Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength—carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. Corrie ten Boom
There are 5 sponges laying on your kitchen counter top. Each member of your family has been cleaning up different areas of your home, but all the sponges look the same. You are curious as to what was cleaned in your home, but you can’t tell by looking…they all look the same…so what do you do?
You squeeze each sponge to see what comes out.
As you squeeze the first sponge, you see that cola comes out, and so you decide that someone cleaned the kitchen with that one. Upon squeezing the second sponge, you find tub and tile cleaner – that one was used to clean the bathroom. Next, in the third sponge, you find motor oil – hubby was cleaning the garage! In the fourth sponge, baby powder puffs out when it is squeezed – yep, the baby’s nursery was done with that one! And finally, in the last one, is floor wax – that was the one you used on the hall floor!
As you lay the last one down, you look again at their similarity – and they all look the same until they’re squeezed.
Christians are the same way.
As life squeezes us, different things come out; anger from one, a need for revenge from another, tears from one, remorse from yet another – also greed, untruth, lust – and finally, from one saint, pours forth the love of Christ.
Just like the sponge, we can only squeeze out what is put in – stay in the Word daily, and be in continuous prayer, so that when life puts the squeeze on you (and it WILL), Jesus, and Jesus ALONE will shine forth from you!
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
Which do you think comes first: peace or self control?
If you have peace then you have control of your emotions and your body.
Which comes first: peace or good health?
It is a well known fact that when we are at peace our bodies relax which prevents most illnesses.
Which comes first: emotional healing or peace?
When we have peace we are more receptive to Jehovahs loving healing. When we have peace there is no stress, anxiety, insomnia, worry, fear, anger, hate nor tension in our minds nor our bodies.
So, before you pray for anything else, first pray for peace.
When Jehovah blesses you with this all the others come into place. The best place to receive this gift is in Jehovahs Cathedral, nature. I prefer a quite little rapids. Make sure you pray for Jehovahs guidance on where to go. When you obey His instructions, there is no need to fear for He will set angels around you to guard and protect you.
Do you know there is about 365 verses about peace in the Bible.
Why not read one for each day and ask The Holy Spirit to speak to you through that verse.
You want peace, why not to to the source of Divine peace, Jesus Christ? Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah
Prayer: Please Jehovah-Shalom (The Lord blesses with Peace Isaiah 9:6, Romans 8:31-35 ) bless me with mental, physical and spiritual peace so that I may correctly serve You by serving others. I humbly request this in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Amen
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The world is not our standard for Christian living.
The apostle Paul stressed, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind . . .” (Rom. 12:2). Again he writes, “put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth” (Ephesians 4:24). In the verses that follow he gives five specific examples of the higher standard of Christian conduct.
We are to put off lying and speak the truth in love (v. 25). It is a habitual action that is to characterize the Christian life. Literally the believer is to put off “the lie” (v.25), and speak the truth. This is the same word the apostle John uses for the antichrist in 1 John 2:20-23. When a person puts his faith in Jesus Christ he is rejecting the lie, and embracing the Truth (Jn. 14:6).
What a profound significance this is for the person in Christ. “Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another” (v. 25). Let it be a habitual action to tell the truth. Let it characterize your lifestyle.
Make a commitment to yourself and God to speak the whole truth without mixture of error in your family, business and life relationships. How much easier life is when you live an honest, open, transparent life style. Cultivate truthfulness in your life every day. Don’t be careless with your words.
Put off anger (vv. 26-27). One of the best ways to give the devil an opportunity to gain a place in your life is to be an angry person. Paul does not give an opposite behavior in this example. In one aspect anger is not sin. It is an emotion. He stresses, “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity (lit. a place).” Paul is emphasizing a controlled or righteous anger as opposed to and uncontrolled, selfish, or sinful anger.
Paul uses two different words for “anger” in v. 26. There are times when we should be angry, and there are times when we sin with our anger. “Be angry and do not sin” is the word for wrath, indignation, suggesting a more settled or abiding condition of mind, frequently with a view of taking revenge. It is an anger that has an abiding and settled habit of mind that is aroused under certain conditions. When this kind of anger is guided by reason, it can be a right emotion as in righteous indignation. When we cherish it, it becomes sin. It must never become just an expression of personal provocation or wounded pride. We must guard against sinful motives (1 Jn. 1:19).
“Do not let the sun go down on your anger.” It can take the form of an angry mood, a violent irritation, harmful words or eyes of fire. Paul admonishes us to deal with anger quickly before the day is over. Unresolved anger leads to other sins.
Put off stealing and have something to share with the needy (v. 28).
The motive for working Paul says is “in order that he may have something to share with him who has need.” That statement alone clarifies a lot of modern values. The winner is not the one who walks away with the most toys in life.
Have you ever counted the many ways you can steal in life? You do not have to go to prison, and few people do.
Work hard so you will have something to share with a world with true needs.
Put off rotten words and put on speaking with edification that it may give grace to the hearer (v. 29).
“Unwholesome” literally means, “corrupt,” or “corrupting.” It is the word for rotting fruit. Some people’s words corrupt themselves and everyone who hears them. It rots them away. It makes you feel corrupted days after you have been around them. On the other hand, the believer should use words that will build up and encourage people (James 3:5-6).
How do you control your tongue? By allowing the Holy Spirit to control your mind (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:30).
Put off bitterness, wrath and anger (indignation), and put on love (vv. 30-32).
What is the best way to grieve the Holy Spirit? Bitterness, wrath and a settled indignation toward someone always grieves the Spirit.
The only way to put on the high standard of Christian conduct Paul is describing here is to walk in the Spirit.Selah!
After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children and my friends, I have now started loving myself.
I have realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.
I have stopped bargaining with vegetable & fruit vendors. A few pennies more is not going to break me, but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees.
I leave my waitress a big tip. The extra money might bring a smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than I am.
I stopped telling the elderly that they’ve already narrated that story many times. The story makes them walk down memory lane & relive their past.
I have learned not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.
I give compliments freely & generously. Compliments are a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me. And a small tip for the recipient of a compliment, never, NEVER turn it down, just say “Thank You.”
I have learned not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances.
I walk away from people who don’t value me. They might not know my worth, but I do.
I remain cool when someone plays dirty to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat & neither am I in any race.
I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. It’s my emotions that make me human.
I have learned that it’s better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof, whereas with relationships, I will never be alone.
I have learned to live each day as if it’s the last. After all, it might be the last.
I am doing what makes me happy. I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to myself. Happiness is a choice. You can be happy at any time, just choose to be!
“Love wills the good of all and never wills harm or evil to any. ‘There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear.’ Fear is a painful emotion that arises at the thought that we may be harmed or made to suffer. As long as we must trust for survival to our ability to out-look or out maneuver the enemy, we have every good reason to be afraid. Fear is torment. . . . To know that love is of God and to enter into the secret place leaning upon the arm of the Beloved — this and only this can cast out fear.” A.W. Tozer
When my heart was sad and I was angry,I was senseless and stupid.I acted like an animal toward you. Psalms 73:21-22 The Holy Bible The New International Version
When we see the wicked enjoying life while we suffer we are all tempted to ask why and have a pity party. We get angry with Jehovah and ask why do they prosper while they cheat us?
What have we done to deserve this?
We ask why they are getting away with it.
We walk around with clouds of doom hanging around our heads.
These suck the joy out of our lives.
It is only when we get on our knees and talk it out with Jehovah that He reveals the truth to us and fills us with His love that we see His love and kindness towards us. Then we are filled with love, joy and respect towards our Heavenly Poppa.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Rophe (Exodus 15:26) – The LORD our Healer ) for sending The Holy Spirit to come to me and talk with me. He chases the dark clouds away that are replaced by Divine love, joy and respect for you. I exalt You in the name of He whose praises I love to sing,Jesus Christ .Amen
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With patience you can convince a ruler, and a gentle word can get through to the hard headed. Proverbs 25:15 The Holy Bible The New Living Testament
Yelling, screaming and accusing only makes a narcissist dig in their heels and close their ears.
Sitting down and trying to get a narcissist to take responsibility for their actions is like talking to a wall.
Believe it or not, you can get through to a narcissist though.
It takes patience and plenty of wisdom from The Holy Spirit.
Try to encourage them to do good because it will cause good to come back on them ( being selfish that will greatly appeal to them ).
Tell them stories like where Nathan did with David ( 2 Samuel 12:1-10 ) . I find that one to be the best method and the one I desire to be able to use with the same skill as Nathan did. The narcissist may not change but it will definitely make them think twice about their behaviour ( especially around you ).
Always try to be patient, calm and respectful in these conversations. It will help the narcissist relax and be more open to listening to you.
Prayer: Please Jehovah ELOHIM YAKOL (God, the Most Able 2 Corinthians 9:8 ) bless me to imitate the best convincer of all, Jesus Christ so as to get through to the stubborn and wickeds hearts. I humbly request this in His amazing name. Amen
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