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Learn How To Get Unstuck

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If you are stuck and want to get unstuck, join Peace and Power Ministries for a 4 Day, Fun, Interactive, and Practical, Adult Vacation Bible School.

It starts in Tuesday May 28th through Friday May 31stat 7pm-9pm each night.

You will Learn:

1.) Where You Are Now and How to Get Where You Want to Go

2.) How to Confront Those Things That Keep you Stuck

3.) How To Gain Order In Every Area of Life

4.) How the Holy Spirit Can Help You To Get Unstuck

Get Unstuck

Get Unstuck: God Can Bring You Up

Get Unstuck: God Can Bring You Up!

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock. Psalm 40:2

Get unstuck: Take The JourneyMany of us are stuck because we are overwhelmed, exhausted, shell-shocked, heartbroken, lonely, afraid, worried, ashamed, or regretful.  Of course there are many other reasons.  However, the tragedy is, many people do not know how to get unstuck and as a result, we stay in a constant state of stuckiness for far too long.  When this happens, the quality of our lives begins to diminish.  Perhaps, it is somewhat comforting to know that throughout the course of history, we are not the only ones who have gotten stuck. For example, King David likened his stuckiness as as like being stuck in a horrible pit with miry clay.  Now, these days, we don’t typically use the word miry but in the Hebrew miry means sticky (like glue not like a thorn).  Therefore, King David was stuck in his situation just like many of us are.  However, unlike many of us, King David was willing to do something about it and I am so glad he did because he gave us a template that we can apply to our lives when we are stuck.  Here’s what he did:

1.) He acknowledged that he was indeed stuck.  He realized that he was in a horrible pit (which is interpreted as pit of noise where the noise was coming from the inside out) and that he was stuck (in miry clay).  This very important because if we do not acknowledge that we are stuck then we will certainly not get unstuck.  Instead, most likely, our condition will get worse and may experience extreme despair, depression or burnout.

2.) He acknowledged that God could bring him up and out of the horrible pit that he was in.  In Psalm 40:1, King Davids said, I waited patiently for The Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.  His trust in God is what made it possible for him to endure the pain of being stuck in the rut that he was in.  he never gave on the notion that God could bring him up and out.  He just kept praying and believing that God would hear his cry. Not only did God hear him, he also answered him.  God brought King David up out of the horrible pit and took his feet out of the miry clay.  And thanks be to God, Who is no respecter of persons, will do the same thing for us.

God will bring us up and will help us to get unstuck!

If you are stuck then please feel free to join our church as we are going to Take The Journey From Stuck to Unstuck on Tuesday May 28th through May 31st for Vacation Bible School at Peace and Power Ministries located at 4501 Boston Way, Lanham, Maryland 20706.  If want to attend, and if you need more information then please feel free click here.

Take The Journey: From Stuck to UnstuckBe Blessed!

Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv

http://clarenceparks.com

http://peaceandpower.org

Slay The Slothful Spirit– Develop Diligence

Slay The Slothful Spirit– Develop Diligence

In order to slay the slothful spirit we must have diligence.  Diligence means we take the painstaking effort to accomplish our desires.  What we should know is that there is a direct link between desire, diligence and accomplishment.

  • Proverb 13:4 says, “the soul of the sluggard desires and has nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat” which means we will prosper and flourish because our souls are prospering and flourishing.

In essence, when our souls are generating right(eous) desires, and we diligently pursue those right desires (take the pain staking effort to accomplish) then, we will get right results and it will be sweet to our souls.

  • Proverb 13:19 says, the desire accomplished is sweet to the soul. (Accomplished desires make our souls fat and sweet instead of destitute and bitter)
  • Note: Proverb 10:24 says, the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
  • Proverb 11:23 says, the desire of the righteous is only good.

As a result, we need to know what’s really driving us because many are diligently pursuing unrighteous desires which may get accomplished but will not provide the best results.

In order to ensure that we are diligent in the right desires we should take diligent inventory of our desires and know the condition of our souls.

  • Proverb 27: 23 says, be thou diligent to know that state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
  • Also, Hebrews 12:15 tells us to be “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.”

The next thing we should know about diligence is that it is the direct opposite of slothfulness and provides the exact opposite results.  For example:

  • Proverb 22:29 says, “seest thou a man diligent in his business?  He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” (ie see a man who is not diligent he will sand before mean men)
  • Proverb 12:24 says, the hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute (forced labor).
  • Proverb 10:4 says, he becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

We should also know that there is a direct link between discipline and diligence.  Discipline is God’s instruction that we receive from His Word that guides us to prosperity and pleasures.  God speaks to us from the inside out; we hearken to it; then God guides us to prosperity.  Therefore, we should be diligent to seek and hearken to God’s instruction.

  • Hebrews 11:6 says, but without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is the rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
  • Deuteronomy 11:13-15 says, and it shall come to pass, if ye hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, that I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil and I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.
  • Proverb 6:22-23 says, when thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakes, it shall talk with thee.  For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.

Being diligent requires:

  • Right thoughts—Proverb 21:5 says that thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness (tend = keep watch over; be in charge of; be incline towards)(plenteousness = making gain; progress)
  • Right hearts— Proverb 4:23 says, Keep thy heart will all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
  • Right spirits—Proverb 20:27 says the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly. (Note: God lights us up with desire and strength to be diligent to accomplish His desires)  See, Psalm 18:28-29 which says, for thou will light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

Please feel free to listen to the SlackBuster Show from the 4/30/13 Show that teaches these concepts and please feel free to download the fill in the blank worksheet that goes along with this teaching.

Slay The Slothful Spirit

Be Blessed!

Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv

Author.Speaker.Trainer.Coach

http://clarenceparks.com

Clarence J. Parks Enterprises