Keys To Unlocking Consistent Character
Thursday, May 9th, 2019
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Heb 10:23
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that spiritual consistency is a magnificent outcome of a well-developed spiritual life. Neglected spirituality naturally tends to stagnancy, then gradually falls into spiritual deterioration. Spiritual nourishment and right association are very essential to every elect.
Obedience to the Gospel Word of God’s Righteousness is a great door to spiritual consistency. Faith animates our Christian service but fear and love of God maintains our spiritual consistency.
God loves people who walk with him consistently. Spiritual derailment and seasonal spirituality are very visible these days in the lives of many professing elects. Every elect must be awakened and not be weakened.
This sermon has been weighing heavy on my heart. Before I begin, I have to make a disclaimer. I am not even close to perfect but am trying to identify places in my life where I can demonstrate consistent character and pursue a life of integrity. If we can work to eradicate inconsistency in our lives, we open up more room for God to use our lives in influential ways. Here are some practical steps that I am seeking to practice in my life to unlocking consistent character.
- Identify Aspects Of Behavior That Require Change
In Ps 139:23-24, David willingly ask God to show him areas of life that need polishing. As elects, do we do this enough? God knows us intimately, therefore we should not be afraid of being transparent with Him. God desires for us to be whole and healed. Elects at NCCkl have to decide what they ought to change in their behavior to align themselves closely to what they believe. Be brutally honest with God with yourselves. 2 Cor 7:1
- Face The Obstacles That Causes Us To Make Excuses
Elects ought to face the obstacles that causes them to make excuses or justify their lack of change. Kick this nasty habit. It has become second nature for us to lie to ourselves in order to justify actions that bring hindrances to our spiritual consistency. We were created for more than that. It may be confusing to think that consistency comes about because of change, as these concepts seem contradicting to each other but it is true. These are obstacles in our way that can be removed by faith as small as a mustard seed. Mt 17:20 Removing obstacles and justification is the way of saying, ‘God, I trust You…..I have faith that You can guide me to escape temptations that I face and help me to choose holiness this moment.’ Holiness is a by product of integrity and consistent character.
- Take Your Thoughts Captive
Elects ought to take their thoughts captive and bring it to the obedience to Christ. The keys to unlocking consistent character is found in 2 Cor 10:5. Honestly, this is one of my favorite and least favorite Scripture. It can be exhausting, initially, to practice paying attention to every single thought that comes into our minds. It is much like learning a language ….it takes a lot of time and effort at first and then it becomes internalized and habitual. We need to work to be conscious everyday of the decisions we make, however big or small and how close they bring us to being the person we really want to become. Captivating our thoughts and taking responsibility over what we do with them is the key that will get us out of any tempting situations that arises.
- To Be Persistent
Elects ought to nurture a life of spiritual persistence to attain spiritual consistency. Don’t give up trying. This circles back to my intro. It will be easy for me to stop trying to pursue righteousness, holiness, integrity and consistency because I mess up sometimes. It is possible that I might think, ‘well, I have already messed up so badly, so I might as well just keep doing it…..this is just who I am.’ Be really careful to allow your mind to believe this statement even a minute. This doesn’t just apply to ‘big sins or negative behavior, it can be laziness, worry, anger, fear or distraction…..whatever it is, it is not worth getting off the road of consistency. God wants to use our persistence to teach others!
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