Christian Growth Series, Part A
Develop the Practice of Righteousness

God's view:
Rom. 5:3-5 ; Rom. 12:1-2 ; Matt. 10:16-28 ; 1 Pet. 3:13 --17-Do not be surprised at trials, even if they seem fiery. Rejoice in them because God uses them to develop Christlike maturity. Be prepared to be reviled. If you should endure suffering for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed of the lord.

Hope
Eph. 5:15-16 ; 1 Tim. 4:7-11 ; Heb. 5:14 ; Gal. 5:22-23 ; Heb. 13:20-21 -You must faithfully practice your daily responsibilities and discipline yourself toward godliness. As you continue to be a doer of the word, your senses will be trained to discern good and evil. Your growth is a sovereign work of God that is divinely linked to your living in a biblical manner.

Prov. 3:5-10 ; Ps. 55:22 , 94:17-19; Jere. 29:11 ; Rom. 8:28-29 -God has promised to provide all the necessities of life as you seek to please Him. He is always available to help you and He is firmly in control of every aspect of your life.

Matt. 6:25 , 34 ; Lu. 12:22-34 ; Matt. 6:33 ; Heb. 5:14 ; James 1:22-25 -Put-off self-centered concern about the future and put-on doing the word. As you dwell on the things of God, He will protect and provide for you in all areas of your life.

Change:
John 3:30 ;12:24-26; Matt. 20:26-28 ; Rom. 15:1-3 ; Col. 3:23-24 -Stop living to please self in daily situations, responsibilities and relationships. Regard others as more important than yourself and be a servant to God and others.

Prov. 9:6 ;14:16 ; Gal. 5:16-21 ; James 1:19 ; John 15:5 ; James 1:22-25 ;4:17 -List the circumstances or relationships in which you are (or have been)tempted to become angry or bitter. Develop a biblical plan for overcoming anger and bitterness in these situations. Formulate a contingency plan for dealing with anger and bitterness that may arise suddenly.

Prov. 10:12 ; 1 Cor. 13:4-8 ; 1 Pet. 1:22 ; Eph. 4:32 ; 1 Pet. 3:8-9 -Practice biblical love by forgiving others just as God has forgiven you. Do kind and tenderhearted deeds to the very individuals with whom you become irritated.


HOMEWORK
Memory/Meditation/Prayer :
Heb. 5:14
Devotions :
BSAF on selected verses from above.
Put-off and put-on:
Continue developing biblical patterns of submitting and continual dying to self through:
  1. Considering others as more important than self, and
  2. Serving others.

Evaluate your deeds daily, determine areas where you are weak and develop contingency plans to deal with and face possible stumbling blocks when they appear. These offenses (stumbling blocks) keep God's grace and His anointing from flowing through you. Look for data in areas of depression, fear and worry, anger and bitterness, interpersonal relationships, envy, greed and covetousness. Deal with specific problems via VOFW, DPP, Think and Do, and Freedom from Anxiety. See verses Isa. 10:27 ;61:1 ; Lu. 4:18-19 , James 4:6-8 .


Forms and Worksheets
BSAF: Bible Study & Application Form
Think and Do
Love Is
VOSWS: Victory Over Sin Worksheet
Dying to Self
Problem Solving
PSW: Problem/Solution Worksheet
Freedom from Anxiety
Contingency Plan

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