The Biblical Change Series: You Don’t Have to Stay the Same
How Can I Change?
The maxim for this series is this: God intends His Word to be the primary means of change for a believer. No matter what your background, no matter how great your sin, or how “stubborn” you might be, there is no heart that God’s Word cannot penetrate and change. That means there’s hope. We don’t have to stay the same. We don’t have to struggle with the same old sins year after year. We don’t have to continue to live with those besetting sins, that are so upsetting to us, and to those who live with us. There is hope. God has communicated His will, His help, His thoughts to us, and it has been preserved here in the Bible. Everything we need is contained in God’s Word. Each session will address different areas of struggle, while providing concrete help and hope from God’s Word, so that growth and change can take place.
How Can I Change How I Think?
All too often we are like Christian and Hopeful finding ourselves off the path and in danger of being captured by Giant Despair. If we’re not careful we find ourselves a prisoner in Doubting Castle, forgetting all that is helpful for our escape. We are forgetful of the resources the Lord has given us to free us from this dreadful ogre who leads us away from hope and help through wrong thinking. The promises found in the Word of God are THE KEY that unlocks the prison door of doubt and despair. In our time together, we want to look at how our thinking affects us. We especially want to consider how remembering the Word of God can unlock the prison gates, so we can be set free.
What Can I Do About My Emotions?
Abraham trusted in God’s promises, despite his current circumstances, in spite of how he may have felt. That’s why I chose Romans 4:18-21 for our text on dealing with our emotions. It’s an unlikely text for learning how to deal with feelings, but it’s the perfect one to go to if you want to learn from someone else’s example and how they processed their emotions in such a way that it gave glory to the Lord.
How Can I Learn to Embrace Trials?
Trials aren’t easy. They are meant to test us. Some are just uncomfortable while others leave us bruised and battered in heart. Our attitude toward trials is that we just want them to go away so we can go back to “normal” life. And the idea of actually embracing trials is a completely foreign concept. Embracing a trial carries a lot with it. It means acceptance. It means trust. It means agreeing that the trial is good for us in some way. It means to actively choose to live by faith. This is radical living, ladies. This is courageous living. This is following Christ living. This is the Christian life. It’s what God has called us to.
Help! I Think I'm Ruining My Life!
Proverbs 14:1 says that a wise woman builds her house but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands. I don’t believe there is anyone here who woke up this morning with the volitional intention to destroy her home, her testimony, or hurt those she loves, yet there are times when that’s exactly what we end up doing. What we want to do in this session is not only consider the more obvious ways we tear down our homes, but also consider the more subtle ways we do the very same thing.
How Can I Get Out of the Ruts of Wrong Thinking?
It’s hard work forging new paths! And that is certainly true when it comes to forging new paths in our own lives. The paths our minds wander down most naturally are those well-used paths. They feel the most natural to us. They are certainly the paths we are most familiar with. Yet sometimes, they also lead us off the side of the road. They can lead us away from God, not toward Him.
How Can I Manage My Crazy Hormones? Life in the Midst of PMS, Pregnancy, and Menopause
We all have our hormone stories to tell. Some are funny like some of those crazy things we do or crave when we’re pregnant, but sometimes those hormone fluctuations can be downright miserable. What we want to do in this session is look at the resources God has given us, so we can get through our “hormone” times without endangering our family—or our testimony.
Learning from the Word: Foundational Principles for Counseling Yourself
We all have areas of weakness that are a concern to ourselves or to others. We all have areas we need to pay attention to and learn to overcome, which is why we need to learn to counsel ourselves from God’s Word. What we’re going to do in this session is look at some counsel from God Himself that will begin to fix our souls, by taking the Scriptures and applying them to the bruises and wounds of our souls.