So what a perfect time to make some changes - form new habits. I instruct in counseling the need to put off old habits of our dead sinful nature and put on new habits that reflect our alive status in Christ (Christ alive in our place.) So I went out and found something call a powersheet. I planned it, I would choose three components to work on each month...Spirit, health and home. I would work at these three things for three weeks to form the habit and then spend the last week of the month praying for the next month habits.
Verses for the year are for Spirit, health and home:
- Roman 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then your will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.
- Titus 2:12 It [grace of God] teaches us to say "no" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and live self-controlled, upright godly lives in this present age.
- Proverb 31:27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Of course through the process of changing me for God, my thoughts went to changing me for me. I had to once more repent of that and seek God's forgiveness. I returned to Him to seek His guidance.
The more I thought about the process, the more I thought about what I was going to "do" that the Spirit revealed I was once more going wrong. It isn't about what I DO. If I make it about what I do, I am pursuing self-righteousness.
In comes John 3:30 "He must become greater; I must become less." Yes, it isn't about me changing, putting off old habits of my dead sinful nature by putting on new godly habits. It's all about me decreasing and Christ increasing. It's about me seeking God, learning from my Papa, seeking Him, just as Jesus did while He walked the earth. Jesus didn't seek His own will, but the Father's (Mat 26.) It's only when I'm part of the Vine that I can bear fruit (John 15.)
Still further, I am to learn to walk by the Spirit everyday, every minute in all circumstances (Gal 5:16.) It's not about working on specific habits. That so limits what I do. I want to learn to walk by the Spirit so well that doing whatever pops into my head is replaced with purposeful, intentional actions.
I can tell you that I've been assaulted majorly by my fleshly desires. Last night, to unwind I sat down at the computer. Before I even click the link to pinterest, I thought "this isn't the best way to unwind." Yet I clicked anyway. I could have used that time to stretch, read a chapter in a book, something, anything that would have drawn me closer to my Papa.
Pinterest isn't bad in itself, but I didn't have anything particular to look for, I didn't have purpose in the action. It fell into the category of idleness or emptiness that I've posted on before. This is that type of old habits I'd like to get away from. If I ignore the Spirit's direction to not click, how am I learning to listen to Him?
Powersheet will be put down. I have one simple quest:
I hope to write devos that will help me stay on track and explore what God's Word says on the Pursuit.