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Key verse is mathew 11:28-30 "Come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give ye rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly of heart: and ye shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
1) What is Conflict?
Conflict is defined as a perceived or actual barrier to one's goals.
A. This is happens a lot in relationships-people get into relationships for different reasons, which also would be considered goals.
B. The past couple week we have covered 3 places that can and do cause conflict.
3. What is true love and how do you show it.
C. We see this conflict spiritually also.
1. God wants us to be more like him, and go to heaven. The devil wanst us to reject all things of God and go to hell.
2. God wants us to have God honoring relationships. The devil wants us to be alone, miserable, and defeated.
The 2 Types of Conflict are inner and outer. (spiritual fits into both of those categories)
Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedeness."
A. Inner-insecurites, baggage from other relationshipos, lack of Jesus and spiritual growth.
B. Outer-others, difficulties of life(life happens), the enemy
2) Things to avoid in conflict or prevent conflict.
A. Being unequally yoked(joined) to unbeliever. 2 Corinthinans 6:14
1. Avoid the "I can change the other," myth.
A. Only Jesus can change the other, so wait
B. Don't talk out of frustration
1. Job's wife is a good example of this in Job 2:9 she says, "Does thou still retain thy integrity. Curse God and Die."
C. Don't let things fester. Ephesians 4:26,27 "Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath: neither give place to the devil."
1. Take care of it at the time, when it is a small spark, to prevent it from becoming a raging enferno. Also there is a full colon after the word wrath, which shows that if you do not do what it is saying, then you are giving place to the devil.
3) Things to do in Conflict
A. Get closer to God, like our key verse is saying.
1. The example of the triangle is a good illustration the closer you get to the top (God) the closer you are getting to each other. Also, it leaves less room for conflict to live.
A. Only happens by having a surrendered to God attitude. James 1:8"Draw nigh(near) to God and he will draw nigh to you."
B. Always be willing to forgive, even if you do not think you are wrong. Ephesians 4:32 "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
1. Ask yourself this question-Do you want to be right, or have resolution.
2. If you do-you will be amazed at how God brings conviction to the other.
3. If you do not-it allows bitterness, which leads to failing of God's grace, which allows hope to be defeated in your life.
C. Make a plan for arguing
1. Should include no yelling, making derogatory comments about the other, or any type of violence
A. Avoid you are statements, and concentrate on the issue which is leading to conflict
2. Try the PAUSE method by Ken Sande
1. Prepare for the argument
2. Affirm the relationship-you love this person
3. Understand the other's interest
4. Search for creative answers
5. Evaluate options objectively and reasonable.
A verse that is shows this principle at work is Daniel 1:11-16
1. Daniel prepared his negotiating strategy
2. Affirmed respect for those in authority
3. Understood the others interests (healthy and productive workers)
4. Searched for a solution that met both interests
5. Evaluated the options objectively and reasonably(The hebrew children were healthier than the others that ate the kings meat)
|Posted on January 23, 2015 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
It is cold outside. Now it is interesting to think about the other places in the world that are colder than it is here in Tucson. My definition of cold at 65 would be different to some one who is living in 30 and below degrees, much different. Yet, there is a different type of cold that is universal. Sometimes we get cold to the things of God and his Word. We get to the place that we are busy all of the time in everything that is not in accordance with spending time with God. It is one of the ways the devil has put a wedge too often between his people and God. So, how do I get back to the as Jeremiah says, "his word was in me, like fire in my bones, that I had to preach."
This may seem like a simple thing, especially since we all need oxygen to life, yet how often do we not take a moment and just breathe and wait. This is a good way to refresh yourself and to listen to the still small voice of God speak to you.
2) Don't neglect praise.
It is amazing the power that God has given us to get the fires going in your hearts like praise. A person that stays constant in praising God for everything has lest stress and anxiety to worry about the many things that people worry about. It also helps to change you focus, and pretty soon you will see your relationship with God to be more and mroe on fire.
The bible tells us that it is inspired. This is a fancy way to say God Breathed. If you have trouble following the first point, allow the breath of God to get into your heart, by his word. Have you every tried to start a fire when there was no oxygen? Fire needs oxygen, just like we do to survive, so let God provide you a new oxygen and flame in your life.
|Posted on January 12, 2015 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
Looking outside at the rain it is interesting to see how things change. It was nice and sunny just a couple of days ago, now it is raining. Sure, there was the warning of clouds in the sky that were more black than white. Yet, there still was the desire to see the sun win and the rain to go. What type of world would there be if there was no longer rain that would fall. How good would our lives be if everything that was around was dry and dying. In a believer's life, we have the wonderful change of a living spring flowing up within us, from the dry desert of sin. We have been changed to see the promise of God in the form of a rainbow, when we see the rain coming down. How much growth would you have if not for the times when you all difficulties were drenching you like the rain does to those who venture outside in it without an umbrella? Many go to college and want to change the world in their various degrees of choice. Some wonder am I making any change at all, or when will things change in the situation that I am presently in. Change is not all bad, even though some will fight tooth and nail to prevent change. Let the God who controls the clouds and the showers and the sun, moon and stars, start making a new change in you. Put away all your fears, and the weapons used to fight against God, and let him wrap you in the same rainbow that circled the world after the flood.
|Posted on January 6, 2015 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
It is nice that the new year has finally arrived. We can put to past the things of the past and concentrate on the things of the new year. We are reminded in scripture that old things have passed away behold all things are new. This is a story that is told by many of the millions of Christians around the world, from the first day that they met Jesus and put their trust in him. As a christian we are also commended in scripture that even though our outward man perishes the new man is renewed day by day. So make today, not some time this year to put all things in the past by giving those past things to Jesus so he can make you new.
|Posted on November 24, 2014 at 1:05 PM||comments (0)|
We are commended in First Thessalonians chapter 5 that we to, "in everything give thanks." This is a statement that in many ways is easier said than done. When we are going through difficulty, or have been through tragic events, this is difficult, yet necessary to begin taking power over the situation. I remember many times in my life when everything seemed hopeless, and yet cultivating the attitude of thanking God even for the difficulty I was going through at tha time, started giving my life victory, and made the Devil realize he was not going to win me through these issues. So, How can I cultivate this principal in my life? Here are a few tips to help:
1) Make a thanksgiving journal. Everyday put at least five things you are thankful for or are trying to be thankful for. This helps to begin practicing thanksgiving, and soon will become a natural part of who you are like breathing.
2) Read God's word everyday. Look specifically for things to be thankful about, which will help you in your journal.
3) Pray every day. Especially ask the Lord to help you with the spirit of gratitude and thanks.
4) Do something for someone else every day. Start learning how to give others reasons for thanksgiving.
|Posted on October 15, 2014 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
One thing one can count on is that eventually the weather changes. Here I am at December with good weather in Tucson, yet it is getting colder. Activities are going on, with little end until the first of the year. We can see the changes that scripture talk about with sin getting worse and worse. Difficulties on the horizon, where the church is called to be more of a witness of the holiness of God, despite the fact that even in the United States we may get arrested for staying true to the Word of God. As we continue to grow and grow in the Lord, we also change. The one thing that does not change is God. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. His faithfulness to his people does not change. His Love for the entire world, demonstrated by providing the only way to Salvation, which is Jesus Christ does not change. His returning and seperating the sheep(believers) and Goats(unbelivers) will not change. So praise the Lord for the changes that we see are coming, and the unchanging of the One True God.