Week 1: Remodeling and Reframing
Prayer helps us become aware of God’s provisions and protections in our life.
Let’s begin each day with prayer and intentionally look for God’s provision (resources) and protection (strength) throughout the day!
Graham Cooke Audio Study:
What is the one phrase, scripture or statement where you know God is speaking to you and specifically into your circumstance?
“I will meditate on your precepts (commands / decrees)and fix my eyes on your ways.”
Meditation #1: Stress is an Inside Job
Wrong thinking makes way for negative behavior. Each trial or circumstance provides us an opportunity to think brilliantly. It gives us an opportunity to change our thought process and move in a new direction. How can we take steps to renew our mind daily? How can we go against the culture and its approach to trials? What does God think about our trials? (Ask Him) How can we commit to think differently, even joyfully, about our circumstances?
Scripture: Romans 12:1-2, James 1:2-3
Meditation #2: Divine Perspectives
Instead means divine displacement or alternatives. In Isaiah 61, God provides a divine perspective and 7 “instead” statements. He is giving us a positive for every negative that life tries to send our way. How can we commit to seeing divine favor or divine displacement in life’s ups and downs? How can we reinterpret our current problems through the eyes of divine favor? How can we be empowered over our problems by God’s goodness towards us?
Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-7 (Jesus Mission Statement)
Meditation #3: Your Starting Position
Each one of us are faced with different types of challenges and trials. We all choose a “starting point” for each circumstance. Many of us grow up with attachments to doubt, pessimism, disbelief, anxiety or fear. How can we change our starting point from one of doubt to one of faith? What if we see ourselves as partners with God for a miracle, for a display of His glory, instead of a target of the enemy? How does this shift the starting point of a trial?
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:4-6, Deuteronomy 20:4
Meditation #4: Your True Identity
How do you identify yourself? When we introduce ourselves it seems natural to share our relationship status, our children/grandchildren, our work, our titles or education and on and on. Do you ever say, I am the child of so and so?
How are we identified by God? Do you see yourself as His beloved? Does your identity in Christ change the way you see trials and life’s challenges? Does it change your perspective on what is pressing for your time right now? What does it mean to you to have a new life? How are we to battle as children of God?
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17, 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
I am so thankful that you are here and a part of this study.