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We need to know what God is saying--to live by His declarations, His Word. We need to know God's thoughts about us and His purposes for us. We need to be free of the wrong judgments and attitudes we have about ourselves, about life on earth, and about our relationship with God.
The purpose of this study is to help us desire to hear what God is saying, and to become free of all the negative and destructive words we have received.
Central Passage: John 8:31-32
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue [abide] in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31-32 KJV)
This verse calls us to abide in the words of Christ. We are called not just to intellectually know God's Word, but also to abide in His Word--to let His Word come into our being through memorization and meditation (Colossians 3:16, Psalm 1:2). As we abide in the words or declarations of Jesus, three things happen to us:
A. We become a disciple. What is the difference between being a disciple and being just a believer? See Luke 6:40, Luke 9:1, and Matthew 21:6.
B. We will know the truth. As we abide in God's Word--letting His ways be imparted to us, receiving His attitudes about ourselves--we will know the truth. Truth comes from God; opinions come from men. Jesus said, "I AM the Truth." (John 14:6) Summarize three basic truths of God's relationship with us according to these passages:
1. Ephesians 2:10
2. Psalm 139:13-18
3. Matthew 6:28-32
C. The truth will make us free. As we abide in the words of Jesus, focusing on Him--having our inner being focus on Him--we will become free. Free from what? Free from the wrong "words" or attitudes we have received or taken into ourselves. If we are to abide in God's Word, we must come out of the words we have received from other sources--words like, "You're no good," "You need to look like this to be acceptable," "You must have this to be happy," "Sin is fun," "You can figure things out for yourself; you don't need God." We have a choice: we can listen to the words of the people of the world or our own fleshly desires, or we can listen to the words of Jesus, through the Spirit of God.
1. What are the results of listening to and following the desires of the spirit of this world or our own sinful nature? See Galatians 5:19-21
2. What are the results of listening to the Spirit of God bringing to us the words of Christ? See Galatians 5:16, 22-23
How can we come into "walking by the Spirit"? By looking to Jesus; by focusing on Him; by letting Him be our example. Jesus walked in the power of the Spirit; He modeled this kind of life for us. Now, through the power of the Holy Spirit, He will work His kind of life in us.
Father, thank You for speaking to us, for declaring unto us Your plans and purposes for us, for telling us of Your love and concern for us. Thank You for speaking to us through Jesus. Help us to listen to Him and to focus on Him. Help us to know Your truth, so that we become truly free. Thank You, Father. Amen.
Thank God for one of the things He has revealed about Himself through Jesus (for example, His love, power, wisdom, care, understanding, etc.). Receive this truth, and give to God any "opposite words" that have been part of you (such as things that have caused you to feel anger, rejection, fear, inadequacy, etc.). Speak to yourself the truths which God has declared about you.
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God speaks to us through His Word. His Word can destroy the words of men, satan, and our own self that have misled us, harmed us, and held us in bondage. Jesus is the ultimate Word of God. Through focusing on Him I can know the truth about God and about His attitudes toward me. Through the cross of Jesus I can exchange my wrong attitudes about life, God, and myself that I have received from the world and satan, for the truths of Jesus. The purpose of this study is to receive some of the attitudes of Jesus, and to identify and rid ourselves of some of the wrong attitudes we have had.
The attitudes of Jesus toward those considered unimportant--such as children. Read Mark 10:13-16.
1. What was the disciples' attitude toward those who brought the children to Jesus (verse 13)?
2. Why do you think the disciples felt this way?
3. How do you think the children felt when the disciples did this?
4. Have you ever felt that way about yourself? If so, when?
5. What was the response of Jesus in verse 14?
6. How do you think the children felt when Jesus said that?
7. Why do you think Jesus said what He did in verse 15?
8. What was significant about what Jesus did in verse 16? (see Luke 4:40, Acts 6:5-6)
9. How do you think the children felt when they were blessed by Jesus?
Think of a time when you felt like the children did after verse 13. See Jesus calling you to Him to bless you. Remember His words to the disciples, and to the people in Matthew 11:28: "Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." See yourself coming to Jesus to receive His blessing. Let your spirit receive the desire of Jesus to bless you. Let the love of Jesus enter into your mind and your emotions. Release to Him the negative feelings about yourself which you remembered when you identified with the children in verse 13. Let the blessing of Jesus fill your whole being. Thank Him and rejoice in the love, rest, and peace He is imparting to you.
The attitudes of Jesus toward the outcasts--such as lepers (Leprosy is a disease resulting in open and contagious sores on one's body. Because of their disease, lepers were outcasts.)
How were they to warn the people, according to Leviticus 13:45?
Where were they to live? (vs. 46)
Read Mark 1:40-42. Knowing the severity of the disease and the lonely plight of the lepers, how do you think a person felt when he found out he had leprosy?
Have you ever had similar feelings? If so, when?
1. How did the leper in the story act when Jesus came by (v. 40)?
2. What caused him to act this way ? (See John 6:44)
3. How did Jesus react to this outcast? (v.41)
4. Jesus touched him. Do you think Jesus was afraid of touching the leper? Why or why not?
5. Then Jesus spoke. He brought forth the will of God. He spoke as One who had authority (Mark 1:27). He was not a magician waving a magic wand. Rather He was One sent by God to speak and bring forth the will of God into a situation. How do you think the leper felt after this?
6. How do you think he felt about himself at this point?
7. How were the people reacting to the demonstration of God's compassion and power being manifested through Jesus? (Mark 1:27)
Using the preceding section on RECEIVING THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST as your pattern, let the Holy Spirit lead you in experiencing personally the love of Jesus for the outcasts.
Because I have looked for and depended upon affirmation from people, I have become hurt and broken when people mistreated me and when they were unable to satisfy my deep longings for affirmation and security. Those longings can only be satisfied by the Spirit of the Living God, revealing the truths of God's love for me.
God has provided a way for me to empty myself of the wrong attitudes and the pain I have received, and to become filled with His Spirit.
A. What does the Bible say in Isaiah 53:6?
B. What happens when I receive the Spirit of Christ's love into my life? (John 1:12-13)
C. What should I do with the anger and bitterness I feel toward life, people, and even God? (Colossians 3:5,8)
D. With what should I replace these negative or sinful attitudes and desires? (Colossians 3:10,12)
E. How should I live each day? (Ephesians 4:22-24, John 8:31-32)
F. What is the new man? Who is the source of these new attitudes?
G. As I focus on Jesus--His Word and His character--and put off my old ways through His cross, what happens? (II Corinthians 3:18)
H. I am now committed to letting God develop the nature of Christ in me; I am "in Christ." According to the following passages, what are some of the words, attitudes, and blessings God has for me because I am "in Christ"?
1. Galatians 3:26
2. Ephesians 2:13
3. 2 Corinthians 1:20
4. Ephesians 1:11
5. Colossians 2:10
6. Galatians 3:14
Thank God for His words and for the blessings He would give to you. Picture Jesus extending these things to you, and give Him some of the negative things you have carried that are in opposition to God's desires for you. (This is putting off the old and putting on the new, as described in Ephesians 4:22-24 and in Colossians 3.)
Father, thank You that "in Christ" I am a new person. Thank You for sending Jesus to show me how to live, and for inviting me to become like Him. Send Your Holy Spirit to help me to become more like Jesus, and to listen to His voice each day. Thank You, Father, for Your commitment to me, through Jesus. Amen.
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About Cyrus Ministries International
Rich and Kay Fick are the directors of Cyrus Ministries International. God has anointed and called them to this ministry. Rich, an ex-alcoholic, has personally experienced Godís love, forgiveness, power, healing and restoration. Their ministry involves helping others come out of their spiritual, emotional, mental and physical bondages into the fullness of the Holy Spirit, enabling them to know and live in Godís plan and purposes for them. They minister to individuals, equip churches for ministry, and disciple others in breaking down spiritual bondages over individuals, families, generations, communities and nations. Their calling and vision is to see Godís people living in the spiritual presence and reality of Godís heavenly kingdom as Jesus manifests His life into them and through them on earth.
The ministry has taken them to churches and groups locally and to many locations in the USA, as well as other nations. (Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Romania, India, Israel, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, and Bolivia). As they travel, Rich and Kay minister healing, train leaders, and teach and disciple, as well as establishing ongoing networking relationships. Cyrus Ministries provides oversight to ministries and churches in other nations, helping them to come into their calling and destiny. Leaders from other nations are invited to come and spend time at the Big Rock location for training and impartation.
The Big Rock Ministry Center offers a meeting place for both small and large groups.Ü There are regular times of prayer, worship, teaching, impartation of the gifts of the Spirit, and fellowship.Ü
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