12. VALUES-CHARACTER DISCERNMENT

"Paul's eyes were ever fastened on the unseen and eternal. Realizing that he was fighting against supernatural powers, he placed this dependence on God, and in this lay his strength. It is by seeing Him who is invisible that strength and vigor of soul are gained and the power of earth over mind and character is broken."

APPLICATION

a. Principle Focus (review)

Values-Character Discernment--values, the principles of what is right and good and true, make up the essential character that comprises a persons individual nature and ethic; character is lasting.

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

Philippians 4 sparkles with its portrayal of principles, illustrations, and a life motivated by high values, resulting in a sterling character; in this chapter are found the seeds of character greatness.

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • I live a life of purity and transparency so that all I do and say can stand the examination of the masses and Heaven.
  • I choose and work hard to nurture values and ethics that result in a character fit for eternity.

d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)

How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)

1 2 3 4 5
Extremely
Dissatisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Extremely
Satisfied

e. Action Plan (implement)

What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)





MEDITATION

"Lord, I thank You for convicting me about the relationship between my values and my character. A good character doesn't result unless good values are practiced. Help my values and character to soar with the proverbial eagles rather than pecking with the chickens. Help me to love and celebrate the high and noble virtues of that which is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report. I would think on and desire these things."