Tuesday, March 20, 2012

God keeps a Journal

Dear Brother and Sister’s in Christ,
Did you ever stop and think where the idea of journaling came from. Well I found it in God’s amazing Word. I woke up this morning thinking about this set of verses and I want to share them with you.
Malachi 3:16-18
16. Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name.
17. “They will be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves Him.”
18. So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.
So let me say that if God keeps a journal maybe we should think seriously about keeping a journal. These three verses are chocked full of promises and blessings for those who love the Lord and speak often to one another about Him. It was a pretty amazing revelation to me that Our God keeps a journal of our lives. One other reference to this idea of God keeping a journal is found is Psalms 139.
One of the obvious questions for us to consider is; are we one of those who fear the Lord and do we speak often of Him? The Word says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45). What comes out of our mouths influences not only others but ourselves. Verse 16 says the Lord gives attention to what we are speaking to each other and writes it down. That for me is very sobering. How many times have I spoken things to others that did not bring life and the Lord heard it. Wow Lord you have my attention!! Notice also the promises to us His possession that follow those who spoke often of Him Preparation, preservation and discernment for those who speak of the Lord and I think write about what He is doing for them in a journal.
One of the benefits of journaling is that we can keep track of the miracles of God in our lives. I teach women I sponsor to write down and date the awe ha moments from God they have experiences. Then they can go back and tell the evil one what God did for them on a certain date and that he is a liar! We also can through journaling begin to see patterns of emotions and behaviors emerge and what may have triggered them. This is what a counselor will do. They keep records so they can help us see what is going on in our lives. Jesus in Isaiah 9:6 was prophesied to be the Wonderful Counselor! He can through you own journal speak to you about things that may be sticking points in your life and thoughts that are hanging you up. Also we will see word patterns that hold us captive along with generation curses passed down to us come to light as we write down what we are thinking.. The Holy Spirit is called the Comforter and the one who leads into all truth. You can be sure He will lovingly reveal areas of your life that need attention and will gently lead you into the truth, the Powerful Word of Our Mighty King Jesus! God is on your side. Romans 8:31 says “If God is for us who can be against us.” He is keeping track and journaling our conversations so He can bless us according these verses from Malachi 3!
I hope these scriptures prompt a response in you to be actually aware of what is coming out of your mouth and being said to your brothers and sisters, marriage partners, bosses and co-workers. Our God is paying attention! I want what comes out of my mouth to be prophetic and lead others to respond to God and to His precious Spirit. Will you join me taking a hard look at where we are with the Lord and with our brothers and sisters and others around us so we can be a blessing to them and also be blessed by the Lord? Will you join me in investing in journaling your thoughts and emotions. Our God does it and we can follow His lead. Will you take the time to write down your thoughts every day? Journaling does not have to be about many words. Some don’t have those words. You might take the feeling word list that we use CR and start with something like this; “today I feel tired, or today I feel happy. “It starts as simply as that. Also if you are a perfectionist like me you can start an on line journal where you have spell check. One of the most difficult things for me for years was the messy hand writing an inability to spell. I was made to be ashamed as a child and I did not want to have anybody see my handwriting not even God. LOL like He doesn’t already know. !!!
To close, I want to review the promises in this scripture to us as God’s chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. I Peter 2:9
Malachi 3:16-18
1. Those who feared the Lord and spoke to one another, The Lord heard them!
2. A book of remembrance was written in His presence about what He had heard His people said about Him and their life experience. .
3. God after hearing them said with great love; “They will be mine!’
4. God said:” I will prepare my own possession.”
5. God said:” I will spare them as a man spares his own son.”
6. God said: “We will then distinguish between the righteous and the wicked.”” Between the one who serves God and the one who not serve Him.” (How we need this in this time of preparation of Our Lords Return!)

Sherrie, CR Prayer Team Leader, Celebrate Recovery FBC NW Arkansas

For more information about Celebrate Recovery, contact Rodney at 479-659-3679 or roholmstrom@fellowshipnwa.org

Monday, March 12, 2012

“Rodney! The Doctor Will See You Now”

Ever had one of those days where you just feel like going back to bed? You just don't feel good but you know there are some things that have to get done in order to feel better.This past weekend I got pretty sick with a stuffed and runny nose, sinus pressure that was unbearable, ear ache and sore throat. Yeah fun stuff.
Sunday, I had put my sickness and misery off long enough and decided I better get into Urgent care to get the antibiotics going so I would be healthy for the rest of the week.
We went to the Urgent Care Center here locally we saw quite the scene. Allow me to paint this picture for you. When we walked in it was jammed up with a waiting room full of sick people where everyone looked terrible, coughing, sniffling and such. To the left of me and my wife was a little two year old child that was there waiting on her mom to come out from seeing the doctor. She was playing "Sponge Bob, Square Pants” on a little media device held in her lap. I don’t know that this cartoon could have been playing any louder. The grandfather leaned over to the little girl and said “why don’t you turn it down honey.” Her reply, “NO!”.
To the right of me was a heavy set man who had fallen asleep, his head all the way back resting on the wall behind him, mouth wide open, he was letting out the loudest snore you can imagine.
A couple to his right across from us, resting each others heads on one another, they too were sleeping.
Another couple across from us was kind of fussing with one another, about leaving because it was taking too long while the other argued, “no, we are staying, I am tired of hearing you complain about this sickness!”
One lady, who apparently worked in a different doctor’s office, there with her husband, was explaining how all kinds of sicknesses come about "not" using her inside voice, mind you. One lady, sat to my right and did nothing but stare at me making me very uncomfortable. My sweet wife, remember, enduring the "Sponge Bob" cartoon for the past two hours, understandably was finally getting tired of all the ruckus, leans over to me to say in a soft sweet voice, “I am about to stuff something in Mr Sponge Bob’s mouth.”
You see the picture I am painting here? Sickness, stress, long waiting and frustration mounting. All of this going on while my head is pounding, body aching, and soooo ready to go home and get into my bed.
As I am sitting there, I began thinking about recovery. Maybe because I was feeling the pressure and feeling like I might lose my cool and patience in the midst of my sickness. :)
I began to think about the lie that we sometimes will buy into. You know that lie that says "time heals all wounds". Funny thing is, we sat in that waiting room with a packed room and I cannot recall one person getting better from their sickness. At least not from "waiting longer" Not one person stood up and said, “Cancel my appointment, I am healed!”
The fact is that we all needed to see the doctor and it wouldn’t have mattered how long we sat in that room, we would not have gotten better just “waiting”. In fact, we all probably would have gotten worse and then the stories would have gotten that much more entertaining. Or shall I say chaotic.
To tell you the truth, I was tempted to say, "this really isn’t really worth it." “Let’s just go, I will just rest more and drink some orange juice and I can kick this thing on my own.” BTW, my wife would have body slammed me had I attempted to walk out of there.:) I can say proudly, I didn't give in and stayed long enough to hear those beautiful words, "Rodney! The Doctor Will See You Now." Not a moment too soon. :)
Ever been there in that thought process with your recovery? You know you need to deal with a struggle, addiction, character defect, or hurt from your past, present and yet you start believing you don’t need to see the doctor?
The truth is that the longer we wait, the worse we get. So now, we not only have the original junk we walked in with but other things that have popped up due to our own coping over the matter.
The fact is, we all have to see the Doctor eventually. The question is and will always be, “how bad does it have to get?” It isn’t when we see the light that we finally get wise, but rather when we feel the heat.
Take it from a procrastinator myself, when it comes to my physical health as well as my spiritual health, time does "not" heal all wounds. It is better to hit the problem right between the eyes. However, we cannot do it on our own. Only the Father has the medicine we need thru the Holy Spirit. Jesus desires to heal you and bring you to to restored health again. He promises us that "He will restore the years the locusts have eaten." Joel 2:25
Remember, where God guides you, He will provide. If He leads you to CR, He will provide you with the healing you need to have freedom in your life.
Ps 138:8 “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.”
Remember, God did not send His Son into this world to condemn the world, but to save the world thru Him. Jn 3:17
If you are hurting, He will comfort you. If you are mourning, He will comfort you. If you are sick, He will heal you.
Remember, time does not heal all wounds and in fact, times get overwhelming when you begin to try to control the uncontrollable. Let go and let God lead you thru this junk you are facing.
It doesn't matter what you are going thru, He will lead you thru it. All you have to do is take a step toward Him. Don't try to come up with the solutions, just seek God, He will take care of the rest.
Remember, pain is inevitable in our life, however, misery truly is an option. How bad does it have to get before we do something about the junk we are carrying?
I am happy to tell you right now, The Doctor, the Master Healer, will see you now. All you have to do is call out to Him and He will give you rest.

Who do you know that could use this freedom from their hurts, habits, and or hang-ups? Invite them to Celebrate Recovery this week. For more information, contact Rodney at 479-659-3679 or roholmstrom@fellowhsipnwa.org