S2 Episode 8: Breaking the Sin Cycle Pt. 6
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Thank you for joining us for Season 2 Episode 8: Breaking the Sin Cycle Pt. 6. Here you’ll find episode notes and passages discussed, for you to pray and meditate over as we work together to walk in the victory that Christ purchased for us. The Word tells us to walk by the Spirit, and so we will, because we ARE the Good and Faithful!
As we prepare to close off this series, we want to remind you that we have made the G & F Breaking the Sin Cycle Bible Reading Plan to accompany much of what we've discussed so far. Again, this is a reading plan prayerfully designed to help you walk in freedom by guiding you through meditation of Scripture in order to help transform you by the renewing of your mind! Get a paperback version here or click here to access a free PDF download.
Before we stepped into the conclusion for this series, we provided a quick review of what we’ve covered so far. Again, if this is your first time joining us, we highly recommend you go back to the first episode in this series. You can find that by clicking on "Part 1" below.
Part 1:What is the Sin Cycle
Defined the sin cycle
Distinguished the sin cycle from the process of sanctification
Dove deeper into the nature of sin
Part 2: How to meditate over Scripture
Defined meditation of Scripture and how it is practical
Dove deeper into the nature of the Gospel
Discussed the information fast and introduced the G & F Breaking the Sin Cycle Bible Reading Plan
Part 3: How to find godly counsel
Defined godly counsel
Established biblical basis for needing godly counsel
Discussed how to identify someone who can provide godly counsel
Discussed how to be involved in the process
Part 4: How to confess our sins
Described three reasons why confessing our sins is important
Discussed how to confess our sins and what pitfalls to avoid
Explained how to confess and who to confess to
Part 5: How to pray
Discussed how to pray with confidence
Discussed how to pray continually
Discussed how to pray according to the Word of God
With that, let's step into the final part of Breaking the Sin Cycle. Part 6: How to change our habits in order to facilitate a lifestyle empowered by the Holy Spirit to walk in freedom from the sin cycle in order to bless the nations and advance the Kingdom of God.
There were 4 four major points we want to help you take away for this final part in our series:
1. Habits cannot in and of themselves save you and set you free.
2. Habits play an important role AFTER sin has been killed.
3. What we treasure in our hearts determines how live.
4. When Christ is our treasure, changing our habits to find the treasure in all aspects of our lives becomes a natural expression of love.
We first explained why we believe that habits in and of themselves do not have any power to change us. This is why we waited to cover this topic until the end of the series. The last thing we want is for you to white knuckle your way against sin.
In light of that fact, what role do habits play in helping us walk in freedom? We explained how after dying to sin, our habits help us live to God and sow to the Spirit rather than to the flesh.
We then discussed the reality that our lives are ultimately a manifestation of the things we treasure most. We went over a small exercise to help us assess what it is we treasure. We had you find a quiet place for you to be alone with God with something to write with and something to write on. We then had you pray and ask a series of questions in two parts.
Part 1: What do I treasure most? What is most important to me? What do I care about most? What are my top priorities in life?
Part 2: Why? Why did I answer part 1 the way I did? When did these things become important to me? What makes them so important?
Finally, having self-assessed through the guidance of the Holy Spirit we closed the episode by explaining how the greatest treasure of all is Jesus. Knowing Him and making Him known. We addressed the tough reality that often times our greatest struggle is accepting that He is not the One we treasure most. We helped you confront this by once again pointing you back to the grace and mercy of God and exhorting you to call out to Him to help you redirect the affections of your heart.
It is our sincere desire that this series has been helpful for you in your journey to follow after Christ, to walk in the freedom He has purchased for you on the cross, and to bless the nations and advance His Kingdom.
God bless you guys, thank you so much for joining us throughout this series. Stay tuned for upcoming episodes covering all kinds of topics that impact the life of the Good and Faithful.
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Colossians 2:18-23 ESV
1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV
Romans 6:3-11 ESV
Galatians 6:7-9 ESV
Proverbs 4:23 NLT
Matthew 6:19-21 ESV
Psalms 139:23-24 NIV
Proverbs 8:1-11 NIV
Colossians 2:2-3 NIV
Exodus 33:13-18 NIV
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