Release the Pain & Injustice to God

Number 7 – Release the Pain & Injustice to God

For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 1 Peter 2:19

Every one of us will face disappointing times in our lives when we will suffer being treated unfairly, being passed over, or taken for granted. When you suffer unjustly, remember that Jesus has been in that situation. No one was ever wronged and done as bad as Jesus. And yet, Jesus Christ was the great peacemaker, and He endured the persecution, evils, and all the injustices committed against Him. Jesus was able to do this because He entrusted everything to the Father.

The secret of overcoming through injustice is to turn everything and commit everything to your Lord and Savior.

God Bless

Think Big

Pastor Lloyd



Peacemaking through Humility

Number 6 – Peacemaking through Humility

Philippians 2:8

Have you ever thought of the fact that God made peace with you, not with His triumph of necessarily power, but with the greatest most generous love ever showed to man? He didn’t come to you displaying all His supernatural strength, but He came in humble compassionate grace. You see, true peacemakers aim at the target called humility, and they never take a shot at humiliating someone. True peacemaking is an art that only vulnerable people can deliver on.

So, let me encourage you to stay on the Potter’s Wheel. Allow Him the continued work of molding, shaping, and making you with permitted perpetuity, the vessel of honor who walks, lives, and makes peace through the sufficient grace of God.

God Bless
Think Big
Pastor Lloyd



Taking the Step Towards Making Peace


Number 5 – Taking the Step Towards Making Peace

If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. Romans 12:20

When the Apostle Paul writes to us about our enemy, he is describing a relationship that has suffered a lot and now is at a long distance from being reconciled. So, if you are in this kind of strained conundrum, what can you do to begin the healing and restoration process?

Paul gives us the answer; ‘give him something.’ Some humble act of kindness towards him or her that might start the small talk of at least thank you. Some show of good will that demonstrates no hard feelings on your end. Giving a gift card to Starbucks, etc., this is the first step of healing a lost friendship, or family relationship that has been under the bondage of unforgiveness way too long.

It’s tough, but someone has to take the first step.

God Bless
Think Big
Pastor Lloyd



Worship; the practice of beholding His glory

Number 4 – Worship; the practice of beholding His glory

2 Corinthians 3:18 ‘We all, with unveiled faces, behold the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree to another.’ The Apostle here is describing a person being transformed into the image of God while they are brooding the glory of God.

The principle is simple but powerful; I become more like Him to the degree that I worship Him. Worship is more than attending a church service. It is the gaze of a soul on the greatness and glory of God. If you’re struggling with any kind of addiction or bad habit, ask yourself, ‘how did I get hooked on this?’ Here’s your answer; you made an idol of this thing! You set your affections on this thing. You worshipped your way into this idol. So, how do you get out? You get out the same way you got in, by worshipping your way out! Whatever or whomever you worship becomes your God. Worshipping God in spirit and in truth will purify your heart, and continuous worship will keep your heart pure. Isaiah saw the glory of God in a vision. Faith beholds the glory of God in worship, and as we behold the glory of God we are changed into His likeness. So let me encourage you to renew and rededicate yourself to God today through the anointed sphere of worship. Purity of heart comes from pursuing His presence.

God Bless
Think Big
Pastor Lloyd



Guard Your Attitude and Control Your Tongue

Number 3 – Guard your attitude and control your tongue

‘Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger’ James 1:19

Our culture is all about self expression. ‘I must say what I think and I must tell you how I feel!’ Really? Do you really think you have to always speak your mind? What would happen if you held your peace?

Peacemakers are good at practicing restraint and holding their tongue. When a relationship is going through stormy waters there may be times when you’re tempted to go off on the other, but peacemakers don’t allow their emotions to get the best of them. They hold back.

Identifying a problem and working up the courage to face it doesn’t mean that you have the open mic to say anything and everything you want. You don’t start ripping the other person with your accumulated frustrations, disappointments and complaints.

Too many times I’ve witnessed failed attempts at peacemaking simply because one party felt they had to lay out the entire history of every wrong done, and all the failures made.

If God ever decided to unload one at a time all the times and ways in which you have wronged and disappointed Him, you would be completely devastated. But God doesn’t work like that. He brings your sins and failures to light slowly, gradually, and He does it in love. Remember God is the great peacemaker and He is full of grace and truth.

We should all desire to let the way that God has dealt with us guide us also as we pursue peace with others.

Practice self control, especially with your tongue. Even when you are honestly confronting someone about wrong you don’t have to unload everything on them, and if you’re a peacemaker you won’t.

God Bless
Think Big
Pastor Lloyd


Deal with problems early

 
Number 2 – Deal with problems early
 
‘The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.  Proverbs 17:14
 
When I read this verse I pictured in my mind a flowing stream, and someone is trying to build a dam so the amount of water will rise and they can swim a little. They begin by blocking the stream with stones until the water is stopped from flowing and it rises. But a little problem comes alone because a small trickle of water has found its way through the rocks. And before you know it this small trickle has actually moved a few tiny stones, and now more water is coming through. Then larger rocks are being removed out of their place by the force of water. So what began with a trickle ended in a flood. The dam is swept away, the pool of water is emptied, and all the work was lost.
 
I see this as a picture in which strife and arguments are like the first trickle of water. In any relationship that ends in bitterness and
unforgiveness there is a small moment when it all began. For every disagreement that ends in divorce, quitting the job, being fired, or a long friendship over, you may have not noticed but there was a moment when the first smallest pebble was moved and opened the way for the first trickle of disagreement. It may be the first harsh word, the first angry look, the first wound, or the first moment trust was broken. It may have not seemed like much at that time, but the end is in the beginning. Later after the fact
the people involved know that if they could go back and do it all over again the outcome could have been different.

But you can’t go back, so deal with conflict of any kind early.

Don’t let small resentments take root because they will grow.
 
Remember what Proverbs says, ‘The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before quarrel starts.’
 
God bless
Think Big
Pastor Lloyd


Recognize and admit that there is a problem

 

Number 1 ~ Recognize and admit that there is a problem.

 
They have healed the hurt of my people slightly. Jeremiah 6:14
 
The scripture you just read is indicative of certain people in Jeremiah’s time as well as today. I’m speaking about Leaders, Ministers, and even certain Counselors who make a living out of telling hurting, messed up, and confused people that all is well. In others words just telling the person what he or she wants to hear. But this kind of unbiblical ministerial nonsense is no more effective than sticking a little band-aid on a deep infected wound.
 
Like the scripture says, ‘they healed or helped the people slightly, (a little bit) but in doing so they made the problem worse.
 
I’ve come to understand that in life making peace does not always mean that you can or will avoid conflict. A conflict avoided is just a conflict postponed. Like politicians do so many times in politics, they kick the can down the road so they won’t have to deal with a change that inevitably will confront conflict.
 
Writer Kent Hughes believes that avoiding conflict is ‘in particular a male tendency.’ Speaking about marriage and family, he writes, ‘Even in our most intimate relationships, men tend to act as if everything is OK when it is not. Men often avoid reality because they want peace. But their avoidance heals the wounds slightly and prepares the way for greater trouble.’
 
Making peace first begins with honesty and courage to recognize there is a problem, and then facing it to rectify a hurting situation. If you can’t recognize that there is a problem then there will be no progress of healing.
 
When Jesus makes peace with a person, He begins by awakening the individual to the fact that there is a problem in his or her relationship with Him.
 
Just think about your own life and how God came and woke you up to this fact. At some point you saw and understood that things were not right between you and your Savoir. This was the work of the Holy Spirit, and it was the beginning of God’s peacemaking work in your life.
 
So the first step in making peace is admitting that there is a problem and having the courage of strength to face it.
 
Take this first step towards a complete restoration of God’s healing power of love and you will never look back and desire that kind of pain in your life, and you also will never want to give the pain, anger, or anguish to anyone again!
 
‘Confess your trespasses (your faults and mistakes) to one another, that you may be healed.’ James 5:16
 
In marriages, work places, schools, and friendships, the key to making and keeping peace in all of these relationships is utilizing the glorious healing communication of honest confession. If both parties want healing, this is the one true answer.  
 
God Bless.  
Think Big

Pastor Lloyd



The Blessing of Spiritual Mourning

When I read the beatitude in Matthew 5:4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn,’ I’m a little bit perplexed when I think of the word ‘mourning’ and ‘blessed’ in the same sentence.

So let’s delve into this phrase a bit. First of all, there are three different kinds of mourning:

The first is natural mourning—this is the grief that comes through the loss of a loved one. When you lose someone close to you, the heartbreak of it manifests in deep mourning.

The second mourning is actually a sinful mourning of a desire for something that God never intended you to have. Notice the difference the first and second mourning. Natural mourning is a grief over something given by God and then taken away. But sinful mourning is grieving over something that God never intended you to have. An example is in 1 Kings 21 when King Ahab saw a small vineyard owned by a man named Naboth. Ahab became obsessed with it and he just had to have it. He offered to buy it, but this small vineyard was passed down through the family. Naboth didn’t want to sell it. Ahab pouted like a spoiled child, wanting something that was never his. Eventually, it led Ahab to murder Naboth, which brought the opposite of blessing to his life. Grieving over something that God never intended him to have is a sinful mourning.

The third kind of mourning involves sorrow over our sins against our God, and this is the spiritual mourning that Jesus describes as blessed. Spiritual mourning is the godly sorrow that produces repentance, and this mourning is blessed because it leads to life. Read 2 Corinthians 7:10. Spiritual mourning is the key to attacking what we call ‘habitual sin.’ This is a sin that a person may fall into over and over again. If a certain sin has become habitual for you, then you need to learn and know about spiritual mourning. Because God does not want you to remain addicted or stuck in a repetitive cycle of sinning. Always saying, ‘sorry’ to God, and then repeating the same sin again. Spiritual mourning will break the cycle by bringing you into a place where you are heartbroken and now you grieve over your sin. This will cause you to make a decisive break.

This is a very important subject, because today we see a very different view of what we call repentance with very little resemblance to biblical repentance. We have substituted godly sorrow (mourning) for a nod of the head in agreement to certain beliefs. A form of faith that leaves a person basically unchanged is not worthy to bear the name of the Lord.

Father, move on our hearts in deep sorrow and mourning whenever we sin against you, in Jesus’ name.

God Bless.
Think Big
Pastor Lloyd


I Give Up

I Give Up
 
What comes to your mind when you hear the word meek? What kind of an image appears? Is it someone who is soft spoken, with kind of a limp handshake, no spine?

We are always quick to add mild with weak aren’t we? I hear it quoted by people of Jesus being, meek and mild, but I never read that phrase in scripture. To add to this paradigm, meekness rhymes with weakness. You get my drift?

Now in the beatitudes our Lord is telling us that there are some things of such benefit and value to us that we should embrace them whatever the cost, and one of them is meekness.

Matthew 5:5; ‘blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.’ I began a study of meekness, and I found that meekness really has nothing to do with weakness. Let me share:

First of all let me present you the phrase, ‘used to the hand.’ Here’s what it comes from.

Matthew Henry wrote a book called, ‘A Discourse on Meekness and Quietness in the Spirit.’ He wrote about being meek. He points out that in Latin; a meek person was called mansuetus. Now, there are two words in this one Latin word: manu, which means ‘hand,’ and assuetus, which means ‘used to.’ So meekness means being ‘used to the hand.’

So think about a wild horse unbroken. The horse isn’t ‘used to the hand.’ So when someone comes close, the horse reacts by bucking, and kicking. The first step to taming the horse is to get the bit and bridle on him. Until you get the bit and bridle on, the horse his strength is uncontrolled. But when the horse gets ‘used to the hand,’ its wild and uncontrolled strength is subdued, and the horse becomes at peace.

Jeremiah 2:23-24 ‘God compares his people of being like a wild donkey and an untamed Camel.’ This isn’t very complementary at all, but it does reveal something about us. By nature, we are like wild animals. We have strength, but our strength isn’t harnessed or controlled, and so our strength gets used in very unproductive and even destructive ways. A lot of wasted energy gets used up.

So, if we want to be useful to God, we need to get ‘used to the hand.’ And when you get ‘used to the hand,’ your passions will be directed and subdued, your strength will be put to good use, and you’ll begin to experience that glorious peace that passes all understanding!

What is meekness? It’s controlled strength. Meekness is God’s attitude that tames your temper, calms your anger, manages your passions, and directs your heart. Meekness brings order out of the chaos of the soul.

A person who is meek isn’t weak. A meek person is a gentle, humble, patient, understanding, and forgiving person.

This beatitude is calling us to something awesome! Think about what controlled strength could mean in your life. Growing in meekness would decrease anger, jealousy, and destroy pride.

Above all, growing in meekness positions you to be more blessed and useful to God that you could ever imagine.

Think Big
Pastor Lloyd


How to Get Through Elections

attachment-1-22First; pray to our Heavenly Father for guidance upon whom to vote for. The Bible speaks about having the peace of God concerning things we do and decisions we make. Cast your ballot and walk away knowing you did your civic and Christian duty. Get in your car and drive away giving thanks to God above who is in control of everything no matter what is going on in these confusing and trying times. Before you return home transition into an attitude of thankfulness. Thank God for the great nation we live in. Thank God for your wonderful family. Thank God for providing your job and business. Praise Him for your church family. Speak blessings upon the new government that will be inaugurated in January of 2017. Ask God to fill your heart with a new baptism of agape love for everyone. Move forward knowing that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Pursue God’s will of building ‘His’ Kingdom with a passion that can’t be quenched by election outcomes.


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