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THE PROCESS OF CHANGE

May 22, 2012

Tuesday

H=Honesty – Romans 12:3

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

EXAMPLE

A rancher asked a veterinarian for some free advice. “I have a horse,” he said, “that walks normally sometimes and limps sometimes. What shall I do?” 

The veterinarian replied, “The next time he walks normally, sell him.” 

Al Schock

LESSON

       Being honest and forthright about what keeps us captive to sin may be the most difficult thing for a Christian to do. But if we are serious about change, we must take into account our lives and our actions. For instance, if Jesus were to walk in your shoes for the next twenty-four hours, and nothing were to change about your life circumstances, daily habits, thoughts, or hidden agendas, would He be able to walk holy and blamelessly? What is your honest answer? Now, consider your answer in light of this question: What could Jesus do in you if you were perfectly honest about your sinful patterns and behavior, and He knew that you were willing to begin the process of change?

         Honesty flows out of the integrity of the heart through the grid of the mind and into the world around us. Sin-laden integrity will produce a warped opinion of who we really are in our own minds and in the sight of God. And it will seek to deceive and manipulate those around us.

  1. Read I Peter 1:13-19, meditate on verses 15 and 16. What are we striving to become according to these verses? And who is our example?
  2. As you consider changing a pattern of sin and self- destruction in your life, what role will honesty have to play if you are to genuinely change?
  3. Honesty never comes before a serious commitment to change, but it always comes before holding yourself accountable to God for your actions. WHY?

 

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