Jesus as Lord of Your Life
2007 Calvary Impact's
Week Four Bible Study
Last week, we studied about how Jesus is not a casual friend. He is our closest and best friend who is always faithful. But the truth is He is so much more than a friend, He is our Lord. As we make Jesus our Lord, we become His servants. This is a really neat situation because we get to be an extension of our best friend as we set aside our selfishness, pride, and worldly purposes, and allow God to have control. Getting to this place of making Jesus Lord of our life is what growing as a Christian is all about. It all begins with trust!
Please begin with prayer.
Answer the following questions. They will be discussed at the fifth week mission meeting.
Read and write Proverbs 3:5-6:
What does this verse warn us not to do as we trust in the Lord?
What does this mean?
Can you think of a time were you tried to do something based on your own understand when you knew that Lord's way was different? What was it and how did that turn out?
What is the promise of this Scripture when we are faithful to trust God?
What would you think and how would you feel if you knew that Jesus was personally directing every step and thought that you take each day?
Read and write 2 Samuel 22:31:
What does this verse say about the way of God?
As you trust more in God, would you like to be in "this way" and why?
What is the promise of this verse to those who trust God?
Psalm 18:2 says, "The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."
Describe God in terms of being a rock.
In these terms, how is God your rock? Why? How?
Describe a fortress?
In these terms, how is God your fortress? Why? How?
What do you think "high tower" means in this scripture, and how do you see Jesus as your high tower?
Read and write Psalm 13:15:
What was David's reaction to trusting the Lord?
What is your reaction when you trust the Lord and know His fingerprints all over a decision that you have made?
Were Does Trust Begin? The Mind
Trust as an act our personal will. We must choose and have an active role in this process of trusting. Certainly, the Lord will help us, but He wants us to trust Him.
We only need to look to Jesus to see the trust He had in His Father.
Philippians 2:5-8 says, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
Write your thoughts on these six things that this verse teaches us about the "mind of Christ" as he trusted His Father.
1. No Reputation-
3. Likeness of a man-
4. Fashion of a man-
It is awesome how we can see the mind of Christ in this verse! If we are to trust God, it is vital that we begin to take on this mind. Describe how are you doing in the following areas of your life?
2. Being available to the Lord-
3. Having a Servant's Heart-
4. Obedience to God's Word-
This type of self evaluation is a much needed part of growing as a Christian. We need to know where we are in a certain area so we know to pray and ask for the Lord's help and Holy Spirit's power and direction to grow in that area. This deep desire to take on the mind and character of Christ is what making Jesus Lord of your life is all about. It is a process that never stops. It is also what makes serving the Lord such a joy!
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 says, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 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; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled."
While we will begin next weeks study with this verse, we should look at the words that are in bold print. You have just completed an inventory in how you are doing in taking on the "mind of Christ." The highlighted words tell us to bring the thoughts that keep us from taking on the mind of Christ under control. This can only happen when we get help from the Lord through His Holy Spirit. Please write a prayer to the Lord asking for help in bringing all the specific thought patterns into obedience to the mind of Christ. For example, if you have a hard time being available to God because you want to do your own thing sometimes, you may want to write some thing like this:
"Lord, I know that sometimes I am selfish in wanting to do my own thing instead of what you need me to be doing. I pray that you will draw me so close to you that there will not be one moment of hesitation when you need me to be available to do something for you. I ask for the help of your Holy Spirit so I can honor you as Lord of my life in this way."
Now, it is your turn to get real with the Lord! Write your prayer:
Next Weeks Study is: Our Mind: A War Zone Where Christ Must Win Each Day
Written by: John R. Wallace, Jr. for the 2007 Calvary Impact