Recently I was watching an old western. There was a man in prison, he was going to get hanged the following day, and he was praying hard.
I’m sure I would be too.. if I was in that position.
Anyways, when he finally settled and accepted his fate, the guard fell asleep. The camera zoomed in on the table, and there were the keys. The man paced up and down his cell without speaking, but you knew what was going through his mind.
“How can I get the keys, and get out of here?”
He looked up to the heavens for a few seconds, and when he lowered his head, he swiftly put a plan into place, taking the sheet off his bed and swirling it around until it formed a long thick type rope—proceeding to use the sheet to try to get the keys off the table. After several attempts, the keys fell on the floor… almost waking the guard.
Who to the relief of the prisoner went back to sleep.
He kept looking up at the clock, showing ten minutes to 12, which didn’t make much sense at first but then the film cut to the replacement guard drinking in the local saloon also looking at the clock on the wall.
It became clear the change over happened at midnight.
When the film cut back, the prisoner’s face was covered in sweat knowing that the guard was coming soon, and his chance to escape would be gone.
Within a few minutes, he got the keys and opened the cell door. Cleverly, he put the sheet back on the bed, using the pillow and blanket to make it look like he was sleeping.
He locked the cell door behind him, quietly leaving the keys on the table, and ran out the back entrance into the night.
When the replacement guard came on duty, with the dimly lit cell, it looked like the prisoner was asleep. So the guard put his feet up, tilted his hat over his face and relaxed.
They didn’t notice the prisoner gone until the morning. The prisoner got a great start on them, but soon there was a price on his head, $1000 dead or alive.
Now, no matter where he went, he lived with the fear of being caught. So even though he had escaped from prison, he was still in the prison of fear.
The film reminded me of the current situation in the world. Most of the world is free, but they still live in the prison of fear. Living unhappy as they never fulfil their dreams.
The Only Thing That Can Stop Your Divine Destiny is Fear— As fear stops the natural unfoldment of life
Until we get rid of all the negative chatter going on in our heads, we will always be a prisoner of fear. Fear will keep gnawing away at our faith.
However, a true believer believes that God is in control, and their destiny is laid out for them. There is no need to worry. There is no need to doubt. If something is destined to happen, it will happen. No amount of worry or doubt will change that fact.
When you’re in the grips of fear and not facing the world with faith, it’s like taking a plant and putting it in a dark room. If you leave the plant there for too long, it will die.
When you live in constant states of worry, doubt and fear, you won’t die, but without divine light, your spirit will get weaker and weaker until fear has complete control. Meaning you will live a very limited life.
If you’re feeling fear at this time, that is perfectly natural, but please don’t feed that fear by watching more news, or reading more stories on social media.
Instead, can I encourage you to take your mind back into faith?
Now there are many ways to do this, praying daily, reading from scripture, taking walks, connecting with the great power of mother nature.
Now, don’t get the wrong idea, you have to be careful, and take all recommended precautions, wear a mask on public transport, wash your hands regularly, limit travel to essential journeys. But please don’t let fear stop you from living your life.
Move forward with expectancy that all will be ok. You might not realise it, but your faith will instil faith into the people around you.
Be a leader for your family, a leader for your friends, and a leader to your children.
Don’t be a prisoner of fear; walk forward in faith and fulfil your destiny.
Not too long ago, we all had busy lives, unable to find the time to do anything. So busy chasing happiness.
If you enjoyed your job, you might have been looking for a promotion, if not, probably looking for another position or something better.
Social media can make our friends look like they’re having more fun and more success than we are. It’s so easy to look at others to see how our life compares—making us feel that we should have a similar level of success.
It’s so easy with disappointments and setbacks to become upset, annoyed or even depressed.
Then you can start to play the blame game, “if only I had more time if only I had no pressure at work if only I had the energy, “why am I so tired all the time.”
You turn to God for help, but nothing happens. So, you pray for the remainder of the month. Still nothing
Soon you become angry, as you want a quick fix.
Your anger turns to frustration. You begin to wonder whether God is listening at all. You start to wonder whether to continue to pray or not.
Your patience is tested, so you give up.
Why do you think your prayers are not answered?
Could it be partly that you only pray in times of crisis?
Could it be that you don’t realize that God likes to work at a much slower pace than our 24/7 world?
Could it be that you have allowed the distraction of life to pull you away from what really matters?
Living stressed or worried is not what life is about. It may be unknown to you, but God has already given you many daily blessings?
There are hundreds of miracles you receive every day, but you can easily take them for granted. The main ones would be our health unless we are sick. We can take for granted all the food, services, and information that is available to us until it’s not available.
You may not feel rich, but when you have a loving family, good friends and your basic needs met what else do you need?
A Short Story
A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which read, “I am blind, please help.”
There were only a few coins in the hat – spare change from folks as they hurried past.
A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words.
Then he put the sign back in the boy’s hand so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.
Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.
That afternoon, the man who had changed the sign returned to see how things were.
The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”
The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but differently.” I wrote, “Today is a beautiful day, but I cannot see it.”
Both signs spoke the truth. But the first sign said the boy was blind, while the second sign conveyed to everyone walking by how grateful they should be to see.
There are so many special moments happening in our life to celebrate each day.
How many time have you counted your blessings?
A few years ago, I did a 30-day gratitude challenge. The challenge was to write down ten things you were thankful for each day. I thought I would run out of things to write after a week but what the exercise did was open up my mind to all the people, services and resources that I take for granted.
Gratitude is a powerful virtue.
The Roman philosopher Cicero once declared: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.”
I wish yourself, family, and friends health and happiness during this difficult time.
I realize that sometimes it is very difficult to let go of the past. I remember the things people have done that hurt me or offended me in someway, and when I see that behavior happening again it is hard not to revert back to the other times it happened.
But I know that if we already resolved those past offenses, it is only right that I truly let them go.
Please help me to move on and to not hold those offenses against others anymore. Clear my mind of them and heal my wounds in Jesus name AMEN!
Has God promised you something and humanly speaking you see no way it can come to pass?
Are you having A hard time waiting? Read this scripture, “if it seems slow wait patiently for it will surely take place.”
God does things on schedule, and your appointment is still on his calendar. Be assured that nothing the enemy does can pre-empt the plan for God for your life.
When he gives you a promise, it’s like a seed. First, you must fall into the fertile soil of faith and be given time to grow.
Then you must be watered regularly through prayer and the word of God.
It won’t come to pass because you push and try to manipulate; “it’s…. not by might nor by power but by my spirit, saith the Lord” (Zachariah 4:6 KJV).
If God has promised you something, stand on his word and remind yourself, “my life can’t end before this comes to pass.”
The story of Joseph‘s life could be summed up in this scripture; “until the time that this word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him” (Psalm 105:19 NKJV)
Why test something? To reveal its strength; to see if it holds up or falls apart under pressure.
What has God promised you? Do you believe him? How strong is your faith? If it’s weak, God will put you back into the school of faith so you can learn the lessons, pass the tests, and graduate.
‘Without faith, it is impossible to please God for he who comes to God must believe that he is a rewarder’ (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)
The word for you today is keep believing God, and it will happen.
Wait patiently, for it will surely take place
Enjoy the rest of your week.
When our thoughts are lost in worry in can be helpful to focus our mind on something else. Prayer is an excellent solution as it focuses our mind on God.
It focuses our mind on all the times that things worked out for the best.
It can be hard when your in the grips of worry to think about anything else but this is exactly when you will feel the biggest benefit.
Pray more worry less.
Sounds simple, but often its the simple things that are the most effective. When we pray, our focus is on faith, expectancy, and hope, the complete opposite of worry.
Chances are you have one or more devices within arm’s reach.
Don’t worry you’re not alone!
71% of Americans sleep with, or next to their smartphone according to Bank America research.
We live in a 4+ screen world. We’ve got smartphones, tablets, computers, televisions and e-readers.
Depending on your age, location or lifestyle, the number of screens you view in a day can increase, especially in cities. Other displays include gaming devices, car-related devices or out-of-home screens.
In case we’re unable to stop and look, we’ve also got Siri and Alexa our virtual assistants ready to answer our voice commands.
What’s now possible with technology is impressive.” With resources like YouTube, you can learn how to do almost anything for free.
We live in a world where we can do anything, yet over 90% of people are working jobs they dislike and are unhappy.
2019 is possibly the best time in history yet stress, depression and anxiety are at an all-time high.
The solution? The solution is action.
We must take action.
A few years ago I had terrible anxiety, that got so bad at one point that I thought I would lose my mind. My body was in constant panic mode; several times throughout the day I had mild panic attacks.
My doctor told me, to exercise as much as I could, as it released chemicals that would calm the body. Not to drink caffeine; so I would have a better sleep. And, to read; as it would help focus my mind on something else.
Did I follow his advice?
For a couple of days, yes, but I stopped as I didn’t see instant results.
Looking back now it makes perfect sense that what the doctor suggested would have helped, but at that moment I wanted an instant fix.
I prayed for a solution, the solution came, but I didn’t listen. I kept looking for other ways online and in books.
Then I came across ETF tapping.
Tapping for anyone that has never heard about it before is a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and Modern Psychology that works to physically alter your brain, energy system and body all at once.
It seemed to cure a lot of people.
But again, when I didn’t see instant results, my search continued. Then one day a friend suggested the great results they had obtained from tapping. So I decided to give it another go.
The moment that I focused 100% on tapping is the moment that things started to change. The first few days I did not see much difference, but within a couple of weeks, I frequently went many days without feeling anxious at all.
Then it was gone.
Not until I took action did I see results.
Your Destiny Awaits
Having so much information at our fingertips can be as much a hindrance as a blessing if we don’t take action.
With me, it was overcoming anxiety. With you, it could be something more positive like setting up a website for your business, or doing a course on photography or graphic design.
There are countless things that we can learn and do online to improve our lives, Udemy is an excellent resource, but we need to be aware of the content that we consume.
Over 80% of people spend 4-6 hours a day scrolling through apps.
Don’t get me wrong, connecting with friends and family is fantastic but if you are not happy with your life, then all that time scrolling is wasted.
We all have 24 hours a day, its what you do with it that counts.
Almost every piece of information ever created is on Google. There is no longer any excuse for working jobs you don’t enjoy for 40 years.
Its time to stand up and decide how you can add value to others.
Whatever you want to do, no matter how big the dream now with the internet everything is available to make your dream a reality. Forums tutorials and support is just a few clicks away.
But you must take action.
Take a step of faith today. I believe in you. You have great value to add to this world.
If you have been affected by this story in any way below are a couple of numbers that you can call and speak in confidence. During my worst times, I used these services many times so I know they can help with recovery.
In the U.S., for support, Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. For a prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, call 1-800-273-8255 or go to https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
In the UK, for confidential support call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or see http://www.samaritans.org