Key Verse

Isaiah 60:1- Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you-rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of hte Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! (Amplified Version)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

PEACE: Not As The World Gives

 I recieve daily emails from Joel Osteen and as I read today's devotional, I immediately knew it was meant for someone who might be going through something right now.  I've added a little bit to it and went a little more in depth with it and I pray that this helps someone as it has me.  May God speak to your heart.  Open your heart and let God take and embrace you in His arms as you deal with whatever you may be dealing with today or this week, or even next year.  Remember, we are here for you if you need us.  Give us call and we will be glad to talk to you or just listen.  If you need prayer, we will pray for you.  Ask for Minda 573-421-5024

PEACE: Not As The World Gives

John 14:27- Peace I leave with you, My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you.  Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] (Amp)

So many people today are in search for true, inner PEACE.  They search through relationships, addictions, money, religion, etc to find something that will fill the void inside.  I myself, don't rely on RELIGION to give me peace.  I could never find PEACE in one will be able to.  True peace isn't found in anything this world has to offer.  This true peace can only be found thorugh a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Only He can satisfy the longing in our souls and give us true, lasting peace.

In this world, Peace doesn't come without a price.  To get peace, in this world we have to fight wars.  We have to endure things.  But according to the Word of God, TRUE EVERLASTING PEACE through Christ is FREE!  You can't earn it and you can't buy it.  There's absolutely no catch, no fine print and no strings attached!  And you can rest assured that He is never going to take His Peace away, His peace is eternal!  A life of peace, true peace begins when you invite Jesus into your life and let Him be your Lord and Savior!  Why do I need to give Christ my life?  Why do I need to ask Him to come in?  Simple.  God created you, you are His creation.  If you created something, wouldn't you want the credit for it?  I, myself am a photographer on the side, and if someone took my work, I would be a little upset because I worked so hard and did so much on my creation by editing, cropping, etc.  Well God does the same to us.  He created us, He sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.  He knows what He's doing, after all, He created us the way we are for a reason.  We may not know why we are the way we are, or why things happen to us, but it's all going to be okay.  Trust me. I've had so much happen in my life and I've heard many more stories of worse things that people went through and they made it out----with God's help! 

As you align your thoughts, attitudes, and actions with His Word (The Bible, if you don't have one, contact me at 573-421-5024 and I'll do my very best to obtain one for you), that peace will flood every area of your life! Peace is how we know we are following God's plan because God's plan ALWAYS leads us to peace! 

If you're looking for peace, call upon His name.  It's the name above all names---Jesus!  Invite Him to be your Lord and Savior.  Follow His Word and allow His peace to fill every area of your life!

Prayer of Salvation:


I come to You today, I ask You to give me this Peace.  The Peace that surpasses All Understanding!  I ask that You be the Lord of my life.  I ask that You forgive me of my past faults and failures and lead me down Your path to peace.  I know I have tried everything besides You and I long to be FREE from that false peace.  Guide me Lord, in Your ways.  Help me as I go along this journey to knowing You and I pray that You help me adjust my thoughts, attitudes and actions to what You want for me.  In Jesus' Name, AMEN

If you prayed this prayer, contact Minda at 573-421-5024 or send an email to arisetonewlife@gmail I would really love to hear from you and help you along your journey.  If you would like to talk to me on any issue you can also do the same.  

God Bless!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

What Does the Bible Say About Drugs and Alcohol?

What Does the Bible Say about Drugs and Drinking Alcohol?

FAQ: What does the Bible say about using drugs and alcohol, other than for diseases and cooking?
In English translations, there is no verse of Scripture that clearly and specifically addresses the use of recreational or hallucinogenic drugs, but we will see that the Greek word pharmakeia does refer to this. There are, however, quite a few verses that speak to the wrong use of alcoholic beverages, which produces a similarly altered mental state. Let us look at a few of them to give us a framework to examine this topic.
Ephesians 5:18 (NKJ)
Proverbs 23:21a (NKJ)
1 Corinthians 5:11

But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.

For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty.

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation [the Greek word for “dissipation” means “an abandoned, dissolute life; profligacy; prodigality”].
Despite what some
Why does God tell us not to get drunk? Because life is a
1 Peter 1:13 (NKJ)
Romans 12:2
1 Thessalonians 5:6-8
So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled [KJV=sober].
(7) For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.
(8) But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled [KJV=sober], putting on

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober [self-controlled], and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) says that
In Scripture, God uses the word “heart” to refer to the inner core of one’s being, the depths of the mind where either true faith or unbelief resides. He admonishes believers to guard our hearts so that we allow no evil influences to come in, because if they do get in, they may have devastating consequences.
Proverbs 4:23

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
When one is drunk, he is, in reality, out of his mind. He cannot guard his heart, and it is difficult or impossible for him to serve God or God’s people in an effective way. A person who is drunk is not effective in praying for, or ministering to, others. Furthermore, a drunk opens himself up to the possibility of evil spirits entering his mind and causing confusion or harm to himself or others.
The Bible puts using drugs in the same category as getting drunk (Gal. 5:19-21): both are forbidden by God because of what they do to the individual personally, and how they make him unfit to minister to others. However, before we go into the specific verses that mention drugs, we need to understand something about God’s Word. The Bible is written in such a way that people who are seeking God’s will are able to find it. It is impossible for God to write a book that covers every sin—we can sin in ways today that no one in the biblical world would have even conceived of, such as child pornography on the Internet. The Word of God is “instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16 KJV), general instruction that can be applied by wise people. LSD, crystal meth, crack, crank, etc., did not exist in biblical times, so God did not mention them in the Bible. What God does say, in many different ways, is that the Christian is a minister of God to His people, and should be alert and prepared to serve at all times, even if that is just being alone
Drugs used to alter one’s mental state and thus “escape reality” do the same thing that excess alcohol does, that is, they render a person “out of control” of his mind. As with alcohol, the individual who is “high” on drugs is in no position to fulfill the command to “be alert and self-controlled.” Many drugs are hallucinogenic, and a hallucination is “a false notion, belief, or impression; illusion; or delusion.” In the Bible, the Greek word for “truth” means “reality.” Satan’s goal is to get people to act upon a false reality.
Scripture does indirectly address the illicit use of drugs, and connects it to drunkenness, as per the following verses, where the Greek word for “witchcraft” is pharmakeia, which includes “the use or the administering of drugs,” “poisoning [by drugs]” (Thayer’s Lexicon), and the variant, pharmakon, in Revelation 9:21 focuses upon “the use of certain potions or drugs” and the casting of spells (Louw Nida Greek Lexicon).This same root word is also translated as “sorcerer” and “sorceries” (see Rev. 9:21, 18:23, 21:8, 22:15). The translation “witchcraft” is used in most English versions because pharmakeia also referred to the witchcraft or sorcery in which drugs were used for potions, spells, etc. Understanding that pharmakeia is related to the use of drugs, notice how it appears, along with drunkenness, in the list of the “works of the flesh” in Galatians.
Galatians 5:19-21
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
(20) idolatry and witchcraft [pharmakeia]; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
(21) and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Recreational and hallucinogenic drugs were not invented in Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s. They have been weapons in Satan’s arsenal for thousands of years, and they have contributed significantly to the destruction of millions of people’s lives, as both Scripture and history confirm.
There are other biblical truths that make it clear that the use of recreational and hallucinogenic drugs is harmful. We are to take care of our bodies so as to be able to serve God for many years, and drugs are physically debilitating. Also, we are to steward the financial resources that God gives us, and using our money to buy such drugs is hardly good stewardship. Beyond that, many drug users turn to crime to support their habit, and those crimes range from stealing from other addicts to murdering innocent people to get their “fix.” Thus, beyond the sin of the drunkenness or drug use itself are the sins of lying, stealing, and murder to which such a lifestyle leads. In short, using drugs robs us of “the life that is truly life.”
Many users say they are looking for peace, joy, and the “high” that such drugs give them. How sad. Anything someone categorizes as something good that a drug does for him is something only God, our heavenly Father, can give us through Jesus Christ. God designed us to enjoy life and be engaged in it, and the so-called benefits of drugs and alcohol are a counterfeit at best. Recreational drug use and getting drunk is selfish and dangerous, and addiction is not an escape from pain; it is pain in the worst way, as countless thousands of ex-addicts sadly testify. In contrast, an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus brings us all those things, and more. Thus we need not despair and grope for artificial means of altering our mental state. We will be so full of
Christians teach, there is no prohibition in God’s Word against drinking alcoholic beverages. It is not a sin to drink beer, or even whiskey. There is, however, a clear prohibition against getting drunk. A Christian might then conclude that drinking no alcohol at all would surely eliminate the possibility of abusing it, and choose never to partake. Each of us must choose for ourselves how we relate to “booze,” but we have no biblical basis to think less of our brethren in Christ who enjoy a drink once in a while, but do not get drunk.spiritual battle, and we must be self-controlled and alert (1 Thess. 5:6). First, we need to be alert in order to serve God. God wants us constantly tuned into Him, and people have needs at very unexpected times. The servant of God is always “on call,” and must be ready and willing to serve. Second, our enemy, the Devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Pet. 5:8). Satan’s evil spirits usually infiltrate people through their minds, and Scripture is replete with instructions about properly managing our minds by controlling our thoughts and making them godly thoughts. For example:be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-- his good, pleasing and perfect and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a one thinks, so he is. That is because thoughts are the seeds of our words and deeds. The way we “renew our minds,” and “be sober” is by choosing to think what the Word of God tells us to think. 2 Corinthians 10:5 calls this “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” That is how we steel our minds against our enemy, Satan, who is constantly bombarding us with stimuli designed to hijack our thoughts in an ungodly direction, cause us to act in an ungodly fashion, and eventually open our minds to evil spirit influence.praying for people. Being drunk or high on drugs renders one incapable of being effective for and peace that anything that alters it would be “a downer.”

Monday, November 29, 2010

Phone number for Arise Ministries

Hello all!  I pray that God touches each one of you in a very special way today! We've set up a phone number for you to call us if you need to talk or if you need us to pray with you.  The phone number is (573) 421-5024.

God Bless!

P.S. I will post a new blog I promise...It's been a lil crazy around here with Thanksgiving and such, but I promise I will have one up soon.  Tell me what you would like to read about....I'll be glad to do some research on whatever you need.

(573) 421-5024

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Little By Little

I know I planned on doing addictions this month as our topic.  But I really feel impressed to share this one for now.  I know some of you who've contacted us are going through a lot right now.  And, please know that we are praying for you.  I am personally and so are a few others who are my helpers, and so is my church as well.  We're here for you if you need us.  I have several people lined up who are willing to jump in and help.  Do not hesitate to contact us at and we will have some contact you.  Include your number and we will be glad to help out in any way that we can.

Little By Little-

Reference: Exodus 23:20-33

God gave the Israelites 3 promises and He gives them to us as well.

1. God promised to lead the Israelites out of the Wilderness.  He promised to guide them through the Wilderness into the Promised Land.

In verse 20, God sent out an angel before them...ahead of them.  So God prepared the way before them, as well as led them through. He does the same for us as well.

When the Holy Spirit speaks to us, leading us a certain direction, or tells us to do something, we need to listen and obey Him.

God will be faithful to those who are faithful to Him.
God promises to bring us out of every trial that we may go through.  We may have to go through them, but God will be the One to bring us through it and out victoriously!

"If God brought you to it, He'll bring you through it!"

2.  God promised the Israelites that they would have a comfortable settlement in the Land of Canaan (the Promised Land) in which they would possess if they followed His Commands.

*They were given food to eat and water to drink.  God promised to bless their bread and water and He also promised them it would be more refreshing and nourishing than a feast.

*They were given good health.  God promised to take away all their sicknesses and disease-either by preventing it or removing it.

*They were given wealth.  God promised that their cattle wouldn't be barren and so much more!

*They were given the promise of prolonged life.  They would be able to live long lives.

The only condition for God to provide for them was to Obey His Commands....and they would arrive in thier Promised Land! 

In order for us to reach our Promised Land and recieve our Blessings from God is simply this: OBEDIENCE

3.  God promised the Israelites that they would conquer thier enemies---which was the occupants of the Land of Canaan (the Promised Land)

*This God would do---by HIS POWER-not their own.

*This God would do GRADUALLY---not all at once, but little by little.

As I was Studying and reading this, this morning I came across 2 little verses that just popped out. Then I ran with it... I was reading in Exodus chapter 23 and ran across verses 29-30 and oh my goodness, I had a revelation from God. I don't know how many times I've read this, heard these verses read, but today it popped out at me. I tried looking online for commentaries or Studies on this and didn't find anything on what God revealed to me. I was shocked that there wasn't, because it came so clear to here's the verses:

Exodus 23:29-30: I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate [for lack of attention] and the wild beasts multiply against you. Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased and are numerous enough to take possession of the land. (Amplified Version)

Here's my thoughts on the verses:
The reason why God doesn't take away things all at once is because if He did, we would be open to the attacks of Satan. We would think, we made it, we won! And that we were done with fighting him. And that he wouldn't try anything else on us. That's where we would make the mistake, and I believe God knows this. If God did take it all away at once and we took that for granted, come on, you know we would....we're human...but if God took it all away and we started doing our "happy dance" Satan could come in and us not know it and totally destroy everything that God gave us and has for us. We are to always be on guard and I believe that this is one way God helps us.

Instead God removes our obstacles (trials or whatever) little by little. And those trials will make us stronger and stronger. Each one we endure and overcome makes us stronger in Him, because He's right there beside us, helping us, leading and guiding us. And when Satan comes and tries to discourage us, we must remember we've come so far in this journey to give in to his lies. We are able to defeat Satan with each trial we overcome. It makes him so mad when we come out of each trial, but it makes God happy to see we've overcome each obstacle in our path! He rejoices with us! He knows we cry. He knows we hurt. He knows we get discouraged and disappointed, but we must remember, He's right there holding our hand through it all! And at the end of verse 30 He says we will have increased and we will be strong (numerous) enough to take back what Satan has taken away from us. Again----God doesn't take it all away at once---but little by little!

You may be going through a very hard time right now, whether it be physically, spiritually, emotionally, whatever....remember GOD IS HOLDING YOUR HAND!  Every step you take, He's right there.  He's gone before you, yet he's beside you.  Every time you cry, He's wiping your tears.  Everytime you call out to Him, He hears you! He loves you!  Don't allow Satan to steal any of your joy!  Just keep reminding yourself.....LITTLE by LITTLE God's taking care of me.  LITTLE by LITTLE my trials will be gone.  He's working things out.  I pray that this helps someone, and remember we are here for you....

God Bless,

Friday, October 22, 2010


What Does The Bible Say About Cutting?

I've been doing some research online about cutting and also in the Word of God AKA the Bible.  Some of what I found may astonish you or upset you, but please know that we only have your best interests at heart.  We only want to help you, but we don't want to sugarcoat this issue either.  I myself dealt with this as a teenager, so I know what each one of you are going through. I want you to know though, you are not alone in this.

So let's begin...

What Does The Bible Say About Cutting-

People in the Bible cut themselves in mourning over a loved one.

Leviticus 19:28

     You shall not make ANY cuttings in your flesh for the dead nor print or tattoo ANY marks upon you; I am the Lord. (Ampilfied Version)

Right here it says in the Word of God (The Bible) NOT Minda says, but God says not to cut.  I watch this show "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman" Okay, I may be  but oh well I love the show.  Anyway, Clouddancing, an indian friend of Dr. Quinn and her husband, Sully, lost his wife, Snowbird and he cut himself in mourning over her.  According to the Bible, we aren't to do that. It's alright to mourn the loss of a loved one, but we must remember them as they were and know that they wouldn't want us to do that to ourselves. They would want us to live our lives and not harm ourselves over their deaths.  I lost my mom when I was a senior, as I've shared before.  And from experience, the pain doesn't completely go away when you lose someone you love, but if you remember all the good times you've had with that person, it becomes easier to move on in life.  My mom would've wanted me to. They would want you to. Instead of cutting yourself or doing something that you shouldn't, please, talk to someone.  We're here to listen to you, if you need to talk. Email us at for our number or include yours in the email. We would be more than happen to try and  help you.  If you attend church, talk to your pastor or someone you can trust.  If you don't, talk to a friend, or a relative in whom you know you can trust.

People in the Bible who were demon possessed cut themselves

Mark 5:5

     Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always shrieking and screaming and beating and bruising and cutting himself with stones. (Amplifed Version)

Let me give you background on the scene here....Jesus was just coming out of the boat, where he met a man of an unclean spirit (demon possessed).  This man lived in the tombs and did all these things.  But Jesus happened to cross his path and he (the man possessed) KNEW Jesus...the demon KNEW Jesus.  And He KNEW what he was doing was WRONG.  And Jesus, we later read on, cast out the demon and the man was FREE!!!  Now I am NOT saying that when you cut you are demon possessed, NO!  But I believe, as I've read and studied upon this, preparing myself to bring this forth, that it DOES open up the door for trouble.  I'll get more into that later.  So hang with me...

Today, self-mutilation (cutting) is rarely used for rituals (mourning) practices or actual demon possession, but instead usually done by teenagers and young adults who have misplaced anger or pain that they are attempting to work out in destructive ways.  Instead of dealing with emotional pain, some people would rather bring themselves physical pain, which actually serves as a relife from that stress, pain, or whatever they may be dealing with.  Unfortunately though, this sense of relief is only temporary and the desire to be self-destructive quickly returns.  In other words, they can't stop becomes an addiction, just as bad as alcohol or drug addictions.

The Bible doesn't talk about self-mutilation in terms of anxiety or depression, but it is very important tha whoever is making a practice of this seeks immediate help.  This behavior seldom, but not always indicates or can lead to drug, alcohol abuse, eating disorders, identity disorders (such as bipolar), and suicidal thoughts or even attempts.

1 Corinthians 6:19

     Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very santuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own. (Amplified Version)

Here we find, that God dwells in us.  His Spirit dwells in our bodies.  So we shouldn't do anything that He doesn't like with our bodies...such as cutting.  We were given our bodies as a GIFT from God to use for HIS Purpose, to bring glory to God from our bodies.  And cutting mars it and it doesn't bring glory to the Lord.  Instead of bringing glory to the Lord, it brings shame to His Name.  If you've done this in the past, or are presently doing it, and you feel it's wrong (which it is, the Bible says it, not me) then all you have to do is repent and ask God to help you.  And when you start to feel you need to cut, remind yourself, "Wait a's says in Your Word God that this is wrong!  I will NOT!  I refuse to do this anymore!  I'm relying on You, Lord for strength!  I'm focusing on You for comfort!  There's NO comfort in cutting at all!  Your Word says, In YOU will I find comfort and shelter!" (Found in various parts of the Bible, mainly Psalm)

Self-mutilation is the result of  an incorrect view of self and our personal value to God.  It says in God's Word, we are fearfully and wonderfully made...Psalm 139:14  God designed us, We're Perfect in His sight!  He made us just the way we are.  A personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a proper understanding of His Love is the Only cure for self-mutilation (cutting).

Because the Bible is TRUTH and the TRUTH has the POWER to sett you FREE, it is the ONLY source to draw from. (John 8:32) and whom the Son sets FREE is FREE INDEED....not partially FREE, ALL THE WAY FREE (John 8:36) 

In every instance that cutting is mentioned it is spoken of in a negative way.

So why is cutting wrong? 

1. It's against God and EVERYTHING He stands for!

Our bodies were designed by God, who made it to be Whole and BEAUTIFUL....We were made in HIS image (Genesis 1:27)  When people cut, they dishonor God.  It is with our body that we are to serve and glorify the Lord. (1 Corinthians 9:19-20)

As Christians, we are to be motivated by God's standards that He has set for us.  Honoring God with our bodies is a sign that we accept Him.  As His children, we recognize our bodies belong to Him and tha we should desire to keep them Holy (set apart, separated or distinct) for HIs will for our lives. 

Back in History, cutting was  major sign of ritual mourning.  It was also practiced in magic.  It was used as a way to gain control over people's emotions and thier gods tha hey looke to.  In other words, it was manipulation used for the purpose of getting thier own way.

How does cutting affect you?

Cutting attracts demons.  Because you're hurting, you open your heart to the pain and "release" your feelings when you cut.  This is very dangerous because you open yourself to the wrong spirit. How? It is like offering your feelings to an unseen force.  When cutting while calling out for help, the spirit realm is more than willing to answer, but will only bring you into further bondage. I had a friend who let this bring her to her death.  She grew up in a Christian home and had a supporting family but she was dealing with a lot of pain and struggling a lot. She felt she had no one to talk to, so she started to cut thinking it would help, but then she slipped into drugs and alcohol and it just made things worse for her.  She lost hope.  She lost her vision of God.  She quit going to church, she just quit everything.  One day she decided to end her life.  She was pregnant at the time with twins and she lost one baby.  They were able to save the other one.  But she was loosing a lot of blood and they couldn't save her. She was able to repent and talk to her pastor before her death.  Don't let the devil tell you that you have no worth or fill your head with lies. Don't bottle things up to someone.  You have an enemy who wants to kill you, that's Satan. (John 10:10) But you also have a friend, who loves you.  His name is Jesus!  Psalm 139 says He knew you while you were in your mother's womb.  He KNEW you!  He's the One who wrote all the days of your life in a special book, which He has in HIs hands.  The things written there are His plans for your life.  The only requirement you need to know the plans He has for yoy is for you to ask Him to be your Lord and Savior and let Him lead and guide your footsteps.  Jesus died on the cross for you!  He LOVES you!  He's more than enough reason to stay alive! 

John 15:13

     No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends. (Amplified Version)

If you haven't recieved Christ into your life and would like to, just ask Him to come in and cleanse you from your sins and ask Him to be Lord of your life....and read your Bible.  If you don't have one and would like one, we will do our best to provide one for you.  If you would like to talk to someone about things, we're here for you.  Send us your number to or and we will be glad to call you and give you our number as well.  We're here to support you in any way.



Wednesday, October 20, 2010


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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Find Comfort In God-ALONE

Find Comfort In God-ALONE

     I know I've already posted a topic earlier, but I decided to post this one as well, seeing tomorrow we start on a new topic (cutting).  I hope that these messages on depression have helped someone along the way....

2 Corinthians 1:4

     Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in EVERY trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and ecouraged) by God. (Amplifed Version)

     Here at ARISE MINISTRIES, like I said in our last post, have gone through a lot in this life.  In fact, everyone has gone through a tough time at some point in our lives.  We were/are encouraged to encourage others.  We were/are comforted to comfort others.

     How many of you feel that NO ONE cares about you?  How many of you are struggling with life?  Have you lost a loved one recently?  Are you batteling with depression?  Do you feel like you can't find that special someone or something to comfort you in times of need?? You may have tried loving someone to overcome things and its gotten you nothing but heartache....  Have you turned to drugs and alcohol to ease your pain?  That will NOT comfort you, it's only brings more trouble and more heartache in the end.  It's a temporary high and can eventually lead to trouble, health problems, and so much more.  You may thinking, then what do I do, Minda?  Where do I turn?  No one cares about one takes the time to listen to me, no one loves me!!!! Well there is someone who does care about you, in fact He LOVES you!  Jesus Christ loved us so much that He died on a cross for us.  And of course, we care for you and I'm sure others do as well.  But even if your friends and family don't care, Jesus Christ does!  He is the ONLY One who can comfort us when we need it.

     Maybe you've been hurt or mistreated?  Maybe you've been disappointed?  Maybe you're experiencing a change in your life, and it's hard to deal with?  Maybe you've failed in some way?  Maybe your just tired?  Whatever you may be facing, God wants to help you by comforting you when you need it.

     For instance, going to share a personal story here, my Senior year, my mom passed away.  I was heartbroken.  I needed someone to comfort me, my family tried, but nothing they did comforted me.  I was about to give up completely, and I even said to myself, I'm not going to go to church anymore after tonight. When that night at church, I felt such a burning inside me to cry, I was drawn to the altar and I cried and cried and cried out to God.  It was like God put His loving arms all around me and comforted me.  I felt Him right there, right beside me holding me and telling me "Your mom's not in pain anymore.  Peace..."  From that night on I've turned to God for comfort.  Now I'm not saying that I didn't have trouble after that night, but God's helped me.  I've turned to men and women of God for advice and comfort but thier advice, encouragement, and comfort could never ever compare to God's!

     The Holy Spirit is actually called the "COMFORTER" (John 14:26) He's a part of God.  He IS GOD!  NO confusion there, trust me....don't let that interfere or discourage you from reading any further.  GOD IS EVERYTHING WE NEED!   As a friend of mine says, "Enough said".  His various names describe His character.  He's willing to do a lot for us if we are willing to let Him.  We have to ask HIm, He promises to comfort us and so much more!

     God will allow people to do only a certain amount for us.  Even those people who are extremely clost os u can't give us everything we need all the time.  When we expect others to do for us what only God can do, we have our expectations in the wrong place, and we will always be disappointed.

     No comfort is as good as God's!  People can never give us what we really need unless God Himself uses other people to reach us, which He often does!  We here at ARISE MINISTRIES will help you in any way that we can, but I'm going to say this, We can only do so much, but GOD, on the other hand, can do OH SO MUCH MORE!!!! But if you need us to help you we are here for you, just email us and we'll be glad to give you numbers or you can give us yours and we'll be there for you in prayer and we will do what we can....


Outlast The Devil

Outlast The Devil

Micah 7:7-8

     But as for me, I will look to the Lord and confident in Him I will keep watch; I will wait with hope and expectancy for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.  Rejoice not against me, O my enemy!  When I fall, I shall ARISE; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light to me. (Amplified Version)

     Your enemy, Satan may come against you, but when you fall, you will ARISE.  Make a decision to endure WHATEVER comes against you.  That literrally means you will outlast the Devil.  Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the worl.  (1 John 4:4)
You are more than a conqueror thorugh Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:37)

     Even during times of intense trouble, believers should live with expectancy.  Expect God to work something good out of your situation, and expect Him to bless you even in the presence of your enemies. (Psalm 23:5)  In the midst of trouble, keep a POSITIVE attitude and talk about the POSSIBILITIES, NOT the problem.

     Being POSITIVE is very important because it leads to progress or forward motion.  we can't go forward or overcome negative situations unless we choose to be POSITIVE.  there is something good in EVERYTHING that happens to us; we just need to look for it.  If you're stuck in traffic, for instance, and you're in a hurry, you may become frustrated or angry, but the delay may have cuased you to avoid being involved in an accident...This has happened to me and my family plenty of times growing up as well as me being married and having a family now.  Sometimes the things we go through is because God wants us to draw closer to Him and TRUST Him MORE.  Sometimes we go through things to help other people get through the same thing.  This again, is true...that's what has created ARISE MINISTRIES.... I, myself have gone through a lot in life, which I will be sharing later on, and I want to share with others that they are not alone, there are so many others going through depression, anxiety, and a whole list of other things.  I want to share with you all how and who got me through my tough times.  I will do that in another post.  For now, let's continue...

     God hears us when we pray in FAITH.  Put your CONFIDENCE in Him and EXPECT something to change for the better, and KNOW that in the meantime, God will use whatever you are going through to help you be a better person in the end.  You can choose to let every trial you encounter make you bitter or better.  Trials and tribulations are a part of life, and the way we handle them reveals our level of spiritual maturity.  Be stable and don't let Satan intimidate you.  This will be a sign to him of his impending doom and destruction.  God has a good plan for your life, make a decision to NEVER give up.  Once you've made that decision, your Victory is sure.

     As I close you may be thinking, this is hard to take in or you may be thinking...I get it!  I totally get it!  Either way, we are here to help you along, and as I've said in earlier posts, everything you say to us is in confidence, meaning, we don't go and spread it around.  We may ask our church to pray for you, but we never mention names, unless you ask us to.  If you would like to get in contact with us, you can email us at

     Pray this prayer with me,

"Lord, I will look to You!  Confident in the Lord, I will watch and wait patiently with hope and expectancy, for I KNOW that You will hear me.  When I fall LOrd, I will NOT stay there, down for the count, but instead, I will RISE!!!! And when the darkness closes in, You, My Lord will be my LIGHT!!!  In Jesus' Name. AMEN!"


Friday, October 15, 2010

Keep Your Balance

Keep Your Balance

1 Peter 5:6-8
                                    Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you.  Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.  Be well balanced (temperate, sobor of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in feirce hunger], seeking somone to seize upon and devour.  (Amplified Version)

  Maintaining balance in ALL things is very important!  If we don't, we open a door to Satan, who roams around to devour us.

 In order to develop a balanced, healthy, God-centered self-image, incorporate the thoughts below into the way you think about yourself.  In fact, print them out or write them down.  I found this in my Bible by Joyce Meyer "The Everyday Life Bible" and I, myself try to read this everyday to remind myself that I am made in the Image of God and He loves me just the way I am!  I hope this helps at least one person.  I know it's helped me A LOT!!

1.  I KNOW God CREATED me and He LOVES me!

2. I have faults and weaknesses, and I WANT to change.  I BELIEVE God is WORKING on me, I can still ENJOY life and myself.

3. Everyone has faults, so I AM NOT A FAILURE just because I am not perfect.

4. I am GOING TO WORK WITH GOD to OVERCOME my weaknesses, but I REALIZE that I will ALWAYS have something to deal with; therefore, I will NOT become discouraged when GOD convicts me of areas of my life that need improvement.

5. I WANT to make people HAPPY and have them like me, but my sense of worth is NOT dependant upon what others think of me.  Jesus has already affirmed my value by His willingness to die for me!

6. I will NOT be controlled by what other people think, say or do.  Even if they totally reject me, I WILL SURVIVE!  God has promised never to reject me or condemn me as long as I KEEP BELIEVING. (John 6:29)

7. NO matter how often I fail, I will NOT GIVE UP because God is WITH me and HE SUSTAINS me.  He has PROMISED to NEVER leave me or forsake me. (Hebrews 13:5)

8. I LIKE myself.  I don't like everything that I do, and I WANT to CHANGE---but I REFUSE to reject myself.

9.  I AM RIGHT WITH GOD---THROUGH JESUS CHRIST!!!  I have TURNED my life over to Him and have SINCERELY AND HUMBLY repented of my sins and have accepted Him as Lord and Savior in my life.

10. God has a plan for my life. (Jeremiah 29:11).  I am GOING to fulfill my destiny that God has set for me and be all I can be for His glory alone.  I have God-given gifts and talents, and I intend to use them to glorify God alone and to help others.

11.  I am NOTHING, YET I AM EVERYTHING!!! In myself I am nothing, and yet in Jesus, I am everything I need to be!

     We should maintain balance in our self-image as well as work and rest, eat a balanced diet, never spend more than we earn, and enjoy people but also have solitude.  Although we want to please people and have their approval, we must put God and His Will first in our lives at ALL times.

     If we don't maintain balance in our lives, Satan will take advantage of the door we have opened.  Check your life and if you find areas that are out of balance, ask God to help you make whatever adjustments that need to be made.

     And as always, if you need someone to help on this journey, we are here for you at Arise Ministries.  We love each and everyone of you who take the time to read these and even the ones that don't.  We want to reach others for Christ and help them turn their lives around.  You can contact us at and we will get back to you either by email or include your phone number in the email and we will gladly give you a call.  We will help in any way that we can.  May God bless you all today and this weekend.  We will be praying and believing that God moves in a mighty way in your lives. 

God Bless,

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Free From Shame---NOW GO WALK SHAMEFREE!!!

Isaiah 54:4- Fear NOT, for you shall NOT be ashamed; neither be confounded and depressed, for you shall not be put to shame. For you shall FORGET the shame of your youth, and you shall not [seriously] remember the reproach of your widowhood any more. (Amplified Version)

Are you rooted in shame???

Many people are "rooted" in shame.  This means that their shame is too deep that it functions as the root of a tree and it actually produces "fruit" in the form of unhealthy thoughts and behaviors.  If you are rooted in shame, you need to be aware that shame is very different from guilt.  Shame is a deeper problem than guilt is. We may feel guilty over something we have done wrong, but shame makes us feel bad about who we are.  There is also a difference between "nomral" shame and "rooted" shame.

For example, if you're in a restraunt and you knock over your glass of water or soda, you start to feel ashamed or embarrased because you made a mess in front of everyone.  That's normal.  But you usually adjust to the situation and move on.  You forget about what happened at the restraunt.  That incident doesn't mar or scar you for life, right?

In the Garden of Eden, after the fall, Adam and Eve were ashamed when they sinned and realized that they were naked, and so they made clothes from fig leaves to cover themselves.  But that too was a normal reaction.

When we make mistakes or commit sin, we feel bad for a while until we repent and are forgiven....when we repent, we must sincerely mean it and turn away from that sin and God is faithful and just to forgive us...

1 John 1:9- If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continually] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everythng not in conformity to HIs will in purpose, thought and action].  (Amplified Version)

Then that means, we must put our past where it the past...not the present and the future...the past....When we truly repent, with a humble and sincere heart, God forgives us of that sin, and He does something a little more, He doesn't remember it!

Micah 7:18-19- Who is a God like You, Who forgives iniquity and passes over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?  He retains not His anger forever, because He delights in mercy and loving-kindness.  He will again have compassion on us; He iwll subdue and tread underfoot our iniquities.  You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. (Amplified Version)

If God forgets our sin, and He doesn't remember it when we truly repent....why should we keep dragging it up????  Sometimes, we blame Satan, we give him too much credit really.  Most times it's us ourselves that brings it up.  We must focus our attention on God's forgiveness instead of what we've done....

When an individual is rooted in shame, it affects their entire life.  They have a bad attitude toward themselves and they poison everything that they try to accomplish. They feel doomed to failure and they have no confidence.

Jesus bore all our shame for us on the cross.  The curse and power of shame can be broken off through the power of God and Him sending His Son to die for that shame.  He took our shame and our blame on the cross.  He doesn't want us to go around carrying it anymore when He's already taken care of it!  We are FREE FROM SHAME!!!

God has promised that He will pour out a twofold blessing on our lives.  We will gain double what we feel we lost in our past.  For example, Job, in the Bible....lost everything he had, but in the end he recieved much more back than he had at the beginning.

We must take a stand upon God's Word!  We must become rooted and grounded in God----NOT in our shame of the things we've done or said, or had done or said to us in the past.  We must focus on God and know that He has a plan for our future!

Jeremiah 29:11- For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. (Amplified Version)

We must  focus on God and know that He loves us!

God can heal our minds, hearts, hurts, etc.  All we have to do is ASK Him.  He sent His Son Jesus to die for us.  He came to heal the broken hearted, cleanse the sinner, and so much more!  God is our Father! He loves us!

My dad, is one of the most amazing men in my life.  I love him so much!  I'm so glad God sent him to be my dad....but anyway.  When I was younger, I would fall down a lot. I would scrape my knee, get a boo boo and my daddy would "make it all better".  Even when I would get myself into trouble, with loving hands, he would discipline me.  At the time, I felt he was totally "unfair".  But now that I'm an adult, I know that the things he did, he did because he loved me and it was for my good and to teach me things in life.  God's the same way.  What He does, He does in love for us.

You might be thinking, my dad NEVER care what I did.  He doesn't love me.  He may not have cared about you or loved you.  But there's ONE that has ALWAYS loved you!  He created you!  He's ALWAYS there for you!  He ALWAYS will be!

HE will turn your sorrow into joy.
Give you beauty for ashes.
Give you a garment of praise instead of heaviness.
Give you honor instead of Shame!
(you can find this in Isaiah 61:1-3)

We MUST DECLARE and be DETERMINED that we are going to reject the roots of bitterness, shame, negativism, and pefectionism, and instead nourish and grow the roots of joy, peace, love, and power!

By faith, draw the bloodline of Jesus Christ across your life and boldly DECLARE that you are HEALED from the pains and wounds of your past!  Declare you have beeen SET FREE from your past to live a new life of wealth and wholeness!  STOP blaming yourself and feeling guilty, unworthy, and unloved!  Instead say, "If God is FOR me, who can be against me?  God loves me, and I love myself.  Praise the Lord, I am FREE in Jesus' Name!"

If you haven't accepted Christ into your life yet, I want to give you the opportunity.  Pray this prayer and mean it from your heart:

"Dear Jesus,

I come to you right now, I confess all my sins to You.  I confess that You are Lord and that You died on the cross for all sin. I invite You to come into my life and reign in me and help me on this journey in life.  Help me be all that You created me to be.  I thank You Lord for loving me and accepting me as I am.  Now I'm asking You to help me become the person You want me to be and not who I want to be.  In Jesus' Name, AMEN!"

If you prayed that prayer, I would love to talk with you and help you on your can email me at

Now some of you may be struggling.  You've accepted Christ, but you still can't get where God wants you to be.  Just ask Him to help you.  He's there for you.  If you would like for me to pray with you, you too can email me at and I would be glad to pray and talk with you.  I don't like to give my phone number over FB so, just send me an email and I would be glad to call you or give you my number so you can me....

God Bless,
MaLinda (AKA Minda)


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