Walking Through Flames?

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers,they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. – Isaiah 43:2 (NIV).

In the past month, I have been through what has seemed like the fire and water.

I planned everything when I decided to move to Nevada.  I transferred my job.  I locked down an apartment.  I bought the plane ticket.  I sold, gave away or threw out all but what could fit in my two suitcases.

Only things didn’t work out like I planned.  The apartment fell through at the last moment.  When I got to my new store, it wasn’t as it had been presented to me.

The first week I wanted to go back to Arizona, only I didn’t have the money for the plane ticket.

That was a good thing because it caused me to be resourceful…and I had to rely on my God, who came through every step of the way.

Now a month later, I am glad I didn’t hi-tail it back to Arizona the first paycheck I received.  I came here to heal, and I am healing by doing things totally out of my comfort zone.

It is those times when you feel like you are drowning, when you feel like you are being set on fire, that the real healing is taking place.  It is in those times that you learn who you really are and who you can depend on.

People are going to fail you.  People are going to disappoint you.  People are going to be too busy with their own drama to help.

God will never be too busy to help.  God will never fail or disappoint you.

In those times when you feel like you aren’t going to survive, let God be your compass.  Lean on God and know that He is fighting your battles for you (Exodus 14:14).

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Are You Afflicted?

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. – Psalm 34:19 (KJV).

Who are the righteous?  This whole Scripture hinges on who the righteous are.

If you have accepted what Christ did at the Cross, you are indeed the righteous.  You are righteous through Christ’s shed blood at the Cross (II Corinthians 5:21).

Have you had any afflictions?

I know I have.  I haven’t had the afflictions of some, but I have had more than others.

If you’ve read my testimony, Divine Transformation, you know that I suffered from a deliberating anxiety/panic disorder.  So bad that I wouldn’t talk to anyone or talk on the phone.  I lived in constant fear of everything and everyone.

True to His Word, though, God delivered me from that.

He took me from panic attacks to a person who gets to know my patients.  I know their names, their preferences when it comes to the makers of their medications, their dogs’ names and their grandchildren’s names.  Many introduce me to their family and friends as their friend at the pharmacy.

He has delivered me from mental and verbal abuse that caused the disorder in the first place as well.

I cried out to God so many times.  There were times I didn’t think He heard me, but God worked behind the scenes for many years to orchestrate my deliverance.

When we don’t see Him working, that is when He is working the most.

That’s when I would pray, “Lord, I don’t know what You are doing, but I trust You.”

Some days were so hard that it became “Lord, I don’t know what You are doing, but I choose to trust You.”

God has delivered me out of my afflictions…in His timing not mine.  His timing is always perfect.

What He has done for me, He will do for you.  God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34).

Praise God for what He has delivered you from, and thank Him for what He is delivering you from today.

Is The Dam Broken?

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. – Proverbs 16:3 (NIV).

This Scripture tells us to commit whatever we do to the Lord, and He will establish our plans.

In the King James Version, it says that He will establish our thoughts.  I tend to lean toward that version because God is not going to establish every plan we have.

After all, we are only human.  He is God.  He knows the beginning from the end.  He knows the obstacles we will face from doing things our way.

He will establish our thoughts when we commit, when we surrender, whatever we do to Him.  He will change our thoughts to think like Him.  He will put in our thoughts His solution to our problem,  His plan instead of ours.

There is a release, a dam that is broken, when we learn to surrender whatever problems we are having in our lives to God.

It is like we are giving God permission to work in our lives.

We are given free will, and many times God will wait for us to ask Him to help us.  Many times He will wait for us to surrender, to commit, that problem to Him before He will give us the answer.

We have to surrender how we think it should work out.  We have to surrender what we think the outcome should be.  We have to just trust that God knows what He is doing.

God will work everything out for our good (Romans 8:28).  His plans are not to harm us but to prosper us (Jeremiah 29:11).

We just have to surrender our problems to God and trust Him to do the rest.


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Eternal Or Everyday?

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. – Matthew 6:21

What has got your focus? What do you put the most energy into?

This is where your treasure is, where you are wrapping up your energy, your time and, most likely, your money.

Like the race car driver who is about to crash, we need to not look at where we are crashing but to where we want to go.

Wherever we place our attention is where are lives will go.

We need to put our focus on things that will produce eternal results, which will further the Kingdom of God.

These are the treasures that won’t be taken away from us in hurricanes, money collapses or in lawsuits.

What has commanded your attention? Work? How will your work further the Kingdom of God? How many will be saved, healed or delivered?

Work is a good thing, but if we let it consume our lives, we will miss out on the things that are important like our children, like sharing our gifts and talents with the world in order to tell more people about Christ.

Think about this today. What is taking up your time and energy? Are you focusing too much on things that won’t mean anything in ten years? Or are you focusing on those things which will have an eternal impact?

Where’s The Fight?

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:57

God gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let that sink in for a moment. He gives us the victory.

If you look around, you don’t see many victorious Christians. You see Christians who are killing in Christ’s Name. You see Christians who are sick and dying. You see Christians who are mentally ill and living on the streets.

That doesn’t negate this Scripture. This Scripture says that God gives us the victory.

How can that be true?

Jesus didn’t just take our sins on that cross. He didn’t just take the wrath and punishment for any sin we would ever commit (II Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 10:10). No, He also took stripes on His back for our healing (I Peter 2:24). He also became the curse for us, meaning that whatever curses came in from the disobedience of Adam and Eve were broken that day (Galatians 3:13).

That day through Christ’s death, we were given the victory.

Only most of us don’t realize that the victory is already ours.

Think about this. You give a present to your daughter. She is holding it in her hands and yet she keeps asking you for her present.

That seems ridiculous, but it is what we do with God.

God has already given us the victory and yet we keep asking for it.

We need to fight from victory ground, protecting what is already ours, instead of trying to gain the victory.

We have to meditate on this, get this deep in our spirit, that we are not fighting for the victory. The victory is already ours. Won for us at the cross by Jesus.

What areas are you trying to gain the victory in today? Why not change gears and start thanking God that the victory is already yours in those areas today?
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Where Is Your Confidence?

And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very moment. – Matthew 8:13 (NASB).
It shall be done for you as you have believed. As you have believed.

Things are going to happen for us as we believe they are going to happen.

There is a real power in believing, but what does that word actually mean?

This is the Greek transliterated word pisteuō, which means to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in.

What are you persuaded of? What do you place your confidence in?

Whatever you believe is going to happen in your life.

If you believe you are always going to struggle with money, you will always struggle with money.

If you believe you will always be sick, you will always be sick.

It shall be done for us as we have believed.

This is where a lot of people miss it when it comes to standing on the promises of God. It is not a half-believing project. It is an all-or-nothing. You have to be fully persuaded that what God promised will come to pass here on Earth (Matthew 6:10). You have to place your confidence in what the Word of God actually says and not man’s interpretation.

What things in your life are no longer serving you? What things have you believed that have netted you the same results year after year?

Why not go to the Word and find out what the Bible says about that situation? Why not choose to believe what the Word says over all the chatter of the preachers, the clammer of the world, the knocking of your circumstances?

It shall be done for you as you have believed.

Why not make it a priority to put our total confidence in what the Word says? Then we will see those things manifest in our lives instead of the bad.

Challenge what you believe today!

Divine Transformation

 

Hi!  I’m Annagail.

I thought I would share my testimony with you.  Although there are many testimonies within my testimony.

My birth in itself is a miracle.  My mother suffered from toxemia during her pregnancy.  The doctor didn’t diagnosis it as such until the delivery.  On the table, she went into seizures.  She didn’t have an OB/GYN.  She had a MD who didn’t know how to handle such complications.

My story is pretty much like everyone else’s.  I grew up in a middle-class house with one parent working.  I have no siblings.  My mother didn’t want any more children after the traumatic experience of my birth.

My mother made today’s helicopter parents look tame in comparison.  She micro-managed my every move.  She knew where I was at all times.  She decided what I did, what I played, what I watched on television and who I hung around with, even into my late teens.

She striped me of my voice, my worth and my identity.  She made me believe that without her, I would be nothing, that I could not survive on my own.

She did this so often and so long that I stopped talking.

I developed an anxiety disorder.   One so severe that I couldn’t go into a store or restaurant for fear that something might set off a panic attack.  I couldn’t talk to people in person or on the phone.

By this time, though, she started to act out.  She had always been depressed, but now she did crazy things like call her boyfriend’s boss and tell them nasty things about him to get him fired, putting dead birds on people’s doorsteps, taking revenge on me and everyone she thought to be a threat.

This is when the roles reversed, and I started to be the parent—making sure she took her medication, that she didn’t do anything outrageous, that she didn’t make good on her threats to kill herself.

I came to Christ at church camp when I was nine, but it was in this period that I started to learn who Christ is to me, what His Sacrifice on the Cross meant to me personally.

I prayed more than I have ever prayed.  I meditated on the Word.  I sat still and heard what He had to say to me through His Word, in my spirit and through the preachers I would listen to on the television.

Slowly but surely, I started to attend community college classes.  I spoke in class, and was able to talk to more and more people, but I still didn’t feel comfortable doing it.

I knew that God called me to greater things, wanted bigger things for my life, but I couldn’t see how that could occur.

My back was against the wall, taking care of a mother who didn’t want to work, who lived in a paid-for house with no electricity and running water in the middle of a Phoenix, Arizona, summer despite the protests and intervention of everyone around her.

She always said she wanted to die, to get out of this life, and one night, I went to check on her, and she was gone.  Died in her sleep.

That night, as if by Divine Will, my anxiety and panic attacks left.

I still worry from time to time, but it is nothing like the old days.

I went back to school and became a pharmacy technician while pursuing my goal of being a life direction coach.

I work for a retail pharmacy where I am dubbed the “Queen of Customer Service” because I am friendly with the customers.  I call them by name, chat with them, ask about their families and cater to their likes and dislikes.  My customers have gone as far as to write our corporation glowing letters about me.

God did a work in my life, taking me from anxiety-ridden with a panic disorder, to a person who has found her voice and shares it with the world through her God-inspired books and podcasts.

To God be the glory for the great things He has done!

 

Do You Take God At His Word?

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
When people hear of the troubles others are going through in life, they say, “In this world you will have trouble.”

Okay, just look around you. Beheadings. Rape. Hate crimes. School shootings.

This world has a lot of trouble.

It is pretty evident, so why would Jesus actually voice that?

The trouble part is not what He was emphasizing. He was stressing the “I have overcome the world” portion.

Again, you look around you and wonder, “How can He say He overcame the world? It is worse than ever.”

Go back all the way to the cross.

What happened after Jesus was beaten and nailed to the cross to die?

II Corinthians 5:21 says He who knew no sin became sin for us.

That means God poured out all the wrath and punishment of our sins on Jesus.

We know this, but what you may not know is that He became the curse for us (Galatians 3:13). Every punishment that comes from the curse of Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden.

That includes lack (III John 2), sickness (I Peter 2:24) and mental issues (John 14:27)…and so much more (Deuteronomy 28).

He also provided us with protection (Psalm 91).

The issue is that people do not believe what the Word says. They read more into it than is actually says onto the page.

People don’t believe that God can heal, provide and protect.

They don’t believe the promises are for them. They disqualify themselves from the promises based on their behavior and past.

You qualify for healing, provision and protection the same way you qualified for salvation by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.

We may be living in this troubled world, but God never intended for us to live without all that He provided for us at the cross.

He expected us to take Him at His Word that He wishes above all things that we prosper and be in health even as our souls prosper (III John 2).

Whatever you are going through in your life, find a Scripture to stand on and simply believe that God will do what He promised.

It may take a while, but it will be for you as you believe.

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Are You Righteous?

He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. – 2 Corinthians 3:6

I marvel at how many Christians are still striving to obey every letter of the law–the Ten Commandments, all the ordiances in the Bible.

It is impossible for us as mere human beings to obey the law. It is the reason Jesus had to come to Earth.

God didn’t give the law to be followed. He gave the law to show us how sinful we are, to show us our need for a Savior.

We have made the law a way to be righteous in the sight of God.

Only God has made it clear that it is only by the Sacrifice of Jesus that we become righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21).

God knew that we would break the law by not keeping the Sabbath, not putting Him first in our lives, lying, coverting, adultry.

James 2:10 tells us that if we break one commandment, we have broken them all.

God send Jesus to Earth for that reason. Jesus fulfilled our part of the covenant by living a sinless life as a human being while still being Deity and then becoming sin for us and dying on the Cross in our place.

God punished Jesus on that Cross. He poured out His wrath on Jesus for our sins–every sin we would ever commit.

Jesus became sin. He took the punishment that should have been ours.

Why? So that we could accept Christ and have right standing with God.

We should strive to live good, peaceful lives, but our salvation, our right standing with God, comes from Jesus’ Sacrifice and that Sacrifice alone.

As long as that Sacrifice is acceptable to God–which it always will be–then we will never be judged for our sins again if we accept Christ.

Wow!

Isn’t that awesome?

Where Is Your Peace?

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27

Peace. What is peace? Is it the absence of fear? The absence of trouble?

No, peace is not an external force. It is an internal one.

Do feel peace in your life?

Not the peace that comes from the kids being in bed and the house being clean.

I am talking about that deep down feeling of peace with you and with your Creator, God.

That peace that no matter what the circumstances, no matter what is happening around you, you know that everything is under control, that God is still on the Throne.

A good example of this is the Shummanite woman in 2 Kings 4:8-37.

Elisha visited her so frequently that she build a room for him onto the house.

Elisha told her that she would have a son. She didn’t quite believe him, seeing that her husband was older.

She did have a son the next year.

The son grew up and went to fields with his father. The son became sick. The servant took the boy home, where the son died.

The Shummanite woman packed up her animal and went in search of Elisha, the prophet of God. She knew if she could just find him that she would see her miracle.

When Elisha spotted her, he sent his servant to inquire if her and her son were okay.

She told the servant that everything was okay.

She used the Hebrew word for peace–Shalom. In other words, she was saying “Whatever is broken, I know my God will fix.”

This is how we need to be. We need to be so solid in our faith that we know that whatever is broken in our lives, God is going to fix.

We need to have that peace that God is for us (Romans 8:31) and that He is going to perfect that which concerns us (Psalm 138:8).

Then even when the storms rage, we know God has it covered, that God has this.

Remember what Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

It is God who fights our battles. Our job is only to believe.

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