my time in prayer with God this morning -
Loud. Fired-Up. Passionate. Faithful. Extensive. Detailed. Honest. Thankful. Thought-Provoking. Revealing.
these are all terms that could be used to describe it.
Neighbour-irritating is perhaps another one. I hope not, though!
Anywho, God’s Spirit was truly with me, and before long, my daily prayers for those i’m upholding in difficult situations concerning health, finance, and unsaved friends + family, became a full-blown (and rather noisy) proclamation of His might and work in my life.
(on a side note, I know it’s unhealthy in large doses, but I enjoy looking at the sun occasionally when I pray, because it’s beautiful, and lights our planet…it leaves me in awe, knowing that the reason for both our physical and spiritual light is Him….what a wondrous Creator and Designer He is!)
But whilst praying, He brought the following point to me, which I was then prompted to share as an encouragement for any of you who are seeking to reach friends or family who are unsaved:
When we speak of someone who is proving to be difficult to outreach to, or is trying to change but can’t shake off a few little things, it’s important to remember the difference between characteristics and habits. Example:
“I tried talking to [Name], but she’s just so pessimistic all the time.”
“He’s trying to keep away from girls, but I don’t think he’ll be able to give it up, he loves the attention too much.”
“They said they feel different and they believe, but they’re still going out and getting drunk 4 nights a week.”
Do any of those sound familiar? We can sometimes become discouraged because of a certain
characteristic in a person that just won’t -
This is the crux of it.
The examples above (and they are just a few, i know), are not characteristics, making up a part of someones personality or character (hence the word? doiii, Shaun)…
Being pessimistic is a mindset, which can be altered through demonstrations of love in everyday life and the introduction of carefully-tended faith in what is yet come.
Craving attention from the opposite sex is an appetite and desire that can be cured by replacing it with something that is more substantial and wholesome for the mind, soul and body.
Excessive drinking and a party-all-night way of life is an activity that, again, can be uprooted, and something more fruitful and healthy can be grown in its place.
mindsets, appetites, desires, activities, attitudes etc…
they’re all habits -
“…when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds;” - Ephesians 4:21-23
…habits can be be changed.
Have faith, keep pressing on in the battles, and work away in the trust that a harvest will come; and when it does, it will be a beautiful, wonderful thing, people.
praying for God to bless you and use you as a blessing in all you do today and throughout this week!