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Stepping Out

What keeps people from stepping out and fulfilling a calling God has placed on their lives?  The answer is usually a very simple one:  FEAR!  Although the answer is quite simple, dealing with the problem can become complicated.

 

What Holds You Back

 

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Not only can fear hold you back from what you truly desire to do, or that to which God has called you, but procrastination is a stumbling block on the path to breaking out of the norm.  Fear is often the root of procrastination, however, lack of the organization of time is another source.

Stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing God’s calling on your life takes time and involves rearranging one’s schedule.  Thankfully, God is patient and understanding, but the problem is that you miss so much fulfillment when you procrastinate or allow fear to keep you from what God has for you.

Take small steps toward your goals. After all, Rome was not built in a day.  If you are called to teach, begin studying the Word and conducting small Bible studies in your home or church.  As the Holy Spirit opens doors, you can increase the amount of your teaching.  If your calling is to speak words of knowledge and wisdom to other, simply start speaking encouragement to people.  You will see your gift manifesting and growing more prevalent.

 

Just Do It

 

“Just do it” sounds simple in theory, doesn’t it?  However, when overcoming fear and procrastination that has controlled you for months, maybe even years, you will find that it can seem overwhelming. Just remember that “seem” is the key word.  Our minds can cause many things to seem more difficult than they really are.

Most of all, it is vital to remember that you have Christ—Christ in you, the hope of glory.  If God called you for the task, He will give you just what you need to complete it.  Often, He waits until the very moment you are operating in your gift to give you the tools you need.  Why does He operate in that manner?  He is building faith and trust in you.  He wants you to truly know that He can be trusted completely with every aspect of your life and every calling and gift you have.  Boldness can replace fear.  Efficiency can replace procrastination.   Complete surrender to the Holy Spirit is what brings these desired results, and not only that, surrender brings joy and relief!

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Begin today by asking the Lord to direct you with rearranging your schedule and eliminating those time-wasters so you can begin operating to your fullest potential for the glory of God.  Perhaps you simply need to make adjustments concerning social media time or television time.  I did not say you had to totally eliminate everything relaxing, just make some adjustments.  However, there might be activities the Holy Spirit leads you to eliminate.  He will guide you, and you will have peace about the changes.

 

What do you believe God has called you to do in life?  Would you be willing to take small steps toward the goal?  Will you allow the Holy Spirit to replace fear with boldness, and efficiency with procrastination?

Bibles for Journaling

Journaling Bibles are becoming quite popular among Bible readers.  The side columns that can be used as a space for journaling, note-taking, or artistic expression are a must-have for some.  Like other Bibles, Journaling Bibles come in different sizes, font sizes, and types of covers.

Hard-Cover Bibles

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The Modern English Version from Charisma House Publishers comes in a hard-back version.  The Promises of God Journaling Bible is a beautiful, hard-back book with exquisite design and illustrations.  There are side columns for journaling or note-taking as well as pages that can be colored, for those on the artistic side, and lined pages with no text for either scenario.

Thomas Nelson produces a hard-back journaling Bible (New King James Version) with large print which is a plus because the print is small in many Journaling Bibles.  The gorgeous hard-cover in this Bible is mixed with a cloth floral pattern.  Due to the large print, this Bible is larger in size than others.

Crossway, the publishers of the English Standard Version, has several choices of Journaling Bibles.  They have hard-covered Bibles that are black yet I have seen some readers decorate these Bibles with their own artistic style.  The plain black cover matters little to those who simply use it for note-taking.

 

Imitation Leather

 

Once again, Crossway does an excellent job with the ESV Journaling Bibles that are imitation leather.  Although the print is small, these Bibles are put together well and will, most likely, last a lifetime.  One of the ESV Journaling Bibles I own is brown, imitation leather, with drawings of leaves stenciled into the cover.

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Thomas Nelson comes through again with a King James Version Journaling Bible that is brown imitation leather with cream-colored cloth with gold designs serving as the front cover.  Like the ESV mentioned before, the print is small, but the Bible is beautiful with lines in the side columns.

Zondervan, the publisher of the New International Version, has several gorgeous Journaling Bibles.  One of them has a beautiful, brown, soft-leather (imitation) edition that is eye-catching.  They have a variety of other colors as well.  Some are imitation leather while others are genuine.

 

Others

Tyndale House, publisher of the New Living Translation, is not without its share of Journaling Bibles.  Like Crossway, they have an edition that is a hard-back and black in color.  They also have produced a blue-green Journaling Bible called Inspire Bible NLT: The Bible for Creative Journaling.

 

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Like so many products these days, there is no lack of choice in the types of Bibles a person can purchase with relative ease.  Even if you are neither artistic nor a fan of Bible Journaling, the lined side margins of these Bibles are great place to put your study notes.  The love for the Word of God is what matters above all.

 

What about you?  Do you use Journaling Bibles or Study Bibles?  What are some of the translations you read?

It’s Time to Change Your Thinking

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God,” Romans 12:2 (NKJV).

Romans 12:2 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. I began truly meditating on it when I became a part of a particular women’s Bible Study. Mind transformation is a total necessity if we are going to walk in victory concerning any area of our lives. Victory for me not only applies to my issues with overeating, but it also applies to other areas of my life.Only you can change your thinking.
Struggling with major insecurity for many years, I knew that as a teacher, I could not go on in defeat and expect to help others to victory. I began to apply the mind transformation scripture to my insecurity which, by the way, has contributed to other issues in my life.

Recognize the Lies

One of the first steps in mind transformation is recognizing lies from the enemy of our souls. We can fall for his lies and not even realize that we are wearing a cloak of deceit. For example, I believed the lie that I was not good enough to work in my church, witness to people, or have successful relationships with people. The source of much of my insecurity was wounds I had suffered from relationships with men before I met my husband, people in the church who had lied about me, and friendships that had seemed to dissolve rather quickly. What was wrong with me? Why could I not maintain relationships?

I had to recognize the lie Satan had put into my mind that I was not good enough. Of course, I am far from being the perfect person, but if I am a child of God, I am made worthy through the blood of Jesus. Recognizing this truth took time because the lie was engraved in my mind for such a long period of time. Once I recognized this lie, I could begin tearing it down through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Tearing Down the Lies

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing EVERY THOUGHT (emphasis mine) into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NKJV).

I had what I needed to tear down these lies, not in myself but through the Holy Spirit. I had to participate in my mind transformation. I say this because we often want God to just pour victory on us without our participation. He must have our cooperation in the process, or we will just as easily return to bondage.

Replacing the Lies with Truth

Now that the lies were torn down, I did not need to stop at that point. My mind was now empty and something had to replace those thoughts or the lies would return with a vengeance. Luke 11:24-26 is proof of the need to fill the empty places. Jesus spoke of an unclean spirit leaving a man and returning to find the house empty so the unclean spirit brought more with him causing the man to be worse off than before.

Mind BattleI believe this is where we often miss the mark in mind transformation. We begin to recognize the lies and tear them down, but we fail to replace the thoughts with God’s thoughts concerning the situation. 1 Corinthians 2:16 tells us that we have the mind of Christ so we can think his thoughts toward our situations. Philippians 4:8 describe the thoughts we should dwell upon. Let me give you an example of the process. When I felt I was unworthy of ministry and relationships, I had to recognize the lie. Many lies will have some degree of truth which makes deception come into play. Without Christ, I am not a good person or a good friend, but with Christ, I can do all things. I have made a major step in the process, but I am not finished. I must realize that although I might have been at fault in previous relationships, those people had issues of their own so I could not be blamed for all of the failure.

Now that I had recognized a bit more truth, I needed to replace the lies. When replacing lies with truth, you must have scripture that applies to your situation. Some scriptures that I used in my battle were 2 Corinthians 5:21 concerning being the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. I read Ephesians 1 and 2 aloud concerning my spiritual blessings in Christ. I read Proverbs 18:24 claiming that I was able to show myself friendly. Philippians 4:13 about being able to do all things through Christ works in many situations. Aside from these, I found scriptures on the love of God. Recognizing His love made me able to have healthy relationships and a godly ministry.

The process was not easy but had I not participated in my mind transformation journey, I would not be able to tell you about it. You have to participate and cooperate with God in your own mind transformation. He is more than willing to be your strength, but He will not force His will on you. Your willingness to work through tearing down the lies and replacing them with truth is a must.

What about you? How can you cooperate with God in your mind transformation? What lies need to be torn down? What truths need to replace these lies with truth?

 

Online Bible Course

History of Bible Translations

Online Course Begins August 27th.  The cost is only $20.00.

From the earliest manuscripts to the modern versions, the following questions and more will be addressed:

1) What manuscripts did Jesus and the Apostles use?

2) Why are verses missing in some translations?

3) What about the King James Version?

4) Why do we have so many translations?

To register, send an email to allisonambermitchell@gmail.com.

You will receive a response within a few hours.

Where Do You Find Joy?

(The following is a piece I wrote for another blog in 2014.  I have updated and revised it for this blog.)

JoyWhere a person finds joy can encompass a great deal of areas. We all have activities we enjoy, people we with which we love to have fellowship, children we adore, spouses we love, ministries we want to flourish, and dare I say: foods we love to eat. All of these activities and objects are wonderful in and of themselves, but when taken out of perspective, we will find they often rob us of our joy rather than bring us joy.

What is joy? Among all the bible dictionaries and collegiate dictionaries, joy is defined in many ways, but the most common definition I found is this: a feeling of pleasure or happiness; a calm delight. Biblical joy is the result of a relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. The joy of the Lord is evident in our lives even when we are facing trials. How can this be? How can we have joy in the midst of trials? The answer is simple. The Holy Spirit is living inside every believer, and according to Galatians 5:22-23, joy is a part of the fruit of the Spirit. This fruit is the evidence of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in an individual. Of course, we have periods of sadness and mourning, and no one finds joy in these periods to begin with; however, when the Lord begins the healing process, after brokenness, joy cannot help but spring forth.

Far too often, we try to find our joy from sources other than the Lord. I know I have! Looking for joy in eating what I want when I want it, my husband doing everything I want him to do, my children behaving perfectly, or, my job having no problems, causes me to lose focus rather than looking to Jesus, the source of all joy. When I find my joy in Him, life’s hardships and challenges come into proper perspective, and I no longer look to any other thing to bring joy.Joy 2

Psalm 16:11 says, “You will show me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of joy; At your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Wow! There is no other place to find true and lasting joy than in the presence of the Lord, and this joy is full and complete. Knowing that joy comes from His presence and not in an idol, I need to spend time in His presence, sitting at His feet, or better still, getting in His face so I can know His heart.

Take notice of  the last portion of Psalm 16:11 which says, “At your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” When I am spending time in His presence to find fullness of joy, I will experience pleasure. God never meant for us to avoid the enjoyment of this life He gave us. He meant for us to enjoy the food we have to eat. He meant for us to enjoy our ministries, friends, church family, and many others placed in our lives. He gave us all these people and things for enjoyment. Our joy disappears when any of these things or people become a god to us because we are no longer going to His presence for the fullness of joy only our Lord can bring. Instead, we expect people to fulfill us. We expect food to bring us fullness of joy. We tend to think that if we just had a little more food, a little more money, a little more of this or that, we would have joy and happiness. Nothing could be further from the truth! Fullness of joy comes when we are tapped into the source of joy—the presence of the Lord!

Joy 3Nehemiah 8:10 says the following: “Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” We love to quote that last part which tells us the joy of the Lord is our strength, and it is true! Without the fullness of joy that comes from the Lord’s presence, we will be weak and powerless to fight our battles. However, notice the first part of that verse which says to go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks. God gave us pleasure including food. We are told to enjoy what God has given and be thankful for it. What happens is like I said before, we look to the food and drink for joy rather than getting in the presence of the Lord for fullness of joy.

It is no wonder that Jesus told us in Matthew 6:33 to seek the Lord first then everything else would be added to us. He knew that if we didn’t know the source of joy, nothing or no one else could bring us that joy. Jesus is awesome and like no other!Joy 4

What about you? Where do you find your joy? Do you attempt to find joy in any other avenue but the Lord? Do you need to tap into the right source for joy today?

 

You Have Hope!

Hope 3The truth is that life has difficult turns.  Sometimes, I feel that I am on one of those amusement park rides that make me sick and never seems to end.  However, they do end, and challenging times in life eventually pass.  Hope is a key factor to passing through obstacles in life without losing your sanity.

Where is your hope?

True hope lies in Jesus Christ.  My answer might seem cliché, nevertheless, it is true.  “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” 1 Corinthians 15:19.  The hope Jesus brings is lasting; it does not fade with the coming and going of circumstances.

If you have accepted Jesus, He is in you by the Holy Spirit.  That, in and of itself, is a great deal of hope.  Colossians 1:27 says that Christ in you is the hope of glory.  Hope lives inside of you which means that you do not have to despair in times of trouble.  I know, easier said than done.  However, God does not call us to have hope, and live as if we have hope only to refuse to give us the hope we need.  You have hope!  No matter how desperate your situation is, Jesus will give you the grace you need to come out of the battle as victor.  It is up to you to choose the hope He gives.Hope

Is it possible to have hope in tragedy?

I have seen great tragedies during my lifetime.  As a matter of fact, some of them have visited me.  Parents have lost children to death when it seemed life had only begun.  Many parents have told me that something is terribly wrong with a child leaving this world before the parent does.  How does one reconcile such tragedy and grief with a loving God?  The answer is never easy, and we certainly should not pretend to have the answers when speaking with the grieving.  Pray for those who have lost children to find hope in Christ.  It is not impossible, but it is not something with which we should beat them over the head, only pushing them further away.Hope 2

When relationships are lost, there is hope in Christ.  He can heal the wounds that have torn your heart into pieces.  When a child struggles with addiction, there is hope in Christ as deliverer.  When all seems lost, Christ is there, the hope of glory reminding us that there is more than just what we see with our physical eyes.  I know the pain is intense, trust me, I do, but go to Jesus and ask Him to give you a glimpse of how the future with Him will look.

When I think of tragedies, I always think of Job.  He lost everything!  His children and possessions were lost in one day.  His health left his body soon thereafter.  His wife did nothing to help him in affliction.  Job’s friends told him that he had sinned and needed to repent.  However, Job made a very powerful statement that is found in Job 19:25-26, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed yet in my flesh I shall see God.”  Job knew where hope was!

 

How about you?  Do you know where your hope lies?  If not, you can find Him today.