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sandrahersey.orgAs women one of the biggest challenges we seem to face is our self-image. We may feel we are too fat, too skinny, our hair is not as long or as straight or as curly. We look at other women when we go to the mall or to church and we desire to look like them. We desire to have their hands, their hair, their hips, and their stomachs {or should I say lack of a stomach lol}. We as women are plagued with self-image issues at every turn in our day.

God wants and desires for us to have a healthy self-image of ourselves. He wants us to know that He has made us fearfully and wonderfully. He has a plan for us and they are the reason He placed us here on this earth. However we do not always complete our plan and purpose because of our self-image. We can feel God wants us to preach His word from a pulpit but if we do not feel as if we are capable we will not even try. He may want us to be the head of a department or of own our own company, but if we do not see how we can take on these challenges we will become a shrinking violet; never living up to the image God has of us. Romans 4:17 tells us that He “…calls things that are not as though they were.” If he has called you to minister from a pulpit than even before you ever arrive there He is already calling you a minister. And even before you become the department head or head of your company He is already calling you the head of the department or the owner of that company. Before it happens in the natural God Almighty is and has already been calling you whatever He created you to be.

God has given us in His Word principles that we must follow in order for us to make changes in our lives; a change in our inner image of ourselves. That first principle started back in Genesis the first chapter when God knew what it was that He was going to create. He had an inner image of what He wanted THEN he spoke it into existence and THEN it manifested itself on the outside. He took the principle of the inner image he wanted and then He added His faith to it by the power of His words and then the manifestation of His image came into existence. You and I have that same power! I am not talking about a “positive self-image, just think it and it will happen” kind of stuff. I am talking about getting the image into your mind, speaking the Word of God over it, believing that it will come to pass and then see it in the natural. We have to mix the Word of God with our faith and then we will see change. How do we do that? By renewing our minds. The Word tells us to daily renew our minds. And as we renew our minds we are transformed by the Word of God and our self-image changes. We being to believe we have the mind of Christ, we begin to believe we are fearlessly and wonderfully made. And we speak the Word of God into our lives, into our bodies, into our finances, into our relationships. Then and only then will we see things change in our lives, in our bodies, in our finances, and in our relationships. Faith plus the Word of God equals manifestation.

Our words we speak are powerful. Proverbs 18:21 tells us “…that death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Therefore what we speak can bring about life or death to our bodies, our self-image, or finances, and our relationships. We have that much power! Jesus Christ has given us that much power! Words can destroy or create and those very same words project an image to the outside world we live in. What are our words projecting to the world? Do we say and keep our minds on our bodies by saying we are too skinny or too fat? If we do then being too skinny or too fat is what is being projected to the world and in return that is what we have in the natural. If we are speaking and focusing our minds on being broke, then in return we are projecting being broke to the outside world.

When we change our words to line up with the Word of God we begin to change our faith. When we change our faith with our words, our faith and our words produce the end result that God desires and we desire. God only wants good things for us. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” How much better can it be! Plans to give us hope and a future and prosper us! God IS a good God!

We must change the image we have set in our minds. Pictures are formed in our minds; that is how our minds work. When you say any word a picture will come into your mind’s eye. Try it…. I say the word “hot.” What did your mind see? I saw flames! You may have seen flames or something else, but I promise you that you saw a picture, you did not see the spelling of the world H-O-T, you saw a picture; an image. We must change the images we have in our minds. When we think fat or skinny, it forms an image. When we think broke or poor; that creates and image. Instead we are the get into the Word of God and renew our minds, renew the images in them. So when we see ourselves we see healthy, wealthy, and wise women of God. Mighty and strong and loving women of God. We need to change our minds picture of who we think we are into who God says we are according to His word. Then we are to speak out with power and faith the image we want. Call things that are not as though they are, just like our Father does. Ephesians 5:1 says that we are to ” …be imitators of God (Copy Him and follow His example)” He only calls you and I good things, and we are to imitate what we see Him do.

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Laughing at Impossible Situations

Impossible SituationsGenesis 18 tells us of the well-known story of Sarah laughing at an impossible situation. She was told she would bear a child when she was past child-bearing age; at least to her she was. But God is never too late, He can do the impossible!

When those men visited Abraham and Sarah they encouraged them to have faith in the promise that God would give them a son. When Sarah overheard the men talking her response was to laugh at what seemed impossible! She was ninety years old and could not believe this could happen to her now.  After her guests left Sarah continued to ponder their words – “Nothing is too hard for the LORD” and the Lord gave those words peculiar power which grew in her heart.

Does something in your life seem totally impossible for God? I know we all have or are facing situations like Sarah. We may have prayers which seemingly go unanswered. We then start to examine ourselves, and if you are like me you begin to ask is it because you are lacking faith?

God alone has created the world we live in. He created things we cannot see with our naked eye. Each day the sun rises and sets and is never too early or too late. The planets spin around us without even crashing into the earth. There are things happening every day we are not even aware of, yet God who is all-powerful and who greatly cares for every aspect of this universe, knows every detail about every thing.

It was impossible for Sarah to become pregnant, but she, just as we must, looked beyond impossibilities and placed her faith in God.

One important aspect of our Christian walk is faith and faith does not stand on nothing. Faith must have a promise in which to rest on and the Word of God is filled with Promise after Promise in which we can cling to and stand on in the midst of impossible situations.

“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2

“When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk They have secretly set a snare for me.” Psalm 142:6

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” Isaiah 40:28

“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” John 14:1

“There is none holy like the LORD: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. For there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” Psalm 28:7

“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37:5

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:2 

 

Are your finances impossible?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

 

Does it seem impossible your child will ever change?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

 

Is your marriage in an impossible place?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

 

Is there a loved one where it seems impossible they will ever come to know Jesus?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

 

Is a diagnosis from the doctor impossible for the doctors?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

 

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37

Nothing is too hard for the Lord! No matter your situation, it is in no way impossible for God!

Sarah was counted faithful “Because she judged him faithful who had promised.” She rested her faith on a promise from God.

Keep praying in faith, stand on those Promises given to us in His Word, because nothing is impossible for God!

 

 

 

 

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It’s Time for You To Start Confessing ‘Good Things’ About Yourself!

Sandra Hersey“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” Philemon 1:6

What kind of things do you say about yourself? Do you speak well of yourself, or are you hyper-critical of your appearance, your weight, your intelligence, your talents, your skills, and every other aspect of who you are as a person?

I used to be so hyper-critical of myself that one day the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “How dare you continually talk so badly about yourself after the good work I’ve done inside you. Don’t you know how marvelously I created you to be in Jesus Christ? Quit speaking so negatively of yourself, and start acknowledging every good thing that is in you.”

I didn’t realize how badly I was speaking of myself until the Holy Spirit brought it to my attention. But after He spoke to me, I started noticing every time something evil slipped out of my mouth about myself. I was stunned to see how many times I did it! I became painfully aware that my own mouth had become one of my greatest enemies. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I made a decision to quit speaking such foul things and to start aligning my mouth with what God’s Word declared me to be.

Paul said we need to speak good things about ourselves! In Philemon 1:6, he said, “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” Today I want to especially draw your attention to the part of the verse that says, “…May become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”

Even though God has done great things in you and has planned a powerful future for you, it is up to you to activate His blessings in your life! This is why Paul says, “That the communication of your faith may become effectual.…”

The word “effectual” is the Greek word energeo. It is where we get the word energy. However, in this verse, the word energeo carries the idea of something that has suddenly become energized or activated. Paul’s words could actually be rendered, “That the communication of your faith may become energized and activated.…”

Let me give you an example to help you understand what this word energeo means in the con­text of this verse. An automobile may be filled with enough fuel to drive a long distance, but it won’t go anywhere until someone puts the key into the ignition and then turns the key. The moment that key is turned, the spark plugs are sparked, which fires up the engine. Once the engine has been acti­vated, the potential in that car is ready to be unleashed.

The car always has the capability of moving, but if it is never activated, it sits silent in the drive­way. No matter how much fuel is in the tank or how much horsepower that car possesses, its power and potential will never be realized until someone turns the key in the ignition.

Now let’s apply this to you. In Philemon 1:6, the apostle Paul writes that “every good thing” has been placed in you by Jesus Christ. Think of it – He saved you, healed you, redeemed you, and pro­tected you. He has given you a sound mind; He has given you the mind of Christ; He has imparted gifts and talents to you; and He has planned a future for your life that is simply glorious. You are loaded with phenomenal potential that is just waiting to be activated!

You may say, “Yes, well, I know that the Bible says I’ve been given all those good things, but I don’t feel like any of that is true about me! I feel like such a defeat. Even though the Word says I’m healed, the reality is that I feel sick. Even though God’s Word says I have a sound mind, I continu­ally feel like I don’t have control of my thought life. And in spite of the fact the Bible says God has blessed me with gifts and talents, I feel like a dope who has nothing to offer to this world. There is a big gap between what the Bible says about me and what I feel about me!”

My friend, you are like a car that is loaded with enough fuel and horsepower to get anywhere you need to go. But for that potential in you to be released, you have to hold the right key in your hand.

Furthermore, it isn’t enough for you to just possess the key. You have to put that key into the “ignition” and turn it so the latent potential that resides inside you will be ignited. When you turn the key in the ignition, suddenly the potential you possess in Jesus Christ is supernaturally ignited, activated, energized, and released inside you!

So what is the key that sparks all the good things God has placed inside you into becoming an outward reality?

What is the key that causes all that God declares about you to become manifested in your life?

How do you “turn the key in the ignition” so that the great work God has done inside you is activated and released?

Paul says, “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” The word “acknowledging” in this verse holds the answer to the questions above. This word is from the Greek word epignosis, which describes a well-instructed, intensive, deep knowledge of the facts.

The word epignosis pictures a person who knows his facts like a professional. This is a person so sure of his information that when he speaks, he does so with confidence and boldness. He has no reason to be ashamed or to fear that others may accuse him of being incorrect because he is well instructed and has an intensive, deep knowledge of the facts.

But how did he obtain such knowledge of the facts? No one becomes this knowledgeable acci­dentally.

For example, consider the book you hold in your hands. The information contained in this book didn’t come to me while I was sleeping. It is the result of many years of study and very hard work. I have passionately applied myself to understanding the Greek New Testament so I could share these truths confidently and boldly with others.

To become astute requires study, meditation, digging deep into truth, and applying oneself to know the facts inside and out. The result of this hard work is such a thorough knowledge of the facts that a person has a strong confidence regarding what he says or writes.

In my case, I am confident of what I have written in this book because I have put so much study into it. You could say that I have an epignosis of this information.

Now Paul uses this same idea when he says we are to “acknowledge” every good thing that has been placed in us by Christ Jesus. Of course, this means we are to confess the truth about ourselves – but before we can confess the truth, we must first know the truth!

Because the word epignosis depicts a well-instructed, intensive, deep knowledge of the facts, Paul is letting you know that it is essential for you to possess:

a knowledge of exactly who you are in Jesus Christ.

a knowledge of what Jesus has purchased in your redemption.

a knowledge of every good thing that God has placed in you by Jesus Christ.

a knowledge of all these truths that is so concrete and so unshakable that you are immovable in what you think and believe.

If you don’t know the facts of who you are in Jesus Christ, it’s time for you to get serious about digging into the Bible until you know these truths like a professional. The truth about who you are in Jesus Christ is the key to your victory. You should study, read, listen to teaching material – in other words, you should use every available resource to discover what God’s Word says you’ve been given in Jesus Christ. This knowledge is the key that will set you free. However, merely possessing the key won’t activate these realities in your life. You must put the key into the ignition and turn it, sparking these truths into manifestation in your life!

A key in the ignition switch does no good unless it is turned. Likewise, the truth in your life does no good until it is spoken! The moment you open your mouth and start confessing the good things that are in you by Jesus Christ, a supernatural connection is made between your faith and all that Jesus has deposited inside you. At that moment, the gifts and treasures God has placed inside you become supernaturally activated. The confession of your mouth – your acknowledgement of the truth – is what sparks these spiritual blessings and causes them to become operative, activated, and manifested realities.

Sadly, many people who know the truth remain in bondage because they never align their mouths with the truth. Instead of speaking what God says about them, they ridicule themselves, put themselves down, and speak badly of themselves. They possess all the potential that God has placed inside them, but they never experience that potential because their mouths have never sparked and activated those spiritual blessings into becoming manifested realities.

To make these truths real in your life, you have to put the key in the ignition switch.

The key is the Word of God.

The ignition is your mouth.

The key is turned in the ignition when you open your mouth and start to speak the truth.

The good things in you are activated the moment you start confessing the truth.

The way to make these blessings real in your life is t 1) thoroughly know them through diligent study; 2) put these truths into your mouth; and 3) speak them out loud!

That is how you turn the key in your ignition and energize these truths until they begin to manifest in you!

You see, it’s time for you to stop speaking so badly about yourself. Instead, you need to open your mouth and start acknowledging who you are in Jesus Christ! By acknowledging the basic truths of what you have been given in Jesus, you will release so much divine energy that it will radically transform your life. The recognition of these spiritual treasures that reside within you will pick you up, lift you high, and carry you right over into the realm of victory you desire!

So quit talking negatively about yourself, and begin to bring the words of your mouth into agreement with the truths God has deposited in your life.

God’s Word says you’re healed, so begin to say you’re healed.

God’s Word says you have the mind of Christ, so begin to say you have the mind of  Christ.

God’s Word says you’re blessed, so begin to say you’re blessed.

You turn the key in the ignition by getting your mouth into agreement with God’s Word. And as you start speaking what God says about you, all your potential will start becoming a manifested reality!

{Excerpt from Rick Renner’s Book Sparking Gems}

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How to Get Started

Sandra Hersey Live Life Out Loud Keys to Victorious Faith

If I asked ten people if they wanted to change or improve. I would received ten nods.

IF then asked those ten people precisely what they wanted. I would received ten stares.

Everyone wants to change. Everyone, however, does not  know what they want to change. The desire is there, but it’s vague. It’s a feeling and not a fact.

If you are serious about doing more with your life, you have to – have to – get clear about what you want. The answers may not come easily, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

It will take work. It will take focused thought, effort, and investigation. But lying on the other side of that work will be a life that makes you happier and more fulfilled than ever before.

Get clear about what you want – super specific – and you’ll be one of the rare few who do more than desire. You’ll pursue and achieve.

Do we really know what we want? In each area of our lives; spiritually, physically, financially, relationally – do we really really know? Today I am challenging myself and you to take some time and write down what we really want in each area of our lives. Writing it down is the first step! You can read more about writing it down here.

Take the first step in getting started and that my friend is getting started! Start!

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Honoring Your Feelings

Honor your feeling by journalingDo you speak up and share your feelings when you are happy, sad, angry, hurt? Most of us do not; especially if we want to avoid confrontation. Or for me most of the time I wish I had kept quiet however, your feelings are valid and though you want to avoid an argument you still need to have your feelings heard. You need to do what I like to call Honor your feelings. By honoring your feelings it allows you to resolve inner struggles and needs. When you hold those feelings in it only makes them stronger by stuffing them down, which in return leads to low self-esteem. It sends a message to you, that you and your feelings are not important or worthy of being heard.

How do you honor your feelings even when keeping quiet is the better choice? Journaling!

Journaling is a great way to process your emotions and to honor how you are feeling. Honoring your feelings means that you are open to knowing them because some feelings are so overwhelming it may take courage to face them.  And most importantly by honoring your feelings, you allow those feelings to surface and be heard and being heard is what we want anyway right? And a great part of being heard is that it brings about healing – even physical healing.

Journaling lets you speak up – to yourself, so write it down and let it go! {cue music Let it go, let it go…..}

 honoring your feelings journal

One of my favorite journals to use. click to view it!

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