Shaping Me: External Stories

Shaping Me: External Stories

Shaping Me – External Stories
Jan. 15, 2023

We are all being shaped by something every single day

What would this year be like to be intentionally shaped by our loving Creator?

We are shaped by the stories we believe – internal stories

Romans 8:6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,

Spirit of God, what would you have me think?

Interrupt Anxiety with Prayer

Truth corresponds to reality

“T” Truth corresponds to reality

mental maps, worldview, meta-narrative, faith

If truth is reality then lies are un-reality

We live at the mercy of our ideas – Dallas Willard

Believe, Behave, Become

The World The Flesh and The Devil

Deceitful ideas (Devil lies) that play to our Disordered Desires (the Flesh), that are normalized in a Sinful Society (The World)

1 John 5:19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.

James 4:4 You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

The World presses on us to believe the wrong life maps

All sin starts with what you believe is true

The supernatural

Are people basically good or bad?

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

Mark 7:21-22 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly.


freedom from/ freedom to

Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s

Spirit of God what would you have me think?