Faith during Adversity

Isaiah 43:2

When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up—the flames will not consume you.

Thank you Heavenly Father that no matter what challenge I face, you are always with me and will never allow more in my life than my ability to handle. When adversity comes, mentally, physically, or spiritually, you are my shield, my peace, my strength, and will provide the way of escape, that I may be able to endure, in Jesus’ mighty name I pray, amen.

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Faith To Rest

God will perfect the things that concern us (Psalm 138:8). My soul waits silently for God alone, my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation. He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God (Psalm 62:5-7).To wait on the Lord means hope and trust. To hope in the Lord requires faith, humility, patience, and endurance. Trusting in the Lord is like resting in His arms.

Heavenly Father, help us to cast every care at your feet and enter into your rest, May we not hinder the perfecting work that You desire to do in our lives, Amen.

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Faith

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12 But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. 13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:7-14)

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Faith- Be Encouraged and Encourage Someone Else


There is so much going on in the world today. Each day we see on the news, or in our own community one disaster after the other. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and uncertain. However, we should not become so distracted by the things of this world or our own personal challenges that we forget that no matter what is happening God is always in control. He is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He never sleeps nor slumber, nothing that is happening is catching Him off guard. We have to remember that we serve the Great I Am. This is not the time to become fearful, and frustrated. This is a time for rejoicing and praising, and when we praise it brings the presence of God (Psalm 22:3). In the presence of God is the fullness joy, healing, deliverance and victory (Psalm 16:11).

Any distraction that moves you away from the Lord is a trick of the enemy. Worrying and stressing aren’t going to change things. However, keeping on minds focused on the promises of the Lord brings order into our lives. God is not the author of confusion. Instead, He gives us peace right in the middle of the storms. He brings order where there is disorder. We praise

Trouble and difficult times come to us all. No one is exempt. It’s our response to the challenge that makes the difference. As Christian, we respond with the Word of God. When you’re tired, or think it is impossible and you’re ready to give up, seek the Lord. Jesus promises us in Matthew 11:28-30 that when we are weary and burdened, he will give us rest, and in Mark 10:27 that with God all things are possible. When you make mistakes and fall short, we can repent and get back up because where sin abounds, God’s grace abounds even more for the forgiveness of sins and leads us into a life of overcoming sin (Romans 5:20). We serve the God of forgiveness and another chance. Grace abounds for forgiveness of sins.

When our faith is low, we start to lose hope and we need a reminder, the Word of God teaches us in John 16:33 that in this world we will have many troubles but be cheerful in tribulations because Jesus has overcome the world. Therefore, we walk by faith and not by the sight of what’s happening around us (2 Corinthians 5:7).

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Faith to Love All People in All Circumstances

Love others as God loves us. We do not love according to a person’s actions, character or how we feel about someone. The Word of God teaches us in Romans 12:9-21 to, “put our love into action”– not just words.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[a] Do not be conceited.

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[b] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;  if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Be Encouraged and Encourage Someone Else

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens, God has pitched a tent for the sun( Psalm 19:1-4).

Be blessed, keep God first, and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Faith to Overcome Negative Thinking

Renew your mind daily with the Word of God and start taking control of your thoughts. We have to think about what we’re thinking about and where those thoughts are coming from. Any thought that is contrary to God’s Word is from the enemy and should not be thought or acted on.

Do not entertain wrong thinking or allow negative thoughts to linger. Have you ever woke up, just sitting there relaxing, or driving along, and right out of nowhere a terrible thought pops in your mind? We have to remember the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy; Jesus came so that we can have an abundant and full life (John 10:10). Choose hope, joy, love, and peace. Refuse to be plagued by thoughts of regret, pain, fear, confusion, disappointment, would of, could of, should of, or any thoughts that are disturbing your peace. The Scriptures teach us in 2 Corinthians 10:5, to cast down imaginations, arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and to take captive every thought to the obedience of Christ. Each time negative thoughts come up, we cast them down, speak the Word of God over them, and do not allow them to linger in our minds. For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account (Hebrews 4:12-14).

Surrender all to God, walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Wrong thinking is a blessing blocker. It is because of negative thoughts in our minds that causes many to struggle, and to not pursue their purpose. God’s Word instructs us to keep our minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8).

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).

 Be Blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Be Encouraged and Encourage Someone Else

Psalm 125

Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion;
    they will not be defeated but will endure forever.
Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem,
    so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forever.
The wicked will not rule the land of the godly,
    for then the godly might be tempted to do wrong.
O Lord, do good to those who are good,
    whose hearts are in tune with you.
But banish those who turn to crooked ways, O Lord.
    Take them away with those who do evil.

Manifestation comes from rest. Under the new covenant, which is the finished work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we enter into rest, and when we rest God works (Hebrews 4:10). Our Heavenly Father will bring into fruition what you’re standing in need of. Whether it’s healing, peace, comfort, wholeness, finances, family, abundance, safety, etc, there is nothing too hard for God and with Him all things are possible. He can do more than we could ever ask for or imagine. We are taught in Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”. Hence, we can stop trying to figure things out and simply trust in God’s plan.

The Lord’s plans are perfect. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. The Lord works out everything for his own ends, even the wicked for a day of disaster (Proverbs 16:3-4). His purpose will always prevail and stand firm forever (Proverbs 19:21). Our Heavenly Father’s plans for us are for good and not evil. So be patient in adversity. Our God doesn’t slumber nor sleep. There is nothing that has happened in our lives that will ever catch Him by surprise.

When God allows storms in our lives, He also gives us the strength to endure. He will never allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear and when we do go through trials and temptation, He gives us the strength to endure. He won’t allow pain without a purpose.

No matter what giants we face, the battle is not ours, it’s the Lord’s. Don’t let the enemy trick you into thinking that you are alone and have to take on a struggle. Our only fight is the good fight of faith, so start confessing the Word of God over your troubles, and rest assured that God is always with us and His grace is sufficient for every challenge we’ll ever face.

Our circumstances do not decide our destiny. They are for our training, and not for our destruction. There are blessings in our brokenness.

The Word of God teaches us in Romans 12:12 to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer. Be like Joseph who went from prisoner to prince (Genesis 37). We have to trust in God’s promises for our lives and blossom wherever we’re planted. In the Scriptures, we are encouraged to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power and to put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). Always walk in confidence, peace, and victory, knowing that our Heavenly Father has never lost a battle, and will always have the final say in every matter. There is nothing the enemy can do that God can’t undo!!!

Be Blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Peace that Surpasses All Understanding – (from The Bible App)


When we have the peace of God, our problems, whether big or small, do not cause anxiety. Choosing life with worry, even if the problem is small, will lead you to distress. Worry causes your problem to only get bigger. 

Problems appear smaller with the peace of God in your mind and heart. You are unshaken. Your circumstances are not the center of your life. You keep on going, acting, and doing what you must do because in your life there is the peace of God. 

God’s peace surpasses all understanding. It does not come from your skills. You do not produce it. It is not the result of something you can do with some natural exercise. It is not the product of something you learn at school and it does not come from friendships, although it is important to have healthy relationships through difficult times. 

This peace is exercised through life in the Spirit. It is the absolute confidence that your life is in the hands of God. It is resting in His faithfulness and not depending on your skills or strengths. It is not a logical peace, but one that surpasses logic. It means that a psychologist might go crazy analyzing you in your situation despite what they have learned. They might not understand how a person going through such circumstances could remain in peace. 

God’s peace does not come from human beings; the natural mind does not understand it. Tranquility in difficulties only comes from something that God produces. The peace of God will stabilize your soul, and guard your heart, mind, and emotions. The problem is that our soul betrays us since it reacts to the circumstances of life. Accustomed to governing, it tries to produce reactions of sadness, depression, fear, and everything that the natural mind, soul, heart, and emotions produce in the midst of affliction. However, those reactions take us to a state of anxiety which then confuses our heart and mind, making us chaotic. The peace of God guards our soul and protects us so our condition and circumstances do not govern us. There is a peace that goes beyond the understanding of psychology and of what human beings can do. What governs my life is in the Spirit

Be blessed, keep God first, and keep looking up.


Cheryl

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Be Encouraged and Encourage Someone Else

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1).

Everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way. If things are all out of control, then it’s not a good place to be. God is not the author of confusion. If there is strife where you are, you need to remove yourself. Take a deep breath, control your tongue, focus on what you know (God’s Word), not what you’re feeling. The enemy is just waiting for an opportunity to snare you into a messy, and often regretful situation (1 Peter 5:8).

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13 )

God never promised us that we would not face challenges or places of confusion. However, he has promised us that if we put our faith in him, He will give us a spirit of discernment, endurance, and will guide us in all truth. The Lord will give us the victory. He will not let our enemies triumph over us.

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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