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28 Feb 2017 1 Comment
The Restraining Order
We are admonished in James to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath. When tempers are flared and emotions are flying high, it’s nearly impossible to follow this command. Sometimes we need a spiritual restraining order put on our mouths.
When dealing with different issues where a conversation needs to take place, it’s important to remember that the first thing we should do is pray. There are several things we can pray before approaching the other person, be it our husband or someone else.
1. Pray for God to adjust your attitude so that you aren’t bitter and full of angry, hurtful words when you do speak.
2. Pray for the Lord to season your words with His grace and to tenderize your tongue before you speak.
3. Pray for the Lord to direct you in the timing of bringing up the issue.
4. Pray that both parties will not be sidetracked by bringing up past hurts.
5. Pray for both parties to be receptive to hear out the other person.
6. Pray for a quick and speedy resolve that is agreeable to both parties.
7. Pray for there not to be any resentment or bitter feelings once the conversation has taken place.
It is important to remember that while we may speak our mind, we must be careful to mind our manners in the process!
There are many reasons why it’s good for the Lord to put a restraining order on our mouths.
1. When we speak too much, sin is often close behind.
2. A harsh word can stir up anger. (Prov. 15:1)
3. We can be like the fool who gushes folly. (Prov. 15:2)
4. Sometimes our tongue can speak deceitful things. (Prov. 15:4)
5. In our anger and hurt, we can speak death to a relationship. (Prov. 18:21)
When the restraining order is in place, there can be positive results:
1. We will be wise and learn to hold our tongues. (Prov. 10:19)
2. Our soft answer will turn away wrath. (Prov. 15:1)
3. Our tongue will be filled with the fruit of knowledge.
4. Our tongue can be a healing tree of life. (Prov. 15:4)
5. We will learn to speak words of life to those around us. (Prov. 18:21)
6. We will speak pleasant words that promote instruction, and are sweet to the soul. (Prov. 16:21,23-24)
So is getting a restraining order on your to-do list for the day?
© 2004, Stacy R Miller
27 Feb 2017 Leave a comment
This video is VERY interesting! And even more so when you keep these scriptures in mind:
Genesis 1:14: And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.
Luke 21:25: And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.
20 Feb 2017 Leave a comment
The Promises of God
It seems that so many people are facing countless trials. I have friends and family members who are going through perilous times, and even some of you on this mailing list have contacted me regarding some of the situations you are currently facing. I am facing one of my own right now, so I decided to do a study on the promises of God.
I can’t stress enough how important it is that we take the time to get to know our God in an intimate way. It is imperative that we take the time to read His word and meditate on it. We all will faces trials at some point in our lives, and if we haven’t taken the time to plant His precious word deep inside of us, the storms of life are going to cause us to crash. We will find ourselves living by our emotions, rather than by God’s promises.
When your emotions tell you that you are all alone, God’s promise is that He will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you. (Heb. 13:5)
When you feel that God has left you, His promise is that even when we don’t feel like we can find Him, He still knows the way that we take. He still sees us. (Job 23:9-10)
When your weariness tells you that you just can’t make it through another day, Father promises that you can do all things through Christ. (Phil. 4:13)
When you are persecuted, your pride may want to step in and say a thing or two, but God tells us to be still and know that He is God. (Ps. 46:10) His promise is that we are blessed when we are persecuted, and that we have a GREAT reward in heaven. (Mt. 5:11-12)
When weapons are forged against you through false accusations, pride may want to step in and fight for you, but God promises that our vindication is from Him. (Is. 54:17) He promises that the battle belongs to Him, and not to us. (II Chron. 20:15)
When money is scarce, and fear tells us that we are going under, God’s promise is that the righteous are never forsaken, nor are their seed ever begging for bread. (Ps. 37:25) He promises to meet ALL of our needs. (Phil. 4:19)
When your fickle emotions tell you that there is no clear way, Jesus declares to you that HE is the WAY, the truth, and the life. (Jn. 14:6)
When your world crashes all around you, emotions can cause fear to be rampant in your heart, but God’s promise is that Jesus is your cornerstone (I Pet. 2:6), and that His foundation is a firm and sure foundation. (Is. 28:16) NOTHING can shake that foundation!
When emotions tells you that you will never feel peace again, God’s promise is that He is Emmanuel, and He is with you. (Is. 7:14) He promises that He is your Prince of peace. (Is. 9:6)
When your feelings tell you that you are still filthy on the inside, God tells you that He is your Redeemer. (Is. 59:20) If you know Christ as your Savior, then ALL things have become new. (II Cor. 5:17)
When your heart tells you that no one loves you, God tells you that He has loved you with an everlasting love. (Jer. 31:3) He takes great delight in you and rejoices over you with singing. (Zeph. 3:17)
When emotions tell you that you are left out in the cold, God says to come and find refuge in the shadow of His wings. (Ps. 36:7) He says to let Him be your dwelling place, then no harm will come near you. (Ps. 91:9-10)
When going through physical ailments, or waiting on test results from the doctor, emotions can snare you with a paralyzing fear. God’s promise is that He is the Great I AM (Jn. 8:58), and that there is NOTHING too difficult for Him. (Lk. 1:37) His word is that He is the God who heals all of our diseases. (Ps. 103:3)
Recently, I have been having borderline-migraine headaches. Just a few days ago, I discovered a knot on the back of my head. If I didn’t know my Father intimately, I would have gone into an instant panic. Instead, I have been thanking Him for His wonderful promises. I have meditated on past times when I know that my Father has healed my body. Knowing Him intimately as my Healer has given me a great peace and confidence.
When we know Him intimately, even in the midst of trials, we can declare the words of Job. “I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end, He will stand upon the earth.” Job 19:25 (NIV)
© 2003, Stacy R Miller
05 Feb 2017 Leave a comment
The Other Side
I love to see the weaknesses in the disciples. It comforts me to see that even though these men walked and talked with the Son of God, they still struggled at times in their faith. They actually saw the miracles of Christ with their own eyes, yet they still grappled with doubts and fears.
In Matthew 14:22, Jesus made the disciples get in a boat and go ahead of Him to the other side. Later, when the boat was buffeted by the wind and waves, they began to get worried. They became even more fearful when they saw what they perceived to be a ghost walking on the water toward them.
In verse 22, there is the implication that when Jesus told them to get in the boat, He would meet them on the other side. Now, this was the Son of God who was speaking. When He said that He would meet them on the other side, they could have complete confidence that it would happen just as Jesus said. Yet, we see them battling a bad case of fear. I have often wondered if the disciples forgot that God said His word would never return void, but would accomplish what He desires. (Isaiah 55:11) Had they remembered that word, I doubt that they would have assaulted with such anxiety that night.
Not only did Jesus meet them on the other side, He went a step further. He came to them while they were being tossed about by the gusting winds.
What storm are you facing? Rest assured that Jesus will not only meet you on the other side of your storm, but He will come and walk with you through the storm.
© 2006, Stacy R. Miller
04 Feb 2017 Leave a comment
This is a very fascinating message! I learned so much in this that I had to take notes, then write a bunch of notes in my bible. He speaks of unclean birds and how they relate to much of the deception in today’s churches. He speaks of the whore of Babylon and how she gets into the church. The message is scripture-filled, and he uses a lot of the cultural background of that day to help us understand what the scriptures are saying. Absolutely fascinating and so much to learn!