What’s Playing?

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What’s Playing?

If someone were able to view what is going through your mind at any given time, what television show would it resemble?

Fear Factor – always fearing what is to come.  II Tim. 1:7; Mt. 6:27
Survivor – looking out for number one at all costs, even if it means you must be conniving and deceitful about it.  Mk. 4:19; I Pet. 2:1
Jeopardy – planning and thinking of things that could put your spiritual life, your marriage, your family, your church, or your job in jeopardy.  James 1:1-13-15
Beat the Clock – always running your schedule through your mind, trying to beat the clock so that you can move on to the next adventure, forgetting to take the time to be still and know that He is God.  Ps. 46:10
Who’s the Boss? – always playing scenes over in your mind on how you plan to assert yourself over your husband.  I Pet. 3:1-6
Judge Judy – playing judge and jury toward other people.  Mt. 7:1
Divorce Court – planning a strategy for divorcing your mate. Mal. 2:16;  Mt. 19:3; I Cor. 7:11, 27
Temptation Island – what temptations play through your mind? Mt. 6:13, 26:41; I Cor. 10:13
QVC – Are you always planning your next shopping excursion because you are a compulsive shopper?  Tit. 2:12
Storm Stories – having the constant trials of life playing over and over, without end.  Jas. 1:2; II Pet. 2:9

If someone were able to view the scenes in playing through your mind, would those scenes line up to what Phil. 4:8 tells us?  Do you think upon that which is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy?  You may think that no one sees, but God sees all things.  Do you need to sit before Him, allowing Him to cleanse your heart and mind?  Is it time to allow God’s Word to saturate your being, causing your mind to be renewed?  Rom. 12:2
© 2003, Stacy R. Miller

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What’s Eating You?

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What’s Eating You?

Have you ever heard someone ask, “What’s eating you?”  Often times, it’s easy to discern when someone is really upset over something.  But, there are times when we are pretty good at putting on masks, and trying to cover how we feel about things.  We may even think that we can hide these things deep in our heart, where nothing can touch them, where nothing can see them.  There are two problems with that kind of thinking.  #1 God still sees it.  #2 The problem is still touching us — eating away at us, bit by bit.

What kinds of things can eat away at us?  There’s jealousy, envy, bitterness, anger, hurt, betrayals, and fear, just to name a few.  We may have held onto these feeling for so long that we feel as if we can never be rid of them.  In fact, we may not WANT to be rid of them.  Sometimes we have to forgive the one who offended us or violated us in order to be rid of these feelings.  We can mistakenly think that if we forgive the offender, we are saying that what they did to us was OK.  What forgiveness does is frees YOU, not the offender.  It is setting YOU free from those things which may have been eating away at you for many years.

In Proverbs 14:1 it tells us that a wise woman builds her house while a foolish woman will tear hers down.  There is one major difference between these two women.  Miss Foolish keeps her thoughts patterned after this world.  She will defend herself at all costs, always looking out for numero uno.  She will walk over others to get where she wants.  To protect those hidden places in her heart, she may resort to treating others with disdain.  While it may get her what her flesh desires, she doesn’t realize that it also leads her into further bondage, thus causing things to “eat away” at her.

The wise woman has trained herself to be godly.  (II Tim. 4:7)  She has made the choice not to follow after the ways of this world.  Instead, she is transformed by the renewing of her mind.  (Rom. 12:2)  She allows the Holy Spirit the freedom to renew her mind, and it has led her to a place of peace, contentment, and freedom.

So, what’s eating you?  The choice is yours:  Will you follow after Miss Foolish, or will you follow the path to wisdom?  Wisdom’s path may lead you to a freedom like you have never known before.

© 2003, Stacy R Miller

Finding the Will of God

Excellent message!  He shares a story of when God used an unsaved man to speak the will of God into his life.  Very cool!

What’s a Woman to Do?

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What’s a Woman to do?

You never read romantic poems or stories where it mentions anything about  cooking, doing the laundry, cleaning the toilet, or dusting the furniture.  We’ve all heard the term “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”  There is an element of truth there.  If we aren’t careful to fix decent meals, then we may find that we are left to ourselves many evenings.  Maybe he’ll decide to go visit Mama.  After all, Mama cooked for him!

If you walked into the home of a woman whose house is so cluttered that you couldn’t walk across the floor without stepping on something, what would be your first impression?  Would it be respect for the lady of the house?  Would you be thinking about how you couldn’t wait to come back for another visit?  I should think not!  You would probably think the same thing that I would:  “GET ME OUTTA HERE!”

Why should our husbands be any different?  Why should he want to walk in a room where there should be a sign posted, with the warning “Enter at Your Own Risk”?

Please don’t think that I’m picking on those ladies who have preschoolers in the home.  I remember how hard it was to keep up with a busy toddler who wanted into everything.  Even with youngsters, you can start training them to pick up the toys about thirty minutes before Daddy is due home.

Keeping the house clean and orderly is a wonderful way to tell your husband that you appreciate and respect him.  Many of us go to great lengths to clean the house when we are expecting company.  Doesn’t the man of the house deserve the same honor?  Should he not be held in high esteem?  After all, he should be seen as much more important than company.  To help keep the home looking as if we are expecting company, we can do a little every day, then on the bigger cleaning days, the task doesn’t seem so overwhelming.

I met a woman years ago who had piles of clutter everywhere.  I’m talking about piles that were several inches high, and it FILLED the house.  In listening to this woman talk, I found that she was involved in various activities and ministries.  Through her conversation, you could easily tell that she felt that she was quite spiritual with all of her endeavors.  The sad thing is that she was being disobedient in the most important ministry which God gave her – being busy at home!  The one place where she should have concentrated her energies the most is the one that got the least attention!

In Titus 2:3-5, it never mentions that the older women should teach the younger women to be involved in various ministries outside the home.  What it does mention is that they are to train the ladies to love their husbands and children, and to be busy at home.  Don’t misunderstand my point here.  There is nothing wrong with being involved in ministry outside the home.  We should look for opportunities to minister to others, but it must start at home.  Our home is the one place on earth for which we are responsible.  Neglecting it to serve in other capacities may earn us the respect of outsiders, but we may lose the respect and admiration of those within our own household.  We may forfeit ever being able to see our children rise up and call us “blessed.”  We may forfeit ever hearing our husband praise us.  (Prov. 31:28)  I don’t want to risk losing the respect of my loved ones.  How about you?
© 2003, Stacy R Miller

A Thief in the Parking Lot

He uses a situation from his days as a police officer and puts a spiritual perspective to it.  Very good message, and he shares a funny story too!

 

The Other Side of the Storm

This is a fabulous message!  He has such a way of looking at simple things in scripture and adding a spiritual perspective to it.

What Masters You?

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What “Masters” You?

In I Cor. 6:12, Paul says that while everything is permissible for me, not everything is beneficial.  He goes on to say that while everything is permissible, he isn’t going to be mastered by anything.  When I read in II Pet. 2:19 that I am a slave to that which masters me, I feel the Holy Spirit stepping on my toes.  My question to you is, “What masters you?”

We aren’t to allow things to master us, but we are to master them!  It’s an issue of using self-control and setting boundaries for things.  Self-control refers to restraining our passions and appetites.  We live in a world that often does the opposite, giving into excess or being self-indulgent.

How many of us fall into the trap of eating when we are depressed, sad, stressed, mad, or bored.  Even when we are in a mood for celebrating, we find ourselves eating!  How often do we have an overwhelming craving for chocolate?  How many times do we hide the last piece of cake so that we can eat it when no one else is looking?  This would fall into the category of being self-indulgent.  Do we feel compelled to have caffeine first thing in the morning?  Do we keep running to the coffee pot for refills throughout the morning?  Are we lacking self-control?

Do we avidly search the library, looking for a new romance novel, needing it like a drug addict needs a fix?  Are we news junkies, always needing the TV turned on to a news channel?  Do we find ourselves adjusting our schedule so that we can watch Oprah or Dr. Phil?  Do we adjust our schedules so that we can read the Word or talk to Father?  Are we being self-indulgent in some areas, while lacking the self-control to spend time doing what really is important and of eternal value?

What about bargain hunting?  It’s never a bad thing to get a good value for your money, but when you don’t need the items that you got for a bargain, are you really getting a bargain or a bondage?  It’s not only wasting your time, your money, and your energy, but now it’s adding clutter to your life.

Prov. 25:28 tells us that a (wo)man who lacks self-control is like a city with broken down walls.  In the O.T. times, the walls were the security around the city.  They were a strong fortress, protecting the people from their enemies.  Self-control is our fortress.  If we walk in self-control, it will keep us safe from bondages and snares of the enemy.

In Ez. 26:7-14, it gives some descriptive words about the walls being broken down.  The results were a city that was ravaged, sieged, trampled upon, and their wealth and goods were plundered.  When we allow a passion for reading romance novels to master us, our homes can look ravaged because we have failed to be taking care of them.  When we don’t know when to stop shopping and stay home, our wealth is plundered.  When we don’t master our eating habits, all of that excess sugar in our bodies can leave us feeling as if we have been trampled upon.

In Ps. 119:37, it says to turn my eyes from worthless things.  We may need to pray this every day, just so that we stay focused on what is truly important.  It may help keep us from being mastered by things.

In. Ps. 16:6, it says that the boundaries have fallen for me in pleasant places.  We often need to set boundaries for ourselves.  The boundary may be to simply write down a list of what items we need, and pray for God to help us stay focused on getting only those items while we are shopping.  We may need to go out of our way to stay away from the mall.  It may be as simple as making a covenant to not look at the ads in the Sunday paper.  Those are a lure to the mall.  I know in my own life, I can be totally content with what I have, but if I pick up the flyers that are in the Sunday paper, I suddenly find about five things that I feel I must have.  I have learned to quit looking at them.

If you are struggling with being mastered in any areas, I want to encourage you with these words:  In Phil. 4:19 we see that God is able to meet ALL of our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.  If you have been mastered by something, then He promises in His Word that He is able to meet that need.  Jesus came to set the captives free. (Lk. 4:18)

© 2003, Stacy R. Miller

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