Day 4

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Remember during this first week we will focus on posturing our lives for transformation into fully devoted vessels of the Holy Spirit.  Put into practice the following items:

Read - Read the passage of scripture a few times. Allow God to meet and speak to you through the text.  

Record - what the scripture is saying to you in a notebook or journal.  Sometimes paraphrasing can be helpful.

Reflect - Meditate on what God is saying to you from what you have recorded.  What do these passages mean for you in the “now?”

Respond - Write out how you believe God is asking you to respond.  Is there a sin to avoid, a promise to proclaim, a truth to believe, an example to follow, a command to obey?

Truth Encounter
Genesis 3:1-7 ESV
1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

In Genesis 3:5 we see that the serpent promised Adam and Eve that IF they rejected God’s wisdom and disobeyed Him they would be like who?

Revelation 20:2 ESV
2And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 

Who was the serpent?

John 8:44 ESV 
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 

Who is the Father of lies?

Romans 1:20-25 ESV
20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
When it comes to original sin, Romans 1:25 tells us mankind has exchanged the truth of God for what?
The lie could be stated as, “Mankind, independent of God, would be like God.” God is able to meet His own needs and be self-sufficient.  If we’re to be like God, we wrongly believe we should be able to meet our own needs and be self-sufficient.  This lie is the foundation of false beliefs in our lives.
Jeremiah 2:13 ESV
For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
What two different evils does the scripture teach us mankind has committed?
We have forsaken God, the only one who can satisfy our needs. 
We have trusted in ourselves to meet our needs.
Our rejection of God and our attempts to meet our own needs in our own way is a result of believing this lie.  We must be confronted by the truth, to rid ourselves of this false belief.
2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 ESV
10and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 
What did those perishing reject and what did they believe? 
John 8:31-32 ESV
31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
What does God use to bring us into freedom?
Whenever we are confronted by the lie and false beliefs, we overcome them through God’s truth.  Knowing the truth will set us free from the lie and bring freedom into our lives

According to John 17:17 Where is the truth found?
If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. 

Joshua 1:8 ESV
8This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Deuteronomy 11:18-20 ESV
18 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 20You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 

Deuteronomy 11:26-28 ESV
26 “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: 27the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, 28and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to go after other gods that you have not known. 

According to the three passages of scripture above, what priority should God’s Word have in our lives?

Based on your knowledge of scripture, what are some false beliefs you’ve had that have kept you from experiencing freedom?

Prayer and Meditation Time
Think for a few moments on this: What truths is God desiring to reveal to you that you have gone without for too long?  Write out a prayer asking God to reveal His truth to you and to remove false beliefs from your life.  When you are able to name the things that have had a hold on your heart and mind you ought to.  What will you declare?  What will you ask God to help you hold on to?

Consider taking ownership of this personal commitment to give God’s Word first priority in your life: 

I will devote myself to God’s Word and apply its truth to my life.  I will endeavor to believe the truth of God’s word, rather than the lie and false beliefs.