Scientists Link Depression and Anxiety to High Creativity

depression-anxiety-creativityBy Robyn Reisch

We are all familiar with the stereotype of the moody teenage artist. She wears all black, feels tremendous amounts of angst, and, while very bright, struggles to find joy in a world full of tragedies. While many creative people find this stereotype to be offensive, there is growing scientific evidence that it may, in fact, have some merit. Modern research suggests that highly creative minds are at an increased risk for depression due to their insightful and highly empathetic worldview.

Nancy Andreasen, author of The Creative Brain: The Science of Genius, believes that creative minds are less likely to easily adapt when confronted with new situations. This is because they are more skeptical of the information given to them by authority figures. They would rather make up their own minds. This is not only much more difficult to do, but much more time-intensive when trying to adjust to a new environment. They are creating their own ideas rather than blindly adopting the ones put forth by society.

“This flexibility,” observes Andreasen, “permits them to perceive things in a fresh and novel way, which is an important basis for creativity. But it also means that their inner world is complex, ambiguous, and filled with shades of gray rather than black and white. It is a world filled with many questions and few easy answers. While less creative people quickly respond to situations based on what they have been told by people in authority — parents, teachers, pastors, rabbis, or priests — the creative person lives in a more fluid and nebulous world.”

This mindset, while very valuable, can unfortunately lead to feelings of isolation and alienation from the deep thinker’s peer group – thus, the archetype of the artsy loner. This often creates a crushing sense of stress and depression. Oddly enough, this can actually provoke more creativity.

Many creative geniuses, across a diverse array of fields, have felt it. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Vincent Van Gogh have all famously struggled with mental illness. In fact, in examining creative history, it is much more difficult to find an emotionally well-adjusted artist than one who struggles with his or her mental state.


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I really liked this blog I found from 2014 when I was looking for something else. It was interesting because I could relate to it so well. Lines like “a world filled with many questions and few easy answers” — “skeptical of the information given to them” — “would rather make up their own minds” — “creating their own ideas rather than blindly adopting the ones put forth by society” and “less likely to easily adapt when confronted with new situations” all fit too well with my way of thinking and feeling. I know this is scientific information but rather than try to put God into their finds I put their finds into Gods creation. I believe creative people get their quirky ways, which I call normal from God to fit the purposes He designed us for. Yes we have to let God direct us in how to handle these things we feel or think that might be different than society norms but I don’t think we should try to eliminate or change them. We need to use these gifts for the benefit of our work and God’s purpose. It was one of those “suddenlies” for me when I read this because it answered things I’ve questioned about myself and my relationship with others around me. I’ve never seemed to truly fit in and you can feel bad about that and start trying to place blame on yourself that doesn’t need to be there. In the last couple of years I’ve found myself trying to work at getting people in the church I was in to accept and let me into their circle. I finally moved away from them but still found myself wanting them to care about me. That sounds sick when I say it and God had to allow something to happen that would finally show me what I was doing so I would stop! Today I was dealing with this feeling once again of being alone and I was unhappy with no one contacting me over a big upset that happened. I wrote a text message to the pastor and it vanished before sending. Then I wrote an email but didn’t feel I should send it. I went to look for things to share on Facebook and there was a short post with a heading that said: LET THEM GO! The writer said she had heard God say to her, “Do you trust me?” and she said, “YES Lord” and He said, “Then let them go.” In the end she made the statement, “It is time to move forward” and I knew that was what God has been trying to show me in a lot of ways for a long time, I have to let some people go so I can move forward. Then I found this blog I’m sharing and I knew there was a connection between my creative nature and my feeling of loneliness that was making me hang on to what God told me to let go of two years ago! So I’m posting it along with my story in the hopes it will help others to break out of that pattern of isolation because creativity makes you different!

 

Pastor Inspires Millions with Powerful Song Despite Tongue Cancer


“I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth.“ [Psalm 40:1-3]

Being a pastor is not an easy task. The pastor acts as shepherd to the church, tending to his sheep. He is used by God to equip people and them them find their gifts. However, being a pastor doesn’t mean exemption from life’s trials and afflictions.

Jason David is a youth pastor from San Diego, California, who suffered from neck and tongue cancer for about a year. He fought for his life and trusted God’s plan while going through lots of surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. All the while, during those times, he never lost hope and even wrote a powerful song praising God.

The disease claimed much of his tongue but he refused to stop singing for the living God and is now totally healed!

Today, his original song entitled “These Walls” is inspiring millions all over the world.

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I found this video when I was searching through things to put on my Facebook pages and I had to put it here too. I cried when I listened to Jason sing that song. When you see something like this it really makes you re-evaluate yourself, your trust and faith in God and your life. Your circumstance in life may not look quite so bad if you look around at what others are going through. We have so much to thank God for yet I for one, find myself impatient with Him because I’m still waiting for my promise and have not seen my breakthrough yet! Or I worry how I will pay an unexpected bill. I look at someone like this pastor and what he has gone through and I run to God to repent from my impatience, anger, doubt and unbelief that enters into my mind too often!

Living Outside of the Box!

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God has a word for us, “NO MORE BOXES!” God does not live in a box. He did at one time—but ever since He broke out of the Ark of the Covenant, He has never lived in a box again. Of course, you and I tend to live in boxes that are often fairly nice, although cramped. They’re neat, but stuffy, old and stale. If God no longer lives in a box, then let’s follow suit and let’s live outside of the box too!

He wants to lift the lid over our head so that we can experience His voice in an on going basis.  Let’s breathe in God’s refreshing Word and renew our hearts and souls so that we will walk in a new level of His Divine Creativity!

God Confirms His Word

God wants us to hear His voice, discern it from other voices, and then, through the spirit of wisdom and revelation, correctly interpret and apply the word He has spoken to us. God has said that out of the “mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed” (Matthew 18:16). For emphasis, we find this statement, or a variation, three times in Scripture: in Deuteronomy 19:15, in Matthew 18:16 and in 2 Corinthians 13:1.

Evidently, God does not want us to know only the historical Jesus, who came in human form and walked among men. He greatly yearns that we would also know the living, resurrected Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father wants to enable us to hear, know and obey the risen Lord. But often we don’t realize that He is speaking to us. No wonder we miss His cues. He is such a multifaceted Creator; endlessly creative in how He chooses to communicate.

God’s Multifaceted Voice

Our Father’s voice comes to us in such a great variety of ways that we need such moments of enlightenment. Otherwise, we tend to get locked into set patterns. It’s so good of God to temporarily shut down one channel in order to open up another. He hasn’t quit speaking; He is opening our hearts and minds to hear His voice in new ways. He does this so that we will continue to grow progressively in our relationship with Him. He doesn’t want us to become locked in to the same patterns of hearing Him. God’s goal is a real, live relationship with us.

To tell the truth, He likes messing with our radio dial! Sometimes He turns the volume louder and then back down, thus creating a greater dependency on Him. He loves to roll the dial to different stations to help us learn to appreciate the diversity within the Body of Christ. After we have logged a few more listening hours, we are a whole lot less frustrated with who controls the knobs. Eventually, we learn to love the wide variety of ways in which He speaks.

Here are a few scriptural examples, which portray the Out of the Box ways the Spirit uses to speak to people:

  • A dream or vision (see Job 33:14-18)
  • A voice in a trance (see Acts 10:9-16)
  • The voice of many angels (see Revelation 5:11)
  • The voice of the archangel (see 1 Thessalonians 4:16)
  • The “sound of many waters” (Revelation 1:15)
  • The sound of the Lord walking in the Garden (see Genesis 3:8)
  • The sound of the army of God marching in the tops of the trees (see 2 Samuel 5:23-25)
  • The audible voice of God (see Exodus 3:4)
  • God “speaking peace” to His people (see Psalms 85:8)
  • God’s written Word (our primary source of His voice and our chief reference point)   (see Psalms 119:105)
  • Wonders in the sky and on Earth (see Joel 2:30-31)
  • Visions and parables to the prophets (see Hosea 12:10)
  • Words and physical metaphors to the prophets (see Jeremiah 18:1-6)
  • The Holy Spirit speaking to a group (see Acts 13:2)
  • Men, moved by the Holy Spirit, declaring God’s voice (see 2 Peter 1:21)
  • Heavenly experiences in which one is brought up before the Lord (see 2 Corinthians 12:1-4)
  • The Holy Spirit bearing witness to our spirit (see Romans 8:16)
  • A dumb donkey speaking with the voice of a man (see 2 Peter 2:16)
  • One person speaking the revelatory counsel of the Lord to another (see James 5:19-20
  • God’s own Son (see Hebrews 1:2)

This list is not exhaustive, but it gives a bird’s-eye view of some of the ways God has chosen to speak to (and through) His people. I have been surprised over the years at both how God speaks and what or whom He chooses to use! Sometimes the package is not one that I would prefer. But He is God—and that means He has the right to pick what He wants to say, how to say it and what or whom to use!

God Knows My Number

Once the voice of God came to me in the middle of the night, but I didn’t recognize it at first. The ringing of my telephone woke me up. I got up out of bed, went to our kitchen and picked up the phone, only to find there was no one on the other end—just a dial tone. I stumbled back into bed and fell back asleep, only to hear the phone ringing a second time. I rolled out of bed, groped in the dark and picked up the phone, only to find again that there was no voice on the other end.

Wearily, I walked back once more to my bedroom and crawled back into bed, only to be awakened a third time by hearing our telephone ringing. Determined to figure this thing out, I went to the kitchen, picked up the receiver and listened longer. I still didn’t hear anything. But this time, a still, small voice in my heart whispered, Jeremiah 33:3.

God is not limited in His attention-getting techniques! He wants to be heard, and He has plenty of approaches He can utilize.

I hung up the receiver, found a Bible and looked up the verse: “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” I was stunned by His invitation, and I spent the next couple of hours just sitting in the quietness of our living room in the presence of the Almighty, communing with Him and listening to His sweet, sweet voice.

Now, folks, that was a genuine God encounter, a personal and unusual way for Him to demonstrate how He takes the initiative to deepen our relationship with Him. He caused the sound of a telephone to awaken me from my sleep. He persisted until He got my full attention. He took me to His written Word. His Word was illuminated by the Holy Spirit and was used to draw me closer to His very bosom.

Yes, after He got my attention, I called upon the Lord, and He did show me great and mighty things that I did not previously know! And this activity has never stopped! God loves to Show Up and Show Off!

The End Result

Put God First He wants us to hear His voice in all of its manifestations so that we can bear much fruit—fruit that will remain.

In our process of becoming, we must not forget that ultimately this is not about us. It is about our being transformed into the beautiful image of His glorious Son, Jesus. By the power of the voice of our personal Tutor, the Holy Spirit, you and I will be changed into the image of God’s Son. According to Psalm 29, we will shout praises together as we are changed from glory to glory. Everything in His temple says, “Glory!”

Let His voice thunder. Let the fire fall. Let His word be magnified. Let all creation echo His sound. Let His piercing voice continue to proceed. You and I do not live by bread alone but by the ever-proceeding Word of our Father. Yes, God No Longer Lives in a Box – So Why Do We? Get out of the Box – He is no longer there!

Living Outside the Box!

James W. Goll


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Good word and I like the thought of not being in a box. That is how I’ve lived a long time and gotten lots of flack about it but now God is asking us to do it … that should keep the people who want you in a box quiet! I’ve never had God call me on the phone but I did have Him wake me up about two weeks ago to give me a message! That was a first for me but I guess it proves He is doing a NEW thing!

In August God is Revealing Mysteries! Long Awaited Revelation will Start Flowing

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August is going to be a special month, as long-awaited revelation from Heaven will start flowing freely. For many people, there has been a drought in the spiritual realm for a number of months—even years. This is now going to break, and God is going to open the heavens with dreams, visions, prophetic writings, strategies, art, songs and more. All types of creative revelation will start flowing to you. This will start in August and will continue over the next few months.

Mysteries Revealed

“The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people.” (Colossians 1:26 NIV)

The purpose of this realignment is to get you into a strategic place and time where you can receive fully and freely from the Lord.

Expect to get deeper revelation and keys to the things you have been seeking God about. Mysteries are going to be revealed that have been hidden away for the strategic season we are now entering. God is going to reveal these things to prepare you for what is coming after September 2018.

It will be important to focus your prayers and times with God specifically on where you need answers. Make a list of the things you need a breakthrough in. Narrow it down to just a few important ones and begin asking God for mysteries to be revealed.

Stay with It

“If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.” (John 15:7-8 NIV)

Even though the season has been difficult, it will be beneficial for you to stay on course and remain in the Lord. Don’t give up! No matter what your circumstances look like, walk by faith and trust that doors are going to open for you. God’s Word is true and will not fail. It will help to make a list of Bible verses that you can pray and decree over your requests. Here are a few that I am using to gain revelation:

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.” (John 16:13 NIV)

“These are the things God has revealed to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:10 NIV)

“He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him.” (Daniel 2:22 NIV)

Freedom and Direction

“Pray that the Lord your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do.” (Jeremiah 42:3 NIV)

God is going to reveal plans for you to move into places of greater freedom. Quite often, when we move into a new season, it will require us to make some changes with our affiliations, businesses and ministries, etc. This prophetic word is not for everyone, but there will be quite a bit of movement happening over the next few months.

All types of creative revelation will start flowing to you. This will start in August and will continue over the next few months.

The purpose of this realignment is to get you into a strategic place and time where you can receive fully and freely from the Lord. This does not have to be a physical movement. Watch for God to give you instructions and be open to new associations, friends and organizations. Be sure to get confirmation before doing anything major.

How to Stop the Violence

“Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure—You, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.” (Psalm 7:9 NIV)

God showed me that if people would start praying and decreeing Psalm 7:9 that He would shift the spiritual atmosphere, bring an end to the violence and make us secure. It is important not to believe the lies of the enemy and know that God is about to release something new. What we are seeing is a great attack before the great revival.

Get Peace in the Storm

Jesus demonstrated how to respond when satan brings a storm. Twice satan tried to kill Jesus using a storm.

“Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke Him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’ He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.” (Matthew 8:23-26 NIV)

The second time, in Matthew 14:22-32, Jesus walked on the water over the storm. There are times when we need to rest in the storm and there are other times we need to rise above the attacks.

“And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.” (Matthew 14:32 NIV)

As you invite the Lord into your situation, the storms will die down and peace will be restored. It is time to rest in the promises of God, get up and rebuke the storm, and rise above your situation. Invite God in and watch for a miracle.

Blessings,

Doug Addison
InLight Connection
Email: respond@dougaddison.com
Website: www.DougAddison.com

Doug Addison is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. He is known for his Daily Prophetic Words, Spirit Connection webcast, podcast and blog. Doug’s message of love, hope and having fun reaches people around the world! His powerful, positively funny teaching style and coaching helps open people to discover their destiny and experience God’s supernatural love and power. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California where he is impacting the arts, entertainment and media industries.


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Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene  https://www.facebook.com/zephyrmorning

Release of the Wild Horses & Learning to Run at God’s Pace

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Three Confirmations: a Commercial, a Painting and Shoes

I was in England in February when I started seeing the wild horses. There was a commercial that played on TV of two wild horses running in the Alps. They were running up Alpine meadows toward the tree line. They were going to places where you would not expect wild horses to go. I saw that commercial three or four times and every time I felt the Holy Spirit say, “Watch.” I went into a trance and saw myself running with these wild ones.

A few days later I was in Berlin, Germany where I ministered among a couple of churches in that city. While there, my friend Christian Stockman had me stay at his house. Near the room that I slept in, there was a painting on the wall that his daughter had painted—two horses running up a mountain side. They were moving to places that you didn’t expect them to run—to where the trees don’t grow.

When I see the same image twice in a short time, I know that the Holy Spirit is trying to reveal something.

In Berlin, they have a shoe store just for big footed people. I am a big guy and it is very hard to buy shoes, so whenever I am there I try to pick up a pair. I always joke that normally I have to go on pilgrimage to find shoes. I have been known to go to three or four stores before I find what I am looking for! But while in Berlin as I went shoe shopping, I found a wonderful pair of shoes. The lady helping me tried to talk me into a different pair of shoes, but these were mine. I got them out of the store before I realized what they were called. They were called “Mustangs” which as many of you know is a wild horse in America. This was a third confirmation that God was speaking to me.

How Can You Compete with Horses?

When I first came to the Lord 14 years ago, I went through a season where the Lord downloaded His Word into my heart. Over and over again passages of Scripture would come to me and I knew that these were truths that I had to digest in order to grow into the destiny that God had for me. One such passage was Jeremiah 12:5 which says:

“If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?”

In those days I was weak in faith. I was tossed back and forth by the enemy and his cunning ways. I had fears that had fears, so to speak. I lived in weakness because I didn’t know who my Lord was. He gave me this Scripture during my formative years. I laugh now when I think of that time. It was as if the Lord gave me this passage saying, “Grow up, son of man. I want to make you strong. I want you to walk in faith for yourself and for everyone I bring your way.”

Some of us can’t even fight our own battles. That is alright for a season, but there comes a time that we need to learn to fight. We need to learn to stand against the words and accusations of the enemy. We need to learn to run faster. We need to learn to run stronger. There are wild horses out there that are running at God’s pace and I want to be one of them.

Look at Your Mountains through His Eyes—You will Overcome!

Jesus said in Matthew 21:21, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.”

We may or may not be in this place of faith currently. There are mountains when we first see them that cause us anxiety and fear. We don’t know if we are going to be able to scale such a height. This fear can be paralyzing. But God is faithful. His voice strengthens us. He speaks and we learn to believe and overcome every trial, tribulation and mountain. We learn to speak to the mountains the same way God teaches us to believe regarding them.

He will say stuff like, “You can afford to go on this trip. You won’t die of this disease. You will overcome all things. You are more than a conqueror. You will succeed in all that you do.” As I have heard Him speak this way, I have become convinced by His voice and now I look at my mountains very differently. I know that they will come but I will get over them with the strength and grace of God pounding within me.

This is a new season. I believe that the wild horses are you and me. We will overcome this world because Jesus has overcome this world. Maybe in the last season you couldn’t overcome a small hill, but in this season, and with the power of Jesus inside of you, you will overcome. You will overcome for yourself and you will inspire your family and your acquaintances to do the same. You will run with other wild horses and together you will inspire each other to do great things.

I pray this over you today: May God open your ears to hear His voice and may you become wildly famous for Him.

Darren Canning
Ministry of Darren Canning
Email: darrencanning78@gmail.com
Website: www.darrencanning.tv

Darren Canning is a revivalist preacher who travels throughout Canada, the United States, and the world. His heart is for revival and believes that God will touch lives deeply wherever he travels. He teaches on hearing the voice of God and experiencing the supernatural. Darren’s life was touched powerfully through an encounter with God and he was transformed from an atheistic lifestyle to a Believer in a moment. He has spent 14 years working for the government of Canada as an analyst specializing in transportation issues related to Aircraft Safety and Security. He is married to Lydia and is the father of seven children. He believes that if others experience the God of the supernatural then they too will be changed forever.


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Anything that mentions horses has my attention! I have loved horses since birth and it has never left me. So when I saw this word I couldn’t read it fast enough. We keep learning by all the words coming from God’s prophets, teachers and pastors that He is changing things totally in this new season we are moving into. We are leaving things behind, gaining new things, new contacts and maybe even new ministries and moving to new places and it is pretty scary, sometimes frustrating and even discouraging if you are a control person like me. I have been learning for over 3 years that I can expect no answers, no understanding of what is happening in my life, no doing things my way, unable to predict anything in my life and having to wait for years for my promise and direction in my life. It is all good because God knows better than me but I wish I could have learned these things years ago. The older we are the longer it takes to break all the old teaching and mindsets. But I sure want to run with the horses so I’ll keep learning.

 

There Are No Betrayals…. Only Lessons!

betrayal-begins-with-trustA Word by Demontae Edmonds

In our kingdom walk and ministry there are many mountain top experiences that bring great joy into our spirits and a sense of victory. In contrast, there are some valley experiences that don’t feel good to our flesh but are purposeful for our spiritual growth.

One of these unpleasant but productive experiences is betrayal. Betrayal happens when someone breaks or violates are trust and friendship. There may be individuals who attempt to deceive or misuse us but these actions may not qualify as a betrayal. A true betrayal is always personal and happens with someone that confidence was placed in.

Judas was one of the few individuals qualified to betray Jesus. He lived and served in ministry with Jesus daily. He sat down daily to eat at Jesus table and knew many of the ministry’s inner workings. In Matthew 26:50, Jesus calls Judas “friend”. A friendship existed between them in addition to their ministry relationship.

Betrayals can feel like the proverbial “knife in the back”, and cause a wound to our soul. The blow of betrayal may produce a psychological affect of distrust within our minds and discouragement within our hearts.  Betrayals often happen so suddenly and from an unexpected party that we are caught off-guard.

When a betrayal happens it is really an attack on our love walk. Proverbs 4:23, “Guard your heart with all diligence; for out of it flows the issues of life.” Guarding one’s physical property is often easier than guarding one’s heart. When one is truly surrendered to God the Holy Spirit arises up within the person’s heart and sheds love (Romans 5:5) for even those who don’t deserve it.

There is a tendency to become offended, angry, and retaliatory with those who have betrayed us. Falling in love with the living Word and written Word will help guard us from offense. Psalms 119: 165, “Great peace have they which love thy law; and nothing shall offend them.”

Betrayal is a necessity for increasing our love walk and often a sign of spiritual growth. Jesus himself was betrayed. He promised that we would endure many of the same trials as him because the servant is not greater than the master. John 15:20, “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”

Often, we don’t consider betrayal as a form of persecution. The Bible reveals that Judas did not betray Jesus alone. John 13:27, “And when Judas had taken the piece of bread, Satan entered into him.” Satan causes betrayal as a form of personal and direct persecution against us when we are serving God. God promised in his word that believers that would the 100-fold blessing (God’s best) also would experience persecution. Mark 10:30, “But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.”

There is often a promotion attached with surviving betrayal when you allow God to defend you and you walk in forgiveness. Please note that the 30 and 60 fold increase spoken of by Jesus did not include “with persecution” in the description. Only the 100-fold blessing (God’s best) included persecution. A season of increase is often preceded by a season of betrayal.

Although, betrayals are personal we must not take them personal but realize they are purposeful. Persecution and betrayals causes us to have a greater dependency upon the Spirit and Word of God. They are often the catalyst that pushes us closer into God’s face. In the case of the Early Church in the Book of Acts, persecution was one of the main ingredients that causes the church to grow stronger and multiply.

Betrayal is part of the “fellowship of sufferings” of Christ because he experienced the same attack. Philippians 3:10, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings” The good news is Christ-likeness and resurrection power comes to those who have partaken of Christ’s sufferings.

Demontae Edmonds

f4nations.com


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It is hard to think of betrayal as a lesson we will be glad we had when you are in the middle of it but as I read this I could see it is true. We have all been betrayed, some many times and hopefully we can look back when the pain is less and see we learned something to improve our lives. Betrayal of trust is the hardest attack for many of us but everything God allows us to go through is for our good though it may not seem that way at the moment.

When Fear Stares You in the Face, Stare Back in FAITH

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By Elizabeth Pitman

“The secret (of the sweet, satisfying companionship) of the LORD have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its (deep, inner) meaning.” ~Psalm 25:14

Sweaty palms, shortness of breath, the weight of panic closing in—Have you ever felt surrounded by fear? Fear can be relentless, tormenting, and intimidating when you look at it from a human perspective. To combat fear, there have been times that I have held my Bible at night while sleeping to remind myself to hold on to God’s promises and to remember that He is there.

Although fear may be raging out of control, God holds us steady and protects us from danger and the onslaught of unanswered questions, uncertainty, and unknowns.

If you are struggling with fear in whatever capacity it may present itself in your life, take refuge in the ONE who can fight for you. A well-known picture comes to mind when I think of God as our refuge and fortress. The image shows a man standing in the doorway of a lighthouse as tall waves are swirling all around him, yet he remains unharmed. This is a powerful reminder that although fear may be raging out of control, God holds us steady and protects us from danger and the onslaught of unanswered questions, uncertainty, and unknowns (all of which can fuel fear in our lives). We can walk away from fear and into the fortress of FAITH.

When we look at events through spiritual eyes, the intimidation and the gigantic obstacles diminish.

When we look at events through spiritual eyes, the intimidation and the gigantic obstacles diminish. This is exactly what happened to Elisha, the prophet of God, and his servant. II Kings 6 discusses the threats that Israel was facing from the king of Syria as the two countries were at war. However, Elisha, a man of God, was able to forewarn the king of Israel of the upcoming plots, because God revealed it to him. The king of Syria thought that one of his men was betraying him until he realized that it was Elisha. “…But Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedchamber.” II Kings 6:12. Wow! Elisha was NOT sitting next to the room with his ear up to the doorway writing down everything that was being said and reporting it back to the king of Israel. Instead, he was SPIRITUALLY so in tune with God, that God revealed every secret that was being planned in the king’s bedroom. Elisha knew the power of God, but more importantly, he communicated with the One who is in control, and this relationship allowed him to look past circumstances with his natural eyes and see into the spiritual realm.

With spiritual vision, they could see that the supernatural forces surrounding them were greater than those trying to come against them.

Once the king of Syria was aware that Elisha was the one revealing his secrets, the king decided to go after Elisha. Did Elisha run away in fear as he was being threatened by this ruler? No. He stayed steady because he knew WHO was fighting for him.  “So (the Syrian king) sent their horses, chariots and a great army. They came by night and surrounded the city. When the servant of the man of God rose early and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was around the city. Elisha’s servant said, “‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?’” 2 Kings 6:14-15. Sounds like a statement that many people would obviously make! It is so easy to see the human perspective of a situation and feel intimidated and panicked. What Elisha said next speaks volumes: “‘Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them.’ Then, Elisha prayed, ‘Lord, I pray You, open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire around Elisha.’” 2 Kings 6:16-17. Double WOW!!! The prophet prayed for his friend to have a revelation of the truth: God was protecting them, and they need not fear. With spiritual vision, they could see that the supernatural forces surrounding them were greater than those trying to come against them. I am sure that the servant of Elisha breathed a huge sigh of relief when he visualized the horses and chariots of fire positioned for the purpose of their safety! When you continue reading this chapter, you see God’s ultimate deliverance and how fear is turned into faith.

If you are currently facing a situation where you are tempted to panic, learn from Elisha’s example. He had a close relationship with the Lord, and his perspective was on the strength of God, not the strength of the negative circumstances coming against him. What encouragement to draw strength from when facing fearful situations! If you too need your “eyes to be opened” spiritually and your faith to be ignited, there are several key principles to remember.

  • Pray to the Lord and draw strength from Him.

Ask Him to reveal His secrets to you and to give you “spiritual lenses” so that your perspective is focused on His ability to help you in your situation.

  • Draw strength from God’s Word.

The Bible has many verses to combat fear, and it helps to write these verses down and put them in places where you can focus on the power of God.

  • Trust that the Lord is fighting for you and that He has your best interests at heart.

When we truly know that God loves us and cares about us, we can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that we can run to Him as our refuge and as our strength. Remember that He is in control of everything.

Move forward in faith

When we lay down our fears before the throne of God in prayer, we can move forward in FAITH knowing that He is moving on our behalf. As we trust that God is fighting for us, our earthly fears and “enemies” become minuscule knowing that God is working supernaturally. Let’s encourage one another to let fear dwindle and FAITH rise.

“So we say with confidence, ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Hebrews 13:6.

Jeremiah 29:11-13: “’For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Then you will call upon Me, and come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me (as a vital necessity) , and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.’”

When we look at events through spiritual eyes, the intimidation and the gigantic obstacles diminish.

With spiritual vision, they could see that the supernatural forces surrounding them were greater than those trying to come against them.


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I can comment on this post from a recent encounter I had with 2 very mean dogs. I was going for a walk on the beach and just come down the steps to the sand. A couple with two very large, mean looking dogs off leash were walking toward me. Immediately the one dog ran toward me with teeth showing. I stopped, held very still and determined I would show no fear. I was asking God for protection in my spirit. The first dog came and stopped about two feet short of me, growling. I looked him in the eye, smiled and “nice boy” and then he barked which sent the second dog running toward me barking and growling. When he joined the first they both became way more aggressive. At this point the owners had done nothing but keep walking. I continued to stand my ground and the 2nd dog closed in just inches from me, barking and snarling while hopping in place and the second started to move. Finally one of the owners came and took the most threatening one by the collar and lead him away. The second one followed finally. Neither owner said one word to me but they did put the leashes on them. I have worked with and owned dogs all my life but that was probably the most frightened I’ve ever been.

Then a few days later a very strange thing happened that still has me thinking. Again I was at the beach and there was absolutely no one in sight either direction except two surfers way out in the water waiting for waves. Suddenly there was a big German Shepherd dog running down the beach in my direction as fast as he could go. I was up on a sand dune, walking in the grass as the tide was nearly in. I stopped and stood still and the dog flew by me and skidded to a halt, turned and stared at me. I had my hood up as it was windy and cold so I put it down and looked at him. I didn’t feel fear as I had a few days before but I knew this was a large dog with no apparent owners. The dog looked at me and then nimbly jumped up the bank and stood a few feet from me. There was a place in time where we both had eye contact staring at each other. I said, “I’m not an enemy” and I still wasn’t afraid. He wagged his tail ever so slowly and set off at a hard run right past me, never looking or slowing and went back the way he had come. Still there were no people anywhere. I was thankful to God that I had learned from the other two dogs that my protection was in place and I’d felt safe with this dog encounter.

It is amazing how God’s peace will totally surround you in times of fear. Many years ago I was in a fast food store, near my grooming shop, getting coffee. Two men walked in and I took no notice until one came up behind me and put a gun to my cheek. The other man went behind the counter with his own gun and asked the owner to open the cash register. I had total peace that could only come from God through the whole thing. When they ran out the door waving their guns and disappeared I just stood there and then started shaking. God is amazing when it comes to keeping us safe and able to withstand many terribly scary things.

New Beginnings – New Life Awakening in August 2018

“Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Is. 43:19

alone in wilderness– A Word by Amie Rogers

As we approach the end of the Jewish year 5778, it has been one marked with major battles over prophetic promises, dreams and visions. This past year has been the Year of Open Doors. Our warfare has in fact opened these doors and broken down the gates of iron. The paths have been cleared and made straight. You are now walking through! You ARE walking through!

We are quickly approaching the Jewish New Year 5779, but as we approach it we must first go through the eighth month of August. The number eight signifies new beginnings. This next month and the transition into the new year of 5779 will be a time of NEW LIFE. Our eyes will be opened to that which we have not yet seen and a manifestation of new life will spring forth as we continue to walk forward.

The Lord is declaring, “I am doing a new thing! I am doing a new thing! Prepare for the acceleration, the acceleration that I am bringing over your life! You are rising above your circumstances! Above each and every one that has held you down and been holding you back! Nothing on this earth can dictate your outcome because you are functioning in the power of Heaven! Circumstances don’t direct, I do!”

“Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Is. 43:19 (NKJV)

You’re going to see a shifting and turn-around over long-standing strongholds. Your trust combined with God’s faithfulness is what is making them crumble into dust – never to rise again! You are being ushered into your hour of acceleration, an exponential acceleration over your dreams, visions and blueprints that have been given to you. All that you have been contending for and weeping over for years, is now yours!

Harvest is coming early this year, earlier than anticipated. Harvest in the natural and in the Spirit! Ready yourself to gather your harvest, feast upon it and celebrate the abundance. Remember, you are my Heavenly funnels, not My storehouses. So, give freely, pour out My provision, pour out My healing and pour out My Glory!

I see a glorious arising! An arising of those that have been in hiding. Those that have not found their voice be encouraged, the Lord has given you a roar in your silence. He has placed within you a roar that will be heard from deep within! He has created new life in the wilderness, new life that has been birthed in the most uninhabitable places! Many are stepping out! The nameless, faceless ones are coming out, and they are coming out as frontrunners of the harvest. They are arising, they are arising, they ARE ARISING!

by Amie Rogers
rawandrealministries.com
rawandrealministries@gmail.com 


walking young man over field and sunset

Some times I read these words and I feel tears in my eyes and I pray, “God I hope this is right this week, this month, this year, that the terrible battles for my promise is nearing an end.” As days turn into months and months into years it grows harder to hang on and believe. I read this scripture saying over and over, I will see the goodness of You Lord in my life:

Psalm 27:13-14 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.14 Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!

I do start to lose heart and I remind myself of all the goodness of the Lord I have seen in my own life and in others and He does strengthen my heart again. I realize I have no choice anyway but to keep hanging on. We have only two choices; to keep trusting and believing God or to cast ourselves into despair and the grips of the enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy. I don’t mean to sound like doom and gloom but I think we all have been through this same thought and reached the same conclusion. Somehow if we know we are not alone in this is helps.

Fearless!

“…but the righteous are bold as a lion.”fearless2– A Word by Melissa Pearce

Over the last couple of months, God has been speaking to me about the importance of operating from His seated position of rest. Rest does not mean being lazy or doing nothing; rest in this context is understanding everything the Father has given to us and operating in it. It is a position of empowerment. The more we rest in Him, the more we become fearless for Him.

While praying for our donors, I felt the Lord releasing a message for them about a season of ‘New Beginnings! New Opportunities! New Possibilities!’ However, I felt this was not only for our donors but also for our readers – YOU. We are entering a new season with God; there will be many new beginnings for our journey. These new beginnings will lead to new opportunities to bring Heaven to earth which will ultimately lead to new possibilities to see the glory of God revealed!

Yet, in this season of newness, I feel the Lord wants to alert His people to the schemes of the enemy – to use FEAR to hold us hostage. Do not listen to the lies of darkness; keep your eyes focused on Jesus – our LIGHT!

Proverbs 28:1 says, “…but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

We are stronger than we realize – we have the Tribe of Judah living within us! God Emmanuel is with us! He will never leave us nor forsake us but remain steadfastly by our side.

God has given us a spirit of boldness; it is time to operate in it – NOW. We must recognize in this season the key word NEW – meaning we have never traveled this way before and never experienced what we are about to experience. We have never seen what we are about to witness and never functioned in the way we are about to function. However, the enemy will try to twist the path God is leading us down and use FEAR to intimidate us and keep us from forging ahead.

Now, we operate from our seated position of REST that empowers us to be fearless because we trust God to manifest the result. Too many times, when the children of God are about to embark on a new season with Him, the enemy throws every fiery dart to hold us hostage. The enemy wants us stuck, not fulfilling our destiny with God. Yet, this is the year God decrees FREEDOM over us! Our new beginning is God positioning us in His prosperity.

You have a few keys of warfare from which to operate:

First, operate in the Father’s love toward (and for) us and settle deep within our heart the plans He has for us – for good and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “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.”

Don’t allow the enemy to move you from this position of rest! The Father has good intentions and thoughts for us. He desires we excel in the very things He has created us to do for Him.

Secondly, operate in what He has given you.

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

Fear does not come from God; He has given us His power, love and sound mind from which to operate. I love the beauty of this Scripture, because it highlights the mind. God knows the battlefield is always in the mind. The enemy is always jockeying for our mind. He always infiltrates our mind with negative, impossible thoughts. He says things like, “Don’t bother, things won’t change! Give up! If you act upon this, so many people are going to reject you!” The list goes on and on.

When we operate from God’s power, we are relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to do what we must. When we function from a position of love, God will help us remain steadfast. When we remain seated from the heavenly places, our mind operates from God’s thoughts and His perspective.

Last key, take up your shield of faith!

Ephesians 6:16 says, “…above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”

When we operate from a position of faith, the enemy loses all leverage over us! He knows we believe God over the lies he is trying to intimidate us with. Our faith releases us to become fearless in God!

Oh, it is just such a time as this for us to embrace the New Beginning God is setting before us! It is time for us to walk in the New Opportunities that are awaiting. It is time for us to seize the endless New Possibilities! We are equipped; we are empowered! We have been called by God to make an impact! We are FEARLESS!

Rev. Melissa Pearce
Founder/President
Enduring Hope Ministries, Inc.melissa@enduringhopeministries.com
enduringhopeministries.com


fearless

FEARLESS – I enjoyed and needed this post. I thank God every day for directing me to words He has given His prophets and teachers and just everyday people who love God and hear His voice. They have taught me so much and gotten me through some really tough times. I’ve been in a position of very little support from churches or people of like mind and alignment with God and I believe God directs me what He knows I need. God has opened up the media to be a place where people who can’t access what they need in their area for a number of reasons, can still hear what He wants them to hear. I’m not saying we don’t need fellowship at all, but I know there are times when it just isn’t possible and God has provided a way where there is no way. That is why I feel it is important to get on here and Facebook to share with others. He made this as my assignment nearly 4 years ago and I am so thankful He did. One of the first scriptures He gave me was Habakkuk 2:2-3 and I love the Living Bible version as it seems to be written for right now in the social media era where everyone is rushing!

Habakkuk 2:2-3 Living Bible (TLB) And the Lord said to me, “Write my answer on a billboard,[a] large and clear, so that anyone can read it at a glance and rush to tell the others. But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow,[b] do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!

Scribes arise!!

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Scribes arise!!

More than ever before there is a scribe anointing being released to LEAD Gods people practically into her promised land. I see books from heaven being written that will be wilderness manuals for all generations to discover the fullness of their destiny and walk in it. We have to bridge the gaps, connect the dots and give the emerging ones the blueprints of divine purpose. Scribes arise!!

by Nate Johnston