Keep it simple doing achievable goals each day
We grow God in our hearts and minds through our participation and focus upon God's love, truth, forgiveness, mercy, peace, patience, compassion, and justice.
Pg. 85 “Our part in this transformation, in addition to constant faith and hope in Christ, is purposeful, strategic use of our bodies in ways that will retrain them, replacing the “motions of sin in our members” with the motions of Christ. This is how we take up our cross daily. It is how we submit our bodies, as a living sacrifice, how we offer the parts of our body to him as “instruments of righteousness”… Often when we come to do the right thing we have already done the wrong thing, because that is what was sitting in our body “at the ready.” Dallas Willard “the Great Omission”
Our Selfish ideas vs. God's Righteousness
Our choice... our responsibility
Selfishness, self-seeking, self-centeredness, and selfish ambition are destructive ways
Philippians 1:17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.
2 Corinthians 12:20 For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.
James 3:14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.
We ought to take the position of a student; listen, obey, follow and rely (God not man).
John 3:30 "He must become greater; I must become less.”
Psalm 37:11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.
Zephaniah 3:12 But I will leave within you the meek and humble. The remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the Lord.
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Where our thoughts and hearts go our spiritual condition follows. Thinking about love, participating in it, watching for examples of it, talking about it, sharing it, desiring it, and making it the highest priority in all our activities is to live by righteousness. Transformation begins with our choice to make God the center of our thought-life. We learn God's commands first by understanding how to define them correctly and second by practicing them. Once we know them we can obey them. When we fully understand them by definition, experience, and the grace they produce, we then may understand the harm from not following them. We will desire to follow them because of their beauty. God's righteousness lived out from within us, lead by the spirit and our hearts, heals, restores, and brings salvation.
God's Righteousness offers us salvation, but we must increasingly incorporate inwardly
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Romans 1:17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
Romans 1:32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
Romans 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
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.
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Philippians 3:21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Learn, study, discuss, and participate in God's principles. Demonstrate the principles and be the light of God.
Seek God, speak to him, listen for him, participate in his instructions, and follow his principles from the heart.
Serve others in God's love, listen to feelings, understand the heart and its condition for it motivates and urges.
Rebuke others gently in love. Keep an open mind for misunderstanding, carefully examine self for error.
Examine self daily in meditation and prayer. Reflect on principles of God and selfishness to see which is being practiced. Examine thoughts, rational, beliefs, inward dialogue and messages we use all day long to guide us.
Communicate with brothers and sisters who are doing the same regularly. Build intimate relationships with others.
Always be aware of temptation, pray for help, and confess it.
We avoid perfection because only God is perfect. We avoid control over results, but take control over our choices. Our journey is about continued improvement, learning from mistakes, correcting error, and understanding hurt through which Godly principles of mercy, forgiveness, compassion, and humility may be shown. Thank God for our imperfection!
One day at a time
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.