Posts Tagged ‘anger management’


Many times we expect God to coddle us in a specific way, but He declines. We imagine God to be a “good” doctor who setting us down, gives us a cherry sucker, then, explains out medical options. “Should I give you a free tonsillectomy with your special insurance plan, plus, throw in 1 lobotomy. Or, would you prefer to pay for your pain.”

Regardless, God declines: He may or may not audibly answer you. He may expect you to use your “renewed mind.” Maybe He told you, but you forgot. Maybe you made out His still, small voice: “Trust Me.”


Or, to write it a different way: is it possible for a 59 year old man to obey the lord?

U might reply: “With God all things are possible!” And I would agree. But, my intent is to uncover some gnawing issues about obedience. Maybe, some of u old-timers might hazard some input in a world of religion, competition i.e. works.

1. I hear somebody behind my back saying: “JUST DO IT!” But, is obeying the Master that simple?

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Responses, reactions, questions, etc. anyone??



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While I wait for the morning newspaper, I ponder the maxim: Stay where you are planted. So, I created this blog in hopes of metaphorically, being “on the road” again. But there is  more for me to  think about as well as pray about. I think I should just wait it out.

That doesn’t mean I won’t tweak my vita. That doesn’t mean I won’t post my resume in strategic databases. That doesn’t mean I won’t apply for certain teaching positions, even if there are no current openings. I full well will plant some seeds and nurture them.

But, there is some unfinished work here. And so, I need to let the plant grow and mature and then, be harvested, so to speak.

Here is my other blog: http://mydestinymyblog.wordpress.com/


“Moses went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens.” Exodus 2:11

Moses saw the oppression of his people and felt certain that he was the one to deliver them, and in the righteous indignation of his own spirit he started to right their wrongs. After the first strike for God and for the right, God allowed Moses to be driven into blank discouragement, He sent him into the desert to feed sheep for forty years. At the end of that time, God appeared and told Moses to go and bring forth His people, and Moses said – “Who am I, that I should go?” In the beginning Moses realized that he was the man to deliver the people, but he had to be trained and disciplined by God first. He was right in the individual aspect, but he was not the man for the work until he had learned communion with God.

We may have the vision of God and a very clear understanding of what God wants, and we start to do the thing, then comes something equivalent to the forty years in the wilderness, as if God had ignored the whole thing, and when we are thoroughly discouraged God comes back and revives the call, and we get the quaver in and say – “Oh, who am I?” We have to learn the first great stride of God – “I AM THAT I AM hath sent thee.” We have to learn that our individual effort for God is an impertinence; our individuality is to be rendered incandescent by a personal relationship to God (see Matthew 3:17). We fix on the individual aspect of things; we have the vision – “This is what God wants me to do;” but we have not got into God’s stride. If you are going through a time of discouragement, there is a big personal enlargement ahead.

http://www.myutmost.org/10/1013.html


David Good explains: “Much like Moses, God wants to interrupt your daily routine and give you a supernatural encounter with Him that will change everything. Whatever failures, unrealized dreams or forgotten promises you have in your past, God wants to stop you in your tracks and bring you to the place where He sets the course for your life and shows you a supernatural destiny He birthed you for. The key is that you have to look for it. As it did for Moses, the interruption comes while we are in the desert place, a place of frustration, or when we have given up on what once was. These moments are ripe for a a visitation. Second, you have to stop what you are doing and turn towards the interruption to hear Him speak to you. Had Moses not turned away from his routine for a moment and moved toward the burning bush, he might have missed that divine moment.”

Source of the above quotation: http://newsongsofpraise.blogspot.com/


“I spent 16 years of my life as a vocational minister working with college students along with a short stint on a church staff. College students are a lot easier to work with and a lot more fun. Grown-ups live a whole different kind of life and are pretty uptight about a lot of things that aren’t that important. After a messy break from church work, I have entered the work of my second half as a good-for-nothing layman. I say that because I heard a pastor say one time that “pastors are paid to be good, but laymen are good for nothing”. Honestly, I love my new role. The transition from paid minister to every day working guy has been tough because nobody out here seems to know how to balance all the major areas of work, family, faith and ministry. And if they do have it together, nobody says anything. Most folks are just muddling through. The only people who seem to speak consistently into the life of a layman with any authority are the pastors” (The Howitzer).

http://thehowitzerrants.wordpress.com/


 

I think, for most men I know, that losing a son or daughter or grandson or granddaughter would be THE tragedy in their life. Losing a wife ranks the same, I’m sure. But losing what you’ve made — your flesh and blood must truly be unbearable. I understand that sorrow is an inevitable part of living.

But, I’m learning, even now at the age of 56, that suffering, sorrow, and loss are tools God uses to fashion in us hearts that follow Him.

So, when you click the link and watch the video, please take to heart that, as men, we need to “gird up our loins,”  so to speak, and pass the test.

Click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEBmuQxXlHU


“Let circumstances bring you where they will, keep drawing on the grace of God in every conceivable condition you may be in. One of the greatest proofs that you are drawing on the grace of God is that you can be humiliated without manifesting the slightest trace of anything but His grace” (O. Chambers).

In 2010, I’ve been seriously listening to God via Oswald Chambers. I’ve made the Chamber devotional site my home page. So, you know, it’s the first page I see after I click the Internet Explorer icon.

This morning’s devotional reading is kind of IN YOUR FACE and, of course, Chambers has a way with words. He doesn’t mince them. If you know what I mean.

The point I want to make about drawing on the grace of God is that I ain’t there yet. I mean, when He tests me, I fail most of the time. I’ve been failing for 56 years; I’m sure I failed in the womb. Remember that verse: “in sin did my momma conceive me” (Ps. 51:5).  This isn’t hyperbole. I’m trying to tell the truth. But, even in that, I fail.

So, turn on your discerner. Just how reactive are you?  Is there “the slightest trace of anything . . .” (O. C).

Here is a link to O. Chambers classic devotional: http://www.myutmost.org/