WINDOWS ON THE WORD - Newsletter of Tim Greenwood Ministries
Diminishing The Darkness ByLifting Up the Marvelous Light Of Jesus Christ

From The Editor ... by Tim Greenwood - For March 2007

Greetings partners and friends,
Why Worry?  Worry, is like sitting in a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere.  Worry is the advance interest you pay on troubles that seldom come.  Worry is a fast getaway on a wooden horse. It is like being on a vicious treadmill.

Nine times out of ten, the worrying about something does more damage to the one who worries than the thing he or she is worrying about.

Modern medical research has proved that worry breaks down resistance to disease. But, more than that, it harms the nervous system, particularly that of the digestive organs and of the heart. Concern is needed to keep us on track with our responsibilities, but worry, like stress, is a killer.

An examination of 500 patients in a British clinic showed that more than one-third of their visual problems were caused by emotional tension. And a survey of 5000 university students showed that worriers get the lowest grades.

The word "worry" comes from an old Anglo-Saxon word meaning to strangle or to choke. While we need to be attentive to life's concerns, worrying about them "chokes" the joy out of life. Worrying is like driving a car with one foot on the accelerator and the other foot on the brake.

One antidote for worry is trust and trust is a choice. When things aren't going well and you are prone to worry, keep praying until the storm passes, "Dear God, I choose to trust you in this situation no matter how I feel." In time your feelings will catch up with your choice and the worry gives way to calm.

Meaningful worship, supportive relationships, sharing your feelings with a trusted friend, physical exercise, proper diet, deep breathing relaxation exercises and sufficient rest all help - PLUS learning to pray about the causes of your worry and not just the symptoms is a major key in learning to win over worry.

All the water in the world, however hard it tried, could never, never sink a ship, unless it got inside.
All the hardships of this world, might wear you pretty thin, but they won't hurt you, one least bit, unless you let them in.  

Window On The Word ... by Marcia Greenwood

Is Your Conduct Worthy Of The Gospel?

Whatever is happening in our lives – whatever – the Bible admonishes us to conduct ourselves worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It’s fairly easy to do this when things are going well for us, but what happens when some trials or obstacles come our way.  Do we step out of the love, pushing it on a “backburner” for a while?

Do we act on our flesh or emotions instead of our spirit man inside of us?  Oh yes, it can be so very easy when someone is coming against us in an ungodly manner, to instantly react and respond in the same way.

God expects us to give a kind answer, one that will calm a stormy situation, not give an answer that will stoke a fire.

Our command in the New Testament is Love. Mat. 22:37-39 - Love the Lord thy God with your whole heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.  Our neighbor is anyone who comes across our path.

How can I do this, you may ask?   So many things happen unexpectedly!  Yes, that’s just how Satan wants to trip us up.  But we can be ready and prepared at all times. We can keep him under our feet, where he belongs.  Resist the temptation to act out of love.  The Bible says in James 4:7 to “Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and “he will flee.”

If reacting from your flesh or emotions is an area in your life that you are “working on”, then be sure to put on the armor of God and learn how to use it (Eph. 6:10-18).  This way you can be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. (We have a product catalog on our web site.  You may order the CD sets - The Whole Armor of God and Care And Feeding of he Mind, these will help teach you.)
2 Cor. 10:4 - says, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

If walking outside of the love walk has been a stronghold or even a minor roadblock in your life, then you can get rid of it – forever.

We have the power of the Holy Spirit in us.  We have the fruit of the Spirit in us, all encased in love.  Joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, faith, meekness and temperance come forth from this fruit of love.

The Bible, in Phil. 4:13 says, “I can do ALL things though Christ Jesus which strengthens me.”  The anointing and power inside of us enables us to do all things.

This month I want to encourage every one who reads this newsletter to take each one of the fruit of the Spirit and work to develop it fully in our lives.

For instance:  Take the fruit of joy or begin with one that you need to work on the most in your own life.
Take a week or month, if need be and work to develop that particular fruit on a day-to-day, hour-by-hour and minute-by-minute basis.

In the morning, right after waking up begin speaking to your self.  Command your body to come under your soul (mind, will and emotions) and command your soul to come under your spirit.  Then command your spirit to listen only to the voice of the Holy Spirit, who will guide you.  Do this as many times throughout the day as needed.

Purpose in your heart to act in joy (or the fruit you are currently working on), no matter what situation presents itself during that week or month.

Read the Word daily.  Look up the particular fruit you are working on to perfect and see what the Bible says to do.  Read books or listen to CD’s that will help you develop the fruit of the Spirit in your life.
(TGM web site has an article entitled “Walking In The Fruit of the Spirit” that will be of help.)

Prov. 4:20-22 tells us to attend to My Word.  Let it not depart from your eyes; keep them (the Word) in the midst (middle) of your heart.  For they (the Word) are Life to all who find them and Health to all your flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.

Out of the abundance of the heart, our mouths will speak.  So if the Word is in our hearts then we will respond in a godly way, with the fruit of the Spirit evident in our lives, all in a conduct worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ.      (Read the entire article on our web site –  

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