Monday, November 18, 2019

The Fragrance of Knowing Him - Part 2

Hello Everyone,

2 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere,...”

When we diligently spend time seeking the face of the Lord, as our necessity, in prayer and His Word, the power and presence of the Person of the Holy Spirit rises up strong inside our spirits and overflows into our natural lives.

As this happens, the Word inside us comes alive with His power and begins to do a cleansing work in us.  I suppose a good way of explaining this, is it opens our eyes to see the things in our lives that are not in line with God’s ways, and we feel an urgency to change.  It’s as though for the first time, the dirt has been washed out our spiritual eyes, and we begin to see the true condition of our our motives and actions more clearly.  

Then, the Word begins to produce the powerful force of faith and hope inside us, as we surrender everything to the Lord and fill our hearts and minds with His perspective. That sets off a flood of peace and joy, filling us with life until we feel we’ll burst if we don’t share this truth with others. 

The Bible likens this overflowing of life, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost to the fragrance of knowing God.  It’s really the evidence of Him at work in our lives.  

In last week’s letter we discovered we can instinctively recognise when someone has been in the Presence of the Lord like this.  There is a strong, undeniable sense of His unconditional love, tenderness, and beautiful humility that lingers on that person.  

We also spoke about how this isn’t something only sensed by those who are believers.  This fragrance of knowing God is recognisable and very evident to those who are not saved, but are open to the Gospel, and those who are closed to it too.

When they sense this fragrance of Christ, their hearts respond to it.  They are either drawn to its life, or they sense a terrible dread, where they know they must repent or spend an eternity separated from God.

Did you know the Bible actually calls this a ministry.  What’s more, it specifies that we must qualify to carry the fragrance of the knowledge of God.

Now, let me remind you, those aren’t my words, they are found in God’s Word.  In the Amplified Classic version, the end of verse 16 of 2 Corinthians 2 says: “... And who is qualified (fit and sufficient) for these things? [Who is able for such a ministry? We?]”

It’s asking the pertinent question: Who actually qualifies to carry the fragrance of Christ? 

It clearly implies there is a way we can tell if someone really does know God and has surrendered to His working in their lives.  In other words, there is a way to tell if someone is just saying the right words, even saying them very well - but without any real power or substance to back those words. What I mean is, we are warned that there will be people who claim to know God and preach His Word, but they do it without a personal relationship with the Word Himself.  

They are not submitted to the truth of God’s Word where it should be doing a cleansing and transforming work in them, and then empowering them with faith and life and supernatural peace.

This would make them imposters - people who are craftily using the Word to deceive others for their own selfish gain and motives.

Verse 17 lays it out clear and plain: “For we are not, like so many, [like hucksters making a trade of] peddling God’s Word [shortchanging and adulterating the divine message];...”

The verse goes on to say that we must be people of sincerity and the purest motives, if we are going to carry the fragrance of knowing God:

“...but like [men] of sincerity and the purest motive, as [commissioned and sent] by God, we speak [His message] in Christ (the Messiah), in the [very] sight and presence of God.”

More than anything, I desire to carry the fragrance of the knowledge of God. Every time I deliberately spend time seeking His face as my necessity, in prayer and in His Word, I know I can encounter Him, and trust Him to do a cleansing, healing, and transforming work in me.

We can expect to tangibly feel His presence when we come to Him in faith. We hear His instruction, His gentle correction, and His loving encouragement. We literally feel His Word, by His Spirit, go to work inside us, renewing our minds and transforming us to think, see, believe, and act as He does.

Of course this is going to have a significant impact on our lives and everyone we deal with throughout our day. God’s lingering Presence in and on us will minister life to others. But we can’t ignore or brush aside that very sober warning regarding this miraculous ministry.  Verse 17 of 2 Corinthians 2 links carrying the fragrance of the knowledge of God with a deep, reverential respect and honour for God’s Word, and the manner in which we receive and present it.

This really isn’t surprising because in truth, we can’t separate God from His Word!  They are one and the same!  2 Timothy 3:16 says all scripture is God-breathed!  It is inspired by and filled with the life and essence of God Himself.  

So if we truly carry the evidence of intimately knowing God - we carry the evidence of intimately knowing His Word too.  And the way we present His Word to others must be done in absolute integrity and purity of heart - because we are in essence presenting to them the one thing He honours as, and above, His own Name. 

Psalm 138:2 says God honours His Word above all, and His Name.

The Amplified Classic translation says, “I will worship toward Your holy temple and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth and faithfulness; for You have exalted above all else Your name and Your word and You have magnified Your word above all Your name!”

If God regards His Word so highly, who are we to ever dare receive and present it with any less respect - knowing full well it carries His full heart and intent?  

It also carries His life and His power, so how can we not hold it out with the utmost respect and integrity?  Why would we water its truth down, or manipulate it to suit our own desires?  

Why would we disrespect its principles and disregard them by saying they’re no longer relevant to the times we’re living in, just because they are uncomfortable to our flesh or unpopular in society?

I found myself checking if there had ever been a time where I presented His Word for any reason other than the purest of motives.  Has there ever been a time I didn’t present it as a direct commission from God Himself?  

Has there every been a moment, public or private, where I have spoken His Word and not been completely aware that I was declaring it in His sight and in His Presence? 

I do believe there is a call to every child of God, regardless of whether we’re in a position of leadership or not, to stand before Him and ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts.

If there has been a time where we have received or presented His Word outside of an absolutely pure motive and intent, knowing we are presenting what is of utmost importance to Him - we must repent.  Then choose to never, ever be found wanting in this regard again.

We are living in times where we must make a clear choice to either stand wholeheartedly for the truth and integrity of God’s Word, or give over to compromise.

If we are prepared to live for the God of the Bible, continuously seek His face as our necessity, and receive and present His Word with the honour and respect it deserves, we will qualify for the ministry of carrying the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere we go.  

We will see God go before us and honour His Word, as He leads us in triumph and never ending victory over the enemy, in every area of life.

These are the days where we will be a vital part of ushering in His glory for the great awakening and end time harvest - as we each personally and intentionally carry the fragrance of knowing God wherever we go! 

All my love,


Jenny 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Fragrance of Knowing Him - Part 1

Hello everyone,


I am well aware of the growing sense of urgency emerging in the church concerning us living in the last of the last days here on earth. It’s as though there’s a great expectation for the church to step into a new and greater level of glory in Jesus - where we know how to press in and experience a deeper walk of intimacy with Him.  

We are called to an inseparable connection with the Lord, where we are completely and continuously being transformed into His image from the inside out  - becoming one with His heart, having our minds in complete unity with His thoughts and declaring His truth in love and authority everywhere we are, and everywhere we go!

We are living in a time where the church is coming into complete submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ so we can rise up in His authority to stand our ground in faith, push the enemy back, and usher in the Glory of God as this world has never seen.  

To stand completely submitted to Jesus, like this, requires everything of ourselves. A complete surrender of our wills to Jesus, where we become inseparably connected to Him in heart, thought, and everything we do.

The only way we can achieve this is through a daily dying to ourselves as we surrender to Him.  This means there cannot be one selfish motive or agenda lurking in our hearts and minds.  No secret self-pride pushing and manipulating its way behind our words or actions.

Only those with clean hands and a pure heart will be able to move as one with Him in the times that we are stepping into.  Psalms 24:4-6 says, “He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted himself up to falsehood or to what is false, nor sworn deceitfully. 

He shall receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation [description] of those who seek Him [who inquire of and for Him and of necessity require Him], who seek Your face, [O God of] Jacob. [pause, and think of that]!”

The Bible identifies the generation who deliberately seeks the Lord face to face, as their necessity, as having clean hands and a pure heart, enabling them to carry His agenda as their own.  

Why is this so important? I believe one reason to be so intimately and intricately connected to Jesus, through His Holy Spirit, is so we can carry the fragrance of knowing Him.    

2 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere,...”

I know in times past we have focused on the first part of this scripture as a sure hope and encouragement - engraving the truth that we will always triumph in Christ Jesus in our hearts.  

Of course this is a wonderful promise of never ending victory for everyone who continues to live in Christ Jesus!  Today, I want to place emphasis on the verses that immediately follow after this great promise!

Verse 15 and 16 say, “For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God, [discernible alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing: 

To the latter it is an aroma [wafted] from death to death [a fatal odor, the smell of doom]; to the former it is an aroma from life to life [a vital fragrance, living and fresh]...

Did you know that you can instinctively recognise if someone has been in the Presence of the Lord?  There is a strong, undeniable sense of His unconditional love, tenderness, confidence and beautiful humility that lingers on that person.  

But this isn’t something only sensed by those who are believers.  This fragrance of knowing God is recognisable and very evident to those who are not saved, but are open to the Gospel, and those who are closed to it too.

We’ve heard many testimonies of people who after having a personal encounter with God, carried the Presence of the Lord on them without even realising the effect it would have on perfect strangers. People could sense the Presence of the Lord on them, became convicted of their sins, and as a result - surrendered their lives to Jesus on the spot.  

There was one incident where a man, after attending a revival meeting, walked into a store and without mentioning a word, the man serving him behind the counter, burst into tears and knew he had to surrender his life to the Lord. 

The Bible says there is a distinct spiritual fragrance that comes on us, and is carried by us when we push into the presence of the Lord, seek Him in His Word, and encounter Him.  

The fragrance of the knowledge of God we carry is discernible and becomes evident to those who are being saved.  Meaning their hearts are open to the Gospel since the Holy Spirit is already at work in them.  

For them, the fragrance of knowing God is an aroma drawing them into receiving His saving grace.  It’s like that final tug on their hearts that’s needed for them to openly surrender and fully commit their lives to Him.

Then, there are those who’s hearts are closed to the Gospel, for whatever reason, and the fragrance of knowing God that is evident on us, is a strong sense of doom.   They know unless they repent, they are going to a Godless eternity.  

Either way, this fragrance of knowing God is very real, and the Bible calls it an actual ministry.  One that we must qualify for.  

In next week’s letter, I’m going to share from God’s Word, how it says we can qualify to operate in this ministry of carrying the fragrance of the knowledge of God.

Until then, choose to diligently push into the presence of the Lord, seek Him in His Word, and encounter Him.  

Seek His face as your necessity, and allow His Holy Spirit, and His Word to do a transforming work in you.  A work where you begin each day confident that you have clean hands and a pure heart before Him - ready to step into a glorious partnership with Him.

All my love,


Jenny

Monday, October 21, 2019

Rebuke the Wind - Part 3

Hello everyone,

The night the disciples were completely caught off guard, and taken by surprise by a terrifying wind storm that threatened to take their lives, they witnessed a power far greater than anything they could have imagined.

They had lost all hope of surviving until they saw Jesus stand up, in their boat and rebuke that demonically inspired wind.  

Did you notice how Jesus rebuked the wind and not the waves?  It may have looked like the waves were the real problem for the disciples that night.  They were crashing into their boat, throwing them around, shaking and rocking and pounding, while filling it up with water.  

The truth is, even though the waves were all they could see, they were only the symptom of the problem, not the source of it.  The unseen force of that wind is what was causing those waves to rise up and reek absolute havoc with that fishing boat that night.

I want to remind you of what Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.”

The problem you are facing in the natural is only a symptom of what is causing it in the unseen world of the supernatural.  If you can’t understand why your marriage is suddenly falling apart, or why there is so much strife in your home, stop wrestling with what you can see in the natural.  Your enemy is not your spouse, or your family members.  Your enemy is not flesh and blood.  It’s unseen forces that are on an all out attack to kill, steal, and destroy anything good in your life.

The Bible clearly says they have absolutely no right to do that, in fact, every weapon they form against you cannot prosper - they are already defeated concerning you!  It’s time you stand up and do exactly what Jesus did.  Face the real enemy and rebuke him into submission!

Once we deal with the spirit realm, things in the natural realm will be resolved.  It’s that simple.

James 4:7 says, “So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.”

The key here is to know you are subject to God.  If you have been flirting with sin, or giving the enemy an open door into your life, or marriage, then resisting the devil will do you no good.  He’ll just laugh at you and bring you more trouble.

Now, when you are living by faith, and walking in God’s love, and being careful to obey the voice of the Holy Spirit, then you can stand up strong in the authority God has given you, rebuke the devil, and he will flee from you.

Once Jesus rebuked that wind, the waves were easily calmed. Look at what the Bible says happened:

Mark 4:39, “And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm (a perfect peacefulness).”

Hallelujah!  Once Jesus dealt with the unseen spiritual force that was in that wind, all He did was speak to the sea and tell it to be still! Don’t you love how the Amplified Classic translation says the wind sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating!  The word ceased literally means to give up the fight!  And as a result, the Bible says, “... immediately a great calm, and perfect peacefulness” came over it. 

Jesus knew full well that the source of that storm was the demonic force behind the wind.  He knew all that was needed was to rebuke it, pull it into submission and then speak peace over the waves.  

There is nothing stopping that from happening in your life too.  No matter what you’re facing, and how terrifying it may seem - know the source of your trouble doesn’t have to do with what you see or know in the natural.  So stop trying to fix it or spend all your energy fighting it in the natural.  

Learn to take authority in the spirit realm - you don’t have to read up about spiritual ware-fare, or attend seminars on the structure of the kingdom of darkness, so you can map out where the spiritual high places are to strategically pray from.

No, the Bible says in Psalms 24:1 that, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness of it, the world and they who dwell in it.”.   All you need to do is know who you are in Christ Jesus, and stand up in the authority He has given you, and rebuke the devil.  Command him and his forces to stop what they are doing and to get out of your affairs in Jesus Name.  

The spiritual realm will hear you and obey when you open your mouth and speak God’s will in faith.  Jesus showed us exactly how it’s done, and we are expected to follow His example.  

So submit yourself to God, stand up strong in faith and rebuke that wind, because as Jesus is, so are we in this world!

All my love,


Jenny

Monday, October 7, 2019

Rebuke the Wind Part 2

Hello everyone,

Being caught off guard by bad news, or sudden trouble can certainly knock the wind out our sails.  The truth is, we don’t have to stand in unbelief, feeling bewildered and speechless.  The moment we realise that we are locked up in Jesus, we will find our voice and speak words that are weighty with the authority He has given us, to turn that storm around! 

In this series Rebuke the Wind, we see how the disciples were completely caught off guard by a ferociously dangerous wind that suddenly came up on them in the dark one night.  They were on a boat with Jesus, on the Sea of Galilee, and this mighty wind of hurricane proportions, picked up the waves and violently beat them against the boat,  terrifying the men as their boat began to sink.  

After desperately trying to fight the storm and keep themselves afloat, the men realised their efforts were hopeless.  As they shook Jesus awake, you can hear the urgency and confusion in their words.  

How could it be that after all they had done for Him, after all they had given up for Him, He would let them face this impossible storm alone, asleep in the corner, leaving them to drown?  Didn’t He say He loved them?  Don’t He even care about what they were going through, or what would happen to them?

Doesn’t that sound familiar?  When we are faced with sudden trouble and it looks like it’s impossible to get through victoriously, what do we hear ourselves murmuring in the heat of it all?  “Lord, what’s going on?  Don’t you love me?  Didn’t you say You would take care of me?  Did I give up everything to follow You for this?  Are You abandoning me?”  

Well, the disciples were feeling completely abandoned at this point of the story, and interestingly enough, we read three different accounts of it in the Gospels.

I have to tell you, after hearing Greek scholar, Rick Renner, mention how Matthew, Mark, and Luke give an account of this story, and each address Jesus at that precise time of panicked terror, by a different name - I had to find out more!

Without making a doctrine out of this, I really think it’s worth talking about.

In Matthew 8:25 (NKJ), the disciples urgently wake Jesus up, calling Him ‘Lord’.  Now often enough, when we address Jesus as ‘Lord’ we do so with an inner confidence, knowing He is in complete control of the situation.  When we are thrust into a terrible circumstance, where we are taken by surprise and reach out to the Lord for help, we usually call Him ‘Lord’, knowing and trusting that He is well able, and willing to save us.

Then, in Mark 4:38 (NKJ), it’s recorded that Jesus is woken up by the panicked disciples, and addressed as ‘Teacher’. When the situation we are thrust into doesn’t immediately get better, we seem to become a little more anxious in our appeal, and begin to wonder if the reason we aren’t seeing results is because God wants to teach us something through our living nightmare.   

I want to pause here and take a moment to clarify what God’s Word says about this particular kind of thought pattern.

The Bible clearly teaches that in the New Covenant we have in Christ, we can be assured that God is never the source, nor is He the author of any calamity or problems we encounter in this life.  He does not bring bad things into our lives to teach us lessons.  That is simply not His nature, and the New Testament is filled with scripture to confirm this.  

Even If we got into the mess because of a mistake, or wrong choice we made, we can still call on His Name in our time of trouble, and He will give us the wisdom, strength, and power to overcome.  

After we are out of the mess, and in a safe place of victory, we can certainly expect the Holy Spirit to reveal any lessons we needed to learn through that experience, and we will gain experiential wisdom from it.  

So it’s important for us to understand that even though God is never the cause of our calamity, He has promised to never leave or abandon us while we face it, or go through it.  When we turn to Him, He will always teach us how to lean on Him, rely and learn from Him so we can walk through that experience into victory.  

Romans 8:28 says He causes all things to work together for our good. So don’t for one moment allow yourself to think God brought trouble on you to teach you a life lesson.  

Now, let’s take a look at how the Gospel of Luke records the way the disciples addressed Jesus in the storm.  In Luke 8:24 (NKJ), the distraught disciples woke Jesus up, addressing Him as ‘Master’.  

Here we see no confident pause, or time for reflection.  Here there is pure desperation, where they are calling on their Master to command action!  The Greek translation for the word ‘master’ is a compound word  that translates to the words ‘stand’ and ‘upon’.  More than anything, the disciples needed Jesus to stand up, on the spot and deliver them.

And that’s exactly what Jesus did, it’s also exactly what He will do for you, when you need His intervention. In the next letter, we’re going to take a look at how Jesus responded and acted in the heat of their crisis, and how we can learn from His example.

Until then, know no matter what you will face in this life, you belong to a Heavenly Father Who loves and cares for you dearly, and is waiting for you to call on His divine assistance.  He will show you how you can take authority over the wind and waves, and reach your destination safely.

All my love,


Jenny

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Rebuke the Wind - Part 1

Hello everyone,

When you feel like you’re suddenly thrust into the frontline of battle, or you’re facing a storm of life that came up on you so suddenly, you didn’t even see see where it came from, it’s easy to be thrown off balance.  In fact, in moments like that it can feel like your whole world has been turned upside down and you’re completely losing control.  

This is the exact time we need someone to stand up, take authority over the situation, and make it all stop!  

We know Jesus’ disciples faced a time like this when they were onboard a fishing boat with Jesus, on the Sea of Galilee.  They were on route to a region that was notorious for harbouring a demonised man, possessed by a legion of demons.  

Jesus knew His mission was to get to the other side of the sea, deal with the demons that were oppressing this man, and see him set free and made whole.  For far too long the devil held the people in that area hostage with fear.  The entire coastland knew about this dangerous, mad man who would rant and rave, and live like a tormented animal amongst the caves.  

No one deserves to live this way, and Jesus had set out to do exactly what His Father wanted Him to do - destroy the devil’s work and bring freedom and dignity to those who were bound and suffering.  1 John 3:8 says, “...The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].”

The devil knew that if Jesus crossed the sea that night, when He reached the other side, He would cast those demons out and end his reign of terror.

So, as Jesus and the disciples were crossing over the sea, the Bible says a great, violent, and destructive wind seemed to come up from nowhere.  Mark 4:37 (AMPC) says, “And a furious storm of wind [of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled.”

Now, it’s important to note that the word arose used here, in the original Greek text describes something that happens unexpectedly or catches you off guard. Obviously, the disciples, who were skilled fishermen, didn’t expect this kind of ferocious windstorm that night.  The event took them completely by surprise.

Of course, I took full advantage of using my Sparkling Gems From the Greek by Rick Renner to help bring out the richness of the text and give us a clear and detailed picture of what took place that night.  When we begin to dig a little deeper using this knowledge of the Greek, it opens up such wonderful truth for us to hold onto and learn from.

Back to the storm...the Bible explains how the wind that came up that night was no ordinary wind.  One translation says it literally picked up the waves and threw them against the boat.  The Greek translation uses the words ballo (to throw), and epi (against).  It describes how this invisible force continuously hurled giant, angry waves against the boat, beating against it continuously, one after the other, filling their boat until it began to sink into the ferocious, terrifying black waves.  

No wonder the disciples were frightened out of their wits!  No wonder they shook Jesus awake, and in their panicked terror asked Him why He didn’t even care that they were perishing!  In the Greek, the word perish here actually describes being undone, unravelled, or broken in pieces. What an accurate description of these terrified men.

We can certainly understand their confusion, they were doing nothing wrong, in fact they were doing exactly what Jesus had instructed them to do.  They were on a God inspired mission, with the Son of God in their boat no less.  They were almost there, and out of nowhere, this ferocious wind launched an all out attack on them, manipulating the sea to rage its fury against them.  They were helpless against its power.  The boat was filling up and they were about to drown.  And where was Jesus in all this?  He was peacefully sleeping through it all!

If you ever find yourself in a situation where out of nowhere you are confronted with trouble of such great proportion, you simply don’t know how to respond - understand the source of your problem is more than likely not what you see or hear happening around you in the natural.  Your enemy, the devil could very well be manipulating circumstances around you to distract you from what God is about to do through you, unravel your emotions, and cripple your faith.

Just like the devil orchestrated the unseen force of the wind that night, to manipulate the waves and prevent Jesus from accomplishing His purpose; the devil is constantly lurking behind the scenes trying to catch us off guard and prevent us from living out our faith for the Lord. 

I want to remind you of what Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.”.

The good news is Christ in us has already overcome the enemy that’s against us, and given us the authority to rebuke him and bring his evil plans to nought!  

In this series we will come to understand how the fight we are in is not against natural things, and that God has already given us victory over it!  You will learn how to stand up and use your voice, and God given authority to stop the devil in his tracks, and see the whole situation turn around for His glory!

In the next letter we will see exactly how Jesus responded to the enemy’s attack, and how the circumstances immediately changed as a result.

Much love,


Jenny

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Fear on the Run - Part 5

Hello everyone,

Probably one of the most effective and dangerous weapons our enemy, the devil, tries to launch against us is fear.  But it doesn’t have to have any power over us if we choose to respond to the devil’s threats the way God’s Word tells us to.  

Isaiah 54:17 says, “...no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord...; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.”

This is God’s promise to us! Any weapon the enemy hurls against us through circumstances or bad reports, intending to derail us, has absolutely no power to harm us.  Not when our hearts and minds are rooted in faith, and we have learnt to respond to his tactics the way the Word teaches us to.

Remember Jesus told us - while we are on this earth, living for Him, we are most certainly going to encounter challenges.  As long as we have an enemy, those challenges are not going to stop coming against us.  But Jesus said in the midst of them, we can rejoice!  Because He has overcome anything this world could ever throw our way, and He has deprived it of its power to harm us!

A good friend of mine, Pastor Rhonda Spencer reminded me that my response will always determine my outcome.  Isn’t that a powerful statement?  Our response to the bad news we receive, or the troubling circumstance we find ourselves facing has the power to determine our outcome.  

If our reaction is going to be full of negativity and panic, then we empower the spirit of fear to work against us.  However, if our response is going to be what God’s Word teaches us to say, we empower the faith in our hearts to go to work and cause God’s promises to become our reality!  Even the impossible becomes possible through faith!

So what does God’s Word tell us to do the moment we face trouble?  Well firstly, it tells us to not fear!  So if you know negativity or anxious words are going to come out of your mouth - keep it shut!  Rather say nothing than empower the enemy to work against you.

The second instruction the Word gives us is to cast that care right over to the Lord.  Give it to Him immediately, knowing He has your very best interests at heart, that He loves you completely, and is extremely attentive to your prayer.  

Once you’ve given Him that care, begin to find out what His Word says regarding it.  Follow the Holy Spirit’s lead here - He will help you find the appropriate scriptures for your situation.  Then once you have His Word on it - you pray and speak that promise right over the situation.  As you do this, you will literally feel the peace of God rise up inside you like a mighty, flowing river.  That peace is powered by your absolute trust in your God.    It’s so powerful that it causes joy to bubble up inside you too.  That joy is a supernatural force that is your strength.  

So now, when you open your mouth, the words that come out are, “Lord, thank You for Your Word and Your promises concerning me.  Thank you that You always work all things for good, to and for those who love you, and are called according to Your purpose.  And I love You Lord! I trust You completely to fulfil Your will concerning me.  No matter what things look like, I know they are subject to change, but You Lord, You will never change!  You will always be my joy, You will always be my peace, You will always be my delight, and You will always be faithful to me. I bless Your Name Lord, I worship You, I adore You!  You are wonderful, and glorious, and so worthy to be praised!”.

Let me tell you, at this point, fear has completely lost its bearings and sense of direction, including its power.  It has actually derailed itself!  And your spontaneous praise has put the enemy on the run!  Because you responded the way God’s Word has taught you to respond!

Now take a look at this scripture from Isaiah 41:10:

“Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.”

When we learn to trust the Lord and His Word concerning us, He hardens us to difficulties.  That means, we find we are stronger than we were the first time we cried out to Him and He rescued us.  We find we are not moved to worry and fear like we used to be.  That’s because we are reminded of how He came right into our midst and rescued and delivered us, and we know He will do it again.  We become tough in the Spirit, not weak and vulnerable in the flesh.  We are no longer easy game to the enemy.  We will not be shaken as we may have been before. 

I’ll end with this promise Jesus gives us in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

The moment you hear anything that contradicts God’s Word concerning you, respond by saying, “Heart, don’t be troubled, neither be afraid, God is with Me and yes He will help me, yes He will deliver me, and yes He will rescue me from all trouble. He will protect and provide for me and give me the wisdom I need to act on to see me through safely.”

If you let this be your response, fear will have no option but to leave and you can trust the Lord to show you exactly what you need to say or do to walk through to victory, every time.

All my love,

Jenny