The children of promise (Abraham's son Isaac) are children of God and not the children of the flesh (Abraham's son Ismael) . Christians are children of God
through God's promise in His Son (Jesus Christ).
We continue with "Faith Revealed" in Romans 9:5-9 (KJV): "Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, God blessed forever."
"Not as though as the Word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel which are of Israel.
Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: But in Isaac shall thy seed be called."
"That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise shall be counted for the seed."
"For this is the Word of Promise. At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son."
We need to know the cause of "Family Problems" so we can resolve them; before they become more than we can bear.
This present generation experiences far more complex "Family Problems" than prior generations for many reasons. Here are a few:
Most of this generation lacks discipline and enforced training in early youth, with little exposure to the
Word of God.
Selfishness and entitled fulfillment has been allowed free rein in their lives; with few moral and spiritual guidelines to control them.
Rebellion, witchcraft and unrestrained lustful appetites (sex, drugs, alcohol), make constant attacks against Christian conduct and moral values.
Most have heard some version of Jesus and Salvation, but have not seen it practiced in truth; because most of the world today rejects Jesus and is growing in open defiance and violence toward Him and His followers.
This era of fast-paced communications and entertainment divides families and eliminates family
personal interchange. Each doing their own thing without regard to family needs or values.
So what does the Holy Bible tell us to do about it?
Lesson 7: The Truth for man's salvation:
All of us are born with a spiritual hole in our heart
where God wants to dwell. This void in our lives can only be filled and made whole by the Holy Spirit using the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Adam & Eve were made perfect and filled with the Spirit of God. Their rebellion and disobedience caused their spiritual death and all following them.
Jesus came as the second Adam to restore man with God in spiritual rebirth and all accepting him.
Nothing in and of this world can fill that void in our heart and make us whole; no matter what man tries.
The only true and pure source of spiritual life to make us complete is Jesus our Christ abiding in our heart. Without Him you are spiritually dead already. With Jesus we are reborn again for eternal life. Amen The end of this series of lessons.
Many times we lose hope & our Faith falters, when we don't see any changes or improvements in
"Resolving Family problems".
We pray, then begin to have doubts that our prayers are even being heard or seen by God.
We find confidence in Revelation 8:3-5 that our prayers do go before God, to seek help to meet all our needs.
"And another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne."
"And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel's hand. And the angel took the censer; and he filled it with the fire
of the altar and threw it to the earth...".
Our prayers return to us filled with the fiery power of the Holy Spirit; to fulfill God's Will in answer to them.
There is a quick simple way to get hope and strength when you feel weak and hopeless. This action does require you to take a step in Faith even when your mind tells you it is stupid and foolish.
The Holy Bible tells us we all have guardian angels and they are given charge (assigned) to help and protect each of us.
So, the first step in Faith requires you to accept the presence of your guardian angel. In a private place, reach out and take your angel's hand and feel the comfort of that.
Now, lift the joined hands to the Lord in prayer, praise and thanksgiving. Suddenly, you will feel strength and comfort flowing into you and somehow you know your angel feels the same.
Jesus promises us, "I will never leave you nor forsake you". His presence is always manifested in our lifetime guarantee in our guardian angel.
Wherever we go, whatever we do, the Lord's angels are always with us. Amen
Lesson 1: Many people are soul searching for truth concerning their salvation. This is the first of a series of lessons that Jesus taught to reveal the truth for man's salvation. In St. Luke 10:30-37 (KJV) Jesus answers the question, 'Who is my neighbor?' with the parable of the Good Samaritan.
It is a story about a traveler who is robbed, beaten and left for dead by the roadside. A priest passed by and ignored him. Then a Levite (a member of a priestly Hebrew tribe of Levi), came and looked at him and left without helping. Then a Samaritan (the Samaritans and Jews hated each other), came and cleaned up his wounds, took him to an inn and paid for his care.
Being religious in name only is not true salvation.
Actions speak louder than words. Amen
Why are there so many unbelievers in Jesus Christ and why are there with different levels of Faith after they receive the Gospel of Salvation?
The Lord answered these questions in the parable of the farmer sowing grain in Matthew 13:18-23:
"Now here is the explanation of the story I told about the farmer planting grain. The hard path where some of the seeds fell represents the heart of a person who hears the Good news about the Kingdom and doesn't understand it; Then Satan comes and snatches away the seeds from his heart."
"The shallow, rocky soil represents the heart of a man who hears the message and receives it with real joy, but he doesn't have much depth in his life, and the seeds don't root very deeply, and after a while when trouble comes, or persecution begins because of his beliefs, his enthusiasm fades and he drops out."
"The ground covered with thistles represents a man who hears the message, but the cares of this life and his longing for money choke out God's Word, and he does less for God."
"The good ground represents the heart of a man who listens to the message and understands it and goes out and brings thirty, sixty, or even a hundred others into the kingdom." Amen
Lesson 3: The Truth for man's salvation:
We are forbidden to worship the messengers of God,
the churches and their doctrines instead of God.
In Acts 14:14-15 (KJV) Paul and Barnabas stopped the people who wanted to worship them as gods:
"Then the priests of Jupiter ...brought oxen and garlands...and would have done sacrifice with the people; Which, when Barnabas and Paul heard of, they rent their clothes and ran in among the people,
crying out, Saying, sirs, why do ye do these things?
We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you, that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God. which made heaven and earth, and the sea and all things that are therein."
In Revelation 19:10 we see John about to worship a messenger angel and was forbidden to do so:
"And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, see thou do it not; I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:
Worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy."
Leviticus 26:1 (KJV) is very clear to all: "Ye shall make ye no idols, nor graven images, neither rear you up
a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land to bow down unto it. For I am the Lord your God. " Amen
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Lesson 6: The Truth for man's salvation:
Who or what is pulling the strings in your life today?
We own things and have loved ones & friends that we are tied to in some fashion. These cords of pride in ownership and cherished relationships we attach to them work both ways.
We stay connected in our efforts to control them, without realizing that they can influence and control us as well. Material things are subject to wear & tear and all too often become burdens instead of blessings.
The same is true in our relationships with others.
Sometimes our love and desire to please others, becomes stronger than our desire to love and please God. Then we lose self-control of our personal lives and the ability to guide & influence others.
When we fail to let God control us; then the things of this world will take control of us in His place. Amen
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Christian solutions to "Resolve Family Problems" begins with self-examination.
Why are you trying to direct or correct others?
Is the ultimate purpose to control them or love them in the name of Jesus? Are you imposing your opinions or the world's, instead of pleasing God?
God's Grace is unmerited love (we did not earn it or deserve it), yet He gives it to us in Jesus Christ. That unmerited love is what we are to share and give to others (especially our own family).
When our mouth or our actions gives others complaints, condemnation and uncontrolled emotions; that is not God's Grace and Love.
When we whine, complain, constantly correct or act like know-it alls; we cannot expect good responses or peace and love. What we dish out to others is usually served back to us with added ingredients.
Self-cleansing with the Lord's Truth should be done before cleaning house in others. Amen
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Do you need help to understand why some family members keep causing trouble? We continue with
"Family Problems" in 2nd Timothy 3:1-9 where
St. Paul describes why people do these things:
"...in the last days it is going to be very difficult to be a Christian. For people will love only themselves, and their money; they will be proud and boastful, sneering at God, disobedient to parents, ungrateful to them, and thoroughly bad."
"They will be hardheaded and never give in to others;
they will be constant liars and troublemakers, and will think nothing of immorality(sin)."
"They will be rough and cruel, and sneer at those who try to be good. They will betray their friends; they will be hotheaded, puffed up with pride
and prefer good times to worshiping God."
"They will go to church, but they really believe anything they hear. Don't be taken in by people like that."
"They are the kind who craftily sneak into other people's homes and make friends with silly,
sin-burdened women and teach them their new doctrines. Women of that kind are forever following
new teachers, but they never understand the truth."
"And these new teachers fight truth just as Jannes and Jambres fought against Moses. They have dirty minds, warped and twisted, and have turned against the Christian Faith."
"But they won't get away with all this forever.
Some day their deceit will be well known to everyone, as was the sin of Jannes and Jambres."
We continue with "Resolving family Problems from the Holy Bible in James 5:9.16,19 (The Living Bible):
"Don't grumble against each other , brothers. Are you yourselves above criticism? For see! The great Judge is coming. He is almost here. [Let Him do whatever criticizing must be done]."
"Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other, so that you may be healed. The earnest (sincere, believing) prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results."
"Dear brothers, if anyone has slipped away from God and no longer trusts the Lord; and someone helps him understand (believe) the Truth again: that person who brings him back to God will have saved a wandering soul from death [converts the sinner from the error of his ways], bringing about the forgiveness of his many sins." Amen
Lesson 5: The Truth for man's salvation:
Most of us want peace of mind and a tranquil soul.
We usually blame others or circumstances when we
can't find them. All too often, we blame ourselves; but cannot find the answers we need.
Then we seek all kinds of escape solutions with alcohol, drugs and desperate measures trying to solve these inner problems. We have to face the truth in ourselves.
When we accept the salvation of Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit of Truth becomes part of our being. This Spirit guides and directs us from within. It tells us what is right and wrong in the eyes of God; and warns us when we go in the wrong direction.
When we obey this gentle voice, the Spirit of Peace & Tranquility floods our mind and soul. When we ignore the warnings and harden our hearts; our mind takes control and does what it wants anyway. Then comes the disruption & conflict within ourselves.
We are God's children and we pay a price for disobedience. Every child of God is different and each of us has our own personalized set of rules. Some of us have the inner liberty to do things that others don't have. Then others have the inner freedom to do things
that we ourselves are not allowed to do.
Peace of mind and tranquil soul comes by obeying the
inner, special rules of Truth the Lord designed for you.
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Husbands and wives can share happiness & love and answered prayers when they obey instructions from the Lord concerning abuse.
1st Peter 3:1-7 (The Living Bible):
"Wives fit in with your husbands' plans, for then if they refuse to listen when you talk to them about the Lord,
they will be won by your respectful, pure behavior.
Your godly lives will speak to them better than any words...."
"You husbands must be careful of your wives, being thoughtful of their needs and honoring them.... Remember that you and your wife are partners in receiving God's Blessings, and if you don't treat her as you should, your prayers will not get ready answers."
Those who use abuse to get their way; have violated the Lord's way. Nothing good can come from any of that. continued tomorrow:
Lesson 2: The truth for man's salvation.
There is no justification for schisms (separations or divisions into factions) in the body of Christ.
1st Corinthians 12:12-13 and 25 (KJV):
"For as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have all been made to drink in one Spirit."
"That there shall be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another."
The only name tag for admission into heaven is
Jesus Christ. Amen
The power of forgiveness can restore peace & love in your home. Forgiveness removes revenge, anger, bitterness, hatred and hurt in family relationships.
Forgiveness will improve your physical, mental and emotional health in body and soul.
Forgiveness is not optional in the Kingdom of Heaven.
"For if you forgive men (others) their trespasses (sins against you), your heavenly Father will also forgive your trespasses (sins)."
"But if you forgive not (refuse to forgive) men (others)
their trespasses (sins against you), neither will your heavenly Father forgive your trespasses (sins)."
Forgiveness requires courageous Faith, because it is an act of will that releases healing power in you and others.
Do you know the quickest way to restore peace and love with your loved ones and get rid of disruption & discord?
It all starts and ends with self-discipline. It takes two to start an argument and one of them is you. We all let our minds and mouths get disrupted & respond sometimes without the Lord's control. Then we let loose.
Sooner or later, His Word and our conscience comes in with guilt, regret or shame. However long it takes us to overcome anger, self-justification and defending our actions; determines how long the disputes lasts.
Many times, even when we are right in our response, we are often wrong in how we do it. This is the part we must admit our attitude in response was wrong, apologize and ask forgiveness.
The faster we do this, the easier it gets to restore peace and love to the household. Focus on the Lord and ask Him to forgive you for slipping and to help you find the strength & wisdom to seek peace with others.
Then you are submitting to the Lord and not surrendering to the other person being right or wrong.
"Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven, and all these things will be added (given, come( to you."
"Resolving Family Problems"
What is the best way to deal with anger, hostility or abuse from others in our family household?
This is an ever increasing problem among families today. Whether spouse, children, parents, grandparents or live-ins; it is a problem that must be addressed.
The sooner it is dealt with, the better for all concerned.
Unfortunately, most people wait as long as they can before some action is taken. Then it is often too late to avoid separation, divorce, legal process, criminal acts of violence, or permanent damage to relationships occur,
The decisions are directly influenced by marriage vows,
blood kinships, fear or blind trust in hopes of a miracle.
As Christians, it becomes even more difficult to act, while trying to obey the teachings of Jesus Christ.
If we go to the Lord with a self-pity plea, we are expecting Him to do what's best for us as individuals; and ignore or deal harshly with others.
This usually fails to get action or bring peace to us; because deep inside we know the Lord cares about them too; and will do what's best for all.
The answer comes and the Lord intercedes when we pray fo all involved, and plead with Him to do what's best for all. This will bring comfort and peace within us as we trust the Lord to work it out and help us through.
Tomorrow we will discuss what to do if we simply cannot endure waiting any longer on the Lord.
When our strength or beauty starts to fade, our concerns about them often interferes with
"Resolving Family Problems". Self-preservation is a trait in our human nature that gains strength & priority when we begin to feel endangered, whether immediate or long-term.
While protecting self-interests (our needs & fears), it becomes much more difficult to have concern for the needs & concerns of others.
When this happens on both sides of the problem
(everyone involved), it can quickly erupt into uncontrolled situations. Someone has to yield by giving up self-interest in loving concern for the others involved.
Jesus Christ did this for us and He expects us to do the same for others. The Love of Christ in us is the most powerful force on earth. 1st Corinthians 13:4-8:
"Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant. Does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered;"
"Does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails...".
Solutions to "Resolving Family Problems" can be readily found when you know where to look.
Most people look to their physical, mental or emotional strength to cope with family problems.
Then they look at the power of the evil actions coming against them. When loved ones come raging against you, it's not the human vessel you are dealing with, but the spiritual power of the evil they have yielded to.
Don't look on the enemy, but focus on the spiritual good (Jesus) in you and speak His Name to the evil.
Then trust the Holy Spirit to rise up and defeat your enemy. Persist in doing this and the evil will be overcome. Amen
The best solution to "Resolving Family Problems" is ignoring what others think or say, and enforcing the Word of God in your family.
Mark 12:14, "...Teacher(Master), we know you tell the truth no matter what! You aren't influenced by the opinions and desires of man, but sincerely teach the ways of God."
Hebrews 12:7, "If you endure chastening, God dealeth with you as sons; for what son is he the father chasteneth not?"
Hebrews 12:11, "Being punished isn't enjoyable while it is happening- it hurts! But afterwards we can see the result; a quiet growth in grace and character."
We must correct loved ones when we can; before they are overcome (in too deep) with the terrors and destruction of evil in violation of God's Laws.
Chastening loved ones now helps them avoid Hell later in life. Amen
We conclude our series on "Resolving Family Problems" from 1st Peter 3:8-12 :
"And now this word to all of you: You should be like one big happy family, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds."
"Don't repay evil for evil. Don't snap back at those who say unkind things about you. Instead, pray for God's help for them, for we are to be kind to others,
and God will bless us for it."
"If you want a happy, good life, keep control of your tongue, and guard your lips from telling lies."
End of this series.
Lesson 4: The Truth for man's salvation:
Many people have secret doubts about their salvation because they were never formally water baptized or sprinkled. We know Jesus received water baptism and encouraged others to do so. This was in symbolic recognition of their sins being washed away.
The spiritual baptism of the Holy Spirit is what removes our sins and births our heart for true salvation. In St. Luke 23:39-43 we read that Jesus saved the thief hanging on a cross next to him without ceremony the same day.
"And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be the Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward for our deeds; but his man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Today thou shalt be with me in paradise." Amen
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When our will-power fails to break "bad habits" and resist temptations; this often leads to depression.
Then the dark clouds of our mind overshadows our soul and robs us of peace and hope. So we try to use the same mind to solve these problems.
We refuse to accept the truth; that our mind allowed the formation of these "bad habits" and sought these temptations to begin with.
We need the Spiritual Power of the Lord to intercede for us. Relying on the mind that got us into trouble to start with, to get us out of trouble, can certainly lead to failure and cause depression.
When depression comes and we are overcome, we don't know what to do. We try family, friends, others
or things in desperation.
These efforts often fail because we are trying to use their will-power or man-made solutions to control our minds and will. Bad habits are evil to our mind and body and usually end up causing far more harm than the pleasures they bring.
Worldly temptations are constantly increasing in power and appeal; all designed to lure & entice us and our money. The dark forces behind the temptations are smarter and stronger than our human efforts to resist.
We need to ask our Lord to stop the "bad habits" and overcome our temptations, by taking away the desire for them and giving us disgust for them.
Our Lord Jesus Christ will do for us what man cannot do. Amen
Many times we feel like bowed heads, whispered words and silent tears are not enough to express the fullness of our gratitude for the tender mercies of such a great God as ours'.
Then we begin to feel inadequate and guilty, that it's not enough to make up for our sin nature and all the times we fail to follow the Lord's direction.
This lingering guilt & shame can separate us from continuing to love & praise the Lord. Worthless feelings try to convince us that our efforts to please the Lord God and worship Him is of no value to us or
the Lord. Do not be deceived by these lies.
The Lord deeply appreciates our every effort to love & praise Him no matter how much we think it's worth.
Every word we speak and every action we take is recorded by God. We can rest assured that all our love and prayers and praise to Him, along with loving care for others, are highlighted in bold, when our records are reviewed on Judgement Day. Amen
The disciples asked Jesus, What events will signal your return and the end of the world?
The Lord's answer comes in Matthew 24:4-13:
"Jesus told them, Don't let anyone fool you. For many will come claiming to be the Messiah and will lead many astray. When you hear of wars beginning, this does not signal My return; these must come, but the end is not yet."
"The nations and kingdoms of the earth will rise against each other and there will be famines and earthquakes in many places. But all this will only be the beginning of the horrors to come."
"Then you will be tortured and killed and hated all over the world because you are mine; and many of you will fall back into sin and betray and hate each other."
"And many false prophets will will appear and lead many astray. Sin will be rampant everywhere and will cool (take away) the love of many."
"But those enduring to the end shall be saved."
We continue with the Lord's describing His return and the end of this world in Matthew 24:14,21,22,29-31:
"And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then, finally, the end will come."
"For there will be persecutions such as the world has never before seen in all its history, and will never see again. In fact, unless those days are shortened (ended)
all mankind will perish. But they will be shortened (ended) for God's chosen (elect) people."
"Immediately after the persecution of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give light,
and the stars will fall from the heavens, and the powers (foundations) of the earth will be shaken."
"And then at last the signal of My coming (return) will appear in the heavens and there will be deep mourning all around the earth (world)."
"And the nations of the world will see Me arrive in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And I shall send forth My angels with the sound of a mighty trumpet blast, and they shall gather My Chosen Ones from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven."
There is a way to regain "Control of Mind & Tongue"
for self and family. Most of us make a determined effort to stop violent words and abusive actions, but somehow we still lose control. Even when it starts with someone else, our uncontrolled response gets triggered and all Hell gets unleashed.
The Lord promises to do what we are unable to do.
Isaiah 40:29-31: "He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait (call) upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint."
We live in a generation where respect for others is no longer a priority. A generation that has lost respect for law because the fear of punishment is no longer considered a threat. A world where regard for the elderly, homeless, poor and hopeless has become secondary to "me and mine first" and to Hell with you. Most of you are aware of these problems and have to deal with them personally and within your family as part of daily living.
Our Lord is also aware of them and warned these times were coming. He told us to prepare and hold fast to His teachings and to be faithful to exercise them. Continued tomorrow:
The Lord expects us to follow Him outside our comfort zone and put Him first in all situations.
Matthew 8:19-22 (The Living Bible):
"One of the scribes (Jewish religious teachers) said to Him, Master (teacher), I will follow you no matter where you go. But Jesus said, Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but I, the Messiah, have no home of my own-no place to lay My head."
"Another of His disciples said, Sir, when my father is dead, then I will follow you. But Jesus told him,
Follow me now! Let those who are spiritually dead care for their own dead."
The Lord wants to be first priority over our family and everything else in this life. Amen
We continue with "Resolving Family Problems" from the Holy Bible, concerning our children, siblings and others.
Proverbs 17:1, "Better with a dry morsel, and quietness
therewith, than a house full of sacrifices and strife."
Proverbs 23:13-14, "Don't fail to correct your children, discipline won't hurt them! They won't die if you use a stick (switch) on them. Punishment will (help) keep them out of hell."
Proverbs 19:18-19, "Discipline your son in his early years while there is hope. If you don't you will ruin his life."
"A short tempered man must bear his own penalty: you can't do much to help him. If you try once, you must try a dozen times."
Matthew 7:6, "Don't give holy things to depraved men. Don't give pearls to swine: they will trample the pearls and turn and attack you."
Matthew 18:15-17, "Moreover, if your brother shall trespass (sin) against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him privately: if he will hear (listen and agree) with you, you have won back your brother."
"But if he will not hear (listen and agree) with you, take one or two others (witnesses) and go back to him again,
proving everything you say with these witnesses. If he still refuses to listen, tell it to the church. But if he refuses to listen to the church, let him be as a heathen man to you."
You must forgive him always, but you can avoid more mistreatment from him and trust the Lord to help him.