1.  Read the following passages and answer the question below –  Philippians 2:13-13, Hebrews 4:12-13, Isaiah 55:10-11, Matthew 13:18-23.  Discuss the importance of the work of the Spirit in our lives through the implanted word described in James 1:21.  Why is it important in our lives, and for our spiritual maturity to understand this concept of the implanted word?  Why is it crucial that we “meekly” receive the implanted word?

2.  Why does James tell us that as hearers only, we are deceiving ourselves?

3.  What are some ways we deceive ourselves?

Discuss the following – From the beginning mankind has faced the temptations and lies of Satan, the great deceiver.  Perhaps the greatest hindrance to our Christian growth and maturity is our own willingness to believe the lies of our enemy.

4.  What are some of the lies we believe as we seek to mature in Christ, and become real?