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Think Like a Giant, not a grasshopper

Are you a grasshopper or a Giant?

Giant“Every battle is won or lost in the arena of your mind.”

In the book of Numbers, the Israelites refused to take possession of the land that God prepared for them because they saw themselves as grasshoppers, small and weak. “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are….The land we explored devours those living it. All the people we saw there are of great size.” Numbers 13:31-32. As a man think, so he is, and the Israelites thought of themselves as grasshoppers, even though they repeatedly witnessed the power and might of God. Because the Israelites thought of themselves as weak, like grasshoppers, their opponents shared the same opinion, “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” Numbers 13:33grasshopper

What are you waiting on? You are not a grasshopper. If you are a child of God, then you are a Giant, and you have power, anointing, and the mind of Christ. You have what you need to succeed already planted inside of you.

What are you afraid of? The only people who fail are those who don’t do anything. If you try things, and they don’t work out, at least you tried. You will have no regrets. “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

There is no reason that you cannot be physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially wealthy and prosperous. God promised in Jeremiah 29:11, Deuteronomy 28, and many other scriptures that we, His children…those believing that Jesus died on the cross to save us…, would be successful, peaceful, and joyful. All He asks us to do is to obey His commands, forgive, give, tithe, trust in Him, have faith in Him, live in the Spirit and not in the flesh, and love others.

Know who you are! God is backing you. There are no limitations. Know and believe that your endeavors are successful. Open your mind to what success is. It is not just monetary. Don’t be like the Israelites who never made it to the promised land; instead, their children, bold and ready, took possession of the land. The original Israelites did not have faith (except for Caleb and Joshua). Be a Giant…have giant thoughts. Don’t be a grasshopper, always afraid of Giants, looking for meager handouts, taking the lowest, always waiting on something to happen. Be a Giant and make things happen. If you do your part, God will add His super to your natural.

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

Additional Resources:

Commanding Your Morning by Cindy Trimm
Never Give Up!: Relentless Determination to Overcome Life’s Challenges by Joyce Meyer
Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day by Joel Osteen
God Has a Plan for Your Life: The Discovery that Makes All the Difference by Charles Stanley

Many blessings,

Trina

© 2009 KaTrina Love Abram

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The Blooms In Your Mind

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Intentionally nurturing the ideas that bloom in your mind can open an entire new world of possibilities.

For over 12 years I’ve been a technical writer, so it is very natural and easy for me to enhance that existing talent. It’s safe; however, to step out and try something new and be willing to admit that I don’t do it well and be willing to fail is courage. 2009 has been a year of new beginnings for me. I’ve done so many things this year that I either thought were impossible for me to do or that I thought were not relevant to the goals in my life, but turns out that they were, for example blogging, writing articles, teaching Yoga, and drawing.

It’s all about blossoming ideas. When ideas bloom in our heads we can either ignore those blooms or nurture them. In prior years, in a different economy, and a different mind set, I ignored blooming ideas…especially ideas about any other type of writing that wasn’t technical. I had become comfortable in the usual, typical, and the stable. This year, God took me out of that comfort zone and grew my spirit and my mind.

I want to encourage you that when ideas bloom in your mind, nurture them, listen to them, research them, try them, and practice them. The Internet brings a myriad of resources to us without us needing to leave our homes or spend money. Don’t do like I did and get complacent, lazy, and content. I’m glad that God finally knocked me upside of my head, so that I could pay attention to the blooms in my mind.

Don’t panic when you get the vision, but not the specific ideas. It’ll come. Sometimes the visions are just seeds to bloom the idea. Keep praying, believing, and moving. Now is the time to entertain new ideas, extend your bed of knowledge, and enhance existing ideas. The only bad idea is one that doesn’t get tried.

Many blessings,
Trina

© 2009 KaTrina Love Abram

Monday Motivation 09/28/09

Regret001Stop Looking Back with Regret

Isaiah 43:18
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past

Our failures and mistakes are part of our growth. Those situations help to mature us and shape our character. I’ve learned to use those mistakes as learning tools and not as crutches for inactivity or conduits for fear.

We cannot become paralyzed by past failures, mistakes, or bad judgments. Stop looking backwards. There is nothing to be done about the past. We cannot go back and rectify mistakes or heal mis-issued pain; instead, we must use wisdom and what we learned from the mishaps to give us a brighter, more informed day now.

Our best days are ahead of us…not behind us.

Many blessings,
Trina

Daily Inspiration 09/01/09

happyb4workDetermine Your Day in the Morning

What is your first thought each morning? What is the first thing you do each morning? Did you know that Satan is really, really busy in the mornings trying to set the tone for your day. You must beat him to the punch.

depressed01In the early years of this millineum, I dealt with the worse demon that I’ve ever dealt with, depression. Each morning that  demon took over, making it difficult for me to see God or anything good about myself or my life. I woke up each morning looking forward to the time of the day that I could get back in the bed and close my mind in slumber. My first thoughts of the day were of worthlessness, doom, fatigue, helplessness, and fear.

And then one day, God stepped in, and I learned that I didn’t have to listen to Satan’s voice…that I’d chosen to listen to Satan’s voice instead of God’s. I was surprised that I had a choice. Every since then, I wake up in the morning ready to call Satan a liar. My first thoughts of the morning are not on myself, my husband, my business, or my agenda; instead, my first thoughts are of God and His greatness. I thank Him for waking me up, and invite Him to give me His thoughts.

praisingGod02Every morning I say aloud some empowering affirmations. In these affirmations, I am repeating God’s words and reiterating to myself who I am. These are powerful, positive statements that unleash affable actions of self-expression and great expectations for the day, for example: “I am a victor, not a victim. God inspires me. I attract peace, love, and joy. This is going to be a great day!” If you tell yourself when you first wake up that today is going to be a great day, you are setting in motion your actions for the day, painting your environment for the day, and taking control of your life. You must believe that it is going to be a good day no matter what. If you tell yourself first thing in the morning that “something good will happen to you today”, you will look for the good in everything. Positive, empowered, joyful living starts in your mind, takes action through your words, and burrows into your heart. It is a practiced state.

Determine yourself how your day is going to go each morning. Wake up with God on your mind and praise on your lips. Know that each day is a new day full of new favor, grace, mercy, and opportunities. Praise God!

Many Blessings,
Trina

No Worries

No Worries!

Creflo Dollar

Contrary to what some may believe, worry is not a harmless emotion you can afford to entertain in your life. Worry is a form of fear that will subtly find its way into your mind, will, and emotions, causing you to make decisions that areworrystressedwoman not faith-based. When your mind is constantly bombarded with concerns, cares, and fear-based thoughts, your faith is paralyzed and you put yourself in a position to see the things you don’t want to happen to come to pass. I believe it is time for a complete overhaul in this area of our thinking, particularly in the times in which we live. Just like faith comes by hearing the Word of God, worry comes by hearing and receiving words that contradict the Word. It is not God’s will for you to worry about anything.

Second Timothy 1:7 lets us know fear is a spirit that does not come from God. Therefore, any form of fear, including worry, is unnatural and should not be tolerated on any level. Allowing fearful and anxious thoughts to take up residence in your mind opens the door for that spirit to invade every area of your life. Often, what starts out as a small concern can balloon into a full-blown fear that you never had before. Keep in mind fear has a sibling called torment. This is why fear is connected with a nagging sense of unrest. Fearful people worry and generally find very little peace. This is a clear sign of the enemy’s torment.

You may have a million things on your plate, from managing your finances and resources, to situations on the job, but Jesus said not to worry about any of them: Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?…Take therefore not thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:25-34).

According to Jesus, there is no increase that comes from worry. In other words, it has absolutely no benefit in your life, will it change the situation. The only guarantee is negative results. The principle of meditation is, whatever you meditate on will take root in your heart and those dominant thoughts will eventually come to pass. When you worry, you are essentially supporting Satan’s plans for your life and allowing him entry.

blkwmnprayingYou may be wondering how you can stop worrying once and for all. The answer is simple; first, begin filling your mind and heart with the Word of God. Second, meditate on positive things and favorable outcomes rather than negative things that may not happen. Focus on God’s love for you and trust in the covenant of peace, protection, and wholeness He has made with you. The Word alone is what will give you confidence in God’s love, ability, and provision in your life.

As Believers, we have authority over fear. When troublesome thoughts come, open your mouth and declare the Word of God with boldness. Give the devil something to worry about by showing him his fear tactics are no longer effective in your life!

Be sure to visit our online bookstore and order one of the many life-changing teachings available there to help you overcome fear, doubt, and worry. Begin walking in God’s covenant of peace today!

Scripture References:
2 Timothy 1:7
Matthew 6:25-34

Daily Inspiration 08/20/09

Whacking Worry

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Yesterday, we talked about Fear being a debilitating emotion that serves the devil. Fear counteracts faith and paralyzes you giving Satan an access point to wreak havoc in your life. Without fear, Satan’s hands are tied. If he cannot get you to fear anything, then he cannot deceive or trick you with lies. We counteract Satan’s lies with God’s Truth…His Words in the Bible.

 Today we discuss Worry. As a verb, worry means to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret. As a noun, worry is defined as a cause of uneasiness or anxiety; trouble. When concerns, problems, and issue constantly bombard your mind, your faith diminishes, and your confidence in God decreases. When this occurs, you’ve created an entry point for Satan to enter your spirit.

Worry can:

  • Damage your health
  • Cause whatever you are worrying about to consume your thoughts, taking your mind off of God
  • Disrupt your productivity because you constantly think about what you are worried about
  • Cause you to act negatively towards others, effectively isolating you from others
  • Reduces your ability to trust in God

Do not let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today.

To alleviate worries:

  1. Pray.
  2. Study God’s Word to build your faith and confidence in God.
  3. Obey God’s Laws.
  4. Plan. Careful planning includes thinking ahead about your goals, tasks, and schedules, and seeking God’s guidance for the plan (Proverbs 16:3, 9).
  5. Speak God’s Word to combat worry and fear.

Scripture Readings: Psalm 34:4, Philippians 4:-7, Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:25-34, Joshua 1:1-9, Psalm 27, Psalm 55:22, Jeremiah 29:11-14, Psalm 37:1-9, Psalm 34

Additional Resources from Previous Posts:

No Worries

No Fear Here

Don’t Serve the Problem

No Fear Here

No Fear Here!

By Pastor Creflo Dollar

When you read the newspaper headlines and latest media reports, does it sometimes seem as if the world is caving in on itself? Well, it is. Financial crashes, escalating gas prices, violence, terrorism, and uncertainty are the norm today. It is the enemy’s job to get you to focus on the things happening around you; to get you to listen to words of fear and despair so he can bring the very things you fear to pass in your life. It sounds like a dirty game, but Satan does not play fair. When it comes to fear, your ignorance of this powerful spiritual force can actually cause bad things to happen in your life. You cannot afford to harbor fear on any level, and there is no better time than now to eradicate it from your mind and heart for good.

What is fear? It is a spiritual force, just like faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Fear is the substance of things not hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. You see,faith and fear operate by the same spiritual laws. One is the reciprocal, or opposite, of the other.

To better understand faith and fear, you must comprehend the platforms from which these forces operate. Everything in the Kingdom of God operates by love, and since faith works by love, it is love that forms a foundation for faith. On the other hand, the world system operates by selfishness. Therefore, fear can only stand on a platform of selfishness.

To get rid of fear, you must first address any areas of selfishness in your life. Even a fear of heights or of danger is tied to selfishness. When you are afraid for your safety, it is as if a switch in your spirit is turned on that signals a self-preservation mechanism. When you are concerned with preserving yourself, you have essentially crowned yourself god and rejected the divine protection of God. When this type of fear is in place, you actually connect yourself to the very thing you fear.

Understand there is no such thing as a “little” fear being okay. God puts those who are fearful in the same category as liars, murderers, and whoremongers! To be a Believer and harbor fear in your life is a slap in God’s face. He has given you direct access to every spiritual blessing in Heaven—from finances to protection. You have nothing to fear!

Also, realize fear is a foreign spirit that does not come from God. If you are ever afraid of something, you can have confidence that the fear is coming from Satan. A Christian’s reborn spirit does not produce fear, so if fear comes, it is an attack of the enemy against your soul. His objective is to introduce fear to your mind so it makes its way to your spirit. When this happens, he can bring his plans to pass in your life.

Search your heart for any areas of fear and deal with them immediately. Find the scripture that relates to the thing you fear and begin meditating and continually confessing it. Walk in love toward others so the love of God can drive fear out of your heart and mind. When you operate from a position of love, selfishness is destroyed and fear has nothing to stand on. You do not have to be in bondage to this devilish spirit; as a Believer, God has given you dominion over it!

Be sure to check out Pastor Dollar’s book:  Winning in Hard Financial Times

Scripture References
2 Timothy 1:7
Job 3:25
1 John 4:18
Revelation 21:8