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GOD’S WORD QUICKENS MY SPIRIT

By: Carol Clemans

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Every time I read the Word of God, it quickens my spirit! I love His Word! It’s a lamp to my feet and a light to my path! We need to be ‘eating’ the Word of God every day. I opened to the book of Romans (NKJ) the fifth chapter today. We know “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. God’s love was poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” We learn in verse nine, “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”

We need not be worried about living in the end times. The next prophecy to be fulfilled is the coming of the Lord in the air. The dead in Christ will rise first and we that are alive will be caught up with them to meet the Lord in the air and we will be forever with the Lord! What a marvelous hope!

As I read in chapter six of Romans, Paul shares that we have been buried with Christ in baptism into death. That is the death of our sinful nature. Because Christ rose from the dead, we should “walk in newness of life.” Since our ‘old man’ was crucified with Christ, we do not have to be slaves to sin. I’ve heard people say, we all sin every day. I do not agree with this statement. I do not on purpose sin every day. We have to rise above the mentality that it is impossible to be Holy as He is Holy. His Word says we can be Holy. It’s the choices that we make each moment of the day.

Paul continues in Romans 6:11 – “Likewise you also, reckon (come to the conclusion) yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Vs 12 – Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.” Yes, temptations may enter our mind, but we do not have to submit ourselves to the temptation. God promises us that with “every temptation He will make a way of escape.” The problem comes when we choose to not take the way of escape.

In the book, Breaking Free, Russell Willingham stresses the point that when the temptation comes we have a choice to either go the cross (Jesus Christ) or go to the crutch (Satan’s temptation). If we choose to go to the cross and surrender our hearts and will to Him, we can be Holy as He is Holy. This is presenting our self to Him as a living sacrifice that is our reasonable service.

I pray that every reader will hunger and thirst for His righteousness. God promised to fill our souls. It is our choice.

(c) Carol Clemans – February 2010

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible teacher for churches & conferences. She provides nationwide counseling by phone & web cam (636) 448-0121. Go to: http://www.carolclemans.org for bio, teaching CD’s and new book, GOD’S DESIGN FOR MARRIAGE. Rev. Harold & Carol Clemans are part of Pastor Dieter Showron’s church in Johnstown, CO.

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http://www.ladiesministries.org (HOPE section) February 2012

GOD’S TRUTH ABOUT REJECTION

By: Carol Clemans

The grief coming from rejection is one of the most painful emotions that can be felt by the human heart. When a spouse chooses to walk away from a marriage for whatever reason, he/she is drawn away by his/her own lust. (One exception to this statement is someone who is being abused – they have every right to get out of the environment and seek a safe refuge and help for the marriage.)

I’m addressing this subject directed to the rejected spouse of a marriage that began with two people loving God first and then each other. The feeling of rejection is so overwhelming; they tend to take the blame for the broken relationship. But I must draw your attention to a scripture that God put in my heart as I was pondering this subject.

James writes about temptation in James 1:14 & 15 NLT – “Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.” The King James Version says we are ‘drawn away by our own lust.’ The word lust does not necessarily mean just sexual sins. As we read above in the New Living Translation, lust can be ‘our own desires’ for whatever is sinful. How does this relate to divorce? When a spouse chooses to leave a marriage, it does not happen overnight. As the scripture says, temptation comes from a personal desire. The enticement pulls on the heart of the spouse long before his/her outward actions. The desire gives birth to sin.

When the prophet confronted David about his adultery, he said, “I have sinned against the Lord.” What every rejected spouse needs to understand is this: If your spouse left you because of his/her sinful desires, they first rejected God and sinned against Him. You can receive comfort from the thought it was not you they first rejected; it was GOD! God hates divorce. It is not His plan for a marriage.

When our heart is drawn away by our own lust, we cannot blame anyone else for our actions. This does not mean one spouse was all bad and other all good. This means that the spouse who chooses to leave a marriage (other than for abuse) is allowing their personal selfish desires to control their actions. If a marriage had both spouses following the heart of God instead their selfishness, any problem can be overcome by the willingness to wholly submit to God and seek help for the health of the marriage.

The departing spouse who is following his/her desire allows the enticement to drag them away from the marriage. Rejection is emotionally painful for the remaining spouse and God feels that same rejection. Children of divorce can feel rejected too. Many times the children take the blame that belongs to their departing parent.

There is a death of the marriage when sin is allowed to grow in the spouse who is drawn away by his/her own lust. There is also a spiritual death in the heart of the one who is drawn away from God’s design for marriage. God still gives all people choice, just as He did to Adam and Eve. Ungodly choices can bring emotional pain to others.

Grief is real and it takes a great deal of time to go through the grief process. Rejected spouses must continually remind themselves that God was rejected too and knows your pain and is the healer of the brokenhearted. Refuse to remain in the rut of the rejected emotion. Your departed spouse does NOT have the power to define you. It is your own perception about yourself that defines you through God’s truth. You have a choice to say, “There must be something wrong with me. I’m a failure. I will never be happy again —-etc., etc.” Or, you can choose to say, “This rejection feeling is very painful, but I’m going to get through this. I will be an over comer. God loves me. My value and worth comes from God, not my departed spouse.”

We are ‘transformed by renewing our mind’ with God’s truth. God plus you is a majority. You can do all things through Christ. His own rejected him. His own received Him not. Even though God came from glory and robed Himself in flesh to become the supreme sacrifice for our sins, the majority of the world rejects Him still. Broad is the way that leads to destruction and many are on the broad way. Narrow is the way that leads to life and few will find it. This is God’s truth. This is God’s truth about rejection. He is the healer of your broken heart. He will never leave you or forsake you. God is your strength and you will survive and live in victory. The choice is yours.

 

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible teacher for churches/conferences. She provides nationwide counseling by phone and web cam (636) 448-0121. Her new book, GOD’S DESIGN FOR MARRIAGE, is based on the Word of God describing in easy terms the secret to a marriage that enjoys love, joy and peace. Order info is at: http://www.carolclemans.org plus over 100 articles posted. Contact Carol to schedule seminars or counseling by phone or email: carol@carolclemans.org

FOLLOW THE HEART OF GOD

(Our Words and Actions Reveal Our Heart)

By: Carol Clemans

The Lord wants us to live out of a pure holy heart as unto Him. This begins in the home with our spouse and family members. How we talk and treat other people reveals what is in our hearts. What we are in the home is our true self. The foundation for a healthy spiritual heart is based on the greatest commandment. In Mark 12, we read Jesus’ own words when challenged to the greatest commandment. He repeated the commandment out of Deuteronomy 6 that we are to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength. Then we are to love our neighbor (anyone in our lives) as we love ourselves.

The definition of heart from Strong’s #3820 is “intellect, awareness, mind, inner person, inner feelings, deepest thoughts, inner self.” When you study the definition of soul and mind you find ‘heart, soul & mind’ all overlap into each other. If we are to love Him with our whole being, it means all of our thoughts, words and actions. God is love. Romans 5:5 tells us that “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost.” If we are the temples of the Holy Ghost which is God in us the hope of glory, we must allow His character traits to invade our actions and words.

My heart is deeply disturbed by what I see in the church as I teach and counsel His Word nationwide. Many sitting on our pews are complacent about their relationship with God. They came to God in the power of a salvation experience of water and Spirit, but over a period of time they become casual about their relationship with God. We either have a Godly heart allowing His Spirit to be on the throne of our heart, or our heart follows the world and our selfishness is sitting on the throne of our hearts. This is manifest by our words and actions. Paul was very direct in his letter written to the church in Galatia. True Christianity is living by the Spirit and not by our selfish nature.

When we love God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength, we will not be involved in the works of the flesh listed in Galatians the fifth chapter. There are 15 acts of sinful nature that includes sexual sins, idolatry, drunkenness, hatred, quarreling, envy, wrath and strife. Paul said if you do any of these things you shall not inherit the kingdom of God. That’s a strong truth! We cannot act sinful and expect to be glorified at His coming!

Over the past 20 years, I’ve counseled many in the church who have allowed anger, strife, bitterness, envy, sexual sins and jealousy to destroy relationships. Yet, they will come to church and put on their ‘spiritual’ face and think they are getting by with their worldly actions. We cannot serve God and our humanness at the same time.

Our sinful nature must be put to death by the power of the Holy Spirit. Love, joy and peace happens in a marriage, family and friendships when we are longsuffering, gentle, good, faithful, meek (having your strength under God’s control) and display self-control. I call this being Holy Ghost controlled. It’s living in a God-conscious state of mind at all times. It is refusing to allow our emotions to control what we do. We submit our emotions to God and allow the Fruit of the Spirit to reign in every area of our lives.

I know this is possible because my parents were saved as teenagers and allowed God to be the center of their lives when they married at 19 and 23 years of age. They enjoyed almost 62 years of marriage before death separated them. I was raised in a home with love, joy, peace and respect toward one another. God gives everyone a choice. We can choose to be Holy Ghost controlled if we submit to God instead of our selfishness.

Jesus taught with his own words in Matthew 15 that it’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you. You are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth. The words you speak from the heart—that’s what defiles you. From the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying and slander. These defile you. In Matthew 12, Jesus teaches that a tree is identified by its fruit. For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. We all must give an account on judgment day for every idle word we speak. Our words will either justify us or condemn us. WOW! That’s a powerful statement.

Luke 6:45 states, “For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” So our mouth/words reveal what is in the heart – either good or evil. If we follow the heart of God (God is Love) then we will fulfill I Corinthians 13:4-7, NLT – “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” If we are following the heart of God, we will be holy as He is holy in our spirits and actions. We will not hurt other people with a cruel, critical tongue. We will not be selfish and allow anger and jealousy to control our attitudes. We are to reflect the glory of God in all that we do. I am determined to follow the heart of God.

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http://www.greeleygazette.com – January 6, 2012

GOD IS THE GIVER OF LIFE & FORGIVER!!

By: Carol Clemans

Since Roe vs. Wade, we’ve had over 50 million babies murdered from their mothers’ wombs. That means we’ve had over 50 million ‘mothers to be’ who have had to live with the haunting memories of the abortion. God is the giver of all life starting at the time of conception. God is also a forgiver of sin. He came to earth in a ‘robe of flesh’ and became the supreme sacrifice for our sins on the cross over 2,000 years ago.

Mothers, who have had an abortion, or maybe more than one, carry heavy guilt. They have told me so. Many feel great sadness on the anniversary day every year of their aborted baby. The most sorrowful mother is the one who aborted a baby in her young years. Now she is married and wants children but because of health problems in her reproductive system caused by the abortion, she cannot get pregnant.

This is the ‘dark side’ of abortion that no one tells the pregnant mothers who go to Planned Parenthood. I’ve never had a mother who aborted a baby say they were happy they had an abortion. It’s impossible to celebrate the murder of a baby. For mothers who have genuine regret for having an abortion need to understand that God forgives all sin.

When we come to God with genuine repentance, He is faithful and just to forgive sin. Peter tells us how to be saved in the book of Acts. It is the history of the New Testament church that started over 2,000 years ago on the Day of Pentecost. God desires a repentant heart. HE says, “Go and sin no more.”

Your enemy, Satan, wants you to believe the lie that God will not forgive. The devil wants everyone to go to hell with him. I’ve read the end of THE BOOK. God has already won total victory over death, hell and the grave. Don’t be a loser with Satan. God is love. He loves the sinner, not the sin. God came to earth to give us abundant life and a hope of eternal life with Him. God wants to heal your broken repentant heart and have a close relationship with you. He is the giver of life and the forgiver of our sins.

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible teacher for churches & conferences. She provides confidential counseling by phone & web cam nationwide – (636) 448-0121. Go to: http://www.carolclemans.org for bio, CD’s & book. Email: carol@carolclemans.org.

Spiritual Growth – written for PERSPECTIVES – March 2012

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Help the ‘walking wounded’ in your church.

By: Carol Clemans

In my over 50 years of being in ministry starting as a 14 year old Sunday school teacher, I have observed the ‘walking wounded’ in our churches. My father, the late theologian Raymond G. Theobald, was my pastor. Families in the church came from broken homes and relationships. After salvation, they still carry the pain of emotional dysfunction.

Today because of all types of abuse, addictions, and generational dysfunction, we have people sitting on our pews with the new birth experience and emotional pain that they keep hidden that robs their joy of the Lord. For this reason, God-based counseling based on God’s truth is what brings healing to hurting hearts.

As I provide counseling nationwide through phone & web cam, I apply the scripture in Romans 12 that says we are ‘transformed by renewing our minds.’ Sometimes, we need another view about the facts of our lives. I say, “What is God’s truth about your situation?” The pain of change is greater than the pain to remain the same. People need help in knowing how to forgive and how to set healthy emotional, spiritual and relational boundaries. They need the willingness to go through the greater pain of ‘growing up’ through God’s Word.

My new book, GOD’S DESIGN FOR MARRIAGE, is full of scripture helping the hurting to know how to submit to God in their personal lives and willingness to ‘submit one to another in the fear of the Lord’ in their marriage. I share parenting issues and how to keep sexually pure, etc.

Through http://www.Skype.com I do co-counseling with pastors in helping their people. I know that with a willingness to submit to God, all people can see hope in God’s truth to bring healing to hurting hearts and relationships. One church is scheduling a young married’s seminar through Skype at their church. We can teach through Internet technology and take questions. This saves the church extra expense. They will bless me with a ministry offering and save the expense of my travel, housing and food. I offer this nationwide to all churches.

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible seminar speaker for churches & conferences. Go to: http://www.carolclemans.org for CD’s & book order, over 100 articles posted. For counseling call: (636) 448-0121. Rev. Harold & Carol Clemans’ pastor is Dieter Skowron of Johnstown, CO.

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