Biblical Answers for Spiritual Growth. If we choose not to know God, we are choosing to see things our way, and follow our own paths.
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Over come the problems of pride, selfish desires & spiritual oppression.
1.Trail of your Faith.
2. Increase your Faith.
3. Assess your Faith.
4. Appling Faith in your life.
Almost everyone agrees that knowing a fact in our minds is not enough. We must believe that its true.
Biblical Answers for Spiritual Growth
If we choose not to know God, we are choosing to see things our way, and follow our own paths.
We have now seen that spiritual growth is primarily based on how we know and perceive God in our spirit.
Spiritual and Psychological Growth.
In the second step of Spiritual Growth listed in 2 Peter Chapter 1 called Virtue: Knowing Jesus as My Lord and discusses the model of Peter.
Christian counseling in the church, understanding salvation by faith, and how to use your faith to overcome problems like self-worth, feeling unloved, insecurity, pride, selfish desires, strife, fear and lust.
Christian CounselingUnderstanding salvation by faith, and how to use your faith to overcome common problems. Problems like self-worth, significance, feeling unloved, insecurity, pride, sellfish desires, strife, fear, and lust.
The choice to believe God to meet our needs through the Spirit and our desirefor the spirit-led life. It also decreases our selfishness and dependence on the addictive process.
1. Whether we will choose to walk in the Spirit or the flesh.
2. Whether or not we choose to hide or confess our sin. How we answer these questions will be determined by our faith in God
Your first step on your journey, should be a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Bible says in Acts 4:12, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”Jesus came to save us from our sins and to give us life- abundantly and eternally!New Covenant Counseling–In this course will develop an advanced form of Faith Therapy based on the covenants of God as they relate to the New Covenant concealed in the Old Covenant–the laws, the tabernacle, the sacrifices, the feasts, the priest’s garments.
Salvation begins with faith but many Christians are frustrated trying to live the Christian life in this world. They want to serve Christ but find that they fail again and again in their attempts to get victory over sin, overcome the flesh, die to the self, and love others. Most have no definite idea of how these goals are to be achieved.This should not be the case because the Bible gives us a clear road map to spiritual and psychological maturity; it is accomplished revelation by revelation as we grow in our knowledge of God. It is not enough to have the knowledge of God in our minds or even to love Him with our emotions-faith must grow in our spirit.Only through this kind of faith is it possible to overcome our selfishness, develop the self-discipline necessary to conquer sin, and achieve a life of peace motivated by unconditional love. This book clearly and concretely explains each step in this process, identifies the spiritual revelations required, and provides methods and models for assisting us in moving to the next step.
Biblical Answers for Addictions
In 1st Corinthians Chapter 6, we find a list of addictions that can separate us from the kingdom of God. As with most of present tense Greek in the New Testament, I believe that these verses should be interpreted as continuous action. As an example, it is not getting drunk once that keeps a person from inheriting the kingdom of God, but continually being drunk over a period of time. This is substantiated by the verses that follow this list. As we will see in the story of Samson’s life, either our faith will destroy our addictive behavior, or our addiction will destroy our faith.
The good new is that, even though the power of an addiction can be great, each and every addiction—including homosexuality—can be and has been overcome through a deep faith-filled relationship with Christ. Paul, however, strongly advises that we should do everything possible to steer clear of these behaviors so that we will not be brought under their power. 1 Cor 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them.
Now the body [is] not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. Although the most comprehensive information concerning addictions in the Bible is found in the story of Samson’s life, a number of other addictions are mentioned in the Bible. Nabal possibly died of an alcoholic seizure. King Saul was addicted to rage and domestic violence. Solomon was addicted to work, sex, and possibly alcohol. Eglon and Eli were most likely addicted to food, and Lot struggled with homosexuality. In addition, the Bible deals with drug addictions under the more inclusive name of sorcery. The Gangrene Model of Addictions The addict continues to avoid dealing with the problem even when it gets worse. This is because he does not see or feel like he has a problem. He knows that in order to get help, he will have to give up the pain killer, rip off the bandage, and expose the wound. He believes that this emotional pain would be too great to bear. As he becomes more powerless over the addiction and his life becomes progressively unmanageable, the addict begins to believe that he is so worthless and so addicted that he cannot be helped. His problem is either not really that bad or the problem has progressed so far that recovery is impossible. Consequently, many addicts go to their graves without ever seeking help.
The Law of Sin and Death This is the Law of Sin and Death which explains why it it difficult to escape addictions. We select a method of meeting our own needs based on our prior experiences. If we reach our goal through the flesh, these methods provide temporary partial satisfaction along with condemnation (if we believe that what we have done is wrong or sinful). Operant conditioning suggests that if we do something and it results in immediate gratification, we will be disposed to do it more often. This is how desire for something turns into lust. If we choose to protect ourselves by hiding our shame, our guilt or shame (“I did something bad”) turns into toxic shame (“I am a bad person”). This is how in the long run the initial feelings of worthlessness increase. These short-term gains, which result in long-term shame, set the process of addiction into motion.
After one complete loop of this chart we have: 1. Increased the desire for the substance. 2. Increased the level of toxic shame and internal neediness. 3. Increased the level of denial about being addicted. After each use, all three of these results increase until toxic shame pervades the addict’s life, his lust is so strong that it overrides his values, and his denial blinds him to his problem. At this point, when the addict “tries harder to quit,” his failure to stop only adds to his shame. Finally, out of extreme despair, he may even turn to self-destructive behavior or suicide to relieve himself of his intense level of internal emotional pain. This is the point where most addicts are willing to enter recovery. However, many go on to their deaths through medical complications or suicide. These individuals are frequently convinced that they are already too bad, they cannot recover, or there is no way out. The Law of The Spirit of Life his is the chart called the Law of the Spirit of Life which explains recovery from addictions Law of the Spirit of Life This chart is labeled the Law of the Spirit of Life.
It depicts the biblical method of recovery from addictions. This chart contains three separate circles of flow that end in very different results. By making two critical choices, we determine the consequences for our life. The choice to believe God to meet our needs through the Spirit results in a process that increases our faith and our desirefor the spirit-led life. It also decreases our selfishness and dependence on the addictive process. The end of this circle is love, which results in actual need satisfaction. The choice to trust in the flesh to meet our needs results in sin, shame, and the development of a lust for the addictive agent. If we choose to admit our sin and trust God for forgiveness.
1. whether we will choose to walk in the Spirit or the flesh, and
2. whether or not we choose to hide or confess our sin. How we answer these questions will be determined by our faith in God. At the first decision point, if we truly trust God to meet all of our needs, we will rely on His Spirit to fulfill our emptiness. If we do not, we will rely on ourselves and the flesh to meet our needs. At the second decision point, our choice will be based on whether we believe that God still loves us in spite of our sin, will forgive us, and will restore us to Himself. If we do not believe this, we will attempt to cover up our sin and fall into the trap of legalism. Without trusting in Christ for the power to make the right choices, an addiction cannot usually be overcome. It is important to realize that this chart presupposes that the client is a Christian and that he believes that the power of his addiction (the old man) has been crucified with Christ and that the power of Jesus’ resurrection is available to him through the new birth (becoming the new man). This subject is explained in more depth in the book of Romans.
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