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Bible Study Week 32 – Becoming Like Christ in Your Desires

Purpose of This Bible Study Lesson

This lesson will help you to understand that the process of developing the mind of Christ is through Christ-like desires. Knowing how Jesus thought and what he showed concern for can help you know what God wants to develop in you.

Learning Goals

This lesson will guide the participants to:-

  1. Discover the carnal desires that war against spiritual desires;
  2. Discover that a disordered mind leads to ungodliness;
  3. Discover that Christ can set you free from mental conflict.

Introduction

There are many Christians today who are in bondage because of having desires that are in Conflict with the desires of the Holy Spirit. Many of these desires are earthly, selfish and devilish in nature and do not bring glory to God because they are centered on the individual rather than on God. Today we will learn that we have to allow Christ to become the center of everything that we do because this brings glory to God.

Begin Today’s Lesson by Reading: Romans 8:1-17, Gal 5:22-23 and James 3:13-17

GODLY Vs. UNGODLY DESIRES

In James 3:17 we find eight virtues (qualities) that describe the mind of Christ that we all need to pursue; James writes that: “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere”.
The reason why most people experience conflict within them is because they have desires that conflict with other desires. For example, they want to be peace-loving but they are not submissive to one another or they are not considerate of each other. Does any of the above qualities conflict with any of the others? E.g. does purity ever conflict with peace? Or peace with mercy? No they do not conflict, and they do not clash with one another. All these qualities work with, not against one another as they enhance one another.

Jesus’ one passion was to do His Father’s will. Scripture indicates this one desire dominated his life from at least his 12th year, through the beginning of his ministry at age 30, and then to about age 32. The night before Jesus died, He prayed, “I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which thou hast given Me to do” (John 17:4); and this is the attitude we should always have as Christians, to glorify God here on earth with the things that we are doing.

The mind of Christ has order; it is an integrated mind because everything works in harmony and unity. Each virtue works perfectly with all the other virtues.
In Galatians 5:19-21, Paul lists the works that hold us bondage and which Christ wants us to be free from. He says “Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, rivalry, jealously, outbursts of anger, quarrels, conflicts, factions, envy, murder, drunkenness, wild partying, and things like that.”

God wants us to replace all these with the fruit of the Spirit as listed in Gal 5:22-23 where Paul writes “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”. Let us begin to examine our desires and align them to match with the desires the godly desires that Christ had.

Bible Study Questions For Discussion – Week 32

  1. What are the eight virtues that come from above according to James 3:17? Please list them
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  2. Why do you think it is important for you today to pursue the mind of Christ? Please explain
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  3. Why do you think most people experience conflict within them in regards to their desires? Please explain
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  4. How can you describe the word “desire’? How can we overcome ungodly desires?
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  5. What kind of desires should we have as Christians today?
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  6. Do you think it is possible for us to have godly desires today as Christians living in the 21st century? Please explain
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  7. What is the evidence of a godly life according to Gal 5:22-23? Please explain
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  8. In your own words please explain briefly why you think some Christians are still bound by the works of flesh listed in Gal 5:19-21. Please explain
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Memorize James 3:17

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure,
then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit,
impartial and sincere”.



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