Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by deecrossett, Dec 5, 2002.

  1. deecrossett

    deecrossett New Member

    Deep within you, your soul is constantly speaking, and you can
    choose to either embrace or ignore its voice. The more you trust
    in God for your sense of security, the more you can hear your
    soul as it points you toward all that is real and true. But if
    you rely on anything or anyone other than God for your security,
    you'll end up with a falsely constructed life on the outside that
    doesn't match the integral life your soul is calling you to on
    the inside.

    Here are some ways you can avoid hypocrisy and begin living as
    God intends:

    * Take your needs for self-esteem, love and reconciliation to
    God, and let Him meet them. In prayer, ask God to transform
    your fear, shame and doubt into peace, confidence and joy.

    * Listen to your conscience, which is part of your soul.

    * Realize that you can grow spiritually each time you take
    responsibility for your actions.

    * Understand that people will always be imperfect and somewhat
    self-centered in this world, but that God will always be able
    to relate to you in perfect ways.

    * Rather than just pursuing knowledge about God, seek to
    encounter Him through experiencing His living presence with

    * Commit to living your whole life for God - every aspect of

    * Before acting on a decision - whether big or small -
    consider how God would want you to act. Pray for His

    * Pay close attention to maintaining integrity in small
    decisions, since moral lapses in small matters easily lead to
    lapses in larger ones.

    * Admit that you are powerless to save yourself and rely on
    Christ to save you. Also trust in God's grace rather than
    your own strength as you deal with any situation in life.

    * Realize that God will accept any step you make toward Him.
    He will meet you there.

    * Don't try to impress others or worry about what they think
    of you. Just strive to be faithful and concerned about what
    God thinks of you.

    * Humbly acknowledge whatever parts of your past life have
    shattered, and trust God to pick up the pieces to craft them
    together into a new life for you.

    * Join a group of people who commit to encouraging you and
    helping you stay accountable in your new life.

    * Stop trying to get God to do your will. Instead, pray for
    the wisdom to know His will and the strength to do it.

    * Regularly listen for God's voice, and write down what you
    hear Him saying.

    J. Keith Miller is the author or co-author of 23
    previous books. He has a seminary degree, as well as
    a degree in psychological counseling.

    Adapted from The Secret Life of the Soul, copyright
    1997 by J. Keith Miller. Published by Broadman &
    Holman Publishers, Nashville, Tenn.