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Spiritual Growth

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DO ALL FOR GOD’S GLORY!

Carol Clemans

Words are powerful. 1 Peter 4:11 admonishes, “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” We are instructed to speak ‘as if God was speaking directly through us.’ WOW! Every one of us is accountable to God for every word and action.

The word “minister” means “servant.” So from the platform to the pew, we all need to understand clearly that we are to speak and minister with a servant’s spirit so God receives the glory and not us. We must take note in 1 Peter 5 there are clear instructions as to how ‘elders’ or leaders are to ‘shepherd’ the flock of God. The family of God must be healthy. Healthy families talk, share feelings to build trust. Unhealthy families don’t talk, don’t feel and don’t trust.

God is the greatest Counselor. Here are His instructions: 1 Peter 3:8 – 12, “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; —– vs. 10 – For ‘He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.’”

My prayer as a speaker and one who ministers to others is: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, Oh, Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” God listens to our words and watches our actions. We are to say and do all things that “God may be glorified.”

Carol Clemans is an inspirational speaker for churches/conferences, Certified Pastoral Counselor & Christian Life Coach. She provides counseling nationwide by phone/web cam – (636) 448-0121. Go to: http://www.carolclemans.org for teaching CD’s, review 90 articles. LEM, INC. (501c3), 1437 N. Denver Ave., Ste #251, Loveland, CO 80538. Clemans’ pastor is Dieter Skowron, Johnstown, CO.

© Carol Clemans – September 2011

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http://www.firstladiesministries.wordpress.com – August 28, 2011

THIS TREASURE IN EARTHEN VESSELS

By: Carol Clemans

Life can be overwhelming. Many who call me for counseling are in the middle of battling their negative thoughts about their life’s circumstances. When we deal with stress, it’s very easy to keep our eyes glued on the earthly issues and forgetting that we have a hope beyond this life. 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 states, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. Vs15 – For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.” Our challenge is to ‘look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.’ When we refocus and get our eyes set on the Lord, we gain renewed faith and strength.

2 Corinthians 9:15 instructs us, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” The ‘treasure’ that is within us is ‘God in you the hope of glory!’ We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. This Holy Spirit is our Comforter, our strength, our hope in this life and the life to come! Giving thanks to God cannot be based on our circumstances. This ‘indescribable gift’ that lives within us was given to us by God coming to earth in a robe of flesh to purchase us back to Himself. We have a hope for eternal life living in Glory with the Lord ruling over the new heaven and earth with God Almighty forever. We can thank God for this hope we have in Him in the middle of adversity of any type. But we must make a conscious effort to put on the whole armor of God (Ephs. 6:10-18).

When I look at the armor, I see truth, righteousness, peace, faith, helmet of salvation and sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Soldiers wear helmets to protect their brain – the system that controls their bodily movements. Our ‘helmet of salvation’ can protect our thinking regarding our circumstances of life. We must keep looking at God’s truth – God said give thanks in all things not for all things. When we give the ‘sacrifice of praise’ in the middle of adversity, God understands that we are thanking Him as an act of our faith trusting that He is in full control and is working out His perfect will in our lives.

Our ‘indescribable gift’ is our present hope and eternal salvation that dwells within us through the power of the Holy Ghost. It was for the joy that was set before Him, that Jesus endured the cross. Yes, He resurrected from the dead, but He has not entered into His full joy with His Bride (the Church) yet. That will come when He comes in the skies to take his Bride to Himself and we have the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The anticipation of my future with God causes me to be thankful now. “Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face. There to sing forever of His saving grace.” “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”(I Thess. 5:18).

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/inspirational Bible teacher for churches & conferences nationwide/Christian Life Coach. She provides nationwide counseling by phone & web cam (636) 448-0121. Go to: http://www.carolclemans.org for teaching CD’s plus 90 articles. Carol and husband, Rev. Harold Clemans, attend Johnstown, CO church, Pastor Dieter Skowron.

(C) Carol Clemans – August 2011

Relational Growth

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STOP DOMESTIC ABUSE

Carol Clemans

Many do not realize that sitting in our church pews today there are people who act very kind and holy at church and yet at home behind closed doors they are abusers to their wife/husband/children verbally, emotionally and physically. In my 19 years of being a pastoral counselor, I’ve had to counsel these people. They are full of anger from the pain of their past plus guilty because of their current sins. They blame everyone else for their anger and abuse.

The sin of anger and abuse is passed down from generation to generation. The abuser threatens his victims to dare not tell anyone. When the secret is kept for weeks, months that turns in to years, the abuse is extremely destructive emotionally and spiritually which leads to ultimate physical abuse. If you are the wife or husband of an abuser, make the decision today to tell and get help. Do not allow fear to keep you paralyzed. God will help you deal with all consequences. The abuser feels more empowered the longer he ‘gets by’ with abusing.

You can dis-empower the abuser by refusing to be controlled by his threats. If you are the wife of an abusive husband, stop walking in fear – it’s your choice. Especially, if you have children you must expose the abuse to people in authority. Take major action. Expose the abuser to the pastor and to authorities if physical abuse is involved.

Don’t allow misuse of scripture regarding submission to be wrapped around your neck. We are to submit one to another in the fear of the Lord! (Ephesians 5:21). Christ loved us so much that he died on a cross to redeem us to Himself. He did not come to earth to abuse His Bride. Submission is based on the response to a loving husband who is a servant/leader like God, not a tyrant. God does not expect anyone to remain in a continual abusive relationship. Go to others for help.

I offer anyone in an abusive relationship one counseling call without charge to encourage you to get help – (636) 448-0121. I will be posting a video I taped on ‘STOP DOMESTIC ABUSE’ on you tube – Carol Clemans.

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible ‘treacher’ for churches/conferences. She provides nationwide counseling by phone & web cam – (636) 448-0121. Go to: http://www.carolclemans.org for info, teaching CD’s, 90 articles posted. Pastor Dieter Skowron of Johnstown, CO is the Clemans’ pastor. © Carol Clemans – August 2011

 

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