“Your usual human value set will not help you achieve what you would like to achieve – life more abundantly.”

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As I review what I just said to you, it sounds very calm, benign, and blasé – like an intellectual exercise worked through in the comfort of your living room while having your morning hot drink. I have said it before and I must repeat it again for emphasis. This is not a calm and benign intellectual exercise. This is the critical juncture; this is the constant, daily struggle of the human heart – to choose to follow the value set of the world or to submit to the value set of God.

This is extremely difficult and extremely painful, on two counts. First, it means recognizing that your usual human value set will not help you achieve what you would like to achieve – life more abundantly. (Everybody wants life more abundantly). You must give up your default human value set and choose to let the Holy Spirit do His radical surgery in your “heart” (remember Ezekiel 36:26-27); that is, implant God’s value set.

Second, it means recognizing that once you’ve received the “heart” transplant and you begin to make choices based on the new value set, you don’t have the power to act on your choices. You don’t have the power to do it yourself and you must recognize that you can’t. It means comparing yourself to Christ and knowing that you fall so far short that you will never, ever come close to “growing up into” (Ephesians 4:12, 13) righteousness on your own.