WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST

Standing firm in who you are in Christ is an essential part of winning the battle for your mind. The resources below can help us make this stand. It can be useful to revisit this list and speak the truth of who you are over your life regularly.

FINDING GOD’S JOY IN THE EVERY DAY

Staying full of the joy of God in the challenges of life can be hard. Below are some scriptures and practices that can help us remain joy filled.

Psalm 118:24 – This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Philippians 4:4-5 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

Psalm 37:4 – Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Ways to feel better right now

  • Take a walk in the garden or outdoors – pray as you do this.
  • Take a moment to intentionally focus on God and delight in him for who He is.
  • Dance or sing to God.
  • Tell yourself 5 good things about yourself.
  • Encourage someone else by telling them that you love and appreciate them.
  • Do something to help someone else.
  • Call a close friend and just chat.
  • Close your eyes and imagine a place of safety, and take 10 slow, deep breaths. Bring to mind some scripture you have memorised.
  • Honour God in the ordinary by finding joy in the simple things God has placed around you.
  • Be thankful for what you have – list 5 things you are thankful to God for.

OVERCOMING SEXUAL ADDICTION

Struggling with Lust, Pornography and Sexual Addiction. You are not alone. Most men struggle with pornography today, along with a growing number of women. Kids are at a higher risk than ever of being exposed to it at an early age as well. Frankly, the church commonly does not do a a very good job helping people who are struggling in this area. But don’t give and let porn steal your joy in life, check out www.gracehillschurch.com/porn/ to help you win this battle.

SOUL TRAINING EXERCISES

1 Tim 4:8 – “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”

Soul training exercises or spiritual disciplines are the means that help train our soul to remain sensitive to God and open to His transforming work. They help us become awake and stay awake to God. Pressing into God through soul training exercises helps us realise that what we earn, accumulate or achieve means nothing compared to what we become and who we are.

Soul training exercises assist us cultivate the life of Christ outside the pressure, business and chaos of everyday life. They help fill us with God’s spirit so that when we are under pressure in a difficult situation, what comes out of us reflects our new nature not our old nature. Thus, soul training exercises help train our souls “off the spot” so that when we are “on the spot” we are more likely to respond in a Christ like way. They help us renew our mind and be filled by the Spirit of Christ in the difficulty and hardship of this broken world. Soul training is not so much about “arriving” at the final destination but cultivating the life of Christ along the journey. Helping train ourselves to become the kinds of people who experience the abundant life promised by God in Jesus Christ. There are many different soul training exercises discussed in the bible and Christian literature generally. Some of these can be found here SOUL TRAINING DISCIPLINES