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“If it were pain-free, we would act.”

A thought by Kyle Idleman (2014-03-01) from his book, AHA: The God Moment ThatChanges Everything (p. 171). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Kyle goes on to say, “Most of us don’t want to act, because we don’t want the pain. So we put it off.”
And that was true of me.I hadn’t gone to the Doctor for over 6 years.I was feeling pretty good but I knew there were a couple of areas I needed looked at.I was feeling ok so I didn’t go.A few months back I was listening to a sermon by Rick Warren and he said that taking care of himself physically was a personal thing until he got to thinking about how important he was to his family and how they would feel if something happened to him.And that hit me where it needed to hit me.So I had my wife make an appointment for me to go to see the Doctor as a 69th birthday present for my family.
Now the spots on my head were skin cancer.And I get the biopsy report on whether I have prostate cancer tomorrow.…

“The truth is we need to obey God even when we don’t feel like it.”

A thought by Kyle Idleman (2014-03-01) from his book, AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything (p. 166). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
And we want the truth, don’t we?But the truth is, I don’t feel like it.  And there is my problem, I don’t feel like it.
But Kyle says, “When we obey God without the motivation to do so, our feelings will eventually catch up with our actions.”
He goes on, “I remember learning this lesson when we lived in California. One thing that stressed me out there was the traffic. I hated sitting in traffic. One day I was sitting in a line of cars not going anywhere, riding the bumper of the car in front of me. I honked my horn, hoping that somebody miles up the road would hear it and decide to go a little faster. I kept switching lanes, trying to move ahead a few extra feet, and I was completely stressed out. I knew this wasn’t what God wanted for me. He wanted me to be at peace. I didn’t feel at peace, so…

“I talk with people who say they struggle with a general sense of anger.”

A thought by Kyle Idleman (2014-03-01) from his book, AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything (p. 150). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Is that true of you?It probably is or it is for somebody you’re close to.That’s why the thought got your attention.
Kyle says, “When there is an awakening without action, it always leads to guilt. You feel guilty that you aren’t living your life in a way that is consistent with your convictions. Guilt almost always surfaces in anger. Anger, of course, is a secondary response.”
He goes on, “I talk with people who say they struggle with a general sense of anger. It’s not that they’re angry toward a certain person or about a specific situation; they just feel angry. They try to dismiss it. They say, ‘Well, that’s just the way I am … I’m just wired that way.’”Have you ever said that?
He then says, “If that describes you at all, then let me ask you a question. Don’t get mad at me, but is it possible …