In a series on this book, “The Me I Want to Be” by John Ortberg. We talked about times when we were exactly that person, and the reasons why it’s difficult to ‘stay’ being that person, as sin/self-interest/life busyness all pull us away from ‘center’ … last week discussed how our ‘thoughts’ play such a vital role in being our best “People who live great lives think great thoughts”.
We talked about how curious it is that we ‘know’ our thought life is critical, yet our thoughts so easily drift way from God’s best and/or “great thoughts.”
When are you most vulnerable to temptation? I once heard the acronym HALT … hungry, angry, lonely, tired.
For me, when I’ve been really focused on something, praying for it, believing it, and it not going my way … not that I doubt God is real or that he loves me, but kinda like he’s disinterested.
Ortberg says it’s when you are most dissatisfied with your life. Our souls were made for satisfaction, so when we don’t find it in the Lord, we’ll continue to seek it. The next place we search are substitutes offered by the world that seem like mere slight deviations. Part of the deception of the enemy is how subtle this can be.
Are we even aware we’re chasing soul satisfaction away from the Spirit? Therefore one of the primary benefits this group provides is “Self Awareness.” When we succumb to temptation or chase world’s satisfaction , we “step out of the flow …”
What I like about this image is that it creates a picture that is so much more than temptation avoidance and racking up good deeds – what does in the flow of the Spirit look like?
We all have a “signature” sin?
What do you think of this idea of a signature sin … that you have a pattern to your sin tendency as unique as your fingerprint? Different concept … we like to think of sin/temptation that’s ‘out there’ that ‘sneaks up on us’ and catches us unaware. This is a completely different concept.
Often our ‘sin signature’ is a morphed derivative of our gifts/talents. Do you see this in yourself? It makes sense in this way … we’re not going to be tempted by something repulsive to us.
How do you “stay in the flow” … what are your secrets? How do you step back in? What are your secrets to personal, spiritual restoration? For me, this is one of my greatest spiritual challenges … I tend to be a “penalty box” guy.
Reality: we all step out, we all fall to temptation, get distracted, chase the world’s trophy’s.
Guest post by Matt Meyer