BE transformed by the renewal of your mind: steps to experiencing god’s grace. Sunday 6 th April 2014. God’s desire for me and you?. God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus. Max Lucado.
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Sunday 6th April 2014
God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus.
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed(metamorphosed) into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform 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.
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 ‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’
The time: kairos – a moment of opportunity
Repent: metanoia – change your ‘mind’
Believe: pisteo – step out on, put weight on
Recognise – Reflect – Replace - Respond
Steps to Experiencing God’s Grace...
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, who has all authority in heaven and on earth, I take my stand against all His enemies who want to hinder my freedom.
I refuse all fear, anxiety, doubt, confusion, deception, distraction or any other form of interference that comes from the enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I choose to take my place in Christ, and I declare that all His enemies have been disarmed, and that Jesus himself came to destroy the devil’s work in my life.
I declare that the chains of bondage have already been broken by Christ and that I am in Him. Therefore His victory is my victory.
Thank you that you love me and that your Son died and rose again so that I could have an intimate relationship with you. Your word says it was ‘for freedom that Christ has set us free’, and I really want to take hold of that freedom. There are many ways in which I have not stood firm in your covenant of grace, but instead have allowed a yoke of slavery to weigh me down and wear me out. Please deliver me from all bondage in my life, and bring to my mind all the attitudes and actions that have kept me from receiving and giving away your love. I ask that your truth would set me free to love, worship, know, obey and serve you and others in the love and acceptance that you have extended to me in Christ. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Will you surrender your “rights” in order to follow God’s will for your life?
(see sheet for examples)
Determine the LieWhat effect has it had on your life?
Finding as many Bible verses as you canwhich state the opposite truth – write them down
Write a prayer / declarationI renounce the lie that... I announce the truth that...
Read the verses & say the prayer daily for 40 days
“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Cor 11:26