This week I’m sharing a few short stories on how I overcame fear.
I hope this video encourages you.
I am taking a break from doing these Freedom Fridays. I’m working on a project that I would like to give my full attention to.
Praying for you,
Fear holds us as prisoners and keeps us tied up in chains.
I’ve had a couple of visions of this that have revealed the truth.
In one vision I could see the person I was ministering to with heavy chains wrapped all over them. They appeared to be completely tied up. As I was praying, I was looking around for the key to unlock the chains in the vision. Suddenly, I noticed there was no lock. The chains were laying on the person but there was no lock. All they had to do was grab the chains and lift them off. I knew I couldn’t do it for them, they had to do it themselves. It had to be their choice. You see, the weight and confinement of the chains had become comforting. The chains had become a sense of false security and to be free of them was to expose themselves to the unknown.
In another vision I had during worship one day I saw that there are souls that are sitting in prison cells. The door however is wide open. All they have to do to be free is to walk through the door and into freedom, yet they choose not to. The prison cell has become comfortable. Stepping out from it is frightening.
I understood through both of these visions that FEAR was the main culprit that was keeping these souls locked away.
The first thing they needed to be free was to become aware that there were no locks. They could walk free at any time, but FEAR had tricked them into thinking that it was better to stay the way they were than to expose themselves to the unknown.
The second thing they needed was GRACE (God’s help). This could come to them through a revelation of the Holy Spirit, or the encouragement of a faith filled person depending on how ready they were to make a change in their lives.
Finally, they needed the WILL to walk the process out.
1st – Become aware and don’t justify
2nd – Ask for God’s help (Grace)
3rd – Resolve to press forward through the fear and DO IT!
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F - False
E – Evidence
A – Appearing
R – Real
Fear clouds our minds, stifles creativity, stunts our growth, keeps us from achieving our highest potential, deters our purpose in life, and ruins relationships. Maybe this is why the scriptures tell us 365 times to not be afraid. We are physical being and spiritual beings. We are meant to experience this world to its fullest and we are meant to begin the experience of heaven while still here on earth.
Fear manifests itself in different ways.
Lack of talent
Looking like a fool for trying
Being made fun of
Failure Not being accepted
Not being loved
Not loved and forgiven by God
Not being good enough
Not having enough
Lack Losing control
Losing your mind
These are the different manifestations of fear the Holy Spirit brought to my mind. Please go through the list and check to see if you identify with any of them. If none of them do then ask the Holy Spirit if you are wrestling with a hidden fear that’s holding you back from living out your purpose in life.
Write it down and all the reasons why it’s holding you back.
How is this fear serving you?
How are you serving this fear?
Let's put fear under our feet and stomp it out once and for all!
Praying for you,
If you’re believing lies about yourself because of insecurities, you are living under a false identity. The most effective way to transform your mind is through God’s Word. You don’t have to talk yourself into believing like when using positive affirmations. The breath of God Himself seeps into your mind and begins to blow away all the negative talk and lies.
This week I’m going to ask you to go back to the running list you’ve been working on.
Take each negative lie you’ve been believing about yourself and find the opposite of it in the Bible.
For the rest of the instructions, listen to the short video, click the thumbs up if you liked it, and leave me your thoughts in the comments.
I’m praying for you.
How to Go Form Insecurity To Self-Confidence Final Part
This may be the final part to this little series, but it is definitely not the end. Remember, it’s a journey that will take a little time but if you’re diligent it won’t take forever.
Recap of the last few weeks.
1 – Pay attention to the thoughts you have about yourself and what you say about yourself. Write them down in a running log.
2- Use the formula – Repent, Rebuke, Bless (See week 2, if you missed it).
3 – Pay attention to the thoughts and words that sound familiar to the ones you’ve already handed over to Christ. Remember, these attached lies can cause you to doubt your healing. (See week 3, if you missed it).
4 – Transform your thoughts by using God’s Word. Take each negative lie you’ve been believing about yourself and find the opposite of it in the Bible and declare it out loud over yourself. (See week 4, if you missed it).
I have found that the process happens a lot quicker by consistently reading and studying my bible, frequenting the sacraments, spending time in thanksgiving and prayer every day, and attending conferences, prayer groups, healing Masses and services, and Christian worship concerts.
The more you are saturated by an atmosphere of heaven the more you will begin to live heaven on earth.
The key that I have found is the most transforming is using God’s Word, the Bible. I consistently see Christians do everything else on that list but they don’t read, study, and declare God’s Word.
Now take it a step further apply ALL of this to your thoughts about other people as well. Practicing this will help you grow in holiness and make you a much nicer person.
Next week we’re going to start a dialog about the monster, FEAR.
Praying for you,
Last week we talked about the negative thought patterns we believe and speak about ourselves. I asked you to pay extra attention to the thoughts you think and the words you speak about yourself. I encouraged you to write them all down and keep a running log.
The scriptures teach us to not be conformed to this world but to be transformed by the renewal of our minds.
Why, because then and only then will we be able to discern the will of God. If we believe lies about ourselves, we will never be able to hear the voice of God clearly and discern His good, pleasing, and perfect will for our lives. This in turn will hinder our ability to live out our purpose.
You see my friends, it is VITAL that our thoughts be in line with the truth. Of course this goes for everything else in our lives, but it all starts with what we believe about ourselves.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
The scriptures also teach us to take every thought captive and make it obey Christ. Jesus is The Truth so when we hand Him our thoughts the light of Truth (Jesus) dispels the dark ones, and they are transformed.
“…we take every thought captive and make it obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
So how do we do this? The formula is Repentance, Rebuking, and Blessing.
1 - Repentance - I envision taking hold of the negative thought or word with my hand and handing it to Jesus while I say,
“Jesus, forgive me for thinking or saying these words about myself.
2 - Rebuke - I take a hold of this thought or these words (name the thought or words) and hand it to You.
I rebuke it and break every agreement that I’ve made with it in the name of Jesus.
3 - Blessing - I know that I am Your daughter, and You are blessing my mind and lips with the Truth. I receive Your blessing. Amen”
I encourage you to take out the list you created in the last week and do this for every negative thought and word you wrote down.
Pay attention to your thoughts and words in the coming week. Notice if they’ve changed or if some of them have recurred.
Keep the list going.
Watch the video for more details.
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We will take this subject a little deeper next week.
Praying for you,
Starting the Journey from Insecurity to Self-Confidence.
We all have hang ups about ourselves. We believe lies that have either been spoken over us or we’ve conjured up as a result of negative life experiences.
We believe things like,
I’m not smart enough
These thought patterns create insecurities that keep us paralyzed and as a result we don’t fulfill our purpose in life, or we fulfill it minimally. If you want to begin the process of breaking free from insecurity you have to become aware of what is going on in your head, first. What are you thinking about yourself and what are those thoughts causing you to speak about yourself?
These little segments are about Freedom. It doesn’t do you any good to just read the post, listen to the video and then do nothing. That’s why I like to give you ideas as to how you can help yourself.
With that said, I’d like to give you an assignment. In the next week pay extra attention to the thoughts that run through your mind about yourself and pay attention to the things you say about yourself.
Write them all down in a running log for now. Don’t over think it just wrote them down.
Next week we’ll talk about how you can start the journey out of insecurity into self-confidence.
Get to work!
FREEDOM FRIDAY - How To Make Space For Silence In Your Life Pt. 1 & 2 / How To Create A Sacred Space In Your Home
I know we’re all busy and creating the space for silence can be tough. I encourage you to be intentional about it, set boundaries with those around you, and get creative as to how you can make it happen. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you think outside the box.
One of the things that helps me is to have a sacred space in my home where I can pray, worship, read, and study.
Watch the first two videos for more details and the last one to see two sacred spaces I've created in my home.
I suggest having the following things handy in your sacred space.
Pen, pencil, highlighter
Diffuser (I love to diffuse Frankincense. It reminds me of the incense used at church)
Make your space comfy and enticing. Decorate it with your favorite colors and things.
Guide for how to begin to read the Bible.
Read in the following order:
1- The Gospel of Mark
2- The book of Acts
5- 1 & 2 Timothy
8- 1 & 2 Peter
9- 1,2,&3 John
I encourage you to read the introduction to each book. This will give you some history and a better understanding of what you’re about to read.
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