Don’t Worry Be Happy

August 26, 2009

 

 

Home Page PictureThis cute line is easier said than done.  In reality, the opposite of happy (anger) is very common in our society.  Even though we have so many material things, we still seem to be unhappy.  Whatever the cause of anger, we can see that it is a futile waste of time.  Gods’ Word, the Bible, has much to say on this subject. 

“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” Psalm 37:8 (KJV) 

Anger is like a poison.  It infects and affects every part of a person’s life.  It causes violence, heartache and broken relationships.  To put it mildly, it isn’t something you want around for very long.  Yet, it seems that so many today turn to it as an outlet for their frustrations. 

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” Proverbs 16:32 (KJV) 

Through the power of God we can control the tendency to let our anger get out of control.  When God controls our spirit (attitude) he leads us to still waters and green pastures.  All of us have failed and let our anger get out of control but thank God he forgives and gives us another chance to get it right.

Are you or someone you know battling with anger?  Drop them a line and let them know about Focus on Freedom.  Let them know about the link to the study entitled “Dealing With Anger” .  It might be a starting point for greater blessings in their life.

Thanks for being a part of this ministry.  Your partnership in prayer and the weekly newsletter is very encouraging and uplifting.  Our newsletter subscription continues to grow and we would love to have you join as well.  Hopefully next month we will  have a special free offer for everyone involved with us.  Stay tuned!

Here’s the daily inspirational scripture!

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (KJV) 

Sincerely

Greg Wirths

Focus on Freedom

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Happiness is the Thing

August 18, 2009

 

Home Page PictureHappiness is the thing that all men and women yearn for.   It is the stuff of revolutions and changes in societies.  Some revolutions work and others are doomed to failure.  The reason being that all changes are not necessarily built on a foundation that can last.  The revolution in America came as a result of men’s desire to be free from the tyranny of England.  Freedom is a noble and strong thing.  The right of all men to be free is rooted in scripture and is the will of God for all. 

Revolutions in history most certainly have all centered around political freedom and the right to pursue happiness and personal liberty but what about the right to have spiritual freedom?  How can a people or individual find inner peace and happiness?  Some think we can’t unless the political atmosphere allows freedom.  In reality nothing could be further from the truth.  True happiness and freedom comes from the indwelling Spirit of God even when tyranny rules.  In difficult political and personal times we can be free to be happy and productive because it’s not the things going on around us that make us happy (or unhappy) it’s the things going on, on the inside of us that make the difference.  Who we are (the inside) will show itself on the outside.  The Word of God calls this outward manifestation of the spiritual man the fruit of the Spirit. 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)  Below is a definition of each of these inward qualities.

Love: Charity, affection

Joy: calm delight, happiness.

Peace: Quietness, rest.

Long-suffering: Forbearance, to put up with.

Gentleness: Kindness, moral excellence.

Goodness: Moral virtue.

Faith: Conviction, faithfulness, consistent.

Meekness: Humility, contrite spirit.

Temperance: Self control or discipline.

Do you or someone you know need to experience this inner freedom?  It can be found in Jesus Christ.  For a deeper study on the subject check out “Jesus Teaches Outward Fruit” and “What Does It Mean To Receive The Holy Ghost?”.

Thanks for being a part of this ministry.  Your partnership in prayer and the weekly newsletter is very encouraging and uplifting.

Here’s the daily inspirational scripture!

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:32, 36 (KJV) 

Sincerely

Greg Wirths

Focus on Freedom

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Done The Cat Lately?

August 11, 2009

 

 

Home Page PictureOne way we can cover up insecurity is through an image of pride and false security.  It reminds me of the cat. Maybe you have seen this one in real life.  A cat, when faced with danger will always turn sideways, bow its’ back high and puff its’ tail out to twice its’ normal size.  It looks quite impressive and threatening but in reality it’s just a ploy.  It is an example of pride at work.  The cat isn’t really bigger it’s just puffed up. 

Maybe you have seen people do the very same thing.  They get degrees in college to make their name look bigger and more impressive but in reality may be struggling in their marriage relationship because of a basic insecurity.  They are good at business, make a lot of money and live in a nice home but struggle to connect with their children because of a basic insecurity.  You see, it is not the things we are good at that make us what we are.  What we can become is determined not by talent and ability but by overcoming our weakness.  When weaknesses are overcome we are in a true sense set free and have the ability to excel.

Of all of the studies (nearly sixty) at Focus on Freedom the most visited is the one that deals with insecurity.  Amazing isn’t it?  Well, not really when you consider our fast changing world and the many societal problems we face.  Everyone is touched by it and many are left with a feeling of hopelessness and out of control.  There is an answer to this though. It’s in the opposite of insecurity which would be the word security.  Where can we true security?   There’s only one place I know of. 

David, who was an Old Testament king had many troubles.  Out of his troubles he discovered something very profound.  I want to share it with you.

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”  Psalm 37:25 (KJV) 

God lifted him up out of his troubles and he will do the same for us when we follow his plan for our lives.  So there is no need to live in fear or insecurity when security can be found in a close relationship with HIM!  Oh, the study I made refference to is entitled “Dealing With Insecurity” .

Thanks for being a part of this ministry.  Your partnership in prayer and the weekly newsletter is very encouraging and uplifting.

Here’s the daily inspirational scripture!

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5 (KJV) 

May God help each of you!

Sincerely

Greg Wirths

Focus on Freedom

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Forgive How Much?

August 3, 2009

 

 

Home Page PictureForgiveness is a powerful principle that Jesus spoke of in one of his famous parables.   It is foreign in many places of the world today   and is seen as a weakness that should be exploited.  Believe it or not, some religions have their foundation in revenge which can never produce a resolution but constant animosity and fighting.  Jesus told his disciples to forgive others which would do them wrong making his way quite unique.

“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? [22] Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”  Matthew 18:21-22 (KJV) 

Wow, what a commandment!  How could Jesus place such a demand on his disciples?  Four hundred and ninety times in one day?  I wonder if that record has ever been set by anyone or was it the master teachers way of making a point?  A point I think.  The answer comes when we look at the foundation of forgiveness in his parable on forgiveness.

A man owed someone $16,400,000.00 according to Jesus and had no way to pay it.  When he was called before the creditor he had no way to redeem himself so his wife, children and everything he had was to be sold to pay the debt and he was to be cast into prison.  This is a picture of each of us before God with our debt of sin that we can’t pay.  The good master forgave him of the debt (as he wants to forgive us) and he went his way a free man!  Can you imagine the feeling of joy he had?

In another setting, this same man found a friend which owed him fifteen dollars.  When he asked for his money the debtor didn’t have any to pay him.  Instead of forgiving him the way he was forgiven he just threw him into prison till he could pay the debt.  Feeling good about his “justice” being served he went his way rejoicing in the freedom he now had, till the master heard what was done.  He was summoned to the throne and was promptly rebuked and thrown into the tormentors prison, his original debt was returned and laid on him.

The message of his parable is that it is better to love than hate.  Better to be humble than proud.  Better to forgive than hold a grudge don’t you think?  All of us have been given mercy, so why not give it out?  Freely we have received, so freely we should give.  Forgiveness is free from God why not return the favor and give forgiveness to someone who needs it?

For a more complete look at this parable follow the link to “A Parable Of Forgiveness” .  Maybe you know someone who needs to forgive, send them the link too, they may thank you for it later.

Here’s the daily inspirational scripture!

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (KJV) 

May God help each of us!

Sincerely

Greg Wirths

Focus on Freedom

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