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CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE
Welcome back to ...
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
I trust you're
taking just one step a day,
it IS the best way!
Glad to join you again here on THE PATH! Youíve been
quite the busy bee the last few days, weeding out your garden and should be
feeling a little better and even possess more faith in God working
But there still may be that empty feeling and the old
doubts may be trying to creep in.
Why is that?
Itís because inside of you, where all the weeds
were, now there is a big empty space ... It is like a magnet drawing
anything to fill in the blank space. A VOID that you must CHOOSE
to fill with something good, so the weeds donít creep back in.
When the bad comes out, fill it back in with good.
You probably sense by now the passion to do good and
want to find ways to do it ...
How do you do that though?
Surround yourself with things of
God ... I like to call it "God stuff" ...
Pictures, key chains, refrigerator magnets,
plaques, plants, books, magazines, drawings, posters, etc. Ö Anything that reminds you to stay on your
path. You already started doing this back at THE GARDEN GATE but you
must now CHOOSE to surround yourself even MORE with that which you
WANT to become.
PONDER ON THESE WORDS:
Think on things that you want, Do not THINK on
things that you donít want.
Do you UNDERSTAND that?
Instead of THINKING about this ... THINK about
Focus on the positive.
Put sticky notes on your mirrors, write yourself
notes or scripture passages and put them
everywhere you go from bedroom to kitchen to bathroom mirror.
Here are some samples:
Think good thoughts.
Walk the walk.
With God all things
I can do all things through
who strengthens me.
Forget the past,
Abide with God.
The TRUTH will
set you free.
Fight the good fight.
GOD is LOVE.
Never give up.
Keep the faith.
Believe to receive.
You could write some of your favorite Scriptures or little
sayings that get you SPIRITED.
There are other things you can do to fill that VOID.
Hang a cross on your rear view mirror. Attach an
angel sticker to your telephone receiver. Put an inspirational book in
the glove box of your car, you never know when youíll be waiting in a
doctorís office, in line at the bank, or at a railroad crossing
waiting for a slow train to pass. Idle time is when the devil loves to
do his mischief the most.
Think about this ... You become what you surround yourself with.
If you surround yourself with God stuff, youíll
become of God.
This is also a great reminder that you may want to
use in several places.
What Would Jesus Do?
Again, why should you
surround yourself with
things that remind you
of God and your walk
with Him? Because you
become as what you surround yourself with. Your eyes are the portal
to the soul, so wouldn't it be a good idea to influence your soul
with holy things? We are greatly influenced by what our eyes are
exposed to. How true and Biblically sound is this? Jacob influenced
his father-in-law Laban's flocks to bear striped, speckled, and
spotted offspring by facing the animals toward tree branches that he
peeled in striped, speckled and spotted patterns (Genesis
30:37-39). If you want to be conformed to the image of God,
surround yourself with Godly things. It doesnít go with your dťcor?
God doesnít mind. He will redecorate your entire life when you
choose Him first.
Iíd like you to do a little positive reinforcement
about something now, if you will ...
Remember back to when we talked about Godís GRACE
in STEPPING STONE #3.
As time passes, youíll find that you begin to make
the right choices, out of love ...
Not fear of punishment.
Cmon ... It is easy if you are in love with someone
you do not do what you do out of fear of losing 'em, you do what you do
cuz ya LOVE 'em and wanna show it.
CHOOSE to show God your Love by learning as much
about Him as you can and the relationship grows.
I delight to do thy will,
O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
When Godís law is in your heart, you will WANT
to do His will, because you know Heís looking out for your best
I will put my law in their inward
write it in their hearts;
and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
also will I give you, and a
will I put within you: and I will take away the stony
heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And
I will put my Spirit within you,
and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments,
and do them.
King David loved to do this very thing ...
surround himself with reminders of God's presence. In Psalm
119 you can read where he wrote his meditations on God's
law. There are twenty two meditations, one for each letter
of the Hebrew alphabet. He found a way to fill his time, his
thoughts, with praise of the Lord's teachings and plea's for
the enveloping comfort of His Spirit when he (David) felt
emptiness or times of weakness.
HOW LONG LORD?
Now, I know you are ready to have these promises
fulfilled and to be healed and maybe even able to help others and ya
wanna know how long until it is completed.
When you think of King David, probably the
first things that come to mind are his heroic act of killing the giant
Goliath, and that he was the apple of Godís eye.
Sounds like he had it going on huh?
You may even imagine he walked around without a care
in the world.
Well, David had his problems too as we touched on earlier.
much of his life hiding from king Saul who was trying to kill him
because Saul was jealous of David. In the Psalms of the Bible, David
prayed for Godís intervention. Eight times he pleaded, How long,
Lord? Though we naturally feel impatience, our fortitude does not
go unnoticed by God.
Patience is a virtue.
It teaches love. How you
Letís take a little FIELD TRIP and find out.
And one of the Pharisees desired Him that
He would eat with him. And
He went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in
the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the
Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at
His feet behind Him
weeping, and began to wash
His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed
His feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had
bidden Him saw it,
he spake within himself, saying, This man, if
He were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that
toucheth Him: for
she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him,
Simon, I have somewhat to
say unto thee. And
he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain
creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other
fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me
therefore, which of them will love him most?
Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And
He said unto him,
Thou hast rightly judged.
And He turned to
the woman, and said unto Simon,
Seest thou this woman? I
entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath
washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou
gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to
kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath
anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are
many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same
loveth little. And
He said unto her,
Thy sins are forgiven.
And they that sat at meat with
Him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And
He said to the woman,
Thy faith hath saved thee;
go in peace.
While you patiently endure the time it takes to be
free of your problem, God is gradually and patiently strengthening
your love and trust in Him. You donít want to rush that. You wouldn't want to rush
the Lord about anything.
problem goes away suddenly, itís likely that youíll forget the miracle
just as suddenly.
How long did it take your problem to develop
into something that you realized will take Godís hand to remove it?
How long has there been distance between you and your Father?
knows that we appreciate things more when they take longer to achieve
them. Itís just a fact. God knows what Heís doing. Heís in control.
LET GO AND LET GOD!
LET GO (of your problem), AND LET GOD (remove it)!
All things work together for good to them that love
It took 40 days and 40 nights for the Lord to give
Moses all the laws for His people. Think of Jesusí healing as a
progressive miracle, not something thatís going to happen all at once.
Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and
he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut
off, thou shalt see it.
In other words
... Donít be impatient for the Lord to Act! Travel steadily along His path.
CHANGE YOUR HABITS
Time for another FIELD TRIP!
God has some favorite numbers and one of them is 40.
These are some of the times the Lord used the number 40.
days and 40
nights of the Great Flood.
Moses was in the mount for
40 days and
The children of Israel wandered in the wilderness
The children of Israel spied out the land for
years of peace in the days of Gideon.
Goliath provoked the army of Israel for
King David reigned for
Elijah was fed and strengthened by an Angel for
Ezekiel laid on his right side to bear the
iniquity of Israel for
God gave Nineveh
days to change their evil ways.
Jesus fasted and was tempted for
40 days and
Jesus was seen for
days after His resurrection by His disciples.
Pretty COOL huh?
Notice that in most of these examples, 40 days is
the time that God chose for periods of cleansing or testing of one's
faith of one kind or another. If you want to establish a new good
habit or break an old one, let the number
40 days stick in
Make yourself a chart like this example:
For each day that you perform your new habit or
surrender your old one, put a check mark in one of the squares. If you
donít accomplish your goal for even one day, start over again. You
must be successful for 40 days IN A ROW.
Write the habit you wish to establish or break here.
You may be thinking ďI have
to start ALL over again?Ē The goal is to make this a permanent habit.
You wonít be practicing your old habit, or you will be practicing your
new one forever, anyway. So, what's the problem?
If youíd like, you can do this as one of your
MIRACLE GROW activities.
Repeat this over and over in your mind ...
Many attempts repeated, complete any undertaking!
Keep in mind, that youíre building a whole new
lifestyle for yourself.
Dedication and devotion to your cause is so very important.
God is not unrighteous to forget your
work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward His name Ö be not
slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit
BUT Ö BUT Ö BUT
HABITS ARE SO HARD TO BREAK
Let me give you an illustration that will change
your thoughts about that.
Eating is something that most people love to
But fall in love, and suddenly your appetite
vanishes as do other thoughts and habits.
Thatís because youíve changed your thoughts which
changed your habits.
The passion that you have for something directly
affects how successful you will be at it. Plant a new seed of
determination in your garden, right there in that empty void thatís
ready for new growth.
Love is an easy passion to follow. Sooooooo, apply
love to your lifestyle.
Love the fact that youíre on the right path.
Love the fact that youíre strengthening your
relationship with God.
Love the fact that you can see changes beginning in
Love the feeling of renewing your mind.
Love Jesus for offering you forgiveness every day.
Love the Holy Spirit for waiting for you to decide
to ask for help.
Love the freedom that Godís Grace gives you.
GOD IS LOVE
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Ask Him to remove your old habits, and transfer the
passion you had for them to serving Him.
LET GO AND LET GOD!
LET GO (of your problem), AND LET GOD (remove it)!
EVALUATE YOUR LIFESTYLE
Some changes that youíll want to make are minor, but
there will be major ones too. Some will be harder than others. Some
will seem extremely hard. It all depends on your heartfelt dedication
Ö Your passion to achieve your goal.
Consider your friendships. If you surround yourself
with ungodly people, guess what youíre likely to become? If they donít
understand your desire to separate yourself from things that put
distance between you and God, then you may wanna look up the
definition of FRIEND and see if demanding you do something that
you feel is wrong is what a Friend does.
Nobody is saying that you should kick your friends
to the curb ...
I am saying you should not play follow the leader
with anyone but JESUS.
Now having them follow HIM is a thought to consider,
BUT ... If it comes to making a CHOICE ...
A true friend would not require anything of you that
would take you from your Love and hope. They would understand, if not
There are friends that one hath to his own hurt; but there is a friend
that sticketh closer than a brother.
A true friend loveth at all times.
A friend loveth at all
and a brother is born for adversity.
Remember this TRUTH
Anything or anyone that comes between you and God, is closer to God
than you are.
Which is closer to God, you or
2 Corinthians 6:17-18
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye
separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters,
saith the Lord Almighty.
Fellowship with other Christians will help you stay
on the Path Ö On Godís path. Some people have called it ďthe lonely
road of Faith.Ē
But in all TRUTH, youíre never alone.
You have God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit with you
always, not to mention millions and millions of Christians that are
out there dealing with the same thing. Hundreds of thousands sojourn
through the Oasis community itself and many of those chose to become
members of the Oasis and are available to fellowship with and even
befriend in the forums and chat room.
They will even pray with and for you ...
2 Corinthians 1:11
Ye also helping together
by prayer for us,
that for the
gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given
by many on our behalf.
Prayer of others can cause miracles.
Remember Jesusí promise.
"IF TWO OF YOU SHALL AGREE ON
EARTH AS TOUCHING
ANY THING THAT THEY SHALL ASK,
IT SHALL BE DONE FOR THEM
OF MY FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN. FOR WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED TOGETHER IN MY
NAME, THERE I AM IN THE MIDST OF THEM.
Someone else praying for the same thing you are, IS
Sooooooo ... Take an inventory of your lifestyle.
If there are
things that need to be changed, get rid of the bad, and always replace
it with good. This applies to little things like television shows that
teach compromised morals, as well as big things like maybe your
friends that demand you do things you do not want to do anymore.
Another word of advice:
Everything is important. Think about the wardrobe you choose. Does it
exemplify the godly person you want to be? What about the
conversations you engage in and/or the language you use? Does the
music you listen to promote righteousness? Are the books you read
something youíd share with Jesus? Give one thing as much importance as
Being overly careful about tiny details of one
virtue can not make up for complete neglect of another.
That may work when applied to worldly things, but it does
not work with virtue.
MAKE POSITIVE CHANGES
Be careful of exchanging one bad habit for another
Keep your eyes on the goal and always think good thoughts!
Finally, brethren, whatsoever
things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things
are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are
lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any
virtue, and if there be any praise,
THINK on these things.
We all make mistakes. We
fall. Sin gets in our way. Temptation surrounds us and we
don't always resist. But that is exactly why
sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins,
and to give us the FREE gift of GRACE! He wants you to ask
forgiveness and keep fighting the good fight of faith. When
you find yourself struggling with feelings of failure,
unworthiness, fear, weakness or shame, just remember that
you so very much and He
wants you to get back up when you stumble. PERSEVERE! NEVER
GIVE UP! If you have a bad day, this study will help you
understand more about the liberating GRACE that our Father
wants each and every one of us to enjoy.
STEPPING STONE NINE
Youíre making wonderful progress.
Iím sure you have lots of
wonderful ideas and youíre excited to begin planting. Write down
your ideas as you think of them, because thereís a lot of new
information working in your mind right now and you donít want to
forget one idea while you work on another. Keep surrounding
yourself with godly things and people. Weíll continue on THE
PATH again next time, with another exciting STEPPING STONE.
Don't forget to pull them weeds ...
Have you looked into the
portals to your soul (eyes) lately?
CHANGE is within.
Continuing in EACH step daily
is so very important.
If you like ...
You may go back over each
completed step as often as you like as to be sure you have
not missed anything.
MAKE SURE YOU JOT DOWN A LIL SOMETHING IN YOUR
You have completed STEP NINE
Tomorrow, return to the Forum page of this program:
And we will proceed to ...
STEPPING STONE #10
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