inspiring, encouraging messages to social media platforms, I feel inadequate. My body is not equipped, convinced I’m disappointing God when confined to a bed when I can’t do things to fully serve him. Yet I realize in actuality God is using me even in the simplest ways. I mustn’t compare myself to others. It’s just a trick of the enemy trying to convince me otherwise. I know I’m unique and not designed like others.

I felt bad because I had not posted to my blog much last month and it has been more than a week since posting today primarily because for the past few weeks I had taken ill and felt I was letting my followers down in some way. I’ve been seeing doctor after doctor every day for the past two weeks and had been put on three different medications that have stabilized my conditions after taking a turn for the worse on last Friday. Since that time I have had a testimony.

God is in the blessing business today and every day. This is what the doctors had to say. The doctors said, “You may have this so we will have to run tests. We will wait for the reports to come back.” MRIs came back. No brain tumor or veins abnormal. The scans were normal. The ultrasounds were done. They came back normal too with the exception of one irregularity that I have to follow up with the doctor that I am declaring healing believing God in advance for too.

God said “My report has already been done. By my stripes you are healed. It’s already done. I tested your faith in the trial. You knew I was there with you all the while. You ran the race. You kept the faith. There’s still a work I have for you to do for my glory. You didn’t lose faith. You may have cried out in your anguish wondering why, but it was only for a little while. You understood my grace was sufficient. Well done, my good and faithful servant.” There’s one more appointment to attend where a major test still has to be done that I’m declaring healing believing God in advance for. Please keep me in your prayers. God’s will will be done.

Sometimes the most difficult things to face can be the hardest to accept even when we know God will work it out for the greater good. Have faith. It will all work out for his good. Sometimes our greatest fears teach us our biggest lessons. To always have faith, trust in God, and never worry no matter what we’re facing.

Whenever you find yourself facing a storm, anchor yourself in the presence of God. Know that he’s in front, on side, behind, and with you. He will see you through the storm. He will never leave you.

You don’t know my story. I don’t know yours either. But if I heard yours or you heard mines, we’d know it was God who put us back together.

Life’s challenges will cause us to feel like we’re drowning in the sea of life. Know this. God is our anchor. He will make everything all right.

Be blessed! –JD

Hebrews 6:18-2018 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchiezedek.” (ESV)

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Come to God with Audacious Faith! Pray Audaciously!

Pray with Audacious Faith!There’s power in the name of Jesus to break every chain.
No matter what you’re going through God can make you whole again.
God will break every chain!

Faith without works is dead. Have saving faith. Pray with audacious faith.
Come to Jesus Christ. Believe in Him. Be obedient. Commit yourself to Him.
God says he will do it. Trust in Him.

Declare to the world what God has done for you.
Testify of his goodness and how he brought you through.
Your situation may have looked hopeless.
God placed your feet on solid ground.
No matter what you were facing, God turned it around!

It’s good to be afflicted, even when it may seem difficult to get through.
God knows best. He removes things that are not good for you.
The devil will keep coming but he doesn’t have any power over you.
Whatever he thinks he stole, God will restore all things back to you.

Pray audaciously. Yield to God’s authority.
Don’t be afraid to ask God for anything. He has all authority.
Be strong. Be bold in your faith.
Come to God with audacious faith! Pray audaciously!

Be blessed! -JD

James 2:19 “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!”

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Don’t Allow Your Circumstances To Change You

The one thing I find that does not change in life is facing opposition or obstacles. Not a day goes by that something does not happen in our lives where we are driven to make a choice either with how we will respond to a situation or how we will behave because of a situation that someone else may have caused prompting an unsolicited response.

Some of us may wake with a feeling of joy, contentment, and accomplishment feeling blessed and thankful God allowed us to see another day. Only to feel lost, broken, confused, and downright sick and tired of being sick and tired when faced with an issue that will affect our well-being or our life because something drastically changed by the middle, end, or few hours of the day.

It took me years to arrive at the place I now find myself being content with how I choose to handle things but I think back on a time when the least annoyance or literal change in my life would cause me to explode, rant, rave, and be in an uproar because of my inability to change the course of action to fit my selfish needs. It didn’t matter who was affected by my decision nor did it matter how I would react. All that mattered is I needed to have my own way. And I would allow obstacles and my way of thinking get in my way preventing me from thinking rationally to make an appropriate decision that would minimize its affects, because of me.

Through time as I developed and matured in my relationship with God, I changed and the manner in how I would respond to situations changed drastically. I accredit this all to God. And while many believe when you grow in age, with age comes wisdom. I am convinced with knowledge of God, when we look to God, come godly wisdom.

Life changes and we do to. But when we learn to accept that which is in our control and leave the rest up to God, we will change for the better too. Emotional responses and irrational thinking will render unfavorable results. Wouldn’t it be easier to respond in a way that will favorably change the outcome and bring favorable results? Instead of  blowing our temper, giving up in frustration, and simply leaving it only to have it come full circle again because we really had not resolved it properly in the first place. We can choose to go to God. Make a decision with a clear mind, seek his direction, find an honorable solution when given discernment and move on, trusting God.

Every day the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy. And in most cases, it starts in the mind. We are what we think and we become what we feel when we lose sight of who we are. When we allow our minds to convince us we are above all things on earth and above God and can handle everything that comes our way, we will fail because of refusal to change our mind set. We suffer the consequence even though we could have avoided it. And cause our own demise out of failure to grow spiritually and look to God for wisdom and knowledge in it.

Be willing to change your way of thinking when making decisions in life where nothing is off limits when it concerns your well-being, your health, your children, your finances, and your family. Look to the source, God, for guidance. Choose not to respond to the situation. Suffer not in your affliction. It may seem hard, too much to bear. Know that God will give you strength to endure in your suffering.

You may not understand what you are going through. Regardless what suffering may bring, keep the faith. Trust God to bring you through. In your worst circumstance, rely on God. In the worst situation, trust God. He will bring you through. God promised you.

Everything in the Bible counsels us to trust God in all things no matter the circumstance. Trust in God. Don’t look at your circumstance. “Trust overcomes fear. Trust overcomes depression. Trust overcomes hate.” (1Pe 4:19) You will walk hating everything about your life when you lose sight of God and choose not to change your way of thinking or wait.

Don’t let your circumstance allow you to fear. And cause your mind to convince you to think irrationally out of fear. Trust God in good times and bad, during rainstorms and cloudy days. Even when your money is low and your pockets are full of small change. Trust God in all things. “No matter how overwhelming the situation looks or how it makes you feel” don’t respond out of emotion. Look to God for answers to questions he will reveal (4:19). Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find (Matt 7:7). Don’t conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Ro 12:2).

Pursue knowledge of God to grow spiritually. Change your mindset that you may think clearly. Seek godly wisdom, the Word of God. Rely solely on God. Grow in Christ. Let the Holy Spirit guide your thoughts and actions in reveal of the right answers in order to make the right decisions fearlessly. Have the mind of Christ.

Don’t allow your circumstances to change you. Even if your situation may not change, consider it an opportunity to allow God to change you. Your heart and mind will also change. Rely on God. You will never be the same.

Be blessed! -JD

1 Peter 4:12-13 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” (ESV)

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Don’t Let Stumbling Blocks Get in Your Way

MP900149038One of the greatest stumbling blocks in our life can be any form of suffering. Be it sickness, jobless, or disease. We all will suffer. Oftentimes it can be of our own doing. That can make us feel our life has been ruined.

Not all suffering is intended by God. We must know the difference and not blame it all on God. We may create it ourselves out of disobedience. That will cause us to sin because we were not obedient.

Suffering is the result of sin that started with man. Genesis tells us how Adam and Eve went against God’s instructions and sinned against Him. They were disobedient.  As a result, sin came from man and woman’s disobedience.

We live in a fallen world. Suffering is to be expected. But the difference is in how you handle it. When stumbling blocks get in your way, don’t let temptation stop you from reaching your destination. Through faith, God can crush temptation.

No matter what form of suffering you may experience. Know that God’s grace is sufficient. God can use it to accomplish a greater good. Have faith. Persevere. Endure.

Be blessed! -JD

Matthew 18:7 “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!” (NASB)

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Don’t Let Fear Immobilize Your Faith

Fear is an intrusion of the mind that will detour the journey and rob you of life’s treasures if you let it. God did not give us that spirit. We’re the elect, sealed with God’s Holy Spirit. His seal can never be broken. Those who have true faith are indeed content. Faith is evidence.

Fear is the opposite of faith. Without faith, are half-truths that convince us to believe in untruths. Faith is not based on proof. Its evidence unseen in what we believe. God’s Word is truth.

Faith is the gift of God. Faith is the faith of God’s elect, evidence of electing grace. We are blessed because we believe that the Lord will do what he said. God operates in faith. What God starts, he finishes. Faith is a fruit. Believing is evidence.

While our spirit is lifeless as human beings, our spirit by our own doing cannot be resurrected or regenerated. We cannot do this alone. We need God to change it. If we accept the gift of Jesus dying on the cross, the Holy Spirit will come to live within us. God will resurrect our spirit. The Holy Spirit will dwell within us.

Prayer unlocks the door to life’s mysteries. It can open doors to endless possibilities. Prayer is the key that unlocks faith. Prayer works.

Prior to taking a turnaround road trip with my girls to the beach at Mission Bay in San Diego the other day, when I was asked if I wanted to go I was apprehensive. I started thinking about how it may impact my body given it was a long ride and the fact I had not taken a long road trip in over 15+ years since being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia amongst other things. I began having fears, couldn’t sleep thinking so much about “what if.” What if the pain, irritation, and inflammation became a problem? What if my legs started cramping and hurting given the time I had to sit? What if, what if, what if? Fear began to consume me.

I had to redirect my thoughts and finally said, “I’ll go to God in prayer.” Interesting enough, the next day was the day to go and I woke up with excitement as if nothing had ever crossed my mind, ready to go; with the exception of finding a few things to take with me. My daughter arrived to pick up my other daughter, walks in, and sees me. I’m up in the wee hours of the morning and she says, “You’re going? Good!” I was happy.

Turned out to be a great trip no matter how short it was. And I did well in spite of. It was my first time and I truly enjoyed it. Now I’m anticipating another trip in the future. I’ve talked with them to make plans already. And to think, had I let my fears overcome me, I would not have been able to speak about this today. But instead would have dwelled on regrets out of my staying.

When you travel to other places, you get to see how others live in a different place. Makes you appreciate that much more what you have and learn not to become complacent. When traveling, it takes longer to reach your destination than it does to come back because you don’t know where you’re going. You will go through some things in the midst of the journey. There may be hills, mountains, detours, and change in directions, but eventually you will arrive at your destination.

Much like with God, when you don’t know him. It may take a long time to get on the right path to get where you’re going before you get to know him. You’ll go through some things to get there. There will be valleys to go through, hills to climb, and burdens to bear. But you’re not alone. With God, you’ll get there.

Once you find your way to God it is easy when coming to him, just as it is in finding your way back when you’ve gone away from him. God is always available no matter how long it may take coming or going. Even when you know God and lose your way, it may take long but with faith you will find your way. You’ll go through some things. But eventually you’ll come back to Him again.

Faith is the substance of things we hope for, evidence of things we cannot see. Overcome fear of the unknown. Release it.  God is with you. Come as you are. He is ready to receive you. Don’t let fear overrule your life. Have faith. Allow God to come into your life. Faith is not based on proof. It is belief in what you cannot see that is not proof. It is evidence built upon the foundation of God’s Word. Trust God. Believe in His Word. Let go of fear. God operates in faith.

Don’t let fear immobilize your faith.

Be blessed! -JD

Hebrews 2:1-3 “So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak?”

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The Beauty Of Life Is God’s Blessing

 

Don’t take life for granted.
Live each day as if it were your last.
Cherish each moment.
Let go of the past.

God knows your future.
Let him be your guide.
He will order your steps towards righteousness in the path of life.

Know in all things,
God has your best interest at heart.
He will never lead you wrong,
Even when you fail to do your part.

Stand in faith.
Believe God’s Word as truth.
Be obedient. Trust God.
He will reward you.

The Beauty Of Life Is God’s Blessing!

Be blessed! -JD

2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

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