Little Changes Add Up - Spiritual Growth Encouragement Series - Arnie Cole Bible Verse: Ephesians 4:17-19 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. REFLECT and RESPOND: These are tough questions, but self-evaluation can be helpful. So, does your life look different than the lives of unbelievers? Here's another: Has your way of thinking about your life, and about Jesus changed since you began this series? Would you say you've grown spiritually even in some small way? Remember, this is a long race and little changes add up! PRAYER: Lord, I want to be changed from the inside out. I want to think Your thoughts and act in a way that represents you to everyone I meet. Help me see the opportunities to do that for You today. Amen. We encourage you to jump in with your comments, questions, and prayers in the comments area below. If you want to share this series with your friends and family, here is the link:
This is great to get started reading God's word on the daily reading, every day.
I’m finding it overwhelming but understand let go and let God.
I see I definitely have changes to make.
Thank you Arnie for sharing this message and I believe that this series has started to make changes in my life especially with my wife, whom I share the word of God through this series and I am so happy that it has opened my heart and mind to know where I have been and where I need to be in terms of my spiritual walk with Jesus! So God bless you and the wonderful work that you doing now...
Thanks Arnie! Right now is the time
I just think back to where I am coming from, there are changes, but I have more work to do. So I'm leaning on the Lord to remind me, as we are humans and we tend to forget. Thank you.
when I prayed for example patience my capacity to tolerate was constantly being exposed to difficult situations usually involving angry people and if I prayed for faith or trust I most certainly have to deal and overcome disappointment Wear your heart on your sleeve if you are angry express your anger if you are disappointed express it outwardly in a godly way Hebrews 4:15 in short ( Jesus gets us, he really dose )
Great reminder!
Oh God, this is hard. Being actually objective about your spiritual growth is hard. You usually think you are doing good. And then someone mentions something and opens your eyes. (like Sean's mention about driving below). There are so many areas I need to improve. Thank you for encouraging us and remind us every day how important this is.
You had to mention the driving, no? It is funny when you think of it but you are so right...
Thanks for sharing Joyce. I, and the rest of the team will keep you in our prayers.
Thank you Arnie this very helpful to me as a Christian to live my life as a Christ follower.
What a great reminder for today. Thanks!
I am married to one who does not believe in God, so I feel a struggle as I remain in God's care and love but cannot seem to share that without opposition. But I believe, I draw even closer to God in my daily walk because we have had much turmoil and pain. I must grow even stronger in Him as I struggle with the thoughts of staying with him, or leaving. What is God's plan?
Ephesians 4:17-19 is a great reminder that my life should look different because of what Christ has done in it. I'm not sure how different it actually looks some days
Knowing yourself better than anyone and being honest about where you are is a kick in the gut sometimes - great encouragement to keep making the small changes that truly make the difference!
I want to be on fire for Jesus and I want to make a difference but lets be honest, some days it’s easier said than done. Thank you for the encouragement and daily nudge to help me move in the right direction.
Thank you so much for Kim's story. I believe my life is different from that of an unbeliever and pray that in abiding with Jesus every day will truly teach me to follow in His footsteps.
A very simple phrase that I use when someone points out the error of my beliefs. First of all I humbly and sincerely apologize. There are times when we all fail to project the love of Christ like we should. And when I become aware of this, either from someone else, or by the Spirit, I go to the person and express my sorrow for what I did or said that offended them. And follow it up with this statement that I heard from someone else: "As a Christian, sadly, I have to say that I am not perfect or sinless but I am forgiven." And explain that statement if given the opportunity.
It is very hard to constantly show the love of Jesus through my own actions, but also very important. I have quite a few friends that are not Christians and when I fail in some regard, they are quick to point out my hypocrisy. In honesty, it is a good reminder of how I should live my life. For those that think they are doing a great job in their lives, I like to ask how they react when someone cuts them off in traffic (or even just wants to merge). :)
Thanks for the reminder Arnie to examine my life each day and seek to be more like Jesus.
I remember a long time ago a coworker was telling a story about an elderly friend who had received unexpected kindness from her landlord. As soon as the story was over, we all asked at once: "Is he a Christian?" Turns out he wasn't and we were surprised. It's always convicting to see non-Christians acting better than Christians, and a good challenge for me personally to live more like a "Christ"ian.
Thank you for the challenge and key question. Do you live differently? We as Christians are to live differently then the world does. The great thing is that because of God's grace and mercy, He gives us new day each day to try again when we slip and fall into our old ways. Begin today! Love it.
Hello, Firstly, thank you so much for starting this series of webinars, reflections and scripture that altogether form Spirit Life Encouragement. Secondly, I have and used GoTandem on a daily basis for a couple of years now and what I enjoy most is that I receive daily scripture up to 3 times a day that guides me on a sin area that has been incumbent in me since the day of my birth that I have over many years accepted as true but the daily scripture completely weakens the grip the sin area has held and as time progresses, some areas have completely disappeared, others have resurfaced and some I am still discovering! It requires infinite patience and above all the presence of the Holy Spirit to help discern apparent evil from truth. As the series continues, I was wondering whether you could also provide a transcript for each webinar. I believe engaging all learning faculities will assist many in the retention of the message and scripture that it remains in the heart thereby strengthening spiritual armour for when the enemy comes and questions with false truths that derail many people on a second, minute, hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual basis, etc causing them to backslide in their spiritual growth. Best regards
I would like to believe that yes my life reflects that I love Jesus and love others as well. I pray often to be a good example for those around me.
The time to grow in faith is NOW! I needed to hear this today! thanks, Arnie!
Thanks for giving my Monday a spiritual kick-start!