Some Reminders :)

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by Cturtle, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. How does one dig out bad thoughts?
    To root out all of the thinking that is opposite of God's Word is to really just immerse yourself in God's Word. Turn off the tv more, and replace the secular things with the Word of God. There is a scripture that says that every plant that my Heavenly Father, did not plant will be rooted up (Matthew 15:13).

    In Romans 12:2 it says to be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

    And in Proverbs 4:20-21 it says to attend to the Word (pay attention and make it first place in your life), incline your ear to His sayings, let them not depart from your eyes, and keep them in the midst of your heart. Vs. 22 says for they are life unto them that find them and health to all their flesh.

    Joshua 1:8 says that this book of the law (which is the Bible to us) shall not depart out of your mouth; but that thou shall meditate (speak or mutter the Word outloud to ones self) on them (the Words of God) day and night, that thou may observe or do all that is written in it. For then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shall have good success.

    Those verses above and a few more are the way that God desires that we do things in regards to the Bible. The Bible is The Words to our lives if we let it be. And there is a good reason for it. God knows that while we are still on this earth many things will distract us. And as we get distracted sometimes, our minds tend to forget or mix up exactly what was said. All it takes is one word and you have changed the meaning to the whole Scripture or verse. Plus according to proverbs is the way to obtain wisdom.

    God also knows that the Bible is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit, Hebrews 4:12 says that the Bible is quick (the nlt says alive) and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, or (exposes our innermost thought, nlt). Vs 13 in the nlt (very similar in the niv) says that Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes (meaning thst He sees and knows everything), and He is the one to whom we are accountable.

    In my mind saying that a person attracts things into their life is the devil's way of perverting the truth of the Word that says you have what you say. Matthew 12:34b-37. If you read vs34- 36 it says that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure (or words, things) of the heart brings forth good things. And an evil man out of the evil in his heart brings forth evil things. In vs 37 it says in the kjv For by thy words you are justified and by your words you shall be condemned.

    What is the Word?
    As we read John 1:1 it says that the Word (which is Jesus) became flesh. But if you read how Jesus got here, into Mary's womb, we read that it was by the spoken word of the angel Gabriel. And of course the Holy Spirit. And in mark 4 the sower sows the Word of God.....and in vs. 18-19 it shows 3 things that choke the Word of God (meaning that it basically causes us to focus on those things instead of watering the Word that was planted in our that it can grow. In vs 30-32 of Mark 4 Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to seed. So in reading all of these scriptures we can see that the Kingdom of God is God's ways of doing things and being right (and different than the Kingdom of Heaven, which is Heaven). And as we plant and water (by meditating studying and reading the Word) the seeds of God's ways of doing things and being right...they grow in our spirits producing a bountiful harvest of right living. Meaning we are blessed and prosperous in every way so that we can give of what we have to others...both materially and spiritually

    What is Faith?
    Having faith is what you received when you made the choice to make Jesus Lord of your life (read Romans 10:8-10). In Romans 10:17 it says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. The Bible says (at the end of Romans 12:3) that every man (or person) receives a measure of faith..which is trust in God and that He exists, and that Jesus was born of a virgin and died on the cross for our sins, rose from the dead, and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father. Now faith according to Hebews 11:1 is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. And if we look in Matthew 17:20 Jesus says that if we have faith as a grain of mustard seed....and as we have seen mustard seed when planted grows into a huge plant. So as we water our faith with the truth of God's Word, it grows to be big and strong.

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  2. Amen Cturtle ! These are words we all need to hear over and over and over again. Kind of like a regular sheduled tune up of our walk in Christ.
    Thank You
    God Bless
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  3. #3 Cturtle, Jul 16, 2015
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    Something to remember when God is helping us to dig out bad thoughts, or wrong thinking He uses His Word. The more we read His Word, and meditate on it.....we replace the lies of the enemy which produces wrong thinking with the truth of the Word and as the Bible says....the truth will set you free (Johnn8:34). :)

    But ya know its not something that comes automatically, and the reason why Proverbs 4:20-21 says to incline your ear to His sayings, to not let it depart from your eyes, and to keep it in the midst of your heart. And why is that? Because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). It comes by repetition. Even the Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:1 that He never gets tired of telling people these things, he does it to safeguard our faith. So for us to keep our faith safe...we need to read over and over the Word of God. To make it settled and solid in our hearts.
    Ps 119:11 says thy Word have i hid in my heart that i may not sin against thee. So even King David knew the importance of keeping the Words of God in his heart, or in other words his spirit.

    Many people refer to the heart when speaking about the spirit because it is the center of the person. So its not actually the wonderful muscle that God gave us to pump the blood through our body, but the center of us. I guess if you were thinking about computers it would be the ethernet card to the computer. The brain of the computer is full of the information, but without an ethernet card one cannot make a connection between the information to the internet to get more information, or revelation (understanding). Well without our spirits being renewed and fed by the Word, one cannot make the connection (by faith) to activate or fully understand the things or promises of God. Our understanding will be lacking.

    We have to be willing to be a doer of the Word and not just a hearer. We have to obey God and read, meditate, memorize (which will happen as we read and meditate a lot), we have to choose to have ears to hear. The science community is proving that the brain gets better with age, but that means we have to be using it and putting information in it for it to stay active.

    Think about this..... picture a steak dinner with a salad and baked potato, now think about this, did you get any nourishment out of that thought, out of that picture? I know its a silly question, but if we think about it for a moment, we realize that just as we have to work to feed the body...we need to feed our spirits. That was God's purpose in telling us to meditate and memorize, and keep before our eyes. He knew that as we do that it will feed and nourish our spirits. As we plant (or sow as in Mark 4) the seeds of God's Word into our spirits....the nourisment of that is that our faith begins to grow, and we begin to have the confidence in God and the things of His Word to do what He desires that we do. We trust Him just a little more, and we find that peace that passes all of our understanding. We reap peace of mind, because our minds are focused on God and the things or Words of God rather than the cares of this world. Eventually we are able to fully take those thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) and cause them to be obedient to Christ, it won't be such a chore....because we know what the Word of God says. We have amunition in our spirits, and minds to say "it is written" for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak (matthew 12:34b)
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  4. Cturtle,
    Thank You again for the reminder and wake up call. Every one of us at times falls into this period where we operate on memories or what we have already obtained of His written word. This is a good thing but it keeps you moving in the growth cycle like a snail.

    Thanks again and God Bless YOU
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  5. Such great reminders...They form the basis of how effectively we walk with God and fulfill His purposes for us! It is our role to feed the Spirit and starve the flesh. Thanks for sharing and may you continue to seek revelations such as these!
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  6. Thank you. May the Lord richly bless your walk as well!
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  7. Good stuff, Cturtle!

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  8. @ Euphemia.......All glory goes to God...for it is because of Him that i live
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