Title: Handling Suffering
Minister: Apostle Emmanuel Iren
2 Corinthians 4:4
There is such a thing as blindness of the mind and this is what the people outside Christ experience.
However, God remedies this situation by putting His Spirit within us and causing us to walk in His statutes. Ezekiel 36:26-27,31
Christianity is a miracle of changed desires. The things that were irresistible when we were in the world are no longer irresistible in Christ. Gal 5:16-18, Col 3:1-3
Joy should always be an offshoot of our location being seated with Christ
Joy is not inherently an emotion for the believer. Joy is a new appetite.
Joy is a miracle
How do I know that I need to set my affections?
1. If I lack patience to learn: the moment you find yourself losing staying power, you need to check it. You’re not a customer in the church, you’re a disciple.
2. You hardly share the things of God: Hebrews 1:9. When last did you share a sermon excerpt with someone that you thought needed it?
Joy is an appetite issue. For a child of God, it is never just about the beat in a song. Psalm 1:1-2
God’s law can become a delight for you not just a duty.
Guard your heart with all diligence, like the way a Customs officer guards the border, don’t allow just anything come in, Psalm 1:32, Ephesians 5:6-11
This is how habits are built: Repetition-Easy-Often-Pleasure-Habit
If Spiritual things always feel long for you, your flesh is alive.
To-do: Write down what you are going to do better and what you will not do anymore and may God help you.