October 15, 2014
Reshapingourfam

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Beginning of Change

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Which way do you choose?

Problems that Need God’s Solution (Sample)

Adultery, anger, anorexia, arrogance, bitterness, bulimia, ineffective or evil communications, depression, laziness, drunkenness, fear, financial problems, fornication, frustration, gluttony, greed, quilt, homosexuality, impatience, jealousy, loneliness, lust, lying, marriage problems and failures. parental problems, pride, procrastination, rebellion, self-pity, substance abuse, suffering, unforgiving spirit, and worry.

NEED I GO ON?

The problems men face are continual and very different for everyone. These problems will never end because of mans disobedience towards God. Man will often try to fix his own problems but ultimately fails because he does not deal with the source of the problem: the heart.

Lets look at an illustration:

A boy is riding his bike and falls hard to the ground. He quickly realizes that there is something wrong with one of his legs. He can’t get up and he is in severe pain. His father witnesses the incident and swiftly puts the boy in the van and drives to the emergency department. There the nurse moves the boy to a room and notifies the doctor of the situation. The doctor comes in and asks a few questions and assess the boy from head to toe. He jots down a few notes and opens the cabinet drawer. He removes a band-aid from its package and places it on the boys knee, pats him on the back and states “you’ll be fine!”

Now was this doctor very helpful? Absolutely not! He did not fix the problem but masked only a small abrasion. He didn’t even address the fact the boy couldn’t walk or the broken bone. When man tries to fix their own problems they simply mask some of the external problems and ignore the internal problems. This allows the problem to grow and become more painful. How do we avoid this terrible treatment of our problems? We begin with biblical change and it starts with the following:

  1. Commit yourself to God and allow him to rule your life.
    1.  Turn from your sin and Trust in Jesus as your savior. (John 1:12; Rom 10:9-13; 1 Co 15:1-4 Eph 2:8-10)
    2. Determine to live each day in a manner that pleases God (2 Cor 5:9; Eph 4:1; Col 3:17)
  2. Examine your life and acknowledge specific ways you have wronged God and turn from them. Repentance is a willful turning from your sin because it goes against scripture and displeases God. (1 John 1:9; Prov 28:13)
  3. Ask God for wisdom in what to change and how to change (James 1:5-8; Hebrews 11:6)
  4. Confess wrongs against others and forgive those who have wronged you. Reconcile if at all possible (James 5:16; Mark 11:25-26; Rom 12:18)
  5. Study the bible daily and memorize verses to store in your heart (2 Tim 2:15;3:16-17; Ps 119:11,16)
  6. Pray always in everything (Phil 4:6-7; 1 Thess 5:17)
  7. Do what God says in his word regardless of your feelings in order to please God and to be guided by the Holy Spirit. (James 1:22-25; Gen 4:6-7; John 14:26)

You are not cable to handle the wickedness of your own heart. God has graciously provided the instruction manual in helping us deal with our hearts. If I am going to put together a bicycle I need to follow the directions to make it work properly. Just the same, we need God’s instruction book to make our minds work properly. Keep in mind we live in a fallen world; and that it will always be! God finds pleasure in conforming us into Jesus’s image on a daily basis through the hardships of life.

Without Christ and the salvation he provides we have no hope. We have no real reason to live. But Christ did die and rise from the grave. God did give us his word. God does provide a way to deal with our problems and to have joy and peace through them.

With Great Love and Truth,

 

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