How To Be Jesus’ Heart, Hands, Voice And Feet

What are 4 ways we can be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ?
Gal.4:19  My children, I feel really like a mother who is giving birth to you again. I feel pain on your behalf until you become more completely like Christ.

The Heart of Jesus

What the world needs more than anything is love, and the love of God can be extended to others through us, and if not us, through whom? We must be the hands and feet of Jesus, but also have His heart for the lost. When Jesus was coming into Jerusalem, He wept over the thousands of lost souls. At one point He said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing” (Matt 23:37)! The Apostle Peter writes, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2nd Pet 3:9). Peter is saying that it’s not God’s will that any should die outside of faith in Christ, and Jesus’ will is also the same. God doesn’t want anyone to die in their sins, but that they would come to Him and believe and receive eternal life. Let’s pray to have more of Jesus’ heart for the perishing. Have you ever looked at someone and thought, “I wonder if they know Christ?”

The Hands of Jesus

When Jesus laid hands on people, He was doing so out of love and compassion, and the hands of Jesus were always doing what the will of the Father was, so we too must be the hands of Jesus. What do hands do? And in particular, what do Jesus’ hands do through us? We know that the church is the Body of Christ, and so we must be His hands, feet, eyes, and voice. Right now, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, so we on earth must be busying doing the will of the Father, and obeying Jesus Who is the Head of the Church. When Christ returns, and brings our rewards with Him, He will say to those who have faithfully been His hands, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (Matt 25:35-36), but those who have been doing these things will ask, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you” (Matt 25:37-39)? They didn’t see the connection that doing for the least of these is doing it for Jesus Himself. Our Lord said, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40). What you do for others is actually doing for Jesus. That’ll change how you do things with your hands.

The Voice of Jesus

Jesus used some of His harshest rebukes to the self-righteous Jewish leaders, saying, “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell” (Matt 23:33)? John the Baptist was no less harsh saying “to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come” (John 3:7)? Why did Jesus and John have to be so harsh? It was out of love. If you knew a bridge was out and the highway department hadn’t put up a sign yet, you’d do everything you could to try and stop the next car from driving over it. We’d probably be screaming at the top of our lungs to warn them, so it wouldn’t be a time to be shy or think, “Well…that’s really none of my business.” Jesus spoke the hardest words to the hardest hearts but spoke the softest words to the softest hearts. Sometimes, hard words can soften hearts and soft words can harden hearts. Of course, Jesus had to be hard because it was a matter of their pride. God resists the proud and only gives His grace to the humble (James 4:6). For most of us, we’d be better off using soft words of grace, but the gospel must include both repentance and faith, as Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Jesus didn’t say you must only believe. He said you must repent and believe. We must face the fact that the gospel will offend some, or as has been said, “It comforts the afflicted but afflicts the comfortable.”We must admit that for some, “we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” (2nd Cor 2:15), but it’s a two-edged sword, as the Apostle Paul explains; “to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things”(2nd Cor 2:16)?

The Feet of Jesus

I believe the feet of Jesus will go where Jesus’ feet went and that was to take the gospel to the lost. We are commissioned by God to make disciples of others (Matt 28:18-20), and that takes shoe leather to do it. This is where we must walk the walk and not just talk the talk. Jesus addresses those we are to go to; the poor, naked, hungry, thirsty, sick, and the stranger (Matt 25:35-36). That takes effort and passion and a heart for the hurting. God is near the broken hearted and crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18), so we need to be near them too. God is a defender of the poor, orphans, and widows, but He uses others as a means to do so, and that should include us.

Conclusion

To get a glimpse of what Jesus’ body does here on earth, please read Matthew 25:34-40. It establishes the fact that what we do for others, particularly the least, we do for Jesus Christ. On the other hand, not doing anything for Christ can hold serious consequences because it may show that they are not saved, but “Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes” (Matt 24:46), and woe to the one who has never done anything for our Lord (Matt 25:41-45).

May God help us all.

3 Surprising Ways the Enemy Will Try to Attack You

Here are three things that Satan will use in attacking you.

Using Your Family

Many years ago when I was saved, my family accused me of being brainwashed. I told them, “Yes, I was brainwashed–washed by the blood of the Lamb.” The vast majority of my family are not saved. The enemy will sometimes turn your family members against you, and this shouldn’t surprise us because Jesus said, “Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death” (Mark 13:12). He also said, “Everyone will hate you because of me” (Mark 13:13), and this “everyone” might include members of your own family.

Attacking Your Weakest Link

Satan knows our weaknesses from observation, and he knows where we are most vulnerable to sin. For some, it might be alcohol, drugs, or pornography or maybe all three. We are only as strong as our weakest link. Imagine you have ten links in a chain. All of the links are very thick and strong, but there is one that is very thin and fragile. That’s what the enemy focuses in on. Satan is described as a roaring lion, roaming about and seeking whom he might devour (1 Pet. 5:8), and he waits for the opportune time when we are most vulnerable. We might not even be on guard against a particular sin but then are exposed to an opportunity and succumb to the temptation and sin. Like prey run from predators, we must flee from temptation, especially in those weak areas of our life.

Using Deception and Lies

Satan is very clever and even has his own ministers and his own church, and “it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” (2 Cor. 11:15). He will use false teachers to mix truth with error, rendering the truth a half-truth like he did with Eve in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3). He might portray a false Jesus and one Who doesn’t require repentance and faith, which is what Jesus taught (Mark 1:15). He might try to get you to listen to worldly wisdom, which is foolishness to God (1 Cor. 3:19) and can lead you down the wrong path.

Conclusion

Satan is very clever and was able to distort the truth to Eve in order that he could deceive her, which he did. He is still the same today as then. He will use your family and turn them against you, he will find your weakest link and attack that vulnerable spot, and he will use lies and deception to distort the truth that is found only in God’s Word. To be forewarned is to be forearmed, and we must be wary of the wiles in which he will attack us

FIRE PRAYER

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 Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith.

  1. 1.      If I have been knocked down, I receive power to bounce back now!,O God  arise for me as you arose for Elijah  in Jesus’ name.
  2. 2.      Thou terror ,and power of the night troubling my star scatter  and die.. in the name of Jesus.
  3. 3.      Every power closing my good doors,  and leaving me on the rope of stagnancy, die now in the name of Jesus.
  4. 4.      Thou spirit of ‘beating-about-bush’ without making points, you are not my portion, I command you to die in the name of Jesus.
  5. 5.      O ground, I command you to open  and swallow the enemies of my open doors, and those who have  decreed evil against my goings  in the name of Jesus.
  6. 6.      All demonic dragons working against me be buried alive now, in the name of Jesus.
  7. 7.      I receive dominion over every satanic challenge in any area od my life, in the name of Jesus.
  8. 8.      Every oppressor and their weapons  oppression fashioned against me shall drown in the red sea, in the name of Jesus.
  9. 9.      Every weapon of discouragement working against my life be cancelled now!!! in the name of Jesus.

10.  Power of God, arise remove the  satanic cover  on  those who will bless me and connect me with my divine helpers, in the name of Jesus.

11.  This month shall be my month of signs and wonders , for I have the faith that My Father in heaven will catapult me to my next level, in the name of Jesus.

12.  My hands shall do well, my hands shall prosper, my hands shall not be bewitched  in the name of Jesus.

13.  I am here unto God not unto man, therefore O Lord, meet my needs, and the needs of others present, in the name of Jesus.

14.  Blood of Jesus, speak on my behalf in Jesus’ name.

15.  Spiritual wickedness in high places, hear the word of the LORD: and be struck  down  to death!!! In mighty name of Jesus Christ

Thank you Jehovah for the answer. In Jesus name, amen.

3 Ways To Control Your Anger In Reaction to Situations.

Here are three ways you can control your anger before it gets you into trouble.

Learn Contentment

The Apostle Paul endured about as much suffering as anyone in the first century church. Of course, no man ever suffered to the extent that Christ did, but Paul was beaten, flogged, whipped, chained, imprisoned, froze, in great heat, in hunger, in thirst, and yet Paul could still say, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (Phil 4:11b). How did Paul learn contentment while living in such suffering and deprivation? He had lots of practice, and his satisfaction wasn’t in things or circumstances, but in Jesus Christ. That was his anchor. If all he had was Christ, then he discovered that all he needed was Christ. That creates contentment, but you cannot learn contentment until you experience some discontent. Even a precious pearl cannot form without irritations. If we look at the cause of our anger, it’s usually an expression of some form of dissatisfaction about people or circumstances. It is not being content with what we have or what we are experiencing. Anger is never good unless it is righteous indignation. Jesus gives us several occasions where His anger was for the right reason, however, humans are not very good at discerning the difference. And that gets us into trouble. So the next time you’re angry, think about how Jesus was betrayed, unfairly tried and convicted, and was guiltless like no man has ever been, yet He was silent when led to the slaughter. Disciples of Christ must always be “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2). That should defuse your anger. At least it should.

Change your Expectations

If things are not going the way we expect them, we can grow very irritated. And this gives us a hair trigger, but we can put the safety it and move the finger from the trigger if we change our expectations a bit. What was it we were expecting that went wrong? Was some dream shattered by circumstances? Did some relationship end where you were betrayed? Have you not gotten what you deserve as far as your education is concerned? I know a man who has lived his life as one bad break after another. He was applying for citizenship in Canada when he had a very bad accident and permanently injured his back. Suddenly he was unemployed, had no health insurance because he had not yet become a Canadian citizen, and as a result, he was left with a huge debt (from his master’s degree), no job, and on disability, which for him was just about nothing since he hadn’t worked that many jobs in his life. His desire to move to Canada was crushed, and he and his young bride, with no health insurance, then fell deeper and deeper in debt. Thirty-eight years later, this man and his wife are still in crippling debt, and recently his wife also became disabled by a freak accident. Their expectations were never met. The man did admit he has suffered from the “what if’s” in life. He felt as though he had never fulfilled his lifelong mission or dream. Now, after all that, I can still say that this man’s faith is a strong as the day on which he was saved. I find it remarkable that he has suffered so much pain and lives at the poverty level, even with a master’s degree. If we change what we expect and trust God in what happens, it may help us to control our anger.

Trust God’s Sovereignty

People can be cruel, and I include myself in that group, but after I was converted, I couldn’t be cruel any more, but not because of self-improvement. It took the Spirit of God to quicken these dead men’s bones (Eph 2:1-5). I was like Lazarus…four days dead and having no hope, but the sovereignty of God kicked in. I was born from above (John 3:3-8) because it was God’s will (Eph 1), so this part of God’s sovereignty I love…now when it starts to get uncomfortable, I’m not so sure about God’s sovereignty anymore. I get more focused on the here and now rather than the “then and later” (Rev 21:1-5), so I had to stop looking at things as they are now, and look at them the way God sees them. God saw Gideon as a mighty warrior, even though it was not yet, so in God’s sovereignty, it was as good as done. Gideon didn’t see a “mighty warrior” but a hiding coward, the least of his clan. Again, that’s where God’s sovereignty kicked in. If Joseph had not been thrown into a pit to die, his brothers wouldn’t have sold him to slave traders. If Joseph hadn’t been sold to slave traders, he wouldn’t have been sold to Potiphar’s household. If He hadn’t been sold to Potiphar’s household, he wouldn’t have been unfairly accused and thrown into prison. If Joseph hadn’t been unfairly accused and thrown into prison, he wouldn’t have interpreted the two prisoner’s dreams. If Joseph hadn’t interpreted the two men’s dreams, he wouldn’t have had a chance to interpret Pharaoh’s dream, and if he hadn’t interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, he wouldn’t have been put in second command of all Egypt and if not for that, the great seven-year famine that came would have caused millions to die including Jacob and the nation of Israel, so when Joseph finally saw his brothers, he said, “you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Gen 50:20). Joseph didn’t deny that what they did was evil; he only shows that God can even use evil for good. Just look at the cross. Everything that happens must first pass through the nail-holed hands of Jesus.

Conclusion

Another way to dissipate anger is to look at people the way Jesus did. The young rich ruler who thought he was a good person instead was found to be coveting his wealth and rejected Christ, but though the man went away sad, “Jesus loved him” (Mark 10:21). How precious is that?! If Jesus can ask for God to forgive those who were nailing Him to a cross because they didn’t really know what they were doing, how can we not be content in all things? We can change our expectations and trust the sovereignty of God. He always works out things for our best, even when things look the worst (Rom 8:28).

4 Ways to Identify a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Here are four ways you can identify a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Maybe you can add a fifth way.

They Feed Themselves

Wolves in sheep’s clothing don’t really care about feeding the sheep but only feeding themselves. They only feed the flock sugar cubes to attract more sheep. Ezekiel nails it by writing, “… shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep” (Ezek. 34:2-3). A shepherd must never be interested only in money or he’s disqualified from being a pastor (1 Tim. 3:3) because a pastor must not be “pursuing dishonest gain” (Titus 1:7).

They’re Biblically Illiterate

Most wolves don’t know their Bible; therefore, they show their biblical illiteracy in their preaching. They take text out of context and build a false pretext around it. In other words, they proof text. For example, some have been prophesying a “blood moon” and doom and setting dates. They ignore the fact, or probably don’t know the fact, that Jesus said, “… concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only” (Matt. 24:36). They attract large “prophecy hounds” in order to build up their income and sell worthless books about the end times.

They’re Worldly Wolves

I won’t say who he is, but one “pastor” has been caught in adultery several times, yet they restore him to the pulpit, even though this disqualifies him from the pastorate. Jesus said, “You will recognize them by their fruits” (Matt. 7:16). Their lifestyle is like that of the rich and famous, and there’s scandal after scandal. Jesus warns us that “a healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits” (Matt. 7:18-20).

They Allow Other Wolves In

The wolf will also allow anyone in the church, just as long as they don’t disagree with the head wolf. They don’t preach about the need for repentance (turning away from and forsaking sin), the cross, the need for change, the necessity for living a holy life or sanctification. They stay away from things that will offend the sheep because they want to build as big of a flock as they can so that they can fleece the sheep for more and more. They let in adulterers, fornicators and such with no church discipline.

Conclusion

There are no shortages of wolves in sheep’s clothing today. Paul said, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions” (2 Tim. 4:3). So be warned about these wolves, who only seek to line their pockets with money, who are biblically illiterate, who have a scandalous lifestyle and don’t teach the need for holiness in the church.

3 Precious Offerings You Can Give To God

You and I have 3 very precious things that God’s given to us, so what can we offer back up to God?

Your Time

There is one commodity you have that God can use that you might not even think about…and that’s your time. Your time is probably like a lot of people’s time…there is precious little of it, but if you are spending your time on the right things, then you are making good use of your time. You are being a good steward with what you have been given, and since none of us know when our last day will be, we must make the most of the time God has given us. Think of your time as an offering; unless we use our time wisely, we’ll spend it uselessly, like we tend to sometimes do with our money. I tried to take an inventory of how I spent my time during the week, but I didn’t even see the project through, but when I did read where I was spending most of my time, I was disappointed with myself. I was spending time doing little or nothing for God. It was an eye-opener to me. Do I spend more time on Facebook than having my face in “the Book?” Things like that bothered me, so I need to watch my time more carefully, and redeem it for God, and not for myself, because what time I spend not doing for God is usually spending time doing something that won’t matter in the kingdom.

Your Talent

I believe everyone has a talent of some kind. Many have several talents, but everyone has at least one talent, but probably more than one, but the point is, you have a God-given talent for something, perhaps something that can be useful for the Body of Christ (Matt 25:35-36). Whatever it is, you can use it for the glory of God and for Jesus Christ Himself (Matt 25:40). What is done for the least of those is done for Jesus, so what is your talent? I’m sure you have one. Maybe it’s your smile and positive attitude, and living a life of faith that others find attractive. Perhaps it’s a skill for listening and not judging, but just letting others talk. If could be in music, art, writing, plumbing, or just being a diligent person. These can all be used for the kingdom of God. When we stop and help the Samaritan, we are showing the love of God. When we can use our own time and resources, our generosity might point someone to Christ. Whatever talent you have, use it for the glory of God.

Your Treasure

Our treasure is usually where our heart is. Jesus said, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6:21). This is why the Lord said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matt 6:19-20). Whatever you store up here will do no good for God, but whatever you do for God on earth you are storing up treasures in heaven. You can’t take them with you, but you can forward them ahead. In the Parable of the Talents, the master gave out talents before taking his far journey, so “To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away” (Matt 25:15). Then, “after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master”(Matt 25:19-21). The man with the two talent doubled his talents, but one man simply buried it, not using them for the Lord at all, so read what the master said to that man, “You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed” (Matt 25:26). The master rebukes him, saying, “you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away” (Matt 25:27-29). Jesus doesn’t expect us to double everything we have, but He does expect us not to bury our talents, but rather use them for His glory.

Conclusion

In the Old Testament, there were all sorts of offerings, but there was one offering that was special, and it was the peace offering, or freewill offering. It was the only offering that wasn’t commanded. The Keil-Delitzsch Commentary states that the most correct translation is “saving offering” (vol. 1, p. 298), because the burnt meal, and peace offerings were a sweet savor since it was not done for sin. The sin or trespass offerings are totally different. Yet another distinction is that the sin and trespass offerings were burnt outside the camp, emphasizing God’s disgust and aversion to sin, but at the same time signaling the separation which sin produces. The sinner, separated from God, could have no access to Him until he repented, and he was likewise separated from the community until cleansed of his trespass, but the peace offering or the “saving offering” did not have to be done outside the camp, indicating that this offering was not about sin. The peace offering was about their peaceful communion or fellowship with God. Today, we can be at peace with God because of Jesus Christ, as the Apostle Paul writes, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 5:1).

4 Reasons Our Problems Can Help Us

Why should we look at problems differently than the world does?

Meant for Evil

If Joseph had not been thrown into a pit to die, his brothers wouldn’t have sold him to slave traders. If Joseph hadn’t been sold to slave traders, he wouldn’t have been sold to Potiphar’s household. If He hadn’t been sold to Potiphar’s household, he wouldn’t have been unfairly accused and thrown into prison. If Joseph hadn’t been unfairly accused and thrown into prison, he wouldn’t have interpreted the two prisoner’s dreams. If Joseph hadn’t interpreted the two men’s dreams, he wouldn’t have had a chance to interpret Pharaoh’s dream and if he hadn’t interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, he wouldn’t have been put in second command of all Egypt and if not for that, the great seven-year famine that came would have caused millions to die including Jacob and the nation of Israel, so when Joseph finally saw his brothers, he said, “you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Gen 50:20). Joseph didn’t deny that what they did was evil; he only shows that God can use evil for good. The cross is the greatest example.

Finding Solutions

I remember taking college algebra, and it was very, very hard for me. That’s because math was not one of my favorite subjects, so when I was trying to solve equations, I had failure after failure, and it seemed nothing worked. I finally tried one last time and the problem was solved, but I also saw what I was doing wrong in solving these equations. My repeated failures caused me to find a solution, but a solution not only to this problem, but to help me solve the other equations too. If I’d given up, I’d never have solved it, and who knows, I might not have finished college. The point being, we can make our failures final or we can make them solutions by persevering. Thomas Edison failed thousands of times before finding a long-lasting lightbulb. I would’ve probably given up, and someone else would have ended up being the inventor of the light bulb.

Get our Attention

If our problems begin to pile up on us, God may be trying to get our attention. God is infinitely better than any parent and God disciplines us when we need it (and I surely do). The difference is we might discipline our children out of anger but God does it out of love. If things begin to get interesting in life, God may be using these problems to draw us back to Himself. We might think, “I feel so separated from God and He seems so far away,” but who moved; us or God? I recall a woman who brought her husband in to the ER for stomach pains, thereby ruining their European vacation because they’d missed their flight to Europe. The husband was angry and didn’t want to go, but after an examination, it was discovered that the man’s appendix had burst. If he had taken that several-hour flight to Europe, he may have died. His “problem” that messed up their vacation ensured that he might live to take another one.

They Humble Us

If there is one thing that our problems can do to us, it can humble us. We’re not in the mood for boasting or bragging when we’re in deep trouble. It may weigh us down so much that it may drop us to our knees, and maybe that’s what God was waiting for all this time. If something brings us into a closer relationship with the Father, then it is helped us immensely, even if it’s a problem. We already have God’s promise “that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28). Some manuscripts say, “God works all things together for good” or “God works in all things for the good.” I like both of them because they’re both true. Even though I know it’s true, I must admit I don’t always act like it or think like it. When people are put under great pressure, and they’re under the “heat,” so to speak, they can either become coal or a diamond, because that’s how both are formed. Without the tremendous pressure and heat, we wouldn’t have all these precious jewels and gems. It’s like the oyster; a grain of sand enters it, it irritates the oyster, it forms a calcium deposit around it, and as the irritation grows, now from the weight of the object, a valuable pearl is formed. I don’t need to tell you that they’re a lot of irritations in life, but these are worth it because we seek the Pearl of Great Price at all cost; at least we should (Matt 13:45-46). Jesus and our salvation is priceless.

Conclusion

Jesus didn’t see the cross as a problem to solve, but a cross to bear, and bear for our sakes who would trust in Him. Jesus’ crucifixion was seen as a huge validation that Jesus was not the Messiah. They Jews and Romans saw Jesus’ death on a cross as a total and utter defeat, but what a victory it wrought. That’s because, what they meant for evil did infinite good, because those who trust in Christ, even if they die, will yet live again (John 11:25-26). Aren’t we glad Peter didn’t talk Jesus out of going to the cross? What if Peter had his way? Where would we be now? What if I want my way? Will I get similar results? Most likely, yes. May I allow problems to work in my, to humble me, to make me seek You oh God. May I bare my cross for you to Your glory.

4 Ways To Quench Anger Before It Burns.

Here are 4 ways you can try to stop anger before it gets you in trouble.

Stop and Think

I know this sounds incredibly hard or even impossible, but when you get angry at someone, “Stop, think, and reason.” Maybe they’re not saved. Maybe they’ve had something go seriously wrong in a relationship. Maybe they’re facing financial catastrophe. We don’t know why the person snapped at us, at least not all the time, but maybe we can give them the benefit of the doubt. When the Apostle Paul was writing about Christian love, he wrote that, “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1st Cor 13:7), but what does Paul mean that love “believes all things?” I think he means that love gives people the benefit of the doubt, and it does not make assumptions, especially assuming the worst. It gives people room to be wrong. It allows people to be people, because we don’t know what’s going on in their lives. The next time someone snaps at you, don’t say anything, just stop and think before you speak.

What is Christ-Like?

If you read one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, and that is Philippians 2, you’ll be humbled and see why we should never treat anyone with disrespect or anger (unless it is righteous anger). The Apostle Paul tells us what it means to be Christ-like, so ask yourself, how would Jesus react? What would He do? What would He say in this situation? Would He react the way that I do? What if He were standing next to you and watching this (and He is!)? Paul writes, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil 2:3-4), but what if someone’s yelling at you (or me)? If others are more significant that we are, at least in our eyes, we won’t revile when reviled. Jesus didn’t. Paul writes that even “though [Jesus] was in the form of God, [He] did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:6-8). When we get angry, we’re not displaying humility. When we’re worried about ourselves, we’re not esteeming others better than ourselves.

Speak Softly

One thing I discovered from experience was that a harsh answer makes for a harsh response, and raising your voice tends to lead the other person to raise theirs, so Solomon knew what he was writing about by saying, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Prov 15:1). I’m sure you’ve found that to be true too, so one thing we can do when we start to feel anger swell up in us is to stop and think, think like Christ, and speak a soft answer. James wrote, “let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19), so if we are quick to hear and slow to speak, they might be slow to anger. All too often we’re quick to speak, slow to hear, and quick to anger. Speaking softly doesn’t escalate an argument like a loud voice does. After a while, it becomes a shouting match, and that never ends well.

Repeat the Phrase

In my 25+ years, I’ve had some very nasty things said to me, but rather than respond with something of my own (which would likely be bad), I repeat to them just what they said to me. When we repeat what someone’s said to us, they might realize (hopefully) just how harsh their words really were. I tried doing the same thing to my children when they were young, and this helps them process their anger by hearing what they said. They might not have even realized just how bad their anger is. It sounds odd, but it does act to diffuse the argument. Not always, but it does help to calm things down a bit. One thing that I hear a lot is “They never…” or“They always…” but rarely is anything always or never, so why not respond by repeating their statement, such as “you never do anything good!” Response; You said I “never do anything good” and when they say, “Yes, that’s right,” you can say, “Okay, why do you feel that way,” which can help them open up as to why they’re feeling so angry or frustrated. Maybe they’re right! Maybe you (or I) did something that you (or I) shouldn’t have and they have a right to be angry. If so, be humble enough to tell them so. An apology can go a long, long way in calming everything down. They might even apologize for getting out of control. There is real power in softness. Again, Solomon writes, “With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone” (Prov 25:15). When you do choose to repeat what an angry person has said to you, do it softly and slowly so that they can take everything in, and hear exactly what they said to you. It might make them see that they’re overreacting, or at least, that they’ve said something that’s pretty harsh. That might lead to a softer response in the future of the conversation.

Conclusion

Water is one of the softest, most pliable things there is, yet in time, it can wear away huge boulders. Which is harder? Water or rocks? A rock of course, but the water wins in time, because the consistent soft action of the water wears down even the hardest of objects. Maybe it’s a lot like that with people too. Soft answers are always best in turning away anger, and in keeping our own anger in check

Common Habits The Most Likeable People Have.

Here are five common habits that most likeable people have.

They Smile a Lot

One of the habits of people that are likeable is that they smile a lot. And I mean a lot! I have a friend who was a former co-worker who years ago smiled every time you saw him. It didn’t matter if it was Monday morning or Friday evening…this man had a smile on his face….and it is highly contagious. People want to be around people like that.

They Give a Lot

The people who seem to be liked the most are sometimes those who give the most, and I don’t mean only money. They give of their time, more than others, they give of their talent, more than others, and they give more than others to those who have greater needs than their own. These people believe Jesus Who said “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).

The Love a Lot

Jesus said that people will know we are His disciples if we have love for one another (John 13:15), and not by what we say. Talk is cheap but action does speak louder than words, and when our actions show that we love others, despite their imperfections (as we have too), we are showing others that we truly are Jesus’ disciples.

They Encourage a Lot

I love to build people up in the church and even those who I know around town. There is already enough tearing down of others. There is already enough gossip. There is already enough negativity in the world, so why not choose to encourage someone today. They might think you’re crazy at first because they don’t hear very many encouraging words these days, but people who are likeable are those who are encouragers. Who wouldn’t want to be around someone like that?

They Build up a Lot

The fact is we are commanded to build one another up, not tear each other down. The Apostle Paul wrote, “encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1st Thess 5:11). When the world seems to focus on bad news, why not be about the business of building others up. We’re not missing anything important when we miss the news on TV, but we can catch a lot when we can build others up and see how that encourages them.

Conclusion

Don’t you want to be around people that smile a lot, who give a lot, that love a lot, that encourage a lot, and build up a lot? If you have these character traits, I don’t have to guess about it. I am sure you have people that like you. I love having likeable people around me, so why not be that likeable person?

Here are 6 Good Bible Verses About Second Chances.

Let’s consider these Bible verses about God giving a second chance

Matthew 18:21-22 “Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.’”

Peter wanted to go beyond what the religious leaders did, who only forgave someone up to three times. So Peter thought, “Hey, I’d do them better and ask Jesus if I can forgive my brother ‘as many as seven times.’” But Jesus said it is “seventy times seven,” meaning we are to forgive our brothers and sisters as often as they need it.

Jonah 2:1-3 “Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying, I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me.”

I think after the great fish swallowed Jonah, he thought he was going to die, but God did rescue him “from the belly of the fish,” which would have been certain death. God gave Jonah another chance because He is the God of second (and beyond) chances.

Lamentations 3:21-23 “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Every day we see that God again is merciful to us. They “never come to an end,” in fact, and every morning “they are new” because God’s faithfulness is great. His steadfast love will never cease, nor will His mercies for us.

First John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Sometimes the hardest ones to forgive are ourselves. It’s easier to forgive others than ourselves, but the truth is that we shouldn’t stumble over things that are behind us. God forgives all of our sins–and all means all–and then He goes on to cleanse us from all of our unrighteousness. So if God forgives us, how can we not forgive ourselves?

Second Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

If God were not patient and long-suffering, none of us would survive. But God is patient toward us and doesn’t want anyone to perish apart from saving faith in Christ. God wants mankind to “reach repentance,” but they must first humble themselves because God is opposed to the proud and will extend His grace only to the humble (James 4:6).

Conclusion

I do hope these don’t give you the idea that God is keeping track of our failures and that when we reach a certain point, He’ll stop forgiving us. God is not just the God of second chances but of third, fourth, and on and on. This isn’t like baseball where after three strikes you’re out. God knows we’ll fail and knows ahead of time when we’ll fail and what we’ll fail at, but He never gives up on us.

It is important study Jesus attitude to Peter assuring him He still love him in Mark 16:7. “But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you. Though Peter was one of the disciples to be informed, He added ” Make sure to tell Peter! He is welcome even though he denied Me.

God is always ready to give a welcome back opportunity, make yourself available for repentance as you take on the race of faith

May God help us all.