Posts by Jim Jamison

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Suffering in Silence – Psalm 39

by Jim Jamison

While grumbling and complaining will lead to sinful bitterness, so will ignoring the hurt, by suffering in silence, or affixing a plastic smile to a broke heart. In Psalm 39 we see that David did not want those who did not know the Lord to misunderstand and possibly twist his words and justify all sorts of sinful behaviors, but that does not mean that David suffers in silence. He takes his grief and pain before the Lord and reveals his heart in verses 3-8. He acknowledges that “His hope is in the Lord” in verse 7, and lays the matter before Him. The key to navigating through the wrong extremes when responding to trials is to recognize and remember that God has a purpose. If we lack the wisdom to understand our trials we need to come before God, to gain understanding, not to accuse Him of being unfair, but to understand and see the plan of God in allowing these things to enter into our lives. God then brings people along in our lives to help us bear our burden. others cannot carry the burden for us, but they can come alongside of us and support us in the … READ MORE

The danger of a complaining heart – Exodus 15:22-24

by Jim Jamison

Doesn’t it seem that some people are professional complainers? Remember the children of Israel right after they finished crossing the Red Sea in Exodus 15:22-24, and the got out into the wilderness and began complaining about not having the water they wanted. God’s people are often incredibly skilled at complaining. We read in Philippians 2:14-16 Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless children of God without fault int he midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice int he day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.” We know that complaining is an extreme but what we do not realize is that complaining naturally leads to an even more sinful expression in our hearts: bitterness. Complaining piles on the clogged stream of thinking in our lives that causes us to lose perspective and direction, which makes a bad situation worse. What is the answer to overcoming complaining. First, remember what God has done for you in the past – He is the same, and He has promised that … READ MORE

The power of the tongue – James 3:1-12

by Jim Jamison

I remember while in Jr high I was sitting on the bleachers in our gym and a classmate came over and sat down beside me and said, “you know, if you were to fall of these bleachers, and kill yourself, no one would miss you.” Those words affected me for several years, until I came to understand the power of salvation. But even then, as I sit in my office this morning, I can still feel the sting of those words, as they come to my mind. James 3:1-12 reminds us of the impact of our tongue, and the fact that our words are really a reflection of our own hearts. The power of our tongues has the ability to encourage others to great heights in accomplishing more than they ever dreamed possible; or they can tear people down and cause them to live a defeated and crippled life. Never underestimate what a kind word will mean to those around you, never use your speech to tear a person down. Even criticism, given with encouragement can bring hope in a person’s life. Today, use your words to uplift those you come into contact with. … READ MORE