Matthew 7:14 "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
This program is developed to help guide others into experiential transformational thoughts and actions. Reading, listening, and observing can help us understand basic language and behavior, but applying Biblical instructions toward experiencing God's character can provide so much more understanding. Over and over stories throughout the Bible emphasize personal inward challenging action. New thinking, feelings, and character are key to transformation.
Romans 5:2 NKJV uses the phrase "we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand."
Access by faith - Faith is about belief. Faith is about being convinced. Faith is about knowing. The faith of Abraham is emphasized in the Bible. Are we ready to pursue thoughts and actions to develop the faith of Abraham? Are we willing to persevere through tribulations to develop God's character? Our faith can increase (2 Corinthians 10:15) and grow (2 Thessalonians 1:3).
Romans 5:3-5 NKJV And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
The love of God is here with us now, but sometimes it can be difficult to sense it. In fact, some of us can become trained to avoid it. Retraining thoughts and behaviors is no easy task. Through perseverance and tribulation applying Godly activity, new thoughts, and introspection, we can indeed relearn to live more spiritually. We can increase and enhance our Godly senses. All this involves choice and action. Our choices and actions are always involved with the process of developing our inward condition. (Hebrews 5:14, 2 Timothy 2:26)
Our choices and actions can be swayed by inward thoughts. In fact, our inward thoughts will influence our decision to follow God. The battle of our faith and continued growth exists within our minds. We require attention to our Inward Authority, for maintenance and development.
James 1:14-15 NKJV But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Our thoughts which prompt desire can be resisted. We don't have to bring such thoughts into conception. We can improve our inward awareness and participation with God's collective character traits.
1 Corinthians NKJV 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
When we are around others who lie, manipulate, or distort the truth, we can learn messages that disagree with God. Many of us have been raised in dysfunctional families where dishonesty, pride, and the love of money has become our norm. Insincerity, grudges, and selfish ambition can dominate communities. We can become trained through repeated experiences. Following the crowd repeatedly can train us toward ungodly habits. All such training does not disappear in a day, but God can help us change, if we are willing to seek to love God with all our heart, all our mind, and all our strength.
Galatians 6:8 NKJV "For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life."
There are basically three things going on in our minds which I will only briefly state here. There is the nonspiritual way, spiritual way, and a discerning center. We can get information from either or both sides, but we then must choose which to follow. The nonspiritual is like the flesh which could be lead by desires. The spiritual way will always be based upon God's character. Our discerning center will often choose to move in the direction of our faith (where we place our trust).
As we dedicate to studying transformational character and putting it into practice we can learn different Biblical techniques to stand firm and resist contrary thoughts. Our discerning centers can improve as we practice using them to make Godly choices. As we taste and see the good of God's character we can become more inclined to choose it. We can better understand the purpose of the struggle we experience as we put into practice Biblical instructions.
We can increase our attention toward spiritual good. We can read many verses on transformational concepts to improve our thoughts, minds, and beliefs upon them. We can discuss together and encourage one another around these Biblical faith focused ideas. We can slowly enhance and grow a faith that can improve our participation with grace. We can experience amazing grace that can inspire us to do more.
Read Deuteronomy 30:11-20, Ezekiel 18, and John 15 (note vs. 6-7)
See how these relate to each other
The mind can easily become overwhelmed with the size of the Bible, the craziness of the world, and the possibilities with God. The key is to maintain a continuous steady focus on improving with God. No matter what happens, our thoughts ought to be considering God and what God would have us do. We must avoid perfection by the world's standards while taking small steps into God's perfect character. We wake up with God, ride with God wherever we go, and come home with God in our hearts and minds each day. As we improve with love, peace, truth, justice, mercy, forgiveness, generosity, and patience collectively, we can increasingly perfect our mind, heart, and soul.
Matthew 5:48 NKJV "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect."
We CAN make progress!
In fact, we can continue to make progress until we decide to stop. As we practice choosing to experience grace with our minds, hearts, attitudes, and actions, our Inward Authority can improve and better align with God's ways and goodness. We can improve our senses with God's goodness within and around us. As we search for God's love we can find it, if we accept it into our minds and hearts. As our hearts accept mercy and compassion we can sense it. As our faith grows, fear can be reduced. This process develops with choices and actions. Feelings are more like results that can inspire, but still depend upon new action. Our feelings can sometimes seek to sway us away from new uncomfortable Godly activity. We can choose God when it is uncomfortable or inconvenient. We can choose struggle that can increase love and peace. Doing what is new and unfamiliar can be confusing and it can get messy, but it really is the only way to grow. Like riding a bike we fall and some of us can get hurt. We can get back up and learn through practice and perseverance just as the Bible describes it.
James 1:4 NKJV But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Patience and the practice of it can bring spiritual development. Practicing patience toward peace with an attitude of love can provide us opportunities to grow and slowly learn the good that comes from it. We can learn God's goodness in being patient with ourselves and others. We can know the love of Christ through experiencing deeper loving thoughts, attitudes, and actions.
Ephesians 3:19 NKJV "to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."
Love of God "Passes knowledge." We can learn that experiencing love, accepting it into our hearts and minds, can teach us far more than just reading about it.
Philippians 4:7 NKJV "and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Peace of God "surpasses all understanding." We can learn how the experience of God's peace, accepting it into our hearts and minds, can protect us.
2 Corinthians 3:6 NKJV "not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life."
We can experience the life giving Spirit as we increasingly accept God's character traits, goodness, and grace.
James 1:22 NIV "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."
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