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Some Mountains


No one is exempt from challenges. When we are confronted with circumstances that hinder progress or success in life, health and well-being, those challenges are often referred to as mountains. Many obstacles may appear unsurmountable and cause us to fear and/or resign to hopelessness. But we can take comfort in Mark 11:23 that says, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

I have experienced favorable results many times by declaring this scripture over my life. But there have been instances where I wondered about the mountains that didn’t move. Proverbs 3:6 says “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

When you seek God’s direction, you will find there are some mountains that have to be climbed. These are challenges you must endure. For instance, you may have to learn new tasks to keep your job. Or if you become ill, you have to treat your body differently, and experience therapies to achieve physical and emotional healing and wholeness. As you learn how to navigate, ascend and descend this mountain it becomes a testimony to share with or help another person. 2Corinthians 12:9 — “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

God might tell you to go around some mountains. A company I worked for in the early 70s had job openings in a technical classification. I was a secretary and the new jobs preferred applicants with education or skills and experience in the technical field. I really wanted to do something new and increase my income but was told I wasn’t even qualified to apply. So I enrolled in a technical school taking a certificate course in the evenings in basic electronics. I was the only female in the class and I was often challenged by the course, instructor and classmates, but that didn’t deter me. Upon completion, I added my certificate to the job application. A few weeks later, I was promoted and worked as a technician for many years with that company. Isaiah 30:21– “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”

There are some mountains that demand that you turn around and go the opposite direction. God and experience with trying to traverse this mountain will show you that trying to align yourself with some people, places, events, and associations will lead to ungodly soul-ties, toxic relationships, violence, addictions even sin and death. Psalm 18:17 — “He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.”

Some mountains are not yours, meaning they are not your assignment. These mountains may be far beyond your spiritual maturity and you are not to challenge or contend with them. Be still, cover yourself with prayer, praise and worship the Lord and watch what He will do. 2Chronicles 20:15–“And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

Titus 3:9 —“But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.”

As long as we prayerfully consider the challenges, the mountains that beset us, God will give us an answer for what we must do about them. James 1:5 —“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

1John 5:14-15–“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

 

Christine Brooks Martin, author
“Pray What God Says”
“Talk to God with Affirmations of Faith”
“He That Healeth Thee”
“Little Book, Big Prayers” (a 4-book series)
“Christine’s Short-Shorts”

Areli MediaWorks  |  2014

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Letting Go of Offense


Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
good will toward men–Luke 2:14 (KJV)

Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. –James 3:2 (NLT)

If something has been said or done to offend you, it is good to know that you can call upon the Lord through prayer. He is faithful to answer. He is faithful to come to your rescue. Holding onto offense has the potential to create bitterness in your mind, soul and spirit. It is easy to yield to anger, rage, seek revenge or bear grudges. But it is sin to repay evil for evil or hold malicious intentions in your heart.

When you accepted the forgiveness of sin, iniquities and transgressions through the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ, then be determined to yield to the Holy Spirit. He is the precious, infallible gift you received when you said yes to becoming a son or daughter of the Kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit strengthens and enables us to forgive others. He gives us the grace and patience to deal with difficult people. Abiding in the love of God is your source of love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.

Christine Brooks Martin, author
Pray What God Says
Talk to God with Affirmations of Faith
He That Healeth Thee
Little Book, Big Prayers (4-book series)
Christine’s Short-Shorts

Areli MediaWorks  |  2013

Prayer: When I am Bitter


Lord when my soul is bitter I seek your deliverance and peace. As I cry out for your mercy, liberate me from the pit of corruption and cast all of my sins behind me. Create in me a clean heart and renew my spirit with your love and righteousness. Refresh me by your Holy Spirit. You have forgiven me by your great mercies and unfailing love. With the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, I am patient, kind and forgiving of others. You give peace to my soul as I choose the wisdom and knowledge of your truth.

I am not envious of others and do not harbor strife in my heart because it produces confusion and evil. Bragging or amplifying lies is deceitfully wicked. Carnal, sensual and evil conversation does not flow from my lips because it lacks wisdom. Hatred stirs up strife and contentions but love covers all sins. Dig up and empty out everything in me that is rooted in bitterness. Fill the empty places in my heart with your love. Abiding in your grace and favor destroys the root of bitterness and keeps it from springing up again. Abiding in your love delivers me from defilement.

Thank you for delivering me from bitterness. Thank you for delivering me from anger and wrath. My soul is released from the captivity of a brawling nature. My mouth no long speaks evil and I have put away malicious thoughts. My conversations are righteous and pure. Daily I show meekness and wisdom through obeying your word and walking in your ways. You have ordered my steps and with joy and gladness I follow your pathways with all diligence. Thank you for the abiding fruit of your spirit. It is your love, grace and peace that flows freely through me to others. I bless others as you have blessed me.

From the book
He That Healeth Thee
(FREE ebook for a limited time)

by
Christine Brooks Martin, author
“Pray What God Says”
“Talk To God with Affirmations of Faith”
“Christine’s Short-Shorts”
(ebooks & paperback)

www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com
Amazon -or- Barnes & Noble

Areli MediaWorks  |  2013

My Latest Book Gifting


For a limited time I am gifting my latest prayer book release “He That Healeth Thee.” This book is filled with scriptural-based affirmations that address the emotions one experiences while processing the transition from brokenness to healing, wholeness and well-being.

Click on the following links to download the eBook version that is available FREE at
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble 
and
Smashwords.com

In case you don’t have or want an account for either of these companies, the PDF version is available for download from my website.

www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com

If you download from either resource, I pray you will be abundantly blessed. Feel free to share with family and friends, especially those who are experiencing trying circumstances. Speaking affirmations over your life will help you build your trust, faith and confidence in the promises found in the word of God. In the midst of any circumstance, His comfort, peace and blessings are available to those who ask of Him.

These prayers of affirmation will enable you to:
–Change what you think, say and do in any circumstance.
–Increase your faith and trust in God
–Rebuild self-esteem
–Enjoy more peace and blessings in your life
–Build healthy and stable relationships with family, friends and coworkers
–Experience emotional, mental, physical and spiritual healing, wholeness and well-being.

Christine Brooks Martin, author
“Pray What God Says”
“Talk to God with Affirmations of Faith”
“He That Healeth Thee”
“Christine’s Short-Shorts”

Areli MediaWorks |  2013

“Embracing Change”


(Excerpted from the Introduction of
He That Healeth Thee
by Christine Brooks Martin)

I know the anguish that comes with depression. But when I yielded to the power and might of a loving God, He broke the bondage and captivity of that experience off of my life. When I sincerely desired and accepted His hand, always extended to those who want Him, I was healed. Every thought or perception that fed depression was replaced with liberty and tears of joy. I was able to forgive and love myself. Then I was able to forgive and release those who hurt, rejected and abandoned me. As I obeyed God by embracing changes to different areas of my life, I had better experiences and met new people. Each time I reflect on how He changed my life, I praise Him even more. I clap my hands and I dance with joy to celebrate the liberty I have through Jesus Christ. My mouth is no longer gagged spiritually, and my hands and feet are no longer bound. My mind is free to think of what is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, noteworthy and of a good report (Philippians 4:8).

The whole earth reels daily from the effects of prevalent evil. The adversary to our soul loves to fill our hearts and minds with doom and gloom. Sometimes it seems as though we’re kept up-to-date on more of the bad news than the good. And it will be that way as long as stuff happens and we make ourselves accessible and accommodating to it. God performs miracles in the lives of people everyday, and we might hear about a few instances on occasion. But you must be proactive in your healing process. When you believe and fully embrace the love and word of God, your mind and heart can undergo the necessary changes to affect your life. You can get rid of thoughts, emotions, memories, or imaginations and behavior that are destructive to your overall health and well-being. The scriptures say, what a man thinks in his heart, so is he. When you embrace the Lord and the scriptures, you will have a confession of faith that is Yes and Amen.

The scriptures also declare that you will eat the fruit of your lips. So if you say or believe the challenges in your life are worsening, the universe will bring what you say or believe into existence. I’m not suggesting that you lie to yourself, but instead, say what God says about Himself and about you. He said you are healed body, soul and spirit. You are healed of all manner of sickness, diseases and infirmities. You are healed of depression, the seed and source of it, and you are not forsaken or alone.

I will decree in your behalf that you are delivered from the yoke of bondage, every fetter and stock of iron. Any blindfold, pit and trap, every obstacle, net and stumbling block, and work of evil is removed. Evil words spoken to you or about you are canceled out. Every evil thought from others, evil thoughts you think or believe about yourself are nullified and void. You will not lack financial help or necessary resources for your livelihood. You will not be defeated. You will not be destroyed. You shall live and not die and declare the works of the Lord (Psalm 118:17).  

Christine Brooks Martin, author
“Pray What God Says”
“Talk to God with Affirmations of Faith”
“He That Healeth Thee”
“Christine’s Short-Shorts”

Areli MediaWorks  |  2013
http://www.praywhatgodsays.weebly

When I Can’t Forgive


I confess my sin of unforgiveness to you Lord. I do not hide my guilt. I repent of resisting forgiveness to those who sinned against me or challenged my well-being. When I yielded to the temptation of unforgiveness, my soul and spirit was wounded and turned bitter. But I thank you for the Holy Spirit that has kept me so I could repent now. Thank you for being the Lord who has forgiven me and erased all my sin and guilt. Every time I confess my sins, you are faithful and just to forgive and cleanse me from all unrighteousness and wickedness. You purchased my liberty and forgave the sin of mankind by the sacrificial blood of Jesus.

I forgive all who caused me to hold a grudge against them. Now I abide in your redemptive work. My disobedience is forgiven and my sins are out of sight. I bless those who persecuted me. Curses no longer proceed out of my mouth, and I ask you to bless them. I pray they will experience and embrace the richness of your kindness and grace. Your Holy Spirit helps me to be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving just as you through Jesus Christ forgave all of my sins. My offering of prayer in faith heals any sickness in my mind, body, soul and spirit and makes me well. Now I have your joy and I am made alive through Christ Jesus, my Lord and Saviour.

From the book “He That Healeth Thee”
by Christine Brooks Martin
ebook & Paperback at Amazon.com

He That Healeth Thee (Preface excerpt)


There are people, events, situations and circumstances that are bound to challenge your existence. Hopefully they will not mirror the Job experience. But they will affect you mentally, physically, emotionally and/or spiritually. When you grieve, mourn, or experience pain and despair there is a corresponding cry of the soul. Even if you try to hide it or pretend it doesn’t exist, it is there. The good news is God hears every cry of the soul. He created us to communicate that cry to Him alone. That’s why it seems as though no one can fully understand what you’re going through. Or you may wonder why nothing or no one can effectively resolve your situation. Turning to God is the solution and remedy for every cry of the soul. He interprets, understands and He heals. Why shouldn’t He? He is the Creator and He knows you very, very well… before you were born… every hair on your head. Some people are nay-sayers because they choose to doubt there is a God or they lack faith in Him. But Abba is the Father on every spiritual birth certificate. His signature is all over existence.

One of the keys to achieving healing, wholeness and well-being is to acknowledge that you don’t like what you’re experiencing. When you acknowledge your feelings it’s easier to receive help. Then the next step is to yield to God’s help. Through faith in God, prayer, praise and the scriptures, you will be able to make necessary transitions from the effects of any crisis, affliction, tragedy or trial. When you study the scriptures you will begin to understand who He can be in your life. You will discover who you are in Christ Jesus. Peace, restoration, healing, wholeness, and well-being becomes accessible to you.

My goal is to simply point you to the truth, which is the eternal word of God, the scriptures. My late pastor, Dr. Robbie Horton told me one day that “some things are caught–beyond seeing, hearing or being in the midst of that something. When you recognize your need for what is presented, and you’re determined to receive or embrace it, then you will allow it to process and change you.”

Whatever state you’re in for whatever reason(s), prayer and the scriptures are a source of comfort, healing, guidance and direction. Through a personal relationship with God and praying the scriptures, you have the keys and access to emotional, physical and spiritual-well being and wholeness.
–Excerpt from the new release “He That Healeth Thee” at Amazon.com

Christine Brooks Martin, author
http://www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com
Areli MediaWorks  |  2013

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