Choosing Our Attitude

December 29, 2008 at 7:14 am 1 comment

How is Dan?  We wish we knew…is it just trapped fluid causing his hip to hurt, or is the tumor growing?  He is in so much pain that he has to take pain medication…and sleeps a lot.  It is hard for him to walk.  The big question is how much are we going to choose to worry?  

I Peter 5:3-11 has good advice, “Be self-controlled, alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

Seeing Dan struggling to walk, fearing that the cancer is growing, I went to church full of tears.  Dave’s lesson from Psalm 37 gave me new courage!   What turned my feelings around so quickly?  Let me share with you — Don’t fret.  It’s temporary! Fretting leads to you not being at peace, unable to lead, to not focus on the good you can do.  Be Still and Wait Patiently for the Lord.  

Keep your focus – do good.  Cultivate a spirit of contentment.  Be grateful for what you have.  Don’t focus on what you don’t have. Find your fulfillment in God.  Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.  God will fulfill or take away your desire. (How cool is that?)

Here’s something to think about — I Peter 4:1,2 tells us that it is good for us to suffer because then we give up desires that aren’t good for us.  If we commit our lives to God, when the time is right, He will make our righteousness shine like the sun. How do you do that?  Fast and pray in secret.  Do good things for the least important of our family in Christ.

Quiet your heart, be still before the Lord, refrain from anger, do not fret, wait patiently for Him.  Wait patiently for Him…believing His promises.  If you don’t know His promises, I suggest you read the book of Luke, then Acts of the Apostles, then the book of Philipians.  That is what I am doing to keep sane.  — Anne and Dan

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  • 1. Sherrie Hammond  |  December 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Yes,very true. And, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah, Joel, plus all the major and minor prophets contain God’s promises. Deuteronomy 28:1-14 contain God’s promised blessings for obedience to God. In Christ, all of God’s promises come true for obedient believers in Jesus, the apostle Paul teaches in 2 Corinthians 1:20-22. Psalm 37 is my favorite scripture text, because the verses teach believers the reality of our earthly and spiritual circumstances. On the earth, we have difficulties happen, but in the heavenly realm God is working something good for all the difficulties we endure. Jesus verifies this reality truth in John 16:33 saying, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33-NIV).” Jesus wins the victory now for believers.

    Jesus wins the victory now and for all eternity on behalf of believers. What happens on earth is not the end of a Christian’s story. Jesus tells believers our final victory, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done . . . Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city . . . I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star (Revelation 22:12,14,16-NIV).” Jesus tells believers the end of our story is victory in Jesus with rewards coming to us for our faith in Him.

    The apostle John continues teaching believers about our final victory in Jesus’ saving power over Satan’s hurtfulness. Jesus always rides in on His white horse with His armies following behind Him to defeat Satan on our behalf. Jesus speaks the Word of God and Satan is defeated, and then we are freely rewarded by our Knight in Shining Armor, Jesus Christ. “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True . . . His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine line, white and clean . . . the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured and . . . thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur . . . killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse (Revelation 19:11-21-NIV).”

    And the final home of believing overcomers is in heaven with God. Heaven is our safety fortress that lasts forever. Heaven is wonderful, because Satan can never hurt us again. Satan can never go to heaven’s restful, joyful, and peaceful place. Our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life–believing overcomers are the only ones who get into that glorious heavenly home. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth . . . And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new! . . . Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true . . . To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son . . . Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 21:1-7,27-NIV).”

    Love to you, Sherrie


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