12 Bible verses that remind us not to fear

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As Christians we are called to walk in faith. We are not to fear, because God is in control and He has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7).

Have you ever been led somewhere blindfolded by someone you trust? Sometimes it can feel that way when we lean on God. We may not always see or understand, but we have no reason to fear.

Here are 12 Bible verses that remind us not to fear:

1. Isaiah 41:10-13

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Isaiah 41:10-13

2. Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9

3. John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

4. Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1

5. Psalm 118:6

The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

Psalm 118:6

6. Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

7. Psalm 56:3-4

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

Psalm 56:3-4

8. 1 Peter 3:13-14

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.

1 Peter 3:13-14

9. 1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18

10. Romans 8:15

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

Romans 8:15

11. Matthew 10:28

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 10:28

12. 1 Corinthians 16:13

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. -1 Corinthians 16:13

Conclusion

Fear is Satan’s game, and faith is God’s. We are to lean on Him during uncertain times and not give in to fear, but rather increase in faith.

I pray that you fully embrace the gift of peace from Jesus Christ and cast your cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7).

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10 Biblical truths about money

The world has a lot to say about money. Whether we like it or not, it’s become a huge idol in today’s society. But God’s word has a lot to say about money as well.

Here are 10 Biblical truths about money:

1. God is our provider

Above all, we must remember that God is our provider. Not our employer, not our spouse, or our parents. All blessings ultimately flow through God who knows and cares about our every need. We must pray and have faith that He will provide.

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:31-33

2. Be content with what we have

Keeping up with the Jones’s is a sin. We are commanded not to covet (Luke 12:15), and called to be content with what God has blessed us with (Hebrews 13:5).

But the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.

Mark 4:19

But the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” -Mark 4:19

3. Don’t put hope in money

Relying on God to meet our needs is part of being a believer and walking in faith. Money can come and go so we are not to put our hope or find our security in earthly riches.

Command those who are rich in this world’s goods not to be haughty or to set their hope on riches, which are uncertain, but on God who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment.

1 Timothy 6:17

4. Don’t be a slave to debt

When we live beyond our means we put ourselves in a position where we can be a slave to debt and to the world. But God calls us to be a slave to righteousness (Romans 6:15-23).

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:8

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” -Romans 13:8

5. Our treasures are in heaven

As we all know, we can’t take the treasures of this world with us when we die. It is far more important to live a life that glorifies God. We are to set our sights on heaven instead of trying to become wealthy on earth.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-20

6. We must give back to God cheerfully

We are living under the law of grace, which means we are not required to tithe 10% like they did in old testament. However we should still give back to the Lord and give cheerfully, because the Lord loves a cheerful giver.

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

1 Corinthians 9:6-7

7. It’s better to give than to receive

You’ve heard the saying, “It’s better to give than to receive.” But did you know that came straight from Jesus?

We are to do unto others (Luke 6:31) and value others above ourselves (Philippians 2:3), giving generously.

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Acts 20:35

8. Money is the root of all evil

Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Matthew 6:24.) We are not to love this world or the things in it (1 John 2:15-17).

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

1 Timothy 6:10

9. Be a good steward of money

There are many ways we can be a good steward of money by showing respect for what we have been blessed with.

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Proverbs 13:11

10. Work for the Lord

The Bible says we should not be idle or lazy (Proverbs 10:4) and that we should work as though we are working for the Lord. I like to remind myself of this when I have unfavorable tasks to do.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.

Colossians 3:23

Conclusion

All good gifts come from above. We can choose to honor God with our money or dishonor him. There are many ways to honor God with our spending, saving, and giving.

Which area do you need to work on the most? I’d love to hear in the comments!

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12 reasons the law of attraction is NOT Biblical

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The law of attraction is a movement that gained popularity in 2006 with the release of the book and movie “The Secret.” It centers around new thought principals and has occult origins.

Touted by new agers and prosperity gospel ministers, it is the belief that we can manifest whatever we wish through “Source” or “The Universe” or even “God.” Strong emphasis is placed on the idea that “like attracts like” and that we must become what we wish to manifest and raise our vibration.

I was a strong believer in the law of attraction for many years and a manifestation coach for about a year and a half. I even wrote and published a book on how to manifest your dreams and goals with the use of essential oils. I used scripture to support my belief in the law of attraction and included an index of Bible verses in the book.

But my eyes were opened to the dangers of new age practices in late 2018/early 2019. I now oppose the use of law of attraction, apart from praying and believing that God will supply my needs according to His will.

Here are 12 reasons the law of attraction is NOT Biblical:

1. We are here to serve God, not the other way around

Proponents of the law of attraction act as if God is a genie in the sky waiting to grant wishes. And while God does know how to give great gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11), our purpose is to serve Him and obey His commands. NOT the other way around!

So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.

Romans 12:1

2. The law of attraction has occult origins

The law of attraction is one of 12 immutable universal laws. They have been promoted by the Freemasons for years and have occult origins.

Now, there are some Bible verses that appear to support the law of attraction at first glance. However, they are intended only for believers through prayer and petition in line with God’s will.

Standard teaching of the law of attraction takes God out of the equation and encourages you to ask the “Universe” and “Source” for your desires.

But the Bible is clear that we must seek first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33) and delight in Him (Psalm 37:4) in order to receive the desires of our heart from God.

Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:16-17

3. We are to put others above ourselves

The law of attraction tends to be very self-centered.

Sure, we can try to manifest things on behalf of others, but typically, we’re manifesting for ourselves. There are some law of attraction teachers who do not even believe it is possible to manifest on the behalf of others.

And let’s face it, many of the things we wish to manifest are at least in part due to wanting to impress others.

But over and over, God calls us to value others above ourselves and spread the love of Christ. Proverbs 11:25 says, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.

1 Corinthians 10:24

4. We are to do nothing with selfish ambition

We were all born with a sinful nature. It is natural to look out for #1 and to seek the approval of others.

But we are meant to find our worth in God, not in material things or achievements on earth. Striving and hustling to be successful in life means nothing if we lose the kingdom of God in the afterlife.

James 3:16 says: “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Philippians 2:3-4

5. Money is the root of all evil

There are teachers of the law of attraction and the prosperity gospel who preach that good people should have lots of money so that we can bless others. Which sounds great in theory but they also tend to have nice houses and cars and luxurious vacations too.

Jesus was very clear when he taught that we cannot serve both God and money (Matthew 6:34). We should be like David in Psalm 119:36 when he said: “Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.”

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Timothy 6:10

6. We are to store our treasures up in heaven

As believers, earth is not our final destination. God wants to bless us abundantly, but primarily in heaven. When we focus on accumulating wealth on earth we are behaving like non-believers. We are not to value the things of this earth but rather what our father in heaven has prepared for us.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Matthew 6:19-20

7. Though we make plans, God has the last word

Ultimately, God knows what’s best for us and that is why it is so important to pray that His will be done. As humans we tend to think we know what’s best for us and what we want, but focusing on what we want is sinful.

God provides all of our needs (Matthew 6:28-33) and has bigger and better plans than we could ever dream for ourselves (Jeremiah 29:11).

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21

8. We are to meditate on God’s Word only

Meditation is one way to “get what you want” with the law of attraction. But the Bible is clear that we are to meditate on God’s word. Not on riches or personal gain.

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. 

Psalm 1:1-2

9. The law of attraction promotes idolatry

Focusing on what we want instead of God’s will for us is easy to do. And when we REALLY want something it becomes even easier.

But putting our focus and attention on obtaining anything through law of attraction can turn that thing into an idol. EVEN if it’s something pure and honorable, like money for a mission trip. If it is God’s will for you to go on the mission trip, He will provide. And while in this example you should pray for the means to go on the mission trip, you should also be content with not going if it’s not God’s will.

Vision boards are great for keeping our dreams and goals before our eyes, but if they do not line up with God’s will or we make them more important then serving God, we have made an idol for ourselves.

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

1 Corinthians 10:14

10. Believers are to walk with the ungodly

Teachers of the law of attraction stress the importance of raising our vibration since like attracts like. Associating with those of lower vibrations is discouraged, because being around them can lower our vibration (and therefore have a negative impact on our ability to manifest what we want).

But throughout his ministry, Jesus ate and drank with sinners and tax collectors and the unclean. He also spent time alone in prayer and time surrounded with his disciples. This demonstrates that we as believers are to do all three. We are not to regard ourselves as better than anyone else or discriminate against others for our own selfish gain.

And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.’

Mark 2:17

11. Witchcraft/misuse of power is forbidden

Like it or not, the law of attraction is a form of witchcraft. It encourages us to do rituals and things that manipulate “Source” to give us what we want for doing so. There are manifestation spells, chants, Kundalini kriyas, candles, etc. When we try to do things in our own strength that do not glorify God we are misusing our God given power.

Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.

Deuteronomy 18:10-14

12. Apart from God we can do nothing

Galatians 6:3 says, “For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”

We are all sinners and as Believers were are saved by grace. God does not love some of us more than others. He sent His only son to die for all of us so that we could be saved (John 3:16).

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.’

John 15:4-5

Conclusion

The law of attraction is all too often used for selfish gain and takes God out of the equation. As Christians we are called to seek first the kingdom of God and to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. We serve a loving father who has abundance stored up for us in heaven.

Matthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

So keep praying and believing for the things your heart hopes for, but remember to put God first and always ask for God’s will to be done.

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Why I stopped reading personal development books

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I used to be a self-help junkie. At any given time, you would find a stack of personal development books on my shelf. I joked that I was slowly making my way through the entire self-help section of the library, because I was.

My quest to become a better human being drove me to consume any piece of personal development I could find — including podcasts, seminars, articles, and most of all books.

I was literally addicted to becoming a better me.

These days?

I look to the Bible for answers, and my mission is to become a better servant of God.

Why the personal development industry can be harmful

The personal development industry was there for me when I needed it. Rather, I needed God, but I turned to it instead and made it an idol.

I sought wisdom from secular people and believed they had the answers. But the Bible says not to seek counsel from the ungodly (Psalm 1:1).

Even some of the more well known Christian authors in the self-help industry such as Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer teach the prosperity gospel which is a distortion of scripture. There are many scriptures which warn against false teachers.

The biggest flaw with the personal development industry is that it’s focus is on the self — improving ourselves. It’s about building us up and empowering us to take on the world ourselves, which is something we were never meant to do. We are to lean on God and rely on His strength (Philippians 4:13).

Don’t get me wrong–we should always be striving for improvement. But we should do it God’s way, and for His glory.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17

The personal development industry is centered around the self

When we focus on ourselves, we can make ourselves an idol. Our sinful nature is always trying to look out for #1, and the personal development industry can feed our egos.

When we strive for perfection, it causes us to stumble. We are imperfect human beings who need only seek approval from God.

Satan tells all of us the lie that we are not worthy. But our worthiness should be found in God. When we seek to achieve and advance in life, we are usually trying to win the approval of men and make ourselves look good.

But God’s word says:

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

Philippians 2:3

The Bible is the best personal development book there is

If your goal is to better yourself, you need look no further than the Bible. It is packed with instruction on how we are to live and love like Christ. As Believers we have been equipped with the Holy Spirit. And as such our lives should overflow with the fruit of the spirit.

The Bible is the best personal development book there is.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:5-8

Conclusion

There is nothing wrong with wanting to better ourselves, IF we are seeking the approval of God and not men.

The Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7), and our goal should be to glorify Him always.

God is not impressed with awards or how much money we have in the bank, but how we live and love others.

I encourage you to choose to pick up God’s Word to guide you instead of secular personal development books.

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10 verses to remind us that God is our provider

woman showing empty wallet needs to remember God is our provider

As followers of Jesus, it’s important not to give into fear during uncertain times. We must always remember that God is our provider. He knows every need, including the human need for security.

Here are 10 verses to remind us that God is our provider:

1. Matthew 6:31-33

Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:31-33

2. Philippians 4:19

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:19

3. Deuteronomy 2:7

For the LORD your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.

Deuteronomy 2:7

4. Luke 12:24

Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!

Luke 12:24

5. Psalm 34:10

The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Psalm 34:10

6. Matthew 7:11

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Matthew 7:11

7. Psalm 81:10

I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

Psalm 81:10

8. 2 Corinthians 9:10

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:10

9. Psalm 147:8

Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.

Psalm 147:8

10. Psalm 145:15-16

The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Psalm 145:15-16

Conclusion

God is our provider. Our job is to pray and have faith that He will meet all of our needs, and to humbly receive his blessings and mercy. We must put him first and trust that He’s got us in the palm of His hand.

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Why I left the New Age movement and came back to Jesus

The New Age movement has experienced a boom in recent years. More and more women are now openly participating in spiritual practices once considered taboo.

Full moon rituals, Tarot cards, and crystals aren’t limited to witches and fortune tellers anymore.

But all that glitters is not gold.

I’m here to warn you against the New Age movement so that you will not be deceived like I was.

Here’s the story of how I went from backslid Christian to manifestation coach to Christian blogger.

Why I left the New Age movement and came back to Jesus

I grew up in the Christian church and backslid a time or two (or three or four).

In 2016, I slowly (and somewhat unknowingly) became a part of the New Age movement.

What started out small ended up becoming an idol that consumed me for a solid 2 1/2 years.

I went from vision boards and affirmations to teaching about chakras and energy healing.

Because I drew the line at things like Tarot card readings and seances, I told myself I would be fine.

I still called myself a Christian but was listening to false teachers who preach the prosperity gospel. I then became a manifestation coach and author myself.

Deep down I knew that some of what I was repeating wasn’t completely in line with scripture. But the prosperity gospel sounds so good that you want to believe it.

I loved (almost) everything about the New Age world and the so-called “spiritual” coaches, leaders and gurus.

I lapped it all up and felt special and excited to experience a spiritual awakening and to be able to enlighten others.

I truly believed that I needed to share this sacred information with others. I wanted them to be able to experience the sense of power and enlightenment I was feeling.

Which was awesome, minus the noticeable increase in anxiety, fatigue, and bad dreams which I now believe are of demonic origin.

It wasn’t until I came across this article by Doreen Virtue that God began to open my eyes to the dangers of the New Age movement.

Even still, I didn’t fully quit teaching manifestation until months later. 

My manifestation coaching business was not successful despite 17 months of sheer dedication and over $10,000 in investments.

I thank God for this now because looking back I can see that He couldn’t bless it because it was not His will for me.

Walking away from my business (which I truly loved) would have been so much harder had it been monetarily successful.

The Bible says that teachers will be judged more harshly (James 3:1), and so the longer my disobedience continued the worse off I would have been.

The warning signs were all there

The Bible warns of false teachers and wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15), as well as the Enemy’s intent to devour us (1 Peter 5:8).

Many times it forbids witchcraft, fortune telling, and the like.

And while there are verses that appear to support manifestation (such as Matthew 21:22), they are only intended for believers through faith and prayer if what they are asking for lines up with God’s will.

When we tell God what to do we’re being God.

He’s not a genie in the sky waiting to grant our wishes.

We are to humbly serve Him and boldly make requests through prayer and petition.

We are to learn, as Paul did, how to be content in all things (Philippians 4:11-13).

Not to focus on our own selfish desires and prioritize what our flesh craves over obedience to His word.

Satan is using the new age movement to destroy women in particular

In Genesis 3 the serpent (Satan) tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil so that her eyes would be opened.

As we all know, she was deceived and this became the first sin. She then went on to coax her husband Adam to follow suit. And God punished mankind for this.

What happened to me (and what I have witnessed happen to many others), was that I was deceived and lured in.

My participation in New Age practices opened my eyes to hidden knowledge I now believe we humans were NEVER meant to have.

This knowledge took me further away from God because it put me in the drivers seat instead of God.

It caused me to rely on my own strength and believe in things that the Bible says are evil.

And then, just like Adam and Eve, I shared this knowledge with my husband who then followed suit.

Others in my “spiritual” circles did the same. In many instances their relationships ended when the man wouldn’t get on board with the woman’s new “spiritual” path.

This is a win-win for Satan who seeks to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).

The New Age movement is darkness disguised as light

“Love and light” is a common New Age term that feels good.

In fact, all that is taught sounds positive, as it focuses on love and forgiveness and abundance.

There is also a strong emphasis on releasing old wounds to heal parts of ourselves from trauma, and raising our vibration to become more like God.

Many who are drawn to the New Age movement experienced sexual, mental, physical and/or emotional abuse in their childhood and/or as a young adult.

The allure of being able to rise above this abuse where we are the ones in control is very strong.

We feel empowered, and can become addicted to that feeling.  

Then for many of us, the dark and unpleasant symptoms of our “spiritual awakenings” begin to pop up.

But we are told that it is all part of the journey to enlightenment. That this must happen so that we can live at a higher vibration and be more like God.

This process is typically followed by the “dark night of the soul” where we can feel completely separated from God for a time.

Empty. Alone. Tormented. (aka right where Satan wants us.)

And if we survive this–I imagine some people commit suicide at this point–we are told that we will reach enlightenment and inner peace.

But of course that is a lie, because Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44) and masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

On the other hand, Jesus is the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6) and the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

Conclusion

My heart hurts for those who are being deceived and are still actively participating in the New Age movement.

I know many of them are kind souls who don’t yet understand that they are committing wickedness in His eyes.

Others have publicly renounced the Christian faith in favor of the religion of “love” or “all religions”.

My hope and prayer is that God will use me to spread the truth of the New Age movement.

Romans 8:28 says that God uses all things for good for those who love Him and I believe that includes our mistakes. I am now uniquely qualified to help others turn away from the New Age movement like I did.

I know this information can be difficult to read if you are still wrapped up in the New Age world. It took me months after reading the Doreen Virtue article to be able to walk away. It was not easy and I still struggle over having this forbidden knowledge because I cannot unlearn it.

But there is hope and freedom in Jesus when we repent and turn from our sin.

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6 reasons hustle can actually be toxic for Christians

Hustle is a buzzword that erupted in recent years as a badge of honor. Society encourages us to: “Rise and grind,” “Hustle with heart” and “Get ‘er done.”

But have you ever stopped to consider that hustle can actually be toxic for Christians?

I know, I know.

The Bible says we shouldn’t be idle or lazy (Proverbs 19:15) and I agree.

But it is possible to go so far in the opposite direction that it causes us to sin.

Here are 6 reasons hustle can actually be toxic for Christians:

1. It tempts us to break the Sabbath

I know that for many of us, hustle aside, upholding the Sabbath is a foreign and outdated concept.

But not only is it one of the ten commandments, God blessed it and made it holy at the very beginning of creation:

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Genesis 2:2-3

The Sabbath is a day of rest that was made for us because God knows our needs (Hebrews 4:9-11). When we push through and hustle nonstop, it can lead to burnout.

2. It can damage our relationships

The number one relationship and priority in our life should be God. But too often, we can push Him to the side in favor of other things.

Hustle to finish a project or advance in our businesses and careers can distract us from what’s really important.

Our relationships with our spouse, children, family and friends can also suffer when we prioritize hustle over people.

We need to be able to put down the Smartphone (or the paintbrush, or the calculator…) in favor of quality time with those we love.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

John 13:34 (NIV)

3. It can foster greed

If your hustle involves striving to become rich, it is a slippery slope.

We all want to be able to afford nice things and provide well for our families but ultimately God is our provider.

If we are hustling away towards that promotion or network marketing rank with dollar signs in our eyes, we are chasing money and making it an idol.

The Bible has a lot to say about greed (1 Timothy 6:9-10, Luke 12:15), and how we can’t serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24).

The one who loves money will never be satisfied with money, he who loves wealth will never be satisfied with his income. This also is futile.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NET)

4. It can create stress and anxiety

By nature, when we are in hustle mode our adrenaline surges which can create stress and anxiety.

Prolonged hustle can actually be toxic to our physical bodies because of stress. Then of course there’s a higher chance of not properly eating or sleeping when hustling.

Depending on what the particular hustle involves, we may also subject our bodies to a lack (or abundance!) of sunshine and exercise.

And what about our mind?

If all we can think about is hustling to meet that goal, we start to worry about what will happen if we don’t meet it or what else we have to DO.

God calls us to be at peace, to wait upon Him (be patient), to cast our cares on Him, and to put our trust in Him.

God calls us to be at peace, to wait upon Him, to cast our cares on Him, and to put our trust in Him.

The EXACT opposite of stressing ourselves out and trying to do everything in our own strength through hustle!

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Psalm 127:2

5. It can inflate our sense of self-importance

It’s human nature to want to feel proud of our accomplishments and to receive praise for them. Some of us are also very competitive, and highly motivated to add to our list of achievements.

But scripture calls us to be humble and not proud (Matthew 23:12).

And we must remember that apart from Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5).

Works are important, but not as important as our relationship with God or obeying His word.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Philippians 2:3-4

6. It can become an idol and replacement for the worthiness we find in God

When we place our inherent value on how much we can DO to feel worthy it can be toxic.

God wants us to find our worth in Him. He is not impressed by any accomplishments that aren’t done in His name and for His glory. We can never earn His love through works.

God wants us to find our worth in Him. He is not impressed by any accomplishments that aren’t done in His name and for His glory.

And we shouldn’t strive to earn the love and respect of others through works either.

Yes, we are never to tire of doing good (2 Thessalonians 3:13), but we should not hustle in order to find our worth.

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Galatians 5:16

Conclusion

As with all things, balance is important.

We are not to strive for the things of this world or lose sight of God or His will.

We are to rest in Him to prevent burnout and to repent of all sin, including the toxic byproducts of hustle.

Where have you allowed hustle to become toxic in your life? How can you let go of this unhealthy drive for more and rest in God instead? I’d love to hear in the comments!

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How to overcome suicidal thoughts with Biblical truths

hopeless woman experiencing suicidal thoughts

If you are having suicidal thoughts, you are likely under spiritual attack which means it’s time for spiritual warfare.

Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Satan actively seeks to destroy lives while Jesus seeks to fulfill them (John 10:10).

And what better way for Satan to destroy our lives than to convince us that life isn’t worth living?

The good news is that we can combat and overcome suicidal thoughts with Biblical truths.

(NOTE: If you are in crisis, please get help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or by clicking here to chat.)

Because even though we face trials and may experience spiritual attacks on earth, as Believers we have victory in Jesus.

Here are some common lies Satan tells us (which can lead to suicidal thoughts), along with the Biblical truths and verses to combat them:

Lie 1: No one loves me / no one will ever love me

Truth: God loves you and always will.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)

At our core, each of us just wants to be loved. And God created us that way because He seeks to draw us closer to Him in order to fill that void. He will never leave us nor forsake us.

If we were all able to see ourselves through His eyes, there would be no more self-doubt, self-loathing, self-consciousness or self-hatred.

We are His precious creation and He delights in us (Psalm 18:19).

In fact, He loves us so much that He sent His son to die for us (John 3:16) while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8).

Lie 2: It’s all just too much / I just can’t anymore

Truth: We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13).

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:29-31

We all feel like giving up sometimes. Life can be hard, and it can feel like too much at times.

But the good news is that God never expects us to handle it alone.

He wants us to turn to Him and rely on His strength to get us through the tough days so that we can face tomorrow.

Don’t give up!

Lie 3: The world would be better off without me

Truth: You were created for a purpose and you are meant to be here.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

No matter how big you’ve screwed up or how insignificant you may feel, you are here for a reason.

God doesn’t make mistakes.

If the world would be better off without you, you wouldn’t have been created and you wouldn’t be here now.

Your time is not up yet.

Lie 4: It’s just not worth it / I should just give up

Truth: God has a plan, and it will all be worth it in the end.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12

Giving up when times are tough can feel like the easy out. But there is hope.

We are to cast our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7), and He will deliver us from evil (Matthew 6:13).

Lie 5: No one understands / I feel so alone

Truth: God understands, and you are never alone.

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

Satan loves to isolate us, because that’s where he can do his best work.

Sharing that you are having suicidal thoughts with others can be frightening, but you are not alone. The joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).

Lie 6: I just don’t want to feel this way anymore / this pain is too much to bear

Truth: The way you are feeling now will not last forever.

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:17-18 (NIV)

As someone who has struggled with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts off and on since I was a teenager, I understand.

Things can be so difficult and painful that life no longer feels worth living. Hope can feel far off.

But God never gives us any challenge that is too great to handle without His help. Turn to Him for strength, and be patient.

God never gives us any challenge that is too great to handle without His help. Turn to Him for strength, and be patient.

Lie 7: Things are never going to get better / I will never catch a break

Truth: God has a plan.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

It’s human nature to assume the worst. And when things are hard and we’re feeling hopeless, it’s difficult to imagine them ever getting better.

But God’s promises never fail. He wants us to put our complete hope and trust in Him. To believe with all of our heart and soul that He knows what’s best for us and will guide us according to His will.

God’s promises never fail. He wants us to put our complete hope and trust in Him. To believe with all of our heart and soul that He knows what’s best for us and will guide us according to His will.

Lie 8: It’s hopeless / God doesn’t care

Truth: God hears our cries and He is our hope.

I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.

Psalm 40:1-2

God cares about us so much that He collects all of our tears (Psalm 56:8). He encourages us countless times in His word not to fear, not to give up, and not to despair.

Closing prayer

Father God,

We know you see our struggles and hear our innermost thoughts and fears. Please deliver us from evil and give us hope.

Let us look to you for guidance and lean not on our own understanding. Let us have faith and trust in you and your will for our lives.

Give us the strength to endure and overcome the trials we are facing.

We bind up any suicidal thoughts and pray protection and renewal over our minds.

In your son’s name we pray,

Amen

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7 Biblical ways to mature in the Lord

There are many Biblical ways we as followers of Jesus can mature in the Lord and begin to live our lives as a fragrant offering.

We are called to do so much more than just attend church and pray when we remember.

We are are called to live a humble life in service to God, seeking and yielding to His will for our lives.

We are are called to live a humble life in service to God, seeking and yielding to His will for our lives.

Here are 7 Biblical ways to mature in the Lord (and to go from lukewarm to on fire for God):

1. Seek God’s will first and above all else

As we grow and mature in our walk with Christ, our lives automatically become less about what we want to do and more about what He wants us to do.

Seeking His will can look like reading our Bible to better understand the mind of God, asking for wisdom in prayer, and seeking Godly counsel (Psalm 1:1-2).

It can often mean saying no to the things our flesh wants to do, and saying yes to the things God is calling us to do.

It’s learning to put our ego to the side, and to hold up our hands and humbly ask for God’s direction and favor in our lives.

It’s also taking the time to pause and ask ourselves “What would Jesus do?” (WWJD?) before making decisions big and small.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

– Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

2. Read God’s word daily

The Bible is the only instruction manual God gave us.

In order to make God the number one priority in our lives, we must read His word daily.

Doing so allows us to better know and draw closer to Him, embed His word deeper into our hearts and minds, and obey to Him.

I can honestly say that reading the Bible daily has helped me the most in growing in spiritual maturity with the Lord.

After all, if we don’t know what His word says, how can we possibly begin to follow it?

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

– Colossians 3:16 (NASB)

3. Nix worry and devote ourselves to prayer instead

There’s a saying that goes, “Worry is praying for things you don’t want.”

I feel like, as women, we are more prone to worry. But God calls us to have complete faith in Him, and fear is not of God.

Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” 

Although He already knows our innermost thoughts and feelings, it’s our job to communicate them. We are to ask for our needs to be met, strength to overcome temptations, and faith to get us through the hills and valleys of life.

So whenever we find ourselves starting to worry, we are to shift to prayer instead!

And when we start to feel like we can’t possibly ask God for the same thing AGAIN, do it anyway!

Being in constant communication with Him is a great way to mature in the Lord.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” 

– Phillippians 4:6 (NIV)

4. Engage in fellowship with other believers

Psychologists believe that we are the sum of the five people we spend the most time with.

Regular fellowship with likeminded Christians can have a large impact on our lives as we learn from each others experiences and grow in faith together.

Look for ways to engage in fellowship throughout the week whether it be at Church, Bible study, small groups, over coffee, or in Christian Facebook groups.

Satan loves to keep us feeling isolated and alone. So surrounding ourselves with a strong group of likeminded Christians is a great way to combat the enemy.

“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.”

– 1 Corinthians 14:26 (NIV)

5. Worship and praise like it’s your job

We were created to humbly worship the Lord and bow to Him in reverence and awe.

He deserves all of our praise! So we shouldn’t limit ourselves to the worship service at church. We can praise him during quiet time and all throughout the day. I like to crank up worship music while I clean and dance in my living room like no one but my King is watching!

Tithes and offerings are also a form of worship and obedience. We are to give back to the one who provides all for us!

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

– Psalm 95:1 (ESV)

6. Practice submission and obedience

All too often, it’s easy to ignore His still small voice and choose to follow our selfish nature instead.

In Luke 6:46, Jesus said, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Cue dagger to the heart.)

We are not called to be lukewarm Christians who only obey when we feel like it. Being obedient and submitting to His will is everything because He knows what’s best.

For example, I recently felt like He was prompting me to get up out of my seat and go welcome a newcomer at church.

I never would have felt comfortable doing something like this before but I recognized that it’s simply not about my comfort anymore.

I hesitated for a few minutes but ultimately decided to listen and I’m so glad I did because I made a new friend in the process.

When we are obedient with the little things, God calls us to bigger things.

During that same church service where I introduced myself to the newcomer, He confirmed what I’d suspected for months, which was that I was supposed to start this blog.

And as you can see, I was obedient!

Is He calling you to start volunteering or to be more submissive to your husband? Or maybe He wants you to start a ministry or to be a more submissive employee? Whatever He’s prompting you to do, listen!

But if one loves God truly [with affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of His blessing], he is known by God [recognized as worthy of His intimacy and love, and he is owned by Him].

– 1 Corinthians 8:3 (AMPC)

7. Embody the fruit of the spirit

Anyone can talk the talk, but to walk the walk we must embody the fruit of the spirit.

Pray that the Holy Spirit convicts you in your heart so that you can make positive changes, because God examines the heart.

We all have areas to work on, whether that’s being more loving, biting our tongue, exercising self-control instead of indulging in that unhealthy habit, etc.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

– Galations 5:22-23 (NIV)

Conclusion

Our whole perspective shifts when we begin to look at our limited time on earth as an opportunity to become more like Him and to give our life in offering.

We begin to see that OUR purpose is to fulfill HIS purpose, whatever that may look like!

OUR purpose is to fulfill HIS purpose!

My prayer for you, dear reader, is that you continue to mature in the Lord and seek His face always.

Which of these 7 Biblical ways to mature in the Lord do you feel the most convicted? I’d love to hear in the comments!