Being legally blind because of totally blind spots could have proven an insurmountable barrier to happiness. In fact, there were times during my 20’s that I felt quite resentful for the way I perceived God had treated me. He mercifully changed my attitude and I started looking for lessons for life contained within the physical impairment I was born with. Hopefully some of these lessons will help you deal with the more unpleasant side of life. …
Accessing Jesus’ Peaceful Thoughts
Quiet peacefulness enveloped a grove of olive trees just outside the wall of Jerusalem. We call this place the Garden of Gethsemane. Darkness added a feeling of calmness to the scene. Jesus’ apostles continued hoping their leader from Nazareth would, like Moses, bring Israel into freedom from foreign oppression.
Suddenly human voices, muffled by distance, sounded in the apostle’s ears. Gradually these angry voices grew louder as men holding torches approached. This furious mob shattered their idyllic surroundings. “Judas…arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs.” (1 Matthew 26:47) As the arresting officer seized Jesus, our Lord began the most stressful, painful and disturbing time of all his days on earth. …
In one of my recent blogs I listed four lessons my physical impairment has taught me. Here are some more valuable lessons I have learned from my physical impairments.
- Don’t take yourself too seriously; find humor in your differences and struggles. As my wife drove me to my office one morning we passed a jogger. I commented, “That guys looks absolutely worn out.” Two or three days later Delores told me that the jogger was a female. I responded, “Well, at least that polar bear looks worn out.” …
Jesus made it very plain, “No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again” (1) He gives us no choice—“You must be born again. (2) What did he mean by “born again?”
Humans are more than physical. We are not mere material creatures made up of countless cells and molecules. We are human spirits temporarily housed in these bodies. In fact, our physical life depends on the presence of this other part of us the Bible calls “spirit”. …
Defeating Our Resistance to God’s Thoughts
Slightly over four thousand years ago, God issued an unreasonable demand to a man named Abraham. “Offer your son Isaac as a sacrifice,” God ordered.1
Abraham didn’t question God’s motives, he didn’t argue with the Lord and he didn’t outright reject God’s edict. Instead, he immediately prepared to destroy the son he thoroughly loved.2
Nothing in Abraham offered any resistance to God’s unreasonable command. He flowed smoothly along with God’s thoughts. His body, mind and spirit willingly yielded to what God had in mind. “Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead…”3. Abraham thought like God thought. His mind offered zero resistance to God’s will and God’s ways.
But it wasn’t always like this. …
- Never concentrate on what you can’t do; always think about what you can do.
- Never concentrate on what you can’t have; always think about what you can have.
- Never consider your differences from other people as road blocks to success; always consider your differences as doorways to success.
- Appreciate and never depreciate yourself.
Due to vision impairments I lost my driver’s license at the age of 29. My wife became the prettiest chauffeur on planet earth. When I could no longer read print, she became our only reader in our family. The Things Physical Impairment Taught Me helped me accept life as it treated me instead of resenting my heavenly Father, myself and others.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Philippians 4:13 (KJV).
Pastor James Fields
Destruction has been around a long time.
Three thousand years ago an ancient chronicler recorded these words about his world: “In those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the lands were in great turmoil. One nation was being crushed by another and one city by another.”1
About 2,000 years ago Jesus predicted, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.”2
Is there no end to destruction? Is the world doomed to suffer forever? …
Excerpt from Profiting From the Path of Most Resistance
When You Don’t Like Paths of Most Resistance God, what’s wrong with you? Why don’t you heal me? Those angry questions in 1968 revealed my total distaste for the path of most resistance. I can’t lose my driver’s license and still pastor a church. What’s going to happen to me? …
“Since you are precious and honored in my sight and because I love you…do not be afraid for I am with you,” Isaiah 43:4-5.