Overcoming Discouragement – Bible Study 12.04.19

Overcoming Discouragement

Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, DMin.

Bible Study Synopsis 12/04/19

Psalm 42:11, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”

I.          Introduction

  • All of us know that life is filled with ups and downs. As a result, there are things that come against us that lead to discouragement. Things like heart- break, death, being let down people, and etc … lead to
  • Even though we may experience discouragement, we have to learn how to defeat it and not let it overcome us.

II.          How to Identify Discouragement

Discouragement is a lack of confidence and enthusiasm; dispiritedness. When you experience discouragement, you wake up in a funk and you really don’t on why.

A.    The signs of discouragement

  1. Lack of Sleep – You have to discern if this is from discouragement or from simply not going to bed when you are supposed.
  2. Overly Critical of Self – You are constantly attacking yourself.
  3. Becoming Isolated – The enemy keeps you away from other people so that he can interrogate you. When you notice that you like to isolate yourself, you have to ask yourself, why do you always want to retreat and get by yourself.
  4. Lack of Fruitfulness – You have trouble producing good work.
  5. Loss – This can be loss of loved ones for example. This has to be dealt with! When Moses died, it took a toll on Joshua. When you find yourself still talking about the loss of someone, know that this is sparked from your discouragement over it.

Scripture Reference: Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – God had to literally bring Joshua out of his state of discouragement, because if He hadn’t, Joshua would lose hope and miss out on the next assignment God had planned for his life.

B.     The manifestation of discouragement

Scripture Reference: Nehemiah 2:1-5, “And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, that I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before. 2 Therefore the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart.” So I became dreadfully afraid, 3 and said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?” 4 Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.” – This scripture is a great example of how to deal with people who are dealing with discouragement.

  1. The way to weigh authentic relationships is this; know that Spiritual Relationships always pick up pain on your radar. They can always tell if you are hurting. If people hang out with you and don’t notice when something wrong with you, this is a problem.
  2. In this scripture, the supervisor or the King in this case, looked at Nehemiah and knew something was wrong with him. This might also be worthy to note for ourselves that it is not only important to have friends that can tell when something is wrong with you, but also important to work for people who can tell when something is wrong with you. It is important to pick employers that care about the people that work for them.
  3. Nehemiah had a King what was concerned when he realized that something had to be wrong with him.
  4. God gives us time to unload what is bothering us, but often we say “nothing is wrong” when we are asked.

 

III.          Understanding Factors that Create the Spirit of Discouragement

A.    Unresolved pain can place you in the pit of despair

1 Kings 19:9-10 (NASB) 9 Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” – Elijah tried to run and escape it all. As a result, he went and hid in a cave.

  1. The trauma of the past can end up being the drama of your present.
  2. Discouragement will follow you wherever you go, if you don’t deal with it.
  3. Scripture Reference: Jeremiah 20:9, “Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name. But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not.” – Jeremiah was about to quit, but he got a word from God.
  4. You have to come to a place where you won’t let what didn’t happen, defeat you.

B.     Don’t let what didn’t happen defeat you

“Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.” –Neal Maxwell – An example of this would be, “ They didn’t choose me… “ or “I didn’t get the job… “

 

  1. Scripture Reference: 1 Samuel 30:6 (KJV), “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” – People are your friends until they are not. People will flip on you in a minute.
  2. There is a moment when you experience discouragement that you have to encourage yourself. Sometimes you have to learn to have church all by yourself.

IV.          How to Live Free of Discouragement

A.    Learn to let go and live

  1. God never intended on you living a life of discouragement. How many of you have a big heart or is always the giver or waiting for others to catch up with their commitment? This makes you a perfect candidate for
  2. When you pour out and nothing comes back, it is hurtful. Most people that are shady don’t care if it comes back to them or not. They don’t have any expectations, so they never get discouraged.
  3. Scripture References:
  4. Romans 8:37, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
  5. Isaiah 61:3 (NIV), “… provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” – Down in Louisiana, they have a lot of Oak trees and if the Oak Tree could talk, he would say, “The Oak Tree will say I know that preachers have preached about the Palm Tree and how the palm tree can withstand storms and yet pop right back up after its over.”
  6. The Oak Tree would continue to say, “The only thing is, the Palm Tree can only survive certain environments”.
  7. See the Oak Tree has durability and sustainability. The Oak Tree is always there, year after year. There are Oak Trees there are several hundred years old. We can’t say the same about Palm Trees.

B.     Let God restore your joy

  1. Bishop Walker shares that he has awaken sad and not even know why before.
  2. Scripture Reference: Psalm 51:12, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.” – This is an indication that there is a season where I am in a sad place. How do I get my joy back?
  3. You can’t depend on the Praise Team or the church to do it for you. When you do that, you have turned them into a narcotic. In other words, you are coming to Church to get a high.
  4. The problem with getting high is, you will eventually come down.

C.     Steps to help you conquer discouragement:

  1. Establish Boundaries – Stop letting people sow seeds of discouragement into your life. Stop having people call you all the time. Learn that it is ok not to answer the phone. You have to decide what you will let into your day.
  2. Change the way you talk – Start speaking positivity over your life. Watch how you ask questions? For example, don’t say things like, “Ya’ll not hiring are you?”
  3. Ask for prayer support (Reference: Deuteronomy 32:30) – Learn to ask the right people to join you in prayer. Misery is contagious. We all need to learn to get us a misery blocker.
  4. Learn to celebrate the small victories – Some people lament even when things are going right.
  5. Put your faith in God– David is in discouragement. It is a spiritual space. Psalm 40:1-2 (NKJV) 40 I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. 2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.
  6. David waited patiently. He wasn’t anxious. Maybe the word waited in this scripture means servant like a waiter or server in the restaurant.
  7. The scripture says that David served patiently for the Lord. This means he wasn’t doing it for people, he was doing it for the Lord.
  8. The scripture says that while David was serving, he was hurt. What got God’s attention is that he saw us serving while we were hurt. God sees our sacrifice.
  9. The scripture says He heard David’s cry. Cry is a word that has implications of It is like all the child knows to do is cry over the situation, God heard him. Any parent will tell you that they know their child’s cry over anyone else’s child. David says he was in such a place, while he was crying, but God heard him.
    1. No matter how many people are in your church, God heard your cry. That time you left church and cried all the way home, God heard you.
  10. We’ve said before, the way to check an authentic relationship is to see if they pick up on your hurt. Well know that God always hears your cries.
  11. The scripture says that David served patiently while he was discouraged. God noticed it and heard our cry. He brought us up and then he brought us out. The suggests that we were so discouraged that we were laying down on the ground. God had to lift us up out of the pit and the clay that had us bound, but then he set us upon a rock.
  12. This rock suggests that God took us out of something that was slippery and uncertain and placed us onto a place that was solid and dependable.
  13. Finally, God established our steps. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. If we go where God wants us to go, we will be where God wants us to be at the appointed time. This way we won’t miss the blessing or the covering.
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He knew I needed it , Sermon11/24/19

“He Knew I Needed It”

Part IV of the Covered series

Delivered by Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, D.Min.

Sermon Synopsis 11/23/19

 

Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.”

 

I.          Introduction

Sometimes it is unclear what we need. In times of trouble, we often we find ourselves defaulting back to what is comfortable. Going back to what’s comfortable winds up leading us to be frustrated, because it is unable to provide what we need to solve our problem. We then find out that it is God that has what we need.

 

We must let God be our source and our answer. This Psalm is powerful. It is known also to be the longest Psalm in the Bible. In this Psalm, we find that all the things that may challenge the believer is countered by the authority of the Word of God which is hid in our hearts.

 

The Word of God allows you to live out your life. It strengthens you and elevates your mind. It provides revelation of truth.

 

Sometimes God reveals things that we don’t comprehend until later. For example, God will allow you and someone to break up. God knew you needed it ahead of time. You go through counseling trying to get over this break up. 5 yrs later you see the person you broke up with and you begin to thank God for His intervention between you two!

 

We must learn to stop crying and start calling upon the Name of the God, because He knows what he is doing.!

 

God is providently moving in everyone’s life, however, there has to be evidence of acceptance.

 

II.          The Evidence of Acceptance

This is accepting that God governs my life.

A.    This was a necessary season

  1. This season was trial by season to see if we were ready for the next level.
  2. Peter 1:6-7 (NKJV) In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been [a]grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, – You had to go through fire to refine you for promotion.
  3. The heat is designed to remove impurities out of your life. Normally they will heat the gold up with fire until it turns to a liquid. Once it has turned to liquid all the impurities will float to the top and they are then able to skim all the impurities off the surface and then let the gold cool back down to a solid state. The good thing is, now the gold is better and more valuable than it was before it was put to the fire.
    1. There are things you have a problem letting go of, so God made it let us go!
    2. God wants us to start looking like gold. Not fake gold, but real valuable gold. The kind of gold that has been through the fire.
  4. You got to get good letting stuff go. If you allow yourself to stay in despair, you will never get to a place where it blesses you. When God has you to let stuff go, it humbles you, it does not hinder you.

 

B.     It worked out for me when I became good with it

1.      Romans 8:28 (NKJV) 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – You’ve got to trust God when you can’t trace God. Trust that God has things under control, even if you don’t see him working.

  1. Can God trust you to make him look good? When you exhibit the strength to move on, you will know that there were benefits from your affliction.

 

III.          The Effects of Affliction

A.    What I went through didn’t make me bitter, it made me better

  1. You are better off that you didn’t’ get that job, because God had a better one for you. You are better off that you didn’t close on that house, because God had a bigger house in mind for you.
  2. “Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces.” ― Matthew Henry – God allows you to go through those seasons not smelling like smoke and not looking like you’ve been through the fire.
  3. Paul had a thorn in his flesh. He asked God to remove it. Corinthians 12:8-9(NKJV) Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – It might not be for you, but God gave them a level of grace to be able to walk through their circumstances. God is the grace that makes us able to withstand it.

 

B.     The affliction was connected to my assignment

 

  1. Your affliction ushers you into your assignment. It was never designed to destroy you.

2 Corinthians 4:17 (NKJV) 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, – There is a weight to God’s glory. People see your glory, but they don’t understand the weight that comes with it.

  1. They don’t understand the weight of your glory was an indication of the weight of your story (your affliction).
  2. When the student is ready, the teacher will come. God will show up when you are ready for him to take you to the next level.

 

IV.          The Education of the Acts

A.    The Lord didn’t block it so He could let it develop me

  1. God will deliver you when he is ready. Stop asking people to ask God to take you off your cross before its time.

2.      Psalm 34:19 (NKJV) 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. – You have to look back to see the revelation in your life.

  1. There was a time you had to develop film in a dark room. In order for the picture to develop, you had to place the film in a dark room, absent from the light. Like this, God has to take you thru a fearful season, a season where you have to experience some dark times.
  2. Remember that we can’t get to the picture, unless we first experience some darkness.

 

B.     I had to learn it in order to live it

 

  1. If you let it teach you, deliverance can reach you.
  2. Revelation is a powerful thing. Lots of people say they don’t have to go to church, because they can read the word out of the bible for themselves. This is true, but just reading the word only gives you knowledge. God anoints somebody to deliver the same word you read, but he enables them to provide you with revelation.

a.      Jeremiah 3:15 (NKJV) 15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.– You come in the house or the church, because there is an anointing that brings forth revelation there.

  1. God says you ain’t done, until God gives you an experience to match the revelation you are about to get. The experience brings about your testimony.

“The school of suffering never graduates any students, so ask God to teach to you the lessons He wants you to learn.” ― Warren W. Wiersbe

  1. Out of our affliction, we learned:
  2. How to have Prayer over Worry
  3. How to have the Posture of a Winner
  4. That Praise is your Weapon
  5. The Power of Worship

 

 

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Overcoming Doubt – Bible Study 11.20.19

2-Part Series: Defeating Doubt and Discouragement

Part I: Overcoming Doubt

Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, DMin.
November 20, 2019

Bible Study Synopsis

Psalm 42:11, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”

       I.          Introduction

  • Some things in life cause us to doubt what we believe. You must recognize at this point that doubt has creeped in on you.
  • Doubt unfortunately is part of our human make up.

Here are two examples of doubt found in the bible.

  1. Gideon – Shies away from God’s call.
  2. Gideon tested God twice (in the scripture below) because he didn’t believe that one man could go against a predator of God’s people.

Judges 6:36-40 (NKJV)

36 So Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said— 37 look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” 38 And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.” 40 And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.  – God removed Gideons doubt by responding to his fleece test and by using him to lead God’s people to victory.

  1. Sarah – Doubt caused her to laugh at God’s promise
  2. God spoke to Abraham and Sarah saying that they would birth a son at their old age. Sarah was 89 and Abraham was 99 at the time.

 

Genesis 18:10-15 (NKJV)

10 And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.”(Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.) 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and [a]Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” 13 And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” 15 But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh!” -God hears Sarah laugh and he asks Abraham is there anything too hard for him.

  1. Where there is doubt, you question the character and power of God.

     II.          What is Doubt?

  1. Defining Doubt
    The secular definition of doubt is: to call into question the truth of: to be uncertain or in doubt about.

    1. Doubt in the Scripture can be seen to be characteristic of both believers and unbelievers. In believers it is usually a weakness of faith, a wavering in the face of God’s promises. In the unbeliever doubt is virtually synonymous with unbelief. – Scripture looks at doubt for what it really is. It doesn’t downplay doubt as we usually do.
  2. Doubt vs. Unbelief
    1. Does doubt make me a non-believer? Being a believer doesn’t mean that you won’t have moments of doubt.

John 10:26 (NKJV)

26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, [a]as I said to you.  – These were unbelievers

Mark 9:24 (NKJV)

24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” – He is a believer that had some doubt.

Matthew 14:31 (NKJV)

31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” – Peter doubted in a certain moment. Doubt is not the absence of faith; it is instead moments of unbelief.

  • Hang around doubters long enough and you will start to doubt.
  1. Characteristics of Doubters

Four Characteristics of Doubters
1. Doubters are uncertain about decisions.
2. Doubters are distrustful.
3. Doubters tend to call on logic and reason.
4. Doubters hesitate before acting.

Some scripture examples of doubt

Matthew 14:31 (NKJV)

31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Matthew 12:38-42 (NKJV)

38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. 42 The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.

Matthew 21:21 (NKJV)

21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.

Mark 11:23 (NKJV)

23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

 Luke 24:38 (NKJV)

38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?

John 20:27 (NKJV)

27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

    III.          How Does Doubt Affect the Believer?

  1. Instability in Your Faith

James 1:6-8 (NKJV)

6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. – Wherever there is doubt, there is no stability. This means that you are easily swayed.

  1. Falling Short of the Goal

Philippians 3:14 (NKJV)

14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – I’m not going to be distracted by past things. I’m constantly pushing towards what God has called me to.

    IV.          How to Overcome Doubt

  1. Learn to Trust God
  2. Do you really trust god? Jesus tells the disciples, let us pass over to the other side. Jesus then gets on the ship and goes to sleep. When the storm comes, the disciples panic and then they go wake up Jesus and ask if he cares that they might perish. If Jesus has said us (keyword) is going over, then why do you let what happens in between, make you doubt what he has said.

Soren Kierkegaard once stated, “Every mental act is composed of doubt and belief, but it is belief that is the positive, it is belief that sustains thought and holds the world together.”

  1. Five Ways to Overcome Doubt
    Have faith – You need to have faith in God and in yourself. You have to believe God has equipped you. God knows everything about you, before he calls you.

    2. Stop worrying about what others think. The reason why you doubt him is because you are worried about the crowd response (This is something I personally have had a problem with all my life).

    3. Move from contemplation to action. Move from contemplation to action. Stop talking and thinking about it. Just do it.

    4. Don’t be afraid of failure. You will never know if God can do it, if you don’t try it.

    5. Stop wasting time investing in doubt

 

  1. Combat doubt by re-realizing the truth. You have to let it go.

 

  1. Here are some scriptures about re-realizing truth.


Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall [a]direct your paths.

John 20:31 (NKJV)

31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Romans 4:20 (NKJV)

20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,

 

“Face your fears and doubts, and new worlds will open to you.” – Robert Kiyosaki – Abraham had to leave his country on Gods command. He was blessed, because he didn’t doubt what God had told him to do.

     V.          Stop Worrying and Stand on His Word

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)

20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. – Everything that God promises had a yes attached to it.

Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; – Doubt dilutes the promise of God concerning your life.

Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)

25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. – Faith itself is your greatest weapon towards doubt.

Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)

11 Now faith is the [a]substance of things hoped for, the [b]evidence of things not seen. – Now faith is the first two words in this scripture. The word “Now” deals with current, immediate, or right now. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God according to the book of Romans. – We are going to dissect the meaning of this scripture.

 

The word of God is a revelation. It is a living word. There can be no relevance if there is no revelation.

Now the revelation is our foundation. When doubt comes in, the revelation is our foundation. Our revelation counters the doubt. We have a living word inside of us. When doubt comes in our revelation which is our foundation counters it. For example, when doubt says the bill won’t be paid, the revelation says God will supply all my needs.

Now faith is: The revelation I am standing on, is. In other words, we are not waiting to be healed, we are healed. When you lay holt of this revelation, you won’t have doubt on your life, no matter what anyone says.

Your revelation changes your situation. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. It is the substance of hope. What fuels this is the foundation. It causes us to hope when the evil is attacking you.  This is why the enemy is after your hope. When a person is ready to jump, he has lost hope.

Where there is doubt there is no stability or foundation. My revelation reminds me of who I am.

Evidence of things not seen: Our whole life we been trained to respond to what we see. This is why the enemy tries to show you things that lead to losing a hold of our hope.

We don’t look at things the way others look at things. We expect miracles. Where there is no revelation, there is no expectation. We have to let you know that we expect something to happen.

An act of faith. You drive to the gas pump, because you need gas. You put your debit card in the pump and then you swipe it. You believe by faith that what’s in the gas pump is actually pumping into your car. You don’t see the gas, yet you believe. You drive all-around town just because your indicator says your tank is on full. You might not see the miracle now, but you have someone by you that is like the fuel indicator in the car. You might not see the wind, but the leaves will testify that the wind is blowing.

We see Peter walking on the water. He gets out of the boat, but do we really know Peter saw Jesus. Maybe he didn’t see him at first. We say this, because the scripture says they thought they saw a ghost and Peter said if it be you, let me come. He stepped out on the faith that this was Jesus.

We have to walk in faith and starve our doubt. Don’t let your doubt cause you to miss what God has promised you.

 

God bless!

 

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When Nothing Else Will Do , sermon 071419

 

Part II of the sermon series entitled “Closer”

Synopsis of July 14th sermon

Delivered by Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, D.Min.

 

Psalm 42:1-5, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” 4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast. 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.”

 

      I.          Introduction

  1. Everyone comes to a point where their appetite changes.
  2. Sometimes you can get exposed to a different type of food and suddenly your appetite changes. As a result, you now desire greater food and now you won’t except things below what you know is possible to obtain.
    1. For example, if a woman meets a King that treats here like a Queen, she will no longer accept
  3. Psalm 34:8 (NKJV) says Oh, taste and see that the Lord isgood; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! – When you taste of the goodness of God, nothing else satisfies you. Today we are privileged to eaves drop on the Psalmist. In the scripture we see that the Psalmist loans to be back into relationship with God.
  4. The writer is in a dark place, the place of
  5. He is taunted by those that used to go with him into the temple. They don’t understand his season.
  6. It is one thing to walk with those that don’t know, but it’s another thing if it is people that is supposed to know you, yet can’t understand you and your situation.
  7. For the believer, he or she is like the deer is panting for the water. He now needs refreshing. The writer uses this illustration to illustrate how he longs for God.

 

    II.          Desire for the Living God

A.    What I run to can keep me alive

  1. This is a time to run to God. Water represents source. The body can’t live without water and in the same manner, the soul can’t live without the presence of God.

 

  1. John 4:14 (NKJV) says 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
    • When God gives us fulfillment, we will no longer have need of anything.
  2. Some people are thirsty, and they think they can go around on just a drip instead of a drink.
    • With all the hell you are dealing with, a sip ain’t going to get it!
  3. The Lord doesn’t need you being thirsty.

 

 

B.     Thirst for what’s real will lead to being filled

  1. You can’t expect people to quench your thirst. We think people can fulfill it for us and they blow it every time.
  2. Both the Husband and the Wife go out to work these days. They leave full, but we come back empty.
  3. Only God can fill you up. When you walk through life whole, you don’t wait for people to fill you. You are are already
  4. In this day and time, we think tangible stuff makes us fulfilled.
  5. How odd it is to use the word “drip” to define our stuff. If it is just a drip, then you still end up
  6. It’s not the things that money can buy, it’s the things that money can’t buy. If I focus on the things that money can’t buy, then if I lose everything I have, I won’t lose my mind, because I know where my fulfillment comes from.
  7. God will give to you in a way where you won’t need again. You are about to embark on a season where you won’t need for anything. When God becomes our fulfillment, we don’t have wants, because we are connected to the source.
  8. Have you come to place where you think it doesn’t make sense?

 

  III.          Dealing with Distress Led to Remembrance

A.    Your enemies desire to see you defeated

  1. It is important to know what your enemy is up to. Your friend-enemies have one goal, they want to steal from you. Stealing from you can also be taking years off your life.
    1. Remember the Psalmist was being ridiculed by people who use to run with him.
  2. Why do our so-called friends try to condemn us? Know that God will cover you.
  3. Psalm 27:5  (NKJV) For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.- Remember the times God hid your issues from others?
    1. Know that some flashbacks you have will free you?
  4. If you ever calm the chaos long enough you will come to this place. Philippians 4:8-9  (NKJV) says 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things arelovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.- You got to learn how to think yourself out of a dark place.

 

  1. Your mind will play tricks on you. You got to arrest those thoughts and think yourself When we do this, you mute the noise behind you.
  2. We think like we think. We have to think like we are trying to think ourselves out of this dark place. If you think, you will thank! In other words, if you are thinking right, it will eventually bring you to a point of thanking God!

 

 IV.          Decision to Lift Up Praise

A.    Encourage yourself to escape it

  1. One of the things the enemy wants to do is to get you to isolate yourself. Get your own party hat and encourage yourself.
  2. If you care about what others think, you will always be their prisoner – las Tzu . Caring too much about what others think will have you asking questions like: What wrong with me? Why am I looking like this?
  3. Stop allowing the hell you are going through be inside you.

 

 

B.     Look like He lifted you out of it

 

Start looking like you’ve been lifted out of it. Now how do we do this?

  1. By running after darkness is over. Once the storm is over, we ought to give God praise for all that he has done for us!
  2. Declare that I may get discouraged, but I will never disconnect. I will not let my situation change my relationship with the one that can change my situation.
  3. Know that when you lift Him up, he will lift you up!

 

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A Blessing at My Breaking Point

 

Part 1 of the Closer series

July 7, 2019  Sermon Synopsis

Delivered by Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, D.Min.

 

Matthew 11:28-29, “28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

 

I.          Introduction

  1. Breaking point – This point where you reach your max point as it relates to things that you can

 

  1. When the foreclosure sign was put in your front yard, this is an example of a breaking point. When no financial aid has come in and it is time to start class, this is an example of a breaking point.

 

  1. All of us have experienced moments where we have been pushed to the edge. God is sending you this word today to let you know that your breaking point is about you being closer to Him.

 

  1. Know that whatever is challenging you, will not be the end of your vision and it won’t be the end of you.

 

  1. Rest mentioned in verse 28 implies support and exchange. In other words, give it to him and God will give you something you can bear.

 

  1. The scripture says “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. When you see the word rest, think of the word peace. God is saying to us that at our breaking point, he will give us

 

  1. “Take my yoke on you” the scripture goes on to say. The yoke was the thing that was placed on the ox’s neck to control them. This yoke would cause the ox to go in the direction that the farmer wanted them to go. God will put a yoke on us, and He will guide us and lead us. He will try to show us how to live a life that is free.

 

 

 

II.          Comfort for Laborers and the Heavy Laden

 

A.    You have to come to the Lord to receive from Him

  1. You must get closer to the Lord. He is not a harsh teacher. He instead nurtures you.

 

  1. What you are burdened down with, you can no longer handle. You can’t deal with this without a
  2. Even though it is free, you have to RSVP. The Lord won’t just assume that you want this peace in your life. You have to ask for it.

 

  1. Scripture References: John 16:24  (NKJV) says 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

 

  1. Matthew 7:7  (NKJV) says “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

 

  1. Mark 11:24  (NKJV) says 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have   – Everything you need is in Him. It is not in the other people you often go to. The answer is in God. Your peace, your healing, your breakthrough is in him.

 

B.     Rest is available for those who are ready

  1. Are you ready?

 

  1. You have got to get to a place in your life where you are willing to allow God to do what’s necessary to distress you.

 

  1. David was acquainted with stress. He got a revelation. He realized that the Lord was his shepherd.

 

  1. David realized that the Lord would make him lie down in green pastures. When God is ready for you to rest, he will make you rest. Whether its voluntarily or involuntarily, you will rest.

 

  1. When you lie down and rest, God will restore you. Too many of us are trying to get restored on the run.

 

  1. Sometimes God has to treat you like a car that is not running correctly. He has to put you in the garage and jack you up, so He can take a good look at the problem.

 

  1. There is a little control freak in all of us. When you are ready to relinquish control, God will step in.

 

  1. Scripture Reference: Psalm 23:2-3  (NKJV) says 2 He makes me to lie down in [a]green pastures; He leads me beside the [b]still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

 

 

III.          Command to Learn from the Lord

A.    Be steered by what’s right instead of being controlled by what’s wrong.

 

  1. We often stay in the rut, because we continue to do what feels is right to us. We find out later that doing what we thought was the right thing was not necessarily doing the right thing, because God never intended for us to be slaves to anything.

 

  1. Think about it. You can even do dysfunction the right way, but it will still be the wrong thing to do.

 

  1. Scripture References: Leviticus 26:13  (NKJV) says 13 amthe Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves; I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you walk [a]– God wants you to be free of bondage, pressure, and sin!

 

  1. James 1:12-14  (NKJV) says 12 Blessed isthe man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

 

  1. When the Lord leads you and guides you, you will be led in the right direction.

 

B.     His guidance is a gift that is gentle

 

  1. Scripture Reference: Psalm 23:4  (NKJV) says Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You arewith me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. – God brings correction in the areas of your life, when you are out of order. When the sheep was out of order the rod and staff corrected them. The rod was for correction and staff was for

 

  1. How many times have god hit you with rod? How man times have you felt the staff pull you right back into position?

 

  1. God does this to bring you to a place of humility.

 

IV.          Contentment to Live this Life

 

A.    Nothing compares to the contentment of the Creator

 

  1. Scripture Reference: 1 Timothy 6:6  (NKJV) says Now godliness with contentment is great gain.– Stop living your life to impress others and learn to impress God.
  2. Hebrews 12:1  (NKJV) says 12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us,and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, – I have my own race. I have to learn to stay in your own lane.

 

  1. God is trying to work things out in your life, but you keep looking to everyone else for the answer to your problems.

 

B.     You will be free from it, when your soul finds rest

 

 

 

  1. Scripture References: John 8:36  (NKJV) says 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
  2. When a slave was about to get free, they got a blow to the ear. The slaves were good with this, because this meant freedom was close. Just like this, the Lord never intends to put you on a platform without a test.

 

  1. What are you willing to go through to get what God has for your life? God uses the trial to set you up for what you are about to go to.
  1. Psalm 55:6(NKJV) says So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. – There is a moment where you realize there is a need for peace.

 

  1. There are many of you right now that need peace. You got to bring it to the Lord.

 

  1. The benefits of being Committed
  2. The breakthrough is for the obedient.

 

  1. On the other side of what you are going through is the the greatest thing you have experienced in your life. You’re about to find peace, once you turn this stuff over to the Lord.

 

  1. This is the 1st month of the second half of 2019. I declare this half will be better than the first half! God has moved you from your breaking point to your

 

  1. Breakthrough is about to hit your house! You got to decide, “I’m letting go of everything that stresses me and am going to align with things that blesses me”.

 

  1. Rest in him now. The best season is around the corner!

 

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What You Need to Know to Be with Me, Bible Study 02/06/19

 

Bible Study 4-Part Series
Series Title: Love Clinic

Week One: What You Need to Know to Be With Me

Synopsis of 02/06/19 Bible Study

Delivered by Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, D.Min.

John 15:10-12, “10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

I.          Introduction

  1. Relationships, friendships, marriage all take on different meanings today. For instance, 20 yrs ago the term “dating” was viewed much different from the way we view these type of relationships today.
  2. It is hard to know what Dating is today. Today, when we say we are dating we wonder is the person is saying that the two are seeing each other or does it mean they are doing something else?
  3. Friendships today are the same way. We view Friendships so casual now, everyone seems to be our friend. Friendships should really carry a certain weight and responsibility.
  4. Marriages are different. We see a lot of different types of marriages. First, we have the Image Marriage, then we have the “I want a baby marriage”. Next, we have the “I got pregnant and we got married” type of Marriage. We also have the “Everyone but us, sees us as being good together” type of marriage.
  5. There are uncompromising standards for healthy godly relationships. You got to take time to learn things about the other person to make the relationship work.

Steps to Having a Healthy Godly Relationship:

  1. Love God First. – You’ve got to be in relationship with God first. If you spend more time in your relationship than you do with God, then you know it is an out of whack relationship.

Scripture References: Mark 12:30 (NKJV) 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ [a]This is the first commandment. – God wants you to let Him be your priority. You have to have a relationship with God first, before you can have a relationship with anyone else.

 Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. – You got to get to a point where you want to get right with God first. God might frustrate your attempts to get into relationship, because you haven’t first got into relationship with Him.

 

  1. Learn to love God first.

 

  1. Learn to Love Yourself.

 

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 5:29 (NKJV) 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. – Don’t be so busy loving everyone else that you sacrifice yourself. You got to get to a point where you take care of you. You can’t give what you ain’t got.

 

  1. If you don’t like you, who else will love you? Invest in yourself. Take care of yourself. Don’t get into relationship and let yourself go.

 

  1. Pray to Discern if this Person is Right for Your Life. – Discernment can be important when it comes to relationships.

 

Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV) 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.   – Often, we go into relationship through our flesh.

  1. Relationship must be discerned in the spirit and not in the flesh.
  2. Earthly people start with perception first. The image portrayed by the person that interests you, feeds your perception.
  3. Spiritual people start with integrity. Questioning the integrity of a person will lead to the truth. This makes Holy Wedlock and Unholy Padlock.
  4. Get to Know the Real Person. – You got to know the person to the core.

 

Scripture Reference: John 8:32 (NKJV) 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  – We spend more time researching a puppy we want to buy, than the person we want to be with.

“Hell is truth seen too late.” –Thomas Hobbes

  1. Don’t’ get caught up in perception. Get to the truth by discernment.

 

  1. What Makes Me Want You
  2. The capacity of your compassion comes from Christ
  3. You can accept things better when you know the truth. A lot of people think a person wouldn’t want them, knowing the truth about them.

2.      Love is not based on what you get in return. It is unconditional.

Scripture References: 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV) (NIV) 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – I love you to the point that I can love you knowing everything about you. It is hard to love all that, if you don’t know all of that.

  1. When you love deeply it is more than physical connection or lust. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (NIV) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor oth ers, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. – Love me without losing yourself.

 

  1. You should be the same after you come together with a person. You shouldn’t have to lose yourself to be with someone.

B.      You can love me without losing you

Scripture References: Psalm 139:14 14 I will praise You, for [a]I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. ; – You are wonderfully made.

  1. Wonderfully made – The root word for wonderfully is wonderful. You are wonderful.
  2. People package you together and people don’t know who you are. You can’t give your status away to be in a mediocre relationship.
  • Genesis 2:24 (NKJV) 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be[a] joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.;- One flesh doesn’t mean you turn magically into one person. It means you ae joined together at the heart. This is why every attack on a relationship deals with the heart
  • Ezekiel 36:26 (NKJV) 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. – A heart made of stone makes you un able to love. Your heart is the biggest gift you can ever give somebody.
  • Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV) 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. – You got to be able to keep your heart in a good place. People have to be able to earn your heart.

III. Walking with Wisdom

  1. Learn me or leave me– You got to know a person. You need to know what makes them cry and what makes them shutdown along with other things that make them perk? You have to study people.

Ex – 2 yrs after Bishop’s first wife died, he started dating. While dating, one of things he used to do is study the person he was trying to date. In other words, he wanted to know what triggers them to cry or what makes them shutdown and other things similar to this. He explained that by doing this, it taught him when he should talk to a person and when he should approach the person he was dating.

  1. The most important thing about your relationship is knowing that the other person understands you and knowing that they get you.

2.      Michal was married to King David for years. After the ark of the covenant returns to Israel, David danced so hard, he danced out of his clothes. While all of this is going on, David’s wife Michal looks out the window at him.

Scripture Reference: 2 Samuel 6:16 (NKJV) 16 Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.

2 Samuel 6:20-23 (NKJV) 20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, “How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows [a]shamelessly uncovers himself!” 21 So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord. 22 And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.” 23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death. – Michal despised David (her husband) in her heart. She didn’t understand him.

  1. If you are busy, you can’t marry lazy. David is dancing and Michal is at home. David has this high spiritual experience and he’s hype. He wants to bring the expiring to his house, but Michal disapproves.
  2. In verse 21, David explained God has this ordained him before he put David and Michal together. Milco didn’t bore children, because David stopped being intimate with here, because she didn’t understand him.

B.      Timing is everything

Scripture References: Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV) 3 To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:  – Don’t rush the process, just because you are ready to get down the aisle. People spend more time getting ready to get married, than they do working in their marriage to make it successful.

  1. You have to learn how to invest and wait. Ruth waited and Boaz approached her. Boaz studied her. Sometimes you can meet the right person at the wrong time. You have to study the person you are interested in.
    1. Ruth 2:23 (NKJV) 23 So she stayed close by the young women of Boaz, to glean until the end of barley harvest and wheat harvest; and she dwelt with her mother-in-law.

 

  1. Working Well to Win

A.     I’m a package deal

1.      You need someone that works well with you.

Scripture Reference: James 5:16 (NKJV) 16 [a]Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, [b]fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. – Have a mutual understanding between the two of you.

B.      Work with me, not against me

Scripture References: Amos 3:3 (NKJV) Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? – In relationship you need a ride or die. It is hard to be ride or die if you have only met your image.

Proverbs 18:24 (NKJV) 24 A man who has friends [a]must himself be friendly,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. ; – There is a person that will love you despite your baggage.

1 Peter 3:7, 8 (NKJV) Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be [a]courteous; – We are in this, because we are on our way somewhere together. If we enter relationship, we have similar paths or goals.

  1. Anyone that will stifle your dream, is a person that is only tolerating you and not celebrating you.
  2. Relationships matter. You know how hard it is for you to be with yourself. Know that there must be someone out there anointed just to be with you.

 

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How to Handle Your Emotions, Bible Study 1.23.19

Synopsis of Bible Study 01/23/19
5-Part Series
Series Title: How to Handle Your Business

Week Four: How to Handle Your Emotions

Delivered by: Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, D.Min.

Proverbs 29:11, “A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.”

    I.          Introduction

  1. Some people have had a lot they wanted to say to people and yet they decided to hold back. God gave us emotions, but we must know when to hold back.

2.      We were created to have dominion over everything, this includes our emotions.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 1:26-28 (NIV) 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”  – This is an issue of self-control

  1. One may ask, why do we have emotions? Emotions are reactions to things that happen in life. You can’t go around not feeling anything. It is ok to have emotions, but our emotions should be in tune with God’s will.

II.   Change Your Mindset

  1. Manage your mouth by managing your mind
  2. You can manage your mind sometimes by managing your mouth
  3. Your emotions originate in your mental space. The hardest thing to ever change is our mind. Have you ever who was passionate about something, but they were passionately wrong?

Scripture References: Philippians 2:5 (NKJV)Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,  – What is the mind of Christ? Our nature reflects the word of God and not our emotions.

3.      Romans 12:2 (NKJV) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. – What we do, must be in line with the perfect will of God. We do not react, we respond. This is the mind of God.

  1. To react is not the perfect will of God. You pray about it, think about it, and then respond.

 

 

 

  1. Find peace by obtaining a new perspective
  2. We find peace by finding a new perspective.

Scripture References:- You have peace when you reflect on God’s will.

 

  1. Control is about focus. Even though circumstances around me are changing, my focus is not on what is changing, but instead what is constant.
  2. My peace is not absence of chaos, but the presence of proper perspective.

a.      Philippians 4:7(NKJV) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  – Elijah was depressed and about ready to throw in the towel. He had fasted for 40days and 40 nights. He went into a cave and the voice of God asked what was he doing there?

b.      God knew where he was, but he wanted to know where Elijah was emotionally.

4.      Where you are emotionally is where you will end up physically. Elijah needed a new perspective.

a.      Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

b.      1 Kings 4:10 10 [a]Ben-Hesed, in Arubboth; to him belonged Sochoh and all the land of Hepher; – Elijah was fed up and let his emotions get the best of him. All it took was one encounter with God to get the proper perspective.

  1. Your emotions will cause you to neglect the thing that will change your perspective. Elijah thought he was alone, but God was talking to him. Elijah realized he wasn’t the only one going through.
  2. God’s word will always give you a perspective.

 III. Choose New Methods

  1. Seek the help of the Word of God to find a better way
  2. God’s word has to be centric. If you are not careful, you will find yourself spiraling out of control. When you are in a funk, you are in a funk.
  3. The enemies aim is to paralyze your purpose.

3.      The prophet Jeremiah was in a funk.

Scripture Reference: Jeremiah 20:7-9 (NKJV) O Lord, You [a]induced me, and I was persuaded; You are stronger than I, and have prevailed. I am [b]in derision daily;
Everyone mocks me. For when I spoke, I cried out; I shouted, “Violence and plunder!” Because the word of the Lord was made to me A reproach and a derision daily. Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not  – Ever felt like God tricked you? Jeremiah wanted to quit.

  1. God’s word will bring you back. Behind your “but” is the Word. Imagine how the people don’t have the Word make it. They have nothing to revert back to.

 

 

 

  1. Select new approaches to deal with conflict
  2. Learn to control your passions. You cannot say everything you think or act on everything you feel. You have to have self-control.

2.      Think before you speak. (Scripture Reference: Proverbs 15:1 (NKJV) 15 A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.) – It is not what you say, it’s what you think.

  1. A soft answer turns it away wrath.

3.      Deal honestly with your feelings. Stop sweeping things under the rug. Deal with it. (Scripture Reference: Ephesians 4:26 (NKJV) 26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, )- You can’t play with your emotions.

  1. You have a beef, then everything you think keeps building

4.      Take care of yourself. There is a relation between your emotions and health. Ever notice when you work out, you feel better. You have to work some stuff off. (Scripture Reference: 3 John 2 (NKJV) Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. ) – There are a lots to deal with. You have to take of yourself.

  1. Create New Management
  1. Take control away from others and get control of you
  2. Stop letting people manipulate your emotions. This can bring on cursing and even crying.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is made up of the following four core skills: – This is monitoring your emotional ability.

  1. Self-Awareness – Your ability to accurately perceive your emotions and stay away from them when they are happening.
  2. Self-Management – The ability to use awareness to stay healthy emotionally
  3. Social Awareness – The ability to accurately pick up emotions of others and realize what is going on. This is when everyone you work with says you are hard to work with and you are the only one that doesn’t see it.
  4. Relationship Management – Awareness to use your emotions and others to get things in action.
    1. You feel the room out and you know how to move and react to make things happen.
  5. Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV) 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to [a]bear -You got to know when to make your exit. You can’t let someone elses emotional stuff mess up your life.
  6. Turn your emotions around and think on God’s level
  7. You emotions has a lot to say about who you are.
    1. “In the egoic state, your sense of self, your identity, is derived from your thinking mind – in other words, what your mind tells you about yourself: the storyline of you, the memories, the expectations, all the thoughts that go through your head continuously and the emotions that reflect those thoughts. All those things make up your sense of self.” –Eckhart Tolle
    2. How you see yourself can a bearing on how you react.
  8. Sometimes God does things that you think don’t make sense.

Scripture References: Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.  – We have to have faith that God knows what he’s doing

a.      Philippians 4:8 (NKJV) Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. – You got to get your emotions in place. Your inability to manage your emotions is what causes so many crazy things to happen.

  1. When you operate in Word of God, you operate in facts, not in the way that you feel. Apply the facts before the feelings.
  2. With facts upfront, then there is a certain set of things you live by.
  3. God gave you amazing authority over your feelings. If I don’t make your emotions obey, they will make you obey.
  4. You got too much to do to sit around and be an emotional wreck.

 

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