Keep it simple doing achievable goals each day
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
Matthew 23:25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. NKJV
Romans 2:8 but to those who are self-seeking, and don’t obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, will be wrath and indignation, WEB
Philippians 1:16 The former insincerely preach Christ from selfish ambition, thinking that they add affliction to my chains; WEB
Colossians 2:23 Which things indeed appear like wisdom in self-imposed worship, and humility, and severity to the body; but aren’t of any value against the indulgence of the flesh. WEB
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. NIV
2 Timothy 3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, WEB
Titus 1:7 For the overseer must be blameless, as God’s steward; not self-pleasing, not easily angered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for dishonest gain; WEB
James 3:14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t boast and don’t lie against the truth. WEB
James 3:16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every evil deed. WEB
2 Peter 2:10 but chiefly those who walk after the flesh in the lust of defilement, and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries; WEB
We ought to take the position of a student; listen, obey, follow and rely (God not man).
John 3:30 30 He must increase, but I must decrease. WEB
Acts 5:29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. WEB
Hebrews 5:9 Having been made perfect, he became to all of those who obeyhim the author of eternal salvation, WEB
1 Peter 4:17 For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God. If it begins first with us, what will happen to those who don’t obey the Good News of God? WEB
Psalm 37:11But the humble shall inherit the land, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. WEB
We ought to begin each day or event setting our hearts and minds toward God's goodness. 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 God's 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 can bring salvation.
God's righteousness/grace offers us salvation, but we must increasingly incorporate and participate in it inwardly
Matthew 6:33 33 But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. WEB
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. WEB
Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. WEB
Matthew 5:20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, there is no way you will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. WEB
Romans 1:17 17 For in it is revealed God’s righteousness from faith to faith. As it is written, “But the righteous shall live by faith.” WEB
Romans 1:32 who, knowing the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them. WEB
Romans 14:17 for God’s Kingdom is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. WEB
1 Corinthians 15:34 Wake up righteously, and don’t sin, for some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame. WEB
Romans 12:2 Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God. WEB
2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face seeing the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit. WEB
Philippians 3:21 who will change the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working by which he is able even to subject all things to himself. WEB
Learn, study, discuss, and participate in God's principles. We cannot follow what we do not know. Practice and 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, just as Jesus demonstrated.
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 and his perfect ways!
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.