This blog, "Unity in Relationships" seeks to introduce you to thought patterns that will promote a heart that desires to be an influence for God-given unity in your relationships. If this is something you desire than this blog and course is for you. (From the ministry of Lowcountry Biblical Counseling Center)
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Devastating Pride, Cultivating Humility by Pastor Brad Bigney
The following document is from "Men Discipling Men" - a yearly conference for men presented by The Master's College Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling Program. It can also be found at the following link: http://www.mdmconference.net/resources/Notes/MDM2011_Bigney_General_Session_Devastating_Pride_Cultivating_Humility.pdf
Forgiving sins against us can be very difficult. Below are three truths to "hear" daily and four commitments to exercise in order to find the power to forgive. For each section look up the verses cited and write a prayer to the Father confessing where you have struggled to believe His perspective or apply His instructions toward the person to whom has sinned against you. Ask him for help in believing His Word and doing His will in the pain you are suffering. Ask him for his forgiveness as you commit to moving forward in forgiveness. Hide in your heart daily for the next month key verses from this study. Choose verses that best remind you to affirm and put into action what the Holy Spirit has revealed to you about biblical forgiveness. Move away from bitter thoughts by rehearsing specific verses below and taking specific steps of obedience by faith.
A. REHEARSE THE TRUTH - Renew Your Faith Daily In Three Biblical, Faith-Affirmations
by Tim Bryant, Director of Lowcountry Biblical Counseling 1. Do I have the facts right?
(Prov 18:13) Sometimes what we think is sin against us is just “possible” sin. We must be sure we are dealing with the facts, not our own interpretation. If you are in doubt, BE CAREFUL! You may not need to share your concern at all; in fact, your view may be so inaccurate that to go forward would be exercising presumption (Prov 13:10) and contention (Prov 26:21). If this is the case, you must learn to humbly examine your interpretations in light of other reasonable interpretations (Prov 18:2). If after honest evaluation you still think you need to go and share your concern, go, but ask the offender appropriate, clarifying (not accusatory) questions. Then listen very objectively to the explanation, knowing that you may not have had all the information. Let them know that if your understanding of the situation is not accurate, you want to understand it better from their perspective (Prov 18:17). Lis…
“Feasting on the Seven Hopes of the Heaven-Bound
Saint” One of our greatest needs is hope, or we do not live well (1 Tim 4:10). In my counseling experience, I have found that the following seven biblical hopes are key to promoting biblical change. God has given us hope of forgiveness (1 Jn 1:9), hope of transformation (2 Cor 3:18), hope of strength and provision (Heb 4:16), hope of spiritual influence in the lives of others (2 Cor 2:12-14), hope of eternal rewards (Matt 25:21), heavenly dwelling (1 Cor 2:7), and glorious perfection (1 Jn 3:2). God has promised these things to us, his children. Stir your faith and desire for these things by listening to the following audio, memorizing and studying the promises in the passages listed. Cross reference them to other verses that repeat the promises. Find songs that echo the amazing hope of these. Speak to others about what you are learning. Pray for a heart to believe and a heart to desire these promises. Anchor your hope in these prom…