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Satan Loses Another Battle

Change is something we tend to fear and become anxious about because we do not feel in control of life. The good news is that God has a plan for your life, hope, a future, and to prosper. If we trust in God and allow the change to grow us to become more like Jesus Christ in how we respond and act, then we are promised that all things will work together for good for those who love Him and keep His commandments. Romans 8:28

This weekend we met a single mother of four children who are in foster care for the time being. We are elated and thankful to God  that with His leading,  we were able to her to get the help and support that she needs . She is a homeless, Christian woman struggling with addiction, depression, lack of self worth, and a need to escape domestic abuse. God has provided a roof over her head, a wonderful support group,  and hope for a productive future.

There is always hope.

If you struggle with addiction, abuse, depression, anxiety, fear and panic disorders, self-mutilation, suicidal thoughts and/or tendencies, or any of the other issues mentioned on this website, please reach out to us. You do not need to be in our home town to receive our help. We will do whatever we can to get you the help and support that you need.

Please email your story to us at outofseasonministries@outlook.com.

All names are kept anonymous.

All we ask is that you allow us to pray for you and help in any way we are able.

You are not alone. God desires to show you His love. I beg you to allow Him.

God already knows you are afraid. All He asks is that you step out in faith.

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].

Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. Philippians 4:6-8

Death Has No Victory Over the Child of God

When a bee stings you, it leaves its stinger in you along with part of its abdomen and digestive tract, thus killing the bee.

The same is true when Jesus died on the cross. In his continuing hatred for God’s Son, Satan thought it a boundless idea to have Jesus betrayed, arrested, beaten, and then crucified on a Roman cross, a most barbaric way to die.  However, everything went as God had planned, and the sting of death defeated itself.

So where is the sting of death for the believer? It is ripped out because at the cross, Jesus took the stinger out of death. As Christians, we no longer need to fear death because our souls will live on forever with Christ. Halleluyah!

He will swallow up death [and abolish it] for all time.
And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
And He will take away the disgrace of His people from all the earth;
For the Lord has spoken.

Isaiah 25:8

Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol (the place of the dead)?
Shall I redeem them from death?
O death, where are your thorns?
O Sheol, where is your sting?
Compassion is hidden from My eyes [because of their failure to repent].

Hosea 13:14

And when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the Scripture will be fulfilled that says, “Death is swallowed up in victory (vanquished forever). 55 O death, where is your victoryO death, where is your sting?”

 

1 Corinthians 15:54-55

Lose Yourself to Gain Yourself

And He (Jesus) was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross daily [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me].

Luke 9:23

When I was dealing with discouragement and despair I noticed that it was because I was putting my focus and trust in everything else besides God. I was constantly dwelling on my problems and taking my eyes off of God.

Self-preoccupation is disorienting, because when we are looking at ourselves we are not looking to Jesus. and we are not looking at the road we are running on. The Bible states that Jesus is our example in Hebrews 12:1-2:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].

Note: Sometimes the public shame of the cross is overlooked when one thinks of the pain and agony inflicted by it, but in the Roman Empire crucifixion was a shameful and disgraceful way to die, a form of capital punishment from which Roman citizens were exempt; and in Roman comedy it was used in a curse: “Go to a bad cross!”

It is disappointing because we never find in ourselves what we are looking for. Therefore, it frequently leads to discouragement and despair. Ironically, we are often lured into self-centered introspection, which leads us into a vicious cycle of self-improvement efforts, self-indulgence, self-disillusionment, and new self-resolves.

When you do this that gives the devil an opportunity to tell lies such as God is not near you and He will not help you.

Please don’t listen to these lies. I found out what I was doing wrong and I went into prayer mode.

Take your eyes off the things of this world. Allow difficulty to bring you to your knees in prayer. Fight off those lies by crying for help. Trust in the Lord, not your circumstances.

The Bible states that Satan is a liar and deceiver. Follow:

Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.] 1 Peter 5:8-9

The one who practices sin [separating himself from God, and offending Him by acts of disobedience, indifference, or rebellion] is of the devil [and takes his inner character and moral values from him, not God]; for the devil has sinned and violated God’s law from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

Jesus tells us that if we are not of Him, we are of the devil:

He who is not with Me [once and for all on My side] is against Me; and he who does not[unequivocally] gather with Me scatters. Matthew 12:30

He who is not with Me [believing in Me as Lord and Savior] is against Me [there is no impartial position]; and he who does not gather with Me [assisting in My ministry], scatters. Luke 11:23

43 Why do you misunderstand what I am saying? It is because [your spiritual ears are deaf and] you are unable to hear [the truth of] My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and it is your will to practice the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths. John 8:43-44

The key to overcoming despair is keeping your mind on the Lord, which will keep your mind at peace.

Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. Colossians 3:2

Take your eyes off the things of this world. Allow difficulty to bring you to your knees in prayer. Fight off those lies by crying for help. Trust in the Lord, not your circumstances.

But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness[His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. Matthew 6:33

Terms and Their Definitions….

Before we can embark upon our journey together we must first learn the meanings of words that ourselves, and society use. I have included the Webster’s dictionary definitions for many challenges we face in life. Please read them and contact me with your personal definitions, as they will definitely vary; I know mine do. God bless you and thank you for your participation.

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Abuse:                        To use wrongly 2. to mistreat, esp. by inflicting physical or sexual harm on 3. to insult; revile (n wrong use 2 mistreatment esp., by the infliction of physical or sexual harm 3 a corrupt practice 4. insulting language

Physical:                    Of nature, and all matter, material 2. Of or according to the laws of nature 3. Of, or produced by the forces of 4. Of the body as opposed to the mind

Verbal:                       Of, in or by means of words 2. In speech; oral 3. Of, like, or derived from a verb

Emotional:                 Of or showing emotion 2. Easily aroused to emotion 3. Appealing to the emotions; moving

Emotion:                    strong feeling 2. Any specific feeling, as to love, hate, fear, anger

Mental:                       Of, for, by, or in the mind 2. Of, having, or related to mental illness 3. For the mentally ill

Anxiety:                      Worry or uneasiness about what may happen 2. An eager but uneasy desire (anxiety to do well)

Panic:                         (as inspirer of sudden fear) a sudden, unreasoning fear, often spreading quickly

Broken:                      Splintering, fractured 2. not in working order 3. violated (a broken promise) 4. ruined 5. interrupted; discontinued 6. imperfectly spoken, 7. tamed

Bipolar:                      Of or involving poles or polarity 2. having alternating periods of mania and mental depression

Mania:                        A (specified) type of mental disorder 2. an intense enthusiasm for

Disorder:                    A lack of order, confusion 2. breach of public peace, riot 3. an ailment 4. to disrupt the normal function of

Self-Mutilation:

Self:                            The identity, character, etc. of any person or thing w. one’s own person as distinct from all others 3. One’s own welfare or interest

Mutilate:                     To cut off, damage or mar an important part of

Anorexia:                   An eating disorder characterized by obsession with weight loss

Bulimia:                     A continuous, abnormal hunger 2.A disorder characterized by eating large quantities of food followed by self-induced vomiting

Depression:              Depressing or being depressed 2. A hollow or low place 3. Low spirits, dejection 4. A condition marked by hopelessness, self-doubt, lethargy 5. A decrease in force, activity 6. A period of reduced business, much unemployment

Borderline:                 On a boundary 2. indefinite

Schizophrenia:         A mental disorder characterized by separation between thought and emotions, by delusions, bizarre behavior

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD):

Obsess:                     to haunt or trouble in mind; preoccupy (to be obsessed or preoccupied.             Obsession     2. An idea, desire, etc. that obsesses one

Compulsion:             A compelling or being compelled 2. A driving force 3. An irresistible impulse to perform some act

Phobia(s):                  An irrational, excessive, and persistent fear of some thing or situation

(Webster’s New World Dictionary & Thesaurus, 2013)

 

Do You or a Loved One Suffer From…

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Do you, a loved one, or a friend suffer from a broken home, phobias, anorexia or bulimia, bipolar personality, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd), borderline personality, schizophrenia, anxiety, panic attacks, abuse-physical, emotional, mental and verbal? This website is dedicated to you. I too have suffered from many of these. In the weeks to follow I will be sharing my story with you in hopes of physical, emotional and spiritual healing. May God bless you as we embark upon this journey of healing together.