Wednesday, January 18, 2012

LESSON TWO: “1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times – A Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study”

Lesson 2 of “1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times – A Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study” provoked some intriguing thought. Challenged by the truth that the mind must be transformed for true change to take place, this week’s study has led me to glean an understanding that I must secure whatever might trip me up in my own thinking. Faulty thinking when it comes to God is not an option because it will taint everything we think and believe about Him.

God gives us understanding through the Holy Spirit. Scripture tells us not to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). Why? Because things of God cannot be understood with human wisdom. The gospel is foolishness to non-believers. God makes worldly wisdom foolishness. God chose the foolish things to shame the wise.

Romans 12:2 says “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.” But how can we transform and renew our minds? Follow the advice of scripture: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

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