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Most Christians seek to be responsive to needs they see around them. Often, individuals or church congregations work to “carry the burdens” of those dealing with a variety of spiritual, physical and social issues. Showing God’s love in tangible ways, from offering prayers to opening food pantry doors, is part of our call as followers of Jesus.

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When we are unsure of how to approach people who are caught up in addiction, we can turn to Jesus for inspiration.

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The Bible is more than a book on God's redeeming love for mankind.  The Bible is an empowering book on choices, thinking, actions toward others, motivation, goals, values, and purpose. The Bible is a book on, "Behavior Therapy." In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve were given a choice to act with a direct behavior that honored God or a displaced behavior, that dishonored God, in that they ate the forbidden fruit of knowledge. This is more than a cautionary tale, a moral fable, this is the Word of God with respect to choice and behavior. Life is about circumstances and how we think and respond. God gives us free will and choices, so that we will learn. By granting us freedom of choice, therefore, God gave meaning to our behavior. God created us in His own image (Genesis 1:27). God wants us to learn to be like Him, in His image, specifically, in Christ's image.  We are designed to become Christ like in character, but not in being!

The best introduction to direct healthy behavior and the character of God, is by introducing the incarnate person of Jesus. Jesus was a master story-teller, communicator and psycho-therapist, who lived by example. His teachings have shaped the world (arguably) more than any other teacher. Jesus Christ was a brilliant thinker, who used logical arguments to refute His critics and establish the truth of His views. His thinking, behavior and instructions were centered around one simple, eruditious meme, "Love God and love others."

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"I am a Surrendered Believer in Jesus Christ with Free Will and I CHOSE Surrender (Intelligent Delegation) in my victory over, “Recreational Chemical Abuse, my weekend, "False Idols."
"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.


With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.


Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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