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What Do You Believe About Your Nature?

The “sin nature” is a subject that is taught, preached and studied extensively in the church today. Conversely there isn’t much focus on what it means to be a “new creation” in Christ.Think about it for a moment. How often do you hear the sin/human nature mentioned in a sermon compared to the “inward man” or the “new creation”? If you’re like most Christians you’ve been taught about the sinful, fallen and corrupt nature of man far more than you have about being a new creation. It’s as if what Adam and Eve did was more important (or powerful) than what Christ did. And it’s a tragedy. When we neglect to teach Christians the truth about what it means to be a new creation we do a terrible disservice. We end up with Christians and churches who are completely ignorant of the abundant spiritual life available and who continue to strive against sin. Plus, it makes having a real relationship with God almost impossible. Here’s why… Forgetting What Manner Of Man You Are If you believe you’re just a sinner who must continue to battle your sinful/human nature then your life will be marked by struggle, defeat and despair. And you’ll become introspective with sin consciousness plaguing your mind. But if you’re taught, and believe, that when you were born again you received a new nature (God’s nature) and sin no longer has control over you then a whole new life opens up to you. A life of full of freedom, power and love. A spiritual life governed by your recreated spirit. Your spirit that’s in communion with God’s Spirit. This is the life...

2 Reasons (aka “excuses”) Why I Haven’t Posted in 10 Months

It’s been a good 10 months since I’ve posted here. And I’m tired of letting this blog sit here and collect dust while I wait for “inspiration” to strike. So I decided to commit to posting on here at least every other week (If more than 14 days go by without a new post you have my permission to email me and ask what’s up… my email is jmonen@gmail.com). The truth is I have 23 “draft” posts I’ve written but haven’t published on here. Why? Well I have two excuses reasons: 1. My struggle with perfectionism 2. I’ve allowed myself to become too busy OK. Enough about me and my excuses. Bottom line: I’m back. Now let me ask you a question: Do you ever feel like you need to “make a comeback” after it’s been a long time since you’ve done something you think you should’ve been doing all along? Let me explain… Take exercising for example… instead of just working out do you feel like you need to “make a comeback?” Buy all the right fitness clothes, join the expensive gym, start the insanely crazy diet, etc. You know what I mean? Or what about spiritual disciplines. Instead of simply reading your Bible and praying in the morning again we have to read through the entire Bible in 6 months, go on a 3-day fast and fly to Africa to go on the next short-term mission trip. OK. Maybe I’m the only one who thinks like this (but I doubt it). So what’s the answer? I don’t claim to have a magic pill but here’s something I’m trying...