The Theory of Learned Helplessness is a “theory in psychology which alludes to a human condition in which one has learned to behave helplessly even when the opportunity is restored for one to help oneself ”. Some of us have brought these tendencies into our Christian walk. We can unlearn these tendencies by recognizing them and by receiving God’s blessing by giving ourselves the gift of controlled and focused thoughts.
God promises us tribulation, trials and troubles in our life, but he also promises us peace. This is not peace as the world defines it but the "peace that passes understanding". However certain things get in the way of our obtaining that peace, such as: pride, selfishness, past failures, the difficulties of being a Christian and lack of faith that God is leading us the best way. There is another dimension of faith that we can tap into.
For those of you who are newcomers to NRCC or this website, you did not have a chance to hear many really great messages and series that Doug has delivered in 2008 like “Dancing with the Divine”, Hard Times and Finding God”, “Sin’s Just Not that Big a Deal” and “The Crazy People who Live […]
Spiritual discipline is any activity I can do that will help me to do (or become) what I cannot do (or become). There are kataphatic vs. apophatic approaches to spirituality. This is also reflected in how God presents himself. Centering prayer is letting go of our thoughts and surrendering ourselves. Our thoughts are not reality, they are simply our choices. What are we missing because we are not "programmed" to look for it (by our choices and/or our training)? Everything we need from God we have been given and it is within us. We should not get angry with God