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Aug 06

6/40 Learning to Humble Yourselves Before God to Resolve Conflicts

In general, people tend to have issues revolving around pride. If this is the case, then we will tend to live in denial with regard to the pain we are male female diffcausing others around us. A classic case of this in found in the Old Testament, when King David counted how many men he had available for war (1 Chr. 21). Even after being told by General Joab that this was a sin against God, David still went ahead. As a consequence 70,000 men died by the plague. We would agree, that Israel suffered serious consequences caused by David’s pride.

Unfortunately, most people need to experience levels of pain before getting with God’s program. Pride tends to cause blindness. As a result, God – in His love for us – opposes the proud. God does offer us the ‘carrot’ to change our way of living, but most of us wait for the ‘stick’. My prayer for you is that you, my reader, will choose to humble yourselves and listen to God (1 Peter 5:6, 2 Chr. 7:14)

We need a Balance of Spirit, Heart and Soul to deal with this Pride.

Many people have been brought up ‘lopsided’ with regard to their personality. We need to grow in the areas that we are weak in. We need to learn to put the Spirit at the centre of the human personality for complete wholeness.

In this view, the heart will be influenced by the mind, emotions and the human spirit in roughly equal measures. If we use one trait significantly more than another we will be lopsided human beings. Of course we want the Holy Spirits (with our spirit) to guide and direct us, but we will still need our logic and emotions to make decisions.

Once you have identified where your weakness is, that is where you need to grow. It would be foolish to put time in energy into your personality strengths, instead of your weakness (ex. fortress). For most men, they are emotionally unskilled and spiritually weak.

Jesus gave us the solution to most of life’s problems. He put it this way:

“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” (John 12:24-26 NIV)

I must learn to ask God about everything and in everything follow Jesus. WWJD?

Jesus gave us the solution to most of life’s problems. He put it this way:

“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” (John 12:24-26 NIV)

In Conclusion

God deserves all worship (Revelation 4:11)

Like Jesus, only do what Father God tells you (John 14:31). In other words, a husband’s job is to pray about everything.

Receive God’s wisdom for your life by listening to the Holy Spirit and reading the Bible,

Learn what it means to be a ‘head’ or servant from God’s perspective,

If there is, or ever was, any ‘seduction’ (being pulled away from God’s purposes by a woman) in your life, confess and repent of it,

Get your ‘life’ from Jesus and pass on this Godly strength to your woman. Don’t suck it out of her, that is witchcraft.

As Jesus instructs you in wisdom, gain your woman’s respect back,

Make sure you meet her needs, not necessarily her wants. You will need God’s wisdom and a listening ear towards your woman to discover the difference,

Read some books on listening to God in pray (like Dialogue with God, by Mark Virkler). Read some books on the difference between men and women.

Get your priorities right.

Your first ‘ministry’ is your relationship with the Lord and spiritual health, Matthew 22:37-38. Loving God and loving yourself falls into a healthy balance.

Next, priority is your spouse and immediate family, Matthew 22:39, I Timothy 5:8. That means spouse, then children.

Next on the list is the means of earning money for living. If these first priorities are out of balance – money before spouse, wife before Go – then conflict results.

Then the 4th Priority would be to the family of God, extended family and others. Again, resolving conflicts can be balanced when we get our priorities in the right balance.

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

www.conflictsolutions.mentorsnotebook.com

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