The Exciting Truth! – My Body is God’s Temple – Lesson 2 TW Class 2014

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God is doing a new thing! Yesterday’s wrap-up webinar on Lesson 1 is here as a downloadable audio file. Group study questions to follow. 🙂

The Thin Within app is available in the iTunes store! If you like it, please write a review. If you don’t like it…well…it’s FREE. 🙂 Please be kind.

Has your sense of this truth  been cultivated this past week–as never before? I hope so!

Are you renewing your mind with the truths gleaned from the class Facebook page, the lessons, the Sound Cloud or YouTube files available for you? The blog has boatloads of information for you, too.

Onward we go to plunge deeply into one of the most amazing truths that is found on the pages of Scripture–that you are God’s chosen dwelling place on this planet.

I share a bit about that in this video:

Video Questions:

1. Can you identify with the lie that I mention is common (00:43)? How so?

2.  What was the price that God paid for you to be his dwelling place?

3. What are three truths about you from this video that you can renew your mind with this week?

4. How might really believing that your body is God’s temple now affect you?

5. What is the significance of the fact that my body is not my own? (5:30)

6. What is a fundamental belief (actually a lie) that we tend to hold? (6:39)

7. How can you, practically speaking, renew your mind?

8. Consider adding some of the truths in this video to your deck of truth cards as mentioned in 09:10. Which ones will you add to your deck?

9. How will you use your truth cards this week? (What times of day, how many cards, etc.)

10. What are the 5 truths that summarize (12:00) the video?

Renewing the Mind – Pressing On

Last week, we began the process of renewing our minds. Romans 12:2 tells us we are transformed not by gritting our teeth and eating between physical hunger and physical satisfaction. That is all well and good, but if that is all we do, we will revert to old behaviors when the first trial or stressful situation hits.

Instead, we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. I mentioned in Lesson 1’s video that we would be going through the workbook this time with a different focus. I hope you have been using Barb Raveling’s book, I Deserve A Donut and Other Lies That Make You Eat or the iTunes app by the same name.  These resources, though optional, are indispensable. If you don’t have it yet, please get the workbook kit, Rebuilding God’s Temple.

Trade Book Assignment – To Be Completed by January 20th

Again, from the deep dark recesses of my hard drive 🙂 , I bring to you this week’s Thin Within Book Study Guide (Lesson 2) for those unable to get a workbook.

Workbook Assignment – To Be Completed by January 20th

1. Read, highlight, mark Lesson 2 on pages B18 – B22 or listen to the audio file of Lesson 2 at  Sound CloudDiscuss it here in the comments section below this post or at our Class Private Facebook Group Page.

2. Complete the exercises for Lesson 2 on pages B24-B28. Use your discretion about the optional exercises on pages B29-B30.

3. Continue to add to your “God List.” Here is a sample beginning of a God List. Here is a video about it if you have some extra time (I did share the link last week here and on the FB page):

4.  Use your God List to have a “Praise Fest” or “Praise Feast.” Find out more about that here. You can find a playlist of PraiseFests here.

5.  Use the entries for Day 7 through Day 14 in the Temple Toolkit. You can use it to write your praise-fest down or to write down the attributes of God that you are aware of that day. Some people prefer to use their journals instead of the Temple Toolkit. That’s fine, too, of course!

6. Have a look at this file: Renew Mind – Class Affirmations These are a list of some of the things our class members have said…TRUTHS that they are using to replace lies they have been believing for far too long. You can write these and other things like them on your spiral bound set of index cards. (I hope you have gotten some index cards by now and are using them!)

7. Continue to eat when you are hungry. Select any food you desire. Some of you are ready to begin to discern which foods make you feel energized! That’s great! We consider those “Whole Body  Pleasers” and we will talk more about those later. If you know your body feels best when you eat beneficial foods, then enjoy!

8. This week, try to hone in on what a “5” is for you. If the entire hunger scale thing feels too complicated or difficult or confusing, please just use this simple test: Hungry? Not hungry? Eat when the answer to the first quest is yes and stop eating (or don’t start) when the answer to the second question is yes. This may simplify it enough to make it doable.

9. Interact here in the comments or at the Facebook group. I would love to hear what God is doing in your life. What new thing are you seeing in your life emotionally, spiritually, or physically? Won’t you give God glory and share it with us?

How About You?

How did the first week of our journey go for you? What is God impressing upon your heart?  What questions do you have at this point? How can we best serve and encourage you?

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12 Responses to The Exciting Truth! – My Body is God’s Temple – Lesson 2 TW Class 2014

  1. Rosa Garcia January 14, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    I just want to share that God impressed upon my heart- that I have a domineering spirit ;( and that is like a bombshell for me as to why I am often flooded in discontent in my life, and why food issues had continued to be such a weakness for me. (From Barb’s “Donut” book.)

  2. Heidi Bylsma January 14, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    Oh Wow, Rosa. What an incredible insight. I am so grateful that God has shown you this. He will supply the grace needed to be transformed by his Spirit! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Karen Childs January 14, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    Absolutely AWESOME video!! This is hitting me right between the eyes. I have been so rebellious…I want to do what I want with my body. I swing wildly between treating it any way I want, over to guilt and help me Father. Something about it sinks down deep into the soul, like all real truth does. If I can’t honestly believe that my body is His, then that is what I need to deal with, not run from. Also, I really liked the segment on taking thoughts captive. I like to think of it as taking “negative (criminal) thoughts” captive, and then turning them over to the custody of our true “warden” Jesus Christ, who then executes them, putting them to death. This has been true “renewal”, and thank you so much for such a passionate and uplifting teaching!!

    • Heidi Bylsma January 14, 2014 at 11:25 am #

      Oh wow, Karen. You GET this. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights. I appreciate your courage and vulnerability. I know many can identify with how you feel. Thanks, too, for your kind words.

  4. Kelsa Turner January 14, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    Love this video! God has been teaching me SO much this week. He’s been changing me, really, and I’m amazed to see all He’s doing. The biggest thing He’s taught me is godly boundaries are for my good and His glory. The key to living by the spirit rather than the flesh is godly boundaries and renewing my mind.
    I love your point that true change comes by changing your beliefs. I believe that is why these changes will STICK!
    thanks Heidi for all you are you are doing with this study, God is certainly using you and Thin Within to change me!

    • Heidi Bylsma January 14, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

      Hi, Kelsa. I am so thrilled to hear that God is at work doing a new things! Thanks for your encouraging words. 🙂

  5. Adriane Sims January 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    Loved the video!!! Took 2 pages of notes!!

    • Heidi Bylsma January 14, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

      Aw, Adriane…you are such a doll! Thank you for that. 🙂

  6. Allison Mitchell January 18, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    I loved the reminder that was in our lesson this week: “Thin Within is not about your weight; it’s about your life.” This quote is from page B-18 of the workbook. Thin Within is going to be life-changing for us. I have already seen victory not only in my eating, but in other areas of weakness in my life as well. Understanding that I have a need for intimacy with God explains why I have often used food to fill that hunger. Through 0-5 eating, God is helping me to be temperate, or self-controlled, in other areas. I am so thankful for the transformation.

    • Heidi Bylsma January 19, 2014 at 9:43 am #

      That is a great quote, Allison. Thanks for bringing it to the forefront. So glad to hear that God is invading your life with this approach. 🙂 YAY!

  7. LInda D January 19, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    Wow, Heidi. I loved the video! The message really hit home about some lies I have been believing. I need to remember to hang onto the truth and dismiss th0se lies every day!

    I never did the truth cards, but now w/ the new TW App, I am going to try this tool!


    PS. Did you know that UTube now allows you to see captions for the video’s? Whoo hoo!!!

    • Heidi Bylsma January 19, 2014 at 9:42 am #

      Hi, Linda. So glad you liked the video. And even better that YouTube has the captions. I hope it works well enough. So glad you are ready to give the truth cards a try with the app. YAY!

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