Peace

When Relief Is Only Temporary...

Have you ever experienced relief from a problem only to have it come right back? Sometimes the issue is a result of warfare or just natural circumstances, but other times it’s a direct result of our own stubbornness.

King Saul disobeyed the Lord, and because of his disobedience, he was tormented by an evil spirit. He found that he got relief from the torment only when David played his harp and worshiped the Lord.

That’s amazing, but the relief was only temporary. David could not possibly play 24/7. As great as the gift of David’s worship was, Saul could’ve easily found permanent relief by humbling himself and repenting of his sin.

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This same thing happens over and over today. People hide sin in their hearts and they end up suffering because of it. Then they go to church and experience God’s presence in worship. God’s presence is so wonderful and powerful that they experience some relief. But the relief is only temporary.

As followers of Jesus, we can’t just look for a “fix". It’s not enough to merely experience some temporary relief. We need to look to Him for Him.

You see, true peace only comes through being absolutely surrendered and obedient to Jesus. Partner with the Holy Spirit, who is your Helper, to live a life of purity and obedience! This is the pathway out of anxiety and into peace!


Today I want to share this amazing message by Havilah Cunnington. It is one of the best things I’ve heard in a while. Please check it out by using the button below.

Getting Packed For The Promised Land

Now is not the time to just sit around and wait for your promised land to come to you. It's time to get up and forcefully move into your promised land. 

It may seem like the process of getting to your dreams is taking too long, but the process is actually more about you becoming the person you will need to be, so you can stay and thrive in the promised land once you get there.

Before you enter, you need to pack. You need to take some steps to get prepared.

So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.' Joshua 1:10-11

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This is the time to form new habits. What new habits do you need in order to be able to rock it when you get into your promised land? Maybe you need some:

  • new habits of health
  • new habits in relationships
  • new habits in your connection with God

Some of the things I've been doing to get ready for my next season are:

  • organizing my email and digital files so I have a clear place to work from
  • getting healthy so I have the physical and mental stamina for the journey
  • making sure I am keeping strong heart connections with my husband and kids

Do the work today, build your spiritual, relational, and physical strength now, so that you will be able to fulfill all of the things God has for you in the future.

Now is not the time to sit back and be passive. It's time to take one step at a time in the direction of your promised land!

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How To Overcome Fear & Worry

Did you know that you can live in perfect peace? Did you know that fear and worry are tools of the enemy to keep you from your destiny? I'm so tired of the enemy tricking us into thinking that fear and worry are some kind of normal emotion.  

It seems to be so socially acceptable to worry about our kids or family members. But in reality, fear and worry are evil spirits that we can choose to stand against or agree with.  

We are in a battle. We need to see it for what it is and fight. Let's not agree with the enemy and let him have place to rule in our hearts.

We have to be aware of our self talk....the voices in our head. Every thought you have is not your own. The devil whispers lies constantly, and we have to practice recognizing them and not agreeing with them.  

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It is great to have a healthy friend or spiritual parent to tell your thoughts to. They should be able to help you decide where the thought is coming from.  

When we agree with God's thoughts towards us, we grow in peace and joy. When we agree with the enemy, we open the door for him to come in and destroy our peace.

Holy Spirit is our friend and helper. We need Him so much. As we take time to value Him and soak in His presence, He fills us up.  

The enemy will do everything he can to keep you from spending time with God. I bet everyone of us could come up with a huge list of reasons why we don't have time to spend resting in God's presence. It really takes practice.  

Quieting the heart does not come natural to everyone. You have to really set aside 15 minutes to practice. Put on some worship music that touches your heart and invite Holy Spirit to come.  

It's helpful to have a notebook to write stuff down. When you remember things you need to do, write them down so you can deal with them later.  

Write down things Holy Spirit whispers to your heart. If you take time to practice spending time with God, it will become easier. Getting to that place of peace and rest is vital. 

Key Idea: You do not have to agree with fear and worry. 

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3


 
 
 

How To Resist The Devil's Plan To Keep You From Intimacy With God

I love Holy Spirit so much. He's just so good. The intimate fellowship that I experience with Him is like nothing else in this life. It fills me with peace that is beyond comprehension.

I know that this is a huge part of what Jesus was talking about when He said, "I come to give you life, and life more abundant."  

I'm so thankful to Jesus that He went to His Father and sent Holy Spirit to us: the Spirit of Truth who teaches us everything we need to know.

The devil hates for us to experience this sweet fellowship with Holy Spirit. He whispers so many lies to keep us from this divine connection.

Some of the lies he used on me over the years were:

  1. You're not really hearing from the Lord or feeling anything really spiritual. You are just making it up. 
  2. You're not as spiritual as other people, so you might as well serve others and not even try to have spiritual encounters. 
  3. If you were really spiritual, you could connect with God without using music as a crutch.    

Wow, do you see how accusing those statements are? I had to learn to recognize where the thoughts in my head were coming from.

Key Idea: Any thought that is keeping you from spending time with God, is not from God.

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What freedom! When I realized that all of those years I really had been so sincere in my love for God, and that He knew it and loved that about me, I started to enter into His presence in a whole new way.  

Now when I spend time with Him, I have confidence. I know that I love Him, and He loves me. I have thoughts running through my head like: 

  1. Holy Spirit, I love You so much. I love it when You come and spend time with me. 
  2. Jesus, thank You so much that I'm clean, and it's my nature to love.
  3. Father, thank You that I'm Your child, and You love to give me good gifts.

That's a little of my journey in connecting with Him, who is our Life. I hope you are encouraged to keep working towards heart connection with the One who loves you like no other!