Here's to starting with a new year's resolution - starting the Weight Loss course today. I've been around the block a few times and have the goal of gaining spiritual weight and losing physical weight in 2020.
I saw there was no mentor available at this time, so I thought I'd post to express my willingness to be of encouragement to someone and VERY willing to receive encouragement.
Blessings to all!
This is a wonderful summary of the sermon: "God's Answer for Your Anxiety."
Christopher wrote: I learned that I need to apply my will (the rudder) in my life and not let my feelings (the sails) guide or rule my life. I need to submit to the will of Jesus Christ and not worry about my circumstances.
The love of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is the antidote of fear. Now that is a new concept that I learned from this video, that is amazing to me, love will overcome all of my fears. I also learned that there are 6 reasons to fear. 1. Fear is a vision without hope,
2. Fear only travels to the worst-case scenario,
3. Fear turns us into false prophets,
4. Fear ruins relationships,
5. Fear makes us selfish,
6. Fear is like a demon spirit that has to be cast out.
I learned that there are two tracks one that is good and another that is pessimistic. I have to ask myself where is my focus?
God`s will is my rudder it will guide me, control me. I will trust the Lord, he will bring me where I need to go. I will need to override my emotions.
I need to replace worrying with praying. Philippians 4:6 " Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. NASB
Here is a new idea that was mentioned to me in this presentation: "We want resolution. What God want's is a relationship. He is more interested in having a relationship with us than anything else, eventually, he will help us deal with the problems but first, he wants us.
"We need to pray and let God worry". Martin Luther
We need to transfer our burdens to Jesus. Jesus says, "Come to me I will carry your burdens". Tell God what you want to let your request be made known to God. Philippians 4:6b
I need to read the Word of God to know what his will is, on other occasions, not often, he may speak to me.
God gives us peace: "And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your heart hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:7
The command that is the most repeated in Scriptures is:
FEAR NOT, 150 TIMES.
Jesus understands our fears, anxieties, and worries because he went through it all, we can go to the cross and share all our struggles and he will reply to us I know what you are going through give it to me at the cross and I will comfort you! You don't have to carry those burdens anymore because I already did at the cross for you and the human race.
Wow.....I never thought about it like this, or maybe I just need this constant reminder. It seems like it comes down to taking our eyes off the person that has hurt us and placing them squarely on the Cross of Jesus and leaving them there. Otherwise, it's utterly impossible to forgive the person that has hurt us nor even desire to do so.
Look forward brother. Just this morning Mike shared with me this passage -
2Co 5:1-4 NIV For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. (2) Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, (3) because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. (4) For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
Feed on the Word my dear brother, and so be encouraged to live for Jesus today, and have secure hope for tomorrow!
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT
A friend of mine is one of your mentors and has agreed to mentor me through the Purity course. I think the gospel-centered approach you are taking is the direction I also want to take with our men's group at church.