The Hall of Faith

Clear blue sky and ocean with faith Scripture

The Hall of Faith is the place to go if you are struggling with pain, heartache, discouragement or unbelief.  If you need to see your belief level rise, read this!

Clear blue sky and ocean with faith Scripture

The eleventh chapter of the book of Hebrews is considered by many to be the “Hall of Faith”  If you walk down this hall, you will understand why it has the name.

In November of 2008, my husband had back surgery to fuse it all back together after a severe injury at his job. He was in misery, even a couple of months after the surgery, and he asked God if he was going to die. He said that he was told to get himself up and go and read the 11th Chapter of the Book of Hebrews. So he did just that and his outlook was noticeably improved. He knew that he was going to live and not die!

I have included the whole chapter for the full effect!

HEBREWS – CHAPTER 11

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshiped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

It is by faith that I even hope that I can touch a life for Jesus today!

Blessings,

Michelle

 

 

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  

You Will Face Opposition

Are You Prepared?

You will face opposition so…  Are You Prepared?

I want you to be ready once you have set your mind to the task at hand.  No matter how big or how small your task is, once you make a proclamation or decree that you will do something, HERE IT COMES!

THERE’S OPPOSITION AND ADVERSITY ON EVERY SIDE!

NOW WHAT?

Here’s the thing to ask yourself, “Am I going to believe what God says about me or am I going to listen to the enemy who wants to destroy me?”  That battle has already been won when Jesus took your place on the cross.  Every lie, every doubt, every shame, that Satan wants to bring against you to tell you that you can’t do it…it’s ALL been taken care of already.

Now, listen to me here.  My whole point in telling you this is so that you can be equipped to go forth and conquer.  I know that the language I use may sound “foreign” to you but I want to teach you to USE the principles of the WORD of God and APPLY them to your life.  I want you to understand that the problems you face, as a child of the KING, are not your battles to fight and you already have the victory.

Every person, place or thing that tries to put a roadblock in your path once you have decided to move forward…all the opposition that comes against you.. it’s all SPIRITUAL WARFARE!  However, you have no need to be afraid.  That slimy devil is a liar and he has no power over you.  He is defeated, beaten, and out of the fight.

If you know that the KING OF KINGS has your back and that Satan has no power over you, I promise it will change the way you look at everything. When the opposition raises up, just recognize it for what it is.  It really is not about you!

I get discouraged sometimes and this is the way that I get back up.  I speak out of my mouth so that I hear it and every power and principality and ruler in dark places hears it.  If you are a born again, child of the King, do what I do!  Jesus said to do this, by the way.

I rebuke you Satan, in the mighty name of Jesus!  You have no power over me and I will not fear you or any of your stupid tricks.  Get away from me, and take all your filthy, stinking, lying buddies with you, In Jesus’ name!

It will feel a little awkward to you, in the beginning, but it works.  If you are completely encompassed about on every side with opposition, do this. Picture yourself standing in the middle of it all with a sword in your hand.  Now, extend that sword and spin around in a circle, clearing the space around you.

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That’s YOUR space now! (Jesus is just smiling and so proud of you at this point!)  Those words that you just spoke when you rebuked Satan, that’s Jesus!  He IS that WORD, and He is that SWORD!

I love you and I want you to live in victory!  Go forth and conquer.  You are an overcomer and nothing is impossible to you.

May the PEACE OF GOD reign in your life today and always,

Michelle