Introduction to Transformation Prayer Ministry (video)
1. In this video, Dr. Ed shared how the women in his “survivor’s support group” knew the truth about their abuse with their minds (intellectually), but they did not believe it in their hearts. Are there biblical truths that you know with your intellect that you have had difficulty believing with your heart?
2. What are the implications for our daily lives concerning the TPM principle that says, “We feel whatever we believe?”
3. What is your reaction to the principle that “no one or nothing can ever make you feel anything that you may feel?”
4. What are the ramifications for blaming others our our situation for the emotions that we feel?
5. How can we say we believe the Scripture passage that says “God will supply all of our needs…” (Phil. 4:19) and yet still worry over our finances? How is this an example of double-mindedness? Why does trying harder to believe not work?
6. How is our efforts in controlling behavior different from self control that is the fruit of the Spirit?
7. How do you react to the idea that much of what we do that we call spiritual in the Christian life, is nothing that any unbeliever could also do if he simply put his mind to doing it? If this is true, what does this say about our spiritual performance? What sets a true believer in Christ apart from others who practice different religions?
8. In the video Dr. Ed often refers to experiential belief. This form of belief is what we will soon learn to be our heart or core belief. Heart belief always “trumps” our intellectual belief when the occasion arises where they are in conflict. Why do you think this is so? Why do you think that the lies we believe with our hearts are so difficult to change using our intellect to do so? Why can’t we just choose to believe the truth and therefore, believe it and it feel true to us?
9. The Bible tells us to “be anxious for nothing.” So then, what should we do if we ever feel even the slightest amount of anxiety? (Hint: Remember, emotion is not something to overcome, suppress, deny or run from, but rather, it is our “friend” pointing out something that needs our attention.)
10. Double-mindedness is the state of simultaneously holding opposing beliefs with our intellect and with our hearts. When this happens, we become “like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind…unstable in all our ways.” (Jam. 1) Can you think of any examples of this reality in your own life. For example, are there Bible truths that you believe intellectually, but yet do not feel true in your heart?
11. According to James 1 we should “consider it joy” when we encounter life difficulties. Is joy the emotion that you experience during your life difficulties and troubles? If this is not true for you, then why is it not?
12. Only the Holy Spirit can talk us out of our “impure faith” that is, the lies we believe with our hearts. Are there things that you believe that are contrary to the truth that you have struggled to overcome?
13. How do you react to the idea that it requires no more effort to live in the truth once we know it with the heart, than it did to live in the lies we believed in our hearts? If this is so, what are the implications for this in our daily life and our hope for walking in victory?
14. How is doubt a sign of believing something contrary to the truth? How are we to deal with doubt?
15. What is the problem with making the fruit of the Spirit a “to-do” list? Can you give testimony of genuine evidence of the fruit of the Spirit in your own life?
16. Romans 12:2 says we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. What does it mean to have our minds renewed? How is this transformation brought about? Why is transformation much more than just growing in Bible knowledge? What does mind renewal and transformation have to do with our experiencing the fruit of the Spirit?
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