TALK TO YOURSELF! by Joni Ames

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TALK TO YOURSELF!
by Joni Ames
 
Have you been feeling a little “down” lately? Need some encouragement?
 
Having been a single mom for the past almost 30 years, I’ve had plenty of times where I felt that way – with no one around (i.e., as in another human being) to be the catalyst for that!
 
So what do we do when we are going through rough times? Should we wallow in our self pity like Job did? He sounds so like me and others I know at times in this account in Job 10:1:
 
“My soul loathes my life; I will give free course to my complaint, I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.”
 
I’m just sayin’……..that’s pretty pityful! – Kind of like saying, “I am just going to rant and rave and wallow in the mud of my self pity, and no one is going to stop me!” haha
 
Sometimes “stuff” just “happens” and there is no one else around to help lift us out of the circumstances. It’s in times like those that we need to remember what David did in the face of some of the worst times in his life. – A time when all those around him were so angry at him that they threatened to stone him to death! Now that’s pretty rough! But you know what he did? David encouraged and strengthened himself in the LORD! (1 Samuel 30.6)
 
The world takes this concept, as if they invented it! They call it “self talk.” Even they know that, when you take authority over your thoughts and circumstances and begin to speak life over yourself, you can talk yourself into a better mood, and even a better life and lifestyle! But that isn’t some original thought. It comes straight from the Word of God!
 
Colossians 1:21 tells us that we are often “alienated & enemies” IN OUR MIND because we focus on the things we have done – but that Jesus came to reconcile us to Him! “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies IN YOUR MIND by wicked works, yet now has He reconciled.”
 
Romans 12:2 tells us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but BE transformed BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND.”
 
One of the best ways to “talk to ourselves” and “renew our minds” is to wash ourselves with the water of the Word! Why? Because His Word is ALIVE, QUICK, and POWERFUL! – In other words, POWER-FILLED! And it will NOT return void, but WILL accomplish what it was sent out to do!
 
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
 
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
 
Hannah talked to herself. While she was talking to herself, she also talked to the Lord – and in so doing, she talked herself right out of barrenness and into having a wonderful, promised child from God! (1 Samuel 1:4-20)
 
What are you saying to yourself about yourself? If you are speaking evil over yourself, those are word curses! That’s right! You are literally cursing yourself! The Bible says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he!” (Prov. 23:7) – So – Stop that! I mean it! You have a choice as to what you believe about yourself, as well as who and what you become. It’s time for YOU to ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN THE LORD!
 
The other thing is, even if others are speaking word curses over you, why would you want to fulfill that? Don’t let anyone else’s opinion of you determine your destiny! – I’d be sayin’, “See ya – wouldn’t want to be you. Love you. But there’s someone else above you!” – Meaning: THE LORD and what HE has to say!
 
It’s time to change the “diapers” of your mind, and get rid of the “stinkin’ thinkin’!”
 
So remember that verse we started out with in Romans 12:2?: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but BE transformed BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND.”
 
So, let’s change things around right now. Like the old saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life!”
 
Let’s take authority over our thoughts:
“(23) Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, (24) and put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4: 23-24)
Let’s make our thoughts be obedient to the Lord and HIS plans for our life!:
“Cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
 
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
 
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Oh wow! We need to be sure the words we are saying are good, if we are going to have to eat them!
 
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Dear Lord,
 
Forgive us for bowing to and believing the enemy’s lies about ourselves. Help us to bring our thoughts and the words we speak about ourselves (and others) into captivity to the obedience of Christ. We thank you that you came to reconcile our minds, hearts, words, and lives to Yourself. Help us learn how to encourage ourselves in You, as your servant David did. We ask you to break the power of any and all word curses we – or anyone else – has spoken over us, and for your blessings and encouragement to come in their place. – And we pray as David did, “Let the words of my mouth and meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight,” In Jesus’ name, Amen.
 
– Joni Ames

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Daniel Fast Info

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Daniel Fast Information
 
Dear Friends,
 
There are many in the “Valley of Decision” in this time period. Many who are seeking God, even fasting for answers. I came across a web site with great info on the Daniel Fast and thought I’d pass it on. By sending you this I’m not suggesting you do a fast, only God can tell you that. Also,  I suggest you be sure to ask your doctor’s advice before going on any fast to be sure you are in the physical condition to do it.
 
I suggest you check out the entire web site as it explains much about the fast and it’s purpose. http://daniel-fast.com/index.html
It is not my site – some awesome folks did a lot of work to put it together.
Here is the food list:

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DANIEL FAST INFO & FOODS LIST
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http://danielfast.wordpress.com/daniel-fast-food-list/

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweeteners including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

Remember, READ THE LABELS!

If you want recipes for 21 days with three meals and snack for each day, plus meal plans and great ideas for the Daniel Fast, consider The Daniel Fast Cookbook! Just $8.95, plus your purchase helps support this lay ministry and makes it possible for this blog to continue!

Also see: http://www.daniel-fast.com/

 

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God’s Plans for you are GOOD! (Jer. 29:11)
Joni Ames
P.O. Box 99
Elkview, WV 25071
E-Mail: JoniAmes@aol.com
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“Cry Out For Discernment” by Joni Ames

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“Cry Out For Discernment”
by Joni Ames
 
Dear Friends,
 
I love the holidays and everything about them! And I thoroughly enjoy the “new hope” that comes as we enter into a new year. I love what the Word has to say about it:
 
“You crown the year with Your Goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.” (Psalm 65:11)
 
While I’m quite an optimist, I also understand that the above statement doesn’t mean “everything” will be rosy and wonderful in the new year for “everybody.” Both good and bad things happen. But what I do understand is that things go better with the Lord on our side.
 
While watching the news on TV, it gave way to pondering on years past as well as the year ahead. Some of the past years were not so good for me. In my younger years I was one of the most UN-discerning people I’ve ever known! I was so gullible. And even downright dumb at times! I’m not “word cursing” myself. Just being honest! That isn’t so “cute” after awhile. And it isn’t godly. While we are to be as children in the area of faith, the Lord doesn’t desire for us to walk around in the spirit of stupid! In fact, that could be deadly in the time up ahead. His Word says:
 
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man (adult), I put away childish things.” (1 Cor. 13:11)
 
We need to be more mature in these times than ever, and put away the childish image of being some “sweetsie” little kid.
 
Jesus gives us clear warning when He says, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (Matt. 10:16)
 
Getting taken advantage of isn’t in God’s plan for us. He tells us we are not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices. (2 Corinthians 2:11) – But it’s up to us to seek God for the wisdom and discernment we need.
 
I love the book of Proverbs, because it truly is the Book of Wisdom. One day as I was reading it when I was much younger, I came across this set of verses, in which it says to “Cry out for discernment” – I took it seriously and it changed my life! Check this out!:
 
“(2) Incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; (3) Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, (4) If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; (5) Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God. (6) For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; (7) He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; (8) He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints. (9) Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path. (10) When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul, (11) Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you.” (Prov. 2:2-11)
 
When I read that, I took it LITERALLY! I began to spend time – LOTS of time – literally laying on my floor crying out, or standing and shouting up to the Heavens: “God! Forgive me for being so stupid and gullible and for thinking that blindly trusting everyone was of You! Help me! I’m crying out to you for wisdom, discernment, and understanding!” – – “Discernment of God, come to me, in Jesus’ name!” – “Wisdom of God, come to me, in Jesus’ name!” – “Understanding of God, come to me, in Jesus’ name!”
 
I didn’t just do this one time, for five minutes! I spent hours, days, weeks, months, and even years, crying out for it! And I still do it!
 
We must be willing to “pay the price” of true, intimate relationship with the Lord. – Time! – Spending TIME with Him! When we do that, we will truly get to know Him, His voice, and His ways better than ever before!
 
We are truly in a time when we must “Contend earnestly for the faith!” (Jude 3) for if we do not, we are in danger of deception. Jesus warns us in Matt 24:24, “False christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” – Now that is frightening that even the elect could be deceived! Dear God, please help me – us – to be kept from deception!
 
Do you remember when the “buzz” term went around for awhile, “More Lord?”
 
Well, when I heard that, it immediately reminded me of an old song, and it says something like this, “I want more of Jesus, so I’ll give Him more of me.” – And when I would hear others say, “More Lord,” I would pray, “More Lord! More of you; less of me!”
 
I’ve heard it said that we are all as close to God as we want to be. Well, I’m not. So I decided keep crying out and keep giving Him more of me, and I pray to God to give me the gutts, fortitude, and strength to never stop!
 
I love the scripture, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
 
There’s an old Larnelle Harris song based on that scripture called “Greater Still” and in it are these words, “I must become less, so much less, so that You become greater still. Lord empty me of anything that keeps me from what’s real.”
 
When I hear that song, it makes me cry, and I just pray as I sing it to Him, “Yes, Lord! Please do so with me! Always!!!!”
 
The Word basically warns us that dumb people enjoy and think it is funny to be stupid: “Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, But a man of understanding walks uprightly.” (Prov. 15:21)
 
A religious spirit will try to come to you and tell you that you are judgmental, harsh, or ungodly for being discerning. But Jesus warns, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (Matt. 10:16)
 
That sounds pretty serious. Nothing to ignore in that, for sure.
 
The truth is, we are NOT to believe everything that presents itself as spiritual. We ARE to TEST every spirit: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God.” (1 John 4:1)
 
That doesn’t mean that we need to go around telling everyone everything God shows us. In fact, that would be stupid. There are times the Lord has shown me things that I know wouldn’t be believed by anyone else if I told them. Even things He showed me about some “famous” ministers. I knew I had to just keep my mouth shut and pray. That’s what prophetic intercession is. That’s why God trusts us with it. Not so we will shout it to the rooftops, but so that we will take it to Him in prayer.
 
Ecclesiastes 3:8 tells us there are times and seasons for everything, “A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” – And right now, we are in a time of greater spiritual warfare than has ever existed.
 
Many are sensing as Jeremiah was in Jer. 4:19 “O my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, Because you have heard, O my soul, The sound of the trumpet, The alarm of war.”
 
The good news is, our God is with us in battle. Psalm 18:34 says that He even teaches our hands to war.
 
Of course we know, “(3) Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. (4) For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” (2 Cor 10:3-4)
 
And God’s promise to us is:
“(7) You will chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you. (8) Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you.” (Leviticus 26:7-8)
 
Some of us have gone through serious betrayals. Jesus knows how that feels. Judas did it to him. But just as with that situation, what Satan meant for evil, God will turn for good! This verse is for you:
 
(9) Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me. (10) But You, O Lord, be merciful to me, and raise me up, That I may repay them. (11) By this I know that You are well pleased with me, Because my enemy does not triumph over me. (12) As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And set me before Your face forever. (13) Blessed be the Lord God of Israel From everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.” (Psalms 41:9-13)
 
Whatever your battle, know that Jesus, Himself, is on your side as the third man in your fiery furnace. It’s time to do more than believe that He exists – but also to believe that He is “for” you!:
 
“He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Heb. 11:6)
 
It’s time to cry out for discernment; to believe that He loves and cares enough to give that discernment; and then to walk in what He shows us.
 
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(9) And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, (10) that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, (11) being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God, (Phil. 1:9-11)
 
Blessings,
Joni Ames
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God’s Plans for you are GOOD! (Jer. 29:11)
Joni Ames
P.O. Box 99
Elkview, WV 25071
E-Mail: JoniAmes@aol.com
Main Website: http://www.joniames.org
Prophetic Newsletter Archives/Web site: http://www.joniames.net
Ministry Podcasts: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/30651
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