Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20 (NASB) The world is surely a place of conflict these days, isn’t it? It seems that every day the news bring some new assault against our faith and our Lord. What is evil is being promoted as good, and what is good is being spoken of as being evil. The voices that speak these things are loud and far reaching, even to the ends of the civilized world. I just re-learned this lesson recently after responding to something that was on our local news. One young man in our area is running for Homecoming Queen. He has decided he is a girl and has told the world about it over social media. The point of my commentary was that it is intellectually and factually dishonest to agree with this young man that he is a female, regardless of what he says, how he dresses, and most importantly how he feels. While my response to this news story was only factual, not overtly spiritual or emotional, I can’t say that for those who commented on what I said. The filthy, vile, hateful responses were breathtaking. Some of those who disagreed with me told me I was a bigot, others wished I would get cancer, that I would have children or...Read More
Many of the women that come for counseling have been hurt by someone. It could be a husband, child, friend, or church acquaintance. Some are deeply, deeply wounded and grieve what they have lost in the scuffle. Often I am asked why God would allow them to be hurt, they want to know why God did not stop it from happening to them. Sometimes their hurt has turned to anger and bitterness because they did not deal with it biblically. So, my question of the day is this: do you believe that God restrains people from carrying out evil toward His people? Do you have any idea of how many times have you been protected by God from an evil intent which was going to come toward you? You really have no way of knowing, but you can be assured that God is constantly intervening on your behalf and protecting you and keeping others from bringing you harm. God constantly restrains the evil intent of the enemy and other people from touching our lives. We may never be aware in this life of His activity in this area. Ah, but you may be thinking that this is not true! Because otherwise, nothing bad would ever happen to us! Babies would not die, dogs would not get hit by cars, people would not be ill. Please notice I...Read More
Be Radical! It is shocking to some counselees that we don’t focus on the anger or the drunkenness specifically while counseling. It is not profitable to simply pull the bad fruit off the tree because soon new bad fruit will grow in its place. The consequences you are experiencing are the result of the problem, not the problem. This is not to say that biblical counselors do not take serious presenting problems such as alcoholism, pornography and other life-dominating sins seriously. In some cases, the doctrine of radical amputation must be applied immediately because the consequences of continuing in these habits of the heart can be devastating to the person and others. Jesus said: If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell. Matthew 5:29-30 (NASB) This means that certain presenting problems must be dealt with radically. For example, for the alcoholic, it means a commitment to cease drinking and remove everything from his or her life that tempts...Read More
Pride is the reason we cannot simply alter the behavior of a person with eating disorders . Unless and until the heart is affected by conviction of sin and the knowledge that they are dishonoring God with their treatment of the body, they will return to their former way of life in fairly short order. I have written previously on the topic of pride on this blog so I won’t go there again in depth.Read More
What does this say about the power of Christ in me if this is the case? It says that the power of Christ is not sufficient, and that is a lie from the pit of hell. If is not the case, if the power of Christ in me is not enough for me to overcome sins like lying, swearing, gossiping, coveting, impure thoughts, cheating, anger, selfishness, laziness, slandering, immorality, idolatry, and any other sin you can think of then what is?! To say He is not enough, and that His power is not enough makes Christ a fool and a liar! He is either enough, or He isn’t and if you believe (and I believe) He is enough then we ought to start living like it!Read More
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