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How To Improve Yourself As A Man of God
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Forgive Your Past Mistakes
Christ already has, now it’s your turn to do the same. The sin of our youth is in the past. There’s nothing you can do to change what has happened. But you can change how you respond to the remembrance of that sin.
Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD. [Psalm 25:7 KJV]
Focus on What You Can Improve
“Pray because everything depends on God but work as if everything depends on you”. It’s best to be aware of what is in and out of your control. Trying to take control of those things which are not supposed to be your control, is a waste of time and energy.
The only thing in your control are your own actions. Everything else is not and trying to force them into your control will only make matters worse.
Some Things You Can Control
Your knowledge and understanding.
This is studying God’s word and extra biblical topics of interest. Charles Spurgen once said, “visit many good books but live in the Bible.”
Your self discipline.
This includes things such as, how much you eat, when you wake up, when you go to bed, etc. It’s building routines and habits.
Some Things You Can’t Control
Everyone has their own will and objectives. Our goals are different, our lives are different, nothing is 100% the same from one life to the next. As such, trying to control the outcomes of other people is a foolish undertaking.
As much as our society loves to put emotions at the top of the list of things to follow, this is not the case. The heart is deceitful and wicked. You can’t control your emotions but you also don’t have to let them control you.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? [Jeremiah 17:9 KJV]
Get a Clear Vision Where You Want To Be
Use the Bible as your road map to plan your days and weeks.
Each Sunday night grab your a journal or notebook. Write down your goals, tasks, and routines for the following week. Use the book of Proverbs to shape your routines and habits. This will help mold you into a stronger man of God.
It’s best to care more about your present trajectory than your results. Results always lag behind the habits we create.
Focus on who you want to be and build habits to match. If we are men of God we must build our habits to match His word and His standards.
Start Taking Small Steps Towards Progress
Strive to be 1% better every day.
The holy grail of habit change is 1,000 1% improvements.
Start with repetition not perfection. Habits form on frequency of execution not time.
If we make the habit as simple as possible we’ll complete it more easily and, as an effect, we’ll execute that habit more often.
Know It’s Ok To Make Mistakes
The important part is recognizing the mistakes and getting back on track.
It’s better to do less than you hoped, than nothing at all.
A good way to hold yourself accountable is by habit tracking. This adds immediate satisfaction to a habit. Which makes the behavior obvious, attractive, and satisfying.
The goal is to never miss, or make the mistake, twice in a row. The spiral of repeated mistakes or misses is what ruins you.
Keep in mind that missing twice is the start of a new habit.
Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment. [Job 32:9]
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” [James 3:17]
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