Are You Consistent?

But God gave us not a Spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control
2 Timothy 1:7

For most, when we see someone who is extremely angry and raging and throwing things or yelling loudly, we perceive this immediately as a negative emotional state. But did you know that it is also just as possible to be unstable while happy as it is to be unstable while angry?

This of course doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun and joy, but rather, if that fun and joy then leads you to react in an unthinking manner, it can be detrimental because the inconsistency of your emotions can cause you to fall into unintentional sin. We would by natural instinct relegate to the opinion that “I should be free and able to choose however I want to feel.” Unfortunately, as we can clearly see,  sudden outbursts in the emotion of anger can cause us to do something horrible that we later regret like cheat, steal, insult, or injure someone. (e.g. see any newspaper) We can also see that sudden outbursts in the emotion of happiness can cause us to act just as destructively in making a bad choice or rash decisions that don’t last (e.g. the famous video of Tom Cruise jumping for joy at his extreme excitement of getting engaged to Katie Holmes….. Five years later… Divorce)

God’s Holy Word seems to lead us more towards wisdom, spiritual consistency and love above all, but with growth.

Hollywood especially glorifies these extreme acts of what their opinion of “Love” is on the big screen for all to see, and it seems to have become a societal norm that anyone who doesn’t give or receive such grand gestures from their significant others would suggest a lack of love in a marriage or relationship. This incorrect perceptional influence just might be the reason for the uprise in divorce rates because instead of us being the patient, kind and rooted in truth “givers” as Jesus intended, we’ve become selfish, pety, and self-seeking “receivers” who are only looking out for what we can gain in anything we do.

But extreme anger or joy is just the mere tip of the iceberg. Consider the vast array of emotions that we as people are capable of experiencing in general.

How many other emotions can reach a volatile state?

I’ve included a chart below that reflects a centered level of emotions, and the different directions of instability that they can reach. Consider your daily steps and the times when you might reach such an extreme level. Also consider how susceptible to sin you are at these times. Whether in your thinking, in your words, or your actions, I think you too might find that in these extreme levels of emotional instability, we are most vunerable to succumbing to various sin. Our enemy intends to inflict flaming darts upon us in our weakest states, and our inability to take control over our sometimes prevailing emotions allows for these attacks to amplify throughout our lives affecting our personal relationship with God and our relationship with others.

Levels of Emotion Chart

 

I was pretty surprised that this was taught in prison as a form of anger/emotion management and not in our regular school educational system although every single person in this world experiences these emotional battles in their daily lives. Our system sort of allows for the sin to be put before the education to avoid sin. Luckily, the true lover of our souls is always keeping watch over us!

Jesus Came to Save the World

And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”
John 12:44-50

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
1 Corinthians 1:10

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 6:12

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin
1 John 1:7

Protect yourselves with the knowledge of God found in His Holy Word and think about how the way you feel affects the way you think, speak and act.

Grace be unto you always,

Mali Music – The Light
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwdFPb2SlYA

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“Before” All Else Fails… Trust God!

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Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see
Hebrew 11:1

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently
Romans 8:24-25

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away
1 Corinthians 13:8

 

Does Your Faith Stand In Adversity?

Mali Music – The Job Experience Lyrics

And the cycle goes again…
Typical story of
A good man,
Giving God glory.
He’s a God fearing man,
Perfect husband,
Excellent pops and he finally received that raise…
Cash in the bank!
Yeah, they were saving up.
He and his wifey been fussing,
It’s time for making up.
The recessions been digging in you,
It’s been really rough,
But he believes his change is here to stay.
It was a Thursday night, April first.
He’s sitting there in traffic on his way home from work.
He checks his voicemail it’s his mother.
She’s got multiple lumps in her breast and they hurt.
She wants him to pray that it’s not cancerous.
Broke the news to your daddy and he’s takin it the worst.
Cause honestly she knew for many years,
But she didn’t want the family to panic over her,
So he prays:
“God save her, Lord I know that you are able,
I’m lifting up my heart to You in prayer,
You’re a Healer You’re the Savior, So save her,
So he goes to call the boo to tell her all that happened and to let her know the news.
It’s looking like it’s 6: 22.
She should be whipping up the dinner,
Got the kiddies home from school,
But every time he calls it goes straight to her voicemail
“Just leave your number,
And I’ll get right back to you”.
He thinks nothing of it and he cruises the rest of the way trying to clear his mind.
He pulls into the house,
He’s so unfocused.
Walks right in he’s wondering “why was the front door wide open? ”
Goes to the living room,
There’s two men holding guns to his family’s face: his wife,
His youngest and his oldest.
They yelling “get the money,
Hit the floor man! ”
He pulls the money out he kneels down and says,
“Just go, man! ”
The robber kneels down to get the dough
And forgets his fingers on the trigger
And he accidentally blows and [gunshot]
Jesus, can You even see us?
I gave You all of me because I thought You could protect us,
Lead us and direct us.
But you can’t even keep us safe from violence and diseases,
I’m really wanting to believe in You,
But I need a reason to trust You after this one…
Because You let me down, because You let me down
Then God says,
I am the Lord your God,
There’s majesty and splendor round about Me.
It’s very sad, but true,
That very often your faith fails you and you doubt Me.
Woe oh oh.
But I’m so sovereign and above,
I give you power to believe you’re all in control,
But I’m SUPER!
And I’m set to show Myself so strong in a realm of the living that leaves the whole world In a stupor.
And by the way I caused the bullet shot to ricochet right back into the shooter!
[Gasps]

Jesus looked at him and said “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”
Matthew 19:26

He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you
Luke 17:6

In The Beginning….

In The Beginning....

God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness
Genesis 1:4

I think God gave us shadows to remind us that evil and darkness follows us everywhere on this Earth, but also to remind us that through Him, we always have the power to keep it under-foot!

For God gave us a Spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control
2 Timothy 1:7

Blessings Always,

Romans 6:18

I lift up your name
Lord God you remain
The joy in my heart
My thoughts without end

My victory sealed
In your spirit of love
You cast out the evil
And lift me above

Afloat above mountains
My rock upon high
My father is mighty
Surpassing the sky

Existing in spirit
Creator of all
The righteousness in me
That’s seen through my walk

Reflecting you solely
I pray always to be
By your love and grace
I always am free

 

 Canton Jones – G.O.D.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO9stHK6RMA

 

Psalm 114

When Israel came out of Egypt,
    Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,
Judah became God’s sanctuary,
    Israel his dominion.

The sea looked and fled,
    the Jordan turned back;
the mountains leaped like rams,
    the hills like lambs.

Why was it, sea, that you fled?
    Why, Jordan, did you turn back?
Why, mountains, did you leap like rams,
    you hills, like lambs?

Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord,
    at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turned the rock into a pool,
    the hard rock into springs of water.

We Cry Out

War – Famine – Hate – Death – Sin

Sometimes it’s hard to feel comfortable in a world that delights, glorifies, and perpetuates such heinous mentalities in so many ways.

I see and feel hate in myself, my family, my friends, my neighborhood, my community, my city, my province, my country; the world.

Backtracking….

I see and feel hate in the world, my country, my province, my city, my community, my neighborhood, my friends, my family; in me.

The knowledge of good and evil; it’s in all of us.

Let’s effect change by educating ourselves first, and then our children about God who loves humanity. So much so that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes and calls out to Him shall be saved.

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved
Romans 10:13

Saved from a world full of hate.

Stop the cycle…

All glory be to our God of Love!

Planetshakers – We Cry Out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaYugzd7H-k&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Psalm 24

Of David. A psalm.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
    and established it on the waters.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not trust in an idol
    or swear by a false god.

They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face, God of Jacob.

Lift up your heads, you gates;
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,
    the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty—
    he is the King of glory.

Anything Done In Darkness…

Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!
Luke 12:3

I remember a pretty uneasy time in my life, when I juggled a professional office job which required me to dressed and carry myself a certain way, then after hours I would kick back and get high with friends which I also had to conceal from other friends and family, and then even being a drinker who waited mostly until night time to go meet up with the boys and sometimes drink even until the next morning.

What I never paid attention to was all the effort I was putting into this balancing act I was living to hide certain things from co-workers, hide certain things from family, and hide other things from friends. That kind of lifestyle can be so exhausting physically, mentally and spiritually and can also affect your relationship with many people. Your friends, your family, your employees, and even significant other. We can live that way for so long that we completely forget who we are and how to even be who we truly are made to be; children of God created in His image.

This piece of scripture always reminds me of those days and helps me to never miss them for a second! I can’t begin to describe how freedom from the burden of sin feels to know that you can live openly and honestly in front of any and every one with no shame or guilt about your thoughts, words, or actions. No need for facades and no need to indulge in any form of substance to speak truth openly and freely for all to hear.

People can still judge and criticize of course. Those who are slaves to sin are slaves also to Satan and will be used to attack men for God’s righteousness,  but hold firm to the faith knowing that you have the strength of God which none can overcome.

If there is something that you are holding onto that you know fully well is either not right in the sight of God (not others, but God) or is something that you feel you need to conceal in privacy or darkness to partake in, I think it’s time that you ask yourself, “why do I need to hide this?”

Coming to terms with why you resolve to maintain privacy in certain matters can give you much insight and strength to overcome a multitude of adversity. And remember that in anything you do, if you include God, it is always sure to work out to your benefit.

Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new
2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Blessings always

Lecrae – Don’t Waste Your Life
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RWEllqh5J0