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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nothing Can Overcome You This Week Because Jesus Is In Control.



I am so glad that God does not have partiality or favorites among His children. What God has promised to one He must also honor with another. When we are brought to the end of our resources; we must first remember that God is faithful. If He did for David, He must do it for me. If He did for Moses, I am just as entitled to receive. If He did it for Jeremiah then I can well expect Him to do it in my life to! Prayer begins in trouble and it continues because we're always in trouble at some level: Finances, Family, Health, the list goes on & on. It requires no special preparation, no precise vocabulary and no appropriate posture. It springs from us in the face of necessity and, in time, becomes our habitual response to every issue, good and bad, we face in life. God's help is only a prayer away. (Phil. 4:6) A powerful and yet- a simple prayer to pray is: "I trust you God."  That simple little prayer can give you so much comfort.  When you are afraid, trust God; when you are not afraid; Trust God. When things go wrong, remember Jesus is the bridge and the way back. I don't care how hopeless you feel, God says you're coming out. Trust Him to do what you can’t do, the impossible. Know that nothing will overcome you this week.

This week you can say: Nothing can overcome me this week because Jesus is in control. When we know that Jesus isn't a small part of our life but He is our life we can say with confidence and assurance; nothing will overcome us. Invite Him into your circumstance because when He enters the scene miracles happen. No chain is stronger than the name of Jesus. Not one tear goes unnoticed by Him, not one sigh unheard by Him, not one cry escapes His ears. I hear you, I love you, I know what you need and I Am here this day, this week, this month, this year and forever more to bring you one step closer to My heart. I Am in Control; I Am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. I Am your Provider, your Comforter, your Healer, your Protector, and your Counselor. I AM that I AM.

Blessings

J.P. Olson

No Church Will Be A Perfect Fit, But We Can All Work At Fitting Together More Perfectly.


Every church has something that's not quite right.  Too short.  Too long. Too big. Too small. These words describe most of the clothes I try on. Finding the perfect fit seems impossible.  Finding a church that is a "perfect fit” poses similar problems. Our gifts aren't recognized: so we leave the church.  Our talents aren't appreciated: so we church hop.  Our sense of humor is misunderstood: so we don't go to church.  Our feelings are easily hurt: so we get offended.  Certain attitudes, beliefs, people, or a program makes us uncomfortable.  We feel as if we don't fit.  We struggle to find our place.  We know, however, that God wants us to fit together with one another, for there to be no divisions in His church. This means that we, the building blocks are to be "perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." (1 Corinthians 1:10). No Church Will Be A Perfect Fit, But We Can All Work At Fitting Together More Perfectly.  Christ's love creates unity in the midst of diversity.

Christ, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.  Ephesians 2:21

When there is no love in the Church according to 1 Cor 13, there never will be a unity and there never fits a thing. Gifts never fit without love. When the flesh has the upper hand special among the leaders, then never something fits. A Church with love fits. Where love is, there is understanding and wisdom to put the Church together. Love can't be replaced by anything.

The Lord gives gifts to be used in the Church for the benefit of the whole Church. However, when members of the body can’t supply their effort by the grace given gifts, because their effort fits not in the ideas of the leadership, then that particular member has nothing to seek there. Gifts are given to bear fruit and when that isn’t possible the member has to seek a place to bear fruit. Love and gifts are bearing fruit and without it there is only dead and unfruitfulness.

Eph 4:15-16: but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head Christ from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Refuse To Be Content With Just The Knowledge Of God, But Insist On Experiencing The Presence Of God.


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“Three things that God has never seen. A person that has not sinned. A sinner He does not love, A sinner He cannot save. Jesus loves you. We have to Start with Jesus, Stay with Jesus and End with Jesus. Only through Jesus Christ is salvation full and free. “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12). Everyone doesn't face the same problems in life but we can all have the same solution. His name is Jesus Christ. When we need, God Knows, When we ask, God Listens,When we believe God Works. God's love never fails, Never Gives Up and and Never Runs Out. Never say Never when it comes to what God can do. God doesn't reject prayers, He answers prayers. We may be delayed, but we are not denied. GOD moves in His time, not by our mortal clock.

When we stray from His presence, He longs for us to come back. If a problem brings you to prayer then it has served it's purpose. He is faithful when I am not, He is constant when I am not, He is everything when I am nothing, Yet He says that I am His. Sin is what we do when our heart is not satisfied with God. We sin because we are looking to something else to give us what only Jesus can. Anything is a blessing that makes us pray. The more we have to rely on God, the more we will choose to rely on God. Lord help us to abandon anything within us that resist relying on You. Remove anything from my heart that will keep me from listening to You. I want to Stand in Your Presence, I want to Kneel in Your Presence; I want to Experience Your Presence.

Refuse to be content with just the knowledge of God, but insist on experiencing the presence of God.

Blessings
J.P. Olson

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Are We Sending Out Mixed Messages? Are We Misrepresenting Christ? We Are Christ's Brand; We Represent And Reflect Christ…Everyday…Everywhere…Before Everyone!

You know as Christians we can often send out mixed messages of Who we represent. We are His walking billboards. “That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord…” First, ‘walk’ is present tense, letting us know that this is to be done on a continual basis! Day in and day out we are to walk out this lifestyle of Christ-like Discipleship. This requires quite a bit of daily discipline.  Secondly, our lives and conduct are to be lived out in such a manner that it is worthy of the Lord Jesus Christ! The word “worthy” is defined as “deserving or good enough; deserving effort or attention or respect.” Can we honestly say that’s descriptive of our lives and conduct on a daily basis? Are we giving Him what He deserves? Is what we’re giving Him good enough? Is what we’re giving Him reflective of effort, attention and respect? Every day? In public and private? In church, at home, at work, at school, at the laundry, at the mall?

The Bible goes on to read, “…fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things…” The word ‘fully’ is defined as ‘completely, entirely’.  Do we live our daily lives and conduct in such a way that Christ is fully pleased with it and us? And not just our Sunday-Go-To-Meeting ‘Form of Godliness’, but when we’re in traffic and get cut off, is He still pleased with our words, actions and thoughts? Is He pleased with us completely…entirely…and in ALL things? Are we pleasing to Him in how we handle conflict, crisis, disagreements, anger, bad news, disappointments, let downs, betrayal? Are we still pleasing to Him when someone else gets the pat on the back; the word of encouragement; the support? Are we pleasing to Him when we’re overlooked; under-estimated; passed over; ignored or rejected? When we’re pleasing to Him in ALL things, that means the success and the failure; the promotion and the demotion; the marriage and the divorce; financial increase and financial decrease; when the doctor’s report is favorable and when it’s unfavorable; when someone else gets the house while we’re still trying to pay for the studio; when they drive the car out the dealership while we’re scrapping to get coins to go on a Metro card; when we can keep the utilities on and when they’re cut off? Are we pleasing to Him in our daily lives, no matter the mood, feeling or experience? Or are we well over-due for an attitude adjustment that’s more in line with His characteristics?

Truth is, the world has so much to offer, and so much of it is appealing and attracting, but do we present Christ in such a manner that they want Him too? Do we live in such a manner and walk and live in such a way that people want the Savior we serve? As His waiters and waitresses do we serve Him up well? Do we make Him appealing and attracting? Does the very scent of salvation flow through their nostrils, or does our attitude give off a disgusting stench instead? Can they smell the very scent of Christ on us? Are we attracting or detracting? Is our Christian Conduct, Character, Lives and Lifestyles Drawing People Nearer to Christ or Drawing Them Further Away? Let’s be honest, some people will not receive Christ, not because of Him but because of His Christians.

“I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” (Mohandas Gandhi)

Is this descriptive of us? Have we so warped our walk with God that people aren’t following Him, not because of Him, but because of us? Believe it or not, but how we live, how we act, how we speak, how we dress, how we behave, matters. We Represent and Reflect Christ…Everyday…Everywhere…Before Everyone!

In essence, we are Christ’s Brand! A “brand” is defined as, ‘a type of product manufactured by a company under a particular name; an identifying mark.’ We function under the name of Christ and our conduct and lifestyles are the identifying mark of Who He is. We are Christ’s Brand! We are in His Image and Likeness; We are Called by His Name; We are Christians; We are Believers; We are Sons and Daughters of the Most High God; We are Ambassadors and Personal Representatives of Christ…Therefore, How Do You Think We Should Live? How Should We Act? How Should We Behave? How Should We Speak? How Should We Dress?

1 Corinthians 6:16-20, “…Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please; SQUANDERING WHAT GOD PAID SUCH A HIGH PRICE FOR? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.” (AMPC)

Our conduct, lives and lifestyles should produce manifested evidence of being strengthened with all power! Now, does that mean we don’t experience weak moments? Absolutely not, we’re still frail and faulty flesh. However, we should never walk around day-to-day with a defeated disposition, anxious attitude, and miserable mindset! We are strengthened in the might of His Glory, therefore, let’s sound, act, live and look like it! Furthermore, we can go to the gym all we want, however, the exercise we need to make sure is a part of our daily regime is to exercise 'endurance and patience, perseverance and forbearance'! Like it or not, we are not exempt from the trials of life because we belong to Christ! John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” (AMPC) And in light of that text, we’re not to be easily intimidated by trials, tribulations, struggles, suffering, stress, situations or circumstances! For James 1:2-4 declares, “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” (MSG)

God loved us so much to sacrifice His Son, and His Son loved us so much that He was a Willing Sacrificial Offering, for no man took His life, He laid it down on His own, Just for Us! So We Should Walk and Conduct, Our Lives and Lifestyles in a Manner that is Worthy of the Price He Paid for us! He Paid With His Life; We Honor His Life With Our Lifestyle! The Father delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of Light and Love. Now is the time that we reflect and represent that in our daily lives.

We can never earn what Jesus sacrificed for us. But we can live each day of our life in light of it. This means we live to please only the One who gave His life for us. Galatians 1:10, “Now am I trying to win the favor of men, or of God? Do I seek to please men? If I were still seeking popularity with men, I should not be a bond servant of Christ (the Messiah).” (AMPC) We are to live in such a manner that we Please Him in All Things Everyday! We are not here to please people, no matter who they are, or think they are. We are here to please Him! Romans 11:36, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. [For all things originate with Him and come from Him; all things live through Him, and all things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him.] To Him be glory forever! Amen (so be it).” (AMPC) It’s All About Him, Not Us, Not Them…Just to Please Him!

No cross should be too heavy for you to bear for Him. No demand He makes could possibly be too much. No sacrifice you make for Him can be too great. Not after what He sacrificed for you. Not after what He paid because of what it cost. Your life wasn't paid for at a discount price, no half off, no buy one get one free, no deals, no coupons. But Full Price Life and Death Was the Debt He Didn’t Owe…But Paid In Full! Therefore, Jesus deserves better from us than a discount discipleship! You don't have to visit a grave to remember what you owe Him - He's not there anyway. But each new day, in your heart, visit that cross where the Son of God loved you and gave Himself for you. And then, with a heart full of love and gratitude, live that day to please Him.

Blessings
J.P. Olson

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Turning Your Problems Into Prayers Are Your Responsibility, Answering Those Problems With Solutions Is God's!

Turning Your Problems Into Prayers Are Your Responsibility, Answering Those Problems With Solutions Is God's!  When The DEEP CONTENTS OF YOUR SOUL BECOME THE SUBSTANCE OF YOUR PRAYER!

Maybe you’re in one of those “GOT TO BE GOD” times right now – that’s the place where it’s got to be God, OR IT’S NOT GOING TO BE AT ALL! If so, then you’re ready for the Secrets of Miracle-Making Prayer! They’re actually found in 1 Samuel 1, beginning with verse 10.

You see, Hannah is childless…yet she desperately wants a child of her own. Her prayer, which results ultimately in the birth of Samuel, one of Israel’s greatest leaders, contains the secrets to Super-Sized Prayer! The Bible says, “In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and Prayed To The Lord. And she made a vow saying, ‘Lord Almighty, if You will look upon your servant’s misery…and give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life…And She Kept On Praying To The Lord.“ Let’s stop right here for some of those Secrets of Super-Sized Praying:

First, TURN YOUR PROBLEMS INTO A PRAYER. If truth be told, you can turn a problem into many things: worry, resentment, self-pity, negativity, OR LIKE HANNAH, HEARTFELT PRAYER! That’s the mountain-moving choice! That’s what Hannah did with her problems! Turning Your Problems Into Prayers Are Your Responsibility, Answering Those Problems With Solutions Is God's!

The second secret Hannah shows us is PURSUING YOUR ALL-POWERFUL LORD. She calls God “LORD ALMIGHTY” – that’s mightier than the mightiest possibility! WHEN YOU COME TO HIM, COME TO HIM WITH ASSURANCE IN HIS MIGHT! “We thank You, God, we thank You—Your Name is our favorite word; YOUR MIGHTY WORKS are all we talk about.” REGARDLESS TO THE MOUNTAIN-SIZE MESS YOU’RE FACING, YOUR MIGHTY GOD CAN MAKE IT A MOLEHILL…BUT YOU’VE GOT TO BELIEVE HE’S MIGHTY ENOUGH TO DO IT!

There’s a third secret in this prayer, too – PRE-SURRENDERED RESULTS. As much as Hannah wants a son, she prays, “Lord, if You give him to me, I WON’T HANG ONTO HIM. HE’S YOURS.” AND SHE KEPT THAT PROMISE! LISTEN: GOD WILL TRUST YOU WITH WHAT YOU ASK OF HIM, WHEN YOU GIVE IT BACK TO HIM…IN ADVANCE! Otherwise, when you get it, you may make an idol of it or let it come between you and your Lord Almighty!IN A NUTSHELL: IT HAS TO BE PRE-SURRENDERED…THAT’S THE PRE-CONDITION!

Notice, too, another secret Hannah shows us – PERSISTENCE IN THE THRONE ROOM. The Bible says she, “KEPT ON PRAYING“! Faith grows, your spiritual muscles grow, as you Wait on the Lord and keep coming to Him Trusting Him for your answer! And Contrary to Popular Belief, Many of us don’t want to wait at all, But Especially Not in the Throne Room! Why? Because in the Throne Room Your Flesh Doesn’t Get To Perform! It’s Not On Display! The Throne Room is the place where it’s All About God Alone! It’s the place where the Spirit and Truth of Worship Are Poured Out at the Master’s Feet. No crowds, just Isolation with You and God. It’s the place where you come Naked and Not Ashamed and Expose All of Your Vulnerabilities, Insufficiencies, Inadequacies and Lack. It’s the place of Holiness not Haughtiness. A place where Your Strengths are not welcomed Only Your Weaknesses. It’s the place where you bow down and prostrate, laying down the load that you’ve been carrying, the place where you cry your hardest and biggest tears, the place where you don’t even care that you’re being misunderstood by others. It’s the place where everything about you is crucified!

BUT the blessing is, IF YOU STAY IN THE THRONE ROOM LONG ENOUGH, IT’S ALSO THE PLACE WHERE THE KING IS GUARANTEED TO SHOW UP!
SO, DON’T RUSH IT, REMAIN PERSISTENT IN THE THRONE ROOM! HANNAH DID, AND SHE GOT WHAT SHE CAME FOR!

One final secret of super-sized prayer – Hannah said of her prayer, “I was pouring out my soul TO THE LORD” (1 Samuel 1:15). God loves it when we come to Him, however, not with our usual script, pretense, eloquence, façade, mask, cover-up, and religious selves, but with it all hanging out with our real, true emotions desperately dangling before Him! For it is at times like that when the DEEP CONTENTS OF YOUR SOUL BECOME THE SUBSTANCE OF YOUR PRAYER!



Blessings
J.P. Olson

Friday, April 21, 2017

Anger Handled the Right Way Doesn’t Have to Destroy! Today Is A Good Day To Overcome Anger.

“What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself. GO AHEAD AND BE ANGRY. YOU DO WELL TO BE ANGRY—BUT DON’T USE YOUR ANGER AS FUEL FOR REVENGE. AND DON’T STAY ANGRY. DON’T GO TO BED ANGRY. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life…Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foulor dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. Don’t grieve God. Don’t break His heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted. Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:25-32 MSG)                                                                    

Two forceful personalities in a relationship are like two rivers flowing into one; there’s going to be a Strong Current! Anger can be instant like a flash of lightning, or prolonged like the rumble of thunder!

Sometimes we clash painfully, other times we distance and silently abandon the relationship. But Anger Handled the Right Way Doesn’t Have to Destroy!

IMPORTANT: “Anger is only one letter short of Danger.” (Author Unknown).

So let’s discuss some of God’s Rules for Anger Management.

RULE #1—KEEP IT HONEST: …no more lies… When You’re Angry Don’t Deny It! Believe it or not, Anger Can Be Constructive! Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton said: “Anger ventilated often hurries toward forgiveness; and concealed often hardens into revenge. We’re right to get angry when people are mistreated and wrongs are not made right. Saying, ‘I’ve been feeling angry and because I value our relationship I’d like to talk about it, Is Honest, Non-Threatening and Invites Resolution

Observe the following tidbits on Anger: 
a)   IGNORING, STIFLING, SUPPRESSING, OR PRETENDING YOU’RE NOT ANGRY IS DISHONEST: Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry.” (Lyman Abbott).

b)   ANOTHER FORM OF LYING WHEN YOU’RE ANGRY IS EXAGGERATION: Phrases Like: ‘You NEVER listen to what I say.’ ‘You ALWAYS ignore my wishes.’ ‘NOBODY does anything around here except me. Such Generalizations Are Untrue and Serve Only to Aggravate and Polarize, Guaranteeing the Real Problem Gets Obscured and Goes Unsolved. The truth is, maybe they weren’t listening; maybe your wishes are ignored and maybe you do more than others; BUT CAN YOU HONESTLY SAY THAT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME?! Remember this: “If you add to the truth, you subtract from it.” (The Talmud). So, do your best to avoid such words as ‘NEVER’; ‘ALWAYS’ and ‘NOBODY’. Keeping in mind that: “An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper.” (Kahlil Gibran).

c)   ANOTHER WAY TO LIE WHEN YOU’RE ANGRY IS BLAMING: Phrases Like: ‘If you’d arrive on time I wouldn’t have to nag you,’ or ‘If you’d quit nagging so much, maybe I’d start being on time.’ BLAMING IS A WAY OF EVADING YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY WHILE POINTING THE FINGER AT OTHERS! It angers others, perpetuates your own anger and never produces the result you want! I believe the following quote will put things in proper perspective for you: “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” (Unknown Author)…I know that hurt, but if applied, it will help!

God’s rule is always right:  ‘…Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor…‘.

RULE #2—KEEP IT NON-LETHAL: Paul writes: ‘In your anger do not sin… ‘ (Ephesians 4:26 NIV). What do Paul’s words mean? DON’T LET YOUR ANGER ESCALATE TO THE POINT OF DOING DAMAGE! DON’T USE YOUR WORDS AS WEAPONS OR A CONTROL MECHANISM! Sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.” (Author Unknown). It’s okay to express your emotions in A HEALTHY WAY, BUT KEEP THEM IN CHECK! “Not the fastest horse can catch a word spoken in anger.” (Chinese Proverb). Your goal must be to resolve the problem and strengthen the relationship, not ‘sound off’ and wound the other person! “Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” (Ambrose Bierce). The Bible says it best: “…a crushed spirit who can bear?‘ (Proverbs18:14 NIV). Now, is all this easy to do? NO! BUT YOU HAVE TO BE MINDFUL: WORDS SPOKEN IN JEST, SARCASM, SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS OR ‘RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION’ WOUND PEOPLE, AND SOMETIMES THOSE WOUNDS ARE PERMANENT! Hear the Word of the Lord: ‘A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.‘ (Proverbs 15:4 NKJV). ‘ ‘The tongue can bring death… ‘ (Proverbs 18:21 NLT). Ungodly words, once unleashed, can: ‘…sink deep into one’s heart‘ (Proverbs 26:22 NLT). YOUR WORDS CAN LIVE IN THE HEART AND MEMORY OF A PERSON AND GO ALL THE WAY TO THE GRAVE WITH THEM! We say, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me, BUT IT’S NOT TRUE! A PERSON CAN DIE OF A CRUSHED SPIRIT, AND THE ONE WHO SPOKE THE WORDS CAN LIVE TO REGRET THE DAMAGE THEY’VE INFLICTED AND NEVER GET A CHANCE TO UNDO IT! ON THE OTHER HAND, ANGER PROPERLY HANDLED NEVER NEEDS TO BE REPENTED OF! SO LEARN TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN THE ANGER YOU FEEL AND THE WORDS YOU SPEAK! ANGER CAREFULLY THOUGHT THROUGH, CAN REVEAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT NEEDED CHANGES!

RULE #3—KEEP IT CURRENT: Storing anger in your hard drive ONLY HURTS YOU! Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful TO US than the injury that provokes it.” (Seneca). When you rehearse old resentments YOU GROW BITTER! But remember the words of Malachy McCourt, “Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” The Bible says: ‘The good man brings good things OUT OF THE GOOD STORED UP IN HIS HEART, and the evil man brings evil things OUT OF THE EVIL STORED UP IN HIS HEART. FOR OUT OF THE OVERFLOW OF HIS HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKS‘ (Luke 6:45 NIV) Anger dwells only in the bosom of FOOLS.” (Albert Einstein).

Therefore, when you’re angry, DEAL WITH IT QUICKLY! Don’t passively allow time to decide your options, or sit around hoping the other person will see the light and apologize! The Bible says: ‘If a fellow believer hurts you, GO AND TELL HIM—work it out between the two of you…confront him with the need for repentance, and offer again God’s forgiving love.” (Matthew 18:15-17 MSG). Did you read those instructions clearly? “…GO AND TELL HIM… DON’T SIT BY IDLY WAITING FOR THEM TO COME TO YOU! GET UP AND GO TO THEM AND TRY TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEM AND RESTORE THE RELATIONSHIP! Reconciliation is more beautiful than victory.” (Violeta Barrios de Chamorro).

When You Repress Reconciliation, You Add One More Skeleton to Your Closet! And Sooner or Later, Doctors Say, It’ll Eat at Your Stomach Lining, Attack Your Immune System, Predispose You to Heart Problems, Cancers and Other Physical, Social and Emotional Disorders! Meantime, It’ll Preoccupy You, Dissipate Your Energy, Cripple Your Creativity, Hinder Your Fellowship With God, Your Friends and Fellow Believers; Not to Mention That It Denies the Offender the Opportunity to Clear Their Conscience, Repent and Get Right With God and You! So Stop Dragging Up the Past, Trying to Blackmail the Guilty By Hauling Skeletons Out of Closets at ‘Auspicious’ Moments, Plotting Revenge, and Passing Down Resentments For the Next Generation to Carry!
Ask God for the Humility and Courage to deal with Today’s Problems – 

TODAY! When your head hits the pillow tonight, know that your issues are Current, Up To Date with God and Everyone Else, and Sleep Well! “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.” (Psalm 4:8 AMP).

RULE #4—KEEP IT SOLUTION-FOCUSED: Someone has said that fellowship is like two fellows in a ship: one can’t sink the other without sinking himself! In other words, by seeking to gain the upper hand you both lose! By seeking to save and strengthen the relationship you both win!  God Made You With a Capacity For Anger Because When Handled the Right Way It’s the Fuel That Brings Needed Change and the Medicine That Heals. An unknown author stated: “You don’t have to attend every argument you’re invited to.”   
a) SEEK A SOLUTION, NOT A ‘VICTORY’:  b) ADMIT YOUR OWN FLAWS AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS:  c) BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT TO TAKE A ‘SWING’ AT SOMEONE, MAKE SURE IT’S A POSITIVE ‘STROKE’: GIVE A COMPLIMENT

RULE #5—KEEP IT IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM:  As my auntie would say, “don’t display your dirty wash; keep it in the laundry room. 
People of God dirty laundry gets aired in two ways: 
1)   OPEN EMBARRASSMENT. YOU SAY IT WHERE YOU KNOW OTHERS ARE GOING TO HEAR IT. 
2) SUBTLETY. You make jokes, IN ORDER TO BELITTLE THEM!  “Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.” (Oliver Cromwell).
Hatred stirs up trouble; love overlooks the wrongs that others do.” (Proverbs10:12 CEV).  THAT ALONE SHOULD’VE TAKEN THE DIFFICULTY OUT OF YOUR DECISION!

RULE #6—BE PART OF THE CLEAN UP CREW:  (Ephesians 4:32 MSG). How did Christ forgive us? After we’d acknowledged, confessed and repented of our sins? No! The Bible says: ‘…when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son…‘ (Romans 5:10 NIV). God took the initiative, so forgive, before the other person asks for forgiveness! And if you want to really show maturity, forgive them even if they Never ask for forgiveness! God didn’t allow you to remain His enemy for life (and He had good reason to); so show forth the same grace and mercy you receive and forgive them. Only then are you yourself forgiven, the wounds inflicted healed, and all parties records before God are expunged

IN A NUTSHELL: TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO OVERCOME ANGER!

Blessings

J.P. Olson

Thursday, April 20, 2017

While You're Wondering How to Solve A Situation That Seem Out Of Your Hand. God Is Already At Work. He Will Close The Mouth Of The Enemy On Your Behalf.


People will try to trap you in battles; refuse to fall into the fowlers snare. God will close the mouth of the enemy on your behalf. While you're wondering how to solve a situation that seem out of your hand, God says be still, He's already at work. Gods will is God’s will. He won't grant anything other than what's in His plan. He is not ever going to work against us. 

We are all His children. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. Don't fight evil with evil or evil will never leave your house.  God will teach you in your walk with Him that when people or things come against you not to waste positive energy on a battle that GOD didn't intend for you to fight in the first place. People will trap you into battles because they want recognition or they have some unresolved issues and you are the displaced focus. Be wise. JESUS preached a GOSPEL that knocked the self-righteous and the holier-than-thou SLAM out of POCKET. Many hated and despised Him because He brought them down to their proper level with a WORD. 

There is only ONE GOD and the High Priest of His day WAS NOT IT!  JESUS SPEAKS!! Matthew 10:16 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves."  Reach for what's in front of you; this is the reaping stage, this is the season. The harvest is white.  Let the reapers rejoice, let the reapers identify themselves because GOD will give you houses that you did not build, they will be built by the mockers and the haters of the LORD.  GOD sent us out as sheep among wolves, and wolves are sneaky, they are vicious, they salivate continuously licking their lips and they are hunters; but mark this word "the hunter is going to get captured by the game." The sheep with spiritual discernment KNOW these wolves.  God will protect you; the battle is not yours it's the Lord.

Blessings
J.P. Olson