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Walking by Faith Can Be Brutal for Self-Described Realists


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"I'm a realist while my wife is more spiritual than I am." An internet client shared this with me recently. He was not embarrassed or defensive; I felt his declaration manifested pride because he had a better handle on real-life issues than his spouse.

It's a comment I often hear (from husbands more typically than wives) and usually provides accurate insight into the speaker and the marriage. I have found that wives are generally more spiritually mature than their husbands are. Yes, it's a generalization, but it's been the case for most couples who have sought me out for marriage help.

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Walking by Faith Can Be Brutal for Self-Described Realists

  1. 1.
  2. 2. "I'm a realist while my spouse is more spiritual than I am"
  3. 3. I hear this frequently, usually from husbands
  4. 4. What does it mean to be a realist and why is it harder to walk with the Lord?
  5. 5. We use the Arno Profile System to assess clients inborn temperament
  6. 6. Melancholies and Cholerics tend to be thinkers
  7. 7. They have active minds with strong analytical skills
  8. 8. Supines and Sanguines tend to live more out of their emotions
  9. 9. Phlegmatics can go either way
  10. 10. The challenge for every believer is to renew their minds to allow transformation
  11. 11. Realists often choose logical paths over faith- demanding ones
  12. 12. More likely if they do not know or believe what the Bible says
  13. 13. This can open the door for fear if expectations are not met quickly
  14. 14. Those with active minds have a blessing and a challenge
  15. 15. We have a choice on what to believe. What lens will we look through?
  16. 16. The world's or God's?
  17. 17. Too heavenly minded to be of earthly good? Thats a fallacy
  18. 18. The remedy? What vantage point will you choose?
  19. 19. Seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph 2:6) is our true position
  20. 20. 5 Steps to Move Forward
  21. 21. 1. Recognize the challenge you are are facing
  22. 22. 2. Choose to believe what the Word says
  23. 23. 3. Capture every (negative, unbiblical) thought (2 Cor 10:5)
  24. 24. 4. Replace it with Gods truth (Phil 4:8)
  25. 25. 5. Keep your mind steadfast and get back in course if you stray (Isa 26:3- 4) so peace can reign
  26. 26. Walking in the Spirit does not mean ignoring the facts before you
  27. 27. Ask for wisdom, make the best decisions you can, repent for unbelief
  28. 28. Trust in the goodness and grace of God and keep moving ahead
  29. 29. Peace, and other good fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) will come forth