Monthly Archives: November 2014

Victim or Victor: How Perspective Dictates Our Reality

Have you ever felt like a victim? Or, on the other hand, when have you felt like a victor? Interestingly, our tendency to feel one way or another is heavily dependent on how we choose to perceive our circumstances. In His incredible gentleness, the Lord has been reminding me of this truth once again. Allow me to share what the Lord whispered to my heart as we strolled among the morning dew.

“Christy, you are not a victim to the schemes of the enemy. Is the devil bad (and evil)? Yes. We know know that. Is he against you? Does he oppose you? Yes, we both know this as well. But, what about Me? Am I not the Victor? I have conquered the grave.  I am the Victor. I hold the Victor’s prize (crown). I am victorious. I am the Victor, Christy.”

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 

“For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.” Deuteronomy 20:4 

Earlier this morning, I had woken up groggy and apathetic about the day because of eery dreams that plagued my sleep. As soon as I arrived at my destination (to meet the Lord and spend time together), my car died again (briefly). I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t feel discouraged and distracted. Then, as I walked to a quiet spot surrounded by the sounds of flowing water and birds chirping, my hot coffee spilled on me. My focus had shifted from Jesus (who I desperately needed) to my circumstances. I felt frustrated. Or, more accurately, I felt victimized by the whims of the enemy.

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9

As I plopped onto a bench and opened the Word, I cried out to the Lord and asked the Holy Spirit to guide me through His truth. And guess what passage screamed from the page?

“Shout for joy to the Lord; all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. ” Psalm 100:1-5

Talk about serving me  a piece of humble pie. I had forgotten that the best way to combat feelings of defeat was to praise God. Instead of concentrating on my challenges and the fact that the enemy was out to destroy me, I needed to be thankful. There was so much to be grateful for in that moment, and I just needed to shift my focus back onto the positive…back onto God.

This is what the Lord continued to speak to my heart:

“Do you want to focus on the person who has lost the game or the One who has won it? Satan is already overcome, Christy. His power is limited. But, I am not. I am the Great I AM. I have all power. I have all abilities, all knowledge, all wisdom, all the resources and encouragement that you could ever need. I am that One – Jesus Christ. And I am the winner. I have won this match over life and death. Don’t believe for one minute that you are overcome by his tactics, because you are not. Why? Because I live in you. The people that focus on the loser, Satan himself, hang their heads down low in defeat. Too many of my children do this. They’re always focused on being attacked and place entirely too much emphasis on the devil’s schemes to get them.

What about Me? I am the Victor and I live within you. Because I live within you, you must focus on Me. Remember, I take what the enemy intends for harm and I use it for your good. I alone have the ability to do this because I am the Righteous One. I am God. Stop fretting over what the enemy has done, and focus on what I have done. Meditate on My ways; spend time with Me. The devil is a con artist, a phony, and a liar. He tries to present himself as though he has already won, as though he has all the power, BUT he doesn’t. I do. And I live in you. This is incredibly powerful, beloved.”

“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 

We all have a choice in how we perceive our reality. May you be encouraged with the knowledge that Jesus is the only One worthy of our undivided attention and the meditations of our hearts. When we focus on Jesus – who He is, why He died, why He (as part of the Trinity) created us, how He (as the only Truth) sees us, and how He has designed us to live on this planet – everything else falls into perspective.

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

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Closing the Door to a Desperate Time

If you are a reader who is struggling with suicide, I want to share a prayer and resources for you to consider today. But if you missed yesterday’s post, please click HERE for a few important facts as well as a prayer for deliverance by Christ Jesus your King. That is a crucial post, so please make sure you read it before diving into today.

Today, we are going to war for your soul. The insight below has been extracted from several Christian counseling resources, the Bible, and what I have experienced in my own life from deliverance counseling. As a Christian (one that has accepted Jesus Christ into their heart to forgive them of their sins and to redeem them from the power of death), you have complete authority in Jesus Christ to renounce spiritual deception from having any more influence in your life.

As we discussed in previous posts from the past, the first step is to cry out to God in repentance through a prayer of deliverance such as this one. By doing this, you can be sure that you have been made right with God in His perfect holiness. In order to successfully engage in combat in the spiritual realm, you must be a Christian and you must go in the name of Jesus. On your own, you have no power. Only Christ has full authority to conquer the schemes of the enemy. Please heed to this admonishment.

Next, I want to lead you to another bold prayer. Find a quiet place (without distractions) to approach the Sovereign God with your open and  hungry heart. My suggestion for you is to prayerfully review the text below and then verbally speak it out in an act of faith by crying out to God.  He honors those who choose to honor Him. By stepping out in faith and praying this today, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

With the authority of Jesus Christ and with the conviction the Lord has laid upon my heart this week for your life beloved, here is the prayer:

“Lord Jesus: In Hebrews 4:16, Your Word says to approach God’s throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Today I am doing just that. Jesus Christ, I declare that you are my Savior and my Lord.

According to Your word in Isaiah 53:5, You were wounded for my transgressions; You were crushed for my iniquities; and upon You was the chastisement that brought me peace, and with Your stripes I am healed.  Thank You for forgiving me. And thank You for the power of Your blood that makes me new again.
As a child of God, I am an heir with You, Jesus Christ. According to Your Word in Romans 8:17, I am A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that I may proclaim the excellencies of You, Jesus, who has called me out of darkness into Your marvelous light. Jesus, I must decrease and You must increase. Help me to be more like You, Jesus.

Jesus, I pray from Micah 3:8 that I may be filled with power and the Spirit of You Lord. Help me to grow in my knowledge of You, Jesus.

 As Your child who seeks after You, God, You promise me in Psalm 103 that “You, Who pardons all my iniquities, Who heals all my diseases; Who redeems my life from the pit, Who crowns me with loving-kindness and compassion; Who satisfies my years with good things, will renew my youth like the eagle”.
Jesus, in Luke 10:19 You say, “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.” Jesus Christ, You are the King of kings and Lord of lords, and I ask that You fight for me today.

As a child of God and in the name of Jesus Christ, the name that is above all names and the name that every tongue will confess and every knee will bow down, I renounce the lie that I have no purpose in this life, which is a lie that comes straight from the pit of hell. In the name of Jesus Christ, I rebuke and renounce the lies that I am defeated, have no value, have no worth, have no one that loves me, and am all alone and worthless. I rebuke every single one of those lies in the name of Jesus.

 In the name of Jesus Christ, I renounce the lie that I should trust in myself instead of You, God. In the name of Jesus, I rebuke the lie that I will never be loved or pursued by anyone. In fact, You, Jesus, thought of Me when You created me in the womb and when You died on the cross.
I rebuke and renounce the lie that I need to drink alcohol to feel better about my problems and about myself. In the name of Jesus Christ, I renounce a spirit of self-pity and complaint. In the name of Jesus Christ, I renounce the lie that I need drugs or pornography to make me feel significant. In the name of Jesus Christ, I renounce the lie that I am fat and ugly and disgusting. I am made in Your image God – fearfully and wonderfully made, in fact. You are the Maker of all good and perfect things as Your words states in James 1:17.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I renounce the lie that I should be afraid of my future or my present circumstances. In the name of Jesus Christ, I rebuke the spirits of fear and anxiety that have come straight from the conniving and deceptive enemy of my soul. The truth is that Your Word says not to worry and to not be anxious of anything. In fact, You, Lord, have asked me to pray to You for everything with thanksgiving (for Your upcoming faithfulness towards me). Your peace that surpasses all understanding will cover me according to Philippians 4;6-7. In 2 Timothy 1:7, You also command me to not fear because fear involves torment and You have given me a sound mind and self control.

In the name of Jesus Christ, I renounce the spirit of death and destruction off of my life and I say you no longer are welcome to torment me. I am a child of the Living God who has been purchased at the price of the blood Jesus Christ shed on Calvary. Jesus is the Victor and I am in Him. And in Him, I am also victorious. Jesus has beaten death. Because of Him, I can too. I have eternal salvation and an eternal inheritance with my King, Jesus. I have a full life ahead of me. God has promised to keep me in the palm of His hand, to deliver me from evil, and to lead me beside still waters (Psalm 23). I have bright days ahead of me. God intends for me to prosper and to succeed (Jeremiah 29:11). He intends for me to live a life of abundance (John 10:10).

 Jesus makes that which seems impossible to man possible with God (Luke 18:27). I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). Jesus turns my mourning into laughing (Psalm30:11). Jesus gives me the juniper tree instead of the thorn bush (Isaiah 55:13). Jesus will guide me always; He will satisfy my needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen my frame. I will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail (Isaiah 58:11). Jesus is my present help in time of need. Jesus makes all things new. Jesus turns my ashes into beauty. Jesus gives me a new name, a new beginning, a new purpose, and a new song of praise in my mouth (2 Corinth 5:17). Jesus makes all things new.

As I wait for You, LORD, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ that  that I will gain new strength; I will mount up with wings like eagles, I will run and not get tired, and I will walk and not become weary (Isaiah 40:31). I will trust You, God, with all of my heart and lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways, I’m going to acknowledge you, because You have promised to make my paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6). I am righteous because of Jesus Christ. I am the apple of God’s eye. I am His beloved. I am the image-bearer of the One True God. I am a testament to His radical faithfulness. I am free because those who are in Christ are free indeed. Jesus, pour out Your truth upon me. Deposit your spirit of truth into my heart so that I may obey Your precepts and meditate on things that are true, and praiseworthy, and honorable (Philippians 48). Lead me beside still waters with You, Jesus. Restore my soul. In Jesus name, Amen.”

By praying a prayer like that, you have used your God-given mouth and Christ’s authority to speak truth into your very soul. Stand on truth, beloved. And speak it…always.

Here are a few more steps I want to suggest that you take:

1. Pray over your home. Blast praise and worship music, and give God thanks for your new life and your new season.

2. Study God’s word. Get that truth deep inside of you so that you can quickly discern the lies when the tempter comes again. Be encouraged: all Christians have to use the authority Christ has given us to combat this enemy.

3. Reach out. This step is going to take faith, boldness, and courage. I am praying that, in the name of Jesus Christ and with the authority that He has given, you will step forward. You can make this decision to set the pace for the rest of your life.

Jesus is part of the Holy Trinity. What does this mean? It means Jesus is constantly in relationship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. As a relational God, He desires us to be in community with not only Him, but with one another.

With that in mind, I’m asking you to reach out. Everything will remains completely and entirely confidential. Asking for help is an act of faith and humility because you are letting someone in to help carry the burden.

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

While I am not personally a therapist, I know a lot of them. Good ones, too. And I also have a list of other incredible resources to help you in your area of need. Here is what I can recommend: click HERE, fill out your information (state the specific issues that you are dealing with or questions that you have, and you can even use you initials instead of your full name), and I am personally going to connect you with help TODAY.

If you did not check these out yesterday, make sure you do today. These are three powerful resources to help bring more clarity and truth to you in this time of need:

Daniel Jenkins Music – These songs are raw and full of truth. They meet you exactly where you are while retraining your mind to focus on Christ. The song ‘Seldom Traveled‘ is a real blessing.

Lighthouse Drama – This small video clip is an incredibly POWERFUL reminder of the power of Christ as He delivers us (when we choose Him) from the overwhelming blows of the enemy. Be encouraged and walk in truth. I believe that many of you will be greatly moved by this.

How Great Is Our God – This video teaching by Louis Giglio will demonstrate through scientific evidence and biblical teaching that God has been thinking about your from before the beginning of creation. Wow. Be encouraged, beloved.

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The Benefits of Choosing Thanksgiving

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Being thankful requires us to take action.

In fact, a heart of thanksgiving is the product of intentional choices – a mind that deliberately focuses on the positive thoughts (even in the midst of discomfort or suffering) and a mouth that speaks praiseworthy, life-giving ideas (versus complaining and grumbling).

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think of such things.” Philippians 4:8

So, what’s the big deal in being thankful?

Well, for starters, it deeply pleases the heart of God. It’s like an early morning “pat on the back” for His holy provision of the countless blessings He chooses to bestow upon us – the breath in our lungs, the God-given ability of our bodies to fight off infection, eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, clean running water, bees to pollinate the fresh crops we eat, and the fact that Earth is in the exact proximity from the sun to sustain life and keep us from being consumed by its fiery rays.

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” Psalm 100:4

Thanksgiving shows God the admiration He deserves. And it’s a reminder that we’re nothing without Him which keeps us humble.

“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.” Psalm 7:17

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17

“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

Secondly, thanksgiving ushers in a spirit of freedom. Our own human minds often serve as a main source of oppression. Christ not only died so we can have eternal life, but He also died so we can live in freedom.

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

When our thoughts become engulfed in the details of our own lives (our financial problems, our health concerns, our relational issues), we can easily become enslaved by pessimistic thinking (focusing on what isn’t going right and becoming blind to the needs of others). Yet, the same can be said when we focus on the problems of others (complaining and criticizing the character of others, or leaning on strength of self rather than God in any area of ministry), and are unable to freely enjoy all God has given us.

Thanksgiving gently forces us to take our eyes off of ourselves and onto God. And we can never go wrong by gazing at Jesus.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:16

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

This morning, feelings of being overwhelmed and discouraged started to envelop my heart. And within minutes after brewing my hot cup of tea, God lovingly reminded me to focus on the positive. He suggested that I focus on His goodness, specifically His sovereignty and the redemptive healing He alone ushered into my life. Not surprisingly, His advice was nothing less than brilliant. Soon my dry, parched soul began bubbling over with a refreshing spring of praise.

“Then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” Deuteronomy 6:12

“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles, and the judgements He pronounced.” Psalm 105:1-5

God is good regardless of our circumstances.

        “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Application Questions: 

1. What about God prompts you to be thankful today (who He is, what He has done for you in the past, what He is doing for you in the present, or even promises that He has made to you concerning your future)?

2. What can you do today to proactively prepare yourself to be thankful in the times that grumbling, criticism, or complaint can be easy to do?

3.  How can you encourage others to be thankful through your own actions?

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