GRACE OVERCOMERS EDGEWOOD MEETING

The Harford County Public Library has extended the time for The Grace Overcomers meeting at The Edgewood Branch Library, 629 Edgewood Rd. through the month of June, 2009.


 


Meeting time 6:30-8 p.m.


 

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THINKING IN THE NEW CREATION

     If we are to live clean and sober lives we must change our way of thinking, we are told.  I Cor 5:17 says, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”  How do we change our way of thinking?  The Greek word that comes to mind is metanoia, which means repentance; a turning from sin (addictive behavior, is sinful behavior to God), an exercise of faith. We turn from sin to God by virtue of the “new birth” (Jn. 3:3).  Changing our way of thinking is a volitional choice that begins with being “born again”.  The fallen man’s mind has been blinded by the “god of this world” (IICor. 4:4).  The blind man in (Jn. 9:38) said, “Lord I believe”. There are many manifestations (miracles) performed by Jesus Christ throughout the Bible, yet people steeped in addiction do not believe in the Word of God.  In vs. 39 of the same chapter of John Jesus said “I am come into this world that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.”  A good illustration of this is in the book of Acts where Saul the Pharisaical religious zealot (Acts 9:1-6) thought he was enlightened and was helping God by killing Christians.  In order for the Lord to use him as Paul the apostle as he did mightily throughout his life, he had to blind him by the “light from heaven” on the road to Damascus.  Drug addiction is in a sense a deeply religious exercise.  It is idolatrous behavior!  Idols are things that we worship in the place of God and rooted in witchcraft and deceptive thinking. (ISam. 15:23).  Through distorted thinking, (spiritual blindness), we believe the lie that somehow the addictive substance, or in the case of illicit sex, the behavior will gratify us or yes, even enlighten us.  Back in the sixties we thought sex, drugs, and rock and roll were the be all to end all, as far as life went.  Now we have found through the “new birth” that we no longer need to live in that kind of behavior or thinking.  Whatever sin plagues us it is rooted in wrong thinking.  We, through our own natural strength cannot change our thinking. The remedy for wrong thinking is the indwelling Holy Spirit; sound Biblical teaching in categories of doctrine, that is, “thinking with the mind of Christ” (Phil 2:5).  The Word of God says, “As a man thinks in his heart so is he“(Pr. 23:7).  Do we feed on the ashes of our burnt up idols or do we recognize that thing in our right hand was a lie (Is. 44:19-20)?  Sound thinking is a choice we must make daily, moment by moment.  Endowed with power from on high we exercise faith and free will; not in our natural strength but through casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bring our thoughts into the captivity of Jesus Christ (II Cor. 10:5).