How to Speak to Your Enemies

When Goliath threatened David by telling him, Come to me and I will give your body to the birds of the air and the animals of the field. (1 Samuel 17:44) 

David responded and said the following to him:
"You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel. 

Today the Lord will deliver you into my hand and I will strike you and take your head.

Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine camp to the birds of the air and the wild animals 

So that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 

Then all this congregation will know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear.

For the battle is the Lord's.

And He will deliver you into our hands." (1 Kings 17:45-47)

This public declaration of David shows us that:
1. David did not rely on his physical weapons
David did not count on his physical weapons - the sling and stone - to help him win the battle. What he counted on was Jehovah Sabaoth. 

Therefore when you are faced with a similar challenge, do not count on your physical weapons to help you win the battle. Count on Jehovah Sabaoth.To learn how to do this read How to Stand Still and Know that Jehovah Sabaoth is God.
How to stand still and know Jehovah Sabaoth is God

2. David expected God to fight for him

David expected God to fight Goliath and deliver him into David's power so that David could strike him and decapitate him.

Therefore when you are faced with a similar challenge, expect God to fight your enemies and deliver them into your power so that you can strike them and decapitate them. 

To strike them, know that you will need to use The weapons of our warfare (2 Corinthians 10:4) which make up The armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). Click here to learn How to Put on the Armor of God
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3. David expected to defeat the whole army

David expected to defeat not just Goliath, but the entire Philistine army.

Therefore when you are faced with a similar challenge, expect to defeat not just the enemy who is standing facing you but also their entire network.

4. David wanted to glorify God

David wanted to defeat Goliath and the Philistine army so that he could glorify God by proving to the world what He could do without using physical weapons like swords and spears. 

Therefore when you are faced with a similar challenge, make glorifying God the motive of defeating your enemies. Have the desire to prove to the world that God can defeat them even without using physical weapons. 

5. David confessed that the battle was God's

David admitted that God was going to fight that battle since it was His and not David's.

Therefore when you are facing a similar challenge, confess to yourself and to others that God is going to fight the battle since it was His. As you do this, ensure that you use Bible verses as your affirmations since The sword of the spirit is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17) To learn how to do this read How to Make Powerful Affirmations
How to make powerful Christian affirmations

6. David expected to win

David expected God to give him victory. Therefore when you are faced with a similar battle, emulate David's words and attitude and expect God to give you victory.

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How to Fast According to the Bible

How to fast according to the Bible

The following are tips on how to fast according to the Bible:

Help the Less Fortunate
God asked the Israelites, Is this not the fast that I have chosen … To share your food with those who are hungry?That you invite to your home the poor who are cast out … That when you see a person who is naked you cover them …. That you do not hide yourself from your own flesh and blood? (Isaiah 58:7)

Therefore ensure that when you are abstaining from food for spiritual reasons that you also provide food for those who do not have something to eat, provide shelter for those who do not have somewhere to live and provide  clothing for those who do not have something to wear.

You can do this by physically taking food and clothing to shelters for the homeless or giving money to organizations that support the less fortunate in your society.

God reiterates the importance of helping those who are suffering because He says, If you extend yourself to help the hungry and satisfy the needs of those who are afflicted, then your light shall arise in the darkness. (Isaiah 58:10)

Do Not Engage in Pleasurable Activities
When the Israelites asked God “Why have we fasted and You do not see? (Isaiah 58:3), He told them, “On the day you fast, you engage in pleasure.(Isaiah 58:3)

Therefore if you want God to acknowledge your fast, do not engage in pleasurable activities like reading your favorite magazines or watching your favorite TV shows.

In addition, if you are married, abstain from sexual pleasure for the Bible advices, Do not deprive one another except if you agree to refrain from sexual relations for a limited time so that you can devote yourselves to prayer. (1 Corinthians 7:5)

Fasting tips from the Bible

Do Not Publicize your Fast
When the Israelites asked God “Why have we fasted and You do not see? (Isaiah 58:3), He asked them if the day for fasting was A day for a person to only afflict his soul, to bow his head like a bulrush and lie on sackcloth and ashes? (Isaiah 58:4)

Therefore if you want God to acknowledge your fast, heed Jesus’ advice for He said, When you fast, do not be like the hypocrites who put on a sad countenance for they disfigure their faces to show other people that they are fasting. Surely I tell you that they have received their reward.

But you, when you fast, apply oil to your head and wash your face so that you do not look like you are fasting to other people but only to your Father who is in the secret place. And, your Father who sees what you do in secret will reward you openly. (Matthew 6:16-18)

So when you abstain from food, abstain also from putting on a sad face, carrying yourself with a miserable demeanor and wearing sackcloth to show people that you are suffering. Instead, take a  shower and anoint yourself with oils so that only God can see that you are denying yourself and He will reward your publicly for your private fasting.

How to fast effectively

To learn more about how to fast according to the Bible, read How to Fast Effectively.

How to Fast Effectively uses examples from the Bible to teach you how to abstain from food and achieve great results. This Christian fasting book also teaches you the different types of fasts according to the Bible and explains the spiritual benefits of not eating food.

Topics covered in this Biblical fasting book include:
* How to fast for answered prayers 
* How to fast for breakthroughs 
* How to fast for God’s guidance 
* How to fast for favor 
* How to fast for forgiveness 
* How to fast for healing 
* How to fast for journey protection 
* How to fast for provision 
* How to fast for restoration 
* How to fast for victory 
* How to fast for restoration 
* How to fast for your ministry  

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Single Mothers Day Devotional

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Single Mothers Day Devotional

This Single Mothers Day Devotional is part of our Free Daily Devotions Series.

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Hagar found herself as a single mother through very unfortunate circumstances. This was because she was an Egyptian maid of Abram's wife Sarai (Genesis 16:1) and when Sarai realized that she could not bear children, she asked her husband to get children with Hagar. Abram obeyed and Hagar conceived. (Genesis 16:4)

After Hagar's conception, her relationship with Sarai did not remain rosy and she left Sarai's home and went to the wilderness. (Genesis 16:6) It was while she was there that God visited her by sending His Angel to her.

Therefore if like Hagar you are in a personal wilderness because you are:
* single 
* pregnant 
* without social support
* without a job
* hurting because of how you have been treated
understand that God hears your pain for His Angel told Hagar, The Lord has heard your affliction. (Genesis 16:11) 

Know that God also sees your suffering for Hagar Called the Lord who spoke to her, "You Are The God Who Sees" for she said, "have I also seen Him Who sees me?" (Genesis 16:13) 

Therefore, do not despair. 

Take heart by believing that you are not alone for God is Jehohave Roi the God Who Sees and He has also promised you saying, I will never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)

Pray and ask Him to show you what you should do about your situation the way He advised Hagar through His Angel to go back to Sarai and serve her in humility. (Genesis 16:9)

God Questions
To help you deal with your situation more effectively this Single Mother's Day, ask yourself the two God Questions  that the Angel asked Hagar in the wilderness for He said: "Where have you come from and where are you going?(Genesis 16:8)

Where am I coming from?
Evaluate the circumstances that have led to your current circumstances and if you have made any mistakes, confess your sins to God, ask Him to forgive you and believe that He has forgiven you because If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) 

Then, rededicate your life to God by Doing a Spiritual Facial .

If you have not made any mistakes, also rededicate your life to God by also Doing a Spiritual Facial.   
How to do a spiritual facial

Where am I going?
Ask yourself this question so that you can prepare for the next phase of your life.

If you do not know where you are going because of all the problems in your life, ask God to direct your steps as you read Christian Goal Setting.

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How to Flee Temptation

How to flee temptation

The stories of Jesus, Joseph and Eve of temptation in the Bible can teach us the following tips on how to flee temptation:

1. Redirect your Eyes
When the devil tempted Eve with eating the forbidden fruit, Eve was unable to resist the temptation because When Eve saw that the tree was GOOD for food and that it was PLEASING to the eyes and a tree DESIRABLE to make one wise, she took its fruit and ate it. (Gen 3:6)

Therefore, when you find yourself in a tempting situation, stop looking at the temptation. Direct your gaze to another part of the place you are in so that the temptation does not begin to appear good, pleasing and desirable.

2. Redirect your Mind
When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus quoted Scriptures and He was able to resist the temptations successfully. Thrice Jesus said "It is written" before He quoted the relevant Bible verses. (Matthew 4:1-10)

Therefore, when you find yourself in a tempting situation, redirect your mind from the temptation and direct it to what is written in the Bible about the specific temptation you are facing. In other words, stop thinking about the temptation and start thinking about what God's word says. 

For example, in Eve's situation she could have directed her mind from the fruit and redirected it to what God had told them about it which was You shall not eat it and you shall you touch it (Gen 3:3) 

Other Bible verses of fighting temptation that you can use include:
No temptation has overtaken me except those which are common to man. But God is faithful and He will not allow me to be tempted beyond what I am able to bear because with each temptation there will also be a way of escape so that I may be able to bear it. (Adapted 1 Corinthians 10:13)

I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13) 

Marriage is honorable and the marriage bed should not be defiled (Hebrews 13:4) if you are being tempted to commit adultery. 

If you cannot think of a specific Bible verse for your specific temptation but you know what you are being tempted to do is wrong,  simply meditate on and confess Abhor what is evil and cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9)

Bible verses on fighting temptation

3. Redirect your Body
When the Potiphar's wife tempted Joseph to commit adultery, Joseph redirected his body from the place where he was being tempted for He left his garment in her hand and fled. (Genesis 39:12) 

Therefore, when you find yourself in a tempting situation, make haste to physically leave the place where you are being tempted. 

This three-pronged approach of redirecting your eyes, redirecting your mind and redirecting your body will help you resist different types of temptation because All that is in the world - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life - is not of the Father. (1 John 2:16)

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Pray Without Ceasing
As you do all this redirecting of your eyes, mind and body, ensure that you are praying and asking God to help you because We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesess because He was tempted just as we are and yet He was without sin.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace so that we may obtain mercy and grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)   

We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesess because He was tempted just as we are and yet He was without sin.    Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace so that we may obtain mercy and grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)

To learn more on how to flee temptation read:
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How to fight the temptation to commit adultery

How to fight temptation with Bible verses

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National Stress Awareness Month Activities

National Stress Awareness Month Activities

April is the National Stress Awareness month and it is a good time to understand how the body responds to stress and the symptoms of stress so that you can manage stress effectively.

To manage stress more effectively during this stress awareness month, doing the following:

Practice Relaxation Techniques Regularly
Practice one relaxation technique each day this month so that you get into the habit of remaining relaxed regardless of what you are going through.

For starters, you can practice abdominal breathing hourly since it is the fastest way to counter your body's response to stress. It is also one of the simplest relaxation techniques since all it involves is taking a deep breath through your nose until your abdomen rises, holding your breath for a few minutes and then exhaling completely through your mouth until your abdomen drops. 

To learn more relaxation techniques read Rules of Relaxation.  

Christian relaxation tips

You can combine abdominal breathing with a Christian relaxation technique like praying. Praying, which is simply talking to God, is very effective for managing stress since it is a form of talk therapy that allows you to vent about the things that are stressing you. In  addition, the Bible also urges us to pray when we are distressed for it says, Is anyone suffering? Let them pray. (James 5:13)

So, after relaxing by taking several abdominal breaths, breathe a prayer to God about your stressful situation. To do this effectively read How to Pray for Your Stressful Situation.
How to pray for your stressful situation

You can also combine your abdominal breathing with meditating on stress relieving Bible verses like In all these things I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ Who loves me. (Romans 8:37) To learn more Christian relaxation techniques, read 10 Christian Stress Management Techniques.
10 Christian stress management techniques

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Reduce Conflicts
Reduce conflicts with the people you interact with in your day to day activities by express your needs and wants without hurting their feelings. To learn how to do this read Christian conflict resolution
Christian conflict resolution

Manage Stress at Work
Reduce stress when you are at your workplace by practicing relaxation techniques. 

For example, whenever you begin to feel stressed, you can close your eyes, take 5 abdominal breaths, give yourself a one-minute temple massage and then visualize yourself at your favorite vacation spot for a few seconds before you resume working.

If you are a student read Relaxation Techniques for Stress in College Students.
Relaxation techniques for stress in college students

Buy Yourself a Stress Relieving Gift
To celebrate National Stress Awareness Month, buy yourself and a stressed friend a stress relieving gift. This can be as simple as a stress relieving ball or as pricey as a weekend in a destination spa. To learn more read Top 20 Stress Management Gifts.

Top 20 Stress Management Gifts

Eat Chocolate
Celebrate Stress Awareness Day by eating chocolate since dark chocolate has been proven to increase levels in the body of chemicals known as endorphins which make you feel good. To learn more read 3 Reasons to Eat Chocolate for Stress Management.

Stress management chocolate meditation

Use Lavender Essential Oil
Using lavender essential oil can also help you relax during this National Stress Awareness Month. This is because a study found that it made adults feel more relaxed. Another study found that it decreased stress levels in adults. 

Therefore create your own stress relieving body oil by mixing 12 drops of lavender essential oil with 1 oz (30 ml) of sweet almond oil in a dark bottle. Use this oil to massage your body whenever you begin to feel tense. 

To learn more read Aromatherapy for Stress Management and click here to learn about persons who should not use lavender essential oil.  

5 Evidence based reasons to use aromatherapy for stress management

Decorate your Home to Relieve Stress
Reduce the stress in your home by decorating to relieve stress. To do this buy home decor accents with soothing colors and images like the following:

White chrysanthemum throw pillow

It is well canvas art

To learn more read Anti Stress Home Decor.

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