My Addiction – Recovery – Part 22

Posted: August 28, 2012 in My Addiction
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“Most people in America, when they are exposed to the Christian faith, are not being transformed. They take one step into the door, and the journey ends. They are not being allowed, encouraged, or equipped to love or to think like Christ. Yet in many ways a focus on spiritual formation fits what a new generation is really seeking. Transformation is a process, a journey, not a one-time decision.” – David Kinnaman

Peaceful Living – Comes from Acting on Basic Biblical Truths – Structured Into A Program For Daily Life

LIVING AT PEACE WITH MYSELF

Step #7 Involves the transformation of my character.

For me this step co-exists very closely with Step #6 and in fact seem to be the same but they are not. Being ready to drive and actually driving are two different things as is being ready for God and actually accepting God, two different things. i suppose these two steps need to be #6 and #7 kinda like baby steps so that they do not overwhelm me in the process. On your mark, get ready, set, go! 1 John 1:9 says, If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] AND [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

So what does that look like in my everyday life? Am i just to admit and poof!…. it’s all done for me? Romans 12:1-2 seems to lay out the details of transforming my life beyond the confession of my sin. So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. INSTEAD, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Changed from the inside out, HOW? Fix my attention on God!!! By not becoming so well-adjusted to my culture that i fit into it without even thinking.

The next sentence says that i am to readily (promptly; quickly; easily) recognize what He wants from me and then quickly respond to it. That readily recognize can be an issue sometimes. Often i am wandering around in search of. There are times when i feel like i have no clue. But then those could be the times when my attention is not fixed on Him and thus i am not changed from the inside out but from the outside in.

And there it is in a nutshell. Clear and simple, in Step #7 this portion of the journey is to fix my attention on God and be changed from the inside out.

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