Neisha-Ann Thompson, Ph.D

"Give me a Word to sustain the weary; awaken my ear to listen." - Isaiah 50:4

Tag: fear

What’s Holding You Back?

1 John 4:18 TPT- Love never brings fear, for fear is always related to punishment. But love’s perfection drives the fear of punishment far from our hearts. Whoever walks constantly afraid of punishment has not reached love’s perfection.

Holy Spirit has been speaking to me in this season about the spirit of fear. On Tuesday night we dealt with the spirit of “fear of the Promise” on the Midnight Cry Prayer Call. If you missed that call (titled, It Will Be More Than You Ever Imagined), I encourage you to listen to the replay on our YouTube channel: MNC Prayer Call.

On Thursday night, the Lord gave deeper revelation on the spirit of fear and revealed Himself as Perfect Love. We pressed into that revelation and commanded the spirit of fear to be broken in the Name of Jesus Christ! There was a powerful demonstration of the Holy Spirit that followed, and yokes were broken and destroyed to the glory of God! We continue to receive testimonies from those who tuned in live and those who listened to the replay.

If you’ve been battling the spirit of fear in any form, this #MidnightCry recording is for you!

I look forward to hearing your testimonies of healing and deliverance in Jesus Name!

YIC,

Neisha

Moving From Religion To Relationship

**Book Release Announcement**

My book, Moving From Religion To Relationship: A Journey Toward Spiritual IdentityAnd Purpose is now available for purchase on Amazon.com.

It’s an intimate and transparent account of my spiritual journey, as God has moved me from a life based in pure religion (rules/legalism) to one of true relationship with Him, based solely on the sacrifice He made for me on Calvary. I can’t wait to share my journey and all I’ve learned with you!

Attraversiamo!

Here’s the link to purchase the book online:http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/150245744X/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1412700047&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40

I pray it blesses you!

YIC,
Neisha

“Then Stop Drinking It”

I took my friend’s 5-year-old daughter to McDonald’s recently and as we drove out the parking lot, she noticed that each time I’d take a sip of my iced tea, my face would have an unpleasant countenance. “Why does your face look like that?” she asked. I responded, “This iced tea tastes awful!” Her response? “Then stop drinking it.” I thought about that for a moment. It was pretty simple for this 5 year old that if I’m engaging in something that is bringing me more discomfort/pain than pleasure, then I should just stop doing it. From my adult perspective, however, I had to take into account the amount of money I spent for this large iced tea and felt that I couldn’t waste it, so I just had to keep drinking it… even though it wasn’t fulfilling the purpose for which it was purchased. God showed me a deeper lesson from this simple experience.

We tend to stay longer in situations in which we feel we have made significant investments. We stay because we are somehow expecting a return. I define the word “stay” very loosely for the purpose of this blog. It simply means, continuing to engage in or continuing to invest in. We sometimes continue to engage in situations that we find out after a while are not satisfying or fulfilling, because we don’t want to feel that we have wasted our time or our investment. Like me, we continue to drink the proverbial “iced tea” that we paid for, even if it’s to our own discomfort and detriment. The question God laid on my heart from my discussion with that 5 year old was, “Can it really be considered a worthwhile investment if you’re not benefitting or gaining from it?” That’s the whole point of an investment, right? It reminds me of the scripture in Mark 8:36 – What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul? I think our distorted perception of our “investment” is what keeps us bound in unpleasant and uncomfortable situations from which there’s no personal or real benefit.

Now, I realize that as adults there are some things that we have to do simply because we just have to do them (e.g. showing up daily to a job you hate but have to do, because you have bills to be paid). I’m not referring to those things. I’m speaking to those otherthings that we continue to engage in, knowing full well that the costs far outweigh the benefits….. simply because we don’t want to feel like we have somehow wasted all the time we spent investing in them. But are we really benefitting from the sacrifice of our investments? Would the cost of investing elsewhere be as great as the realization that we’ve wasted our time in the present investment? The fact remains, sometimes people stay longer than they should in situations, not because they truly want to but, because they fear failure and can’t bear the reality they’d have to face in admitting that they may have wasted valuable time. Is that really a fulfilling way to live though? Does that lifestyle reflect a deep trust in God? Just some food for thought.

Prayer: Lord, our stubborn will and our egos at times lead us away from Your will and the things You have predestined for us. It’s hard to walk away from things that we have poured ourselves into for years, even when we realize that they’re not the best or right things for us; and sometimes, even when they do us more harm than good. Help us to pursue the things that will cause us to fulfill our destinies in You and will bring a sense of meaning and purpose to our lives. Give us the strength to just walk away and write some things off as “bad debt”, if they’re hindering us from the things we should be investing in. Everything we have is from You and we want to yield a favorable return on what You have ultimately given us to invest. Give us discernment today. Amen.

**For your encouragement – Your Destiny by Kevin Levar –https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P_QdOYRkE7Y

YIC,
Neisha

Fear’s Navigation System

I watched a movie recently in which two employers conducted an experiment to see which was a greater motivator of performance: fear versus praise. One employer sought to motivate his staff by issuing strict deadlines and severe consequences for incomplete tasks, while the other used praise as a form of positive reinforcement. At the end of the day, the results showed that the employees who were “motivated” by fear produced much more work, though mistake-ridden. The group that was positively reinforced completed fewer tasks, but these were accurately done. I thought about this scenario as it relates to Fear and how many of us, like those employees, have been controlled and led by this spirit.

Here’s what the Bible says about Fear – “The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7). What this means in simple terms is that Fear is not a part of our salvation package! So, if God did not give us this “spirit of Fear”, then it could only have come about from one other source – satan. And we know he opposes anything God represents. This got me thinking about the motive behind Fear or what the enemy hopes to accomplish by using this tool. Generally, when we experience Fear (not referring to actual phobias now) it leads to inaction or paralysis. Aside from the fight or flight response generated by our autonomic nervous system, our emotional response to Fear is often paralysis. It stops us in our tracks.

Now, since we know that Fear is from the devil and that its intent is to block, hinder, or prevent us from moving in a particular direction, we can safely argue that the direction we’re afraid of going in is in fact the direction that God is leading us. If satan opposes everything God represents, then it makes absolute sense that he would use Fear to prevent us from our God-ordained destinies. As I reflected on this in my quiet time, God gave me a new perspective on Fear and how to use it for good.

You see, when you understand the originator of Fear and its purpose, Fear becomes a great source of direction. Because we know that fear isn’t of God, we know that it’s not a tool God uses to direct our paths. Now, although we don’t take our directions from satan, we CAN use what he meant for evil, for good. Use Fear to guide you! Think about what is causing you the most fear (especially if you currently have a pending decision) and go in that direction! Fear paralyzes, but Faith propels! As much as Fear was the dominant motivating factor in the abovementioned story, nothing motivates us more than Faith in God. That trust, confidence, and reassurance that He has our best interests at heart and that ALL THINGS (negative and positive) are working together for our ultimate good (Romans 8:28). Because we know the consistency of God’s character, we can trust Him and move forward, even in times of Fear.

Faith is the stepping stone across Fear. When you step out in Faith and make the decision that causes you the most Fear, you will not lose! The man with one talent in the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) failed to invest his talent because of Fear, and God called his inaction “wicked and slothful”. When we fail to move forward in Faith and choose rather to be paralyzed by Fear, we are ultimately joining forces with the enemy in not being active towards producing a harvest or return for the Kingdom of God. It is my renewed perspective and belief that, as Disciples of Christ, we cannot fail whenever we push against our Fears. FAITH IN GOD CAN NEVER FAIL and that is what we choose to exercise every time we push beyond the limits and boundaries of our Fears.

Know today that Fear is designed to send you in the direction that’s opposite from God’s will for your life. Learn to use Fear as direction (a navigation system) and Faith in God as your propeller!

YIC,
Neisha

Witnessing Woes

Finding it a bit of a challenge to witness to the lost? You’re not alone.

I think the biggest challenge to witnessing today is the notion that everybody is “saved”. People have developed their own definition of salvation, even if not in alignment with Biblical truths, and walk in this confidence of being “right in their own eyes”. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, commanded by Him to go into all the world and preach the gospel, I sometimes find it a challenge to carry out this mandate. Not because of fear, but because I find the Word is not received by those who already profess “their own” salvation. Paul warns us not to take a condemning approach but rather to become all things to all men that we may win them for Christ. Admittedly, it may be that I don’t want to offend as this causes defensiveness and when people are defensive, they are deaf. Herein lies the conundrum.

My first approach to witnessing is usually to ask people if they have accepted Christ — the response from believers and heathens alike is often a resounding “yes!” How then do I proceed? It is much easier to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to someone who acknowledges their sinful state and who wants to know more about what it means to become a disciple of Christ. But, how quickly arguments flair from those who feel they’re “ok” and have already accepted THEIR definition of salvation. I once saw a bumper sticker that read: “Born OK the first time!” These kinds of responses or attitudes can cause you to feel defeated in your witness, before you even begin. But be reminded today that though you may plant the seed and someone else may water it, only GOD can bring the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6). Meaning, none of us can “save” the other, only God can do that. And that may be the underlying issue — the REAL challenge we have in witnessing — the idea that WE want to win souls and if OUR message is rejected, then WE feel rejected. Like I had to be reminded, I remind you today – This never has and never will be about YOU.

So, here’s the solution I’ve settled in my heart, with the divine help of the Holy Spirit…. Are you ready for this? Ok, brace yourself……
GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL!
Isn’t it funny how God takes you right back to a simple mandate you’ve tried to complicate with reasonings and deliberations? I can personally attest to the fact that too much reasoning leads to confusion. So, my resolution in this walk with Christ is just to tell as many people as I can about Him (2 Timothy 2:24-26). If they’re not saved (and they know it), they’ll hear the truth. If they’re not saved (and they don’t know it – that is, they profess some other kind of salvation that isn’t based on Biblical truths), they too will hear THE truth. Regardless of their spiritual profession and outward confession, my resolve is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. The response can either be: “I’ve never accepted Him, tell me more”, “I don’t agree” (and I’ll tell them more), or “Yes, I’ve already received Him” (Which will just trigger a quick testimony service!)

If you’re like me today and have found it a challenge to witness based on the presenting issue, do it anyway! Philippians 2:13 states, “For it is GOD who works IN YOU, both to WILL and to DO for HIS good pleasure.” He’ll give you the grace and strength…. and more importantly the discernment to witness in these last (and increasingly complicated) days.

YIC,
Neisha

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