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Monday, March 11, 2013

"I Can't Change" Bible Study

Biblical change, Scripture Cards, overcoming sin
I can't change!  

Ever felt this way?  

Years ago I discovered a way that helps me deal with specific sins in my life. It may not work for everyone, but I think it works for most people if they do it sincerely, from the heart.   

Here's what I do: I look for Scriptures dealing with the sin I'm struggling with, write them on 3x5 cards, and go over them daily or 2-3 times a day, meditating on their truth.

This might sound simplistic, but it works because the Bible is living and active, penetrating our hearts. God's Word will always accomplish its purposes in our lives if we submit to it (Hebrews 4:12; Isaiah 55:10-11).  

I can't change myself. But God's Spirit and His Word can change me. And this is one way I actively pursue their work in my life.

Here's a few examples:

If you have a problem with anger meditate on these verses: Psalm 37:8; Ephesians 4:26-27; Proverbs 16:32.  Fear & Worry: 1 Peter 5:7; Matthew 6:30-34; Philippians 4:6-7; Matthew 11:28-30.  Lack of Self-Control: Proverbs 25:28; 2 Peter 1:5-10  

This is a free online resource for finding specific verses: Topical Bible.

You can listen to the devotion above on an audio tool HERE.

1. In the verses below, list (or underline) the different ways the Psalmist connects with God's Word?

Psalm 119:9-16: "How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. 10 I have tried hard to find you— don’t let me wander from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. 12 I praise you, O Lord; teach me your decrees. 13 I have recited aloud all the regulations you have given us. 14 I have rejoiced in your laws as much as in riches. 15 I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. 16 I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word."

2. Where does transformation start?

Romans 12:1-2:  Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform 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.

2 Corinthians 10:5: We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

3. How does verse 8 (below) apply to changing our bad habits or does it?

Philippians 4:8-9:  Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Optional homework:
  • Using the Topical Bible (linked above), find several verses dealing with specific sins you're struggling with. Besides the examples above, you might look up bitterness/forgiveness, worry/fear, jealousy/envy, patience, joy, thoughts, etc.
  • Write the verses on 3x5 cards and meditate on them daily. 

All Scripture is New International Version unless otherwise noted © copyright, Gail Burton Purath, 2013, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com 

These Bible Love Notes also have some insights into this subject:
Dirty Thoughts
Be Your Own Thought Police

I look forward to any comments and questions you might have. When you've finished the study, please check out my insights HERE.

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