Tonight, I wanted to spend some time discussing an upcoming Bible Study, 7 End Times Prophesies, that I will be starting this coming Monday, April 7, 2016, on Susan’s Devotional Journal. It will be a study about End Times Prophecy in the Bible and the World today.
The Spoken Word…This is Awesome!
He is Risen!
Do you have anxiety or fear? Some of us say, “anxiety” while others say, “fear.” I have anxiety. It is well controlled most of the time at this point, but there was a time when I was anxious to the point of frequent panic attacks. I will start with some definitions. First, anxiety is an uncomfortable state of inner turmoil. It is accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, complaints of body aches or illness and questioning your feelings. An anxious person has unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events and can even have feelings of imminent death. Fear is a response to a real or perceived immediate threat. Fear is directed toward a specific thing or event whereas anxiety is nonspecific and the cause can’t be specifically identified. Panic attacks are intense fear or apprehension of a sudden onset of symptoms such as heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, or feelings of unreality. Panic attacks last from minutes to hours. Panic attacks usually begin abruptly, peak in 10-20 minutes, and then subside but can recur again and again. It is one thing to define anxiety, fear and panic attacks but if you ever experience these symptoms listed, your life changes from that point on. You experience life through a fogged lens of colored glasses that distort your reality.
Some things that I experienced were:
My mind was constantly racing with ideas especially at night when I was trying to sleep.
I was always second-guessing myself and my decisions.
I couldn’t turn the anxiety off and would even have anxiety about being anxious.
I couldn’t remain present, “in the moment,” but was either ruminating about past events or worrying about the future.
I didn’t want to be a burden to others and my friends and family often didn’t know what to do to help me.
I knew there were things that could help my anxiety, but I felt anxious about trying them.
When I finally started counseling I felt the relief of being able to talk to someone about my anxiety and knew the counselor understood what I was experiencing. Controlling my anxiety was the focus of my life and my recovery. Without anxiety, I learned to know my inner self, inner soul and experienced a life I had never known before.
Some of the things I used to control my anxiety were:
I shared my fears taking away a lot of the scariness. I talked to a partner, someone I trusted such as a friend, family member, or counselor about my anxiety or fears.
I learned the hotline number to call 24/7 when I couldn’t reach family, friends or my counselor.
I learned the “what is the worst and best that can happen” scenario in the situation that caused anxiety and knew that somewhere in the middle would be the outcome.
I practiced staying “in the moment” and reset myself thinking if I started to worry about the past or future.
I learned to close my eyes, meditate, and visualize a safe place when my anxiety started.
I looked into my inner soul wisdom where I found my peace.
I learned to measure my anxiety level from 0-10 (similar to a pain scale). 0 was no anxiety and 10 was the worst level or panic attack level.
I learned that if I could use relaxation techniques such as deep breaths, visualization, or meditation, I could decrease my anxiety before I reached level 7 (my trigger level) and prevent my panic attacks.
It took about a year to learn the steps above. The steps aren’t learned in the order listed because some symptoms, like panic attacks, needed immediate attention so that the panic would decrease. I also had the help of anti-anxiety medication in the beginning and still use a low dose. During this time I had more success with the steps above and they became a routine that I practiced subconsciously. As I used the steps above I became less dependent upon my medication.
Today, I still experience social anxiety above a level 2-4 and try to use my steps to control this. I would be less than honest, though, to tell you I am comfortable in a crowd of people. I do best with small groups that I know. But I caution you that the help of a counselor to guide and support you as you practice these steps is invaluable for learning and accountability. With this help, you can learn to control your anxiety and fear rather than letting it control you. There is inner soul peace and wisdom with practice?
May you listen to your inner soul and experience life “in the moment”.
24 Things Only Anxious People Will Understand- http://www.buzzfeed.com/jennaguillaume/things-only-anxious-people-will-understand#.ta62VrlV1
Ten ways to fight your fears- http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/overcoming-fears.aspx
Last Day of Holy Week Devotional Study:Holy Day 8 – Easter Sunday
The Lesson: The cross and victory of the resurrection
24 But very early on Sunday morning[a] the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.
5 The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man[b]must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”
8 Then they remembered that he had said this.
JESUS AROSE FROM THE GRAVE! HE IS ALIVE! AMEN! Not just 2000 years ago but He lives today. The grave can’t hold our Lord. He fulfilled His purpose, His destiny. He was obedient to the will of God, His Father and died on the cross and rose again and now, we can live, too. All we have to do is confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you are saved, “born again” in Christ Jesus.
This is the free Gift of salvation. Then, your next step is to work toward becoming a disciple of Jesus. Let Him truly be the Lord of your life. Grow close to Jesus, become intimate with Him and an imitator of Him. “Why?” you ask. Because Jesus gave us this command right before he ascended into Heaven.
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
- 28:19 Or all peoples.
Jesus with all authority, commanded us to go and make others disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He told us to teach these new disciples to obey all the commands given to you and that He is with us always to the end of the age.
Yes. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice of God for us. Christ arrives right when it is supposed to happen and doesn’t wait for us to get ready because we were far too weak and rebellious to “get ready.” God put His love on the line for us by offering His Son as the Sacrificial Lamb of God for us while we were of no use and still sinners.
8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
- Jesus submitted Himself to His Father’s will and the cross for us.
- Jesus fulfilled His purpose and His destiny.
- Jesus died on the cross, but arose 3 days later and is ALIVE!
- Jesus conquered sin and death for us so we can be saved and born again.
- Jesus is as alive today as He was 2000 years ago.
- Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all and baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus also commanded us to teach others His commands.
Tonight, just write about what Holy Week has meant to you. What have you learned about Holy Week? Thank God and Jesus for the sacrifice they made for you. Read John 3:16 in your Bible. or on Bible Gateway.
Faith Confession (Repeat this if willing)
I was a sinner but now I am saved, a born-again believer in Christ Jesus.
I thank you for your sacrifice through Jesus Christ, Your son on the cross and His resurrection. Thank You for my growth in my prayer life this Holy Week and through the Prayermate App. Thank You for sharing this truly holy and sacred journey. Bless You, Jesus, for being the Lamb of God that took away the sins of the world. Thank You, that you are alive today and can teach us through the Holy Spirit and Your Words in the Bible. May we all celebrate Easter Sunday, Lord, and that we serve a living savior. Again, I also ask You, Lord, to be with the city of Brussels and those who died and were injured and their families and friends. Protect the city Father. Amen.
***TONIGHT IS THE LAST HOLY WEEK LESSON. THERE WILL BE A SHORT BREAK AND WE START A NEW LESSON ON END TIMES PROPHESY ON APRIL 4TH. PLEASE JOIN US. IT SHOULD BE INFORMATIVE AND EXCITING.***
Celebrate Christ’s GIFT to you,
The Holy Week Devotional. our Devotional and Study Resource is Authored by Pastor Leisa Wilkins, Assoc. Pastor, Katy, TX and Founder of Encouragement in the Word Ministries. The devotional is available on Kindle at Amazon.com.