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Lukewarm Social Phase: The Stinking Thinking Experience

By Arnesha Lanette Adams

My recollection of going back to church has really allowed me to see how much relapsing destroyed me internally and externally. It also did some damage to the others who are considered family to suffer as well. By making matters worse, I distance myself from them by not interacting with them or talking to them. Something then told me was awry about my behaviors and mannerisms.  Not saying hello to someone even if in a zombified state or moody is was not the norm. This didn’t just happen at home but at church.  So going back to Celebrate Recovery even though the old man frowned upon it, it helps me out a lot. Once praise and worship happened is when my up and at em attitude came back, but why so long? A plaguing question to me and others as well. Talking about the testimony also became the keys necessary to open up one of the verses I hold dear and sacred to me. Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” So really my spirituality is in a good place, but lukewarm in a social phase of people is lukewarm because of the steps I am taking to aim towards being “Christ like” but it is not quite there due to incorrect errors of change in my internal and external appearance with building a relationship with people who love Jesus and God Almighty, not following the spiritual steps of my celebrate recovery classes to help renew and transform my mind, learning from the teachings of the bible to live by, and leaving worldly things go.  Until these walks of restoration are fulfilled the spiritual growth cannot be complete without me learning from the positive and negative feedback of my self and what others' see it. That is what the "Do not be conformed to this world" in Romans 12: 2 means I do not need to conform to what society or others' view as perfect will of God, but what God and Jesus view as perfect, acceptable, and good. Not what society nowadays, view it. I close myself off from embracing the comments and try to condemn them, instead of embracing people's unchangeable viewpoint to validate that I am stronger now than I am before in walking in Jesus and God's footsteps. I know I am doing what God has created me to do, or at least I am going in the greatest and best direction even if I slip and fall Jesus relays it to God and God has the right person there to catch me when I fall at the right moment. So it is not easy living by society's way of how we should live a righteous, perfect, and good will of God, but it is the way God deems us to walk it in the way he knows we should walk. 

 

The Negative thinking and letting everything negative in my heart be released. This is what Pastor Chad Rowe called "stinking thinking". We all have doubts, fears, worries, and other hang ups that have plagued our mind, but we are so wrapped up in what others' (society) sees it. So this is a story of how I was able to let go and use the Romans 12: 2 and Matthew 5:5 and this is the results.

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  • I hope you disregard the one comments I made. I did what naturally a writer who was offended would do or a person with that negative viewpoint "stinking thinking"  would say and for that I do apologize I AM making some changes and realize my blog is way off using certain words. So you guys hit the nail on the head but HONESTLY, that is not what I meant honest. So I am re-writing it and doing some editing. I will re-read some of my other blogs too just to clarify my experience. Not everyone's viewpoints will match, but that just shows you when I am wrong and I make careless mistakes I can admit it. Don't judge me I am human lol. 

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    • My apologies to you I misinterpret a lot about that the title was one of many mishaps in my writing, 2. I was tired and was done writing and just published it without re-reading and making last minute changes to make it clearer to the readers and the message I am really trying to convey. I really did not mean to confuse anyone. I really was angry about that but when I went back and read it I was like oh that is why the comments were all misunderstood is because the reader was misinformed by the writers' message. So my apologies I hope you reread my blog again once it is reposted.  Any other mistakes or misunderstandings please message me personally instead that would help a lot. Thank you for taking the time to read it. -Arnesha

    • I am not sure where you get the 'lukewarm' statement to mean "spiritual pride",  as far as I can tell this statement of prophesy comes up only once in Revelation 3:16 which reads:

      "So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth."

      This is specifically about how Loadicea arguably the worst of the seven churches, it relates to the church being half-hearted, possibly with one foot on each camp. Rather like, if you will, lecturers in some Christian colleges who lecture on what they don't really believe in with all their hearts, indifferent to the Gospel,  God wants us to be 'on fire' for Jesus, to be filled to capacity with His Holy Spirit.

      Amesha, we have all been there, going through periods when we were lukewarm, just going to church once a week and that's the extent of it, too involved in the world or our jobs.  I guess you could say 'been there, read the book, bought the 'T' shirt.  God allows us to go through these times, because each time we do, we learn something new, about ourselves or, more importantly, about God.  Some people call them 'Wilderness Periods'  and you know, Jesus had those Wilderness periods, sometimes literally in the wilderness.  One that sticks out in my mind was in the Garden the night before His execution, He prayed:

      "And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” [Matthew 26:39]

      Jesus knew what He had to do, but there was this point of doubt, Jesus was fully human after all, in addition to being fully spiritually, God, so really, don't beat yourself up.  We've all been there.

      • My apologies to you I misinterpret a lot about that the title was one of many mishaps in my writing, 2. I was tired and was done writing and just published it without re-reading and making last minute changes to make it clearer to the readers and the message I am really trying to convey. I really did not mean to confuse anyone. I really was angry about that but when I went back and read it I was like oh that is why the comments were all misunderstood is because the reader was misinformed by the writers' message. So my apologies I hope you reread my blog again once it is reposted.  Any other mistakes or misunderstandings please message me personally instead that would help a lot. Thank you for taking the time to read it. -Arnesha

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