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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

http://www.ladiesministries.org – July 10, 2011

 

THINK ON THESE THINGS!

 

By: Carol Clemans

 

In times of distress, life’s major adversities, broken promises, devastation of dreams and/or our whole world falling apart, our thoughts about what is happening to us can be more destructive than the actual happenings. Every adversity will come and it will pass. It may take hours, days, months or many years, but time goes by, life happens and we somehow by God’s grace survive and will eventually move in to a new phase of life.  It all depends on how we think on these things.

God is the one who is faithful and changes not.  If we have God in our lives, it is our relationship with Him and the promises of His Word that gives us the strength to be an over comer from the adversities in life. Our thoughts create our feelings and we usually act out on how we feel.  Soooooooooooo – it all depends on how we think about our adversities and disappointments as to how we survive either in defeat or victory.

I’ve counseled many who have gone through divorce, but one young divorced mother of two was able to overcome her betrayals by looking at her life through the lens of God’s truth.  As we counseled by phone over a period of a few weeks, God helped me to walk her through the negative messages she had allowed herself to believe that were not true.  Because of the emotional abuse she had gone through, she was telling herself she had no future. The abusive lies she had been told were destructive to her thinking process.  The devil expanded those lies into mountains she thought she could never surmount.  Because she was divorced, she felt God would never use the abilities that He gave her for His glory again.

We started looking at what was God’s truth about her current life.  She had two precious children that were gifts from God.  She was not the one that sinned against God and her marriage. She had a career that was stable. She had hope and a future with God. As she focused on God’s truth, her emotional pain of rejection started dissipating.

Philippians 4: 4 gives direction: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice.”  This truth is not based on circumstances. When we have hope in God in this life and a promise for eternal life with Him, we have reason to rejoice in the Lord always. Paul further instructs in this chapter to think on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy.

We cannot always rejoice in our circumstances, but we can always rejoice in the Lord!  The devil has come to kill, steal and destroy. He brings adversity to those in ministry too. The adversity may continue for years and it’s only through keeping our eyes on Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith and His truth that we survive.

When circumstances seem overwhelming, we must get in to His Word and keep building our faith with God’s truth.  Everything that happens in our lives is not a surprise to God.  He knows our end from our beginning.  Through our adversities, we learn that we do have great faith when we remain faithful to God. You may still be in your adversity, but God promises that His peace will be with you.

The young divorced mom of two is still single but is determined to rejoice in the Lord daily and be thankful for His blessings.  She is laying her future in the hands of the Lord. Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  When we keep the loins of our minds girded with His truth, we can have victory in the middle of the storm. Where there is life, there is hope. His truth will bless our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

 

© Carol Clemans – July 2011

 

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible teacher for churches & conferences. She provides counseling nationwide by phone & web cam – (636) 448-0121. Go to: http://www.carolclemans.org for over 80 articles posted and her bio of 50-year ministry. Email: carol@carolclemans.org.

The Clemans’ pastor is Dieter Skowron of Johnstown, CO. Listen to: http://www.altonline.org for Bible preaching/teaching.

http://www.greeleygazette.com – July 7, 2011

 

WE ALL ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD

 

By: Carol Clemans

 

The court case that has been watched across the nation this week regarding the death and cruel disposal of a two-year old girl’s body ended with a shocking verdict of ‘not guilty’ for the young mother.  The mother was found guilty of lying on four counts.  Because there was no proof of the cause of death, she is not held accountable for the death of her child.

This mother’s great relief of escaping the death penalty for murder will only be short lived.  She will be accountable to God for her part in the death of her innocent, helpless daughter.   Many people live their lives as if there is no God. Truth does not matter to them.  This horrific real life story should wake us up to the godless society that we are living in.

What is your life teaching your children about truth? I learned about truth, integrity and honesty by observing my parents’ daily actions. We were taught to not lie with our parents being the living examples of truthfulness.

The Bible declares there is coming a time in the future that every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. The Bible also declares that all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire and brimstone.  Lying is just as deadly in the sight of God as murder.  God does not put ‘degrees’ on sin.  God will judge all sinful actions. It’s appointed unto to man once to die and then the judgment. None of us will escape death and none will escape judgment. Rev. 21: “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

The good news is that God came to earth in a ‘robe of flesh’ to be the final sacrifice for our sins. We do not have to be afraid of meeting Him in judgment when we choose to love and serve Him and be truthful in all areas of our lives now. We can be born again with a new birth experience that first happened on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2.  There’s a song that says, “Our hearts must be clean to meet Jesus. The Saviour who died on the tree. To purge us from every transgression. Our hearts must from evil be free.” I have no fear of being accountable to God. I serve Him because I love Him!

 

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 – http://www.carolclemans.org – over 80 articles posted.

 

© Carol Clemans – July 2011

 

 

 

 

http://www.ladiesminstries.org – June 2011 (Written for HOPE section – dealing with divorce issues)

 

BE FAITHFUL TO GOD

 

By: Carol Clemans

 

The current news about unfaithful politicians to their marriages is extremely disturbing to me.  I know betrayal of wedding vows has been happening for centuries, but it is still sin in God’s sight. Whether you are going through a divorce or recovering from one, betrayal of committed love is one of the most painful experiences of life.  These public examples that are in every news venue are not helping our children viewing good examples.

What are you doing to help your children with their value system when it comes to helping them understand how to be a future faithful spouse? I have counseled adult children of divorce. They share that trusting others is very difficult when their own parent betrayed their mother/father and them. Children are shocked beyond understanding usually at very young ages.

As the faithful parent, one of the most important tasks you have is to instill in your children that faithfulness to God in every aspect of life promotes faithfulness in a marriage.  Children must be taught that each of us is responsible to God for our own thoughts, feelings and actions. To prevent betrayal to a marriage is to be faithful to God.  When one is faithful to God – loving HIM with all our heart, soul, mind and strength – there will be no betrayal to a marriage.

When David of the O.T. was confronted with his betrayal, his first response was, “I’ve sinned against the Lord!”  This is what he should have remembered at the time of his adultery.  Joseph proved is faithfulness to God when he was tempted by Potiphar’s wife. As he ran away from her, he told her, “I cannot sin against the Lord!”

No matter how you were betrayed, you are able through the power of the Holy Ghost to be faithful to God in every area of your life and teach your children about genuine faithfulness to God.  Refuse to believe that divorce will hinder your ability to influence your children for godliness.  Now is your special privilege of turning your children’s hearts closer to the Lord.  Man may fail, but God never fails.

Many children are raised going to church but are not taught by example how to have a daily intimate relationship with God.  The survival secret of recovery from divorce is being faithful to God.  Yes, it will be tough as a single parent, but you can do it.  When we feel our weakest, God makes us strong by our turning to Him and His truth for comfort and guidance.

Reassure your children that you will never leave nor forsake God or them. Everyone has a choice to do what is right.  When a person makes a conscious choice to betray their spouse and children, they are also betraying God.

As the faithful parent, you will have a tremendous opportunity to show by your example what genuine faithfulness to God is in action. Make faithfulness to God your primary goal and God will give you the strength and wisdom to parent your children in faithfulness unto Him.

 

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible teacher for churches & conferences. She provides nationwide counseling by phone and webcam – (636) 448-0121 – carol@carolclemans.org.

Carol writes for http://www.firstladiesministries.wordpress.com, http://www.greeleygazette.com (Editorial – Carol’s Corner) and http://www.ibcperspectives.com. She is president of LIFE ENRICHMENT MINISTRIES, INC. 1437 N. Denver Avenue, Ste. #251, Loveland, CO 80538.

Pastors Dan Batchelor and Todd Gaddy are on her Bd of Dirs.  Go to: http://www.carolclemans.org  to order teaching CD’s. Over 80 articles are posted for spiritual, emotional and relational growth. Carol and husband, Rev. Harold Clemans, are part of Pastor Dieter Skowron’s church in Johnstown, CO.

 


http://www.greeleygazette.com – February 28,2011

 

I CHOOSE TO TRUST IN GOD

 

By: Carol Clemans

 

The world is full of chaos and strife including right here in America.  If we look around us at the events, we could become fearful.  There is nothing in this world that we can put our confidence in and feel a sense of security.  The only constant we have in our lives is our relationship with God and placing our trust in Him.

The definition of trust is: Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something. My trust is in the Lord God Almighty.  Trust is a total dependence upon the Lord. We must roll our issues of life on the Lord and believe that He has our best interest in the center of His heart and will.

If we trust God in the little things only, then we are not trusting God at all.  We are to hand our whole life into His ands and know that He does all things well. This does not mean that we won’t have troubles in life. God said we would have tribulations, but He said to be of good cheer because He overcame. But He had to go through the horrible pain of the cross before He could be resurrected.

There is a song: “I trust in God. I know He cares for me on mountaintop or on the stormy sea. Though billows roll, He keeps my soul. My heavenly Father watches over me.” We do suffer in this life. We have grief issues. We face sickness and death. But what is so wonderful for believers is that we go through these things WITH A HOPE! God is our strength, our provider and our ultimate healer in this life or into eternity.

I choose to trust in God! He is my foundation and will never crack or fall apart no matter what is happening in my life.  It’s worked for me for 56 years and He will never fail me. He will give me strength to endure every storm of life. God is in total control of everything that is happening in my life and in this world. I must daily make a choice to trust God.  If I do, I know God will work out His perfect will in my life and it will be for His glory!

 

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible seminar speaker. Carol provides nationwide phone & web cam counseling – (636) 448-0121 – http://www.carolclemans.org

 

 


First Ladies – for March 2011

 

BE A WOMAN OF GODLY CHARACTER

 

By: Carol Clemans

 

Attention, Ladies!! I want to let you in on a little secret that will make you all feel a whole lot better. The Proverbs 31 woman can be very intimidating at first glance.  This woman is virtuous and capable. She is more precious than rubies. Her husband trusts her and she will enrich his life. She will be his helpmeet. She knits, sews and crochets. This woman goes shopping with coupons and saves hundreds of dollars. This ‘morning person’ gets up before dawn and makes her family breakfast.

After making breakfast, she plans the day’s work for her servant girls. (I’ve told my husband when he gets me servant girls, I will call him, Lord! – smile). This talented woman is in to real estate. She buys a field and plants a vineyard. She makes the clothes for her family and dresses like royalty.  Her husband sits in the city council meeting with the other leaders.

It’s time to stop and tell you the secret.  I’ve done some study on this scripture passage and found that some commentaries say this Proverbs 31 woman is a composite of ideal womanhood.  When you read Proverbs 31:1, it lets you know that King Lemuel is sharing in this passage what his mother taught him about what he needs to seek in a godly woman for a future wife. No one woman did all these things. It was not what she did, but what she is that mattered most. She is clothed with strength and dignity as a result of her reverence for God. Her attractiveness comes entirely from her character. She speaks words of wisdom and is full of kindness toward others. A woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Her children and husband will rise up and praise her.

Psalms 139 tells us that God was in our mother’s womb when we were being created and designed all of our parts. We all have diverse talents and abilities. None of us can be everything described in Proverbs 31, but we can be exactly what God desires for us to be and do.  The most important trait of this woman is her godly character. It’s been the goal of my life since receiving the Holy Ghost 55 years ago to portray the character traits of the Lord Jesus Christ. What is God?  God is Love! The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. No matter what abilities or talents you may have, the most important thing you can do is allow the love of God to flow through you to touch the hearts of others. Do not compare yourselves among yourselves because God says that is foolish!  You are His special treasure and a ‘Jesus Design’ to be used for His glory!

 

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/Bible seminar speaker, author. She provides nationwide phone counseling (636) 448-0121 & worldwide web cam counseling through http://www.Skype.com. Go to: http://www.carolclemans.org for teaching CD’s, further info and additional articles. Email: carol@carolclemans.org

 

 

 

 

http://www.greeleygazette.com – Dec. 20, 2010

 

THIS CHILD OF BETHLEHEM IS OUR LORD AND OUR GOD!

 

By: Carol Clemans

 

Christmas season has always been an exciting time of year for me. I was blessed with parents who loved God, each other and us children. Jesus (who came in the manger as God in the flesh) was the center of our celebration. But I realize in this mixed up world we are living in many children haven’t even heard that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ! All they know is ‘Santa Claus is coming to town!’

We have the tradition of reading from St. Luke the 2nd chapter the story of Jesus’ birth just before we open our gifts. His birth was foretold by Isaiah the prophet of the Old Testament (Isaiah 9:6). He said that a child would be born and son given. His name would be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace. Jesus was the gift that came to earth 2,000 years ago.  His birth keeps on giving the gift of salvation as He went from the manger to the cross to the day of His resurrection.

Without His birth, life, death and resurrection, it would be impossible for us to have HOPE in this life or the life to come. The most precious gift we can give to our children is the gift of HOPE. Toys can be broken, but the gift of salvation can never be destroyed. The reason this gift is so important is that each of us has a soul that will live forever.

When Lucifer, who was created by God as an angel for worship, became prideful and wanted to be ‘as God’, God cast him to the earth with a curse upon him. Lucifer, the devil, knows his end will be living in an eternal Hell. He tempted Eve to sin against the Lord. When she succumbed to the devil’s temptation and enticed Adam who was with her, that act brought an eternal curse on the human race. BUT GOD, who knew before the foundation of the earth that HE would need to come as a sacrifice for our sinful state, already had the plans laid out to come in the flesh as a babe in a manger.

An angle appeared to Joseph (step-father of Jesus) and told him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife because the baby conceived in Mary was by the Spirit of God. He was to call His name JESUS for He will save His people from their sins.  A prophet of old said they shall call His name Immanuel – which is translated, “God with us” (Matthew 1:21 – 23).

The true gift of Christmas is knowing that baby Jesus was God robed in flesh who is our Lord and our God. It is our choice to receive the gift of His life, death and the resurrection. Before Jesus ascended unto heaven, He told the people to go to Jerusalem and wait for His Spirit. It did descend on the Day of Pentecost  (Acts 2). This is the true gift of Christmas!

 

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/ Bible seminar speaker. She provides nationwide counseling by phone/webcam – http://www.carolclemans.org

 

http://www.greeleygazette.com – October 31, 2010

 

WHAT DO I KNOW FOR SURE?

 

By: Carol Clemans

 

“In the beginning God!”  God is what I know for sure!  What a wonderful secure peaceful foundation to build my life upon.  When God created man out of the dust of the earth, He breathed into man the breath of life!  My life and times are in His hands.  Nothing happens to me that is a surprise to God.  Even though we know this fact, it seems to escape our thinking in our day-to-day life when the unexpected hits us.

God knew the date of my birth and He knows the date of my death.  Why should I fear what God has already planned? Especially, when I know in my heart that I have a salvation relationship with the God who created me that will carry me into eternity with Him.

We just came through the month of October dedicated to awareness of breast cancer. It was heart touching to see the old Jerusalem walls lighted pink in support of this theme on the Internet. I spent a week visiting a dear friend who is in her second round with cancer.  Daily we agree in prayer thanking God for her health and healing.

Inflammatory breast cancer was her first experience a year and a half ago and now she is going through another chemo round for tumors in her liver and lungs that are shrinking. Since we both have this foundational belief in God, it’s a blessed experience to share through tears, prayers, laughter and joy.  Yes, because we are human we do have some struggles with our emotions as we go through life and death issues. But, because we know for sure there is a God and we have a relationship with Him, He gives us the peace that passes all human understanding.

The Bible says that we should sorrow at a birth and rejoice at a death. If we could begin to understand God’s view: a newborn could suffer tremendous painful events in their future life, but one who dies is at peace with God and free from any further suffering awaiting the great resurrection into eternal life.

I know for sure there is a God!  That knowledge is based on a heart changing relationship with the Almighty God. I know I will spend forever with Him when I take my last breath. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord for those who KNOW HIM!  What do you know for sure?

 

Carol Clemans is a Cert. Pastoral Counselor/ Christian Life Coach/ seminar speaker. She provides counseling nationwide by phone/webcam – http://www.carolclemans.org

 

Written for PERSPECTIVES

I will behave wisely! Behavior is a choice!

Carol Clemans

We who have been in church for a while know that we all are accountable to God for every word and action.  Yet, there seems to be a deep chasm between knowing and doing.  In a supposed Christian home, abuse can happen from husband to wife and parents to children.  It is heartbreaking!!  How can we say we are Christian and act like the devil at home?  First, this creates a ‘double bind’ message for children.  They hear at church how to be Christ like and then they experience abusive actions at home. What they live is their reality. Actions do speak louder than words!

Psalm 101: 2 says, “I will behave wisely in a perfect way. — I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. Vs 3 – I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.”  These are statements of choice, “I will – I will – I will!”  Our behavior is our own choice.  We cannot blame another person for how we choose to act.  The word perfect means blameless in this passage. How we treat each other in the home is important to God. We need to make choices to be kind, respectful, good, faithful, temperate and gentle. Then we will have love, joy and peace in our family relationships. This is the Fruit of the Spirit in action!!

Our Christian homes should be havens of peace. No matter the stress or problems in life, I have no excuse to not ‘behave wisely in a perfect way and with a perfect heart within my house.’  Our homes are the first church our children experience.  We need to be ‘God-real’ in our homes. (Articles: http://www.ladiesministries.org – HOPE  section; http://www.greeleygazette.com – Carol’s Corner. Teaching: http://www.altonline.org – audio archives).

Carol Clemans is a Cert. Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach. Provides counseling nationwide by phone & web cam (636) 448-0121. Teaches at churches/conferences/retreats. Provides teaching/counseling ministry for Pastor Dieter Skowron in Johnstown, CO. For teaching CD’s: http://www.carolclemans.org

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