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3 Critical Mistakes Made by the New Christian, Part 2

Published on 1/1/2012
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Ok let's jump right in... (see Part 1 if you need background - http://www.ibosocial.com/CoachKim/blog.aspx) 1. Not Reading God's Word This is the NUMBER ONE error in the life of many Christians - both babes and veterans. The Bible is an instruction manual that should be used as a guide, a light and a mirror. A guide to get you through trying situations, a light to show you things that you may not see with the natural eye, and a mirror to give you a measure to balance yourself in - to see if your dress is hiked up or how your profile looks or what’s going on with the back of our hair. In other words, given a particular circumstance, you can pull out the Bible and seek God’s counsel and ask Him - Lord, given this situation, how would I look if I..... If this happens again, what is my responsibility if....... What are your expectations of me when I...... The Word of God will help you fill in the blanks! 2. Having a Weak Prayer Life Prayer Definition. A devout petition to God or a spiritual communion with God. Communion means we come together - I give you some of me and you give me some of you - and when we part, we both take away a part of one another. Communion is an intimate matter - it is a voluntary sharing - we are in communion right now - I am giving and you are receiving and you also are giving and I am receiving. The difference between our communion and your communion with God is that He already knows what’s on your mind before you even come to the table. He knows what you need before you even express it and He is waiting for you to admit to Him and yourself that He is the one with all the gifts, solutions, and answers. So why commune with Him in prayer when you can just talk to your girlfriend or your mother or your buddy? They make a nice listening ear, but they have no REAL solutions. And anything that they tell you that does work is really an inspiration by God - He will just use them as the vessel. So why not get rid of the Middle Man and go directly to God? Prayer is also a time of praise. A time of reflecting on the awesome, holy, glorious, uncontainable, fierce power of God. Yes, He is ALL that and more. 10,000 tongues, I couldn’t praise Him enough! That means RECOGNITION! HONOR! Taking time out to say THANK YOU! Things may not be as good as they could be, but they are not as bad as they would be - without God. Praying is a time of Praise and renewing. And finally, prayer is a time of Cleansing. It’s like getting an oil change - getting the gunk out, so the car can operate smoothly. The gunk represents SIN and the car represents your BODY, MIND, and SPIRIT. 1 John 1:9 tells us: if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. That means He is a God of new beginnings, new mercies - a God of clean slates. It is important to know that once you become a Christian, you aren’t sinless - without sin, but you have a tendency to sin LESS - you have a desire and the power to please God more. Your “want to do right” outweighs your “want to do wrong”. But when you do commit sin, God is there, waiting for you to ask for forgiveness, and a chance to start again, renewed, wiser and hopefully stronger. Prayer is a chance for renewal, praise, and communion. Don’t miss out on the abundance of this relationship that God has in store for you. When you pray on a regular basis, you get something in exchange - you get Peace with God and the Peace of God. That helps you to look at Him, without shame and it helps you to look at yourself and others without blame. Peace with God and the Peace of God - who wouldn’t want to pray!? The final Critical Mistake a young Christian makes is... going to be in the last part of this blog... Part 3. I want you to not be overwhelmed as you marinate on what I am sharing with you. I want you to be able to chew, digest and reflect and not just to run past it. Part 3 will conclude this series. In the meanwhile, stay in motion and stay encouraged. All the Best, Coach Kim 410.205.6003
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