There’s a weapon pointed at you!

What’s it look and sound like? Well, have you heard anything like this in your head…

  • You’re in this mess because of your own dumb mistakes!
  • You’re reaping what you sowed, and there’s no way for you to get out of this mess!
  • You’re paying for your past.
  • Your kids are a mess because you’re a lousy parent!
  • You’re going bankrupt because you spend too much money on stuff you don’t need.
  • You’ve destroyed your friendships because you’re not a good friend.
  • You’re going to FAIL!

Or how bout this…

  • God doesn’t love you. Never did. Never will.
  • You don’t deserve God’s favor.
  • You’re not good enough for God to save you.

Do you know what to do when the bullets of the enemy fly? In this quick little video, I’ll show you what you can do to fight back.

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Pray this so you can fight with the weapon God gave you:

“Lord, there’s a voice inside my head that’s been telling me I deserve to be in this mess. But Your grace is greater than any mistake I’ve made or sin I’ve committed. I know you’ve forgiven me for my mess and any messes I make in the future so help me to block out the lies that the enemy is trying to tell me. Give me ears to hear your voice of love and acceptance.”

Isaiah 54:17 (NLT)

No weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!

Do you really know who you are? Most people don’t. And when I say, “who are you?”, I’m not just asking your name or nationality, I’m asking you something bigger.

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I’m wondering if you know how to stake your identity in Christ. If you can’t, you are in danger! 

Because If the enemy can keep you believing you aren’t in Christ – you won’t act like you’re in Christ. 

So, let me ask you…do you know who you are in Christ? AND, do you walk in that identity constantly?

I’m going to show you two reasons why it’s hard to keep your identity in Christ and ONE very simple thing you can do immediately to help you remember who you are in Christ. So you can act like you’re in Christ!

It’s all right here in this podcast:  Soul Fitness Made Easy iTunes

Or you can listen on the podcast player below.

Soul Fitness Made Easy Podcast: Do You Know Your Identity in Christ?

 

Need a touch of God’s mercy but not sure he’s willing to give you a fresh dose? Good news: God doesn’t do leftovers!

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Read below or listen to the podcast. (in iTunes click here.)

I have a confession to make: The only time I like leftovers is when I’m not in the mood to cook!

Like last night.

I was tired. I had a tough day solving problems and technical issues on one of my websites as well as conflicts with booking speaking engagements.

At the end of yesterday when my family was asking, “Mom, what’s for dinner?”

I didn’t have it in me to lift a finger. Have you been there?

I just didn’t even want to invest any energy even thinking about what I could whip up because I had nothing planned nothing!

I looked at my 16 yr old daughter and said sheepishly…

“Leftovers?”

She wasn’t thrilled.

How about you? Do you like leftovers?

I typically don’t like leftovers unless they are YUMMY!

So have you been in a spot where you looked up at God and said, “What have you got for me?

I’m hungry in the relationship area. I’m hungry in the health arena. I’m hungry in my job for a promotion… “God, what have you got for me?”

Listen: You will NEVER hear God say: “Leftovers!”

Here’s how I know God doesn’t do leftovers:

His mercies are new every morning.

Look at what the Bible says in Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (ESV)

I Love that last line – “Great is thy faithfulness”…even when I’m not.

Yep, God is faithful to you even when you’re not faithful to him.

That’s mercy! That’s grace!

And he doesn’t assess what you’ve done that day or haven’t done – and say – “Nope, you haven’t done enough for me or others today – So I’m not giving you something new – You’re just getting leftovers!”

NO! His mercies are new every morning. 

  • Some mornings you may need more patience than others.
  • Some days you may need more love for a coworker.
  • Some days you may need a little more strength to get the job done, or the house cleaned, or the oil changed or the diapers changed.
  • Some days you need more strength to get through a chemotherapy treatment.
  • Some days you need more help than others.

Know what? God doesn’t serve up what’s left over from the day before!
He serves up something fresh and new!

Unlike me – I turn to leftovers when I’m too tapped out to cook or lacking time. God’s got his world under more control than I do.

He’s capable of whipping up something new for you every morning. Every day. He has unlimited resources!

So to you who’s marriage is falling apart, yes, you, the one who wrote to me and said your husband walked out on you… God’s got new mercies for you tomorrow morning.

You who wrote me and said you’re weak from sickness and disease – God has new mercy for you today.

You who are depressed and down – God’s mercies are waiting for you today. And he’s got everything you could possibly need to get you through your day. And the next day and the next day!

Reminds me of the scripture, Psalm 23:6

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. (ESV)

Let me paraphrase that – Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow you – all the days of your life.

God’s mercies are new for you every morning. And, they’re going to follow you through out your day!

God doesn’t do leftovers – aren’t you glad!

Click here for the podcast version of Why God Doesn’t Serve You Leftovers.

When the crap hits the fan, where do you hide? Or maybe a better question is, what do you do? How do you as a Christian believer, face an all-out attack from the enemy?

You know he’s going to try, right? Try to pull you down. Try to get you to give up. Try to get you to abandon the hopes and dreams that you’ve had.

  • What will your response be the next time he strikes?
  • What did you do the last time the devil tried to attack you?

If you sense the enemy is trying to assault you right now, whether it be in your finances, your health, your relationships, your workplace, or elsewhere, watch this short video I prepared for you and you’ll learn…

What every believer needs to know about overcoming an attack.

After viewing this, you’ll know exactly what to do so you can reach your dreams and your destiny.

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Share this with a friend who needs a boost. 

This is Everett.

I’ve known Everett since he was a kid. A messed up kid. But a sweet one.

He’s always had a soft spot in my heart…you know, some people just work their way in.

And when you see them, no matter how messed up they are, you just want to reach out and hug them, and say, “Come on, when you gonna get a clue that this lifestyle isn’t for you…”

That crossed my mind every time I saw Everett.

I’d see him at Publix bagging groceries. I’d see him posting pics on Facebook partying with his friends. And yep, Everette got lost. Really lost. Lost to…

Drugs, Alcohol, all kinds of stuff you’d think he’d never get out of.

But then something happened.

Watch his video and know there is hope…even for the ones you think may never get a clue…

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If you missed the live webinar we hosted for you last week, I’ve got you covered!

Here’s the link. Watch it here. And stick around till the end for something that you will love!

In this webinar you will learn 4 Fast & Easy Peace Fixes that you can use anytime, anywhere.

Did I mention they’re EASY! Love that, right?! I’ll walk you through how I maintain my peace and stay calm in the midst of tough situations and tragedies by:

  1. Meditation – something you can implement it today – it’s a win win to finding peace in your soul.
  2. Speak to Yourself – so you’ll know how to do this and why it’s important with regard to a peaceful way of living.
  3. Gratefulness – how to get into a grateful mood so you can feel calm and happy all day long!
  4. Prayer – so you’ll know what you can pray and see God will rush to your side during difficulties.

Just click on the link below and you’ll get the instant replay.

Here are links to the items mentioned in the webinar replay:

4 Peace Prayer Hacks – Your shortcut to prayers that bring peace

Prayer RockIt Boosters – Book of 200 Fast Fuel Prayer Packs on a variety of topics.

I’ll be offering a variety of future webinars on subjects like:

  • Fear – NO more!
  • Worry – Never Again
  • Enjoying the Believer’s Life Without Guilt
  • Christianity Without Rules and Regulations
  • Happiness That Outlasts Your Problems
  • Genuine Grace that Will Empower You to Tackle Life’s Challenges
  • And much more!

Be sure to get your special invitation to all future webinars by popping your email in the box on the right sidebar. (And yep, you’ll get a free book too!)

 

Are Your Worries, Concerns, Or Fears Stealing Your Peace?

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Are Your Worries, Concerns, Or Fears Stealing Your Peace?

I have something for you then!

Jump in on this FREE Live Webinar and You’ll Discover…

  • 4 EASY Full-Proof Keys to PEACE that you can use ANYTIME.
  • How to STOP the Peace-Stealers so you can get a grip and feel in CONTROL again.
  • A FAST FIX for when you’re falling a part so you can GET UP QUICKLY.
  • How to get a BURST OF POWER so WORRY doesn’t make you feel weak.
  • In times of crisis or confusion, how to stay CALM and CLEAR HEADED.
  • How to push aside things that STEAL YOUR PEACE so you can ENJOY your life.
  • When you’re shaken, how to HOLD ONTO PEACE so you’ll always FEEL HAPPY.
  • What to do WHEN YOU CAN’T SLEEP so you can REST & BE REFRESHED in the morning.
  • How to slay your worries so you can focus on good things that bring you happiness.

Join me for this FREE Webinar, it’s easy to sign up. Click here: http://webinarjam.net/webinar/go/6665/9e03d4b9c9

We’ll have a live Question and Answer Session that you can be a part of.

Hope to SEE you, this Thursday at 7pm Eastern Time so you can get your PEACE BACK & KEEP IT!

Click here to register.

http://webinarjam.net/webinar/go/6665/9e03d4b9c9

See you Thurs night at 7!

Dr. Linda

 

Pushing Hope Your Way

If you are down, discouraged, or hey – just sucking rug…THIS PODCAST IS FOR YOU.

Here’s what I want you to do…

First, picture this: You receive a promise from God or you embrace a promise in His Word. Then the waiting begins. It takes longer than you think it should. You get discouraged and begin to wonder if God even remembers you and your situation.

Is this you? Do you need a fresh load of Hope right now?

Listen to this episode as I push hope so you can believe good things are coming your way! 

I’ll show you how to grab onto hope and keep it.

Take a quick listen and you’ll get some hope-dope!

You can click here, or on the Podcast Player below.

 

4 Ways You Can Slap Your Enemies Around with Prayer

We all have enemies, right? The Bible warns, “Beware when all men speak well of you!” No matter how loving and friendly you are – you’ll always have an enemy, just because you live and breath.

I hate to burst your bubble, but Satan, well, he just hates you – just cause you’re you! And more so, if you have dedicated your life to Christ. That’s just the way it is. Let me show you 4 ways you can slap your enemies around.

1. Recognize your enemy isn’t really the person you think he is.

It’s not Bob or Jessica that did you wrong. It’s not Gabe or Melinda who is spreading rumors and making crude remarks about you. Oh, yes, it’s them in the flesh, but you have to look to the being behind their flesh. The devil.

He’s the one who puts ideas in people’s minds to do you wrong. He’s the one who causes selfish desires to rise up in their flesh. So when someone tries to take you down remember it’s not them, it’s the devil who’s behind them.

Recognize the source. 

This person is just a jerk who needs God’s help to be a better person. So what can you do? Once you recognize the dark spirit behind the person, forgive them.

They know not what they do. I know that’s hard to swallow. They should be smarter than that. They should know what they have done to you. Or maybe they do and they just don’t care. Or maybe they know exactly what they have done to you and they meant it.

Either way, recognize the dark spirit behind their behavior. They need God. You can pray they get a big dose of him. Which leads me to the second thing you can do for your critics. Pray for them.

2. Pray for your enemy

Why? Because you were told to. Not by me. I’m just reminding you what Jesus said to do in the Bible. Here’s what a couple of scriptures have to say about it:

Matthew 5:44, But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. …If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that?

Romans 12:14 says: Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.

Man, I wish those verses weren’t in the Bible. But they are – and for good reason. Pray for those who mistreat you and it will end up sweetening your deal. How, because you will be helping them turn over a new leaf. Why the heck should you care? Cause deep down inside you really do want to make a difference in people’s lives, don’t ya? Here’s your chance!

Oh yeah, and here’s why it’s a deal sweetener for you — what goes around comes around. You will be reaping what you sow. So on that topic – if you’ve ever been a jerk to someone else, they just might end up praying for you too! Win-win!

3. Forgive your enemy.

Why forgive when they don’t deserve it? Because you don’t deserve it either. Huh? Yeah, you might want to read that again. You don’t deserve to be forgiven either. But you are. Jesus forgave you and your crud even before you said yes to him (Romans 3:10).

So do the same for your enemy. It will end up setting you free so you might as well.

If you think you’re sticking it to them by not forgiving, you’re only sticking yourself. Unforgiveness is one of the top reasons people fall into depression, stress related disease, and whole bunch of other ailments.

So don’t waste your time holding a grudge. It only hurts you. 

Ephesians 4:32, …be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

If you’re having a tough time forgiving, then pray and ask God to help you forgive. He will!

4. Love them. I know this is the craziest idea of all right?! And the toughest. What you really want to do is stick it back to them. But, be the bigger person. Be the lover and you will win. Love conquers all.

John 13:34, 35 says: So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

If it’s hard to love them up close then love them from a distance. You will be amazed how love can melt their heart of stone and turn them around. If you can love them you may soon enough find them in your corner. Cause that’s just how love works!

5. Instead of Slapping Them, Let God Slap a Blessing on You!

I Peter 3:9, Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.

Did someone say blessing? Blessed when I’m messed with? Yep. It’s coming if you handle it right.

I Peter 3:12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers.

Nice motivation, huh?

I Peter 3:16 Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!

I know you’re not keen on suffering, but when you keep the end in mind. Let God slap a blessing on you.

If you’ve enjoyed this post, 4 Ways You Can Slap Your Enemies Around With Prayer, you would enjoy Prayer Rock-It Academy. Find out how it can help you turn the tables on the enemy and push him back with prayer. 

Do You Feel Dirty Because of Your Background?
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Susan came into my office and sat down. By the way she slumped into the chair I could tell things were eating away at her.

As she was unloading a dirty list of secrets, her head kept dropping a few notches with each account.

Stopping her, I said, That’s it. You’re done. You have a dirty record. You smell of sleeping with another man you’re not married to, you’ve been lying to your best friend about your extra curricular activities. But that’s it.

She looked at me confused.

That’s it?

How can you say that? Can’t you see how bad I feel about myself?

Yes, I shot back. I can. But you are forgiven, aren’t you? You have a Savior who paid for your sleeping around, right?

I guess so, she said.

And you have a Savior who cleaned the slate when you continued lying to your best friend, right?

She said…Sort of.

Sort of?!

Wait a minute, I said.

You believe Jesus died for you?

Yes, I do.

Then that’s all we’re going to focus on from here on. Got it?

How dirty is your background?

Spotty question, huh? Gonna give me a spotty answer?

Hey, it’s just you and me here, so let’s be real with each other. I’ve got skeletons in my past, you do too.  And I bet it makes you feel…

  • embarrassed
  • not-good-enough
  • ashamed
  • like a “low-life”
  • unacceptable
  • unworthy
  • unapproved
  • dirty

I’m feeling ya.

But I want you to know today that no matter how dirty your background is, you’re beautiful. Oh, you may not feel like you’re beautiful, but if you can put your emotions aside, and put this fact in front, you’ll begin to feel it.

I’ve got a little recipe for you. I know this could sound a little silly, but if you give it a go, you’ll find it changes how you feel about yourself. YES, you will start to REALLY feel beautiful (or guys – you can feel handsome).

With this concoction, you can finally start to put the past behind you. Regardless of what you’ve done, regardless of who did what to you and how you responded. Regardless of how you have coped with your past in the past – today can be the start of a new kind of feeling. A new beginning.

Ready to feel…

  • Secure
  • More than Good-Enough
  • Confident
  • Like a Boss!
  • Accepted
  • Worthy
  • Approved
  • Beautifully Clean

Here we go, here’s the recipe:

Take each of these verses. Write them out or print them. Keep them close by and read them in the morning. In the middle of the day. And yes, before you go to bed.

Why? Repetition of these scriptures will transform your thinking. And your “right” thinking will morph your feelings. You’ll feel beautifully clean.

Check these “Clean – Feeling Adjusters” out:

  • Titus 3:5 (NLT)

    he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.

  • Galatians 2:20 (NLT)

    My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

    This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Stick to this recipe and you’ll be feeling beautiful in a short time! It worked for Susan. It can work for you too.

Share this post with your tweet peeps, they need to feel beautiful too.