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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Beating Anxiety
DespondentPrayer.jpg Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. ~ Psalm 139:23

The difference between anxiety and fear?

Answer: the reality of the event occurring.

Fear is a response to a real or imminent threat but anxiety is an expectation of a threat to come.

Fear is important to avoid danger, anxiety has little value other than to drain us of our strength, overload our emotion and drag us into depression.

Being a little anxious is normal but extended period of anxiety are dangerous and to be avoided.

How do we avoid anxiety as Christians?

We need to remember God controls the universe and loves us. Really!

Think about what that means. God controls the universe. Is the cause of our anxiety in this universe? Probably!

God controls it!

What should we do?

How about we do what Peter says we should do with it, in relation to God…

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.-1 Peter 5:7

Pray!

Tell God about what is making us anxious and ask him to take control of it.

Let it go!

Otherwise as Solomon warns us….

What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless. Ecclesiastes 2:22

We don’t need that!

In fact Paul gives us the advice, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

Wise words!

Whether it is a self-conscious anxiety, a test or performance dread, a fear of strangers, crowd and social interactions, a trait picked up from parents and family, choice indecision, please reject it all and hand it over to God who can deal with it.

Accept God as the family member that makes the difference, ask him to help with the specific things we need to have dealt with, let’s step into life and lovingly help others instead of focusing on ourselves, lets ask for medical help if we need it but know that God’s Holy Spirit with us makes the huge difference. We are not alone. The God of the universe is right with us. In fact within us to guide us.

Now isn’t that great!
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What do you think, should young people submit to elders?
What do you think, should young people submit to elders?

WhatDayIsIt.JPG"We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self control." ~ attributed to an inscription in an Ancient Egyptian tomb

People often say to me that young people today tend to be disrespectful.

I always ask them to observe how teenagers get treated by staff in shops and stores and see the disrespect that is fed into them. Particularly if they are dressed differently sporting body art and metal. I ask them if those young people have had the joy of living in a home where parents have respected each other and stayed together or have they lived in divorce abuse and rejection. I ask if parent try to buy affection with money instead of respect.

Teenagers often disrespect elders. Elders however disrespect teenagers too!

Why?

Why do we disrespect each other?

I know that I’m still a teenager at heart but being at the age I am loosing hair and my youthful 4min 40s a KM run has turned to 5min 3s, I am actually quite a bit older.

I spend time each week doing things with young people as we have them in our home doing rock climbing and we do things together. They are wonderful and I never feel disrespected or would even consider disrespecting these wonderful people.

Yet I see them abused by other adults.  I also see them get sullen and angry when others treat them badly. Some of them respond by disrespecting these other adults.

Why?

One of the reasons is people judge from appearances and do not take time to get to know people.

That’s more an older folk problem!

 Another reason is some older folk seem to think that age gives them the right to spin stories without having to validate them, or establish rules and regulations that favor themselves unfairly.

Today young people pick up their phone and check out information for truthfulness.

You lie, you lose! We need to remember that and as a Christian we should not lie.

Next we are the generation that has abused wealth at the expense of our world creating a place that is endangered for our next generations. How respectful is that?

Yes, youth should respect elders. They should respect loving, truthful, concerned, and wise Christian men and women who uphold God’s law in their hearts with love.

Is that the type of adults we see around us?

Really?

That’s the type of adults Peter references as elders when he says..

You who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.

Good advice to young people, provided those of us who are “elders” do our part.

Right?
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Shepherd leaders Ö thatís the Christian way
Shepherd leaders … that’s the Christian way

shepherd.JPGA leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.~ John C. Maxwell

Shepherd leaders are servant leaders.

The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.” Robert Greenleaf (Wikipedia)

What he was saying is supportive of what the great man Peter, who led the church and who also said in 1 Peter 5…

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”

People are under the care of a leader. Entrusted to them by God. Christian leaders must also watch over them as God does. Love must be the first aspect of this. Love for God first and others second. No one that is a Christian leader must be in that position by force, it is one that grows naturally from our love of God that seems to extend out to those around us and then as God enables us with gifts, we want to provide them to others and in the service of others.

Christian leaders do not lead in return for being paid money, although all leaders need to be correctly cared for themselves and should be given a good wage(the churches often pay leaders like paupers, and that is sinful). A true leader looks first to their peoples own good rather than their own. As leaders our love grows daily and with it, we grow into the area where God provides special anointing’s of his power and love, so we can extend these to others.

Righteousness with God is the prime quality and the prime strength is love.

There are a number of areas that get developed and are central to servant leadership. Servant leaders are known to be good listeners and for having empathy. They have a focus on building and healing. They want to see others become whole and strong. For them to grow spiritually, emotionally and be able to take care of themselves. They want others to understand and be persuaded by truth. They understand the complexities of life with god and find ways of making the complex simpler so others can understand. They can link the now to the future and explain current actions by relating them to biblical principles from the past. They have a deep understanding of where to go and why. An intuitive (spiritually led) understanding of directions and paths to take.

They have a solid financial understanding of life and yet also understand the depths of working this with God’s leading. They grow those around them carefully considering their communities needs and the need to build community.

Being a Christian leader is not a work, but a vocation.

The difference between a job and a vocation is in the calling. A Christian leader is not there by their choice, but by God’s call.

The ancient shepherd knew each sheep’s name, called them and led them by going out in front and they followed.

Our leaders need to do this if they are to lead well.

We need to pray for our leaders. It can be a hard and strangely enough a lonely position sometimes.

Let’s pray for our leaders today!
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