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    I enjoy reading and writing, particularly so I can spread the Word of God and create everlasting relationships with those the Lord has placed before me. I also have strong interests in permaculture farming and all animals, reading, running, crafting, traveling, and volunteering at my local food pantry and church.

    " If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free"- John 8: 31-32

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  1. Good Afternoon Friends We have a new article to share with you all on Fasting, specifically steps for fasting as a beginner. I hope you enjoy the article! Be Blessed, Nick & Leah 7 Easy Steps For Fasted Prayer For Beginners Fasting is one of the greatest weapons we have for spiritual battle when teamed up with prayer. Here are 7 easy steps for beginners to fasted prayer. Throughout the entirety of the Bible, we see the power of fasted prayer. Fasting is still one of the greatest weapons we have for spiritual battle when properly paired with prayer. Maybe you have thought about fasted prayer in the past but never got around to it. I just recently started taking my fasted prayer seriously and have already seen its effectiveness. First of all, fasting may not be for everyone and if you have a medical condition of any kind or are at all concerned about the physical effects of fasting, please check with your doctor before doing so. Nowhere in the bible does it say that fasting is a required to live a fruitful life in Christ. Although media fasts and fasting from material things we pay too much attention to can be extremely beneficial in its own right, the type of fasting I am discussing in this article is a fast from food. For married couples who cannot do a fast from food, Paul does discuss a different kind of fast that can be done for a short time to devote yourselves to prayer. This is discussed in 1 Corinthians chapter 5. For many, fasted prayer has probably been something that you have thought of doing at one point but never got around to because you were not sure where to begin. My prayer is that this article can get you started on a journey of powerful spiritual battle. Here are 7 easy steps for fasted prayer for beginners! 1. Start small For those who have never fasted before, the idea of going for any period of time may seem daunting. But remember it’s not a race and it’s not about how long you fast, it all comes down to your motives behind the fast. God doesn’t reward fasted prayer based off of how much you deprive your body, it’s all about the heart. So honestly examine what would be a good start for you, is it one meal? A day? A week? Make sure to pray about how you should begin your fasted prayer journey. Over time, you can increase the length of your fasts if you feel the need or if something is pressing on your heart. 2. Plan The Fast It is important to not just bring your food intake to a screeching halt. You also want to know how long you intend to fast for ahead of time. This is where planning comes in. Remember first and foremost, fasted prayer is something that should be done for no other reason than to humble yourself before God and to take the focus off yourself and put it on your prayers. “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:16 After you pray about how long your first fast should be, you should begin to plan exactly when you will start your fast and exactly when you intend to finish. If you plan to just fast a meal at the beginning this may seem irrelevant but it’s good to put into practice for when you begin to fast for extended periods of time. When you know exactly when you intend to end the fast, you can more easily turn your focus away from the next meal and aim it toward heaven as your lift your prayers to God. 3. Pre Fast Prayer Before you begin your fast it is important that you first get your heart in the right place and to ask God to open the eyes of our heart to not only the areas of our own lives that need spiritual warfare but also the lives of others. Recently I have been fasting for just 24 hours each week and it has really been transforming my prayer life. Before I fast each week, I pray the day before just asking God to show me what I should bring to Him in fasted prayer and to reveal those around me who need deliverance and healing. This allows me to go into my fasted prayer with even more intent and focus. Not only does it give fasted prayer more direction, it also helps us to realize how important fasted prayer is and gives us even more motivation to do it. You can even keep a list of people and circumstances you want to pray for. 4. Preparation For The Fast After planning out your fast and praying about it, it is time to prepare physically for it. I myself have been intermittent fasting for years a part of my diet regimen and follow a fairly strict diet as it is, but for most pre-fast diet preparation is extremely important. Remember that fasted prayer is not about losing weight or depriving yourself of food, it’s about dedicating time and focus intently on prayer. Even with this in mind, it is still important to remember that it can be a big shock to the body, that is why step number one, start small, is so important. No matter how long you intend to fast for, the safest way to start fasting is to clean up your diet a bit ahead of time. This doesn’t have to be a drastic diet change just simply being cautious of what you are eating the week prior and decreasing your intake slightly will be enough to help ease into the fast. 5. Fasted Prayer When I first started fasting and praying, I was not sure if I should pray in the middle or at the end of my fast or if it even mattered at all. Initially, I set up an hour block near the end of my fast to dedicate to prayer. This will be entirely up to what you feel God putting on your heart. Honestly, I ended up just praying continuously throughout the day because God kept putting people and circumstances on my heart. This has become my favorite aspect of my fasted prayer journey, when I go into my fast I feel like I am going into battle, putting myself aside to pray for the needs of many. You will quickly find that your prayer will go far beyond the list you made from your pre-fast prayer time. 6. Drink Plenty of Water This fast is from food only you still want to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. For some, this may take some getting used to since most people don’t drink nearly as much water on a daily basis as they should. It is important to keep in mind that though you may not usually consume much water in general, without getting water from food and other sources, drinking water is crucial. Though hydration is extremely important, don’t stress out about trying to find out exactly how much water your body needs. An easy way to stay hydrated is just to drink a large glass of water every time you would typically have a meal or whenever you feel hungry. The best part about water intake is it is actually fairly hard to drink too much, so just go off of how your body feels and you shouldn’t have any issues. 7. End the fast slowly At the end of your first fast, you may be eager to head to your favorite fast food joint and order the entire menu. Bad idea. It is really important, especially if you have fasted for more than 24 hours to ease back into food. Otherwise, you could end up making yourself sick or at the very least feel extremely uncomfortable. I would say to keep it simple. Just start first by having a salad and a big glass of water. Then maybe some bread or a light snack. Remember that unless you have been fasting for weeks, you aren’t “starving” so just take it easy as you reintroduce the food to your body. You may find that you want to extend your fast when you reach the end. If this is the case, don’t just keep going aimlessly. Take time to pray about extending the fast and then plan it out before you continue. Fasted prayer can seem extremely intimidating at first and many people put the idea aside without even giving it a try. Maybe you are reading this article right now and you have thought about trying it yourself but never got around to it. Now is the time! Just follow these simple steps and adjust them where needed. Remember, fasted prayer is a personal journey and it is just between you and God. The length of time or how hungry we feel isn’t going to “enhance” our prayers but as we humble ourselves and put aside our fleshly desires we can bring our focus to the heart of prayer and overcome spiritual barricades in Jesus name!
  2. Hello Friends! We have a new article I would like to share with you all on contentment. When I look at my life now compared to how it was before I had a relationship with Jesus, I could use many words to describe myself and one of them is content. This comparison of my life before and after being saved inspired me to write one of our newest articles, 7 Ways To Be Content. I hope you enjoy this read and share it with someone who may need to read it! Be Blessed, Nick & Leah Co-Founders of Abide and Seek 7 Ways To Be Content We live in a world where more is greater and bigger is better. More clothes, bigger bank account, more cars, more “friends”, bigger house, and more degrees. Yet, why do we find ourselves not content and empty once we have accomplished all these goals? There is a sound reason for this and it is our lack or absence of a relationship with Jesus. 1 Timothy 6: 6-10 reads, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” We live so much for this world only and that is why all these things amount to nothing.The only valuable and unchanging thing we can bring into our lives is a true lasting relationship with Jesus Christ, who is not of this world. Once we recognize and need this relationship, being content with what we have and where we are going in our lives is much more accepting and enjoyable simply because it is how God intended us to live. Here are 7 ways to be content with your life and you might be surprised that less is actually more! 1. Find What is Missing If you do not have a relationship with Jesus currently, then I am here to tell you that this relationship is your missing piece of the puzzle of life! We need this relationship to truly feel fulfilled and content. As you develop your relationship with Him, life will start to make a lot more sense and you will see your life and others through a completely different lens. You will feel God closer to you and that is because of this relationship with Jesus. Jesus said,” I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 So you might ask, how do I develop a relationship with Him? You will want to start by truly learning who Jesus is. Start by reading your Bible or using a Bible app. I would recommend starting with the Book of John. And for all you nerds like me who feel they need to start at the beginning of every book and work your way through, I am here to let you know that the Bible doesn’t necessarily need to be read that way. The writings about Jesus’s life begins in the New Testament but the Book of John specifically does a great job of explaining Jesus’s life for those who don’t know really anything about Him. That is why I am recommending you to start there. There are prophecy and discussions of Jesus as our Messiah in the Old Testament. But Jesus’s life on earth is written in great detail later on, once He came to dwell with us. 2. Live In The Word Once you get a taste of the Word of God you will continually want to read it! It not only contains wisdom but love. Words that apply to our lives no matter what year these books are read, whether it was 500 years ago or today. That is because God never changes, He remains the same over time. If you are able to get into the Word of God through reading your Bible, many verses will stick with you. God’s guidance will hang on your tongue when you need it the most or need to share it with others. The Word of God is so powerful it can and will change your life for the better! 2 Timothy 3:16-17 reads, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” The Bible is there to make us righteous servants of God and for the good of ourselves. You might be wondering when we are going to get to the list of things that help us to be content. But see, these suggestions that are to follow are only effective if you have developed a relationship with Jesus and continue to read His Word. Otherwise, we will fall right back to where we started because Jesus is our foundation. When all else fails He will not! 3. Remove The Poison Once you have come to realize the expectations and guidelines God has for us are there to make our lives happier, you will find yourself wanting to live a life as a follower of Jesus. This may mean losing certain people in your life or deciding to break bad habits. In Luke 11:28, Jesus said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” If we know that God has considered the actions we are currently doing are wrong and we remove our selves from those situations so we are able to avoid sin, then we are obeying the Word of God. And many times it is as easy as us removing ourselves from certain situations. Like the “pushy” friend who always ends up influencing you to do something you otherwise wouldn’t do or the bad spirited co-worker that seems to complain about everything instead of helping build others up. We should pay attention to these situations because they can indirectly affect us. 4. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others One of my favorite Pastors to watch online is Steven Furtick. If you ever want to watch a great sermon I would recommend one of his! But one of my favorite quotes about comparing ourselves to others came from one of his sermons and he said,“The reason we struggle with insecurity is that we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” Wow. When I heard him say this, it immediately gave me in one sentence how to communicate with others what we are actually doing. We don’t see the struggle and tears behind the job promotion a friend may have received or how many courses someone may have failed before they received their degree. God has made you for a reason. Comparing ourselves to one another will just distract us from what He has planned for us. Besides, we should be encouraging and excited when someone accomplishes something great! Not sulking and comparing our associate’s degree to someone’s Doctorate. We should lift up those around us and focus on what we need to do. God has a great plan for you, don’t let other people’s milestones distract you from that! 5. Let Go Of Materialistic Things This is something that has been so culturally impacted especially here in the US that it is astonishing to me the number of things we “think” we need, but at the same time advertisements are literally everywhere we look! On our apps, phones, computers, televisions, billboards, buildings even before we watch a video or listen to music, some form of ad is being introduced to us whether we want to watch it or not. Since coming to Christ, I can honestly say I don’t have the urge to spend my money on endless clothes, makeup, indulging in eating out and just pretty much watching myself accumulate things I truly don’t need. That is because I no longer have a void within me, Jesus filled every space that was empty within me. He filled it with love, joy, Godly experiences, trust, and hope. You all know what I am talking about when I say trying to”fill a void”. It’s that feeling we get when we have a bad day at work and have the urge stop on our way home at the mall the to buy “something”. Not even something we need, just we feel we “need” to buy something. That is the void within us that can only be filled with knowing Jesus. So you can buy Macy’s right out of business and still have this gigantic hole within you. That is us seeking God, yearning His closeness and without it, we are not content, we are simply empty. That feeling can be misunderstood, hence why we run out to find something more and it never satisfies that feeling. 6. Help Others Helping others is something God has intended us to do as well as desire.” Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ ” Galatians 6:2. For if God has said it, then that shall be the way we live! When we are self-absorbed and don’t care about anyone else, we are definitely not close to God. He wants us to love one another and there is a feeling that comes from the act of helping that is so pleasing to us and more importantly, pleasing to God. The lack of helping others can also feed into that emptiness we feel. So we should strive to take that extra moment and help someone who is in need. 7.Embrace Each Season Just as the leaves change from summer to Fall, we too find ourselves in different seasons of life. We are constantly changing, we may have an amazing year with huge milestones we have achieved and at later times we might find ourselves trying to hang on after experiencing tragedy and loss. But if we have developed a relationship with Jesus Christ, we should know that “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” No matter how hard life can become, God is with us. So if Jesus is our foundation, we cannot be moved! For He doesn’t experience seasons or changes as we endure here on earth. If you are able to find Jesus and bring Him into your life, I believe the remaining 6 ways to being content that we have discussed will begin to fall into place. You won’t need to depend on money to bring you happiness and contentment. That is because no money in this world can buy a relationship that is out of this world!
  3. Hey Friends! We haven't posted on here in a little while but I wanted to share some of our most recent articles with you. This article is titled Financial Freedom and was written by Nick to allow us to see that we don't have to live our entire lives tied to money! Nick and I have both experienced the stress and unhappiness that money can have on you, but we are here to tell you it doesn't have to be that way! We hope you enjoy! Be Blessed, Nick & Leah Financial Freedom Most people spend their entire lives in financial bondage. Money doesn’t have to rule your life, it’s time to break out of from its hold and find financial freedom! Money for most is a very touchy subject. It’s hard not to feel defensive about our funds when it feels like everywhere we turn someone is trying to lighten our wallets. It’s amazing when we stop to think about how much of our time and attention we give over to money. Either thinking of ways to earn it or ways to spend it. We quickly fall into a vicious cycle of wasting precious time chasing a dollar, only to spend it on things that we don’t even have time to use! The problem is that in reality, it’s not the money we desire but the false sense of security it brings or the momentary pleasure we gain from the things it buys. “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” Ecclesiastes 1:14 This wisdom from Ecclesiastes really speaks to the truth of our reality… all of life’s rewards are uncertain and ultimately unsatisfying. That is why to find true contentment we need a source of contentment that will ultimately satisfy. Jesus said in John Chapter 4 while speaking to the Samaritan woman, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Financial freedom isn’t found in learning how to better balance our checkbooks or with industry-leading secrets that can teach us how to hoard up our wealth. True financial freedom is found when we renew our minds and come to the source of living water that never runs dry. Overcome The Fear For some, the mere thought of money strikes fears into their hearts. With the thought of bills piling up and the feeling that you can never get ahead, it is hard not to worry about it. I myself lived paycheck to paycheck for years. As soon as I got paid the majority of my earnings were spent before that weekend was over. Besides all the money I wasted on alcohol, cigarettes and partying I was always blowing my money on things that I thought would bring me some sort of happiness. The funny thing is that the days spent in fear of over drafting my account each paycheck greatly outweighed the moments of delight I would find in the things I bought. Honestly at the time I was making lots of money, had very few bills or financial responsibilities and was single, but I still never had enough to keep up with my spending. When we live like this we quickly begin to drown in financial worries and burden. It corrupts not only our happiness but also the way we live our lives and our relationships. The fear of financial uncertainty is a heavy burden for anyone to carry. Fortunately, we don’t have to. We can never escape financial bondage by just trying to not spend money, it just doesn’t work, at least not in the long term. Have some people done this with success? Yes, of course, they have. Anyone can stop spending money but it isn’t a long-term solution. If we just stop spending money, instead of addressing the true issue, we don’t escape financial bondage, we just give it a new name and dress it in different clothes. Instead of spending all of our time worrying about making ends meet, we just find ourselves spending time wishing we didn’t have to pinch every penny as we dream of all the things we wish we could buy but can’t. To find true freedom we need to renew our minds and find contentment in the absence of “stuff”. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 If we turn toward Jesus and openly embrace His perfect love, fear has no place. Financial worry will fade away and through His word, we can begin to renew our minds and focus on finding contentment in Him. Overcome The Hold Renewing our understanding of the world and the role money has in our lives is a process. As we take time in prayer and in the word, we can be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Escaping the hold that money has on us is so important. Besides the fear and worrythat tags along with financial troubles, it also begins corrupt us in other ways. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…” 1 Timothy 6:10 Most people have heard this scripture before and maybe some have heard it but didn’t even realize that it was scripture. I have heard this misquoted so many times as “money is the root of all evil”. That is not what the scripture is saying. The true emphasis here is on the love of money. Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. For some, seeing this scripture might be a bit disheartening. Most of us don’t mind turning to God when we are in need… but can’t we live for this world too? The truth is we can’t. We have to choose because the two are in conflict with each other. Paul said in Galatians 5, “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other so that you are not to do whatever you want.” If we want to truly escape the hold that money has on us we need to turn away from it and turn toward Jesus. The good news is that if the two are in conflict with each other, you can be sure that when you truly surrender to the Lord there is no place for financial bondage. If the son sets you free you will be free indeed! Most of all it’s important to remember that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, not money itself. If we can overcome the fear that tags along with money and the hold it has on our lives, we can do something truly amazing. We can take the tool the enemy has been using to keep us in bondage and use it against him to build up God’s kingdom! Overcome The Need We have talked about overcoming the fear and the hold that money has on our lives, now it’s time to talk about overcoming the need. But as the two previous sections spoke to the process of obtaining financial freedom, this one speaks to the power of we have when we obtain that freedom. I’m not talking about overcoming our need for money. Unless you decide to start your own homestead, grow your own food, and make your own clothes, there’s going to be some need for it in your life. What I am talking about is our ability to use what the enemy intends for evil and purpose it for good; to use what God gives us to overcome the need in the world. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:34-40 We need to always keep the royal law found in scripture, love your neighbor as yourself on our hearts. God’s kingdom is a kingdom built onselflessness and service to others. A life lived in the bondage of the world is a selfish life full of wandering and disappointment. We all at one time have lived this way and everyone feels the emptiness this life leads to. It drives us to loneliness, unhappiness, depression, anxiety, addiction and it just gets darker and darker as we seek to find just a little fulfillment and joy among the gloom. It is also important to remember that most of us reading this article have way more than most of the world. Almost 50% of the world’s population lives on around $2 a day! That means if your household is bringing around $4,000 a month you are making 100 times as much money as 50% of the world’s population. Though not every household in the U.S. is making this much money, it’s still amazing to think about how people who are making that much are struggling to make ends meet. The only way to truly find financial freedom is through a relationship with Jesus Christ. “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 We will never find financial freedom through pursuing more money or learning to “want less”. True freedom is found only through life in Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Whoever drinks His water will never thirst! Indeed His water will become in you, a spring of water welling up to eternal life!
  4. Hey missmuffet! Nick here, thanks so much for the response. Back before I was cured of my anxiety I thought there was no cure also! As I said in the article everything I read said that my anxiety was something I was going to have to deal with the rest of my life. Thank God this is not the case and there is a cure found in Jesus Christ. Obviously, I have no way of proving this to you but I praise God every day for the way my life is now compared to the crippling life of fear I was enslaved to before Jesus. I was also addicted to cigarettes and alcohol previously and have been clearly cured of both of those and haven't had a single drink or cigarette in 3 years. I myself do not believe in coincidence, and due to the fact that the world claims that there is no cure clearly points to my being cured as something supernatural. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I have myself concluded that said supernatural power is nonother than the sanctifying work of the spirit in my salvation. Basically, all I know is that I am no longer a slave to fear! I am a child of God! To God be the glory and power forever and ever amen! Love, Nick
  5. Hey simpleJeff ! This is Nick, this is my first time replying on the forum so I apologize if I am doing so incorrectly. As to support/ testimony check out Acts chapter 2. Here we see the apostles receive the Holy Spirit and Peter boldly preaches repentance in Jesus name and 3000 people come to Jesus that day! After that, we see how the early believers sold all of their possessions and gave to everyone who had a need. These people were receiving the Holy Spirit and there was clearly a huge change in their lives. Keep in mind at the end of the gospel of John, Jesus appears to his disciples after he is raised from the dead but where are they both times? Locked up in a house for fear of the Jewish leaders! Now after these men receive the Holy Spirit they boldly go out into the streets and are proclaiming the name of Jesus! It all really comes down to the simple truth preached by Peter in Acts 2:38, 38Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Also we see in 1 Peter 1:8, "Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls." I hope I answered your question well enough! Let me know if you have any other questions! -Nick
  6. Hello Friends! Did you know that approximately 40 million adults in the U.S. struggle with an anxiety disorder, that’s over 18 percent! This statistic absolutely blew my mind!Nick decided to write on this topic for the today's article for three reasons, 1.) So many people suffer from this disorder and many of them are people we care for yet we may not even know they are struggling with anxiety. 2.) Nick himself struggled for years with anxiety and understands the pain that comes with it and 3.) There is something to cure it, whether you have heard differently or not. This article is biblically and personally based, but with that being said, there is nothing but truth behind this article. I hope you enjoy this article titled " The Cure For Anxiety" it and share it with someone who may need to see another perspective on this awful disorder. Be Bless and We Love You All, Nick & Leah The Cure For AnxietyPiShareweet Anyone who has struggled with anxiety knows the hopelessness that tags along. No matter what you have been told, anxiety can be cured. There is freedom in the name of Jesus. Approximately 40 million adults in the U.S. struggle with an anxiety disorder, that’s over 18 percent. Yet one of the biggest lies we believe when struggling with anxiety is that no one can understand what we are going through. The internet is flooded with tips and tricks to try to ease anxiety and honestly, there are some things out there that can help to ease the anxiety at times or help to control panic attacks. The problem is that these “techniques” only ease the symptoms temporarily. I myself struggled with extreme anxiety for years. I remember searching all over for a cure and I tried everything. The most disheartening thing I seemed to always stumble across was that anxiety was something I was going to struggle with forever and I needed to just find ways to ease the symptoms of it. I am here to tell you that this is simply not true. As I write this I have been anxiety free for almost 3 years now! This didn’t happen by accident or with some special pill or tea, I was cured of my anxiety and set free forever by Jesus Christ. The Cure For Anxiety My Struggle With Anxiety Before surrendering my life over to Jesus a few years ago I was living a very destructive life. I was a cigarette smoking alcoholic who spent most of my days playing music and partying. Being in a band can be an awesome experience in so many ways, the people you meet the relationships you build, and simply just the enjoyment of playing music. For me, however, living this way came at a cost. I quickly began to be consumed by the alcohol and drugs, and my life began to slip through my fingers as I struggled to hold on to what was left of it. This is when the depression and anxiety began to consume my life. It got to a point where I couldn’t go anywhere or do anything without having at least a couple drinks. I couldn’t even go grocery shopping because I would have a panic attack while waiting in line. The only way I could get through it was to get wasted and even then, I would still be anxious. I felt like there was really no escape. The darkness of it all began to completely consume me. I remember spending so much time searching the internet for an answer, the most disheartening thing of all was that no one had one. I began to accept the fact that this was how my life would be forever. The thought of living this way for the rest of my life weighed heavily on my mind. I remember thinking that I could never get married or start a family because I would never be a good husband or father living in fear like this. Then one night when I was at my lowest point ever, I decided that I no longer was willing to live like this, that I couldn’t live like this anymore. I was laying on my bathroom floor weeping and finished with this horrible tormented life I was living. I remember saying out loud that I was done, that I was giving up and that I no longer wanted my life. That’s when Jesus stepped in. I felt him calling to me as if He wanted my life and I told him “fine if you want my life you can have it.” In that moment I felt a warm calm embrace as if someone was there with me holding me. As I continued to cry, I began to laugh as I felt filled with joy and excitement. In that moment I just found myself thanking Jesus over and over and saying “I don’t know what you want from me or what I need to do but just show me and I’ll do it. I want to live for you!” At that moment my entire life changed… forever. Get Up and Walk The next day, for the first time in forever, I woke up with a huge smile on my face. As I stretched out my arms the excitement for the day flooded my body. Something was different and I knew that my life was completely changed. I never forgot that promise I made to Jesus that night, that I wanted to live for him. Honestly, at first, I had no idea what that looked like. So I began to pray and for the first time in my life, Jesus felt real, close, and my time in prayer felt intimate. Since that night I have been completely sober and smoke-free for almost 3 years now. It was truly a miracle. At the time before that, I was smoking over a pack of cigarettes a day for over 5 years and was drinking heavily every single day. My depression was also completely gone but the anxiety was still lingering. At first, I didn’t get it, I knew first hand the power God had and I truly believed that He could heal my anxiety but it was still there. The echoes of the internet saying that this was something I was going to struggle with forever again began to flood my mind again. But I didn’t let the doubts consume me, I knew that Jesus could take this thing from me so I began to pray like never before. At this point I was reading my bible every single day, not to know more about the faith but purely to know Jesus more on a more personal and intimate level. That’s when I stumbled across 2 Corinthians 12. “…Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” When I read this I felt the spirit completely overwhelm me and I knew that this was what was happening in my life. I was praying time and time again and God wasn’t taking away my anxiety but I realized that he was using it to grow me in some way. Now I began to pray with more focus and more intent asking God to reveal to me what He needed me to learn from this experience. Then one day when I was praying, afterward I realized how thankful I had become for my anxiety because it had allowed me to really rely on God and pray for his strength before every single thing I did and before every decision I made. That’s when I heard Him say to me “Get up and walk!” I remember laying there in bed saying this over and over in my head “Get up and walk, get up and walk, get up and walk. What do you mean, get up and walk?” Then it hit me. I was flooded with the Holy Spirit and I felt an instant release from the tension of the anxiety and it was gone. As I lay there overwhelmed and crying, I realized that I had already been healed from my anxiety and God had already supplied everything I need through the death of his son on the cross. I had been saved, healed, delivered in Jesus name. I just need to get up and walk in my salvation! A Life of Freedom The power of the gospel is not what it can give you or what it can do for you, it is all about what God wants to change you into. He wants to transform you into something completely new. So often as Christians we feel God is obligated in some way to bless us or heal us when the reality is that we are missing the whole point. It is already finished, God has already done so much more for you than you than you can ever imagine. You just have to believe and realize it. There is true freedom in the name of Jesus beyond anything this world could ever give us. Through him, you can be completely forgiven of your sins and be made new. The truth is that most people don’t really want to repent of their sin because they are ignorant of what sin really is. Sin isn’t bad because God forbids us to do it, God forbids us to sin because it is bad. It defiles us, corrupts us, and tears us apart on the inside. Our sin is the reason that we face so much hurt and pain in this world. It is the root of our struggles, our fears, our doubts, our shame and God wants to set you free from all of that. These things are all connected to our sin so the only way to be free from its bondage is to be free from sin. God made this possible through Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17. We treat God as some kind of a killjoy like sin is awesome and God is trying to ruin our good time. Yet here we are in a world filled with pain and sorrow. We all know deep inside that we hurt and that there is something missing from our lives. With depression, anxiety, and suicide at an all-time high the world is desperate. People are turning to so many things for an answer but few are willing to just try Jesus, the only true answer. There are people who are willing to try experimental drugs with horrible side effects in search of some relief and yet won’t just try Jesus, a complete cure with side effects including… a peace that passes understanding and an inexpressible and glorious joy. The truth is Jesus is standing at the door of your heart and knocking, it’s up to you to answer the door. But if you answer it I can guarantee you that what you find on the other side is beyond anything you could ever think or imagine. There is a cure for anxiety and His name is the name above all names, Jesus Christ. He has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand with angels, authorities, and powers in submission to Him. He is the answer to all of it, there is freedom in His name. I will tell you from first-hand experience that there is nothing like Him and there never will be. I have been completely surrendered to Him for only three years now, but it has been the greatest three years of my life. I am smoke-free, sober, free of depression and anxiety and am living a completely joyous and abundant life in Him. For some, all of this may be hard to grasp or understand but I’m telling you just call out to him, taste and see that the Lord is good. Your life will be changed. Not only have I received complete freedom in Jesus name but now I am married and have a baby on the way. Every aspect of my life is a testimony to the grace of Jesus Christ and I am not ashamed to proclaim His name! At one point I thought I could never be a good husband because of fear, now I am a loving husband because I know what true love really is. At one point I told myself I could never be a good father because of fear, now I know that I am going to be the best father ever as I follow the example of my Heavenly Father. There is power in the name of Jesus, this isn’t about religion or trying to be a good person. This is about a relationship with the author and creator of the universe, made possible through the blood of Jesus Christ. If you are struggling with anxiety today it doesn’t have to be something you just “deal with” for the rest of your life there is freedom in the name of Jesus! P.S. If you are reading this today and you want to learn more about my testimony or what Jesus can do for your life, or if you just want prayer please email me at nick@abideandseek.com. I would love to hear from you!
  7. Good Morning Friends! We have an article I would like to share with you all that my husband wrote on our marriages and the relationship we have with Jesus Christ. Come check it out and let me know what you think! https://abideandseek.com/7-powerful-goals-for-your-marriage/ Be Blessed! Nick & Leah 7 Powerful Goals For Your Marriage If the only goal for your marriage is to achieve some form of happiness, then you are missing out on the amazing things God has planned for you and your spouse. “… ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Matthew 19:5-6. Marriage is a truly beautiful thing. Two becoming one joined together by God. It’s easy to lose sight of this powerful truth. We need to remember that we are no longer individuals, but one flesh and our actions and goals should represent that. I myself have not been married long, so it’s hard for me to truly speak of what it is like to be married for a long period of time. However, I feel that no matter how long you have been married to your spouse, it’s always important to have goals for your relationship. Establishing goals in every aspect of your life is important. It helps us set targets and motivates us to press forward. When we have goals, we can gauge our “progress” and adjust accordingly as opposed to walking blindly. In my own life, I have set goals for physical and spiritual fitness and have seen awesome changes in both areas. Now that I am a married man, there are certain goals I have implemented into my marriage. One of the most important things to do when setting goals for your life is to have a primary goal. For a truly abundant fruitful life, this main goal needs to be focused on life in Jesus Christ. Through Him, all life, blessing, and love flow. Here are 7 powerful goals for your marriage and the overarching theme of these goals is “focus”. This world is full of distractions looking to steal your focus, but when we have set goals we can direct our focus. If we can focus first on Christ and second on our marriage, our relationship with our spouse will flourish like never before! 7 Powerful Goals For Your Marriage 1. Focus On Companionship I wanted to start this list off with companionship because this is the root of all relationships. We need to spend quality time together if we want our relationships to flourish. As a couple, we should be setting aside time to just be alone and enjoy each others company. God initially made Eve because he saw that it “was not good” that Adam was alone. When we don’t focus on companionship, separation begins to occur within any relationship. I have so many friends from my past that I thought I would be friends with forever but now I don’t even speak to. Not because anything negative occurred within the relationship, but merely because we didn’t remain focused on companionship and taking time to keep in touch. When we focus on companionship and spending quality time with each other, we allow ourselves to stay close and committed to a healthy intimate relationship. This focus can be easily maintained by setting up a date night at least once a month. Even if this is just a private dinner for two in your own home! 2. Focus On Communication “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” James 1:19-20 This scripture can radically change the way you communicate not only with your spouse but with everyone. This is why a strong focus on Jesus Christ can change every aspect of your life. It can be hard to hold your tongue and to really listen when conversations began to get heated. We always feel like we need to get the last word or that our spouse is just not listening to our point. The truth of the matter is, that we are often the ones not listening because we are so focused on trying to convey our position as the correct one. Focusing on trying to “win” an argument with our spouse will always ultimately lead to a loss in some form in the end. However, if our focus is on glorifying God in all situations, this can change the conversation around quickly. Being slow to speak, quick to listen and slow to become angry is only possible if we care about producing the righteousness God desires. If we can get to this point in our relationship with Jesus, it can completely change the way we communicate with our spouse and lead to less arguing and more growth within our marriage. 3. Focus On Intimacy True intimacy goes far beyond the bedroom and it truly begins with intimacy with Jesus Christ. If we examine the world we see that all things that are born are a product of intimacy. It’s important to realize that this truth also applies to our relationship with our Lord and Savior. What many need in their marriage isn’t to fix the things that are broken but to breath new life into the relationship. There is only one who is able to create something truly new and that is the author and creator of all things, Jesus Christ. Through intimacy, with Jesus Christ, we can see a new spiritual birth in our marriages. Remember, that when we were joined together in biblical marriage we become one flesh. We need to work together in all things, this includes our spiritual growth. You may have an awesome relationship with Jesus and the same may be true of your spouse. But what does your marital relationship with Jesus look like? What I’m trying to say is how much intimate time do you spend together with Jesus with your spouse? How often do you read the word together? How often do you pray together? How often do you serve together? When you focus on intimacy together with Jesus Christ, you will drastically change the level of intimacy with your spouse. Remember, intimacy goes far beyond the physical realm and truly blooms through a spiritual relationship with Jesus. 4. Focus On Forgiveness “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 True forgiveness can often be a hard thing to do. Not to just tell someone that you forgive them, but to put their transgression behind you and out of mind. It’s important to remember that we are all going to make mistakes from time to time. Though some mistakes may seem worse than others, there is never any mistake that it’s too extreme to forgive. When we focus on Christ’s example, how he was willing to lay down his life for us and for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, how could we not show the same love to our spouse? Remember, your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Don’t let that someone be the unity of you and your spouse; forgiveness leads to strength and healing. 5. Focus On Prayer As a couple, we have an amazing advantage when it comes to praying. We all need to make sure we are setting aside specific times to pray together with our spouses. Honestly, Leah and I probably don’t spend enough time praying together. Don’t get me wrong, we do pray together from time to time and it is always such an awesome time of intimacy with Jesus. Every time we do pray together, we see such an amazing response and always seem to get powerful direct answers to those prayers. The effectiveness of these prayers is not just coincidence. Scripture makes this clear in Matthew chapter 18. “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in Heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19-20 We should make a decision to pray together daily and be taking advantage of the power of two agreeing and asking God for strength, power, and growth within our marriage. 6. Focus On Giving Giving is such a massive part of our walk with Jesus Christ. This not only means giving of our money but also of our time, attention, and love. Maybe you have always been a giving person and maybe you still are. The same could be true for your spouse. The question is how much are you giving as a couple? When you are filling up on Jesus as a couple, you should allow the overflow of what God is doing in you to pour out into the world around you. This can be accomplished by volunteering together and teaming up together, using the gifts God has provided to each of you to effectively serve. To learn more about using the gifts God has given you to serve the body, check out our article called The Body of The Church: Each Part Matters. The most important thing to remember when giving is to do so out of love, expecting nothing in return. Remember, that God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son. Out of our love for Him, we need to be willing to give freely. 7. Focus On Ministry One of the greatest things you can do as a couple is to start a ministry. In the process of creating this ministry, you are able to develop new bonds that you wouldn’t develop through other aspects of your relationship. To most, the idea of starting a ministry together may seem daunting or overwhelming. But your ministry doesn’t necessarily have to be a massive undertaking. It could be as simple as finding a need in your community and meeting it together. The greatest thing about deciding to start a ministry is that it allows you to have a more direct focus on serving the Lord. Before starting Abide and Seek, Leah and I started out by serving in other ways, such as volunteering and serving the local food pantry. These are still things that we do but with Abide and Seek we are spending every day together in the word and focusing on using this ministry to spread the light of Jesus throughout the world and help others grow in their relationship with Jesus. A ministry is not only a great way to serve together, but it also helps strengthen your relationship and Love for each other as you get to constantly see the gifts of your spouse on display glorifying God. With the new year here, many of us have probably set different goals for this year. If we want to see real growth and development within our marriage, we should make sure our marriage takes priority on our list of goals. Above all, remember that setting a goal is all about focus. We talked about focusing on companionship, communications, intimacy, forgiveness, prayer, giving, and ministry. These most definitely do not need to be the same for every marriage. You should use this article as a blueprint or merely as inspiration to come up with your own goals for you and your spouse. Either way, no matter how things are currently going in your marriage, there are always ways to improve and grow together. When we allow our first focus to be on Jesus and second on our spouse, we allow God to do great things with our marriage!
  8. Hello john1, I will pray for you as well. For God is listening to your prayers... " For I know the plans I have for you, " declares the Lord, " plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." Let you rest assure that He will always be looking out for you and laying a straight path for you to follow. Lord, please give john1 the ability to put all his faith in you, to trust you when he grows weary, and to understand there is so much to come! I pray he never gives up and continues to pray in your name. I pray that you bless him with someone great that he can share his love with. Someone who loves you as much as he. In Jesus' name, Amen
  9. Willa, Thank you for the advice Will do! The first thing most of us think of when we hear the word worship is music. The Bible tells us that worshiping our heavenly father goes so much deeper than our Sunday morning praise. First of all, I love worship music, I even wrote an article on How To Truly Engage In Worship on Sunday mornings. Being a part of the worship team at my church, I get to worship God while leading others to do the same and there is nothing like it. Throughout my week, I fill up on the Holy Spirit by listening to some of my favorite worship artists. Most of the time I do this by listening to the Family Life Network. I am fortunate enough to have a local Christian radio station and it is such a blessing! Even though worship music is one of my favorite ways to connect with my heavenly father, the Bible tells us other ways that we can give him all the glory. If we want to truly worship God the way He desires us to, it takes going beyond our Sunday morning service. It takes being willing to do more, to be more, and to give more of ourselves to glorify Him. When we get into a true state of worship, not only does it glorify God, but it rejuvenates our soul and strengthens us as we press forward toward eternal life. Worship In The Spirit “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”John 4:23 The greatest thing that sets us apart as Christians from every other religion, is the fact that being a Christian isn’t about religion but relationship. I know this has been said a million times, but it is still such a beautiful truth. We need to live in this truth and not just understanding it intellectually. This relationship is what life is truly all about. Our prize as believers in Christ is eternal life and this life doesn’t begin when we die, but the moment we repent and accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. In fact, eternal life is far more than life in Heaven after we die. Jesus himself said in John chapter 17, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” Eternal life is all about relationship with God! The very reason Jesus was born, died on the cross, and rose from the dead was to redeem us from sin and give us personal access to God through believing in Him. In Galatians, Paul talks about how the Law was just a guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. We no longer need to be in a specific place or follow a specific set of “rules” to worship God, we can do so freely anywhere! But in the scripture above, Jesus tells us that the kind of worshipers God seeks is those who worship in the spirit and in truth. What does it mean to worship God in the spirit? First of all, what is our spirit exactly? The Bible tells us that it is the very breath of Godwithin us! In Job 32:8 we see, “But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.” and in Genesis 2:7, “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Not only is our spirit the breath of God, but the scripture from Job tells us it is what gives us our understanding. Our spirit is where we get our consciousness of self, our intellect emotions, and creativity. Above all, it’s what separates us from the rest of God’s creation, being created in His image, and is what allows us to have a relationship with Him. So to worship God in spirit would mean to worship Him through whom He created us to be. Through our true inner selves, and through our intellect, emotions, creativity, and understanding. But if we are to worship him with through those aspects of ourselves, it’s important that we are also worshiping God in truth. Worship In Truth Without truth, worshiping in the spirit is not only meaningless but impossible. We live in a world that tells us that truth is relative and who you really are is based solely on who you say you are. The reality is we are who God says we are and who He created us to be. The only way to fully realize and understand this truth to the fullest extent is to know truth itself. What is truth? If you are asking this question right now, you are not alone. Jesus was asked this very question by Pilate shortly before he was handed over to be crucified. In John chapter 14, Jesus tells his disciples that HE is the way, and the TRUTH, and the LIFE. Also when Jesus is praying in John 17, he says, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” In the first chapter of John, Jesus himself is referred to as the Word. So the only way for us to know truth is through knowing Him. This is the main reason why I started memorizing scripture. So that I could meditate on the word day and night. It’s a powerful thing to have the truth written on your heart and having it flow through your mind and thoughts throughout the day. Through the word and our relationship with Jesus Christ, we can offer God the worship He seeks through the truth of who we are in Him. The spirit is where true worship begins, but it isn’t where it ends. True and proper worship extends from our inner selves to entire selves. Worship Through Surrender “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1 We serve a merciful God. We have all sinned and thus fall short of the glory of God. What we deserve for our sins is death. That’s the harsh reality of all our lives. But God in His great mercy sent His one and only son into the world to die for our sins, so we don’t have to. We owe him everything and our lives should reflect that. Being a living sacrifice sounds intense and that’s because it is intense. It’s about surrendering all you have and all you are at the feet of Jesus. We all live in a fallen world and will do so until the day when the Lord makes all things new. This doesn’t mean however that we should just remain in sin. We need to surrender every aspect of ourselves over to Jesus so that we can be made perfect in Him. Our willingness to surrender all we have over to God is the greatest way we can worship our Heavenly Father. Not only does it allow us to let go of control and surrender the throne of our lives to the only one worthy of sitting on it, it shows our true faith and the extent of our love for Him. Jesus said, “greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Out of his love for us, he laid down his life for us. The greatest way we could ever worship him is by laying down our lives at his feet and surrendering all we have to Him. Our faithful creator has provided a way for us to know him and live with him forever. He did this by sacrificing His one and only son on a cross for our sins. We owe Him everything and our worship should always reflect that. As we grow in Him through remaining in Him and His word, our worship begins to grow also. As we gain a fuller understanding of who we are through knowing who He is our spiritual worship will begin to bloom and flourish. This is the moment when we begin to fully surrender ourselves over to Him. Though worship is so much more than just praising Him through song on Sunday mornings, as we worship Him in spirit and in truth and through becoming a living sacrifice, we can more effectively let go and pour out our hearts to Him through song as we lift His holy name in praise!
  10. Good Morning Friends, We have another Friday article we are excited to share with you all on Worship! The first thing that comes to mind when most of us think about the word worship is music. The Bible tells us that worshipping our Heavenly Father goes so much deep than our Sunday morning praise and it can be done literally anywhere! So come check it out and see how worshipping can be done in other ways than through music. Be Blessed and We Love You All, Nick & Leah
  11. Hello Friends! We are looking for anyone who would interested to be featured on Abide and Seek's website for our Testimony of the Month page! We want to be able to share as many amazing testimonies as we can! Hearing another Christians testimony always just fills my heart and quite often makes me cry because it is so wonderful to hear the transformation someone goes through when coming to Christ! If you are interested you can follow this link to our home page, scroll down to Testimony of the Month and click share your testimony here button. We can't wait to hear and be able to share your testimonies! You can also message me if you have any questions Be Blessed and we love you all, Nick & Leah Co-founders of Abide and Seek
  12. Hello Friend I haven't used this forum for very long so that was the best place I thought of sharing my articles. I am not sure where discussion forum is located? Do mean I should just post it on my own profile or is there an actual section where I should be posting? Sorry, I didn't realize I was posting in the wrong area. The article in my posts is underline which includes a hyperlink to the article itself, so the material is included in each post I make regarding an article of mine. With kind regards, Leah Lincoln
  13. Prayers are answered in God's time, not ours. Leave your worries and prayers with Him and He will hear you as well as our prayer requests for your mother. Dear Lord, I pray you touch this woman who is experiencing great pain, please heal her and most importantly let her know that you are near. Let her family stand strong in their faith and know that you do all things with love. Even in the valley, we feel lost and are troubled, I pray we continue to look to you Lord and know that there is hope. Let us always remember Joshua 1:9 " Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go". In Jesus' name, Amen. Be Blessed and I will be praying for you and your mother, Leah Lincoln
  14. Hello Friends! We have another article to share with you all, this one pertaining to relationships. Nick did an awesome job on this article titled, " How To Find Your Soulmate". He incorporated related scripture, personal advice, and what it means biblically to have a "soulmate". So I invite you to come check it out and share with someone who may be struggling with their current marriage or struggling to find their " soulmate". Be Blessed, Nick & Leah Co-founders of Abide and Seek
  15. ello, Friends and Happy New Year! What better way to celebrate the first day of 2018 but with a fresh, new outlook on what is yet to come?! We have published an article just for today to get you all inspired for the next 364 days! Come check out Abide and Seek's newest article and start your year off with peace, love, and hope! Be Blessed, Nick & Leah Lincoln Co-founders of Abide and Seek 7 Awesome Bible Verses for the New Year Another year has passed us by and 2018 is here! It’s a new year and time for new and exciting things. These 7 verses will help you kick off the new year in a powerful way. Every year millions of people watch the ball drop in times square with excitement and anticipation. The new year can be an opportunity for new beginnings or maybe even renewal. We often hear everyone we know talking about their resolutions for the new year. Though many start the new year with exciting goals in mind, very few are still on track by the end of the first month. So what does it take to really do something new? Something unexpected? Some spectacular and awesome? If we want to really see true newness and change in our lives this year, it takes starting with the only one who can make something out of absolutely nothing. The one who is making all things new. And that is Jesus Christ. These 7 verses will help you enter into 2018 with a new focus and commitment to a powerful abundant life in Jesus Christ! 7 Awesome Bible Verses for the New Year 1. Live in Christ – 2 Corinthians 5: 17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” I absolutely love this piece scripture. Every time I see it I am just filled with an overwhelming excitement and joy. So often life weighs us down and we forget that we are no longer enslaved to the world. The old is gone the new is here! I chose this scripture to be first because this is where newness begins, with being in Christ. It is through him that we can begin a new fruitful and abundant life. It’s important that we remember this coming into the new year, no matter what resolutions we have to change our habits or physical activity, all goodness, joy, contentment, and completeness flows from one source, the true spring of living water, Jesus Christ. 2. Praise God – 1 Peter 1:3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” This new year as we embark on true life change, we should get ourselves into a truly humble position and start off the year with a spirit of praise. Too often we are so quick to try to throw out the past and move onto the new year with the hope that this year will be better. The problem with this mindset is we often focus too much on the failures and not enough on the victories. It is important that we start the new year by praising God for all the amazing victories he has delivered us in 2017. If you’re having a hard time coming up with said victories, a good place to start is by praising him for the ultimate victory that you have received in Christ. One of the greatest things you can do in faith is praise God not only for the victories we have received in Jesus name but also for all the victories we are about to receive and will receive in the future. With this mindset, we can really dive into 2018 excited and ready to glorify God to the fullest in this new year. 3. Be New – Ephesians 4:22-24 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” The first scripture we looked at encouraged us to realize that we truly are a new creation. This one encourages us to not only realize that we are new but to keep ourselves from slipping back into the old. We all live in a fallen world, until the end when Jesus comes and makes all things new. For now, we have to live in Him and not conform to our old lives. This can be difficult to do when we are told to live in a way that contradicts the way everyone around us is living. This scripture tells us that it’s not enough to just say we are done with our old lives but we need to put them off and put on the new life. Life is about action, not words. It’s not enough to tell yourself you’re done with the old but you have to take action and be done with it. For some of us, this means removing ourselves, even if its only for a short time, from situations that encourage us to put on our old selves. It may be hard to remove ourselves from these situations altogether. But if we are determined to see real life change it sometimes takes drastic measures… if your right-hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. The new is here it’s time to step into this newness and be transformed into the beautiful creation you were intended to be. 4. Give Control To God – Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Above all coming into the new year, we need to let go and give it all up to God. He is the only one who knows all things and what is best for us. It can be hard in some situations to really let go of control. But this is one of the most crucial aspects of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Not only does he know the plans he has for us and not only are those plans good, but scripture says the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. The least God can do is greater than the most we can do! We need to keep this in mind this year because it’s easy for us to start gaining momentum when we are living in Christ and just as quickly start to think that we deserve any of the credit. This takes us back to remember to give God the glory. Above all this reminds us who is really sitting on the throne and who deserves all of the credit. God knows all things and he is for you, this year show him you believe that by letting go and laying all you have at his feet. 5. Live For The Moment – James 4:13-15 “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” With a new year on the rise, it’s easy to start looking ahead and planning for the future. We need to remember that no time is guaranteed to us. Every breath we take is a gift from our heavenly father and should be treated in such a way. One of the greatest resolutions we can make coming into the new year is to be conscious of every moment and to use each moment to glorify God. For most of us when we think of glorifying God we think of religious things. But we can glorify God through everything we do when we intentionally do it with Him in mind. If we honestly give every moment up to God and focus on glorifying him it will keep us from stumbling and lead us to produce good fruit. Let’s make this year the year where we all truly decided to be living sacrifices, surrendering our every thought, move and care to our faithful creator. 6. Allow Growth – Hebrews 12:10-11 “They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” This new year should not only be a year of glorifying God with all we do, but also a year of growth in Him. Discipline is a necessary aspect of the growth process. The scripture above speaks of how our heavenly Father disciplines us as spiritual children, just as how earthly fathers disciplined us when we were physically children. This year, every time we face trials of many kinds, we need to rejoice and stay focused on the outcome not the pain of the process. We know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him. So as we face moments of God’s discipline this year, focus on the strength you will have when you persevere. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because having stood the test that person will receive the crown of life the Lord has promised to those who love him. This brings me to the seventh scripture for the new year. Above all this year we need to stay focused on that crown and the promise of eternal life! 7. Be Heaven Minded – Revelation 21:5 “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty, I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.” This new year as we focus on newness in Christ Jesus, we should always have our eyes fixed on the ultimate newness. When we fix our eyes on heaven and the glories to be revealed, it helps keep us strong as we endure trials and allows us to make each moment impactful for the kingdom. Jesus said, “ I am making everything new!” This statement is not only exciting, as we look forward to a new heaven and a new earth, but also encourages us to not hold on to any earthly thing. We need to remember that nothing here lasts forever, everything is going away. Though this thought may bring sadness to some, it should most of all encourage us to not be pulled into the desires of the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. Victory is ours through Jesus Christ. Through his blood on the cross and resurrection from the dead, we are set free from the corruption of the world and are children of God. This year let us focus on being His children and fix our eyes on the inheritance he has prepared for us. What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him! With 2017 in the rearview it’s time for us to lay it to rest, not forgetting the pain but growing from it and praising God for every moment. As we move into 2018 it’s time to allow God to breathe new life into dead places and give us a renewed steadfast spirit. This year will be the year where we see real life change, not only in ourselves but in the people around us because this will be the year we decide to give it all up to the only one who is making all things new, Jesus Christ!
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