Thursday, June 08, 2006

Anger

I am finishing up my degree program with The College of Biblical Studies in Houston and we are having to construct a twenty session counseling program for a disorder of our choice. Some of my classmates have chosen things like depression, Bi-polar disorder and OCD. I have chosen anger and specifically anger that comes from within men. We have been asked to come up with twenty biblical truths to teach the person coming for counsel. Also layout what the characteristics of anger are and have scripture to show what God says about those attitudes and actions. This has been above challenging because I have bad problems controlling anger. Because I have trouble with anger it affects how I go about my business each and everyday. Here is what i have come to know about my anger and other men like me. Each day I go about my daily activities I find my self seeking pleasure and peace. Both are not a bad thing on their own but if they become more important than God himself then they become my idols. You might say of course I don't love pleasure more than God, but I say and so does scripture that your actions prove that very thing. When you blow-up and get angry do you seek after something to numb the pain such as ice cream, new clothes, playing video games or pornography? The bigger question would be where do you find your comfort and rest? In the created things of this world or the creator of heaven and earth? A man who battles anger either is angry because he is not getting something he wants or he is getting something he doesn't want and thus he gets ANGRY! Until we realize that God is to be our chef source of hope and pleasure then we will continue to wrestle with the same demons over and over again.

Read what Colossians 3:15-17 has to say about this matter.

15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Amen.

Monday, May 22, 2006

This has nothing to do with counseling the inner man, but I found it very encouraging.

Story Link

A few hours before a Kentucky high school was set to graduate its seniors a federal judge blocked prayer in that service due to a law suit earlier in the week over prayer. Over 200 students stood in response and prayed the Lord's prayer during the opening remarks. The crowd appluaded this action by the students and the superintendent said he was pleased with the student's response.

Friday, May 19, 2006

The Choices we make, Part II

My professor, Nicolas Ellen, who is NANC certified and is a graduate of DTS and a near graduate of The Master's college gave a lecture on the choices we make and how they effect our lives. The outline he handed out in class is found below.

"Your Choices Determine Your Future" Galatians 6:7-8

1. The choices you make in life reveal the kind of person you are. Basically your track record does not lie.

2. The choices you make in life reveal who you serve.

3. When you make choices from a self-centered perspective it will start out feeling good but it will lead to feeling bad and down the path of destruction.

4. When you make choices from a God-centered perspective it will start out being hard but it will lead to feeling good and down the path of abundant life.

5. God knows whether your choices are driven from a self-centered perspective or a God-centered perspective.

6. The way you choose today will impact the kind of life you will have tomorrow. You will reap what you sow.

7. You can control your choices but you cannot control your consequences.

8. You cannot make self-centered decisions and expect God's blessings on your life.

9. You cannot expect to know God intimately while choosing a life of sin habitually.

10. If you always choose what you've always chosen you will always get what you've always got in every aspect of life.

11. It is insanity to think you will get different results when making the same choices.

Some of the above does not taste too good once you meditate on it and think about the ways which you are being selfish and not God centered in your thought patterns. Lets be filled with his Spirit each day so we are full of his love and we have fellowship with one another.