Saturday, February 27, 2021

Purity 353: Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

Purity 353 02/27/2021 Purity 353 Podcast

Good morning.

Today’s photo of the wonderful full moon that we have experienced locally this week comes from a friend in Hudson, New York. They also happened to catch one of God’s winged creatures finding their way by the light of this February moon.  

This photo just reminds me of how the Lord has provided life and balance for us all. The moon not only provides the reflected light of the sun to see by at night, but it also provides the necessary balance for the earth, establishing our position gravitationally, marking the passage of time as it revolves around us, and affecting the tides.  The moon and earth are in a relationship of balance that results in providing us with the environment that makes it possible to live.    

Our feathered friend reminds me of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:26 where He points out that birds neither sow nor reap but our Heavenly Father feeds them and He indicates that we, who are made in God’s image, are valuable too.  

If we drift too far away from God, we lose the peace of His presence, doubt our value, and lose our balance.

We were never meant to live this life alone. So take time this weekend to find the balance that the Lord provides by recognizing His provision and presence in our lives and by understanding that you are valuable in His eyes.  

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This morning’s meditation verse is:

1 Timothy 4:4 (NKJV)
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving;

Today’s Bible verse indicates that there were significant changes for the people of God when Christ came to earth.   The verses preceding this verse warn us that people will attempt to deceive us through false teachings and one of the things they will attempt to command us to do is to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving.    

This verse tells us that all of God’s creatures are good and are to not to be refused when received with thanksgiving, pointing to the freedom that comes from the redemptive covenant that we have made with God when we place our faith in Jesus Christ.  Faith in Christ changes everything.

The Old Testament dietary restrictions have been lifted as God welcomed the gentile nations into His grace and didn’t demand that they follow the traditions found in the Mosaic laws. Acts 15 shows us that the Holy Spirit revealed that the gentile believers where not required to be Jews to be accepted by God and were not to try to earn their acceptance by following rules when their salvation came through faith in Christ alone.  

These “changes” emphasize that God always saved His people by the faith that they put in Him and that the Old Testament law was intended to draw people into a relationship with God and to show that we would be unable to follow it perfectly, demanding that we would throw ourselves upon His mercy and grace rather than try to earn our way into His kingdom.   

So rejoice! God loves us! He only asked that we place our faith in Him through the person of Jesus Christ to be approved.  Our walk with God is not about perfection. Our walk is about being in His presence, loving Him, and drawing closer to Him by following where He leads us.  

So eat what you like, but when you do be sure to do it with thanksgiving, knowing that God has provided it and He is good!

I invite all to where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 


Today we will share from Dr. June Hunt’s Biblical Counseling Keys on “Anger: Facing the Fire Within”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Hunt’s books for your own private study and to support her work:


Fear Ignites Anger

Imagine leading thousands of people through the desert with all of them looking to you to meet both their physical and spiritual needs. While setting up camp at the base of a mountain, God calls you to climb the mountain and meet with Him because He plans to give you the Ten Commandments and other beneficial laws.

As you meet with God, unbeknownst to you, the very people God has instructed you to lead have turned their hearts away from Him. They melt their precious gold, mold a golden calf, and merrily worship it! Now, God interrupts your meeting to inform you that your people have turned against Him. Flushed with anger and fear, you rush down the mountain to confront them.

Exodus 32:19 states... "When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain."

Moses reacted in anger because he was full of fear. He was afraid God's righteous anger against his disobedient people would result in their destruction. (That very day 3,000 disobedient Israelites died, and the people were struck with a plague.) He knew they needed to...

"Worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our 'God is a consuming fire.'" (Hebrews 12:28-29)

A. What Are the 4 Sources of Anger?

Throughout the natural world, unexpected fires can be started and fueled by at least four sources: seeping oil, seeping gas, molten lava, or coal bed methane (a flammable gas that can cause mining explosions). In a similar way, anger is typically started and fueled by at least 1 of 4 sources: hurt, injustice, fear, or frustration. Therefore, anger is a secondary response to 1 or more of these 4 roots.

Probing into buried feelings from your past can be painful. Therefore, it can seem easier to stay angry than to uncover the cause, turn loose of your "rights," and grow in maturity. When you are seeking to uproot problematic anger, you must have perseverance because...

"Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (James 1:4)

#1 Hurt: Your heart is wounded.

Everyone has a God-given inner need for unconditional love. When you experience rejection or emotional pain of any kind, anger can become a protective wall keeping people, pain, and hurt away.

Biblical Example... The Sons of Jacob

Joseph was the undisputed favorite among Jacob's sons. Feeling hurt and rejected by their father, the ten older sons became angry and vindictive toward their younger brother....

"Israel [Jacob] loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him" (Genesis 37:3-4).

#2 Injustice: Your right is violated.

Everyone has a knowledge of right and wrong, fair and unfair, just and unjust. When you perceive an injustice has occurred to you or to others (especially to those you love), you may feel angry. If you hold on to the offense, the unresolved anger can begin to take root in your heart.

Biblical Example... King Saul

King Saul's unjust treatment of David evoked Jonathan's anger. Jonathan, son of Saul, heard his own father pronounce a death sentence on his dear friend David....

"'Why should he be put to death? What has he done?' Jonathan asked his father. But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him [Jonathan]. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David. Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger" (1 Samuel 20:32-34).

#3 Fear: Your future is threatened.

Everyone is created with a God-given inner need for security. When you begin to worry, feel threatened, or get angry because of a change in circumstances, you may be responding to fear. A fearful heart reveals a lack of trust in God's perfect plan for your life.

Biblical Example... King Saul

Saul became angry because of David's many successes on the battlefield. (Read 1 Samuel 18:5-15, 28-29.) He was threatened by David's popularity and feared he would lose his kingdom....

"Saul was very angry.... 'They have credited David with tens of thousands,' he thought, 'but me with only thousands.'.... Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with David but had left Saul" (1 Samuel 18:8, 12).

#4 Frustration: Your performance is not accepted.

Everyone has a God-given inner need for significance. When your efforts are thwarted or do not meet your own personal expectations, your sense of significance can be threatened. Frustration over unmet expectations of yourself or of others is a major source of anger.

Biblical Example... Cain

Both Cain and Abel brought offerings to God, but Cain's offering was clearly unacceptable. Cain had chosen to offer what he himself wanted to give rather than what God said was right and acceptable. When Cain's self-effort was rejected, his frustration led to anger, and his anger led to the murder of his own brother....

"In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.... Now Cain said to his brother Abel, 'Let's go out to the field.' And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him" (Genesis 4:3-5, 8).

Anger and Inappropriate Anger

Question: "What does God want me to do about my inappropriate anger?"

Answer: God wants you to examine the true source of your anger. Is it hurt, injustice, fear, frustration, or a combination of these? Then evaluate whether you are using anger to try to get your inner need for love, for significance, or for security met.

  • Have you been hurt by rejection or someone's unkind words? If so, ask...
    • Am I using anger to try to intimidate or coerce someone to remain in a relationship with me?
  • Have you been a victim of an unjust situation where you felt powerless? If so, ask...
    • Am I using angry, accusatory words to cause someone to feel guilty and obligated to me?
  • Have you been afraid because of a situation you can't control? If so, ask...
    • Am I using anger to overpower and control someone in order to get my way?
  • Have you been frustrated because of something you can't do? If so, ask...
    • Am I using angry threats and shaming words to manipulate someone to meet my demands?
    • In searching your heart, decide that you will not use anger to try to get your needs met. Instead, repent and no longer look to others to meet your needs. Enter into a deeper dependence on the Lord to meet these God-given needs, because...

"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." (Isaiah 58:11)

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Purity 352: Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

Purity 352 02/26/2021 Purity 352 Podcast

Good morning.

Today’s photo come from a friend in Jacksonville Florida, who encouraged his friends to “Make it a great day.”   It is a simple sentiment, but it points to a great spiritual truth: we have the power to control our thoughts and thus affect our perception of our circumstances and consequently influence our emotions.      

So I share the sentiment: Make it a great day and a wonderful weekend! 

One way we can make it a great life is by continually reminding ourselves of the blessings we have been given and to bring God into our daily experience by thanking Him and standing in awe and wonder of all that He has done. 

This morning I discovered that I had to reproduce my two previous lessons for my discipleship class podcast because the messages were basically lost.   I could have been filled with anger and frustration over having to do this but instead chose to joyfully teach the material again and was greatly encouraged by the content of the messages.  

God has given us the power of free will and we can use that to shape our lives and to draw ourselves closer to Him to experience His peace.  So Choose the pathway of peace that is paved by a living and abundant relationship with God.  

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Romans 6:14 (NLT2)
14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace

Today’s Bible verse shows me that I am definitely “tracking with the Holy Spirit” as I taught extensively about the change in our spiritual condition when we come to Christ both last night at class and again on the podcast this morning, to replace that which was lost.  

Tracking with the Holy Spirit are indications in our lives that a certain truth is being highlighted or reinforced.  An example of this is when we read a Bible verse in the morning and we hear or see the same verse later in our day. You could say that is coincidence, but I believe that God is sovereign and that these little coincidences are His encouragements as we walk in the Spirit. 

God is sovereign over all so if we encounter something in our experience that encourages us in the things of faith, we should believe that it has been placed there and meant for us personally.  We all get our own personal relationship with God and we should take anything that we encounter that encourages us to be from Him. He is the creator of all things after all and the master of time and space and so the happenstances of things coming together in a moment was set in motion by Him and if you are there, He made sure you saw it.  

So this verse encourages me because I just taught  about our freedom from sin, but it is also for those who didn’t make it to class or hear the reproduced lesson. 

This verse teaches us that we, as Christians, have the power to say no to sin. We live in the freedom of God’s grace. That not only means we are forgiven for all our sins, but it also means that through faith in Him our walking away from sin becomes a natural reaction to our acceptance of His grace and new life in Christ.

When we identify ourselves as set free in Christ, sin loses its luster because it contradicts who we are as a new creation. 

“I can’t do that anymore. It’s no longer who I am as a person.”  

So accept the power you have been given in Christ, know that sin is no longer your master, and walk in the freedom and newness of life that He has given you.   

I invite all to where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 


Today we will share from Dr. June Hunt’s Biblical Counseling Keys on “Anger: Facing the Fire Within”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Hunt’s books for your own private study and to support her work:

D. Do You Act or React When You Are Angry?

Scientists are continually developing technology to help them "act" in preparation for a volcanic eruption, rather than simply "react" to its deadly blast and lava... after the fact.

In recent years monitoring devices known as "spiders" (because of their spindly legs) have been used to crawl around the interior of craters and measure seismic activity. The creator of the device, Rick LaHusen, a hydrologist at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Canada, observed: "They can analyze their data in real time and decide what's important and what's not important and prioritize it."

People who choose to act rather than react to anger share some similarities with the analytical "spiders"—reason rules the day, and predetermined preparedness can help avert great tragedy.

When you are angry, does reason rule the day or do tense emotions take over? Do you allow the mind of Christ within you to make choices that lead to appropriate actions... or do you have knee-jerk reactions that lead to inappropriate reactions! If you have never evaluated what happens when you feel angry, or if you don't know how others perceive you when you are angry, seek God's wisdom and understanding....

"If you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding." (Proverbs 2:3-6)

Appropriate actions express your thoughts and feelings with restraint, understanding, and concern for the other person's welfare....

"A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered." (Proverbs 17:27)

Inappropriate reactions express your thoughts and feelings in such a way that stirs up anger in others and produces strife. The biblical Book of Wisdom paints this graphic picture....

"As churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife." (Proverbs 30:33)

To help assess whether you act in or react to anger, take time to answer the following questions and place a check mark () beside those that are true of you:

Appropriate Actions

Inappropriate Reactions

Do you use tactful, compassionate words?

Do you use tactless, condemning words?

Do you see the other person's point of view?

Do you see only your point of view?

Do you want to help the one who angers you?

Do you want to punish the one who angers you?

Do you focus on your own faults?

Do you focus only on the faults of others?

Do you have realistic expectations?

Do you have unrealistic expectations?

Do you have a flexible and cooperative attitude?

Do you have a rigid and uncooperative attitude?

Do you forgive personal injustices?

Do you have difficulty forgiving injustices?

Do you act in a gracious way, trusting God with the outcome?

Do you manipulate or intimidate to control the outcome?

Do you trust God to exercise justice according to His timing?

Do you insist on justice according to your timing?

Even though a situation may evoke anger, those who allow the Lord to be their strength will respond appropriately....

"As God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." (Colossians 3:12)

Anger and Logical Thinking

Question: "Can anger have a long-term impact on the ability of a person to think logically?"

Answer: Yes, the adrenal glands get a real workout with anger. The presence of cortisol (a stress reducer) indicates high stress in the body. When cortisol levels are high for extended periods of time, systems in the body begin to break down.

  • High levels of cortisol (often a result of anger and stress) are directly linked to damage of the hippocampus, a part of the brain vital for learning, recall, and logic.
  • High blood pressure levels experienced for a prolonged period of time are also linked to a loss of brain tissue. How appropriate that today science substantiates truths found in Scripture....

"He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin." (Proverbs 13:3)

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Purity 351: Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

Purity 351 02/25/2021 Purity 351 Podcast

Good morning.

Today’s photo of the Beachport Jetty in Beachport South Australia comes from Dave Baun Photography as they recently took a road trip.  I just love the blue skies and water here that just invites you to get outside and take a path less travelled.

With temperatures in the mid and high 40’s here locally in upstate New York yesterday, people were taking to the streets and highways in shorts to take a February Run that didn’t require a hat and gloves.  I am ecstatic over the prospect of more snow melting and February drawing to an end.  I want to see February vanish so bad that I cashed in my last carry over vacation day for tomorrow so I can watch it slip away at my leisure with a 3-day weekend.   

I encourage all my local friends to enjoy the “heat wave”, and for all my friends to get out there and capture a moment in God’s creation that will remind you that God is good and that will start the mental transition towards spring.  

Of course, going outside is not the only way to forge a path to hope, as I invite all my friends to join my Victory over the Darkness Discipleship class at Rock Solid Church tonight or via the mt4christ247 podcast.   Dr Neil Anderson’s book on finding our freedom through our identity in Christ can be a game changer for anyone who is seeking to grow in their faith.  Our class is only entering its fourth week and I have already heard amazing testimonies from students, both from the live class and via the podcast.  So I hope you join us.

Remember: Life is meant to be lived but we discover purpose, meaning, hope, peace, and joy when we live it in God’s presence.   Keep walking and talking with God.


This morning’s meditation verse is:

Romans 13:8 (NLT2)
8 Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.

We should all know that Christ’s second commandment was to love our neighbors as ourselves and this verse reminds us that we are obligated to do so.  

However, I would like to highlight the first part of today’s verse which gives us some sound advice: owe nothing to anyone.

I don’t like to focus too much on the material things of this world but if we want to enjoy our freedom in Christ fully, we must be wise and recognize all the forms of bondage that may keep us from experiencing the peace the God provides.   One of those bondages is financial debt.  

Believe me when I tell you, I know all about this one.  When you live for the moment with no consideration of consequences, you just buy what you want when you want it.  For some people, shopping is “therapy”.  When I didn’t have faith in Christ, I didn’t think there was any point to life other than to enjoy it.  I was caught in the cycle of pleasing my pleasure principle that said, “whatever makes you happy, do it”!  Well, not only did I indulge in drugs, alcohol, sex, and food, I also just liked buy stuff or bankroll trips and experiences that I wanted to do.  Not only did I try to buy my own happiness, I also tried to buy happiness for my family too!  It didn’t work.


Needless to say, I didn’t exactly keep a budget and for a couple of decades I was in continual cycles of running up debts and paying them off.  To be completely honest, although I have made big strides in being more responsible financially, I still find myself experiencing times when I will get in a funk and go out and buy food or other things to comfort myself. When I do that, its like a mindless searching to fill a need that is more reminiscent of my old ways than the balance I have found in my new life in Christ.  Hey, we are all a work in process, right?

So, I am here to encourage you to keep walking into your faith with Christ because He will wake you up to all the areas of your life that need correction.   

In terms of finances, try to be mindful of what you are spending your money on and determine what you can do without.  If your situation is bad enough, consider getting a second job or using savings to get out of debt.  We can only do the best we can and in terms of debt we can only do two things: increase our income or decrease our spending. 

So instead of investing your time and money into things that will pass away and ultimately not satisfy, invest your time and money into growing closer to God.   When you do, you will find the wealth of His love that you will be eager to share with others.    

Also remember that this is a faith walk. This is not about perfection. This is a bout progress.  If your anything like me, there may be a mountain of problems to deal with in your life, but I assure you that if you keep walking into your freedom in Christ, you will eventually be able to cast that mountain into the sea.  

I invite all to where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 


Today we will share from Dr. June Hunt’s Biblical Counseling Keys on “Anger: Facing the Fire Within”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Hunt’s books for your own private study and to support her work:

 C. Do You Have Hidden Anger?

Most volcanic craters are about as deep as a football field is wide—100 yards. They are dark, mysterious places with deposits tracing eruptions from hundreds, even thousands, of years before. One of the most well-known volcanoes in recent history has been Mount St. Helens in Washington State. The rumbling and raging mountain sent a pyrotechnic blast of ash and molten rock over more than 230 square miles and, in May of 1980, killed 57 people.

Other eruptions of Mount St. Helens have since occurred, but not with such catastrophic results. Actually, they have served to clue scientists in to an interesting fact: The magma driving the most recent volcanic activity was likely left over from the 1980s eruption.

In similar ways, the hidden anger from childhood hurts can directly affect present-day outbursts. Many people live life unaware that they have hidden anger—suppressed anger that only occasionally surfaces. While this hidden anger is usually rooted in past childhood hurts, the underlying effects are always ready to surface and can sizzle up an already simmering scenario. For example, when someone says or does something "wrong," the one with suppressed anger often overreacts. When someone makes an innocent mistake, the magnitude of anger is out of proportion to the mistake.

If you have hidden anger, you can find yourself at one extreme or another—from feeling hopeless to feeling hostile—and yet be totally unaware of why you are experiencing these feelings. The Bible makes it clear that some of our motives and emotions are hidden from our own view....

"Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults." (Psalm 19:12)

Clues to Find Hidden Anger Checklist

Place a check mark () beside the questions that are true of you:

  • ___ Do you become irritable over trifles?
  • ___ Do you smile on the outside while you hurt or rage on the inside?
  • ___ Do you find your identity and worth in excessive work?
  • ___ Do you deny ever being impatient?
  • ___ Do you have to have the last word?
  • ___ Do those close to you say that you blame others?
  • ___ Do you feel emotionally flat?
  • ___ Do you find yourself quickly fatigued?
  • ___ Do you have a loss of interest in life?
  • ___ Do you become easily frustrated?

If you find you have hidden anger, follow this clear directive from the Word of God....

"You must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips." (Colossians 3:8)

Anger and Irrational Thinking

Question: "Why do some angry people become irrational in their thinking?"

Answer: When people are angry, their problem-solving ability plummets because...

  • Inside the body, epinephrine (adrenaline) is released by the adrenal glands, immediately preparing the body for "fight or flight." However, if "fight or flight" does not occur, the highly energized body has difficulty calming down. (This is why angry people experience racing heart, shaking hands, and fast breathing.)
  • The angry person's hormones then travel from the brain to the adrenal glands, signaling the need for tension reduction by the release of cortisol. However, cortisol raises blood pressure above the norm, which makes rational thinking more difficult. King Saul provides an example of irrational thinking in his anger toward his son Jonathan...."Saul's anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, 'You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don't I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you? As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send and bring him to me, for he must die!'" (1 Samuel 20:30-31).

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Purity 350: Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

Purity 350 02/24/2021 Purity 350 Podcast

Good morning.

Today’s photo of this early morning sunrise is brought to us from a friend in Catskill, New York who was up early and captured the earliest signs of darkness being chased away by the dawning of a new day.      

When we first place our faith in Christ, we are made spiritually alive and He invites us to allow His magnificent light to chase away the darkness of our pain and suffering that resulted from trying to live independently of God. 

God knows what we have been through and He cares about us. He wants to help us, but He is kind and gentle and won’t go where He is not invited.  So we can say yes to Him and experience the joy of our salvation, but we have to keep saying yes to Him in order to be healed of our scars and in order to become all that He intended us to be.  

Like this sunrise, our revelation of God has broken through the darkness of our ignorance and hopelessness.  The most natural thing to do now is to allow the Son to shine His light into all the areas of our lives to experience the fullness of His love, mercy, and grace.  

Trust the Lord and be brave enough to step out of the shadows of your former life and allow the dawning of a new day to transform a life of struggle, fear, and loneliness into one of acceptance, security, and significance.      

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This morning’s meditation verse is:

1 John 3:8 (NKJV)
8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

Our greatest sin is trying to live independently from God.  Doing life our way instead of His way is a denial of God where we dismiss His wisdom, authority, or existence itself. 

I know one of the pitfalls of our faith that I suffered from was taking the forgiveness of God for granted when I first got saved.   I was very happy that God forgave me of my sins when I placed my faith in Jesus because, quite frankly, there was a lot to forgive. 

A big part of my acceptance of that gospel message that saved me was that I finally understood that God’s forgiveness of my sins extended beyond what I had done in the past and would even cover the sins I hadn’t committed yet.  It was a relief because I had considered myself to be incapable of changing and I was going to really need God’s grace to cover me because I figured that there was no way I would stop being the mess that I was.   

And that’s the way the early days of my faith was.  I really had faith because I had to stand on the truth that God had forgiven me because, other than my desire to read the word of God and to go to church, my fleshly behavior didn’t change that much.  

Not only that but I was so ignorant of the ways of God, I didn’t think I needed to change, and I certainly didn’t want to.   But as I continued to stand on the truth of God’s grace and forgiveness, I became determined to follow Him the best I could, in spite of my failings.

Over time I became more convicted of my sins and my desire to change grew.  But I still plodded along in my sins, trying to decrease them only to come to a point of critical mass where I had some major failings that would make one question whether I was a Christian at all.  

It turns out my faith was genuine because the major failings made me repent and turn my back on the darkness of my old ways and to continually lay down one habit after another at Christ’s feet. All the sins of my past that I surrendered He took away.   

As the verse says: that was the reason for the Son of God to be manifested: to destroy the works of the devil, our sin.    

So I don’t know how you are walking in your faith life, but the Lord calls each one of us to repent of our sins. He has set us free from our sins, but we have to demonstrate our freedom by trusting Him and walking away from them.  Like I said, if you surrender it to Him, He will take it away.    

God didn’t just give us His forgiveness and eternal security; He gave us a new spiritual life.  When we live like the devil, we prevent ourselves from experiencing it and from walking into all the things that God intends for us to have.   

So keep walking and talking with God, He will lead out of the darkness, but it will be according to your trust in Him.  You can be free little by little or all at once.  Nothing is impossible for God.  So walk with Him and let the world see the impossible happen in you. 

I invite all to where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 


Today we will share from Dr. June Hunt’s Biblical Counseling Keys on “Anger: Facing the Fire Within”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Hunt’s books for your own private study and to support her work:

B. What Are Symptoms of Unresolved Anger?

A volcanic crater contains toxic gases, a steaming underbelly, and razor-sharp rock fragments. Deep within the heart of unresolved anger, the darkened deposits of a critical spirit—bitterness and depression (among others)—can be found.

When volcanologists excavate and analyze material inside a crater, they work as quickly and efficiently as possible, being aware that the longer they stay, the higher the risk of injury or even death. And so it is with unresolved anger.... The longer it's allowed to fume and fester, the more dangerous—and even deadly—it can be for you and those around you.

Prolonged anger fans the flame of bitterness and fuels unforgiveness. Refusing to face your feelings in a healthy way prolongs unresolved anger until it eventually becomes harbored anger.

Unresolved anger not only creates a rift between you and God, but also damages your body, destroys your emotions, and demoralizes your relationships. Whether you recognize it or not, extended anger can cause significant physical, emotional, and spiritual problems. Jesus said...

"I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment." (Matthew 5:22)

Unresolved anger is known to produce in many people some of the following physical, emotional, and spiritual symptoms:

  • Physical Symptoms
    • —Blurred vision
    • —Headaches
    • —Heart disease
    • —High blood pressure
    • —Insomnia
    • —Intestinal disorders
    • —Overeating
    • —Stomach disorders
  • Emotional Symptoms
    • —Anxiety
    • —Bitterness
    • —Compulsions
    • —Depression
    • —Fear
    • —Insecurity
    • —Phobias
    • —Worry
  • Spiritual Symptoms
    • —Loss of confidence: Feeling insecure about your relationship with God and your ability to respond wisely to difficulties
    • —Loss of energy: Lacking strength for your service to God and others
    • —Loss of faith: Failing to believe that God is working in your life
    • —Loss of freedom: Becoming a prisoner of your emotions and unable to serve God freely
    • —Loss of identity: Becoming like the person toward whom you are bitter rather than becoming like Christ
    • —Loss of perspective: Allowing your emotions to distort your thinking
    • —Loss of sensitivity: Failing to hear the Spirit of God speaking to your heart
    • —Loss of vision: Losing a sense of God's purpose for your life

Unresolved anger produces bitterness. And the Bible links bitterness with being in bondage to sin....

"I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin." (Acts 8:23)

Biblical Counseling Keys - Biblical Counseling Keys – Biblical Counseling Keys: Anger: Facing the Fire Within.

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