Bringing Light into Darkness

By Adele M. Gill “I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles, in opposition to the teaching that you learned; avoid them… The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” Romans 16:17 Certainly in these polarizing times, it can be hard for Christians to remain steadfast, close to what we have learned in and through Christ Jesus. Even when armed with scripture, the Word of God, the world, and some of the people we know, may attempt to stir up harsh dissention using intimidation, half-truths and lies to derail us from speaking truth. They may even hurl provocative insults your way, and present obstacles in an attempt to press you to persuade you to change what you know in faith to be absolute truth. Certainly people all have their own opinions on things, but when someone tries to uproot your faith, it is another matter entirely …   At that point, it is important to recognize that only The Enemy would attempt such folly, refuting and interfering with the Word of God imparted in you. This can even happen with anyone—even our loved ones whom we treasure–but we should not be surprised. God’s ways are not the ways of this world. At that point, it’s not your battle to fight. It belongs to Jesus Christ himself. It is also important to remember that sometimes you just need to pray, agree to disagree, and move on. We must pray for peace and discernment, stay alert, and be aware when this happens. For scripture clearly gives us some practical advice on how to handle...

7 Ways to Evict Negativity

7 Ways to Evict Negativity Adele M. Gill Today’s post based on my new book, ‘How to Go from Blest,’ page 23                                                                             “…Take captive every thought...”                                                                             2 Corinthians 10:5 It is very important to think before we speak, and check one’s mind and thoughts often. Before speaking, we need to ask ourselves: Is it true, is it kind, is it necessary;  does it build others up or tear them down? Does what I have to say promote faith, or fear and anxiety, in myself and others? Perhaps if you are experiencing a lot of negative thinking in your life, it’s time to evict negative thoughts. But how? Here are some practical ways to decrease negativity: Say aloud: “Today I choose faith over fear. Repeat 3 times: “Fear and worry, you have no place in my heart and mind. You have been evicted–be gone in the name of Jesus Christ!” Take a deep breath and say aloud, “Jesus I trust in you.” It is virtually impossible to experience fear when you trust that God is in control. In fact, trust in Him will bring you great joy! Get moving! Exercise, take a walk or a...

How to Quell Fear

Greetings from The Inspiration Cafe Blog! Today’s blog post: How to Quell Fear   NOTE: Please “Like” and “Share” this blog post on Facebook. Perhaps you could help someone else quell their fears by doing so. If you feel so led, please pray this prayer below daily, and share it with your loved ones. If you or someone you know would like to receive The Inspiration Café blog via email, please email me the name and email address, and I will send it to them. Today’s blog is adapted from a recent sermon by our good friend, Pastor Dan MacLeod. 9 ”If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in Your presence before this temple that bears Your Name, and will cry out to you in our distress, and You will hear us and save us…”  2 Chronicles 20:1-20 ************************************************************************ Today we face an invisible enemy, and fear is growing as rampant—perhaps even more quickly than the Covid-19 we face. Though cures and vaccines are on the horizon, at this point, beyond social distancing and prayer, there is precious little, if anything, that we can do to stop the spread of this virus as it accelerates. So widespread now, could it be that unchecked fear is the real enemy, with far-reaching, and lasting physical and mental health effects?   In this holy scripture, Chronicles 20:1-22, God tells us not to fear our formidable enemy; that He Himself will take care of us. I am sharing this Bible passage, as there is much to learn from reading this life-giving scripture, and...

No Condemnation in Jesus Christ

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1   This scripture tells us there is no commendation in Jesus Christ. So what does that mean? When you believe and trust in Jesus, you are free from judgement toward others. Discernment vs Worldly Judgement Tempting as it may be, we do not have the right to judge others, as that is Jesus’ job. There is a big difference between recognizing and addressing sin, and condemning someone through judging. At times we need to paradoxically trust our discernment, but also  refrain from judging others. We are called to pray for them, and ask God for discernment, and wisdom in every situation. When our prayerful discernment leads us in Divine  judgement, based on prayer and scripture reading, we are to lovingly encourage others along to return to the narrow path. Ironically, we are called to both strive to be at peace with everyone, and also, to avoid worldly judgement. Sometimes that means speaking truth in Love—even when it is not easy. At times such truth may not be well received, but it still important all the same. As the need arises, we need to try to gently encourage each other in Love to stay on, or return to, God’s uniquely planned journey. Can’t Earn Heaven When you have the Holy Spirit of Jesus within you, you naturally want to do as much good as you possibly can, to serve God. For who can possibly condemn one who is...

Are You at Peace?

Are You at Peace? “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you,                                                 live at peace with everyone.”  Romans 12:18 Are you at peace? What a blessing it is when we are at peace. At peace with ourselves, at peace with our circumstances, at peace knowing we did our best, at peace with others—those we love and those who are difficult to love. When we are at peace, life just seems to run more smoothly. However, sometimes perfectionism, fear, challenges beyond our scope, or difficult people can throw a wrench into our best laid plans, leaving us unsettled, even reeling. It all makes such good sense to strive to be at peace each day. Yet, it is hard as we strive for peace, the operative word here is, ‘strive.’ As the Winds Change Sometimes peace can be elusive. Left to our own devices, being at peace may be dependent on our mood, the challenge at hand, or even the erratic behavior of others. As the winds change, there goes our peace. Yet, most agree peace is worth pursing all the same. Sometimes, we are ill-prepared to embrace peace, and we let another person make it seemingly impossible to attain that goal; so we let them steal our peace and joy. Good Reason to Find Peace There is ample, good reason why peace and joy are two of the first fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5. They are two of the nine manifestations of...

5 Ways to Allay Stress

“Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”   Mark 5:34  New American Bible (NAB) by Adele M. Gill Stress is just a fact of life. We need to know how to allay stress. When we are in the thick of things, it is easy to get distracted by our circumstances, and forget to pray and ‘invite God in.’ When things are going smoothly, we often have little use for prayer. However, truth is, when we are in the thick of things is when we need God the most, but easily forget He is in our corner. That is when He is the closest to us–in times of suffering, strife, and yes, even times of stress. Here are 5 ways to allay stress and place God first in your life: Pray and invite God in before things seem to get out of control to allay stress. Ask your Christians to pray for you in stressful times, especially when you cannot pray for yourself. Thank God for all the blessings that He has showered upon you. Gratitude to God opens doors to His grace. Give credit where credit is due. When you pray and God ‘shows up’ to help you, be sure and thank Him, and tell others about what He is doing in your life. Prayer and gratitude are the keys to a deep, abiding inner peace and subsequent joy. Read the Bible daily for practical, spiritual direction. The Power of Prayer Is Strong Some people say faith in God is a waste of time, nothing more than a sign of weakness. But there is much they do not understand...