Spiritual Thinking

Joseph LephiewABC’s of Spiritual Living, Series, Sermons

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A great life, miracles, blessings, are born out of possibilities-with the notion that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE FOR YOU AND THAT YOU DESERVE ALL OF THE SUCCESS YOU ARE WILLING TO PUT IN THE EFFORT FOR.

FIRST CHALLENGE IS BELIEVING ITS POSSIBLE FOR YOU. SECOND IS BELIEVING YOU DESERVE IT. THIRD CHALLENGE IS PUTTING IN THE EFFORT.

God wants you and I to achieve and succeed and be so over the top blessed.

:“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us,”
EPHESIANS 3:20 AMP

This word says we have the potential, abilities, power to create amazing lives and change our world as we know it. You were created by God to do more, have more and be more to reach our world for Jesus.

So here is all this power and potential and yet so many believers and people still live very limited, lives.
Why?

If your feeling negative emotions you will not create anything positive. It’s the emotions we want to look at. When your emotional state is feeling stress, fear, worry, regret, resentment you are not thinking about opportunities, or your possibility. You won’t be creative or walking in faith or advancing or going forward in your life.

Negative Emotions keep you stuck and in prison that you and your negative emotions created. Great opportunities and moving forward go past you when you are stuck in the negative emotions.

When I ask someone what is the CAUSE OF THIER NEGATIVE EMOTIONS, anger, rage, frustration, sadness, sorrow, fear, disappointment, boredom, hate, annoyance, embarrassment, guilt, worry, you name it.

EVERYONE ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING OR SOMEONE TO BLAME FOR THE WAY THAT WE FEEL.

Your causes of your emotional pain are not circumstances, situations, or people who hurt or let you down. Most think this to be true.

God gave us emotions to help us to feel but they were never intended to lead us, or guide us or control us and our feelings and lives.

God wants us to take responsibility for our negative emotions. Every painful emotion that you have ever felt, are feeling now, and will ever feel in the future was, is, and will be SELF- CREATED BY YOU AND IS COMPLETELY OPTIONAL. EVERY PAINFUL OR EVEN UNPLEASANT EMOTION THAT CAUSES YOU ANY LEVEL OF INTERNAL STRUGGLE. INTERNAL STRUGGLE IS WHERE THIS BATTLE RAGES, IN THE MIND AND HEART.

GOD CREATED US TO BE POWERFUL, HE GAVE US THE ABILTY TO OVERCOME ANYTHING THAT TRIES TO OVERCOME US. WE HAVE THIS POWER AND ABILITY BUT MOST DON’T USE IT.

THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH BACK TO BACK TRAUMAS. I WAS RUSHED TO ER FOR EMERGENCY GALL BLADDER SURGERY. MY BLOOD PRESSURE WAS SO HIGH THEY COULD NOT OPERATE TILL THEY GOT IT LOWERED. NEXT DAY I AM IN SURGERY AND RELEASED IN A FEW DAYS. I AM TRYING TO WALK AND MOVE AND I FEEL MY LEFT LEG AND LEFT ARM BEGIN TO GET NUMB AND TINGLING. I GOT AFRAID.

I GOT AFRAID. MY GREATEST FEAR WAS HAPPENING AT THAT MOMENT. I AM RUSHED BACK TO ER VA THEY THE NEXT DAY RUSH ME TO BARROWS NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE AT SAINT JOSEPHS.

SO MANY TEST AND MRI’S, CAT SCANS, HEART IMAGING, VEINS TESTS ON AND ON. I REMEMBER AFTER ALL THE TESTS LAYING IN THE HOSPITAL BED WITH SO MANY IV’S WITH MANY DIFFERENT LINES. I WAS LIVING THROUGH MY GREATEST FEAR. STROKE/ HEART ATTACK. MY HEART RACED, IMAGES OF MY WIFE, MY DAUGHTER AND SON AND ALL MY GRANDKIDS AND MANY OF YOU HERE AT DCI RACED THROUGH MY MIND.

THE TEARS BEGAN TO RUN DOWN MY EYES, THE THOUGHT CAME THAT I AM GOING TO DIE, AND IF I LIVE MAYBER PARALYZED OR CRIPPLED, BLIND OR LOOSE MY SPEECH.

THE NEGATIVE EMOTIONS BEGAN TO FLOOD MY MIND AND HEART. FEAR, ANGER, HOPELESSNESS, GUILT. AT THAT MOMENT I STOPED ———

——I REMEMBERED I HAD BOTH THE RESPONSIBILITY AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE MY RESPONSE. I HAD A CHOICE TO CHOOSE A RESPONSE THAT WOULD DISCOURAGE AND DISEMPOWER ME, like this is not fair. God all I do for you, really. My life is ruined, on and on negative.

Or i could choose a response that would encourage me and empower me. I chose to be grateful for being alive. I chose God, hope, peace and I began to worship and praise through the night. I would play on my phone Dappy Keys piano worship.

The nurses would walk in and my hands would be lifted high.

I chose to not to hold on to my negative thoughts and emotions. I chose to accept my reality unconditionally AND BE FREE FROM MY NEGATIVE EMOTIONAL PAIN.

I chose to accept my new reality unconditionally. I have had two back to back traumas, the stroke was huge for me. They told me after I was released that the next 3 weeks would be critical for me. I was more susceptible to another stroke or heart attack.

Acceptance which is the opposite of resistance had become my emotional choice.

I was going to be fine even if was paralyzed, even if i went blind, even if I could not speak again. I settled the issue even if I died, I was at peace. I did not want of any of things, but if they happened I was at peace.

Many people get stuck in the emotional trap because they believe it’s the experience, circumstances, or event that has caused their emotional pain. The key is to except life as it is and move forward that’s the victory. That is the place of power and freedom.

There are people here you can’t seem to move forward because you blame someone, or some event or circumstance that happened. Even for years and years still bitter and never really getting better.

When you resist and wish you create the emotional merry go round. When you get off you are still at the same place.

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,”
PHILIPPIANS 3:13 AMP

Letting go of what is behind you, so you can embrace what is in front of you. If you can never let go you can never move forward in your life.

All that I can think of is how grateful I am. I was not happy that they told me that I could have another stoke or heart attack. I was not happy they told me not to drive till I am cleared by my doctors. I was not happy they told me I should never eat fried and greasy foods. I was not happy that they put me on medications. I was not happy eating super healthy. I was at peace no matter what happens.

My wife looks at me with tears in her eyes and she says, “you are so strong.” I just accepted and chose to move on no matter what happens. A lot of things don’t make me happy, but happiness is an emotion and emotions come and go. You can be happy and then the next minute you are not happy.

Being thankful and acceptance does something for us that is much more powerful than just feeling happy.

There are two types of emotions, positive and negative. Positive are like happiness, excitement, gratitude, love, and the like and they make us feel good.

Negative emotions like fear, anger, jealousy, regret, and resentment, make us feel bad.

There is a space between the positive emotions and the negative emotions that space is called the realm of inner peace. This is where you want to be or get too.

Inner Peace is not an emotion. It’s a state of being.

“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.”
PHILIPPIANS 4:6 AMP

Look at this thinking. I took this word to heart. No anxiety, no worries ABOUT ANYTHING. ANXIETY AND WORRY STEAL YOUR PEACE. IF YOU CAN NOT DO THIS THEN YOU WON’T DO PRAYER AND PETITION WITH THANKSGIVING.

GETTING STUCK IN THE NEGATIVE EMOTIONS CAUSES YOU TO GET STUCK, STOP GOD AND YOU STAY IN THE WOUND, HURT, OFFENSE, FEAR.

INNER PEACE IS A CONSCIOUS AWARENESS, ITS THAT SPACE IN BETWEEN THE NEGATIVE EMOTIONS AND THE POSITIVE EMOTIONS. IN THAT PLACE OF INNER PEACE WE CAN CHOOSE WHAT EVER WE WANT. THIS IS THE STARTING PLACE OF MIRACLES.

“And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].”
PHILIPPIANS 4:7 AMP

WHEN I CHOSE TO BE IN INNER PEACE I WAS FREE FROM ANY SELF-CREATED EMOTIONAL PAIN.
BY ME ACCEPTING WHATEVER, RELEASING ANY RESISTANCE AND UNNECESSARY PAIN IT CREATED A SPACE FOR ME TO FOCUS ALL MY ENERGY ON WHAT I COULD CONTROL, TO CREATE THE BEST LIFE I CAN IMAGINE, DESPITE MY NEW CHALLENGES AND CIRCUMSTANCES.

UNWAVERING FAITH: I GOING TO THE HAPPIEST MOST BLESSED AND GRATEFUL PERSON YOU WILL MEET NOW.