Small steps in faith

Sunday, November 01, 2009

"The Battle Against the Folly of Consumption"

These are my notes from Apex. "Only You" by David Crowder is one of my all time favorites so I loved singing that today.
I guess some people had issues with Rob quoting Rob Bell last week so he had to throw in a disclaimer this week that he was quoting "non theological statistics".

Materialism = selling yourself out for the dirt and not the treasure.

Three beautiful realities of a disciple of Jesus
1. A disciple has died with Christ
2. A disciple is hidden in Christ
3. A disciple will be glorified with Christ

Materialism is an assault on all 3 of these things

1. died with Christ...Christ died on a cross 2000 yrs ago ..our sin was on Him and also each of our own personal salvation experiences of dying with Christ
Materialism makes us think we're more powerful than we really are when we worship things i.e. money,jobs,spouses,children,etc.

2. hidden in Christ..This is our theological name. No one can snatch you out of God's hands. Materialism makes you think you are more secure than you really are.

3. glorified with Christ..materialism makes our hope in something on this planet.

If you have been raised with Christ then you have the weaponry to fight consumerism. You need to soak in things above.

With materialism, your behavior is materialistic because your brain is.
Spiritual formation starts with the mind.
We need to clean out our heads before we clean out our closets.
The rebellion against consumerism begins in the battlefield of the mind.

Five Questions regarding the setting of your mind

1. When your mind is left to wander, where does it go?
2. Where are you focusing your mind during non work related times?
By the time we die the average American spends 10 yrs in time watching TV
3. How often do you see that what you do on a daily basis has an attachment to God's glory? Nothing should be "mundane" in your life.
4. How are you doing in adjusting your false thinking to righteous thinking?
When your aren't thinking like Him, do you know it? How fast do you change your thoughts?
5.Are you controlling the kinds of words and images that are going into your head?
We need to be "traffic cops" with things that go in our heads. Ideas/Images have consequences.

5 Strategies in attacking a cluttered mind

1. Ask the God who knows you better than yourself. "Search me O God and know my heart..."
2. Give godly people observational and critical access to your life. Whatever they see then they need to tell you. This takes humility. They aren't going to be your best friends..(boy don't I know that...some people are downright hateful if you confront them)
3. Go through a period of fasting. Deprive yourself for more discernment.
4. Make hard choices quickly. Otherwise we justify ourselves back into sin. Delayed obedience is still disobedience.
5. Continually remind yourself of your future grace and wrath.
We soak our minds where our citizenship is.
You can get rid of your "stuff" but if you don't change your head/mind, you'll be back in the same place you started.


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