Cleaning out confusion

can-stock-photo_csp4841113  A short time ago I was asked to visit a home with a pastor,  where the family said they were being frightened by a an apparition, (of course we knew that if there were something it would be a demonic spirit not a ghost.   Each had a story of hearing or seeing something. The one most bothered was a young teen girl. The first thing to do was check on their salvation. The girl seemed very unsure so I asked the pastor to witness to her while I looked at her room.

The room was one of confusion, fear and despair. Thewritings, pictures, posters spoke of depression, suicide, anger and as I said confusion. The girl received Christ as her Savior. One thing I then told the mother and daughter that they should do is clean and repaint the girl’s room by clearing out notes, posters and such that spoke confusion and by repainting the room in pleasant, cheerful colors. My hope was that when she entered her room it would be a feeling of peace rather than encouraging the feelings of confusion and depression. As I walked tonight, traveled a portion of the path I have not walked since before my surgery. It was grown up badly and before I knew it, I was in the middle of thorns and briars that had choked away the path. This is when the Lord spoke to me that each of us must clean out our room (our souls) daily for if we do not, our hearts and minds will begin to overgrow with confusion, depression and fear. It does not take long for the path of our heart to be filled with the thorns and briars of sin and the wisdom of this world. The girl’s room, the path, our hearts must be cleaned and kept clean daily so that we do not become filled with fear and confusion. James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.


By Bob Hooker

On November 8, 1975, while sitting in his dorm room at Memphis State University, Robert Hooker realized he was miserable deep inside. He really didn’t have anything to live for. He had seen several of his friends die while in high school and college and knew that he too would face death someday. Robert’s heart was in turmoil as he picked up a small Bible and started to read. God’s Word was foreign to Robert and it was hard for him to understand; just as he was about to close the Bible he spotted some verses in the back of the Book. After reading these verses he understood that he was a sinner, and deserved to go to a place called Hell. Robert knelt beside his bed and asked Jesus Christ to save him and give him eternal life. Robert realized for the first time that Jesus Christ was truly the Son of God, and had lived a spotless life. He realized Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and rose from the grave, just so he could have eternal life. Robert graduated from Memphis State and went on to work at Trinity Baptist Church in Collierville, Tennessee as the Youth Pastor. While attending this church, God called Robert to preach and he, his wife and two daughters moved to Indiana to attend Hyles-Anderson College in January of 1982. Robert graduated from Hyles-Anderson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Theology in May of 1985. Later, Robert received his Masters in Pastoral Theology. Bro. Hooker has been working at Hyles-Anderson College and in the ministries of First Baptist Church since 1985. In 2005 Bro. Hooker was given a Doctorate of Divinity by Dr. Jack Schaap. Dr. Hooker is the Sr. Vice President and a Professor at Hyles-Anderson College. Dr. Hooker teaches the Faith and Family Sunday school class at the First Baptist Church of Hammond. 1985 - Demerit Counselor 1986 - Part-time staff member at the church and director of the Sailor Ministry 1990 - Athletic Director and part-time faculty 1996 - Full-time faculty 2001 - Dean of Married Students 2003 - Dean of Student Counseling 2006 - Sr. Vice President

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