How to be led of the Holy Spirit- Kenneth Hagin
..probably THE best teaching I’ve ever hear on this subject!
Christians, if you are currently going through depression or depressive symptoms, please PLEASE do NOT isolate yourself!
Seek support asap, either from loved ones, pastor, friends, or a therapist. This is not the time to choose to be alone. Even if you have to force yourself to call someone and reach out to someone, please do so.
If you are a Christian but you are afraid of what others will say our think, please know that depression is nothing to be ashamed of. There is hope and God is there to help you and will use others to help you. God does not judge you for what you are going through. Don’t believe the lies of the enemy that wants to put guilt on you for feeling this way and wants to keep you isolated.
Please choose help. There is always hope. I’ve been there, and God delivered me. He wants to deliver you too because He loves you!
Dreams & Mysteries - The Mystery of the Valley
Jesus wants to carry our burdens (negativity, stress, disappointment, etc).
He wants to exchange our heavy burdens for His which are light (rest, peace, joy, purpose, love, etc).
Give Him your burdens today. .even if you feel like you’re constantly giving Him back the same burdens from yesterday (or an hour ago), He doesn’t mind and He’s not disappointed in you.
He’s with you in the process and knows you are learning to trust in Him and in His ability to be all that you need.
He LOVES you!
PERSONALITY AND SPIRITUALITY
"A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE ON PERSONALITY"
Fannie R. Linder, Psy.D.
Fellow, American College of Forensic Examiners
Fellow, American Psychotherapy Association
American Association of Christian Counselors
If you are a person, you have a personality - a specific, unique kind of personality, in fact. God gave you a unique personality even as He gave you DNA with specific instructions for your own unique fingerprints, voice prints, hair follicles, eye color, skin color, shoe size, etc. All of these can be scientifically measured and you can be identified by them. Science is good when it measures and reports the truth. A profile can now be made of a criminal and future activity predicted based upon what he has done - because personality shows how we are apt to think and to act.
Most people - including Christians - do not know much about their own personalities. This is unfortunate, for we are enjoined by scripture to change, to grow, and to work out (with the Holy Spirit’s help) our own salvation. How can we do that effectively if we don’t even know the person that God has made? Wanting to know more about your personality — who you are and how you interact with others — is certainly an honorable desire. I Cor. 11:28 says, “Let a man examine himself…”. This pertains to use of personality, too.
According to psychometric studies, personality type does not fluctuate for most people: that, basically, our temperaments appear to be the result of genetic inheritance and early experiences in life…what God has given us, what has happened to us and what we have done with it.
One psychometric inventory that has gained in validity and in popularity in finding out your personality based on type classification is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. However, always bear in mind that even though you may fit into a particular classification, or type, each person within that classification may be similar to the others of that type - yet is totally unique — and wonderfully made!
Personality is also dynamically able to grow, to expand us - releasing talents and gifts that may have even been hidden from our view. If personality could not grow, it could not be shaped by the effort of understanding and there would be little reason to seek counsel; nor would we be expected to do anything about the conviction of the Holy Spirit. We are, however, told to “work out our own salvation”.
According to our personalities, our “work” on ourselves will differ from another’s. How we perceive reality, how we react to life, how we look at things will impact throughout the frame of our personality. Tremendous personal growth and self-fulfillment can be the result. It can also cause distress and emotional upset when we are unaware that events in our lives have the ability to shape us in ways beyond our control. Knowing our personality type can assist us in knowing how to face difficult situations.
From time to time, it’s wise to examine ourselves - to give some attention to our growth, to look at our relationships with our family members, our friends and even our work associates, and to try to understand how our personalities are interacting with theirs. It is wise to examine whether we are using the gifts that God has given us to add to the potential fulness of which humans are capable: bringing the Kingdom of Heaven down to earth. Indeed, many do not even know they have gifts. They don’t realize that they have potential. Studying our personality type can be of assistance in giving us insights for it helps us to measure “what’s in you”.
Being a member of a particular type certainly does not mean that you are not unique. You are. It simply means that you are more like that particular type of persons than you are like other types of persons. It means, too, that you would probably naturally “get along” better with those of your type than certain other types. Knowing type can explain why you and others just seem to “rub” each other the wrong way. It may simply be personality, for people who see the world differently would tend to disagree for that simple reason…and not for something personal at all.
The MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR results say that none of the personality types is “good” or “bad”, that none is better or worse than any other. That whatever the type you are is just fine. As the saying goes, “God don’t make junk”! There are, quite simply, things to embrace and things to watch out for. Accepting yourself is the first step in accepting others.
Through self-knowledge, you become understandable - by yourself and by others. Your personality type suits you well to get along with people in certain situations, and you also have parts of you that sometimes build walls between yourself and others. Both parts become understandable when you come to know “you”.
You have strengths, you have weaknesses. Everybody does. The more you know about the relationships between your strengths and weaknesses, the better you become at both observing and understanding yourself. The more you are able to understand and gain insight into your own behaviors, the more you will be able to understand the behaviors of others and, with the Holy Spirit’s help and guidance, your personal fulfillment and effectiveness can be immeasurably increased - to your wonderment and to His glory.
"For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body…and every one members one of another…"
“Having then gifts differing…whether prophecy, let us prophesy…Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation…”
The Lord will not only deliver you from what the enemy has done in your life, but He then gives you an anointing in the very same area where you used to be a victim and He turns that in to a ministry and that is your vengeance on the enemy. Your vengeance is to set people free from the very thing that he once victimized you with. There is no favor without vengeance. You are supposed to be getting payback. We need to make the enemy pay for everything he’s ever done!
Our greatest destiny lies on the other side of fear.