Pastor Steve Williams : Re-thinking Your Thinking

Damaged Goods · 40:38 · Recorded November 6, 2016

Re-Thinking Your Thinking

Today’s Bible Text: Philippians 4:4-9 (p. 1082)

Your head in the game!

Realize the power ideas have.

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

Isaiah 32:8 (NET) An honorable man makes honorable plans; his honorable character gives him security.

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Romans 8:6 (NLT) Letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

Doing our part & seeing God do his

1. Intentionally cultivate a joyful outlook!

Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (TEV) Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time.

2. Constantly look to God above all else.

2 Chronicles 20:12 (NAS) “We are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

Isaiah 26:3-4 (ESV) You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.

John 14:1 (NIV) “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”

3. Consciously monitor your musings.

2 Corinthians 10:5 (NET) We take every thought captive to make it obey Christ.

True

Honorable

Just

Pure

Lovely

Commendable

Morally Excellent

Praiseworthy

4. Diligently practice practicing truth.

John 8:31-32 (CEV) Jesus told the people who had faith in him, “If you keep on obeying what I have said, you truly are my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

3 John 1:4 (NIV) “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

#Getting your head in the game

Romans 12:2 (NIV) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Ephesians 4:22-23 (NLT) Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.  Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.

Colossians 3:2 (NIV)  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Luke 21:34 (HCSB) “Be on your guard, so that your minds are not dulled from carousing, drunkenness, and worries of life.”

2 Corinthians 11:3 (NIV) But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

1 Peter 1:13 (NIV) Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

1 Peter 4:7 (NIV)  The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.

Thinking Greater Thoughts

Chip Ingram, Good to Great in God’s Eyes
  • Memorize and meditate on Scriptures, especially before you go to bed and when you first get up in the mornings.
  • Use your drive times and “waiting” times more intentionally.
  • Make space for listening to or making great music that moves
    you.
  • Take a 48 hour “fast” from media each month, using the time you’d normally give to it to do one of these positive activities.
  • Go for walks in nature, enjoying the beauty and wonder of the colors and smells and rhythms you observe.
  • Personalize scriptural truth and promises making it read as if it were directed specifically to you.
Study & Discussion Questions
  • When did you first come to realize how your own thoughts could defeat you or motivate you?
  • React to this statement: “Change your thoughts and you can change your world!”
  • Why do you think it’s easier for people to worry and become focused on negative thoughts than positive ones? What’s the “Achilles heel” that tends to trigger gloomy or negative thoughts in you?
  • Which of the scriptures from this message seems to be addressed right to you and your needs? What would putting that truth into practice in your life look like? Is there a scripture that you and your group could spend this next week memorizing and meditating on?
  • Was there a new idea or slant on an old idea for you in this message that you want to give focused thought and practice to? How can your group best hold you accountable, support, or pray for you about this?
  • Helping your children understand the reality of how our inward thoughts help or hinder us is a worthwhile undertaking. As you have opportunity to explain this to them, (especially about “self-talk”) share with them how you’ve personally (especially as a child or youth) experienced the defeat of negative thinking impacting you. Help them see how learning to “change the channel” of their mind can help them each day. Make the connection for them of how sowing thoughts, leads to reaping character & destiny. Think about how different beginning to understand these truths at their age would’ve been for you! Consider memorizing Proverbs 4:23 from the TEV (Included on this outline) together.
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