Re-Centering in God’s Word

Training Strategies 




Be as an Athlete Training for a Sport or a Musician Training for a Concert


Keep your Mental Focus Sharp:   You are training so that your micro-interpretive thoughts become ever more like Christ’s would be. The goal is to have the mind of Christ 24/7.  This includes continuing all day long to work with the Holy Spirit so that you are Christ-like in what you think, what you do and what you say.


Visible and Tangible: Your are becoming the new creation.  As this can happen only by the Holy Spirit, the fruit will  be evident.  Therefore, judge yourself if you are becoming ever more and more known for your gentleness and for being meek and humble.  Yet, you will also be known for having a mind for truth and justice as Jesus did.  In similar  manner, you will find that you blame no one for your thoughts, words or actions, and that you hold others responsible for what they think, do and say—just like Jesus did.


Being 100% responsible for yourself and holding others responsible for themselves allows  for repentance to be a way of life for yourself—and the other.  As repentance become an ongoing reality in your life, the fullness of God’s helping grace  will also be showered upon you in abundance.






Pray for Deep Micro Conversations


O gentle Author of the Scriptures, fill my mind with your truths so that my daily micro-contemplations and micro-meditations will be full of your revealed wisdom and holiness.  Each day, guide me to the gospels to hear and see what it is that Jesus wants me to know, how he wants me to think and what he want me to do. 


Teach me also to love the psalms and to be nourished by them each day and may good fruit flow forth from this wisdom and reflect your compassion, purity, and goodness in my relationships with others.





Current Neurological Research


Moreover, current neurological research and successful programs that have brought about significant behavioral change have proven that  repetitive, sustained, focused mental effort have created new habits of astonishing significance. [Swartz, OCD cured; Stosny]  Studies have show that the effort to create new habits by repetitive, focused, mental force does, in effect, create new neural path ways in the physical brain.  





Doable: If you dedicated two minutes to each micro conversation that would be a total of six minutes in the morning, six in the afternoon and six in the evening, with two minutes before going to sleep.  That is a total of twenty minutes. That is doable for an active person.





Minimum Wisdom  Required


Besides multi micro-conversations with God each day,  wisdom dictates that a high priority should be put on:


Gospel and Psalms


Slowly read and ponder the gospel with the Holy Spirit each day for at about five to ten minutes. The purpose is to become more like Christ by hearing his voice constantly and seeing him in action. Likewise, slowly read and ponder with God at least ten verses of a psalm each day.  [See the Gospel First]


Intentional Acts of Micro-Charity


Intentional micro acts of charity, kindness, thoughtfulness, generosity and justice should checker your every day. These are not usually noticed by others but will be intentionally carried out by you.  Note: In the beginning this might feel like like you are carrying a daily cross at the micro level of life. But that is precisely where the abundant life exists and  Jesus did command you to take up your cross and follow him. If not, you are not worthy to be one of his disciples.


Communal Worship


Worshipping in community is a time honored Christian spiritual disciplines utilized by the Holy Spirit in forming the mind of Christ in God’s children. This should already be part of your knowing and doing the will of God 24/7 with the mind of Christ.  If not, begin to incorporate it now.



 

 

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