31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. (NLT)
Yesterday we had a mighty move of the Holy Spirit at our church. Even eighty something year old people were running as though they were in their fifties! I thought of the Israelites as they left Egypt in pursuit if the “Promise Land”. It says in the Bible there was not one feeble among them!
Tremendous joy broke out! People were being set free of bondages and oppression! You could tell they were free because they began to rejoice as if they had been liberated from something that long-held them! Praise God!
Many people in our church have done the “Daniel Fast”. There is no doubt a fast brings great breakthroughs in us! It isn’t done to manipulate God into doing something we want Him to do. God is always willing to move on your behalf if you ask according the Word and believe Him to do it. It isn’t done so people will think we are more pious. In fact, fasting is to be done virtually in secret. It isn’t to lose weight. Fasting draws us closer to God through opening our lives to more time spent in prayer and studying the Word. That is the purpose of the fast. Since you are not eating, you spend that time in prayer and listening to God’s voice. Fasting directs our hunger towards God and gets our focus on Him instead of the things in the world.
I believe the joy that exploded in my church last night and the miraculous deliverances did have a great deal to do with the fast! I don’t believe it persuaded God to do something…God made up His mind His will for His children was freedom, health, and salvation over 2000 years ago when He sent Jesus to obtain it through His death and resurrection. What the fast produced was our focus was now off of everyday things and onto spiritual things. Because of our increased time in prayer, it built us up in our most holy faith! We were more sensitive to the move of God and had a boldness to allow Him to move through us! Fasting produces confidence in our God-given authority because we become acutely aware of what and who we are in Christ! We become more heavenly minded than earthly minded!
If you have felt moved on by God to fast, praise God! You are about to draw closer to God in ways you have never been. If you are interested in the “Daniel Fast” I have listed below what it includes and what it excludes. It is typically done for 21 days, but follow God on the duration you are to fast! While fasting, increase your prayer time and your Bible study! Get ready, precious reader, for a mighty move of God in your life!
The Daniel Fast-“I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” Daniel 10:3
Meat, fish, white rice, fried foods, caffeine (including coffee and tea), alcohol, breads, chips, crackers, carbonated beverages, foods with preservatives/additives, refined sugar, sugar substitutes, white flour and all products using it, margarine & shortening, high fat products including dairy. No cheese, milk (other than Soy), sour cream, whipping cream, half and half. No corn meal or breads unless they are unleavened flat bread. Be sure to read labels, especially on fruit juices because many contain sugar and sugar is not allowed on the Daniel Fast.
40 You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.”
We are NEVER to allow another person to determine our level of joy. No matter where you find yourself, there will be people who walk full of the anointing and there will be people who act like an ounce of joy would poison their whole system. We are in this world but not of it. We are to walk so closely with God, that the world has no effect on us.
People spend more of their time in the workplace than any other place! This is the main place your joy can be effected and even stolen. Many times people think, “If I just didn’t have to work here!” But think for a moment, if you owned your own business, you would still have employees that could be crabby, you would still have customers that could be also. So even if you didn’t work for someone or for a company that had a diversity of people in it, there are still negatives if you allow yourself to take notice of it and let it be your concentration.
If you worked by yourself, there would be taxes to pay, people who could complain about the service you give. There is always an opportunity to lose your peace and your joy to be effected by people no matter where you go or what you do.
If you were on an island all alone, there would be negatives. Loneliness, missing your family and friends, missing the comforts and conveniences of home! Even then, your joy could be effected if you allowed it. In other words, joy is not found in places, things, and certainly not in people! We are to live so cocooned in the Holy Spirit, that nothing can budge us from what we have In Christ!
Don’t let what is wrong in others derail you! When I was growing up, I had a lot of rejection issues. It seemed as though I had rejection every place I went. I had rejection among some family members, some of the people I went to school with, later certain ones I worked with. It was horrible! This was a sore spot with me from an early age. I began to worry excessively about this and it caused me great anxiety. I got to a point leaving my house was even difficult. I was tired of rejection and would rather have lived alone and secluded from others than to have to deal with the pain of it!
I married my husband and he is the type of person who couldn’t care less what people think! People love him and have great respect for him. In the thirty years we have been married, my husband has only had one close friend and it was in the beginning of our marriage. It never bothered him he wasn’t surrounded by people or if he had a best friend or not. He is perfectly happy, full of peace and contentment whatever state he is in and whoever he is around. He never worries about what people think. He doesn’t give a fig if they care for him or not. He is a person of great joy.
One day I began to compare ourselves. I had let people and what they thought of me become a major issue and I had done this for many years. I talked to hubby about it. This is what he said, “Baby, when you stop letting people and what they think effect you, satan will not torment you with it anymore. Who cares what people think or say? God will take care of it and you will come out on top every time. When you stop caring about what other people are saying and doing toward you, and you keep up your love walk, God will reward and bless you because of it and He will deal with them.”
We don’t live in a perfect world. People are going to let us down and that is a guarantee!! But the perfect love of God has been shed abroad in our lives therefore, we are free to love all and care nothing about what they think or do in return. It is their problem and they have something wrong in them that causes them to do this. Believe me, they aren’t just doing it to you either! Because our hearts are pure, we can go our way in peace and joy and God will deal with it and bring it to an end concerning us!
There was a person who I went to church with at one time. This woman was a leader and I saw God use her mightily! I noticed this woman had little to nothing to do with me and she went to great lengths to show it. I had never done anything but be nice to this lady! I did not understand why she was doing this! I began to notice she was starting a clique right in the church! Others began to notice it, too and began to confide to me the great hurt they had experienced at the hands of this lady. I was told she had run off other ladies from this church because she would go around and ask people to eat after church and the ones she always left out could be standing right there and she would deliberately not invite them. It was so hurtful to these ladies they left the church because of it.
I began to develop a strong dislike for this woman! The longer this went on the stronger the dislike was becoming. One day the Lord had a talk with me about it when I began to think to myself, “There is always one! Why does there always have to be one?? I can’t stand much more of this outrageous behavior. We are going to have to find another church!” God spoke to me and said, “And when you do, satan will make sure there is another just like her at the next church. He isn’t going to stop because he knows he can use this against you and keep you running. When you start praying for her and get your mind off of what she is doing and attack it in the Spirit realm, you will see a change. Either she will change or she will leave, but no matter what, you will not be bothered by her and will actually feel My love for her.”
I began to pray in the Spirit for this lady. I began to see how disturbed she was and the great things she was forfeiting in the Spirit due to her attitude. The loss was so great, I could feel the Holy Spirit’s grief over this lady! I did begin to feel a love for her. I felt compassion and I wanted to help her if I possibly could. Sadly, I could not.
She did end up leaving the church for the most part, and sadly she pulled some of her little group out with her. Only one stayed with her in the end, but the others fell out of church entirely. Tragically, their blood will be on her hands for that! NEVER be a hindrance to someone else! NEVER!! The Bible says it would be better for a millstone to be hung about our necks and for us to be cast into the sea than to hurt one of God’s children!
I am better than I was when it comes to people. I still have a way to go, but it is better than it used to be, and better is BETTER! Praise God, I am gaining ground daily!!
Never let the assignment of the enemy against you stop you, and he ALWAYS uses people to stop you! When you lose your joy, you lose your strength, and when you lose your strength you lose your power to overcome things! That is when you begin to feel powerless and depression sets in and depression will stop you in your tracks! That was satan’s goal all along! Don’t let him prevent you from obtaining all that God has laid up for you and promised you!
Get your eyes off of people and get them back on Jesus! You will win every time. Let the devil be frustrated and nervous for a change! Turn the tables on him, and watch your life make a turn for the better when you do!
Have you ever wished you’d stopped talking about five minutes before you actually did?
Because I’ve been there myself, I want to help protect you from saying potentially embarrassing or hurtful things. And I’ve prepared a list of six warning signs to let you know when it’s time to stop talking.
There’s a subtle difference. Explaining is simply telling someone about your situation. Complaining is when you have an attitude that says “I’m being inconvenienced.” (See Philippians 2:14-15.)
There will be times when keeping quiet in order to avoid complaining seems so hard you almost can’t stand it. But God will always give you the grace to do it. And if we ever want to arrive at our Promised Land, we need to stop complaining about the way God’s getting us there.
Picture this. Someone says or does something you think they shouldn’t have done and all of a sudden, you’ve got about a hundred opinions about them that you want to talk about!
First Thessalonians 4:9 says, “But concerning brotherly love [for all other Christians], you have no need to have anyone write you, for you yourselves have been [personally] taught by God to love one another” (AMP).
In other words, sharing your critical opinions about other people is always a mistake. We need to cover one another with love, instead of uncovering their weaknesses and pointing out their flaws.
Whenever we say, “I can’t do this” or “It’s too much for me to take,” we’re actually defeating ourselves―and we’re not trusting God to get us through it.
What we need to say is, “God is bigger than every issue I will ever have to face, and I can do whatever I need to do through Christ who strengthens me.”
The Bible says that David ran quickly toward the battle line to face the giant Goliath. Sometimes we stare at our circumstances too long. We end up scaring ourselves half to death instead of believing God will give us the victory when we face our giants.
We like to boast about what we’ve done, what we can do, and what we’re going to do. If we’re not careful, we can even take credit for things God did!
Everything we do, we should do it as unto the Lord. (Colossians 3:23) I don’t think we can even begin to know what God would do for us and the things He would allow us to participate in if we would learn to keep our successes a secret between us and God, unless He specifically gives us permission to share them.
Matthew 7:1 (NLT) says, “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.” I think this is really important for Christians because we can get our religious, snooty noses up in the air. And if somebody does something wrong, they’re out of the group.
We can look at everybody else through a magnifying glass when we’re a mess ourselves and can’t even see it. So we need to remain humble before God and before others.
The world is full of negativity. Instead of adding to that negativity, Christians need to be positive about the problems and circumstances we face.
We may not get everything we want, the way we want it, when we want it, but God will take care of us and give us grace to have joy and be positive in the midst of any situation. And that’s an awesome way to live.