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Aug 18, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 9 Day 4-Bondage

 Week 9 Day 4- Bondage
 
Bondage-a state of being bound usually by compulsion, a slave to
 
 
A slave to???? How many of you feel this way about your life,marriage, relationships,your job, even your kids?
 
All of us have to submit to an authority outside of God, whether it be our spouse, a boss, a church leader,ect.. but when you feel like a slave to something there is no Joy.
 
Where is the joy. For the longest time (even now sometimes) I never understood the true meaning of having Joy in what you do.
Psalm 19:8
The commandments of the Lord are right,bringing joy to the heart.The commands of the Lord are clear,giving insight for living.
 
The enemy comes to steal , kill, and destroy the blessings of Joy, happiness, true love with depression, addictions, bitterness, and leaving people in a hamster wheel going nowhere.
 
God doesn’t want you stuck here, but he has to have something to work with. Cry out to God, he is faithful to intervene on your behalf
 
Isaiah 10:27
In that day the Lord will end the bondage of his people.He will break the yoke of slavery and lift it from their shoulders.
 
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Aug 17, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 9 Day 3- Addictions pt 2

 

Week 9 Day 3 – Addictions Part 2

Now we know that all addictions are rooted in the need to be loved. Depending on the addiction it is normally coupled with other things.

Weight Problems- are coupled with lack of self-esteem and insecurity all with the need to be loved

You see the mouth is a place for love and security. The mouth and whatever you put in it is designed to try to give you emotional security.

Anorexia and Bulimia- Have the same profile but a different manifestation.

Shoplifting or stealing (Kleptomania)

Over Exercising

All of the above are actions from people who need to be loved. Most women base their view on our Heavenly Father on how they look at their earthly father. You can’t look at your earthly father because he is human he will lack in all the areas God the Father will complete. This is why communion with God is so important and He is the only one that can fill the void you are missing in your life and He is the only one that can deliver you in the name of Jesus.

As little girls we looked to be affirmed by our Fathers and nurtured by our mothers (a healthy balance way). When this doesn’t happen then the need to find love becomes so great.

If you dont have a relationship with your Father in Heaven, then most people will go looking for love in all the wrong places. I did in,  sex, drugs, alcohol, food….ect one addiction after another in my life and it wasn’t until I received the Father’s Love until I stop jumping from addictions. I found the the love void I had been missing all my life and then I became free.

You must be diligent to solve love, security, and  self-esteem issues now. You don’t just  wanna fall into another addiction. I had a client that went through my class who had a love and insecurity issue.. She did extremely well in my class but she never dealt with her issues so she is now addicted to exercise. I also had another client the opposite she came to the class and did extremely well but gain everything she had lost and then some back.

This is why I emphasize the importance of the spiritual issues for people like the ladies above. I feel like I have done a disservice to people if they lose the weight but don’t get the love from the Father. “Seek ye the Kingdom first” This scripture has never been so profound to me until know

Meaning get right with God, be hot, not cold or lukewarm seek His purpose and will for your life and see what he says about you (his child ) find the Father’s Love. Feel good about yourself and be free!!

 
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Aug 16, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Testimony for Janet G

 

My Search for Significance
Aug 2011
 
 
Addictions, bad habits, hang ups, and strongholds plagued the young-adult years of my life. One bad decision after the other, I continued to search for my significance, purpose and value through my bank account, my boyfriend and my career. I had a strong foundation from my childhood. I had the knowledge but there was no practical application in my life. I knew what was right but I was living life by my own moral code justifying every decision. On the outside, I was the girl that had it altogether. But you know what they say, “If you aren’t humble yet, you are about to be!” and  ”Pride comes before the fall.” Let’s just say that I have had enough humble pie. Thank God for new taste buds!
 
I did just enough to get by and ease my guilty conscience. Went to church “just enough”. Tithed “just enough”. Prayed “just enough”. Most would call this “Going through the Motions” but was my tree bearing any fruit? No, it was STARVING. I conformed to the world. I was addicted to and sought comfort and pleasure in climbing the corporate ladder, counting the money in my bank account, drinking/partying, sexual relationships, buying what I wanted when I wanted it. I was blazing my own trails all the while thinking I’d be the statistic anomaly that would make it work MY way. Do you know where that led me? Divorced, in debt, broken, and just rather unhappy with myself. (The wages of sin is death <Divorce, Disease, Depression, Addiction, etc> but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23)
 
As a girl that has always struggled with pride and people-pleasing, needless to say, I was rather embarrassed by the outcome of my bad decisions. I had conformed to the world and there was just no real difference in me, someone who claimed to be a Christian (Christ-Follower) and the rest of the world. (Romans 12:2. Do not conform to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind….) When I finally took a BIG GULP, swallowed my pride, admitted that I wasn’t perfect, sought help/healing/counseling, and made the decision to give it all to Jesus, I felt FREE for the 1st time in my life. I felt redeemed, forgiven and lighter than I’d ever felt before. (Isaiah 53:5. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are HEALED.)
Do I still struggle? Yes. Will I always struggle? Yes. We are all sinners. (Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.)  BUT I rest in knowing Who set me free, Who holds my purpose in His hands, Who has already overcome for me.”I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. I know Who to turn to when I face a difficult decision. I find comfort and rest in my Almighty God. He was there every step of the way, waiting patiently for me to turn to Him. (Hebrews 13:5, Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
 
My scars are reminders of my trips off the beaten path. They remind me of my weakness, my fragility and pride. I am not proud of them but I am thankful for God’s grace and mercy. God will use all of our tattered fabric and turn it into a beautiful tapestry. He will take all the thorns and turn them into a crown. He will use it for His glory. I share my story with you so that you may find and experience the kind of freedom that I feel today. I want my life and everything that I do to glorify Him. 1 Peter 1:3-9 sums it all up!!!
 
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy he has given us NEW BIRTH into a living HOPE through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s POWER until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
 
4HisGlory, Janet G. 
 
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Aug 15, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 9 Day 1 Addiction-

 

Week 9 Day 1 Addiction-

 
Addiction- compulsive need for
In life there are different types of stressors that arise daily which sometimes we are unable to handle which leads us into hopelessness and despair. Addiction is developed by continually attempting to soothe or comfort yourself rather than to resolve the source of your pain or stress. If you chose not to stop a behavior by simply laying it down you may have an addiction and it doesn’t matter what it is. Addiction can be pornography, using drugs, over eating food,exercising, involved in gossip and watching too much television. It can be an ungodly relationship and many people are in a relationship with someone not because they are best friends, but because they have a need to be filled. Almost anything you can think of can be an addiction. The enemy’s kingdom uses many mechanisms and knows how to control you with your needs. Addictions affect every nation, race, culture and any economic status.

Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Addictions are rooted in the need to be loved. When you stand complete in the gospel by accepting God’s love and receiving the love you need for yourself. You need to accept who you are in the new birth once and for all. To love God, love yourself and love others is to be complete in that love and you will never need to find love in any form of addiction. The enemy knows that if he can get you to believe that you are not loved by God and that you do not love /like yourself is the lie that leads us into addiction. As an unloved person you will be unsure about friend(s) and then the enemy can get you to start looking outside for a “fix.”

When you don’t love yourself and don’t accept who you are the first thing that happens in your body chemistry is a dip in your serotonin levels. When you have a serotonin deficiency spiritually and physically you don’t feel right. The enemy knows there is no way you can increase your serotonin level unless you take a drug because you have a chemical imbalance. The pharmacist knows you can take a drug that has a serotonin enhancer to make you feel good, but then you become addicted to the drug which serves to create a chemically altered state of consciousness or false peace. Your enemy caused the problem without your realization or consent. He will begin to engineer thoughts to ensure you will take steps to enter into the various areas of counterfeit fulfillment. If you take your peace with God, yourself and others, the hypothalamus will recognize your fulfillment and signal the brain stem to release and increase serotonin values. This causes your spirit and your body to come into balance again so you feel more complete. Addictions are found in people that are separated from love. When someone is struggling with any type of addiction, that person has been spiritually bewitched away from the simplicity of the gospel, which is love. (Henry Wright, “A More Excellent Way”)

 
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Aug 12, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 8 Day 5- Communion pt 2

 
 Week 9 Day 1- Communion part 2

If we come to a Communion service and partake in the cup and the bread, but we deny that healing and deliverance as a part of the atonement today, then we eliminate the provision for God has on our lives as human beings apart from salvation and eternal life in that day. For that reason we eliminate the broken body but celebrate it and do not believe in it, we should not partake . For this main reason many are filled with disease and insanity today, because we have said in our hearts that healing passed away over 2,000 years ago; yet we still participate in the sacrament of communion, which represents the reality of today. If you do not believe it, you do not have to worry about it, but be careful– ignorance is a form of knowledge and so is unbelief. (A More Excellent Way, Henry Wright)

You can not recognize the blood and forget about the broken body and what that represents to us.

Corinthians 11:29:31
29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment.


When you do communion and you are accepting what Jesus did and His forgiveness but you are holding onto unforgiveness towards someone else, then you bring sickness unto you which is very serious. I don’t care how embarrassed you may feel at a service by not taking communion with others, but it’s not worth the reprecussion that comes back to you.
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Aug 10, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 8 Day 3- Covenant

Covenant- a usually formal, solemn, and binding agreement or a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action

Are you in Covenant with God? When you decided to accept Christ as your Savior or born again He made a Covenant with you.Genesis 9:9 (New King James Version)
9 “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you.


People miss out on the benefits of the Covenant because they don’t actually understand when proclaimed that they believe Jesus died on the Cross for our sins and rose again on the 3rd day. You made a decision to TRUST in the Lord and WHEN you TRUST in the Lord here are your benefits.
Covenant + Trust in the Lord = Benefits

Psalm 103:2-5
2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Memorize or meditate on this passage for awhile because this is a promise from God and His promises do not return Void!

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Aug 9, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 8 Day 2- Gossip

Definition of Gossip-

1: a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about others
2 : rumor or report of an intimate nature b : a chatty talk

James 4:11-12
11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister[d] or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

Women find themselves far too often in this position. When everything you say about the 3rd person(s) always hurts everyone involved. The person who is gossiping, the person who is listening to the gossip and the person(s) or situation that is being gossiped about. The enemy finds a way to twist everything you say by giving you something to talk about that certain situation that involves that certain person(s) and which then allows the enemy legal access for him (called doorway) to come back and torment you later.

Ultimately, no one ever fully understands what another person(s) is going through. As we all know no one can ever truly know what goes on behind closed doors, good or bad……I challenge you (and myself) to refrain from the fleshly desire to talk about someone else when the situation arises. If you have gossiped about someone you should recognize, repent, and turn away. Physical healing in your body can be hindered because of what you have spoken about others.

I too have to be very careful especially that I have experienced all aspects of gossip. I have gossiped, listened to gossip and I have been the one gossiped about and none of them gave me any peace of mind or fulfillment in my heart.

Proverbs 16:28
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.

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Aug 8, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 8 Day 1- What Goes Around Comes Around

 Week 7 Day 1- What Goes Around Comes Around

John 20:23

*23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain
the sins of any, they are retained.”*

Did you know if you speak evil against someone that is a curse and what you speak against another person does return back to you.
It wasn’t until till last year I started having issues with my colon is when I began to learn how serious the implications of my yelling and verbal abuse to others had affected my physical and spiritual being.

 

Where there is unresolved family conflicts of bitterness, unresolved
antagonism, words of frustration and anger have occurred it causes damage

throughout the successive generations. (Henry Wright “More Excellent Way).

 


The spiritual root of Colon issues are slander of the tongue, and a deeply
rooted in bitterness.I have forgiven my forefathers from previous generations from anger and verbal abuse from when it began. Anger and verbal abuse is a generational
curse and I have taken responsibility by repenting and renouncing it from my life. The curse has been broken and our family is free from this cycle of anger and verbal abuse.

You can see that the last few weeks of devotionals how our spiritual and physical are so closely connected. If you are frustrated all the time with your physical success status or where are you Spiritually. In your quiet time ask the Father God to reveal to you what is hindering you, so that you
can truly be free.


Father we ask you to set someone free today from any bondage of verbal abuse, words of frustrations and anger.

Let their life, strength, and words of revelation come from You. Let a heavenly presence of your love surround them in the time
when the enemy might want to creep back into their lives. Let your conviction rise in them
so that when temptation comes that they will not go down that path. Let the weight this has
put on them both spiritually and physically completely drop off of them now in the mighty blood and name

of Jesus. I love you Lord and I thank you for your son and the freedom we will always have. AMEN!




James 4:7-8 *Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw
near to God and He will draw near to you*


 


















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Aug 5, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 7 Day 5- Command

 

Week 7 Day 5- Command

 

Joshua 1:9
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.

 

 

Here we are again we see God commanding you (us)

 

Command : to exercise a dominating influence over : have command of: as

to be strong……..

 

Definition of STRONG:

1: having or marked by great physical power


2: having moral or intellectual power


3: having great resources (as of wealth or talent)

 

Do you have great physical power, moral intellect power, or great resources, because he is commanding to be STRONG. and courageous.

 

 

Definition of COURAGE: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty


Do you have mental strength, do you preserve, withstand fear and difficulty?

 

When looking at these definitions it brings a whole other dynamic to what our Father in Heaven is trying to get us to see. The Authority we have in us, that we don’t use. Why do we let all the circumstances around us dictate our day or our actions. Lets be strengthened knowing my Father has commanded me to have the above. I encourage you to exercise the power within you so it can become a habit in the future.


















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Aug 4, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 7 Day 4- Void

 

 Week 7 Day 4- Void
 
Void- not occupied : vacant
 
 
You dont want a void in your life too long. The Lord gives you and opportunity to fill it with His love, but this can only happen through reading his word. Then letting the Holy Spirit fill that void. Unfortunately, there is an enemy fighting to fill that void which would only lead to destruction
 
John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.


Wholeness in every area of your life is making sure you bring God into every area of your life. Sometimes in the hectic, microwave society we get so bogged down that we just end up walking through life like we are waiting to die.  I fit everything and everyone else in, then there was no room left for God. So I had to cut alot of things and people out of my life in order to bring God in. And when I did, my relationships were better then the ones I had before. So take inventory in your life, what and who can you make boundaries with. Then you can let God come in to heal and set your free from your bondages.


















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