Friday, February 10, 2017

FEAR CANNOT LIVE WITH FAITH

Morning Glory...

Psalms 112:7..."He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord"

Look at the heart picture.  Our hearts can be full of so many issues.  We all have experienced circumstances that tear at our heart and trying to fill us with "fear" about our future, our family, our health, world events, etc.

David gives us the way to stand strong even when "bad news" tries to enter our lives.  He said that the person who has resolved to trust in the Lord will not live in a state of fear. 

When you fill your heart with trust based on the knowledge of God's Word, that trust will insulate your soul (mind, will and emotions) against be overcome with fear.

It is like an invisible shield that stands between you and the attack of the evil one to capture your heart with fear.  Oh, you may "feel" the fear that comes with the bad news.  But, you don't have to let that fear IN to build a root in your life that will continually produce the fruit of anxiety, depression, panic attacks, dismay, anger, frustration, etc.

Let us look at several scriptures to build this precious hedge around your heart today:

Hebrews 13:6 ESV /         
So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

Joshua 1:5 ESV /            

No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.

Psalm 55:22 ESV /            

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Romans 8:28 ESV            

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV            

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Hebrews 4:16 ESV           

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Being NOT requires that you BE something else.
In other words...if you take the above scriptures and CLAIM each one for your life...then you BECOME more trusting in God.  Fear will have to leave you.  Fear cannot stay in the atmosphere  of faith.

Each one of these blessed scriptures is an open door to God.  Walk through these doors today.  Whatever it is that is precious to you is precious to God.  You are precious to God. 

Refuse to fear.  Say that out loud.."I REFUSE to fear"
"I REFUSE to carry these burdens!"
"I REFUSE to bow my knee to bad news!"

Then declare from these scriptures WHO GOD is to you...
"He is my Helper, Sustainer, He is with me, He is the Source of all the power I need, He is working in me and for me!!!"

As you fix your heart upon God, your heart will become firm, immovable, and your faith will work for you.  God designed it to work.

Tear that fear root out of your heart!  Throw it away from you!  Refuse to let it back in.  Keep your heart filled with trust today.  God is with you!!

Loving Him and you,
Charlotte



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Kind Words and Bricks

Morning Glory...

Proverbs 12:25...Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

Anxiety or an uncontrollable sense of worry can become a lifestyle.
When we fixate upon the problems surrounding our lives, then anxiety can overtake us, and we can no longer see out way out of the situation.

Anxiety is describe as being "nervous, ill at ease, tense, apprehensive and uncertain about an outcome".  We have ALL been through unsettling times and circumstances, and have had to learn how to keep control of our thoughts and feelings during those times.

But, sometimes anxiety can build up when a situation has gone on longer than we can feel we can bear it.  This is when it becomes a weight.  It is like laying on your back and someone placing a brick on your chest.  Well, if they keep adding one brick after another, then there comes the point where the weight of those bricks literally crush the breath out of you.

This is what anxiety will do.  It takes one problem and begins to stack other problems on top until a person can be so weighed down in their mind, will and emotions, that they feel "crushed". 

Can the solution be as simple as "kind words"?  Well, depending upon the words you are hearing...yes!  My best friend can assure me that all will be well.  And, because I believe her, I may receive some comfort from what she has said.  But, as much as my friend knows me, she cannot possibly know nor understand what will free me from the anxiety of the moment.

Jesus does know. 
Learning to trust what Jesus "says" will help defeat anxiety.  Look at these scriptures...

Trust

  • You keep him in perfect peace 
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4
  • Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not. Matt. 6:27
  • Commit your way to the Lord; 
trust in him, and he will act. 
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, 
and your justice as the noonday. Psalm 37:3-6
  • Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
 which cannot be moved, but abides forever. 
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, 
so the Lord surrounds his people, 
from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 125:1-2
  • He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firmly fixed, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7
  • But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” 
My times are in Your hand. Psalm 31:14-15
  • It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118:8
  • But my eyes are toward You, O God the Lord; in You do I trust and take refuge; pour not out my life nor leave it destitute and bare. Psalm 141:8
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart, 
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
  • May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13.
These "words" are alive and anointed and contain the power you need to defeat anxiety.  All you add is "belief".  Read again each scripture but before you do, say..."I believe these words are true TO me and my life TODAY".

Read them slowly and OUT LOUD.  Thank God for each one and that He is bringing these words to pass in your life.  Verbally REFUSE to be anxious.  Yes, you can!!  Say..." I WILL TRUST"!

Oh, the power of God's Word will rise up to cause the enemy to flee from you!  You may have to revisit these "kind words" several times before you know God's peace.  But, fight the GOOD fight of faith, and as many times as necessary, take in these good words.

I release the blessing of victory over your life today in Jesus Name!

Loving Him and you,
Charlotte

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

He Sees

Morning Glory...

Psalms 19:14...May the words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Let us be exhorted today to think carefully of how we speak and how we think.  Both are important to God.  It is Him that we are to please.

He sees our thoughts.  Psalms 139:4 says that before a word is on my tongue...the Lord "knows" all about it.  Sometimes we get so caught in a way of thinking, we don't realize nor take into account whether it is pleasing our Father.

Proverbs 23:7 warns that a man can think one way, yet speak another.   James 1:8 speaks of a man whose mind cannot stay fixed but first thinks one way and then another.  He is called "unstable" and unable to receive from God.

It was a thought that satan used to deceive Eve that then led to Adam's rebellion.  Thinking and speaking are serious actions before the Lord.

Philippians 4:8 gives us the way out of thinking that displeases God.  It puts before us words such as.."true, excellent, honest, just, etc.".  We need to fill our minds and our mouths with these things because it pleases the God Who sees both.

Take your heart to God's Word today and renew it.  Fill your thoughts with His thoughts and then speak those thoughts out of your mouth.  It is called confession or saying the same things God says.

God will be pleased.  You will be blessed.

Loving Him and you,
Charlotte

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Hope That Leads to Love

Morning Glory...

Romans 5:5...And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, Who has been given to us.

When hope has found its true resting place...love increases.
I am reminded of the story of Abraham and Sarah as they waited upon God to receive their blessing.

Romans 4:18 tells us that Abraham learned not to hope in his and Sarah's bodies (which were impotent), but to "hope" in the unfailing Promise that God had given him more than 25 years before he actually saw the fulfillment.

The Holy Spirit HAS been given to prove I Corinthians 13:8 to the believing heart..."love never fails".  He has been sent to fill us with this wonderful blessing, and to give our hope a true place of rest.

What are you hoping for?  Oh, place not your hope on the outcome.  Place it upon the Word of God that is a sure and firm foundation...2 Peter 1:19-21. 

Isaiah 55:11 unequivocally promises that God's Word will not return void, but will accomplish what it is sent forth to do.  It is backed by His Love that will never fail.  The Holy Spirit has been sent to us to assure our hearts, and to help us stand strong as we use our faith to believe for the true outcome.

Fix your heart upon God's Living Word today.
It will strengthen your hope.  It will build your faith.  It will overwhelm you with the love of God, and will cause you to receive the manifestation.

Loving Him and you,
Charlotte


Friday, February 3, 2017

A Focused Heart

Morning Glory...

Matthew 22:37..."Jesus replied:  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."

Many years ago, I was in our church in Phoenix in a time of worship, and as I was praying to the Lord I told Him I loved Him with all my heart.  I then heard, "No, you don't!'  My eyes popped open and I audibly said, "What?"  I then heard again, "No, you don't".

I started weeping.  The effect of those words were so powerful upon my soul that I could not even move at that point.  Oh, when Jesus speaks...you listen.  I felt crushed by those words.  And then I heard Him say..."You do not love me now with all your heart, but you will."  I somehow knew what He meant.

Even as I type these holy words, I know that my heart is so far from the true perfection of love that Jesus wants me to experience with Him. Why?  Because, our lives are composed of so many factions, and to reach for that place in Christ where He alone stands as the absolute object of all our affections, requires a "focused heart".

Now, how can I have a more focused heart that will be able to obey Matthew 22:37?  The key that I have found is so many instances to reach that goal is...my soul.  The three compartments of the soul are...mind, will and emotions.  The will or the ability to choose is where one must start.

I hear what Jesus says and then I choose to follow His commands.  Oh, I may not "feel" or even "understand" everything at this point, but as I choose to obey His powerful Word, my feelings and my understanding will come alongside.

It is not an overnight process, and it does require FOCUS.   I am re-learning this process even now in my own life.  The enemy seeks to bring such distraction into your life that you lose that focus.  He comes to steal your heart's affection from your Lord, and to replace it being occupied with his unholy presence.

Now, let me send forth God's  Word to you today to give you that sign post to get you back on track to a more "focused heart".  I will take the scriptures and rephrase them into a confession that will strengthen your will as you "hear".  That is how faith comes. 

Take time today to read, believe, confess and redirect your heart to more and more obedience which will produce the kind of love that Jesus wants you to experience with Him.

Jeremiah 29:13..."Lord, I will seek You with my whole heart, and I will find You."

Proverbs 3:5-6..."Lord, I will trust in You with ALL my heart.  I will stop leaning to my understanding, and will submit to You.  Thank You for making my paths straight."

Psalms 37:4..."Lord, I take delight in You.  Thank You for giving me new desires that  please You and that are according to Your will."

Proverbs 3:1-3..."Lord, I will not forget Your teachings.  I will keep Your commands in my heart.  Your commands will prolong my life and bring me peace and prosperity."

Now, these are but a few, but I pray that you can see how empowering these confessions can be to your soul (mind, will and emotions).  Don't let anything talk you out of practicing on the re-focus of your heart today.  Don't let satan rob you of the blessing of a heart that has Jesus has its main object of love and devotion.

Loving Him and you,
Charlotte