Refreshing Your Faith
By Mark A. Finley
Have you ever felt as though your faith was “stuck in neutral”? You were not going anywhere. You seemed to be in a sluggish standstill. You longed to have a deeper Christian experience, but you wondered how it was possible. You knew where you wanted to go, but you didn’t know how to get there. In this month’s lesson we will explore the basis of a vibrant spiritual life. Be prepared to discover some life-changing principles that will make a dramatic difference in your life.
1Read Psalm 119:25, 28, 107, 154. What earnest plea does David make regarding revival?
The Word of God is the basis of revival. The same Holy Spirit who prompted Bible writers to record God’s Word inspires us as we read it. Meditating upon the Word of God is life-transforming.
2Read Psalm 1:2; 119:11, 15, 16, 81, 97. What was the object of David’s meditation?
Christian meditation focuses on God’s Word, God’s works, and God’s ways. This infilling of the principles of righteousness, grace, and truth transforms our thought processes and drives out our evil thoughts (see Phil. 4:7, 8). We are transformed through God’s Word (see Rom. 12:1, 2).
3Read Acts 20:32 and James 1:21. If our spiritual lives seem stagnant, what does studying God’s Word accomplish?
4The prophecies of Scripture predict a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit just before the coming of Jesus. Read Ephesians 5:25-27 and John 17:17. How will God prepare His church for this special manifestation of the Spirit’s power?
The Holy Spirit will be poured in abundant measure out prior to the second coming of Christ. The earth will be “lightened” with the glory of God. God’s people will reveal in their lives and proclaim with their lips the grace, righteousness, and truth of our Lord.
5Read 2 Corinthians 3:18; Proverbs 23:7; and Romans 12:1, 2. Why is meditating upon God’s Word such a powerful agent in revival?
As we study God’s Word and prayerfully meditate upon its passages, applying the truths we discover to our own lives, our thought patterns are changed. We are transformed into His likeness. By beholding Jesus, we become like Him.
Ellen White wrote: “It is a law both of the intellectual and the spiritual nature that by beholding we become changed. The mind gradually adapts itself to the subjects upon which it is allowed to dwell. It becomes assimilated to that which it is accustomed to love and reverence. Man will never rise higher than his standard of purity or goodness or truth” (The Great Controversy, p. 555).
6Read Colossians 3:1, 2. What urgent appeal does the apostle Paul make to each one of us regarding growing as Christians?
The apostle Paul urges us to “set” or “fix” our minds on things above, not on things below. When we surrender our lives to Christ we are a “new creation,” and all things are made new (2 Cor. 5:17).
Nevertheless our old nature still remains. It will not be totally eradicated until Jesus returns and we ascend to glory with Him. As long as we are in this “vile, corruptible” body our sinful nature remains; but it need not reign. Sin no longer has dominion over us, because God’s grace is more powerful than our sinful natures (see Phil. 3:20, 21; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; Rom. 6:11-14).
Here is the vital key in overcoming sin in our lives; the secret of whether sin or Christ triumphs: What nature are you feeding? With what are you filling your mind? On what are your affections set?
If our minds are filled with the things of eternity, if we spend time fellowshipping with Jesus in His Word daily, if we have a vital relationship with Jesus by faith in His saving grace and triumphant power, we will live vibrant Christian lives. We will grow in grace, our faith will be renewed, and our spiritual lives refreshed daily.
Would you like to fill your mind with God’s Word and live in the power of His Spirit? In and through Jesus you can live a victorious Christian life today.