Therapy Topics

Hyperlinks to Youtube videos, related to various therapy topics, that you can watch and possibly learn and improve yourself.

Therapy Topics

7 Techniques to Stop Worry and Rumination |#PaigePradko, #StopWorry, #StopRumination

Stop INTRUSIVE Thoughts: Pure O OCD #PaigePradko, #PureO, #OCDwithPaige

10 Ways to Maximize Exposure Therapy #PaigePradko, #OCDwithPaige, #ExposureTherapy

Accepting Anxiety-How to Calm Anxiety |CALM Series #PaigePradko,#CalmSeriesforAnxiety,#AcceptAnxiety

OCD – Pure O – Obsessive Intrusive Thoughts #PaigePradko, #PureO, #OCDwithPaige

How to STOP Obsessive PURE O Rumination #PaigePradko, #PureOOCD,

Two Things You Can Do To Stop Ruminating

How to Deal with Negative Emotions – Distress Tolerance

How To Tell If You’re Depressed

8 Signs Someone is Secretly Depressed

7 Signs Of Depression & Symptoms You Must Know | BetterHelp

3 Symptoms Of Anxiety You Should Never Ignore | BetterHelp

Turn off Anxiety in your Nervous System: Four Ways to Turn on the Parasympathetic Response

Stress Release (Fast)- Anxiety Reduction Technique (Anxiety Skills #19)

7 Simple Tips To Reduce Your STRESS Right Now

Managing Stress – Brainsmart – BBC

5 Signs And Symptoms Of Anxiety & Panic Attacks

5 Action Steps for Health Anxiety | Part 2 #PaigePradko, #HealthAnxiety, #OCDwithPaige

Death Anxiety an Existential Crisis | Learn to Love Your Life | #PaigePradko, #DeathAnxiety

7 Techniques to Overcome Social Anxiety | #PaigePradko, #SocialAnxiety, #CalmSeriesforAnxiety

How to Liberate Yourself from Social Anxiety | Vanessa Van Edwards on Impact Theory

7 Questions to Stop Anxiety – Checking the Facts CALM-Logic #CBT, #PaigePradko,#CalmSeriesforAnxiety

BPD and Catastrophizing – Irrational Thinking

How to Stop Catastrophizing (in 5 Simple Steps!)

How To Stop Catastrophizing About The Future

6 Simple Ways To Reduce Anxiety

How to Stop Catastrophizing |CALM Series-Logic #PaigePradko,#CALMSeriesforAnxiety,#WorstCaseScenario

How to Calm Anxiety | Intro: CALM Series for Treating Anxiety #PaigePradko, #CalmSeriesforAnxiety

CBT: When to Use It |Cognitive Behavior Therapy|CALM-Logic #PaigePradko, #CalmSeriesforAnxiety, #CBT

SquareBreathing to Calm Down Anxiety | CALM Series-Calm the Body #PaigePradko, #CalmSeriesforAnxiety

Calming Mantras & Phrases for Anxiety | CALM-Accepting Anxiety #PaigePradko, #CalmSeriesforAnxiety

Stop Anxiety by Changing Negative Thoughts | CALM-Logic #PaigePradko, #CalmSeriesforAnxiety, #CBT

Negative Self Talk | Learning to Mold Your Inner Critic #PaigePradko, #NegativeSelfTalk, #SelfTalk

Perfectionism:Problems & Cures | CALM Series:Logic #PaigePradko,#CalmSeriesforAnxiety,#Perfectionism

Breathing Techniques to Calm Anxiety | CALM Series-Calm the Body #PaigePradko, #CalmSeriesforAnxiety

Visualizations to Calm Anxiety | CALM Series | Accepting Anxiety #PaigePradko, #CalmSeriesforAnxiety

Progressive Muscle Relaxation | The CALM Series: Calm the Body #PaigePradko, #CalmSeriesforAnxiety

How to Stop a Panic Attack #PaigePradko, #PanicAttack, #StopPanic

Mindfulness Techniques to Calm Anxiety | CALM-Accepting Anxiety #PaigePradko, #CalmSeriesforAnxiety

Emotional Triggers and Trauma Part ONE #PaigePradko, #EmotionalTriggers, #HealingTrauma

Accepting Anxiety-How to Calm Anxiety |CALM Series #PaigePradko,#CalmSeriesforAnxiety,#AcceptAnxiety

What NOT to Do if You Have Anxiety! #PaigePradko, #CalmSeriesforAnxiety, #TreatmentforAnxiety

What are Cognitive Distortions?

Identifying Cognitive distortions

How to Stop Cognitive Distortions: Bad Thoughts and Poison Minds

10 Cognitive Distortions That Cause Anxiety – Learn these to stop anxiety at the source

5 Steps to Eliminate Cognitive Distortions (Best cognitive distortions treatment)

Answers To Common Spiritual Growth Questions

(found at “gotquestions.org”).

On the left side of this page are questions about God and human life that are predominant in society today. If you find a topic that interests you, please click on the corresponding hyperlink to go to that website to read about the particular subject. Enjoy reading!

Question

Why should I trust God even when I don’t understand who He is or what He is doing?

Do you trust God?

On what basis can God declare us not guilty?

Why does God sometimes work in mysterious ways?

Why is pride a sin?

What is Habakkuk syndrome?

Is speeding a sin?

What does the Bible say about suicide?

Is looking at pornography a sin?

What happens after death?

Friendly fire — Why do Christians attack each other?

Is the Bible trustworthy?

Shouldn’t Christians be able to overcome depression, even clinical depression, through the power of the Holy Spirit?

Can a true Christian depart from the faith? What is the meaning of “they went out from us” in 1 John 2:19?

How would the discovery of alien life impact the Christian faith?

Are Christians under the Old Covenant?

How should I respond when a prominent Christian falls into grievous sin?

What does the Bible say about tithing?

Can salvation be lost?

What does it mean to do something in Jesus’ name?

Why Government is Not the Answer

Is there a correct political persuasion for Christians?

Should a Christian get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Why do many Christians seem so prone to believe in conspiracy theories?

What does the Bible say about women pastors?

What does the Bible say about homosexuality?

What does the Bible say about tattoos?

Masturbation – is it a sin according to the Bible?

Is once saved, always saved biblical?

What does the Bible say about interracial marriage?

Who was Cain’s wife?

What does the Bible say about suicide?

Do pets go to Heaven?

What is the gift of speaking in tongues?

What does the Bible say about dinosaurs?

What is the importance of Christian baptism?

What does the Bible say about drinking alcohol?

Is gambling a sin?

What does the Bible teach about the Trinity?

What does the Bible say about sex before marriage?

Where was Jesus for the three days between His death and resurrection?

What does the Bible say about divorce and remarriage?

Daily Devotional Links

Being in God’s Word daily is crucial for the spiritual growth of every person. Ten options for you to get connected to daily devotionals, online each morning, in case you are interested.

Daily Devotional Links

https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/alternative-view-with-dr-tony-evans/

https://americanbible.org/resources/daily-bible-reading

https://maxlucado.com/daily-devotional/

https://www.everymanministries.com/blog/category/daily-devotionals/

https://www.ibelieve.com/devotionals/

https://billygraham.org/devotions/

https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/harvestdaily/

https://pastorrick.com/devotional/

https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/in-touch/

https://joycemeyer.org/DailyDevo

Online YouTube Videos: Hyperlinks To Sermons By Various Preachers

Dr. Ed Young

Weakness Makes you Strong | Dr. Ed Young

God Will Provide | Easter | Sermon by Ed Young

The Secret Weapon | Dr. Ed Young

Where to Begin | Dr. Ed Young

Jesus on the 610 Loop | Dr. Ed Young

Battle for the Church | Dr. Ed Young

Seeking Wisdom | Dr. Ed Young

Getting Life in Order | Dr. Ed Young

Battle over Sexuality | Dr. Ed Young

Love the Unlovable | Dr. Ed Young

Breaking Down Barriers | Dr. Ed Young

Money Makes us Fools | Dr. Ed Young

Pete Briscoe

Pete Briscoe at No Regrets 2015 – Living Free in Christ

Just One Thing

Clean From Sin

What Happens After You Sin?

Distorted Love

Flirting with the World

Do Nothing

Be A Witness

Strengthened Through Prayer

The Day Heaven Broke Loose

Staying On Message

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

The Desert, the Devil and You; By Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Getting Prayer Right……By Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Getting Conversion Right……..By Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer Sermons 2016 – “The Light Defines Us” – “The Light Guides Us”

Holy Spirit :The Gift of Companionship: By Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Erwin Lutzer: “Learning To Meditate In God’s Word”

Getting Spiritual Warfare Right…..By Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Trusting God when the Wells are Dry; Dr Erwin W. Lutzer

The Battle for Your Heart:By Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

The Triumph of Unanswered Prayer – Part I – Erwin W. Lutzer

Brady Boyd

Brady Boyd – Surrounded By The Spirit

COMPLETE JOY | Finding Peace Through Prayer | Brady Boyd

The Key to Thriving in All Areas of Life – Brady Boyd

A 3 Word Prayer That Will Change Your Life – Brady Boyd

Hearing God | Brady Boyd | Gateway Church

How To Stop Being Busy All The Time – Brady Boyd

Brady Boyd – The Jesus Rhythm

Habits of Emotionally Healthy People // Hearing God // Pastor Brady Boyd

Free Indeed – Open Gates – Pastor Brady Boyd

God Our Defender | Brady Boyd | Gateway Church

Dallas Willard

Dallas Willard | Life in the Spirit

Dallas Willard – The Sermon on the Mount

Dallas Willard – The Sermon on the Mount 1

Dallas Willard – Hearing God: “A Hearing God Life” – Session 1 of 4

Best Message! Chapel: Dallas Willard – Sept 12, 2011

Dallas Willard – The Theology of Spiritual Formation in Christ

Dallas Willard – Progressing in the Blessed Life in Christ

Dallas Willard – The Sermon on the Mount 2

Dallas Willard – What Hearing God is Not

Dallas Willard – An Invitation to a “With God Life” in Jesus

R.C. Sproul

The Battle with the Flesh: Pleasing God with R.C. Sproul

The Rapture: The Last Days According to Jesus with R.C. Sproul

John the Baptist (Mark 1:1-8) — A Sermon by R.C. Sproul

The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus ( Mark 1:9-13) — A Sermon by R.C. Sproul

Beginning of Jesus’ Public Ministry (Mark 1:14-20) — A Sermon by R.C. Sproul

Healing of the Man with the Unclean Spirit (Mark 1:21-28) — A Sermon by R.C. Sproul

Jesus Heals Many (Mark 1:29-45) — A Sermon by R.C. Sproul

Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:23-3:6) — A Sermon by R.C. Sproul

Jason Nelson

Jason Nelson | A Seed Of Faith | A Past With A Purpose

The Worship of Obedience | Bishop Jason Nelson

Pastor Jason Nelson – Relationships University

Therapy & Deliverance | Bishop Jason Nelson

Make Some Noise | Bishop Jason Nelson

It’s Time To Get Bloody | Bishop Jason Nelson

Pull on the Power | Bishop Jason Nelson

Practicing Your Victory | Bishop Jason Nelson

Pastor Jason Nelson preaching “The Power of an Encounter”

Dr. Michael Youssef

A Heart After God – Part 1 – Sermon Dr. Michael Youssef – The Church of the Apostles

The Road to Obedience (Palm Sunday Message) | Dr. Michael Youssef Sermons 2018

Michael Youssef A Biblical Response to the Current Crisis

Don’t Ever Give Up | Part 1 | Dr. Michael Youssef | 2020-01-05

Hope for This Present Crisis – Part 1 with Guest Dr. Michael Youssef

Kay Arthur

Winning the Warfare For Our Minds | Kay Arthur | Precepts for Life

Jeremiah | Nothing Too Difficult for God, Part 1 | Kay Arthur | Precepts for Life

Shattered Peace | Kay Arthur | Precepts for Life

Confession, Restoration, Healing | Kay Arthur | Precepts for Life

Rougher Times Ahead! | Kay Arthur | Precepts for Life

Andy Stanley

Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets, Part 1: Deciding Our Way Forward // Andy Stanley

Grown Up Prayers, Part 1: Why Should We Pray // Andy Stanley

How To Persevere In Tough Times // Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley Sermons [September 10, 2020] | How to Listen to the Holy Spirit

Andy Stanley Sermons [August 8, 2020] | Rule Your Mind, Or It Will Rule You

Grown Up Prayers, Part 4: Help Me See // Andy Stanley

What To Do About Money • Part 1 | “The Meaning of Money”

Andy Stanley Sermons [April 04, 2021] | God Can Do Anything

Grown Up Prayers, Part 3: Lead Us Not Into Temptation // Andy Stanley

Francis Chan

Living in the Power of the Spirit | Francis Chan | Full Sermon

Francis Chan – Dying To Self

Do You Really Have A Relationship With God? – Francis Chan 2018

God Loves Enough to Warn – Francis Chan

Francis Chan 2021 | 2021 IS YOUR YEAR | Pastor Francis Chan Full Sermons

Popular Lies Christians Believe – Francis Chan

The Most Important Lesson I Learned – Francis Chan

Francis Chan Sermons – Create Discipline For Yourself

Falling Madly in Love with God – Francis Chan

David Platt

David Platt – Devote Your Life to Prayer and the Ministry of the Word – Psalm 8

David Platt- From Surviving to Thriving JAN 4, 2021 RADICAL

The Critical Question – David Platt

You Are Never Alone // Sermon // David Platt

David Platt – The Story of Scripture: Jesus Changes Everything

David Platt – The Story of Scripture: Jesus and Marriage

David Platt – The Story of Scripture: The Secret to the Christian Life

David Platt – The Story of Scripture: The Secret to the Christian Life…Continued

New Creation, New Calling

David Platt // Sermon // What Happens to People Who Never Hear the Gospel?

Mark Batterson

Win the Day: Habit #1: “Flip the Script” – Mark Batterson [FULL SERMON 1of 7]

Win the Day: Habit #2: “Kiss the Wave” – Mark Batterson [FULL SERMON 2 of 7]

Praying and Stepping Out in Faith – Mark Batterson

The Bravest Prayer – Mark Batterson

The Valley of Dry Bones – Sermon by Mark Batterson – April 26, 2020 [FULL SERMON]

Your God is Too Small – Dr. Mark Batterson

The Gift of Brokenness – Dr. Mark Batterson

Louie Giglio

Resurrection Power – Louie Giglio

YOU // What Are You Waiting For – Louie Giglio

Winning the Battle of the Mind – Louie Giglio

The Tale of Two Trees – Louie Giglio

The Day God Ran – Louie Giglio

The Anxiety Exchange – Louie Giglio

God is on the Mic – Louie Giglio

EVEN THOUGH – Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table

Life is Hard — God is Good – Louie Giglio

Finding Joy in the Process and the Pain – Louie Giglio

CHAIN BREAKER – What to do When You Doubt God

JAXNAZ Church Online Sermons

Hyperlink to JAXNAZ Church (a Nazarene church), You Tube site, which contains a series of church services, including sermons.

https://www.youtube.com/c/JaxNazChurch/videos

America: An Immoral Nation Currently Headed Toward God’s Judgment. (Jonathan Cahn YouTube Videos Hyperlinks)

Jonathan Cahn is a Messianic Christian pastor and author.

Jonathan Cahn YouTube Videos Hyperlinks

JONATHAN CAHN: URGENT MESSAGE DECEMBER 2020 | Where We Are Now And What You Need To Know – YouTube

MUST SEE! Prophetic Word to America – Jonathan Cahn At ‘The Return’ – YouTube

Signs of the Future America and World – YouTube

Jonathan Cahn: Prophetic Message to Joe Biden! (Presidential Inaugural 2020) – YouTube

Resting In The Faithfulness of God sermon by Dr. Charles Stanley – Hyperlink

The following YouTube video hyperlink is a sermon by Dr. Charles Stanley, titled: “Resting In The Faithfulness of God”.

“The Lord is our Shepherd; we have everything we need” (Psalms 23:1). Stanley’s sermon talks about the omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, truthfulness, and immutability of God – because of these attributes, we have a perfect reason to trust in God’s faithfulness. For anyone who struggles with trusting in God’s faithfulness during hard times, this should be a great sermon to strengthen your faith.

Resting in the Faithfulness of God – Dr. Charles Stanley – YouTube

Rick Warren / Above Inspiration YouTube Video Hyperlinks

Above Inspiration

WAITING ON GOD | Trust God Is Working – Inspirational & Motivational Video

TRUST GOD’S TIMING | God Is In Control – Inspirational & Motivational Video

BE KIND – Inspirational & Motivational Video

BE YOU – Inspirational & Motivational Video

BEGIN YOUR DAY WITH COURAGE | God Is With You – Morning Inspiration – Morning Prayer & Blessings

DON’T QUIT | Trust God When Times Are Hard – Inspirational & Motivational Video

NEVER LOSE HOPE | Trust in God – Inspirational & Motivational Video

TRUST GOD IN THE STORM | Persevering Through Hard Times – Inspirational & Motivational Video

TRUST GOD & DON’T WORRY | Cast Your Cares On God – Inspirational & Motivational Video

GOD WILL MAKE A WAY | Believe In Miracles – Inspirational & Motivational Video

FINDING PEACE IN TIMES OF STRESS & WORRY | Give It To God – Inspirational & Motivational Video

LET GO & TRUST GOD | Overcoming Worry – Inspirational & Motivational Video

FAITH NOT FEAR | Do Not Be Afraid – Inspirational & Motivational Video

DO NOT FEAR | Trust God’s Plan – Inspirational & Motivational Video

We Serve a BIG GOD | Nothing is Impossible – Inspirational & Motivational Video

DO NOT WORRY | God Is Bigger Than Fear – Inspirational & Motivational Video

WILL GOD FORGIVE ME – Inspirational & Motivational Video

KEEP GOD FIRST | 5 Minutes to Start Your Day Right – Morning Inspiration to Motivate Your Day

WHEN THINGS GET HARD | Trusting God In Adversity – Inspirational & Motivational Video

HAVE HOPE | This Too Shall Pass – Inspirational & Motivational Video

FINDING PEACE IN TIMES OF STRESS & WORRY | Give It To God – Inspirational & Motivational Video

DO NOT FEAR | God is in Control – Inspirational & Motivational Video

BE BOLD | Step Out In Faith – Inspirational & Motivational Video

TRUST GOD & DON’T WORRY | Cast Your Cares On God – Inspirational & Motivational Video

Rick Warren

“The Light of Jesus for Your Darkest Days” with Pastor Rick Warren

“When Your Plan Doesn’t Match God’s Plan” with Pastor Rick Warren

“A Faith That Helps Me Filter What I Say” with Pastor Rick Warren

“A Faith That Can Heal Illnesses” with Pastor Rick Warren

“A Faith That Helps Me See the Truth” with Pastor Rick Warren

Making Hard Changes with Rick Warren

“A Faith That Handles Wealth Wisely” with Pastor Rick Warren

“A Faith That Handles Delays Patiently” with Pastor Rick Warren

“A Faith That Doesn’t Need to Hoard” with Pastor Rick Warren

“A Faith That Knows the End of the Story” with Pastor Rick Warren

“A Faith That Keeps Me Hopeful” with Pastor Rick Warren

“Dreaming the Future God Wants for You” with Pastor Rick Warren

YouTube Videos Hyperlinks In Response To Dark Times

YouTube Videos Hyperlinks In Response To Dark Times

“How God Heals Broken Nations” with Pastor Rick Warren

JONATHAN CAHN: URGENT MESSAGE DECEMBER 2020 | Where We Are Now And What You Need To Know – YouTube

MUST SEE! Prophetic Word to America – Jonathan Cahn At ‘The Return’ – YouTube

Signs of the Future America and World – YouTube

Jonathan Cahn: Prophetic Message to Joe Biden! (Presidential Inaugural 2020) – YouTube

The Answer The World Needs In Dark times | Joseph Prince

How to deal with dark times | Tim Keller

Resting in the Faithfulness of God – Dr. Charles Stanley – YouTube

The Courage to Keep Going – Dr. Charles Stanley – YouTube

Turning Our Crisis into an Opportunity – Dr. Charles Stanley – YouTube

Our Anchor In Times of Storm – Dr. Charles Stanley

Trusting God in the Dark

Focus on me in the battle

Focus on me, not on the storm

RETRAIN YOUR MIND – Motivational Video

Is the Coronavirus in Bible Prophecy?: Facing Uncertain Times with David Jeremiah – YouTube

Words of Chaos and Creation: a sermon after the Insurrection

“Seeing Your Future With Faith, Not Fear” with Pastor Rick Warren

Unconditional Love | Nicky Gumbel

Love Your Enemies

Martin Luther King Jr. Love Your Enemies Speech

MLK: The Three Evils of Society

Why and How To Love Your Enemies – Luke 6:27-36

Your Words Are More Powerful Than You Think: Powerful Verses To Change Your Life

The Secret Power in Prayer! – Charles Spurgeon Sermons

WAITING ON GOD | Trust God Is Working – Inspirational & Motivational Video

TRUST GOD’S TIMING | God Is In Control – Inspirational & Motivational Video

BE KIND – Inspirational & Motivational Video

BE YOU – Inspirational & Motivational Video

GOD OF MIRACLES | Nothing is Impossible – Inspirational & Motivational Video

BEGIN YOUR DAY WITH COURAGE | God Is With You – Morning Inspiration – Morning Prayer & Blessings

DON’T QUIT | Trust God When Times Are Hard – Inspirational & Motivational Video

NEVER LOSE HOPE | Trust in God – Inspirational & Motivational Video

TRUST GOD IN THE STORM | Persevering Through Hard Times – Inspirational & Motivational Video

TRUST GOD & DON’T WORRY | Cast Your Cares On God – Inspirational & Motivational Video

GOD WILL MAKE A WAY | Believe In Miracles – Inspirational & Motivational Video

FINDING PEACE IN TIMES OF STRESS & WORRY | Give It To God – Inspirational & Motivational Video

LET GO & TRUST GOD | Overcoming Worry – Inspirational & Motivational Video

FAITH NOT FEAR | Do Not Be Afraid – Inspirational & Motivational Video

PUT JESUS FIRST | Seek His Kingdom – Inspirational & Motivational Video

GOD OF MIRACLES | Nothing is Impossible – Inspirational & Motivational Video

DO NOT FEAR | Trust God’s Plan – Inspirational & Motivational Video

GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOU | Chadwick Boseman – Inspirational & Motivational Speech

We Serve a BIG GOD | Nothing is Impossible – Inspirational & Motivational Video

THE POWER OF PRAYER | Connect With God – Inspirational & Motivational Video

DO NOT WORRY | God Is Bigger Than Fear – Inspirational & Motivational Video

WILL GOD FORGIVE ME – Inspirational & Motivational Video

LIVE A LIFE OF SIGNIFICANCE | Live For Jesus – Tim Tebow Inspirational & Motivational Speech

KEEP GOD FIRST | 5 Minutes to Start Your Day Right – Morning Inspiration to Motivate Your Day

WHEN THINGS GET HARD | Trusting God In Adversity – Inspirational & Motivational Video

HAVE HOPE | This Too Shall Pass – Inspirational & Motivational Video

LOVE LIKE JESUS | Live a Life of Love – Inspirational & Motivational Video

Why Does God Allow Pain & Suffering | Finding Hope When We’re Hurting

BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING | Overcoming Anxiety & Worry – Inspirational & Motivational Video

FINDING PEACE IN TIMES OF STRESS & WORRY | Give It To God – Inspirational & Motivational Video

DO NOT FEAR | God is in Control – Inspirational & Motivational Video

BE BOLD | Step Out In Faith – Inspirational & Motivational Video

TRUST GOD & DON’T WORRY | Cast Your Cares On God – Inspirational & Motivational Video

I Don’t Want To Fear The Storm: Facing the Waves Of Fear, Anxiety, And Worry

Prelude: “I Don’t Want To Be Afraid Every Time I Face The Waves.”

“I don’t want to be afraid”. “I don’t want to fear the storm”. “I don’t want my giant terrify me anymore.” Have you had thoughts like these lately? Fear can definitely imprison us, produce negative feelings as we worry our needs will become or remain unmet in the future. We as humans are unable to see the future before it happens, so anxiety creeps in our lives, as we obsess about what will happen to us in a later time period. Fear can protect us from danger, but can also imprison us, making us terrified of imaginary threats, preventing us from living the life God intended for us to live. Thankfully, we can all gradually experience more and better success in fighting the waves of anxiety, worry, and fear during life storms.

Purpose of this article: to provide inspiration and sound spiritual advice to help you daily manage your anxieties, worries, and fears and to strengthen your faith as you wait for God to deliver you through your life storm.

Facing the waves of fear, anxiety, and worry

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord. And whose trust is the Lord”.  (Jeremiah 17:7)

Not trusting God is the root of anxiety, apprehension intensified by fear and worry. Assessing our anxiety problem involves evaluating what we value in life, our perceptions of God’s character, and our trust level of Him. When any of these areas aren’t right, we are susceptible to struggle with anxiety, worry, and fear. To overcome anxiety, worry, and fear: pray, surrender, and believe.

Anxiety can be defined as “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.” Another definition of anxiety: “uneasy feeling of uncertainty, agitation, dread, or fear.”

Fear is central to survival. There are two kinds of mistakes we can make in relation to fear: not believing a threat exists and subsequently suffering injury or death; or believing a threat will happen in the future when it’s imaginary. In relation to latter outcome, our mind rations with the notion of being nervous: “anxiety is better than death, so it’s okay to be anxious.”

Unfortunately, anxiety tyrannizes us, creating stressors in us when they shouldn’t. Being anxious can lead to diseases and early deaths. It can also impair our decision making or influence us not to take action when we should because of fear. “Anxiety is not productive – it doesn’t add a cubit to our lives.” It should be avoided if possible.

“Anxiety is what our body feels when it responds to the emotion of fear.” Worry is the “thoughts we think as we ponder over potential outcomes of possible threats, giving power to the object of fear.” Fear normally produces worry, and since worrying gives power to fear, we should try to avoid worrying because worrying increases the fear, which, in hand, stirs up our anxiety. Thus, to help reduce or prevent our anxiety from worsening, we must work to control our worrying.  Less worrying doesn’t stimulate increased fear, and if we don’t fear things as much, then we have a better chance of controlling our inner mind, which needs to work well in under to strategically maneuver through life situations.

Man is incapable of definitely knowing the outcome of future events before they happen. Only God can do that, since God is all-knowing. Thus, uncertainty makes man anxious, since feelings of anxiety are always associated with the future. In order to adapt to life changes, man is constantly faced with crises of beliefs, and thus placed into a position where he must trust in God. Unfortunately, we often struggle to have faith in God as anxiety, fear, and worry, all often run wild in us during challenging situations.  

Anxiety stems from a lack of faith as worry increases when we don’t trust in God’s promises. Battling unbelief is how we deal with anxiety, worry, and fear.

Trusting God is the secret to overcoming anxiety, fear, and worry. Proverbs 3:5-6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Unfortunately, instead of relying upon God’s leadings, we often rely upon “our own understanding” which leads us astray, and thus, increases, anxiety, worry, and fear.  Our judgments are faulty and limited, in comparison, to the all-knowing wisdom of God.  Nevertheless, our mind’s perceptions of information are what our fears and worries use to base its opinions upon – when our minds think negatively, our anxiety usually worsens.

Trust is “bold, confident, sure security, or action based upon that security.” Trust is the action we do based upon the amount of faith we have. Trust is believing in the promises of God in all circumstances, even when information, related to life events, seems to say otherwise.

Analyzing Anxiety Principles

Below are three spiritual-related anxiety principles we can study that will aid us in diagnosing and correcting the source of the anxiety problem that we may be constantly experiencing. We should habitually search our hearts to see if we are lacking in these areas:

Principle #1:  My Anxiety Reveals What I Value (Matthew 6:19-24)

Worry, fear, and anxiety increases when we excessively focus upon the things of this world more than eternal things. When earthly things, like money, possessions, and prestige, are treasured more than God, fear and worry of losing worldly treasures create anxiety, especially when there is a threat that what we treasure may be taken away from us.  Matthew 6:21 says: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:24 states: “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.” When we have idols over God, it makes Him unhappy. Over time, if we continuously value something other Him, God may threaten to take that earthly pleasure away from us. When our relationship with Him is lacking, many times we become lacking in inner contentment and peace – which comes from abiding in God.  When we have something other than God as our master, we struggle to abide in Him.

Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee”. When we trust in God, and our minds are fixed on Him, “God will keep us in perfect peace”. “Our minds stay on God” when we surrender our wills to Him. To surrender, “a believer completely gives us his own will and subjects his thoughts, ideas, and deeds to the will and teachings of God.” Having idols (treasuring earthly pleasures more than heavenly ones) is not surrendering. Christians find peace in surrender, but often experience anxiety and discontentment when they have barriers that interfere with a close communion with our Heavenly Father. God commanded man “to love God with all thine heart and soul” (Matthew 22:37) and “to not have any gods before the Lord” (Exodus 20:3). Doing contrary to that is sin. And there is normally increased anxiety during unconfessed or continuous lifestyles of sin.

Five Ways to Surrender To God and Enjoy Peace

  1. Let go of control and surrender to God’s plans and purposes. (Isa 46:9-10)
  2. Let go of worry and surrender in faith. (Isa 26:3)
  3. Let go of the past and let God heal your heart. (Isa 43:18-19)
  4. Let go of impatience and trust God’s timing. (Isa 40:31)
  5. Let go of willfulness and surrender to God’s commands. (Isa 26:8)

It is foolish to focus more adoration toward earthly treasures than heavenly ones, since, in contrast to eternal things, earthly treasures are “perishable and will decay and rot away” (see Matthew 6:19-21).  Discontentment and or worrying about losing earthly things (money for example) is a sign that one doesn’t trust in God’s provision. One is basically saying: “God, what you have given me isn’t good enough and I need other sources to make me content.” Or, “God, I don’t trust you that if I lose this earthly thing that you will take care of me.” The apostle Paul said in Philippians 4 that “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” Practice contentment daily because it is the opposite of anxiety.

“When anxiety strikes, practice the shift. Transfer your focus from the things of earth to the concerns of heaven.” (Vince Miller, Use Anxiety To Your Advantage)

Principle action step: I will try to reduce anxiety by keeping by focus on things that will last eternally.

Principle #2: My Anxiety Reflects My View of God. (Matthew 6:25–34)

William Law once said: “Whenever a man allow himself to have anxieties, fears, or complaints, he must consider his behavior as either a denial of the wisdom of God or as a confession that he is out of his will.”  Choosing not to surrender, not to be content, and also to focus upon earthly treasures rather than eternal ones are examples of being outsides of God’s will. “A denial of the wisdom of God” implies not trusting the wisdom of God which God utilizes in being our Shepherd, who provides and protects us from danger. Valuing earthly things over heavenly things implies that “the Lord is not a good Shepherd”, by our actions.

The truth is, though, according to Psalm 23:1 (TLB), “Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need!”.

Philippians 4:19 reinforces the fact that God is a perfect Shepherd since He supplies all our needs: “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Thus, according to the truth of God’s Word, we have sufficient reasons to trust in the Shepherd’s provision for us. Thus, we have no need to worry about our needs being met, especially during hard times.

Matthew 6:25-34 provides more evidence to this fact: “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” “Focus upon the heavenly things and not earthly things as you daily surrender your will to God in obedience” can be translated, in my opinion, to “seeking the Kingdom of God above all else, and living righteously”. If you do this, according to the verse, “God will give you everything you need.”

Everyone doubts God’s provision excessively, especially when reason says otherwise, during trials. Jesus’s disciples were prime examples of that. Take the true story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with only two fish and five loaves of bread. Back then, the disciples faced a great test of believing in Christ’s provision: there were 5,000 thousand hungry bellies and food was scarce: two fish and five loaves of bread. Logic would definitely make the twelve disciples worried, anxious, and fearful; because it was humanly impossible for all the people to be fully fed. The only exception to that rule is that they had Jesus, the Son of God, on their side. That miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000 reveals the miraculous power of the same Jesus who is also our Shepherd today. If the same Jesus – who fed the 5,000 with limited food resources – is the same God who is also available and nearby to provide for us in our times of greatest needs, then we are in good hands. Our Shepherd is deity, the Creator of the heavens and the earth.

“God wants us to trust his sovereign, all-wise, all-good, all-providing, all-protecting, ever-assisting care” (John Piper). Can you trust Him daily?

Do three things daily when it comes to trusting in His provision:

  1. Daily ask Lord to be your shepherd, and make specific prayer requests of your needs to Him, and thank God for what He will do.
  2. Give God first place in every aspect of your life.
  3. Surrender your fears to Him daily as you trustingly depend upon Him for provision.

Jesus Can and Will Calm Your Storm. He can do anything, for He is God.

Mark 4:35-41: That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him.

“I’m Not Gonna Fear The Storm. You Are Greater Than It’s Roar.”

“High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water” – that was Mark’s description of the trial of the great storm the disciples experienced.

In this story, the disciples were terrified as Jesus was asleep. Doesn’t that sound familiar to us? We are in the midst of a great trial and are very anxious and fearful and God seems to be asleep at the wheel. I don’t want to be afraid! I don’t want to fear the storm! Where are you, God?

During the storm, the disciples awoke Jesus and cried: “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” However, Jesus was undoubtedly testing the faith of His followers, in order to increase their trust in Him, by delaying His provision of deliverance, by being asleep. After Jesus commanded the winds and waves to quiet down, in which Christ (Our Shepherd) also has the authority and power to do that, since He is God, Jesus again successfully proved His perfect reputation of being the Perfect Shepherd, to His disciples. Again, if our Shepherd has the power and authority to cease the winds and waves of the disciple’s storm, He undoubtedly also has the capacity to quiet the storms (trials) we encounter in our lives. Again, the Shepherd is perfect deity. There is nothing He cannot do. We just need the faith and courage to trust Him as He delays His deliverance to test our faith.

James writes in James 1:2-4, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

“No one can pray and worry at the same time.” (Max Lucado)

Please read Philippians 4:4-9 (NASB): “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Key Points From Philippians 4:4-9:

  1. “Rejoice in the Lord always”. Let everyone see that you are gentle. Practice gentleness so you that will be calm in spirit and not be angry and sin.
  2. When you feel like giving up during the storm, remember the Lord is always nearby, waiting for the perfect time to help you.
  3. “Don’t be anxious for anything, but instead by, in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, make specific requests in your prayers, telling Him what you need and thanking Him for what He will do”.
  4. Doing all this, will enable “the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, to guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus”.
  5. “Fix your thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, worthy of praise”. Take thoughts that increase anxiety captive and instead think of aforementioned positive thought types. Daily studying God’s Word and abiding in Christ will help you do this.

“The key to overcoming fear is resting on the pillars of the promises of God.” (Lalachan Abraham)

God’s truths in the Bible positively affect our emotions when believed. For example, if gives us peace, strengthens our faith, and gives us wisdom to properly manage life. When you meditate upon God’s Word, your faith increases as “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ”. (Romans 10:17).

Focus upon the promises of God. They cut down unbelief, which increases worry, fear, and anxiety. Here is a list of promises to read and meditate upon:

“I sought the Lord and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears”. (Psalm 34:4)

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble”. (Psalm 46:1)

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid”. (John 14:27)\

“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)

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from whence shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11-12)

“But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.’”  (Matthew 14:27)

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  (Romans 8:28)

“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”   (1 Corinthians 10:13) 

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”  (Psalm 23:4) 

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”.  (Philippians 4:13) 

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33) 

“Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord”. (Psalm 27:14) 

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”.  (Mark 11:24)

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.”  (James 1:5-6) 

 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30) 

 “Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”  (1 Peter 5:7)

“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”   (Isaiah 40:29-31)

“His promises are not abstract rhetoric, or merely nice ideas. They are real and reliable.” (Dave Radford, What Would God Say To Your Anxiety)

God’s promises are an “anchor for the soul” (Hebrews 6:19), “keeping us firm and secure to God”, especially during life storms. His promises are like an oath that God makes for us. Because it is impossible for God to lie, the Lord and His promises can be completely trusted.

It is common practice, talking about ships, for a smaller boat to travel ahead of a large ship to guide the bigger ship into harbor. During fierce storms, the smaller boat (forerunner boat) went ahead of the large boat and dropped the anchor in the harbor, in order for the bigger boat can be safe during the storm. When the storm passed by, the big boat then entered into the harbor.

Jesus is the forerunner boat and He is headed to our someday destiny in heaven. We, the large ship, are also anchored to our future life in heaven. Regardless of how big the storm we may experience in life, we are destined in heaven. We are hooked up with Jesus in heaven, and have an eternal hope. We are safe. Our hope remains firm and unfailing. 

“Our future is, to put it very mildly, mind-blowing” (Dave Radford). We cannot fathom how marvelous heaven will be someday. If you are a Christian, “the cares of this life emerge as very small items indeed along our daily path.” (Watchman Nee). There will be no trials, no suffering, no fears, no worries, no anxieties. Just be strong now, dear Christian, for time is short on Earth in comparison to time of eternity in heaven.

Finish the race on this planet with pride, honor, and dignity. Be courageous. Live faith-filled lives. Invest in the future heaven by sacrificing yourself for God’s glory today. Surrender. Trust. Obey. Focus upon the heavenly things that last, and not on the temporal earthly pleasures that rot and decay. Make God someday consider you a “good and faithful servant” in heaven.

Romans 8:18 says: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Again, “our future is, to put it very mildly, mind-blowing.”

God is perfect in all ways. We trust in the Lord because our perfect Shepherd is truly trustworthy. His Word is trusted, His nature is true and faithful, and His plans for our lives are purposeful and perfected. God’s love for His children is so enormous that Christ died for us. Wouldn’t a Father’s love that great be willing to ensure His kids are safe, secure, and provided for? The answer is resoundingly yes.

God totally wants to provide provision for His children. And He is perfectly capable of doing is. And He does every day. Will you be willing to trust Him with your life?

“Even when my eyes can’t see, I will trust the voice that speaks”.

Principle #3: My Anxiety Is Related to My Trust Level in God (Matthew 8).

Action step: If I keep my focus on trusting Him with my trials, I can overcome my anxiety.

“I’m Not Going Be Afraid. No, I’m Not Going Be Afraid.”

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.”  (Henry Ward Beecher)

God has a giant-sized purpose in this world for us to achieve through Him. Since people are more apt to believe when our faith is proven to be strong, achieving the God-given dream requires facing sometimes great trials. During these times, tendencies for anxiety, worries, and fears will presumably be strong because our faith will be tested. However, God promises in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”

“I’m not going to be afraid, because these waves are only waves.”

Anxiety and worry are self-inflicted punishments we give ourselves for letting our fears not trust in God. Personal giants evoke fear in us, attempting to stop us from experiencing the life and accomplishing the goals God meant for us to achieve. Derek Hill once said, “Anxiety is only a stumbling block and a hindrance to walking the path that God has set for you.” We must not allow ourselves to stumble over anxiety.

“Worry is the cross which we make for ourselves by over anxiety” (Francois Fenelon). If we don’t control our thinking, our thinking will control us. Countless lives have been afflicted, tyrannized, and have achieved unfulfilled potential because of worry. Worry can cause a thousand miseries to the soul because it fears a death that will never happen. We have the God-empowered perseverance to overcome inside us, but we may never believe it if we let worry, anxiety, and fear consume us.

George Mueller once said: “The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” What is going to be in control of your life: anxiety or faith? Are you going to let anxiety, fear, and worry stop you and your sphere from experiencing the freedoms that God meant for you and others to experience? Our life is a testimony of the God of whom we claim we believe in. Do we believe in a God who is all-powerful and is a perfect Shepherd, or is our God weak and incapable of meeting our needs, which we sometimes portray when our faith acts weakened? The unbeliever desperately needs hope and faith as they suffer from fear, worry, and anxiety also – if us Christians can show by our actions and beliefs that God is all powerful, maybe they can also believe and experience the power of Christ. The lost needs to believe in Truth. Is the evidence of the God of our live portray a God worthy of being trusted in? Also, are we daily focused upon serving Him and not earthly pleasures? Is our life one of courage, hope, faith, and surrender to God? What are the words of our personal lifesong?

Personal giants can be defeated – only by the power of God. And the whole world can potentially know there is an all-powerful God in this world. In the David and Goliath true story, King Saul and Israelite soldiers allowed fear, anxiety, and worry to become their personal giants, making it seemingly impossible for them to conquer the Philistine giant Goliath. They were weak because they weren’t God-confident; instead they believed “the battle was theirs, and not God’s”. However, a small boy David was God-confident, as his faith was strong, all because of his previous successful experiences of defeating lions and bears through the power of God. David defeated the lions and bears and later Goliath, because he didn’t allow fear, worry, and anxiety become his giant that consumed him. His faith in God won first the battle versus fear, worry, and anxiety in his mind, and then subsequently, victory in the trial over Goliath. And the whole world of Israel found out there was a God who is all-powerful. David’s purpose of defeating Goliath freed a nation under bondage of fear, anxiety, and worry, and the Philistines. It was David’s trust and reliance upon the provision of the Shepherd that led him to victory, as David’s courage was strengthened by his faith in God’s power to overcome. When people have strong trust in God’s power to overcome, and they are humbly willing to surrender their lives for God’s calling, promises like Philippians 4:13 can truly become a reality in human lives.

The secret of overcoming is to keep your eyes focused upon God and trust His capacity to be the perfect Shepherd, and not on the circumstances, or on the presence of the trial. When you keep your eyes focus on Jesus and fix your thoughts on the right things (see Philippians 4:9), your faith is not weakened by the fears, worries, and anxieties, related to the perceived threat of the storm. In the Peter walked on water story (Matthew 14:27-33), Peter’s faith in Jesus (the Shepherd) initially was strong as he kept his eyes upon Jesus. Peter was actually walking on water, thanks to the power of Christ, who Peter had strong faith in. But as he walked, Peter’s eyes look away from Jesus and onto the waves of the storm (the trial), and Peter suddenly became afraid. His once strong faith suddenly weakened by fear, and Peter panicked, and began to sink. However, Peter prayed to His Shepherd (kind of: “Lord, save me”) and Jesus answered his request, and saved Peter from the trial.

When we take our eyes off of Jesus in the midst of the storm, our faith weakens, and we lose firm connection to the God who empowers us to overcome the trial. When this happens, we must strengthen our faith again by fixing our thoughts on the power of God’s promises, and remember past faith victories of overcoming the trial through the power of the Shepherd, while also focusing upon the future joys of someday in heaven. Then pray, surrender, and believe. And fight the battle again through God’s power.

“Fall down seven times, stand up eight” is a very famous Proverb. It means keep trying until you succeed. Persevere, pray, surrender, and trust: again and again until your faith becomes strong. Belief in God’s promises: “Don’t be afraid; just believe” (Mark 5:36). . . “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me” (Philippians 4:13). . . “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7). “Rise up faith. O heart believe. Let faith rise up in me.”

The Following Phrases Used In This Article Are Lyrics From The Song “Peace Be Still” by Hope Darst

“I don’t want to be afraid”. “I don’t want to fear the storm”.

“I’m Not Gonna Fear The Storm. You Are Greater Than It’s Roar.”

“Even When My Eyes Can’t See, I Will Trust The Voice That Speaks”.

“I’m Not Going Be Afraid. No, I’m Not Going Be Afraid.”

“I’m not going to be afraid, because these waves are only waves.”

“Rise up faith. O heart believe. Let faith rise up in me.”


To hear the Hope Darst “Peace Be Still” song, click on the following hyperlink, to view it on YouTube:  Peace Be Still – Hope Darst

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Max Lucado – Anxious For Nothing video

American Racism: Let’s Reestablish Its Foundations article

Racism, a gigantic issue affecting our country, consists of prejudices, discrimination, and antagonism, and involves one group believing they are superior over another group.  Prejudices come from stereotypes – generalizations which may presumably be true in some situations or with certain people, but not true in all situations or for everyone in that group. Since every born human is a descendant from Adam and Eve, there is only one biological race – this is one of at least two reasons to disbelieve “one race is superior over another”. A second reason is that God shows no partiality in the creation of all mankind. In conclusion, instead of practicing discrimination and antagonism, practice unconditional love. Unconditional love is the only foundation that can keep our racially-divided country, united.

Racism can be defined as “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.” Prejudice is the negative attitudes, resulting from the perception that “my group is better than yours”; whereas, discrimination is the unjust behaviors that result from having a prejudice. Antagonism is “active hostility or opposition” and describes the overall current nature of the relationship between the groups of blacks and whites. Antagonism results from the discrimination (behaviors, actions performed between races) and prejudices (attitude: my race is superior and has the right to rule over your group).

My belief is that to control racism, you must first tackle the negative attitudes (prejudices) that influence the resulting behaviors among races (discrimination) that produce the resulting conflict, hostility, and opposition (antagonism) among brethren of different races. If you change the attitudes (prejudices) to something better, I believe you would eliminate much of the impetus that influences the resulting behaviors of discrimination, which can help reduce antagonism between the groups. Secondly, if you also replace hateful discrimination with unconditional love, then people will be less antagonistic and hostile toward another. It is about replacing sin-influenced discrimination with Holy Spirit-led unconditional love, to keep our country unified. If we don’t, our country will remain divisive and unstable. The remainder of this article further stresses these points.

But first, what are exactly prejudices?

“Prejudice is an unreasonable dislike of, or preference for, one group of people or thing over another.”  To dislike or prefer one group over another, entails first believing there are “inherent differences” between the members of different groups, and that these “differences” enable one party to be either superior or inferior to the other. If you think both groups have no differences among its people, then you would have no reason to believe one party is better than the other. But since people perceive differences do exist, society overall thinks blacks and whites are dissimilar in value.

 

“Prejudice is the glass through which most things are seen and judged.”  (Edward Counsel)

 

Prejudice involves “prejudging someone based on one or more aspects of his or her appearance or personality.” It entails making a judgment call about someone or something without first “weighing all the available evidence”. A prejudice is an “idea or a negative opinion that is not based on facts or experience.” Prejudices are great timesavers because it allows us to form opinions without taking the time to get all the proofs.

 

Our prejudices come from our brain’s process of categorizing information and concepts and making generalizations to help us humans make better sense of our world. Categorization is “an activity that consists of putting things (objects, ideas, people) into categories (classes, types, index) based on their similarities or common criteria. It allows humans to organize things, objects, and ideas that exist around them and simply their understanding of the world.” Making generalizations is part of the categorization process.

According to COBUILD Advanced English Dictionary, a generalization is “a statement that seems to be true in most situations or for most people, but that may not be completely true in all cases.”  Common examples of generalizations include:

  • Every salesman lies to make more money on a sale.
  • Women all want to have large families.
  • Men are all afraid of commitment.
  • Learning to drive isn’t difficult.
  • Poor people are lazy.
  • Boys don’t enjoy playing with dolls.
  • Your family will always be there for you.
  • Friends are people who will never let you down.
  • Overweight people eat too much.
  • The customer is always right.

Looking at the above generalization examples, note that not in every situation, or for every person in life, would these generalizations be considered true. Generalizations are made to guide future decision making – to maximize happiness, needs, and goals met; to ensure personal safety. They are strictly “general rule of thumbs” of how certain people are. Just as it wouldn’t be wise to always follow these generalizations as strict guidelines to guide our decision making – consequences can occur if you are wrong – it would not be also smart to always firmly follow stereotypes that are part of our prejudice, in our decision-making processes.

Our prejudices come from stereotypes. “In the 1980s and beyond, stereotypes of black men are depicted as being drug dealers, crack victims, the underclass, the homeless, and subway muggers.” These stereotypes are generalizations, and thus, not true in every circumstance or with every person.

An article from https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/stereotypes/ reinforces this point: “Stereotypes are generalizations about a group of people. Whether a person is facing discrimination based on race, religion, age, gender or sexual orientation, stereotypes are false and can lead to prejudices. People begin to assume that all people of a particular group behave in a specific way or look the same. Stereotypes are dangerous to our society because they don’t account for individuality. Each human being has an identity that doesn’t relate exclusively to being a member of a group”. 

Prejudices are mental mistakes formed during human’s natural categorization process. Prejudices result from man’s tendency to overcategorize people. Clifford T. Morgan strengthens this concept: “A prejudice is really a strong tendency to overcategorize people. It lumps many individuals together on the basis of some common, and largely irrelevant, characteristic. . . . Every member of the group is then regarded as having the same characteristic.”

Prejudices are opinions and not facts. They come from generalizations and overcategorizing. We must critically assess whether or not the prejudices we have our true, before using them to form our negative attitudes about other races.

2 Theological Facts That Disprove The Perception “One Race Is Superior Over Another”

Racism encompasses there are inherent differences between blacks and whites that determine cultural or individual achievement, that the “white race” is superior over the “black race”, and has the right to rule over the blacks. Thus, hatred and conflict exist between blacks and whites, and the “stronger group” (whites) often discriminates, and denies the rights of the other “party” (blacks). I don’t believe this should take place.

 

Part of the prejudice premise is that “one race is superior over another”. I will give two theological points that contradict this reasoning.

 

  1. We all descended from the same parents (Adam and Eve).

 

“In the biological sense, race does not exist.” ― Abhijit Naskar, We Are All Black: A Treatise on Racism

In the beginning, God created humans. The first humans were Adam and Eve. Every human since then has been an offspring from these two individuals. Thus, only one biological race exists – the human race. In essence, we are all human, regardless of whether or not we are black or white (or whatever). We are all the same. Consequently, we should not prejudice each other.

Humans came from one race and was dispersed as the result of the Tower of Babel, leading to the formation of people groups (Asians, Caucasians, etc.). Man didn’t come from different “ancestral apes” as evolutionists think, or that “human groups were deeply divided by significant variants over tens or hundreds of thousands of years.” During the Tower of Babel, when man thought they could work together to build a tower of Babel to heaven, God confused man by giving them different languages so they couldn’t communicate with each other, thwarting the plan of build a tower to heaven. Some people think that thus, different races are totally different from each other. Dr. Georgia Purdom differs:

“The families that scattered from Babel brought different combinations of genes with them. But their physical differences were trivial. We all have the same basic brown pigment, and we belong to one race—the human race—descended from Adam.”

That brown pigment is called melanin. People with lots of brown melanin pigment are “black” and whites have less brown pigment, making them a whiter complexion of skin. So, no human is actually black or white – there is only color of pigment (brown) in all of us, with either less or more shades of the brown pigment melanin in us.

Researchers believe Adam and Eve were a “middle brown color with both dominant and recessive genes for the pigment melanin in the skin.” Children of Adam and Eve who had the dominant genes would be considered today “black”; those with the recessive genes, “white”; and middle brown in between (those having both dominant and recessive genes).

Even though today our world has different ethnicities, geographies, citizenships, and cultures, humans are genetically nearly identical. There is only a 0.01 % variation in our human genes that accompany variations in physical appearance across all mankind. Racism still exists, and people are judged by the color of their skin, wrongly believe that we are inherently different from each other, giving some people to perceive they are better than others. In fact, the only differences is 0.01 % in our human genes.  As Franklin A. Thomas once said:  “One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.”

We are all of one blood, equal in value before our Creator, and we all need to treat every human as being our relative, because in essence, that is what we actually are. According to Dave Willis, “God created our skin tones with beautiful variety, but all of our souls are the same color.”

 

  1. Every person is equally valuable to God.

“For God does not show favoritism.” (Romans 2:11)

 

By definition, favoritism is “the act of showing partiality, bias, or preference towards one person over another with equal claims.” Since God is perfect, can do all things, and shows no favoritism, one may assume that each time God creates a human being, He will create him or her with the intention of showing no partiality in comparison to His other human creations. Every person He decides to create would, thus, be of equal value to Him, and He would design each person that way. In short, if God showed no favoritism, He would not create races of unequal values.

Please read the following paragraph, found in https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-inequality.html: “God established the equal value of all human beings with these words: ‘So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them’ (Genesis 1:27). By creating human beings in His own image, God set our value based upon our likeness to Him. Every human being has a naturally occurring equality with every other human being because no one has been created more or less like God than any other. When God sent His only begotten Son into the world to take the punishment for our sin (John 3:16–18), He forever confirmed our value (2 Corinthians 5:21). For this reason alone, every human being has infinite and equal value in the sight of God.”  

“God shows no partiality”. Thus, when He creates every human, He views them equally valuable, because if He made them unequal, God would be showing favoritism toward one person over another, and thus, would be considered a liar, and not perfect.

God shows His impartiality in other ways.  After Adam and Eve sinned, God declared “all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  This means that “all races are equally sinful before God and in equal need of a Savior”. God gave man equal freedom to choose – which includes equal opportunity to experience the benefits of what Jesus did, in love for us, by dying on the cross. To those whose free will chooses to become a Christian, the cross exalts every Christian equally in equal standing with God, right after they accept Christ as their Savior. All Christians, regardless of race, are equally forgiven, equally adopted, and equally saved for all eternity. In this entire process, there is no reason to believe that one party or group is more superior than another. There is no place for prejudice or superiority in God’s kingdom.

Prejudice among Jews, Gentiles, and Samaritan were widespread in Jesus’s day. However, when Jesus died, according to Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” The cross made people of different races unified into a new race: Christian.

Likewise, We Should Not Show Favoritism

The Bible instructs us not to show favoritism toward one another. Proverbs 24:23 says, “These also are saying of the wise. Partiality in judging is not good.” John 7:24 states: “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” What does this mean?

In Samuel 16:7, after God gave Samuel the task of appointing a new king for Israel (in which God eventually would lead Samuel to David), the Lord provided Samuel with the following advice: “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

If you are going to judge a person of a different race, judge them by the content of the character, not by the color of their skin (outward appearance). Wayne Dyer once said, “Judgments prevent us from the seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.”  The color of skin – outward appearances – God doesn’t look at, nor should we. It is our character that determines our worthiness.

“If not as a true human, let me tell you as a Biologist, color of the skin does not define an individual’s intelligence – it does not define an individual’s ambitions – it does not define an individual’s dreams – and above all, it does not define an individual’s character.” ― Abhijit Naskar, We Are All Black: A Treatise on Racism

Judging by the color of skin is a part of prejudice, and its’s wrong. It is something that we should all strive not to do. Nina Simone portrays what it feels likes to be a victim of prejudice: “You feel the shame, humiliation, and anger at being just another victim of prejudice, and at the same time, there’s the nagging worry that maybe … you’re just no good.”

Two Quotes to Consider:

 

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Luke 6:37-38 – “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.”  

 

10 Reasons why Racism is a sin and offensive to God

 

In Kevin Deyoung’s article, “10 Reasons Racism Is Offensive to God”, found online at https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/10-reasons-racism-is-offensive-to-god/, Kevin writes about how God views all forms of racism as offensive and sinful. Here are his ten reasons:

 

  1. We are all made in the image of God (Gen. 1:27). 
  2. We are all sinners corrupted by the fall (Rom. 3:10-20; 5:12-21)
  3. We are all, if believers in Jesus, one in Christ (Gal. 3:28). 
  4. Separating peoples was a curse from Babel (Gen. 11:7-9); bringing peoples together was a gift from Pentecost (Acts 2:5-11). 
  5. Partiality is a sin (James 2:1). 
  6. Real love loves as we hope to be loved (Matt. 22:39-40). 
  7. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer (1 John 3:15). 
  8. Love rejoices in what is true and looks for what is best (1 Cor. 13:4-7). 
  9. Christ came to tear down walls between peoples not build them up (Eph. 2:14). 
  10. Heaven has no room for racism (Rev. 5:9-10; 7:9-12; 22:1-5). 

For the sake of brevity, I just listed the ten reasons. I strongly recommend you go to the above website and read further about why God views racism as an offensive sin against Him.

 

 “The difference between a conviction and a prejudice is that you can explain a conviction without getting angry.”  Gregory Benford, Deeper than the Darkness

Prejudices are negative attitudes. Why is there so much hostility among brethren of different races over plain generalizations? Rather than being discriminatory, what can we do instead that will work?

Kenneth Clark once stated that “Racial prejudices are indication of a disturbed and potentially unstable society.” Our country today struggles with racism because the heart of racism is a sin problem.

Mark 7:21-23 says: “For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come – sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Tryon Edwards once said: “He that is possessed with a prejudice is possessed with a devil, and one of the worst kinds of devils, for it shuts out the truth, and often leads to ruinous error.”

“Sin distorts the way we view and treat people who are different than us and it causes us to build up walls of division around us. It causes distortions that lead to divisions” (Jeremy A. McKeen).  Sin leads us to see everything from our own selfish perspective, to simultaneously view ourselves lifted up with pride while bringing people down, to injure another for personal gain, to develop perceptions of hatred toward other people, to be hostile, to be closed-minded with views, to name a few.

“Racism and injustice and violence sweep our world, bringing a tragic harvest of heartache and death”. (Rev. Billy Graham)

Look at the impact the murder of George Floyd has recently upon society. Or the evil ills of slavery of blacks until the mid-nineteenth century in this country. Sin has led to evil practices, which has led to hatred, hostility, antagonism, distrust, discrimination, and mistreatment of one another.

“Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart”.  (Marguerite Gardiner).  Until we fully realize that racism is a sin problem and not just a social issue, we will never overcome the devils of our sinful natures.

Clint Eastwood once said: “The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.”  And the reason why people are insecure is because of their sinful natures taking root and control in their lives.

Only when sinners become Christians and thus have a heart of God’s love in them can this world be changed. Only when Christians surrender their lives daily to God can the Spirit better take control of their words and actions.  Only when love takes control of hate and selfishness can new foundations be built. Only when prejudices get challenged and get replaced with theological truths can “little black boys and girls be holding the hands of little white boys and girls”.

For the sake of freedom, the Church has a role in being a light toward tearing up and restructuring the moral foundation of our country. Laws also should bring back prayer in schools so the future leaders and Americans of our country should be retaught personal responsibility, importance of living a moral life, impact of religion upon American heritage, and most importance: the need for every American to follow the principles of faith, love, and hope.

“Unconditional Love will have the final word in reality.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

You probably know the underlying theme of the story of relationships in this world today. One group injures another. Low self-esteem, hopelessness, distrust of the other party, as desires for retribution occurs.  Bad blood, including hatred, between the two groups exist and worsen as injuring another and subsequent retribution follows. More distrust, hatred, injuring another, and retribution occurs. Casualties and hopelessness of society members become common place again.  This process will endlessly continue until old habits and the cycle both gets changed.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”: those were the wise words of Martin Luther King, Jr. In our country today, retribution is not the answer to our racial problems. Choosing to love and teaching others to do the same is.

The greatest way to change the world is to be a carrier of God’s love. Retribution, hatred, selfishness, survival of the fittest, and violence aren’t. The Church needs to spread the message of God’s love do this darkened world before it is too late! Every Christian has been bestowed by God with a purpose to fulfill. The lost cannot practice Spirit-led unconditional love because the Holy Spirit cannot enter the soul of the unsaved until he or she becomes a Christian, so we need to lead the lost to Christ. We must all encourage other Christians to do what they are meant to do. We must all daily surrender to the unique purpose He has given to us. Then we must let the Holy Spirit empower us to do it. And we must have the Holy Spirit control our words and actions that we express to others, in the process, especially those that are different than us.

God’s two greatest commands are to “love God with all thine heart” and “love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

 “Loving God with all thine heart” involves doing what you are meant to do in life: that is, (1) to please God by living a life, reflective of the character God wants us to live, towards the people who are around us;  and (2) seeking to achieve all the God-given goals and or purposes He has for your life.

God created us to love one another and not hate. He desires for us not to be prejudiced and racist. Like the Good Samaritan who helped a racially different man he found on a trip out of love (Luke 10:33), we must be willing to love and help those in need, regardless of how different and bad we may feel they may perceive them to be. To all this, we need the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and power to love in us. We need to daily ask the Holy Spirit to control our actions and words and to guide every decision we make in life. The tongue can do great damage in the relations among men, especially in these days of racism. Every day ask God to fill you with His wisdom and spirit of love. Be willing to surrender your life to God and let God guide you in your purposes, whatever it may be. Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

Love should govern ever decision and action made, and every word spoken. Love also involves loving God wholeheartedly, which means “living the life and accomplishing the goals God has both helped us to set.” “Loving thy neighbor as thyself” entails following the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matthew 7:12). Do you want to be treated by others by how you treat others? Examine yourself and be mindful of how you behave to those around you, especially to those of different color.

It doesn’t matter what you accomplish in life or whatever your intentions toward societal change may be, if it isn’t done in love, then it is, according to 1 Corinthians 13, futile and worthless:

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (The Message)

13 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

 

The Problem of Racism in U.S. Today

Our country is today in dire straits with our racism problem. Its foundations are very unstable and weak because of hatred, prejudices, discrimination, and antagonism. According to Luke 6:46-49, in order for our house called America can remain firm and be on solid foundation in spite of the floodwaters of life, we must listen and follow Jesus’ teachings:

46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”

In Matthew 22:37-39, it reveals the teachings that we must listen to and then follow: “Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself’”.

Love should be the solid foundation to base our lives, our society, and our country upon. If we don’t listen and follow this teaching, according to Luke 6:46-49, sooner or later, all of the constant retribution, discrimination, antagonism, and prejudices of racism (aka floodwaters in verses 46-49) will continue and continue to beat upon our houses (our country, our lives) until the foundation weakens to the point, that our nation will “crumble into a heap of ruins”. If you don’t believe that, look at the impact of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, black-killing cops, slavery, riots, tearing down statues, injustices, has all had on our country lately. Over time, if we don’t love, at the rate of the occurrence of chaos in society, including relations among blacks and whites, have already happened because of antagonism and discrimination, what will happen to the fate of our country, ten, thirty, fifty, a hundred, or two hundred years from now? Love must govern every action and word we make.

Love and not retribution must be the foundation of our country. Romans 12:17-21 says: “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the LORD. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

In the future days of America, Americans should not only live a life of being filled with God’s love – that is the only way true love can exist in the hearts of sinful men – but also live a lifestyle of faith and hope. Have faith and hope in God that things will turn around for the better in this sinful, racism-filled country as you pray for a miracle. “With man, this is impossible; but with God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26).

Don’t let the troubles of this world overcome you, but again have faith and hope in God. According to Luke 6:46-49, if you daily listen and follow all of Jesus’ teachings, it doesn’t matter how hard your house (your life, your family) gets beat upon the floodwaters of racism, your house will remain firm and strong, because it is built upon a solid foundation. Obedience to God, including His love commands, is the secret to building your house (your life, America) that won’t crumble in spite of all the trials that racism, etc. in this world may ever bring upon you.

 

Closing Thoughts

“At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice”.

GORE VIDAL, “Sex and the Law”, Homage to Daniel Shays

 

Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts”.  E. B. White

 

“Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.”  Albert Einstein

 

“Racial prejudice is of ignorance. There is no place for it”.  Spencer W. Kimball

 

“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong”.  Muhammad Ali

 

“O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand”.  William Penn

 

“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible”.  Maya Angelou

 

“The closer the people of all races get to Christ and His cross, the closer they will get to one another”.  Billy Graham

 

“If you judge people you have no time to love them”.  Mother Teresa

 

 

“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls”.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love. The greatest of these is Love.”  1 Corinthians 13:13

 

“It is never too late to give up our prejudices”.  Henry David Thoreau

 

Prejudice is learned. What will you teach others through your actions and words?”   DaShanne Stokes

 

Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics”.  Alex Haley

 

“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action”.  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 

“Unconditional Love will have the final word in reality.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”” Matthew 19:26

 

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https://www.christiantoday.com/article/why-discrimination-is-a-sin/89987.htm

https://www.preachingtoday.com/sermons/sermons/2020/june/overcoming-racism-and-prejudice.html

 

Chapter 25: Chasing A Dream: “Captain, Don’t You Care I’m Going To Drown?”

Chasing A Dream: “Captain, Don’t You Care I’m Going To Drown?”

Introduction

This chapter talks about chasing dreams, and my regression and subsequent recovery of my mental illness from 2018 to 2020.

One of my favorite country songs is “The River” by Garth Brooks. I like the message behind the song – about chasing dreams and that “if the Good Lord is the Captain of your vessel”, you can make it through all of your life dream’s obstacles. Click here to listen to “The River” by Garth Brooks.

When we, the dreamer, encounters “rapid waters” or “life storms” in our lives, to reach our God-given dream or purpose, we must successfully do two things: 1) be resilient enough to continue the battle no matter the size of the fight; and 2) make good decisions, to properly react and adjust to the circumstances and events of the trial or storm, in order to pass through the storm safely. Because God wants to teach us reliance upon Him, He often gives us trials greater than what we can handle in our own abilities and strength alone. We need the power and wisdom of God to guide and empower us.

In essence, we need the Lord to be the Captain of our ship that guides us through rapid waters as He leads us to our God-given dream. We must daily choose to follow Him wherever the Captain navigates our vessel and trust He will lead us safely through storms we experience along the journey. This requires both faith and surrender.

In the New Testament, Jesus was the Captain of the disciples’ boat. In Mark 4:35-41, the disciples faced a storm that terrified them. However, even though the disciples feared death, the Captain in the end quieted their squall and delivered them through the trial, even after they found Him asleep in the boat:

35 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” 36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.  38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”  39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.  40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

You probably experienced life experiences where God leads you toward a particular path in life, and you then face stormy winds and waters in the form of extreme adversity, and then become fearful as God seems nowhere in sight. During these times, God is testing and stretching your faith. Can you relate to the following?

 The storms of life are fierce and high waves called problems are filling your personal boat (your life) with water. You are afraid your boat is going to sink! You cry to Jesus for help in the midst of your sufferings and it seems like He is asleep at the back of the boat. You begin to question God’s goodness and deliverance as you begin to increasingly perceive that God won’t answer your cries for help. The storm would, undoubtedly, you believe, sink your ship, as you feel there is no safe escape from the trial. You ask the Captain: “Teacher, don’t you care that I am going to drown?”. I experienced this around March of 2018.

“Teacher, don’t you care that I am going to drown?”

Around March of 2018, my mental health was suffering greatly. I was experiencing a myriad of issues. First, my bipolar disorder meds were severely not right, and I was wildly fluctuating between mania and depression. Secondly, I also experienced a lot of high anxiety and intense OCD, and my self-esteem was suffering. Even though I had no desire to kill myself, I had OCD fears that I was going to take my life. I had intrusive thoughts of cutting my testicles with razor blades, even though I didn’t want to do it. I feared I was going to hurt myself, because of my OCD, even though I didn’t desire to commit the act. Because I had thoughts of doing it, I feared I was going to impulsively do it.  So, I was scared. Thirdly, I was experiencing some PTSD from my March 15 anniversary of “grabbing the teacher incident”, which took place when I was sixteen years old, in tenth grade, with Kelly Cook, the teacher.  (During that anniversary of March 15, I would regularly experience a lot of anxiety and guilt over that issue, around March for many years. After the anniversary was over, I would resume to normal feelings again, until next year around March). Fourthly, I was feeling much guilt over masturbating, and my scrupulosity feared God would punish me severely for doing so. My unstable mind wasn’t thinking rationally back then, and my OCD and devil was telling me “I had to cut myself with a knife in order to receive atonement from God for my sins.” I don’t believe or think thoughts like that now, but back around March 2018, it was real signs that my mind was struggling to think and believe rationally.

In the middle of March of 2018, I spent two weeks hospitalized into a psychiatric hospital. The hospital psychiatrist took me off of the four or five different kinds of meds – I believe now the combination of many different medications were back then creating negative reactions in my mind – and prescribed for me to only take one pill, Risperdal, twice a day. (They also gave me Trazodone – a sleeping pill, at bedtime to take.) This was undoubtedly a brilliant decision, as I haven’t had a med-change since and I regularly feel normal.  My mental illness has been under control, as I haven’t had any real noticeable bipolar symptoms in two years, and my OCD has also done lot better since, as my main symptoms are checking and reassurance obsessions, and some doubting of situations, worrying, and ruminating over unresolved issues. As you will see again later, my life has been mostly normal since March 2018.

From April 2018 to January 2020, I was participating in a mental health rehabilitation program at Segue. The goal was to work on mental health issues so I wouldn’t relapse and be hospitalized again. Susan, my therapist there, told me when I got discharged from Segue in January of 2020, “she was both shocked and impressed of how well I have progressed in my mental health well-being since the first day she met me, in April 2018.”  Some of my major improvements include:

  1. My mental illness, well under control
  2. Regained peace over March 15 anniversary. One way, God helped in the process, was that I went to watch my high school basketball team play at an away game, and I saw the teacher, Kelly Cook, very unexpectedly, and I talked to her (not about the incident of March 15). She was very nice and very accepting to me. I realized that she had forgotten and forgiven me and thus, “I had no reason to be guilty anymore of what I did to her.”  God put her in my path so I could have again peace and closure over the incident. I haven’t had any negative thinking over the issue in my mind since that night I talked to Cook.
  3. I accept my freely and greatly even more than before. I don’t need to be great anymore to feel good about myself. Knowing that God loves me immensely and unconditionally is more than all I need to feel good.
  4. I feel less condemnation after I sin, including my masturbation sins. I normally live under grace and not under the law.
  5. I strive much less in perfectionism in everything I do. I also have inner peace and contentment with my identity in Christ. I have made improvements in not trying to perform in order to win acceptance and love from God.
  6. I can handle much more pressure than I used to be able to endure.
  7. I am less fearful of people, making mistakes, and unknown situations. I have more confidence in myself because I rely upon and trust God more. I am more independent because my faith trusts more in the process of being dependent upon God. I have a much more positive perspective of life.
  8. I don’t have thoughts of harming myself anymore.

God, the Captain of my ship, was the main reason for my recovery successes. He led me to the hospital and gave the psychiatrist wisdom to regulate my medicine. God and the psychiatrist together healed me. God then brought me to Segue and also gave me a new friend Bill Chartier (outside of Segue) who has been a major friend, support, and reason for my recovery. I sought and still do seek wisdom and empowerment from God to do all things. God also kept me strong in spite of all of my fears, insecurities, and instabilities, throughout the storms and periods of recovery. God should definitely receive glory for the changes in my life, because without Him, it would not have happened. Praise God, who healed me.

“The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all”.  (Psalm 34:19)

“A dream is like a river, ever changing as it flows. And a dreamer is just a vessel that must follow where it goes. Trying to learn from what’s behind you, never knowing what’s in store, makes each day a constant battle to stay between the shores” (lyrics from “The River”). God guided this dreamer and my vessel, between the shores, amidst stormy waters and winds, safely and with precision. Even though Jesus seemed asleep in the boat during my times of duress, He was there to save me, and at the perfect moment, commanding the stormy winds and waves of my raging mental illness (bipolar and OCD) storm, in my mind, to cease, by crying out “Peace Be Still”.  Since then, my peaceful mind has been healed for two years now and counting. And the same God is with you during your storms.

Sometimes God quiets the storm; other times He delivers you through in spite of the storm. But either way, God is faithful. The problem is not with God, it is often with our ability to trust in His deliverance. I know there will be times where I will doubt, because I am human and because God gives us all increasingly more difficult trials, to increase our faith. However, if we remember God’s past success stories of deliverance and focus upon the truths of God’s promises found in God’s Word, it can help us with our faith during times of doubt.

“There’s bound to be rough waters and I know I’ll take some falls – with the good Lord as my captain I can make it through them all.”  Garth Brooks, “The River”

Walking on Water

According to James 1:2-4, “when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So, let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” This is a major reason why we must face “rapid waters” or trials in life.

God gives tests of faith to “fully develop our endurance, so it would be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (See James 1:2-4).  When giving us tests of faith, God wants to make us convinced that “He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” (Ephesian 3:20). If we trust He can do great things, He can then empower us to do great things. The “Peter walking on water” story is a prime example of the power of God and faith in action.

 In Matthew 14:26-32, Peter got out of the boat and did the miracle of walking on water through the power of Jesus because he kept his eyes upon Jesus as he came toward the Messiah. He initially wasn’t fearful in spite of the winds because his faith was strong in Christ. However, when Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and at the stormy winds, Peter began to sink as his faith started to shrink. Peter cried for help and as always Jesus saved His people. Jesus questioned Peter’s faith (“Oh ye little faith, why did you doubt?”, Jesus said.) They got into the boat, and the winds and the trial, both ceased.

During trials, there are times where we must get out of the boat we are in, step out of faith and risk the consequences of sinking in the water, and walk toward Jesus. In our tests of faith, if we have faith, miracles can happen in our lives; one example is, we can miraculously overcome sickness and or other great trials. “With man, this is impossible; but with God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

When our faith is lacking, we become weak in our ability to trust in God’s greatness and goodness. We become defeated in our efforts to face the trial when we fail to keep our eyes on Jesus.

Keep your eyes on Jesus during the trial, and not on the circumstances, and your faith in our Lord Captain will remain strong. We are strongest in the Lord, when we continually abide in Him. “Feed your mind on God’s truths in the Bible, free your mind from destructive thoughts, and focus your mind on the right things.  Control your mind or it will control you.” (I got this from a Rick Warren sermon.)

I wish you the best in your journeys in trying to reach God’s dream for your life, as you undoubtedly will encounter troubles and trials. However, if you have faith in God, miracles and achieved dreams are possible. Keep your focus on the Lord always and rely upon Him for everything. If Jesus can quiet the storms of the disciples, and quiet my mind and heal me, and do all the great miracles He does for many other people in this world, He can also help you in your storms. Either He will quiet the stormy winds of the trial, or strengthen you so you can endure it properly – regardless of the route your Lord Captain decides to navigate your ship, God will remain always faithful. Let Him be faithful to you. Trust in Him. I know it is a learning process to have faith; but “anything is possible if a person believes.” (Mark 9:23)

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Attributes of God Hyperlinks

 

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Attributes of God Hyperlinks

15 Amazing Attributes of God: What They Mean and Why They Matter

Holiness of God – Dr Steven J Lawson

R.C. Sproul: Before the Beginning: The Aseity of God

God’s Spirituality

Attributes of God (Series 2) The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Tozer

The Attributes of God – The Omnipresence of God

Attributes of God (Series 2): The Omniscience of God – A.W. Tozer

Attributes of God (Series 2): The Omnipotence of God – A.W. Tozer

The Immutability of God – Charles Spurgeon Sermon

THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD Pt.13 -THE TRUTHFULNESS OF GOD-

Attributes of God (Series 2): The Infinite Wisdom of God – A.W. Tozer

“The Goodness of God” (Attributes of God Sermon Series)

Attributes of God (Series 1) The Grace of God by A.W. Tozer

Attributes of God (Series 2): The Love of God – A.W. Tozer

The Divine Foreknowledge of God by Arthur W. Pink

Attributes of God – His Wrath

The Attributes of God: What Are the Attributes of God?

Attributes of God

List of God’s Attributes

Study Resources :: BLB Frequently Asked Questions :: The Attributes of God

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Anger Bible Verses

Below are Bible Verses on the Anger subject, formatted in the New Living Translation (NLT) format.

Anger Bible Verses

Psalm 37:8

Stop being angry!

Turn from your rage!

Do not lose your temper—

it only leads to harm.

Psalm 103:8

The LORD is compassionate and merciful,

slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

Proverbs 14:29 

People with understanding control their anger;

a hot temper shows great foolishness.

Proverbs 15:1 

A gentle answer deflects anger,

but harsh words make tempers flare.

Proverbs 15:18

A hot-tempered person starts fights;

a cool-tempered person stops them.

Proverbs 19:11

Sensible people control their temper;

they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 

Control your temper,

for anger labels you a fool.

Ephesians 4:26

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”

Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry,

Ephesians 4:31-32

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words,

and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving

one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Colossians 3:8

But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage,

malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.

James 1:19-20

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters:

You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak,

and slow to get angry. Human anger does not

produce the righteousness God desires.

Anxiety And Worry Bible Verses

 

Below are Bible Verses on the Anxiety and Worry subject, formatted in the New Living Translation (NLT) format.

 

Anxiety And Worry Bible Verses

 

 

Deuteronomy 31:6

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid

and do not panic before them. For the LORD your

God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither

fail you nor abandon you.

 

 

Psalm 86:7

I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,

and you will answer me.

 

 

Psalm 139:23-24 

Search me, O God, and know my heart;

test me and know my anxious thoughts.

Point out anything in me that offends you,

and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

 

 

Proverbs 15:15

For the despondent, every day brings trouble;

for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.

 

 

Matthew 6:27

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

 

 

Matthew 6:31-33

So don’t worry about these things, saying,

‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What

will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts

of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows

all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above

all else, and live righteously, and he

will give you everything you need.

 

 

Matthew 6:34

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow

will bring its own worries.

Today’s trouble is enough for today.

 

 

Mark 4:18-19

The seed that fell among the thorns represents

others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly

the message is crowded out by the worries of this

life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other

things, so no fruit is produced.

 

 

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray

about everything. Tell God what you need,

and thank him for all he has done.  Then

you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds

anything we can understand. His peace will guard

your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

 

 

1 Peter 5:7

Give all your worries and cares to God,

for he cares about you.

Authority Of The Believer Bible Verses

 

 

Below are Bible Verses on the Authority of the Believer subject, formatted in the New Living Translation (NLT) format.

 

 

Authority Of The Believer Bible Verses

 

 

 

Matthew 12:29

For who is powerful enough to enter the house of

a strong man and plunder his goods? Only

someone even stronger—someone who could tie

him up and then plunder his house.

 

 

 

 

Matthew 16:19 

And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of

Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be

forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit

on earth will be permitted in heaven.

 

 

 

 

Matthew 28:18-19 

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have

been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,

baptizing them in the name of the Father and

the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

 

Mark 16:17-18 

These miraculous signs will accompany those

who believe: They will cast out demons in my name,

and they will speak in new languages. They will

be able to handle snakes with safety, and if

they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them.

They will be able to place their hands on the sick,

and they will be healed.

 

 

 

Luke 10:19

Look, I have given you authority over all the

power of the enemy, and you can walk among

snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing

will injure you.

 

 

 

 

Ephesians 1:20-22 

that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in

the place of honor at God’s right hand in the

heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or

authority or power or leader or anything else—not

only in this world but also in the world to come. 

God has put all things under the authority of Christ

and has made him head over all things for

the benefit of the church.

 

 

 

 

James 4:7

So humble yourselves before God.

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

 

Compromise Bible Verses

 

Below are Bible Verses on the Compromise subject, formatted in the New Living Translation (NLT) format.

 

 

Compromise Bible Verses

 

 

Exodus 34:12

Be very careful never to make a treaty with

the people who live in the land where you are

going. If you do, you will follow

their evil ways and be trapped.

 

 

 

Psalm 1:1

Oh, the joys of those who do not

follow the advice of the wicked,

or stand around with sinners,

or join in with mockers.

 

 

 

Psalm 119:2-3 

Joyful are those who obey his laws

and search for him with all their hearts.

 They do not compromise with evil,

and they walk only in his paths.

 

 

 

Proverbs 25:26

If the godly give in to the wicked,

it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.

 

 

 

Acts 23:1

Gazing intently at the high council, Paul began:

“Brothers, I have always lived before

God with a clear conscience!”

 

 

 

1 Timothy 3:9

They must be committed to the mystery of the

faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience.

 

 

 

Hebrews 11:25

He chose to share the oppression of God’s

people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.

 

 

 

1 Peter 2:9 

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen

people. You are royal priests, a holy nation,

God’s very own possession. As a result, you can

show others the goodness of God, for he called you

out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

 

 

Confidence Bible Verses

 

Below are Bible Verses on the Confidence subject, formatted in the New Living Translation (NLT) format.

 

Confidence Bible Verses

 

Joshua 1:9

This is my command—be strong and courageous!

Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the

LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

 

 

Psalm 18:29

In your strength I can crush an army;

with my God I can scale any wall.

 

 

Psalm 37:3

Trust in the LORD and do good.

Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.

 

 

Psalm 57:7

My heart is confident in you, O God;

my heart is confident.

No wonder I can sing your praises!

 

 

Psalm 84:12

O LORD of Heaven’s Armies,

what joy for those who trust in you.

 

 

Psalm 131:1-2

LORD, my heart is not proud;

my eyes are not haughty.

I don’t concern myself with matters too great

or too awesome for me to grasp.

 Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself,

like a weaned child who no longer

cries for its mother’s milk.

Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

 

 

Proverbs 29:25

Fearing people is a dangerous trap,

but trusting the LORD means safety.

 

 

Isaiah 26:3 

You will keep in perfect peace

all who trust in you,

all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

 

 

Isaiah 30:15

This is what the Sovereign LORD,

the Holy One of Israel, says:

“Only in returning to me

and resting in me will you be saved.

In quietness and confidence is your strength.

But you would have none of it.

 

 

Micah 7:7 

As for me, I look to the LORD for help.

I wait confidently for God to save me,

and my God will certainly hear me.

 

 

Philippians 1:6

And I am certain that God, who began the

good work within you, will continue his work

until it is finally finished on the day

when Christ Jesus returns.

 

 

Philippians 3:3

For we who worship by the Spirit of God

are the ones who are truly circumcised.

We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for

us. We put no confidence in human effort,

 

 

Hebrews 4:16

So let us come boldly to the throne of our

gracious God. There we will receive his mercy,

and we will find grace to help us

when we need it most.

 

 

Hebrews 10:35 

So do not throw away this confident trust in

the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!

Contentment Bible Verses

Below are Bible Verses on the Contentment subject, formatted in the New Living Translation (NLT) format.

Contentment Bible Verses

Psalm 16:6

The land you have given me is a pleasant land.

What a wonderful inheritance!

Psalm 17:15 

Because I am righteous, I will see you.

When I awake, I will see you face to

face and be satisfied.

Psalm 84:10 

A single day in your courts

is better than a thousand anywhere else!

I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God

than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.

Psalm 92:4-5

You thrill me, LORD, with all you have done for me!

I sing for joy because of what you have done.

 O LORD, what great works you do!

And how deep are your thoughts.

Psalm 107:8-9

Let them praise the LORD for his great love

and for the wonderful things he has done for them.

 For he satisfies the thirsty

and fills the hungry with good things.

Proverbs 14:30

A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;

jealousy is like cancer in the bones.

John 6:35 

Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes

to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes

in me will never be thirsty.

Philippians 4:10-11 

How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about

me again. I know you have always been concerned

for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me.

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned

how to be content with whatever I have.

Philippians 4:19

And this same God who takes care of me will supply

all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been

given to us in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 6:6-8

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 

After all, we brought nothing with us when we came

into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when

we leave it.  So if we have enough food and

clothing, let us be content.

Hebrews 13:5-6

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what

you have. For God has said,

“I will never fail you.

I will never abandon you.”

So we can say with confidence,

“The LORD is my helper,

so I will have no fear.

What can mere people do to me?”

Control Bible Verses

 

 

Below are Bible Verses from the Control subject, formatted in the New Living Translation (NLT) format.

 

 

Control Bible Verses

 

 

 

Acts 5:29

But Peter and the apostles replied,

“We must obey God rather than any human authority”.

 

 

 

Romans 8:9

But you are not controlled by your sinful nature.

You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the

Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those

who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them

do not belong to him at all.)

 

 

 

1 Corinthians 4:3-4 

As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated

by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my

own judgment on this point.  My conscience is

clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It

is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.

 

 

 

2 Corinthians 5:14

Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we

believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that

we have all died to our old life.

 

 

 

Galatians 1:10 

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people,

but of God. If pleasing people were my goal,

I would not be Christ’s servant.

 

 

 

Colossians 1:10

Then the way you live will always honor and please

the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind

of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you

learn to know God better and better.

 

 

 

1 Thessalonians 2:4 

For we speak as messengers approved by God to

be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is

to please God, not people. He alone examines

the motives of our hearts.

Courage Bible Verses

 

Below are Bible Verses on the Courage subject, formatted in the New Living Translation (NLT) format.

 

Courage Bible Verses

 

Deuteronomy 31:6

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid

and do not panic before them. For the

LORD your God will personally go ahead of you.

He will neither fail you nor abandon you.

 

 

Joshua 1:9 

This is my command—be strong and courageous!

Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the

LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

 

 

2 Chronicles 32:7-8

Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid

or discouraged because of the king of Assyria

or his mighty army, for there is a power far

greater on our side!  He may have a great army,

but they are merely men. We have the LORD our

God to help us and to fight our battles for us!

Hezekiah’s words greatly encouraged the people.

 

 

Psalm 27:14

Wait patiently for the LORD.

Be brave and courageous.

Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.

 

 

Psalm 31:24

So be strong and courageous,

all you who put your hope in the LORD!

 

 

Matthew 14:27 

But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,”

he said. “Take courage. I am here.”

 

 

1 Corinthians 15:58

So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and

immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord,

for you know that nothing you

do for the Lord is ever useless.

 

 

1 Corinthians 16:13

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith.

Be courageous.  Be strong.

 

 

1 John 5:14

And we are confident that he hears us whenever

we ask for anything that pleases him.

Depression Bible Verses

 

Below are Bible Verses on the Depression subject, formatted in the New Living Translation (NLT) format.

 

Depression Bible Verses

 

Deuteronomy 31:8 

Do not be afraid or discouraged,

for the LORD will personally go ahead of you.

He will be with you; he will neither

fail you nor abandon you.

 

Psalm 3:3 

But you, O LORD, are a shield around me;

you are my glory, the one

who holds my head high.

 

Psalm 34:15-17

The eyes of the LORD watch over

those who do right;

his ears are open to their cries for help.

But the LORD turns his face

against those who do evil;

he will erase their memory from the earth.

The LORD hears his people when they

call to him for help.

He rescues them from all their troubles.

 

Psalm 40:1-3 

I waited patiently for the LORD to help me,

and he turned to me and heard my cry.

 He lifted me out of the pit of despair,

out of the mud and the mire.

He set my feet on solid ground

and steadied me as I walked along.

He has given me a new song to sing,

a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see what he has done and be amazed.

They will put their trust in the LORD.

 

Psalm 42:5

Why am I discouraged?

Why is my heart so sad?

I will put my hope in God!

I will praise him again—

my Savior and

 

Psalm 42:6-11 

my God!

Now I am deeply discouraged,

but I will remember you—

even from distant Mount Hermon,

the source of the Jordan,

from the land of Mount Mizar.

I hear the tumult of the raging seas

as your waves and surging

tides sweep over me.

But each day the LORD pours

his unfailing love upon me,

and through each night I sing his songs,

praying to God who gives me life.

 “O God my rock,” I cry,

“Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I wander around in grief,

oppressed by my enemies?”

 Their taunts break my bones.

They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”

 Why am I discouraged?

Why is my heart so sad?

I will put my hope in God!

I will praise him again—

my Savior and my God!

 

Psalm 77:1-2

I cry out to God; yes, I shout.

Oh, that God would listen to me!

 When I was in deep trouble,

I searched for the Lord.

All night long I prayed, with

hands lifted toward heaven,

but my soul was not comforted.

 

Psalm 91:14-16

The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me.

I will protect those who trust in my name.

When they call on me, I will answer;

I will be with them in trouble.

I will rescue and honor them.

 I will reward them with a long life

and give them my salvation.”

 

Isaiah 54:4 

Fear not; you will no longer live in shame.

Don’t be afraid; there is

no more disgrace for you.

You will no longer remember

the shame of your youth

and the sorrows of widowhood.

 

Isaiah 60:1

Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light

shine for all to see.

For the glory of the LORD

rises to shine on you.

 

2 Corinthians 7:6 

But God, who encourages those who

are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus.

 

1 Peter 5:6-7 

So humble yourselves under the mighty

power of God, and at the right time he will

lift you up in honor.  Give all your worries and

cares to God, for he cares about you.

 

Determination Bible Verses

 

Below are Bible Verses on the Determination subject, formatted in the New Living Translation (NLT) format.

 

Determination Bible Verses

 

Isaiah 40:31

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.

They will soar high on wings like eagles.

They will run and not grow weary.

They will walk and not faint.

 

 

1 Corinthians 2:2 

For I decided that while I was with you I would

forget everything except Jesus Christ,

the one who was crucified.

 

 

Colossians 3:2

Think about the things of heaven,

not the things of earth.

 

 

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 

Make it your goal to live a quiet life,

minding your own business and working with

your hands, just as we instructed you before.

 Then people who are not believers will

respect the way you live, and you will

not need to depend on others.

 

 

1 Timothy 6:11-14 

But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from

all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly

life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. 

Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly

to the eternal life to which God has called you,

which you have declared so well before many

witnesses. And I charge you before God, who

gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave

a good testimony before Pontius Pilate, 

that you obey this command without wavering.

Then no one can find fault with you from now

until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

 

 

1 Peter 5:9

Stand firm against him, and be strong in your

faith. Remember that your family of believers

all over the world is going through the

same kind of suffering you are.

 

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