Own Your Story!

For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11 AMP

Esther was an orphan brought up by her cousin, Mordecai.

Mordecai served as a gate keeper.

Joseph was sold by his brothers and also imprisoned for many years for a crime he didn’t commit.

Daniel was a young man who was taken captive to Babylon along with his friends.

The woman with the issue of blood bled for twelve years.

Ruth lost her husband.

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The Cure For Anxiety!

Hi there! Welcome back to my blog! If you are new here, welcome! I pray that as you read today’s blog post, God speaks to your heart in Jesus name. Amen.

Let’s read the next few verses below:

24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

25  “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 

27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 

29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 

30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 

32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 

33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. [Matthew 6:24-34]

There is no good kind of anxiety!

In the previous blog post, I wrote about overcoming fear. There’s a good kind of fear- The fear of God. This doesn’t apply to anxiety (or worry).

Anxiety is intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. You worry about your job security, relationships, financial stability, positions, and many more.

The major reason you worry is your eyes are not fixed on God. Instead, your eyes are fixed on the circumstances you worry about.

Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Matthew 6:21 NLT


If your valuables (or treasures) are in the ephemeral things of the world, your heart will also be there. However, these less important things in the world do not satisfy and God wants to give them to you anyway.

Paul and Silas in the Bible were cast into prison, they also had their feet bound in chains. They had been treated unjustly but that didn’t dampen their spirits. It was supposed to be a period of anxiety and suffering but since their eyes were fixed on Jesus, they weren’t controlled by their circumstances but they controlled their circumstance.

At midnight, Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God. Immediately, there was a great earthquake and the foundations of the prison were shaken. The doors of the prison were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

The Bible says in Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].”

God expects you to rejoice forever (1 Thessalonians 5:16) regardless of your situation. This can only be possible when your gaze is fixed on Jesus and you are dead to yourself. Why worry when you can tell Jesus about your circumstance(s)?

On a final note, joy belongs to those who believe in Jesus. If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Saviour yet, it’s high time you accepted Him. He loves you so much and has an amazing plan for your life because He created you.

You can surrender to Jesus by confessing this prayer with faith in your heart “Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Saviour. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.”

Thank you so much for reading. To contact the writer, kindly send a mail to oladewalaura@gmail.com.

But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.
Matthew 6:33 AMP

REFERENCES

1. The Holy Spirit; The Greatest Writer

2. The Holy Bible – New Living Translation, Amplified Version.

3. Mayo Clinic

Characteristics of a lazy person.

A lazy person is a person void of understanding.

A lazy person is a person with no common sense. An ant is wiser than a lazy person.

A lazy person is someone who loves poverty because he loves sleeping.

A lazy person prefers eating crumbs for free to working for his own bread.

A lazy person has wants like an armed man.

Laziness is a killer. It kills the seeds you are growing. It comes as “just a little rest”, “just a little slumber”. Don’t be lazy. Whatever your hand finds to do, do with ALL your might.

Overcoming Fear.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].

2 Timothy 1:7 AMP

There are different types of fear. Some are appropriate and should be part of survival instinct. Children should be afraid of sharp objects. The Bible also commands that you have the fear of God which is the beginning of wisdom. (Proverbs 9:10, 14:27)

Today’s blog post is about the fear that prevents you from living the life God intends for you – A life of faith, bliss and peace.

Fear, according to Cambridge English Dictionary, is described as an unpleasant emotion or thought that you have when you are frightened or worried by something dangerous, painful, or bad that is happening or might happen.

Fear is a universal and powerful human emotion that involves a universal biochemical response as well as a high individual emotional response. It’s okay to feel afraid but it’s not okay to bow down to fear.

David in the Bible could relate to this.

David and his men, when they arrived home at their town of Ziklag, found out that their enemies had raided their town and burned it to the ground. The enemies had taken captive the women and children and everyone else in the town.

It was a devastating period for them as they wept until they could weep no more. In spite of this, David’s men threatened to stone him. He had to encourage himself in the Lord.

God’s plan for you is a beautiful one. He doesn’t want you to live a life of fear. Fear is a common tool the enemy uses to deprive people of living God’s kind of life.

The steps below tell you how to overcome fear according to the Bible (1 Samuel 30).

1. Call on God (Pray). Psalm 34:4 David couldn’t look up to any man during this period. The men were also very devastated too. God is ever present in your times of trouble. When you call on God, He steps into that situation that is making you afraid and handles it. Prayer brings God into the situation. God wouldn’t force Himself, He isn’t a gate crasher. You’ve got to invite Him in.

I sought the Lord [on the authority of His word], and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.
Psalms 34:4 AMP

David called on God and He intervened.

2. Take Action. Maybe you are to deliver a speech and you are afraid of messing up. After praying to God about it, it’s definitely time to take action.

David had to take action (after praying to God) even though he was afraid and because God was with him, the same way He is with you, David was able to overcome and he recovered all he lost.

3. Have faith. You’ve got to master fear and not be a slave to fear. You cannot do this except you have faith. Your faith in God gives you peace. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). During this period of fear, the Holy Spirit guides and comforts you with the Word of God you know. Trust God and you will not be put to shame.

They looked to Him and were radiant; Their faces will never blush in shame or confusion.
Psalms 34:5 AMP

Don’t forget Jesus loves you and He will never want you to live in fear.

Thank you for reading. To contact the writer, kindly send a mail to oladewalaura@gmail.com.

REFERENCES.

1. The Holy Spirit

2. The Bible: Amplified Version

3. “Do It Afraid” Book by Joyce Meyer

4. Verywellmind.com

You Are Capable!

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 NLT

Moses was a person like you. He had parents, two siblings, a wife and children.

One day, Moses was tending the sheep of His father in-law. He tended the flock to the wilderness and came to a mountain of God called Sinai. There, God told him He was sending him on an assignment to rescue the Isrealites from the Egyptians who were oppressing them because the Isrealites outnumbered the Egyptians hence the Egyptians were afraid that the Isrealites were going to fight against them.

Moses was afraid. He told God “who am I to appear before Pharoah?” “Who am I to lead the people of Isreal out of Egypt?” “What will I tell them?” God considered Moses fit for the job but Moses concluded that he was incapable. (Exodus 2-3)

If you’ve read one of my previous post “Held back by fear”, you would know that fear is a tool used by the Devil to deprive you of your authority. The Devil is a liar and that is who he is. Don’t pay attention to him.

Moses eventually obeyed and the Moses who thought he was incapable was the same man who led many Isrealites out of Egypt (remember the Isrealites outnumbered the Egyptians). This same Moses, as helped by God, became so close to God and obeyed Him. He was capable!

Are you like Moses? Scared that you are incapable. You are more prepared than you think. Don’t call yourself a stammerer. Don’t say you are incapable. The One who called you saw you before calling you. Don’t count yourself out. Come out of hiding!

Recommended post: Stop Hiding

Surrender to God. In His presence, there is strength. Readjust to the name God calls you. You are not a stammerer, you are capable!

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalms 27:1 NKJV

Lastly, I want to remind you that Jesus loves you so much and He lifts even the heaviest burdens. Surrender to Him by accepting Him as your Saviour. John 3:16 says “For God so loves the world (including you) that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus. Whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.

You can surrender to Jesus by confessing this prayer with faith in your heart “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Saviour. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.”

Thank you for reading. To contact the writer, kindly send a mail to oladewalaura@gmail.com.

REFERENCES

1. The Holy Bible NLT Version

2. The Holy Spirit

3. Christianity.com