CONFLICT(S)


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CONFLICT(S)

When Jesus calmed the storm, a discussion started about conflicts,

MATTHEW There is often a stormy areas of our human nature where wee feel God
can’t or won’t work. When we truly understand who God is, however, we will
realize that he controls both the storms of nature and the storms of the
troubled heart. Jesus’ your power that calmed this storm can also help us deal
with the problems we face. Jesus, you are willing to help if we only ask you. We
should never discount your power even in terrible trials.

JESUS Do not suppose
that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but
a sword. For I have come to turn “a man against his father, a daughter against
her mother, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – a man’s enemies will
be the members of his own household.

Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone
who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds
his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

MATTHEW Jesus, you are not encouraging disobedience to parents or conflict at
home. Rather, you are showing that your presence demands a decision. Because
some will follow Christ and some won’t, conflict will inevitably arise. As we
take our cross and follow him, our different values, morals, goals, and purposes
will set us apart from others. Don’t neglect your family, but remember that your
commitment to God is even more important than they are. God should be your first
priority.

JESUS I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound
in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

MATTHEW
Among believers, there is no court of appeals beyond the church. Ideally, the
church’s decisions should be God-guided and based on discernment of his Word.
Believers have the responsibility, therefore, to bring their problems to the
church, and the church has the responsibility to use God’s guidance in seeking
to resolve conflicts. Handling problems God’s way will have an impact now and
for eternity.

JESUS Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you,
but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each
other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father
against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against
mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against
mother-in-law.

ANDREW Jesus, you are revealing that your way often results in
conflict, You demand a response, so intimate groups may be torn apart when some
choose to follow him and others refuse to do so. There is no middle ground with
you, Jesus. Loyalties must be declared and commitments made, some times to the
point of severing other relationships. Are we willing to risk our family’s
approval in order to gain eternal life?

JESUS Peace I leave with you; my peace I
give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be
troubled and do not be afraid.

You heard me say, “I am going away and I am coming back to you. If you loved me,
you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than
I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will
believe.

JOHN Sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt, and numerous other forces are at
war within us. The peace of God moves into our hearts and lives to restrain
these hostile forces and offer comfort in place of conflict. Jesus, you are
saying that you will give us that peace if we are willing to accept it under
your conditions. Maybe your past isn’t much to brag about. Maybe you’ve seen raw
evil. And now you have to make a choice. Do you rise above the past and make a
difference? Or do you remain controlled by the past and make excuses? Many
choose the latter. Many choose the convalescent homes of the heart. Healthy
bodies. Sharp minds. But retired dreams. Back and forth they rock in the chair
of regret, repeating the terms of surrender. Lean closely and you will hear
them: “If only.” The white flag of the heart. “If only …” “If only I’d been
treated fairly ….” If such is the case, let me show you where to turn. Put
down the scrapbook and pick up your Bible. Go to John’s Gospel and read Jesus’
words: “Human life comes from human parents, but spiritual life comes from the
Spirit” (John 3:6). Think about that. Spiritual life comes from the Spirit! Your
parents may have given you genes, but God gives you grace. Your parents may have
been responsible for your body, but God has taken charge of your soul. You may
get your looks from your mother, but you get eternity from your Father, your
heavenly Father…. God has not left you adrift on a sea of heredity. You cannot
control the way your forefathers responded to God. But you can control the way
you respond to him. The past does not have to be your prison. You have a voice
in your destiny. You have a say in your life. You have a choice in the path you
take. Choose well and someday – generations from now – your grandchildren and
great -grandchildren will thank God for the seeds you sowed. (From When God
Whispers Your Name by Max Lucado) How many times during the last week did you
read your Bible? Develop an action plan for making God’s message all-important
in your life. Equip yourself to pass on a worthwhile legacy.

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About georgehach

I am a retired Lay Minister, acting as a prophet for God to understand the end times that is comingg and how to prepare for it.
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