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Changing Your Mind by Pastor Rick

My thoughts control my life. Every single action begins with a thought.

Why do I have to change my mind:

Because my thoughts control my life.

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

Because my mind is the battleground of sin. All temptation happens in the mind.

“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.” Romans 7:22-23 (LB)

Your brain/mind is your greatest asset. The world wants to control your mind. There’s a battle with the way you think. Whatever gets your attention gets you.

Because it is the key to peace and life and happiness.

An unmanaged mind leads to pressure, a managed mind leads to peace.
An unmanaged mind leads to conflict, a managed mind leads to confidence.
An unmanaged mind leads to stress, a managed mind leads to strength, serenity.

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

Three Choices to Control Your Thoughts:

A. I must Feed My Mind with the truth.

“People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every WORD OF GOD.”
Matthew 4:4 (NLT)

The bible is our soul food. Throughout the day.

You’ve got to have a great information to have a great decision.  e.g. Oxford Analytica

When: Every day.
“I rise early. . . to cry out for help and to put my hope in your words.” (Psalm 119:147 (NLT)
“Lord, how I love your Word. I think about it all day long.” Psalm 119:97
“Even in the darkest of night, your teachings fill my mind.” Psalm 16:7 (CEV)

B.I must FREE MY MIND from destructive thoughts.

“Those who are dominated by their sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the
Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.” Romans 8:5 (NLT

“Though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. [Our weapons] have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish any argument and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we TAKE CAPTIVE EVERY THOUGHT  to make it OBEDIENT to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

You cannot do your best intentions because you have enemies:

1. My old nature. The flesh. Your nature in you.

“Those who are dominated by their sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the
Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.” Romans 8:5

2.Satan. The devil against you.
He cannot force you, but he can give suggestion. He’s continually planting negative thoughts in your mind. He will use people or television.

Don’t believe everything I think.

3. The World. The world around you.

The lust of sex
The lust of eyes
The lust of wealth

How do you battle these destructive thoughts: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

You have to learn to demolish strongholds in your life. Behind every sin is a lie. Satan is a liar, he’s gonna enslave you.

Take it Captive   – To conquer, to capture
Make it obedient to Christ   – To bring into submission

My thoughts often disobey me, If I need to ponder, my mind wants to wander. When I need to pray, my mind drifts away.
Your mind has to listen to you. Make it listen to you.

How temptation works:  “Temptation comes from the lure of OUR OWN evil desires. These evil desires lead to evil actions, and then the evil actions lead to death.”   James 1: 14-15

1. Desire
2. Doubt – You doubt that God loves you; that God knows best. (Every time you give in to temptation, you’re believing a lie.)
3. Deception – lure, entice, bait
4. Disobedience and Defeat

Attention -> Attitude -> Action = Cycle of Sin

What I flirt with, I fall for.

C. I must FOCUS my Mind

Think about Jesus

“Think about Jesus’ example. He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to him.
So do not get tired and stop trying.” Hebrews 12:3 (NCV)

2 .Think about others – It’s not about you. It’s all about God. It’s only giving your life away to only live.

“Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.” Philippians 2:4 (LB)
“Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24 (NCV)

Think about eternity.

“Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth.” Colossians 3:2 (NLT)

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)

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