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I could. I should. I must. How easily we all get caught up in the rat race of performance based living, spending all of our energy trying to be good enough, or to win others’ attention and approval. Most of us, on some level, gauge our value based on how well we perform or what others think of us. All too often, if we’re not careful, we even let that same kind of thinking intrude on our walk with God.
Have you ever found yourself trying and trying to be better, trying to stop doing the things we figure you shouldn’t do, or to start doing the things you believe you should do? Inevitably, your best efforts end up in frustration as you trade in the peace which God freely gives you for a works based mentality.
If you’ve ever felt like you’re not good enough, not significant enough, or don’t measure up in one way or another, Bonhoeffer Quotes has a liberating message just for you. Using the TEA (thoughts-emotions-actions) model, this webinar will help you to move from a feeling of worthlessness (a feeling that is based on a lie, as the webinar will show) to a sense of worthiness based on the image God has of you.
Most of us tend to evaluate ourselves (and therefore set our worth) based on our own actions. Therefore, when we realize that things are wrong in our lives, we may go about trying to change ourselves from the outside in. The result is usually frustration. Even when we manage to realize some measure of success, the result is a harmful form of pride.
The good news is that we don’t have to change ourselves. We don’t have to endure the frustration of constantly trying to change our behaviors. When God changes us, he changes us from the inside out, dealing with the problems from the root. When the inside is changed, the outside will begin to change naturally.
So, how what do we need to do to bring this change that God wants for us to be? There’s really nothing we can do, except to change our minds. This webinar will show you practical means of renewing your mind, giving up old, destructive thinking patterns that are negatively affecting every aspect of your life and trading them in for God’s truth. When you begin to look at life through the lens of God’s truth, everything changes.
By using a potent blend of cognitive therapy and grace based, Biblical truth, Lives Transforming webinars like Bonhoeffer Quotes show you how to take your spiritual temperature using the emotions you experience and to identify the thoughts which are the core of why you do the things you do and feel the things you feel. When these thinking errors (called cognitive distortions) are identified, they can be compared to the truth of God’s Word. By changing the way you think, the way you feel and the way you act naturally come into line.
The Bible makes clear what kinds of emotions come from God (love, joy, peace, etc.) and what kinds of emotions and actions are the works of the flesh. Because of this, identifying where a given thought is coming from boils down to identifying what kind of fruit it produces.
Much of our frustration in life comes from the wrong notion that we are responsible to make something of ourselves, or to get others to like us. All of this is tied together in a profound thought written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (a Lutheran pastor imprisoned and ultimately executed in Nazi Germany):
“I must completely abandon any attempt to make something of myself”
Imagine the freedom that comes from relieving yourself of the weight of having to make something of yourself, or to get others to like you. When you learn to die to yourself, you free yourself to pursue who and what God wants you to be. Instead of frustration at your own lack of progress, you find wonder at what God is able to do to a life that is submitted to Him.