Tuesday, March 15, 2016

ITCZ 101 - Willing To Learn

There are always going to be challenges to growing in the Lord. The first step is to be willing. The next step is to learn what the Lord is doing. Renewing how we think requires a new knowledge base. New to us, I guess I should say, not to God.

A wise man will hear and increase learning.

Have you ever wondered why we have to ask for wisdom? How about, why do we have to seek knowledge? It's because we clearly do not have it. If we haven't sought it out... we do not have it!

Our Opportunity To Participate

So how do we get to a state where we are willing to learn?

Curiosity! Yet, there is a good chance that our culture has turned yours off. Curiosity is a superpower driving our willingness to learn. It's high time to stir your curiosity about the Lord and who you are in Christ.

Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. ... "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. - Isaiah 55:6, 8 NKJV

Curiosity is not only an antidote to fear it leads to thinking and learning. Let's not lose our motivation to learn about what the Lord is doing. He has a plan and you can learn it. You can be a major contributor if you are interested in participating.

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. - Matthew 6:33 NKJV

Is Your Mind Under Your Control?

If you prayerfully think this question through you may discover you are not thinking for yourself. It's being done for you. It's the reason our scriptures tell us in various and creative ways to keep God's Word in front of our eyes at all times. Pray always, is not a mere platitude.

We find ourselves in a culture where we have been trained not to think. Our thinking and reasoning process is hidden away in a sea of emotions and triggered responses. Break out of this slavish state of mind. Learn what God has for you. Make yourself willing to learn.

Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. - Psalm 119:2 NLT

Overcoming

If you have found yourself indifferent to growing in the Lord, you need new information. The exciting stuff in life is an understanding of God's elaborate plan and knowledge of the work designed for you to do. The party is being the person you were designed to be.

Remember Britt shared with us the difference between, What am I? Who am I? Let's let who we are, match what we are!

What Are The Challenges To A Willing Mind?

Don't know where to start?
- Take a quick read through, What Should I Study?

Loss of interest?
- You don't know who you are. Find out right away. Take a read of, You Must Seize This One Reality! If you are in the Lord you are a new creation. You are something else.


Too busy?
- The Holy Spirit is extremely effective and a little time goes a long way. Do it on purpose though. He is waiting for you to take action.

So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don't act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. - Ephesians 5:15-17 NLT

Apprehensive you may be confused?
Frustrated you may not understand?
- Update your definition of faith! The Holy Spirit will teach you all things... but you must be seeking.

I actively seek to spend time with those I love. I bet you do too. Let's not forget the Lord and our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Spend time in His Word, in prayer and with a trusted friend in the Lord.

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative--that is, the Holy Spirit--he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. - John 14:26 NLT

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Take Action!

Interested in being a strategic learner? 
When you lose your peace, joy or focus:
Solution: Think about where your peace and joy come from. Understand it is a part of your new makeup. Learn to activate these things.

"I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid. - John 14:27 NLT

When you are teaching, discussing or debating:
Solution: Listen closely to the questions you get. When you are studying, Study Like You Have To Teach It.

When questions pop in your head:
Solution: Get them answered. Make it a priority. The Holy Spirit is constantly moving you to think like Jesus thinks. Therefore the questions come. Write them down. Get them answered. Review, Curiosity… The Hijacked Virtue.
Add learning to your prayer list. Add curiosity to your prayer list. 

Please, add your thoughts in the comment section.

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Concept >>> “Be Willing To Learn”
Next >>> "What's In Your Tool Box"


In The Cool Zone concept. Think like Jesus thinks. Teach what you have learned.

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