Non-Conforming Minds, Breaking Carnal Patterns 

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It is easy to conform to the patterns of this world. Doing so is little more than following those around us who seek popularity, career advancement, and conformity. Non-conforming lives requires thought, commitment, and yes, repentance.

~ Lisa Blair

There are two scriptures that I feel go hand-in-hand. The first is Romans 12:2, “do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.“ The second is Matthew 3:8 NLT, “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and return to God.“

When we choose not to conform to the pattern of the world and choose to be transformed by the renewing of our mind, we are committing to become more like Christ. We become more loving towards those around us, as well as loving ourselves differently. We think about our actions in a different way. During which time we recognize our earthly actions require change known also as repentance. Repentance causes us to critically (objectively) review our action or actions and choose different paths. That is what Matthew 38 is saying, we prove (demonstrate) the way we live through recognition of our actions past and present, to repent means changing direction and leaving those old habits and thought patterns behind, to again, become more like Christ.

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STOP EVALUATING PEOPLE FROM A HUMAN POINT OF VIEW

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If we are new people in Christ how can we degrade those who are not yet new creatures, and may never be because you slipped back into your old human nature.

~ Lisa Blair

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So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:16-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬. https://bible.com/bible/116/2co.5.16-20.NLT)

We are God’s ambassadors. We were given this role when we became reconciled to Christ. We became new people, and our old human nature was washed away. So you say, how can my old man be relinquished and replaced. The moment you received Christ as your Lord and Savior you were washed clean and freed from sin, and you received freedom in Christ. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians he wrote, ”so Christ has truly set us free. (Galatians 5:1)

To explain to the title, we have an old nature and a new nature. We possess both because we are human. The beauty is, when we became new people in Christ, we could push down the old creature. Paul wrote in Galatians 5:13-14,

“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.””
‭‭(Galatians‬ ‭5:13-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬. https://bible.com/bible/116/gal.5.13-14.NLT)

We no longer find it necessary to satisfy what our old nature craves. Again, Paul warns that our sinful nature wants to do evil. This part of us finds it easy to criticize others, to evaluate others, to belittle others. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are no longer obliged to succumb to the whims of your sin nature. We possess new qualities, replacement qualities.

Galatians 5:22-26 first tells us what new qualities we possess. Paul informs us that our evil, sinful nature was nailed to the cross and crucified with Christ. He further wrote to the Galatians and us, stating that

Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.”
‭‭(Galatians‬ ‭5:22, 24-26‬ ‭NLT‬‬. https://bible.com/bible/116/gal.5.22-26.NLT)

We are in a cultural melee that has pitted people against each other. Communities neighborhoods, states, regions, and nations are in a state of upheaval. People are acting out of their human, carnal, sin nature. We are evaluating and judging people rather that loving and respecting people. We focus on the human point of view that cares little about compassion, joy, love patience, peace, kindness, self-control, goodness, gentleness, or faithfulness. We are at a crossroads. Do we break away from our sin nature and follow Christ, or do we drown in the muck and mire of this earth? It is time that we open our eyes, recognize that we are not acting as if we were reconcile to Christ and chose a different path. It is time to stop evaluating people from a human point of view and begin loving our neighbor whoever they may be.

Another Day

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This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice in it. We experience the day living one of two ways. READ THE POST.

~ Lisa Blair

We experience Life one two ways, and both ways are optional. You can either live life being pounded like the cement by the trappings of this world, or you can choose to live this life with Christ and rejoice in the day knowing we are not bound by the trappings of this world, we are simply passing through. With this context the world cannot destroy you. You will not fall into a depressive mood when hearing the news, you will not fall prey to culture canceling, you will not become a victim of others hatred toward you, why? Because this is the day the Lord has made. He created it for you. Because man has free will and the world is a sinful nature we will experience the things of this world. However, also as Christians, when we received Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, we were no longer bound by eternal sin. If we do something that is outside of the Christlike nature, we can repent and ask for forgiveness, and then move on. God will separate from that which you are asking forgiveness as far as the east is from the west. This does not mean that you may not suffer the consequences of your acts and thoughts however it does mean as in the case of Paul, you can overcome them, you can withstand them, you can walk through them because the Lord is at your side.

Repeat to yourself as you go through your day, ”this is the day the Lord has made and I am rejoicing in it”. It will change your continence and the atmosphere around you.

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He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12 NLT)

“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” (https://bible.com/bible/116/gal.5.1.NLT)

““Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin…”
‭‭(https://bible.com/bible/111/act.13.38-40.NIV)

Say Goodbye to 2021. Thank God for this soon to be past year. We survived to recap and reflect. I thank God for His grace and mercy in 2021. ~ Lisa Blair

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Holá!

2021 is coming to a close. I found this Dec 30, 2021 Lectio devotional to be very helpful in focusing and recapping the events in your life, lamenting, and moving forward into 2022.

While searching scriptures for this post, I came across an article entitled, 17 Bible Verses about New Beginning for the New Year, by Billy Hallowell, December 28, 2021. Insider. Pure flix..com, the author wrote, and I paraphrase, don’t let the events and happenings of 2021 hold you back in 2022. It’s easy to get bogged down and chaos and bad decisions, but it is never too late to embrace a new cell and push away the old self. Rather than dwelling on the past, solidify a new beginning by turning to scripture and prayer. Map out goals and pray that God guide you where he wants you in the new year.

Further, the author writes perhaps you feel weak and tired as 2021 comes to a close. Maybe you’ve struggled and are in need of strength and sustenance. Have no fear. Place your hope in God and pray for his supernatural strength to fill your heart and comfort you you can find renewed strength and a new beginning in him.

“So we say with confidence quiet the Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can you mortals do to me?” Hebrews 3:16 NIV

Here is the link.

https://lectio365.24-7prayer.com/share

Go to the 🏠 at the bottom left of the page, open it .

More Scriptures to enter the New Year equipped.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “the Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait on him.“ Lamentations 3:22–24 NIV

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.“ 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

“And whatever you do, whether in word or D, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him.“ Colossians 3:17 NIV

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it’s brings up; do you not receive it? I am making away in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.“ Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF MY FOLLOWERS. This is my final Post for 2021. May God bless you and yours throughout 2022. Looking forward to sharing God’s Word and how to apply it in daily life this coming year. It’s all about application.

~ Lisa Blair