The mind is a powerful place; what you feed it can affect it in a powerful way.
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This week, we continued to explore Mind Monsters, which are emotions that have moved from under our beds to inside our heads. So many of us struggle with a complicated life—one filled with with difficult situations involving marriages, kids, parents, etc. But, we as Christ Followers can ENJOY life…how? By following the filling and accessing the power of the Holy Spirit, we can experience joy even in the midst of darkness. Jesus promises us joy that no one can take that away from us. Joy is our reminder that darkness is temporary.
Primary Scriptures: Philippians 4:8, Galatians 5:22-23
- Read Philippians 4:8. What we put into our minds determines what comes out in words and actions. Paul tells us in this verse what God wants us to dwell on in our minds. What harmful things can people dwell on today? Consider memorizing this verse and repeat it to yourself as you encounter things that are unwholesome this week.
- God calls us to dwell on things that are true, but Satan works by telling us lies. He is a liar! (John 8:44). In what ways has the enemy distracted you with worry? The next time he tries to gain control of your mind and corrupt it, how will you turn to the Holy Spirit and His truthful ways? See John 17:17; 1 John 5:6.
- We acknowledge that there are many things in our world that are not honorable, right, pure, lovely or of good repute, but we do not focus on them or allow them to control our lives. Right thinking is the result of daily meditation on the Word of God. We are “to put off our old self… and to be made new in the attitude of our minds” (Ephesians 4:17-24) What honorable, right, pure, lovely things will you dwell on this week? How might that play out in action?
- Read Galatians 5:22-23. These character traits were perfectly embodied in the character of our Lord Jesus. Discuss the difference between works and fruit. How do Christ Followers exhibit the fruit of the Spirit today? Which of these qualities do you want the Spirit to grow in you?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Philippians 4:8 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore how Christ followers are to think rightly in this world.