This was a good daily devotion from Rick Warren that I just read. It was a continued teaching from the Lord that flows well with the posting from yesterday, Moment of Choice. Here’s a quick snip from it –
God smiles when we obey him wholeheartedly. That means doing whatever God asks without reservation or hesitation. You don’t procrastinate and say, “I’ll pray about it.” You do it without delay. Every parent knows that delayed obedience is really disobedience.
Here is the devotion from Rick Warren, I pray it blesses you, in Jesus name, amen.
Within this mind, I see a few things taking place. First, there is the old man’s ways before accepting Christ into my life. The old habits, thought patterns, etc. The old identity’s thought patterns resurface at times. Such thought patterns always align with things of the world that were taught through societal influences such as family, friends, tv, etc (the fallen world through Adam). These thought patterns are a result of what the world molded me into thinking. They are me, my ideals, the flesh, habits, etc., but the root (the molder) came from things other than God.
Then, there is the new man, the new nature from being born again in Jesus Christ. Their are thought patterns which are in-line with the mind of Jesus Christ (the Word, Sword of the Spirit, etc). These new thoughts are righteous, good, and align with the character of God. It truly is the Word of God, Jesus Christ’s teachings, the Spirit’s unction, etc. These thought patterns are a result of what God molds. They are Him, His ideals, the Spirit, new habits, etc. and they come from God’s molding.
Lastly, there are outward things that come from situations, people, etc. These outward things will either line-up with the old nature or the new nature in-Christ. They end up being an influence on things of the world or things of God.
Thus, with these things in mind, I’m taking a look at the moment of choice. I’m going to dissect the very moment that I decide which thought patterns to choose and deny. At the moment of choice, one thought pattern is chosen and another thought pattern is denied. Ultimately, either we choose God and deny ourselves (the old man, the world’s ways, etc) or we choose the ways of the world and deny God. I pray the blogging of such will bless you in some fashion or another. In Jesus name, amen –
The spiritual battle in the mind sure can be tricky. Sometimes, I drown down the truth of God by silencing the conscious, and then replacing it with my own truth. My truth will conveniently not condemn me, thus my selfish choices end up fully justified and I can feel good about them. This post is about these mind games and how I deceive myelf –
This is amazing. A man, who was agnostic, contacted me. He was an old friend that I haven’t seen in 20 or so years. He wanted to meet with me as he traveled through Lansing on his way home. We sat down and had coffee. This is a testimony of God’s saving grace. All I can say is hallelujah –
I’m currently out of season. That Spiritual emptiness is upon me and I need to seek Him out. I have no interest in reading the word or prayer. This is a dangerous place to be.. been there, done that. That’s when the walls of our protection start to crumble and the enemy starts to hammer in. I covet your prayers.
The enemy is attacking, always. He is trying to deceive me in many aspects of my life. I don’t want to go to church… I don’t want to pray… I don’t want to read the word… I don’t want to blog… I don’t want to go to bible studies… So what do I do?! What is the best avenue to take? Do I obey what my flesh is saying? The past has taught me to put to death the deeds of the flesh and to press in. So here I go.. pressing in Lord –