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, experience, examination, patience, endurance, courage, and diligence.
There is more grace to be had...
Hebrews 5:13 NKJV For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
(Reason of use means we learn through experience)
Experience... righteousness, faith, love, peace with a pure heart
(not perfection, but progression)
2 Timothy 2 NKJV
22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
Thinking is required
Philippians 4:8 NKJV [ 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.
That which is greatest for God ought to be our greatest priority
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
2 Corinthians 10:5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
We ought to practice introspection to improve awareness of out thoughts. We can choose to think differently and change our attitude. We govern how we behave based upon what we choose to believe. Many live life unaware of their choices. We can learn more about choices we do not see or understand. More choices means more possibilities. Our behavior not only can change, but we change it all the time depending upon contexts of who we are around etc. We behave one way around our parents, boss, pastor, or police, and another way around our peers and friends. We may also behave differently when alone. So we can choose to behave in different ways in different settings. We can even learn new behaviors that can better our lives. Living more in alignment with God's character does make life easier and more rewarding.
How we perceive the world around us and our role in it affects our attitude and behavior. God's teaching in the Bible describes in many books and in different ways how to think and behave. There are stories of success and failure. Many characters in the Bible learn through success and failure. Their experience teaches them.
James 1:19 NIV My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
We ought to have an ability to discern truth and deception. This too takes experience and learning.
Romans 16:18 NIV For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
1 Corinthians 3:18 NIV Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.
Acts 14:22 NIV strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.
Self-deception is within us: Excuses, rationalizations, & justifications.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
(Do we place our personal biases, understandings, social conformity, or traditions ahead of God's guidance, instructions, grace, and commands? Are we victims of self-deception, preferences, and irrational decisions based on what is known as cognitive bias?)
Ephesians 4:23 NLT Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
Colossians 3:10 NLT Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
God is truth. And truth is truth whether it is scientific truth or spiritual truth. We ought to avoid dismissing truth because it does not come from a man at a church. Instead, let us learn to discern truth no matter where it is. God is in all things.
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?
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