Our Mind: A War Zone Where Christ Must Win Each Day

2007 Calvary Impact’s Mission Program

Week Five Bible Study

 

 

In our last study, we looked at God’s Word to discover the very core attributes of the Trinity upon which we can trust. In other words, we found things that make it easier to trust God so that He can indeed become Lord of our life in every way. This week we will see what making Jesus the Lord of our life means. This may be a serious battle for some people as they surrender control of their life to God one piece of their life at a time. As they see God is faithful in that area, they begin to trust the Lord in other areas. For others, making Jesus Lord of their life may be an easier process as they have reached such a low point in trying to direct the affairs of their life on their own, only to find disappointment after disappointment, failure after failure, and an overwhelming since of emptiness. This experience causes them to easily come to the profound understanding that God is their only hope.  In either case, the Lordship of Jesus in one’s life makes that person more effective for God as they live out their lives on this side of eternity. Because of this, Satin will respond. Thus, the believer will constantly need to be aware that a spiritual battle rages within their mind. To combat this, our hearts must be fixed upon the Lord!

 

 

Please begin with prayer. Ask the Lord to be faithful in helping you understand how to more effectively live for Him each day.

 

Answer the following questions.  They will be discussed at the sixth week mission meeting.

 

Please read and write Proverbs 23:26:

 

 

 

What does this verse say that the Lord wants from us?

 

 

Who has the choice in giving this thing?

 

When we make the choice to give the Lord our heart, what will follow in our actions?

 

 

 

 

Read and write Psalms 57:7:

 

 

Once we have given our heart to the Lord, according to this verse what is the position of our heart? What does this mean to you?

 

 

 

 

 

Why do you think that the Lord asks for our heart verses any other part of our bodies such as our hands, our feet, etc.?

 

 

 

 

How important is our heart to our ability to physically live? Read Proverbs 13:40

 

 

 

 

How important is our heart to our spiritual life?

 

 

 

Please read Jeremiah 7:23-24: “But this thing commanded them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.”

What part of the body was evil in the people Jeremiah was speaking to in this passage?

What was the condition of the people’s heart?

 

What happened to them because of their wicked heart?

 

Please read and write Matthew 5:8:

 

 

From the verses we have read thus far, how important do you think that our heart is as it relates to our relationship with God?

 

 

The reason that we need to study the role of the “heart” in our faith before we begin to study the mind is that the Word shows us that a heart within the believer that is “fixed” (set, resolute, unshakable, firm, will not retreat) is essential in the battle that rages to take on the mind of Christ. Our healthy spiritual heart condition is the foundation that is needed for us to be able to take on the mind of Christ.

 

Ezekiel 14:2-4 says, “And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them? Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;”

In this passage it says that there things that can cause us to stumble in our walk with the Lord. What does this verse call these (two answers)?

 

What types of idols are in your heart that can get in the way of having the mind of Christ? (Note: Anything that gets in the way of placing Christ first in your life is an idol.) Please do not blow by this question. Be real in your answer(s). It is these very idols that will be used by Satan to undermine you taking on the mind of Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please read and write 1 Chronicles 28:9:

 

 

 

 

 

As David ( a man that God said was after His heart) was about to die and pass the throne of Israel to Solomon, He gave this verse as instruction to His son Solomon on how to have a relationship with God.

 

Describe the “heart” that David said was needed to serve God:

 

What do you think God’s word says this means?

 

 

What type of mind did David tell Solomon to have in order to honor God with his life and as King?

 

 

From what you know about the Word, what does this mean?

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the same passage in “The Message” version:

1 Chronicles 28:9 (The Message)

 9-10 "And you, Solomon my son, get to know well your father's God; serve him with a whole heart and eager mind, for God examines every heart and sees through every motive. If you seek him, he'll make sure you find him, but if you abandon him, he'll leave you for good. Look sharp now! God has chosen you to build his holy house. Be brave, determined! And do it!"

What does this passage say about what God examines and knows?

 

 

What is this passages promise to those who serve God with their whole heart and an eager mind?

 

 

What does this passage encourage Solomon to do with this relationship with God?

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is interesting that David understood the connection between the condition of His heart and the decisions made in His mind. The title to this study is, Our Mind: A War Zone Where Christ Must Win Each Day. So far we have learned that the beginning of winning this battle resides in a heart that is resolute and fixed of the things of God. This includes every purpose and value that resides within the character of God.

 

Now let’s look back at the verse that we ended with in the last study.

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.”

 

As you read this passage once again, can you see how a heart that is fixed on the things of God will more effective in accomplishing the “casting down”, “bringing into captivity”, and “having a readiness.” 

 

To help with this, please allow me to give an example. If your teacher in the hardest class you were taking emailed you at 8PM  and said that if you wrote a two page paper on some topic related to the class and had it turned in by 8:30AM the next morning that you would receive 20 extra points on the next test grade, would you do it?  Most students I have asked this question to in the past have answered, “yes.”  Why? - because these students have a profound and fundamental “fixed” commitment to do well in school. Even if it required some loss of sleep or missing a movie, most would try to complete the extra credit assignment.  People act upon what they truly believe.

 

The same is true for people and how they spend their money. People seem to spend their money on what is important to them. If a family vacation is important, a family will scrimp and save to make it happen. If a new car is important, a family will borrow or save to get it.

 

If a believer looks at where they spend their time, how they spend their money, the places they visit, and how they respond to others on a regular basis, the believer will have a better idea of what their heart is fixed upon. Remember, many times the actions that you live out will show what you really value.  Our heart must be fixed on the things of God in order to put us in the best place to act on them in a way that honors Him.

 

 

Get to know well your father's God; serve him with a whole heart and eager mind, for God examines every heart and sees through every motive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by: John R. Wallace, Jr. for the 2007 Calvary Impact Mission Program