Found and Find

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Psalm 119:9–16; Isaiah 43:8–13; 2 Corinthians 3:4–11

said, “I announced, I saved, I proclaimed…”

Paul says, “…our qualification is from .”

As much as the Christian “world” tries to keep these two concepts in mind when living out our lives, we really struggle with it. There is a constant human desire to perform and prove. Many of those who gave in their general lives did so because they believed they could not perform and prove. It is often even more difficult in our ual lives.

The tricky balance of a ual is that it should pour out of us naturally. It is often hard (if not impossible) to determine if the displayed of authentic pouring out or if it is by will and effort alone. We can be tricked into thinking that effort will produce ual change. We can also be tricked into thinking that our ual is strictly an internal thing. A ual will pour out something.

※Reflection※

※Does your ual pour something poive into the lives of others, just lost amongst other lives, or does it hurt the lives of others? ※

In our quest to not shame people (including ourselves) regarding our ual journey, we often disregard effort and work. This was often covered under the term, ual s. Spiritual Disciplines weren’t (and aren’t) checkboxes to completed. They are ongoing forming, reforming, and reconciling actions. While the performance of them has been used unually to abuse and shame people into outward conformance, the ual s are no less important.

Paul notes that the Spirit s . Spiritual s are to be the same. There is a big caveat there, however. The ual often goes ast the (i.e., “ of the flesh” or “worldly”). This means that the is crying, “I’m dying,” while the ual is crying, “I’m ing .”

※Further Reflection※
  • Have you experienced your /worldly dying while your ual was ing? What was that like?
  • Why do you think we often believe our ual is supposed to be easier than the worldly to ?
  • How do the opening words (from Isaiah and 2 Corinthians) affect or influence (or should) both worldly and ual lives?
※Prayer※

Lord, often we make ual living too hard, but more often we think it should be easy, and thus it is all hard. Help us to submit our ts and s to you, so that we may live lives fully committed to you. Amen.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.