Archive for October 2011
Sound-Mindedness Part 2: Making It Personal To Me
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Original Teaching Date: 10/25/2011
Speaker: Kim Schafer
Last week, we began our study in the book of Ruth by reading through chapter one and looking at the main characters: Naomi and Ruth. We examined how Naomi’s pride was an unsound-minded quality that kept her from completely trusting God with His plan for her life.
This week we’re going to step away from the book of Ruth – we’ll rejoin them on their journey next week. I want to take us on a personal and practical journey into our own lives today, as we continue our study of sound-mindedness. A godly woman’s heart and mind are always under the guard and protection of the Spirit of God, the truth of God, and the truth of God’s Word.
One Bible dictionary describes a woman who is sophron as “a person who has developed the ability to reign in or discipline herself and her personality through her mind, her passions, her affections, and her behavior.” The virtue of a sound mind is basic to every believer in every season of life. We cannot fulfill the other qualities and characteristics listed in Titus 2:3-5 if we are not first sophron. So how does not being sophron affect our mindset and our attitudes? What does that look like?
For today’s talk, I’ll be going through the different personalities described in Florence Littauer’s book Personality Plus. We will look at strengths and weaknesses, and share how the weaknesses tempt us away from sound-mindedness. We’re also going to take the personality test (see below) and then make a personal plan to work on the areas in which we struggle with sound-mindedness.
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LET’S MAKE A PERSONAL PLAN
Step One: ACKNOWLEDGE THREE SOUND-MINDED STRENGTHS
· PRAY OVER THEM AND THANK GOD FOR THEM
· ASK GOD TO SHOW YOU IF YOU ARE USING THEM TO THE FULLEST FOR HIS GLORY
Step Two: EVALUATE AREAS IN TEMPERAMENT WHERE YOU ARE THE LEAST SOUNDMINDED. PRAY OVER YOUR WEAKNESSES AND HONESTLY WRITE DOWN
LIST THE THREE THAT MOST NEED IMPROVEMENT.
· SEEK OTHER OPINIONS (FROM A WOW, A SPOUSE, SOMEONE WHO LOVES YOU AND WILL BE HONEST IN LOVE)
· LISTEN AS THEY SHARE, THANK THEM, AND BE WILLING TO PRAY OVER IT
· LIST WHAT YOU CAN DO TO WORK ON YOUR THREE AREAS:
· SPEND TIME IN GOD’S WORD SPECIFICALLY RELATING TO THE THREE AREAS
· ASK FOR HELP IF YOU NEED IT
How Pride Gets In The Way Of A Sound-Minded Journey
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Original Teaching Date: 10/18/2011
Speaker: Kim Schafer
This week in Titus, we begin to look at the Titus 2 principle of sound-mindedness. We’ll examine how our selfish pride so often keeps us from being sound-minded. We will also compare living in our pride to living to love God, as shown in Psalm 18:1. In this Psalm, written by David, he describes it as having the quality of having a heart for God. The ultimate struggle: our selfish pride versus trusting in the strength of our Lord.
Get out your Bibles, ladies. Open them to the book of Ruth and read through Chapter 1. For this podcast, you’ll only need to read Chapter 1, but I would encourage you to go ahead and read all 4 chapters!
The Book of Ruth reveals the depth and extent of God’s loyalty, faithfulness, and love for us. And it illustrates how quickly we allow our pride to deter us from experiencing the perfect plan God has for each of our lives.
The facets of God’s loyal love demonstrated through the book of Ruth are:
1. It is unconditional. God is loyal to Naomi (through the love of Ruth) even though Naomi had turned her back on Him.
2. It is inseparable. Ruth pledges to Naomi, “Where you go, I will go.” Similarly, Jesus promises us, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you” (Heb. 13:5).
3. It provides and cares. Naomi is provided and cared for in every way through the love of Ruth and Boaz.
4. It is transformational. Naomi is redeemed and transformed through the love of Ruth.
I’m so excited for us to journey together alongside the characters of this book: Elimilech, Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. I pray that you allow God to release your selfish pride and open your heart to His plan for your life!
1. How do you see yourself regarding the quality of pride vs. sound mindedness?
2. How has pride gotten in the way throughout your life?
3. Reread Psalm 18:1. Do you trust in the strength of the Lord for all areas of your life? If not, which ones do you withhold?
Read Ruth Chapter 1 to answer the following questions:
1. Read verses 11-18. If there were a word that would best describe Ruth, it would be loyal. How would you define loyalty? Why do you think loyalty matters to God?
2. Do you think Ruth was a “believer”?
3. Read verses 11-13 and 19-22. What words would you use to describe Naomi? Do you know anyone like this?
4. Do you think the author feels Naomi’s attitude and feelings are understandable? Do you think so?
5. Naomi sought to provide for her needs apart from God. In what ways do you tend to do this? In what ways have you experienced the frustration of these choices?
Making Sure We Pack the Armor of God for Our Journey!
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Original Teaching Date: 10/11/2011
Speaker: Kim Schafer
Ephesians 6:13-18 (NIV) says, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Ladies, we are embarking on the journey of our lives and today’s lesson will call us to take a look at how important it is to pack well for this journey. As women we’ll be called to fight many tough battles along the way. The trials will test us mightily. Will we stand strong as warriors for our families, warriors in the name of Christ? God’s Word tells us to put on His armor every day in order that we may be protected, that we may stand strong, in order that we may make it through to tomorrow.
What is the armor of God and how do we put it on? The significant key to answer this question is found in the two little words, “put on”. These words mean in their root form “to sink down”. In both the Greek and Hebrew, these words translate as “to humble” and “to bring oneself low”. They describe humility. Are we packing humility in with our armor or are we allowing our emotional baggage to take up all the room. “Humble [lower] yourselves, and He will lift you up”. James and Peter tell us: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10, NIV); “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:6, NIV).
In the case of putting on the armor of God, humility is acknowledging that every piece of it represents a free gift from God. The preparation of the gospel of peace, the belt of truth, the sword of the spirit, the shield of faith, the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation are gifts of God to us through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We cannot do one thing to earn any of them. We can only receive them by faith and acknowledge our dependence upon God for them all.
Putting on the armor of God begins and ends with His Word…understanding the truth of it and actively living it out in our daily lives.
Ladies, as we study this lesson together let us lift our voices to Jesus, asking Him to hear the cry of our hearts. Help us put on Your armor, Lord. Teach us to apply truth to our lives from Your Word. Instruct us in how to walk in peace every step of this journey we are on, to rest in Your righteousness, to bask in Your salvation, to wield the sword of the spirit and to grow in faith. Help us to remember that You are with us always. Thank You that You promise that if we call upon You, You will answer and show us great and mighty things that we do not yet know (Jeremiah 33:3). Lord, let us be women after Your Own heart!
1. How do I pack for a trip? How does that relate to my personal journey to integrity?
2. Of the five types of Christian women mentioned today, which one am I?
- Authentic, living a full life in Christ
- Christian in word but pretending to be someone or something I’m not
- Christian but holding out on God; have an idol I don’t want to surrender
- Think I’m a believer but am not really
- Know that I’m not a believer
3. Which of the six pieces of armor impacted me most?