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Victory Christian Tabernacle Church

Tuesday Night Bible Study

September 21, 2021

7pm-8pm

Zoom Conference Call # 1 646 558 8656,

Meeting ID: 804 615 8216, Passcode: 812594


"LIVING BY FAITH”

Dr. James A. May, D. D., M.R.E., Th.M., – Facilitator

Lesson- 3 “The Mindset of Faith”

Matthew 6.33 NLT

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”


Matthew 6.33 KJV

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”


Quote: "Faith is Taking the First Step Even When You Don't See the Whole Staircase.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Introduction


In order to live by faith, we must have the “mindset of faith.” You must have a faith mindset where you see everything through the eyes of faith. “For we walk by faith, not by sight,” 2 Corinthians 5:7. Walking by faith in this life, means we are to rely completely on all that God has said in His Word. The life of faith filters our thoughts, actions, attitudes, and words, through the holy Scriptures, as we listen to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit, follow His directions, and trust in the Lord with all our heart (John 14:26; Proverbs 3:5-6).

The world gives us mixed views and emotions of what it deems life should be, such as pride, wealth, living life for the moment, and pursuing personal happiness. This is the life of the unbeliever. However, Christians count on the unseen things, waiting for them with Christ. The only way we can do this, is by changing our mindset, or changing the way we think.


THE MINDSET OF FAITH


In Matthew 6:25–32, Jesus sets the mindset of faith for the believer. He tells us not to worry about everyday life, whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Jesus has commanded His followers not to live in continually worry about how they will obtain those things, even if they don't know where the next meal is coming from. In fact, he says, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” He wants us to trust our heavenly Father to provide what is needed for His children because He values them so greatly. In other words, he wants us to “trust in the reliability of God.” Have faith in God!

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need,” Matthew 6.33. We are to seek the things of God as a priority over the things of the world because it is of greater value than all the world’s riches. This does not mean that we should neglect the reasonable and daily duties that help sustain our lives. However, for the Christian, there should be a difference in attitude toward them. The children of God are free to enjoy every material comfort, as long as they are not obtained by injustices. However, they cannot, under any circumstance, be put before God.


In 2 Timothy 1:7-8, Paul tells us “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 8 So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News.”


Therefore, the mindset of faith can be summed up as “don’t worry,” “seek God above everything else, while living righteously,” and “don’t be afraid or ashamed to tell others of our Lord because you have power, love and self-discipline.


RENEWING OUR THINKING


In order to have the mindset of faith, we must renew our thinking. Romans 12:2 tells us; “Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature.”


Our thinking must be changed (transformed) from old, ungodly ways of thinking into new, godly ways of thinking. What we know in our minds to be true forms a conviction in our hearts of that truth, and that conviction in our hearts translates into action. Therefore, we must first renew our minds.


The only way to replace the error of the world’s way of thinking is to replace it with God’s truth, and the only infallible source of God’s truth is His revealed Word, the Bible. Transformation through renewed minds comes as believers expose themselves to God’s Word. As you expose yourself to God’s Word, the Holy Spirit will transform your mind.


God doesn’t want you to think like the world thinks. His Word is life and health, full of promises, abundance, healing, and deliverance. This is the life He wants for you. He wants you to change the way you think so you can learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. There are no shortcuts. There is no magical formula for renewing our minds. As we walk with the Lord, obeying His Word and relying on His Spirit, we find that we are given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). We must fill our minds with God’s Word. As we get closer to God, He has promised to get closer to us (James 4:8). Next, James calls us sinners to clean our hands. Washing or cleansing the hands was a token of innocence and purity. In other words, our whole conduct should change; ceasing to do evil learning to do good. He calls us double-minded people: trying to serve both self and God. James pleads with us to purify our hearts. This means to separate ourselves from the world, and consecrate ourselves to God. This is the true notion of sanctification. As per Jesus prayed to the Father, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17).


Note: For James's Jewish readers who had grown up under the law, these commands would have called to mind ceremonial washings. The idea here is to completely turn from our sin, to resolve that we will serve God, and to begin again.


THINK ABOUT THE THINGS OF HEAVEN


Colossians 3:2 says, “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Paul reminds the believers at Colossae to keep their minds on godly, spiritual things. The things "above" (KJV) are the things of God. The "things of the earth" are associated with ungodly activities (see James 3:15). This means that believers ought to give their time and attention to things pleasing to God, rather than things pleasing to men. We should focus our attention on godly, spiritual things.


When Jesus began to show his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and legal experts, and that he had to be killed and raised on the third day, Peter took hold of Jesus and scolded Him, and began to correct Him; telling Him, “This won’t happen to you.” However, Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are a stone that could make me stumble, for you are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts,” Matthew 16:21-23.


Many times, thinking about the things of heaven, and not the things of earth are going to be unpleasing to our sinful nature. Peter couldn’t see why Jesus needed to suffer and be killed, because in pleased him to have Jesus around him. Satan used Peter to try to influence Jesus not to do the “things of heaven (or things of above). Peter didn’t know the long-term effects of Jesus dying on the cross, however, Jesus did! His thoughts were on “things of heaven.”

We are to “Put to death,” whatever belongs to our earthly nature, such as sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. We must also rid ourselves of things such as anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from our lips. We are not lie to each other, since we have taken off our old self with its practices and have put on the new self and be renewed as we learn to know our Creator and become like him. (Colossians 3:1–17).


Conclusion


“In order to live by faith, we must have the “mindset of faith” where you see everything through the eyes of faith. The life of faith filters our thoughts, actions, attitudes, and words, through the holy Scriptures, as we listen to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit, follow His directions, and trust in the Lord with all our heart (John 14:26; Proverbs 3:5-6).


In Matthew 6:25–32, Jesus sets the mindset of faith for the believer. He tells us not to worry about everyday life. He wants us to trust our heavenly Father to provide what is needed for His children because He values them so greatly. In other words, he wants us to “trust in the reliability of God.”

We are to seek the things of God as a priority over the things of the world because it is of greater value than all the world’s riches. Many times, thinking about the things of heaven, and not the things of earth are going to be unpleasing to our sinful nature. Furthermore, we are not to be afraid or ashamed to tell others of our Lord because we have power, love and self-discipline.


Moreover, we are to “Put to death,” whatever belongs to our earthly nature, such as sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. We must also rid ourselves of things such as anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from our lips. We are not lie to each other, since we have taken off our old self with its practices and have put on the new self and be renewed as we learn to know our Creator and become like him. (Colossians 3:1–17).

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