New Creation

You’ve been living the world’s way. How’s that working for you? Actions are the harvest of our thought life. Deut 30:19 Choose life. John 10:10 Thief comes to kill, Jesus comes to bring life abundantly. What was overcoming me, I am now overcoming. “I’m not where I need to be but thank God I’m not where I used to be.” It is an ongoing process. Knowledge does not make me spiritual. Look at the Pharisees. James 1 warns against hearing and not doing.

Col 1:13-14 Delivered from the power of darkness. Purchased. 2Cor 5:17 New creation. Remade.  Will the battle ever end? No, but we will reach new levels, deal with different strongholds. What are my automatic reactions? We were traveling and I grabbed the toothpaste from my travel kit. I was going to comment to my wife that it was the worst toothpaste I had ever tasted when I turned over the tube and saw it was Benedryl anti-itch cream. I was on auto-pilot. Knowledge doesn’t change me. I must get it down into my soul, renew my mind, change the way I think. Salvation is in an instant, character must be worked out. Get in the battle. Ever pray “Oh God, change me!” God will not change me it is up to me to change.

Will I play church or experience true transformation. Stick with it. Talk and act in new creation life. Overcome or be overcome. Rom 8:37 More than a conqueror. 1Cor 10:12 Take heed how you stand. Rom 12:2 Msg “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.” How I live is based on my thoughts. Prov 23:7 As a man thinks in his heart so is he.
Prov 6:6-11 The ant is self motivated. If I am lazy, complacent, stopping at “good enough”,  I will not grow. Something must rise up inside. Phil 2:12 Work out salvation with fear and trembling. “It’s too hard.” Christianity is not for the weak. World medicates with alcohol or drugs. That is weakness.

Eph 4:22-24 vs 23 Ampl Mind renewal is not one time. Constantly. Vs 22 Msg everything of the old life must go. Is there an area that is hands off: porn, unforgiveness, pride? Open up to the light and experience freedom. Rom 6:14 Sin no longer has dominion.

Finally, take it easy on yourself. Change doesn’t happen overnight. Rom 8:1 Condemnation doesn’t help us to change. 2Cor 12:9 His grace is sufficient when we fail. Romans 2:4 The goodness of God leads men to repentance. Little by little. Moving forward. Grow together. Draw strength from others. Prov 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

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