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A lost sheep – ‘Lost’ Chapter 2

If you want to get to sleep counting sheep can help. But most of us don’t lose sleep over a wandering sheep! In Jesus’ day, though, a story about lost sheep resonated with those listening and certainly they clearly understood the metaphor.

The metaphor of a lost sheep

sheepIn Matthew 12:11 Jesus used the lost sheep metaphor to make the point that saving human life is more important than keeping to rules:

Matthew 12:11 “And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.”

Later on in Matthew 18 he repeats the analogy with the story of another rescue – if we didn’t know better, we might have thought the Jesus was a shepherd (well, he was, of course) – the Good Shepherd!

Matthew 18:12 “How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?”

We go astray – just like sheep

The point of all this is that as fallen, sinful human beings we are just like sheep in our behaviour: we constantly stray and do stupid things!

Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

1 Peter 2:25 “For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”

We do the same sinful things over and over again even when we get the same negative results – insane!

Example: crazy tortoise!

This reminds me of when I was young and had a pet tortoise. It had nice enclosure with a chicken wire fence, plenty of grass, and even a little wooden house to live in. Every day the tortoise did three things: it ate, it slept and every other waking moment it spent climbing the fence trying to escape!

Surprisingly, tortoises are very good climbers but unfortunately they have no common-sense. In fact they have no sense at all, so that, when this one arrived at the top of the wire he just kept going and inevitably fell off onto his back. Ingeniously, he would then put his back legs up against the fence to push himself upright and get out of this scrape. Amazingly, he never learned the lesson – give up – but would begin the whole process again. He didn’t live long and I do wonder whether he died of concussion!

What’s the point?

So, what’s the point of this story? What can we learn? How does my crazy tortoise relate to us? If there hadn’t been sheep in biblical times, might the Bible have used the tortoise as an example?

“All we like tortoises have gone astray (very slowly!).”

Jesus, therefore, is the ultimate pastor or shepherd and his mission is to rescue dumb sheep – or tortoises – out of the mess they get themselves into! Our designation is lost – resistance is futile!

Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Parable of the lost sheep of – Luke 15

1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.

2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

3 Then Jesus told them this parable:

4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?

5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders

6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’

7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Who are the lost sheep?

As we see in the above passage Jesus further expands and clarifies the parable of lost sheep as told in Matthew 18, intimating clearly, that he views the listening tax-gathers and sinners as the lost sheep! I don’t expect they were hearing this message in their local synagogue – if they attended at all!

This parable is basically saying that Jesus isn’t interested in faithful church-goers -the religious. No, he’s after the black-sheep of the family: the guy who sells crack cocaine; the prostitute; the pervert. It’s these people he’s prepared to risk life and limb for. This shepherd is scouring the outback in search of just one sheep because even sinners, broken and lost have value!

Zaccheus gets found!

This parable is played out in real-life later on in Luke 19 when a real ‘live’ wandering sheep by the name of Zaccheus is ‘found’ hiding in the branches of a tree!

Luke 19:1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.

2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.

3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.

4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”

6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything,I will pay back four times the amount.”

9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.

10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

A party!

Therefore, just as Zaccheus cannot believe his luck on being asked by Jesus to put on a party; the shepherd in the parable is so delirious with the success of his mission, that he invites his neighbours around for a knees up – over a sheep! A little crazy perhaps ? Might God be a little more into partying than we thought was decent?

Luke 15:7 “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost! I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance”

What about repentance, though? – I hear the religious intone. If repentance means saying sorry for your sins – how does a sheep do that? I mean all it does is bleat, right! Of course, Zaccheus showed the fruits of repentance in the over-the-top restitution he made – but how could a sheep?

What is repentance?

I think the answer might lie in understanding that the sinful human condition separates us from God – in other words, we are lost! The moment that sin entered the world, Adam and Eve became wandering sheep and their first instinct was to hide amongst the trees and ‘cover up’ with fig leaves.

Indeed, religion is really an exercise in covering up nakedness and making us feel comfortable with our alienation and separation from God.

Colossians 1:21 “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.”

Separated from God?

This separation, though, is a virtual one. What do I mean? Well, it’s all in the mind; all in our thinking. God isn’t avoiding us. We are avoiding him!

Romans 1:25 “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”

Ephesians 4:17 “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,”

Ephesians 2:3 “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”

As you can see from these scriptures, sinful thinking leads to sinful behaviour. Might repentance, be not so much about what we do – but rather about a change of mindset? Is it that, when we encounter the pure love of God as we are laid on the good shepherd’s shoulders, we change our minds (repent) and a whole load of sinful thinking that has alienated us from the life of God falls away? Hopefully, the poor sheep learned the lesson: that wandering off equals a night in the dark and a near-death experience!

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Help I’m lost – ‘Lost’ Chapter 1

helpChapter 1    Help I’m lost!

I don’t know about you but I really enjoyed the enigmatic TV series  ‘Lost’. I’m not sure I understood it all – it lost me at times! However, it was a good title as ‘lost’ accurately describes the precarious situation the survivors of the air-crash find themselves in, trapped on a strange island.

Of course, in these days of satellite navigation systems and Google Maps it’s actually a lot harder to get lost. If you do find yourself in that unfortunate situation, all you have to do is resort to asking for help from a passer by: “Please can you help me – I’m lost!”

Losing something or someone

Rather than being lost though, it’s losing something important like a wallet or phone which is more our modern-day experience. Or in these days of computers, it might be accidentally deleting an important file or the hard-disk crashing losing all your work. You just pray that you backed up the file so that it can be recovered later!

And, all these kind of losses pale into insignificance when compared to the personal loss of losing a loved one.

Bible definition

The Gospels cover this full range of human experience of ‘lostness’: we have the loss and recovery of sheep, coins, eyesight, health and even the people who are dead only to be restored to life!

What the Bible means by the word ‘lost’, though, is broader than this: the Greek word translated lost in the New Testament is apollymi and it means not only ‘lost’ but also ‘destroyed’, ‘spoiled’, ‘perished’, ‘ruined’ or simply ‘broken’.

The human condition – lost

The Bible describes our fallen sinful human condition as being lost. Indeed, there are only two camps: you are either lost or you are saved!

1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the preaching of the cross is to them that (lost) perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

But the good news is that Jesus came to save the lost! He came to rescue people who are perishing and broken. Of course, being saved is the exact opposite of this: it’s being healed, restored, forgiven, repaired, and safe!

Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Moreover, God has absolutely no desire to see any one of us perish or be lost but rather to come to repentance, or a ‘change of mind’.

Perishing repentance

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

This last verse is interesting, because the parable we’re going to look at in Luke 15, and what this book is mostly about, is remarkably about precisely those two concepts.

Lost – Chapter 2

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bookIn this short and inspiring little book, Paul Noble reveals a Saviour-Shepherd-God who searches diligently for each of His lost sheep UNTIL He finds them. However, there’s no lost sinner MORE lost than the self righteous religious soul who regards him or herself as qualified for divine acceptance because of his or her own good deeds, done in a spirit of slavish servitude with expectation of just recompense.

But there’s hope for even the most  self righteous and self-deceived among us! After all, any of us might be such–given the right chemistry, temperament, and circumstances, right? I believe that you will find Paul Noble’s portrayal of our Saviour-God’s heart and diligence to pursue and restore us deeply touching and encouraging.

Our Heavenly Father will never force us to receive Him or recognise our father-child relationship with Him. HOWEVER. . .! Our Saviour-Shepherd-God CANNOT help being the Wonderful, All-Powerful LIGHT that He is, and there’s no inner darkness too black, obscure, entrenched or hidden that it can escape His healing radiance. His arms are ALWAYS open to us! May His Spirit inspire you to worship as you read these pages!

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bookIn this short and inspiring little book, Paul Noble reveals a Saviour-Shepherd-God who searches diligently for each of His lost sheep UNTIL He finds them. However, there’s no lost sinner MORE lost than the self righteous religious soul who regards him or herself as qualified for divine acceptance because of his or her own good deeds, done in a spirit of slavish servitude with expectation of just recompense.

But there’s hope for even the most  self righteous and self-deceived among us! After all, any of us might be such–given the right chemistry, temperament, and circumstances, right? I believe that you will find Paul Noble’s portrayal of our Saviour-God’s heart and diligence to pursue and restore us deeply touching and encouraging.

Our Heavenly Father will never force us to receive Him or recognise our father-child relationship with Him. HOWEVER. . .! Our Saviour-Shepherd-God CANNOT help being the Wonderful, All-Powerful LIGHT that He is, and there’s no inner darkness too black, obscure, entrenched or hidden that it can escape His healing radiance. His arms are ALWAYS open to us! May His Spirit inspire you to worship as you read these pages!

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I believe 2016 is a year when the Holy Spirit is going to be delivering many of us from living under a mixture of Law and Grace. I believe we are in the midst of at GRACE REVOLUTION and boy don’t we need it (especially here in the UK) .

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“Its just marvellous how he’s going to write, not only songs, but he’s going to write music that, even if it doesn’t sound musical, just the sweetness of heaven will come through. Stories, articles that are written against injustice. Father, he’s a good researcher. When he does his homework he does it very thoroughly. I see him astounding teachers when they tried on him. Good grief! He sounds like [hes at]college when he’s only at high school. So, Father, I thank you there is going to be something that he’s going to be released [into] with his ready writing pen or word-processor, that’s going to burst chains asunder, where people have been illegally treated by legal systems, where oppression has continued in a spirit of hypocrisy. He’s going to be a clear voice that cuts through the crap of this world: the light of Jesus.

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Gods Grace Works BookMy brand new book ‘God’s Grace Works Every Day’ is now available on Kindle. This is my third book and much thanks to Fran Noble and Sally Davis for proofreading!

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Does Grace  work in practice?

Does grace really work? As an engineer by background and presently a Driving Trainer and business owner, I’m not really someone who is interested in knowledge for its own sake. I want to know how to apply that knowledge. Does what I know really work in practice? Does the message of grace – or the Gospel – really work in real life? Does it work in the lives of ordinary people?

Having believed this Good News of the grace of God for over 40 years, I really believe it does. In fact, over the last ten years – through the ministry of pioneers like Andrew Wommack and Joseph Prince – my life has been transformed at a faster rate by the doctrine of grace than by anything else. Of course, it’s also got me into a lot of trouble with legalistic church people!

Therefore, I hope in this book that you can take what I have learnt over many years and put the grace of God to work powerfully in your life. That’s my desire for this book and for you.

21 Day Detox

They say that it takes 21 days to break a habit. Some of us are so addicted to law and works that we’ve missed the simple gospel of grace. So, these 21 chapters are designed to detox you and not only give you the information you need, but enable you discover for yourself how to walk in this grace. I’ve provided questions at the end of each chapter to further challenge and help you each day.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.

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Fix your mind – Christ in You (chapter 7)

Fix your mind!

mindIn the previous chapter we saw that the man of Romans 7 came to an important conclusion: he might be unable to conquer sin in the flesh but there was one area where he did have control – his mind or, as the famous detective Poirot would say, “those little grey cells”!

Romans 7:25 “So, then, on the one hand I MYSELF with the mind (nous) am serving the law of God, but on the other, WITH MY FLESH, the law of sin.”

This is an important step because as the well-known proverb says: “As a man thinks in his heart so is he. Proverbs 23:7.

The French philosopher Descartes said something similar when he made the famous statement: “I think, therefore I am”.

What is the mind?

The mind, therefore, is very much at the centre of who we are but is much more than just the grey matter of the brain. No, the mind enables us to make sense of the world around us, giving us perception and experience of the physical world through the five senses. In addition, somehow it enables self-consciousness. We are not therefore, just computers and thinking machines.

For example, the mind does the following:

1) It enables us to conceptualise, anticipate, create, remember and imagine.

2) It gives us the ability to experience emotion and pain.

3) It creates a conscience.

4) It gives us the ability to compute and think through problems logically.

5) It enables us to be self-aware.

Therefore, the mind is the inner man, the heart and soul of our being where all the information from the external world is processed. In other words, as the physical senses of the body are a window to the physical world, enabling the mind/soul to experience that world, the spiritual senses of the human spirit are a window into the spirit, enabling the mind/soul to experience that reality.

How did sin affect the mind?

Now that we have some idea what the mind is, how then did the sin and the fall affect the mind? Of course, one of the major effects of sin is that a sinner becomes blinded to spiritual realities. This is what is termed being ‘carnally-minded’.

Consequently, the unregenerate man’s spirit is dead; there is no information coming from that realm. That is why to the lost man the Holy Scriptures are a closed book until the Holy Spirit sovereignly enlightens them because, as Jesus said, His words are Spirit and life.

2 Corinthians 3:14 “But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ.”

Psalm 119:120 “the entrance of your words give light, it gives understanding to the simple”

Likewise, spiritual truths to the carnally-minded, even if highly educated, appear foolishness because they are spiritually discerned:

1 Cor 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Education then, though very important and beneficial, does not change human nature. At the end of the day it just creates a clever sinner. A man therefore, may be totally brilliant and yet totally evil – an inventor of evil things (Romans 1:30). Indeed, even in the thousand years or so before the flood when God wiped out the human race, the mind of man produced nothing but evil.

Genesis 6:5 “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

How does new Birth affect the mind?

However, new birth or new creation changes not only the spirit of man but also affects the mind. God writes His laws (how He thinks) on our hearts and minds:

Hebrews 10:16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;”

In point of fact, He not only writes his laws on our hearts but gives us the mind of Christ:

1 Corinthians 2:16:”For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

How is the mind transformed?

This transformation of the mind, though, although it starts at new birth, is an ongoing process unlike the born-again spirit. There is now work to do. We have to learn to co-operate with the Holy Spirit to actually let the mind of Christ operate in our lives. We have to work out (exercise) our salvation.

Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”

Example – Computer

Imagine a computer that has a brand new operating system installed. Unfortunately, there may be still old applications, picture files and even viruses on the hard drive. Maybe a few careful deletions of inappropriate material and programs need to take place! Possibly, some of the applications need to be upgraded and modified to run under the new operating software.

Example – A new business

A few years back my wife and I bought a ‘ladies only’ gym. The existing staff and membership came with the business.  Of course, this meant all the existing problems and attitudes came along, too! So, even though we had fresh vision and ideas for the business, we first had to change the mindset of both the staff and the members many of whom clearly preferred that things remain exactly the way they were. This meant we had to overcome their resistance to change and this ultimately meant a few staff and even members leaving.

This is very much like what happens when we get born again. Mindsets and habits don’t change overnight but the Holy Spirit (our amazing mentor) helps us turn the business around! So, don’t give in to the desire of the flesh. You’re in charge now. Don’t let those unruly staff boss you around!

Romans 6:13 “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

Repentance and renewal

A renewal, a change of thinking and re-education in our lives, therefore, is firmly on God’s agenda.  This is what the Bible calls ‘repentance’.

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.”

Before we were saved, for example, we might have had a very arrogant attitude. Well, now we need to change that attitude and learn humility.

Ephesians 4:28 “And be renewed in the spirit (attitude) of your mind;”

We sin because we think sin

A key to understanding the importance of renewing the mind is to understand that we sin because we think or imagine sin.  A man cannot sin if he cannot think it first. Cain murdered Abel in his imagination long before he flew into a jealous rage and actually spilled his blood.

That is what Jesus meant when he said:

Mark 7:21-22 “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.”

In other words, the sinful behaviour comes from a sinful heart and sinful thinking.

A few examples of fleshly attitudes and mindsets:

Andrew Wommack ‘helpfully’ calls this type of fleshly thinking: “stinking thinking”!

If you are depressed – ask yourself the question, what am I thinking about? Depressed emotions generally come from negative thinking.

If you are full of sexual lust- what are you thinking about? What are you looking at? If you often look at pornography then this is going to reinforce lustful images in your mind and objectify others.

If you are constantly worried and fearful about the future – what are you listening to? What is your mind fixed on? Maybe you need to switch off the news channel now!

So then, you can’t necessarily change your fleshly appetites overnight but you can change what you think about. You can choose what TV programmes you watch.

What are we filling our minds with? 

Accordingly, what we put into our minds is what is going to come out. In other words, we are the product of our education, the books we read; the films we watch and the music we listen to. So, if someone looks at pornography every day then is it any wonder that they have a big problem with lust?!

One of the major things that is lacking in many people’s lives is peace. God’s supernatural peace is a gift that guards our hearts and minds. However, it’s also a product of what we think about:

Philippians 4:7-8 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Therefore, even though to the believer all things are permissible, clearly not all things are beneficial.  (1 Corinthians 6:12, 1 Corinthians 10:23). This should give us wisdom that maybe that it would be better not to watch that horror movie! Is it pure? Is it lovely?

Consequently, the fruit of peace is a result of what we put into our hearts and a major way we can have peace is by reading God’s Word. The Holy Spirit can’t make us read it, we have to do that but He is pleased to give us understanding of it.

Luke 24:45 “Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,”

What is your mind fixed on?

Hence, one way to have peace is to fix our attention on the Prince of Peace:

Isaiah 26: 3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

Most of the time, the mind can only really concentrate effectively on one thing at a time – yes, ladies, even you! Maybe you can drive a car at the same time as eating a sandwich and listening to music but try working through a maths problem at the same time as writing an email to your bank!

What we set or fix our minds on can be likened to the rudder of a ship – it sets the direction of our lives. We can choose. We can either focus on the flesh and its desires or we can set our minds on the Spirit and have the fruit that results: life and peace.

This is what is meant by the expression ‘walking in the Spirit’.

Galatians 5:16 “But I say, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh”

It’s in the mind and heart that belief or unbelief takes place. A double-minded or uncertain man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8). The believer, however, is urged to be unwavering and single-minded. We are to set or fix our minds:

Romans 8:5 “For those who according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the spirit the things of the spirit”

Romans 8:6 “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace.

Colossians 3:2 “Set your mind on the things above not on the things on the earth”

Spiritual warfare

Of course, that is easier said than done because we have an enemy, the devil, who does his damnedest to distract, divert or deceive you. In fact, that’s really the principal power he has over you. Consequently, spiritual warfare is mostly between the ears!  Just don’t give in to the devil’s mind games!

2 Corinthians 2:11 “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (thoughts, mind games)”

So, the devil can’t make us think in a certain way but we are susceptible to suggestion and temptation. Think of TV advertising. Your kids would never have had the desire for that latest gadget, if they had not first seen the advert on the TV!

Hence, the devil is not just interested in getting you to sin but he wants you to believe lies. This is the way whole people groups have been deceived and put under the bondage of philosophies such as communism. Some Christians, too, have shipwrecked their faith because they have not tested what they were reading, hearing or experiencing against the Word of God.  This means, we must test the spirits to see if they are of God. (1 John 4:1)

Colossians 2:18 “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind”

2 Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

How does God want us to fight the enemy? It is not with carnal weapons but with spiritual weapons: the word of God, prayer, speaking in tongues, prophecy and so on.

2 Corinthians 10:5 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

How are you reckoning?

Lastly, there is another important way we renew our minds: it is to reckon ourselves according to what the Bible says about us rather than how we feel.

Romans 6:11 “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

In other words, when the Bible says we are dead to sin, even though our experience may contradict the Word, we continue to reckon according to the Word rather than experience.

Likewise, by faith we put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Is that an act? Are we being a hypocrite? No, because this is who we truly are and we are renewing our minds as to that fact.

Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”

Questions for discussion

1) What is the mind?

2) How did sin affect the mind? – 2 Corinthians 3:14

3) How does new birth affect the mind? – Hebrews 10:16

4) Explain how the mind is transformed.

5) How is Romans 12:2 repentance?

6) Explain how thinking sinful thoughts is the precursor to sinful actions.

7) Why is it important what we fill our minds with?

8) Why is the mind the battleground in spiritual warfare?

9) Explain how we renew our minds by the principal of reckoning.

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Chapter 1

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