Trouble

Trouble

Sometimes we’re called to be in trouble by evil. Evil likes to tell us
that we’re in trouble. The evil one wants us to believe that we live in trouble, that we’re accused. What do you do? Pray.

James 5:13 says, "Is anyone among in trouble? Let him pray." Listen to this teaching to learn there is no trouble facing you today. Be uplifted to pray for answers and pray for others at work.

12 Minutes • 6 months ago

Episode Notes

What do You do When You Feel as Though Trouble Follows You?

Prayer: “Father we know that the name of Jesus is all we need, and may our behavior match our belief. Lord, that we might display right thinking in our work, that we might think on these things that are excellent and beautiful and above every other name. Help our thought level to be captivated by your thoughts. We pray for the mind of Christ in our work. Help us to be led by the power of your Holy Spirit. We press forward with great hope in our hearts for a week of success in ministry, life, in our relationships and certainly in our work. We bless your name and we all pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

Dr. Greene childhood memory: “I was thinking back to elementary school. I remembered what I call a squawk box, a little announcement box that the voice of a principal would come over every morning and make daily announcements. You would hear about special things, birthdays, special events. I remember that was the box that I heard about John F. Kennedy’s assassination. I remember where I was. I remember the announcement and can almost quote it word for word. It’s amazing how we remember the audible, and all five senses help us in our memory.”

“But I also remember hearing my name called over the box a few times. I didn't want to hear my name called over that box because it was usually followed by a little bit of a visit. It was like, ‘Steve Greene report to the principal’s office.’ It was always that deep, you're in trouble voice. And of course, the whole class doesn't help you because they're like, ‘Somebody’s in trouble.’ And then there’s the walk, the walk of trouble, going down the halls and finding the principal’s office.”

“Every single visit to the principal’s office turned out better than I thought it would. It was never the kind of trouble that I envisioned as I was making my way there. Usually, it was good news. Or, it was no news, something he just wanted me to do. But I remember it. There’s a reason for that. If I heard my name over the squawk box today, I would feel I was in trouble because that’s where evil wants us to hang out. There are people who want to believe that every call to visit, to chat, is a call to trouble.”

The Evil Accuser: “Sometimes we're called to be in trouble by evil. Evil likes to tell us that we're in trouble. The evil one wants us to believe that we live in trouble, that we’re accused. He’s the accuser and he wants to tell you how condemned you are, how hopeless and helpless you are, and to keep you feeling that way about yourself. Aren't you glad you are surrounded by others that tell us what the Bible says about us? What the Word says about our physical condition, our healing, our mind and about our work? Jesus is going to say to us that’s been handled, it was handled on Calvary. Sometimes we make our own trouble and we have to work our way out of it. But the evil one wants us to feel that we're in trouble all the time.”

Dr. Greene refers to James 5:13: Is anyone among in trouble? Let him pray. “I was surprised at how much this affected me. As we look at the trouble the week might hold for us, some tough meetings, some tough things to negotiate and tough clients. There are just things that are tough. That doesn't necessarily mean it is trouble, it’s just waiting for us and we have to handle it. We must go after it in a way that’s positive. Is anyone in trouble? Let him pray. There’s another word for it in the MEV, it’s suffering.”

“Are any of you suffering? Hopefully, trouble won't lead to suffering. Hopefully we won't allow ourselves to get to the place where we would call it suffering. I don't want to suffer, and I surely don't want to make myself suffer. You just get yourself all worked up and there is really no reason for it.”

Direct Instruction to Pray: “That’s because of our thought life more than anything else. That verse goes right on to say …. “Is any among you sick? Let them call for the church elders to pray.” Again, we get direct instruction to pray. At the first sign of trouble, I just feel like there’s a boogeyman around the next corner. Our hearts will cry out to God, ‘Lord, help me with this thought. You only mean these things for good.’ It’s not trouble, it’s not suffering. It’s something for me that I need in this moment and I’m going to see it, whatever it is, for good.”

Hearing His Voice: What God is Going to Do: “The other thing about prayer in trouble is that we acknowledge who we are NOT, and who God is. At that moment that we call out to God, we recognize our limitations. I’ll work hard, I’ll do everything I know to do, but I will still come to that place where there is a yield sign, and I’m going to yield to myself and accept everything God has for me. And to make sure I stay connected in such a way that I can hear him. When God calls me and I know that I hear His voice, what He has for me is what He is going to do. It’s always, ‘I’m going to do this. I’m going to add favor to your life. I’ll add this seasoning, I’ll cause the increase. You do your part, all that you know to do. Lean on Me when you don't have any understanding of what’s going on and watch me do what I do.’ His voice is so clear and so instructive of what He is going to do. If you have any doubt about that, the Bible is full of those promises of what He is going to do. We lean on him, we count on Him and we know that this week we can count on God to do what He said He is going to do. There is no doubt.”

James 1:5: “I pray for counsel. James 1:5 tells me that if I lack wisdom, I should ask God and it will be given to me. I ask God for wisdom this week and every week because I lack it. I like to think I walk in wisdom. I just have to ask God to give me the wisdom He is already probably speaking to me about. He’s probably already saying, I just have to press in to hear His voice. It’s not a recipe, it’s not mechanical, it’s just me being closer to God. If we have to have a method for the week, just press in to hear His voice.”

Unity Bring Us to Pray for Each Other: “As we pray for others, we do a lot better job in getting answers for ourselves. One of the greatest displays of unity in our company is when we pray for the needs of others in our company. We don't have silos. There are not groups in our hearts. We don't have division, we have unity. Unity is what bring us to pray for one another. If I know there’s someone who is troubled, we can help by praying. It’s so uplifting to pray for someone else when we need it.”

Forget About the Squawk Box: “When I was stuck in that hospital bed, most of the time I was there I was praying for others. You hear it all. If you're a child of God, all you can do is pray for them. We create unity with prayer. Who else will pray with me? The more we pray, the less trouble we have in our family. As we move into the holidays, we need to really increase our prayer life that our families will be bonded together. We are of one unified mind. We are here to minister to the saints of God. When God calls you and speaks with you, know that it’s His voice that’s encouraging you. Knowing that His grace is sufficient. If you really believe that, you'll never pay attention to the squawk box announcement that you're in trouble, come to the office.”

The Cross: “The cross will be of effect this week because that was the plan for God to restore His people. That’s what the cross was all about, a plan of restoration that we might again have fellowship with the Lord. What a privilege. There is no trouble facing us at all today.”

 

At Work With God Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steamer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media:

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

Dr. Greene leads a devotional every Monday morning for employees at Charisma Media, which is also broadcast on the Internet on Facebook Live.

 

Episode Notes

What do You do When You Feel as Though Trouble Follows You?

Prayer: “Father we know that the name of Jesus is all we need, and may our behavior match our belief. Lord, that we might display right thinking in our work, that we might think on these things that are excellent and beautiful and above every other name. Help our thought level to be captivated by your thoughts. We pray for the mind of Christ in our work. Help us to be led by the power of your Holy Spirit. We press forward with great hope in our hearts for a week of success in ministry, life, in our relationships and certainly in our work. We bless your name and we all pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

Dr. Greene childhood memory: “I was thinking back to elementary school. I remembered what I call a squawk box, a little announcement box that the voice of a principal would come over every morning and make daily announcements. You would hear about special things, birthdays, special events. I remember that was the box that I heard about John F. Kennedy’s assassination. I remember where I was. I remember the announcement and can almost quote it word for word. It’s amazing how we remember the audible, and all five senses help us in our memory.”

“But I also remember hearing my name called over the box a few times. I didn't want to hear my name called over that box because it was usually followed by a little bit of a visit. It was like, ‘Steve Greene report to the principal’s office.’ It was always that deep, you're in trouble voice. And of course, the whole class doesn't help you because they're like, ‘Somebody’s in trouble.’ And then there’s the walk, the walk of trouble, going down the halls and finding the principal’s office.”

“Every single visit to the principal’s office turned out better than I thought it would. It was never the kind of trouble that I envisioned as I was making my way there. Usually, it was good news. Or, it was no news, something he just wanted me to do. But I remember it. There’s a reason for that. If I heard my name over the squawk box today, I would feel I was in trouble because that’s where evil wants us to hang out. There are people who want to believe that every call to visit, to chat, is a call to trouble.”

The Evil Accuser: “Sometimes we're called to be in trouble by evil. Evil likes to tell us that we're in trouble. The evil one wants us to believe that we live in trouble, that we’re accused. He’s the accuser and he wants to tell you how condemned you are, how hopeless and helpless you are, and to keep you feeling that way about yourself. Aren't you glad you are surrounded by others that tell us what the Bible says about us? What the Word says about our physical condition, our healing, our mind and about our work? Jesus is going to say to us that’s been handled, it was handled on Calvary. Sometimes we make our own trouble and we have to work our way out of it. But the evil one wants us to feel that we're in trouble all the time.”

Dr. Greene refers to James 5:13: Is anyone among in trouble? Let him pray. “I was surprised at how much this affected me. As we look at the trouble the week might hold for us, some tough meetings, some tough things to negotiate and tough clients. There are just things that are tough. That doesn't necessarily mean it is trouble, it’s just waiting for us and we have to handle it. We must go after it in a way that’s positive. Is anyone in trouble? Let him pray. There’s another word for it in the MEV, it’s suffering.”

“Are any of you suffering? Hopefully, trouble won't lead to suffering. Hopefully we won't allow ourselves to get to the place where we would call it suffering. I don't want to suffer, and I surely don't want to make myself suffer. You just get yourself all worked up and there is really no reason for it.”

Direct Instruction to Pray: “That’s because of our thought life more than anything else. That verse goes right on to say …. “Is any among you sick? Let them call for the church elders to pray.” Again, we get direct instruction to pray. At the first sign of trouble, I just feel like there’s a boogeyman around the next corner. Our hearts will cry out to God, ‘Lord, help me with this thought. You only mean these things for good.’ It’s not trouble, it’s not suffering. It’s something for me that I need in this moment and I’m going to see it, whatever it is, for good.”

Hearing His Voice: What God is Going to Do: “The other thing about prayer in trouble is that we acknowledge who we are NOT, and who God is. At that moment that we call out to God, we recognize our limitations. I’ll work hard, I’ll do everything I know to do, but I will still come to that place where there is a yield sign, and I’m going to yield to myself and accept everything God has for me. And to make sure I stay connected in such a way that I can hear him. When God calls me and I know that I hear His voice, what He has for me is what He is going to do. It’s always, ‘I’m going to do this. I’m going to add favor to your life. I’ll add this seasoning, I’ll cause the increase. You do your part, all that you know to do. Lean on Me when you don't have any understanding of what’s going on and watch me do what I do.’ His voice is so clear and so instructive of what He is going to do. If you have any doubt about that, the Bible is full of those promises of what He is going to do. We lean on him, we count on Him and we know that this week we can count on God to do what He said He is going to do. There is no doubt.”

James 1:5: “I pray for counsel. James 1:5 tells me that if I lack wisdom, I should ask God and it will be given to me. I ask God for wisdom this week and every week because I lack it. I like to think I walk in wisdom. I just have to ask God to give me the wisdom He is already probably speaking to me about. He’s probably already saying, I just have to press in to hear His voice. It’s not a recipe, it’s not mechanical, it’s just me being closer to God. If we have to have a method for the week, just press in to hear His voice.”

Unity Bring Us to Pray for Each Other: “As we pray for others, we do a lot better job in getting answers for ourselves. One of the greatest displays of unity in our company is when we pray for the needs of others in our company. We don't have silos. There are not groups in our hearts. We don't have division, we have unity. Unity is what bring us to pray for one another. If I know there’s someone who is troubled, we can help by praying. It’s so uplifting to pray for someone else when we need it.”

Forget About the Squawk Box: “When I was stuck in that hospital bed, most of the time I was there I was praying for others. You hear it all. If you're a child of God, all you can do is pray for them. We create unity with prayer. Who else will pray with me? The more we pray, the less trouble we have in our family. As we move into the holidays, we need to really increase our prayer life that our families will be bonded together. We are of one unified mind. We are here to minister to the saints of God. When God calls you and speaks with you, know that it’s His voice that’s encouraging you. Knowing that His grace is sufficient. If you really believe that, you'll never pay attention to the squawk box announcement that you're in trouble, come to the office.”

The Cross: “The cross will be of effect this week because that was the plan for God to restore His people. That’s what the cross was all about, a plan of restoration that we might again have fellowship with the Lord. What a privilege. There is no trouble facing us at all today.”

 

At Work With God Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steamer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media:

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

Dr. Greene leads a devotional every Monday morning for employees at Charisma Media, which is also broadcast on the Internet on Facebook Live.

 

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