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50 Days of Transformation // Part 3


Change Your Life By Changing Your Mind

 

Romans 12:2 (NLT)  
“Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”  

 

Here's a question that we have all asked: What was I thinking?

 I knew I shouldn't have done that - What was I thinking?

I knew the consequences of that - What was I thinking?

I knew the risks outweighed the benefits - What was I thinking?

Everybody told me that was a bad idea - What was I thinking?

 

God is far more interested in changing your mind than in changing your circumstances.  

 

Think about how many times we've wanted God to change our circumstances, but not our mind.

God help me out of this situation, but we don't deal with the thoughts that got us into that situation.

God free me from these consequences, but don't touch the part of me that brought on these consequences.

 
God is far more interested in changing your mind before changing your circumstance. Because, nothing happens in your life until you begin to renew your mind.  No transformation or change takes place, in your mind or in your life, until your thoughts begin to change.

 

Why is it so important that I learn how to manage my mind?  How do I have a healthy mind? Why is it important that I manage my thoughts?   Let me give you three reasons:

•My thoughts control my life

My thoughts control my life.  Every single action always begins as a thought.  That's why we always ask "What was I thinking?". Because, its our thoughts that direct our life. If you don’t think it, you don’t do it.  That’s both good and bad. My thoughts control my life.

 

Proverbs 4:23 (TEV)
“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”  

People say “I was just thinking it!”  You don’t realize how important a thought is. The power of your mind, the power of your thoughts, has tremendous ability to shape your life for good or for bad.   If you accept the thought that when growing up somebody said to you “You’re worthless.  You’re no good.  You don’t matter.  You’re ugly.  You’re uncoordinated.”  If you accepted that fact whether it was right or wrong it shaped your life.  

Whatever you believe about yourself, will shape your life. 

A lot of you were taught, as a kid, things about yourself that just weren’t true.  Years later you’re still acting on false information.  Be transformed by changing the way you think. Because my thoughts control my life both good and bad.

 

I need to manage my mind…

•The mind is the battleground for sin.

Think about your worst regret. It didn't start with the action. It started with a thought.

It’s where I win or lose the battle.  In fact all temptation happens in the mind.  We think temptation is something out there, something external, something that happens that we see out there and we say that’s tempting to me.  It wouldn’t tempt you if there wasn’t a desire inside you.  All temptation happens in your mind – between your ears.  As a result sin happens in your mind.

If you can learn how to manage your mind you’ve learned how to manage your life.  This is where the battleground is.

Paul in Romans 7 is very articulate in explaining how we’ve all felt in this battle that pulls us many different directions in our mind.  Paul says this: Romans 7:22-23:
“I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there’s something else deep within me that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin within me.  In my mind I want to be God’s servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin.”  

Whatever gets your attention gets you.  

So I need to manage my mind because my thoughts control my life and because my mind is the battle ground for sin and temptation.

 

•It’s the key to peace and happiness.

Managing my mind is actually the key to peace and happiness.  If you learn what we’re going to talk about this weekend and you begin to apply it to your life, your peace of mind will go up, dramatically, and so will your happiness, understanding, and enjoyment of life.  

 

An unmanaged mind leads to tension. A managed mind leads to tranquility.  

The unmanaged mind leads to pressure. A managed mind leads to peace. 

An unmanaged mind leads to conflict and chaos. A managed mind leads to confidence.

An unmanaged mind leads to stress. A managed mind leads to strength, security, and serenity.

 

Romans 8:6
"If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace.”  


3 DAILY CHOICES FOR A HEALTHY MIND

I want us to look at three choices that you must make on a daily basis in order to have a healthy mind.   A lot of people don’t realize that you can control your thoughts.  “My thoughts are uncontrollable!”  No.  You think they’re uncontrollable but you can control your thoughts. 

You have to flip the channel changer.  You don’t have to be thinking about what you’re thinking about right now.  You can do it.  You can make that change.  Your thoughts are highly controllable.

The Bible says there are three choices for a healthy mind.  I have to feed my mind, I have to free my mind, and I have to focus my mind.

They’re all choices and you have to choose them, not just once in your lifetime but on a moment by moment basis.

 

If I want to have a healthy mind …

 1.  I must feed my mind with truth

I must feed my mind with the truth.  We all know the importance of nutrition.  Good food and good calories cause you to be better, to be stronger, to be healthier, to have more energy.  Bad calories, bad junk food, things that don’t do good, harm your body.  The same is true in your thought life.  I must feed my mind - not with junk, not with poison - but with truth.

 “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

Matthew 4:4   
“People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every Word of God.”    

 When should I feed my mind truth? When should I do this?  The answer is all the time.  Throughout the day.  Morning, noon and night.  

They tell us that the best way to eat is eat just a little every couple hours rather than to eat big meals then go long hours without eating.  But to eat constantly.  Just kind of nibble your way through the day eating the right foods to keep your blood sugar level and things like that.  

The same is true with truth.  If you’re constantly thinking about truth, it’s going to renew your mind.  It’s going to change your mind.

Psalm 119:147 
“I rise early to cry out for help  [That’s prayer] and to put my hope in your Words [That’s Bible study.]”  Circle the word “hope”.  He says I start every morning talking to you, I cry out in prayer, and listening to you.  I read your Word.  He says I look for the hope in your Word.  

 

2. I must free my mind from destructive thoughts

That’s the second thing I need to do – free my mind from destructive thoughts.  Your mind needs to be liberated.  Your mind needs to be delivered.  Your mind needs to be released.  Because you are a prisoner of your own thoughts.  And you’re a prisoner of things that people have told you that simply weren’t true.  

As I said earlier, it doesn’t matter if it’s true or not if you believed it it’s affected your life. If you have been told you were clumsy, maybe you weren’t clumsy at all.  But if you believed it – you’re clumsy.  And you see yourself that way because you always act in accordance with the way you see yourself.

I’ve got to free my mind from destructive thoughts.  That isn’t easy.  The reason it’s not easy is because you have three enemies.  Those three enemies are trying to team tackle you and keep you from having your mind liberated.  These are the things that keep you from fulfilling all your good intentions.  You know all those good intentions about things you’d like to change in your life?  I’m going to change this… and I’m going to change that….  And it never, ever happens.  Why?  Because you have three enemies in your mind that are battling in your brain to keep you from doing all the things your best intentions would like to do, all your good resolutions and things like that.  They’re not going to give up ground easily.  You’re going to have to fight to free your mind.

 

 3.  I must focus my mind on the right things.  

For mental health I must focus my mind on the right things.  Three things that will make the most difference in your mental state.  

 1.  Think about Jesus.  

Think about Jesus.  You’ve heard about the old cliché you become what you think about most.  If you think about Jesus, guess what you’re going to become like? Like Jesus.  

Keep your mind on Jesus Christ.  Hebrews 12:3
“Think about Jesus’ example.  He held on [Are you having a hard time holding on?] he held on while wicked people were doing evil things to him.  So do not get tired and stop trying.” 

So don’t do that.  When you start feeling like you’re ready to give up think about what Jesus went through.  Think about Jesus.

 2.  Think about others.

Philippians 2:4 
“Don’t just think about your own affairs but be interested in others too and what they are doing.”  

Do you realize how counter cultural that is?  Everything from the world teaches you to think about yourself and nobody else.  How many times have you heard this phrase: I’ve got to do what’s best for me.  Looking out for number one.  I could go on with a whole list of these phrases but basically it’s saying it’s all about me, it’s all about me.  

Hebrews 10:24 
“Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds.”  The best place to practice that is in your small group. Practice that verse in your small group this week.  Let’s think about each other. Let’s help each other to show love and do good deeds.  In your small group, that’s the laboratory for love.  It’s the place to learn unselfishness.

 

Think about Jesus, think about others…

 

God is more interested in changing the way you think than changing your circumstances. Because when your thinking begins to transform, many of your circumstances will transform.

Father, you gave us our minds.  We are made in your image. We realize it’s our greatest asset and it’s the greatest battleground.  We realize that the world, the flesh, and the devil all team up to thwart our best intentions.  




Worship Set


I Am Free

- Jon Egan

Verse 1

Through You the blind will see
Through You the mute will sing
Through You the dead will rise
Through You all hearts will praise
Through You the darkness flees
Through You my heart screams I am free

Chorus 1

I am free to run I am free to run
I am free to dance I am free to dance
I am free to live for You I am free to live for You
I am free I am free
(Yeah I am free I am free)

Misc 1 (Ending)

O I am free I am free
I am free I am free


The Cross Has the Final Word

- Cody Carnes

Verse 1

The cross has the final word
The cross has the final word
Sorrow may come in the darkest night
But the cross has the final word

Verse 2

The cross has the final word
The cross has the final word
Evil may put up its strongest fight
But the cross has the final word

Chorus 1

The cross has the final word
The cross has the final word
The Savior has come with the morning light
The cross has the final word

Chorus 2

The cross has the final word
The cross has the final word
He traded death for eternal life
The cross has the final word

Misc 1 (Bridge)

There's nothing stronger nothing higher
Nothing greater than the name of Jesus
All the honor all the power
All the glory to the name of Jesus


My World Needs You

- Kirk Franklin

Verse 1

Show me your face, fill up this space
My world needs You right now, my world needs You right now
I can't escape being afraid
Fill me with You right now, my world needs You right now

Verse 2

Show me your face, fill up this space
My world needs You right now, my world needs You right now
I can't escape being afraid
Fill me with you right now, my world needs You right now

Verse 3

Power fall down, bring with it a sound
That points us to You right now, erase substitutes right now
Fix what I see, and God please fix me
My world needs You right now, let us see You right now

Verse 4

Power fall down, bring with it a sound
That points us to You right now, erase substitutes right now
Fix what I see, and God please fix me
My world needs You right now, let us see You right now

Chorus

Every heart in the world
God needs you to res - cue
Storms have come and torn our hearts in two
We need you

Verse 5

Show me your face, fill up this space
My world needs You right now, my world needs You right now

Bridge 1

Storms may come but when we call your name all things change
Kingdoms fall, one thing forever reigns is your Name

Bridge 2

The anchor that holds me in my pain, stays the same
Oh how sweet to know that your great name will never change

Bridge 3

Jesus Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Jesus Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

Bridge 4 (2x)

Storms may come but when we call your name, all things change
Kingdoms fall, one thing forever reigns is your name

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