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God Won’t Let Fear Stop You!

God Won’t Let Fear Stop You!

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Being brave and courageous doesn’t mean we will never experience feeling afraid. Feeling afraid is a human emotional experience. Bravery and Courage is often displayed when we do the thing(s) we are afraid of doing and/or when we feel afraid. In that moment, when our heart is pounding, our hands are sweaty, our mouth feels dry, when words evade us, when we are feeling frozen as if unable to act, when we are afraid of being rejected, misunderstood, or of failing, and thoughts of what others will do and/or think, say, and feel about us bombard our mind, that is when we have an opportunity to operate in the bravery and courage God has put and developed on the inside of us. During these times it helps to remember God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (1 John4:18).  We must understand that we don’t have inside of us a spirit of fear. It is an attack from the spirit of fear attacking us from without trying to find fellowship with feelings and sometimes wrong thinking about ourselves and/or our situations that make us feel afraid.

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Since God has not given us a spirit of fear, it is important to know as Christians that what we feel, in this case, afraid, is different than what we have inside of us. We have confidence, bravery, and courage inside of us because we have God/Jesus/The Holy Spirit living inside of us. Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).  The spirit of fear is in this world. We, who are joined to the Lord, is one spirit (See 1 Corinthians 6:17). We are not of this world and again, fear doesn’t live in us. Feeling afraid is a human emotion and we can ask God to help us when we feel afraid.

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So, what do I do when fear attacks? How does God help me?  A couple of truths I learned that helped me are, one the Holy Spirit lives in me and helps me. The other is that God Loves me. My mother in law shared with me often the importance of knowing that God loves us no matter what we face. One day it registered profoundly in my heart. It liberated me in a way that only God knew I needed in my heart, soul, and thinking.  I pray that the following truths I learned and explain will help you too. I learned that the Holy Spirit (God) is with us to comfort and assure us in the scary moments. God lets us know He is in us, with us, will never leave or forsake us, and that He is for us. We are never alone. He does and forever will help us. He reminds us that He has given us a Spirit of power, love and a sound mind. He reminds us saying “My strong and courageous one, be not dismayed neither be afraid. I have not put fear in you strong and courageous one. I strengthen you daily. Be, do, go as I say my strong and courageous one.” Yes, God affirms, assures, and comforts us. He reminds us to look to Him, trust Him, believe Him, and to keep the faith in Him. Also, He has displayed time and time again that He loves us. Yes, His love for us is premium and perfect. We must know this, especially during scary moments in our lives. When we know God loves us, we can be sure He is for us. This is motivation and encouragement to not stop. Furthermore, It behooves us to remember in those scary moments that God is our loving Father. That is part of being perfected in His love and perfect love casts out all fear. Perfect love is unconditional, non-condemning, and non-condescending, void of ridicule. God wants us to prosper, succeed, be brave, courageous, and confident in Him. He wants us to confront fear head on and do what He has called us to. Even when we are feeling afraid He calls us to step out in faith, believing Him, and doing what He says (all a part of loving Him). We don’t have to coward down when fear attacks. We can stand boldly and confident in Jesus knowing my Father in Heaven will help me and He won’t let fear stop me.  By the power of the Holy Spirit and these understanding in our heart and mind we can do the thing(s) we may at times feel afraid to do. We can confront fear with God. He has perfected us in His love when He saved us, empowered us, and we are growing in His love. He will cast fear away and let us proceed on in His Love. He won’t let fear stop us.

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Going forward, when emotions are high and you are confronted with things that make you afraid, remember God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. Sometimes you will even have to open your mouth and declare God’s word over your own life. You and I can declare God is with me. God loves me. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I do not have a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world.  In the face of fear we can keep being, doing, growing, and going as God says, all the while declaring, Fear is not in me, God won’t let fear stop me, and I will not let fear stop me in Jesus Name.

 

Be Encouraged!

Thanks for Reading, God Bless You

Pastor Samantha Waring-Jolicoeur

 

The Biblical System of Belief: The Foundation of Belief

The Biblical System of Belief Pt. 1
The Foundation of Belief
Hebrews 11: 6
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 

Belief, faith which is used interchangeably is very powerful. Even belief in one self is very powerful as well but limited because of our humanness. However, many individuals have been able to accomplish remarkable things just by believing in themselves. People have started with nothing and have been able to conquer nations, become CEOs, lift their families out of poverty, change lives, the list goes on and on. However, when we look at Hebrews 11: 6 we see a difference between the world’s view of believing in one’s self and the biblical system of belief. I think in many cases we have limited faith to what can be accomplished. Lord I need healing, Lord save my lost family member, Lord I need my bills paid, Lord I need a spouse, Lord we need a building. Please do not get me wrong God wants to do these things for us and more, but what if I said that there is a deeper and more weightier truth to faith. Faith in its essence, in its core is about pleasing God.

THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

The foundation of the biblical system of belief is believing that God exists. If you have issues with the existence of God your belief system is unstable and limited. It is unstable because the right situation and circumstance can change your belief system or an individual can throw it away. It is limited because we are human and in our humanness, we are limited to our five senses. Faith in anything other than God is an unstable foundation. Matthew 7: 24 – 27 talks about this.
Matthew 7:24-27 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
We need to have a foundation that is strong and able to withstand the challenges of the seasons of life. Believing in God is the strongest and only foundation that we have.

FAITH THAT PLEASES GOD

As we look back at Hebrews 11:6, the first part says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Remember I said that we tend to focus on the aspect of faith that helps us in our time of need. The problem with focusing only on this facet of faith is what happens when your prayers do not get answered. What if the answer is just no? Do you stop believing in God? Do you start to question the existence of God? The challenges of life have a way letting us know where our beliefs lie. I remember the Lord speaking through my wife one night. I was going through seeking God for answers. I was getting depressed and discouraged. She lovingly reminded me to look at what God has been doing, what we already have, and to focus on God. My need at the time was dominating my relationship with God. I had to repent. Have you ever been there? When what you are seeking God for dominates every aspect of your relationship with Him. The motivation of our worship and praise becomes a method or formula to getting answers from God. Sometimes we think we are doing the right thing because we think this is all faith is. Faith says God is the creator of all living things. Faith says God is faithful, merciful, and gracious. Faith says God has a plan for my live in the mist of dire circumstances. Faith says I communicate with Him and He communicates with me. John 20: 29 says, “Jesus said to him, “You believe because you see me. Great blessings belong to the people who believe without seeing me!”- ERV.
Faith is believing and not seeing. This is the faith that is pleasing to God. It is pleasing to God when we do not doubt His existence when the storms of life come and the world tells you he does not exist. Faith is the foundation of our relationship with God. How can you communicate, love, trust, and rely on someone you do not believe in? When you do have faith in God there is peace, strength, hope, and courage in knowing you have a God that is with you and loves you deeply.

Ending Prayer:
Heavenly Father thank You that Jesus is the author and finisher of my faith. You will never leave me nor forsake me. You are with me in every season of life. Whether I am thirsty and in need you are my source who satisfies. Calm all my doubt and sooth all my fears in Jesus name amen.

No More Performance Anxiety

    No More Performance Anxiety

Written by Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur

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Racing thoughts, constant tossing and turning at night, lack of sleep, frustration, poor eating habits, agitation, fear, worry, panic, nervousness, rushing, stress, confusion, feeling scatter brain, feeling like a failure, etc., the list can go on and on regarding the effects of performance anxiety.

Many jobs have high demands, exhausting challenges, high unrealistic expectations, and burdensome demands. It is easy for many individuals that work within organizations that have these issues to experience performance anxiety.  Often time these same individuals care about their organization, the work that they do, and want to do an excellent job; however, they get distressed when things are not going well. This may be due to worrying about how things may appear to those looking in.

I read an article about how teachers cope with Sunday night anxiety see link https://www.weareteachers.com/sunday-night-anxiety/. This is where I learned about the term performance anxiety. When I read the term performance anxiety, it was a revelation for me.  The term are two words put to feelings I experienced for years but could never explain at the core using words. I thought to myself I know all too well this foe, performance anxiety.  For years I struggled with keeping up with high work demands, wanting with all my heart to do an excellent job, only to feel like the expectations were unrealistic and that I was doing a half behind job. I would constantly say to myself “I rather do three tasks well than ten tasks cutting corners.” At times with evaluations and sometimes unrealistic expectations due to deadlines hovering over me, I didn’t think I was doing an excellent job. This led to me worrying about how people viewed me, what they thought about my efforts, work, results, and overall ability. If it were not for the Lord giving me the strength to overcome these thoughts and feeling it would have hinder and debilitate me forever in more ways than it did. I will admit it has in the past caused me to stumble, give up, and throw in the towel more times than I would like to admit. If I knew then what I know now, I would probably have dealt with several things differently. Thank God it is never too late to learn and change.

There are several things I dislike about performance anxiety. I dislike that it robs an individual of the joy of the work that they do. Instead of just doing their best, enjoying the work they do, and simply being the blessing they are, performance anxiety causes people to think more about what others think to the point of people pleasing and doing things for eye service. Thoughts such as what are they saying, what will they say, what will they think, what will they do to me, will I look bad, how do I look, people will not understand, I will lose my job, etc., becomes consuming. Those thoughts can immobilize and cause a person to begin to do a substandard job. No longer are they doing work from the heart but it can become more about performance to live up to the opinions of others. Everything becomes one big show. This leads to fake, phony, fabricated work, and lies not to mention racing thoughts, constant tossing and turning at night, lack of sleep, frustration, poor eating habits, agitation, fear, worry, nervousness, rushing, stress, confusion, feeling scatter brain, feeling like a failure, etc. At this point performance anxiety is ruling the person’s output.

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Thank God there is a remedy for performance anxiety. God is a healer and deliverer. He can give one word to combat any attack against the mind, emotions, soul, spirit, body, etc. He spoke to my heart about what combats performance anxiety. He said, “The way to get rid of performance anxiety is to do all things as unto me.” Here is the scripture

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ (Colossians 3:23-24 – KJV).

God speaking that scripture to my heart was a breath of fresh air. Just to think, understanding that we are to do what we do with all our heart as unto God can stop us from operating in performance anxiety. It doesn’t mean that we won’t feel anxious at times but we can by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit call on God to help us look to Him, trust Him, and do our work as unto Him. God is more appreciative, understanding, and merciful than any man or boss could ever be. He knows when we are working diligent and that is what matters most regardless of what anyone else see, thinks, or what they think they know. God is not an ill-mannered foolish task master that expects for us to do the impossible in human strength. God knows our work load, time available, resources available and all the other nuances we faced throughout the work day. God will reward us for what we do beyond our pay check and accolades from man.

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The Holy Spirit also brought to my remembrance the following scripture in Ephesians 6:6-8:

Don’t work only while being watched, in order to please men, but as slaves of Christ, do God’s will from your heart. Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord (Ephesians 6:6-8 – HCSB).

Although slaves were addressed in these verses, we can take the lesson from it and apply it in our daily service in the market place or in any context we are working. On our jobs we are to obey our bosses and leadership as long as they are not asking us to sin against God and that they stay within the contractual terms we signed. Anything that trespasses against God should not be adhered to. In addition to this; if necessary, we can abstain from doing what we cannot live up to outside of the contract responsibilities stipulated. We are to work with due diligence not to please men, but because we are servants of Christ and we are doing God’s will to be excellent employees with all of our heart. God wants us to have a good attitude and when we don’t we can confess it to Him and He will help us. He knows it gets rough and totally understands. God is our rewarder. The paycheck we get is what we earned.

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So, what are the implications of all this? Freedom from performance anxiety!! Thank you Lord! We can resolve to do the best we can do according to the power of God working in us with the ability, gifts, talents, time, and resources He has given us. We can yield to Jesus. Remember we work for God first! With this in heart and mind, by His grace, we do not have to worry or fear bosses, leaders, or what others are thinking about our work performance. We can ask God to help us to be teachable, open to change, constructive criticism, feedback, and new ways of doing things, but anxiety cannot be tolerated to persist. Each time it comes we can call on God to reject it. No stress no mess. God says be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication to make our request known unto Him and the peace that passes all understanding shall keep our heart and mind in Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:6,7. Let Us Pray!

Prayer – Father God it is inevitable that performance anxiety will come against me. I ask that I do not accept it and keep in mind that I am do things as heartily as unto you. I pray to do an excellent job, respect my bosses and leaders, serve who I serve with love and excellence, and operate in integrity in all that I do. I call on you for ability, understanding, empowerment, strength, and to be teachable. I ask that you work through me to your praise, honor, and glory. I am blessed to be a blessing and declare I bless others. You alone get all the praise, honor, and glory for the good that I do. No more living and performing with a heart full of anxiety and trepidation, but serving you with love, hope, peace, and joy. Thanks Father! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Thanks for Reading, God Bless You

Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur

Lord Help Me

 

Trials, hardships, troubles, storms are things we all experience in life. Some of us are presently in a trial.  The bible is clear that trials will be a part of our lives.  I do not know anyone who loves going through hardship.  No one is a glutton for punishment and God is not an abuser nor does He get pleasure out of our suffering.  God’s pleasure comes from what these storms, or trials produce.  Here is what God said about His beloved son Jesus in the book of Isaiah 53 verse 10, “But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.”    Wow!  God did not exempt His own Son from fruit bearing trials and He will not exempt us from the same fruit bearing trials either.

In James 1: 2-4, James was given a revelation from God of what our attitude, heart and mindset should be when we fall into trials.  It is summed up in one word, “Joy”.

James 1:2-4New King James Version (NKJV)

2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

I like the way the Holman Christian standard bible translation starts off with “Consider it a great joy my brothers”.

Now, we know that when the storms of life come, naturally joy is the last thing on our minds.  Our natural response usually is “Lord, come quickly”. We do not like to endure trials, especially here in America.  Another response is to desire sympathy and attention.  There is something in our human nature that feeds off others feeling sorry for us.  I think it is about the attention.  Another response is depression which leads to self-medication with over eating, drugs, alcohol, sex, excessive television watching, or to lash out on the ones we love.  There are many other types of responses. We all have responded in one or in some of these ways.

We don’t get joy because we lost a relationship or a job. Nor do we get joy because of bad news of an illness or having to endure a boss that is mean.  Maybe for you it’s difficulty with your children.  There are many storms of life that we encounter.  The joy is in what these situations produce.  According to James 1: 3, 4 these trails produce patience.  Some translations say it produces endurance.  When an individual endures hardship, persecution, suffering with patience he/she becomes perfect lacking nothing.  Now, we know that we will not be perfect until we are with Jesus after death or in the second coming.  This perfection James is talking about is maturity.  Our trust in God in the mist of hardship denote maturity.  If we need some maturing in this area of trust, trials will let us know exactly where we are in the process.  Remember, trials are for the testing of our faith, and this testing produces patience and endurance.  When we allow this patience and endurance to work on our character we will see growth and more importantly God sees it.

So!, If you are presently experiencing a trial and it seems likes all hope is lost; Stop, take a moment and remember,  first, trials do not last forever.  Second, when the trial is over you will know God more and will be able to trust Him during the next trial. Lastly, this is one of the ways in which God mature His children.

Let’s Pray:

Heavenly Father I pray for those who are presently in a trial.  I pray that You will give them your perspective concerning this trial.  I pray that they will find comfort in Your Word and in Your presence.  You are always conforming us into your image, and pruning us to grow in our relationship with You.  Help us to have joy in the mist of our circumstances.  Help us to trust that You are in control.  We come against depression and hopelessness in the name of Jesus.  I pray for the Joy of the Lord to saturate their hearts and mind in the name of Jesus.  We give You glory and thank You for Your maturing process. In Jesus name amen.

 

Thanks for Reading, God Bless You,

Pastor Michael Jolicoeur

 

 

 

 

 

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