Have you ever felt like you were under attack, being persecuted every which way you turned? Well, I began feeling that way from September 2013 through my present time of testing. However, I simultaneously sensed and saw God’s hand at work throughout my experience and so offer you this God positive perspective on persecution.
Prayer is essential in order for God’s people to effectively experience victorious living. To develop confidence in your prayer life, you need to know, believe and speak God’s word over your life and watch Him work the details out on your behalf. God’s word is rich with promises that can encourage you to stand or hold on when going through challenging life experiences, rich promises that can pump up your praise while you expectantly wait with excitement on what you know and believe to be true. Read, meditate on, and seal the following scriptures in your heart to guide you to and through a confident prayer life filled with peace, joy, love, forgiveness and gratitude.
Wilderness experiences and challenging times of testing are a part of every Christian’s life and if it has not shown up in your life yet, just keep living. Storms of testing times are inevitable and for a divine purpose, so I encourage you to hold on.
Tests and trials are necessary for us to mature, grow, and learn how to trust God; they come to test and strengthen our faith. When we hold on in the storm and persevere through testing times, it produces patience and shows us who God is and what we can do through His strength, grace and mercy.
Are you stressed out more often than not, unable to find peace? Well, you can now be comforted with the fact that peace is attainable and maintainable when you follow the simple strategy outlined in Philippians 4: 4-9, 12-13, 19.
Praise God no matter what is going on in your life. He is worthy of all praise and will inhabit the praises of His people. When you send up praises, He will send down blessings. Reflect the image of your Creator as you glorify His name.
4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”
One Billion Rising is a V-Day worldwide campaign to end violence against women. I rose because I was raped and now had the inner strength, opportunity and collective support to end the silence and share my story. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls because 1 in every 3 women on the planet will be raped or beaten during their lifetime. I rose because I am 1 of the 3 women to experience this violence. I rose because it helped me and others continue the healing process. I rose with 200 countries signed up to participate along with world leaders, celebrities, organizations and activists ready to Strike, Dance, and Rise because it was time to say, “Enough! The violence must end.”
NOTE: The “V” in V-Day means Victory, Valentine and Vagina.
I am striving to live a sinless life,
sinning less with each new day.
With an open heart through my tests and trials,
“Lord, help me learn the lessons quickly,” is what I pray.
During a recurring respiratory illness
that had flared up every few years,
God shed fresh light on some behavioral patterns
that was critical for me to perceive and hear.
Psalm 91 describes the benefits of living in the secret place of God. It is a place of refuge where we can experience unconditional love, supernatural protection, security, deliverance, grace and power. The following inspirational poem is my creative expression of Psalm 91:
We, who dwell in the secret place
of El Elyon (the God Most High),
Shall abide in protection and security
beneath the shadow of God Almighty (El Shaddai).
The Lord is our refuge and our fortress,
our God in whom we can confidently trust.
He will deliver us from entrapment and disease;
He will shelter us from dangers and things unjust.
This healing thing is a process
that takes place over a period of time;
I’ve learned that in order to heal the body
the journey must first begin in the mind.
I was not usually eager to step
into the path that was necessary.
Before facing my emotional baggage,
I entered my own garden of Gethsemane.
Issues stemming from my childhood
enveloped me in deep-rooted, binding fear.
Due to prior medical traumas experienced,
I used to deny illness and run scared.
Hear, O Lord, this prayer
I offer in this consecrated place:
May you impart a spirit of unity
To inhabit the people of our Black race.
May you allow us to experience
How wonderful and pleasant it can be
For Black people to live together
In bless-ed harmony.
Jo Anne Meekins is the founder of Inspired 4 U Ministries and Inspired 4 U Publications; and an author, publisher, coach and speaker.
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