Our God is Greater =)

Hello everyone! Hope you are safe and sound! 🙂

Lately, where I’m staying has been very cold and windy! Just yesterday there was a powerful cold front (with 100km/h winds), thunderstorms and there was also hail! According to Perth Now, “Heavy rain caused mass flooding throughout Perth, bringing roads and freeways to a crawl, while the storm uprooted trees and ripped off branches like confetti, downing power lines that left 60,000 households without electricity.”

Wow, I thank God that my house still has electricity and this morning at church, the electricity came back just in time before our service started! 🙂 I’m also really glad that the storm didn’t come early and I managed to stay back for OCF on Friday night (even though I received a phone call asking me to come home early). I’m really thankful for His protection!

I was really surprised when I read my devotion today, it touches on a similar topic about howling winds, booming thunderclaps and lighting flashes. It was a perfect timing, like God knew that I needed the assurance when the storm came! =)

Here’s the the devotion from ODJ:

Greater by Remi Oyedele

Howling winds, booming thunderclaps, and lightning flashes tend to make me nervous, even when I’m sheltered in a safe, dry place. Gentle rain showers I can handle. It’s the clamor and din of an intense storm that get me. So Jesus could well have been speaking to me when He asked His disciples, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40).

Caught in the midst of a raging storm, the disciples must have stared incredulously at their slumbering rabbi. Waking Him, they asked reproachfully, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” (Mark 4:38). When Jesus rebuked the storm and all became calm, the terrified men couldn’t believe their eyes. “ ‘Who is this man?’ they asked each other. ‘Even the wind and waves obey him!’ ” (Mark 4:41).

By that time, the disciples had seen Jesus do and say enough to have an inkling of His identity. Yet the pounding waves made them lose perspective to the point of wondering who their Teacher really could be. I can imagine how they felt. When facing a storm in life, I often forget that I’m safe in Him and instead allow circumstances to make me anxious.

The noise and turmoil of life have a way of obscuring our vision from the truth of God’s Word and who He is. Isaiah 30:15 says, “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.When we turn off our distractions and rest quietly in God’s presence, His peace permeates our hearts and strengthens our confidence.

Rather than using our minds to conjure up images of calamity and chaos, we will see—as the disciples did—that He who is with us is greater than the storms we face, no matter how large and loud they are.

NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Isaiah 6:1-13

More:

Read Psalm 107:23-30 for the Bible’s view of who is ultimately in control of all things.

Next:

What’s frightened you the most about a storm (physical or emotional) you’ve experienced? How does the knowledge that God is greater than our storms impact the way you feel?

Here’s a nice song to sum it all up…

Our God by Chris Tomlin

Faith Hope Love

Hello everyone,

Hope your week is going well! I’ve been really busy with uni, church, OCF… so I’ll do a very short post today! =)

As you know, my blog is called Journey Faith Hope Love 07.

If you would like a nice explanation about my blog, then check out: https://journeyfaithhopelove07.wordpress.com/about-this-blog/

I also just came across this nice picture/quote on Facebook, which I really really like!! So I decided to share it with you all! 🙂

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Have a blessed rest of your week everyone!

Love in Christ,

Annalisa ^^

God Loves Everyone?

Happy Friday everyone! 🙂 Hope you had a good week and will have a good weekend coming up!

Recently, the articles I’ve read during my free time has something to do with God’s love. Just last night, I read this article called “I went to a strip club“. As a follower of Christ, there will be times when you will find yourselves in some pretty awkward situations. It is easy for us to quickly judge others based on what/how they look like without a full understanding of their situations/reasons for why they are in these situations in the first place.

These people are just like each and everyone of us. They desire to be loved, cared for and respected. They are created in the image of God! It’s so sad to see and hear that they are Christians and churches out there who still marginalise certain groups of people and make them feel like they are on the HATE LIST!

As I was pondering on this topic, I came across today’s ODB devotion: http://odb.org/2016/05/13/unseen-yet-loved/ 

INSIGHT:

Why was there so much tension between Jewish and Gentile followers of Christ? In part, the answer is found in how ancient Israel had come to understand their relationship with God. As His “chosen people,” Israel had been given the law of Moses and a land of promise in order for them to live in relationship with God and with one another. Clearly, no other people group was given this unique access to and relationship with God.

This relationship, however, was never intended to be simply for their benefit. As they lived in covenant relationship with God, they were also intended to draw the surrounding Gentile nations to the God who sought relationship with them as well. The prophet Isaiah had taught them, “He says, ‘It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth’” (Isa. 49:6).

As a result, Israel’s relationship with God had a missional element to it—to bring the nations to the Creator who loved them. By the time of Christ, however, this mission had not only been lost, it had been turned inside out. In the minds of the Jewish people, Gentiles had become enemies of God’s people rather than objects of God’s love.

Perhaps that is why Jesus reached out to Gentiles wherever He went: a Roman centurion, a Samaritan woman, a Canaanite woman, and more. The Son of God was teaching us by example that He had come for the lost sheep of Israel, but that He had also come to bring light to the world (John 8:12; 9:5).

The heart of His children should reflect the heart of His Father, who is “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

Reflection Questions

  1. How does Jesus’s attitude toward “outsiders” inform our love for those who do not yet know Him?
  2. Are there people in your life you have been hesitant to reach out to?
  3. How can we, in prayer, seek the help and heart of our loving Father to reach out to those who need the Savior?

For further study on this important topic, read the free Discovery Series booklet How Can I Break the Silence?

Related article: http://odb.org/2016/05/12/ambassador-of-love/

I hope today’s post will help you reconsider your attitudes and behaviours towards the people around you. Regardless of their gender, appearances, cultural backgrounds, ethnicity, beliefs, values, religions etc we are called to love them (including our enemies!)

 (Twit this!) 🙂

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Have a blessed weekend everyone! =)

God bless,

Annalisa  ^^

P.S. If you have been offended or deeply hurt, on behalf of all the Christians, I’m really sorry for the unnecessary heartaches! Please know that you are LOVED! (We as humans make mistakes all the time, but thank God that He keeps on molding and shaping us to be more like Him everyday!) Hope this song will bring comfort to you! ❤

 

More than Just a Movie Review

Hello everyone,

Hope your week has been good so far!

I had a really busy week to start with. On Monday I had 3 tests but still had a relatively good day.

Why did I say that? Thank God for another opportunity to share the Gospel with another stranger. We were waiting for the bus and I felt that God prompted me to go and talk to her. We talked while we were waiting for the bus and I also managed to sit next to her (surprisingly the bus was quite empty today, it’s usually packed with high school students rushing to school!)

After asking her about her weekend, she asked me what I did for Mother’s Day. I told her my family and I went to watch God’s Not Dead 2 (since my mum wanted that as her Mother’s Day present).

Wow, who knew this movie can become a good conversation starter about Christianity? After I told her a brief synopsis of the movie. I felt that the Holy Spirit asked me to ask her whether she follows any religion. (I hesitated a bit, because we don’t usually talk about religion when you meet someone for the very first time right?) But I did so anyways. She told me she feels that there is a Creator out there even though she’s a free thinker. I smiled and asked her why she thinks this way. She said, “It would be kinda sad if there wasn’t one.” I nodded. Then she asked me whether I followed a religion. I smiled and told her I was a Christian and why I believe there is a Creator out there. I told her, “To me, it doesn’t make sense if things just happened by chance. For example our DNAs and fingerprints are all different and unique. It only makes sense to me that there is a Creator out there who created it all.” Then we moved on to other general conversations. I didn’t want to pressurised her or make her feel awkward.

Speaking of Creation and God’s Not Dead 2, I was so surprised and delighted when J.Warner Wallace followed me on Twitter just yesterday!!! Ahhhh I’m so excited! ^^ He is a cold-case detective who examines the evidence for a divinely created universe! That’s so cool! Looking forward to read your articles on your website so that I can handle more difficult Q&As in the near future! 🙂

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Here’s the movie review that I just published on my blog: https://journeyfaithhopelove07.wordpress.com/…/movie-revie…/

A MUST watch for ALL Christians! Also bring your non-Christian friends! It covers many Q&As about God.

Silence is the enemy of the Truth. I will make Jesus known! ‪#‎GodsNotDead2‬ ‪#‎TheHumanRight‬

“God’s Not Dead inspires believers to not only love the Lord with our hearts and souls, but also with our minds, so that we will always be prepared to give the reason for the hope we have, as it says in 1 Peter 3:15.” – Trevor Bayne, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and Daytona 500 champion

BTW you don’t need to watch part 1 in order to understand part 2! (Well, I didn’t and I managed to follow the whole story. I might catch up with part 1 when I finished my exams!)

Hope you will enjoy the quotes from the movie. They are very encouraging aren’t they?

Take care & God bless! 🙂

From your “Social Media Evangelist”,

Annalisa ^^

 

 

Mother’s Day Tribute

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the mums out there! Special shout out to my mum: Thank you mum for all your love, sacrifices and care for the whole family! I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful mum like you! May God bless you in return for all your hard work!! 🙂

Enjoy the slideshow! (All pictures are taken from: Dayspring Mother’s Day Ecards)

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Today’s article is taken from: http://www.dayspring.com/articles/the-meaning-of-motherhood

THE MEANING OF MOTHERHOOD by Mariali @ DaySpring

God has a specific purpose for everything He created, and mothers are no different. When He designed the heart of women, He had specific purposes in mind that were intended for them to carry out. There is something unique and special about how God designed a woman’s heart to love tenderly, teach wisely, and nurture selflessly.

I left home when I moved away to college 3000 miles away in a completely different country. Being only 17 at the time, there were a lot of things I still needed a mother for. I remember the first time I took my pile of dirty laundry to the dorm laundry room. I reached out for the phone as I stared at the washing machine wondering how to do laundry…I needed a mother’s instruction. As I walked through my college years on my own in a new country, I found myself in this same spot several times: the times I got sick, the times I felt alone, the times I didn’t know what God’s will for my future was, etc. But in God’s sovereign plan for motherhood, He put older women in my life at the time (and continues to do so) that have come alongside and loved me “like a mother.” The counsel in 1 Timothy 5:2 came very handy, “Treat older women as you would your mother.”

Our stories are all different. Some of us might’ve grown up without a mother, others may have a challenging relationship with our mother, and still others might live miles away from their mother like I did. The beautiful thing about our Heavenly Father is that no matter what our story is, He desires to meet all our needs so that whatever we lackHe will provide. During all these times when I needed a mother’s love, God sent other women who became “like a mother” to me over the years. Sometimes it was my roommate’s mom, other times it was my Bible study hostess, and yet other times it was the sweet older lady I sat next to at church. You’ve probably heard the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” and while no one will ever replace a Mother, I am grateful that the Lord provided many women throughout various challenging times that allowed God to use them to be like a mother to me.

Do you have those women in your life? Ask the Holy Spirit how you might be able to bless them back? Or perhaps you might consider being “like a mother” to a younger woman the Lord is leading you to mentor? This Mother’s Day, remember to honor your Mom and all the beautiful and selfless ladies that have been like a mother in your life.

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“Love in Unity” – Church Camp Reflection

Hello hello! 🙂

Yup, I’m back from my church camp. This post is long overdue!! Needed time to “digest” what I’ve learnt and reflect about the good things that happened 3 weeks ago! (And to finish off my assignments!)

Wow, actually it’s a good thing that I wasn’t able to post this earlier. Just last night at OCF we touched on the topic of Unity (again)! So now I can consolidate what I’ve learnt from my church camp and at OCF altogether! 🙂

This year’s church camp theme was”Love in Unity”. (The t = cross; red = Jesus Christ’s blood & love that saved us all) ❤

The key lessons that I learnt includes:

  • Serving behind the scene = important as leadership positions
  • 1 Body has many parts but ALL are equally important! (Loved the skits!! Each group had to act out our interpretation of 1 Corinthians 12! All of them were so unique and creative and funny too!!)

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” – Winston S. Churchill

How do we live a life worthy of calling of God?

  1. Be patient, bearing one another in love.
  2. Be completely humble and gentle
  3. Make every effort to keep unity of the Spirit through the bond of Peace

Song by the Sunday School Students

This is the lovely song that the children sang during sharing time! Who cares if it’s cheesy, the lyrics is so good though! Come on, join in (with the actions too!) 😀

I’m so grateful to see “Love in Unity” take place before and during the church camp itself!

Examples of “Love in Unity” in action:

Before:

I’m so thankful to God for answering our prayers! We needed a guitarist because our usual guitarist couldn’t make it to camp. The ‘new’ guitarist is from the South Branch and he and his brother came to help us (North Branch) out with our Music Team! Really grateful for the brothers for coming all the way to practice with us (especially during that one rainy night!)

During:

During camp itself, after listening to the speaker speaking on the topic of the Trinity, this song “This I Believe (The Creed)” by Hillsong came to mind. Thank you Holy Spirit for the prompting! I’m so touched and super grateful for the musos who were willing to stay back/sacrifice their lunch time to write down the lyrics by hand and also coming back to practice after lunch during the free time!! ❤

Some fun times during the camp:

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Love in Unity Cookies (made by the Sunday School students)

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Psalm 23:2 “He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams”.

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One of the many orchards at Orchard Glory Farm Resort

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Our theme cake “Love in Unity” Why? Because we mixed ALL the leftover ingredients together to make this awesome cake! Just like how we are ALL DIFFERENT but God can still use us to WORK TOGETHER! =)

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Birdie friends finally united together after one got left behind! haha ( I think they are scared of me) XD

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More fruit picking! =)

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I ❤ Road Trips! Absolutely beautiful scenery!

As you can see from the photos, the church camp was a good time to take a break from the busyness of life (and yes, that includes taking a break from the Business School @W.Z. 🙂 )

My Sharing

Remember how I asked you all to pray for me, well THANK YOU so much for paying for me! Despite some technical issues, overall it went pretty smoothly! (Thank God that the projector stopped working after my last powerpoint slide) =)

On Another Note

1 more sleep until Mother’s Day! Who’s excited?? (I feel like I’m more excited than my mum! haha) =)

Look out for tomorrow’s post on Mother’s Day where I’ll be sharing some good stuff!

Enjoy your weekend everybody! =)

Annalisa ^^

 

 

 

 

Worth the Wait? Part 2! =)

Speaking of waiting, I’ve got some awesome posts coming your way this weekend! I personally can’t wait to share it with you all! 🙂

While you wait, here are more cool and encouraging quotes on the subject of WAITING.

Sometimes, we as human beings want things spontaneously. Like RIGHT NOW GOD! But did you know, waiting is actually a good thing? It develops our faith and makes us a much stronger person than before! (Sign me up pls! Oh wait, I already signed up! 🙂 )

Even though I was so annoyed with God for not taking away my skin allergy earlier, now looking back I’m so thankful for all that suffering! It’s no fun being sleep deprived for almost 1 month while trying hard to keep up with those weekly assessments! I really can’t thank God enough for sustaining me, not only with uni work but also helping out with various church activities (& OCF)!

Those annoying dust mites made me scratch like crazy! I remember once in class, one of my classmates asked, “Why are you so itchy?” Me: “I just found out that I’m allergy to dust mites! And this room is full of dust mites’ faeces!”

Anyways, many songs really spoke to me and encouraged me through those hard/dark times in life! They can be found in Cease Striving and Know and A Reflection on Cease Striving and Know. 🙂

Oh, I also came across this booklet by RBC (the ministry in-charge of ODB and ODJ). I realised my suffering = Job’s suffering (but not as bad, thank God!)

My favourite quotes:

“The solution to suffering and the doubts  it raises is not found in argument. It is found in learning to rest in God’s grace and to trust in His power – even when the suffering is mysterious and overwhelming.” (Page 22-23)

“Dark seasons of life may be tools in His hand to mold us and shape us into what He desires. God wastes nothing, including the season of suffering that teach us so much about life, about ourselves, and about our Heavenly Father.” (Page 27)

“In the final analysis, the cross is God’s answer to the problem of suffering. On the cross, God entered into suffering with us and forever redeemed it.” (Page 30)

Here’s the link to read the PDF version: http://discoveryseries.org/discovery-series/out- of-the-ashes/

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In a Delay, You Can Trust God’s Timing

Proverbs 19:2 says, “Impatience will get you into trouble.” It’s frustrating to be in a hurry and God isn’t. God is never in a hurry! The Bible says a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day to God. He’s larger than time. One of the most useless things to try to do is to speed up God. When we try to take matters into our own hands and help God out, we get in trouble.

When you get a dream from God and make the decision to go for it but then are forced into God’s waiting room, you start trying to figure out ways of doing God’s dream on your own.

But the Bible says to trust God’s timing: “Rest in the Lord, wait patiently for him to act …. Don’t fret and worry — it only leads to harm” (Psalm 37:7-8 TLB).

Resting can be an act of faith. It means you’re waiting on God. When Jesus and the disciples were in a boat that was caught in a big storm, Jesus just kept sleeping through all the ruckus while the disciples freaked out. When they woke him up to ask, “Why are you sleeping?!” he responded, “Do you think God is going to let the boat sink with me in it?” By sleeping through the storm, Jesus was saying that we can trust God even in the middle of a storm.

When we get into a storm, we tend to lay awake all night and fret about it. But that means that we’re not living by faith. We can’t get any sleep because we don’t really trust God to work it out. God says, “Don’t fret. Remember I’m always with you, and trust my timing.”

Worry only makes you miserable. So stop worrying, and start trusting God to work in you and through you while you are in a delay on the way to your dream.

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Remember God will NEVER EVER withheld what is good  BEST for us! 🙂 That’s an awesome promise to hold on to!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Annalisa ^^

 

P.S. PLAY today’s audio teaching from Pastor Rick.

Talk It Over

  • Why does rest so often make us feel guilty?
  • What do you think God is trying to teach you while you have been delayed? What have you learned about yourself and about God in a delay by design?
  • What is one thing you can change about your schedule or your expectations so that you are not tempted to rush God in this phase of your faith?

Worth the Wait? =)

Good morning everyone! Hope you are well! 🙂

Just found this on Facebook this morning. Thought I should share it with you all!

Re-post from: https://www.facebook.com/AnnVoskamp/?fref=nf

It’s going to be okay: Trust the hands of God more than watching the hands on the clock.
It is all grace anyway:

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Philippians 4:6 reminds us, “Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to him.” =)

I also remember seeing these on Facebook few weeks ago:

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So, be patient because God keeps His promises!

Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us, “For I (God) know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God bless,

Annalisa ^^

11 Ways to be a Prayer Warrior (by Whitney Hopler)

11 Ways to be a Prayer Warrior

Yay! It’s Wednesday! That’s when we usually have our OCF Prayer Meeting! 🙂

I always look forward to catching up with each one of my fellow OCFers and hear about the good things that has happened to them! And of course, lifting them up in prayers with whatever struggles/difficulties they are going through! It’s comforting to know that you are NOT alone!  (Even though sometimes  I can’t make it to every prayer meeting, I still pray for you guys at home/uni 🙂 )

I’m so grateful to our current OCF Prayer Coordinator (and anyone else who prayed for me)for being my Prayer Warrior(s), especially during the darkest hours of my life battling those annoying skin allergy…

Anyways, I thought it would be a good time to share with you on how you (yes, YOU 🙂 ) can also be a Prayer Warrior to the people around you, including strangers! =)

So, without any further ado, let me present to you the 11 Ways to be a Prayer Warrior!

Article taken from: http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/how-to-be-a-prayer-warrior.html

Editor’s Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Stormie Omartian’s new book, Prayer Warrior: The Power of Praying Your Way to Victory (Harvest House, 2013).

So many bad circumstances take place in this fallen world – such as illness, crime, accidents, and conflicts – that it’s easy to get so discouraged that you simply let it all happen without fighting it. But you actually have more control over bad situations than you may realize. Evil is behind much of the bad that happens in the world, and God has given you the ability to fight evil and overcome it with good through the most powerful weapon possible: prayer.

God calls all believers to fight in the spiritual battles that are constantly taking place, where evil causes suffering but God works to redeem it for good purposes. Those who say “yes” to God’s call – prayer warriors – participate in the world’s most important work.

Here’s how you can be a Prayer Warrior:

Understand that there is a war and you are in it. Like it or not, all of us are caught up in the spiritual war that’s taking place between good and evil. If you don’t engage in the war, you’ll still be affected by it – and you’ll be much more vulnerable to evil than you would if you decided to fight as God calls you to do. So be active; not passive. Engage in spiritual warfare with the confidence that God’s power working through you is greater than any evil working against you. Your prayers can help prevent bad things from happening to people and usher good things into people’s lives. Listen to the Holy Spirit’s promptings for guidance about how best to pray for what’s most needed – and then pray to advance God’s kingdom on Earth and stop the spread of evil.

SEE ALSO: Moms: How to be a Prayer Warrior for Your Kids

Know your commander and stand on His side. Your commander in spiritual warfare is Jesus Christ, who leads two armies: the army of holy angels in heaven and the army of prayer warriors on Earth. Jesus chose you, saves you, gives you an eternal inheritance of blessings, and lives in your soul as the Holy Spirit. Jesus wants you to choose His side in the spiritual war, and to remember that the power He gives you is more powerful than evil. Your commander Jesus is the greatest example of a prayer warrior; by studying his life on Earth you can learn how to serve God without fear.

Recognize who your true enemy is. Your enemy is Satan, the highest ranked of the fallen angels who rebelled against God. Satan is your adversary, accuser, tempter, and deceiver. He works by trying to convince you to doubt God’s truth and believe his lies instead. You open doors for your enemy to attack you whenever you deliberately disobey God and choose to sin. It’s vital to run away from temptations to sin and pray against Satan’s plans to hurt you and other people.

SEE ALSO: A Mother’s Role as Prayer Warrior

Be certain of your authority in prayer. Jesus has given you authority to pray in His name and to know that He will answer your prayers according to God’s will and at the right time. Be confident that you can pray to usher God’s power into any situation.

Condition yourself to be all you can be. Do the best you can to stay in good condition spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Prayer warriors, like soldiers should in order to be optimally effective when fighting. 

Put on your protective armor each morning. Put on the spiritual armor that the Bible mentions can help you engage in spiritual warfare:

Gird your waist with the truth by reading your Bible often so that its truths sink deeply into your soul, and keeping those truths in mind whenever you make decisions to help guard yourself from deception.

Put on the breastplate of righteousness by relying on the Holy Spirit’s guidance to choose what’s right; your right attitudes and actions will act like a bulletproof vest protecting you against Satan’s attacks.

Shoe your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace by accepting the peace that only Jesus can give you and using that peace as an unshakeable foundation of confidence to defend yourself against evil.

Take the shield of faith by placing your faith in God and His Word, the Bible, to deliver you from evil and trusting that anything is indeed possible with God.

Put on the helmet of salvation by reminding yourself of what Jesus did on the Cross to save you from sin’s deception and destruction, and choosing to believe what Jesus says about you rather than lies the enemy wants you to believe.

Take the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God by combatting lies with biblical truth, both defensively and offensively.

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Keep praying and relying on the Holy Spirit working through you until you see breakthroughs happen and God’s will is accomplished in the situations about which the Spirit led you to pray.

Become skilled with your spiritual weapons. Read the Bible and incorporate its truth into your life. Invite God’s presence into your life in greater power through praise and worship. Believe that anything is possible with God. Fast when you pray about especially challenging situations. Commit everything you pray about fully to God.

SEE ALSO: How to Help Your Son Succeed in Life

Engage in the war knowing time is short! Keep in mind that the time until Jesus returns at the end of the world is limited, and so is that time you have to live and serve on Earth. So make the most of the time you have to fight evil.

Identify the immediate battlefield. When you’re attacked by evil, be as specific as possible in your prayers about where the enemy has taken the battle.

Follow his orders to resist the enemy. Resist Satan and the evil spirits who work with him by submitting your life completely to God, rejecting pride, refusing fear, praying for miracles, being content, remembering what’s true and what’s not, and never giving up when you’re praying.

See what’s happening from God’s perspective. Ask God to show you the full truth about what’s going on in the situations about which you’re praying, as well as how you can pray about each of those situations to be most effective against evil.

SEE ALSO: The Joy of Fellowship in the Church

Adapted from Prayer Warrior: The Power of Praying Your Way to Victory, copyright 2013 by Stormie Omartian. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Or.,www.harvesthousepublishers.com.

Stormie Omartian is the bestselling author (more than 23 million books sold) of The Power of a Praying® series, which includes The Power of a Praying® Wife Devotional and The Power of a Praying® Woman. Her many other books includeJust Enough Light for the Step I’m On, The Prayer That Changes Everything®, and Praying the Bible into Your Life. Stormie and her husband, Michael, have been married for about 40 years and are the parents of two married children.www.stormieomartian.com.

Whitney Hopler, who has served as a Crosswalk.com contributing writer for many years, is author of the Christian novel Dream Factory, which is set during Hollywood’s golden age. Visit her website at: whitneyhopler.naiwe.com.

Related article: http://www.gotquestions.org/prayer-warrior.html 

Feeling Overwhelmed? This is for You… (by Holley Gerth)

If you are like me, feeling overwhelmed as I finish off my assignments, then this article is for you! Or if you’re just stressed with the busyness of life…

Hope you’ll be encouraged, inspired and strengthen like me by the word of God! God bless you! 🙂

Also, I’ve included a link on how to have FREEDOM from Stress. Do check it out below! ^^

Article taken from: http://holleygerth.com/feeling-overwhelmed/

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up. {Is. 41:10}

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I sit on the back porch and stare out over open space. The scene is serene but inside my mind it’s a different story. I think of all that’s coming then I whisper these words, “I don’t know if I can do this.”

I don’t know if I have the strength.

I don’t know if I have the perseverance.

I don’t know if I have the wisdom.

Have you ever felt that way too?

Thankfully when Jesus said we could do all things through Him it included this. It included right now.

We don’t have to be strong because He says, “I will strengthen you and help you.” {Is. 41:10}

We don’t have to do this alone because He promises, “I will be with you…because I love you.” {Is 43:2-4}

We don’t have to figure everything out because He assures us, “I will teach you the way you should go.” {Ps. 32:8}

This is the secret that can empower us on the days when we feel overwhelmed, the truth we can hold on to when we get discouraged, the wild mystery that lifts life’s weight from our shoulders: It’s not about what we have in us; it’s about WHO. Nothing is impossible for Him–which means with Him nothing is impossible for us too.

{This post is part of the What’s True About Us series.}

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Stress related article: http://www.ourdailyjourney.org/2016/04/30/freedom-from-stress/