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09/22/09 10:00 AM – “Biblical Psychology” I – Five Critical Confessions of Faith

Until God gains access to your mind, He cannot grow into the other two components of your being – spirit and body.

Biblical Psychology I                                                              Session I                                 September 22, 2009 @ 10:00am

(Five Critical Confessions of Faith)

INTRODUCTION

I. What is Biblical Psychology?

A. The study of the mind and behavior from a biblical perspective.

II. Why Study Psychology from a Biblical Perspective?

A. Because many believers are not living or experiencing God’s best because of something they have been thinking – Proverbs 23:7 (You are where you are because of a thinking pattern).

B. Because many believers in the body of Christ are full of negatives – strife, jealousy, hatred, envy and worry.

C. Many believers suffer theses challenges (the strongholds of the enemy) because their minds have not been renewed-Romans 12:1-2.

§ The fallout or effects of an un-renewed mind:

1. There can be no respect or understanding for spiritual authority.

2. Instability caused by the games or tricks of Satan to doubt the Word of God is true.

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS

A. I Corinthians 3:18-23 18Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.  19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.  20And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.  21Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your’s; 22Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your’s; 23And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

1. All things are yours in the spiritual realm even though they may not be manifested in the natural realm.

B. Philippians 2: 5-7 5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

1. The believer’s mind should be renewed to be equal with God in the earth (who He is in Heaven you are in the earth).

2. Mind is the Greek word for ‘psych’ – the seat of feeling, perception and desire naturally.

§ The mindset of the believer is ‘all things are mine’

§ Man is a three part being – mind, body and spirit. The Holy Spirit is housed in your human spirit.

§ Spirit is the Greek word for ‘pneuma’ – the place in man for quickening (God makes alive).

§ Until God gain access to your mind, He cannot grow in the other two components – spirit and body.

1. Psalm 51:10 10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

2. St. Matthew 11:28 28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.(in your mind)

I. Five Critical Confessions of Faith

A. Ephesians 1:18-23 18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,  19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,  20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,  21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:  22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,  23Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

§ Confession #1 – ‘Jesus is Lord over my life’

(Synonyms for the word Lord – headman, captain, boss, man in charge, chairman, chief of staff, director, dean, principal, administrator, executive, manager, overseer, supervisor, superintendent, landlord)

B. Philippians 4:6 6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

§ Confession #2 – ‘I have no cares’

(Synonyms for the word care – a worry, an anxiety, to be disquieted, uneasy, distressed, fretfulness, qualms,

anguish, sorry, grief, sadness, affliction, heartache, annoyance, nuisance)

C. Psalm 23 1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

§ Confession #3‘The Lord is my Shepherd now’

D. Isaiah 53:3-5 3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

§ Confession #4 – ‘Every sickness and disease is bound over my life’

E. I Corinthians 1:30 30But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

§ Confession #5‘Jesus has made unto me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption’