I. Ask God, “please teach me!” James 1,5
II. Watch for the triggers of my bad reaction, in the upcoming events of the following days, expecting him to teach
III. Have a bad reaction. (Pretty easy huh?) To react with stinking-thinking, foolish-feelings, awful-actions. (WE may now pick from the following popular options or invent our own,: “this is terrible, what will people think?, I’ll lose everything, this is unfair, why me?, I can’t take it anymore, I’m too weak dumb or inexperienced, I just can’t, I’m not worthy, this is below me, who do they think I am? I have rights blah blah blah etc, etc, etc.) Exodus 4, 10-11
IV. Spot the bad reaction. (ouch!)
V. Say to myself, “I can’t deal with this, but God can and will and wants to, so I’ll get out of God’s way and see what he will do and I’ll prepare to obey. Phillipians 4,13
VI. Say THANK you GOD for this teaching experience, I’ll need your HELP, please SHOW ME your way.
VII. Ask myself what the opposite of my natural response would look like. (This takes humility-see word definitions-to realize that if I want to act in a godly way, that I’m so messed up that my natural response will not only be twisted but it will be entirely opposite of what it should be!) (For example: if I am tempted to lie to someone then I need to ask God to help me see them as a member of me. See them as a tool in God’s hands that need to be primed with truth in order to play their intended role in my life. If I want to take anything that isn’t mine, then I need to stop, earn some money with my hands and give to those in need, if I want to use my mouth to tear someone down then I need to use it to encourage and exhort, if I have the urge to find fault then I need to look for a picky positive observation to encourage them and build them up.) Ephesians 4,25-34
VIII. DO THE OPPOSITE, move the members of my body according to this new picture of the opposite. ( Remember that to simply quit a negative creates a vacuum that invites 8 demons in the place of the old one.) Matthew 12 ,44
IX. Thank God for whatever result he wants to produce from my feeble efforts to obey. Ephesians 5,20
X. Rest in him and ponder what I have learned and prepare for another lesson.
XI. Share what God has taught in order to bless another with the acts of the Holy Spirit in my life.