THE LIFE OF FAITH PART 33
ROMANS 12:1-2
LEARNING THE ART OF NON-RESISTANCE

INTRO: DOLLYWOOD ROLLER COASTER EXPERIENCE

QUOTE FROM THE POWER OF NOW: “The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some from of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind. The mind always seeks to deny the Now and to escape from it. In other words, the more you are identified with our mind, the more you suffer. Or you may put it like this: the more you are able to honor and accept the Now, the more you are free of pain, of suffering—and free of the egoic mind.” Page 33

1. ACCEPTANCE DEPENDS ON THE MERCY AND LOVE OF GOD V.1a
By the mercies of God

2. ACCEPTANCE INCORPORATES THE WHOLE PERSON V.1b
Your bodies, living sacrifices

3. ACCEPTANCE HONORS WHAT IS V.1c
Your spiritual worship

4. ACCEPTANCE TRANSFORMS INSTEAD OF CONFORMING V.2a
“Accept—then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.” Page 35-36

5. ACCEPTANCE TESTS OUR MIND CLOCKS V.2b
“Why does the mind habitually deny or resist the Now? Because it cannot function and remain in control without time, which is past and future, so it perceives the timeless Now as threatening. Time and mind are in fact inseparable.” Page 34

6. ACCEPTANCE DEPENDS ON THE GOODNESS OF THE FATHER’S WILL V.2c
Matthew 5,6,7 or the sermon on the mount teaches us to surrender to the present moment because that is where God is working.
READ MATTHEW 7:21-27

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