Have you ever found yourself being consumed by fear? That was me earlier this year. Perhaps in growing older and with my family continuing to grow I just started to get overwhelmed with the thought of things going wrong. I finally asked myself why I was throwing around all of these what if scenarios, and I realized that, I was afraid.
When I realized it was fear, I knew it was the enemy because 2 Timothy 1:7 says that God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power love and sound mind. I was being attacked by the enemy. But it wasn’t just his efforts. I was actually allowing this to happen. I was taking these wrong and negative thoughts and letting them supersede the Word of God.
The Bible says that God has given us all power over the enemy (Luke 10:19) yet we sometimes act as if we are powerless. It’s all a trick! The more we allow those negative thoughts to enter our mind and refuse to correct them by making them obedient to the Word of God, we are giving the enemy dominion over our thoughts.
So how do we fix this. Here are a three key actions that can help:
Feed your faith: Every time a negative thought arises challenge it with the Word of God. Find scriptures that fit your scenario and repeat them out loud when ever those negative thoughts enter your mind.
Take up your power: Continue moving in the direction of your fear. The more you challenge your fear by moving towards it the more power you gain over it. You are in charge of your thoughts! Take up your power!
Know who you are: If you don’t know who you are the enemy will try to tell you. Don’t let the enemy define you. God has already done that in his Word. Go back and remind yourself. You are not a failure, you are more than a conquerer in Christ Jesus. You are an overcomer. You are blessed.
Welcome back to your online destination where Christ, curls, clothes and beauty collide. I’m so excited to be back bringing some inspiring content into your lives. The relaunch of Curly Christians has been forthcoming but had to align with God’s timing and plan. And well, the time is now!
If you’re unfamiliar with Curly Christians I encourage you to take a look around. There is tons of faith based, natural hair and fashion content already existing. I’ve also decided to bring beauty into the mix.
As I relaunch the Curly Christians brand I am focused on doing three key things:
- Inspire your natural hair, fashion and makeup creativity
- Encourage you to discover and walk in your true purpose
- Uplift you into living fearlessly so that you become the amazing woman of God you were intended to be
Everything you see here will work to accomplish those three things.
That’s it! I’m so excited about what God is going to do here and am ready to dive into delivering some amazing content! I pray that this space continues to inspire and encourage you.
You’re so focused on this decision that it’s started to consume you. It’s constantly on your mind. You spend much of your days and nights weighing the pros and cons of your options and still end up unsure. Maybe your emotions are heavily involved and dictating the choice you’re leaning towards. Or maybe you’d rather not make a decision at all because it’s just too hard. Lord knows that I have been in both of these scenarios and when it comes to big decision making, the answer is this, change your focus.
You’re too caught up, too overwhelmed and too consumed by the choices in front of you to make a sound decision. So, rather than continue to focus on the situation and your options, focus on God. He is the only one that truly knows the best choice for you. Stop trying to figure it out on your own when you have access to the spirit and Word of God that can and will guide you to making the right choice.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. All of the contemplating that you’re doing is the sheer essence of leaning on your own understanding. Stop! Instead, bring the situation to God in prayer and focus on His Word. The more you get His Word on the inside of you the more clearly you will hear that still small voice guiding you in the direction that you should go.
Decision making encourages our growth in Christ. But in order to take advantage of those opportunities for growth we have to first realize that the decisions we face are not there for us to make them alone. They are there for us to utilize the readily available help that we have access to in Jesus Christ. I’m not saying that it’s easy. But as difficult as some of our choices may be we’d rather suffer through the decision making than trust and submit to the will of God. But why? Fear. We’re afraid that what we want for ourselves may not be God’s will for us. It’s a trick of the enemy. DO NOT be afraid. God wants to give you His best, let Him. Submit to His will. If you don’t get what you want it’s because He has something better.
Bottom line is this, change your focus. Stop stressing, worrying, and losing sleep about this decision you have to make. Take it to God. Tell Him that you’re trusting in Him to guide you in the direction you should go. And tell Him that despite what you may want, staying in His will is what’s most important because you know that the best life you can have only comes in lining up with His will. Then, get in His Word, keep your focus there and watch what happens.
Joshua 1:8 – Mediate on the Word night and day. Then you will make your way prosperous and you will have good success.
The spirit of fear is one that we all struggle with at some point or another in our lives. I am of course no exception to this and recently I have been battling this spirit. I wanted to take some time to share a bit of what I’ve been experiencing and how I’ve been fighting it.
I pray that this insight blesses you all today and that if any of your are also battling the spirit of fear, that you remain steadfast in your effort.
You can check out the video here
It’s easy to find excuses as to why we’re not ready to actively start working towards our dreams. But no matter how we look at it, the root of those excuses is always fear. The thing to always note about fear is that it is not of God. The word tells us that God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and sound mind. So, whenever fear creeps into our decision making we have to immediately realize that it is the enemy.
The enemy uses fear to keep us complacent. He doesn’t want us to have everything that God has for us. If he can keep us consumed in our fear we will never have it. Here are 3 ways to tell the enemy to kick rocks and let your faith be bigger than your fear.
1. Learn who you are in Christ (there’s a reminder here) and remind yourself every time the enemy tries to bury you in fear.
2. Know that ALL things work together for your good. Even the things the enemy intended for bad.
3. Consult Christ in your plans and desires. We want to be sure that we pass any ideas we have by the Lord. Ask Holy Spirit to guide and lead you. He always will. You can find a few tips I like to use on discernment here.
That’s it! Lets stop allowing fear to dictate our lives. Cling to the word of God and trust Him even if you have no idea how it’s all going to work, especially when you have no idea how it’s all going to work. Because when it does, they’ll be know doubt in your mind that it was God.
“The only one that brings up your past is the enemy.” When I first heard my Pastor say this I was like “Wow!” Ever since then, every time I think about my past I make sure to evaluate the root of the thought. Is it making me happy or sad, afraid or courageous. Nine times out of ten it’s nothing positive which tells me immediately that the enemy is trying to bind me by bringing memories from my past to the forefront. I immediately take those thoughts captive and remind myself and the enemy that I am a new person in Christ and that just because something bad has happened to me in my past doesn’t mean it’s going to happen again.
We have to be careful with our thinking, especially as it relates to our history. Constantly reliving mishaps of our pasts over and over again in our minds puts us in bondage! We become so afraid to do anything because we’re afraid of experiencing the failure, pain, guilt, etc. we’ve felt in the past. Unless you’re remembering how God brought you out of a certain situation, snatch those negative thoughts out of your mind and bring them into agreement with the Word of God! Old things passed away behold all things are new. God wants you to focus on what’s in front of you not behind you.
I bet you’re wondering how in the world I’m going to flip this one to make it meaningful to your faith walk. Well, its like this, hopefully every day at some point we take off all of our clothes and get naked to take a shower cleaning our bodies of all of the dirt that we have somehow encountered throughout the day. What we don’t realize is the importance of doing the same thing in our spiritual lives. Colossians 3:12 tells us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. But in order to do that we have to take off all of the negativity. We need to get naked!
Unforgiveness, guilt, bitterness, malice, doubt, anger, fear, resentment, these are all things that the enemy uses to keep us bound. That is why it’s so important to practice taking these useless spirits off every single day. Before our days get started we need to conciously take off all of our dirty spiritual laundry by thanking God for releasing us from our ill feelings. And then, thank Him for making room in our hearts to put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience and love. Whether we feel like we’re released from those negative feelings and thoughts or not, we should keep confessing it, every single day until it manifests. Trust God, have faith and be consistent in your effort. Do not wear the negativity from your past into your future. Get Naked!