Belief Challenge: What would we have to believe differently in order to not view difficulty (when things become hard) as "bad" (feel disappointed/resist) and instead engage the situation as opportunity (be open/intrigued)?
(Hint: It's not just about having a positive attitude.)
Beginning List :
- I am not alone in this.
- Things are not always as they seem.
- It's not just about the task.
- I have an Expert I can talk to about it.
- I can't "lose."
24 weeks ago by Ministry of Life Fellowship & Ministries, Inc.Managing Emotions - Do you know that Feelings are simply signals that tell you what is going on at the DESIRE level of your heart? Desires are what motivate us so if the desires are not be filled properly, they motivate us in twisted ways. In the Gospels, Jesus often asked people: "WHAT do you want?" He was trying to provoke an understanding of the true desire at work so that the person could ASK for it to be filled. Asking is the means ... but asking, not just for the object or the outcome, but for the desire itself to be met in relationship with Him first. Relationship means relating, talking, conversing, experiencing life together ... friendship. Here's a list of some core desires or heart longings: To be Loved, to be Known, Accepted, to Belong, to be Pursued, to be With, to be Made Right, to have Hope, to be Secure, to have Peace, to feel Safe, to have Rest, to be Healed, Comforted, and Freed to be yourself, to know Justice and Goodness, to have Meaning, to feel Powerful (true, not false), to be Challenged, to be confident of Destiny and Reward, to feel Significant, to be filled with Joy, and to see Beauty. Learn to become a good ASKER! "Lord, I feel this but what I REALLY want right now is _____ from You. How do you love me? belong with you? How am I pursued by you? With you always? made right? etc." Ask and then Listen! You'll be amazed what you hear when you ask for the core desire itself. For more about getting desires filled, google the book, The Invitation, by Tony Stoltzfus. I highly recommend it ... wish every one would learn to do this ... the world would be a better place indeed.
64 weeks ago by Ministry of Life Fellowship & Ministries, Inc.The Easter message is good news indeed! Jesus ONED Himself with us at the Cross. When the temple veil (which pictured man's independent, "hard," blind, guilt ridden and separated heart) was torn from top to bottom, it pictured a true circumcision of the heart.
After those days, says the Lord:
I will put My laws upon their heart,
And on their mind I will write them,”
He then says,
I will remember no more.”
Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.
65 weeks ago by Ministry of Life Fellowship & Ministries, Inc.Psalm 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
God sees that THE palm tree’s fruit lasts all year long. People can eat the fruit anytime throughout its varying stages of growth.. In the first quarter the fruit is broken open to provide milk. In the second quarter, it is broken open to provide meat, similar to the coconut. In the third quarter, the fruit is peeled and eaten like an apple. In the fourth quarter, it is eaten like a plum. The more fruit is picked, the more it produces. Just so, the righteous in Christ Jesus may also produce fruit all the time. This is the promise of prosperity for the righteous.
THE palm tree benefits mankind in numerous ways. For example, the strong material in the trunk and roots is ground into powder as a treatment for many ailments. It is often utilized for incurable diseases. Moreover, it offers protection to those who seek because insects do not eat THE palm tree, so the beams and leaves are used for roofing on wooden houses and mud huts.
Also, the leaves have been used for thousands of years as paper. The leaves are 2” wide, 1/8” thick, and 4 to 5 feet long. The leaves are cut to the desired size, and then put in water for 3 to 4 days until they become white. Then they are written upon with an iron pen impressing on the leaves. Then the leaves are put back in the water where the writing becomes green while the leaves stay white. The writing remains for thousands of years. (See Job 19:23& 24; Jeremiah 17:1). In the East, the art of palm tree writing with an iron pen is symbolic of one being fully equipped spiritually.
72 weeks ago by Ministry of Life Fellowship & Ministries, Inc.HOPE DEFERRED MAKES THE HEART SICK
74 weeks ago by Ministry of Life Fellowship & Ministries, Inc.Genesis 1:4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
-- Man, on the other hand, is blind to light and darkness and instead seeks its own good and avoid its own evil, which is the rooted in the Tree of the Knowledge of Good/Evil. This pursuit is vanity. It always fails.
108 weeks ago by Ministry of Life Fellowship & Ministries, Inc.Truth!
109 weeks ago by Ministry of Life Fellowship & Ministries, Inc.The purpose of inspiration, Fred Pruitt: "... the only reason we see something 'about' Christ, is because that same Life is in us and all those 'inspirational thoughts' are not just meant to titillate the intellect, but to work Christ in us toward revelation. Without this entering in, our library becomes a bottomless pit of “ever learning and never coming to the knowledge of truth.” (2 Tim 3: 8), since what goes in, never comes back out again."
112 weeks ago by Ministry of Life Fellowship & Ministries, Inc.Thoughts on How Jesus Illustrated the Lord's Prayer:
115 weeks ago by Ministry of Life Fellowship & Ministries, Inc.The goal of our connection with God is to truly know and experience His Love - both in the receiving and the giving. It's not a sentimental love. It satisfies the cry of our being. We were designed to receive and give His love. 1 Jn 2:5
119 weeks ago by Ministry of Life Fellowship & Ministries, Inc."In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you." Matthew 5:48 The Message