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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Purity 362: Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship


Purity 362  03/10/2021 Purity 362 Podcast

Good morning!

Today’s perfectly reflected mountain scene comes from True North Counseling Ministries (https://www.facebook.com/True-North-Counseling-Ministries-105784151322070/). The location was undisclosed so I don’t know where this is, but I can still appreciate the beauty of God’s creation in all it’s glory.

I share it because of its perfectly reflected symmetry and because its Wednesday and I like to assure my friends that we get over that “hump” and maintain or reestablish balance in our lives as we progress through another week.  

The best way to regain balance is to come into harmony with God and to live according to His wisdom. 

If we’ve accomplished some measure of balance and peace that’s great but God called us to love one another as well.  The best way we can do that is to be a supportive and loving friend to those around us. 

This world is full of problems and dysfunction and people are doing the best they can according to what they know. If we are in Christ, we know hope and godly wisdom and we must share it the best we can.  

So as you are trying to steady your walk through this world, remember to reach out a helping hand to those around you. Your words, attention, support, and prayers can be a great comfort to those who are trying to make it through this life in their own strength. 

So keep walking and talking with God.  Lean on Him for strength when you need it and be sure to offer the strength, wisdom, and love you have received to those around you in need.

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This morning’s meditation verse is:

Revelation 22:20 (NKJV)
20 He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Today’s verse is the second to last verse in the Bible. The Apostle John quotes Jesus who assures us that He is coming quickly, and John is all for it. So am I.

Skeptics would scoff at the word “quickly” as it has been over two thousand years since Christ ascended to heaven but if we properly understand the verse, we know that “quickly” is referring more to the way Christ will return than when He will return. 

Christ can return any day as He has described His return as a thief coming in the night. His return will be swift and unexpected. So as much as I enjoy some prophetic messages, I know that no one will know the day of His return until it already happens. 

So, I will also spare you any end times theories of my own because I know that God will do things His way and only after it has been done will we be able to have some understanding of how it correlates with the Word of God, but it most certainly will.      

But we should take great comfort in knowing that the evil in this world will be judged and that Christ will return to reclaim the earth and make a new earth and a new heaven.  This is our great hope for the future: that God will make all things right.  

You may ask: “Well that’s the future, so what do we do now?”

Instead of focusing on the end times, we should be focusing on Christ’s command in:

Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

I am trying in my own small way to meet that commission by teaching a discipleship class and continuously testifying about the Lord’s ability to save us and change us through faith in Jesus Christ. 

So we don’t know when Christ will return or when we will die, but we should take what’s left of our lives to live according to His ways, to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to encourage and love those we encounter until we see God face to face.  

I invite all to mt4chritst.org 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:

H. How to Apply the Quick Answer to Anger

Members of a First Response Team know the importance of having a "quick answer." In the face of calamity, firefighters must provide a quick response but remain cool under pressure.

When you sense a surge of anger, it's vital that you learn to respond quickly. If not, your anger could blaze out of control.

The possibility of out-of-control anger remains ever present. A spark of irritation can be ignited intentionally by hurtful people or even unintentionally by those who love you. God wants you to seek His answer for anger quickly before it burns the bridges of your relationships because...

"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." (Proverbs 15:1)

The Quick Answer to Anger

If I had to boil down all efforts to manage anger to the most basic steps, I believe I could reduce the solution to two points: one question and one action step.

Step 1. Ask... Can I change this situation?

Step 2. Action... If you can, change it. If you can't, release it.

Let's go back to the first step: Can you change what angers you? Answer yes or no—that's it.

Now consider the second step: If you answered yes, you are angry about something you can change—so change it.

If the door squeaks, oil it.

If the faucet leaks, fix it.

If you answered no, you are angry about something you cannot change—so release it.

If your house burns down, release it (the fear).

If your loved one dies, release it (the hurt).

If your house does burn down, only as you emotionally release the pain of your loss can you rebuild your life... and possibly your home. Being angry because of a burned house or the death of someone dear will not change the situation. It will only make matters worse.

How do you release your anger? First, list what angers you—every person... every situation. Then, go to God in all humility, refusing to demand your rights, rejecting any thought of revenge, and surrendering the situation and yourself to the Lord—past, present, and future. Although you may feel completely powerless, in reality you have the power to release your pain and anger to Him.

The "Releasing Your Anger" Prayer

"Lord Jesus, thank You for loving me. Thank You for caring about me.

Since You know everything, you know the strong sense of (hurt, injustice, fear, and/or frustration)

I have felt about (name or situation). Thank You for understanding my anger.

Right now, I release all of my anger to You. I trust You with my future and with me.

In Christ's name I pray. Amen."

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)


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

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God bless you all!

 

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