A good friend of mine taught me a wonderful principle to keep from crashing when I’m mountain biking: keep looking where you want to go as your bike will follow your eyes. If you want to avoid the deep channels in the trail focus on the part of the trail that goes around them, not the channel itself. Your wheel will go where your eyes go.
It’s the same with becoming more like Jesus. If you want off the sin-confession-sin cycle keep listening to Jesus (Heb. 12:2) with your eyes focused on the truths from His Word, rather than on where you don’t want to go, your drug of choice.
If you choose to put your filter down (the FREEdom Process) for any length of time (focusing on the channel) your life will go where you’re eyes are looking (the channel in the trail) and you’ll end up scrapping your knees and elbows on your drugs of choice.
Keep doing what got and keeps you free from your drugs of choice (Gal. 5:1): focusing on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith, and the truths from His Word, so you can continue to successfully navigate the deep channels off life and enjoy riding on your journey.
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In the book, Blue Like Jazz, the author makes a very profound statement. “Our behavior will not be changed long with self discipline (i.e. focusing on your behavior – my note), but fall in love and a human will accomplish what was never thought possible. By accepting God’s love for us, we fall in love with Him, and only then do we have the fuel we need to obey.”
Love is a very powerful motivator for life-change. Jesus calls us friends. This relationship can be nothing short of awesome and fulfilling if we choose to hang out and talk with Him wherever we go (i.e. living with a Biblical worldview). As our love grows for Him, the more we’ll want to be closer to Him and allow Him to remove what hinders or hurts this relationship (Heb. 12:1).
God demonstrated that you’re lovable when through the cross He said, “I love you!” Since you are lovable, let your Friend teach you to how to love Him. This love can melt the ice and give you the motivation and power to allow Him to change your life for the better.
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I know the truth we’ve been talking about all week that life change takes time is a bitter pill to swallow. We’d rather have had God change us yesterday. So what do you do while you practice processing your daily decisions through the truths at the point of the lies? Enjoy your walk with Jesus, your best friend.
Abraham left his homeland even though he didn’t know where He was going. Why? He was friends with God (James 2:23). He was given three very specific promises (Gen. 12:1-2) that never became reality in his lifetime. Why continue to walk with a God who doesn’t seem to keep His promises? Abraham enjoyed walking with his friend that’s why.
Abraham had a personal relationship with His God, which meant more to him than the end result of that relationship – goodies here or heaven later. It was about being with his God now as well as forever. Did Abraham have some bad days along the way? Sure. We have a world conflict today as a consequence of one particular mistake. Did Abraham have some good days? He sure did and became God’s example of a future Father-Son love relationship.
Yes it takes time to retrain your brain to think biblically in every situation you face. Yes it takes time to become more like Jesus. Yet remember the “N” principle: Never give up yourself – Jesus won’t. He doesn’t give up on us because we’re His friends (Jn. 15:15)! Rather than make living about what comes next, make it about living with your friend now.
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I was reading a book about the US Navy Seals when I ran across one of the many sayings they use to motivate each other. Keeping in mind that we are to process all sources of information, I became intrigued with this statement: the only easy day was yesterday. I had to admit it had me stumped. I went to their website to discover its meaning.
This phrase talks about what the weeks of grueling training teaches each potential Seal. It’s not only physical and mental strength, but it’s also about having the heart to continue on with the determination to do whatever they’re doing to the best of their ability. It’s the ability to dig deep and keep going despite how much they hurt physically or want to quit mentally.
The idea is that you keep pressing on toward the goal. Yesterday was easy compared to the changes needed to be made today. This is one of things Philippians 3:13-14 talks about. We forget yesterday with its victories and defeats and keep pressing forward to be like Jesus in the situations we face today. We can’t let yesterday hinder us in choosing to listen to and do what Jesus says to do today (i.e. a Biblical worldview).
This is further exemplified by the principle Exercise the truth. When it comes to life change, we won’t always feel like doing what Jesus says to do. We will not always think what He’s told us to do will work; but we take that step of faith anyway. As we do, we will become more like Jesus and with it, experience the joy and peace He has for each day, not just yesterday.
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There are a couple of hills behind my house that I usually walk around when I take my daily prayer walks. This time I sensed the Lord telling me to go up and over one of them. When I got down the other side, He showed me something. Yes, many times it’s faster and easier to go around the hills or challenges in our lives, but it is not always best.
When it comes to retraining our brains to process our daily decisions through the Word of God, we often want to take the easy route. This is not the meaning behind the principle Exercising the truth. We are to take the truths that result from our filtering process and practice them by faith, which has nothing to do with changing our circumstances.
Biblical faith is not about removing or finding a path around our challenges, the hills in our lives. No, biblical faith is about changing us. It’s about allowing the Spirit in the midst of our challenges to use them to make us like Jesus (Heb. 12:4-13). At times this will mean going over the hills not around them.
Will exercising the truth cause you to get a little winded? Yes. I was at I got the top. As I came down the backside of it, though, my breathing quickly returned to a normal rhythm. As you practice the truths at the point of the lie, rather than running around or away from your challenges, your faith will be much stronger and healthier. One worth having and passing on.
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