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2B. ELEMENTS OF LIFE –

Tuesday Bible Study Notes

Westside Care Center Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Prayer, Principle 4A. Petition-elements1-2b 

 

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1B. KEYS FOR SUCCESS – I pray for...

1C. Spirit-Control of my mind.***

2C. Death to my sinful nature.

3C. Balance in properly redeeming time.

Summary: redeeming the time, (the ETERNAL God REQUIRES this) for the days are evil, (Righteousness is at stake) number our days (Our time is extremely limited), make straight paths (A narrow, disciplined walk is implied). Balance comes only by KNOWING and EXERCISING priorities: THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. IT PRODUCES THE GREATEST SATISFACTION OF LIFE AND WILL YIELD THE GREATEST REWARDS IN HEAVEN, AND LEAVES THE GREATEST LEGACY FOR MY CHILDREN. But it is also something God teaches us, and we (through time) must learn!

Introduction

2B. ELEMENTS OF LIFE – I pray for...

The consideration for all human life involve these key areas: Man's 1) Spiritual, 2) Physical, 3) Mental/ Emotional, 4) Social, and 5) Financial all impact his daily life, and are all proper subjects for daily prayer.

1TI 5.22; MT 6.33; CL 3.2

1C. SPIRITUAL purity. First. This is where I pray for my need to keep myself pure spiritually through putting priority on (spiritual) things above.

1 Timothy 5:22 Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people's sins; keep yourself pure.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

GL 5.22-23;1 CO 9.27; PR 25.28

2C. PHYSICAL control (of food, sleep, sex,– the basic human drives and indisputably, the need for exercise)

This need is where "the rubber meets the road" in Christian living. Self control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit and must be built into the daily fabric of life by choice, not legislation. The failure to do so brings a defenselessness that evil will utterly destroy.

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, [23] gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

1 Cor. 9:27

But I discipline [keep under, AV] my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

Proverbs 25:28

Whoever has no rule over his own spirit Is like a city broken down, without walls.

Some Personal Applications:

Physical drives: Food, Sex, Sleep: These 3 are normal drives for human life, but are safely practiced only in certain contexts. 1D.) Over- or under-eating, 2D.) sexual practices outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage, and 3D.) over- or under-sleeping all bring serious negative consequences to life as God planned it to be when these things are done by the human will.

Physical Needs: (4D.)Exercise

The Physical Needs of Life and How to Pray About Them

1D. FOOD

Anorexia and bulimia are called eating disorders in our dictionary and they can be actual physical disorders over which there is involuntary human control, but God calls them sinful behavior when the human will exercises them in abusive and harmful ways.

Definitions:

Anorexia– "Loss of appetite, especially as a result of disease. Anorexia nervosa." Socially it appears in society as an excessive compulsion to become lighter in weight for sexual appeal usually but it quickly takes over the entire eating structure and becomes destructive to normal health. –Houghton Mifflin Dictionary

Bulimia– "An eating disorder, common especially among young women of normal or nearly normal weight, that is characterized by episodic binge eating and followed by feelings of guilt, depression, and self-condemnation. It is often associated with measures taken to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting, the use of laxatives, dieting, or fasting. Also called bulimarexia , bulimia nervosa ." –Houghton Mifflin Dictionary

Scripture:

Proverbs 27:7 A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. – Don’t eat just to satisfy a sense of hunger. Instead, stop eating just before you are satisfied. Learn what amounts make you comfortable of the different kinds of foods you eat. (The food is delayed in sending it’s nutrition, or energy, to the body while digestion takes place!)

Proverbs 25:16 Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, Lest you be filled with it and vomit.

God actually gives specific instructions governing when and when not to eat for everyone, and unique additions for Jewish people before the Law was fulfilled by Jesus the Messiah. *** See here Biblical Reasons When and When Not to FAST.

2D. SEXUALITY

Application:

Any sexual expression/ stimulation is to be the object of my mate's desire for my body, and hers/his for mine - mutual only gratification exclusively each dependent on the other. This effectively eliminates justification for all masturbation, and any thoughts that lead to such physical pleasures, as excluded from God's will at any time apart from being in the presence of and centered upon my spouse. Those who are unmarried have no excuse for thoughts except as Jesus referred to as "fornication." The only legitimate outlet for the sexual act for a single Christian’s life is what is commonly some call "wet dreams" the subconscious dream state not induced by sinful forethoughts of the waking day/days before!

Anything else will bring a guilt of conscience from God which effectively removes peace from a believer’s life, and the resulting fear of judgment from God Himself.

1 Corinthians 7: 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

Please refer back to 3a1b1c-Fill-wisd-Intro4-Sexual for more detailed coverage of this topic.