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Why Incremental Change Was Key To Regaining Control of My Life | GOF41

Why Incremental Change Was Key To Regaining Control of My Life | GOF41

Everybody talks about the power of incremental change in getting control of your life, but I didn’t believe it until I hit rock bottom. A year ago, I was overweight, depressed and feeling pretty low on myself. My crashing point came when I noticed that I lacked the energy to help out with my kids t-ball team. I knew I had to do change or everything was going to suffer.

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This Episode’s Topic: Incremental Change

To better understand why this issue matters, I share with you three key areas I had to address to begin regaining control of my life. Here are the three:

  1. Personal Life – Physical, Intellectual and Emotional.
  2. Spiritual Life – Faith and Belief
  3. Social Life – Family, Friends, and Co-Workers

When any one of these areas is being neglected, you are bound to have some breaking points in life.

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Theology On The Street: The Gospel Center Life Part 4 – Predestination

The Protestant doctrine of predestination is one of the more misunderstood faith tenets. When you understand God’s redemptive work underlying your belief, you realize just what a comfort it can be. So in this section, I talk about Romans 8:26-30 and tie it to Article 17 of the Church of England Articles of Religion.

Here is the entirety of the article:
Predestination to life is the everlasting purpose of God, whereby (before the foundations of the world were laid) he hath constantly decreed by his counsel secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation those whom he hath chosen in Christ out of mankind, and to bring them by Christ to everlasting salvation, as vessels made to honour. Wherefore they which be endued with so excellent a benefit of God be called according to God’s purpose by his Spirit working in due season;
they through grace obey the calling;
they be justified freely;
they be made sons of God by adoption;
they be made like the image of his only begotten Son Jesus Christ;
they walk religiously in good works and at length by God’s mercy,
they attain to everlasting felicity.
As the godly consideration of predestination, and our election in Christ, is full of sweet, pleasant and unspeakable comfort to godly persons,
and such as feel in themselves the working of the Spirit of Christ,
mortifying the works of the flesh and their earthly members,
and drawing up their mind to high and heavenly things,
as well because it doth greatly establish and confirm their faith of eternal salvation to be enjoyed through Christ,
as because it doth fervently kindle their love towards God;
so for curious and carnal persons, lacking the Spirit of Christ, to have continually before their eyes the sentence of God’s predestination, is a most dangerous downfall, whereby the Devil doth thrust them either into desperation, or into wretchlessness of most unclean living, no less perilous than desperation.
Furthermore, we must receive God’s promises in such wise as they be generally set forth to us in Holy Scripture; and in our doings, that will of God is to be followed which we have, expressly declared to us in the Word of God.[1]

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[1] Gerald Bray, The Faith We Confess: An Exposition of the Thirty-Nine Articles (London: The Latimer Trust, 2009), 91–92.



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Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.

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