Let God's Word Transform You from the Inside Out - Psalm 119:11

Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; Isaiah 55:10-11

Do you have difficulty overcoming anger, negativity, procrastination, irresponsibility, bitterness, worry, jealousy ...

Years ago I discovered a way that helps me deal with specific sins in my life. I think it will work 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 them.

This might sound simplistic, but it works because the Bible is living and active, penetrating our hearts (Hebrews 4:12)

God's Word accomplishes its purposes in our lives (Isaiah 55:10-11) when we let it dwell in us richly. (Colossians 3:16). 

No, we can't change ourselves. But God's Spirit and His Word can change us. Like the Psalmist, we can say, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:11


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

And don't miss this special post with Scriptures and resources for dealing with Anger, Worry, and Lack of Self-Control.

Bible Study

Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; Isaiah 55:10-11
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, find several verses dealing with specific sins you're struggling to overcome.
  • Write the verses on 3x5 cards and meditate on them daily. 
Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; Isaiah 55:10-11
These Bible Love Notes also have some insights into this subject:
Dirty Thoughts
Be Your Own Thought Police

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