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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November of Thanksgiving: 10

It really is November, even though the beautiful weather has made it seem like time stalled in September. This month is known for its traditions and Rebecca of Rebecca Writes has started and perpetuated one for five years now. She calls it November of Thankfulness and she invites others to join her in telling of the wonders that God has done in their lives.

Ten: Today I am grateful for the ladies' Bible study which I attend and the growth it stimulates. In the last year we have studied 1 and 2nd Samuel with a couple of MacArthur study guides and we are currently going through Changed Into His Image, by Jim Berg, utilizing his companion workbook, Taking Time to Change.

I am almost finished with Unit One and it has been a great study so far. It is a book devoted to causing a believer to take an active roll in their sanctification process - to cooperate with the Holy Spirit's leading.

In this chapter, under the heading The Process of Change, Berg proposes three components of the responsibility of a slave of Christ* in the process: mortification of the flesh, meditation on the word, and manifestation of Christlikeness (p. 9).  Concerning these, he makes this statement - the first sentences in the book I underlined. "The understanding and practice of these three personal responsibilities are not incidental in the sanctification process. They are core issues. Failure to cooperate with God in these responsibilities in the power of the Spirit accounts for every failure in Christian living" (p. 10).

That is a profound, yet obvious truth. How many of us are always faithful in all three of these areas? If you raised your hand, you are lying to yourself. You need to take another look at your life.

Along with the other aspects of the study, each unit has a portion of Scripture to memorize. You work on it the first four days and then write it out on the fifth. The verse for this first unit is Romans 12:1-2. I am very excited about this one, because it is one that has been so very familiar to me, but I have never taken the time to memorize it verbatim. It is a great blessing to have committed them to memory. I am going to type it here as a dry run for when I enter it into my workbook later today.

Romans 12:1-2
Therefore I urge your, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Most of it pours out like water, but there is one spot which has some ice chunks clogging up the flow. I will need to work on that area a bit more today before I sit down to the study.

* The author does not use the term, slave of Christ, but I do.

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