“When you find yourself in a situation of no control, you just have to determine to be still, accepting that God is God and you are not. It sounds easy, but it would be very helpful to have a plan or formula for this to happen. Below, I’ve provided a three-part formula for bringing the noise of confusion into subjection so you can get your thoughts under control and begin to listen for the Holy Spirit’s voice. You will find the premise of this formula is perhaps not normally how you would attack the problem. It will seem illogical to quiet the noise in your soul by drowning it out. Nevertheless, here’s how you do it:
1. Begin with a steady stream of vocal praise. This becomes your go-to weapon to fight the noise in your soul whenever it pops up…
2. Offer thanksgiving as an integrated, ever-present part of your daily routine, inserting it into whatever you find yourself doing. This is a habit of overcomers…
3. Simultaneous with your praise and worship, find good, even sacrificial works to occupy a significant portion of your time. It’s always helpful to major on someone else’s needs, in order to drown out the noise of your own needs. You can be sure that when you have quieted your soul, and are listening to the Holy Spirit, He will tell you the next step. Most often, it’s this: “Don’t just stand there, do something to help someone else go beyond their own emotional needs. It will help you go beyond yours.”
My newest e-book: Seven New Testament Patterns for Godly Living – Everyone develops patterns of living, both righteous and not. Dr. Abraamson will challenge you to compare the patterns of your own life to New Testament patterns for godly living. The writings of the apostles Paul and Peter will provide you with an opportunity to contemplate and answer questions such as: What are some of the most common patterns we see in our societies today that matter to people, but may not please God? Why would Scripture require that we bear with one another in a pattern of loving forgiveness? Why would a pattern of peace in a person’s heart be fundamental to success in life? Why could Paul expect people to have a pattern of always being joyful, when it’s obvious life has its ups and downs?
My new book, “Count It All Junk” will take you on a purpose-driven journey. You will be challenged to take inventory, sort through and clean out the junk that may be cluttering your thinking. As you do, you can renew your mind with God-pleasing thoughts and start a new season of victorious thinking. It will make a difference in dealing with the junk that may have cluttered your thinking. Start a fresh new season of victorious thinking.
It makes a good individual study or also great for groups. You can find it on the website “Bookstore” or use the direct link to Amazon.com.
“Ten Characteristics of God’s Devil Stompers” is a compliment to “Ten Characteristics of God’s Champions,” which is also found on the “Leadership Attitudes” page. It’s an encouraging list of a champion devil stomper’s characteristics .
New for February 2016 – This is a lesson we all need to learn and relearn as leaders. You will find it under “Leadership Attitudes.”
I was sitting at my desk, looking out the window at our beautiful yard and the golf course beyond. A number of months ago we planted a young Hibiscus tree about fifteen feet from my window. It had beautiful orange flowers on it when we brought it home and planted it. After a while, the flowers disappeared. We examined the young tree and found it was infested with tiny white bugs that were feasting off the flower buds. They were destroying the buds before they could bloom into beautiful flowers. The bugs have successfully resisted the spray that’s supposed to kill them. We have determined to keep working to eliminate the bugs, so we can enjoy the beauty of the Hibiscus flowers, even though it will be a battle. Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.”
Have you noticed that it’s always the little things that seem to affect us the most? Perhaps it’s because they are not easy to notice or identify as the cause of our problems. Have you also found that even when we identify the little things as the problem, they can be difficult to deal with and eliminate from our lives? We may even choose to ignore them because they seem so small and couldn’t possibly cause us so much trouble, yet, they do! I’m Dr. Bob Like the little white bugs on my tree, the issues of life that seem insignificant can be recognized, dealt with and ultimately defeated. Don’t allow something that seems insignificant ruin what has so much potential for beauty in your life. It will take determined perseverance and faith, but with God, all things are possible.