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How to Overcome Doubt

“Satan sows seeds of fear so that we might reap the fruit of doubt”

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon hope to expose the many seeds of fear that are being sown into our hearts. There are many things happening right now that can cause us to be fearful and in turn, we begin to doubt God and His love for us. If we can recognize the fear that is getting into our hearts, then we can take action so that doubt does not grow. If we can also recognize doubt, then we can trace it back to a root of fear. So remember, “Satan sows seeds of fear that we might reap the fruit of doubt.” Join in the conversation as we look at how to overcome doubt.

Don’t Waste Your Sorrows

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green explores Don’t Waste Your Sorrows by Paul Billheimer

 

 

In Don’t Waste Your Sorrows Paul Billheimer considers suffering, in addition to prayer, as another aspect of the bride-elect’s training for sovereignty. God designed the system of prayer to equip or qualified her with the techniques, the skills, and the “know-how” for rulership.

 

He has further designed that suffering. which is a consequence of the fall, shall produce the character and disposition, the compassionate spirit, which will be required for rulership in a government where the law of love is supreme.

All born-again people are training for rulership. Since the supreme law of that future social order, all the kingdom of God is agape love, their apprenticeship and training are for learning the dimensions of this love. But the deep dimensions of this love are only learned in the school of suffering.

If you are interested in investing your time and energy into developing the eternal currency of agape love… then I hope you will seek out more of what Billheimer has to teach us in Don’t Waste Your Sorrows.

Saving Christianity

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green explores Saving Christianity by Michael Youssef

 

 

There is an element within the Christian community that has come to believe that Christianity must change or die and that they know what is needed in order to “save” Christianity. They proclaim that in order to save Christianity, Christians must change the core of our faith and adapt to remain relevant in order to attract younger generations.

According to one source:

If the Christian church is going to survive, it needs to develop alternative ways of viewing heaven and hell and a different way of looking at the atonement of sins through Jesus’ death on the cross. The concepts of hell and an atonement theory that requires the brutal crucifixion of Jesus before we can reconcile with God are incongruent with the concept of a God of grace. 

But is that really the case? In his book, Saving Christianity, Michael Youssef explores this train of thought and its pitfalls. For the sake of the next generation, he declares, we dare not abandon “the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people” (Jude 1:3), because it is the light for all humanity.

How to Overcome Fear

“And when the enemy drew near, My heart filled with fear, Then I heard someone dear, Calling me to His side, And I ran under His wings, There He covered me, And now I can see, The storm still rages, Oh, but in the Rock of Ages, We’re resting warmly here, Under our Lord’s wings” Under His Wings – Hymn

 
This week on Sharin Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon are feeling the effects of the pandemic that has swept around the world. Since they have been unable to meet in the studio for conversation, they scoured their archives for topics that are relevant to our current situation. Fear is flooding many hearts as they face financial uncertainty, loss of loved ones, and isolation from friends and family. These are very difficult times but we want to be able to overcome the fear that grips and paralyzes us. There are approximately 365 verses about fear and worry in scripture. So, join in the conversation as we explore many of these verses to discover How to Overcome Fear.

Taking Responsibility for the Choices We Make

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green explores Taking Responsibility for the Choices We Make by Leighann McCoy

 

 

The concept that life is hard and some tragedy in life is to be expected has become unacceptable in our world today. Somewhere along the line, the belief that no one should ever suffer and that no rain should ever fall has been incorporated into life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We were never promised happiness only the ability and freedom to pursue it.

 

Yet, all to often when something in our lives goes awry, when we are undone, offended, wounded, legitimately angry or somebody’s done us wrong usually the last person we hold responsible for our choices is…ourselves.

 

So, if you’ve found yourself in an unimaginable place where the goodness of God seems to have left you, and everything you thought you knew about Him and His ways has evaporated in the aftermath of the devastation you find yourself facing then come be a part… as author Leighann McCoy helps us navigate a path through the turmoil in her book, Taking Responsibility for the Choices We Make.

Jesus Endured the Pits

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” Hebrews 4:14-15

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon take a look at a time in Jesus’ life when He was enduring the pits. In Hebrews Chapter 4, we are encouraged with the knowledge that Jesus understands, from first-hand experience, the struggles we face in this world. He knows our weakness and has experienced the same temptations.

In Luke 22, we read of the time when Jesus was in the deepest pit; He is about to be arrested and sacrificed on the cross. Examining this passage of scripture, we find encouragement from Jesus as He encourages His disciples to prepare for the tough times ahead. When we are in the pits of life, we can look to His example to help us endure because we know that He, Himself, Jesus endured the pits.

The Way of the Shepherd

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green explores The Way of the Shepherd by Don Baker.

 

 

We all need and want to be cared for by someone who really loves us.  We are made in His image where love is paramount.  Understanding the ways of a shepherd and what he sacrifices in knowing every need of his sheep, being sensitive to their surroundings is what allows the sheep and lambs to lie down and rest in green pastures and drink the quiet still waters. Under the care of a good shepherd, sheep lie down in the quiet and serene sense of gentle contentment.  “Godliness with “contentment is great gain.”

The Way of the Shepherd will bring delightful joy to the heart and the beautiful pictures captivating the message in each chapter. The beauty of the book is that it equally reaches out to the heart that is troubled or to a person struggling with the issues of life that must have a shepherd to protect and carry us,  to a place of safety.  Expressed in the 23rd Psalm and illustrated for us is the correlation between sheep of the field and us as Christians being sheep of His pasture. Tension is released as we see we are never abandoning and always have the shepherd there for us when we are unable to help ourselves.  Great comfort and understanding come from practical illustrations that are given to David as he learned from his Great Shepherd.

Pathway Out of The Pits

“I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings” Psalm 40:1-2.

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon journey through Psalm 40. As a society, we have been conditioned to get results instantly, from answers from a computer to meals out of a bot, so when we are in a dark place like the pits, we want instant answers and instant relief. Join in the conversation to discover 6 subcategories in a journey through Psalm 40 that will serve as a pathway out of the pits.

Forgiving Forward

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green explores Forgiving Forward by Bruce and Toni Hebel. This is not the average “forgiveness” book.  Heavy with experiences made practical and answering questions many are not even asking; makes this a life-transforming book and one that should be in your library.

 

Forgiveness is foundational to a life of faith.  It is so much more than saying, “I am sorry.”  True forgiveness will take us out of our comfort zone and required a renewing of our minds.  Our natural minds cannot work from logic and reason in this matter because it is a supernatural work provided by The Supernatural God.  We are told to forgive as Christ has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:30.) Whatever has been done to me from another’s sin nature, I have done to Christ with my sin nature. All sin, no matter the degree required Christ to go to the Cross and pay the price.  The words may be simple but the process is complex in that our hearts must be made right before God with having our speech free of corrupt communication and only for edification to the hearer, being free from grieving or quenching the Spirit and getting rid of bitterness, extreme anger for harm to another person, and other thinking that is of the flesh with corresponding negative emotions. (Ephesians 4:29-31.)

Many often quote John 8:32 “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.”  However, there is a key to that reality being applied and that is found in the preceding verse 31, “IF you abide (to be at home)in ME and My words abide in you, THEN, knowing and applying the Truth can be made practical for necessary forgiveness releasing burden and guilt that unforgiveness carries.

Praise From the Pits

I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth” Psalm 109:30

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins travel through the Psalms to find declarations of praise. It’s important to hide these verses in our hearts so that when we are plunged into a pit, we will have praise on our tongue. All the Psalms writers declare an absolute stand in praise, there are no conditional words found, so praise is not based on any circumstances. It’s absolute praise regardless of where they are or how they feel. Join in the conversation and discover examples that will help us praise from the pits.