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Aug 29, 2022

Would you say that you really understand your own motives?
Hi, I’m Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. I’m grateful that you’re here today. We’re talking about how we have this tendency to misunderstand our own actions. Today. I want to read Romans 7:15 from the New American Standard Bible.
“I do not understand. So I’m not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate as a Christ follower.” I felt like this verse was the application and the practical working out of my faith in my life. For many years, I struggled with my own desires to be more Christlike, to do the things that he would have me do, to live in such a way that would glorify him. Yet my habits and behaviors and my moment-by-moment choices mess me up every time. One of those areas for me is in eating snacks. I always just kind of give myself a pass, and before I know it,I’ve eaten way too many snacks. I give myself this pass and what I would like to do, I don’t really do it. I do the things that deep down in my soul (my habits, and subconscious) I think I want to do, but they take me off. I believe the Bible gives us a great explanation that when I listen to my flesh, when I listen to the world around me, and when I listen to the nature tugging on my spirit, it pulls me away from God. What I am doing I do not understand. I misunderstand my own actions.
I don’t practice what I would really like to do, but I do the very thing I don’t want to do. I make choices in the short run to be lazy or to be selfish. Each of us, I believe, does this. Each of us have this capability to make a short-term temporary decision that takes us away from God, away from the opportunities to minister to other people.
It requires discipline and hope for us to turn from this challenge, and hope is a key word for me. I hope to talk about the word “hope” much more in the coming weeks because I’m reading a book called Hope Rising by Casey Gwinn and Chan Hellman. It’s an interesting book and they have a definition for hope in there.
This is where I wanted to be for today. Instead of misunderstanding our actions, let’s focus on hope. Their definition for hope states (this is a quote), “hope is the belief that a thriving future is possible and you have the power to make it.” So I don’t read the book from a particularly Christian perspective.
I’m only four chapters into it, so I’m less than a third of the way in. But what I find in hope, and we find in the Bible,(I’ll talk about this in future days), is that hope is the belief that a thriving future is possible and God has the power to make it. So the Holy Spirit has the power to make it so, and to work through us.
He’s given us the opportunity to be agents in that process. That’s what Paul’s talking about here in Romans 7: Left to ourselves, we’re not capable of participating in God’s program. We’re not capable of taking part in that, but the Holy Spirit transforms us and is the down payment for that. Our sin has been paid for. We no longer have to make these choices as he goes about through the rest of Romans 7 and into Romans 8.
Rather than misunderstanding our motives and our beliefs, let’s enter our life every day with a biblical perspective. Today, that’s our challenge. Let’s remember that our flesh and our choices and our habits, they’re not necessarily what God would do. They might be, in fact, the very thing we would hate. But we can choose today to say “Here I am” to God and let him put us to work in our workplaces and in the lives of the people around us. We can go into any work situation and begin with the prayer, "Jesus. Here I am. What would you have me do today?” And then it’s God’s job to put us to work. Thank you for being a marketplace minister. Thanks for considering how you can make a difference by re-understanding your own motives and your own choices. And don’t forget to join us at
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