We are all in repair. We forget that about ourselves and others far too much (at least I do). We are not allowed to wallow in the muck of guilt after we sin . Godly sorrow yes (Romans 7:21-8:1)! But we need to get over ourselves and our stupid thoughts of how “great of a Christian” we thought we were. And please don't be shocked when another Christian sins and struggles. Not to minimize, but to know the truth: we all struggle. (Sin shouldn't be shocking, but an unrepentant heart should be)

We believe in progressive sanctification…right? It is going to take time (till we die!). We can't be afraid to be in real community because of a certain stage of growth we might be in the gospel doesn't make room for elitism that's garbage. We are all face down at the foot of the cross pleading for grace.

While we plead we fight our sin by the Spirit (Romans 8:13). We fight it, trusting that He is fighting along side us (Philippians 2:12-13). We ask Jesus to do through us, what He already did for us (Galatians 2:20).

There is a good way to start fighting. Start here: Do you believe that God loves the current you? Seriously. God isn't shocked at where you are spiritually as though He should have gotten the “car-fax” before He bought you.

Jesus knows he bought a clunker. And he loves to fix them up. He dug you out of the scrap yard. We have never been impressive, that's why His love is amazing.

So from one clunker to another keep looking at Him (2 Cor. 3:18) and keep going (Hebrews 12:1-4).

How does God's Word impact our prayers?

God invites His children to talk with Him, yet our prayers often become repetitive and stale. How do we have a real conversation with God? How do we come to know Him so that we may pray for His will as our own?

In the Bible, God speaks to us as His children and gives us words for prayer—to praise Him, confess our sins, and request His help in our lives.

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