Building a Strong Faith - Part 4

 

Memorize and Meditate on Scripture

 

Icebreaker:  Where do you primarily get your identity and sense of value – job, family, success, hobbies etc.

 

Joshua 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 

Romans 8:5  Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

Luke 4:1-8 Jesus,full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days and at the end of them he was hungry.

The devil said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”  Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live by bread alone.’”  The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will be yours.”  Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’” 

Psalm 119:9&11  How can a young [person] keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. 

            “Scripture memory is like reinforcing steel to a sagging faith.”   Donald Whitney

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Questions:

  1. How does Jesus’ confrontation with Satan illustrate the power of scripture that is committed to memory? Have you ever used this approach when tempted?
  2. Why is it important to have God’s Word in our minds when we face the difficult things that life can throw at us (temptation being only one of them).
  3. What do you think it means to meditate on God’s Word throughout the day and night? Which aspects of  daily life distract you from God and his wisdom? What can you do to overcome these distractions?
  4. List an example of a personal concern or need and a verse you have memorized that applies to that need.   How did it help you? 

Input the Truth, Remove the Garbage

Rom 12:2  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. 

            Practical Applications

            A. Listen to tapes from the Living Springs Library or other Christian teachers

            B. Listen to Christian Radio and Christian music

            C. Don’t watch so much TV, surf the net or expose yourself to other unworthy things

 

5.   What do you input your mind with that perhaps isn’t helping you walk in faith.

6.   What one thing can you do this week to either input your mind with more truth or remove negative influences?

Pray for the person on your left about their answer.