July 31, 2017

Anger Management (4)

‘Don’t use… abusive language.’ Ephesians 4:29 NLT The Bible says: ‘Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live.’ (Ephesians 4:29–30 NLT) Notice, when you lash out in anger you not only hurt the other person, you grieve the Holy Spirit. Have you considered that? As followers of Christ we’re called to try to understand what the other person needs. That means not bringing up previously confessed offenses, dragging […]
July 30, 2017

Anger Management (3)

‘Out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.’ Luke 6:45 NIV What you store on your computer’s hard drive can be recalled with a few clicks. Jesus said: ‘The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart… the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.’ And when you download old resentments you grow bitter. When you’re angry, deal with it quickly. Don’t walk around on a ‘slow boil’. And don’t sit around hoping the other […]
July 29, 2017

Anger Management (2)

‘My inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak right things.’ Proverbs 23:16 NKJV When it comes to practicing anger management, here are two important Bible principles: (1) Don’t blame people and things. Blaming is a way of evading responsibility while pointing your finger elsewhere. ‘If only you’d arrive on time, I wouldn’t have to nag you,’ or ‘If you’d stop nagging me, maybe I’d start being on time.’ Words like that don’t help, they just antagonize the other person, perpetuate your anger, and fail to get the results you want. (2) Don’t use words as weapons or a form of control. Instead […]
July 28, 2017

Anger Management (1)

‘Don’t sin by letting anger control you.’ Ephesians 4:26 NLT Here’s a Bible plan for growth that includes anger management: ‘Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil… Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and […]
July 27, 2017

Focus On What Really Matters

‘Life is not measured by how much you own.’ Luke 12:15 NLT One day a man was talking to an angel. The story goes that the angel said, ‘What can I do for you?’ The man said, ‘Show me the Wall Street Journal one year from today. This way, I’ll know where to invest my money and become a multimillionaire.’ So the angel snapped his fingers and out came a Wall Street Journal dated one year in the future. The man flipped the pages of the newspaper, studying the listings and observing which stocks would be high and which ones would be low. But in […]
July 26, 2017

You Belong To God

‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you… You are Mine.’ Isaiah 43:1 NKJV When God redeems you, He owns you. And what He owns, He protects! This is illustrated in the story of Belshazzar. The Bible says: ‘Belshazzar the king made a great feast for a thousand of his lords… Belshazzar gave the command to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple… in Jerusalem, that… his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them.’ (Daniel 5:1–2 NKJV) Now, if they’d just abused some worthless old cup it might not have mattered, […]
July 25, 2017

Set Goals For Your Life

‘Write the vision and make it plain.’ Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV Only when you’re clear about your personal goals, can you measure your personal growth. Here are eight proven principles that will help you to establish the right goals for your life: (1) Begin with prayer; otherwise the ladder you’re climbing may be leaning against the wrong wall. ‘Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but…the Lord’s purpose… prevails.’ (Proverbs 19:21 NIV) (2) Think on paper. God told Habakkuk, ‘Write the vision and make it plain.’ Writing your goals down gives them a sense of permanency, plus it energizes you. (3) […]
July 24, 2017

Write It Down—Then Tear It Up!

‘Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.’ Philippians 3:13 NKJV There will always be people who speak ill of you. ‘She’ll never amount to anything… His parents were nothing, his grandparents were nothing, and he’s going to be nothing too!’ The question is: who are you going to believe, God or your critics? According to Scripture: ‘Anyone… in Christ… is a new creation; old things have passed away… all things have become new.’ (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV) God says that by His grace you’re going to prove your critics wrong, so stop listening […]