Month: October 2017

Do you need answers?

Sometimes the answer appears when the right question is asked.

Some of you reading are seeking answers on which direction to take. The answers are closer than you think. They are so close that it reminds me of the saying, “if it were a snake it would have bit me”. That’s how close some of you have gotten to the answers of the questions you were in prayer about.  See, the Lord hears our prayers but expects us to go to the answers…

James 1:3-6 is our reminder that through every trial we face, our faith is producing patience. Patience is needed for the Lord to work in us. We are told if we lack wisdom to ask for it and it will be given to us generously. It also reminds us that we must ask in faith, wavering on nothing.

The Lord speaks to his people two ways, through prayer and His Word. Each prayer you prayed was heard and answered… It is our responsibility to go to the answer given.  Some of you reading need clarification:  If you prayed believing and are seeking answers for anything such as guidance, help, comfort, healing, understanding, resolution etc.; your answer to your prayer resides in His Word. Again, it is up to us to find the answer given.

When we read the Word of God it comes to life in us. Anything we read was intended for us to apply to ourselves not apply it to others. Your answer will be highlighted when you come across it. Not highlighted in the same manner a student would use a colored highlighter to mark something… No, your answer will magnify itself when you come across it. Almost like it is jumping off the page towards you.

If you are not getting answers then you are not looking at the scriptures long enough. Everything you read holds an answer for you. This means if you truly seek answers you must do more than read God’s word you must meditate on it and keep reading it over and over  until your answer magnifies itself.   You also can take what you read to the Lord in prayer and ask him to reveal to you what it is he wants you to know on these  particular scriptures.

One way to know if you have spent enough time on a certain scripture or set of scriptures is when you see your reflection in that scripture. This means when you can see yourself in the scriptures you read, the transformation has begun in you. You not only will get answers in the scriptures but you also will receive character changes within you that God did during his transformation in you. If there is no transformation or major changes in you; then you didn’t spend enough focused uninterrupted time on His Word.

His word speaks directly to you. He may show you where sin is present in your life that he wants cleaned up .  Sin prevents blessings. He may show you character flaws that need polishing or repairs. Our character flaws sometimes are a cause to relationships failures. He may show you how a prior sin effected your present situation. This allows us to repent , turn away and make right if we caused hurt to others because of it.  He may show you where he disapproves of an area in your life.  Again, this would allow repentance, turning away and returning back to his umbrella of protection you use to be under.  All the things he reveals to us are truths about how he sees us, how he wants us to be, or how we have become…  ( It is important to see ourselves how the Lord sees us because when he allows us to see our true reflection in His word, we get to see how other people see us as well.  I see it as an opportunity to make right before it’s too late and to repent  while allowing him to do a complete transformation in me.)  Without seeing our true reflection, there is no transformation… See, transformation won’t be noticed until our true reflection is seen  and without God’s word highlighting our true reflection we walk around with blinders questioning why life is so hard at every turn. This means when we finally see our reflection or ourselves for who and how we truly are through God’s word; is when we start seeing how some things that bothered us before no  longer bother us. Things that took priority before  won’t get first place. People and comments or opinions won’t affect us because we were allowed to see the truth about us and given the opportunity to accept change in us. We must allow the Lord to make the changes in us by accepting the truth of the reflection he allowed us to see. I can tell you my reflection  differs than the reflection of my bathroom mirror. God’s word allow us to see ourselves as he sees us and sometimes it is wonderful and other times it’s hard to swallow.

Your reflection  is your biggest answer needed. If you seek answers pray and ask the Lord to take you to them in His Word and magnify them so your reflection is seen.

Blessings,

Robin Worgull

Childish Mentality:

If you take a child and dress them in adult clothes; you still have a child under the clothing. They are still going to speak, think and understand as a child regardless what they are wearing.  A child can get away with saying or doing the wrong things much easier than an adult could, simply because they have not reached full maturity yet.

Now put an adult in the same outfit the child tried on and all of a sudden we expect a different behavior. We expect them to speak, think and understand on an entirely different level than we expected the child too.

If the adult were to act like a child, many of us would question what was wrong with them.  It just seems odd to see an adult speaking without a brain/ mouth filter, acting silly, not using manners, throwing tantrums or crying to get their way.

1 Corinthians 13:11 Is our reminder than when we were a child we  spoke, understood and thought as a child but when we became adults we put childish things away.

Some of you adults reading are physically and spiritually mature. Just because you are does not mean the adults around you are…  You may be around adults holding physical maturity but lack  spiritual maturity . You may be the one married to a babe in Christ instead of a spiritually mature believer in Christ; which can cause your spouse to look mentally immature. You may hold friendships with physically mature adults who lack the mental maturity needed for the friendship to bloom due to lack of spiritual maturity.  Some of you may be expecting a mature relationship with someone who is not your equal.  (Much like an adult and a child are not equals. You can expect different things from a child than from an adult. )

Some of you reading hold resentment, anger and hurt feelings towards certain adults in your life. You see their physical maturity and expect mental maturity but instead face childish behavior.

Most adults refuse to put up with a child misbehaving and go into “corrective mode”.  Many of you are making the mistake of trying to correct wrong behavior with certain adults in your life. You may hold the right formula for correcting a child but you won’t find the same solution using it on an adult. You can’t ground an adult, take away their keys, withhold allowance, kick them out of the house, or send them to bed early. You can’t force them to mind their manners, speak kind , clean words, or treat you the way God intended us to treat each other. What you can do, is recognize childish behavior and not give weight to it… This means if the adults in your life are mean to you, selfish or fit throwers, they may not have reached full maturity and may not be equal to you. They may look like an adult but if they act like a child then they are not your equal which means you don’t give their words or actions the same amount of weight you would give your equal.

You may find yourself in a relationship  with someone who holds the physical maturity but lacks the spiritual maturity. If you are expecting them to offer you mental maturity then you must understand, people can’t offer what they don’t hold. (This is not to say that people who are not spiritually mature are not mentally mature. That is not what I’m saying. I’m saying if you are spiritually mature and the person you are in a relationship with is not,  then you both are speaking different languages. One speaks the world while the other speaks the fruit of the spirit.  (Galatians 5:22  love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness , goodness, faith and meekness)

This automatically makes you unequal. One will expect to be independent, self seeking, self sufficient,  lacking intimacy or closeness,  oblivious to the needs of the other ; simply because they  don’t understand what the true definition of love is.  While the other continues to offer gentleness, love, compassion, understanding, teamwork, involvement, unity, nurturing, faithfulness and is rejected at every turn.  They keep coming back in love repeatedly;  speaking the language they know best, which is long suffering.  Yet, they keep being turned away because the language they speak is  foreign to the person they are in a relationship with.  We have many marriages dissolve over misunderstandings such as what I just described.  Both expect to be treated as an equal even though they are not. Many friendships have ended over hurt feelings or feeling rejected by someone who was meant to be different than anyone else .  People tend to treat each other as equals before doing the math and realizing the equation doesn’t add up properly.

If you are treating the adults in your life as equals and expecting them to treat you as you have treated them; then you may be in a relationship with someone who is not your equal which disqualifies you,  from the right to get upset.   What?!*#  ( We don’t get upset at a child for doing wrong , because we all know a child doesn’t know , what they don’t know; simply because they haven’t reached full maturity.  Some adults don’t know , what they don’t know yet either;  because they haven’t reached full maturity in all the areas we claim to have reached full maturity.  )

Sometimes those fighting for rightness in a wrong situation look just as immature as the one they are accusing of being immature.

Blessings,

Robin Worgull

 

Angels are everywhere…

Many people have spoke of angel encounters during times of sickness or during times of danger… I personally believe in angels and believe they are everywhere. I use to collect angel figurines years ago as the beauty of someone’s  idea of the appearance of angels; brought tears to my eyes.  I could look at one of my figurines and be in absolute awe of what I was looking at.  Yet, I questioned where people got their artistic ideas in order to mold then paint such a beautiful piece… I think many of us picture angels to be dressed in white, huge wings and a beautiful face.  Today, I take time to share with you Biblical truths of angels…

Psalm 91:13 is our reminder that the Lord’s angels serve as messengers and agents of his power outside the sanctuary.  More specifically , they hold divine power including the ability to protect the Lord’s people from harm. For those of you who would like to conduct your own study I recommend these scriptures.  ( Luke 22:43,  Psalm 34:7, Psalm 91:11-13,  Psalm 103:20, Genesis 19:10-11, Genesis 24:40, Isaiah 63:90, Daniel 3:28  These will help starting out but I also include more during this post, so please remember to go back and look them all up.)

Hebrews 13:1-2 is our reminder to be kind to strangers as some of us have entertained angels and never knew.  Haven’t you ever spoke to someone in public and after speaking with them you questioned all day if they were an angel?  I have on numerous occasions and each time I had to giggle because they looked like an average normal person but their presence was more of a Holy presence. Yet, in Genesis 19 we are told how angels can take on human form at God’s will.

Hebrew 12:22 And Daniel 7:10 remind us that the number of angels fighting for us and protecting us is in the ten thousand times ten thousand range. It is easier to just say, uncountable. What fascinates me is what I learned in Mathew 18:10 and Luke 22:43  which is how those who accepted Christ as their  personal Savior hold assigned  angels who are to protect us and  help care for us.  This means we each hold assigned angels who have access to the heavenly throne and constantly present our needs to God. To go a step further, Psalm 103:21 Reminds us that the Lord holds a host of ministers. This means an army of divine beings (angels) who dwell with the Lord and serve him… This allows us to take great comfort to know our assigned angels have access to the throne of God and also make up part of the  uncountable number of divine beings doing the Lord’s work. Who better to keep a watch or hand of protection on us than who the Lord himself sent ?  Angels  are messengers and agents of the Lord so they do anything God wills them to do… (Some of you are exhausting your guardian angels as you keep slipping  back into sinful ways…I say that joking but truthfully, I can imagine we keep the assigned angels pretty busy. )   Psalm 34:7 is our reminder that the angels encamp themselves around us and deliver us from harms way.  Did you know that God sent an angel to Jesus to strengthen him during his hunger and fatigue?  Yes, you can look it up and see in Luke 22:43.  Did you know that when you die an angel carries you into the presence of God? Luke 16:22 speaks of the angel of the Lord carrying the deceased man into Abraham’s bosom.

There is not enough room or time on here to keep going at the speed I would love to go on and continue discussing this but  before I end this post let’s see what angels look like…

Hebrews 1:14 says they are spiritual beings. Genesis 19 says they can take on human form at God’s will. Daniel 10:5-6 gives a vivid description of angels when he said a face as a lightning bolt, eyes as flaming torches of fire, arms and legs as gleaming polished chrome, and a voice as thunder.  Mathew 28:4 gives a different description which is an appearance as lightning and clothes white as snow.   In Genesis  3:24 Daniel said the angels were too many to count , as there were thousands upon thousands. Did I mention there are different ranks of angels as well?  We don’t have time to get into all the ranks but I have to tell you about the  seraphim angels. These angels cover the throne in Heaven. They have six wings that hover  over the throne of God. Two of those six wings covers the angels face because God is to Holy to look upon Isaiah 6:2. Another set of wings cover their feet due to standing on Holy Ground Exodus 3:5  and Joshua 5:15.

I end this post with thoughts to ponder on… How many times did you get a phone call out of the blue at the exact moment you needed it giving you the news you really needed to hear? Did you ever need help but knew help was no where to be found and by the grace of God help shows up out of nowhere? What about the day you need gas money but are so broke you are about to ask mom for gas money and you find a 20 dollar bill at the bottom of your purse or wallet?  Who was that person who brought comfort to you in the hospital that you spoke with, prayed with but was told by staff that person didn’t exist?

There are angels all around us that protect us and care for us but under the guidance of God and His will…  Many of you have spoke with angels and never knew… May you all have a beautiful, love filled weekend!

Blessings,

Robin Worgull

 

What makes a person treat others poorly?

I think it is fair to say at one time or another we all have been mistreated. We may even have returned mistreatment out of defense or anger. Normally people who treat others poorly either hold negative thoughts and little hope or are trying to gain something they want by the behavior they offer.

People who use manipulation tend to want control. Those that use silent treatment want others to know words or actions hurt them. Those that scream demand to be heard. Those that are overly affectionate, nurturing and attentive seek approval or affirmation. Those who are secretive in behavior demand to not be exposed. Those that lie tend to not want to disappoint. Those that use name calling , profanity or derogatory comments intend to hurt someone deeply.

For people to use manipulation, silent treatment, screaming, secretive behavior, lies, cursing,  or name calling; are people who are not emotionally stable. This means their emotions are high then low, hot then cold… They are consumed with negativity, disappointment and possibly even emotional scarring or pain. Unfortunately anyone in their path of destruction may believe they are the cause of such anger held;  due to how they were treated by someone they simply were trying to love.  They are rejected at every turn. This can mean their love rejected, lack of inclusion on  family activities or treated so cold and callously with no regard to the impact it made on someone who was undeserving of this treatment.  One must ask the question… “How do you find yourself in the wrong place at the right time everyday?”  ( You can’t… See, these people have loaded their minds with such negativity and sin that it is expressed in their words and actions daily.)   With that being said, this alleviates you from being the root cause of their upset, even though their words and actions want you to believe otherwise.

The negativity they carry may or may not have been pushed on them since a young age but as an adult their strongholds and own sins grew  into full fermentation. They carry a restlessness within them that keeps them in turmoil. They seek peace but find unrest. They seek a calm but their thoughts won’t quiet. This causes them to become more and more agitated and causing their emotions to boil over and spew out like venom in attack position. They tend to see others as their primary problem before considering the problem lies within themselves…

These type of people are difficult to be around. There’s no winning, no resolution, no logic. Just circles of chaos, hurt, upset and continuous mistreatment.  My encouragement to those of you who are or have endured this behavior of mistreatment, don’t take their words or actions personally. Don’t take their words as truths about who you are and don’t think you hold enough love to change their behavior towards you. Only God can work on the hearts of people.  These people tend to deliver pain because of how much pain they carry…

Some of you reading may be questioning why controlling what we load into our minds is so important. The answer is simple… Because your thoughts eventually become your actions or behavior. This means if you load your mind with negative thoughts your behavior will follow suit. If you load your mind with hate your behavior will be hateful. If you load your mind with good your behavior is  good. If you load your mind with sin your behavior will expose your sinful ways.

There are some people who find themselves all alone in this life and fail to recognize their behavior was no longer tolerated by those around them.

If you have wronged those around you, now is the time to make right and to turn away from this destructive behavior as I don’t believe this is the “expected end” God holds for you as a believer… Jeremiah 29:11

Blessings,

Robin Worgull