Build up and encourage Disciples of Jesus Christ, as they reflect His image to others.
Our Focus for this week:
Allow God, through His Holy Spirit to shape and sharpen us
Day 1 – Automatic Responses
Daily Verses - Romans 12:1-2, Matthew 6:19-21. Galatians 5:22-24
“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”
Automatic responses are those verbal and non-verbal ways we communicate to others. Some of theses responses are healthy, for example getting your hand near a stove, your response is to pull away so as not to get burnt. Many good responses protect us from getting hurt or even killed. There are also negative responses in our lives. They come to us in two different ways. One, some of them are generational, we have seen them demonstrated by parents, or family, and even though many times we don’t like them we still find ourselves doing them. Secondly, they are made by us, through experiences in our lives where we sense the need to protect ourselves. They often rest in the deep recesses of our mind, and come to the surface when we are under stress. We often can identify them when we say something like “Why did I just say that?”, or “Why did I just do that?”. While theses responses protect us, they also hinder our spiritual growth. When we seek to change them, Jesus desire to make us vulnerable in that area, not to hurt us, but to heal us. He heals us by, allowing Him to take the pain and fear, and give us joy and peace. We know through Scripture, what to pray for, and the end result.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:22-24.
So today ask God to reveal to you one of your automatic responses, and begin to pray for the fruit of the Spirit to transform your mind and heart in Christ Jesus.
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Acts 20:18 (NAS)
And when they had come to him, he said to them, "You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time,
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