Category: Inspirational

Adopting the correct view of God to deal with fear.

By Sharon Chihaka Chanyau

Fear is one of the biggest enemy of progress. It cripples and clouds your judgment. One easy definition of fear is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined. Most of our fears and anxieties are just things that do not really come to pass but they leave an unconscious and powerful effect on our state of thinking and modus operandi. bi

What the Bible says about fear!

The Bible mentions two specific types of fear. The first type is beneficial and is to be encouraged. The second type is a harmful and is to be overcome.

This article talks about the second type of fear. The one which paralyzes and hinders manifestations of success, greatness and positivity in life. This is caused by the “spirit of fear” overcoming and dominating us. To overcome it we need to trust in and love God completely. A solid and correct view of God is needed to deal with fear.

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The future and what it brings can be one scary story just to think of but the Word of God in  Isaiah 41:10 encourages us, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” What a promise!

In Psalm 56:11 the Psalmist writes, “In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” This is an awesome testimony to the power of trusting in God. Regardless of any uncertainties we should keep our trust in God understanding the power of his great love to us. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. This is just perfect love that should cast out any fear, anxiety and doubt, 1 John 4:18. This trust comes from knowing God and knowing that He is a good and  protective Father.

If we find ourselves worrying, fearful and anxious, chances are that we are failing to recognize the capability, power and the willingness of God to keep all His wonderful promises. Meditate on these truths:

God is faithful; He will always be there for you.

The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22–23)

God is all-powerful, and His power works for our good.

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. (Isaiah 40:29)

We should always ensure that our ideas about God our protector match what He says about Himself in the Bible. Why be fearful and anxious when the Creator of the universe is watching over us?

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Bibles verses to meditate on when faced with fear problems

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On Prayer

By Sharon Chihaka Chanyau

The questions!

What is praying and how do I pray? The Word says I should pray without ceasing?  Does it mean I have to be kneeling, bowing down or lying prostrate as some would want all the time? Eyes closed and audibly talking to  God all the time? Growing up, some of us praying meant folding up and bringing our hands together just below our faces and closing our eyes tightly so as not to miss God. So does 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and all the other verses in the Bible mean all this? You ask.

What I say!

Beloved, engaging in prayer is that attitude of God-consciousness and surrendering to God that one carries or exudes steadfastly. Being aware that God is with us and He is the Father and is actively interested and involved in what we think and do. But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD, Nor remember iniquity forever; Behold, look now, all of us are Your people. (Isaiah 64:8-9)Dear You (1)

Prayer should be an effortless activity something that comes naturally like breathing. No one has ever reminded themselves to breathe.Also, prayer should not be a daunting task; it is talking (a conversation) with our Heavenly and beloved Maker, our Father. What if I do not find the right words to say? You ask. Beloved, if you engage in prayer through your head, it’s going to be a tough experience. Rather let your heart and spirit pour out and connect to the One who knows all your secrets, needs, cares and wants. Do not hold back. Tell him everything and anything, He loves to listen and talk to you and He is a good Father. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. (Jeremiah 29:2)prayer 3

When times get hard *worry, fear, anger, discouragement* and in need of relief and hope the Word encourages us stop worrying and being anxious. (Philippians 4:6) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. As troubles and uncertain situations come, your first response is prayer and supplication.

Not only do we pour our hearts and ask of the Father all that we need, we also receive wisdom and revelations. Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3)

Beloved our relationship with the Father is strengthened by spending time and talking to Him. Praying is one way to guarantee your growth in the Christian walk. And one more thing, you can pray anywhere, anytime!

prayer 2The Lord’s Prayer

“Jesus said, “Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who is in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

‘Your kingdom come Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

[For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]’

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Trust in the Lord

By Sharon Chihaka Chanyau

You're out of this world!Many a times you have plans with regards to your future, perfect plans. You spend your energy, time and resources preparing,organizing and setting up plans that you can literary see and touch, … this perfect future. After all, the word of God says, The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty”.(Proverbs 21:5). What then happen after all the planning catches you off guard, NOTHING WOKS!

You question!

Doesn’t the word of God say, “You have given him his heart’s desire, And You have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah. (Psalms 21:2). The Lord surely gives me the desires of my heart and all things work together for me…. Why did God let me do all this running around? What about the things I let go of following this plan? Is time on my side? Does God even know that time is not on my side? What have I missed?  You scrutinize your life… any sins, generational curses, enemies and “spirits” working against me and so forth? You agonize.

Good news!

Hold on my beloved, God knows the desires of your heart and knows all that you need before you even ask of Him (Matthew 6:8). His eye is on you and will never let you miss a step.( Matthew 10:29-31). Do not ever think He has left you for He says, The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deutoronomy 31:8). 

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Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:10).

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (2 Timothy 3:8)

Indeed all things work together for you but it may not be according to       your plans.

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Be still and know that I am God

God's handsBy Sharon Chihaka Chanyau

Days go by and nights come in but you still do not know what the world has in store for you. You have tried everything humanly possible to better your life, to find contentment but in the end it falters back to where it came from.

Idea one came and disappeared quickly as it came, idea two took a few steps into progression but quickly evaporated like the morning dew. This constant defeat looming everywhere has made you question your identity, your gifts and abilities, worse your FAITH. (more…)

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