What to Say to the Depressed, Doubting, Skeptical, Confused, Angry If you care about people and risk talking to the depressed, the doubting, the skeptical, the confused, and the angry, you will soon run into a person who says to your counsel: I’ve tried that. Whatever you say, they will minimize it and say it doesn’t work. Do not be surprised at this response. This is what it means to be depressed, doubting, skeptical, confused, angry. It means that whatever they hear sounds useless. So I want to offer some suggestions for what you say in a conversation that is about to be cut off like that. 1. First, resist the temptation to be offended. 2. Second, listen to their responses. 3. Third, when you have spoken all the experiential counsel you can think of, and they seem to have demeaned it all, don’t let them have the last word of despair. I know that you don’t feel very helped by what I have said. Paul is talking about what God offers to everyone and what those who believe in Jesus experience. ©2014 Desiring God Foundation.
The Wherewithal of God | Devotions for Living “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” – Psalm 119:9 Wherewithal – have you ever used this word? Read this verse with exasperation. We live in such a filthy world. This is why the second part of the verse is given. God gives you the wherewithal to cleanse yourself. Explore and take heed to the instruction given in God’s word and know this: You have a 100% chance of success in living a pure life before God. Isn’t that good news? This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 7:39 pm and is filed under Cleansing, Psalms, Purity, Scripture Index, Subject Index, Thoughts.
The Paradox of the Cross - Resources Jesus said that if we are to truly be His disciples we are to “take up our cross daily and follow Him” (Luke 9:23). But what does that mean? To understand that, we need to understand the meaning of the cross in that time and culture. The cross has lost most of its original meaning today. It is shrouded in religiousness and mystery. It has become many things, from a religious icon to a fashion element. When we see the cross today, it is a symbol of faith, particularly the Christian faith. But in the time when Jesus made that statement, He had not yet died on the cross. In fact, it was the symbol of a very cruel death. A radical symbol Why would He use the cross to illustrate what it meant to follow Him? Jesus intentionally used a gruesome symbol to get the people’s attention. But, on the other hand, it will cost you more not to follow Him. What is the cross we are to bear? What does it mean to “bear the cross” today? Often, we hear people say that they have a “cross” to bear.
Obvious Proof of Gods Existence & Activity - possible? desirable? SUMMARY: God seems to prefer a balance of evidence, with reasons to believe and disbelieve, so a person's heart and will can freely (not coerced by overwhelming evidence) make the decision, and so we can develop a "living by faith" character with a trust in God serving as the foundation for all of our thoughts and actions in daily living. Yes, Evidence is Available But authentic faith is not blind faith; it is not "trying to force yourself to believe what you know is not true." Strong evidence for Christian faith can come from four sources: recorded history, science, and human experience that is first-hand (personal experience) or second-hand (interpersonal experience). A Summary In an effort to avoid misunderstanding, I want to emphasize four points: First, absolute truth does exist, even though we cannot know with absolute certainty what this truth is.
Scriptures to Strengthen Your Faith (For learning to trust Him and give your problems to Him completely!) Scriptures taken from "The Book" ("The Living Bible") 1 Peter 5:7 Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. John 14:27 I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart! Philippians 4:6-7 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. Psalms 40:1-3 I waited patiently for God to help me; then He listened and heard my cry. Psalms 34:17-19 Yes, the Lord hears the good man when he calls to Him for help, and saves him out of all his troubles. Isaiah 40:31 Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled. Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong! Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you. Psalms 112:6-8 Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. Psalms 32:7-9 Hebrews 10:35-38 Isaiah 26:3-4 Psalms 37:7 James 5:7-8 Romans 8:31-32
Matthew Henry 6 ways to practice the presence of God throughout your day | Shooting the Breeze Brother Lawrence was a monk in France during the 1600’s. He was assigned to the monastery kitchen where, amidst the tedious chores of cooking and cleaning at the constant bidding of his superiors, he developed his rule of spirituality and work. Brother Lawrence learned to retreat to a place in his heart where the love of God made every detail of his life of surpassing value. He said: “I began to live as if there were no one save God and me in the world.” Together, God and Brother Lawrence cooked meals, ran errands, scrubbed pots, and endured the scorn of the world. To live moment by moment, conscious of God’s presence is the key to Christian living. 1. When you first wake up in the morning focus on God. Put aside all the cares and pressures of the day and praise God for who He is: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 2. Ask God for spiritual insight from the portion of Scripture you read in the morning. 3. Each morning dedicate yourself to God’s service (Romans 12:1). 4. 5. 6. Like this:
Our Daily Bread Back in the 1930s, my childhood home was loving and happy, but my parents were often away. On those occasions, the center of warmth in our home was the kitchen and our tiny, joyous housekeeper named Annie. I spent many hours with Annie, sitting at our kitchen table reading books or playing with toys and listening to her sing and hum spirituals and hymns. From her heart sprang a continual flow of wisdom, cheerfulness, and song. One morning, with childish exuberance, I used a racial slur I had heard. I learned that we cause unfathomable sorrow when we dishonor and debase others through bigotry. There is but one race: the human race. Of all creation’s treasures rare,Not one compares in worth with man,In God’s own image he was madeTo fill a place in His great plan. God desires that we show respect to all people, because everyone bears His image.