Who Will Be There For You When You Are Beaten Down?

As you may or may not know, I am a Christian Life Coach and Counselor. I have met with people, who were at such low points in life that they just could not gather the strength or initiative to pray.

Have you ever been so deep in the quagmire that you just don’t have the words to pray? We can pray with groaning in our spirit and He hears our cry. We don’t have to use our voices and words. Sometimes we are so low, we just don’t have the words, but Holy Spirit does! And Holy Spirit will intercede for us!

Romans 8:26 says, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (ESV)

At this point, I am reminded of that poem, Footprints. The actual author is disputed because many have claimed to author this allegorical poem. Not at all my point today, but Wikipedia says:

(This popular text describes an experience in which a person is walking on a beach with God. They leave two sets of footprints in the sand behind them. Looking back, the tracks represent various stages of their life. At various points, the two trails dwindle to one, especially at the lowest and most hopeless moments of the person’s life. When questioning God, believing that the Lord must have abandoned His love during those times, God gives the explanation: “During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”)

This is not actual Scripture but it states perfectly what I think about when people, including myself, experience when at those low points. And there are plenty of Scripture that remind us that He is with us and knows our needs, even before we are able to put them to words. Matthew 6:8, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (NIV)

Are you in a place of deep despair? Take heart and be encouraged!

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3 Tips For Nourishing Your Relationship With Jesus

Colossians 2:10 says, “And it is in union with him that you have been made full — he is the head of every rule and authority.” (CEB)

Because of the work Jesus completed in full on the Cross, when our Father looks upon us, He sees no sin, no blemishes, no imperfections in appearance, manner or personality. So if that’s what He sees, we are actually falling short (sinning) when we see ourselves otherwise. That does not give us free reign to do whatever we what whether good or bad. But it does give us the freedom to be who He created us to be.

In order to get the full meaning of this one verse, one needs to read and meditate on the previous verses. In particular look at verses 6 through 8.

 Therefore, just as you received the Messiah Yeshua as Lord, keep living your life united with him. Remain deeply rooted in him; continue being built up in him and confirmed in your trust, the way you were taught, so that you overflow in thanksgiving.” (CEB)

When we accepted and received Jesus as our Savior, His Spirit moved into us and now lives with our spirit. We can communicate with Holy Spirit any time we make that an intentional part of our day. But because we are “in union with Jesus” our communication is a constant part of our lives as well.

Just because He lives in union with us that does give us the freedom to hear from him but there are a few things we can do, without being legalistic about it, to nourish that relationship. We do some special things to nourish our human relationships.

And because life gets busy and noisy we need to be intentional about nourishing that relationship with Holy Spirit, just as we would with our human relationships, especially the ones that matter to us.

1)      Read about Him. Get to know Him. How? Spend daily time in the Word. It is a love letter from the Father. He wants you to get to know Him. When we get to really know someone, a human someone, our love for them grows. Our love and appreciation will grow as we get to know Him more deeply.

2)      Hold conversation with Him. Talk to Holy Spirit. But take time to listen as well. The how to of listening is addressed in other articles and in ongoing articles, so I won’t go into that detail here. This exercise takes intention at first but soon we will recognize His voice even in the middle of our daily noise.

3)      Just “be” with Him. Just sit quietly with Him. How often do we spend time with our human loves but we don’t say a word? Being with someone we love doesn’t take any effort except to remove all the other distractions. I’m talking about more than the first suggestion above. I’m talking about just sitting with Him. Enjoy His presence. Express thanksgiving for all Jesus has done for you. Worship Him. Start and end your day this way.

Please don’t think you have to “set” aside time to the legalistic point that you allow the enemy to play with you. That’s what the enemy likes to see. That we are so legalistic with a “schedule” that we experience guilt for having missed that time of day. Yes, in our human relationships, we set time aside for them. But we have a perfect Father and He just loves us with no agenda attached. Take time for Him but don’t fall into the trap of being legalistic about it. That’s playing into the enemy’s hands.

Where Is Your Battle?

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Yesterday we started the bible study, Armor of God. Awesome first session. One thing Priscilla Shirer said really stuck in my head!

We all have people in our lives who are so irritating, who bring out the worst in us, that we believe were placed by Satan himself. Could be a relative, a co-worker, a boss, etc.

What Priscilla said that stuck with me is this: They are not the enemy. The battle is in the heavenly places. Of course, this is my paraphrase and how I heard it. I think because God wanted me to hear this especially.

I have one person at this time who drives my head to a point! And she brings out the worst in me. The need to be right, the need to have the last word, impatience, lack of compassion, etc. I often pray before I spend time with her but after listening to the teaching last night, I will pray every time. I KNOW prayer works. I’ve had personal experience in answered prayers. So why do we forget to pray or just neglect prayer?  Because we think we can handle the situation and/or person? We call on our own abilities, skills, etc. to handle a bad situation when we should be praying. Especially, because the battle is not of this world, we are really wasting our time and energies. And believe me wasting energy, by relying on our own efforts, can make us physically sick. We can even pray while in the presence of the person.

When I’m with a client, I always prayer prior to the meeting and often silently call on Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom during the meeting.

So again, why do we let Satan get the better of us! That thought just makes me angry. God has ALL the power. Satan is a deceiver and part of his game is to deceive us into thinking he has any power at all. Today I’m saying NO to him and very loudly declaring he will have no place in my home, in my life, in my relationships!

I’m declaring Holy Spirit will have full reign over my life and anyone I come into contact with including those difficult people.

Just some thoughts of mine this morning. Hope everyone has an awesome day!