Still haven’t bought the book? Its a must read. I will be posting up some excerpts for your convenience. As I’m getting into chapter 2 a lot of what he is talking about is true about us acting based off our thoughts and how we see ourselves. You see, sometimes our thoughts and views on ourselves are TOXIC. So we have a battlefield we must conquer, its our mind. We talked about this last group we had. Here is a bit of what the book is saying;
The root of most sins we commit outwardly is the false beliefs embraced inwardly. In order to experience a life of purity with a clean heart, we must identify and reject the toxic thoughts that keep us from God’s best…
Proverbs 23:7 says, ” For as a person thinks in his heart, so is he” (NKJV). If you think negative and toxic thoughts, you’ll become a negative and sick person. Your soul will stagnate and wither. If you think God’s truth in your thoughts, you’ll become like Christ. Your soul should will flow with living water and flourish…
Most of lives battles are won or lost in the mind…Our thoughts are either focused on whats eternal, life-changing, and true, or lost in the details of our temporary, selfish, false beliefs.
Great stuff guys, i wish i could post the entire chapter here but thats just a bit. Win the battle in your mind and live Christ’s truths, you are the apple of his eye, believe it.
Soul Detox excerpt
Here is an excerpt from the intro to the book i was telling you about, ” The bible consistently reminds us to check our spiritual diet for toxins. Proverbs 25:26 says, Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.” How muddy is your water right now? Is your well polluted by all the cultural toxins seeping in? Or does your spiritual well draw on living water as its pure, thirst quenching source? Maybe you’re a christian—-you’ve been made righteous by Christ-yet you’ve become a muddied spring or a polluted well, and you don’t even know it.” Get the book!!!
Just wanted to write a post on this weeks discussion. I want you to keep it fresh and near your heart.
Here is a summery of what we discussed from 1 Corinthians 4
- Servanthood - Paul starts out the chapter making us realize that he is a servant of God. A lot of things can pop in our minds when we hear the word servant but what did Paul really mean? A servant does as he is told and is defined by the work he does. He serves his master because he has too, he does what he is told because he has too, yet Jesus lets us know in John 15:15 he no longer wants to call us servants but friends. We can only function as true servants when we have the heart of a friend. The ones that do out of love serve without reservation, they are His friends. How well do you serve, are you considered His friend.
- Bridge Builder- This has various implications. As a true servant/friend of Christ we realize we have nothing to offer but know one that does. So we allow our closest friends, family, classmates to be introduced to Christ through the bridge we build for them. Now some of us never build anything towards Christ and try to offer our best without him, doesn’t work. He knows all, is all, sees all so we have to make way for people to meet Him. Building Bridges also implies work. Every construction project requires well thought out plans, engineering, drawings and solid structure. It takes preparation and skill to build. It requires labor, WORK. Our friends path to Christ depends on how well the bridge is built. Some friends will take a while to realize the truth in Christ but it doesn’t mean we give up. Build bridges that allow other to connect with Christ.
- Honor- Paul states in 1 Corinthians 4 that a good servant,friend steward of Gods mysteries should be found trustworthy or have Honor. The word Honor holds a lot of weight. Are you considered honorable? Who are the people in the world we often call honorable? (Usually Judges, Monarchies, Presidents and others at this caliber.) Honor is your testimony overflowing through your character. Its Jesus’ radiance in your countenance. When you go to build something, a bridge in this case you want to hire a bridge maker that has a good reputation, trustworthy, honorable. You don’t want the guys that has built and designed only 1 bridge and that bridge collapsed. You want someone with skill and honor that can show you all they have done and you can judge their work by what you see not just by what they tell you. When your building your spiritual bridge for your friends and family to Christ, make sure they find you trustworthy and honorable so they will want to cross over to the other side.
I hope this keeps things fresh. SBH, all the way. During the week examine areas when your servanthood came out, or your bridge building and Honor was demonstrated. Let us know what happened.
Tonight, @Morton College, 7pm quad will be meeting. See you there!
Thanks Roosevelt for the tour. We have some exited kids eager to apply.