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The Elements of a Biblical
Step One: Determine Their Spiritual Orientation
Establish the person’s orientation about their spiritual life.
• God says we are an immortal spirit that lives within a temporal human body. We are waiting the time when we’ll be clothed upon with our celestial body when we see Christ and become like Him (I Cor. 15).
• This orientation explains many facets of how we view life. If problems are seen in the long view of eternity, they are just a small part of the picture (Paul called life a “light, momentary affliction” 2 Cor. 4:17).
Step Two: Check out their Spiritual Life Priority
Establish whether the person has come to view God and His Word, or culture and other humans as the Alpha and Omega of their life (Rev. 1:8; Mat. 6:33).
For each of us, we need to do a check of where we look for the guidance, the foundational truths that guide us as we interpret life events.
Is Jesus Christ the Alpha &
Omega of our Spiritual Lives?
Do we start our day with God?
Is He the One we look to and check in with, and ask for His help, direction, strength, and peace?
Or do we start with a dose of the news, the weather, the social media, and the goals of our material world life that dominates so much of our schedules and energies?
Do we end our days with God?
Do we measure our successes or failures by His unchanging standard of His Word?
Do we allow Him to correct us, encourage us, renew and redirect us?
Do we cast all of our cares one by one upon Him as a loving and caring father, and rest in His protection and care before we slip into the defenseless, helpless unconsciousness of sleep?
A life that begins and ends with God as Master, Savior, Redeemer, and Friend is hemmed in by truth, and is very likely to not unravel when troubles come.
Is the Bible Foundational
to All We Are?
Now, look at the boxed summary at the top of page 49:
You can live God’s way because of the abundant resources and provisions He has graciously and mercifully given to you (based on John 14:26; Romans 8:11; 2 Corinthians 1:20-24; Ephesians 1:13-14; Philippians 4:13; Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:5; 1 John 5:14-15).
The Bible is Adequate (Principle 4): Since God's Word is the only authority for faith and conduct and is the sole, legitimate standard by which all aspects of living are evaluated, you are to rely on no other source. God's Word provides hope and gives direction for change in deeds (thoughts, speech, and actions) and is adequate to equip you for every good work (Psalm 19:7-11; Pr. 30:5-6; Col. 2:8; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:2-4) and to develop a Christlike attitude of servanthood within you (2 Cor. 3:5-6; Phil 2:5-8).
Study on Psalm 19:7-11
Psalm 19:1-6 is all about God revealing Himself in nature. Every detail of this vast and intricate Universe speaks of an amazingly glorious Creator God.