PART I: Victimhood & Unforgiveness

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries [Be sure and click on the blog title to see the full article on my blogsite]   “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”                            Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21-22   Everyone at times feels like they have been used, slighted, overlooked, offended, or hurt in some other way. These feelings are only natural at times, but they can cause us to become depressed, anxious, and angry. Perhaps those feelings may be warranted. But the truth is that life isn’t always fair. Often, at the core of the ‘victim mentality,’ is feeling unloved and unlovable; fear of what others may think of you; and un-forgiveness, wrapped in the cloak of self-righteous indignation. But who does that all help? Certainly not those who fall prey to victimhood. This is not a perfect world. Sometimes things just don’t go as we had hoped, and things even may go wrong. Life happens, plans are delayed or derailed; and disappointment, anger and maybe even rage may set in. At that point, it is easy to feel like a victim. These stealth, negative feelings can quickly creep into our deep inner thoughts and being, without our awareness of them. In fact, these counter-productive thoughts may slip in so swiftly, that they are not vetted out, and promptly discarded, before they take root. Recognizing When You Feel Like a Victim It is easy to recognize when we...

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...