Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sick of Being Sick...I am Healed

"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." 2 Corinthians 12:9

There are times in our lives when we will be sick. Physical sickness, emotional sickness, spiritual sickness, etc... But what do you do when your sickness is continual or in several areas at one time? When you're tired of being sick and want some relief? What we may find ourselves doing is complaining, arguing, feeling depressed, being mad at God and man, and living stagnant lives.But, that is not the proper response to these tough situations. I am going to share with you some ways to move from sickness to health in your inner man, so that your outer man can also be healed.

  1. Make God number one in your life- Sometimes the reason we are sick is because of bad choices. Our choices have had led to consequences that are manifesting in our lives. But, one way to change our choices is to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and realize he is the ultimate help and answer. 
  2. Get some Inspiration- There are many ways we can get inspired in whatever state we are in. Read your bible, pray, read a devotional, read an autobiography of someone that inspires you, and listen to inspirational or gospel music. Tap into the positive. fill your day with songs and words that will change how you look at your situation and life. Incorporate a song and scripture of the day or week. See how focusing on something positive and enlightening will change you.
  3. Renew your mind- The bible says we are transformed by the renewing of our mind. So, our thoughts have to change. Change to what? Change to think what God says about us and life. Let our thoughts be led by His principles and watch how your choices and actions change.
  4. Have a wellness plan- When we go to the doctor along with a diagnosis he gives us an action plan to make things better. We have to have this in every area of our lives. A plan to get out of debt, a diet plan, a spiritual plan. Having strategies and goals will allow us to have a road-map in which to get to healing. Consistency brings change.
  5. Be accountable- Many times we can have points 1-4 done, but unless we are accountable to someone we find ourselves slipping back into old habits and ways of thinking. We need to reach out to those that are where we want to be or those on their own journey to wellness and team up to be accountable about our process. Someone that we can check-in with on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. The more accountable you are, the easier and more successful your journey to wellness with be.
  6. Realize that His grace is Sufficient- If you mess up, fall off the plan, revert to old habits, realize that God's grace is sufficient for you. Get back up again and start it again. Don't let discouragement, shame, guilt, and fear keep you bound. Examine what made you get off track, learn from it and get back on your wellness plan. And this time on the journey you will be wiser and stronger.
In life there will be sickness. But, we have to make sure our inner man is strengthened daily. We have to know where to go and what to do in sickness and health. So, next time you find yourself sick, try incorporated these steps and see won't things get better for you. And then you can make the declaration, " I am healed"!

Monday, October 8, 2012

I've Got to Get Myself Together- Faith Over Fear

Yesterday my husband preached a sermon titled "Faith Overcoming Fear" and it made me see how some of us are driven and live our lives from a fear - based place. Fear is a place where we are stagnant, angry, hurt, anxious, tired, and self-sabotaging. Living like this is not God's plan for our lives. In him we can have life and it more abundantly. But,how do I get to this life when fear has consumed me and gripped me for so long? Well, I am going to discuss three ways we can have victory over fear and Get Ourselves Together to live our best lives.

  1. Be present- This moment is all we have. We have to make the most of our moments and stop wasting time with negative thoughts, energy, self-talk, and actions. We need to take every thought captive and turn the positive into a negative to create a powerful present moment.
  2. Seek God and His will for your life- God has to be first in our lives in order for our lives to be prosperous and meaningful. We have to learn to seek his will through prayer, fasting, and reading the Bible. We have to examine our choices and see if they line up with God's principles and plans for us. If you feel unsure after praying, fasting, and reading the Bible, then seek Godly counsel from wise people. And remember after receiving the counsel, pray again about the situation.God is faithful to send revelation and confirmation to your situation for you to make the best choice.
  3. Do It Afraid- We have to learn to use our fears as motivation. As fuel to propel us forward to our destiny. We have to step out in Faith, knowing that God has our backs and even if we don't reach our goal, there will be precious life lessons and experiences that will cause us to grow and be better. Trust God, not what you feel and Just do it!
So, how do we live with Faith over Fear? We get in the game called Life and we step out in faith and become co-laborers with God to create our best lives. In faith, there is no failure, just lessons and experiences that will make us better, wiser, and stronger. 
Deuteronomy 31:6- " Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."