Labels

Monday, March 15, 2021

Purity 366: Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

Purity 366 03/15/2021  Purity 366 Podcast

Good morning.

Today’s ocean view comes from a friend who visited Gasparilla Beach in Boca Grande, Florida.  I love the clear blue sky, the blue green water, and even the rocky shore that was captured here.  

As we face a new work week, you may feel like you are headed towards some rocky ground and just want to go back to bed! It’s 18 degrees in my neck of the woods in upstate New York and I can sympathize.

However, I believe Jay E. Adams said, that Jesus didn’t focus on His feelings. He focused on His responsibilities. It’s a pithy statement but its good advice. Our work provides us with the means to provide for our families and is actually a blessing. Many in our country are out of work and desperately looking for the blessing that we disparage.  I pray for those who are out of work to find it.

So yes, the weekend has ended and yes, we must go back to work, but it need not be perceived as drudgery.  Instead of focusing on the rocky ground focus on the benefits of walking over that ground and not only arriving at that beach that lies just beyond but arriving there knowing that you met your responsibilities, provided for your family, and have a blessing that will allow you more fully enjoy your life.      

God has provided you with the ability to work and thus has given you everything you have.  So while at work, share the hope that you have in Christ, if not with your words than through your performance.  Colossians 3:23 says:

Colossians 3:23 (NKJV)
23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,

Remember wherever you work, we all will answer to God someday.  So let go of any negative feelings about work with an attitude of gratitude and by facing the day with the enthusiasm of one who knows that you really have nothing to worry about because the God of all creation loves you and will provide for you in this world and into eternity, 

So keep walking and talking with God. Regardless of what the day holds, we can receive the strength and guidance we need when we remain in His presence. 

(An Audio version of this message is available at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, you can also find it on Apple podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mt4christ247s-podcast/id1551615154) and Google podcasts (https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL210NGNocmlzdDI0Ny9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D).) There is more content at the restricted blog. Follow me on Twitter or MeWe for easy access.  Blog M T 4 Christ dot org – This is where the Facebook post ends.)

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)
16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Today’s verse really speaks of our relationship with God through our faith in Jesus Christ and how we are given full access to Him because we have been adopted into His royal family.  We have the intimacy of a Father – Child relationship with God now and we can come to Him directly to receive mercy and grace in times of need.  

So we can pray to God the Father Himself.  We need not pray to the Mary or any of the other departed saints to gain God’s ear or favor. Our relationship with our heavenly Father is not like a dysfunctional earthly family where you have to ask the mother or one of your sisters or brothers to make your requests known to the father so you will receive. 

The fear in that earthly dysfunctional family is that if you yourself ask the father for something, he will reject you out of hand or you will not be able to adequately express your needs to gain approval.   The idea is that your “intercessor” – your mother or brother or sister – has a better relationship with the father and they will use their good relationship to help you get what you need.   Unfortunately, earthly families are not perfect, and these scenarios may actually be wise to use. 

However, these intercessory scenarios do not apply to the kingdom of God.  God is no respecter of persons. That’s means that all His redeemed children are on the same level in terms of His love and accessibility.  While we may differ in levels of faith and may receive different gifts and rewards from the Father in eternity, we all have the same access to the Father.  He hears our prayers. 

So if you are praying to Mary or the saints, it’s time to claim your adoption as a son or daughter of the King and boldly approach the throne of grace.   Our walk is not a religion with rules to gain favor. Our walk is an intimate relationship.  God doesn’t want you going through someone else to talk to Him. 

Your heavenly Father has perfect knowledge of you; and He loves you regardless of your performance.  He doesn’t want anything to get in between you and Him and neither should you. 

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:

L. How to Accept God's Aim for Anger

Forest rangers who care for and protect national parks occasionally say they have to "start a fire to stop a fire." Known as backfires, these fires help deprive the main fire of fuel and better enable forest rangers and firefighters to contain the blaze. At times God works for your good in much the same way. Ephesians 4:26 (ESV) says, "Be angry and do not sin."

God clearly intends for you to experience the emotion of anger and to use it for some positive purpose. For example, He can use your anger to spark your awareness of a blazing spiritual problem that needs to be snuffed out. God often allows fiery trials to test your faith and to develop the perseverance necessary to sustain your faith....

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance." (James 1:2-3)

As you seek to allow God to direct your anger and use it for His purposes, remember...

  • Anger can bring your true feelings to light.
  • Anger can uncover your need to set healthy boundaries.
  • Anger can be used to bring positive change in your life.
  • Anger can be the lens through which you gain insight into your past hurts.
  • Anger can be the spark that encourages healthy, appropriate, honest communication in relationships.
  • Anger can be used by God to convict others of sin.
  • Anger can reveal your inappropriate ways of trying to meet your own needs.
  • Anger can be used by God to motivate others to make responsible decisions.
  • Anger can be the foundation on which forgiveness is built.
  • Anger can help you realize your need for the Lord.

As you allow God to use your anger for good, you will become an example to others and bring praise to God....

"Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

When you feel angry about an issue if you can, change it—if you can't, release it.

Release it into the hands of your sovereign Savior!

—June Hunt


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

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

God bless you all!

 

Join our Victory over the Darkness Discipleship Class via the mt4christ247 podcast!

at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mt4christ247s-podcast/id1551615154) and Google podcasts (https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL210NGNocmlzdDI0Ny9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

 

 

No comments:

Post a Comment