I think I've mentioned a time or five that I'm doing Beth Moore's Breaking Free Study at church right now. Now, I've led this study about 5 different times and each time I still have things to break free from.
A small aside here: Got a flyer in the mail that she just updated this study! I'm so bummed that we are almost done with it. I wish we were just starting so we could do the new and updated version.....dern!
Anyways -- if you have never done this study, I highly recommend it! It is an awesome study!
This week marks week 9 in the study for my group of ladies. It is all about the "Battlefield of the Mind".....based on taking our thoughts captive and making them like Christ's (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) and also Isaiah 26:3 "He shall keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast. because he trusts in you."
Everything was going along great in my lesson that day until I ran across this nugget.
Romans 8: 28-32
"Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not be done. They have been filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil' they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they do not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them."
Whoa! Those are some strong words. Like I said -- I've done this study 5 times and for some reason these words are striking me hard tonight.
Then there were verses of God giving his people over to their depraved minds for a time and even permanently. Check out 1 Corinthians 5:5 and 1 Timothy 1:20.
Ya'll. This has rocked my world this week Let me just tell you that I DO NOT want to be given over to my depraved mind! I have a feeling that you don't either. As I've worked though the rest of this week of study, I'm becoming more aware of of the thoughts in my head that don't line up with God's thoughts. I am becoming more aware that there are things in my life that I need to change...people I need to forgive, fear to rid of, the need to love people as God loves them, as well as some unbelief.
These are the kinds of thoughts that can be controlling for me and it's time for me to work though them and get RID of the wrong thinking and replace it with God's thinking.
I want my thoughts to be Godly. To have the Mind of Christ about everything in life. There is a LOT of work to do but I'm up for it! Because I don't have to be handed over to a depraved mind!
I'm sorry if this post seems random, just sharing my thoughts here tonight. Ya'll have a great Thursday! I'm working on changing my mind today.....
In HIM -