Anger

Tonight I wanted to write about anger.  Everyone experiences it.  Emotions are real and if we allow them they can take over our lives and halt our progress.  Before I began to write this I was dealing with my computer. I discovered that a program had updated and disabled the touchscreen capability on my laptop.  When I discovered it, that’s when I was going to write in the blog, that was six hours ago.   I’ve spoken to two different technicians about the same situation and have not come up with a solution as of yet.   I was so frustrated, I blamed my daughter, I thought that she had broken it; I was at my wits end!  All the while I knew what I was going to write about in the blog.  I had no idea that God would allow me to go through something that would cause me to be the topic of the blog and become utterly infuriated right as I sat down to write.

As I was going through the troubleshooting I thought about how anger and frustration can tear a person down, not to mention rob you of valuable time and energy.  Proverbs 16:32 KJVsays, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”  When things are falling apart around you and you want to point the blame or become bitter remember who you belong to and ask God to help you control yourself.  You are God’s child and His representative on earth.  I could have lost it on the company’s rep who made the update but I thought, “my goodness I’ve missed so much time on what I was originally going to do, I need to come back to this another time.”  I just lost 6 hours, some loose years or even a lifetime of being productive because of an emotion that should be fleeting.  Don’t be that angry, stagnate person that complains all the time, be the light God has called you to be and shine bright in darkness.  Satan definitely wanted to stop my progress but he did not succeed, don’t give him room in your life through your anger and allow him to halt your progress.

 

 

John 12:35 MSG “…As you have the light, believe in the light.  Then the light will be within you and shining through your lives.  You’ll be children of light.”

Ephesians 4:26-27 KJV “Be ye not angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil.”

Ephesians 4:29 MSG “Watch the way you talk.  Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth.  Say only what helps, each word a gift.”

 

MSG: The Message Bible

KJV:  King James Version

Love

I was thinking about Love today and thinking do most people really know what love is.  I was walking through the store today and I was really tired, not really in the mood to smile, but I felt the Holy Spirit urge me to smile and begin speaking to people, strangers.  The first smile and exchange was sort of rigid but went well, as I continued to pass people and kept going it became more fluid and some began initiating conversations with me.  Mind you, I am not a morning person so this was quite difficult, when I go into the store in the morning I just want to be in and out and go about my day.  While I was still walking through the store, God began to show me that you never know what people are going through and just a simple smile and hello can totally change their outlook.  Going further with this thought-we need to be diligent and show the Love of God through our actions, even if it is as small as smile.  A smile might be the key that opens the gate to a conversation that could save a life or give hope.

If we get a clear understanding of where love originates and what it REALLY looks like, our world would be better.  We can start showing this true love in our homes and spread it throughout our communities, one outreach at a time.  Love is action and there are so many scriptures about love, but here are a few.

“…This is how God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him.  This is the kind of love we are talking about-not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.” (1 John 4:10 MSG)

God is LOVE and He loved us first.  God sent (love in action) His only son for us because He loves us that much, He wanted us to be saved, whole lives on earth, and live with Him in eternity.

“I am crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who lives, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20).  Since we have this example of the GREATEST LOVE we must love each other.  If you give to the poor or share God’s Word with others, nothing is worth doing without love.

“If I give everything I own to  the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere.  So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up.  Love cares more for others than for self.  Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t “me first,” doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in flowering the truth, puts up with anything, TRUST GOD ALWAYS, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end.” (1 Corinthians 13:3-7 AMP)

In our walk with God let’s remember, especially this Good Friday, that Christ came to save us and God showed us the ultimate example of love by the sacrificing of His only son, Jesus Christ.  Let’s make every effort to put a smile on our faces, be God’s hands and feet and in each of our relationships emulate the love that we are shown in the scriptures and spread God’s love throughout the world to draw people to Christ.

Remember:  “Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39 AMP)

God’s Love Is True LOVE, The True Example, The Best Example, God’s Love is the only love that will complete you (no one else can do that).

 

When You Want To Give Up

  “No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it-What God has arranged for those who love him.  But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.”

(1 Corinthians 2:9 MSG)

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…” (Ephesians 3:20 KJV)

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19 NIV)

 

It’s so easy to give up, especially when you have been waiting a long time for something.  Recently I took a trip to a place that has a huge amount of tourist traffic.  In order to see some of the attractions a person needs plenty of patience to wait for parking or to wade through crowds to get to see anything.  Well to make a long story short, we were waiting for a parking spot.  We circled for at least 45 minutes, waiting and waiting for someone to leave.  Gas was running low in the compact rental car and we starting saying amongst ourselves, “you know what lets just go get gas and forget it.”  As soon as we made a decision to give up on finding  a parking spot, a car put on it’s reverse lights to come out of the congested parking area AND the car was parked right next to us!  It was like God said okay, you’ve waited long enough, you’re ready for this parking spot right now.  It was the perfect spot and in the middle of everything.  The moral of this small story is that when you wait on God, even when you are at the end of your rope and you have no other options He will show up in the midst all of a sudden.  He will give you exactly what you need at the perfect time. He only gives the very best and always exceeds your expectations.  Also make sure to ask Him that He would reveal His presence in the smallest of situations in the waiting period, keep your eyes on Him.  Just wait on Him!

The Presence Of The Holy Spirit

In I Chronicles 13 David is moving the Ark of the Covenant from a place called Kiriath Jearim to Jerusalem.  Obed-Edom is a man who comes up in this passage in whose home the Ark has to be temporarily stored.  Even though this is the Old Testament and the Holy Spirit per se has not been introduced as He is in the New Testament after the resurrection of Christ, we have to understand that the Trinity still existed because the Ark of the Covenant represented the presence of God.  The Ark had to be handled with extreme care and certain strict care instructions had to be followed.  I digress, Obed-Edom had the Ark in his home for 3 months during those months the scripture says that he was blessed.  “The Chest of God was in storage in the house of Obed-Edom for three months.  God blessed the family of Obed-Edom and everything around him” (I Chronicles 13:14).  Since the presence or “spirit” of God was present in his home and he was obedient in caring for the Ark of the Covenant Obed-Edom was blessed.  This is an example of the effect that the presence of God has on person’s life.  Obed-Edom made a decision to follow and be in service to God and he and his entire family was blessed as a result.  If we are obedient nowadays and follow the spirit of God we will be blessed also.

In this  blog post I wanted to share with you a few things about the Holy Spirit and how to know He is present.  The Holy Spirit is part of God.  God the Father communicates through His Holy Spirit to us.  God uses the Holy Spirit to pour His goodness into our lives.  “…We cannot round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:3).  God provides His relationship through His Holy Spirit, “The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you” (2 Corinthians 13:14)  God works your life out through the Holy Spirit, helping you to maneuver through successfully, “Answer the question:  Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you?  Don’t these things happen among you just as they happened with Abraham?  He believed God, and that act of belief was turned into a life that was right with God” (Galations 3:5).  God provides joy through the Holy Spirit in trying times, “…Although great trouble accompanied the Word, you were able to take great joy from the Holy Spirit” (1 Thessalonians1:5).  He is always working in us as believers (Titus 3:3).  He confirms a message from God (Hebrews 10:11)  He gives us gifts to bring glory to God (Hebrews 2:1)  The Holy Spirit reminds us, reveals to us and comforts us (John 1:32).  He will give you the right words at the right time when you don’t know what to say (Luke 12:11).  I could keep going, the Holy Spirit is vital, He is God in spirit form, we cannot do without that part of God.

The Word says that the Holy Spirit is given to those who obey Him (Acts 5:29).  God desires your obedience so that He can have a close and intimate relationship.  You may be missing some of these things that the Holy Spirit offers and you feel empty or lacking in some way, ask the Lord to show you how you have been disobedient to Him and repent, turning away from it, denouncing those things, asking God to forgive you in Jesus’ name, then ask God for a fresh pouring of His Holy Spirit in your life so that you can live in abundance and wholeness in Him. Jesus says in John 10:6-10, “…I’ll be explicit, then.  I am the Gate for the sheep.  All those others are up to no good–sheep stealers, every one of them.  But the sheep didn’t listen to them.  I am the Gate.  Anyone who goes through me will be cared for-will freely go in and out, and find pasture.  A thief [Satan-the enemy of mankind and anything good that comes from God] is only there to steal and kill and destroy.  I [Jesus] came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.