Category Archives: Going through hard times

How do you deal with an adult bully?

How do you deal with an adult bully?

Bullying is not just in schools. Adults do it too. If you thought that bullying just happened in school, you’re wrong. A good friend of mine is being bullied by her neighbors. They play tricks on her, steal from her, shoot BB’s across their fence, call her names, you name it!

She’s terrified and she is at a loss of what to do.

She prays for them, but what else can she do? She calls the police when there’s vandalism which is very often, but there’s no proof of who did it.

I suggested she take pies, cookies or cakes over to them. Kill ‘em with kindness.

Jesus tells us,

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you…
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. ~Luke 6:27-27 & 35-36

And in Romans 12:20:

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.

What else can she do besides move – which will be traumatizing in itself? Please comment with suggestions and keep “What Would Jesus Do?” in mind when answering.
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Resisting Temptation

Resisting Temptation
This entry is part 23 of 23 in the series WWJD?

In two subplots in the movie Courageous, we see examples of integrity – one man who had it and one who didn’t.

Courageous, the movie

How's Your Integrity?

Sheriff’s Officer, Shane Fuller, played by Kevin Downes, is a Christian, divorced dad struggling to pay his child support and alimony.

Javier Martinez, played by Robert Amaya, is Christian, married, father of two struggling to feed his family and pay the rent and bills. He hears about construction jobs, but when he gets there, they have enough men and he’s sent home.

Javier later gets a job at a factory and after a month, is presented with an offer. The company’s president tells him he can be promoted to a managerial position with increased pay if he would just fudge the inventory a bit.

Shane, is also tested daily. As the Sheriff’s Office arrests drug dealers in the city, Shane is in charge of getting the recovered drugs to the evidence locker. He is tempted to take one or two packets thinking that they wouldn’t be missed.

Which one do you think passed the test? Which one do you think stuck to the integrity and moral values of his Christian faith? Which one do you think fell to desperation and greed?

The answer is surprising. Sheriff Officer, Adam Mitchell, played by Alex Kendrick (who also co-wrote and directed the movie), notices that the amount of drugs collected doesn’t match the amount in the evidence locker. He suspects his partner, Shane, who is later caught in a sting and sent to jail.

Javier, after thinking it over and talking to his wife, tells his boss, that no, what he was asking him to do, lying on the inventory sheet, is dishonest and it goes against God’s Word. As it turns out, it was a test and Javier passed. They were looking for the honest, man of integrity to promote. They had tested many other people and Javier was the only truly, trustworthy person.

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Do not Fear Death!

Do not Fear Death!
This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?” ~1 Corinthians 15:55

Take care of your life; and the Lord will take care of your death ~George Whitefield

Jesus Resurrection
Jesus conquered death so we wouldn’t have to fear it.

Jesus didn’t spend much time worry about His death. Even as the Gospel story progresses and Jesus knows that His hour is approaching, He continues His mission in life. For each of us, God has a day set aside for us to face death. Why then should we worry? Until that day, let’s just spend our time doing what He did.

 

 

 

 

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God will meet all your needs

God will meet all your needs
This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

…my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:19

Faith in God will not get for you everything you may want, but it will get for you what God wants you to have. The unbeliever does not need what he wants; the Christian should want only what he needs. ~Vance Havner

WWJD? Reflection: Did Jesus have all He needed while He walked on the earth? Of course. His Heavenly Father saw that He had His needs met. For us to ask: “What Would Jesus Do?” we must realize, no matter what our financial status, that we are very, very, very rich. Our Father has for us “glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” In Him we have all we need to live life.

What else could we possibly want?

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Grieving the loss of a job

Grieving the loss of a job
This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

Losing one’s job is sometimes like losing one’s identity. When you’re gainfully employed, you introduce yourself as your job title. When that’s gone, what do you have? Nothing?

No, you still have you.

But you’re angry, bitter, resentful, vengeful. You are lost. You feel like a failure.

If you hold on to all those bad emotions, you’ll just bury yourself in a deep depression finding it difficult to move on.

Your anger translates into aggression when interviewing for a job. That’s not good.

You need to release that anger – but not onto your friends and family! Yell at God. It’s ok. He’s heard it all before. He knows what you’re going through. Go ahead and ask, “Why me, Lord? Why now?”

Let go and let God. God is in Control. Trust God, it works!

You will not be able to move forward if you keep looking behind you. The past is past – let it go and face the future with confidence. Read: Fear vs. Faith

Here are some bible passage that will help you through the tough times.

Psalm 40
Matthew 6:25-27
1 Peter 1:6-7
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Peter 5:6
Jeremiah 29:11
John 16:33
James 1:2-4
Philippians 4:13-14
Philippians 4:4-7
James 5:11
Psalm 121:1-2

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Nothing separates us from God’s Love

Nothing separates us from God’s Love
This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.~ Romans 8:38

Sometimes even we Christians feel that God is far away. It’s because we let the world and our worries get between His Love and our minds.

We may think that because stuff is happening to us, to those we love or just people around us: trials, hard times, financial trouble, foreclosure, job loss, inflation, death of a loved one, illness, etc., we may want to yell, “God, why?! Where are you? Why don’t I feel your presence?”

We manage to get ourselves deeper into depression and worry. God gives us a tool to get ourselves out of the funk – the Bible. Here are a few passages that help:

Matthew 6:25-34 (the don’t worry passage)
Romans 5:3-6
Philippians 4 (yeah, the whole chapter)
James (yeah, the whole book)
You can also just start reading the book of Psalms, but here are a few that stand out:
Psalm 40
Psalm 42
Psalm 121

Listening to uplifting Christian radio also helps.

Joyce Meyer’s book Battlefield of the Mind  helps us fight all the worldly “mind-chatter” or “stinkin’ thinkin’” that separates us from God, His love and His guidance.

I highly recommend it.

God Bless
Giselle Aguiar
Soli Deo Gloria!
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Notes from Joyce Meyer in Phoenix

Notes from Joyce Meyer in Phoenix

Power Thoughts: 12 Strategies to Win the Battle of the MindAwesome as usual, I walked across the street to Phoenix First Assembly to see Joyce Meyer 3 out of the 4 sessions. What was also great was being able to finally connect with a college friend of mine (college in VT) who lives in my same neighborhood.

Last year, I wrote a series of articles on each of the sessions. This time I’m just going to share my notes. As always, i come out of these sessions pumped up for the Lord and determined to change for the better.

One thing about Joyce is that she doesn’t hold anything back. She’s also a trooper. Her first night in Phoenix, she developed an abscessed tooth and had to wait to have it fixed till she got back home. But, in pain and with a swollen cheek, she taught her sessions not missing a beat.

Note: Joyce always reads from the Amplified Bible which adds insights to certain words and phrases and helps in better understanding scripture. I’m switching to that versions so all bible verses that pop up are from there.

The theme this time was Strife – how to deal with it, get over it and avoid it.

Strife is defined as bickering, arguing, disagreement – an angry undercurrent. As Christians, we encounter strife often – at home, at work – out in the world. We cannot just take up space in a pew. Stop just hearing the message and do it!

Keep strife out of your life. Resolve the problem.

As Christians, we need to carry an anointing from God. Do what you do with excellence. Always be a person of integrity – be honest and keep your word.

We that call ourselves “children of God” should not live in anger.

One of the signs of the end times is the body of God growing cold.

It’s impossible to be angry and have the Love of God.

Philippians 2:2-5

Humility of Mind – have a great opinion of other people.

Ask God to “Teach you through everybody.”

Take responsibility for how we respond to other people.

We need to pray to be Christlike.

God wants us to grow.

We can receive conviction and not have condemnation.

Acts 13:22
1 Corinthians 3:1-3

We are nothing without God.

People can’t help being the way the are.

Let the love of God flow through you.

Stop pretending that everything’s OK. We can’t prosper where there is no peace. Treat strife like poison.

There’s power in agreement – there’s discourse in disagreement.

Matthew 18:19-20

If God says not to do it, we need to make a commitment to not do it.

Luke 10:1-6

Our words should be drenched with the anointing of God. 1 Peter 3:10-11
1 Corinthians 10:9-10

Look at the Jews – they were on an 11-day journey that took 40 years – they complained when God didn’t give them what they wanted.

Stop trying to figure it out. Have peace with yourself.

You need to be able to take correction.
Philippians 3:12
When You’re condemned, you’re pressed down so you can’t press forward.

We can’t always do something about other people but we can control how we react (WWJD?)

Wear the breastplate of God’s approval. Philippians 1:27
God’s not surprised by your weakness.
Give each individual the right to be who they are -which is different from you.

Romans 12:3-6

You are much more than your opinion.

  1. Be courteous and respectful
  2. Listen with an open mind
  3. Be willing to pray about what they said
  4. Don’t be touchy and easily offended
  5. Keep looking for a place that you agree about than harping on what you don’t agree. 
  6. Be careful about voice tones and body language
  7. Pick the right time to confront someone
  8. Get over being selfish
Pray daily: “Fill me to overflowing with the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Proverbs 11:24-25
Proverbs 28:25
If we really trust God, there is no need to ever be jealous of anyone. 
If we can never be happy for other people who get what we want before we do, we will never get what we want. 
If it’s right for you and you’re mature enough to handle it – God will grant it. 
Character is developed when we don’t get what we want. (How true)
How consistently content are you? 
Fight jealousy by showing love. 
It’s easy to resent – to become judgmental – to slander.
Don’t be jealous of any one who has what you want if you don’t want to do what they did to get it. 
We don’t trust God’s providence 100% in our hearts. 
Works of the flesh – when we try to do what only God can do. 
James 4:1-2
What you really need is to be closer to God. Enjoy God. 
Don’t give the devil much credit. The Devil will leave you alone if you’re 100% on fire for Jesus. 
Mark 11:22-25
God doesn’t give us a timetable (“in due time”). 
Trust God and be a blessing wherever you go.
God wants you to be blessed.
If you do what you can do no matter how small, God will always do what you can’t do. God is able. 
If God wants you to do it, you’ll do it. 
Giving up is easy. You don’t need the power of the Holy Spirit to give up. 
Ephesians 5:5-7
Proverbs 22:10
Philippians 4:11
I picked up The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word  and I plan to read it cover to cover before Luis Palau’s City Fest. 
What Joyce talked about this weekend is WWJD. Get with the program.  
God Bless
Giselle
Soli Deo Gloria

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