Christian Bloggers Beware


I am writing this blog post to warn Christian bloggers and other bloggers who post photos of themselves and their children online that it can be dangerous.

Posting photos online can be dangerous from the physical perspective but I am talking about the spiritual danger.
Vitiligo cure testimony

I wrote this post on My Vitiligo Cure Testimony in July 2011 and I have unpublished it several times since then. 

I unpublished it because during those times I was facing very serious spiritual attacks and despite my prayers things were not improving. I therefore had to pray to find out why this was so and it was revealed to me that the attackers were using the pictures on my blog post to attack me. As a result, I had to immediately log in and unpublish the blog post before I could continue praying and with God's help, after doing that,  I was able to bring those attacks under control.

Therefore before you post pictures of yourself or your family and even your property online, please pray seriously and cover them with the Blood of Jesus just in case someone decides to use them to launch an attack on you or your family. 

In addition, if you have been praying for something and it is not improving, change the direction of your prayers and find out why it is not improving. For starters you can read 5 Ways to Ensure Your Prayers Are NOT Answered and then wait to here from God if there is another reason that is hindering your prayers. 
5 Ways to Make Sure Your Prayers Are NOT Answered

How to fight discouragement with Bible verses


Jehovah Roi The God Who Sees

Jehovah Roi The God Who Sees

We learn about Jehovah Roi, the God Who Sees from Hagar.

Hagar was Sarai's Egyptian maidservant and she was basically powerless when it came to the decisions that affected her life. 

For example when Sarai wanted a child, she told Abram to get with Hagar and I doubt Hagar had any say in this matter. (Genesis 16:1-4) 

When Hagar became pregnant she made a mistake and begun to despise Sarai. (Genesis 16:4) Sarai dealt harshly with her and she fled and went to the wilderness.

God's Angel found her there and asked her where she was coming from and where she was going. Hagar told him she was fleeing from Sarai and the Angel told her to return and submit to Sarai.

The Angel also told her, "You are pregnant with a child and you shall give birth to a son and call him Ishmael because the Lord has heard your affliction.(Genesis 16:11)  

Hagar then called God You Are the God Who Sees (Genesis 16:13) or Jehovah Roi.

God Saw

We can see that God she was physically powerless over her circumstances for she was pregnant and all alone in the wilderness without a job, money, food and anyone to help her.

God Heard

God also heard about her problems for the Angel told her, "The Lord has heard your affliction.(Genesis 16:11)  

Therefore if you are in a similar situation where you are physically powerless over your circumstances because of any reason, know that you are not spiritually powerless because you can pray to God Who sees and hears the powerless.

At a later point in Hagar's life we can also see that God revealed himself once again as the God Who Sees and Hears.

This happened when Abraham sent her away with her son Ishmael after he scoffed at Isaac. Abraham gave them bread and a skin of water. (Genesis 21:14)

She left with her child and went to the Wilderness and when the water they had was finished, she placed the body a little distance from them for she did not want to see him die. (Genesis 21:16)

God Heard 
The Bible tells us that God heard the boy (Genesis 21:17) and His Angel called out to Hagar from Heaven and told her, "God has heard the voice of the lad". (Genesis 21:17) 

God Saw
God also saw her problems for they were facing death from thirst for He opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She filled her container and gave her son a drink. (Genesis 21:19) 

Therefore regardless of the problems you are facing in your wilderness, do not despair because God sees and hears even those who are physically powerless over their circumstances. 

Click here to learn more about The Names and Characteristics of God
The Names and Characteristics of God





How to fight discouragement with Bible verses

Lessons from the Israelites in the Wilderness of Paran 2

Lessons from the Israelites in the Wilderness of Paran 2

After the Israelites left Hazeroth they went to the Wilderness of Paran. (Numbers 12:16)

Moses sent 12 Israelite spies from the Wilderness of Paran as per God's instructions to spies out the Promised Land. 



Mistake #1 Listening to the Wrong People
When the 12 spies returned 10 of them told the Israelites that they could not conquer their Promised Land because of the following reasons:

1. The people in their Promised Land were strong (Numbers 13:28) and stronger than them. (Numbers 13:31) 

2. The cities in their Promised Land were large and protected. (Numbers 13:28)

3. There were giants in their Promised Land. (Numbers 13:28)

4. Their Promised Land was surrounded by their enemies because the Amalekites were in the south, the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites in the mountains and the Canaanites lived along the the sea shore and the banks of the River Jordan. (Numbers 13:29) 

5. The Israelites were like grasshoppers when they viewed themselves in comparison to the giants and they felt the giants viewed them like grasshoppers. (Numbers 13:33) 

However, Caleb who was also one of the spies had a different report and he said to the Israelites, "Let us go at once and take possession because we are well able to conquer it". (Numbers 13:33) 

The Israelites chose to believe the 10 spies and they cried the entire night. When Joshua and Caleb tried to convince them that they could conquer the land, they even wanted to stone them. (Numbers 14:10)

Therefore carefully chose the people you listen to and ensure that those you allow to affect the decisions you make are words that are in alignment with what God has already told you.

This presupposes that you have spent some time with God to know what He wants you to do in the current season of your life. 

Therefore to avoid to heeding the wrong people, spend time reading God's word and praying so that you can know what He wants you to do. 


Mistake #2 Speaking Against Moses
When the Israelites decided to believe the report of the 10 spies who said that they could not conquer their Promised Land, they complained against Moses and Aaron saying, "If only we had died in Egypt!" (Numbers 14:2)

To learn why you should not speak against the people that God has placed in spiritual authority over your life read about what they did in Hazeroth




Mistake #3 Speaking Against God
Another mistake that they Israelites did when they chose to believe the report of the 10 spies who told them that they could not conquer their Promised Land was that they complained against God by asking "Why has God brought us here to die by war?" (Numbers 14:3) By asking this question, the Israelites spoke against God directly. 

The Israelites also spoke against God indirectly by saying, "Let us chose a leader and return to Egypt!" (Numbers 14:4)  This statement was tantamount to speaking against God because He is the one who brought them out of Egypt by unleashing the 10 plagues on Egypt with His Outstretched arm.  

Speaking against God either directly or indirectly is wrong for God asked Moses, "How long will these people reject Me? How long will they not believe Me?    

God then pronounced judgement on the Israelites and said, "I will strike them with pestilence and disinherit them.(Numbers 14:12)

Moses interceded for the Israelites, pleaded their case with God and God changed their punishment.  (Numbers 14:23)

How to plead your case with God



The revised punishment for the Israelites after Moses pleaded their case with God was as follows:
1. Never entering the Promised Land
God said, "The carcasses of you who have complained against Me are are more than twenty years old shall fall in this wilderness." (Numbers 14:29) This meant that they would did in the wilderness and never enter their Promised Land.


2. Making their children wander in the wilderness for 40 years
God said, "Your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness for 40 years until you die and bear the brunt of your actions.(Numbers 14:33) This meant that instead of being shepherds in a land flowing with milk and honey, they would be shepherds in the wilderness for 40 years.


3. Rejecting them
God told them, "You shall know My rejection(Numbers 14:34) because you have Gathered together against Me. (Numbers 14:35) 


4. Killing the Bad Report Spies
The spies who brought the Bad Report Died by a plague before the Lord. (Numbers 14:37) 

Therefore decide that you will never speak against God even if you do not understand why you are going through what you are going through.


 What To Do When You Do Not Know What To Do
What to do when you do not know what to do


Mistake #4 Going without God
When Moses pronounced the revised judgement on the Israelites, they mourned greatly. (Numbers 14:39)

They then rose up early in the morning and went to the mountain top and said, "We will go up to the Promised Land because we have sinned!(Numbers 14:40)

Moses warned them and told them, "This will not succeed. Do not go up lest you are defeated by your enemies for God is not among you.(Numbers 14:41-42)

Moses continued by saying, "The Amalekites and the Canaanites are there and you shall fall by the sword because you have turned away from God and God will not be with you.(Numbers 14:43)

But the Israelites decided to go up to the mountaintop thought Moses and the ark of the covenant did not leave the camp. (Numbers 14:44)

The result was that the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in the mountain came down, attacked them and pushed them back to Hormah. (Numbers 14:45)

Therefore learn from the Israelites and do not go out to fight spiritual battles if God is not with you.

God had already told them, "You shall know My rejection(Numbers 14:34) because you have Gathered together against Me. (Numbers 14:35) Moses also told them God is not with you (Numbers 14:42) but they chose to ignore these warnings and went to fight their enemies thinking they could win the battle with their own strength. 

They quickly learnt their lesson when the Amalekites and Canaanites defeated them and pushed them back to Hormah.

Instead of going in their  own strength, the Israelites should have repented and asked Moses to pray and find out from God what they needed to do to get back in right standing with God.

Therefore if you are in a similar situation, first stop fighting, confess your sins with God and ask Him what you should do next.


Lessons from the Israelites in the Wilderness of Paran 2 is part of our Series on the Mistakes the Israelites did that made them take 40 years in the Wilderness instead of just 11 days


How to waste 40 years solving an 11 day problem

How to fight discouragement with Bible verses



Free Christian Counseling: Christian Treatment of Other PTSD Symptoms

Christian Treatment of Other PTSD Symptoms

Question
I recently stopped goin to my counselor because she up and told me she was no longer gonna be open on Fridays.. :( fridays were my only day I could go see her. It's kinda really had me upset... She said I had PTSD and I am having a really tough time... Now I have not even her to talk to.... I don't know where to turn or what to do anymore....
Answer
PTSD stands for post traumatic stress disorder which is a condition that develops when a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event that threatens their well-being and leaves them feeling hopeless and helpless.

The symptoms of PTSD can be divided into re-experiencing symptoms, avoidance symptoms, hyperarousal symptoms and other symptoms.  


Other Symptoms
Other symptoms of PTSD include the following:
1. Substance abuse
2. Physical aches without an apparent cause

The Christian Treatment of other PTSD symptoms includes the following:
1. Consult a Counselor

I recommend that you look for another professional Counselor that you can consult. If you do not have another free day, you can search Google for online counseling so that you can find a Counselor you can consult regardless of where you are located on your free day.


2. Treat Substance Abuse
Click here for our Free Christian Addiction Treatment Program
Free Christian Addiction Treatment Program


3. Treat Physical Aches
If you have physical aches the first thing you should do is to consult a Doctor so that they can examine you and determine their cause.

If your Doctor tells you that they cannot find an cause for the aches you are experiencing I suggest you do Christian Meditation twice a day.

Studies have shown that meditation can relieve pain and meditating on Bible verses increases its power because The Word of God is the sword of the spirit (Ephesians 6:17). 

To do Christian meditation:
Lie down in a quiet place

Close your eyes

Breathe in and out several times to help you relax

Focus your mind on a healing Bible verse like I will restore health to you and heal you (Jeremiah 30:17) or I have heard your prayer ... I will  heal you. (2 Kings 20:5) 

Concentrate on these Bible verses as if God is speaking them directly to you and decide to believe Him. 

If your mind wanders to other things bring it back to the healing Bible verses. Do this for around 2 minutes and gradually increase the time you spend meditating on healing Scriptures.

For the best results combine meditation with visualization by seeing yourself with your mind's eye free of those aches. 

For example if your knees ache every time you climb stairs as you focus on I will restore health to you and heal you (Jeremiah 30:17) see yourself climbing stairs without experiencing any pain. 

To learn more read Natural Chronic Pain Treatment.
I have heard your prayers, I have seen your tears. I will heal you. 2 Kings 20:5


Click on the link to read the Christian Treatment of PTSD Re-Experiencing Symptoms
Click on the link to read the Christian Treatment of PTSD Avoidance Symptoms
Click on the link to read the Christian Treatment of PTSD Hyperarousal Symptoms
Click on the link to read the Christian Treatment of Other PTSD Symptoms

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Gentleness Week Fruit of the Spirit Challenge

Gentleness Week Fruit of the Spirit Challenge

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience or longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience or longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)


Gentleness Week

Affirmation
Say the following affirmation every morning and evening

I am loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled.

The tongue has the power of life and death Proverbs 18:21


Actions to Self
Do something that shows you that you are gentle with yourself each day. 

As do your gentle action, meditate on "I am gentle with myself".

Love your neighbor as you love yourself Matthew 22:39


Actions to Others
Do something that shows a person you meet that you are gentle every day. 

This can be a gentle action like helping a blind person cross a street.
It can be saying gentle words like “You are doing very well” and meaning it. 
It can be thinking gentle thoughts like “Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to bless this person”.

Do your gentle actions without expecting anything in return like the good Samaritan.



Examination
Finish your day by asking yourself, “Was I loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, faithful and gentle today?”

If you were not, make a mental note to do better tomorrow. If you were, make a mental note to continue displaying the fruits of the spirit.
A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger Proverbs 15:1-2



The Good Samaritan
A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and he was attached by thieves who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him and left him half dead.

A priest passed that way and when he saw the wounded man, he crossed the road and went to other side.  

A Levite also passed by that road and when he looked at him, he also crossed to the other side.

A Samaritan came down that road and when he saw the wounded man, he felt compassion for him. He bound his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them and placed him on his animal. He took him to an inn and took care of him.  

The next morning, before he departed, he took two pence and gave them to the innkeeper and asked him to take care of the wounded man and he would pay him for any extra money he spent when he came back.  (Luke 10:30-35) 
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