Don't Stay The Way You Are: There Is A Goal
September 3, 2017
Use these questions to help you further explore the theme of the message:
Pray: How are you reverting back to the old, destructive way of life? Make a commitment to praying the declaration that we prayed at church every single morning, centering yourself on the goal of the new life in Christ.
Speak: Paul took extreme measures to argue, to persuade, and to challenge the church in Galatia to not drift back to their old way of life. Who do you know that also needs this encouragement? Knowing it will be hard, awkward, and difficult to have that conversation, how can you make a strong enough resolution in order to have that tough conversation ?
Grow: How are you growing towards the goal that God has for you–your “created intent for life”?
Love: Jesus says to love your neighbor as yourself, yet the key is first loving yourself the way God loves you so that you can love your neighbor the way God loves them. Do you believe God loves you as you are today and also is calling you to become who he created you to be? How do you love yourself AND desire to grow and pursue the goal?
I am a sinner saved by grace.
I am a child of God, adopted by his love.
I am a new creation, resurrected by his power.
I am an Elect Exile, sustained by his hope.
Use me today for your glory.
Use me today for your mission.
Use me today for your new creation.
Use me today for your church.
Make me a follower of Jesus.
Make me a person after God’s heart.
Make me submit to others I live with out of reverence for Christ.
Make me a neighbor to those who need a neighbor.
Today, I choose to make a masterpiece.
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail;
So today I reject the pain of regret and
Choose the pain of discipline.
For you did not give me a spirit of timidity,
But a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline.
I choose to renew my mind by setting it on things above,
Where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
I choose to fix my eyes on Jesus,
The author and perfecter of our faith.
I choose to embrace the cruciform life
To be crucified with Christ, sharing in his suffering,
That I might also share in his glory.
As a member of the priesthood of all believers,
I ask you to fan into flame the gifts you have given me.
I ask for wisdom, that I may speak the truth in love.
I ask for boldness to proclaim the good news of Jesus
I ask for the heart of a shepherd, that I might share–
Not only the gospel of God—but my life as well.
Sustain me, that I might be joyful in hope,
patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.
Produce in me the fruit of the Spirit
Rather than the works of the flesh.
Today, I press on toward the goal to win the prize
For which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
For I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live,
But Christ lives in me.
Make me who you want me to be.