Friday, July 29, 2011

How to overcome fear!

I am again reposting a blog from a friend of mine. I think you will enjoy this and find it valuable. As the nation and world continues to unravel and perilous times are amongst us, this is a good reminder on how we can keep our peace. The enemy wants us to be stuck in fear but if you are a believer, we are to rise up in the mighty name of Jesus and we are overcomers and more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.

by Joni Ames (

As many of us know, there has seemingly been an increase in the level of battle or
warfare in these times. Just as the weather has been heating up, so has "life," in
general. Many have experienced panic attacks, fear, depression, and hopelessness on
pretty serious levels. Some that I know have either had to go on medication or even
had to be hospitalized for a nervous breakdown. We are talking about Christians.
Now, before any of us try to "judge" that, let us just remember that Jesus warned
of these times over 2,000 years ago.

This isn't something "new." We've all gone through warfare and
battles before. However, there seems to be an increase and excelleration in the
levels of warfare, as well as the amount of it, in the times we are in.

So how do we posture ourselves to "make it through" these times? Thankfully, we have
the Word of God to turn to for our answers.

While engaging in listening to my "Daily Bible Lesson" on my smart phone recently,
the Word of the Lord for the day addressed, "God's Rules For Battle," out of
Deuteronomy, Chapter 20. Let's take a look at that....


Rule 1, (Verse 1): DO NOT BE AFRAID


"When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and
people more numerous than you, DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THEM."

WHY? - "For the Lord your God is with you."

Even if we have armies of people coming against us with all kinds of artillery, we
need to remember that GOD IS WITH US!!! And if GOD is WITH us, He is FOR us, so who
or what (worthwhile) could possibly matter that would come against us?! (Romans


Rule 2, (Verses 2-3): "DO NOT LET YOUR HEART


(2) So it shall be, when you are on the verge of battle, that the priest shall
approach and speak to the people. (3) And he shall say to them, 'Hear, O Israel:
Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint,
do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them;

Whenever a point is repeated, it deserves an even greater amount of our attention.
Obviously, it is extremely important. We will see even more "why" in the verses that
follow. But let me just insert a few things about fear here first.

The famous sales trainer Zig Zigglar used to explain the letters of the word "FEAR"
as standing for meaning "False Evidence Appearing Real."

I've had many conversations with various friends of mine who are Christian
Counselors, and they all agree that MOST of the cases they deal with are related to
fear of some kind. Statistics show that 98% of those fears NEVER come to pass.

So FEAR, in and of itself, is a weapon of the enemy that can paralyze and rob us of
our peace, and our purpose, call, and destiny. It can cause us to make seriously bad
maneuvers that we would not make if we were not operating in believing those fears.
Even though they (most likely) will not occur! In fact, fear can cause us to "loose
our minds" and do many untimely and stupid things that we wouldn't normally do! It
can even cause us to seek "other" means of comfort or relief - such as alcohol,
drugs, affairs, etc. - It is a trick and weapon of the enemy to try to CAUSE us to

The Word clearly tells us that GOD has NOT given to us a spirit of fear! Rather, HE
gives to us POWER, LOVE, and a SOUND MIND!!! (2 Tim. 1:7)

Fear actually is faith, by the way. But it is faith in the enemy, and not God.

Joshua was told, "Be ONLY strong and VERY COURAGEOUS." - How could He be told to
"BE" that?! Well, we can't "BE" or "DO" anything without HIM. When HE is with us, He
GIVES TO US the courage, strength, and faith we have need of! HE is the AUTHOR and
FINISHER of our faith! (Heb. 12:12) - So if we "use it all up," He can make and give
us some more!!!

Rule 3, (verse 4): REMEMBER - GOD IS WITH YOU!":

Again, this is being repeated, because it was already told to us in verse 1. But in
verse 4, we are again told that He is WITH US!:

(4) "for the Lord your God is HE WHO GOES WITH YOU, TO FIGHT FOR YOU against your
enemies, TO SAVE YOU."

We are reminded of this in The Great Commission in Mark 16:20: "And they went out
and preached everywhere, THE LORD WORKING WITH THEM and confirming the word through
the accompanying signs. Amen."

He is WITH us, NOT against us!!!

He doesn't take our hand over to the edge of the battle and throw us to the enemy so
He can watch us get beat up and laugh at us! He walks us to the edge to get a good
view of what happens and says, "Watch this! I'm going to fight FOR you against your
enemies to SAVE you! Watch Me WIN this battle FOR you!" - Woo Hoo!!! - Yay God!!!

Rule 4, (Verses 5, 6, & 7): GET RID OF DISTRACTIONS

(5) Then the officers shall speak to the people, saying: 'What man is there who has
built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him go and return to his house, lest
he die in the battle and another man dedicate it. (6) Also what man is there who has
planted a vineyard and has not eaten of it? Let him go and return to his house, lest
he die in the battle and another man eat of it. (7) And what man is there who is
betrothed to a woman and has not married her? Let him go and return to his house,
lest he die in the battle and another man marry her.'

Anyone who had fought in battle can tell you - distractions can kill you. It is so
important to be sure that your mind is on what you are doing at ALL times. It's not
just YOUR life on the line, but the lives of those around you.

Romans 12:2 says, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and
perfect will of God."

2 Corin. 10:5 says we need to be, "Casting down arguments and every high thing that
exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to
the obedience of Christ."

Rule 5, (Verse 8): GET RID OF FEAR
(8) The officers shall speak further to the people, and say, 'What man is there who
is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest the heart of
his brethren faint like his heart.'

Get rid of fear! Gee, haven't we heard that before?!

But here we get a clearer reason: Because fear is "catchy," like a bad flu bug.

Remember when the "spies" gave the evil report to the Israelites? In Joshua 14:24 it
says, "(7) I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from
Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my
heart. (8) Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me MADE THE HEART OF THE PEOPLE
MELT, but I wholly followed the Lord my God."

Fear can cause us to miss out on our Promised Land.


Let us do as the Word says and renew our minds daily with THE Word. (Rom. 12:2) -
The Word of God contains everything pertaining to life and godliness, and it does
NOT go forth and return void. (Is. 55:11) - Read it, pray it, wash yourself and your
family with it. Soak in it. Saturate yourself with it.

Cast down the fearful imaginations the enemy brings to your mind (2 Corin. 10:5) and
bring them into the obedience of Christ.

War with the prophecies God has given to you. (1 Tim. 1:18-19) God is NOT a liar.
Pray and speak life over those words that you know are from Him, and GO FOR IT!

Prov. 18:21 says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love
it will eat its fruit."

Speak life to yourself and your loved ones, and death to the plans of the enemy.

We can say to the enemy, "I refuse that spirit of fear! By the power of the blood
and name of Jesus, I command you to take it and go to the feet of Jesus for

That may sound simple, but the enemy has to obey the name of Jesus.

Spend time in praise and worship. He inhabits His praises. (Psalms 22:3) WORSHIP is
your WAR-ship!

Dear Lord,
We come before you and repent of fear and of speaking in such a way as to infect
others with fear. We pray to you as David did, "Let the words of our mouth and
meditations of our heart be acceptable in your sight." Help us to remember that we
win IN YOU, and help us to remind others of that as well. We love and worship you
and thank you that you are fighting for and winning our battles for us!
In Jesus' name, Amen.

-- Joni Ames
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Faith & Obedience to the One True God!

Another blog I receive weekly. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Permission to repost granted by author.
More from me at the end!

> July Update
> What does a lesson in fire building have to do with the current world situation?
More than you may have imagined.
> If you have ever wondered what it sounds like when I try to did myself out of a
hole, this is a good time to listen!
> Torah Commentary
> Pinchas "Phineas"
> Numbers 25:10-30:1
> 1 Kings 18:46-19:21
> Zeal In The Camp
> Reading about the Hebrews and their journey through the wilderness has taken on so
much meaning in the past few years. With each passing year it becomes more and
more special to read about their lives. It is not that the accounts of their lives
become more exciting, but as His Day approaches, reading about the lives of the
Hebrews causes me to sit back and allow my own thoughts to wander. I think about
how different their walk was from ours today, but with the differences come so
many striking similarities. Their walk was different because times have changed,
but it was so simular because people do not change.
> This week we read about people who no matter the blessings of The Almighty in
their lives desired the quick passing pleasure of sin rather than the
righteousness of their Creator. We read about one man who took the bull by the
horns and made a difference. If you look between the lines we also see the masses
called the majority who just sat and watched as spectators on a sideline.
> The main character in the opening words of this weeks Torah is a man named
Pinchas. He came on the scene rather quickly last week and became the hero of the
day to stop a plague which was sweeping through the people because of sin in the
camp. His heroic efforts cause him to not only take a place in recorded history,
but also brings him and his family into a promotion promised not only for the
lifetime of Phichas, but forever.
> What was it that brought about the blessing Pinchas would walk in? It is boiled
down to one word, zeal. But what exactly is zeal?
> Webster defines zeal as "great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an
objective." Zeal is something which is easy to define, but rather hard to teach.
Fact is, I do not think you can teach zeal. You can teach emotions and hype which
last about as long as the passing pleasure of sin, but zeal is another matter. I
have come to the conclusion after years of teaching that there is no way to teach
zeal. Zeal can not be taught, zeal must be caught!
> Pinchas did not get his zeal from a book. We are not told where Pinchas got his
zeal from. It could have been directly from Moses himself. Or maybe it was Joshua?
There is an interesting thought. Maybe there is more to the man Joshua than we
know up to this point. So far all we know about him is that he stuck pretty close
to Moses most of the time. He was no doubt addicted to the presence of Elohim, for
when Moses left the Tabernacle, Joshua would stay behind. What was Joshua doing
with his time during a normal day though? Maybe he was passing on a zeal he had
not been taught, but rather had caught from his time in the presence of Moses and
of course Elohim Himself. If this is so, it sure paid off not only in the life of
Pinchas, but in the lives of many Hebrews that infamous day.
> This of course brings us to a question. How is our zealousness today? Do we have
the kind of zealous pursuit of HaShem that causes others around us to sit up and
take notice? Do we have a zealousness that is affecting other people around us?
Are we ever zealous enough about Him for people to notice?
> A zealous lifestyle will cause you to do things others are not willing to do.
Zealousness will cause you to step out of a crowd like Pinchas or a Judas
Maccabee. It will cause you to do things others are just not willing to do.
Zealousness will cause you to be different from the crowd. Zealousness will cause
you to be admired by some, but not accepted by most. Zealousness will cause you to
be misunderstood most of the time. Zealousness will cause you to loose many
friends, but in the end have the greatest influence on people. Above all,
zealousness for Him will cause Him to be zealous over you. Personally I can not
think of a better reason to desire to catch this wonderful trait of His the
scripture calls zealous. ..
> Shabbat Shalom,
> Mike

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So - are you willing to be different? Are you willing to do something radical to make a difference in the lives of others? Be zealous for the Kingdom of God! The world will be a better place if you do!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Secrets to surviving these troubled times!!

I am copying and pasting a post that i think says what it says amazingly! Reprinted with permission by author. I hope you enjoy it!

Posted on June 24, 2011 by andre
by David Ravenhill
America is on a collision course with Almighty God. For too long we have ‘done that which is right in our own eyes’. “God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” We are quickly approaching the slaying of sixty million innocent lives. These precious gifts from God we have butchered more brutally than we do our cattle. It’s time to pay the Potentate, the King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords. My late father, Leonard Ravenhill, said repeatedly prior to his death, “God is going to have to destroy the economy of this nation in order to get out attention.” His word is rapidly coming to pass. Like the days of Haggai, God is punching our national purse with holes because we have failed to give Him the place of honor He so rightly deserves. Regardless of whatever steps Washington takes to resolve this crisis, God will continue His loving discipline until we turn from our wicked ways and seek His face.
During these times of national crisis it is vitally important that we press into God as never before. Here are some practical as well as Biblical guidelines for survival.
Jesus warned us that in the last days, “The love of many would wax cold”. We need to guard our hearts from complacency, apathy, and the tendency of becoming lukewarm. Repent of any indifference to the things of God and ask Him to rekindle again that first love. We can readily deceive ourselves into thinking everything is OK. After all I’m not involved in any gross sin. I’m attending church regularly. Yet we can easily become drowsy like the five foolish virgins and not be ready for His appearing. Praise Him wholeheartedly, thank Him continually, and adore Him incessantly.
During times of economic hardship we need to tighten out belts and use some restraint. God has promised to supply all our needs but not our greeds.” For God has not given us a spirit of fear but …self control” Proverbs tells us to ‘consider the ant and be wise’ by saying “ she gathers her provisions in the harvest.” In other words, during times of plenty she sets aside provision for times of lack. Yes, God is able to multiply food as in the case of feeding the five thousand, but lets not forget that He gathered up the fragments so nothing was lost.
When facing financial difficulties we are often prone to cut back on giving. This is possibly the worst thing to do. Let me encourage you to reread the book of Haggai. When God’s people put their own needs first, God began to make holes in their purses. I believe God honors those who give their firstfruits and even makes their provisions stretch further. Consider the widow who was down to her last measure of meal but who selflessly provided for God’s servant, Elijah. The result was that God, provided for her needs and those of her family. One word of caution: Do not be taken in by those who constantly seek to manipulate you through the promise of 30, 60 ,100 fold returns if you give to their specific cause. If they really believed that, then they would be sowing into your life and reaping the rewards. Take your tithes to the storehouse.

John Bunyan wrote:
“Feelings come and feelings go but feelings are deceiving.
My warrant is the Word of God naught else is worth believing.”
God’s Word remains true regardless of our feelings or emotional state. We may feel alone, neglected, and anxious about the future and wonder whether or not God really cares about us. These are times when we need to trust His promises. “I will never leave you or forsake you” “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.” “His promises are Yes, and Amen (final) in Christ.” God’s resources are limitless and His love for us is endless – how can we fail?
When times are hard we tend to isolate ourselves and withdraw from fellowship with other believers. We are encouraged in God’s Word to “neglect not the assembling of yourselves together and all the more as you see the day approaching.” Now more than ever before we need the support and encouragement of other like-minded believers.
God sets the solitary in families. Don’t avoid the family of God. They need you as much as you need them. We were never created to dwell alone. Remember two are better than one because if one stumbles the other is there to lift him up. I believe we are going to see an increase in home fellowship meetings in the coming years. It may well be that persecution is just around the corner. After all, Jesus warned us that “We would be hated by ALL nations for His name sake.” (Note there is no exception clause in there for the USA)
God is a very present help in times of need or trouble. Tragically for some, that is the only time they ever seem to pray.
We should pray without ceasing. Not simply as a means of supply but because we desire His presence. While He has promised to meet our every need, we don’t use God for our own selfish ends. Prayer permits us to have fellowship with the one who holds all things together by the word of His power. Prayer is an honored privilege and should rank as our highest priority. Peter exhorts us, “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be of sound judgment…for the purpose of prayer.” The more we press into God the more we will know His voice, which is critical during seasons like these.
There is a tendency during times like these to fix our eyes on our circumstances, and allow ourselves to be swallowed up by fear and depression. This is the time to “Look off unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” Our future is not one of uncertainty but of a blessed hope. Jesus challenged us; “When you see these things begin to take place, look up; for your redemption draws nigh.” Like a woman in labor who knows that the travail will end with the birth of a glorious child so likewise we too must face the present difficulties with the anticipation of a glorious end. “To those who look for Him He will appear…”
This is not a season to throw in the towel but to rise up with a new determination to finish the task we have been assigned. Revelation tells us “the devil has come down, knowing his time is short.” Shame on us if we allow the enemy to gain the upper hand because of our indifference to the call of God. The night cometh when no man can work, therefore we need to work while it is day. As these difficult times increase, the unsaved multitudes are going to be looking for answers. If we fail to reach them for Christ, the enemy will certainly gain the upper hand . The Master of the vineyard is still offering top salaries to those who enlist at this final hour of the harvest. Eternity is just around the corner. What we do now will have eternal consequences. Lift up your eyes. The fields are white and ready for harvest.