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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Bible "Brainwashing"

Good brainwashing, clean our minds, Romans 12:2
Brainwashing is a negative term which normally means deceiving a person or forcing them to believe things that aren't true. 

But I'd like to put a positive spin on the word because it's what we all need spiritually. Instead of being deceived, we need to overcome the deception in and around us.

Our fallen human thinking needs to be "washed"--cleansed of soiled thoughts, grimy attitudes, dirty doubts and filthy fears. 

"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." Romans 12:2

Let's let God "brainwash" us so we can:
Each of the bullet points above is a link to a 1-minute devotion

 Bible Study

James 4:7-10, Isaiah 1:18, Philippians 4:6-9, Clean your thoughts with truth
Study the passages below and write down ways we can "clean our minds" with Bible Truth:

James 4:7-10: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. 

Philippians 4:6-9: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 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. 

Insights
I encourage you to work through the study before read these insights.
 James 4:7-10
 The first step in cleansing our minds is acknowledging our sins and feeling genuine sorrow for them.

Isaiah 1:18
I like the New American Standard and King James version of this verse that says, "Come let us reason together." Isn't it amazing that the Creator of the Universe is willing to discuss our sins with us and help us set our minds straight?

Philippians 4:6-9
This is life-changing: pray about everything, pray with thanksgiving, and focus on our blessings. This is "Bible Brainwashing" in a nutshell. Let's do it!
 
copyright, 2015, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted 

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