Monday, July 15, 2013

Don't Live Defeated ~ A guest post from @LynSmith

Don't Live Defeated 

by Lyn Smith
What God has promised, He will do!
The problem for us comes when it doesn’t happen in our time frame or in the way we envisioned.  That’s when discouragement and doubt can set in.
We begin to think God doesn’t care.  If He did, He would do something.  We allow that thought to swirl around in our minds for awhile, which leads to …
If He doesn’t care about my problem that means He doesn’t love me.  If He doesn’t love me then He isn’t working on my behalf, which leads to …
If God isn’t working on my behalf then I’m on my own so I better figure out how to solve my problem, which leads to …
Bad choices and painful consequences. Ugh.
Remember these two things:
1)  Discouragement and doubts about God’s character are never from Him. They are always based on wrong thinking.
2)  God’s priority is not your felt needs but your real need – a passionate relationship with Him that develops a Christ-like character.
The truth is, God does love you and is for you. Use these verses (and others) to replace the wrong thoughts with the right ones:
” … I have engraved you on the palms of My hands …” Isaiah 49:16
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1-2
 ” … Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” Romans 10:11
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion.” Isaiah 30:18
“Be strong and courageous … the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
About Lyn...
Motivator … Leader … Teacher … Author
      Lyn is passionate about the awesomeness of God and His Word. Having lived the reality of God and proven His character through many challenges she brings truth, healing, hope and
power into her speaking and writing.
Two years ago, God began opening international opportunities for Lyn to speak at pastors’ conferences, women's conferences, rehab centers, and churches.  Passport and suitcase by the door, she is ready to go wherever God leads.
2013 will see the release of her second book, a collaborative effort with best-selling author Tommy Newberry.  She is currently working on her third book.
You can catch Lyn every Friday on the “Christian Discipleship TV” show.
Married with three children, she and her family live in Oklahoma.

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