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Sober since 1991 only by God's grace and the continued development of it.
Personal experience of over a quarter century with transformation, scripture study, mentorship, and a Masters Degree in Counseling.
Yet who I am is not important... Let us discern the word of God with truth, objectivity, perseverance, patience, endurance, courage, and diligence.
Philippians 4:8 [ Meditate on These Things ] Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whateverthings are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there isanything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Please, let us agree not to fear, judge, or have contempt for information which challenges us,
but instead, investigate, collaborate, reflect, test, and understand the truth.
Is that, which Jesus lived by, what we live by?
Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. NKJV
All heart, all soul, and all mind, all day, everyday, seeking to grow, obey, and experience God.
Improvement is possible for anyone who is ready to let go of self and increase in God.
When our ideas get in the way of following God's ideas, we ought to pause and think about it.
Set priorities ~ God 1st
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. NKJV
Self-deception is within us
(Do we place our personal biases, understandings, social conformity, or traditions ahead of God's guidance, instructions, grace, and commands? We are all victims of self-deception, preferences, poor choices, and irrational decisions based on selfishness. Avoiding this fact is choosing to live away from correction.)
Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. NKJV
Information bias (click on the psychology option)
Mark 4:19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
God exists within us
Psalm 37:31 The law of their God is in their hearts. NKJV
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit NKJV
John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. NKJV
Acts 5:32 And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” NKJV
(Each day, we ought to give all our attention to God's goodness, moment by moment, and think deeply upon God's character, definitions and meanings, what it feels like, and how we can put it into action.)
How the Bible describes God
Psalm 86:5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. NKJV
John 3:33 God is truthful NKJV
Psalm 86:15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. NKJV
1 John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. NKJV
Isaiah 9:6 And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. NKJV
Daniel 9:9 To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. NKJV
1 Corinthians 14:33 God is not a God of disorder but of peace NKJV
2 Thessalonians 1:6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you NKJV
Hebrews 12:23 to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, NKJV
James 5:11 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. NKJV
Psalm 73:26 God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. NKJV
2 Thessalonians 3:5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ. NKJV
Putting it all together
All heart, all mind, and all soul to love: Patience, Compassion, Justice, Peace, Truth, Mercy, Forgiveness, and Love.
That's what this site is all about. Increasing God's kingdom here and now.
Willingness to die to selfishness, to be the clay for the potter, and experience God's character is required each day. We must increasingly give more attention toward the Holy Spirit within us, to understand and correct the governing conditions within us, and learn to increasingly obey the Holy Spirit of God.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. NKJV
(Do our actions grow or increase peace with love?)
2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. NKJV
(Are we growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ?)
Are we waiting for something or someone to do it for us?
Those who seek with perseverance and endurance can find the answers.
How much of our time, attention, and effort is God worth to us?
Avoiding this question could be stepping away from God and toward emptiness.
Those who have only known emptiness would believe it is the norm.
Test this process and learn something new, different, beautiful, and Righteous.
You can always go back to how you are now.
"It's not that I'm smart, I just stay with the problems longer"
Our problems lie within our selfishness; fear/worry (not getting things our way), resentments and self hate, pride, need for approval from people, etc.
We ought to look at these problems long enough to create a plan for solutions, biblical solutions.
Then, of course, we hold ourselves accountable to see we act upon the solutions.
Once we get in the solution we share it with others to grow more & more.
4 Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach; and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, without any doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed. 7 For let that man not think that he will receive anything from the Lord. 8 He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then the lust, when it has conceived, bears sin; and the sin, when it is full grown, produces death. 16 Don’t be deceived, my beloved brothers. (WEB)
(Where we set our attention, our feelings and actions tend to follow.)
“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
John 7:6 Jesus therefore said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready. WEB
Train, learn, practice, listen, obey, follow, seek, grow, increase, demonstrate, rebuke, exhort, admonish, examine, correct ...
When ready click "I am ready to surrender my will to God"
This site highlights the action, but we each chose what action to take. Will we seek to love God with all our inward parts?