Overcoming Fear

 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

Have faith. Live in faith. Walk by faith.

I hear these phrases often, either through exuberant gusto or quiet whispers from myself and others. There are also times where I say it more out of frustration than encouragement, but either way I know that I am supposed to have faith. I NEED to have faith!

But I am at that point where I am tired of hearing about it, talking about it and praying for it. I want it to come, show up, take over and transform my entire life. But the truth is, there are circumstances that come, show up, take over and transform my entire life. And they’re not always good circumstances either. (Insert sad face here.)

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Come Closer

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. – James 4:8 (NLT)

God just wants you close. He wants you to draw near to Him. But if your struggle has been anything like mine then you’ve probably gotten to a point where you’ve lost the zeal to draw close to God. Now the awesome thing about God is that we can have a relationship with Him just like any other relationship we have with people in the natural realm. But also, just like natural relationships, our relationship with God can deteriorate if we don’t stay in constant communion and fellowship with Him. Our relationship with God can also dwindle if we don’t have a desire to spend time with Him.

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Why So Salty?

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. – Matthew 5:13 (NKJV)

Now-a-days no one would like to categorized or referred to as “salty.” For those of you that may not know what the urban definition of salty is, it pretty much means that you are “bitter, upset, jealous” or any other synonymous word you can link to it. But the truth is, being salty is actually a good thing according to Matthew. So how can one be “salty” in a good way?

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Give it Up, You’re Exhausted!

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. – Psalm 55:22 (NIV)

Interesting title huh? I thought it was if I say so myself. These past 2 years have been a great test of strength, endurance and personal growth for me. I’m pleased to say I’ve come such a mighty long way in my “intimate walk” with Christ. (Still have a long way to go though of course.) But I say intimate because although years ago I would say I knew Christ, lived for Him and loved Him, I didn’t know Him intimately. And that’s the most important part.

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Keep Pushing

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Many times in life we get to a point in our lives where we are tired of waiting. We’re tired of hearing that “a change is gonna come and “it’s not over til God says it’s over.” The truth is, when we get to that point, then at “that point” we’re no longer operating in faith. We’ve allowed our circumstances to dimmer our zeal and great faith in God.

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All You Have to Do is.. Wait!

I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me up out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. – Psalm 40:1-3 (NIV)

WAIT!

That’s a fighting word right there. Telling me to wait is like telling me to take my earrings off and put on some tennis shoes. LOL. Absolutely not…. right? Maybe? Well, if not fighting it surely makes me want to drop to the floor and kick my feet like a 2 year old. (Wouldn’t that be a crazy sight to see?)

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