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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Do Not Love Others As Ourselves

Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Do Not Love Others As Ourselves

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 9 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 8, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don’t Love the Word".

The fifth reason why we do not evangelize is because we do not love others as ourselves.

How do you see yourself? Proverbs 23:7 reminds us that as we think in our heart, so are we. If you were a stranger on the street, would you want to be your friend? Take a moment to seriously ponder this question. You know your character, morals and your past. As a result, you know the kind of friend you would be to others. Do you truly love or hate yourself? The Lord commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves. If you do not love yourself, then you will not love others. Why? Because you cannot give away what you do not already possess.

Matthew 22:39 (NIV) - “And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.”

If you had a physical need, would you want someone to try to meet it? Is not the need for salvation the greatest need of every human heart?

Matthew 25:35-36 (NLT) - “For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.”

1 John 4:7-12(NLT) – “Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”

Jude 1:21-23 (KJV) – “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

As I stated in my previous article; Why Do We Evangelize: To Help Set Other Free, I believe the most loving thing that you could do for someone is tell them the truth so they can experience freedom. If you did not know the saving love of Jesus Christ, wouldn’t you want someone to tell you about Him?

Love tells us the truth and the truth sets us free! I am glad that someone loved me enough to tell me about Jesus so that I can love others in the same manner. When I reflect on the wonderful benefits the Lord has bestowed on my life, I cannot help but tell others about Him. What about you?

Psalm 103:2-5 (NASB) – “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”

Don't forget what The Lord has done. Today, show someone that you love them by telling them The Gospel!

Tomorrow, we will dicuss the sixth reason we do not evangelize; we don’t feel it is our responsibility.

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Why Do We Evangelize? - Our Love For Jesus

Why Do We Evangelize? - Our Love For Jesus

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 3 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 2, "Why Do We Evangelize? - It's A Commandment".

2 Timothy 2:4(NIV) - “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”

John 14:5(NLT) - "If you love me, obey my commandments.”

This brings us to the second reason why we evangelize. We evangelize because we love Jesus and want to tell others about Him. When you love someone you find great pleasure in telling others about the impact they have had on your life.

Since we truly love Jesus, we are not able to contain the great news of what He has done in our lives. Our response to the great love He has shown us is to tell others about Him. We each have a testimony of what the Lord has saved us from, kept us from, or both! Our testimonies are powerful! We have been forgiven for innumerable sins and transgressions. This alone should compel us to testify of the great love of the Lord!

Luke 7:47(NLT) - “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

Revelation 12:11(KJV) - “And they overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.”

We can observe a love for Jesus that resulted in evangelism through the lives of a Samaritan woman and the Apostle Paul.

First, the Samaritan woman spent one moment with Jesus at a well. Her encounter with Jesus was so impactful that she immediately began to evangelize to an entire community about her experience!

John 4:39-42(NIV) - “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have.”

Second, the Apostle Paul had an encounter with Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus. As a result of meeting Jesus, he was greatly impacted. His transformation resulted in Him denouncing all ties to his former life and dedicating the rest of His days to worldwide evangelism.

Philippians 3:3-11(NLT) -“For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more! I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault. I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!”

Psalm 103:1-5(KJV) - Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

What’s your testimony? Let’s take a moment and reflect on where you were when Jesus came to set you free. Were you like the Samaritan woman with a history of failed relationships, rejection and pain? Were you like the Apostle Paul with a history of great achievements but self-righteous and murderous? You did not choose Him, He chose you and loved you first. Now, consider where you are now in your life. REJOICE in His promises of a great future and a hope in Him!

1 John 4:19(KJV) – “We love Him because He first loved us.

Isaiah 1:18(NASB) -“Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.”

Jeremiah 29:11(NLT)- “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

What manner of love is this? All of our past sins have been washed away (Isa. 1:18) and our latter end WILL be greater than our former (Haggai 2:9). The unfathomable love that Jesus has lavished on us should compel us to tell the world all about Him and all He has done in our lives!

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The Body Church - Return To Me

Date - Sunday, March 15th, 2015

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Who Is Jesus? - Our Source of True Confidence

Date - Sunday, March 8th, 2015

The Body Church Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech 1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays 10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer 11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Who is Jesus? Perfect Love

Date - Sunday, March 1st, 2015

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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The Body Church: Rooted and Grounded - Part Two (Pastor Angel)

Date - Sunday, August 10th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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The Body Church - Rooted and Grounded In Love (Pastor Angel)

Date - Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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The Fruit of Love

The Fruit of Love

Galatians 5:22-23(NLT) - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

John 13:34-35(NKJV) - A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

Out of all the definitions of love I have ever heard the one Jesus gave in John 15:13 is my favorite. He said that the greatest love exists when you lay down your life for someone else. This is the most important fruit of The Spirit and is therefore mentioned first. Spirituality is defined by your desire to enhance someone else's life at the expense of your own. Every day of your life, God will present opportunities for you to demonstrate love and today is no different. Like any fruit, it will only grow in the right environment so you must take a posture of love in every situation to the best of your ability so that The Holy Spirit can develop His Love within you.

The process begins by your time spent with God, who is the embodiment of Love. If you're too busy to spend time with God you won't develop in His Love. Then, you have to feed yourself with the seeds of Love that come through meditation in The Word of God. You then have to water that seed by applying the Word to specific situations. Faith without works is dead so if you don't do The Word you can't benefit from it. Last, but not least, you have to protect yourself from all selfishness. Avoid environments dominated by selfishness and surround yourself with The Love you are eager to develop in your own life. Fruit never shows up instantly but if a tree remains in the right conditions it starts to grow.

Meditate on 1 Corinthians 13 and Proverbs 4:20-23

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July 2, 2013 Posted by admin in Love

Love – The Foundation Of Jesus Christ

Love – The Foundation Of Jesus Christ

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
1 John 4:7-12 NKJV

If Jesus is God and God is Love, then Jesus is Love. Thus, the foundation of The Church must be built on love. There are some key points in this scripture reference which need to be highlighted.

1. Love is of God and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

How is that possible? How could love be exclusive to God and His people? Doesn't there also exist love in the world? What about the secular “love” songs? What about the people who “love” their dogs? What about all those fans who “love” certain celebrities? What about the homosexual couples who “love” each other and have a right to be married? Is their love from God too, are they also born of God and do they know God? Is there something special about God's Love?

Yes, it's true. There is a type of love that is unique to God and His people. Nobody outside of God can operate in this love. In The New Testament, different variations of the Greek word “agape” are translated into this word “love”. This is the God kind of love. It's very difficult to understand the depth of its meaning without using an illustration.

A mere description of the word cannot capture what it truly means. Hence, when Apostle John introduces this love as a requirement for The Church he illustrates it using the example of Jesus. God showed “agape” love by sending His Son to die on the cross for us. That's the only way to fully capture “agape” love. The word “agape” itself means “affection, benevolence and charity” but that's not enough.

So, what is “agape” love by the standard of The Bible? It's the love that was shown by The Father when He gave His only begotten Son. He sent Jesus to die for people who deserved to die for themselves and did not ask Him for His Son. They also did not care about Him nor His Son. His love was so great that not only did Jesus Christ die on the cross for the people of the world, it's these same people who put Him on the cross to die. His love also included forgiving the people as they shouted; “Crucify Him!”

Let's therefore put together the pieces we need to create a working definition of “agape” love. It's non-discriminatory which means its available to everyone. The same love is offered to even the people who completely hate the person giving the love and are completely ungrateful. It's a sacrificial love. Throughout history there were many martyrs who gave up their lives for a cause. That's not “agape” love.

It's one thing to give up your own life for a cause but it's another to give up the life of your only son. That type of sacrifice is not martyrdom and does not exist outside of God's Kingdom. There's not even a word in the English language to describe it. People do not sacrifice their only child for other people. The human heart does not possess that level of love. Hence, it is called the God kind of love.

Love – The Foundation Of Jesus Christ

2. He who does not love does not know God for God is love.

Love is everywhere but God's love is rare. Even within The Church there can exist people devoid of God's Love. They may know of God but they cannot know Him because they do not show His Love. They may even show natural love to the best of their natural ability but that's not enough. The standard of God's Love is beyond all of human ability. The best way to explain this love is with the “love scripture”.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8 NKJV

If the example of Jesus on the cross is the best illustration of God's love, 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 is the most comprehensive definition. It demonstrates that natural love at its highest level can be expressed without God's love. For instance, giving to the poor and martyrdom are signs of natural love. Philanthropists are worldly heroes whose names are on buildings and prestigious awards. Martyrs are legends whose names are enshrined forever because they died for something they believed in.

However, none of these good deeds alone qualify as “agape” love. God's love is truly evaluated not by what you do but by who you are. It's even greater than a measure of a man's actions but it's a measure of a man's character. Unlike the natural world, God is not impressed by outward shows of love. He only cares about what's in a man's heart.

But the Lord said to Samuel,"Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV

The common understanding of love is that it is represented by what you do and not what you say. Even though this is true there is still room for deception because people can just do nice things that look like love without really meaning it. That's why God has an even higher standard. People can only judge by what they see but God always judges by the heart of a man.

Only when the love of God is in the heart of a man can these characteristics be consistently manifested. The love of God is long-suffering and kind and is not envious, cocky, proud, rude, selfish, touchy, malicious or supportive of anything that is evil. The love of God can carry any level of pressure that is placed upon it, continues to believe, hopes for the best and endures all things. It never fails. This is what “agape” loves looks like. It's impossible to replicate without God.

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:14-19 NKJV

The Church must be rooted and grounded in love. This has the same meaning as a foundation of love. What the roots are to the stability of a tree, the foundation is to the stability of a building. Love is what will keep The Church standing in times of trouble and trial. First, our understanding of God's love for us, then our love for God, our love for ourselves and our love for each other. If any of these is missing the potential for issues that can result in progressive collapse continues to exist.

When the winds of doctrine blow and the fiery trials hit understanding God's Love for us is the first step to making it through. In my own life I've tried it and I know it works. It doesn't matter what I am going through I have to remind myself of God's Love. He just won't let me fall according to Jude 24 and always creates a way of escape for me out of my trials according to 1 Corinthians 10:13.

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May 6, 2013 Posted by admin in fear, Love

Don't Let Fear Paralyze You!

Don't Let Fear Paralyze You!

Today's blog is a continuation from yesterday. If you have not done so already, read "Ask Donnell - How Do You Handle Public Ridicule?"

Luke 21:25-27(NKJV) - “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

It's the last days and fear is everywhere. Many people are being held captive and have no idea how to escape. Their hearts can't take much more. It's easy to understand why. The Great Recession is not over and people are worried about their financial security. A major war could break out in the Middle East at any moment. We have no idea when or where the next terrorist strike will take place. Natural disasters are always on the horizon. Crime remains a problem as desperate people do desperate things. The average man can't help but fear. It's a natural response. Maybe, it's just too natural.

People seem to be afraid of anything in existence. Nyctophobia - Fear of the Dark. Acrophobia - Fear of Heights. Arachnophobia - Fear of Spiders. Thanatophobia - Fear of Death. Glossophobia - Fear of Public Speaking. Social Phobia - Fear of People. Claustrophobia - Fear of Enclosed Spaces. Agoraphobia - Fear of Open Spaces. Astrophobia - Fear of Space. Ablutophobia - Fear of Bathing. Blogophobia - Fear of Blogs. 🙂 OK, I made that last one up but you get the point. Where did all of this fear come from?

Genesis 3:9-11(NKJV) - Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”

The story of fear started in The Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve opened their hearts to the words of the enemy. God diagnosed the problem the moment Adam told him why he was afraid and exposed the source of all fear.

God: Where are you?
Adam: I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.
God: Who told you that you were naked?

Why was Adam afraid? God said it was because of something he heard. If you're struggling with fear in any area it's because of something you heard. Who told you that you would fall if you're somewhere high in the air? Who told you that you are in danger if the place is dark? Who told you that you would suffocate if you're in a tight space? Who told you that your job was in danger because of the economy? Whose words have you been listening to and who did you give control of your imagination? How did fear get into your heart?

The enemy knows how to whisper things in your ear to bring fear. His words are designed to destroy your confidence and weaken your resolve. The more time you give to his words the more fear you allow to build in your heart. If you listen to his words long enough fear will paralyze you. It worked for Adam and Eve so he continues to set the same trap for every human being. He provides words which contradict God's Word and if you listen to them your faith which comes only from hearing God's Word gives way to fear.

Mark 5:35-36(NKJV) - While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

Did you see that? Jesus understood how fear worked and responded quickly. As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken He knew that fear would immediately follow. Therefore, He instantly told the ruler not to fear and only believe. Jesus was on His way to heal the ruler's daughter but contrary words were spoken to stop the miracle. Thankfully, Jesus didn't let anyone speak fear into the heart of the ruler and the miracle still took place.

Don't Let Fear Paralyze You!

When people speak fear into your life don't accept it because it will form a stronghold in your mind that will be hard to break. It will challenge your faith and contradict The Word of God you're supposed to believe. The Word of God is the source of your faith. However, the enemy tries to sow contrary words of fear like weeds to choke the seeds of your faith. You have to do just like Jesus and kill them before they take root. Don't give anyone the power to control the way you think.

2 Corinthians 10:4-6(NKJV) - For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Words create images in your mind. If these words are words of fear they create fearful images. If they are not contradicted by the truth of God's Word those words will be reinforced as you rehearse them over and over in your head. That's when they become strongholds which are held in place by arguments which keep you in captivity. Fortunately, God has provided weapons which can break the chains of fear around your heart. These weapons can put every contrary thought into captivity. What are they?

2 Timothy 1:6-7(NKJV) - Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

1) The power of The Holy Spirit

Acts 4:31(NKJV) - And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

The Holy Spirit can drive the fear right out of your heart with a special endowment of His anointing. If you're struggling with fear ask for The Power of The Holy Spirit to be released in your life as you rebuke the spirit of fear and embrace The Holy Spirit. It worked with the early church and it will work in your life. Where The Spirit of The Lord is, the Spirit of Fear has to go. Romans 8:15 and Hebrews 2:15 say that fear brings bondage but 2 Corinthians 3:17 says, "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."

2) The Love of God

1 John 4:17-19(NKJV) - Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.

When fear tries to grip your heart remember how much God loves you. When you are assured that the master of the universe loves you, there is nothing for you to fear. He will take care of you and His promises are real. When you get a revelation of His perfect love for you, your life will never be the same again. Just remember 1 John 4:4; "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."

3) A Disciplined Mind

Isaiah 26:3(NKJV) - You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

If you fill your mind with anything other than God's Word you can expect fear to start taking control. Therefore, if you don't keep your mind on God you will struggle to be free. Every time you face a challenging situation put your focus on what God has said and trust His Word. Don't let the situation control your mind. That's why you need to always feed your heart with God's Word. It disciplines your mind to think the right way. The Word of God anchors your heart in the middle of the storms of life. Here's a perfect example.

Matthew 14:22-33(NKJV) - Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

One Word from Jesus, "Come", was enough to empower Peter to walk on water. Just one word! Think about that. God's Word is so powerful that one Word from The Lord is all you need for your miracle. Nonetheless, as long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus and stayed faithful to that Word all was well with him. He could do the miraculous because his faith came by hearing God's Word. However, the moment he took his eyes off of Jesus and looked at the wind, fear entered his heart. Once he accepted the fear his miracle was over.

That's how simple this works. When your eyes are on The Lord you will not fear. When you are stepping out in faith on His Word and your mind is stayed on Him you will have peace. Do not look at the circumstances. Don't limit yourself to what's logical. Don't worry if it seems impossible. If God could create the earth with words, your faith in His Word makes all things possible to you. Do not fear! Just believe God!

Genesis 18:14a(NLT) - Is anything too hard for the Lord?.....
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