Anxiety (testimony)

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” —Isaiah 9:6

For most of my life, I have dealt with a great deal of anxiety, stress, and a genuine lack of peace. It seems genetic to some degree because a large number of my family members suffer from those things also. However, those negative feelings have increased over time due to some traumatic situations . For instance, I was involved in two bad car accidents. God miraculously saved me from death or serious harm, but the memory of the accidents have caused me extreme anxiety while riding as a passenger in cars.

When I first accepted Christ as my Savior, a great peace settled on me. I stopped suffering from anxiety and could go to sleep almost anywhere without worrying about a thing. As time passed and negative thoughts encroached, the worry and anxiety had returned. Any time a pastor mentioned “peace” or I read a Scripture about peace, I would talk to God saying things like “The Holy Spirit lives in me. Where is my peace?” or “If you want me to have peace, then give me peace.”

One day, I opened a daily supplement I had been taking to promote stress reduction. I heard the Lord say, “I will heal you.” Lightning did not strike at that moment. In fact, I pondered it in my heart during the next two days. Then I woke up and noticed something had changed. God’s wonderful, all-consuming peace had settled on me. It has been about a month now that I have enjoyed the fruit of the Spirit called peace. God did exactly as He promised and healed me.  If you suffer from anxiety, please join me in the following prayer.

PRAYER: Lord, We come before You today with the knowledge You can and will heal Your children. We ask that You would lift off anxiety, stress, and worry from anyone reading this blog right now and their friends or family members. We ask that You replace it with Your wonderful and all-consuming peace. Thank You, Jesus, that You are willing and able to do this for me and others because You love us so much. We welcome Your Holy Spirit into our bodies and yield to His leading. We praise You, oh God. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

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Adoption Through Jesus Christ

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will…” —Ephesians 1:4-5

I feel God has stirred a memory for me to share with you. My mother’s friend had no children of her own but desired to have a daughter. After spending a great deal of time and money on the adoption process, she flew to China to adopt the young orphan girl. When she arrived, she discovered that the girl had an older sister. She decided to adopt both of them. Again, she went through the long expensive adoption process. However when it was time for the two girls to travel to their new home in the United States, the older sister refused to go. She refused her new mother, and in doing so rejected her sister and the amazing new life of love and family that awaited her here in America.  Instead, she remained alone in an orphanage. This true story reminds me how Jesus laid down His life for us; yet, some refuse to come. Some reject a loving Father, multitudes of brothers and sisters in Christ, and citizenship in heaven. Do not let your opportunity to be adopted into the kingdom of heaven slip away. It has been paid for and is simply waiting for you to say, “Yes, Lord. I will come with You.”

PRAYER: Father God, I confess I have made mistakes in my life and sinned against You. I believe Your Son died on the cross, and His blood paid for my sins. I believe You raised Him from the dead, and He is alive today. Thank You that Jesus Christ is my Savior. In Christ’s Name, Amen.