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The question you never ask anyone is whether something is controlling you. The reason because something or someone is always controlling us. The most independent and autonomous person you know is not as he presents himself to be.
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We’re all part of something greater than ourselves, and we are shaped, motivated, and controlled by that more significant thing. The Christian assumes my presupposition and would quickly inform you that the “greater thing” is God.
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Though this is how it ought to be, it’s not how things are all of the time. Even the Christian, who understands how he is part of something greater, has a hard time submitting to God in every way.
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers (Isaiah 40:22).
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Acknowledging Him as Lord and submitting to Him as such are two different things. This challenge makes the things that can exert control over our lives worth exploring. I’m going to share six of them with you.
Discipleship is a “business” of recurring themes. After a while, the discipler will see it all. Though a person’s story may have a unique element to it, the controlling influences are not uncommon. We’re all the same.
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Maybe each snowflake is different, but there are common qualities about all of them. They are small, wet, cold, white, temporal, and will melt in your mouth. If you line up 1000 snowflakes, you could say they are different. You could also say they are the same.
Humans are like this. We all came from the same place, created by the same person (Genesis 2:7). There is a commonality in the human family. This perspective is essential...
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