What's in your wallet: Faith or Folly?

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    Profile photo of Rev Isaac Bridges
    ibridgesjr
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    When you are faced with opposition in life, what is your response to it? When the world is picking on you and you feel trapped, what are you thoughts? Do you speak words of Life or death? “A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.” (Proverbs 14:29)

    Responding quickly to aggravation, threat, insult, or difficulty suggests strength to many folks today. However, responding hastily out of anger is foolish. This response seldom produces the desired long term effect and nearly always compounds the problems that need to be addressed. Patiently dealing with frustrating and painful
    situations shows understanding and is nearly always more fruitful in the long run. The world wants you to think you have to get “payback”. That is a concession to your flesh. God says we need to die to our flesh and take up His thoughts, which are higher than our thoughts. Nobody said it would be easy, but in the end, we WIN!

    Just my 2 cents worth
    Be Blesssed

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    japanken
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    Proverbs 15:1-4 (NKJV) 1 A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. 3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good. 4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

    I encountered some hostility last week, it’s especially hard when we are tired and takes extra grace. I can’t say I pasted with flying colors. But will be more on guard in the same situation tomorrow.

    #30360
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    ibridgesjr
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    “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Rom 7:15-18)

    I get it, brother Ken. Taming the flesh is tough and anyone who says that they have “made it” is lying. This is why as children of the Living God have access to Grace. The devil will constantly test us where we have faltered, until through Christ, we conquer it. I love your attitude to be vigilant. Awareness of the devil’s schemes is the first step to overcoming them. Keep up the fantastic work you are doing in your mininstry.

    Be Blessed

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    Profile photo of Wesley "Dr Ley" Rose
    drley
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    My dear and great friend, your post rings so true and resounds in the thoughts I have of a you man shot down in front of his home for no reason, just senselessness. It is tragic, painful, and almost impossible to find words to say. It struck me deeply and has been an agonizing experience that continues to ache and hurt me both physically and spiritually. Brother, the timing of your posts and those of others confirms that Gos knows all and is in control. WE just have to trust and know that even if the boat sinks we will survive…

    #30380
    Profile photo of Rev Isaac Bridges
    ibridgesjr
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    Greetings Doc Ley,

    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10a). Because we live in such a dying world, the devil is constantly creeping around executing his schemes to get us to doubt: God’s plan for our lives; God’s sovereignty; and God’s omnipresence and omnipotence. Who can know the mind of God? Certainly not us mere men. Although senseless and tragic events deeply affect us, God is in control. Nothing that happens is a surprise to Him as he knows the day and time we shuffle off this mortal coil (a little Shakespeare!). The enemy of our soul want us to focus on this issues of this temporal world, where God wants us looking at the eternal. God wants us to display the fruits of the Spirit to this world, despite the devils tactics.

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Gal 5:22-23)

    Since we live in such a dark world, there will always be obstacles trying to get us “off our square”. Gloria Gaynor said it best in her 1978 Grammy winning song of the year “I Will Survive”.

    It took all the strength I had not to fall apart.
    Kept trying hard to mend the pieces of my broken heart.
    And I spent, oh, so many nights just feeling sorry for myself.
    I used to cry but now I hold my head up high.

    The world will try to break us, but: We have the savior, Jesus Christ, alive in us so we are over-comers as well because He conquered sin and death. We will survive because of Christ. We can hold our head up high because of His finished work. We have strength because He is our strong tower. We are whole because He has mended the broken pieces and set the captives free. In Him we have Liberty, no longer a slave to sin or our feelings.

    Just my 2 cents worth.
    Be Blessed

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