I want to be a different person.
I completely understand Paul when he said, “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.” (Rom 7:18).
Sometimes something awful just slips out of me without my permission, something of that old nature.
We fall back into our old ways sometimes, and someone (a “hater”) inevitably sees our mistake and gets hurt.
In their hurt and anger, they fill our minds with doubt,
like “You really think you’re changing? Look at what you just did!” then you may think, “Why do I even try,” and “God’s expectations are impossible, He is an unfair God.”
Sometimes Christians can become “haters.” They get filled with doubt, resentment, and bitterness toward God. They have yet to experience (or have forgotten) how much they are loved, valued and forgiven by God.
They doubt God’s power to change their lives. So they definitely cannot have a positive attitude on your behalf.
Why do we waver in and out of faith that God is in the business of changing your life? Don’t let these people put doubts in your mind! Don’t let them bring you down.
Some of us already have the “tapes of failure” in our heads, and some have the “tapes of failure” coming out of the mouths of loved ones, too.
This is tough but we gotta push forward and say out loud the promises of new life, the truth of forgiveness
AND we MUST forgive and love and value the people that are running their negative thoughts everywhere.
They are hurting, they want to change too, and you can be that patient, positive voice of God’s encouragement. Be patient, like God is patient with you.
Our old nature, (our old habits) CAN and WILL die out over time if we submit our lives to Him and we can and WILL become more like Jesus.
I just want to encourage you. As you rely on God, He can make old habits die.
We must be praying for these Christians who have lost hope and who doubt God’s work in their lives. Because if they are spouting off negative over you, you can bet they are spouting off that negative over themselves too!
It is absolutely fantastic and mind-blowing when we consider that the God of the entire universe has initiated relationship with us through His Son, Jesus Christ; made known to us His good work through His Word and then to top it all off, He keeps the Church of Jesus alive throughout all generations. This is an amazing God who has captured our hearts. This God, as revealed through the Bible, actually reveals Himself to His children in supernatural ways.
He delivers us from our bondages to sins, heals us from our diseases, teaches us how to process our circumstances, frees us from tormenting thought habits, fills us with the understanding of His love and forgiveness when we repent. Our God is a good God. He is busy in the “taking care of His kids wellbeing” business!
When we experience God in these personal ways, when we see Him come through for us in a way that encourages, fills us with hope and awe, we need to take the time to make a memorial for these momentous occasions. God spends a lot of time in His Word telling His people to “forget not” and “remember” the things that He does for us.
How can we do this?
Here are some ideas, and if you have ideas, please post them and share them with the Body of Christ!
Make a “Wall of Remembrance.” Chose out a section of wall that you will see daily. When someone gives you a word of encouragement or prophesy, WRITE it out immediately after you receive it and post it up on your wall. If there is a Scripture that God has given you that helped you through a hard season, write it out and post it up. There is a flower called a Forget-Me-Not, that could be a reminder, too, that you could put up. Any knick-knacks or bulletins or other handouts from events that God met you in, put them up.
You can keep a journal. You can put all of the above ideas in writing in a journal that you refer to often.
You can construct something in your yard that you will see daily.
I know that there are more ideas out there. I want to know what they are. We all have different personality types where some things are just more natural for us to do than other things. This is okay. The point is, though, that we do need to put some thought into how we are going to remind ourselves of what God has done for us. We have an enemy that wants to take away every bit of blessing that he can. He will steal what he can, and destroy everything.
Here is an idea, too. Is there some kind of symbol that you can put up that will cause you to remember what sin will do if you choose to walk in it? So, if you have seen a marriage fall apart and you want to stay alert and not fall into the same trap, find a symbol that destroyed that marriage. I have heard people say they got divorced over toothpaste. So, get a tube of toothpaste and put it up as a reminder. I keep a beat-up journal that reminds me that you shouldn’t tell someone a Bible Scripture at an unwise time in an unloving way. It is a reminder to be sober. I see it everyday. Honestly, it makes me laugh at my foolishness. It can make me laugh because I asked forgiveness and let God minister to me His love. I don’t recommend putting up anything that will make you feel condemned.
God bless you in your efforts to Remember His Goodness.
Be silent? Early in my first year as a teacher (say week 1) I learned a very important lesson. If you want people to listen to you (especially kids) you must do three things…
One. Say what you mean.
Two. Mean what you say.
Three. If you can’t do either one or two… zip it. Just be silent.
Because the more you talk, the less people will listen. And if you don’t follow through. Well then… your words mean nothing. Words are powerful. But so is silence. Even if it is that long awkward pause in between words (which often makes me nervous). It can mean everything.
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. (Proverbs 17:28 ESV)
I want to be considered a lot of things in this life. A fool is not one of them. So if it means I need to zip it… so be it. But it is a lot harder to do than it sounds (especially if it is silent.) This week I was reminded of this during our Student Led Conferences. There are many things I find difficult about communicating, talking is not one of them. Sitting in silence while a student struggles to reflect on what they do well is almost as painful as listening to myself word vomit during a meeting. Upon reflection, I filled that silence with lots of words. In fact, the student probably struggled to share what they do well because I wouldn’t shut up. My mistake. But one we all can learn from I hope.
While saying what you mean and meaning what you say can prove to be difficult sometimes. Not saying anything at all, can be even more challenging. I don’t know about you, but for me… it is something I may always struggle with. Choose your words carefully. Say what you mean. And remember… be silent. If you do, people (even kids) will listen. And who knows, they might even be quiet too!
Posting reviews about Faith and Victory Church increases our web presence and encourages visitors to come and check out our church in person. So this week I’m going to just supply some links and leave it to you to do some reviews
http://www.churchfinder.com/churches/wa/auburn/faith-victory-church-auburn-wa – click on write a review (upper rightish corner) … create an account … write a review
http://www.churchangel.com/church/Faith-And-Victory-Church-261045.htm – click write a review – rate the stars then write your review.
http://www.insiderpages.com/b/4235565094/faith-and-victory-church-auburn – click write a review – you will have to create a log in.
http://www.yellowpages.com/auburn-wa/mip/faith-victory-church-473496362?lid=473496362 click on the review tab – write a review.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/faith-and-victory-church-auburn – Yelp Review
Have a great week everyone.