Author: Neil T. Anderson, Terry E. Zuehike, Julianne S. Zuehike
In a counseling book called Christ Centered Counseling the author talks about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This is used when people believe lies about themselves. This kind of counseling helps people to have their minds transformed. For this to happen the author says three bases must be covered just like in baseball before the person can touch homeplate. Let’s look at these three bases.
1. 1st Base: Developing new attitudes – Proverbs 23:7 – “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:”
This verse shows us that feelings, thoughts, and even actions are highly impacted by the way we think.
Note: A-B-C (Taken from the book)
A = the activating event
B = your beliefs in that situation
C = the negative consequence (a negative feeling and/or behavior)
It is helpful to take notes of all of this when this occurs – then after identifying the belief that you experience at this time – you can compare it with biblical truth to see if it is true or false.
2. 2nd Base: Predict the Pattern
Here the author says that you “review your notes and locate patterns of predictable perceptions that lead to negative feelings and counterproductive behavior.”
This will help you to see that your problems are predictable and controllable.
Romans 12:2 – “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. “
3. 3rd Base: New Biblical Behaviors –
The two previous bases are not sufficient to help you in healing and victory. This is the base where you replace the false beliefs, that you have identified, with biblical truths. The author also says this is where you lose any “I can’t” or “yeah, but…” attitudes.
It is good to remember verses like I Cor 10:13 – “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Remember that the troubles, temptations, and our “thorns in the flesh” are put in our lives by God, not to destroy us, but to develop us.
This base will include things such as: devotion time, fellowship with passionate Christian brethren, and extended time in prayer (there are a lot of other ideas that will help facilitate this step).
Phil 4:19 – “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Proverbs 20:18 – “Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.”
4. Home Plate: Kindgom Come
This base represents the fruit of the Spirit.
Gal 5:22,23 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
The author says home plate “represents the experience of Christian growth and maturity that results when
we seek first God’s Kingdom and his righteousness (Matt 6:33).