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 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

Psalm 75

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I love it when snippets of scripture pop out and I get new insight!  Read this Psalm, which is clearly speaking of the tribulation to come.  Focus on the last verse.  I love it!
 

Psalm 75

For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph. A song to be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”

We thank you, O God!
    We give thanks because you are near.
    People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.
God says, “At the time I have planned,
    I will bring justice against the wicked.
When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil,
    I am the one who keeps its foundations firm. Interlude
“I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’
    I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists!
Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens
    or speak with such arrogance.’”
For no one on earth—from east or west,
    or even from the wilderness—
    should raise a defiant fist.[a]
It is God alone who judges;
    he decides who will rise and who will fall.
For the Lord holds a cup in his hand
    that is full of foaming wine mixed with spices.
He pours out the wine in judgment,
    and all the wicked must drink it,
    draining it to the dregs.
But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done;
    I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10 For God says, “I will break the strength of the wicked,
    but I will increase the power of the godly.”
 

As I pondered on the last verse, I thought about how we often think of power as having to do with physical strength, but I realized the power given to each one of us may go beyond that.  It may be the spiritual fortitude to stand firm and be willing to die for your faith, even if you know that ISIS is going to take your children and put them in sex slave trade.  Or it could be the power to love in spite of torture from your persecutors.  It might even be power to hold on to our faith and hope, in the midst of the worst of circumstances, refusing to waver from what we know is true in the Word of God.

**For those who don’t know, I no longer believe in a pre-tribulation rapture.  I believe that is a lie that has been fed to the church for many years.  It’s a lie that is going to cause a lot of people to lose their faith in the days ahead.  If you’d like to read more on what changed my mind, please click here.   There is also a very enlightening, and easy-to-understand video teaching on this topic:

What Did I Tell You to Do?

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What Did I Tell You to Do?

Recently, I’ve had to implement a new method to giving instructions to Rachel.  After telling her to do something, I would discover that it wasn’t done.  I’d find myself saying, “What did I tell you to do?”  She’d claim that she didn’t hear me, and I’d end up repeating the same thing three or four times, wearing myself out in the process.  In my frustration, I’d often resort to yelling things like, “Why are your shoes still by the back door when I’ve told you three times to put them away?”  Or, “Why aren’t your teeth brushed?  I told you to do it twenty minutes ago!”  I think you get the picture.

A wise lady suggested that when I tell Rachel to do something, have her repeat the instructions back to me.  If she fails to do what I told her to do, she can’t use her normal excuse of not hearing me.  I am amazed at how well this method has worked for us!

I have a feeling that sometimes God wants to yell at us, “What did I tell you to do?”  Not that God needs to hear us repeat the instructions He’s given us, but WE need to speak them verbally so that they stick in our mind.

When I have trouble in submitting to my husband, I can say, “Jesus didn’t hurl insults when He was insulted, nor did He retaliate.  He didn’t make threats, but He entrusted Himself to God, who judges justly.  In the same way, I am to be submissive to my husband.  I am to be like the holy women of old, who put their hope in God.” (I Peter 2:23, II Peter 3:1, 5)  Keep in mind that I’m not saying that you should submit to a husband who abuses you or your children, or that you should submit if your husband asks you to do something that is clearly sinful.

When I am having a hard time forgiving someone, I can remind myself, “Stacy, you are to forgive others as Christ forgave you for all of your sins.  If you don’t, Jesus won’t forgive you for the sins you’ve committed.” (Matthew 6:14; Colossians 3:13)

When I have trouble trusting God, I can remind myself, “If I trust God with all of my heart, instead of relying on my own understanding, and if I acknowledge Him in all my ways, then He promises to make my way straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

If I want favor with God and man, I can tell myself daily, “If I will not let love and faithfulness leave me, but bind them upon my mind and write them on my heart, I will win favor and a good name with God and man.” (Proverbs 3:3-4)

When I struggle with being content, I can say, “Godliness with contentment is great gain, and I am in the process of training myself to be godly.” (I Timothy 4:7; 6:6)

When I struggle with overeating or eating the wrong things, as I reach for some food, I can ask myself, “Does eating this food bring glory to God?” (I Corinthians 10:31) I can remind myself that my body is a temple of the Lord, and I am to honor God with that temple.

When I struggle with the temptation to gossip, I can ask myself if I want someone to gossip about me.  After all, you do reap what you sow.  I can tell myself that if I have a loose tongue, I have a heart that is of little value. (Proverbs 19:20) If I gossip, I’m like a foolish woman, who will die for her lack of judgment. (Proverbs 19:21) If I gossip, I’m like a pig with a gold ring in its snout because I show a lack of discretion with my tongue. (Proverbs 11:22)

If I struggle with a secret sin, I can say, “Stacy, as long as you hide this sin, you won’t prosper, but if you’re willing to give it up, you’ll find mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13) I can remind myself that if I cherish sin in my heart, that God won’t hear my prayers. (Psalm 66:18) I have heard people say that their sin doesn’t affect others, but I believe that it does.  When I am cherishing sin in my heart, and someone asks me to pray for them, my prayers are ineffective because a holy God can’t listen to the prayers of someone who is cherishing sin.  Cherishing sin is the ultimate in selfishness.  By cherishing a sin, we are saying that our cherished sin is more important than interceding for someone.

Are you in a place where you need to repeat Father’s instructions?
© 2005, Stacy R. Miller

What’s Between Ask and Receive

This is a wonderful message!  If you’ve been praying for something for a long time and are feeling discouraged because you haven’t received an answer, you need to hear this message!

 

Bad Math – Tim Dilena

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