Men's Disciplemaking is a ministry of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). Our purpose is to assist churches in developing healthy ministries to men. We encourage local churches to build effective and intentional methods for creating, capturing and sustaining a ministry to men that is unique to its own situation. To assist churches in building on that framework, we seek best practices and success stories in discipling men from across The Alliance. Our vision is to see churches move men from the community and disciple them into service. The website is based on the "No Man Left Behind" model developed by Man in the Mirror. For more information on the model go to: www.nomanleftbehind.org.
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I am as I Think
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)
The Hebrew word translated as heart here is nephesh which actually means, soul: “Whatever he thinks in his soul, so is he.” That means the center of a person's emotional, intellectual, and moral activities. The reference is to our inner character. Our thinking is governed by what is at the center of our lives.
The second thing to note is that this verse is in a series of verses dealing with hospitality. That is, how we treat others. Where do others fit in our thought processes?
Let’s explore how our thinking affects our life. Our emotions or feelings, for example are the result of our behavior or actions. Our actions are the result of our decisions. And our decisions are the result of what is at the center of our lives; that is, how we think.
As believers, the center of our lives is the Holy Spirit. That is why Paul exhorts us to not be conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2). In terms of our spiritual anatomy, the mind is wired to the soul – the center of our being. It is the Holy Spirit who rewires our mind.
With that in mind, on what do we base our thinking (decisions). What forms our decisions? What is the source of goodness, respect, and love, of hospitality?
As believers, we learn to live by faith. That faith is not logical, it does not reside in the mind. Faith is the work of the Holy Spirit. Growing faith is a never-ending process. The question this morning is: what guides your thinking?
Who am I? I am a believer whose thinking is guided by the Holy Spirit.
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