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PP Week 3 - Phil 3

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Hebrews 4:12 NLT
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
What is God’s Word according to God’s Word:
Hebrews 4:12 NLT
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Jeremiah 23:29 NLT
Does not my word burn like fire?” says the Lord. “Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces?
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John 6:63 NLT
The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
Acts 7:38 NLT
Moses was with our ancestors, the assembly of God’s people in the wilderness, when the angel spoke to him at Mount Sinai. And there Moses received life-giving words to pass on to us.
Ephesians 6:17 NLT
Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
1 Peter 1:23 NLT
For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.
What do we see about God’s Word in these verses?

God is more interested in changing you than changing your circumstances.

Life Application Bible Commentary, Hebrews A Rest for God’s People / 4:1–13

How is this word of God, the Bible, “living and powerful”? The word of God is not simply a collection of God’s words, a vehicle for communicating ideas; it is living, life changing, and dynamic as it works in us. The demands of the word of God require decisions. We not only listen to it, we let it shape our lives. Because the word of God is living, it applied to these first-century Jewish Christians, and it applies as well as to Christians today. The word of God lives, and it gives life to those who believe—energizing this present life and promising eternal life. Most books may appear to be dusty artifacts just sitting on a shelf, but the word of God collected in Scripture vibrates with life. The Pharisees imagined that the word of God was a set of static rules, and modern critics have argued that the word of God is nothing more than an archival record of a nation. Both groups have erred. The word of God—living and powerful—breathes life for people today. God reaches out to those who look into its pages, calling them to life, meeting their needs, expressing their deepest emotions, offering answers to their greatest questions.

The word of God cannot to be taken for granted or disobeyed. The Israelites who rebelled (described at length in previous verses) learned the hard way that when God speaks, they must listen. Going against God means facing judgment and death.

The word of God penetrates through our outer facade and reveals what lies deep inside. The metaphor of a two-edged sword pictures the word of God, like a knife, revealing who we really are on the inside. It discerns what is within us, both good and evil. It penetrates the core of our moral and spiritual lives. This “two-edged sword” pictures the sharp, short sword that the Roman soldiers used in close combat. The sword’s double edges made it ideal for “cut and thrust” warfare. The word of God, sharper than a two-edged sword, pierces even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow. These words develop the metaphor; they are not a commentary on people’s physiological or spiritual makeup. Nothing can be hidden from God; neither can we hide from ourselves if we sincerely study the word of God. It reaches deep past our outer life as a knife passes through skin. It delves deep into our inner lives, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. The word translated “is a discerner” can also be translated “judges” (NIV). At this point, our thoughts, motives, attitudes, and intentions are shown to us as being good or evil; we cannot escape God’s judgment on them and we dare not ignore God’s warning to us. We cannot keep secrets from God.

In fact he does this to help you mature spiritually. God brings you to a place where you can say that, although everything is not well with your circumstances, it is well with your soul. When you receive God’s promises you can have real wholeness in Christ, even if you are walking through hard things.
I believe the Bible says I am supposed to tithe, but my financial circumstances don’t allow me to do it right now.
I believe the Bible says that I should forgive, but you don’t know how much this person has hurt and wronged me.
I believe the Bible says that divorce is wrong, but if you knew what my spouse is like, you would see why I can’t be married anymore.
I believe that Bible says to think about only those things that are pure and excellent, but other than that one 5 minute scene the movie has such a great story.
In our world, many Christians don’t live out the convictions of their faith.

Every battle you ever face will be decided between your ears and in your heart before it is ever won in your circumstances.

Daniel 1:8 NLT
But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods.
Daniel saw the total collapse of his nation and his people placed in captivity, yet he kept his faith.
Daniel chose to remain undefiled in a pagan Babylon.
Daniel was used by God to impact the nation where he was held captive.
Daniel continued in his faithfulness despite the changing circumstances.
If you don’t settle it in your heart, you will give into your circumstances, and you will flinch. If you are going to make it on life’s battlefield, you have to settle the matter between your ears and in your heart. you have to confront the issue before the trouble or temptation comes. Resolve who you are in your feelings and throughs so that you don’t flinch when the enemy attacks.

When we allow God to hide His truth in the center of our feelings, He renews our thoughts and attitudes.

Romans 12:2 NLT
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
I will be transformed-not just cleaned up on the outside-but completely transformed on the inside.
I will know and understand God's will for my life.
I will know and understand God's will for my life.
How many times have you said, "I wish I knew what God wanted me to do in this situation." Here is the path to knowing God's will-His good, pleasing and perfect will. Allow God to hide His truth in the center of our feelings, thoughts, and attitudes.

First, we must choose to let go of old ways of acting.

Ephesians 4:22 NLT
throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.
“Everything connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it!” ( MSG)

Second, we must change the way we think.

Ephesians 4:23 NLT
Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
“Let the Spirit change your way of thinking” ( CEV). The Bible says we are “transformed” by the renewing of our minds ().
“Let the Spirit change your way of thinking” ( CEV). The Bible says we are “transformed” by the renewing of our minds ().
The Greek word for transformed, “metamorphosis” (used in and ), is used today to describe the amazing change a caterpillar goes through in becoming a butterfly. It is a beautiful picture of what happens to us spiritually when we allow God to direct our thoughts: We are changed from the inside out, we become more beautiful, and we are set free to soar to new heights.

Third, we must put on the character of Christ by developing new, godly habits.

Ephesians 4:24 NLT
Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
Your character is essentially the sum of your habits; it is how you habitually act.
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