“Why can’t I change?”+ LINKUP

 

Help! I Want to Change - "Why can't I change? Have you ever asked this? Maybe you want more discipline in your eating habits. Or perhaps you struggle to keep your spending under control or maintain daily Bible reading and prayer. Change is hard, and our attempts often result in failure."Welcome to Mondays @ Soul Survival. Each week I feature a book (or in this case a booklet) that I consider a valuable resource. This week’s selection is HELP! I want to Change by Jim Newheiser.

 

“Why can’t I change? Have you ever asked this? Maybe you want more discipline in your eating habits. Or perhaps you struggle to keep your spending under control or maintain daily Bible reading and prayer. Change is hard, and our attempts often result in failure.”

So begins the description of this powerful little booklet by Jim Newheiser. Pastor Newheiser has been a biblical counselor for over twenty years. He’s a fellow with ACBC (the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors), a pastor at Grace Bible Church in Escondido, California and the director of IBCD (the Institute for Biblecal Counseling & Discipleship). He knows how hard change can be.  Continue reading

December 10 “True friends”

true friendsFriends who are true friends will encourage us to grow and change, not make it easier for us to remain spiritual babies.

Today’s Readings:
Hosea 11 & 12
Psalm 139.17-24
Proverbs 29.22
Jude 1-25

Hosea 11 & 12:

God’s redeeming love

God’s love is not a pampering love, but a redeeming love. The nation of Israel was ungrateful and disobedient and He would allow them to suffer the consequences of their actions, but He would eventually restore them because of His love and mercy.

 

prayer, biblePsalm 139.17-24:

Search me, O God

Like the Psalmist in verses 23-24, we should pray:

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
 Try me, and know my anxieties;
 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
 And lead me in the way everlasting.

Our hearts are so deceitful that we can be blinded to our own sin. Jeremiah 17.9-10a says: Continue reading