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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Purity 332: Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship


 

Purity 332 02/03/2021 Purity 332 Podcast

Good morning!

Today’s sunset photo comes from a friend who either lives in or was visiting somewhere in Florida on January 20th.  The photo archives and my memory are dwindling apparently. So I apologize for not having the location for this shot, but I know it was somewhere in Florida.    After dealing with snowfall over the last two days, I for one wanted to look at something that wasn’t white! 

The ground hog has declared what seems to be obvious to us in the northeast: there will be six more weeks of winter, but I wish to encourage my friends in the north that the best way to manage our mental health over the next 6 weeks is to focus on the good things that can easily be forgotten if we are dreading the next storm.  

Even in February, we will experience days that are not dominated by clouds and snowfall, so if that yellow orb should make an appearance in the next 6 weeks, rejoice!

But even if it doesn’t, remember that the joy in our lives is not determined by the circumstances around us as much as the way that we decide to perceive them and by what we put our focus on.  If it’s not nice outside, let’s look at what is good inside: our homes, our relationships.  

Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes those are a mess too. Shakespeare didn’t write “now is the winter of our discontent” for nothing.  

However, there is one thing that we can focus on that stands above the weather and our dysfunctional lives: God. 

If you’re suffering with seasonal affective disorder, stress, or depression, don’t focus on yourself. Focus on your relationship with God. He will listen to you when no one else will. He comforts you even in your loneliness.  If we follow His ways, the fruit of the Spirit, one of which is peace, will cultivate in our lives.  

Don’t look to the weather or anything else to lift your spirits when the only One that can consistently do that is God.  

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This morning’s meditation verse is:

John 7:18 (NLT2)
18 Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies.

Before this verse of scripture, Jesus is speaking about the fact that He is only relaying the message that He received from God and that anyone who wants to do the will of God will know that His teaching is from God and not just from some carpenter from Nazareth.     

 How will we know someone’s words are speaking for God? 

 Well this verse shows us that if we are seeking to encourage people in the ways of the Lord, our words will not be bringing glory to ourselves but will bring glory to God by focusing on what He has done and what He can do when we follow Him.  Also a good litmus test for discerning whether or not someone is representing God is honesty.  

 When we come to faith in Christ, we have to speak the truth in all matters.  Our lying ways of the past have to go, because if for no other reason, they don’t honor God and they compromise our message. 

 As Christians, we should seek to bring people the hope of a new life based on God’s truth.  If we lie or come across as arrogant (giving glory to ourselves), we are hindering people from being able to trust God because of our sketchy witness.   

 So seek to give God the glory and speak the truth, when you do you will personally benefit but more importantly, you could be used by God to bring someone into His kingdom.

 I invite all to mt4chritst.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselor’s work to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with there walk. 

 

Today we will continue to share from Dr. June Hunt’s Biblical Counseling Keys on “Self-Worth: Discovering Your God-given Worth”.

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:

III. Causes of Low Self-Worth B. How Can Rejection From Others Rule You?

Dorie writes about monthly visits to the orphanage by couples looking to adopt a child. "My dread of those 'special days' escalated month by month. No doubt I reflected the rejection I felt. My shoulders drooped with the agony of that lineup. I could not look up with smiling anticipation as the cute children did. I detested being inspected by people I knew would never accept me, so I would hide. I would be dragged into the room with a dirty, tear-stained face."

Thankfully, Dorie's story does not end with her not being chosen by these people, for she was chosen by Another ... by God Himself as stated in James 2:5 ... "Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?"

Those who repeatedly experience significant rejection by others receive the message that they deserve rejection. Then they internalize that message and begin to reject themselves. This is especially true when rejection comes from those who are in positions of authority and on whom the child depends.

Such children grow up replaying in their minds the recorded messages and tapes of rejection they have received until the voices on the tapes become their own voices. It is virtually impossible for children to replace the big, booming voices of adults or parents with their own small, inner voices. Only the loving, accepting voice of God is powerful enough to override and eventually silence the voices of rejection — and thus salvage the self-worth of these rejected children. Only God can bring them to the point of saying ...

"Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me."
(Psalm 27:10)

Parents and Authority Figures

Messages Children Receive

Overly critical

"I am incompetent."

 

Overly protective

"I am inadequate."

 

Overly controlling

"I am unacceptable."

 

Overly permissive

"I am not valuable."

 

Siblings and Peers

Messages Children Receive

Overly critical

"I am inferior."

 

Discouraging

"I am hopeless."

 

Pushy

"I am weak."

 

Overly competitive

"I am inept."

 

Societal Messages

Messages Children Receive

Overly competitive attitudes

"I am insecure."

 

Materialistic

"I am unimportant."

 

Academic or physical limitations

"I am insignificant."

 

Racial or sexual discrimination

"I am rejected."

 

Have you let negative circumstances shape your thinking and self-perceptions? If so, allow God to search your heart in order to reveal any misperceptions or messages that are inconsistent with His Word. The more you allow God's probing light to illumine the faulty thoughts and perceptions in your heart, the more you will be able to see your God-given worth and walk victoriously according to His Word. Let this be your commitment ...

"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
(2 Corinthians 10:5)

Myth: "Because of the way I've been treated, I will never feel competent."

Truth: Since people fail people, God never intended your competence to come from other people. As you continue to yield your life to the Lord, your competence will come from Him. ...

"Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God" (2 Corinthians 3:5).


Biblical Counseling Keys - Biblical Counseling Keys – Biblical Counseling Keys: Self-Worth: Discover Your God-Given Worth.

-----------------------------more tomorrow -------------------------

 

God bless you all!

 

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