Thursday, October 24, 2013

HELP! Why Am I Feeling This Way?

Have you ever been bombarded with thoughts? I'm not talking about the normal kind of thinking we all do each day.  These cut in as you are praying and they begin to consume you.

Well yesterday I began experiencing these: depression, negativity, self-defeating thoughts, self-destructive thoughts, inability to concentrate, distractions (especially in trying to read God’s Word), feeling constantly overwhelmed, hopelessness, gloom, confusion.  It came about suddenly!!

 I couldn't understand why this came about.  I went to bed early in hopes that when I fall asleep it would stop but they didn't.  I tossed and turned.  It was sleepless night.

This morning I woke up feeling drained with the same thoughts and feelings.  I couldn't bare it anymore because it was overwhelming.  Therefore I closed my bedroom door, saturated the atmosphere with some worship music, extended my arms up to the LORD in surrender - pleading for relief and the moment I did something began to happen.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Ambushes of Flaming Arrows

The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it." ~ Job 1:7

The devil is busy and on a hot pursuit.  Rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6: 12) lie in wait for the command to launch massive assault weapons:  flaming arrows.

They have set ambushes to target the core of man: the heart.  The heart is the seat of the soul (mind, emotions, will) and we have been admonished to guard it with ALL diligence:

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hearing the Voice of God

So many people struggle with hearing the voice of God.  They cannot decipher if what they are hearing is God, themselves or the enemy. Frustrated and discouraged they stop trying to hear.

God said that His sheep will hear his voice.  If we are His sheep than why are we not able to distinguish His voice above the others?  We may want to seek Holy Spirit as to what is blocking our ear gate.

God desires that we come to recognize and hear from Him.  We cannot live this journey without direction and He is the One who guides our every step. He speaks to us through His Word, in our time of prayer, through others, through a song, a book or even a sign on the highway!  Whether its to direct, warn, correct, encourage or teach us - He speaks!

During a teaching series "Hearing the Voice of God" we were discussing the importance of hearing from God.  I was asked to share an example of hearing from God.  Although I was able to share a snippet for time sake, I want to take this opportunity to share it in detail because there were many aspects of this testimony that I was not able to disclose on the call.

Back in 2005 I had remarried a man that I know was not for me.  Out of loneliness and need, I made that decision.  As a Christian woman I reasoned with my actions and convinced myself that I can change him into a godly man.