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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. -(Hebrews 13:8 NKJV)
…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose-. (Philippians 2:12-13 NIV)
Fear in this verse refers to an awareness of God’s awesome presence. Recognize that God is on your side. He wants to help you. The Lord is your shepherd. He wants to guide you into those things that will fulfill His good plan and purpose in your life.
You’ve heard the Latin phrase carpe diem or seize the day—David’s motto might have been coram deo, which means living life in the presence of God. It is one way of accounting for David’s rich outpouring of poetry and praise, graciously preserved by God in His Word.
An awareness of God’s presence in your life will lead you into praise and thanksgiving.
How do you see God at work in your life?
Faith is heavenly hope. Hope only sets a goal. Faith provides the substance for meeting the goal. ~Marilyn Hickey
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. –(Philippians 4:19 NKJV)
In this episode of #AskMarilyn, Marilyn answers the question: What’s The Best Thing About Being A Believer?
He is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think. -(Ephesians 3:20 NKJV)
“He who loves his brother abides in the light” ~(1 John 2:10a NKJV)
Have you ever felt heavy, depressed, and “out of it” in your spirit—like everything was dark around you? When I think of depression, I think of darkness.
When I am depressed, I ask the Holy Spirit to examine my heart to see what is really behind that depression. I believe that in every circumstance, behind any depression, is some unconfessed sin.
If you have some unresolved sin in your life, it is as though you are walking inside a dark cloud. When you look at life around you, you need to peer through the darkened mist—and everything looks gloomy and depressing.
But if, instead you walk in the light, you will not be depressed. Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world and that we are to let our light so shine that men will follow our example and glorify our Father in heaven.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Today help us to see that if we have sin in our lives, it is an area of darkness. It keeps us from the light. And when we are “out of it,” it’s usually related to some area of darkness. Let the Holy Spirit shine His light in those areas and expose the sin so that we might confess it and be free.
In Jesus’s Name,
Seek a fresh experience with the Holy Spirit every day.
“Don’t give up” is an extremely important principle in receiving your miracle. ~Marilyn Hickey
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from Titus 2:8!
Faith is contagious.
The greatest lesson of faith you can pass on to your own children is the example of faith they see daily in your life.
Your children will see your faith, feel your faith, and hear your faith—in turn, they will repeat your words of faith and model your works of faith.
If you give thanks often for good things that come your way, your children, who overhear you, will learn to do the same.
If you give praise to God for His presence in your life, your children will overhear you praising God and will also praise Him.
How can your family praise God together?
Identify where frustration has outgrown your faith. Talk to God!
“When you have “Christ in you,” you can lead a miraculous life.” ~Marilyn Hickey
In this episode of #AskMarilyn, Marilyn answers the question: Why do I exist?
Surrender doubt and unbelief to Jesus.
We have to change our thinking to positive expectation.
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from Joshua 1:8
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. -(Colossians 3:15 NKJV)
When I was thirty-six years old, I found myself under tremendous pressure. The devil whispered to me, “You are just like your father. You look and act like him. You are going to have a nervous breakdown just like he did.”
I began to agree, “Yes, I’m just like my father. I’m probably going to have a nervous breakdown too.” At that point, the Lord spoke to me and reminded me, “I am your Father. You are just like Me, and I’ve never had a nervous breakdown. Neither will you.”
The question is this: whose nature are you believing for?
Do you believe the die has been irrevocably cast, forcing you to be just like your earthly parents or grandparents?
Or do you believe you can choose to take after your heavenly Father?
Let God be the answer and not the problem.
“Decide to take a spiritual and pragmatic approach to your family’s future by choosing to look at the facts, not with fear, but with faith.” ~Marilyn Hickey
In this episode of #AskMarilyn, Marilyn answers the question: Is Christianity Based on Fear.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. -(John 14:27)
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you” (John 14:27 NKJV)
In this scripture PEACE means “the act of living life at its best.” Jesus gave us peace, a way to live life at its best—something that the world can never give. This peace passes natural understanding.
I’ll never forget the night when my father had a heart attack. The doctors worked on my father for several hours, but he finally passed away.
My mother was simply overwhelmed with grief. But I experienced a wonderful, wonderful peace that flooded my heart. I remember thinking several times in the night, “my father isn’t really dead. It was just a bad dream.” But when I would finally remember, “He really IS dead,” the peace of Jesus would fill my heart. I knew, that my father was in heaven.
Once I asked the Lord about this unusual experience on the night of father’s death. He told me, “I let you enter into a small portion of the glory in which your father is now walking.”
What is that special peace that God leaves with us? An extension of the peace that exists in heaven.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You today that we have the peace of Jesus. It passes our understanding of circumstances and of ourselves. It’s a peace that knows You rule and reign in our lives and that we can trust You.
In Jesus’s Name,
Be an encourager to someone.
“Proclaim God’s will for your life daily by speaking His Word.” ~Marilyn Hickey