MESSAGES FOR TODAY

FROM GOD'S HOLY WORD

The message from Life House is God is calling you to rejoin the family you were created to be a part of, His family, and Jesus is the door through which you must enter.

GOD'S PRESCRIPTION FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL BEING

PHP_4:6-7

6 BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION, WITH THANKSGIVING, LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN TO GOD; 7 AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS.

THIS IS AN ABSOLUTELY UNFAILING PRESCRIPTION FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING IF TAKEN ACCORDING TO DIRECTIONS. IF YOU ARE SAYING TO YOURSELF, "I HAVE TRIED THIS, BUT I AM STILL ANXIOUS AND STRUGGLING WITH UNHAPPINESS, LACK OF JOYFULNESS AND DEPRESSION. HERE ARE PERHAPS THE MOST LIKELY REASONS ANXIETY IS STILL A DOMINANT PART OF YOUR LIFE:

REASON #1: THE LETTER TO THE PHILIPPIANS WASN'T WRITTEN TO YOU.

THIS PRESCRIPTION FROM GOD IS WRITTEN FOR HIS PEOPLE. IT'S NOT A TALISMAN OR A POTION WHERE YOU WOULD ADD "EYE OF NEWT" OR WHATEVER AND MAKE A CONCOCTION FOR MAGIC. IT'S NOT MAGIC, IT'S MIRACULOUS.

PHILIPPIANS IS A LETTER TO "SAINTS" (PHI_1:1). IT IS WRITTEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE RESPONDED TO JESUS' CALL TO DENY THEMSELVES, TAKE UP THEIR CROSS, AND FOLLOW HIM (MAT_16:24). WHEN TAKEN IN THE COURSE OF FOLLOWING HIM BY A FAITHFUL FOLLOWER, IT WORKS EVERY TIME IT IS PRACTICED.

SO, IF YOU'RE NOT A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST, SORRY, BUT YOU CANNOT EXPECT TO EXPERIENCE THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH IS THE BEST MEDICINE FOR AN ANXIOUS HEART. THE PRAYER THAT GOD IS READY TO HEAR AND ANSWER FROM YOU IS "I SURRENDER LORD TO YOU."

WHEN YOU ARE READY TO PRAY THAT PRAYER, THE PEACE OF GOD  WILL FIND A HOME IN YOUR LIFE. THE BEST COURSE FOR YOU IS TO CALL ON JESUS WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITHOUT DELAY.

REASON #2: UN-DEALT WITH SIN.

THE PSALMIST SAID, "IF I REGARD INIQUITY IN MY HEART, THE LORD WILL NOT HEAR." (PSA_66:18).

AND ONE WHO TURNS AWAY HIS EAR FROM HEARING THE LAW, EVEN HIS PRAYER IS AN ABOMINATION. (PRO_28:9)

IF YOU ARE HIDING IN YOUR LIFE WHAT YOU KNOW TO BE SIN, THE PRAYER HE'S READY TO HEAR FROM YOU IS A PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND REPENTANCE. DAVID PRAYED SUCH A PRAYER IN THE 51ST PSALM WHERE HE SAID, "AGAINST YOU, YOU ONLY, HAVE I SINNED, AND DONE THIS EVIL IN YOUR SIGHT" (PSA_51:4)

DAVID WASN'T ENJOYING LIFE WHILE HE HID HIS SIN AND TRIED TO LIVE AS THOUGH THERE WASN'T A HOLY GOD WHO KNOWS AND SEES ALL. LISTEN AS HE CRIES OUT TO GOD IN VS 8 - 10 OF PSALM 51, "MAKE ME HEAR JOY AND GLADNESS, THAT THE BONES YOU HAVE BROKEN MAY REJOICE. HIDE YOUR FACE FROM MY SINS, AND BLOT OUT ALL MY INIQUITIES. CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART, O GOD, AND RENEW A STEADFAST SPIRIT WITHIN ME." (PSA_51:8-10)

IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER, AND YOU EXPECT TO LIVE JOYFULLY, SIN HAS GOT TO GO. WE WON'T BE PERFECTED UNTIL JESUS COMES BACK, BUT WE DON'T HAVE TO LET SIN HAVE LIVING SPACE WITH US. SIN IS LIKE FIRE ANTS, YOU CAN'T SEEM TO GET COMPLETELY RID OF THEM. IF YOU WALK AROUND MUCH IN THE SOUTH, YOUR GOING TO STUMBLE OVER A MOUND SOONER OR LATER; IT'S TRUE YOU CAN'T AVOID IT. BUT YOU WOULDN'T LET A MOUND STAY IN YOUR HOUSE!!

GOD HAS DONE ALL THE HARD WORK FOR US TO OVERCOME SIN. HE'S MADE A WAY FOR US TO ESCAPE IT'S CORRUPTING INFLUENCE, FOR IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE'S FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. (1JN_1:9). DAVID GOES ON IN HIS PRAYER OF REPENTANCE IN PSALMS 51 VS 12, "RESTORE TO ME THE JOY OF YOUR SALVATION, AND UPHOLD ME BY YOUR GENEROUS SPIRIT."

GOD WANTS TO RESTORE YOU, THE ONLY THING HOLDING YOU BACK IS YOU.

REASON #3: SELFISH DESIRE

SOMETIMES WE WANT SOMETHING SO BAD, AND ARE COMPLETELY CONVINCED THAT WHAT WE WANT IS WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE, THAT WE DON'T SUBJECT THOSE DESIRES TO GOD'S WILL. WE TRY TO FORCE OUR WILL ON GOD AND ARE UNHAPPY WHEN HE DOESN'T BEND TO OUR WILL. JAMES SAID, "YOU ASK AND DO NOT RECEIVE, BECAUSE YOU ASK AMISS, THAT YOU MAY SPEND IT ON YOUR PLEASURES" (JAS_4:3).

THE PROMISE OF PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 IS TO THE SAINT WHO IS WILLING TO REST IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT JESUS IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD AND HE LOVES US SO MUCH, THAT HE GETS PLEASURE FROM GIVING US THINGS THAT PLEASE US AND IMPROVE US. IT IS TO THE SAINT THAT KNOWS THEY BELONG TO A GOD WHO CHERISHES THEM AND WILL WITHHOLD NOTHING THAT WILL TRULY BE GOOD FOR THEM.

1 MORE THING: WHAT DOES HE WANT?

WE ALWAYS THINK ABOUT WHAT WE WANT WHEN WE PRAY. I URGE YOU THIS THANKSGIVING SEASON (AND ALL THE TIME REALLY), WHEN YOU PRAY, ASK GOD WHAT HE WANTS. SPEND MORE TIME JUST LISTENING AND FELLOWSHIPING WITH JESUS.

Only Jesus can make sinners into saints :)

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