Abundance of Joy – 7 Things You Must Know to Overcome a Depressive Spirit!
How to Keep the Abundant Joy of the Lord Flowing in Your Life
Unfortunately many people struggle
day-to-day with a depressive spirit.
Yes, there are those who naturally find it
easy to go about their days light-hearted and joyful.
However, for most of us, we have to learn through the Word
how to keep the abundant joy of the Lord flowing in our lives.
Living in joy is the only way to live. If you agree, and you’re ready to say good-bye to a depressive spirit, then continue reading to get yourself started today.
7 Things You Must Know to Replace a Depressive Spirit with an Abundance of Joy:
1. In Times of Tribulation, Joy Does Not Have to Leave You
You have a choice to either trust God or worry; choose joy or anxiety. Either way you’ll be confronted with trouble. Jesus said it is possible to be in peace and of good cheer, even in the midst of tribulation, because He has overcome the world.
“In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
— John 16:33
Really it’s totally up to you. Just because you have trouble doesn’t mean you have to lose your joy. You can choose to be full of cheer, because you know that Jesus has already overcome.
2. You Can Laugh at Trouble, Rather Than Align Yourself With It
Your reactions to the storms of life are what will determine your success. If you give in to trouble and begin rehearsing the problems, the joy of the Lord in your life will suddenly be replaced with worry and anxiety. To keep your joy, you must major on the promises of God and not the problems of this world.
3. Every Human on Earth is Searching for Joy
Joy is one thing everyone wants out of life. If you choose to live in joy, others will be literally drawn to you. You will become like a magnet for the depressed and brokenhearted who are looking for hope. Joy is contagious.
Living in the joy of the Lord is one of the most effective ways to reach others, share the love of Christ, and be blessed to be a blessing.
4. God Forgives and Wants You to Start Living in Joy Again
God is waiting to forgive those who repent and ask for forgiveness. He wants you to get back up and start living in joy again. It is the devil that condemns and shames you with your past.
Resist thoughts of failure and refill yourself with joy by getting in the Word and dwelling in the secret place of the Most High.
5. Joy Can Keep You Living Well
The healing power of joy works like medicine in your body.
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
— Proverbs 17:22
Your body wasn’t created to live worrying about every little thing. You were created to walk in the joy of the Lord every day of your life. His joy can keep you living well.
6. Joy Gives Strength
Joy is enthusiastic and empowering. The joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10) Lose your joy and you’ll lose your strength and enthusiasm.
7. In God’s Presence is Fullness of Joy
The joy of the Lord springs out of a solid relationship with the living God. Much is manifested from a solid enthusiastic relationship with Him. God has blessed us abundantly and we have no place to complain, but only to give thanks.
“You will show me the path of life: in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
— Psalm 16:11
So there you have it: When we begin to release the power of the Word in our life, we begin to overcome a depressive spirit with the abundant joy of the Lord flowing in our lives.
May you live a life flowing with abundant joy and growing prosperity!
God bless you –
Affirmation Power – How to Overcome Fear and Strengthen Your Courage with Affirmations
Why Not Put the Power of Affirmations to Work for Your Benefit?
If you are lacking in any quality…
you can strengthen it with regular affirmations.
They will make your brain clearer…
and your thoughts more effective.
“An affirmation is a statement of Truth consciously used so as to become the directing power of Life’s expression.”
— Orison Swett Marden
Fearful Thoughts Versus Courageous Thinking
Would you like to overcome fear in your life? If you are a coward anywhere in your nature, which most people are, you can put the power of affirmations to work for your benefit.
Strengthen your courage by regularly affirming that you are absolutely fearless, that you are courageous, and that nothing can harm you. Consider that fear is simply the sense of danger. But when you have perfect confidence in the great Creator and His purpose for your life, when you trust in Him completely, there will be no cause for fear.
God has a plan for your life and He says it is not to harm you, but to prosper you and give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) Once you convince yourself that there is a good plan for your life, and that the opposing thoughts must be a delusion, you will gradually lose the sense of fear and gain the courage you desire.
“Nerve us with incessant affirmation. Don’t bark against the bad, but chant the beauties of the good.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Affirmations Create Power
Determine today not to harbor anything in your mind which you do not wish to become real in your life. Every time you feel a sense of fear coming over you, replace it by saying something such as the following affirmation:
‘I am absolutely fearless; I am strong and courageous because the Lord is my God and my helper; I am more than a conqueror and always triumph in Christ.’
Do not entertain a weak or fearful thought. Instead replace them with confident, hopeful, optimistic thoughts. If you form the habit of affirming to yourself bold and courageous thoughts, as soon as a sense of fear arises, you will be surprised to see how quickly you can change the whole course of your thoughts. And when this is changed, the feeling will change also.
You will begin to increase your courage and confidence, and this is half the battle. You will soon find that your environment will begin to change. Hope will increase and you will have a healthier outlook on life. Your thoughts, instead of depressing your mind, will be a perpetual encouragement of courage and confidence that drives out fear.
Now what? Discover the wonderful advantage available to you by starting out every morning with the mindset of affirming the confident and courageous person God created you to be. Let affirmations create a powerful force that make it difficult for any discouraging and fearful thoughts to take over. Overcome fear and strengthen your courage with powerful affirmations.
May your mind be filled with courageous, confident affirmations and your life full of growing prosperity!
God bless you –
Spiritual Warfare – How Can the Belt of Truth Stop Fear from Opening the Door to Trouble?
Let the Truth of God’s Goodness Put a Stop to Fear
God is good.
There is no promise that once you become a Christian bad things won’t happen.
However, it is key to know that God is not the source of trouble;
He is our source of help.
“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble.”
— Nahum 1:7
Where Does Trouble Come From?
Whether you acknowledge it or not, we have a spiritual enemy: the devil. The Bible tells us that anything that kills, steals, or destroys comes from the devil. Then it goes on to say that Jesus gives life and life more abundantly. (John 10:10)
We must not blame God for the attacks from satan. God is always good and never does anything bad. He is not even able to do anything bad and does not like to see people suffer. (James 1:16-17) He is a just God.
What Opens the Door to Trouble?
Fear opens the door to attacks. First off, because putting on fear and worry is like putting on blinders to the goodness of God. Second, because those things we fear and fill our thoughts with will come to pass. (Job 3:25)
A great example of this is the account of Job in the Bible. God blessed him greatly and this made satan jealous. So the enemy began to attack Job with fearful thoughts. Job’s fear and worry of losing his family and possessions began to blind him of God’s goodness and opened the door to trouble. The enemy then attacked his children, his possessions, and his health. And to top it off, the enemy had him convinced the Lord was to blame.
How Do We Overcome Trouble When the Attacks Come?
When attacks of the enemy come we need to fight to overcome them. Begin speaking the Word of God and put on the belt of truth. Replace the destructive, fearful thoughts and words with truth and life giving words. Memorize and repeat Nahum 1:7 to start with.
The law of attraction goes to work bringing into your life the dominant thoughts of your heart, whether they are good or bad.
Have patience, like Job, and remember trials are only temporary. Even though Job, through his fear and ignorance thought God caused his trouble, he never turned from God. He cursed his situation, but NOT God.
Get a greater understanding of the goodness of God and cry out to Him in your time of trouble. What the enemy intends for bad, God can turn to good. Blessings never come from turning away from the Lord, but only as we move closer to Him and obey His Word.
We Must Not Blame God for Trouble!
It is vital to recognize that the source of evil is from satan and God is always good. We should never blame God for the things the enemy does to kill, steal, and destroy. In the midst of trials and the storms of life, keep trusting in God with patience. Be strong in the Lord, and the power of His might. (Ephesians 6:10)
Choose to open the door to let God work in your life. When trouble comes, choose to turn toward Him. Job’s faith and patience resulted in the Lord blessing him with twice what he had before.
Make no mistake about it; it is possible to remain standing when trouble comes. The Lord knows we have attacks from the evil one and battle spiritual warfare. That is why He provided us His Word and tells us to put on the whole armor of God. So put on the belt of truth today, stand strong, and allow the Good God to be your stronghold in the day of trouble.
May your understanding of God’s goodness strengthen your relationship with Him and increase your life with growing prosperity!
God bless you,
How to Swiftly Overcome Anxiety with 7 Successful Self-Improvement Tips
Personal Growth: Be the Success You Were Intended to Be!
A life of panic and anxiety is no way to live.
If the symptoms of this hindering, fear driven behavior have been preventing you from being and doing all that you desire…
…then read on to discover some helpful tips.
It is possible to overcome and be in charge of your life and stop letting fear, anxiety, and stress have control.
7 Successful Tips to Swiftly Overcome Anxiety:
1.) CALL ON GOD – This tip has been listed first because God should always be first in our lives. The moment something else takes first place, is the moment we allow disorder to spread in our lives. Pray and call on God daily!
God says He will never leave you, so you can boldly say,
“The Lord is my helper, I will not fear what man can do.” (Hebrews 13:6)
2.) GUARD YOUR MIND & HEART – What you allow into your mind long enough is eventually going to get into your heart and show up in your life. Watch closely what you put in your mind and make sure it is positive.
Are you watching and listening to news, music, and movies with crude, fear driven, disturbing, negative, and stressful messages? Then you are allowing this garbage into your mind. Would you allow a garbage truck to unload in your house?
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
— Proverbs 4:23
3.) DAILY MEDITATION & AFFIRMATIONS – This follows the second tip. After putting a stop to negative intake, that encourages fear and anxiety, we now need to replace it with positive, confidence building thoughts, images, and words.
No one can preach to you like you can preach to you. Renew your mind daily. Take time to daily meditate and affirm positive confidence building statements that will build yourself up.
Start with positive affirmations such as the following:
- I am Bold, Courageous, Confident, and Powerful.
- I am Proud of Myself for the Positive Changes I am Making Daily.
- God has Given Me a Spirit of Power, Love, and a Sound Mind.
4.) HEALTHY LIFESTYLE – A healthy lifestyle is critical to our total well being. We are spirit, mind, and body. It is impossible to let one area of our being go downhill and not have it affect us.
A healthy, balanced diet that reduces sugar, alcohol, and caffeine will reduce stress and anxiety levels. An exercise routine, even one of simply taking regular walks, will quickly help lift your spirits.
5.) BE AWARE OF YOUR INNER DIALOGUE – What type of conversation is going on in your head? Do you speak to yourself with kindness, respect, and love; like you would with someone you care about?
Stop rehearsing your past failures, shortcomings, and mistakes over and over. Let them go and acknowledge that you have the ability to change your present and future. Make a list of your positive qualities and abilities. Then remind yourself of them. Speak to yourself as if you were your own best friend.
6.) TACKLE FEAR HEAD ON – We’ve all experienced the fear and panic that can overtake us with no notice. Fear is a thief and it steals our destinies and prevents our progress. It causes those who should be bold and aggressive to shrink back and be timid.
Don’t let fear control you. Face it head on and begin taking baby steps by doing things afraid. Move forward and do what you need to do even in the midst of fear. Each time you do, you crush the fearful, anxious spirit and build up the confident spirit within you.
7.) KNOWLEDGE IS POWER – Get informed and find out what you can about the symptoms and causes of panic and anxiety. Many people struggle with anxiety and many have overcome. You are not alone in your struggle and taking a step to inform yourself is a big step to victory.
Getting informed helps equip you with the power to overcome.
Your goal? To start utilizing these tips today. Do not allow anxiety to paralyze your potential. Overcoming is a gradual process, but by applying these tips to your life you can speed up the process. Lift up your head to the light and BOLDLY decide to be all that GOD created you to be. Now go take steps of personal growth.
May you continue to grow in confidence and experience a life of growing prosperity!
Soar higher –
Growing Prosperity – Do You Want to Overcome Defeat and Step Into the Abundant Life?
How to Overcome Defeat and Bring Growing Prosperity Into Your Life!
How come then, do the whopping majority of these same people, find themselves just barely scraping by?
If you feel like defeat is at your doorstep; don’t throw in the towel. Often times we simply need to make a few adjustments to overcome defeat and manifest the abundance of God.
Don’t Compare Yourself to the Ungodly
For starters, STOP wasting time comparing yourself to the unjust. STOP questioning why the wicked seem to prosper and you are barely scraping by.
A thankful heart delivers the goods. An ungrateful heart is an insult to God.
Even in our worst condition we are blessed beyond measure with the assurance of everlasting life. God forbid we dare complain to Him because someone else has more ‘things’ in their life; as if that is of greater value than our salvation.
Stand Steadfast – Don’t Be Defeated
Listen: The kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:21)
You have more power available to change your circumstance than you realize. Meditate on the Word and tap into your God given empowerment by faith.
Start asking God to open the eyes of your understanding and give you wisdom to see where you need to make adjustments in your life. Believe me the problem is not with God! It is with us.
Humble yourself and ask God to show you what you need to adjust. Be open to hearing what it is. Correction is not always easy. But it is necessary.
Then take action on what you need to change. This is not easy either, but it’s either walk out the truth of God’s Word OR go on speaking and living out the lies of the enemy.
God gives us a choice and puts before us life or death. And then He tells us to choose life.
Don’t Just Try – Do it to a Finish
Speaking of which; without faith it is impossible to please God. It takes faith to tap into the abundance of God. And faith doesn’t just try things out and see what happens.
Noah didn’t just try to build the ark, then after a few years of hard work give up and say “I tried God’s plan, but it doesn’t work.” He just did it to the finish. And as you’ll recall: it worked out really well for him and his family!
So what now? Are you going to throw in the towel and turn your back on God when times get a little tough? Sure glad Jesus didn’t. When you have faith in God’s Word you take action, obey, and follow through. And you trust God will follow through with His promise. Go now and be blessed to be a blessing and tap into your abundant life.
May you stand steadfast to the finish and continue to experience growing prosperity!
God bless you,