PURSUIT of FREEDOM Treasure Chest - Semester ONE Has Begun
Top Ten Study Techniques
TOP 10 STUDY TIPS
Study isn't just for the night before an assignment's due or the night before an exam. It's never too early - or too late - to develop good study habits. The sooner you get into a good study groove, the easier everything will be and the more your chances of getting good marks will improve.
Here are our top tips for getting the most out of study. Click each link for more about each tip:
> 1. Pick a place and time
> 2. Study every day
> 3. Plan your time
> 4. Discover your learning style
> 5. Review and revise
> 6. Take breaks
> 7. Ask for help
> 8. Stay motivated
> 9. App it up
> 10. Look after yourself
1. Pick a place and time
Everyone has their own idea about the best place and time to study. Whether it's your bedroom at night or the library after school, find a study space and a regular study time that works for you and stick with it.
Set up your study space - Your study space should be quiet, comfortable and distraction-free. It should make you feel happy and inspired. Decorate it with your favourite pictures or objects. If you want to listen to music or burn incense, pick a space that lets you do that.
Find your best time - Some people work better in the morning. Others work better at night. Work out which time suits you and plan to study then. Don't study much later than your usual bedtime - pushing yourself late at night can make you too tired to study properly.
2. Study every day
If you study a little bit every day you'll be continually reviewing things in your mind. This helps you understand things. It also helps you avoid the stress of last-minute cramming.
Early in the year an hour or two a night might be enough to stay on top of things. Later in the year you might need to study more each day.
If you're finding it hard to find time to study, cut back on some (but not all!) of your other activities. Prioritising study might mean spending less time online, or it might mean cutting back on shifts at work, or giving weekend sport a miss for a while.
3. Plan your time
It helps to have some plans in motion so you can make the most of your study time.
Set alarms - Set alarms to remind you about your study plans. A regular reminder keeps you honest and your plans on track.
Use a wall planner - Stick a calendar or wall planner up so you can see it whenever you're studying. Mark it up with important dates, like exams and assignment due dates. Use it to block out your regular study timetable too.
Make to-do lists - Lists break tasks down into manageable chunks. At the start of the week, make a list of the things that you need to have done by the end of the week. Make a to-do list at the start of each study session too, so that you're clear about what you need to be doing with your time.
Set time limits - Before you start your study session, have a look at your to-do list and give yourself a set time to spend on each task. If you don't get something done in the set time, consider whether it's the best use of your time to keep going with it, or to start working on something else.
4. Discover your learning style
Most of us have a preferred way of learning. Get to know the learning style you're most comfortable with and study in the ways you learn best.
Note that these styles are just a way to think about different studying techniques - they're not hard and fast rules that say you should only study in one way. Try each of these out and see which ways you prefer.
Auditory learners prefer to learn by listening. Try reading your notes aloud and discussing them with other people. You might like to record key points and play them back.
Visual learners prefer to learn by seeing. Try using colours in your notes and draw diagrams to help represent key points. You could try to remember some ideas as images.
Tactile/kinaesthetic learners prefer to learn by doing. Try using techniques like role-playing or building models to revise key points.
5. Review and revise
At least once a week you should go back over the things you've studied in class. Thinking things over can help you to understand the concepts and help you remember when you need them the most.
Quiz yourself - Get a friend or family member to quiz you on key concepts. Offer to help your friends with their work too. Quizzes are great ways to get confident about what you know and find out what you still need to learn.
Make your own study materials - Think up some practice exam questions or create your own flash cards to help you study. This way you learn it all twice: once when you make the study materials and once when you use them to revise.
6. Take breaks
It's important to take breaks while you're studying, especially if you're feeling tired or frustrated. Working too long on a task can actually decrease your performance.
When you take a break, make sure you get away from your desk or study space. A bit of physical activity - even just a walk around the block - can sometimes help you to look at a problem in a different way and could even help you to solve it.
7. Ask for help
If you're stuck on something, or something just doesn't seem to make sense, you can always ask for help. Talk to your teachers or lecturers about the things you don't understand. Talk to your friends and fellow students too.
8. Stay motivated
When you're studying it helps to keep in mind your reasons for doing all this hard work, like a course or career you're working towards. It can help to have something in your study space to remind you of your goals.
You could also decorate your study space with inspirational quotes or photos of people you admire and family members you want to make proud of you.
9. App it up
There are heaps of apps out there for helping students with all aspects of study. Have a chat with your friends and teachers/lecturers to see which apps they recommend.
You should also check out the iTunes Collections page on iPads for Learning (new window), which provides links to Australian Curriculum courses on iTunes U as well as educational apps aimed at high school, middle school and primary school students.
10. Look after yourself
You’ll study better if you take care of yourself. Make sure you eat well and get enough sleep and physical exercise. Don't reward yourself with too many sugary or fatty snacks or push yourself to study late into the night. It’s also a good idea to make sure you drink lots of water when you’re studying.
Memory Verses Why learn memory verses?
Firstly, as a believer, our doctrine determines our behaviour. One can have an opinion without a change in behaviour, so it is essetnial that we have Gods word as a resource to inform, inspire and direct us.
Secondly, we are transformed by the renewing of our mindset. We cannot truly change our actions without a change in our thinking. Faulty thinking produces faulty behaviour. If we want to become Christ like, we need to "know" the truth, not just hear it.
Thirdly, if Gods word is not memorised, then in times of need, we will not be able to recall it. "Doesn't it say somewhere" is no real defence against faulty thinking. If you recall, when Jesus was tempted by the devil, his repsonse was clear.
Never underestimate the power of a verse of scripture in times of need. If it isn't inside, it can't come out. The Holy Spirit enlightens scriptural understand through revelation.
Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Hide the word in your heart through memorising the scripture. it is a weapon for attack and defence, for yourself and others.
Many Christians aren’t even walking in right ALIGNMENT, let alone STANDING against the enemy.
Casualties such as – Mistrust, Rebellion, Gossip, (Missing in action). Disobedience, Cares of World, Prosperity,
We gain access to the authority which comes through relationship with Jesus Christ, We must abide in Him. (Abiding produces FRUIT) John 15.
If our FOCUS is on the wrong KINGDOM, we see the GOLIATH, NOT THE DAVID
The keys to understanding the tactics of our ENEMY is by 4 KEY Factors:
1. ASSOCIATION (WHERE WE SIT STAND WALK)
Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And He has made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to bring all things in heaven and on earth together in Christ.…
2. ALIGNMENT (IN CHRIST, UNDER AUTHORITY, HONOURING, GODS PURPOSE) Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. (Resisting powers are to resist God)
3. REVELATION (KNOWLEDGE IN ITSELF IS NOT REVELATION)
Ephesians 1:17 (NASB) 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the [a]knowledge of Him.
1. God will GIVE us a SPIRIT of WISDOM
2. And REVELATION (The Holy Spirit REVEALS truth) But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13
3. IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM…. Not ABOUT him, but IN HIM
John 16:12 I still have much to tell you, but you cannot yet bear to hear it. 13 However, when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears, and He will declare to you what is to come.14 He will glorify Me by taking from what is Mine and disclosing it to you.
THE ONE ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION IS THE REVELATION OF CHRIST.
Proverbs 18:21 (CSB) Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Matthew 12:37 (NKJV) 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
The power of our confession is what justifies or vilifies Gods provision.
Revelation 12:1 "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.
Our warfare is often unseen, but is never the less real. As believers, we speak of what is unchangeable - Gods Word. The changed life, is true testimony to a life in CHRIST.
Restoration then, must begin within us. John 3 outlines our need to be born again (spirit salvation) and entrance to kingdom living via baptism in The Holy Spirit and Water Baptism (by immersion).
This is the foundation of our salvation, but each one of us must seek ongoing salvation as we are transformed. Philip 2:12
Acts chapter three instructs us of Christs retention in heaven until the restoration of "all things". This study shows us Gods plan for restoration naturally and spiritually. (Israel and Church).
There are two KEY aspects to restoration:
The Messianic Kingdom (Israel) Deliverance from Gentile oppression Amos 9:14 and 15
Those Born INTO the Kingdom of God John 3
"Jesus Christ became Incarnate for one purpose, to make a way back to God that man might stand before Him as He was created to do, the friend and lover of God Himself." - Oswald Chambers
"By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade." - Desiderius Erasmus
Week one -
As humans we act on what we believe as being appropriate and true, but what is truth?. Some believe truth is subjective; in other words we define our own truth based on what we choose to believe or disbelieve. This philosophy is fundamental to many.
The quality or state of being true.
That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.
A fact or belief that is accepted as true.
That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.
We have been influenced for centuries (see Genesis 3:1-4:1) by all manner of perspectives of truth.
Greek philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.,holds that the truth or the falsity is determined entirely by how it relates to "things", by whether it accurately describes those "things."
Truth in the philosophy of language, agrees with the facts or to state what is the case.
In epistemology (the theory of knowledge) truth are standards and rules used to judge accuracy, as in a tool of verification.
The rules of logic have no ability to distinguish truth on their own. They say an individual must determine what standards distinguish truth from falsehood.
Given all these influences, is it not surprising that we can easily have a blurred perspective of what is truth? Well, as Christians, we have the added advantage of:
GODS SON - along with all the ministry gifts, the body, the church, the gifts of the spirit etc. etc.
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13
PURSUIT OF FREEDOM will take you on a journey with The Holy Spirit, to disassemble none truths and re-assemble truths. Truths imparted by Him, for Us and those around us.
The fundamental TRUTHS which we BELIEVE are the basis by which we ACT.
The KEYS to the PURSUIT OF FREEDOM ARE FOURFOLD:
WHAT IS THE TRUTH?
WHAT IS THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD?
WHAT IS THE TRUTH ABOUT SIN?
WHAT IS THE TRUTH ABOUT ME? (IN REGARDS TO SIN AND FREEDOM?)
Each week, we will take time to consider The Holy Spirits leading and enabling, for He will lead us out of untruths and into truth.
John14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Lesson Format Below
As with all studies, the foundations are critical. This lesson is imperative to understanding the grace and mercy of God, without such we will never truly grasp OUR personal responsibility as a child of God.
In the opening statements in Genesis 2:16-17 WE see the word FREELY.
FREEDOM has boundaries - Human nature has an inherent desire to push those boundaries
The story of ADAM is the story of CHOICES made
Every day, we make numerous choices, and some we make are LIFE hanging.
Can you recall some life changing decision you made in the past?
Acts 3:19 (RSVA) Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
REPENTANCE RESTORES RELATIONSHIP
it is our ongoing responsibility to REVIEW OUR POSITION
Which tree do we feed from most?
ADAM MISTOOK KNOWLEDGE FOR LIFE – TRUST IN SELF (PRIDE) He ABUSED the GRACE AND FAVOUR lavished on him by God which resulted in a HARDENED HEART.
KNOWLEDGE IN ITS DELF IS NOT EVIL –THE MOTIVE, SOURCE AND SPIRIT BEHIND IT IS
Narcissistic BEHAVIOUR places ones self central to the universe. It's all about SELF.
There are some key fruit which grows on the tree of Knowledge of good and evil, and we must be aware of what the results of eating them are:
THIS FRUIT IS IMPURE INDEPENDENT KNOWLEDGE
THIS FRUIT IS DEADLY
THIS FRUIT CONSUMES US – MORE AND MORE
THIS FRUIT CAUSES SEPARATION
THIS FRUIT ROBS US OF INNOCENCE AND BRINGS SHAME (COVER UP)
THIS FRUIT FOCUSES ON SIN NOT CHRIST – LEGALISM NOT LIBERTY
THIS FRUIT IS CRITICAL OF OTHERS, KEEPS THEM OUT THE GARDEN (VICTIMISATION)
A pivotol scripture is found in John 8. where Jesus was dealing with a woman caught in adultery. His response towards those teaching the law was the seen in the fruit on display of two trees. The question was asked. "Who condemns you now"
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Week Two - The Tree Of Life
When we normalize a lie, we open the door to greater deception.
When the spies went into the land, they brought back a distorted and untrue perception of the situation. This distortion was intended as a true insight of what lay before them, and all but two believed it.
They saw the land with big problems and their abilities were diminished. How we see ourselves, is the way we project ourselves. Giants or grasshoppers!
When Eve presented the apple to Adam in the garden, she was passing on a distorted and deceptive view of truth. Circumstances do not justify the facts, and yet.
As in the garden of Eden (Gen 3)
As in the pre-cursor to the promised land (Numbers 14:37)
As in the pit with Joseph and in front of Jacob (Genesis 37:32)
The serpent will fabricate evidence to appear real, and it is a lie. In fact the definition of FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real.
Truth is confidently assured in the face of evidence which appears real; for if we believe the evidence before us, we will confess it. Once confessed we will be bound to the confession, and are now living in the lie.
The solution is to stop eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, (repent) and get back into true garden relationship with the tree of life, (salvation).
You see, as Adam was given the freedom of choice based on the facts presented to him, he chose to believe the lie about:
And his future.
When we normalize the lie, the impact is ongoing. We open the door to false evidence appearing real, and live the lie.
We must always keep in mind, that the gifts of the spirit are given, but the fruit of the spirit is produced through obedience to Gods word and our choices in what tree we feed from.
As we have already seen in the study so far, God has a clearly defined order for us to follow. That order guarantees us life not only in this world, but eternal life to come.
In this weeks study we will take a look at this order and search for personal meaning and application within it.
God created us with three distinct parts:
1. A spirit that must be redeemed (born again)
2. A soul that must be restored (renewed mind)
3. A body that must surrender (obedience rather than sacrifice)
In Galatians 4:19, Paul portrays sanctification as a process. How long this process takes Is dependent on:
Our willingness to engage with the Word of God,
Our willingness to accept it as absolute truth in our lives,
Our application of it to all of our circumstances.
SPIRITUAL ORDER 1 Thessalonians 5:23 “Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.”
As a man thinks – ponders – considers – believes in his heart, so is he – (so shall he be) Proverbs 23:7
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight oh my Lord and my redeemer Psalm 19:14
In this weeks study we will focus on the Holy Spirits leading and revelation of why we believe and behave in the way we do. This practical session is paramount to revealing truth and the process to being free from old thought and behaviour patterns. Below is a link to over 100 feelings we may have, and Gods word regarding them. Download it and carry it with you as a weapon against "how you may be feeling".
"As a man thinks in his heart, so is he" Proverbs 3:7
If we think it, we will become it.
If we behave, we become.
As we have become, so are we.
Remember the spies that saw themselves as grasshoppers in the sight of the giants? Well the giants saw the spies as grasshoppers too.
Why? Because the way we perceive ourselves is the way we eventually become.
You may recognise some of these characteristics in yourself:
Defending yourself and your actions
Passing the blame on to others and ignoring personal responsibility
Selfish ambitions overwhelm your decisions. - "How will this effect me?"
Ulterior motive.- Remember, that knowledge in itself is not evil, but the motive behind it.
Self focus and purpose - Even serving God can be out of our selfish desire.
The solution to all these issues is SURRENDER:
SURRENDER to the truth
ACCEPT we have lived in and out of our lies
EXCHANGE the LIE, for the promise of living in the freedom of truth.
Four issues of the Heart
4. Evil Thoughts
Three Steps to Transforming the Heart
1. Invite the Holy Spirit to show me.
2. Invite the Holy Spirit to change me.
3. Invite the Holy Spirit to fill me.
Five Chains of Bondage
1. Life versus Death
2. Truth versus Lies
3. Bitterness versus Forgiveness
4. Rebellion versus Submission
5. Pride versus Humility
Scriptures to RENEW the mind - DOWNLOAD HERE
In recent weeks, I have been teaching on the significance of doors in scripture. They primarily speak of communication and authority. In this weeks study )part 2 of issues of the heart, we consider the process necessary for us to be free from the negative issues in the heart.
There must be three parts to the process needed to make repentance wholly complete and we see those conditions in James:
James 4: 6 But He gives us more grace. This is why it says: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.…
1. Submit to God
The source of all freedom comes as we give up the fight in our willfulness and partner with God
2. Resist the devil
We cannot do it alone. Resisting means taking the fight to God and taking personal responsibility for the things which we are habitually in bondage to. This could be a habit, a thought, a behaviour, an opinion or a lie which we believe to be true. (See week 1)
3. Close the door
Closing the door to sin and disobedience is a key step in ensuring we don't allow more problems to come in. This means three critical changes are needed:
a) Watch your confession - Words create life or death. Watch them
b) Watch your actions - What we do, will either open or close doors
c) Watch your associations - Who we hang with
I do not believe the devil makes us sin, but I do believe he capitalizes on our behaviour. A though eventually opens or closes a door to sin. Usually after a great win, comes a challenge of great weakness.
This is how Satan works. The devil is not responsible for our own sinful choices, but if we “give place to the devil” (Eph 4:27) by following our own passions, then we shouldn’t be surprised when we see him wreak havoc in our relationships, homes and churches.
After James’s pointed rebuke, he lovingly reminds us that grace is available to those who humble themselves (James 4:6). Therefore, right before he tells them to “resist the devil,” he tells them to “submit yourselves therefore to God.” These commands are two sides of the same coin.
Here are THREE practical steps in resistance:
1. Review your own sinful desires.
Do you have deeply-held desires and cravings that produce relational tension and conflict when they aren’t fulfilled? Realize that the devil has you right where he wants you. Repent of those sinful desires and ask God for the grace to love him more than yourself.
2. Compare God’s Word to your own lifestyle.
Satan is the Father of lies. So often we fall prey to those lies without knowing it (“God just wants me to be happy,” “I deserve better than this,” “Money will solve all my problems,” “I can handle this on my own”). We need a regular dose of God’s Truth in our lives so that we can clearly discern truth from error. Pick up your Bible and see if you’re living it or ignoring it.
3. Don’t be flippant in your FAITH.
If Satan is a master deceiver, then his tactics won’t always be obvious and his attacks won’t always be overt. Don’t think that you can cruise through life, picking and choosing when to follow God, and think that you can escape Satan’s attacks. Put on the Armor of God before
Satan’s attacks; don’t wait until you’re in the thick of battle.
WEEK EIGHT - Forgiveness
Without doubt this study will arouse some deep inner feelings, hurts, disappointments and resentment. Why? Because it goes as far back as the fall of man to Adam in the garden. It is the place where sin entered man and like an unchecked virus, has run rampant through us all.
During this study our fallen nature will seek to justify our position and hold onto the virus, justifying it.
Unforgiveness is like ACID. Over time it eats away at the integrity of the structure of our heart until it weakens and distorts the fabric of our character. It is a disease which needs intervention, and this intervention comes through Salvation in Christ.
Proverbs 18:19 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city;
disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel. N.I.V.
Making up with a friend you have offended is harder than breaking through a city wall. Contemporary English Version
The walls are there to Keep bad things out and good things in
Scripture warns us that the walls of the heart should be guarded
Our thinking determines our behaviour – As a man thinks…
“And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” Matthew 11:6
Mark 9:42 “And if thy hand scandalize thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life, maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into unquenchable fire”
Willful behaviour that causes offence should be removed at the expense of SELF.
Scandalon – Is a Strip of leather used to hang BAIT from in order to entrap a wild animal. An offence entraps us. “To Scandalize” is to wave the bait.
WEEK SEVEN - SURRENDER
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5—6 NIV
THE FUNDAMENTAL CONFIDENCE we have in our surrender is knowing WHO, AND HOW TO TRUST.
FAITH is not based on OUTCOME or RESULTS.
FAITH believes DESPITE THE RESULTS.
FAITH RUNS CONTRARY to Our human emotions
OUR EMOTIONS SAY – SHOW ME and I will believe
FAITH SAYS – I BELIEVE BEFORE I SEE.
LIVING BY QUANTIFIABLE FACTS ALONE IS NOT FAITH
We have been trained to GATHER RESOURCES for security in LIFE
The latest Corona Virus Pandemic has shown us how selfish we are
I’m FIRST, my needs come before yours, I am in the driving seat, I am in CONTROL
STRONG RELATIONSHIPS ARE BASED UPON TRUST.
The GREATER the relationship, the FEWER the RULES.
The WEAKER the relationship, the GREATER the RULES
This is why when relationships BREAK DOWN – They go to COURT, to define THE RULES.
A relationship based upon TRUST accepts wrong doing, and ERRORS of judgement
The key to BUILDING relationships requires TIME
Some of the STRONGEST teams I have been a part of have HAD MAJOUR conflicts, Disagreements, Misunderstandings, and Conflict.
It is ON THE OTHER SIDE of those CONFLICTS, that TEAM EMERGES.
The Lord's Prayer
MATTHEW 6:13-15 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ 14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive yours.…
What we prioritize, gets our attention:
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33
HOW we define SUCCESS in life, will DETERMINE how we LIVE in daily life
HOW we define TRUST in life, will DETERMINE how we BUILD relationships
Even relationships can come between US and God?
It can be relationships with family, friends, co—workers, pastors, church members, neighbours, and even enemies.
Whether good or bad, they can become more important than our relationship with God.
Dan Musselman has a unique musical gift.
He has a beautiful gift of anointed piano playing which brings us into the the presence of God, where healing of hurts, unforgiveness, and lifting those sorrows which hold us imprisoned; melt!
Go into the closet, put your headphones on; rest in His presence, and allow the Lord to speak.
Bait that is hung out to a entice an insatiable appetite, will rarely consider the consequences of a full stomach. This is why we need to recognise it for what it is. bait to trap us:
Gossip – Is “hearsay” and usually embellished with personal opinion
Untrue – Embellishing information without fact
Emotionally Driven – Hurt attached to opinion which results in Lies
Tree of Knowledge of good and evil - Information that KILLS life
Bitterness – Unforgiveness which is intended to embitter others trapping them
t’s impossible to forgive others their offenses until we receive forgiveness for ours.
FORGIVENESS is a SPIRITUAL WEAPON against the TREE OF knowledge of Good /Evil
FORGIVENESS IS THE KEY TO GETTING BACK INTO THE GARDEN
If we struggle with forgiveness, the chances are we have not fully grasped what God has done for us, and we are trapped!
“that while we were
still sinners, God
to die for
Believing the offence is someone else's responsibility is A TRAP
Believing we are not harbouring attitudes susceptible to being offended is A TRAP
Believing "shutting out thoughts / actions" that have offended us is A TRAP
Believing changing our geography and environment will resolve the offence is A TRAP
Believing the mantra "live and let live" will resolve the offence is A TRAP
We do not use scripture to JUSTIFY our position, but to stand on the common ground of RECONCILIATION
Here are THREE KEYS to opening the cage of offence:
1. Pray often for people who have offended you
Isolating people with the "cold shoulder" does not resolve an offence!
2. Bless people who have offended you.
The word bless means to “speak well of.” Are you speaking well of that person?
3. Do well to people who have offended you.
Are you looking to "get even" "to get revenge?" A change in opinion needs a change of behaviour too. Become their "cheer leader", after all we are in this together.