Wednesday, December 29, 2010

40 Evidences: day 4

31. You enjoy certain sins and want to hang onto them. You are unwilling to give them up for Christ.
32. You are not grieved by sin – it’s no big deal to you.
33. You are consistently allured by certain sins.
34. You are self-righteous--more concerned about sin in others’ lives than in your own.
35. You are more concerned about having the right position than the right disposition.
36. You tend to hold tightly to money and things, rather than being quick to give to meet the needs of others.
37. You rarely give sacrificially to the Lord’s work.
38. You rarely have a desire or burden to give, when you hear of legitimate financial needs within the Body, your church, or a ministry.
39. Accumulating and maintaining material “things” consumes more time and effort on your part than seeking after and cultivating spiritual riches.
40. You have broken relationships with other believers that you are unwilling or have not attempted to reconcile.

Resource of Nancy DeMoss. You can find the whole list here.


Katie

Thursday, December 23, 2010

40 Evidences That You May Have Left Your First Love: day 3

21. You are formal, rigid, and up-tight about spiritual things, rather than joyful and winsome.
22. You are critical or harsh toward those who are doctrinally off-base or living in sin.
23. You enjoy secular songs, movies, and books more than songs or reading material that point
you to Christ.
24. You prefer the company of people who don’t love Christ, to the company and fellowship of
those who do.
25. You are more interested in recreation, entertainment, and having “fun” than in cultivating
intimacy with Christ through worship, prayer, the Word, and Christian fellowship.
26. You display attitudes or are involved in activities that you know are contrary to Scripture, but
you continue in them anyway.
27. You justify “small” areas of disobedience or compromise.
28. You have been drawn back into sin habits that you put off when you were a young believer.
29. “Little” things that used to disturb your conscience, no longer do.
30. You are slow to respond to conviction over sin – or you ignore it altogether.


Katie

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

40 Evidences That You May Have Left Your First Love: day 2

11. Your heart toward Christ is cold and indifferent; not tender as it once was, not easily moved
by the Word, talk of spiritual things, etc.
12. Christianity is more of a checklist than a relationship with Christ.
13. You measure spirituality (yours/others’) by performance rather than the condition of the
heart.
14. Christianity is defined more what by what you “do” than who you “are” (“doing” vs.
“being”).
15. Your obedience and service are motivated and fueled by expectations of others or a desire to
impress others, more than by passion for Christ.
16. You are more concerned about what others think and pleasing them, than about what God
knows and pleasing Christ.
17. Your service for Christ and others is motivated by a sense of duty or obligation.
18. You find yourself becoming resentful over the hardships and demands of serving Christ and
others.
19. You can talk with others about kids, marriage, weather, and the news, but struggle to talk
about the Lord and spiritual matters.
20. You have a hard time coming up with something fresh to share in a testimony service at
church or when someone asks, “What’s God been doing in your life?”

Katie

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

40 Evidences...

That you may have left your first love--Christ. First 10 will be posted today.

1. You can go hours or days without having more than a passing thought of Him.
2. You don’t have a strong desire to spend time with Him.
3. You don’t have a strong hunger for the Word; Bible reading is a “chore” – something to
mark off your “to do” list.
4. Spending time in prayer is a burden/duty rather than a delight.
5. Your worship is formal, dry, lifeless, merely going through the motions.
6. Private prayer and worship are almost non-existent . . . cold and dry.
7. You are more concerned about physical health, well-being, and comfort than about the wellbeing
and condition of your soul.
8. You crave physical food, while having little appetite for spiritual food.
9. You crave human companionship more than a relationship with Christ.
10. You spend more time and effort on your physical appearance than on cultivating inner
spiritual beauty to please Christ.

(resource of Nancy DeMoss)

Katie

Monday, December 20, 2010

X-Ray Questions: day 4

28. What are your characteristic fantasies, either pleasurable or fearful? Daydreams? What do your night dreams revolve around?
29. What are the functional beliefs that control how you interpret your life and determine how you act?
30. What are your idols and false gods? In what do you place your trust, or set your hopes? What do you turn to or seek? Where do you take refuge?
31. How do you live for yourself?
32. How do you live as a slave of the devil?
33. How do you implicitly say , ‘If only…’ (to get what you want, avoid what you don’t want, keep what you have)?
34. What instinctively seems and feels right to you? What are your opinions, the things you feel true?
35. Where do you find your identity? How do you define who you are?



See posts below if you haven't already.


Katie

Saturday, December 18, 2010

X-Ray Questions: day 3

19. Whose coming into political power would make everything better?
20. Whose victory or success would make your life happy? How do you define victory and success?
21. What do you see as your rights? What do you feel entitled to?
22. In what situations do you feel pressured or tense? Confident and relaxed? When you are pressured, where do you turn? What do you think about? What are your escapes? What do you escape from?
23. What do you want to get out of life? What payoff do you seek out of the things you do?
24. What do you pray for?
25. What do you think about most often? What preoccupies or obsesses you? In the morning, to what does your mind drift instinctively?
26. What do you talk about? What is important to you? What attitudes do you communicate?
27. How do you spend your time? What are your priorities?



Katie

Thursday, December 16, 2010

X-Ray Questions: day 2

10. Where do you find refuge, safety, comfort, escape, pleasure, security?
11. What or whom do you trust?
12. Whose performance matters? On whose shoulders does the well-being of your world rest? Who can make it better, make it work, make it safe, make it successful?
13. Whom must you please? Whose opinion of you counts? From whom do you desire approval and fear rejection? Whose value system do you measure yourself against? In whose eyes are you living? Whose love and approval do you need?
14. Who are your role models? What kind of person do you think you ought to be or want to be?
15. On your deathbed, what would sum up your life as worthwhile? What gives your life meaning?
16. How do you define and weigh success and failure, right or wrong, desirable or undesirable, in any particular situation?
17. What would make you feel rich, secure, prosperous? What must you get to make life sing?
18. What would bring you the greatest pleasure, happiness, and delight? The greatest pain or misery?

Katie

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

X-Ray Questions: questions to identify idols

If you read my last post, you know that I encouraged you to think about and pray about what God wants you to do next year.  In addition, I want to give you some resources that I'm using to help identify the areas I need to change, and in what ways my sin is affecting how God wants to use me next year.

So, for the first resource, I'm dividing these 35 questions up so you can think about them in more depth.  This is a resource from New Attitude (now called NEXT) that I found here

1. What do you love? Hate?
2. What do you want, desire, crave, lust, and wish for? What desires do you serve and obey?
3. What do you seek, aim for, and pursue?
4. Where do you bank your hopes?
5. What do you fear? What do you not want? What do you tend to worry about?
6. What do you feel like doing?
7. What do you think you need? What are your ‘felt needs’?
8. What are your plans, agendas, strategies, and intentions designed to accomplish?
9. What makes you tick? What sun does your planet revolve around? What do you organize your life around?



Katie

Sunday, December 12, 2010

End of the Year Reflections


I can’t believe this year is nearly over. As this year comes to a close, I’ve been processing some various things. What God has taught me this year. How He wants to me to use what He’s taught me this year to implement changes in my life this upcoming year. Praying about what I need to do next year. How I need to spend my time when college is done. What ways I can further His kingdom. How He wants to accomplish His will in my life.

When I think about all the different things that could happen and all the choices, I just have to say, “God, I don’t know. Show me what Your direction is for me this next year.” Because while there are so many things I could do, I want to do what God has clearly shown me that He wants me to do.

God has been faithful. I’m amazed as I look back over this past year at all that has happened. And I think this next year will hold even more. Maybe unexpected turns, perhaps things I don’t want to do, but nevertheless, learning and growing experiences.

The next few weeks I want to encourage you to take the time to “review” this past year. Write down and see how God has worked in your life—what He has taught you, how He has grown you spiritually, how He has led and guided you throughout this year. I want to encourage you to consider what He is asking you to do next year. I want you to think about what idols and things are pulling you down and keeping you from being fully useful to God. As I do these things, I want to encourage you to do the same.

So start out with these two questions:
Ask God, “What have you taught me this year?”
And then find the way to use what He’s taught you by asking, “How can I implement changes in my life based on what I have learned this year?”




“May I live by Thee, live for Thee, never be satisfied with my Christian progress but as I resemble Christ.”
Valley of Vision


Katie

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Must Watch Video



I'd never heard/watched something by Eric Ludy before I saw this on another blog. Powerful video. May we become the prayer warriors, the intercessors, to stand in the gap.

(If you can't see this video, you can go here)

Katie