Joker movie and anxiety

I recently watched the new movie ‘Joker’ and it got me thinking. Warning if you’re planning to watch the movie there may be some spoilers below.

What does anxiety look like?

In the movie Joaquin Phoenix does an amazing job to challenge viewer to look at anxiety in a very confronting way. The following that he displayed are things that I’ve experienced or witnessed:

  • leg shaking, but really any body part can be used in an attempt to vent the pent-up emotions. Think of it as being like a kettle needing to let out the steam or explode.
  • uncontrolled laughter. In the movie I could hear the pain behind Arthur’s laughter, I saw him struggle to control it as he covered his mouth; coughed; and clutched at his throat unable to breathe. This is probably the most embarrassing and misunderstood aspect of anxiety. I vividly remember the looks of disgust the few times it happened to me as I laughed at the most inappropriate moments of a conversation.
  • loneliness, anxiety leaves you scared to go out or to have people visit and so life can become so lonely and isolated. Arthur tries to relieve the lonely hours by watching tv. Desperately longing for connection and recognition he even creates fake scenarios and relationships.
  • lack of appetite, in the movie Arthur appears to be underweight and he cooks for his mum but doesn’t seem to eat any himself. I’ve experienced the other extreme and been an emotional eater (overeaten or comfort eaten)  in the past.
  • catatonic, the inability to move or respond because the situation has become overwhelming. Confronting for those witnessing, terrifying for those experiencing it as you’re left utterly vulnerable.

These are just a few ways that anxiety can look and it looks vastly different for each person.

Split personality?

I watched the dramatic results of a broken mental health system outworked during the movie. Arthur expressed that he felt unheard by his counsellor/social worker but to then be left with no support, due to lack of funding, spiralled him out of control.

I sensed that the Joker persona grew out of that but also Arthur’s desperate desire for connection and recognition. He seemed to try so hard to fit in, to work and care for his mum, but he was misunderstood and mistreated.

When he commits his first crime he is hailed as a hero and his violent action started an uprising. Finally, he sees that he is heard and seen and relishes in the attention like a thirsty man gulping down water. I cringed and felt like crying, my heart cried out: “oh if only he had been helped, if only he had been truly loved, if only he’d been acknowledged, if only ….”

Justified?

The most disturbing parts of the movie for me were the graphic killings. I’ve never been a blood and gore girl and nowadays it can take weeks for the images to leave my mind. I’m also often plagued by nightmares after watching something violent.

I felt that the movie was tying to justify the violent actions that Joker took because he hurt the people who had hurt or betrayed him, but I  find the concept of taking another person’s life confronting. I remember during my psych interview (during my Army Reserves recruiting interview) I stated that even though I am a Christian I believe that if I killed someone while defending myself or another person I’d be justified in my actions. The Bible states that there is “A time to kill” Ecclesiastes 3:3a (NKJV) and the Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentry explains that this relates judicially – towards criminals; or in wars – self-defence; not in malice as this is then murder. But I’m not so confident about my answer given at the psych interview anymore, it  hurts my heart to think of anyone dying before their time especially because Jesus came that NONE should perish (2 Peter 3:9), if people die before they get the chance to hear the Good News … well it’s just awful to think about.

I just pray that I’m never confronted with the awful choice. And I pray that society can see the value that each person’s life has, I truly believe in a God of redemption and that means that even the worst life can be turned around, all for God’s glory.

Help available

Understand that I’m not an expert on mental health, this has simply been my observations. Anxiety looks vastly different for many people, if you’re struggling PLEASE reach out to someone, and discuss your struggles with your GP. There are many people trained to help you, here are a couple:

Lifeline 13 11 14

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 plus they have online forums, an online chat and an email contact. For more details check out their webpage.

Set free

Please know that Jesus can set you free because He came to make us whole. I know this because I walk in greater freedom each and every day, I see anxiety losing its grip upon me and I praise God for the work He’s doing.

“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,” Romans 8:15-16 (NKJV)

Many blessings, Keona

 

Forgiveness Series – Part 7: Staying Free

Wow this has been an epic journey. I pray that as you’ve studied and pressed into God, freedom and healing has been released to you. Galatians 5:1 declares that Christ has completely liberated us, we are not partially but completely and wonderfully free! We must always cherish this truth, stand firm and stubbornly refuse to go back into the bondage of our past. So let’s look at ways that we can stay free:

Our hearts

One way that we can stay free is to guard our hearts because it determines the course of our lives, we need to pay attention to the welfare of our innermost being for from there flows the wellspring of life (see Proverbs 4:23).

We need clean hearts because they can store up evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, lying and slander and these things defile us (see Matthew 15:18-19).

It’s vital that we store up good things in our hearts because:

  • whatever is in our heart will determine what we say (Matthew 12:34 & Luke 6:45)
  • we produce good things from the treasury of a good heart (Luke 6:45)

Jesus urges us (in Matthew 22:37) to love the Lord God with all of our heart, all of our soul and all of our minds.  Meaning that every passion and desire we have needs to bring honour and glory to God; we are to extend every ounce of energy towards serving God; and every thought needs to be worthy of praise.

Our minds:

Romans 12 encourages us to surrender our lives to God, to become His sacred living sacrifices. We’re urged to live in holiness so that we experience all that delights God’s heart. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to inwardly transform us through a complete and total reformation of how we think. This will empower us to discern God’s will as we live a beautiful satisfying and perfect life (Romans 12:1-2 TPT paraphrased).

Sound great doesn’t it? I think that we all desire to live a beautiful satisfying and perfect life.

Let’s live lives with our hearts and thoughts continually filled and fixed on all that is:

  • authentic and real
  • true and confirmed by God’s Word
  • honourable, admirable and worthy of respect
  • beautiful and respectful
  • pure, wholesome and holy
  • merciful and kind
  • things that bring peace

Let’s fasten our thoughts on God’s glorious works and praise Him always (Philippians 4:8)

Another way that we can stay free is by building our relationship with Jesus:

I love Paul’s letter in Ephesians 1 and it is my prayer for you: I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know Him through your deepening intimacy with Him. I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of His calling—that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that He finds in us, His holy ones! I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your life will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted Him to the place of highest honour and supreme authority in the heavenly realm! (Ephesians 1:17-20 TPT paraphrased)

Perseverance 

You may find yourself still struggling and I want to remind you that it’s a journey. Keep pressing into God because Matthew 7:7-8 urges us to ask and KEEP on asking because it will be given to us (if we ask for things that line up with God’s will and plan for us); seek and keep on seeking and we will find those things that we’re looking for. Because

  1. those who keep on asking will receive
  2. those who keep on seeking will find
  3. and the ones that keep on knocking will find that the door opens to them

Here is a prayer that you can pray to stay free:

Thank You Jesus for completely liberating me, I’m not partially but completely and wonderfully free! Help me to always cherish this truth, to stand firm and stubbornly refuse to go back into the bondage of my past (Galatians 5:1).

Holy Spirit help me to guard my heart because it determines the course of my life, I know that I need to pay attention to the welfare of my innermost being because from there flows the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23).

I ask You to cleanse my heart from all evil thoughts such as murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, lying, slander and any other things that defile me (Matthew 16:18-19). Wash my heart in the blood of Jesus and return it to me whiter than snow with no spot or stain of sin.

I desire to produce good things from the treasury of a good heart (Luke 6:45).

I desire to love God with all of my heart, all of my soul and all of my mind.  I want every passion and desire to bring honour and glory to God; I will extend every ounce of energy towards serving God; and I’ll fix every thought on Him so that it will be worthy of praise (Matthew 22:37).

I surrender my life to God, I desire to become His sacred living sacrifice. I want to live in holiness so that I can experience all that delights God’s heart. Holy Spirit I invite You to inwardly transform me through a complete and total reformation of how I think. Please empower me to discern God’s will and live a beautiful satisfying and perfect life (Romans 12:1-2).

I endeavour to live my life with my heart and thoughts continually filled and fixed on all that is:

  • authentic and real
  • true and confirmed by God’s Word
  • honourable, admirable and worthy of respect
  • beautiful and respectful
  • pure, wholesome and holy
  • merciful and kind
  • things that bring peace

I fasten my thoughts on God’s glorious works and I will praise Him always (Philippians 4:8)

I pray that the Father of glory, the God of my Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to me the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know Him through my deepening intimacy with Him. I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of my imagination, flooding me with light, until I experience the full revelation of the hope of His calling—that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that He finds in me, one of His holy ones! I pray that I will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power which is made available to me through faith. Let my life be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through me! That is the mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted Him to the place of highest honour and supreme authority in the heavenly realm! (Ephesians 1:17-20).

Lord I ask for perseverance to keep pressing into God and I hold fast to the promises in Matthew 7:7-8, that those who keep on asking will receive; those who keep on seeking will find; and the ones that keep on knocking will find that the door opens to them.

Thank You Lord for doing a great work in my life. Let me move forward today with deep gratitude and thankfulness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I think it’s important to finish this series with the words from Jesus:

Heavenly Father dwelling in the heavenly realms

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give me this day my daily bread.

Please forgive my sins, as I forgive those who have sinned against me.

Lead me not into temptation but deliver me from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen!

(Paraphrased NKJV, TPT & NLT Matthew 6:9-13)

Thank you so much for taking this journey with me. Many blessings, Keona

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Forgiveness Series – Part 5: Truly Free

There is a wonderful promise in John 8:36 that when Jesus sets us free we experience true freedom:

“So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free.” AMP

“So if the Son sets you free from sin, then become a true son and be unquestionably free!” TPT

I believe that true freedom comes when we let go of the emotions that result from being hurt.

Letting Go

After we’ve done the hard part of forgiving someone we then need to take it a step free and let go. Choosing to forgive is a powerful thing but we ALSO need to release the emotions that have festered within us. Ephesians 4:31-32 urges us to let go of all bitterness; wrath; anger; animosity; and deny our fault-finding nature. We are to let go of slander; malice; spitefulness and refrain from verbal abuse. By allowing God to help us let go of all of those things we can develop a kind nature; become helpful to those around us; we can have a tender heart full of compassion and understanding; and we’re given the ability to readily and freely forgive others just as God, through Christ Jesus, has forgiven us.

But why is letting go so important? When we hold a grudge, nurture anger, harbour resentment, or cultivate bitterness we give the devil an opportunity to lead us into sin (Ephesians 4:27). When we hold onto those dangerous emotions and fan them into a flame we’re actually allowing satan to manipulate us. I know that this is true because I’ve seen it unfold in my life. I’ve had a small spark of anger and when I haven’t dealt with it I’ve seen it suddenly leap into a roaring fire. When I’ve sat stewing and brewing on wrong emotions I’ve seen them poison my attitude. I’ve seen the sad and devastating result of my out of control anger affecting those around me, I can tell you now I have regrets. But I’m so pleased that God has helped me work through all of that.

I know that my out of control emotions have poisoned my heart. There is a warning in Hebrews 12:15 that the root of bitterness (resentment) causes trouble and poisons the heart.

But why is the health of our heart so important?

A crushed heart = sickness and depression.

A broken spirit saps our strength because when our heart is crushed we struggle with sickness and depression. Jealousy and envy stored up in our hearts eats away at our lives like cancer in our bones. BUT there is of course Good News because a happy cheerful heart brings healing to both the body and the soul.

A happy heart = good medicine for our bodies, spirits and souls.

A tender tranquil heart makes us healthy because a joyful mind brings healing (see Proverbs 14:30 & 17:22).

I completed a devotion on the YouVersion Bible app titled: “Holy Emotions – Biblical Responses to Every Challenge” by Carol McLeod. I loved how she simply unpacked some wonderful truths such as:

“It is a simple equation that God gives us to deal with those irritable and troublesome hunks of humanity: Love + Prayer = Victory. There is an anecdote for bitterness and wrath; it’s called kindness. There is a way to overcome anger and clamor; it’s known as being tenderhearted. There is also a way to conquer slander; it’s recognized as forgiveness. We bless with our tongues, with our heart attitudes, with our emotions and with our actions.”.

As I read that I was reminded that I can’t do any of this in my own strength so when I pray I invite God into my heart to change me and allow His heart of love, compassion and grace to become my heart.

I love the promise in James 4:7 that when we submit to the authority of God and resist the devil, by standing firm against him, that he will flee. That reminder has helped me so much when those little sparks of anger flash in my heart. I surrender my anger to God, I ask for His help and focus my attention on God’s amazing grace. My journey of inner healing has revealed so many ugly aspects of my character but as I’ve allowed God to go deep and heal me I’ve also seen His truly amazing grace at work. I’ve experienced James 4:8-10 which urges us to come to God with a remorseful heart for then He will draw close to us. When we cry out with deep grief over our sin asking Him to wash our sinful hands and purify our unfaithful hearts He will. When we humble ourselves in full repentance He lifts us up and gives us purpose once again.

Words of Life

When our heart is healthy we can then release words of life and healing to others.

Ephesians 4:29, 31-32 urges us to not use foul or abusive language. Rather everything we say should be good and helpful, so that our words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. We need to get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behaviour. We’re urged to be kind to each other; tender-hearted; and extend forgiveness towards others just as God, through Christ, has forgiven us.

Proverbs 18:21 warns us that death or life is in the power of the tongue.  This means that the words we say can either build someone up (bless them by bringing life) or tear them down (curse them by bringing death through condemnation or hurt).

Now that we understand the importance let’s spend time inviting the Holy Spirit to implant within us His goodness through prayer:

Lord, I let go of all bitterness; wrath; anger; animosity; and I deny my fault-finding nature. I let go of slander; malice; spitefulness and I’ll refrain from verbal abuse. God help me to completely let go of these things so that I can develop a kind nature and become helpful to those around me. Develop within me a tender heart full of compassion and understanding. Grant me the ability to readily and freely forgive others just as God, through Christ Jesus, has forgiven me (Ephesians 4:31-32).

Holy Spirit I ask You to remove the root of bitterness as I let go of all feelings, especially resentment. I don’t want those feelings to trouble and poisons my heart any longer (Hebrews 12:15).

Lord a broken spirit has sapped my strength; my heart has been crushed and I struggle with sickness and depression; jealousy and envy are like cancer in my bones eating away my energy. Holy Spirit come and heal my broken spirit and restore to me strength; please grant me a new heart and remove all traces of sickness and depression; I ask You to remove all jealousy and envy from my life and revive me in every area of my life that has been affected. Grant me a happy cheerful heart which will bring healing to both my body and my soul because a happy heart is good medicine; please grant me a tender tranquil heart that brings health; and a joyful heart that brings healing (Proverbs 14:30 & 17:22).

Lord, I ask You to cleanse my mouth so that I no longer use foul or abusive language. Let everything I say be good and helpful, so that my words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. I ask for Your help to get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behaviour. Empower me to be kind to others; tender-hearted; and quick to extend forgiveness towards others just as God, through Christ, has forgiven me (Ephesians 4:29, 31-320.

Lord I heed to the warning in Proverbs 18:21, that death or life is in the power of the tongue.  I want my words to build others up because I want to bless them and share the amazing gift of Life that You’ve given me. Please stop me from speaking words that will tear others down, I don’t want to curse people by bringing death through condemnation or hurt.

Lord Jesus I want to walk in Your ways and so I invite You to come and teach me. Holy Spirit I invite You to come and touch my life and do a great work within. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, Amen.

Many blessings, Keona

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Forgiveness Series – Part 2: Captive vs Prisoner

Is there a difference between a captive and a prisoner? In the Bethel Sozo training dvd they state that there is and refer to the following Bible verse:

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.” Isaiah 61:1 (NLT)

Here we read the reference to captives and prisoners and my interest was sparked. In Luke 4:21 (NLT) Jesus reads the above scripture and declares that: “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”. Therefore, Jesus came to release the captives and free the prisoners. But what is the difference? My research has led me to the following:

As a captive we are taken from being free to having constrains or bondages placed upon us. Although we might still be in a familiar place we are restrained from being able to move freely. Captives are usually dealt with harshly, they receive no mercy, and are usually abused therefore suffer horrific treatment. The Israelites were led away in chains from Jerusalem to Babylon (Jeremiah 40:1) physically but we can find ourselves in such a state spiritually. As a captive we may be bound but still able to move around a bit. Captivity usually entails moving from a familiar place to an unfamiliar place where we become a prisoner. As a prisoner we don’t have liberty (freedom) we may be still restrained but we are also now confined and or contained in an unfamiliar place. Not much movement can happen if any at all. As a prisoner we move from being captured and shackled to now being in a prison cell.

God highlighted to me that as a:

  • Captive we are restrained
  • Prisoner may still be restrained but are now also confined

My story, about being imprisoned, was written to try and convey the idea that someone has taken us captive, put us in chains and done unspeakable things to us. Then thrown us into a prison cell leaving us to die in great pain. The person who has hurt us may think of us no more or they may come back to taunt us each day. Whatever the case is we can be free.

 Liberty and Freedom

Oxford Living Dictionaries defines liberty as: The state of being free.…from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life or behaviour…

Bible Study Tools explains liberty as the opposite of servitude or bondage, hence, applicable to captives or slaves set free from oppression.

Oxford Living Dictionaries defines freedom as: the state of not being affected by something undesirable; and a special privilege or right of access.

Bible Study Tools states that the theme of freedom rings loudly in one of the most crucial sections of Scripture, namely the narrative of the exodus. God’s people were enslaved in Egypt, they were suffering and He desired to see them set free. God longed to see His people reconciled to Him and He wanted them free so that they could love and serve Him. But the people found it hard to obey God and love Him with their whole hearts. Psalm 106:43 states that God rescued them many times but they continued in their rebellious ways, they chose to ignore His warnings which meant they sank lower and lower into wickedness and were destroyed by their depravity. Romans 8 (5,7) explains that our human minds fix upon things which satisfy the flesh, we have a mindset that is actively hostile towards God’s plan and refuses to submit to His direction; laws and instructions because it simply can’t. This reveals that there was a deeper issue than just physical captivity. There was a divine liberty that was needed.

But what is this divine liberty?

In Luke 1 we read that redemption has come and that Jesus brings us salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us (Luke 1:68,71).

They prophesied he would come one day and save us from every one of our enemies and from the power of those who hate us.” Luke 1:71 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Romans 8 explains that God sent Jesus to accomplish what the law was unable to accomplish, because the law was limited by the weakness of human nature. We were imprisoned and held within the fierce grip of sin. To experience freedom we need to be clear about who has authority over us, if we are captured or imprisoned we need to understand who we are in bondage to. We need to ask ourselves the tough questions such as: Have I given full authority of my life to God? Have I asked Him to release me from the bondage of sin? Have I claimed my redemption through Jesus?

In 2 Peter 1 Simon-Peter refers to himself as being a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ. Another way of describing this is that Peter chose to be a loving servant of Jesus, he acknowledges Jesus as having authority over him. Peter committed himself to serve Jesus in any way that he could, and we know that he served to the point of death!

For a captive to be released or a prisoner to be freed someone has to speak in their defence, a proclamation of freedom needs to be made and proof provided to show their innocence.

The wonderful news is that Jesus has and will always speak in our defence, He has proclaimed and will forever proclaim our freedom!!!!

His scarred and nail pierced body is the eternal evidence that paid the price; Jesus’ blood claims our redemption; and Jesus provides the evidence we need for innocence!!!

Jesus bore the price for all of our sins. WOW! Isn’t that just too wonderful?

Let’s look at that some more and try to fully understand this truly wonderful Good News:

We are liberated:

Romans 8:2 declares that the law of the Spirit of life flows through Jesus Christ to us as His followers and we are set free (liberated) from the law of sin and death.

Because Jesus has paid the price:

Jesus was sent in human form (in the likeness of a sinful man) to identify with human weakness and as an offering for sin (Romans 8:3b).

Jesus personally carried the sins of the world in His body upon the cross, that is our past sin, any present sin and any sins we may commit in the future. They are ALL covered because Jesus willingly offered Himself as a sacrifice for us! Jesus’ great sacrifice has made us dead to sin, which means that we are immune from the penalty of our sins, and we are no longer held with the power of sin. With Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we can live a life of righteousness. Jesus’ body was beaten, whipped and wounded so that we can declare: ‘by Jesus’ stripes we are healed!’ (1 Peter 2:24).

When Jesus becomes our Lord and Saviour we can hold to the following promises:

  • No longer live a life according to our flesh chasing after worldly things
  • Live our lives guided by the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit
  • Have a brand-new mindset which brings us life and peace
  • we have spiritual wellbeing because we walk with God
  • The Spirit of God empowers our lives and directs and guides us
  • The Spirit we receive is one of full acceptance, we are adopted as God’s children because we receive the Spirit of complete sonship which means that we are God’s consecrated children! (see Romans 8:4, 6b, 9, 15 &16)

Forgive others

Because we have received God’s grace and complete forgiveness we’re required to forgive others. God can, and wants to, enable us to forgive; to let go of all of the emotions and strongholds; and to leave that place of imprisonment behind!

We can be truly set free!

Forgiveness may not change the person we’ve forgiven. But The power of forgiveness sets us free! When we forgive the person who hurt us they no longer have any power over us, we’re out of that prison cell and we NEVER have to go back!!

I’m not saying it’s going to be easy.

We have to fight for our freedom every step of the way.

We have to deny that part of us that wants vengeance.

It’s going to be tough BUT the reward is freedom!

The reward is walking in right relationship with God which will put us in a place where we can receive all the healing balm we need!

“The question isn’t how much forgiveness do they deserve. The question is, how much freedom do you desire?” Pastor Steven Furtick

Here is my prayer:

Lord Jesus, You came to bring the Good News and I ask You to come and comfort my broken heart. Lord whatever is binding me I ask to be set free because You came so that the captives could be released. Lord whatever is imprisoning me I ask for You to release me because You came so that the prisoners could be freed (Isaiah 61:1 & Luke 4:21).

Lord Jesus I believe that you personally carried the sins of the world in Your body upon the cross, that is my past sin, any present sin and any sins I may commit in the future. Thank You that they are ALL covered because Jesus You willingly offered Yourself as a sacrifice for me! Jesus Your great sacrifice has made me dead to sin, which means that I’m immune from the penalty of my sins, and I’m no longer held with the power of sin. With Jesus as my Lord and Saviour I can live a life of righteousness. Jesus’ body was beaten, whipped and wounded so that I can declare: ‘by Jesus’ stripes I AM healed!’ (1 Peter 2:24).

Because Jesus is my Lord and Saviour I no longer live a life according to my flesh I will no longer chase after worldly things; I will live my life guided by the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit; I have a brand-new mindset which brings life and peace; I have spiritual wellbeing because I now walk with God; the Spirit of God empowers my life, leading directing and guiding me; I have received the  Spirit of full acceptance which means that I’m adopted (through Christ Jesus) as God’s child, I receive the Spirit of complete sonship which means that I’m God’s consecrated child! (Romans 8:4, 6b, 9, 15 &16).

I desire to walk in the abundant life that you promise (John 10:10). In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, Amen.

Many blessings, Keona