Archive for November, 2015

Divine Frustration

Posted: November 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

Divine Frustration

Can you remember a time when you wanted to accomplish something so much, something you believe was a sincere passion of your heart? You believed at a gut-level that the achievement of this thing or experience would not only make you a better person, it would potentially allow you to provide better for yourself and your family, and it would also allow you to serve others and make their lives much easier or better somehow.

Have you experienced the emotion of frustration as a result of not being able to pursue a particular goal that you really believed was possible? Something that you could “actually see” with the eye of faith and you knew it was right in your heart to pursue.

Webster’s defines the word frustration in several interesting ways.

  • A feeling of anger or annoyance caused by being unable to do something.
  • The act of preventing the success of something.
  • A deep chronic sense or state of insecurity and dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems or unfulfilled needs and dreams (emphasis mine).

Pay Attention to Frustration

In situations where relational conflicts are involved, or issues that may cause anxiety and fear to come to the surface etc, it’s very beneficial to have enough self-discipline to keep your emotions reigned in.

There are other emotions (while still keeping them in check) that we should pay particular attention to such as anger or frustration. Emotions were given to us at birth to be able to enjoy the pleasant aspects of life, warn of us of danger, and so on. On the flip side, negative emotions can be and are great teachers if we know enough to pay attention to them.

As I mentioned earlier, the emotion of frustration lets us know when something specific is wrong. If you’ve been trying to succeed at something for an extended period of time, chances are that you’ve already experienced the emotion of frustration, or will very soon.

Let Frustration Be Your Compass

Frustration can be a great tool for determining direction in life or for a career, much like a compass directs a hiker or outdoors man when he’s in unfamiliar territory.

For example: you may be in a particular position with an organization and you’re very efficient and productive at what you do. The company takes good care of you and provides excellent benefits for you and your family. If you are, that’s great! But being comfortable and secure is not always the answer long-term.

Are you truly happy and fulfilled? Do you believe you’re following the passion of your heart? Do you feel like your natural gifts and talents are being utilized in the best possible way and to their maximum potential? If not, how does that make you feel? Frustrated…perhaps?!!

That can be a good thing if you know in your heart you’re giving that company your very best every day when you come to work. If not, maybe you need to pursue a more challenging position that will allow to use your gifts and talents. Or, you may just need to check your attitude.

Psalms 37:4 in the Amplified Bible says: Delight yourself also in the Lord and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. The word “delight” here means to keep your heart soft, pliable, and teachable. When you do that consistently, God will plant His desires in your heart that will perfectly fit the gifts and talents He’s given you at birth. And you can be sure that those desires will bring maximum contentment and fulfillment.

Psalms 37:5 in the same translation says, Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He will bring it to pass (amplification excluded).

You’ll Never Be Happy Until…

you’re pursuing what you were created for.

If you’re gifted in a particular way that you have not yet pursued, but you know what your gifts are, then you need to make some specific effort toward developing and exercising those gifts.

It may not be something that will eventually turn into a career for you; but it just might be!

It could be something as simple as creating an object with your hands that can be turned into a gift or service that would bring someone great comfort, joy, and blessing. It could be that you have an usual ability to fix things like cars, people’s houses, or any number of things.

It’s also very possible that someone reading this article has a particular gift or talent that could be in an infant stage just waiting to be birthed. When that happens, it could mature into a creative, cutting-edge idea for a product or service oriented company that could potentially employ dozens or hundreds of people that would make this world a better place.

Regardless of what your gift or talent is, the world around you and the people around you need what you have and who you are. You see, regardless of what you believe, there is an “all-wise” creator of human beings and He has gifted every person on the face of the earth with particular gifts and talents. And those gifts will, and do reflect glory and honor back to Him first of all.

Secondly, many people’s gifts and talents can be, have been, and are being sharpened, honed, and developed into careers that make the possessor of that gift immensely happy, fulfilled, and prosperous when they discover what they’ve been created for.

Don’t stay frustrated!

Let it challenge you to find out who you are and what you were created for. And don’t buy into the lie that you are too old, too young, too uneducated, or too anything. Where there is a will, there is a way!

God bless you,

Dennis

Use Your Imagination

Posted: November 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

Have you ever been accused of daydreaming or letting your imagination run away with you? If you have, you may have been on the right track all along.

God used His imagination when He created this beautiful earth we live on today. And when it comes right down to it, that’s one of the ways we are “like” God. Anything that has been created since the beginning of time first had to come from someone’s imagination or the unseen realm.

In Genesis 11:6, people were actually trying to build a tower that would reach to heaven. But what’s amazing about this passage is this. God noticed that they were unified with one language and that they were using their imagination for something that was wrong. He actually said in verse six that “…nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do.” Verse 7 says that God confounded their language and the project stopped.

This shows how powerful our imaginations are and that God created us with the ability to use them, and that we can accomplish great things with them, even if it’s wrong.

A Wicked Imagination

I’ve heard teaching or comments in the past from well-meaning people warning others not to use their imaginations. They said it is dangerous to use our imaginations because that is from the New Age or Eastern Mystics and you can get into trouble doing that.

We must always remember an important truth. The devil, your enemy, has never created anything…period! Anything that is being used by him was taken from God and then perverted and twisted for his own purposes. The devil, his kingdom, and his representatives can only “counterfeit the original” which only comes from God our Father.

If the devil and his cohorts and can get us to agree with his lies to keep us from using of our God-given imaginations, he will be able to keep us from dreaming and fulfilling our destinies which will ultimately harm his kingdom of darkness,

A Sanctified Imagination

A sanctified imagination is one that is connected to and influenced by a pure heart which is controlled by the Holy Spirit.

As I have been reading and studying about the imagination lately, I find that there are many words in the bible that refer to our imaginations being used in the literal and figurative sense. It actually means to literally and figuratively see what is not seen with the naked eye.

There are approximately a dozen references in the Old Testament referring to the use our imagination to bring about Godly results. One my favorites is Joshua 1:8, he was getting ready to step into the shoes of Moses and God told him to meditate on the word day and night that he may make his way prosperous. Mediate in this verse is actually the Hebrew word: hagah, and it means to imagine by muttering and talking to oneself. God actually told him to imagine success in his ventures.

There are several other scriptures in the Old Testament using the original Hebrew word, yetser, which means to “frame something in the imagination” or to press an image.

God was into imagining things long before anyone else came up with the idea.

Imagination is Reality

I’m going to make a bold statement that you may debate, but I believe scripture will back it up. I believe that Jesus considered what goes on in our imaginations as the “superior reality” for which we are responsible.

How so?

In Matthew 5:28 (NKJV) Jesus said “That whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart”. He said that the act of lusting in the heart (which involves the imagination) is no different that carrying out the physical act. And we will be just as accountable.

Matthew 5:21-22 implies that harboring hatred in our hearts toward someone is equal to wanting to murder them. I know this is strong, but Jesus is the one who is saying this.

We need to be very careful how we allow our imaginations to be used. Reason being, what we focus on consistently we will eventually produce (see Prov. 23:7). God made us that way and we can either invite blessing or cursing into our lives by the images we allow in our minds and hearts.

In 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, the apostle Paul clearly describes the importance of guarding our thoughts as well as mentioning that we are in a war and we need to take authority over what comes in. Verse 5 in the KJV even uses the word imagination which is defined as reckoning and computation which is hostile to the Christian faith. The apostle Paul who wrote 1 and 2 Corinthians also wrote the book of Ephesians. In Eph. 4:27 it says, “Neither give place to the devil.” One way we can do this is allow our imaginations to go unchecked and unguarded. When we do this we can unknowingly invite the enemy of our souls to enter and defile our minds and ultimately our souls and bodies.

We are eternal spirit beings having a physical and mental experience and what we choose to focus on repeatedly…we will eventually produce.

There are many other references in the new testament regarding our imaginations and how we can mature and develop their use to such a degree that we can literally see into the spirit realm like Jesus did in John 5:19-21.

In these last days, it’s vitally important that we believe we can encounter Jesus in ways that we never thought were possible before or were not taught. If we are going to walk in the level of victory and influence that Jesus expects us to, and that He paid for on the Cross, we must have experience! Doctrine and theology alone are not going to get the job done.

It’s no longer “business as usual”.

God bless you,

Dennis