Devotional

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear…”

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7


Fear kills dreams.

Fear delays opportunities.

Fear stops you from fulfilling your purpose.

Why do we allow the spirit of fear to cripple us in the midst of the tasks God has assigned for us?

Fear is one of the main, if not the major, factor that prevents us from stepping outside of comfort zones. We’ve taken refuge in these comfort zones and become complacent in our lives. We’ve watched opportunities pass us by every day because the voice that tells us we aren’t qualified or we aren’t suited for the opportunity fills our mind. Too often have we let the spirit of fear dictate our lives.

We as God’s people who are made in His image (meaning we possess the qualities and the likeness of God) forget that fear is not apart of our spiritual makeup.

The devil uses fear in order to stop us from fulfilling God’s purpose over our life. He does this because not only does he know the impact that you would have in God’s kingdom but he’s aware of the influence you would have in your daily life as you interact with people and they’d see the power of God in you. If the devil knows the power that lives within you, it’s time you know, recognize and acknowledge that power too. The devil fears the day you realize this because the second you do, you’ve tapped into something powerful.

Why would the devil fear the power within you?

NEWSFLASH: The devil believes in the power of God too! There was a time where he dwelt with God and worshipped him. We now know that’s not the case but the devil still believes in the power of the Holy Ghost and that’s why he tries so hard to fight you.


Make the daily decision to confront your fears.

Allow the spirit of power, love and a sound mind to guide you through your days. Look to the Lord for strength and He will give you just that.

Let’s make the choice (together) that instead of taking refuge in our fears and comfort zones, we’ll chant Psalm 46 and take refuge in God who gives us strength.

Humility

We are reminded to clothe ourselves with humility on a variety of occasions in the Bible. Colossians‬ 3: 12 boldly proclaims,

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  •  Abraham was humbled before God when He brought Isaac to be sacrificed
  • David was humbled before God when he diligently served God wherever He was called.

I am still yet to see the will and love of God fail me in any aspect of my life. Holding on to His unchanging hands and carrying every concern to His feet is truly a remarkable act of Humility. When we are humble enough in the presence of God, we seek Him first. We seek God first because

1. He deserves all the Glory, Honor, and Praise

2. He wants to fellowship with us

3. He commanded us to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength.

When we seek Him and His righteousness first, the Word of God reminds us that all things will be added unto us. As such, we are encouraged to look to our Father in all things, through all circumstances, and at all times.

He wants every piece of our being to be surrendered to Him and in order to do so effectively, we must remain humble and understand that

1. He knows all things

2. He wants the best for us

3. He is calling us to live a life filled with true and immeasurable joy

4. He wants us to trust Him throughout every uncertainty, disappointment, and setbacks.

5. He wants us to live purposefully in His presence, calling, peace, and love.

Today, seek him first and trust that He is straightening the way. Let’s allow the one and only true and living God to take hold of our lives and lead us to a path filled with unconditional love and undiluted truth.

Love you always,

Abigail Carnegie

Here for Him

There has been countless days when I’ve dived into myself and start a bout on the seemingly wrong things that have surfaced in my life. Or perhaps, it’s a long thought on the various ‘disappointments’ I’ve had to run through in recent years. It takes an immense amount of encouragement to grab a hold of myself and pull my thoughts out of such captivity. However, it was never conquered without believing and applying the Word of God to my life.

I am here to remind us to today; we are here for God’s purpose and even though life can take us on an unknown, sometimes disappointing journey, God is saying “Hold-fast because your perseverance will develop your character in Him”. 

Suffering produces Perseverance, Perseravence -Character and Character-Hope.

The bottom line is: 

  1. Remain in Him – daily seek His face in prayer, praise and worship. Deliberately plan and spend that precious time with Him. 
  2. Hide His Words in Your heart and reject the enemy’s lies. Jesus was tempted by the devil and on all occasions, our Lord refuted with the Word of God. 
  3. Think Positively: As stated in 2 Corinthians 10:5 –

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 

If the thought is contrary to the Word of God, it must be taken captive and subjected to obey Christ.

Remember —-

Think positively

Have a blessed and productive week. 

In Him, 

Abby

Killing Fear

Fear is not your friend. No, you don’t want to embrace it or even walk with it. It was created to cripple you. You were created with purpose as orchestrated by the Lord. This purpose doesn’t include the ingredient fear and thus, it must be eradicated.

You can do far more than you can imagine. Believe in God, do His will, and watch your fruits bear. You can stretch past your perceived limitations and achieve all that God created you to be. Isaiah 54 encourages us to,

3Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

4For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

GIVE A LITTLE,HELP A LOT.

5 WAYS WE CAN STAY FOCUSED AND KILL FEAR

  1. Stay Connected to God in Prayer/Worship: Prayer keeps us in communication with God. Prayer/worship helps us to remain in the presence of God. In His presence, there is fullness of joy and at His right hand, there is pleasure forevermore. No wonder, the enemy fights us so much in this area. If he can get us to do everything else but pray, he knows he can have his way. Let’s stay connected to our creator in prayer and worship, and we will be more complete in Him.
  2. Stay Connected to God’s Word: God’s word is life. Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. Proverbs 16:20
  3.  Think Positive/Reap Positive: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Phillipians 4:8).
  4. Persistence and Consistency: Whatever the Lord has placed in your heart to do…go for it…knowing that He will never leave you nor forsake you. Rest assured that He will complete His work, but it’s your responsibility to be an obedient vessel. Yes, you will have hiccups, trials, roadblocks, but endure until the end. Persistent and consistent prayer, effort, love, patience and endurance will allow you to achieve beyond your mental limitations and kill fear.
  5. Focus on the Goal: If you have a project to complete, stay on the road to completion. Look not to the right or the left, Have faith in God and give it 100%.

Blessings to you as you embrace your journey in Christ.

“Whatever He Says to you, Do it”

As I was reading one of my favorite books, ‘How High Will You Climb?’ by John Maxwell, I’m reminded of the importance of obedience to the Word regardless of what’s going on in and around me. I am excited to share this information as explained by John Maxwell in his book. I pray it will be a blessing to you as it was to me. 

As written by John Maxwell,

During a time of congregational renewal at Skyline Wesleyan Church, where I am the senior pastor, my heart was challenged with the words of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who said, “Whatever He [Jesus] says to you, do it.” I shared with my congregation this thought of obedience drawn from the story of Jesus’ miracle at the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-8). 

Whatever Jesus says to you, do it, even though: 

  1. You are not in the ‘right place’ (v.2): They were at a wedding and not a church when Jesus performed the miracle. Some of God’s greatest blessings will be at “other places” if we will be obedient to Him. 
  2. You have a lot of problems (v.3): They had run out of wine. Too many times our problems drive us away from Jesus instead of to Him. Christian renewal begins when we focus on God’s power and not our problems. 
  3. You are not encouraged (v.4): Jesus said to those at the wedding, “My hour has not yet come.” Instead of being discouraged by these words, Mary laid hold of the possibility of a miracle. 
  4. You have not walked with Him very long (v. 5): The servants who obeyed Jesus had just met Him, and the disciples had just started following the Lord, yet they were expected to obey Him. 
  5. You have not seem Him work miracles in your life: This was our Lord’s first miracle. The people in this situation had to obey Him without His having a previous track record. 
  6. You don’t understand the entire process: From the biblical story we can draw out a definition for obedience. It is listening to Jesus and doing His will. Inward obedience provides outward growth. 

I pray that you were encouraged as your read that excerpt. Even though we don’t see the entire path or know where our obedience will take us, we can rest assured that it will work for our benefit – working together for our good. 

Blessings to you and yours this Christmas season 🙂

Abigail C.

Trust in The Process

 

Have you ever wondered, ‘Wow, why am I going through this?’ or have you ever asked, “Why me Lord?”. The Lord God in all His might and sovereignty knows it all. Yes, He knows the beginning to the end and the end from the beginning. After all, He is the Alpha and the Omega. Even though we understand this truth clearly, we often times lag in the mindset of a hearer versus a doer. We hear it, we understand it, but the faith required to live a peaceful life through it, is often times shaky, wouldn’t you say?

We tend to gather our thoughts and try to make sense of the world and its happenings, forgetting that the master’s plan is at work. Additionally, when things occur out of our scope of comprehension and reasoning, we become flustered, anxious, angry, and the like. The Word of the Lord reminds me all the time in Philliains 4:6-7,

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 understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

23659716_165777834018610_5414749768462397235_nIt’s pertinent as believers in Christ that we allow His plan concerning our lives to be birthed and manifested. No two individuals will undergo the same birthing process but it does require all believers to trust and wait upon the Lord as he leads, knowing that as mentioned in Hebrews 12:2-

He is the author and finisher of our faith.

Upon careful reflection of my life, the life of other believers and even the great men of God in the Bible, I understand that we all had to endure a process of which no two were the exact same. As such, this requires a true one-on-one unique faith walk with God.

  • Abraham and Sarah trusted God that he would fulfill His word regarding their promise son; they waited years.
  • Jacob had to wait years for Rachel,
  • Joseph waited for the appointed time as God prepared the way,
  • David waited to be King after being anointed,
  • Jesus waited until the appointed time… 

Greatness calls for patience, trust, faith, consistent prayer and thanksgiving — backed up by faith-action grounded in the Word of God.

When you’re waiting on the Lord:

  1. Your wait is never in vain: there is always something to learn in that time, something to grow from and a new outlook/vision/perspective to welcome. 
  2. Your wait will renew your strength: it’s like being in an oven. To achieve the desired outcome from the process, the right ingredients, bake time and preparation is essential. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint – Isaiah 40:31
  3. Endure to the end: Allow it to run its course. Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire wanting nothing – James 1:4 (One of my favorite scriptures).

Is it worth it to wait on the Lord?

I’ll say its a Blessing.

Be encouraged,

Abigail

It Is Well With My Soul

 

How amazing is that feeling, when we can say with a smile ‘It Is Well With My Soul’. Even though we are rocked by the winds and waves of life’s tribulations, we can choose to smile and say “It is Well with my Soul”.

I remember being caught in this net quite a number of times, so much that the only escape route that lingers at the forefront of my mind is “YES GOD DID IT AGAIN”. God has never failed me yet.

  • Has he delivered me 100% of the time? Absolutely Yes.
  • Has it always been at a time when I it wanted to happen? Nope!
  • Has it always been in the way I wanted it happen? Of-course not.
  • Has it been easy to cope with the feelings of despair, discouragement, brokenness, denial, and such like? You guessed it right again, certainly not.

But as I learn to apply the Word of God to my life, I have grown to trust God and relax my thoughts in his arms.

I remembered like it was yesterday, I was in the process of applying for teaching positions in the Jacksonville, Florida area. I knew I was getting ready to move to Florida from New Jersey and I wanted to be able to get a great start by landing a fairly decent job. I was searching and applying day after day, week after week to no avail.

Approximately two weeks prior to moving down, I applied to a Christian school. No later than the following day, the vice principal wanted to meet with me. I told her I was not going to be in the area until the next two weeks and she gladly went ahead and scheduled me to meet with her then. Upon arriving to the interview, she told me that she had to wait for me after seeing my resume and that the two weeks wait was worth it. After submitting so many, and being uncertain about what I was going to do, little did I know that God had already prepared the way before the problem was even conceived. Not only did he open that door, but many more offers came knocking.  

I know sometimes you may be worried and discontented about life, but remember God has already made the provision even before the birth of the problem, struggle or trial. So whatever life throws in your face, remember that you’re more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ.

Believe, receive and act upon the Word of God because it’s life changing. 

  • Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength – Luke 10:27
  • For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments – 1 John 5:3
  • Obey Him by meditating on His words day and night, and by becoming doers of the Word – Joshua 1:8, James 1:22
  • Let go off the control and pride, Trust God!
  • His thoughts are not your thoughts and His ways are not your ways.  Isaiah 55
  • Trust me, we don’t know it all and we certainly don’t have all the answers.
  • Continue to look to the hills, the source of your help (Psalm 121) and say – “It is Well with My Soul” –

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Psalm 34:18-20 (KJV)

 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

Be blessed

~Abigail

VICTORY THROUGH THE FIRE

As I wrote this title, I can’t help but reflect on the three Hebrews boys who were thrown into Fire, and came out un-burned. It’s a miracle! What a God! Who is that Mighty God?! It’s the same God yesterday, today and forevermore. THE I AM THAT I AM, THE PRINCE OF PEACE, THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE LIVING GOD. He is never slack concerning His promises and honors His Words at all times. 

St. John 16:33 reminds us what Jesus said, 

“These things have I spoken unto you, so that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Yes, we have accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior. Yes, we have to take up our cross and follow Him. Yes, we will have tribulation in this world. Yes, sometimes we wish we didn’t have to go through it. However, I’m here to encourage you to anchor your trust in Him just a little deeper because even though you have been going through the fire (tribulations of this world), our Lord reminded us that He has overcome the world. i am mire than a conqueror through christ who strengthens me. phillipians

There is absolutely nothing that can conquer us, as long as we are rooted in Him. This is also true, as long as we are in this world, we will face tribulations, but because we are born of God, WE ARE OVERCOMERS. Yes, it hurts – yes, the pain radiates through our mind, our body, our soul and our heart and yes, we may sometimes feel like God’s absent in our life, but He’s saying I will never leave you nor forsake you. Do you trust me?

He reminds us in Isaiah 59:19 that, 

‘When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.’

DECLARE IT: I AM AN OVERCOMER. I AM MORE THAN A CONQUEROR. EVEN THOUGH I GO THROUGH THE FIRE, IT’S WORKING TOGETHER FOR MY GOOD AND I WILL NOT BE BURNED, FOR IT’S AN INTEGRAL PART OF MY PURPOSE.

You have been called for such a time as this to be an instrument, a mouthpiece, a living testimony, a messenger, an evangelist – you have been called and chosen to fulfill a purpose in the capacity He has ordained. The FIRE experiences were designed to build and prepare you for this role. They are not meant to devour you.  Be strengthened in Christ and run this race with endurance, faith, courage mingled with the Word of God. 

Phillipians 1:6 encourages us,

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:’

Your FIRE has PURPOSE. The Lord will faithfully complete His work through you as you avail yourself to Him. He will keep you as you continue to trust Him. His plans, His thoughts and His purpose for you will prevail. 

In closing, think on these words: 

That the trial of your faith, much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. 

1 Peter 1:7

 

Have a blessed day.

The Strength of Her

Proverbs 3:15 KJV

[15] She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

It goes back hundreds of years where women are seen as mere property and ‘should be seen not heard’ but you are so much more than a prize to be won or a trophy to show off.

In a world that constantly belittles women, bashes them and tears them down, I am here to say you are powerful and they FEAR the day you realize that. Don’t you have any idea how special and magnificent you are? You are compared to rubies; one of the most precious stones ever. Not only are you compared to such beautiful stones, you are worth more than them. Much more.

You are the center of creation, giving birth to life and new ideas. God has blessed the female with such resilience and power to overcome any obstacle and trial put before us and to do it while the world around us continues to put us down.

Proverbs 3:18 KJV

[18] She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

You are a tree of life. Bloom greatness and bear the fruit of love so that everyone that has the privilege to eat from your tree is left with peace and a heart full of love.

How Deep are Your Roots?

Are we easily shaken? Name that one thing that has really gotten under your skin this week or even today. Can we afford to just let go off the worry and give it to God? Absolutely.

James 1 is one of my favorite chapters because it reminds us why we are being tried, and thus place life obstacles, challenges and trials into a better perspective for us whose hope is in Christ Jesus.

 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Will we allow patience to have her perfect work? Are we ready to accept the next big trial with confidence knowing that the trying of our faith is being tested.

The depth of our love for God, our patience in trials, and our trust in His Word will determine how easily we are toppled over by our storms. I urge you to face life’s challenges with confidence and ride out your storm knowing that you will one day come forth as pure gold.

Anchor your roots securely in His Word and anticipate your tree to bear fruit. In Mark 4, Jesus explained the parable about the sower who planted on different soil types. Are you planting on good ground?

Seedsplanted on Solid Ground (Deeply Rooted)will bring forth MUCH FRUIT

And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,

Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:

And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:

But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.

You can view the entire chapter of Mark 4 here .

Jesus went on further to explain each of the these seeds that fell on different soil types. The one that fell on the good ground was explained in Mark 4:20.

In Mark 4: 20,

20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

Here, Jesus showed us that the seeds that fell on good ground are those people who hear the Word, Receive the Word and also Bring forth fruits.

Remember your fruit bears as a result of being sown into good ground. So in order for us to start bearing fruit, we must start hearing and receiving His Word.

HOW CAN I BEAR FRUIT IN THE KINGDOM?

  • Spend time in the Word of God. Allocate some time every day just to read, understand and meditate on His Word.
  • By faith, accept and receive the Word. Understand that this Word does apply to you. Speak the Word over your life, and believe it with your whole heart.
  • Pray, pray and pray. There is a reason God’s word urged us to pray without ceasing. It is important that we keep that constant line of communication open with our Father. He cares and He is listening.
  • A seed that is planted on good ground IS NOT:  ~ Stolen immediately by Satan after it is sown in our hearts (Sown amongst the way side),  ~Temporary excitement (Stony ground), or ~Choked by the cares of life and become unfruitful (Thorns). roots

 

Thank you,

Abigail Carnegie

~Strengthen your Heart and Look to Him~