Becoming the Best Version of Yourself

Ephesians 4:22-31 NIV

22   You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;

23   to be made new in the attitude of your minds;

24   and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

25   Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

26   “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,

27   and do not give the devil a foothold.

28   He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

29   Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

30   And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

31   Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

32   Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Putting off and putting on is:

I. A Continued process

II. A Combined process

Matthew 12:43-45 NIV43 “When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

  1. Evil can be conquered but never destroyed.
  2. Negative religion is never enough.
  1. Racist – an ideology of White supremacy on the basis of race.
  2. Non-racist – I am not a racist; I don’t believe in racial inequity.
  3. Anti-racist – action word seeking to actively  and aggressively dismantle racial inequity.

Ephesians 5:4, 18 NIV4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

III. A Conceived process

Romans 12:2 NIV – Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Your thoughts control your life.

Proverbs 4:23 GNV – Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.

In Louisville, there are the governors and there are the governed.

You can never rise any higher than you think, dream and aspire.

Polis – city-people

Politicians – decision makers and influence leaders

Politics – staying in power by any means necessary

Policy – a settled and definite course of action

Police – those who enforce the policies of the decision makers

Polls – the Democratic power of the governed to change policy

Put all Black led initiatives for community development in the same pocket and provide just enough funding for the Black community to survive but never thrive.

To be Black in West Louisville means to spend most of your time learning how to cope with an oppressed environment so you can grow up to be oppressed adults.

The White community has multiple institutions that play distinct and separate roles.

The solutions to the problems within the Black community lies within the Black community.

The Black community will never thrive until White power structure stops imposing on the Black community solutions that have never worked.

Progress in the Black community will come at the speed of trust.

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