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The Missteps of Change Ephesians 4 Part 5 of Changed! Progressive Sanctification
4 Missteps of Change Adopting a wrong goal for change Approaching Change as a Sprint instead of a marathon Accepting vague platitudes instead of specific plans Trusting a method instead of the Master to change You.
Misstep 1: Adopting a Wrong Goal for change My goal in life is to please God: –2 Cor. 5:19, Eph. 4:1, …walk worthy of the calling by which you were called. I please God by being like Jesus –Eph. 4:13 …to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, God knows Im not perfect, but he expects me to be growing. –Eph. 4: 15 …may grow up in all things into Him who is the headChrist
Examples of Wrong Motives for Change Rich Young RulerMatthew 19:16-24 –Desire to attain a Right thing-Heaven, but an unwillingness to give up the throne of his heart. Demas2 Tim. 4:10 –for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica The PhariseesMatt. 15:8-9 The PhariseesMatt. 15:8-9 –These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men
Examples of Right Motives PaulPhilippians 3:10 –That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, –That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, DavidPsalm 51:1-4 –Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned,
Misstep 2: Approaching Change as a sprint rather than a marathon Ephesians 4:2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 1 Corinthians 9:26,27 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 But reject profane and old wives fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
Misstep 3: Accepting Vague platitudes instead of specific plans We always sin in the concrete and never in the abstract, thus plans for change must be in the concrete, not in the abstract. We always sin in the concrete and never in the abstract, thus plans for change must be in the concrete, not in the abstract. The process of getting specific is seen in the Put Off and Put On principle found throughout the Bible and specifically in Ephesians 4:20-32 The process of getting specific is seen in the Put Off and Put On principle found throughout the Bible and specifically in Ephesians 4:20-32
Put OffPut On Your former conduct, the old man (General) Renewed Mind, the new man- (General) v. 25 Lyingv. 25 Speak truth to your neighbor v. 26, 27 Sinful Anger which can give Satan a foothold in your life! v. 26 Deal with todays problems today v. 28 Stealingv. 28 Stop Stealing; start working; begin giving v. 29 Corrupt (literally putrefied, rotten, worthless) words v. 29 Start speaking words that build and impart grace v. 30-31 Grieving the Holy Spirit by: Wrath Anger Clamor Evil-speaking Malice v. 32-5:1 Kindness Tenderheartedness Forgiveness Imitating Christ Love
3 Steps to Putting Off and Putting On 1. Identify the Sin by name and Scripture 2. Identify the Righteous replacement by name and Scripture 3. Identify a plan of replacement
Example: Every once in a while I go out with my coworkers and I have some drinks and sometimes I get drunk. I feel guilty afterwards, but I dont know what to do! 1. Identify the sin: The sin of Drunkenness: Eph. 5:18 2. Identify the righteous replacement: Be filled (controlled) by the Spirit. Eph. 5:18 3. Identify a plan of replacement Step 1-I will confess my sin of drunkenness to God and others that I have hurt through my sin and ask for forgiveness. Step 2-I will not have alcohol in my home Step 3-I will no longer go with my coworkers when they go out drinking! Step 4-I will daily spend time in the Word before I go to work Step 5-I will daily spend time in the morning, at lunch, in the evening and throughout the day talking to God in prayer and asking for the Spirit to control my life Step 6-I will memorize Eph. 5:18 and recite it to myself when I am tempted to choose my own selfish desires Step 7-I will make plans to go out with my family or Christian friends so that I will not be as tempted to go out with my drunken friends. Step 8-I will share my struggle with another believer and ask him/her to ask me weekly specifically how I am doing in this area and if I have sinned in this area in the past week.
Misstep 4: Trusting a method instead of the Master to change You. v. 1 you were called v. 3 unity of the Spirit v. 4 just as you were called in one hope…One Lord…one Gand and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. v. 7 measure of Christs gift. v. 11-13 and He Himself gave some to be apostles…for the equipping of saints…edify of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, v. 15 …may grow up in all things into Him who is the headChrist v. 24 …put on the new man which was created according to God… v. 30 …do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Romans 12:1,2 remind us of our calling to a transformed life and 1 Corinthians 10:13 points us to the faithfulness of our God in our trials and temptations. I submit to all of us this morning that our God is faithful to do his part to aid us in change and the question before each of us is, Will I do my part to change!