Monday, February 4, 2008

Purpose Driven Life - Day 24 - Transformed By Truth

Two posts back to back as I'm at New Frontiers leaders prayer and fasting for the next two days and can't guarantee internet access (and I know how much you'd hate to miss a post!). We're meeting at KingsGate Community Church in Peterborough. It will be the first time I've been there, although Colin Boyle (our Director of the Creative Arts) visited the church in August whilst he was on Sabbatical, and Pete Moon who is one of our Pastors took a team there to visit the church last November. In some areas they're a few steps ahead of where we'd like to be so it will be interesting to visit them.

I'll be meeting Ben (Davies) at Prayer and fasting. He was in Exeter at the weekend preaching in a church there and then today and tomorrow is meeting with a number of senior church leaders in Lincolnshire. Let nobody be fooled into thinking Ben has retired! I'm travelling down there with Sean Green and our friends from Reading Family Church (check out the picture of Ben on their website!) and am really looking forward to spending time with Ben, Sean and some of the other New Frontiers leaders I'm getting to know.

I'll let you all know how it went when I get back.

Simon.

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The truth transforms us!

Spiritual growth is the process of replacing lies with truth. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17 (NIV)

Sanctification requires revelation. The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to make us like the Son of God. To become like Jesus, we must fill our lives with his Word. The Bible says, “Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” 2 Timothy 3:17 (Msg)

Jesus called it “abiding.” He said, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine.” John 8:31 (NASB, 1978 Edition) In day-to-day living, abiding in God’s Word includes three activities. You must accept its authority. You must assimilate its truth. And you must apply its principles.

The best way to become a “doer of the Word” is to always write out an action step as a result of your reading or studying or reflecting on God’s Word. Develop the habit of writing down exactly what you intend to do. This action step should be personal (involving you), practical (something you can do), and provable (with a deadline to do it).

What has God already told you to do in his Word that you haven’t started doing yet? As D. L. Moody said, “The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.”

3 comments:

iris j said...

Oh WOW. This chapter has certainly made me think about my relationship with God!!!! Some of it will make me "get back to the drawing board".

I was convicted about how I read my bible and do not write my thoughts down on paper or computer. I have never been good at that....But having said that, perhaps using this blog will have helped me to do that better now.

I have already read this chapter twice this morning and still getting things from it.

This book is certainly changing my prayers.

what will I be like after 40 days are up????!!!!

Hope you had an amazing time away Simon.

Iris j

Simon Benham said...

Hi Iris,

Great to hear how todays chapter spoke to you. And yes I had a great time at prayer and fasting with Ben thanks.

Simon.

Anonymous said...

this chapter has been great...i have read it several times....huge chunks seem to pop of the page...

see page 186 .......where it talks about the bible being far more than a doctrinal handbook and then lists all the benefits....

and page 187...where it talks about "most of our troubles are caused by basing our decisions on.....culture....tradition...
reason...and emotion."..

how many times in my life have i based decisions...large and small..on one of these foundations rather than Gods word

glad you are back simon...irene.m.