Archives for September 2016

DIVINE PERSPECTIVE

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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)

There are many things we may have an issue with in in-law relationships. Let’s see if I can name some that hit a nerve with you.

 We are not honest with each other. There is too much deception with each other.

Family events are not considered important to come to.

Kindness is at a minimal in the relationship with words and deeds.

Some family members are distant.

The relationship changed after marriage.

One set of parents receives more time than the other.

These and others like them are just outer symptoms of the real problem, The enemy.

We have to get a divine perspective on our relationship to see who is the real enemy.

When we have struggles in our relationships, we think all the problem is the other person. The enemy wants us to think and believe the other person is all the problem. Make no mistake, the enemy is at work in your relationships.

So much of what causes issues in in-law relationships has nothing to do with the real issue. There’s almost always something deeper — an unmet need, influences in lives, a lack of trust, how a person grew up, etc. These can be the root of our problems.

What helps make our in-law relationships strong is when all the people involved have a strong commitment to God’s Word and obeying it. The foundation for this is when all the people involved have a relationship with the Lord. At some point in their lives, they made a commitment to the Lord. When people have a want to for showing the fruits of the spirit like love, joy, peace, patience etc., this makes a difference. There are so many times in our relationships, when we have people who have a relationship with the Lord and some that do not. We are not even on the same wave link. We have some with a commitment to obeying the Bible and some that do not even consider what it says. This makes it hard to build a relationship. We tend to just deal with symptoms. We keep dealing with the outer issues because inwardly we do not have the same commitment to the Lord and the Bible.

God gives us the strength to put on that armor and go to him in prayer for the people in our relationships that do not have a commitment to the Lord and His Word. It is hard to build relationships when the core of commitment is on two different extremes. One has a relationship with the Lord and one does not or one has made a commitment to the Lord but has not grown in that commitment to His Word.

We must commit our relationships to prayer and with love work on real relationships with our in-laws. This will take each day seeking God’s wisdom and guidance. As we have struggles in our relationships, let’s use those same struggles to call us on our knees to prayer.

Worries or Worship

 

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Worries or Worship. Which will you choose?

 

I saw a saying about turning our worries instead worship. Worries and worship start with the same first three letters but they are two very different words. Worry is when we focus on our troubles. Worship is when we focus on God and show our love for Him. The W in both words remind us that it takes work to focus on God. We have problems, schedules, families and more that can take our focus off of God. We have to work at changing our focus each day. The O in both words reminds us that only you and me can make the choice to worry or worship. Nobody makes us worry. We choose to focus on our troubles. I admit some troubles make it very easy to worry. Worry can affect more than our focus.  Worry can cause anxiety and interferes with your appetite, sleep, and job performance. Only you and me can choose who or what is first in our life. The R in worries and worship remind us that when we remain in Him then we will be better able to resist the temptation to worry. Jesus says, “Remain in me and I will remain in you.”(John 15:4) Only when we remain in Christ can we overcome the daily temptation to worry. When we work on focusing on God instead of our troubles, we can see the blessings instead of just the troubles and battles in our life. We see God move in us everything around us. We can watch God turn our battles into blessings.

Not Enough

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In Mark 6, we have the story of the 5 loaves and 2 fish. There were thousands of hungry people with not enough food. Jesus had the not enough covered. The disciples just did not realize all what Jesus could do. They were going to send all the starving people away to find food but Jesus decided to meet every not enough need right in front of them. Jesus turned 5 loaves and 2 fish into more than enough food for thousands of people. This would have been a sight to behold. We all get into to the not enough situations.

We have not enough money to meet all the bills we have to pay.

We have not enough patience for a rebellious son or daughter.

We have not enough peace for an uncertain future when terminal illness enters our family.

We have not enough love for an in-law when a conflict arises in the relationship.

We have not enough joy when our heart is broken by a friend or family member.

We have not enough words for a difficult conversation.

There are many times we are in the not enough situations. Many times we just hang back with our not enough and try to survive the situation.  Paul says in Philippians, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” When we are in our not enough situations we forget or conveniently forget that God has the not enough supplies we need for our situation.

He has in His storehouse of riches the extra money for every situation.

He has the extra patience for a rebellious son or daughter.

He has the extra peace for an uncertain future.

He has the extra love for an in-law.

He has the extra joy when our heart is broken.

God can supply every word you need for any conversation.

He is our God of the not enough. Just like when Jesus supplied all the food that was needed for thousands of people, He has our supplies when we run low. Take time each day to draw off of Jesus’s supplies of riches when you just don’t have enough of your own resources. He has a storehouse of riches in glory to supply all your needs not just part but All.

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