THE PROBLEM

Romans 12:1-3  Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 

2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

    PATTERNS DETERMINE OUR EFFECTIVENESS

We are Not the Sum of our Experiences, We are the Product of our Patterns

PATTERNS are ROUTINES, ROUTINES are about DECISIONS

    DECISIONS (or PATTERNS) DETERMINE our EFFECTIVENESS

        DECISIONS are made IN THE MIND, Not in EXPERIENCE

The PROBLEM isn’t ABILITY, it’s MENTALITY

    You are CAPABLE of MORE than you THINK you are, 

        the PROBLEM is what you THINK, you BELIEVE

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

The WORLDS Way - “YOU DO YOU”

I JOHN 2:16 For everything in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--comes not from the Father but from the world. 

Wanting your own Way, 

    Wanting Everything for Yourself, 

        Wanting to Appear Important 

Word of God - logos - logic - thinking

I CORINTHIANS 11:1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

OUR PATTERN - I JOHN 2:16

Wanting your own Way, 

    Wanting Everything for Yourself, 

        Wanting to Appear Important

LUKE 9:23  Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

TO BE EFFECTIVE, YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW THE PATTERN

  • Problem isn’t the Process
    • Everyone is IN Process
  • Problem isn’t the Preparation
    • Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail
  • Problem isn’t the Passion
    • What You’re Passionate About You’ll Suffer For
  • The Problem is the Pattern

I CORINTHIANS 11:1 And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.

CONCLUSION

Imitation leads to Consecration or Limitation

YOU DO YOU” - not Unique - Limiting 

MATTHEW 6:31-34 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things…

2CORINTHIANS 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” Oscar Wilde

 

 

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