Fear is how the enemy convinces us to undermine our own future; stunt our own growth; place limits where there are none; create a ceiling where the sky isn’t even the limit.
God did not give us the spirit of fear…
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Unfortunately, too many times we learn to be afraid of certain things from our parents. My grandmother taught me to be afraid of water. Anytime I got near a lake or river, she would say, “GET AWAY FROM THERE!”
What are you afraid of?
Another race or culture?
Switching from Android to iPhone?
Think about what causes you anxiety. What you try to avoid….your prejudices.
Now, where did your fear come from? And, if you’re a parent, what fears have you passed on to your children?
You can either bless your child, or curse your child. When you teach your child to be afraid, you are cursing them… it becomes a generational curse.
Bless your child with enough confidence in God and Godly wisdom so that they don’t inherit your fears.
One of the most frustrating things for some people is trying to repair bad credit.
Good credit gives you access to a world of material things and services. Good credit makes navigating the material world much easier, but on the flip side, bad credit makes the material world more difficult, more expensive and in some ways…impossible. Bad credit closes some doors. Buying homes, cars and other things can be a fun experience with many choices when one has good credit, but bad credit makes it a stressful, limited, and dreaded experience for many. Even if one changes their behavior, it can take years to establish good credit after it’s been bad, with bad items still coming up on your credit report years after
AREN’T YOU GLAD GOD ISN’T LIKE THE CREDIT BUREAUS?
From the earliest days of God’s interaction with His people, not only can GOOD CREDIT be instant, but easy, and best of all, it’s not based on your past behavior.
Abraham believed God and it was CREDITED to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:22).
When we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, then we shall be saved (Romans 10:9).
Once we accept Christ, the old things are passed away and all things become new ( 2 Corinthians 5:17).
God promises that when we repent, He will be merciful to the righteous, and He will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more (Hebrews 8:12).
I could go on and on with scriptures to support that with God, you can have EXCELLENT CREDIT instantly, in spite of your prior foolish behavior, mistakes or misfortune. Isn’t that GREAT NEWS?! When Christ died on the cross, he made salvation available to everyone!
So, even if you have bad credit in the material world. Even if you are constantly being told DENIED in the material world. Even though you may not be able to purchase a home in the material world. When you accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and repent of your sins as you walk through life…when it’s time to move into your heavenly home that Jesus has already prepared for you (John 14:2,3). GOD’S CREDIT REPAIR will give you a good report.
Your spiritual credit score can instantly go from BAD to EXCELLENT…from 300 to 900! When the world says DENIED…God say’s you’re APPROVED!!!!
God is a healer and can heal any disease if He chooses. That’swhy it’s so important to specifically call out the Hebrew name for God, Yehovah Rapha, The God Who Heals, when praying for your healing, or interceding for someone else. And of course do this in the name of Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
But, as much as we know that God can heal, we have to deal with the fact that some people have illnesses for years. And, some never get healed.
Is a chronic illness a blessing? NO.
Is a chronic illness a curse? NOT ALWAYS.
SO, IF A CHRONIC ILLNESS ISN’T A BLESSING AND ISN’T A CURSE, THEN WHAT IS IT?
A CHRONIC ILLNESS IS NOT A CURSE WHEN…
1. WHEN IT’S A ‘THORN IN THE FLESH‘
The Apostle Paul had a problem, an issue, a concern that bothered him so much that he prayed and asked God to remove it 3 times. Was it an illness? We don’t know, but we do know that God chose not to remove it, even though Paul was fulfilling his purpose…
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NKJV)
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a (A)thorn in the flesh was given to me, (B)a messenger of Satan to [a]buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 (C)Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly (D)I will rather boast in my infirmities, (E)that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore (F)I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. (G)For when I am weak, then I am strong.
If you’re enduring an illness while trusting God, His power is resting on you. When you’re at your weakest, through Him you are strong…it’s not a curse.
2. WHEN IT’S TO REVEAL GOD’S GLORY…
Most of us know the account of Jesus healing a man that was born blind in John Chapter 9. When asked who’s sin ‘cursed’ the man, Yeshua quickly told them no one sinned, but he was born blind so that God could be later glorified through his healing. Through his healing we have a testimony of God’s power.
If you’re enduring a hardship and it seems it won’t go away. Keep the faith. Remember, the man in John Chapter 9 was of age, blind since he was a child. But, when he was healed, there were witnesses and we are talking about it today…it’s not a curse.
John 9:3 (NKJV)
3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, (A)but that the works of God should be revealed in him.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE IN CHRIST’S SUFFERING…
This isn’t talked about much, but sometimes our suffering is God trusting us with the opportunity to share in the sufferings of our Lord and Savior…
1 Peter 4:13 (NKJV)
13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
Philippians 1:29 (NKJV)
29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
Part of our calling is to endure some suffering for the sake of the name of Jesus. When you think about it, it’s only fair. What’s not fair is that some people suffer more than others. But, God never claimed to be fair, only just.
If you’re going through a chronic illness, think about how much our Savior suffered for us…it’s not a curse.
Most of us have heard the saying, “Revenge is sweet”. We have all had moments that we have craved for revenge.
That’s why I think the metaphor is appropriate because REVENGE and SUGAR have something in common. Just like sugar slowly deteriorates your teeth, the desire for revenge slowly deteriorates your spirit. It eats away at your spirit, defiles it and consumes your mental energy.
Besides, God never promised us revenge or allows us to take revenge. It belongs only to Him…
Romans 12:19 (NKJV)
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
Because revenge is judgement. It is condemnation. It is us deciding that people deserve to be paid back for how they have hurt us .
However, God does allow us to have and will sometimes grant us vindication. He has even promised vindication in His Word…
Isaiah 54:17 (NIV)
17 no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.
In the bible vindication is getting justice or clearing one’s name.
We all know revenge is getting even and repaying someone for what they’ve done. It is retaliation. And, God does not allow us to do that…
Matthew 5:38-42 Expanded Bible (EXB)
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth [Ex. 21:24; Lev. 24:20; Deut. 19:21].’ 39 But I tell you, don’t ·stand up against [resist; retaliate against] an evil person. If someone ·slaps [strikes] you on the right cheek [C either an insult or an act of violence], turn to him the other cheek also. 40 If someone wants to sue you in court and take your ·shirt [tunic], let him have your coat also. 41 If someone forces you to go with him one mile, go with him two miles [C alluding to the practice of impressment, whereby a Roman soldier could command a civilian to carry his gear for a mile]. 42 If a person asks you for something, give it to him. Don’t ·refuse to give to [L turn away from] someone who wants to borrow from you.
Revenge is getting them back.
Vindication is getting yourself back.
So, pray for vindication, but from the perspective that the person or those who injured you can be brought in right relationship with God.
Remember, God doesn’t love your enemies any less than He loves you.
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