Out of the Shadows – “Divine Design”
The human soul doesn’t drift towards health.
Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV) Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
The goal of awareness is transformation, not improvement.
Sin gets scary when we give it a specific name.
Galatians 5:16-26 (NIV) So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
To change my fruit, I gotta change my root!
Recommended book on the Enneagram and Scripture: “The Road Back to You” (Stabile/Cron)
Recommended Enneagram Discovery test: www.wepss.com($10) There are many sites that offer free tests online…and they’re usually worth it 🙂