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Preparing to Stand- It's a Heart Issue

Dan Gabbert


Dan Gabbert

Mental/ Spiritual Wellness coach at Black Hills Health & Education Center



  • April 10, 2015
    10:45 AM


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Well I have to be honest with you I'm a bit trembling to be able to share what I'm going to share. I've got a lot of growing to do and the older I get the more growing I realize I need you for I think I was just blind and ignorant to my ignorance and lack of awareness of where the real issues in life are and that I'm grateful that God is gracious to us and keeps building us up in the most holy faith that we're willing to stay in the process. Jesus says in John eight thirty one thirty two if you continue in my word then are you my disciples indeed you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. It's a process. But anyway what I want to do in these two short sessions is first of all this first one just to actually share with you two. To actually build the case for what I believe to be the most important reason for preparing for the time of trouble Christ's return before the crises and then the second session this afternoon we'll actually be looking at the how to and the major ingredient that is missing in most of the preparation people are making as Christians. So with that we're going to get started. I'm going to share and move quite rapidly because I'm hoping that there will be a little bit room a little bit of room before we stop. Hopefully for questions. All right so here we go. The major event that crisis variously calling us to prepare for just again to refresh our memory. With what we're facing. Jeremiah thirty verse seven. Alas that is great. So none is like it. It is even the time of Jacob's trouble. But he should be saved out of it. I love that he shall be saved out of it. If I am a Jacob and there should be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation even to the same time and at that time again thy people shall be delivered. I want to be one of the people in N. I just really do. Here's a great controversy at six twenty two the time of trouble such as never was a soon to open before us it is often the case that trouble is greater in anticipation than in reality but this is not true of the crisis before us. The most vivid presentation cannot reach the magnitude of the ordeal. In that time of trial every soul must stand for himself before God and in that time of trial I want to be standing myself before God in a healthy place. Amen. This is so important so vital. Yet even in this challenging scenario the Lord encourages us to fear them not for I am with the being not dismayed for I invite God I will strengthen the yea I will help the I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. Again I want to be held in God's righteous right hand not just for a few moments now but for the rest of eternity in your Christian servants. One thirty six. There are stormy times before us but let us not utter one word of unbelief or discouragement. Not one word. We have no need we serve a mighty God an awesome Savior who is able to save us to the uttermost that come under God by here Amen. So here's the good news about this time of trial and trouble that is lying on the horizon. First of all Christ followers who are prepared will come out on the winning side. God is able to deliver. Amen. And number two I love it. It is the last trial that people of God will ever have to experience for the rest of eternity. Praise the Lord in that. Now here's the statement that gives us a little insight that I think's extremely valuable particularly when you see the physiological direction we're going with this. Christians should be preparing for what is soon to break upon the world as what kind of a surprise and overwhelming surprise. And this preparation they should make by diligently studying the Word of God and striving to conform their lives to its precepts. The tremendous issues of eternity demand of us something besides an imaginary religion. I'm so grateful I played with imaginary things all my life. And it's neat to have something solid unmovable and eternal to hang onto. What do you say in here is Christ promise Revelation three ten and eleven because they always kept the word of my patients. I also will keep you from the hour of temptation which will come upon all the world to try them that dwell upon the earth is not neat. Well the big why. Why. Most preparation for this extreme trial of our faith. The experience now as we gently move into this physiological stuff here where a kind of mercy here's a reason from the great controversy a reason why we want to prepare now. Those who delay a preparation for the day of God cannot obtain it in the time of trouble or any subsequent time. The case of all such is hopeless. That's kind of a scary statement but in reality what God is doing is he's calling us higher up saying hey I'm giving you time now let's let's do something about it. That's what this is all about great controversy six twenty. So let's look at the core ingredients involved in a victorious preparation experience for this time of trouble and of course Christ soon return. Human nature is three dimensional. And the very God of Peace sanctified you holy W H O L L Y I pray God Your whole spirit mental soul this is you'll see here in a moment is the spiritual dimension and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Look at that closely and tell me according to that. When does God want to preserve us blameless before or after his coming before his country. Praise the Lord. The nature of man the fundamentals of education through fifty seven the nature of man is threefold the training enjoined by Solomon comprehends the right development of physical intellectual and moral powers. Now we're going to just look at another statement that really kind of puts it together notice the parallels here I've got him in color. Since the mind in the soul the soul is a spiritual agent you'll see that in a minute. Find expression through the body both mental and spiritual vigor are in a great degree painted upon physical strength and activity notice all three dimensions they're connected they're intimately connected. What ever promotes physical health promotes the development of a strong mind. There's the mental and a well balanced character. There's the spiritual This is very interesting very Education Page ninety five and here of course I just. Just so that you didn't think I was a heretic by saying the soul was a spiritual agent when it comes to actually human nature. One statement in all of inspiration. That's it. But the law requires that the soul itself the spiritual agent so when it comes to mental health and stuff we're looking at the soul as being the spiritual agent. Be pure in the mind holy that's the mental that all the thoughts and feelings shall be in accordance with the law of love and righteousness I just stuck that in because I I wanted to make sure you didn't think I was a heretic or were good. Now I want to give you a little secular mental health research some of the discoveries now that are not even recent anymore they've known this for quite a while but they really pertain to us preparing for Christ's return. Extremely important. Dr David Burns from his famous book called Feeling good. Most of you've probably seen this book or read it but he's right on a very biblical. Your feelings are created by your thoughts not the actual events. All experiences perk up. All experiences must be processed through your brain and given a conscious meaning before you experience any emotional response. Beloved what God wants is to teach us is to stay faithful to him. When to all outward appearances it looks like everything's against us and all is lost. This is very very important. Another one from Dr Daniel Amen from the book Change Your Brain Change Your Life when you just think a negative thought without challenging it. Your mind believes it and your body reacts to it. Notice the internet connection there. I just think a negative thought and your mind believes that your body reacts to it. You know in First Corinthians thirteen five in the in the picture of God's character of love there. It's very interesting in verse five it says Love thinks no evil. This is very interesting in the original design our brain was never designed to think an evil thought. And of course this is now science is validating that. How far can this harvest of feelings take a person. Dr S. I'm not millon in his book none of these diseases right in the preference shares something very very contemporary peace does not come in capsules. This is regrettable because medical science recognizes that emotions such as fear sorrow envy resentment and hatred are responsible for the majority of our sicknesses. Estimates vary from sixty percent to nearly one hundred percent actually Blue Cross Blue Shield statistics here from a few years ago they were saying eighty seven and ninety two percent of all physician office visits are for stress related ailments and of course it all starts here the way I'm hearing things. So recognizing. Yes this is very important now watch what he says after this emotional stresses can cause high blood pressure toxic go it or migraine headaches arthritis heart trouble gastro intestinal ulcers and other serious diseases too numerous to mention. And watch what he finishes it with. As physicians we can prescribe medicine for the symptoms of these diseases but we cannot do much for the underlying cause emotional trouble. Now please understand where is the emotional tremor coming from. From what we've just learned from what I'm thinking about the circumstances I'm facing what. Dr Amen now another statement because I think this is valid it's spirit. It's very spiritual actually. Every time you have an angry thought and unkind thought a sad thought or a cranky thought your brain releases chemicals that make your body feel bad through the H.P.A. axis the hypothermic pituitary adrenal axis your thoughts directly affect your in every cell in your body. Now what's so interesting in the good news is this every time you have a good thought a happy thought hopeful thought or a kind thought your brain releases chemicals that make your body feel good. Awesome praise God You probably heard this one before. I'm very hard to have good like a medicine but a broken spirit this is the New Living Translation. A cheerful heart does good is good medicine excuse me my typo there but a broken spirit broken mind saps a person's strength. And it's being validated all over. There's just a lot of research showing that now. All right so here are the three dimensions we're going to move now into how this applies to actually preparation. First of all when we talk about spiritual We're talking about relationship with God healthy and healthy. It's still the moral dimension of our nature our convictions about what is right or wrong actually determines my mental viewpoints. The way I perceive things how I think and feel about life experiences. And that determines my physical responses how I cope with life how I deal with circumstances that I am confronted with which affects the health of my brain function. I want you to see this. I'm going to give you the cycle in a moment. I want to share what Dr Medley says in his book Proust proof positive most of you are aware of the book but he says they are the main causes of compromised frontal lobe function are improper lifestyle habits. Now you understand the frontal lobe. It's the heart of the mind. If you took a Strong's Concordance and looked up every place in the Bible where the word heart is used you discover something interesting. It's actually talking about the frontal lobe where your power of choice is located your conscience is located your intellect your ability to process information your judgment right there behind your eyes. Here's the cycle of life. Everybody has it. You can start it. Any one of these spots anywhere and it moves to the next the cycle is there. So let me just start today with health the health of my spiritual experience with God actually determines the health of my moral values. The health of my understanding of what's right and what's wrong that actually determines the health of my moral values actually determines the health of my mental perceptions. The way I think and feel about life's circumstances this here actually stimulates and produces and develops the way I respond to life's circumstances including the care of my body my food choices exercise habits sleep habits relationships with other people directly effects and of course the health of this lifestyle directly affects the health of my brain function. Now you can go back and forth any direction you want to but these are all interrelated you cannot separate them. It is the cycle of life that everyone is in one way or the other. Now watch as close I'll give you an example just in a minute. When a person is confronted with any situation in life the way he thinks about their situation theirs is mental THE POINT will be based upon what he believes to be right or wrong about that type of situation. That's my spiritual moral convictions. Which will directly affect my physical responses to that circumstance and also the way I cope the way I do I take care of my own body the way I treat other people. Are you following. Let me give you an example. We have Wally world's Walmart's up in our area. I don't know if you have him down here but a very very famous I'm walking through the checkout line at Wal-Mart waiting for my turn to pay for the items that I haven't. I glance across the aisle and I see a young man in the next aisle just quietly looking around like this quietly slip an article from the display case stick it in his pocket and I see it. Now this is hypothetical I have strong moral values from God's word so. But hypothetically I think stealing is OK I've done it myself and that's my habit. Stephens OK OK I look at their circumstance I see the circumstance I see him slipping something into his pocket. I know exactly what he's doing so I see the circumstance. I think about it based upon my moral values my moral values are pretty bad and I think stealing is OK And so my response. The young man stealing. Good job good job young man. Wal-Mart needs to die. Are you following now or less. Same scenario. High moral values Christian in love with Christ. All right I see the same circumstance. I process my moral values. I think about it through my moral values which I believe stealing is very devastating not only for that young man but for Wal-Mart. And my response is totally different not my responses. Young man are you going to pay for that or are you going to try to walk out. He says look I said well you go ahead because you'll probably have the police out of the parking lot I just made a call on my cell phone. Are you following. My response is totally different based upon the way I thought about it which is based upon my moral values. What I believe is right and wrong. Does that make sense. OK Very good. Depending on a person's daily choices this three dimensional life cycle that we've just seen can become extremely vicious and damaging or it can become very victorious and very healing and very silly. If I can use that term Here's the unhealthy cycle and a healthy spiritual life produces unhealthy perceptions produces an wholesome lifestyle produces an unhealthy brain function. Because I'm certainly not going to care for my body if if this stuff isn't in fact I can tell you from my experience before I became a Christian I wish I could take about eight years of my life back. I thought I would be in better shape today because of that. But reality is unhealthy brain function then promotes more unhealthy experience produces more unhealthy thoughts more unhealthy wholesome life and it's like this. And there is a vicious cycle. I'm sorry I've got at least put this before you. Before we get to the healing spot on healthy moral convictions encourage unhealthy perceptions of life which encourages unhealthy responses physical responses to life including the care of my body which promotes unhealthy brain function which leads to more unhealthy perception and response more unhealthy brain function encouraging three dimensional weakness and disease barriers. Got it. Everybody this is very important. It's this spiritual mental physical cycle of life is what produces the habits of character by which a person responds to every circumstance he faces and hears victorious lifecycle as my experience with Christ girls my perceptions of life change. They become more Christ like more wholesome which then changes my responses to life circumstances I can tell you anybody and we've all experienced it. As I understand different things about God new things about him it really changes the way I view people and events right. Sure it was Wow And of course that improves brain function as well as I realize my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in me. This is not my own I'm bought with a price. Wow and I started learning more about my health and of course as I practice said it improves my brain function. It promotes healing which promotes this I feel better about my relationship with God I feel better about life and this here just is victorious and it's healing. Praise God. And here it is in another blob of colour. Healthy relationship with Christ encourages healthy perceptions encourages healthy responses which results in healthy brain function which encourages peace instead of turmoil happiness. Instead of sadness. Confidence and courage instead of anxiety and fear anticipation and optimism instead of depression. Whatever our age or condition this habit forming cycle will promote healing and hope and I say praise the lord amen. I mean what an awesome thing to actually discover this cycle of life and know that I can actually do something about the circumstances I'm facing that will directly affect all three dimensions of my nature. And again best of all this healing cycle of living is producing a victorious three dimensional habits of response to the unknown difficulties that lie ahead for God's people. The goddess in this watch this close now. Never forget the thoughts work out actions repeated actions forming habits and habits form character upward look page eighty nine desire of Ages three eighty two day by day God instructs his children. By the circumstances of the daily life he is preparing them to act their part upon that wider stage to which is Providence has appointed them. It is the issue of which test everyone. The issue of daily test that determines their victory or defeat in life's great crises. Ministry of healing for ninety. I'm really nailing this I hope you don't mind. This is so vital. Only by acting upon principle in the test of one life daily life can we acquire power to stand firm and faithful in the most dangerous and most. A difficult position. It's all right. I'm almost done by the way because I want to have some room to talk about this. I want you to see the physiological reason why the habits of response we form now are so vital to our preparation for the overwhelming surprise that lies ahead. This is from Dr Howard Pierce's research in the owner's manual for the brain. When we become emotionally charged as in the fight or flight response the return activating system between your frontal lobe. There's just so it's I forget the name of the brain part but any way it's a switching system that turns the thinking brain on and off and switches the animal brain or the lower brain stem on or off it's switching. But when you are involved emotionally charged I.E. when a surprise takes you the IRA has shut down the cerebral cortex or learning brain for all practical purposes when the cortex is shut down we proceed on automatic pilot where instinct and training take over. In other words the body's stress response to a sudden unexpected threat. Christian should be preparing for what is soon to break upon the world as an overwhelming what a surprise. The body's stress response to a sudden unexpected threat shuts down the administrative activities of the frontal lobe as the limbic system responds to the surprise threat. I'm the habits that have been formed in previous responses to daily circumstances of life. Oh in those moments of extreme trial a person is no longer able to hide the real condition of his heart. You'll see that this afternoon. This gives us a little insight into what Christ meant when he tells us but there's nothing covered up that shall not be revealed and hid that shall not be known. The twelve to thoughts from the mount of blessing. Page sixty. The season of temptation under which it may be one falls into grievous sin does not create the evil that is revealed but only develops or makes manifest that which was hidden and latent in the heart and going over to help me now in every circumstance I face to practice the mind of Christ to practice the responses of Jesus. It's vital. Peters experience just as an example in the garden with a semi You know that was the hour of the surprising hour of trial for the disciples of Jesus day and then Jesus said under Then he told them he told his disciples all you shall be offended because to me this night force right now smite the shepherd and the sheep shall be scattered but after that I'm Christian I'll go before you into Galilee I'm so grateful he is always encouraging it come on we're going to come out on the other side I'm going to meet you there. But Peter said TWO AND A HALF the whole shall be of I would have loved to see Peter just to love the scene is just stupid. Although everybody is going to be offended not me no way. And Jesus said to him Verily I say unto you that this day even in this night before the cockroach twice I shall deny me thrice. But he spoke the more vehement leads and Peter spoke even stronger Can you just see it just as if I should die with you I will not deny you in any wise. Likewise said all the disciple wol Here's what desirably says about Peter's experience when Peter said he would follow his Lord to prison and to death he meant it every word of it but he did not know and so hidden in his heart were elements of evil that circumstances would fail him into life. Unless he made was made conscious of as a danger. These would prove his eternal ruin the savior saw in him a self-love an assurance that would over bear even his love for Christ. You know Jesus Jesus is so incredibly gentle. I'm going to stop here just for a moment because I'm almost done but let me ask you a question. Jesus made Peter where he told Peter he said Peter you're going to deny me when the cock crows a couple of times you're going to die and deny me three times. He was letting Peter know hey Peter there are some growing up to do here. Come on how is it that God actually does that for us on a daily basis. How is it I want you to be aware of this. Here's how he does it. Circumstances that come up on a daily basis. This is close now. Your response to those circumstances actually. So he is revealing if your response is unhealthy to you know you or your wife says Honey I'd like for you to do the dishes because I've got something I need to do and all of a sudden in your heart I'm going to be on the outside your nice cool calm and collected all of your honey but in your heart are you following your heart response is actually Jesus is doing the same thing for you and for me as he did for Peter. He's actually making me aware of actually who needs growing up in my experience. Make sense everyone. Sure OK and the rest of the story of course. When when Judas in the crowd came to hate Jesus. Reality is when they took Jesus all the disciples forsook him and fled. They all left. No wonder Jesus told us to look sixteen ten he that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. I think he was going way deeper than just the outward responses heavenly places to twenty six. It is the little things of life that develop the spirit and determine the character. Those and neglect the little things will not be prepared to endure severe tests when they are brought to bear upon them. Remember that the character building is not finished a life ends its not finished. I'm aging. I guess we all are. Looking forward to an eternal body in mind. Looking forward to it but reality is as long as we are alive. Every day is an opportunity to grow more like Jesus in there. How important I'm going to bring this to a close now how important is this heart preparation. Jesus told the parable about the builders one built his house on the rock great one built his house on the sand right there for whosoever hears these sayings of mine and does them I would like an ending into a wise man which built his house on a rock and the rain descended and the floods came. I'm kind of thinking he's talking here about the time of trouble. I don't know what you think but the floods came the winds blew and beat upon that house and it fell not. It was founded upon a rock. I say praise the Lord we can build on a rock. Point being is this preparation for trouble must happen previous to this can commencement healthy habits of perception and response to difficult life circumstances difficult circumstances are formed previous to the trial by consistent practice in the daily circumstances God allows us to experience what do you think. Because when the overwhelming surprise hits this thing this thing and this thing doesn't make choices it just responds according to her only by acting upon principle and the test of daily life can we acquire power and stand firm and faithful in the most dangerous and most difficult positions. Praise the Lord. Now is the time a man knows the time. OK Great news by God's grace. It's in our loving faith filled cooperation with this spirit we can learn Christ victorious and healing habits of response to daily experiences of life. Amen. Good News Review and herald April twenty five one thousand nine hundred ninety eight is by learning the habits of Christ that self becomes transformed by taking his yoke and then submitting to learn on us daily through healing Christ like choices of perspective and response we can turn in a vicious cycle of life into a fear destroying victorious cycle of healthy Christ like preparation not only for future trouble but also for eternity. By the way what do we take into eternity anybody tell me what's the only thing and what makes up our character. It happens and when we are forming crisis like habits Christ like ways of viewing the circumstances of daily life when we are practicing walking in Jesus' footsteps. We are actually forming physiologically we are forming habits that we can take with us into eternity and I say praise God in and there it is healing knowledgeable love relationship with Christ through His word develops healthy perceptions about life circumstances wholesome Christ like thoughts which then just enhances my lifestyle with godly responses health care the body and mind which then enhances my brain function healthier brain function which then enhances my love relationship with Jesus. In this media was brought by Adil powers a website dedicated to spreading God's word. Three sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more sermon legalism W.-W. W. dot audio Verse dot org.


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