Hi everybody. Karen over at the T.A.G blog is hosting this book discussion. Go on over and join in if you'd like!
Here are my answers to the questions on chapter two --
2. Satan knows that you will be more vulnerable to deception if you are not regularly meditating on God's word. What 'good' things keep you away from consistent study of the word?
There are many 'good' things that can keep me away. The T.V. , the computer, housework, sleep. But I also think that God does expect me to get my housework done and get enough sleep. I just know that Satan likes to make me feel guilty about it too.
5. From pages 37- 40 in Lies Women Believe, what are the four steps that take us from initial deception to bondage?
The first step is listening to the lie - just as Eve listened to the serpent we listen to the lies that we are hearing.
The second step is that we dwell on the lie -- We think about it, We evaluate it, We consider why or why not it is right or wrong.
The third step is that we believe the lie -- when we spend too much time dwelling on a lie it is easy to talk ourselves into believing the lie.
The fourth step is that we act on the lie -- Our beliefs produce our behaviors. That one is plain and simple to me.
7. Read Philippians 4: 8- 9. Why is it so important to be selective about the input we allow to come into our minds and to consciously choose to expose ourselves and listen to the Truth
This is my header verse and one I have pondered on and thought about a LOT.
Besides the obvious 4 step process above that leads us into bondage, I think it is way too easy to become desensitized to horrible things if we allow ourselves exposure to them too much.
Take for instance the girls in Florida recently who were arrested for kidnapping and beating up another girl and putting it on you-tube for anyone and everyone to see. To me that group of kids has been desensitized to violence.
9. What are the three steps that will help us move from spiritual bondage to freedom?
First, we must identify the area(s) of bondage or sinful behavior in our lives.
Second, we have to identify the lies that are at the root of that bondage or sinful behavior.
Third, we have to replace the lies with God's Truth.
11. Read together Acts 17: 10 -12. What did the people in Berea do in order to discern the Truth? How can we avoid being deceived and become more discerning about the input we receive?
The people in Berea searched the scriptures to see if what Paul and Silas were teaching them was truth or not.
We can avoid being deceived by reading and KNOWING what our bibles say.
We can become more discerning about the input we receive, I think, by simply being more aware of what we watch and what we expose ourselves to. Things, that while they may be socially and culturally acceptable, they may not be biblically acceptable.
Hope you all have a great Monday!