4.1. Study Material

Précis:    To identify faulty rearing patterns; establish Godly patterns for behavior and reinforce a Biblical mind-set.

Text: Proverbs 22:6; Phil. 2:5


Man is born with no intuitive knowledge. His autonomic nervous system ensures that visceral functions such as breathing, digestion and circulation continue without knowledge, cognition or rational thought processes. The child has a sucking reflex and is sensitive to pain, sound and light, but is void of cognition.  He knows nothing! As he moves toward maturity his knowledge increases. Every sense organ bristles with life responding to all incoming stimuli; feeling, smelling, tasting, hearing and seeing, he assimilates the world around him. The mind learns only what it is taught. 

So much importance is placed on the mind that many years are spent in the halls of academics in pursuit of knowledge. At an early age, children are programmed with value systems, mind sets, goal orientation, customs, traditions, protocol, creeds, doctrines, philosophies and more. This is done to ensure that our children are able to make the wisest intellectual choices. Sense knowledge is seen as the answer for life and revered as a God. 

Sadly, much of the early programming our minds receive is faulty and serves only to inhibit growth and causes stagnation. Even our theology has been reduced to a sense of knowledge formulated by creed or doctrine. It has bound the spiritual Samson in our lives with religious fetters and has all but put out the eyes of faith. Faith is not a dynamic of the mind. It functions within the realm of the human Spirit and has an unwavering trust in God and His word, regardless of circumstantial sensory evidence. Sad is the man or woman who has so long depended upon the prowess of the mind, that faith and life in the Spirit is nonfunctional. 

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  (Gal. 5:16-17)

Walk in the Spirit   –   Walk in the Spirit   –   Walk in the Spirit

God never places a premium on ignorance. Neither does He validate slothfulness. Hard work is admirable and achievement is praiseworthy, however, value must never be determined by performance.

There is a striking difference between performance and value. This is clearly demonstrated when the religious rulers brought the prostitute to Jesus with intent to stone her for her deeds.


Lesson:                              Four Things To Be Renounced 

28.1  We Must Renounce A Performance Orientation

1.  Programmed during childhood

2.  Reinforced throughout life

3.  Supported by religion

4.  Effects on attitudes and relationships

28.2  We Must Reject A Judicial Mind-set

1.  Taught at home and school

2.  Rewarded for in life

3.  Confirmed by the church

4.  Preempts creativity

28.3  Resist A Macho Self-image

1.   Portrayed by parents and peers

2.   Esteemed by the media

3.   Displayed by the public

4.   Destroys maturity

28.4  We Must Refuse A Self-dependency

1.  Fostered by society

2.  Reinforced by industry

3. Applauded by society

  4.  Fails to achieve potential; ends in stagnation and death


📂     Performance Orientation      

📂     Judicial Mind-set

📂    Macho Self-image

📂     Self-dependency

They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou …When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman (prostitute), he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee (value): go, and sin (performance) no more. (John 8:4-11)