Bible Study Outline on Setting Your Eyes on Things Above
The children of God should set their eyes on the things above. The non believers seek after the things of this world. As Christians, we should set apart ourselves from the world by not being greedy for material riches. Jesus used the parable of the rich fool to describe those who only concern on living the best on the earth but did not have any concern about their afterlife. In the parable of the rich fool, a rich man decided to tear down his barns and build bigger bans to store the surplus grain. The rich man thought to himself that he will be able to take life easy as he has plenty of grains store up in the barns for himself.
Many of us are only concern about having a good life on earth. Many Christians don’t care about abiding in God’s commandments as they want to fulfill their own desires first. A true disciple will always put God first in everything that he do. God promises that those who are faithful to God to the end and finish the race of life well will receive the crown of life.
In John 14:2-4, Jesus told his disciples that he is going away to the Father to prepare a place for them. He told them that there are many rooms in his Father’s home. In heaven, God prepare mansions for his saints. Only those who faithfully serve God will be able to have a mansion in heaven. In heaven, the treasure are not subjected to moth, and vermin. There will be no thieve in heaven to steal the treasures that have been rewarded to the saints for their good works.
You are now a new creation and must live your life for Jesus Christ. You must love Jesus Christ by hating sin and do good. To do good is to obey God and walk in his commandments. The bible contains God’s commandments so we must read and study it. Christians are to live by faith and not walk by sight. Christians should be anxious for nothing but submit their worries to God through prayer, supplication and thanksgivings (Philippians 4:6). When you do this, you will experience the peace of God in your heart and mind (Philippians 4:7).
You should apply what you have learn from studying God’s words. Christians should not be merely a listener but also a doer of God’s words. Faith must be accompanied with actions otherwise your faith is not real. Christians must resist from following the desires of the flesh including adultery, hatred, selfish ambitions, drunkenness, heresies and etc. Christians must be fruitful and produce the fruits of the Spirit.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2 KJV)
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 KJV)
Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (Philippians 3:17-21 KJV)
But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. (Matthew 16:23 KJV)
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. (John 14:2-4 KJV)
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (1 Corinthians 5:17 KJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1-2 KJV)
But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:20-24 KJV)
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 22:5 KJV)
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22 KJV)
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Timothy 3:16 KJV)
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 KJV)
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:7-10 KJV)
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 KJV)
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24 KJV)
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5 KJV)
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26 KJV)
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
(James 1:12 KJV)
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. (Revelation 2:10 KJV)
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
(2 TImothy 4:7 KJV)