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Pursuit (4) - Notes

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2 Timothy 2:22

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Passive and Distracted Christianity Is Killing Us
So Let’s Get Focused and Aggressive
  • How do you enter the miraculous beginning?

  • How do you reach your glorious ending?

  • How do you fight the ongoing battle?

  • How do you participate in your progressive renewal?

The Way - via

1. Vision

Galatians 4:19

My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.

  • To Become like Jesus (BE, DO & SAY)

  • The Conspiracy of the Little Jesuses

2. Intention

  • You don’t coast into maturity

  • You decide each and everyday to pursue it

3. Activities

  • Prolonged disciplines that position you to receive God’s transforming grace

  • Not TRYING on the spot, but TRAINING “off the spot”

Bible Meditation/Memorization (Muttering)

Joshua 1:7-8

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.

Colossians 3:15

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.

  1. Internalizing Truth (Reprogramming Mind)

  2. Externalizing Truth (Transforming Life)

Wouldn’t it be great if we got a new mind when we got a new heart? It doesn’t work that way. We need to renew our minds.

Wouldn’t it be great if we got a new mind when we got a new heart? It doesn’t work that way. We need to renew our minds.

Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Psychiatrist Paul Meier

Daily meditation on Scripture, with personal application, is the most effective means of obtaining personal joy, peace, and emotional maturity. On average, it takes about three years of daily Scripture meditation to bring about enough change in a person’s thought patterns and behavior to produce statistically superior mental health and happiness.

2 Timothy 2:22

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Psalm 119:11 (KJV)

Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.

Psalm 119:11 (ESV)

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Karl House