Search

Jesus Outside The Walls Ministries

Christian Outreach Ministry

Category

Uncategorized

Knowing God through the “I am” Statements in the Bible.

My Hearts desire in this season of my life is to know God more. I believe the Holy Spirit is leading me to study the “I am” statements in the bible. I believe that the Holy Spirit is allowing me to share with you some of the things He is showing me about Himself through this study. This study is helping me, and I hope it helps and sparks a desire to know God in a deeper way.

god-is-omnipresent-omnipotent-and-omniscient

“I AM THAT I AM” (EHYEH ASHER EHYEH)
The first “I am” statement that I see in scripture is in Exodus 3:13,14. “I AM THAT I AM”. This is what God said to Moses when asked what is your name and who will I say sent me? For those who are not familiar with God, Moses, and the people of Israel, here is a little background. The Israelites (God chosen people) were made slaves and heavily oppressed by the Egyptian’s. Moses who was also an Israelite was chosen by God to deliver His people out of Egyptian bondage. However, when God called Moses to deliver His people he was far from Egypt and hiding because He had killed an Egyptian taskmaster for beating up on one of his people. Moses got married and started another life for himself. He was keeping the flock of father-in-law Jethro when God appears to him in the form of a burning bush but the bush was not consumed by the fire. God tells Moses I am sending you to Pharaoh so you can bring my people out of Egypt and out of bondage. Here is the text where we see God describe Himself:

Exodus 3:10-14
10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” 13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”
In this text Moses in some form was asking God what is your name? What if they ask me what is your name? “I AM WHO I AM” In Hebrew it is “EHYEH ASHER EHYEH” was God’s response. Tell them the “I AM” has sent you. In other words, tell them the self-existent, self-sufficient, has sent you. In this response I learned something about the God we serve. In that name God says, I am self-existent no one has created me. There was no one before me, and there is no one after me. God is the beginning, the end and everything in between. Genesis 1:1 says it in the first four words, “In the beginning God. Our human minds cannot fully understand this. However, by faith we believe it and accept it.

I want to quote an article from an author that I do not know. However, what was written was profound concerning the self-sufficiency of God:
Only God is self-sufficient, because he does not need from nothing or anyone. He doesn’t need life, because he is the Life; he does not need provisions; he is the Provider; he doesn’t have a beginning, because he exists from before the beginning. The self-sufficiency of God is part of his nature.
Our God lacks nothing. He does not need to ask permission to do anything. When God needs something to happen all He has to do is speak it and it appears. This is powerful, God is all powerful.

I AM WHO I AM, The self-existent, and self-sufficient God is the God that we serve.

The Anointing

theanointingoil

The Anointing (precious Holy Spirit) is every Christians’  helper, comforter, advocate, and teacher. He is the one that convicts us of sin, leads and guides us into all truth, brings things to our remembrance, advocates for us, intercedes for us, helps us, and empowers us to be Christ’s witnesses. The Anointing destroys the yokes and lifts the burdens off us as well.

 

And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment. ( John 16:8 ESV)

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you.  (John 14:26)

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. (1 John 2:27)

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26)

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. (Isaiah 10:27)

We do not have to, and quite frankly we cannot, rely on our own intuition, human strength, and human know how to accomplish and carry out anything God calls us to do. Nor can we deliver our selves from any besetting sin or handle life situations in a Godly way which glorifies Him, on our own.

Any struggle we face with sin and with various life situations which try to entrap us, weigh us down, oppress us and discourage us will not overtake us. We can be assured that the Anointing/Holy Spirit helps us through.  He comforts us, frees us, teaches us, uplifts and encourages us, advocates for us, and prays/intercedes for us according to will of God.

As we are trusting God’s Holy Spirit to work this out in our life, we must co labor with God in the name of Jesus endeavor to:

  • remain in prayer/seeking God’s face and heart daily
  • read God’s Word (The Holy Bible)
  • hear God’s Voice
  • resist the devil
  • submit to God
  • obey God
  • assemble and fellowship with other believers

and this too, the Anointing which is the Holy Spirit – God in the third person, helps us to live out. 

We are the helped ones. Jesus did not leave us comfortless and without help. The Anointing is with us and in us. We are empowered. We are anointed by the Anointing.

Go forth anointed ones, praying and praising, thanking God, for this is already done In Jesus Name! Only Believe! Be Encouraged!

Thanks For Reading and God Bless You,

 

Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur

 

 

 

What Did God Say?

What Did God Say?

god_says_vs_man_says

Written by Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur

 

We live in a world with many voices (varying opinions, preferences, religions, philosophies, mindsets, etc.) I respect others and learned that respecting others doesn’t mean I have to agree and follow any voice that leads me astray from God. I don’t know about you who is reading this right now, but there was a time I was all turned around by the opinions of others.   At some point God in His awesome grace and mercy allows us to feel the disappointment, pain, and frustration with going along with opinions of others that’s void of His will. God knows that following the opinions, philosophies, and mindsets void of His Word and wisdom is dangerous so that is why He lets us know in His Word that following His voice is important:

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10 :27

Paul the Apostle wrote:

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, a curse be on him! Galatians 1:8

We can see clearly by these two scriptures alone that knowing God’s voice and following Him is not just a good thing, but major.

my sheep hear my voice
One day riding on the bus, I was typing and a young lady was conversing with her son extremely loud. I notice I was so distracted by her voice, the octave, and even with what she was saying. I became so distracted in my thinking and started thinking about what she was saying instead of focusing on what I was doing. I even felt nervous. I started questioning God about what I was hearing and had crazy notions in my head regarding what she was saying. It was a fight to refocus my thoughts on what I was initially doing. I just kept praying. Finally, God quieted me inside and I was able to gather my thoughts, relax, refocus, and continue with what I was doing.

galatians-1-vs-8.jpg

Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever been in a situation where the voices of others were so loud you could barely focus. Perhaps you couldn’t even hear your own self think let alone what God was speaking to your heart? What about when God made you a promise, said something to you about you, called you to do something; did ungodly thoughts in your own mind, something you heard, or the opinions, philosophies, and preferences of others distract you? Perhaps it persuaded you to do differently than what God wanted, deterred you, and/or troubled you to the point of hindering you or provoking you to dismiss what God said and in turn believe a lie? Well you are not alone. I believe anyone willing to be honest about this, would admit it they experienced this too.  It is a human experience. Although Jesus never sinned, He was tempted with a similar experience:

And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days, he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.  And the devil said unto him, if thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, it is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.  And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.  If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.  And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, if thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:  And in their hands, they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, it is said, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. Luke 4:1-13

Satan was relentless in trying to persuade Jesus to do something other than what the Father had instructed Him (what He knew to be right). Because Jesus experienced it and He is God, we can be comforted and assured that He knows and fully understand the struggle:

For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

it is written

    

The awesome thing is Jesus did not follow the devil’s voice. Notice each time Satan tempted Jesus, Jesus said it is written. See Luke 4:1-13.  Jesus quoted God’s Word which is pure truth not just fact. He was able to walk victoriously and not give in to the enemy’s temptation. Jesus knew what God said and followed God’s voice. God gave us His Word, His Spirit, and gives us the strength to follow His voice. I do have to state however, that we are not immune to the attack of other voices (opinions, preferences, philosophies, and lies of others) bombarding us, but we don’t have to be victim to it. We can pray and read the bible with the help of the Holy Spirit. As we spend time with God and in His Word/The Bible, we begin to know His voice better. Once we know, understand, and believe what God says/His voice, it is easier to receive, apply, and do what He asks of us. We, our dreams, and hopes will not perish because we don’t lack knowledge of what God says. We know what God said and says!

Thanks For Reading, God bless you,

Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur
 

 

 

 

At The Feet of Jesus: The Good Part

At The Feet of Jesus: The Good Part

Better+Than+Busy

Written by Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur

Sometimes we must stop and put everything on pause. If we notice that we are going-going-going, not praying as much, have a sense that something is even a slight bit off, and busyness is gripping our lives, it may be time to stop, seek God, and let Him recalibrate our movement. We want to make sure we are in step with the Lord, surrendering daily to God all of our plans and what we think we should be doing. It is healthy to access if we are indeed doing His will. Some possible questions to ask are: Is God in all this? Is this what He is asking of me? Am I too busy? How is my relationship developing with Him?

Lately I’ve been thinking about what sitting at the feet of Jesus looks like these days in our society. I do have an idea, yet I think I still have a lot to learn. I do however know what it means to be worry and troubled about many things. I know what it is to be helter skelter, running around like a chicken with my head cut off, and to have a daily to do list greater than the 24 hours allotted us humans daily – not to mention perhaps 16 hours really for those of us that endeavor to get at least 8 hours sleep a day.

What has provoked this mode of reflection is the scripture Luke 10:38-42. Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word.  But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

In these verses we read that Martha was distracted with all her preparations, but what particularly stood out to me was the type of preparations she was doing. I think this is key to note because Martha was not busy doing sinful things. As a matter of fact she was busy with the affairs of serving. She was preparing for and serving Jesus, The Lord Himself. How wonderful for her to welcome Jesus into her home and to want to serve Him and anyone else who accompanied Him. Wouldn’t you agree that Jesus is the guest who deserves the best, so what harm could there be in all this goings on and fuss Martha was making? Why would her preparations be called distractions? Well, all we have to do is pay attention carefully to how Jesus addressed Martha after her complaining to Jesus about her sister’s lack of contribution of help with all the preparations. She even questioned whether Jesus cared about her situation (serving alone) and even gave Jesus a directive regarding what to do with Mary.

As soon as Jesus addressed Martha, He said her name twice – “Martha, Martha.” I liken it to a term of endearment. It reminds of me of someone wanting to comfort someone by saying, “There here now.” He really showed genuine concern and care for Martha. I also feel as if He was saying sweetheart listen. He then goes on to say, “You are worried and bothered about so many things.” What worried and bothered about so many things? What? How could that be Jesus? Martha was doing this for you!! I believe that Jesus saw the root of Martha’s works, all her goings on, her complaining and griping about the lack of help from her sister. She was all over the place and for nothing that Jesus really required of her. She was worried and troubled about getting things right, serving right, doing so much.  She had placed demands on herself to please Jesus in such a harsh and hardworking way and He did not demand that of her. Her preparations, although not intentional, at the point was idolatry and had taken priority over being with Jesus. Ridden with anxiety, going about what she must do for her Lord to make Him feel welcomed was all one big distraction as Jesus saw it. Jesus did not need or want that from Martha. He wanted  one thing at the time, her attention as it states, and I will explain further a little later. Martha did not have to drive herself with busyness for Jesus or to prepare for Him to feel welcomed. She had already welcomed Him in her home.  He had already felt welcomed and was there sharing His words.

one_thing_series_preview_587x327

 

Do you see the connection between Martha’s experience and excessive busyness in Ministry? What about with affairs in everyday life? This can happen to anyone of us if we are not careful. We can get bogged down with to do lists, ministry, programs, or other activities and before we know it we are praying less, doing more, and taking on things we are not required to. If we are not careful we can overbook ourselves, stress ourselves out, and our relationship with the Lord suffers. The joy of just being in His presence, resting in His arms, sharing our heart with Him, hearing His voice, and knowing His heart is no longer our priority. Martha did not even appear to be experiencing joy in all her doing for Jesus. Her preparations were cumbersome and kept her occupied and distracted. Instead of truly entertaining and being with Jesus and taking time to enjoy Jesus and listen to Him, she anxiously went about preparing things all the while griping and complaining about what her dear sister Mary was not doing. Mary who had chosen to seek Jesus, learn of Him, and bask in His presence, decided to sit and His feet and hear Him speak. Jesus not only informs Martha of her spiritual state but then uses Mary as a model of what He desires.

After Jesus told Martha that she was worried and troubled about many things, he points her in the right direction away from her distractions. He tells her, “But one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to His word. Wow! You mean to tell me that Jesus doesn’t see Mary as lazy or uncaring? Well, as we read, we see no He did not. He actually stated that what she was doing was what He required – what was necessary, and it is the good part that won’t be taken from her. To seek Him, wait on Him patiently, hear what He has to say, to learn about Him, and what is in His heart (Being with Jesus).

Do you see it? Prayer, do you see it? Yes, beloved sitting at Jesus feet and listening to Him is prayer. We don’t always have to be saying and doing something. Oh how God longs for our presence and for us to enjoy His presence. He longs for us to sit quietly at His feet (just stop for a time, give Him some time), turn of the flow for a bit, stop with the list of demands,  listen to Him, let Him love on you, and you love on Him. He does not require us to be ministry work horses or work mules. He loves us. He wants us more than what we can do for Him. He does not require us to work and work and work at the expense of our relationship with Him. He does not want us to work to we are ill, over tasked, burned out, asking where is God in all of this, and distracted from the good part – what is necessary (being with Him). He wants us not our works. Ministry will happen so pray and rest. The right works, the work of God, His works, will be wrought in Him through us out of the overflow of our loving, growing, maturing relationship with Him.

If you are now like Martha Martha, working and striving in your own strength needlessly to appease Jesus, to welcome Him, or for whatever reason Jesus says Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11-28-30.  How refreshing to know that Jesus did not put a heavy yoke on us and we don’t have to be burdened down with anxious doings, going about, and conjuring up preparations in His name.  We don’t have to follow a set of rules to earn His love and to show Him that we welcome Him. We can take on His yoke, learn of Him, and rest. Yes rest. No more striving on our own and no more distractions. Pray. Take time to be with Jesus. Indeed, the work of God will be done and from a place in Him not ahead or at the expense of Him or our relationship with Him. So now we can rest easy. You are already prepared, and preparations are done. You said yes and welcomed Him in. He is welcomed. So now no more ministry and works idolatry, no more idolatry period. Wait on Him and for His word. Instructions will follow and with empowerment. Priority – First Jesus! Just ask God for help and He will indeed help you and I sit at His feet.

needed

Are we doing what Mary did now? Great! We have chosen the good part, the necessary part, and that is what God gives and no man can take it away – No man can take Jesus from us.

 

Thanks for Reading, God Bless You

Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur

 

Don’t Settle: Avoiding Instant Gratification

Don’t Settle: Avoiding Instant Gratification

don't settle

Written by Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur

     Lately I’ve come to realize that one of the main ways I can avoid settling for anything less than God’s best for my life is to avoid giving in to the need for instant gratification. At the root of it all is anxiety. Sometimes we may have an unmet need or desire and are anxiously motivated to do act, get, or say something quick to fulfill the need or desire (instant gratification).

instant-gratification-i-want-it-now

Many have learned the hard way that instant gratification does not pay. In fact, some would agree there is more loss than gain if anything. Some of us have learned on a larger scale than others. Some of us have seen the damage that many have incurred because of instant gratification.

Beware-of-Instant-Gratification

Some of the ways people have given into being instantly gratified is as follows:

  • A job taken because of desperation and all the signs were there it was a bad offer
  • Marrying a person that God did not choose knowing that the person was not the one
  • Buying a house that was not fitting and more of a problem than a blessing of prosperity
  • Not waiting for a sale when the Spirit prompted only to waste a great amount of money in the long run
  • Settling for a fake imitation product rather than the real product because of a pressing need to have it now
  • Simply doing something quick, fast, and in a hurry when God said wait or flat out no
  • Fornicating and feel full of guilt afterwards because of the sin against God and oneself

The list can go on. The former stated is just a few out of many. Overall, settling, in any situation, for anything other than God’s best for us leaves us shorthanded in the end and often with problems of some sort within the context. That is not God’s will for us. We are the apple of His eye and He longs to bless and prosper us.

be not anxious

Someone reading this may say, true, I don’t want to settle, but how do I avoid giving into the trap of instant gratification?  I don’t know all the answers but one thing I have learned in my walk with God is that dealing with anxiety in our hearts does help significantly. God says in His word be anxious for nothing.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 (NASB)

Praising God and talking to Him about our unmet needs and desires in total transparency helps. When we keep feelings about these things bottled up, buried, and then seek to fulfill them ourselves we cause ourselves more pain. The anxiety builds up and then instant gratification takes over and we go in circles and then struggles in these areas become cyclic.  To avoid this damaging cycle, we can ask God for the strength to wait on Him, for His will to be done, and to comfort us as we wait. He will honor that prayer and help us. He desires that we wait patiently for Him to act.

Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. – Psalm 37:7a (NLT)

psalm-138-8

God wants us to live in His peace and trust that He will provide for us accordingly. He will take of the things that concern us.

The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. – Psalm 138:8 (NASB)

I learned that when I feel the urge to act, say, or get anything out of turn the Holy Spirit will check me and I can yield. When we obey His leading we get to see how He manifests the blessings He has for us in a way that brings Him glory and truly blesses our life instead of stressing us out. I have witnessed God’s manifested blessing in my life i.e. marriage, job, and in other areas in my life because of Him providing it all instead of me attempting to fulfill my own needs and desires. I do give Him the glory for it because I once tried, failed, and learned I could not do it in my own strength but He helped me to let Him do it. I also learned that after enough problems due to giving in to the trap of instant gratification and settling for less than God’s best for me it produced grief instead of happiness. I am no glutton for punishment and the hard lesson learned is it is best to wait on God.

So, I share with you today to pray. Pray and ask God to remove anxiety from your heart if you know it is there. Pray to be calm. Pray to be content and grateful for what you have. For godliness with contentment is great gain 1 Timothy 6:6 (NASB). Pray to trust God and see from His point and to trust even when you can’t see and don’t understand why things seem to be prolonged. Pray to wait, to wait with patience, and to avoid settling. Pray for His blessings, to be expectant, and to be open to receive from Him. God takes pleasure in this and I pray we always remember that God our Father in heaven wants what He knows is best for us. He loves us and we never have to settle for anything less than God’s best for us.

God Bless You! Thanks for Reading,

Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur

 

Open To Receive

 

Open To Receive

recieve

Written By Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur

 

Last week, someone shared with me a dilemma she was having. I asked her if she would like me to do some research and look into something that may help her. She accepted the help willingly and with expectation. I immediately started doing some research. To her and my surprise I was quickly able to locate some information and resources that helped both her and I. When I presented it to her she showed such gratitude and appreciation. By this time, I was on a roll. I started doing more research and found more resources that I needed. I thought to share it with her and she said with genuine excitement “Oh thanks so much! I really really needed this. Thanks so much for your help!” I responded, “Any time! If you need any more help, just let me know.”

As I walked away from her, I felt a surge of encouragement to help her even more in the future based on some conversations we shared. I also started thinking of additional resources I could provide others. The heightened sense of desire I felt to help others, especially her, was so strong I prayed and asked God why was I feeling that way.

The Lord explained to me she was open to receive and I was open to give. He further explained that her openness to receive the help I offered placed a healthy demand on my skill set. She did not know this but God had used her as a divine provoker to provoke me to do good and go beyond. Her expectation pulled on my gifts in a healthy way. She had a problem and I was willing to help her solve it. She believed that what I had to offer was of substance and then showed gratitude and appreciation for what I had provided. This exchange between her and I fueled me on to help her even more. It was a chain reaction. She spoke to me, believed I could help, her heart was open to the help I had to offer, I could impart (provide information, tools, and resources) that help), and therefore It fueled me to give even more.

matthew 13 58.jpg

God took this experience and taught me a lesson (spiritual parallel). He said this is what happens when you put a demand on my word, by believing and trusting in me. If you look to me for all your needs and desires and trust in me (expectation) I take note and move to action. Your faith pleases me. It motivates me. I have an exceeding abundant supply to provide and can and will supply it. When your expectation is of me and that is where I want it, you indeed receive. Just believe and expect. When you show gratitude and appreciation for what I do that pleases me. I love it when my children are thankful for what I do for them. I am able to do exceedingly abundantly above all you can ask or even think. He then spoke to me about the scripture where Jesus could not do many things but only a little in certain places because of their unbelief.

And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58

      He said you could do more for her because she believed you could help her. She had faith, expectation, gratitude, and appreciation. Her heart was opened, not closed. If her heart was closed off, and she did not believe you could help her, you would not have been able to do much to help her. You would have been closed out. You would have no entrance to impart.

If we don’t believe a person can help us our heart will be closed off to what they have to say or offer. This can cause us to miss many opportunities. It is the same way with God. When we don’t believe He can help us, we will close our hearts and mind to His Word no matter where it is coming from. We will miss God. The sad thing about this is that sometimes our blessing or a solution we need and are waiting for from God is in others. This made me think who have I refuse to give time to listen to, have deemed as useless, and/or just think they can’t help me or have nothing to offer me?

matthew 10 14

I also learned that if a person does not believe what you have to offer is of any importance, you can offer and/or talk to you are blue in the face and no one will benefit. You will be exhausted and the person will show no gain from it. The individual’s heart is closed off from you and if God sent you, they are not open to God’s move. It will be a complete waste of time if God does not open the person’s heart or mind. It is like going up against a brick wall. Nothing is getting through to them. I thought perhaps that is why Jesus said when you present the Gospel if they don’t hear shake the dust of your feet.

And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Matthew 10:14

In other words, keep it moving. He knows they will not hear or forbear and He want us to move on to the next. The decision to move on can be tricky though. We can’t take it upon ourselves to stop helping, offering, and/or talking. We must be led by God to stop when He says stop regardless of what we see happening in the natural. When God says to stop, He has not given up on helping and saving the person. Maybe He just choose to go another route to reach the individual. I can’t say I fully understand it all.

There is much to say about the matters of faith, expectation, receiving, openness, gratitude, and appreciation and I don’t know it all. One thing I do know is it works vertically (between us and God) and horizontally (in relationship with others). When I believe, have a healthy expectation of others, am open to receive, and are grateful, I do notice most of the time they have something to offer, even if it isn’t what I may have totally wanted, it is usually what I need and of some value. Even more so, this is all the time with God. I want my heart to be open to God, have a healthy expectation, and to be able to receive from God through whatever means He chooses.

Prayer: Father God, thanks for being in my life. Please help me to be open to you, walk in faith, leave off unbelief, expect you to come through, and show gratitude and appreciation. I ask that whoever you choose to bless me, I will receive them and not shut them out or close my heart, mind, and hands to the individual. I pray that I would humbly be open to receive from you through anyone you choose. I pray that I will not look down on anyone, render no man as useless, and be willing to receive all that you want to give me regardless of my preferences of any sort. Father God please forgive me for the times I have slighted and closed my heart off from you and shunned others you want to use to bless my life. I pray to always be open to receive your exceeding, abundant, bounty. Father thanks for all you have done, do, and will do In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

God Bless You, Thanks for Reading!

Samantha Ann Waring-Jolicoeur

 

God Won’t Let Fear Stop You!

God Won’t Let Fear Stop You!

perfect-love-cast-out-fear

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.

greater is he that

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.

love is greater
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.

going-forward_t_nv

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

performance anxiety

 

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.

Colossians-23-24-e1435694348933

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.

working for the Lord

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.

no anxiety

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

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑