Sword of the Spirit!

Did you know that Jesus is the Word of God, the Sword of the Spirit?

 

Sword of the Spirit

 

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

*I used the dictionary at Merriam-Webster online.

Ok, let’s break this verse down. I know it’s good and fairly understandable like it is but there’s always deeper meaning to words than we give them credit for at first glance. 🙂

For the word of God (Typically- The Bible or referring to Jesus since He is the word of God)

is quick, (Definition of QUICK: not dead : living, alive)

and powerful, (Definition of POWERFUL: having great power, prestige, or influence )

and sharper than any twoedged sword, (Definition of SHARP: adapted to cutting or piercing: as having a thin keen edge or fine point)

piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, (Cutting through all things, whether spiritual or physical)

and is a discerner of (Definition of DISCERN: to detect or recognize ALL the differences with all of the senses)

the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Getting to the HEART or innermost BEING of a person’s every thought or intent)

Now, in Michelle’s words…

JESUS is alive, powerful, prestigious, influential and…

HE is the SWORD that cuts through everything, sees everything, knows everything, and gets to the heart of US!

Why?

Why would Jesus want to get to the heart of us?

When reading a verse in the Bible, look at the beginning verse of the chapter to see the topic and then read the last verse to get your conclusion.

Verse one of this chapter tells us that we have a promise to enter into His rest. Don’t miss out on the topic!

The chapter ends with this verse – Hebrews 4:16 -Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Jesus is the sword that cuts away all our junk because he wants us to enter into His rest!

He wants us to come BOLDLY and obtain mercy and grace to help in our time of need.

That’s what a loving God we serve!

I hope that you never think of a sword the same again!

Blessings,

Michelle

 

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Michelle Drinkard is a Powerful Woman of God who has been married to a Preacher of the Gospel for over 20 years. She is a mother to two amazing children! 🙂 She is helping people – one step at a time – to take control of their spending habits, build an income working from home and get out of debt with reality-based principles. Michelle will tell you like it is… in a REAL, no-fluff, back-to-basics way that produces RESULTS. Her goal is to see people completely FREE – Spiritually, Financially, and Physically!

Help For The Beginner

We Can Help You

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Have you ever tried to get on track with your finances and everywhere you turn, it seems as if people are talking over your head?

I have been doing a lot of research so that I know how better to help you. My main objective is looking to see what’s out there to help you, the beginner, on the path to a debt-free lifestyle.

I am not trying to talk the language of a seasoned investment broker, a financial planner, or a wealthy tycoon with many different assets.

I want to help the young person with a pile of student loans from their college education. I am looking for a young couple who already have a new family started but was never educated on money matters. I can also help the business person who has so much on their plate that they don’t have time to make a budget. If you are a stay-at-home mom with the weight of the entire household and finances on your shoulders, we can help you.

If you are managing to keep your bills paid on time and need a little help with a budget, we can help you.

If you are just a beginner on the money matters scene and you have no idea about investments and don’t need to know right now, we can help you.

If you have gotten in over-your-head with credit cards and too much month left at the end of the money, we can help you get back on track.

Are you the one that has a great credit score but you have several credit cards, a couple of car payments and a home mortgage? Maybe you just need your eyes opened to the fact that you can attain a lifestyle free of debt. That was me several years ago. I had never really thought about the fact that I could actually get my mortgage paid off years ahead of time.

Staying on a budget is not easy and it takes discipline, but if you really want to improve your situation, we can help you.

There are no fancy fixes to getting your finances in order but there are some simple old-fashioned principles that still work.

1) Keep a payment notebook with due dates, amount due, and name of the person you owe.

2) Record your check number, if you still pay by check, and the date that you paid the bill. I have saved my family a lot of money by having the proof of payment and the date documented. If you ever have to call in and talk to customer service about a bill, get the name of the person you spoke to and write it on the bill with the date you talked to them.

3) Do your homework on your bills. Always be diligent and pay your bills on time, if you can. Don’t allow yourself to make costly mistakes just because you forgot.

4) Let me just invite you to hang around for a year or so. Let’s see where your mindset and your financial situation is a year from now.

I challenge you to ask yourself, “What if these very simple steps actually work?”

Go to the top and grab our newsletter! Let’s get to know each other and stay in touch. This process of a debt-free lifestyle may take a few years. We might as well enjoy a great relationship along the way!

Blessings,

Michelle

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Michelle Drinkard is a Powerful Woman of God who has been married to a sweet Preacher of the Gospel for over 20 years. She is a mother to two amazing children! 🙂 She is helping people – one step at a time – to take control of their spending habits, stretch their money and get out of debt with reality-based principles. Michelle will tell you like it is… in a REAL, no-fluff, back-to-basics way that produces RESULTS.

Nightmares – Shared Story #3

Nightmares – How can you win a fight while you are sleeping?

Nightmares or Jesus

I used to have nightmares. I had them when I was a kid. I had them when I was pregnant with my children. I actually had started having daytime nightmares after my children were born. I would have nightmares while I was awake…you know just envisioning horrible things like you would in a nightmare, except I was awake.  I thought I was losing my mind, at one point, because it was getting completely out of control.

When I was around the age of 6, my parents divorced and my two brothers and I lived with our mother.  We saw our father sporadically over the years but he wasn’t an active part in our lives.  I said all of that to say this – my mother was the one person in the world that I counted on to always be there.  So, I started having nightmares around the age of 10 or 11 and the recurring theme was about her getting injured or killed.  It was car wrecks, house fires, or something equally as traumatic, night after night.  I would wake up and go to her room and ask to sleep with her.  Most of the time she said yes, thank the Lord!  Anyway, I don’t recall when those dreams stopped haunting me but I do remember how terrible they were.

Throughout my teenage years and up until I married at the age of 27, I would still have bad dreams but it wasn’t an every night occurrence.  After I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter, I started having nightmares again, on a regular basis.  I think I was trying to mentally prepare for protecting my baby and the fear and anxiety would manifest in my dreams.  My two children are about 1 and ½ years apart in age so these years were fairly rough on me as a new mommy.  Add in the fact that you don’t get much sleep anyway when you have a newborn…. And you can see my predicament.  When my son was born, he was pre-mature by about 8 weeks.  Even though he was early, he was fine and we brought him home 2 days later.  He slept until it was about time for his original due date and then he started crying and didn’t stop belly-aching until he was almost 8 months old.  I was sleep-deprived and my husband was exhausted, too.  We didn’t have anyone who stepped in to help.  I remember just crying all the time and being in a kind of zombie state.  That’s when I started having the “daymares”, as I called them.  I would be awake and start thinking about horrible things happening to my kids.  My mind was running away on me.  I look back and just wonder how in the world we made it through it.  (It’s at these times that I know that the Lord was carrying us!)

My husband and I have been in church since a few months after we were married.  I am not sure when I heard the Scripture verse that says, “Get thee behind me Satan”.  I do know this, however, that verse was my stronghold for years.  I found out that Satan has no choice but to flee at the command of Jesus.  No, I am not Jesus but his Spirit lives within me and I have authority in HIS name.  So, I began calling on Jesus and rebuking Satan, as often as I needed to do it.  Yes, I felt absolutely silly doing this at first but I was battling a spiritual battle and I needed any help I could get.  I was living in fear of losing my mind and I was losing the battle for my marriage and my children.  Everything was in shambles and my enemy was winning and I had nowhere to turn.  So, I turned to Jesus and he received me with open arms.  That’s when the intimate relationship began with me and my Lord.  He loved me.  He lifted me out of the miry clay that I was drowning in, cleaned me up, and he loved me.

So…back to the nightmares!  When I was awake, I had learned how to be an overcomer.  All I had to do was call on Jesus and he took care of those “crazy” daytime nightmares!  It was nice to know that I didn’t have to suffer with that anymore.

Now, what do I do about the attacks of the enemy when I am sleeping?

I decided that if it worked when I was awake, I would try it when I was sleeping.  When I would lie down to go to sleep at night, I would talk to Jesus as I was drifting off to sleep.  At first, I was begging him to help me sleep.  Then, I actually learned how to do the same thing while I was sleeping as I did when I was awake.  In my dreams, I would start screaming JESUS!  There is no way to tell you how many times I have awoken myself and my husband trying to get the words out.  It was like the enemy had his hands around my throat choking me to keep the word “Jesus” from coming out of my mouth.  The longer I applied this in my sleep, the easier it got.  I have screamed myself awake calling on his name and that’s just fine with me.  You should see this smile on my face, as I remember how my friend Jesus rescued me from the enemy, even in my sleep!

It’s been about 8-10 years now since we won this battle!  I have been nightmare-free and daymare-free!  No more anxiety attacks or “sleep-apnea” attacks when I couldn’t breathe.  Call it what you will, but I know what happened.  It may sound silly to someone on the outside looking in but if you have never suffered in this way, you don’t know the extremes that you will go to just to get some peaceful rest.  I know where my help comes from.

I hope that you will share this with anyone you know that suffers with nightmares, especially children.  Please teach them when they are young so that they don’t have to deal with nightmares alone!

Blessings and Sweet Dreams,

Michelle