02.04.2018 | “Get Useful 5: Make Your Mind Behave”
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Do you always know WHY you do the things you do? Our minds are the places where sometimes very powerful “tapes” play: messages that we’ve received from our past and childhood repeat themselves.
Have you ever had a time where you reacted in a way that made you say (mostly in a “not-great” way), “Wow, where did THAT come from?”
If you’re willing, share that experience and how it affected you.
Read 1 Corinthians 2:16
What does it mean to you to have “the mind of Christ?” In other words, what do you think is in/on Christ’s mind?
Take some time to list some of the things that you believe Jesus thought about.
How does that compare and contrast with what tends to run through your mind?
Read Hebrews 5:12-14.
In verse 14, the writer describes “maturity”. What words does she/he use? (It may differ in different translations, so feel free to compare.)
The Greek word that is used there is related to the ability of our minds to judge/discern, among other things, right and wrong.
According to this verse, how well do you do with “maturity”?
How good is the quality of your decisions?
From what you see and read here, how does maturity happen?
What is your part? What is God’s part?
Getting Out of the Hole
Learn to recognize the tapes that are playing in your mind, and driving decisions that may be taking you away from the “rich and abundant life” that Jesus is inviting you to.
Seek maturity by prayer, “breathing in” truth through Scripture, Growth Groups and wisdom; “breath out” brokenness by seeking God’s help in the moment when you are suffering.
If the problem seems bigger than you, don’t be afraid to seek help through a Pastor, a professional Christian Counselor, and/or trusted friends.