Your Blind Spot (3)
The Bible speaks about ‘putting off’ certain sins. Then it speaks about ‘putting on’ certain Christ-like characteristics.
Using this metaphor of clothing, let’s think about the acronym RAGS:
1) Resentment. How’s your irritability level these days? Are you more, or less, easily irritated? How about bitterness and forgiveness? When someone hurts you, do you attack or withdraw? Is your handling of resentment getting better, worse, or in neutral?
2) Anxiety. On a scale of one to ten, what’s your discouragement level these days? Do you have more or fewer fears about money, your health, your job, or what other people think of you? Do you allow those fears to keep you from doing what God wants? Do you find your concerns motivate you to pray more frequently?
3) Greed. Greed is just-my-managed desire. So is your self-control going up, down, or is it in neutral? Are you living with more openness and less hiddenness than you used to—living more of your life in the light? Do you find that what you desire and enjoy is increasingly in line with what God wants for you?
4) Superiority. Are you becoming less preoccupied with self? Do you find yourself thinking more about other people and God, as well as the work He has for you to do? How often in conversation do you remark on the positive characteristics of others instead of their negative qualities? Do you come across as hard, jaded and cynical? Are you spending more or less time serving others?
Today, ask God to help you look into your own heart and give you the grace to deal with what you find there.
‘…Put off the old man…’ Colossians 3:9 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Psalm 139; Ephesians 2:10 o
Lord, you have searched me & known me!
I praise you, for I am fearfully & wonderfully made. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book!
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed!
I awake & I am still with you! Search me, o God, & know my heart!
Try me & know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, & lead me in the way everlasting!
For we are his masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Every day of your life has already been written! God loves you & desires you to walk with him today! Seek him today & you will be amazed! Live for him today never delay!