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40 Days to Lasting Change: An AHA Challenge
40 Days to Lasting Change: An AHA Challenge
40 Days to Lasting Change: An AHA Challenge
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40 Days to Lasting Change: An AHA Challenge

Автор Kyle Idleman

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Do you want to see change in your life—but don't know how to get there? In this thoughtful devotional, Kyle Idleman invites you to address that behavior or thought pattern using three key elements: You Awaken to the reality of your spiritual condition; you see yourself and your need for a Savior with brutal Honesty; and this realization leads to Action as you follow Christ's example.

Drawing on the example of the Prodigal Son, Idleman shows us why each of these three elements is essential to lasting spiritual transformation and gives us practical tools to live them out.
ЯзыкEnglish
ИздательDavid C Cook
Дата выпуска1 янв. 2015 г.
ISBN9781434709004
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Kyle Idleman

Kyle Idleman is the senior pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, one of the largest churches in America. On a normal weekend, he speaks to more than twenty-five thousand people spread across eleven campuses. More than anything else, Kyle enjoys unearthing the teachings of Jesus and making them relevant in people’s lives. He is a frequent speaker for national conventions and influential churches across the country. Kyle and his wife, DesiRae, have been married for over twenty-five years. They have four children, two sons-in-law, and recently welcomed their first grandchild. They live on a farm in Kentucky.

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    Introduction

    Selfless Help

    If you’re looking for a self-help book, you can put this one down. Bookstores and libraries are filled with them—including some hilarious titles and topics—but this is not one.

    AHA is not a self-help process. It’s an I can’t help myself process.

    The goal of 40 Days to Lasting Change: An AHA Challenge is not to find ways to change ourselves—it’s to seek and encounter God in ways that allow Him to change us. Instead of self-help, we are asking for God’s help. We are declaring that we are helpless. We are inviting God to do what we can’t do on our own.

    AHA is a spiritual experience that brings about supernatural change. More specifically, AHA is a sudden recognition that leads to an honest moment that brings lasting change. With striking consistency, AHA always has three ingredients:

    1. A Sudden Awakening

    2. Brutal Honesty

    3. Immediate Action

    If any one of these ingredients is missing, it short-circuits the transformation process

    If there is an awakening and honesty, but no action, then AHA doesn’t happen.

    If there is awakening and action, but honesty is overlooked, AHA will be short-lived.

    But when God’s Word and the Holy Spirit bring these three things together in your life, you will experience AHA—a God-given moment that changes everything.

    Your AHA Journey

    This book is about humbly seeking God and opening your heart to His Word and His Spirit. It’s about making yourself available to discover how God wants to use Awakening, Honesty, and Action to bring about growth and spiritual transformation in your life. It’s about living in the Father’s house. It’s about interacting with God, walking and talking with Him, and learning to recognize His voice and His ways in our lives. It’s about our lifelong journey of awakening to His guidance, living openly and honestly before Him, and taking action as He guides us. And it’s about our transformation, initial and ongoing, as our Father shapes us into the image of His Son through His extravagant love and grace.

    Our forty-day journey together centers on the parable of the prodigal son. It’s my favorite AHA story. With this one short parable, Jesus revealed so much about our heavenly Father. It’s almost impossible to read this story without finding yourself in it. My prayer is that it will be impossible not to find yourself and encounter God in a transformative way. Let’s begin your story with the story Jesus told in Luke 15:11–32:

    There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, Father, give me my share of the estate. So he divided his property between them.

    Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

    When he came to his senses, he said, How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants. So he got up and went to his father.

    But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

    The son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.

    But the father said to his servants, Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate.

    Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. Your brother has come, he replied, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.

    The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!

    My son, the father said, you are always with me, and every