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BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND
Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Be Renewed in the Spirit of Your Mind study. This study asks what does be renewed in the spirit of your mind mean and how it affects your Christian walk? Let us seek the truth within the Bible together in this
Be Renewed in the Spirit of Your Mind Bible study, shall we?


 

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STEPPING STONE #2

THE GARDEN GATE



Welcome back to ...

THE PATH
 

Psalms 62:5 
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.

I trust that I may congratulate you for waiting!
I can tell you're gonna do very well at this, and strengthening your self discipline by waiting is a great advantage to you!

Before we begin, be sure that you're comfortable and have cleared your mind of all problems so that you can HEAR what God's Word will share with us today. Make sure you have about 30 minutes with no responsibilities or interruptions.

This is YOUR PRIVATE time ...

Let's take a lil walk, shall we?

My friend, you and I are going to do some gardening!

Weíre going to build a PATH of STEPPING STONES through our garden together as we go. Weíre going to pull some weeds, plant some seeds, cultivate, water and GOD will make it grow!
 

1 Corinthians 3:7
So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth;
but God that giveth the increase.

Oh yes, and one more thing Ö

YOUR MIND ... IS THE GARDEN!

Now hold on just one minute ...
Is this program Biblically sound?

I mean are we supposed to be trying to renew our minds?

ABSOLUTELY ...The Bible reveals this ...

Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

Ephesians 4:23-24
And
be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

 

THE GARDEN ... THE MIND

Admitting you have a problem is half the battle.

Well, YOU ARE HERE, seeking a solution for your problem, so I have to congratulate you . . . You are halfway home!

Now, here is another TRUTH to ponder on. Anything that is worthwhile, takes time. Some problems may suddenly appear and some are created over long periods of time. Some problems come and go in a day or so, but many problems do not just go away overnight. Some of these problems are deep seated and need to be addressed by bringing the problem to light.

Your anticipation of the problem disappearing is exciting and admirable and that is exactly how you should be feeling. If you are not yet ... You will.

You may be anxious to get started and plow through this Spiritual program as to be healed . . . You may even feel compelled to dive in head first with passion, being so very devoted to the cause and you can feel your desire to be healed of the problem so strongly that you almost cannot keep it inside of you.

Hold on to that feeling!

IF you do not have this feeling, do not imagine yourself strange.

Just remember the promise of Jesus that we discussed in Step One ...

Matthew 17:20
Verily I say unto you, IF ye have FAITH as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

 Each day when you move on to the next STEPPING STONE you will need this passion and expectation of success that you feel right now, and your path to healing will be solid as a rock.

Proverbs 16:3
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. 


LET GO AND LET GOD!

LET GO (of your problem), AND LET GOD (remove it)!

Here is a little analogy to keep in mind. Problems (symptoms) may go away, but the root of a problem many times does not. Look at this clinically for a moment. Let's take diabetes for an example. If you are a diabetic, you can live a perfectly normal life, if you manage your condition with insulin, regularly.

BUT ... The problem still exists.

Now, letís go back to looking at this Spiritually. The root of most problems that require counseling, are not just going to disappear. Outside influences are often what keep people from being healed from their problems. Strange as it may sound, people become accustomed to their problems and in some cases, hold on to them, whether it be for attention, addiction, selfishness, weakness or many other reasons that they may not be conscious of, or have not admitted to themselves. Now this does not mean that one or all of these apply to your situation but let's face it ... It is just you and God that really know the TRUTH.
 
Sooooooo, If the shoe fits ... Slap that rascal on Cinderella so we can deal with it. Because if you have found that you enjoy the attention that you receive when you complain to others of your problems or if you have become accustomed to things going wrong ... THAT too is an issue that needs to be addressed because the TRUTH is my friend ... That is no way to live.

 Our goal, is to identify any and all problems, and to change your lifestyle, your thoughts, your attitude, and most importantly, your BELIEFS in order to defeat those influences in your life. It is the way that you manage the conditions that enables you to live a happier life, the life that God intended for you.

 

THE GARDEN OF THE MIND AND HEART

Jesus shared these parables with us:

Matthew 13:3-9
A farmer went out to plant and some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them up. Some fell on stony ground where they had no deepness of earth, and soon they sprung up. When the sun was up, they were scorched because they had no root, and they withered away. Some fell among weeds, and the weeds sprung up and choked them. But other seeds fell into good ground and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixty fold and some thirty fold.


Matthew 13:18-23
When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom, and doesnít understand, then comes the wicked one, and carries away what was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. He that received the seed into stony places is he that hears the Word, and immediately with joy receives it, yet he has no root in himself, and grows only a while, because when tribulation or persecution arises because of the Word, he is quickly offended. He that received seed among the weeds is he that hears the Word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the Word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the Word, and understands it. He also bears fruit, and brings forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

He that plants the good seed is the Son of man, the field is the world, the good seed are the children of the Kingdom, but the weeds are the children of the wicked one. The enemy that planted them is the devil.

Matthew 13:24-28
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
 

My friend, the TRUTH is ... The SOURCE of the problem is not YOU!

The problem is that a seed was planted within you by Ö The enemy. He plants these bad seeds inside of you so that they will grow and affect your choices and as time passes ... Your life.  It is called SPIRITUAL WARFARE and like it or not ... You are right in the middle of it. It is a battle between God and SATAN. It is a battle for your soul.

Most of us are like the person Jesus just described in His parable as the ones that received seed among the weeds. Our world is full of them. And one of the biggest reasons that we have weeds in our garden is because the enemy has CON-vinced us that weeds such as dandelions are Ö Flowers!

We have become so accustomed to accepting some of the ways of manís world, that it chokes out the TRUTH, and that is where our problems arise. Soon our garden fills up with weeds, insects, snakes, disease, birds Ö whew Ö there is hardly any room for the Word in there, and when you keep watering the weeds, by way of thought and worrying about these problems ... They grow.

 

WEEDING

Letís pull these weeds (lies) within your garden. Letís give 'em a good dose of TRUTH and bid them good riddance. Letís clear the land, so you can plant new seeds as to bring forth fruit for the Lord. 

What we must remember is ... Weeding is NOT a one time task. As with a physical garden, your spiritual garden needs regular maintenance. You can pull every weed and come back a few days later, and you will find that a few more weeds have sprung up!

Some seeds are hidden deeper under the dirt than others, but they still rise up. Some of them, you may have thought that you already pulled, but a tiny bit of one little root broke off and remained, which, of course grew another sprout. Or perhaps more "birds" (outside sources) brought in more weeds (thoughts) by way of getting you to possess anger, jealousy, lust, greed, fear and doubt even shortly after you weeded. The wind carried some in by way of friends whispers, television, radio, etc.

The point is ... You must keep after it. It is a new lifestyle and it takes a little time and effort to keep the weeds under control, but you will find that it takes no more time than the problems that the weeds in your life have caused.

Fertilizer works best when you apply it a little at a time, regularly. If you dump a whole bag or a whole bottle in all at once it can kill the garden. If you only do it once and then never apply it again, youíre not going to achieve the results that you would if you follow the directions on the label by performing this application as directed. It will work the same way with the spiritual garden of your mind.

You must CHOOSE to pull weeds and fertilize the garden of your mind ... With TRUTH often.

Be patient. One step at a time. Remember the insulin? Donít fill your cup so much that it runs over. Do not expect immediate results. As with a garden, it takes time before you will see the actual fruits of your labors.

Keep in mind that you are changing your entire lifestyle, so maintain your earnest desire to be healed, and think of the tortoise and the hare Ö Slow and steady wins the race!

I purposely repeat the importance of following THE PATH one step at a time for 14 days, because it is sooooooo important for you to get the maximum benefit of each and every step. I urge you, not to miss a day and then do two steps in one day. 

Just as with prescription medication ...

If you take this Spiritual medicine for a day here and there when it says take EVERY day for 14 days ... You may not be healed.
 

MIRACLE MISCONCEPTIONS

In our minds, we tend to think that miracles are things that happen suddenly ... All at once.
After all, when Jesus healed people, it happened right away! 

There may be many reasons why you have not been able to overcome your problem up until now, but here are a couple of possibilities.

Because of the limits that the world today, and we ourselves, have put on FAITH, we (without knowing sometimes, or without willingness to admit it) reserve a little doubt deep inside. Doubt is the opposite of FAITH. That is enough to keep a miracle from happening immediately, or for that matter, from happening at all.

So we must establish FAITH.

The BELIEF in what you want ... NOT what you do NOT want.

Another possible reason, is that God oft times has a plan, which is different from ours. He may think that you need to learn some lesson along the way so that you will not repeat a sin. Or perhaps, He may know of another person that it may affect in one way or another if you are allowed to experience this and He is moving things into place for the best recovery for you and/or the affects it may have on another situation down the road.

If the problem that you have is one that you have brought on yourself, or one that you cannot seem to let go of ...

Ask yourself this ... How long has it taken you to turn to God for help?

He is so very patient with us, shouldn't we be a little patient too?

If it takes longer than we prefer for a miracle to happen, do we give up on God and doubt that He will help us?

Nehhhhhhh ... He is worthy of our patience as patience establishes our FAITH.

Romans 5:2-4
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope.

If you think about it, it may be that miracles are happening all around us, instantaneously, all the time, but our impatience allows doubt to creep back into our minds so quickly, and we may sabotage ourselves with our own doubt! It could happen so fast, that we never even recognize that a miracle took place.

When we think of miracles, the ones that happen suddenly are the ones that we seem to remember most, but how many more miracles have happened that are just as extraordinary, that have happened over time?

This is how it will be with this procedure. It requires the entire 14 days.
 

FIELD TRIPS

While we are on THE PATH, we are going on some FIELD TRIPS as well. Some of the Field Trips provide information that will help you to increase your knowledge, ability, and FAITH to overcome your problem.

Most Field Trips are references to Bible scripture as the Lord is the real Physician here. His treatment is imperative. He IS the healer. The miracle comes from Him. Without His Word, the prescription cannot be filled.

Some FIELD TRIPS are music ... If you donít have a high speed internet connection, or cannot get the music from our CD Player to play, it will not affect your program. It is simply an enhancer to the program. Maybe you can get some of your own Christian Music CDs, buy some, rent some, borrow some or go to your local library or tune in your radio to a Christian station and hear some. Seek and ye shall find.

They say that music soothes the soul. How do you know that is true? When God sent an evil spirit upon king Saul, David played Godly music for him and the evil spirit went away.

1 Samuel 16:23
And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him
.

Evil spirits HATE anything holy, so go ahead and tap your toe when the HOLY SPIRIT moves you with the music. The words from these Christian songs will stick in your mind and assist in the cleansing process. Most people cannot recite scripture, but they can remember every word to a Christian song!

The more you put into something, the more you get out of it. These FIELD TRIPS are designed to help you achieve the greatest success at conquering problems. You may be on one of our FIELD TRIPS and say to yourself, ďThis doesnít apply to me, or my problem,Ē but it is all part of the big picture.

Ponder on this, you would not sit down to dinner and dig into a big spoonful of yeast, but the bread you eat would not be the same without yeast. You may not recognize the necessity, but at some point in your life, when outside influences try and sneak in to pose a problem, these things that seem unnecessary now, will all be stored in your garden shed and on hand to prevent new weeds from growing.

There are many times throughout this program when things will be repeated. That is because repetition makes things easier to remember and it is our goal TOGETHER to free you of your problem so you can be and do what God wants you to be and do.

Many attempts repeated, complete any undertaking!

There are also going to be times when I will be speaking frankly with you.
That is because I am your friend and feel I have the right and obligation to do so.

Proverbs 27:6
Faithful are the wounds of a friend but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

If you would like to read more scripture on renewing your mind before proceeding, check out this study ...

RENEWING YOUR MIND


 

GRACE ... GOD'S GET OUT OF HELL FREE CARD

We all make mistakes. We fall. Sin gets in our way. Temptation surrounds us and we don't always resist. But that is exactly why God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, and to give us the FREE gift of GRACE! He wants you to ask forgiveness and keep fighting the good fight of faith. When you find yourself struggling with feelings of failure, unworthiness, fear, weakness or shame, just remember that God loves you so very much and He wants you to get back up when you stumble. PERSEVERE! NEVER GIVE UP! If you have a bad day, this study will help you understand more about the liberating GRACE that our Father wants each and every one of us to enjoy.

GRACE
 

 

STEPPING STONE TWO


Now, youíve opened THE GARDEN GATE and you see that the Spiritual garden of your Mind needs a little work and you know how it got that way. This means that youíve cleared enough weeds out to lay down the second STEPPING STONE into your Garden as to be able to gain control over your garden within.

Ponder on the TRUTH today that over the years the world and satan HAVE planted seeds in your mind that have blossomed and produced thoughts that you do not want within your Spiritual Garden.

Your second step is to begin surrounding yourself with reminders of your purpose. Positive reinforcement makes a big difference in your progress. Place encouraging notes, stickers, pictures, magnets, etc., anywhere and everywhere to give you a refreshing hopeful reinforcement of your goals throughout the day.  

MAKE SURE YOU KEEP UP WITH ALL OF YOUR STEPS. WE DON'T WANT TO TURN AROUND TO FIND WEEDS COVERING THEM AGAIN.

 

Continuing in EACH step daily is so very important.

If you like ...

You may go back over each completed step as often as you like as to be sure you have not missed anything.

MAKE SURE YOU JOT DOWN A LIL SOMETHING IN YOUR PERSONAL JOURNAL 

You have completed STEP TWO

Tomorrow, return to the Forum page of this program:
 

And we will proceed to ...

STEPPING STONE #3

And I will meet you there!

 


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