Prayer Points: The Secret Place of Protection 

Amongst all the pestilence and danger all around, there is a secret place. In this place, there is deliverance from the snare of the fowler (Psalm 91: 3). As believers, our faith prayers of declaring that God is our hiding place and security seals us under a protected dwelling place.  

 

1) Making God our habitation. 

God promises to deliver us when we make him our habitation and set our love upon Him. The secret place where we reside and dwell is where our praises flow unhinderedly. Our praises are where God will always be. God wants to be in the place of our living. He wants to fill up every space in our lives with His presence, power, and protection.   

 

Hindrances to the Secret Place: 

 

Drunkenness – When we are not sober, we are open to an excess of any evil. It gives Satan legal access to wreak havoc in our physical, mental, and spiritual well – being. Being filled with the Spirit is the solution to being set free from the snare of drunkenness whether physically, spiritually, or mentally.  

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5: 18)  

 

 

 

FEAR – There are many kinds of fears including phobias. I believe everyone at some point has been afraid. Believers holding a resistance to God in the way He wants to move upon them is often rooted in fear. Fear of what people may say, think, or act. Our freedom is more important than being understood, approved of, accepted, and treated well. A lack of trust in God in any area of our lives could be closely related to fear. How do we perceive God as our Heavenly Father? Do we see Him as a cruel master or the one out to punish us? Do we believe or act as if our imperfections make us unlovable and worthless? All these things can be blockages to deeper, higher, and wider in the Lord. There are divine encounters we have yet to experience. But we don’t have to feel condemned and inferior because of the fear. Just little by little allow God’s perfect love to strengthen us and wash away our fears.  

 

2) Setting Our Love Upon the Lord 

     Where there is love there is no room for fear. Torment is not from God.   Even when a host may encamp around us, when we abide in setting our love upon God, our hearts don’t need to fear. When we love on the Lord, we remain in that secret place. When war rises up against us, we can have confidence through staying close to the Lord. Dwelling in God’s house, beholding His beauty, and inquiring in His temple are some of the ways we set our love upon God. This is done through faithfulness and seeking after Him.  

 

As we trust that God will lift our head above our enemies, we can sing praises unto Him and offer sacrifices of joy. Anxious and troubled, many of us lack that ONE THING when we look in the spiritual mirror and see the reflection from pain and failure. If the truth be told many of us struggle with being consistent with that ONE THING that God is asking of us.  

 

 

 

 

    3) Knowing God’s name 

 

    In the secret place of protection, we know that God is a strong tower and as the righteous that’s where we run and find safety (Proverbs 18:10). Knowing who God is and His ways gives Him access to be and do His will and plan in our lives as we embrace Him and receive from Him. 

 

 

 

God shine your truth on us that we will learn to continually make you our habitation, set our love upon you, and know your name. Help us to stand with the armour of power and protection as we are shielded in your presence. May we continue to decree and declare your promises and trust that the work is already done and believing that they will manifest just like you said. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!  

 

 

 

 

 

5 Lessons From Mental Health

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Mental Health affects everyone in some way. On this World Mental Health Day, I reflect on the mental difficulties and suffering that many encounter each day and how they still matter and are still needed and important.

There’s all sorts of things that can trigger or cause people to struggle with their mental health. Mental Illness is not limited to a certain status of people, because there are many people who both publicly and privately deal with these situations whether they are wealthy or living in poverty. Even the very successful or underdog can be touched in these areas. Below are some highlighted lessons to consider on mental health.

 

1) Our mental health will either positively or negatively influence other parts of our health. Often times people with a mental challenge are overwhelmed with  physical fatigue.

 

2) Natural and spiritual cures do exist for mental illness. I tend not to say much when it comes to whether or not a person should take antidepressants or other prescribed medication. I believe it all depends on what’s best and would work well for the individual. Just because a person doesn’t take the prescribed doesn’t mean they are superior or foolish and just because someone does that they are wrong or better off. The natural cures such as herbs and spiritual cures through a continual connection with Jesus do bring great results for many.

 

3) Mental Illness doesn’t define a person. You don’t know who a person truly is, by looking solely at their mental challenge. There are some very wonderful, gifted  and anointed people who may publicly and privately face depression and/or anxiety attacks.

 

4) Awareness and positively sharing your story matters. There’s always someone out there that needs to either be more aware or hear that story that can impact lives.

 

5) Getting the support and help you need doesn’t make you inferior. We all need help and support with any challenge we face in life. Got to do what needs to be done.

 

  What lessons have you learned from mental health?

 

Faith In The Midst of Fear

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Fear comes to everyone. We live in a fallen world. There’s not one that has never been afraid. Many times we fear when we feel that we are not in control of the situation or circumstance we are in.

There are some that fear the unknown(to them) and especially when they are not sure how something will turn out or what will happen.

What do we fear? In this world today there are many fears that many have. Some fears are job loss, lack of finances, failure, rejection, people and even death to name just a few. Satan who is the author of fear brings it to cripple us and torment our minds. We can choose to give in to fears or we can choose to overcome them in faith. Below are some points to consider on faith in the midst of fear.

 

1) Just a little faith you need to make it through. In Matthew 17: 20 it tells us we just need a mustard seed faith to move mountains and that nothing will be impossible.

 

2) When our eyes are on Jesus we can do what we cannot do in our own strength. Peter in the bible was able to walk on water when he kept his eyes on Jesus. As soon he put his eyes on the stormy sea he began to sink.

 

3) There’s a calmness that comes when we have faith in God who controls everything. We can be in a ragging storm yet be at peace when our faith rises above our fears.

5 Ways to Reduce Stress & Anxiety

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Stress and anxiety can have an effect on anyone. It doesn’t matter how optimistic or well intention (these are great practices) we are, our bodies, minds and souls need attention, care  and renewal. Stress and anxiety at high levels interfere in all areas including relationships, performance/efficiency, health, energy/alertness and more.

When I’m at high levels of stress and/or anxiety, I find it difficult to cope and continue on. The wonderful news is that stress and anxiety can be reduced and relieved in how we live in our daily lifestyle.

1) Rest & Relax: When we are buzzing around as if we have a never-ending boost, we soon notice the oncoming burnout breaking through our way. Sometimes a simple lay down can work wonders. Burnout can be experienced at any age or life stage. When enough is enough is just that…. enough!

2) Feed Your Soul: Just like our natural bodies need to be fed to function properly, our souls need nourishment, substance and nurturing. What we feed our souls with matters 100%. The Word of God, devotionals, music, declarations, prayer, meditation and more are ways we can spiritually feed our souls.

3) Leave It Alone!: There are some things we just have to learn to leave alone. I find it difficult to do just that when I just care and think about so much. When we take on what God needs to take on and handle, we find ourselves weighted down. Let’s leave it to the Father.

4) Watch it!: The things we need to watch and look for are very important in our growth, development and stability. What are we putting in? What is coming out? If it doesn’t belong, we simply just need to be more careful and attentive.

5) Take Your Time!: My generation of young adults and the young children and teens behind us are used to quickness and speed. Things don’t just always come right away and they don’t just appear out of nowhere. All of us in any life stage needs to take our time in every way.

What are some ways you reduce stress and anxiety?