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The mind develops with what the mind experiences. Our faith is contingent upon the contents of our thoughts. Let's situate ourselves to inwardly experience more of God's ways, character, goodness, righteousness, and grace.
The Bible describes God by using character traits such as love, mercy, peace, truth, justice, forgiveness, patience, and compassion. We all can grow in such character. We can pray for such character, meditate upon it, and talk about it each day. We can set our hearts, minds, and souls upon improving in God's character. (Deut. 6, John 15) We can experience this amazing grace more and more. God is not difficult or complicated. The corruption within our minds seeks to sabotage our choices. Limited understanding and discernment can get in the way of choosing to learn, think, and practice God's character.
Inward Authority is a place to slowly take small steps to build a more Biblical understanding; this can help us discern better choices for our hearts, minds, and souls. We all vary in our growth with passion and dedication. Inward Authority works for all growth speeds and passions. But generally speaking, the practice of patience, peace, and love often involves a sense of slowing ourselves down and being more present in the moment. Few will be quick to practice a humbling of self. Many can lose inspiration or passion when instructed to review their own character and take steps to replace it with God's character. The Inward Authority process is about truthfully looking at the Bible, then ourselves, and making adjustments. It's a journey to grow love, peace, mercy, truth, justice, compassion, and forgiveness.
Bible verses used unless otherwise identified will be NKJV.
We learn continuously through our choices. Our choices affect our character. God gave us power over choice. It can be uncomfortable to choose action that is unfamiliar, to walk a new path we do not understand, or to associate with others we do not know. Choosing to accept God's character, goodness, righteousness, and grace increasingly to let it shape, develop, and heal us can be uncomfortable, yet amazingly good. Developing new character takes courage, commitment, and regular practice.
2 Corinthians 13:5 "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves...."
1 Thessalonians 5:21 "Test all things; hold fast what is good."
"I first agreed to confess, repent, and restore because I believed I had no choice. I didn't want to, I just ran out of other options for help. Dying to my old ways and living more by God's helped cleanse my conscience and purify my heart (not completely of course). I began to see and understand how living more by God's principles was spiritually good in the here and now. Now I know the good that can develop from obeying God's ways. For me, this process is not a theory, it is a fact. When I focus on my ideas, fear and frustration grows. When I focus on God's character, love and peace develop. It is rarely quick, often complicated, frequently challenging, but always fulfilling. I sleep better, my relationships improve, and I think more clearly. Experience brings results." ~ Anonymous participant
This program is being developed to help guide others into experiential transformational thoughts and actions. Reading, listening, and observing can help us understand basic information, but to understand how things work, we need to test the information. Experiencing Biblical instructions, reflection upon our observations (data collection), and sharing it with others who are doing the same is the goal (collaboration). Over and over stories throughout the Bible emphasize personal inward actions and how people resist obedience. New thinking, feelings, and character are key to transformation.
Romans 5:2 "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. Abraham's faith was revealed through action. The faith of Abraham is emphasized throughout the Bible as an example and goal.
Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all
Are we ready to pursue thoughts and actions to develop more the faith of Abraham? Are we willing to persevere through tribulations to grow Godly good in our actions and attitudes? Our faith can increase (2 Corinthians 10:15) and grow (2 Thessalonians 1:3).
Romans 5:3-5 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 whether to follow God or not. The battle of our faith and continued growth exists within our minds. We require attention to our Inward Authority, for maintenance and development. We ought to really consider the old question, "What would Jesus do." And then act accordingly.
James 1:14-15 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 can learn a thought or Bible verse to bring to our minds and repeat it, but we will need to believe in it. Otherwise we may be just replacing something we desire with empty words.
We can improve our inward awareness and participation with God's collective character traits. We can choose groups, friends, conversations, and gatherings with sincere believers. Being around others who are transforming into Godly character can impact us in helpful ways.
1 Corinthians 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, all our soul, and all our strength.
Galatians 6:8 "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 Godly way, ungodly way, and a discerning center making choices. We can get information from either or both sides, but we then must choose which to follow. The ungodly way is like the flesh which could be lead by desires. The Godly 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 practice while resisting 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.
Try reading the scripture below on "Blessed." See more precisely what the Bibles says about it, what it really means, and how we can be blessed today. Think about the patterns of its use. Discern how to be blessed through doing what it says and then do it. Do what it says for a while and see what happens.
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 toward perfecting God's character. We can 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/receive mercy and compassion we can sense it. As we experience Godly senses it can help to pause and soak it in. Replaying events within our minds can help keep it fresh. What we bring to our consciousness is powerful to lead us to action. If God's goodness is alive within our consciousness it can help us make better choices.
As our faith grows, fear can be reduced. If we have results of fear based choices day after day, won't we be expecting more today? Yet if we live by faith one day, wouldn't that have an impact. And if we live by faith on a series of days, like at a retreat, wouldn't that impact us more?
The goals we set within our minds to live out can help lead us to do it. Yet we must choose them with conviction. Our own habit formed thoughts can lead us away from our goals, like prayer, meditation, and reading the Bible. Biblical Christians struggled. Some to point of death. Paul was content in all things because of his faith. His belief, trust, service, and character which he lived out fulfilled his heart, mind, and soul.
Feelings are mostly results from thoughts and experiences. Love is a great feeling, but really, love is a belief and an attitude that creates good feelings. What impacts us more, someone saying they feel love for us or someone applying actions that show it?
John 15:13 NKJV "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends."
Since feelings come more from our thoughts and actions, we ought to choose action that can create good feelings instead of uncomfortable feelings blocking us from good actions. 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 way to a better life. 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 live out love toward ourselves and others. We can witness the impact of our participation with God's character. We will need to first think about it, bring it into our consciousness, choose to act upon it, and then reflect upon what we experience.
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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