February 2019

Stop rehearsing your future troubles. You end up putting yourself through an experience several times when you are only meant to experience them once. Don’t multiply your suffering. Instead relax in God’s presence & peace. I declare that God is strengthening and preparing you for the future. He will transform your fear into confident trust.

Have a fear-less February!

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Living Fearlessly in 2016

Congratulations on starting 2016! If you think it was your alarm clock that woke you up on the 1st or this morning, try putting it beside a dead body and you will realize that it is the Grace of God that woke you up! I pray that the undeserving favour of God will follow you throughout this year. Once again I remind you to expect the unexpected; “As much as you want to plan your life, it has a way of surprising you with unexpected things that will make you happier than you originally planned. That’s what you call God’s WILL.” 

Remember the famous words of Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. The God that we serve is all-knowing; not only does he know the beginning from the end he also knows the end from the beginning. If we are aware of this, Why do we always insist on things going our OWN way or get so discouraged when things are not working out RIGHT? Our definitions of “right” don’t necessarily correlate with God’s definition. We have to constantly remind ourselves that God’s plan> Our Plans. 

Imagine your life is like a jiGsaW puZzle, with over a thousand pieces. Currently, you may be at the side pieces, experiencing the start of things that don’t seem to make sense. That is because you cannot see the full picture, you only see a small part. God has a perfect view of the puzzle, he knows what pieces fit correctly and he promises to help complete the puzzle of our lives. However, we struggle and venture to find our own ways of making the puzzle complete and “make sense”, which only leads to more frustration and confusion. In 2016, we should all cultivate a habit to trust God more as He is the only one who sees the whole picture. I love making declarations as it makes whatever you profess seem very real, so with that in mind make this declaration with confidence: I Declare that God is working all things together for my good. He has the master plan for my life. I don’t understand right now but I am not worried or afraid. I know all the pieces aren’t here yet. One day it will all come together and everything will make sense to me. I will see God’s amazing plan taking me to places I have never dreamt of. God is doing a new thing in my life in 2016, it has already begun. I shall not ponder on the former things of 2015 because God will make a pathway through the wilderness. 

As we’ve started 2016, the devil may try to put into you a spirit of Fear of the unknown. Not knowing what 2016 holds may ultimately cause us to live in Fear, but I want you to make these declarations (which are based on God’s promises) against fear.

The Lord shall fight for me in 2016, and I shall hold my peace – Exodus 14:14

The Lord himself has gone before me in 2016 and He will be with me, He will never leave me nor forsake me. I shall not be afraid, I will not be discouraged. -Deuteronomy 31:8

I shall be strong and courageous in 2016 because that is what the Lord has commanded. The Lord will be with me wherever I go in 2016. – Joshua 1:9

I shall call upon the Lord in 2016, and I shall be saved from my enemies. – Psalm 18:3

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death in 2016, I will fear no evil: for the Lord is with me, his rod and staff they comfort me. – Psalms 23:4

The angel of the Lord will encamp around me in 2016 and will also deliver me. – Psalms 34:7

The Lord is a shelter for me in 2016, a strong tower from the enemy. -Psalms 61:3

When I pass through waters in 2016 the Lord will be with me, I will not be swept away from rivers when I pass through them, when I walk through fire I shall not be burned for the Lord will be with me. -Isaiah 43:2

In 2016, God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19

All weapons formed against me in 2016 shall not prosper, every tongue that shall rise against me in judgement the Lord shall condemn. This is my heritage as a servant of the Lord. – Isaiah 54:17

Wishing you all a happy, fulfilling and blessed Year!

Dara x

P.S – Don’t forget to send your prayer requests on the prayer request form here.

False Evidence Appearing Real

Do you have claustrophobia, acrophobia, nyctophobia, arachnophobia or germophobia? Those are fears related to enclosed spaces, heights, the dark, spiders or germs. A Phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. I’m extremely scared of dogs of any shape or kind. There was an occasion when I jumped in front of a bus all because a dog was coming towards me on the pavement. My fear of being bitten or licked caused me to not think rationally. What would’ve been worse being licked or being hit by a bus? 😓 That’s just a small example but in our 21st century society the spirit of fear is working overtime. If you allow it, Fear of the unknown will cripple your mind. When we are afraid or anxious about what the future holds we become so overwhelmed and crippled from accomplishing the great things we intended to do.

F•E•A•R stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear intends to keep us from possessing power, love and self-discipline. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ NLT) Fear is Satan’s favourite tool to harass Christians with. In the book of 2nd Kings 6:15-17; a servant of Elisha got up early in the morning and saw troops, horses and chariots surrounding their city and cried to his master ” Oh no, what do we do now?” Elisha said to him ” Don’t be afraid, There are more on our side than on theirs! “. Elisha then prayed to The Lord to open the servants eyes to see, his eyes were opened and he saw that the chariots that once surrounded them were filled with fire. In this story even though the fear struck servant came with disheartening news, Elisha responded by praying. The troops that were about to conqueror them was the false evidence but in reality God had provided the Israelites with more than enough protection. Elisha focused on the truth while the servant was distracted by the surrounding enemy.

I’m sure you’ve heard many times that the phrases “Do not fear” “Fear not” ” be not afraid” are in the bible 365 times. Each one should be a daily reminder from God that we are never going to face a day with a valid reason to be afraid. Don’t get me wrong, it is easier said than done but remember all things are possible to him/ she who believes (Mark 9:23). Just like the turbulent waves that distracted Peter from Jesus’ invitation to walk on water caused him to fall, when we focus on the waves in our lives overwhelming feelings of helplessness rob us of doing the impossible through Christ. So fix your eyes on Christ and you’ll be able to confidently rise above your fears and miraculously walk to Jesus, by faith, on what was previously your fears.

When I am afraid of (insert what you fear),
    I will put my trust in you.
I praise God for what he has promised.
    I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
    What can mere mortals do to me?  Psalms 56:3-4

Don’t let fear dictate how you live your life. Fear must be confronted with faith, so the next time fear knocks on your door, send faith to answer! May our faith in Jesus Christ shine so bright, that all ungodly fears are extinguished and others marvel at our boldness. If you’ve got any prayer requests maybe relating to fears or worries you have, feel free to send me your request through the form here 🙏

Stay blessed
Dara x