Today’s I am honored to again have my dear friend Dr. Michelle Bengtson back as a guest. Dr Michelle’s 3rd book is just released Tuesday September 17, 2019. Have you ordered your copy yet? If not, do so NOW! Order links and information are below. I had to opportunity to pre-read her book and interview her on my Dare 2 Hear Podcast. The episode will air next week!. I love that Dr Michelle is not only knowledgable in the science and medicine behind the things she writes about, but she also has personal first hand knowledge of them. If you loved her book Hope Prevails, You are going to love Breaking Anxiety’s Grip! If we are truthful with ourselves, we all struggle with fear, anxiety and loose our peace from time to time. Click on the book cover below to order your copy and then visit Dr Michelle’s website to connect with her by clicking here.
Also, don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY below to win a copy of Dr. Michelle’s new Book.
I am giving away one copy of Dr. Michelle’s Book. The #GiveAway will run until Monday Sept 29. Make sure to share about this giveaway and enter to win your own copy.
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My book “The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for others.” ? Just celebrated it’s ONE Year Book Anniversary (Birthday)! I know, exciting right?!!!!
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This book is about learning to hear the voice of God in our own life so we can respond to those God bumps and little nudges He gives us on a daily basis. God is calling us to be agents of encouragement and to be the gift the worlds needs today.
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You are invited to join me, author Debbie Kitterman Beginning October 10, 2019 for the free online Video Bible Study on The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement. You can find the details by clicking here or on the picture below.
You are invited to join Debbie for this FREE 6-week video series and guided discussion on The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement. Together we will learn how Jesus modeled this gift and how we can #BeTheGift of encouragement others need.
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The Answer to Worry, Fear, and Anxiety
By Dr. Michelle Bengtson
As I sat in the surgical waiting room, waiting for the doctor to come out and report on my husband’s surgery, I could do little other than people watch. While I had brought my laptop with me to work, and had material that needed to be read, I could focus on none of it.
My husband had previously experienced two bouts with cancer, and as I sat, doctors were performing a biopsy to determine whether the doctor’s suspicion of a third bout with cancer was truly the case.
As I watched people come and go, I clearly saw the telltale signs of anxiety: people pacing, others crying, some talked nonstop about nothing of importance to fill the quiet empty space, and most fidgeted in some form or fashion. This was not our “first rodeo” with cancer, and God had proven himself faithful to see us through the prior events. Yet, if I’m being honest, I was having to fight hard against the spirit of fear as the clock painstakingly ticked the seconds and minutes by.
Thoughts were racing through my head faster than a ball in a pinball machine:
- “What if it’s cancer and it isn’t treatable?”
- “What if he dies and I’m left a widow?”
- “What if he dies and my children have to grow up without a father?”
My stomach also gave my anxious condition away, as I sat feeling like a boulder had grown there overnight.
We discussed in the last post [insert link here] about the true origin of worry, fear, and anxiety: the enemy of our soul inflicts worry, fear, and anxiety on our lives through our thoughts with his lies.
“The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy. But I have come that they might have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10).
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV).
Worry, fear, and anxiety are not good traveling companions, but like a smelly pair of socks will take over a laundry room, they will take over our lives if we aren’t intentional about doing something about them.
Worry, fear, and anxiety are not good traveling companion Click To Tweet
This requires war. This requires that we actively battle. Worry, fear, and anxiety are not our portion, but peace is. Jesus came to give us peace, which is not something that the world can give. But the second we open the door of our mind and heart to worry, fear, and anxiety, we sacrifice our peace. If we want to reclaim the peace God promises, we have to intentionally step into battle.
Over the years, I’ve had hundreds of patients ask me, “How do I do that?” Because I’ve been in the fight, I’ve learned some things about what works, and it is work.
Worry, fear & anxiety are not our portion, put #peace is! Click To Tweet
Scripture tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” While my book, Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises outlines several other key things we can do to break anxiety’s grip on our lives, one of the most important things we can do is to take our thoughts captive.
What does it mean exactly to “take every thought captive?”
It means we can’t just let our thoughts run around freely in our mind, for in doing so, we come into agreement with them. Instead, we have to pay attention to the thoughts we have, determine whether or not they are consistent with what God tells us in His word, and if not, we have to refuse to let them stay and must replace them with the truth of God’s word.
Here are some examples:
- When you think “It’s impossible, instead think “All things are possible” (Luke 18:27).
- When you think, “I’m not smart enough,” remember that God promises to give you wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30).
- When you think, “I can’t figure it out,” instead think “God will direct my steps” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
- When times are difficult and you’re afraid you can’t go on, instead think “God’s grace is enough for me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
- When you think you can’t manage a situation, instead think, “God promises to supply all my needs” (Philippians 4:19).
- When you are afraid, remember that God didn’t give you a spirit of fear, but instead He gave you power, love, and sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
- When you feel alone, instead remind yourself that God will never leave you “Hebrews 13:5).
- When you feel unloved or worthless, remember that God sent His son to prove that you are worth it and that He loves you (John 3:16).
- When you are afraid, remember that if you tell God your worries, He promises to take care of you (Psalm 55:22).
- When your heart is anxious, remember that God promises to save you (Isaiah 35:4).
As we declare God’s word over our lives and our situations, God promises that it will do its job because His word never returns void. The best thing we can do is talk back to those fears with God’s truth.
As I sat in that surgical waiting room, realizing that anxiety was trying to creep into my life, I began to speak to it. I reminded myself that the situation had not taken God by surprise. In fact, He knew about it long before I did, and His plans for me are good, so I could count on Him to take care of me whatever the results were. He also promises that He works ALL things together for our good. So even if the biopsy came back positive for cancer (which it did), then God would work even that for our good. Even if God allowed cancer to take my husband’s life, God promises He will not leave us alone, and that He would be a husband to the widow and a father to the fatherless.
It really all comes back to a matter of trust: will we trust God even when what we see doesn’t look good? Will we give up our need for control and trust that God has everything in His control? Will we trust that He will fulfill the promises He has made to us?
Trusting #God is the fastest path to #Peace Click To Tweet
It’s not easy, but friend, neither is living in a state of worry, fear, and anxiety. Trusting God is the fastest path to peace. When scripture says that God hasn’t given us the spirit of fear, but instead He gave us power, love and sound mind, we can remain in peace knowing He has given us the weapons we need to do battle: the same power that raised Christ from the dead, everlasting perfect love that casts out fear, and the mind of Christ. Now we just need to use our weapons and do some battle to break anxiety’s grip.
When we do, peace prevails!
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Dr. Michelle Bengtson is an international speaker, and the author of the bestselling, award winning “Hope Prevails: Insights From A Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” and the award winning companion “Hope Prevails Bible Study” and the soon to be released “Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises” (Sept 2019). She has been a board certified clinical neuropsychologist for more than twenty years. This doctor knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to help others be all God created them to be. Using sound practical tools, she affirms worth and encourages faith. Dr. Bengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm. She and her husband of thirty-one years have two teenage sons and reside in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. She blogs regularly on her own site: http://www.DrMichelleBengtson.com and is on most social media platforms. She is also a popular radio show host of “Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson” at http://graceandtruthradio.world/shows/your-hope-filled-perspective/
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Debbie Kitterman is a natural born encourager who is on fire for God. She is passionate about equipping individuals, so they can go deeper in the relationship with God, reach their God-potential and claim their Kingdom inheritance. Debbie is a wife, mother, author, pastor, speaker and the founder of “Dare 2 Hear,” a ministry that trains individuals to hear the voice of God. She travels to churches internationally and is the founder and teacher of d2htraining.com, an online course designed to equip the believer in releasing God’s heart. Her writing and teachings inspire faith and build bridges for people to believe and expect the impossible. She is also an ordained Foursquare pastor, currently serving with her husband, John, as senior pastor of Restoration Church in Lacey, Washington. Learn more at: www.debbiekitterman.com
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I am blessed and honored to have a 7-day devotional on the YouVersion Bible App. YAY!!! It is a great way to kick start the 7- days before my on-line Bible Study starts next week. I would be so blessed if you would check it out and share it with your friends. You can find it here: Be The Gift Someone Needs Today!
Have you had the opportunity to read my new book “The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for others.” ? This book is about learning to hear the voice of God in our own life so we can respond to those God bumps and little nudges He gives us on a daily basis. God is calling us to be agents of encouragement and to be the gift the worlds needs today.
We live in a time, where those around us are in desperate need of a real encounter with Jesus and in need of encouragement. We are called to encourage one another daily (Hebrews 3:13), and to build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11). My book will teach you how to step out and do just that.
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Do you wonder if God still speaks today? Do you wonder if He would ever speak to you personally? Do you long to hear the voice of God in your life?
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If you answered YES to any of those questions, then I have exactly what you need. I now have an online e-course designed to equip you in understanding that God still speaks today, and He longs to speak directly to you, through His word, and others. He longs to encourage you, strengthen you and comfort you. The training on this site, is fully based on Scripture, and taken from my training manual Releasing God’s heart through Hearing His Voice.
God is speaking, Can you Hear Him?
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