Problem Bigger Than The Answer?

March 1, 2019

 

By Rev Paul N. Papas II

February 26, 2019

 

 

Temporary solutions to permanent problems are never temporary or a solution.

If you always do what you always did you will always get what you always got.  Just because you do not know the answer right now, it does not mean there isn’t one.

Ever had a time when mountain dropped right down right in front of you while the walls around you closed in? Did you immediately have a panic attack or work your way out?

Are you dealing with a broken marriage? Is your spouse filing for divorce? Do you want to save your marriage but right now feel helpless? I know the answer to your problem.

Have you been dealing with significant health problems? Have your problems negatively impacted your career, marriage, parenting, finances, and your desire to be active at church? I know the answer to your problem.

Have a child who is going astray?

Just lost your job?

Got cancer?

Struggling with depression?

Not sure what to do with your life?

Now what?

Will you curl up in a corner, snivel, and cower in fear?

How do you deal with STRESS?

There is no such thing as a stress-free job in  the  world.  Everyone in his/her work is  exposed  to  tension, frustration and anxiety as he/she gets through the duties assigned to him/her. In order to make our work experience and environment as pleasant as possible, it is better that we learn the technique of moderating  and  modulating  our  personal  stress  levels

Your reaction depends upon your view.

Are you like the ten spies who came back scared and afraid of the giants in the land or are you like Joshua and Caleb?

Remember what happened when the Israelites reached the Promised Land?

They had just been rescued out of 400 years of slavery. They had walked through the Red Sea and had watched the Egyptian army drown. They had been miraculously guided through the wilderness, and been promised a land flowing milk and honey.

Eleven days after God gave them His Law and His promises, the children of Israel arrived at the border of the Promised Land. Moses chose 12 men – the top leaders out of hundreds of thousands – to explore the land and see if God was telling the truth.

After 40 days they returned with evidence: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit” (Numbers 13:27).

Is there evidence in your life of God’s promises fulfilled? A job, education, home,  relationship, circle of friends? Maybe you should be divorced – and God healed your marriage. Maybe you should be in jail – and your case was thrown out. Maybe you should be dead – and you were healed.

Or on the other hand, maybe your life is proof that NOT believing God’s promises is fruitless. Maybe you’re still addicted, or angry, or sad and hopeless. Maybe you’ve forgotten God’s character and God’s promises and have accepted second best – which is just what the evil one wants us to do.

Joshua and Caleb saw the same scary things as the other ten spies. Joshua and Caleb trusted God, encouraged the Israelites to believe God’s promises: “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome” (v. 30).

The other 10 spies got scared by the scary things and doubted God (v. 31-33): “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” They said they saw giants “and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight …”

That lack of faith spread like an infection through the entire congregation of Israelites, who promptly forgot all the miracles they had seen and doubted the nature of God – plus had the nerve to try to stone Joshua and Caleb!

Throughout human history, God has communicated His promises to us over and over, but still we demand “proof.” It’s our fallen nature to doubt, to hold off from trusting until we see everything in place in a way that makes us feel comfortable. Of course, that’s not trusting. That’s saying, God, You aren’t who You say You are.

Today, if you’re more like the 10 spies than like Joshua and Caleb, you may feel like a “grasshopper” facing a giant. All you need to do is trust. It’s as simple as that.

Enter your promised land – your daily walk with God and wherever He takes you – and watch God bless you! Now you know the answer also.

 

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) www.narrowpathministries.org and www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org



WILL Traditional Marriage Become A Mental Disorder?

July 5, 2013

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By Rev. Paul N. Papas II
1 July 13

This is the week we celebrate our Independence from tyrannical rule.

Unless you’ve been on an island without any access to news or current events, you’ve noticed we have several wars going on…..right here, in this country. We have a War on Coal; War on Jobs; War on Parents Rights; War on Terror (maybe); War on taxpayers by the IRS; War on Children; War on our Privacy; War on the Constitution; War on the Press; War on Sugar; War on Christians; War on Big Gulps; War on French Fries; War on the First, Second, and Fourth Amendments; and a War on Traditional Marriage, just to name a few. If they can’t legislate it, they’ll bury it in regulations.

According to the powers that be, if you don’t agree them, they’ll try to silence you….the powers that be have used public humiliation and ridicule as tools of silencing you. They have attempted to have people declared to have a medical condition of a mental illness or as they say a mental disorder in order to silence people. They will try to isolate their opponents to try to make them irrelevant. Some have the belief that if they present the lie often enough and loud enough, then it becomes the truth. The same people don’t believe in absolutes. Darkness can not exist in the light.

The Supreme Court recently decided to let each state establish its own definition of marriage in the California Prop 8 matter. No matter how many times, or how loud some people shout, the Biblical definition of marriage will not change. It is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The Biblical definition of marriage is one man and one woman united as one.

Dissenting from the Supreme Court’s opinion on the Defense of Marriage Act, Justice Antonin Scalia – as expected – held nothing back:

In the majority’s telling, this story is black-and-white: Hate your neighbor or come along with us. The truth is more complicated. It is hard to admit that one’s political opponents are not monsters, especially in a struggle like this one, and the challenge in the end proves more than today’s Court can handle. Too bad. A reminder that disagreement over something so fundamental as marriage can still be politically legitimate, would have been a fit task for what in earlier times was called the judicial temperament. We might have covered ourselves with honor today by promising all sides of this debate that it was theirs to settle and that we would respect their resolution. We might have let the People decide, but that, the majority will not do.

Some will rejoice in today’s decision and some will despair at it. That is the nature of a controversy that matters so much to so many. But the Court has cheated both sides by robbing the winners of an honest victory, and robbing the losers of the peace that comes from a fair defeat. We owed both of them better. I dissent.

Considering the recent changes in the DSM and the current increased use of the medical condition of a mental illness as a weapon against their opposition, will Traditional Marriage soon be considered a mental disorder? Only time will tell. No matter how many times, or how loud some people shout, the Biblical definition of marriage will not change. It is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The Biblical definition of marriage is still one man and one woman united as one.

Whether or not America has a future worth having, doesn’t depend on what happens in Washington, D.C., or on what happens in the Supreme Court, or in the Congress. It depends on what happens with you, and people just like you; your family, and families just like yours; and your church, and churches just like yours with godly pastors after God’s heart and church members thirsting for God’s Word. Our future is in His hands (Psalm 121:1-2).

Independence Day is a wonderful day to reflect on the precious freedoms we enjoy in this great country. It is a day to give thanks to our Almighty God whose hand has surely been upon this nation. And it is day to commit anew our resolve to pray for spiritual revival to sweep across our nation. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

As we celebrate the winning of our Freedom from tyrannical rule, we are reminded that Freedom comes with a price. To remain free takes constant vigilance. To remain free requires us to reject any form of tyrannical rule, wherever it might come from. Our Founding Fathers ensured that we have the Right to disagree. Some today want that Right only allowed to those who agree with them….or they’ll drone you?

Enjoy your Freedom. Remember the cost it took to get it and it takes to keep it.

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA & AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) http://www.narrowpathministries.org and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org


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