Faith & Trust vs. Fear & Doubt

I’ve had many wilderness experiences wherein I stayed much longer than I had to. I realized one day that I frequently had a double-minded spirit. James 1:8 says,A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” I believed and had faith one day, and doubt, fear and unbelief the next hour! How could I ever expect God to deliver me from anything with that mindset? 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind”.  

To be honest, my faith was not my initial reaction during the onset of a neuromuscular disease, which led to the diagnosis of diabetes and high blood pressure. Diabetes was scary, yet manageable, but no match for what I was already battling. Dealing with a muscle disease which left me basically incapacitated and managing the onset of diabetes was a challenge; but God! There were many years of multiple hospital stays, specialists and treatments, but God brought me through every crisis.  

One day, as I began to reflect on all the things God had already brought me through, how the doctors, others and myself thought I would not survive; my faith in an All Loving Kind Heavenly Father increased! I continued to keep every negative, woe is me person, from around me and chose who I allowed to speak into my life and spirit. I had to come to the realization that God was not punishing me and know with assurance that God is in control and no matter what happened to me, “It did not catch God by surprise.”  

I manage my diabetes and experience great results when I take the time to practice healthy habits, discipline, and certain lifestyle changes. With just a few changes, all of us can achieve good results!  

I share my story with the hope that you or someone you know will be encouraged, make changes if needed to improve your health, and live a healthy productive life. Your current condition does not define you or your future. God’s plans for you are good and not evil and will bring you to His expected end for you. Please know that even though you have diabetes or another chronic illness; God’s Grace Is Sufficient and you will make it through this Victorious!

By Shirley Owens

Rev. Cynthia Jackson is the administrator of the Rhema4U Blog and Innovations Ministries Director. Rev. Jackson is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was licensed and ordained under the tutelage of Bishop David G. Evans. She is an associate minister at Bethany Baptist Church located in Lindenwold, New Jersey. Rev. Jackson founded Innovations Ministries in 2001. Innovations Ministries provides dynamic and innovative programs and services for individuals and families dealing with various health-related issues. She is a gifted teacher, preacher, conference speaker and writer. God has anointed Rev. Jackson to be a spiritual midwife with a passion to empower others to birth God's vision for their lives. Rev. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University, a Master of Science Degree in Health Administration from Saint Joseph's University and a Master of Science Degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University.

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