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Thursday, 11 January 2018 12:00

Worry and Anxiety

Are You in A Mental Battle Right Now? If you are, do not despair. You are not alone. Every one of us face such struggles in our lives at one time or another and there is a way to come through them. Should you need help in overcoming your fear please visit our website or contact our counselling centre.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 10:00

Are You in A Mental Battle Right Now?

Are you plagued with worry, doubt or confusion? Do you struggle with anger or feelings of condemnation?

If you are, do not despair. You are not alone. Every one of us face such struggles in our lives at one time or another and there is a way to come through them.

It starts with knowing the truth and the truth is that there is an enemy that attacks our minds with destructive thoughts. Our enemy, Satan bombards our minds with little nagging thoughts, suspicions, doubts, fears, wonders, reasonings, and theories.

The truth is that we do not need to believe all the thoughts that come into our minds. What we need to do is to believe God’s word more than what we are feeling or thinking. We need to measure every thought by the word of God because the devil puts lies into our minds and the Bible only speaks truth. If what we are thinking does not line up with the word of God it is a lie.

The moment we realise the lies in our minds, we need only acknowledge that they are lies and decide that we will not listen to them anymore. By turning away from these thoughts and asking God to forgive our wrong thinking we begin the journey back to peace of mind and the turmoil can end.

Take the lie and find a truth in the word of God to replace that lie. Then speak out that scripture, meditate on it, think about it and decide to believe it. Ask God to help you as you struggle to keep the truth in your mind and resist the lie and you will see that those worries, doubts, confusion, anger and condemnation disappear and in their place, will come reassurance and peace.

I was controlled by overwhelming fear for many years of my life, but when I put into practice these steps I was totally set free and I have walked in freedom for over thirty years now.
Should you need help in overcoming your fear please visit our website or contact our counselling centre.

“Equipping the compassionate and setting the captives free.” - Isaiah 61: 1-4

Thursday, 21 December 2017 12:00

Approval Addiction - Joyce Meyer

One reason we are unhappy is our obsession about getting people's approval. Should you need help in overcoming approval addiction, please contact The Sanctuary or visit our website. “Equipping the compassionate and setting the captives free.” - Isaiah 61: 1-4

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 10:00

Approval Addiction

Christmas can be a very stressful time of year. Especially if you are trying to please everyone and perfectionism is creeping in.

We often try to make everything perfect to gain a positive response from those around us. If they love the presents we have chosen, the food we have prepared or the activities we have organised then for a few moments we feel confident, worthwhile and on top of the world.

Unfortunately, when we sense disapproval from those we are striving to please we often feel downhearted, deflated, angry, depressed or perhaps even a complete failure.

The need for approval gives us a sense of self -worth, significance and security and it can be very addictive.

Yet, like all addictions, it ensnares us, and always searching for the approval of others enslaves us to the expectations of other people, giving them an unhealthy influence over us. People’s opinions are often flawed and if we allow them to have such a great influence over us, we may needlessly feel inadequate and inferior from the criticism of others.

Don’t let the way other people treat you determine your worth and value. Even if you feel rejected, you can survive. The truth is that if you have God you have all you need. He knows you perfectly and loves you, flaws and all. You cannot do anything about what people think, you can only be yourself.

It is offensive to God when we let other people control us. He sent Jesus to buy our freedom with His life. If you are letting someone control your life, intimidate, manipulate you or cause you to do something you know in your heart is not right, then you need to break those controlling powers.

Do not let it continue and do not enable a person to control you, but learn how they control you and resist their control tactics. As you confront the controller their attitude toward you will move from anger to respect.
Accept who you really are, loved by God, and worthy through Jesus and begin to overcome your approval addiction.

Should you need help in overcoming approval addiction, please contact The Sanctuary or visit our website.

“Equipping the compassionate and setting the captives free.” - Isaiah 61: 1-4

Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:00

Cardboard Testimonies

Life before and after Christ changed them.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 08:31

Freedom in Christ

Hello everyone, I hope that you are about to have a great week. But even if you will face difficult challenges in the days ahead I want to encourage you that there is hope even in the midst of what you are going through.

Every day The Sanctuary team see amazing testimonies of lives changed through meaningful encounters with a God who cares. We see people who were in deep bondage to anxiety, fear, shame, guilt and anger set free and enjoying life free of their traumatic pasts.

And that’s not all.

In the past year we have seen desperate marriages which were on the brink of divorce restored and made whole and people struggling with drug and other addictions break free from these bondages.

People struggling with serious stress related disorders from Financial and work-related problems have found peace, strength and breakthrough and hearts broken from bereavement, including my own, have been loved back to life again.

So, I can confidently tell you that no matter what you are going through, Jesus really does care. When there is no one to turn to or when you have tried so many times to work through challenges only to be disappointed do not give up. Turn to the God who cares. He will never leave you or forsake you and you can make it through whatever life throws at you.

If you are facing a challenge today do not despair, turn to the God who cares; to the one who can help you no matter what you are going through or how hopeless you feel. The most powerful gift you have is the power to choose. You may feel like you do not have a choice, but that is untrue. Today you will make a choice to stay in your mindset, to see things through pain and discouragement or to hope for some way out.

If you choose to seek help then you can find a way through, you too can find that there are ways through what you face, please call or write to The Sanctuary Soul Care Centre or visit our website if you would like to talk to a counsellor.

Choose life and find your freedom in Christ.
God bless and stay free,

“Equipping the compassionate and setting the captives free.” - Isaiah 61: 1-4

The festive season can be a surprisingly difficult time when it comes to dealing with difficult family members. Have a look at this video which explains how to avoid holiday season pitfalls.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 08:46

Happy Holidays!

As we draw near to the holiday season we are looking forward to the wonderful times of celebration with family and friends. This can be such a happy, fun filled time of year. Yet we are all aware that holidays can also be filled with stress tension and frayed tempers.

Bearing this in mind, let’s remember to prepare our attitudes along with our homes and tables. There is nothing that can dampen the spirit of Christmas cheer quicker than a grumpy attitude at this time of year. So it comes as very good news that with three simple keys there is a way that we can enjoy each other’s company this festive season.

The first key to a happy holiday is Respect. We may be different ages and have different personalities and outlooks, but if we show a genuine interest in each other and respect each others needs and opinions it will go a long way to improve the atmosphere around the Christmas table on the big day.

Even if we do not receive the gift we want or are offended in some way, we can decide to respect the holiday season by deciding to forgive easily and hold on to our sense of humour. The second key is Responsibility. No one person can make a holiday happy all by themselves.

Everyone influences the occasion either positively or negatively. There is nothing like lending a helpful hand with the chores, giving a hug or a kind word to improve everyone’s enjoyment of a holiday. Let’s be more concerned with what we can do to help than what we can get from the occasion.

Gratitude and laughter are always welcome guests at any family gathering. The last key to harmony is Reciprocity; or the ability to give back to those who give to us. As folks show us kindness and welcome us into their homes, we can offer back to them some consideration, thoughtfulness and thanks of our own.

So there they are; the three keys to harmony; the three pretty ornaments no holiday season should be without. If we prepare our attitudes to include respect, responsibility we should not only survive the holidays but we may even thrive through them.

For more on this and other subjects please contact us or visit our website.

God bless and stay free,

“Equipping the compassionate and setting the captives free.” - Isaiah 61: 1-4

Thursday, 23 November 2017 12:00

Forgiveness - part 2

It's that time of the year again, Christmas is upon us. Thinking of decorations and preparing for the big Christmas lunch with all the family? However, sometimes it's not the happiest time of year. How do we prepare our hearts.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 10:00

Forgiveness. The Only Way to Heal part 2

When we are hurt it is normal to react in anger and forgiveness is contrary to the ‘get even’ attitude of our society. For many victims the idea of forgiving those who have caused them pain seems absurd and even impossible.

So why should we forgive? We should forgive because it is essential to our own freedom and wellbeing. In Mathew 18: 34 and 35 we are warned by the Lord that holding onto unforgiveness, we open ourselves up to the inner torturers of inner turmoil and depression. Unforgiveness leads to attitudes of anger, bitterness and hatred and even murder and holds us captive to what was done to us. We need also to forgive ourselves for things that we too have done wrong. Over and over again forgiveness has been proven to be the first step in our inner healing process.

The question then often arises: ‘How can I forgive?’

It helps us to forgive when we understand what forgiveness is and is not. When we forgive, we are not declaring a person ’not guilty’ rather we recognize their guilt and give to God our right to punish them.
Forgiveness is a choice. We choose to release the other person and ourselves from anger, bitterness and the desire for revenge.

We probably will never feel like forgiving, but we can and indeed we must, forgive and we can do so by choosing to release ourselves and the other person because it is the only way to wholeness and freedom.

So, no matter whether you are upset with the Christmas gift you will receive this Christmas or whether you need healing for some deep hurt and offense choose to forgive and walk in forgiveness going forward. The benefits will be peace and freedom.

It really is worth the cost of giving up your right to punish and focusing on the wrong done in order to be forgiven and to be set free.

Should you find it very difficult to forgive, but would like help to do so, please call us or visit our website and one of our team would be happy to discuss this further with you.

God bless and stay free,

“Equipping the compassionate and setting the captives free.” - Isaiah 61: 1-4

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