Author: revronbennett

Faith overcomes Fear and Panic

Now is not the time for fear but for faith. Stand strong in faith believing God is able to take away these challenges. Pray these scriptures and remind yourself that Faith overcomes fear.

Scriptures of faith and not fear

Isaiah 35:4

4 say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”

John 14:27

27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Joshua 1:9

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Matthew 6:34

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Psalm 23:4

4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 34:4

4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 94:19

19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.

Romans 8:38-39

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 27:1

1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

1 Peter 5:6-7

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Psalm 118:6

6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

2 Timothy 1:7

7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Psalm 115:11

  1. You who fear him, trust in the LORD— he is their help and shield.

Psalm 103:17

17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—

Psalm 112:1

1 Praise the LORD.Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands.

Deuteronomy 31:6

6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1 Chronicles 28:20

20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.

Psalm 56:3-4

3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

Isaiah 41:10

10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:13

13 For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Isaiah 54:4

4 “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.

Matthew 10:28

28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Romans 8:15

15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

1 Corinthians 16:13

13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

Hebrews 13:5-6

5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

1 Peter 3:13-14

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats ; do not be frightened.”

1 John 4:18

18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Time to Get healthy

When life gives us lemons it is time to make lemonade. Follow me on my journey and ask me how to come with me on a journey for yourself as well.

I am losing weight, growing as a person, and in all ways. I will share many ideas with you and we can do it together. I am working to loose up to 30 lbs in my first 30 days. Impossible well let us see.

I am eating lots of great foods


Powerful Words

Power words

Some of the most powerful words we will ever use on a daily basis in our lives are going to be listed here in this article. I hope that you take the time to review them and use them as they are life changing for us all.

The words are listed below

Forgive me: We all should be using this word often in our lives with others in our families and with those we come into contact with. People who have pride in their lives often struggle with Forgiving others or even saying the words forgive me.

Sorry: Forgive me is a close friend to I am sorry but it has the power to allow people to see inside our hearts and our actions. Sorry is more than a word it is an action. When we are truly sorry we stop the behavior to the best of our ability and make restitution in some form. It is a condition of our hearts and before we ask others to forgive us we must have sorrow or be sorry or it is hollow and loses the power it was intended to have.

I forgive you: A close friend to Sorry, and forgive me is I forgive you. One of the greatest Cancers in our world is not forgiving and it grows into bitterness. People die, have disease and many other issues due to or contributed by not forgiving others and the anger, bitterness and rage building inside their lives. When we do not forgiving others we harm ourselves more than anyone else. The act of forgiving is an action word it requires us to move to action and continue to forgive when we start to pick back up the issue we are forgiving. This is one of the hardest things in life to do with our relationships but most rewarding. Marriages, friendships, and other relationships are impacted daily by forgiving or not forgiving they are stronger or weaker.

Thank you: The words thank you can become a powerful way to express our gratitude toward others who have done something nice for us. The act will also build others up and encourage them and our own selves.

I love you: People love this phrase in life. Families will often tell each other that they love them and then fight, argue, and the list goes on. Married couples say I love you then a year or two later they are divorced. What changed it was there type of love. There is the surface I love you or emotional love which is temporary based by how people make us feel. Then there is true love or as the Bible would put it Agape l love, this kind is based in actions and commitment. It is not based on just a surface love but commits to love in spite of how you feel and work to make the love greater and deeper.

Encourages: Here is a power way to build others in life like our spouse, friends, co-workers and much more. One the greatest leadership keys in life is to encourage others. Speaking truthful words of affirmation, kindness, recognition, will go a long way.

Trustworthiness The ability to be able to be trusted is of great value in our world today. Just look at our political environment, people talked out of both sides of their mouths. They do not know what it means to be trustworthy in many cases or even what integrity means. People redefine what values are and leave out absolute truth in their lives. It is like building a house on sand by the ocean and expecting it to stand when the waves start hitting it. People who are not trustworthy fall on their faces all the time always getting in their own way.

Friend: The word here is interesting because we have many definitions of friends. The friends I want to talk about are those people who come into our lives we have an opportunity to grow their lives or they may grow our lives. Friends are not just meant to benefit us but to allow us to help them and them help us Jesus taught us how great it is to become servants to those around us and even lay down our lives for our friends. Friends do not help others fun to wrong or wicked things that can hurt them but help their friends stay on track and encourage growth toward their goals in life. They help share our ups and downs and should love us despite our faults while holding us accountable to grow.

Habits: Habit is a tool in our toll-box of life that has the ability to push us in the right or wrong directions. Just think what if there was a way to move ourselves in the direction of what we want in life Habit is the car we drive to get us were we want to go. The sad part is often we are driving our car in one direction toward our goals and then we take a side road and end up somewhere else. Our habits must be looked at carefully to see if they live up with our life goals. When they do not we are just driving in circles not really going where we want to.

Jesus: The first priority to get right so the rest of life falls into place better. When we except Christs love in our hearts we can truly find our purpose in life and what will truly make us happy. He helps us to have the right habits work in our lives, and allow the power words I have listed and so much more become even more effective. Jesus died to reconcile God’s creation to Himself. Once we are in harmony with that we can build the life that will truly make us happy and find purpose for our lives here on earth and forever more. The power of a personal relationship with Jesus beyond our imaginations, it is limitless. We are adopted into God’s family taking our places as Sons and Daughter of the our Creator. Just think of all the blessings our creator wants to give His Children.

Servant: The person who learns to just follow this principle in 50% of their lives will be forever changed. I am not sure we can ever master any of these power words but as we implement them more in our lives we will become greater in every way. Putting others first is a concept misunderstood and often forgotten when people are wanting to gain success in life. The truth we can become successful by the definition of some people but it is hollow without Servant mentality. People who learn to serve others become people who push others up and help them reach their dreams and life purposes.

Leader: The leader is a person who has people following them in some way. I have always loved the phrase that helps us to see this truth. If you are leading and no one is following you, it is just you taking a stroll. Leaders have people following what they are doing. People follow us when they see how much we care about them and our combined purposes. Leaders cannot truly lead effectively without incorporating Servant Leadership I believe. Leading is serving those we have the opportunity to influence in our lives. Parents, professionals, and so many others have the ability to lead.

I know this is not exhaustive by any means but it is a resource to help us begin thinking of the power of words and our life. Words become alive and powerful so we should understand how to use these tools in our lives. Thank you for reading

Becoming Greater People of Trust

Trust is often misunderstood we use it only to judge other people’s actions and not our own.

We should be people who also focus on becoming people others can trust with integrity, Sincerity, Consistency, Commitment, Competence, and Reliability is just some of the areas of trust we should work on in our own lives.

Trust others and their actions?

Answer: they only will do it right some of the time, they will fail at some point.

Trust in our own selves?

Answer:  We too may be able to depend on us most of the time, but we too will even fail our own selves.

We should be grateful for what others do and we can do but trust in Gods ability to always be right and understand people will not always do it right or at least our version of right.

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalms 9:10

We should have the confidence of course in the abilities God has given us and in others to do the right things but we must not be so surprised when others make mistakes it is part of growing and learning.

We must be careful not to be involved in only judging others trust but becoming people of trust.

7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalms 20:7

Surrender it all at the Alter

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The Alter is a place to bring all the junk of life and lay it down.

The question for us all is when is the last time we were at the altar? When is the last time you poured out your heart full of concerns, the things we love, want, what hurts and things we wish we can go back and change?

We all have stuff in our life we are ashamed of and even scared to share with others.

God is waiting and willing to listen to our concerns, faults, failures, and even out victories. God is always waiting for us to enter into His presence and bring our sacrifices to the Alter.

The Alter is also a place for forgiveness and change. Most may not realize the Alter is also the starting place for revival in our lives. The dreams we once held dear, the pains of failures, the power to forgive others and to even forgive ourselves start at the Alter. We deal with the mess in our lives and we learn who God truly is at the Alter.

Shaking off the Dust

 

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There are times when we need to shake off the dust of life.

The goals we have we often dream of accomplishing but daydreaming and actual work are two different things.

The question we have to ask at times to ourselves if are we complacent and has the dust settled on us?

Are we a person who is on fire in our hearts with a passion to achieve something that is significant to us or our dreams?

Too many people today are walking around with little purpose in life or focus to accomplish what they want to.

The person who says I want to retire by age 50 but has not saved a penny by age 30 does not have their focus very likely in the right directions. It takes constant effort focussed in the right direction to allow our dreams and goals to take shape.

I have a reminder saying.

Miraculous things happen when faith and action comes together.

 words of wisdom

When God comes to us do we even notice?

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When God comes to us do we even notice?

Jesus was laid in the tomb and as the prophets told us He would rise again but many wondered why He was even killed or what it even meant going forward. The people did not understand truly why, how or what the future would hold as they had forgotten in many cases the scriptures. 

  • 13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him. Luke 21

    These two people were so caught up in there concern and life they did not even recognize Jesus was walking with them.

In life we too can be so busy we do not recognize when Jesus is talking to us.

  • 25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

  • Luke 21:32

  • Would you be talking about what could have been?

  • Is it possible Jesus is talking to you but you are to busy to listen, too distracted by life?

  • 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 21:32

  • What will we say to Jesus when He talks with us?

  • Will we only regret we did not know or recognize Jesus was talking with us

  • What will our excuses be

  • Too tired          Too busy      The kids had school stuff

  • Too worried about?           Excuses

  • Could see the forest for the trees

The truth that Jesus lives in our hearts when we accept Christ as Savoir is true.  

Do we live as though Jesus is with us everywhere we go? 

Would we have to change what we do on a daily bases if Jesus were right there with us? The truth is He is and if we need to change something that is a clear sign we need to take some time to listen, grow and change. There are days I have much to learn and unless I start my day with God and end it with Him it is easy to lose focus on what is important.  

The things of life can distract us from what is really important, our relationship with Christ which is eternal.

The wonderful fact is that if we find we have neglected our relationship with Christ or even allowed it to grow cold we can allow Him to refresh our hearts and Spirits. 

Life is spinning out of control

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Is it possible to change our future or do you believe we are destined to a life of where you are?

Can I have a different job?

can I have a better relationship with my spouse or friends?

Can I have more income or a different quality of life?

Can I have a truly great spiritual life?

Can I change where I spent eternity?

Can I change things about my health?

Can I become smarter or understand more?

Can I move from pain to happiness again?

Can I turn my whole life around even though I am over 40?

Can I become someone people will like to be around?

Can I become a leader or influencer to others?

Can I change the world?

Do I have control over tomorrow or even my future?

Decisions are made with a choice to change something in our lives.  I am interested in what people think about these questions.  What do people believe we can control?

Are we puppets on a journey or do we have free will to change?

 

I know what I believe and will share it but let us discuss what people think and see if we can help some get answers to their questions. 

 

Sorry, I have been missing my weekly posts but I am back on track now. Thank you to all who contribute and read these.

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Friendships build bridges

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Friendships can be the bridges to all the people we will ever need to know in our lifetime.  The saying goes we are only 5 people away from the whole world.

 

Never hide in a box but allow friendships to grow.

Friendships do require we put ourselves out there and the possibility of getting hurt is there.

Life is full of risks we take either to talk to others and build relationships and we are rewarded with the results.

The other plan would be not to build them, either way, we are rewarded with the results.

So what will you do? build friendships or not, either way, we reap what we sow.

Called to be a Joshua?

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I believe we are all called to lead in some way or another.  Leadership is the influence we have with others which means we all are influencing someone.  There are times in life when we go through seasons. These seasons often define our lives in many ways.  Joshua was at a very powerful season in his life.  Moses had died and it was time for Joshua to lead the people or step down.

In life, we all face similar times when we too are called to stand up and lead or make life-changing decisions.  I find myself at a crossroads in a battle that I must choose to fight or step down. I am strong willed so when I am told I cannot do something I tend to want to prove people wrong.  I am not talking about doing wrong things but good things that have a tremendous impact on others as well as myself.

As I read this scripture I was reminded of the news I had gotten this week.  Do I again stand to fight giving it everything I have or do I retire to mediocrity?

Are you facing a similar situation where you either must fight again with all you have to achieve the prize or life goal?

This could be a medical situation, educational goal, career, spiritual, or any other area of life.

Do you find yourself tired, drained, and do not even know if you can continue to fight?

I am reminded of what God is speaking to me. I am your strength lean on me, I have the Power of God at my fingertips, I am His child.  The purpose God has called me to do, He has gone before me to prepare the way. I share this to encourage you on your journey it is not over till it is completely over.

I choose to fight, to battle, to wage massive action toward what God has called me to do.

What about you today, do you believe God has a plan or purpose for your life? Is this the season for you to go for it?

Read the passage from Joshua and see if it speaks to you as well. Blessings

Joshua Installed as Leader- Context for discussion

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

The bible is the book we must keep close to us, God’s word is full of advice and wisdom for us on our journey.