Inward Authority offers training which conditions the heart, mind, and soul toward Godly activity which brings wisdom, fruit of the spirit, healing, grace, and salvation. It requires truth, self-discipline, tolerance of discomfort, willingness, effort, and humility. It is biblical and in agreement with psychological and educational theories. Experiencing this training will in the beginning feel awkward, confusing, challenging, and may evoke uncomfortable feelings. Our current beliefs, ideas, and expectations may need to be re-evaluated comparing them directly with the bible for correction. Our identity and purpose may be changed as we seek to align more closely with God. Who we are and what we do just might change in an improved spiritual sense. Change means different. If we are willing and ready to be different, different toward God, this may be a good path for you.
Training develops slowly over time toward a specific goal. If we don't have a goal then what are we doing? Slowly over time requires perseverance, patience, and endurance. A goal requires a focus, plan, and commitment. If indeed we are going to be trained by the bible it will be evident in our actions. We can easily retrace our past 30 days and look at what we have accomplished. Click on this personal report card for an example of how to do a personal evaluation of activity.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Luke 6:40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.
Ephesians 6:4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Since everyone already has a belief system in place restructuring is required. We all sin and fall short of the glory of God.
1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all[h] who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. 29 Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.
This site makes clear through scripture, psychology, and educational theory that faith/belief is a requirement for salvation. What we truly believe and where we honestly have faith will be evident in our actions. We only need to take a good honest thorough look at ourselves, just like people do in recovery programs, to see the truth, our truth. As uncomfortable as it may be, if we avoid this necessary process we will enable ourselves toward deception and living a lie. More importantly, we will condone the lie to future generations as our predecessors have done for us.
By choosing not to look closely at ourselves, take responsibility for our actions, and make corrections in our beliefs, we instead choose to follow deception. Living by the worlds standards this is the easier, softer way. We can simply go on doing what we see others doing and follow what the majority believe to be of value. We can achieve high status and riches and attempt to fool ourselves into believing this is good. We can also fool ourselves into believing we are hopeless and give up effort for countless excuses available to everyone. "I can't be perfect." If we believe in God and if we follow Jesus then we will seek and obey the commands and at the very least, the great and first commandment to love God with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, and all your strength. If we convince ourselves away from improving toward this command then we are choosing irresponsibility.
We know not what we do
Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.
Within our beliefs are hardwired understandings leading us into sin constantly. Changing such developed structure is a gradual process. A drug addict doesn't become pure as snow through a prayer. People are not wiped free of memories, habits, and experiences by a sudden spiritual experience. What is required is a long-term focused plan of repeated new experiences. If someone wishes to learn to play a musical instrument then they need to practice repeated steps. If someone wishes to memorize verses they need to practice saying, writing, and thinking the verse correctly over a period of time.
Living for the love of God and God's grace with sin also prompting us toward it
Romans 7:15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
As we continue seeking to develop Godly character through experience and new practices we will be in a state of concentration and multitasking. We will be aware of the sin within us prompting us toward it while holding in our minds our goal of acting in Godly character. We will be watchful regarding our selfishness, dishonesty, complacency, resentment, and fear. This too is a process. We ought only to see we progress daily toward God's grace which God has freely provided to us. This grace is God's character.
We can do this, if we believe. We can change, if we give into the change process. We can learn and grow if we set our minds toward it. Daily progressive action is key.
Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
We ought to listen more to God and less to man. Believe more with God and less in ourselves, because we have been deceived. Goodness and Righteousness leading to truth, justice, peace, and love. These are always the best choices.