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This week I published a post on fear. I also shared a  New York Times article on Facebook about teens and anxiety. Anxiety seems to be the accepted medical term. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America anxiety disorders affect “40 million adults (18-54) every year.” Fears range from general to specific, but whatever the type, it brings torment to the person involved.

But kids are suffering too. I was surprised to find out in the Times article that schools arrange 504 plans for students with anxiety. 504 plans are typically used for students with physical or mental conditions to accommodate a special need. They provide for verbal testing or individualized testing, modified class schedules and requirements or even physical therapy. But now 504 plans are used for students to avoid what they perceive as frightening situations. Some of the changes include  “later school start times, less homework and more project-based learning.” 

But are they taking avoiding fear too far? The article mentions parents as problems, but schools also do a lot of modifying for what one school calls its “fragile students.” Calling and texting the students to try to get them out of bed, out of their room and to try to execute their studies for the day. Preparing special classrooms, allowing students to leave classrooms when they feel anxious, etc.

Most professionals believe anxiety to be treatable. The approved methods are behavior therapy and medications like Zoloft, Prozac and tranquilizers. The best they say is a combination of therapy and medication. Web Med says exercising and avoiding caffeine can help. They also recommend scheduling a time to do your worrying. What?! Isn’t that cementing the behavior as a habit?

I realize many professionals do not recognize the Bible as a medical reference, but it says the word is medicine. Also it has a lot to say about fear. As in don’t do it. Why? Because it brings torment. (1John 4:18) It shows a lack of trust in the goodness of God and it activates Satan. Fear is to be resisted not accommodated. It is a spirit. And if you are a born again child of God, God did not give you a spirit of fear. (2Timothy 1:7)

According to Romans 12, the world pushes on us. It tries to break us and push us into its mold. But we have to push back, constantly resisting or we lose ground. The borders close in around us. Our minds need to be renewed by the word like Romans 12 tells us. That is Kingdom style behavior modification isn’t it?

Then we resist the fear, using the word, the truth, to make it leave. It is a spirit and it has to go because He who lives in us is greater than he who is in the world. There’s much more to cover on the topic isn’t there? (PTSD is a whole other conversation.) The big question is why is fear becoming more of an issue?

The Bible tells us to be alert, and Peter is the one who passes that message to us. (1Peter 5:8-9) God’s mercies are new every morning and Satan launches his campaign anew everyday too. So, we need to be ready to resist everyday.

Do you know someone suffering with anxiety? Maybe it is you? I’d love to know what you think. Do you think anxiety disorders are inherited or a learned behavior? Should fears be avoided or confronted? As a Christian how do you teach children to handle fear? Please write your comments below.

If you struggle with fear here’s a great resource to help you. And here.
 

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Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:48:53 GMT //flyingeaglepublications.com/blog/my-thoughts-on-the-nyt-anxiety-article
The Spirit That Conquers Fear //flyingeaglepublications.com/blog/the-spirit-that-conquers-fear

As a disciple, Peter had his issues. Sometimes he spoke too much. Sometimes he spoke when he just should’ve kept quiet. He was bold, but sometimes without thinking. Or, even understanding. 

Critics called him a Galilean, which he was because he was from the west coast of the Sea of Galilee. But they weren’t criticizing the location. Galileans had a reputation for being simple, rough, independent and blunt. Their northern accent was even considered harsh.

Peter was not a cultured man in the sense of being polished and possessing an elite education. His culture was of the common man, a fisherman, a blue collar type with experienced calluses on his hands. His education was also of the common type— common sense. Even his name, Simon, was common.

In short, he was not a Paul. Peter’s speech used short sentences that were to the point. Paul spoke in paragraphs and put Peter-types to sleep. Peter admitted Paul was hard to understand and required thought. (2Peter 3:16) 

Peter’s transformation from a disciple that swayed between brave and weak to a leader as solid as a rock is the stuff of heroic legend. We read he cut off a soldier’s ear and then ended up running away in the Garden of Gethsemane. We see him lying to save his Galilean tail when a girl pointed him out during Jesus’ trial.

We see him walking on water until “he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.” (Matt 14:30) Then Jesus rescued him and gave him yet another scolding. 

But somewhere along his journey Peter conquered his tendency to fear what he saw and heard. Towards the end of his career he wrote that we should cast all our cares, anxieties, on God because God cares for us. (1Peter 5:7) 

Apparently Peter learned to cast. 

In Acts 12 he had been taken by Herod Agrippa and put into prison. He was guarded by sixteen soldiers. He was awaiting his death. But the man who previously saw the waves is not freaking out at the sixteen faces confronting him, surrounding him, reminding him of the fate that awaited him and the authority behind that threat.

The man who previously sank in the water, who scrambled to save himself, is not scheming or pleading to be released from the chains holding him. He is sleeping.

The night before his planned death he was asleep in his chains. You can’t get calmer or more fear free than asleep.

What was it that brought about the change? Listen to what he said. “Cast all your cares on him [God] because he [God] cares for you.” A revelation of God’s love got down deep into the inner chambers of Peter’s being. Another  disciple said it this way, “Perfect love casts out fear.” (1John 4:18)

When Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2), love and power came in. The Holy Spirit is God, and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit that conquers fear.

But Peter shows us staying fear free requires diligence in casting. Casting is throwing. And when you throw fear or worry, you don’t fetch them. They stay where you threw them. When you allow God into the space where fear is camping out, fear leaves. When you let God live there, not allowing fear to move back in, transformation begins.

Peter threw the worry on God’s shoulders. Peter didn’t keep it, fuss over it and he didn’t talk about it every chance he got. He threw it off so completely, he was sound asleep when an angel came to rescue him.

What areas in our lives does fear and worry have an address? It is time to evict them and let God move in.

Image by Jose A Thompson courtesy of Unsplash

 


 

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Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:35:06 GMT //flyingeaglepublications.com/blog/the-spirit-that-conquers-fear
Jesus Puts the Good in Good Shepherd //flyingeaglepublications.com/blog/jesus-puts-the-good-in-good-shepherd

My family raised sheep, so I know what a good shepherd does, and I know what the sheep look like who are in the care of a good shepherd. I am sure you do too.

In John 10 Jesus describes those who trust in Him as His sheep. Verse 9 says, “I am the door. If anyone enters in by me, he will be saved, and will go in and go out, and will find pasture.” (WEB)  Going in and going out can be a picture of our relationship with Jesus. We come in to Him and we find nurture. We go out and we find supply. The word for pasture is nomē. According to Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries, it means pasturage, fodder, food: in figurative discourse εὑρήσει νομήν, i. e. he shall not want the needful supplies for the true life, John 10:9.

He shall not want the needful supplies for the true life. Did you hear that? That is why Jesus went on to say in the next verse (John 10:10) He came so that “they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” It points to Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want.” The good shepherd watches over every aspect of his sheep’s condition. 

Today, I want to share the testimony of one of His sheep. It is a guest post, and I hope it encourages you.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

 Trust! Hello! 
As you can see in the verse above the first word is “Trust”. A big word with lots of power in itself. We are not to put our trust in ourselves, in the world, or in man. We need to put ALL of our trust in our Father God. The one who created us and knows all things. 

God knows all. After all He is the creator of all things (Genesis 1 and 2). God created us in His own image Genesis 1:26-27. “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Trust was something I struggled with for years. Something I would look to man to fulfill for me. As I have grown in my relationship with Christ, He has been teaching me about trust. He didn’t create me to trust man, but to trust in Him. 

I can say to this day, I trust in Him with all my heart. He has shown me one time after another that I can trust in Him. His “…word is alive and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword…” (Hebrews 4:12). I know that what He says in His word, He will do. He is the same “ …yesterday, today, and forever “(Hebrews 13:8). He never lies. His word is backed in blood. 

When things look tough, don’t make sense, I know I can always turn to Him, and He will listen. I immediately go to praying in tongues and allow Him, the greater one on the inside of me (1 John 4:4) to work on my heart and fix and establish it to His ways, not my own. I have made a decision’s in my life, Gods Word is first and final authority, He comes first in my life.

 I know if a time comes when my mind wants to lean on its own understanding, I know I need to be in His word and allow the Word of God to work and change me. I will NOT allow satan to have any control. Jesus came and paid a heavy price for my freedom, and for yours. 

I will honor His blood and all He did for me. Jesus took away the authority satan had, we, as born-again believers have the authority to speak to all, including resisting and binding satan in the Name of Jesus. Yes, Jesus also gave us the authority in His Name and by His blood. So, satan has no right to put thoughts into my mind, I speak to my mind and tell my mind to get in line with the Holy Spirit.

As I continue to put my trust in my Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I know that I have nothing to fear. Even at this very moment as I am typing this, the world, and man would say we have no chance of making it. I am sorry to disappoint you, BUT I serve a mighty God who has promised He will not leave me nor forsake me. He never has and never will. I trust in my God, who is good and loves me. After all, God, Love Himself created me– and you! (1 John 4:16). 

I Danielle, trust in Jesus my Lord, and God my Father with all my heart, with all my strength with all my mind, (Matthew 22:37). 

I pray this has touched your heart and allowed you to know you are not alone. You have a Father, a Father who loves you and has never left you and never will.

 

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:42:36 GMT //flyingeaglepublications.com/blog/jesus-puts-the-good-in-good-shepherd
Undo the Overwhelm //flyingeaglepublications.com/blog/undo-the-overwhelm

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed. I wear a lot of hats, none I want to give up. The secret to victory is knowing when to do what. The secret is tied to the source from which our decisions are made and our thoughts rule.

What the heck does that mean? Yeah, I didn’t get it for a long time either.

In the sentence, Sometimes I feel overwhelmed, we can locate my thought process by the word feel. I’m thinking out of my emotions, my flesh and what I see in my mind as scary impossible– that huge difficult task, for example. But if you are a born again child of God, this should not be where you dwell.

Our true source of victory is located south of the mind. The Holy Spirit inside us is located in the center of our being. This is the place from which insight and wisdom may be found. But if we ignore the Word and we ignore the Holy Spirit, the flesh takes over. Then we make decisions based on experience, tradition and advice from the world. That is how the carnal mind operates, and it is brings death to whatever it controls.

Instead what does the Word say about those tasks, schedules, meetings, problems, fears, worries and concerns? Find three verses that speak to the circumstances then speak them over yourself. This is the mind led by the Spirit. The Spirit is telling the mind what to think. 

Need wisdom, for example? Here are three:

  • I ask God for wisdom and He is generously giving it to me. James 1:5
  • I am being filled with the knowledge of God’s will through all wisdom and spiritual understanding. Colossians 1:9
  • I am trusting in God with all my heart and not on what I think I know. He is leading me, and He will show me what to do. Proverbs 3:5-6

Write these down and read them outloud several times a day until the stress leaves. Act on the wisdom you are given and continue to depend on the Word. 

So this is my recipe for undoing the overwhelm, and it works because the Word works. To quote Jed Clampett, “Once you’ve tasted turkey, you ain’t likely to settle for tripe.”

Hope this blesses you!

Photo by Oleg Magni from Pexels

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Tue, 06 Nov 2018 18:49:10 GMT //flyingeaglepublications.com/blog/undo-the-overwhelm
NOAH //flyingeaglepublications.com/blog/noah

It is the ultimate survivor tale. One man and his family are the only people alive on earth after a magnificent disaster. It is the stuff of fables. A boatload of animals and four men and four women are the source of countless species and billions of people.

But it is more than an adventure, and surprisingly it is not a fable. Discover Noah’s world unfolding in the fields of modern science and archaeology. Find out the truth hidden in legends and buried in the open for all to see.

This is Noah’s life story as the Bible and the ancients told it.

Find it here.

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Mon, 05 Nov 2018 20:14:04 GMT //flyingeaglepublications.com/blog/noah
When God Says Take A Break //flyingeaglepublications.com/blog/when-god-says-take-a-break

Today the lyrics of a song are playing in my head. It is the phrase, “It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You,” from Fight My Battles by Elyssa Smith.

Elijah was one prophet who had to fight a few battles. God told him at one point to hide because the rulers wanted him dead for pronouncing a famine on the land. He sent Elijah to an unlikely refuge: Zarephath in Sidon, the heart and soul of Baal worship.

Elijah needed to be taken care of. He needed to eat. God picked out a poor widow in Zarephath for the job. In essence, God prepared a table for Elijah in the middle of his enemies. He was surrounded…but safe.

God is in the business of providing such tables. He has prepared one for us. It is a matter of perspective. We can focus on the ruckus or we can focus on His promise to defend, guard, provide and strengthen.

Today I’m focused on the fact that He fights my battles. I can sit down at His table. Rest. Take in the joy His presence gives because it may look like I’m surrounded. But I’m surrounded by Him.

 

Here is a link to one version of the song. Let’s praise Him for providing us a table.

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Tue, 25 Sep 2018 17:56:39 GMT //flyingeaglepublications.com/blog/when-god-says-take-a-break