How Can I Live in Victory

“For as he thinketh in his heart,” Proverbs‬ ‭23:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew‬ ‭6:21‬ ‭KJV‬‬

In the midst of my own discouragement and depression I realized through the Spirit that anytime I get this way I am lacking in hope I’m basically saying I do not believe what God says about me is true. Therefore we should tell ourselves everyday

1. I am a son or daughter of the King

2. I am full of hope because I believe Gods word is true

3. I am full of His grace, his grace is limitless

4. I have The Holy Spirit of the living God right inside my heart that I carry around with me 24/7

5. The God that created all that we see from nothing can and will create victory in seemingly hopeless situations

For what you concentrate in your mind on the most your will and your body will go into action. For what the mind thinks on good or bad everything else will usually follow it. First you think it then you do it. So, therefore when you focus on your failings, focus on your defeats, focus on your weaknesses you will never climb up out of that pit until you start thinking differently. If you think about how often your carnal flesh gets the best of you as long as you think on it the carnal flesh it will continue to defeat you.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The above verse is your victory statement. Think on these things, your will and body will start walking a different path. We must believe what God says in His word is true if we do believe this discouragement and depression  cannot be found in your neighborhood. Why? Because you refuse to give it a place in your mind. I will align my mind with the Holy Spirit and walk in victory.

I’m Afraid What Can I Do

I was watching a movie the other day and in this scene I saw a woman who was really afraid and scared. My heart just broke at what I saw realizing that in my past the times when I was afraid, scared and all alone. Then I thought of all the people in the world who are scared afraid and all alone.
So if your are afraid of what the new year holds for you? My heart breaks for you and know that you’re not alone in this. For number one God is always with you and never leave you or forsake you. Number two I am here with you as well. I have gained faith and hope from my fears as well as my future within the word of God’s promises within His truth, enlightened me to what is in store for me if I choose the His path.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29, 30 ESV)
I now have a peace that passes all understanding and an inner strength from God through His Son Jesus Christ.
If you want hope and encouragement from your fears email me at the address below I do not have all the answers all I can give you is hope and insight from my own private experiences at findintimacywithchrist@gmail.com
Find friends or loved ones who are positive influences in your life and surround yourself with them. You need love and support, if you have no friends or relatives who are positive find a church nearby that can help you during this time. My best advice is to surrender your life into the hands of Jesus Christ!!!
““For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16, 17 ESV)
With the Holy Spirit living inside of you he will give you a new purpose and he will give you hope for your future.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV)
Fear comes upon us for lack of knowledge because our lack in knowing the truth.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:18, 19 ESV)
Having the knowledge that God loves us will calm your fears and give you peace and joy and a future.
“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith” (Philippians 3:7-9 ESV)
I know what it’s like to be emotionally abused, to be unloved, disrespected and mistreated. You deserve better than this!!! God has brought healing to my mental well-being and spiritual well-being as he will do just for you. I leave you with my love and a final scripture to give you hope and encouragement.
“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)

Love and Prayers,
Richard
Intimacy With Christ

Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)

Every Storm (Runs out of Rain)! The storms of life are always right around the corner. Have you ever felt stuck out in the cold rain shivering from the cold, the sky is dark and gloomy, lightning shakes the ground under your feet. Your fearful and scared of the unknown of what will happen next? My spiritual storms that I encounter are just like this, like a little child I run into the arms of Jesus for refuge and strength, a shelter in my time of storm. Then He hovers over me as I find protection under the shadow of His wings I find comfort and peace.

It seems when I make it through one storm I’m heading right into another one. At times you will have the tendency to pity yourself and say why me. We must not go there for God would have us be strong and say Lord what are you trying to teach me,but alas we are human and weak in the flesh and will succumb to self pity, worries, fears, and doubt. This will always take the edge off of all storms that we face. One thing we need to remember about all storms that come into our lives it will run out of rain. Praise The Lord!!!

How encouraging to know that whatever your going through at this time let it run its course. When you have a clear understanding of the storms of life you will welcome every single one of them. Read what Paul said in

2 Corinthian 4: 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

The benefits of the storms we face and endure we will reap in eternity. Paul is saying here we will reap a reward in heaven, hence “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” What helped Paul to keep moving forward in regards what happened to him is found in

Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

We need to keep the eternal perspective at all times. The eternal perspective is keeping our eyes on Christ and what is to come in heaven. Correcting our focus on what really matters lessens the hardship we go through at the present. Paul kept forgetting his past forgetting what happens in the present keeping his eyes constantly looking forward always pressing toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Our strength in our Intimacy With Christ is keeping the eternal perspective the storms will come, it will run its course and it will run out of rain, then the refreshing smell after the rain, the cleansing it brings rejuvenates our souls in Christ Jesus. Yea, though I walk through the shadows of death I will fear no evil for you are with me, your rod and staff comfort me Psalms 23:4

The storms of life will force us to our knees in utter helplessness as we throw ourselves at the feet of Jesus we will actually draw closer to him in body, soul and spirit. We will experience such an Intimacy With Christ in the midst of the storm that we can never experience it anywhere else. Throwing ourselves in total helpless surrender at the throne of God in our complete weakness through him we will become strong, then miracles will take place, promises answered and fulfilled, the word of God becomes more precious, our time of prayer more sweeter and the still small voice of God closer than ever before. The benefits of the storm far outweigh anything else in our lives.

2 Corinthians  12:7 NKJV And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Everyone who knows anything about the scriptures know what afflictions, the hardships, the physical beatings Paul went through and endured. Paul realized as those of us who go through hardships that we are more Intimate With Christ because of the storms then when we were before the storm ever came. The more storms, the more we endure, the closer Christ draws near and dear to out hearts. Paul understood this so well because of his thorn in the flesh that he says without regret such phrases as, “Therefore most gladly I will rather boast, Therefore I take pleasure in, my infirmities, reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses” He clearly understood the great benefits in his life as Christ mold and shaped him into a more compassionate, caring, loving, and self-sacrificing image of himself. So when people looked at Paul they actually saw the image of Christ.

Hebrews 12:11 NKJV Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it

We are diamonds in the rough that are ugly and dark. We are held in the master craftsmen hands where he takes with careful precision His hammer and chisel to knock off through storms that which is untrue and unnecessary in order for us to shine in all our brilliance the reflection of Jesus Christ.

So take my advice welcome the storms that come your way always asking the Father what are you trying to teach me, what are you trying to show me. Bring me to my knees only if you meet me there and commune with me. Mold and shape me into you image and into your likeness. Your word brings peace and joy, while sin simply in its truest form robs you of that same peace and joy.

Intimacy With Christ

Richard Wafford