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Loud and Proud! Sharing Your Faith

Loud and Proud Sharing Your Faith
Loud and Proud

I have this very dear friend and sister-in-Christ, who is very Loud and Proud about her Jesus and all that He has done for her. She reminds me of Peter or Paul preaching to the masses, saving souls. I envy her “no holds bar” approach to her faith and sharing the gospel. How many hearts has she brought to the feet of Jesus, I wonder?

She lets you know from the start that she is probably a little too much for some, but she makes no apologies for this. I think to win souls for Christ you must be bold and passionate! Continue reading

Are You Torn Between Faith and Doubt?

Are You Torn Between Faith and DoubtFaith and doubt…

Faith and doubt…These two little words are so hard for me to grasp at times. These are such small words with a huge impact on our lives. Do we live in faith, trusting God with each day, each moment? Or do we doubt? Doubt that he cares about us or the little details of our lives, or doubt that he exists, that Jesus is truly the only way to heaven?

Faith

Faith is trusting in things that we can not see. Jesus said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:29). Jesus knew that it would be harder to have faith when we had not seen, and because of this He promised blessing for our faith. Continue reading

The Plans We Make

The Plans We MakeHappy Wednesday!

Things rarely ever go the way we planned them out in our head.

Sometimes, even though we don’t know it, it is a blessing and sometimes it can be a huge nuisance. But if we stop for just a minute, even in the crazy moments that are a nuisance, we can find joy and we can find beauty and peace. Continue reading

Why Complaining is Killing your Joy…

Why complaining is killing your joyThis morning I was reading a devotional by Margaret Feinberg, I came across a very interesting concept. Complaining is killing your joy and making things seem worse than they really are. We already know that our words are very powerful. The Bible warns us over and over about how harmful the tongue can be. Here are a few verses for you to check out during your quiet time.

  • Psalm 57:4
  • Psalm 34:14
  • Psalm 39:1
  • Proverbs 10:20
  • Proverbs 12:19
  • James 1:26
  • James 3:5
  • James 3:8

There are 39 verses in my Concordance about the tongue. Continue reading

Dealing with Difficult People

I have had to deal with difficult people repeatedly! God keeps bringing these damaged people into my life. They will not deal with their past hurts, and instead bottle it up inside and then make the people around them miserable!

So how do we deal with them? My tactic is to run very far away, curl up in a ball and hide. The other option that is used a lot is to be just as aggressive and confrontational as they are. Neither of these are healthy responses, nor are they how our Heavenly Father wants us to react.

God does not want us to be fearful of mere mortals. And we know that he doesn’t want us to lash out in anger.

 

Verses on Anger

  • Ephesians 14: 26 – “Do not sin in your anger.. Do not give the devil a foothold.”
  • Ephesians 4: 29 – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, only what is helpful for building others up.”
  • Ephesians 4: 31 – “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”
  • James 1: 19-20 – “.. Everyone should be quick to listen slow to speak, and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. “
  • Proverbs 29: 11 – ” Fools give vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. “

If you are the run and hide type when dealing with difficult people, anger in those confrontational situations may not be your problem. I am weak and I cry and break down. I can not think of a single thing to say, and, most of the time, clam up and take the beating.

There are a few times when I have let the anger flow, but mostly this is me. Maybe you are thinking, ” well Jesus said to turn the other cheek and isn’t that what he did? ” Yes, but he did it in strength not weakness! Do you see the difference?

He used self-control to not obliterate them. He did not show weakness, but strength.

So, we can not run and hide, can not yell and shout. What do we do?

We lean on God for strength, strength to control our anger and strength to control our weakness. Like David dealing with Saul, we must learn how to deal with people who are angry and difficult.

A dear friend told me just the other day that very rarely are they really angry at you, but at Christ you. Even other Christians can have this problem!

Verses on Strength Through Fear

  • My favorite: Psalms 27: 1 – 3 – “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?…”
  • Proverbs 18: 10 – ” the name of the Lord is a strong tower: Righteous run into it and are safe. “
  • Isaiah 41: 10 – so do not fear for I Am With You;.. I will strengthen you and help you.. “
  • Deuteronomy 31: 8 – ” it is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. “
  • Joshua one: 9 ” be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. “

We cannot deal with difficult people in fear or anger, for neither of these are of God. We must stand our ground with the strength of Christ before us. And we must come at these situations was calm and love, knowing that God is with us, and because of that we can be strong and courageous! What can mere man do to me? Nothing!

Also, remember to pray for these people. They need your prayer, just like Saul, he didn’t hate David. He was jealous that God was with David. He was really mad at God. This anger drove him mad. Act on rationally have deeper issues than what is going on between you and they may need prayer and intercession!

I pray that this is a help and a blessing to you. Now to take my own advice !

Blessings,

 

Amy

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