Did You Hear That?


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“As I sat there listening to the preacher speak, I felt God tap me on the shoulder and say, ‘Did you hear that? It was meant for you.’ “

Have you ever had  a moment like this one? Did it surprise you? How did you feel at that moment?

 

I have the privilege of teaching at the Christian school where my kids attend. Every Wednesday we spend the morning in a chapel service. Each time, we have a different speaker that volunteers to come and talk to the kids.

Yesterday my Dad came to speak to us at Chapel. The Scripture he spoke about came from Hebrew Chapter 3-4:3a. I have been blessed to get to hear my Dad preach all of my life, however I did not really learn to appreciate what I was hearing until I was older.

 

As I sat and listened to him preach on this Scripture a particular verse really jumped out and grabbed my attention. It was the Verse that reads:

 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

At that moment I felt God speak to my heart and say, “That is what you are doing for Me.”

 

The devil likes to tell me lies. We all know that he is the father of all lies. I Peter 5:8b tells us:

Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion

looking for someone to devour.

Satan wants me to believe that my ministry for God does not matter, that it is pointless, and that it will never amount to anything. He knows that if he can get me to believe his lies then he can defeat me and I will fail.

I had been fighting those lies for a few days and every time I would just give them to God and ask Him to bless my efforts and lead me in the direction I should go.direction

 

I feel like yesterday was God speaking to me, telling me that I was right in the center of His will.

 

Any time you are trying to do God’s work and minister for Him, the devil is going to take that as an opportunity to try to defeat you. The only way that he has of doing that is with lies. Satan knows he has no power over us if we are covered under the blood of Jesus, so he tries to get us to defeat ourselves.

We need to remember where our strength comes from. We also have to learn to recognize satan’s tricks and the lies that he feeds us.

 

I pray as I have shared from my heart today that you will find some encouragement in this story. If you are feeling defeated and beat down, look up! God is right there waiting to lift you up and minister to your heart. If you feel you are in the center of God’s Will keep on doing the things God has called you to do. Be careful not to fall into satan’s trap of lies that he sets for all of us.

Remember, satan knows his fate. He knows that he has already lost the battle. He wants to defeat us because he does not want us doing God’s work.

 

Stay strong in the Lord and keep on going. Remember God’s Word when it says:

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31

God-sized dreams: Facing Your Fears


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What is fear? Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

So many times we let fear run our lives. We do not do things because we are afraid. We may be afraid of the unknown, we may be afraid of failure, and we may be afraid of rejection.

If we are not careful, we will let fear steal all our joy out of life. We will choose to do nothing instead of live our dreams because doing nothing is easier than facing our fears.

Trust me when I say, “I understand.”

Fear is a thing I am learning to hand over to God every day. I often struggle with a fear of failure, but the biggest thing I face is the fear of the unknown.

We must remember that fear is an emotion. Emotions can change.

We can, with Gods help, control our emotions. We can even control one as big as fear.

I want us to look at one more word: faith. What is faith?

Hebrews 11:1 says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. We can run fear off with faith.”

Fear is an emotion that tries to come in and take over. Faith is that thing that we can cling to when fear seems like it will surely overtake us.
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Today as part of the God-sized dream series, we are all writing a letter to fear. Here is how my letter would go if I were to write a letter to fear itself:

Dear Chihuahua of Fear,

I have some things I would like to say to you. You are a sly little creature. You may be able to sneak in without anyone noticing and start to cause trouble. I have learned a thing or two about you over the years. Your bark is worse than your bite. You have no more control over me than I allow you to have. That means that really you are nothing. Your power depends on me. If I allow you to hang around and gnaw on the skirt of my emotions then you may be able to do some damage. But, little buddy, do I have something for you. I have Faith! Now who’s scared? My faith is bigger than anything with which you could possibly hit me. My faith will carry me over all the doubt that you have left here for me. Fear, you have done all the damage you can do. You have run my house long enough. It is time to put you where you belong, and that is down the road kicking rocks. So long, little guy. I know you thought you had it made here, but there is a new king of this castle, and his name is the Great Dane of faith.

Good luck,
A woman of Faith

Did that seem silly? I am sure it did. But I want to challenge you today. Write your fears a letter. Yes, sit down and actually write a letter to fear.

Remember, fear is just an emotion. It may seem big and bad when it is running things, but when you bring faith in it will tuck its tail and run.

Be encouraged today. If you have been keeping fear as a pet in your house, kick him out. Replace that fear with faith. I promise you that you will be a much more content person. You will also open your heart to faith! We can accomplish much more with faith than fear.

Walk in faith, live your dream and be encouraged.