Hi, this is Noel. Today Denise is going to go over the role of thinking in Transformation and I will go over the 3rd example of 4-Step Bible study.
You can either read the Lesson or watch the video. To take notes either print out the Lesson, follow along in the book, or use a separate piece of paper to write out the answers to the questions below.
How We Think Effects How We Grow
Our thoughts spiritually transform us. The Bible describes spiritual change as beginning in our mind.
2. Our thoughts spiritually
Before we accepted the forgiveness of sins, Ephesians 2:3 indicates we were following the thoughts of our sinful nature.
Ephesians 2:3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts... (NIV)
3. Before salvation, our thoughts led us
After we accepted the forgiveness of sins, our continuing Transformation comes from a renewed mind. according to Romans 12:2.
Romans 12:2 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. (NIV)
4. After salvation, our thoughts
In both situations our spiritual direction is a result of what we are thinking about. God's design for change begins in our minds (Philippians 2:5).
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (KJV)
God is calling for a mind transplant. He did not say "Let this heart be in you" because hearts are broken at times. He wants our minds so we can be steadfast. It is very clear. We are not Transformed by obedience. God says let His Word renew your mind, then you will approve His will and likely do it. (Romans 12:2)
5. God is calling for a
How does our mind Transform us to be more like God? By thinking about things from God's point of view. What kind of things should we be thinking about? The Bible gives us an excellent starting place in Philippians 4:8.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. (NIV)
6. We are Transformed by thinking about things
If your friend says "Come on, lets watch this movie where the whole family gets hacked to pieces. It's a true story and we need to know what goes on." Would this fit the Philippians 4:8 test? It might be true but it doesn't fit the noble, pure, or lovely criteria.
Does that mean we are to just blow sunshine around all the time and not be in reality? No, this verse says to think on things that are "true." So stay in reality. But shift to the way God sees it. There is hope in God's reality.
The Bible presents our thoughts as the battle ground where all is won or lost. Paul describes his strategy for guiding what he thinks about in 2 Corinthians 10:5.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NIV)
When I [D] first read this verse it seemed overwhelming. How can a person take captive every thought?
Then I realized this is telling us what to do with renegade thoughts that argue against the knowledge of God. A renegade thought is a thought like, "That isn't fair," "that was harsh," or "that was wrong." If you find yourself beginning to judge God, you are to take that thought captive. You make that thought obedient to Christ. You refuse to judge God when you don't have all the information. It is a test.
7. We are to "take captive"
Skill Time: 4-Step Bible Study (example 3)
This is the 3rd example of 4-Step Bible study. You should expect to feel uncomfortable at this stage. But you will feel better with practice. Give it a try.
1 Peter 1:24 For, "ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF,
1 Peter 1:25 BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER." And this is the word which was preached to you. (NASB)
Step 1: Facts ~ What do you see in the passage?
Step 2: Lessons ~ What can you learn from the passage?
Step 3: Challenges ~ Restate each Lesson as a question that challenges you
Step 4: Response ~ Write out how you respond to what God is saying to you
Watch the video or check the answers below to compare your answers with what we came up with.
Next time, Denise will go over the 2nd Desire Killer: Futile Thinking and I'll give the 4th example of 4-Step Bible study.
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the wrong way
from God's point of view
every thought and make it obedient to Christ
Skill Time: Bible Passage (Your list can be different and shorter. More are presented here to help you get the idea.)
He is talking about flesh and grass
He is comparing flesh and grass
He is comparing the glory of flesh to the flower of the grass
He is talking about how grass is temporary
He is saying that flesh is temporary like that
He is talking about the Word of the LORD
The Word of the LORD endures forever
He is contrasting something that withers with something that endures forever
Grass, flowers, and the flesh aspect of people wither and die
The thing that endures forever is the Word of the LORD
The Word of the LORD was preached to you
Be aware that things of this life are temporary but the Word of the LORD endures forever
Am I aware that everything around me is temporary and will wither?
Do I put my trust in things around me or is my trust in the LORD?
Father, help me to see the temporariness of all that is around me. I love your Word.
Help me center on it. Help me realize your Word will stand when everything else falls.