Inertia and Change
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A body at rest or in motion will remain so unless acted upon by a “disruptive” outside force, a decision/eMotion, or the Holy Spirit.
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten (if you want strawberries, but plant radishes, you'll be disappointed).
We do what we've always done because we value the easy safety of the status quo rather than a vital relationship with the living God.
Signs of a defective value system: comfort, security, laziness, escapism; actions without purpose; no intentional God glorifying, other-centered objectives.
We need something to “upset our equilibrium” so we develop a new Biblical balance (pleasing to God...but in process – Col 1; Rm 12).
I. PURPOSE - Plan - Organize – Supervise - Evaluate; SELL yourself on Change (self-leadership) Daily, Weekly, & Monthly.
Visualize negative and positive consequences of present and future course of actions; Visualize objectives and goals and steps until you do them (focus on end result as well as obstacles - reframe into opportunities). Evaluate traps and Plan alternate strategies, support.
II. Panic (addicted to adrenaline) Vs. Pneuma (HS power) Phil 2:13 God works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
Rm 6:21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. AGRNM in TOYL
1Pt 4:1 since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles...5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 1Cor 10:13 (plan) way of escape.
III. Pleasure/Pain as Motivators (Ps 1 Blessed tree vs Perishing chaff); carrot/stick – buy/pay; Motivation and Momentum
IV. Phear of Phailure; Phixed Phocus Lk 9:51; Num 13 Focus Problems?Fear/Failure; Focus Promises? Promised land; SEALs
V. Phixed Habits -fix habits to make them helpful. Scrape away, repair-[reframe]-relink, test, [practice], shine.
Rm 12:2 do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove/demonstrate (manifest/experience) what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
VI. Perfectionism vs Performance – our worth and value come from what others think of the product rather than what God thinks of the process. Perfectionism is deriving our worth/value from accomplishments in the temporal rather than the eternal spiritual realm...[selectively and overly obeying our choice of commands to the exclusion (disobedience) of other weightier commands
VII. Procrastination and the Will of God
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