Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Devotion - Think, Walk, Talk

Don't you just love Jeff Larson's take on Romans 12:2!    Even though this makes me chuckle, the truth is that it is so very easy to be pressed into the (stinking) thinking of this world.  Oh, how we daily need the washing of the Word of God to renew our thinking.

On Saturday, several women from our church attended a "New Creation" Women's Conference in Glendale, AZ to sit under the mind-saturating teaching of Biblical Counselor, Dr. Nell Collins.  In her session, "The New Mind", she started off with a question she often asks those she counsels, "Tell me what is your regular pattern of studying the scriptures?"  What would our answer to that question be?

She stated that the need for developing a habit of studying the Word is as simple as ABC,  A=Attitude (What we Think) affects our  B=Behavior (Walk),  and our C=Conversation (Talk).   Using the RSMPA (Read, Study, Meditate, Pray and Apply) method, she suggests that we should select only 9-10 verses, select a key verse from those verses and memorize it.  Might it be better for us to really study and understand and apply a few verses than to read many verses with no impact? 

I am pleased to share with you her outline for this session:

1.  Proverbs 23:7  & Proverbs 4:23  teach us the importance of what we think.  (ABC's above)

2.  2 Corinthians 10:3-5 makes us aware of the ongoing spiritual battle and gives us our first line of    
     defense.  It is that we bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (War begins in the
     mind-that's Satan's strategy)

3.  Eph. 4:23 teaches us to renew our mind.  How is that done?
     A.  2 Tim. 2:15  Study the Scriptures (not just reading-there must be application) 
            1.  To please God
            2.  To be confident communicators
            4.  To be doctrinally accurate

     B.  2 Tim. 2:16  The Scriptures are God-breathed for
           1.  Doctrine (right thinking)
           2.  Reproof (wrong thinking)
           3.  Correction (turned around thinking, repentance)
           4.  Instruction in righteousness (right living)   
            (I memorized this scripture by using DR Cornish, that me (I)

How very thankful I am for gifted teachers such as Dr. Collins, and the reminder that my mind needs renewing on a daily basis...yes, that my mind needs to have a continual overhaul! 

Please visit Dr. Nell Collins web page at www.hope-in-crises.com

Joining Shanda for What's On Your Heart Tuesdays
Joining  Trish  for LACE Wednesdays

Have a Blessed Day,
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