I Will Not Live in Fear!

IWILLNOTLIVEINFEAR I Will Not Live in Fear!

Hello loves! I pray that you have some time today to rest in the Lord. I just took a short nap, which I don’t normally do, and it was delicious. Today has been a pretty awesome day. I woke up and I felt like the Lord just spoke to my heart, “Today is a good day, and I want you to enjoy every moment of it.” I can’t say anything out of the ordinary has happened today, but I can say that I’ve had out of the ordinary peace and joy. It’s making me realize that this kind of peace and joy is available to me every day, if I will claim it.

I think part of the reason I’ve had so much peace is because I’ve had a major break-through in my thinking. I’ve been reading this book called Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer. She talks about how if we won’t control our thoughts, then the enemy will control them. She gives these “power thoughts” to repeat over and over to yourself and to speak to yourself throughout the day. I started speaking these power thoughts to myself, and it’s crazy how much controlling my thoughts controls my moods and my reactions.

The thought that has really been making a huge difference for me is “I will not live in fear.” I don’t know about you, but I struggle with constantly being bombarded with anxious thoughts. But until a few months ago, I didn’t even realize I was such an anxious and fearful person. I just thought it was the norm. I didn’t realize it was possible to have freedom from fear because I didn’t even realize I was a slave to fear.

I’ve been saying “I will not live in fear,” “I will not live in fear,” “I will not live in fear,” over and over to myself the past couple days. It makes me realize that I have a choice to be full of fear or full of faith, and I want to be full of faith!

I’m in a situation right now where the enemy keeps throwing fearful thoughts at me about my future. But I made the decision to battle those thoughts instead of giving in to them. And even though the thoughts are still coming at me, they can’t stick around very long when I say to them, “I refuse to live in fear. I will live in faith. My God is with me, and He will never leave me.”

And fighting fear, casting it out of my heart has given me such incredible peace and freedom to enjoy the things right in front of me. I even enjoyed pumping gas today, which is something I usually hate!

So whatever fears and anxieties are bombarding your brain today, realize that you don’t have to go along with them. You have a choice. Choose to cast fear out of your mind. Put up a fight. Don’t be a slave to anxiety any longer.

And if you’re skeptical at all, just give this a try. Sit down and say, “I will not live in fear,” to yourself 10 times, and really mean every one. Then see if you don’t feel stronger and more confident that God is in control of your situation!

 

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. -1 John 4:16-18

 

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” -Romans 8:15

How can I WORK-OUT when I’m going to BREAK-DOWN??

 How can I WORK OUT when Im going to BREAK DOWN??

I’m sure you all can relate… The alarm goes off and I roll over in bed. Everything within me is screaming, “Hit snooze!!!!! I need sleep!!!!!!!!” But I know that if I don’t get out of bed RIGHT NOW, I will not have enough time to do my work-out. Thinking about not having enough time makes me think about everything else I need to do today, of the bills I don’t know how I’m going to pay, of the relationships I don’t know how to fix… This makes me want to cry. I’m defeated before I can even move my arm towards that darn alarm clock… I’m on the verge of an emotional break-down and I haven’t even gotten out of bed yet. Might as well pull the covers over my head and call it quits.

Has anyone else been there?? Well, my loves, I just wanted to share something that God has been putting on my heart recently. In the mornings when the world rushes at me with all these thoughts, “You don’t have what it takes,” “You can’t handle this,” “You’re never going to change, so why even try?” I have a choice. I know it doesn’t feel like it in the moment. But I have a choice to either believe those voices or to fight.

Before I can even think about getting my body to work-out, I have some mental exercises to do first. The battle for our physical health does not begin in our bodies. It begins in our minds and in our hearts!

Victory starts with a recognition and then a choice. First I have to recognize that my mind is under attack. I have to recognize that all the thoughts I’m thinking are not from God, and they’re sent to steal my joy, my passion, and my confidence that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I have to draw a line in my heart and in my mind and say, those thoughts are not from me and they’re not from God, and I refuse to give in to them! After I recognize that my mind is under attack, then I have to make the choice to fight those thoughts with the right thoughts.

And what are the right thoughts? The right thoughts are the things that God says to me and promises me:

God, You strengthen me with power through Your Spirit in my inner being and Jesus lives in my heart through faith. I’m rooted and grounded in love, which gives me the strength to comprehend how wide and long and high and deep is Jesus’ love for me. It’s so great it defies understanding! In Him I am filled with all the fullness of God! (Ephesians 3:16-19)

My weapons for this battle are not physical weapons. They are spiritual weapons that have divine power to destroy strongholds! I destroy every argument and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and I take every single one of my thoughts captive to obey Christ! (2 Corinthias 10:4-5)

God, You did not give me a spirit of fear, but of POWER and LOVE and SELF-CONTROL! (2 Timothy 1:7)

Who’s tired of letting negative thoughts defeat your mind and cause you to break-down before you work-out? Who’s tired of feeling defeated before you even plan your first meal, so you just go ahead and eat junk because you believe the lies telling you that you are junk? I know I am. So I’m making the choice to recognize and fight the battle in my mind FIRST!!! Because after I start believing the right voice, God’s voice, everything else is easy in comparison! When I truly believe I am blessed and beloved and favored by my heavenly Father, then realize I already have the victory over my work-out and over my eating. Now I just have to claim it!

Who’s with me?? Let’s start the work-out in our minds first, the minute we wake up in the morning. Because once we realize there’s an attack on our minds, it makes it so much easier to fight! We are assured of the victory because Jesus has already won!

I love you all! I believe in you. God made you and He loves you, and you can do this!!!

 

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” -Romans 12:2

I Can Do All Things Through Christ

 i can do all things through christ I Can Do All Things Through Christ

Happy Thursday love! I want to talk to you today about something God put on my heart.

Have you ever felt like you were living in bondage in one or multiple areas of your life? That was ME for most all of my life!

Then when I started becoming closer to The Lord this last year, He has guided me to true freedom & provided wisdom in every area.

People ask me a lot, “how are you so strong?” or “how do you do everything you do, even when you don’t feel like it?”

My strength comes from The Lord, the maker of heaven & earth. I run to him when I’m weary, He gives me rest, & most importantly I’ve learned to not obey what my flesh wants.

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” – Phil. 4:13

Although I do have my moments (like the other night after my sushi date, me & my girl Meg totally had too much chocolate). But it’s all about progress & just giving it all over to The Lord.

The Lord can help you break those chains & give you the kind of life you’ve never imagined. I’m blessed that He has allowed me to mentor others to do the same. Because THAT is even better than doing it myself. Watching others break through & have freedom is why I do what I do every day, even when I don’t feel like it.

Remember, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

And you can do it, too. I would love to support you & guide you. Just comment below or email me at jpbaum87@gmail.com if you need prayer or guidance.

As always, don’t forget to  love yourself!

And please RT or share with anyone this may help.

Xoxo,

Jess <3