Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Loving While Under Stress

We can walk around praising the Lord, and singing songs to Him, but then let someone offend us, or take too long to handle our problem and we want to get in the flesh. You know what I am talking about. ie...say you made reservations for something or somewhere for a really busy time of year, and this place or thing you reserved is so popular that everyone else made reservations also. Well, when you get there you find the person who made your reservations did not complete the job, they forgot to hit the enter key at the end of the transaction so your reservations were actually never made, or completed. So now, they are all sold out, they have no more of what you wanted. I mean really no more. Zilch! Nadda! No More! Get the picture. What is your first reaction and how do you respond? Remember there is no where else to go because everyone is all booked up. What is your reaction? Be Honest! I have to tell you, I can not think of one person I know that would not get in their flesh and become angry. I am just being honest. I know alot of people, and I have witnessed how they respond to similar situations, and I can honestly say I do not know even one that would not get in their flesh. Now there are a very small few, that would quickly repent, and apologize and rethink their response, but they would still first get upset and in the flesh. This is the human nature part of us. This is the worldly part of us. The question is, how long are you going to argue with that person, how long are you going to complain about this incident, how long before you repent and realize you are acting contrary to the way God says you are to act?

Here is where we get into trouble. We stay in that spirit of sin for too long. We keep re-hashing it over and over until we work ourselves up again. This is where addicts get in trouble. They stay in the will of the evil one wanting that next fix instead of in the will of God. Why, because the will of the evil is too easy, and the will of God to do what is right is not always easy. In fact sometimes, it is very challenging. But when you build your faith, and you keep your spirit under the word all the time and on a constant basis, you will find the will of God is the easier road and can only bring about good.

James 1 vs 2-6....My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind....

James 1 v 12-15....Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God," for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He, Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is full grown, brings forth death....

You see we can not blame our behavior on anyone but ourselves. What is in a man's heart, so is he. Prov. 23 v 7a...for as he thinks in his heart, so is he... What comes out of our mouth is what is in our heart in the first place. Matt. 12 v 34b...for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks... We do not like to think that, but sometimes, according to some of the ways we act or things we say, that is the truth of it. When we deliberately try to go against the grain, or rub a person the wrong way, do things we know will irritate them, then we are in sin against God, because we are deliberately dis-obeying the one thing, He told us was most important, to love Him with all of our mind, body and souls, and to walk in love toward our neighbor. If we are not walking in love toward our neighbor, then we are not loving God with all of our mind, body and soul. WOW! 1 John 4 v 20-21....If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also....

So for all of us, that think we love God so much, let us see how much you really love Him when your reservations get cancelled. Will you look for who to blame, or will you praise God that just maybe He had a reason to keep you out of this place. And let Him bless you with something even better. Sort of like, when everyone told David, Goliath was too big for him to go against, and he said, he is too big for me to miss. That is how I want to be, positive in every situation praising and thanking God for everything, and that is the type of people I want in my circle of friends. Amen! Ask God everyday to not let anything that would not be pleasing to His ears pass from your lips or enter into your thoughts. AMEN!

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