By Lisa Cherry
Have you ever tried to do a job with a tool that is wholly inadequate for your need? Like trying to wash a sink full of dirty dishes with a cheap paper towel because all your kitchen rags are in the wash? (A fresh example that I do not endorse!) How utterly frustrating and ineffective!
In the same way, many of us are trying to solve difficult issues in our homes with tools that will never be wholly effective. Oh, our self-help books or our friend's advice might drop in a little wisdom now and then, but somehow the root of our problem keeps producing the same horrible fruit. And we know we are in need of heavy duty assistance.
Well, do I have good news for you!!! You, my friend, have access to that dynamic assistance.....if you have made Jesus the Lord of your life. He is yearning to bring you the power, wisdom, and strength needed for every daily need. He even provided the vehicle for you to receive His miracle help through the power of His never failing Word.
Our family suffered a complex, horrible wound. We nearly lost our daughter when she was a teenager to the hands of a sexual predator. "Tough issue" does not even begin to describe the level of our problem! It was during that dark season that I discovered the secret, life-altering power of God's Word.
Oh, I knew that the Bible was important. I even knew it was true and living and active.
Back then I did not have a personal revelation of its explosive power. But when the Lord led me to take a long list of scriptures to pray out loud every day over my distraught and overwhelmed mind, I discovered an incredible secret.
He can release His divine answers though His divine Word!
I can't claim to understand this, but I can testify to its truth. Listening to God's Holy Scriptures and then speaking those scriptures out of my own mouth radically changed my life and my circumstances. You can read my full testimony here.
Here are five tips for getting heavy duty assistance on your most difficult needs:
1. Listen to long passages of scripture on your phone/pc/pad.
I like the Bible Gateway app on my iPhone. I can start a book of the Bible and hit pause and it holds my place. Whether I am exercising, getting ready, or running errands my phone is always near. For years I placed a cassette player in my bathroom to do the same work. So find your own technological way....and watch your mind begin to come into divine order.
2. Do not be concerned about not "getting it all."
I used to think that I needed to re-listen if my mind wandered. Now I understand that even if my mind wanders, my spirit man is picking up the scripture. It's crazy! Truly our minds can be renewed and we will begin to think and problem-solve more in order with God's will. Remember, it's supernatural, not natural.
3. Develop a list of key scriptures for your situation.
When we were in battle for our daughter Kalyn, the Lord led me to a long list of scriptures to begin praying over my own home. I list those in the back of my book Unmask the Predators. You, of course, can make your own personalized list. Many online and print resources can help you find scriptures if you need help. Try BiblePromises.org, OpenBible.info, or the Bible Promise Book.
4. Find a way to record yourself reading those scriptures aloud.
Did you know you will often believe your own voice more than other voices? I like my free phone app called Supernote for recording my own voice. How can you make a simple recording you can listen to every day?
5. Match faith with the word of God.
The Bible says our Lord watches over His word to perform it. He also says our part is to match faith with His promises! See Hebrews 4:1-2.
If you would like our prayers over your tough situation, drop a comment here or email me at Lisacherry9@aol.com.
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