Sunday, November 11, 2018

Don't Let the Bear in Your Tent


A few years ago a man went camping in Glacier National Park in Montana. Campers should never take food into their tent because the smell attracts bears. This man caught some fish one evening and wanted to cook them for breakfast, so he brought them into his tent for the night. Sure enough, a bear smelled the fish, which invited it into the tent and mauled the man to death.

You don’t want to invite bears into your tent, and you don’t want to invite the devil into your life. Paul said, “Do not let the sun go down on your anger. Do not give the devil an opportunity” (Eph. 4:26-27). John Piper says, “Harbored anger is the only thing the Bible explicitly says opens a door and invites the devil in.” When you hold on to anger without resolving it, you’re opening a door and inviting Satan to attack you.

Peter Lord said, “More families have been destroyed by anger than alcohol.” We need to do everything possible to settle the situation that day. Something happens to us when we’re angry for more than a day. We push our anger down into the soil of our hearts, where it sits in darkness. This two-day-old anger then turns into the seed of unforgiveness. As we continue dwelling on it, it sprouts into the root of bitterness.

Someone told me, “A friend of mine keeps asking God to take away his anger but he doesn’t want to deal with the issues that are making him angry. He can’t figure out why he is still angry.” Is there an issue that’s making you angry that you need to settle? If you’ll fix your anger today, you’ll live tomorrow without turmoil. www.makinglifecount.net
****************************************************************************************************
BIBLE STUDY  How to Control Your Anger

Receive these devotionals (free) by email: You can subscribe in the box on the right at www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com (Your email will not be given out. You’ll receive an email when the new devotional is posted)

Making Life Count Ministries
P.O. Box 680174
Prattville, Alabama 36068-0174
www.makinglifecount.net  Twitter: @KentCrockett

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Learning to Swim


When I was a kid I took swimming lessons at the neighborhood pool. The easy part was when I grabbed on to the side of the pool while someone held me up as I learned how to kick. Then came the hard part--learning how to float.

It was hard for me to believe that the water would hold me up without any effort of my own. I would try to float, but then my feet would immediately drop down so I could stand up. I didn’t fool anyone when I did that awkward “half swim” where I walked along the bottom of the pool while moving my arms like I was swimming.

The instructor kept telling me to trust him—that the water really would hold me up if I would just relax. But that was the problem. I couldn’t relax when I thought I was going to drown. Then one day, and I quit trying to float and just went limp. To my surprise I didn’t sink. For the first time in my life I floated—without any effort on my part. When I totally surrendered to the water and quit struggling, the water held me up.

That’s how we learn to trust God. Inwardly we go limp. We quit trying to trust Him and submit to His complete control. In absolute surrender, we say, “Lord, I’m totally depending on you to come through for me.” David continually put his trust in God and relaxed:
“I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever” (Ps. 52:8).
“In God I have put my trust” (Ps.56:4)
“In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid” (Ps. 56:11).
“My soul trusts in You” (Ps. 57:1)
“Trust in Him at all times, you people” (Ps. 62:8)
David learned how to float by relaxing and placing his complete trust in God rather than himself. And we must do the same. www.makinglifecount.net
****************************************************************************************************

Receive these devotionals (free) by email: You can subscribe in the box on the right at www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com (Your email will not be given out. You’ll receive an email when the new devotional is posted)

Making Life Count Ministries
P.O. Box 680174
Prattville, Alabama 36068-0174
www.makinglifecount.net  Twitter: @KentCrockett