3-Fold Strategy for Rooting Sin Out of Our Lives

A number of years ago, on my way home from work, a guy cut me off in traffic and I became very angry. I honked and scowled at him to let him know what I thought of his driving. Then, instantly, the Holy Spirit convicted me of my sin.

I was crushed! How could I respond to others with such anger and venom? I felt soiled by my sin. I was deeply ashamed and desperate to have the Lord take this behavior from me. I needed his transforming power.

At home, I changed and went out for a hike. On that hike, I meditated word-for-word and thought-for-thought on 1 John 1:9, allowing its truths to wash over me.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness.

My meditation on this passage was extremely helpful and it also prompted a thought in me I had never considered.

Up until now, I had always “hoped” and “prayed” that I would avoid such a godless reaction when a situation like this arose in traffic. But I saw that this approach was totally passive on my part. As a result, I was always dealing with this sin on the back side of it, after-the-fact, in a reactionary way having to “clean up” my mess.

I realized that all of us go through much of life hoping to avoid sin, but doing very little to aggressively root it out of our lives. Specifically with this sin, I decided I needed to go on the offensive and remove it from my life—but how?

Going to the Word and in conversation with the Lord, he led me to a three-fold offensive strategy:

  1. I daily practiced abiding in Christ asking him to change me.
  2. I shared my specific need for change with a confidant—a spiritual partner (and with my wife).
  3. I chose to replace anger and frustration, with Christ’s patience and love.

Over the next months, as I continued practicing this offensive strategy, I experienced the change the Christ wanted to bring about in me. He gives us victory!

However, I must confess that the second element of that strategy was the most difficult because I had to humble myself, admit defeat, and give my confidant permission to ask me each week how I was doing.

The second element of this offensive strategy is so crucial for victory:

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

What pattern of sin would you like God to root out of your life? Go on the offensive, using this strategy and see what God does!

©2015 Rob Fischer

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God Tracks

One of the things I enjoy about snow is what it reveals. While animal tracks on a hard-packed trail in the summer may not be readily visible, in the snow all is revealed.

I remember hiking not far from home just as the first light snowfall ended. Because the snow was so freshly fallen, I could tell which tracks were fresh. Not far from the trailhead, I picked up the tracks of a deer. A little farther along a couple of coyotes joined the trail.

I continued to follow the trail and take in the story it told. After a while the two coyotes veered off the trail into the woods. But imagine my surprise when a bit farther along I saw the unmistakable paw prints of a cougar stalking the deer. Believe me, I continued my hike with a lot more vigilance from that point on!

Before long, I came to a spot in the trail where the cougar had clearly caught up with the deer and had taken it down. A deer-sized swath was plowed through the snow into the woods where the cougar had dragged its kill away.

On another occasion, I followed some rabbit tracks in the fresh snow. Then suddenly, the tracks ended. At that spot, there were signs of a brief struggle and the imprints of an owl’s wingtips where it had swooped down to grab its supper. It is truly amazing the stories that soft, fresh snow reveals.

As I was hiking again in the snow the other day, I was amazed at all the different tracks I saw: deer, moose, rabbit, turkey, grouse, coyote, raccoon, squirrel, and badger. Most of which I’d never have seen without the aid of the soft, impressionable snow.

And then I began thinking about our hearts. It occurred to me that a hard heart, resistant to the impressions of God, may conclude that God has not been present. But a heart softened to him and pliable to his touch will have plenty to show and tell of God’s grace and presence in that life.

Consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 13:15, “For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.”

Any one of us is capable of developing a hard heart that repels rather than receives and displays the tracks of God in our lives. May we continually humble ourselves before him, worship him and thank him for his presence and work in our lives!

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When Change Is Thrust Upon Us

All change is a step into the unknown. Whether we choose a change for ourselves, or have some change imposed on us, change demands that we leave what we know and move toward what is not yet clearly defined. For this reason, change offers us an amazing opportunity for personal and spiritual growth—but we often miss it.

I remember vividly the day in 1971 when I received my draft notice from Uncle Sam informing me that I’d soon be a member of the US armed services. I admit that it didn’t catch me totally off-guard, but it was definitely imposed on me!

God helped me in my response to that life-changing event and the three years I spent in the Army enriched my life in many ways. But I can’t say that I’ve always responded to unwanted change so positively.

Often, when change is imposed on us, we miss these growth opportunities, or perhaps experience only a portion of them for several reasons.

  • We may buck or balk at the change. When we actively resist change that is unavoidable, we may fight, kick and scratch, or simply grumble and complain about it. If the change is truly inevitable, then such a response not only hinders our growth, but makes us difficult to get along with for others.
  • We may blame others for the change. If what we perceive to be a negative change is forced on us, it’s easy to resent it, become angry about it, and focus our anger on those responsible for the change. (We often view God as the culprit.) These responses are caustic and place us in a thick, dark smog that prevents us from seeing the situation clearly.
  • We may retreat from the change. We do this by passively avoiding the change, trying to postpone it, or denying the reality of it. This approach casts us into a fantasy of our own creation where no real growth or forward movement can occur.

Again, I recently had a significant change imposed on me. It would be easy for me to default to one of the responses above and let my mind go to dark places. But I don’t want to miss out on what God has for me in this change. I want to grab hold of it and squeeze every drop of benefit from it possible. How do we do that?

When Jesus was contemplating the monumental change that would soon be thrust on him in terms of the cross and the horrors that accompanied it, he said, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24 NIV)

Remarkably, in the very next verse, Jesus applied the same principle to us who follow him. A life following Jesus calls for change—constant change. Following Jesus means daily dying to self and pursuing him. In his presence, we cannot remain unchanged.

The application here is not that we die or submit to the change. Instead, we’re dying to the fleshly response to that change that we’re tempted to engage in and we willfully submit to Christ.

“So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’” Because, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:6 & 8 NIV)

 

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Dare Mighty Things!

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt 

There’s something about that quote that stirs me to the core of my being! Who wants to “rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat”?

The problem is that people get stuck. Behavioral patterns for a day, soon become those for a week, and then a month, and then a year, and so forth. Suddenly, a person wakes up one morning realizing they’re no further along than they were 10, 20, or 30 years before.

That’s tragic!

The definition of insanity: “doing what we’ve always done, yet expecting different results” has become merely a cliché. We glibly acknowledge its truth, but don’t act on it.

Stop! No, really! We cannot continue doing the same things we’ve always done and expect different results!

But we’re afraid. We’re cautious. We’re careful. We reason that our hesitations are prudent and wise, only to discover that perhaps we too “rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

As we embark on 2015, perhaps you find yourself living too much “in a gray twilight.” What characterizes your life, your relationships, and your pursuits? Do you find that you “neither enjoy nor suffer much?”

If so, coaching may be just the leverage and impetus you need to dare some mighty thing. This is one of the things I love about coaching; it leaves no one in that “gray twilight,” but challenges, empowers and equips to “dare mighty things.”

How about it? Give coaching a try in 2015. Call, text or email me to get started meeting with your personal coach.

Rob Fischer

 

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Proud to Be a Vet!

Rob militaryFrom 1972 to 1975 I had the privilege of serving in the United States Army. I had not planned to serve in the military, but when I received my draft notice I had no regrets or hesitation. I counted it an honor to serve my country.

Since I was going into the Army anyway, I decided to enlist for a third year. The Army trained me as a German linguist and stationed me in Berlin for two years. Berlin was still an occupied city 200 km behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany at the time.

While in Berlin, on two separate occasions, German men saw me in uniform, approached me and warmly shook my hand thanking me for being there to help protect them from the threat of Russia. Those men, who had lived through WW2, were extremely grateful to the US and for our presence. Never have I been more proud to be an American!

As is often the case, my military training in German became very useful back in civilian life. And some years later, my wife and I headed to Austria to serve as missionaries. In Austria, time and time again, the WW2 generation expressed their gratitude to me as an American for what our country had done for them.

One Austrian man told me with tears in his eyes that he, his mom and brother would not be alive today had it not been for the Americans who fed and clothed them following the war. He said the first time he ever tasted chocolate was as a gift from a US soldier.

An Austrian woman reflected on the post-war days with fondness for the generous and respectable way that Americans treated her and her family. She added that other nations were raping and pillaging, while the American GIs protected, fed and cared for them. Again, my chest swelled with pride to be an American!

As we celebrate another Veteran’s Day, remember the values and Christian character that have guided us as a nation and as men and women in the Armed Services. We have a strong moral heritage to live up to as we represent our great country throughout the world. May we continually seek God and His favor. God, please bless America!

Rob Fischer

 

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What’s God Doing in Your Life?

Frequently, I ask the question of others and myself, “What’s God doing in your life?”

If that question immediately prompts guilt, I urge you, don’t even go there! When I ask this question, the purpose is not to incite guilt, but to promote love and prompt a sense of expectation and trust.

As followers of Christ, we daily look to Him to meet our needs, conform us to His image, and use us to serve others. Jesus described our life in Him like a living, fruit-producing branch on a grape vine (John 13). “In Him we live and move and have our being,” (Acts 17:28).

He has equipped us with His Word, indwells us by His Spirit, and converses with us through prayer. He has given us everything we need for living a godly life and experiencing His presence (2 Peter 1:3-8).

In view of all this, what is God doing in your life? What are you trusting Him for right now? In what ways is He speaking to you? What does He want to change in you? What’s keeping you from enjoying Him fully?

Perhaps you’re suffering physically or emotionally right now. In what ways is God extending you comfort and encouragement? How is He making His presence known? What depths of His love have you explored more intimately through your suffering?

Or maybe you’re enjoying unprecedented blessing. How is this abundance stimulating you to worship and thank Him? Who are you blessing in your abundance? How do you stay focused on God? In what ways has He given you freedom to enjoy the things that He has freely given you?

If you were to ask me this question right now, I’d hardly know where to begin! God has recently humbled me to ask for prayer about an infected tooth that stubbornly refused to heal. Through the prayers of others, the tooth has finally prevailed!

He also revealed my impatience with others that I know He would never display toward me. I want to shed that and be like Him! He is also challenging me to ask Him to bless me in ways that I have been hesitant to ask Him for in the past.

God has also shown me lately the many ways in which He has favored me with my wife, children, grandchildren and friends. God is so good! I am pursuing Him and pressing into Him. He is changing me.

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, however you’re feeling—what’s God doing in your life?

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Clearing the Fog around Coaching

The term coaching is thrown around a lot these days, but with a wide variety of meanings. I’d like to generate a little wind to try to clear away the fog around coaching!

In order to look at coaching simply, let me suggest that there are three primary types of coaches: the skills coach, the mentor coach, and the professional coach. All three types of coaches are valid and helpful within the bounds of what they’re designed to do.

The Skills Coach

Sports coaches, personal trainers, voice coaches, and real estate coaches fall into this category. These coaches are generally trained in a specific skill in which an individual wishes to improve. The skills coach may or may not have had any training in coaching skills. Their singular expertise qualifies them as a coach. We can improve in any sport, or other highly skilled activity by engaging a skills coach.

Characteristics of skills coaching include:

  • Heavy instruction
  • Highly directive, coach-led
  • Narrow focus on a skill
  • The individual submits to the direction of their skills coach
  • Usually a formal arrangement

The skills coach says, “Do it like this…”

The Mentor Coach

Mentor coaches have generally built up years of experience and expertise in some field of work that qualifies them to coach. We find mentor coaches frequently in business in many different professions and disciplines. Mentor coaching is typically not a profession, but more of a service. Usually, a mentor coach is a veteran showing a junior person the ropes of their profession. A mentor coach may or may not have any training in coaching skills and requires no certification.

Characteristics of mentor coaching include:

  • Moderate instruction
  • Moderately to less directive, coach- and individual-led
  • Usually a targeted focus
  • The individual defers to the direction of their mentor coach
  • Can be either formal or informal arrangement

The mentor coach says, “Do what I have done…”

The Professional Coach

Professional coaches often refer to themselves as life coaches, executive coaches, leadership coaches and the like. These are professionals trained in the competencies of coaching and become certified when they demonstrate mastery of those competencies.[1] Professional coaches are unique among coaches in that their skills enable them to coach others proficiently in a wide variety of life and work issues.

Characteristics of professional coaching include:

  • Open-ended questioning
  • Non-directive, client-led
  • Focuses on the client’s agenda
  • The coach empowers the client to self-direct
  • Formal arrangement

The professional coach asks, “What would you like to achieve?”

The key difference between professional coaches and skills and mentor coaches, is that the professional coach prompts and empowers the individual to direct their coaching experience. This creates an entirely different experience for the individual.

With skills and mentor coaches, the individual is fairly dependent on them for direction and instruction. With a professional coach, the individual is challenged to delve into untapped personal resources.

Also, the skills and mentor coaches are usually interested only in what goes on in the individual’s life as it pertains to the skill or proficiency at hand. The professional coach is trained to uncover hidden obstacles to success in the client’s life.

For instance, a client may want to set and be held accountable for a lofty business goal. In the coaching process, the coach helps the client discover through questioning that there’s a rift in the client’s relationship with their spouse. The client realizes that this rift will undoubtedly impede the client’s progress toward their goal. So the coach assists the client in determining how to repair that relationship and meet their goal.

In this way, professional coaching is a holistic approach for empowering an individual to grow and develop in any area the individual desires.

I am excited to be among the ranks of certified coaches! I love coaching, because I enjoy helping people grow and excel at life.

My clients have included business owners, pastors, church planters, missionaries, entrepreneurs, and professionals in: real estate, engineering, finance, transportation, construction, property management, pharmaceuticals, sales, health care, information systems, telephony, and insurance.

How about you? What big goal would you like to set and hit? Where are you feeling stuck? What obstacles are you facing that are preventing you from reaching your goals? What transitions are you experiencing right now? What relationships would you like to significantly improve? Where are you in your walk with Jesus Christ? What’s tugging at your life that you’d like to change or improve?

Contact me. I offer a free, 30-minute, introductory coaching session with no strings attached. Try coaching out and see if it’s for you!

Rob Fischer



[1] The International Coach Federation has identified 11 core coaching competencies that a professional coach must be able to demonstrate in order to be certified. See: http://coachfederation.org/credential/landing.cfm?ItemNumber=2206&navItemNumber=576.

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Reaching Out to the Post-Abortive

In his book, Making Abortion Rare, Dr. David C. Reardon argues that it is not the rights of the unborn that will finally put an end to abortion, but the rights of women.

This line of thinking may fly in the face of current pro-life strategy, but it makes perfect sense when you consider how horribly abortion hurts women. This is not to minimize in any way taking the lives of the unborn. But it’s the women who are suffering the aftermath of an abortion who we still have with us and can testify to the damage abortion has inflicted on them.

The pro-abortion camp says they are defending the rights and interests of women. Meanwhile, countless women are suffering unrelenting grief, remorse, shame, and a myriad of physical problems resulting from their abortion. Abortion hurts women and defies their rights.

Dr. Reardon writes, “Soon the abortion industry will find that it can no longer hide the fact that the only way to kill an unborn child is by maiming and traumatizing the child’s mother.”[1]

The author argues that the best way to end abortion is by extending compassion and healing to post-abortive women. By exposing the horrible damage of abortion on women, abortion will become unthinkable.

My heart goes out to these women. They’ve been deceived and forced into making a choice that will haunt them for the rest of their lives, often resulting in self-destructive behaviors of all kinds. Click here to hear one woman’s story.

We recognize that the healing, forgiveness and redemption these women long for can only be found in Jesus Christ. In response to this great need to demonstrate and communicate Christ’s love and forgiveness, and with a view to ending abortion, I’m excited to announce the launch of a new organization: Abortion Anonymous or AbAnon.

The mission of AbAnon is to offer free assistance in a safe environment to those in need of healing and recovery from the pain or emotional impact caused by abortion. Please click here to visit our website. I invite you to watch the video on our home page and to poke around. Navigate to the “Join Us” page and please consider donating.

My good friend and spiritual partner, Perry Underwood, is the founder of AbAnon. I serve as a charter board member of AbAnon. Our long-term prayer and goal is not only to provide post-abortive women (and men) healing and recovery from their abortions, but also to see the end of abortion in our country. Won’t you join us?

In Christ,

Rob Fischer

www.AbAnon.org

See also www.ChangetheShame.com



[1] David C. Reardon, Making Abortion Rare, (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 1996), p. viii.

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Too Many Sticks!

Recently I had the privilege of taking my four-year-old grandson, Parker, on a hike. As an avid hiker, I also have great aspirations of cultivating in him a love for hiking and the wilderness.

Having watched Parker run countless laps around the living room without tiring, I knew that he has the stamina to hike a fair distance at a good pace.

As we began hiking, I pointed out various beautiful flowers and shrubs that were in bloom. At one point, he stopped to sit on a boulder and we looked at all the different colored lichen growing on it. Parker did appreciate the wonders of nature, but quickly became preoccupied with the treasure trove of sticks available on the trail.

I soon learned that Parker loves sticks as much as I love hiking! At first he simply picked up every stick he came across, but then he realized that sticks were everywhere! So he began selecting only the best sticks.

Soon, Parker had so many sticks in his grasp that he was clutching a whole sheaf of them against his chest. And everywhere he looked, there were more sticks begging to be picked up. I watched him struggle physically, juggling all those sticks, and mentally because he had to leave so many behind.

Obviously, all these sticks significantly hindered his ability to hike. He couldn’t see where he was going, the sticks were knocking him off balance, and his pace slowed to a crawl.

I saw what was happening and reasoned with him, “Parker, why don’t you limit yourself to two sticks for now. You’re not able to hike with so many sticks and I’m afraid you’re going to stab yourself with one of them if you fall.”

Thankfully, he gave in. He laid down his bundle of sticks and carefully selected two of the best and we continued our hike. And he announced, “Grandpa, I’m not going to pick up any more sticks…except this one,” as he stooped to pick up another stick!

As we continued our hike, the lure of all the tantalizing sticks grew too much for Parker to resist. Before I knew it he was clutching a whole bundle of sticks again—so many that he kept dropping some. Then he’d slowly crouch down, sneak one hand away from his bundle and pick up the fallen stick—only to lose another in the process.

Now, for a four-year-old, Parker is extremely articulate and quite a negotiator. So he approached me and asked if I would carry some of his sticks for him. I agreed to do so, but asked that he limit his load to two sticks.

Soon my back pocket was bursting with sticks and I held some in both hands. Meanwhile, Parker was again clutching a large bunch of sticks to his chest. Again, I tried to reason with him that the sticks were distracting and hindering him from being able to hike and that they posed a danger to him.

But by now, Parker had grown attached to his sheaf of sticks and nothing would convince him to part with them. That’s when I decided that for every new stick he picked up, I would surreptitiously put one down that I was carrying.

Eventually, I only had one stick left. We were walking past a rock outcropping and I stealthily laid my last stick on a small ledge at eye height. But apparently I wasn’t stealthy enough.

Parker looked at me knowingly and asked, “Grandpa, what did you just do?” I smiled, caught in the act, “I put one of your sticks on that ledge.”

“May I see it?” Parker asked. So I showed it to him. With all sincerity, Parker exclaimed, “Grandpa, that was my favorite stick!”

On one level, this whole hiking excursion was a wonderful experience that I will cherish for many years. On another level, however, I sensed the Holy Spirit speaking to me later, “All those sticks that Parker just had to have are like the sins and harmful habits that people hold onto.”

All through life we pick up “sticks” thinking that we can’t live without them. These “sticks” hinder our walk with Christ. Our pet habits often distract us from what’s important and even pose a threat to our spiritual well-being. And they’re so hard to put down once we become accustomed to carrying them—especially our favorite ones.

In Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV) we read,

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Are you carrying any “sticks” the Lord is asking you to lay down?

©2014 Rob Fischer

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Great Pleasure!

Jesus is alive! He rose from the dead. But His resurrection required his death. In Isaiah 53, we read the most amazing foretelling of Jesus’ death, written hundreds of years before Jesus died:

But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. (Isaiah 53:10-11 NASB)

“The Lord was pleased to crush Him.” The original language leaves no doubt: the Father was pleased; He took delight in crushing His Son. How can this be? The Father was pleased to allow His Son to suffer because of what His suffering would accomplish.

What did Jesus’ suffering and death accomplish? Speaking of Jesus the Lord says, “The Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. And those He justifies, God calls His offspring.

Not only was the Father pleased to allow His Son to suffer, but speaking of Jesus we read, “as a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied.” Hebrews 12:2 says it like this: Jesus endured the cross “for the joy set before him.” Jesus, the Son of God, was pleased to die for us. He even found joy in it.

If the wonder of the Father’s and the Son’s incredible love for us were not already magnified to its limits, God astounds us again with another truth: “’Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked?’ declares the Sovereign Lord. ‘Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?’” (Ezekiel 18:23 NIV)

How can we understand this? How can we reconcile the fact that God is never pleased in the death of the wicked, yet He was pleased in the death of His Son? Simply, for that is how much God loves us!

“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” (Ephesians 1:5 NLT)

©2014 Rob Fischer

 

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