Fear Not!

Fear Not!

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Fear Threatens

2020 has rolled in with an amplified bang!

Globally, there’s heightened unrest, turmoil, and instability in almost every sphere of our human existence.

Natural disasters, wars, terrorism, violence, crime, persecution, social unrest, unemployment, economic uncertainty, political instability, climate change, famine, sickness, disease and on top of all of that, now there’s the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) taking its toll, especially in China…no more needs to be said.

In the midst of the swirling chaos and threatening angst, the Lord has a message for us, His people.

It’s the same message He has always given throughout the ages when life’s challenges came crashing in upon us like a flood and coldly stare us in the face up close and personal without blinking.

That message is, “Fear not!”.

Fear Not

You may be thinking, “Be for real!…How in the world can I not fear?…Don’t you see what’s going on in my country and around the globe?…I mean, just look at the reality and the dark looming threat of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)…How can I not fear?…How?

Listen, fear is not just an emotion resulting from a belief that someone or something poses a threat to us.

The scripture tells us that it is a spirit, and it is not from God.

II Timothy 1:7 states, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (NKJV)

The Amplified Bible puts it this way…

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].” (AMP)

Fear Is A Spirit

Fear is a spirit.

It’s a spirit that seeks to cause us to take our eyes off of God and the truth of His Word and keep them on the complexity of our circumstances.

It’s a spirit that seeks to throw us into a panic mode, casting off sound judgment, discipline, self-control and the ability to hear the Holy Spirit and thus be equipped to make wise decisions.

It’s a spirit that seeks to weaken our resolve and make us cower and shrink back from challenges, situations and assignments thereby preventing us from being and doing what God has called us to be and do.

It’s a spirit that seeks to sell us the lie that God is not enoughHe’s not big enough, powerful enough, knowledgeable enough, wise enough, loving enough or concerned enough to see us through...therefore we can not trust Him and we are on our ownTHAT IS A LIE!

It’s a spirit that seeks to place us in bondage and torment, to grip us in its tentacles, paralyze us, and to try to squeeze the very life out of us.

Fear is a spirit and it is not of God.

We Are Empowered Not To Fear

Just considering the above, it’s easy to see why throughout the scriptures, God instructs, admonishes, and even commands us not to fear.

God will never ask or tell us to do anything that He has not already given us the capacity or made a way for us to do, so the fact that He tells us not to fear means that by His Grace and Holy Spirit, we have been given the ability to resist, bind and cast out fear...we are empowered not to fear.

No matter the situation or circumstance, by God’s grace and the empowerment of His Holy Spirit, we do not have to fear.

God wants us to trust Him and not fear.

He wants us to stand on the Truth of His Word and not fear.

He wants us to cast our cares upon Him and not fear.

He wants us to not worry about anything but to pray about everything and not fear.

He wants us to rest in His everlasting, immeasurable unconditional love and not fear.

He wants us to keep our eyes, hearts and minds stayed and fixed upon Him and not fear.

He wants us to dwell in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty and not fear.

God has not given us a spirit of fear and by His grace and the empowerment of His Holy Spirit, we can conquer fear.

“Fear not!”.

How To Combat Fear

Prayer, meditation on the Word and declarations in alignment with the Word are powerful ways to combat fear.

The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries overseen by Dr. D. K. Olukoya has some very powerful prayers and prayer points relative to fear on their website.

For copyright reasons, I can not replicate them in this post, but you can access them by clicking the link below.

https://www.dkolukoya.com/prayer-points/item/38-prayers-against-fear

10 Bible Verses That Remind Us We Do Not Have To Fear

in addition to prayer, meditating on God’s Word is very important to combat fear.

Below are some scriptures that we can meditate on that will help us not to fear.

Be encouraged to read them and say them over and over until they become engrained in your mind and spirit, overpowering and uprooting every contrary thought and force.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

(II Timothy 1:7 – NKJV)

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”

(Psalms 27:1 – NKJV)

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”

(Isaiah 41:10 – NKJV)

“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah””

(Psalms 46:1-3 – NKJV)

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

(Psalms 91:1-16 NKJV)

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

(Psalm 23:4 – NKJV)

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.”

(Psalms 34:4 – NKJV)

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”

(1 John 4:18 – NKJV)

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

(John 14:27 – NKJV)

Whenever I am afraid,
I will trust in You.
In God (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust;
I will not fear.
What can flesh do to me?”

(Psalms 56:3-4 – NKJV)

Fear Not

2020 has rolled in with an amplified bang!

In the midst of the swirling chaos and the threatening angst, the Lord’s message to us is ‘Fear not!”.

Shalom,

Kim

Copyright © 2020 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

HAPPY NEW DECADE!

HAPPY NEW DECADE!

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HAPPY NEW DECADE!

Happy New Decade!

2020 is not just a new year, it’s the beginning of a new decade.

That means that the old 10-year period of 2010 – 2019 has ended and the new 10-year period of 2020 – 2029 has begun.

It’s like a clean slate…what is God guiding you to write on it?

It’s like a fresh wind…in which direction is His Spirit blowing you?

It’s like standing at an enormous buffet…what is He telling you to put on your plate, and what is He telling you to pass by?

If you’re not certain, be encouraged to spend some time in prayer, in the Word and in God’s presence and inquire of Him until you sense what He’s saying to and requiring of you.

James 1:5-8 states…

“If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind. For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides].” – (AMP)

Selah!

May the remaining 10 days in January be a time of fruitful contemplation, consecration, repositioning and grounding for the year and decade ahead…that is my prayer for you.

Peace & Blessings,

Kim

Copyright © 2020 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

Unwalled Wisdom – Part 1

Unwalled Wisdom – Part 1

Wisdom Nuggets

Below are sone wisdom nuggets that I thought I’d share with you today…be strengthened and encouraged.

Comparison

Never compare yourself to other women. There will always be someone more attractive, competent, fluent, poised, articulate, intelligent, qualified, fit, influential, funny, talented, anointed, popular or shapely than you are. That’s okay. The attributes God gave you are tied into His purpose for you, so maximize what you have and shine in your own unique way for His glory.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Psalm 139:13-14 – NIV

Focus

Take care not to allow the pressure of expectations, the lack of understanding, the looks of disapproval, the negative vibes, the critical spirit, the absence of support, the wary facial expressions, the scorn, the gossip, or the threats from those around you, or even closest to you, cause you to divert from or abandon the path, the process and ultimately the fulfillment of what you know to be God’s will, plan and purpose for your life. Focus and stay focused.

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.”

Proverbs 4:25, 26 – NIV

Company

Watch the company you keep…the people, books, magazines, music, movies, T.V. shows, videos, websites and social media you hang around and regularly expose yourself to. Whether you’re aware of it or not, they influence your thoughts, desires, emotions, speech, behavior, decisions, and very posture in life either for better or worse. Watch the company you keep.

“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

I Corinthians 15:33 – NIV

Tears

Though others may despise them, never despise your tears. Cry when you need to cry. Cry when you don’t even know why you’re crying. The pouring out of tears is God’s masterful way of washing stuff out of the depths of your soul and giving you a sense of relief, refreshment and renewal.

“Jesus wept.”

John 11:35 – NIV

Be encouraged,

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

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Keep At It

Keep At It

Keep At It

To those of you who are dealing with a difficult, trying situation, and who have been praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping and waiting in faith to see a breakthrough…

And praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping and waiting in faith to see a breakthrough…

And praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping and waiting in faith to see a breakthrough…for weeks, months, and in some instances even years….

The word for you today is keep at it.

Keep at it.

Keep at it!…Keep at it!…Keep at it!

Listen Up

Don’t get discouraged.

Keep at it.

Don’t give up.

Keep at it.

Don’t listen to the voices telling you your stance in God is a waste of time.

Keep at it.

Don’t be moved by the apparent lack of progress in the natural for there’s far more progress than you can ever imagine in the spirit…where it really matters.

Keep at it.

Don’t believe the age-old lie that “God doesn’t love you and He doesn’t care about you or you won’t be going through this”.

Keep at it.

Don’t be held hostage and frustrated by your pre-conceived notion that it’s taking too long for indeed God’s timing is perfect.

Keep at it!

Don’t give up!

Keep at it.

Keep at it!…Keep at it!…Keep at it!

Keep At It

For those of you who are dealing with a situation, some for weeks months and years, and who’ve been praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping in faith to see a breakthrough…

And praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping in faith to see a breakthrough…

And praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping in faith to see a breakthrough…for weeks, months, and some instances even years…

The word for you today is keep at it.

Keep at it.

This Test Is Your Storm

My Prayer For You

Father I lift up all my sisters who are suffering from battle fatigue today. Father strengthen them by the power of Your Holy Spirit in their inner man. Fill them with Your fresh oil. Restore, re-focus, replenish, rejuvenate, revitalize them. Impart a second wind of your anointing to them. Help them to keep their eyes fixed and focused on You and Your Truth and not on their situation. Even now, let them experience Your love, presence and power like never before and begin to trust Your character, sovereignty and authority like never before. Father give them the grace to not faint, knowing that the battle is only for a season and a change will surely come. Father empower them to keep at it in Jesus’ Name…Amen.

Encouraging Scriptures

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.”

Matthew 11:28-30 – AMPC

“Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.”

Isaiah 41:10 – AMPC

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace andconfidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]”

John 16:33 – AMPC

“For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!],mSince we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.”

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 – AMPC

“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]— To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).”

Ephesians 3:20-21 – AMPC

Keep at it!

Be strengthened and encouraged!

Kim

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Bang!…And Miraculously, Randomly…There It Is!

Bang!…And Miraculously, Randomly…There It Is!

Take a look at the books in the photo above.

Supposed I told you that in a simplified nutshell, this is how each book in the photo came into existence.

A Viable Theory?

In the beginning there was a bang!

Then out of nowhere, letters miraculously randomly appeared.

Then out of nowhere, paper miraculously randomly appeared.

Then the letters that appeared miraculously randomly placed themselves on the paper that miraculously, randomly appeared and formed correctly spelt words….

Then these miraculously randomly formed correctly spelt words miraculously randomly formed complete sentences…

Then these miraculously randomly formed complete sentences miraculously randomly formed comprehensive paragraphs…

Then these miraculously randomly formed comprehensive paragraphs miraculously randomly formed cohesive chapters…

Then these miraculously randomly formed cohesive chapters miraculously randomly came into perfect order.

Then a book cover miraculously randomly appeared out of nowhere..and designs and more letters that became words began to miraculously randomly form on it…

Then the book cover miraculously randomly opened and the paper with the words and sentences and paragraphs and chapters miraculously randomly jumped into the center of the open cover and became miraculously bound….

And poof!…there was the book!

That’s it!

There was no inspired author…just a bang and all of this miraculously, randomly happened and a book was the end result.

Would you believe me?

Of course not.

If it can’t happen for a simple book, do you think it can happen for an entire universe and every living and non-living thing in it?

Selah!

Women of God, let’s be wary of all the theories and philosophies out there that conflict with or seek to undermine or invalidate, as opposed to complement and further enlighten what God has told us in His Word about creation.

The Real Deal

Genesis 1:1 states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The rest of that chapter and chapter 2 expands on the process and Psalm 104 and Job 38-42 gives further insight.

“SO WILL I (100 BILLION X) – HILLSONG UNITED

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

John 1:1-3 – NIV

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”

Colossians 1:16 – NKJV

Be encouraged today to hold fast to God’s account of how the universe and all creation came into existence, to teach it to your children, and to share it with others.

Peace and blessings,

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

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My Daughter Remember…

My Daughter Remember…

My daughter remember…

Remember you are My child.

Remember I am with you.

Remember I have made you and will sustain you.

Remember I am carrying you and have carried you from birth and will carry you through old age.

Remember I declare the end from the beginning.

Remember when I decree a thing it is so.

Remember what I purpose none can stop.

Remember what I have spoken, I shall bring to pass.

Remember My counsel shall stand and I shall do my good pleasure.

Remember there is none like Me.

Remember I love you.

Remember to rest in My Truth.

My daughter remember.

Selah!

Be encouraged!

Kim 

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To My Prodigal Daughter….

To My Prodigal Daughter….

My prodigal sister, I see you in the spirit wearing raggedy clothing…like a garment that has been torn and shredded in many places because of claws slashing at it.

I believe that this is symbolic of what the enemy has done to your robe of righteousness; you’re still wearing it but it’s ragged from his many vicious attacks.

Give me your attention for a moment…this is a word that expresses our Father’s heart to you…

To My Prodigal Daughter

My daughter, I love you.

There has been many trials and tribulations and the enemy has sought to sift you as wheat, but even in the midst of this tumultuous onslaught, I have been there with you, loving you and wooing you back to Me.

Do you not hear the soft whispers of My Spirit telling you I love you, telling you I forgive you, telling you in spite of all that has transpired, I still have a plan and purpose for your life?

Be still and know that I am God.

I will conquer the enemies that have sought to destroy you if you return to Me and begin to seek Me with your whole heart.

I will heal your wounds and mend the broken places.

I will turn your mourning into joy.

I will give you beauty for the ashes in your life.

Seek Me.

Return to Me.

You belong to Me and I love you.

I am wooing you today, I am calling you today, I am drawing you today because I love you My daughter, My princess, My love.

Do not harden your heart; I await you My child.

Know that you are not what you’ve been through…you are not what you’ve done…you are not what has been done to you.

You are all that I say you are according to My Word and nothing can separate you from My love so I await your return to the place in Me that you once knew.

I’m still there, waiting with open arms to receive you.

Come My daughter….come.

Prodigal sister, hear the heart of our Father today.

Run to Him and He will welcome you and hold you and heal you and forgive you and restore the splendor of your robe of righteousness.

I urge you, listen to Him, return to Him…don’t let the enemy win the battle.

“Come near to God and He will come near to you.”

James 4:8 – NIV

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9 – NIV

“When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’

But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.”

Luke 15:20-24 – The Message Bible

Prodigal sister, like in the parable of the prodigal son, know that our Heavenly Father truly loves you, cares about you, wants you to return, and joyously awaits you..  

When He hears you calling out to Him, He will respond favorably to you.

Don’t wait any longer…call out…run into His arms…do it now!!

He’s waiting.

Kim

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