An excellent insight into that verse and into what it means to be a follower of God.
Thanks for the time and effort taken to write such profound and life changing material.
Thank you for explaining this profound truth so clearly. I have struggled for most of my life to value myself in my introvert, so spent a lot of energy trying to be 'good enough' by trying - exhausting. Recently I have been able to start accepting that I am already good enough - the Lord made me good enough & loves me as I am - and I have begun to relax and let that powerful knowledge pervade my introvert & begin to give me a new sense of who I am. It is the power of the Lord that has allowed me to start to choose to accept myself - something that I had been afraid to do my entire life.
Thanks john! Incredible truths. Such a positive, amazing view of this incredible gift and promise we have in The Lord. Rarely do we hear in our sermons this view - how can we not be stirred by this to say, come on then Lord, bring this on. Let's go for the fullness of this gift! Your glory, living in us. And all the beauty that brings - to ourselves and all those we touch. The how we get to this gift still remains a bit abstract however. You mention choices against the negatives we feel - ok. But just recently I found myself being too forceful and unkind, trying to get a view across that I was adamant was right, fair etc. This happened several times in quick succession and the results were hurt people - by me. I still can't quite work it out (I'll be phoning about it when u have some time). I guess, what I'm trying to say is. Beyond choosing to go against negative feelings, there are times when I can think I'm doing the right thing, using my introvert to feel the right thing then my extroverts come in and deliver a nasty message. Was it even my introvert feeling the right thing in the 1st place?? It's a bit of a minefield sadly in the practical application of living a life that consistently demonstrates this gift of Gods glory even when we so desire it and are passionate for it. If I run through these scenarios again in my head, I'm not sure if react differently to them in the future. It can be so automatic. How do we learn to do different things when we can't see the choices in front of us?
Thank you for an incredible insight into this wonderful verse. It is a challenge to make those good choices, to live in our introvert and to know we don't have to rely on our own strength because God makes makes his power available to us. It's such an encouragement.
Thanks John really liked this one. In regards to choices... for me an important choice has been allowing myself to make mistakes. When I have previously made mistakes or in my view done something wrong it would really bother me, feeding into negative views of myself. The Lords opinion of us through Jesus does not change due to 'mistakes' we make, so really we should not allow these mistakes to bother us. We can learn from them and move on. Sanctification is an ongoing process. Depending on what happens it may still take me some time to come back around to this truth however.
I have also been thinking about the reasons why we want to change. To be more spiritual? More effective? Just better? What is our motive? I think (at least for me) if examined closely it can be the ego at work. In truth we reflect Gods glory by looking at him (his nature and characteristics), it really is all about him.
Just to say thank you for your wonderful commentary which spoke into my life and circumstances. Going through life as a double introvert can be a bit of a struggle at times especially when your surrounded with many who live on their extrovert . I was very encouraged by Kathryn comment and was reminded that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and loves by my amazing saviour Jesus -it dosent get much better. Pray you have blessed Christmas x
Thank you to everyone who has written in with responses to my last Insight. The feedback is appreciated.
What you write Kathryn and Joy about the way the Lord values us - even if we struggle to properly value ourselves - is so important and potentially life-changing. Andy's comment ties in with this because if we stop judging ourselves by our ability to 'get everything right' then we will find that what the Lord is after is the love of our hearts - not a false perfection. Your comments too Andy about our motives is important and, as you rightly point out, it has to be all about him.
Phil raises an interesting question concerning those times when your introvert is serving you well and accurately showing you something, but then, as he put it, 'my extroverts come in and deliver a nasty message.'
The simple answer is that the introvert needs to deliver the message, possibly aided by the extroverts but not primarily via the extroverts. If we only use our extrovert to communicate truth we will tend to come down on people. If we use our introvert we will draw alongside and the person we are talking to won't feel threatened.
That raises the question as to why we let our extrovert dominate the communication. The simple answer is that we need to learn to live in and be comfortable in our introvert. If we lack confidence, or are overly negative about ourselves, or are unwilling to process emotions within the introvert, then we will use our extrovert as a substitute and possibly a defence. There subjects are dealt with more fully in Steps Two and Four of our 'Understanding Yourself' series. We can see that the central issue still lies within the introvert.
How do we know whether we are talking from our introvert or extrovert? This is where the 'together with all the saints' (3:18) comes in. When we 'miss it' and someone cares enough about us to point that out then, rather than getting defensive, that is when we need to allow ourselves to 'get the feel' of what they are saying. This is how we grow.
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