"A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards."
(Proverbs 29:11 KJV)
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"
(2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV)
Emotions are a part of living for the human being and they are even found in Our Awesome God. It is important that we recognize this and learn to control our emotions, that is, don't let our emotions control our actions. God controls His and we should try to control ours without repressing them. Emotions have psychological as well as physiological reactions that can be dangerous to us and to others, physically as well as spiritually. Much of the Bible records the emotions of great people of God and shows us where they sinned when they didn't control their emotions. The reasons we need to recognize our emotions are many but here are three:
First, our emotions are all around us and in us. Our emotions define our inner being and tell us constantly about our surroundings. The awareness of the life around us starts with what our emotions tell us about that world. In order that we continue to exist, we need to know something about our emotions. Emotions can cause increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and increased respirations.
Second, our emotions can come with great intensity. We often find ourselves struggling with them because the emotion is so strong and intense. You can usually put a thought out of your mind but an emotion that causes fear or dread is hard to overcome without the help of Our Awesome God. We need to realize that we cannot always get away from our feelings without His help.
Third, be very aware that emotions will not serve to make things correct. Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection are not correct just because emotionally we feel they are correct. True understanding of why Christ died and how much Our Awesome God loves us do bring hope and a happy heart in the Bible so our emotions are involved but they don't make it happen or make it right.
Our Awesome God gave us emotions so we can be happy, joyful and hopeful but also to show us the down side with frustration, doubt and anger. When we can control them with experience, prayer and help from Jesus Christ, we will be ready to move on toward maturity and eventually heaven. We are still in training and not a completed work yet. So don't give up on yourselves, just keep trying to get control of those emotions.
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"I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High."
(Psalms 9:1, 2 KJV)
How often do we dwell on the negatives in our lives? Most people can tell you in detail how bad they feel and how much someone has offended them. Do these complaints creep into your prayers as they do into mine? The "Lord's Prayer" reminds us that this is Our Awesome God's kingdom and it is His Will that should be done. How about some prayer to lean on Him for relief?
We tell God about our leg cramps and how bad they are and we ask Our Awesome God to stop them. Then the thought may come to some that, some people are unable to feel their legs at all, and you wonder what God thinks of your whining about cramps. But it does help to tell Him about it as expressing it to someone who understands always helps. He already knows what you are thinking and enduring. So just when does the asking for help turn into whining? Perhaps it is when the problem doesn't immediately go away and our faith slips a little that we start whining. Remember that God always answers prayers, but in His time not ours and He has a purpose for allowing your discomfort to continue. So praise Him and thank Him for using you, for the strength to endure and for the relief He will soon provide!
Our Awesome God hears everyone's prayers all over the world, so what must He think of whining (negative) prayers when other people are in so much pain and more problems than we? We need to count our blessings and realize how fortunate we are. He might even be teaching us to be grateful for the blessings we have. Instead of whining or complaining, just praise God and thank Him for each blessing you can name. As you do, the importance of your complaint will fade and your love for God will grow. But really, God knows what we know and where we need to understand more. Earth is a training ground for heaven, so we need to start learning.
In the Book of Revelation, scripture tells us that praising and giving thanks will become a large part of our lives so we should start being grateful to God now. Maybe in heaven, we can see and know enough to understand why Our Awesome God used certain things to increase our strength, our perseverance and our endurance. This ought to change our negative thoughts to positive thoughts about our problems. We should be praising the Lord for all He does because it is only to improve us. He loves us! Praise the Lord!
Be positive not negative! Praise the Lord! Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. Our programs include Bible Study groups along with AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM. Wednesday at 7:00 PM is Prayer Requests and Bible Study. Let's see what we can do and learn!
"But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
(Philippians 2:7-8 KJV)
Jesus Christ was humble and should be our example in all we do. So if we are Christians we should know and be practicing being humble. Therefore it should be easier to be humble to others around us.
We have heard countless engagement and marriage stories in our lifetimes. These stories range from a proposal in a horse-drawn carriage, to beautiful sunrises, to going down on his knees in the mud to ask her to marry him. Then there was the young man who simply washed the feet of his prospective bride. He talked briefly about how humble his proposal was but that he knew it was a lifetime commitment to her and her needs. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary before she died. How humble are you?
Paul, who wrote Philippians, understood the importance of humility and how it helps keep us together. We need to realize how very important it is to marriage, especially in today's society of prenuptial agreements. Paul says we should reject all those feelings and urges that say "me, too". "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves." (Philippians 2:3 KJV). We need to value our spouse before ourselves and for as long as we live.
We should be humble every day, especially to our spouse, no matter how small or how great the service is, no matter whether you are the husband or the wife. Humility is not gender specific. You are married. You should be humble. Put their needs first even if it means giving up some of your favorite things.
It helps to get the right spouse who follows Our Awesome God's commandments and that you have respect for and that has respect for you. Get to know your future spouse before marriage. Love comes when you realize that you know the same Lord, that you both believe the way to live includes modesty, communication with your spouse, loving each other, etc. Then look carefully at the differences in your lives? Are they a possible problem?
Your commitment to Our Awesome God should be approached in the same way. The ideal is: God first, spouse and family second, others third and self last. Read your Bible daily, at least. Study what God means when He says something. Attend His church, not a cult.
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Our programs include AWANA and a Prayer Team but are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible. We love visitors and practice the "love one another" commandment to all.
"Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."
(Jeremiah 6:16 KJV)
How many faulty humans have problems that are called the three H's, "hurts, hang-ups and/or habits"? We all do and we are enablers of them, sometimes. We all have character defects that cause us to sin against Our Awesome God, others and ourselves. We have character defects such as denial which is a self protecting behavior that keeps us from honestly facing the truth, fear, dishonesty which is lying, cheating or stealing, not upright in our dealings with people, greed, false pride, hate, anger, gossiping, hoarding, criticizing, over scheduling our lives, and sarcasm are a few. But there are many more defects that we use to keep us from stopping and analyzing why we do things that are not pleasing to God.
We can deny that we feel or do any of the character defects for years but we know our relationship with Our Awesome God is not as good as it should be if we do. Eventually, God slows us up and we realize we have a bad habit to overcome if we are to mature as Christians. Even though we are Christians, we have sinned against God and others by ignoring those character defects. We need God's help to stop and get out of denial and our "hang-ups". But if you don't believe in Our Awesome God, you need to learn more about Him and His Salvation because to permanently get rid of these hurts, hang-ups and habits, both the Christian and the non-Christian are going to need God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
You may say you don't do any of these sins but do you help or enable others to do any of these things? Find a Celebrate Recovery Program to understand how you can actually help these people and/or yourself overcome these problems and get closer to Our Awesome God.
LWBC is a Bible believing, encouraging church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Praise/Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. And there is more during the week. Our God is an Awesome God! READ our website 9/05/15 for #2 Our Denial. We love visitors!
" He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord."
(Psalms 113:9 KJV)
By definition, BARREN means unfruitful, unproductive or childless and is commonly used to describe a physical problem among women. A barren woman was considered abnormal in scripture and often interpreted as being punished by Our Awesome God. But the word, barren, is often used in other ways: barren ground - "...the water is naught, and the ground barren" (2 Kings 2:19 KJV); spiritual condition - "For if these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye should neither be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:8).
God has a purpose in barrenness; (Ironically, He can use it to make you more fruitful or to make you be more creative). Being unproductive or barren often invokes strong feelings and Our Awesome God uses our feelings to improve what we are doing or sometimes to get us to change what and how we are doing things. For instance, Hannah promised in tears to dedicate her son to God if He would remove her barrenness (1 Samuel, Chapter 1). There are times when God will purposefully allow us to go through barren places, as He did Hezekiah. "...God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart;" (2 Chronicles 32:31 KJV).
Many times when you may feel you have crossed into a place of spiritual barrenness, you may battle many feelings - discouragement, despair, anger, you feel unproductive, unfruitful, nothing is happening. God may be using the experience to accomplish something in you, to make you fruitful, more productive, to mature or think more creatively. These experiences are often used to have people develop a hunger to seek Our Awesome God so He can give them what they need and want to feel complete. It is for you to mature in your walk with God and usually means you need to get on your knees and talk to God. Pray, for God has a purpose in what He does and you are on earth now because your purpose here is to be fruitful. God is working in you!
Our Awesome God cares about the barren and wants them to bear fruit. God's kingdom is not a dead, dry, barren place, it is a place of growth and fruitfulness. "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit..." (John 15:5 KJV). God wants us to bear fruit and sometimes we don't even know we are fruitful.
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Worship Service. At 6:00 PM we have a Bible Study along with AWANA for children (September through May) until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
"And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have."
(Luke 24:38-39 KJV)
When talking about doubt, a good choice of advice for common sense is Dr. Charles Stanley who wrote in his Life Principles Bible a short comment about "Nagging Doubt", page 1227. Dr. Stanley says:
"...A first step to defuse doubt is to determine its origin. Begin by asking yourself if your feelings of doubt have a legitimate basis. Many times we struggle with thoughts and feelings that have no validity.
"Second, reading God's Word is a great way to combat fear and doubt. A daily reading program will show you many ways to handle doubt. The Book of Psalms highlights many personal battles over emotions such as fear, doubt, loneliness, and discouragement. David and others made a conscious decision to trust the Lord through tremendously difficult circumstances and found that God never once failed them.
"Prayer is also essential in fighting fear and doubt. In essence, prayer is faith in action. When we pray, regardless of whether we feel like it, we make a statement of faith. We pray because we see God as the solution to what we face. ...
"Always be honest with God. He knows it all anyway. Honesty breaks the pattern of doubt. The last thing Satan wants you to do is to go to God in prayer and tell Him you feel doubtful. He knows that God loves you with an eternal love and that if you come to Him for help, He will give you all the assistance you need."
Get to know Our Awesome God better by reading His Holy Word and test anything you doubt by looking it up in Scripture. Pray and ask Him to show you the way to overcome your doubts. God's Word says, "Seek and you shall find..." (Matthew 7:7 KJV)
We all need to be in a church that reads the Bible, prays and preaches that Jesus, the Son of God, died for your sins and rose on the third day, a church that encourages you to become more Christlike every day. Our Awesome God can be found in this type church and doubts soon leave if you follow Dr. Charles Stanley's suggestions and you listen carefully to the sermons. I hope to see you in heaven if not before!
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Worship Service. At 6:00 PM we have a Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
Flo & Bill