LIVING BETWEEN THE ALREADY & THE NOT YET – Part 3
Several weeks ago I started this series, “Living Between the Already and the Not Yet.” “The already” is who we are in Christ and have been since the day that He saved us. The “not yet” is who we will be when we stand before Him faultless, in other words, when we are like Him.
The first post was “5 Ways God Finishes His Work in Us” based on Philippians 1.6. In it I said that God is progressively changing and growing us as we learn to:
- Count it all joy when we encounter tests & trials.
- Accept His discipline.
- Keep the two great commandments.
- Overcome evil with good.
- Trust in His sovereignty.
In the second post, I talked about “Responding to Difficult People.” We all have one or more of them in our lives, whether it’s a child, a family member, a spouse, a co-worker or someone else.
I used a simple counseling diagram we call the “Y-chart,” to demonstrate how responding God’s way results in peace and blessings and how our load in life gets easier. But when we respond our own way, it results in tribulation and distress (anxiety, fear, worry, stress, depression) and life gets harder.
RECOGNIZING THE PROCESS OF SIN
In this post I’m going to talk about the process of sin: how it works, why we fall into its snares, and how we can avoid it. Continue reading