Grace and Peace

This year our Pastor has challenged us to “Go There.” in 2016 —it is simply a call to be intentional in our daily walk as we share the gospel in the places, situations and relationships which the Lord has placed us. Perhaps you hear “share the gospel” and immediately feel panicked and unsure; you’re immediately looking for a place to run and hide or you just tune out. I know. I can relate. I’ve felt this way most of my Christian life. But I’ve learned over the years that it’s not so much about having all the right answers or a prepared script to quote, as it is about being willing to share your story of change. How has Jesus changed your life? Continue reading “Grace and Peace”

Fighting Fear

A Lesson from Jehoshaphat

This week in Bible study we looked at the story of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20.  What can we learn from his “Gap Moment”?

Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-34. (Download the handout from class.)

What can we learn from Jehoshaphat about fighting fear in the midst of a battle?  Jehoshaphat received word that a “vast army” was coming against them.  And his first response was not to gather the troops or map out a battle plan.  We all face what feels like “vast armies”.  Sometimes it is an enemy from without, a difficult situation or circumstance that has come upon us.  Sometimes the battle is in a relationship.  Sometimes the battle is internal as we fight against those “what if” and “if only” thoughts that can assail our minds.  And sometimes we are battling the sin in our hearts and lives.  Take a look at what happened in 2 Chronicles and note how Jehoshaphat chose to respond instead of reacting in the midst of this fearful situation. Be encouraged by what you learn! Continue reading “Fighting Fear”

Fearful…Anxious…Worried?

Fearful…?

Anxious…?

Worried…?

Stressed…?

Overwhelmed…?

Distracted…?

Lay it all down at the feet of Jesus!

…pray

…ask

…give thanks

…praise

And experience the presence of Jesus that will protect, strengthen, guard, and keep watch over your heart and thoughts and flood your soul with a peace incomprehensible and beyond understanding.

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©2014 Susan Cady, susancady.com

 

Get Real: Overcoming Worry

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Worry consumes, depletes, distracts and defeats. Worry robs our joy.  But, we all do it.  So how do we overcome the worry and fear that seems to paralyze us?  In the last Get Real post, we looked at some of the root causes of worry.  Worry is sin.  It is unbelief and a lack of trust and confidence in God.  Worry is reliance upon self instead of trusting the Almighty, all-sufficient, all-powerful God, Creator and Sustainer of all things!   Today, let’s look at some practical steps we can take to replace our spirit of worry and find some freedom and peace.

Worry flows out of a distorted or incomplete view of God’s nature and character.”  —Elyse Fitzpatrick

Let’s remind ourselves of the biblical definition for worry and then look at 1 Peter 5:5-7 for some practical ways we can overcome worry and release ourselves from its bondage and stranglehold:
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Bluebirds & Bended Knee

“He bends down to hear me. I will pray to Him as long as I have breath.” Psalm 116:2

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The word picture in this verse of the Lord God Almighty bending down from the heavenlies to hear my prayer has so captured my heart. It reminds me of some amazing realities: the Lord desires to fellowship with me and His faithfulness and love toward me are unfailing. He longs for me to just be available – listening, waiting, and watching — for me to bend my knee in an act of worship and adoration to Him.

One day after reading this verse at my kitchen table, I bowed my head, closed my eyes, and just sat very still in the Lord’s presence asking Him to just show up. As I looked up a few moments later, out my window, I saw a beautiful bluebird perched on the deck. I know this was a gift from the Lord! He delights to give us gifts that thrill our hearts. And He knew this one would thrill mine. I just love bluebirds and so rarely see them. He leaves precious gifts like bluebirds on the windowsill when I am still, watching and waiting. What a delight to be in the Lord’s presence just enjoying Him!

What are some of the things the Lord delights in telling us?

  • I have loved you with unfailing love and have drawn you to me with cords of kindness. Jeremiah 31:33
  • Fear not, I am with you. Isaiah 41:10
  • You are engraved on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:16
  • Stop fretting, I am Sovereign. Rest in Me! Psalm 46:10
  • I have heard your heart’s cry, trust Me! Psalm 34:17
  • You are forgiven in Christ! Ephesians 1:7
  • You are complete in Christ! Colossians 2:10
  • Here’s a part of your life you need to surrender to Me. Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Minister to this person. Galatians 5:13
  • Seek forgiveness from someone or offer forgiveness to someone. Colossians 3:13

And these are just a few of the multitude of things He speaks to us and over us. Take time today to draw near to the Lord and just delight in His presence.

Rejoicing in Him!