Archives For Theology of Change

Christian spiritual writer's block

Stop freaking out!

Seriously.

Stop wondering if you’re reading enough, praying enough, confessing enough, serving enough… After all these things you still feel disconnected right? You still feel dry in your relationship with God? You’re still wondering why on earth you’re still not satisfied by Him and Him alone?

Just stop freaking out about it!

The most important thing you need to realize right now is that the command to be filled with the Spirit is actively passive.


Do you know what the best advice for writer’s block is?

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lust killing strategies

Everything is meaningless. All things fade away and perish. This world will not last and nothing we do on this world will last. Yet, it is possible to find eternal fulfillment and meaning in everything you do no matter what it is.

“What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:9-13

Here are six ways that your current day job is meaningful no matter what it is:

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THEOLOGY OF CHANGE

Sometimes we are tempted to lust to escape from a sense of meaninglessness about our lives. In the end, the work we do at our jobs will be destroyed and there will be nothing to show for it. Sometimes that even happens within a week of completing a project.

We work and work and work. And what do we have to show for it except another paycheck? Couldn’t there be a way to still have a paycheck but actually leave a mark on this earth?

Perhaps the problem isn’t your job. Maybe it is just your perspective.

Consider this. There are only seven kinds of jobs in the world and all of them reflect Christ in some direct way. And if you are made to reflect Christ, then what could be more meaningful than that?

Take a look at the list of seven jobs and see where your current job fits best. Most likely there will be some overlap.
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This secret is for those times that you do not want to come to God because you feel guilty about your sin or your lack of love for him. This happens to me a lot.

Whether it’s because I got angry with someone, cut corners at work, ate something I knew wasn’t healthy, told a “white lie,” or gave in to a temptation to lust–I frequently find myself with too much to confess to want to come to him in prayer.

I screw up in some way several times a day at least. And I am keenly aware of it when I think to myself that it’s been too long since I’ve really prayed to God. It’s incredibly discouraging.

But God reminded me of something that surprisingly helped me a lot. It’s surprising because at first it sounds like bad news. But upon further reflection you’ll see that it is actually extremely good news.

Here is the secret:

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Ultimately all desires are at their root a desire for God. The desire for love, respect, acceptance, pleasure, comfort–all desires are meant to be fulfilled in our relationship with God.

But for many of those desires he gives us foretastes of himself through his blessings. We find love from friends and family. We get respect from colleagues and children. We are accepted by friends and organizations. We find pleasure in food and play and (marital) sex. We are comforted by music and hugs and nature.

But all these things are meant to reflect and point us to the true answer to our heart’s desires: Jesus Christ.

Take note today of how you have your desires met and think about how it is only a picture of your relationship with Christ.

Merry Christmas! I will be taking a break from the blog possibly until the new year. Unless I get otherwise inspired.

Be sure to return the first week of 2013! I will be starting a new series about the specific aspects of the Gospel that kill lust.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

Grace and peace,
Peter

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Fasting is a reminder of the eternal hunger we deserve

If all food is a picture of how Jesus provided our eternal life through death and resurrection, then taking time to abstain from food for prayer can be a powerful way to feel the eternal spiritual hunger we were saved from.

Every time you feel hungry when you fast it is a reminder to be thankful. For me, it reminds me to pray at all. I am a thinker. So it is easy for me to go a whole day thinking a lot about God without praying to him at all. Fasting helps keep me on my toes (or knees) throughout the day as far as prayer goes.

There’s two aspects of spiritual hunger that I am reminded of when I fast:
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Food symbolizes Jesus’ death and resurrection

All meals and their ingredients come to us through some sort of picture of the death and resurrection of Christ.
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Who is Your Ideal Self?

December 11, 2012 — Leave a comment

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I have been thinking a lot about what drives me. What motivates me to push forward with various responsibilities despite opposition? Is it simply because they are responsibilities or is there something deeper motivating me.

I think there is something deeper because I’m not driven to complete all my responsibilities. The trash piles up far too high before I take it out, the dog goes too long without being taken out. You get the idea.

What drives me to kill lust in my heart?

I think I am on a quest for identity. I want to be someone I am not. In many ways that is a biblical, gospel-centered quest. On the other hand, in many ways it is a pursuit of personal glory above God’s own glory.

I find myself asking, “Who is my ideal self?” Who will I be when I am finally perfected in heaven? Who do I want to be? Do those match up?

I haven’t answered these questions for myself entirely yet. I’ll be thinking about them a lot the next few days.

What about you? Do you know who your ideal self is? Is who you want to be and who God calls you to be the same thing?

What drives you to kill lust in your heart?

This is the final post for the body series. Below are the eight little known truths restated and one application point for each that you can start doing today (click the titles to read the post for each truth in a new page/tab so you can stay on this one as a reference):
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