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Sunday AM Remix – 10.16.11

October 17, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

How About a New … Mind?

“Sow a thought, reap an action. Sow an action, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny.” Famous Quote

*REALITY: You don’t ever do anything that you don’t first think about.
*Our thoughts produce who we are, which produces our character, which produces our destiny.
*QUESTION: Have you ever thought about what you think about?

“For as (a man) thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)

*REALITY: You will either rule your thoughts, or your thoughts will rule you. What you think you become.
*QUESTION: What thoughts are you allowing to dominate your life?
*QUESTION: How are your thoughts changing the trajectory of your life? What if your thoughts were revealed, how would that change your life?

“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ . . .” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (ESV)

*The word “captive” literally means to conquer or force into submission.

➢ Satan wants to CAPTURE your mind.

*Another word for capture is “Stronghold”. The Greek word for Stronghold is Ochyroma which means prisoner locked by deception or false ideas.
*QUESTION: What are some false ideas that the world seems to believe? What about you?

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV)

*Interesting Fact about the Human Eye: The optic nerve is mad up of several nerves traveling from the eye to the brain. Many people would think that the eye sends signals to brain to let it know what it is seeing. However, this is not the case. The brains actually tells the eye what it is seeing not the eye telling the brain what it’s seeing.
*REALITY: We only see what our brain tells us to see.

➢ The world wants to CONTAMINATE your mind.

*QUESTION: What are you feeding your mind? Are you feeding it toxins or healthy things?

“A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.” Proverbs 15:14 (NLT)

➢ God wants to CONTROL your mind.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (NLT)

*REALITY: Romans 12:2 reveals Gods will for your life!
*TRUTH: In order to do what God wants you to do, we have to think about what God wants us to think about.

YOUR MIND WILL BE TRANSFORMED & GUARDED BY . . .
*We all have a mental illness … it’s one word called sin.

1. WORRYING ABOUT NOTHING.

“. . . do not be anxious about anything . . .” Philippians 4:6a (ESV)

*Worry causes you to have a divided mind, energy, thoughts, emotions, and Faith. It affect every aspect of your life.

“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8 (KJV)

*Worry causes a rut in your mind that every other thought has to travel through.
*Sadly, Worry has become so common in the church that is has become a respectable sin.
*TRUTH: Worry is not a weakness, it’s wickedness!

• Worry is assuming RESPONSIBILITY God NEVER INTENDED you to have.

*Worry try’s to control the uncontrollable.

“You will keep Him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because He trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

2. PRAYING ABOUT EVERYTHING.

*REALITY: Sometimes we use prayer as a last resort instead of our first resource.

“. . . but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Philippians 4:6b (ESV)

*Prayer and panic, Worry and Worship, and Fear and Faith can never co-exist because they are the opposite of each other.
*There are no big prayers to God … even our biggest worry is small when it comes to God.

THREE WORDS FOR PRAYER …

➢ “Prayer” means WORSHIPING God.

*This is simply telling God how great He is.
*We don’t do this because He needs to be reminded of His greatness, we do this to remind ourselves of how great God is.

➢ “Supplication” means ASKING God.

➢ “Thanksgiving” means APPRECIATING God.

3. THINKING ABOUT THE RIGHT THINGS.

*Your mind can store up to 100 trillion thoughts. (Scary but cool)
*Your mind is a gift from God. However, you have the choice of how you program it.

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:7-9 (ESV)

*These 8 underlined words in Philippians 4:7-9 becomes the filter in which we submit our thoughts.

“How can a young person stay pure? By obeying Your word.” Psalm 119:9 (NLT)

“I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11 (NLT)

“. . . and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 (ESV)

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. As a group, create a list or discuss what a Spiritually Healthy Mind looks like.

2. What thoughts are you allowing to dominate your life? What if your thoughts were revealed, how would that change your life? How are your thoughts changing the trajectory of your life?

3.  Read 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.  Pastor Bob described a ‘stronghold’ as a false idea that dominates our life.  It’s a lie of Satan that we have believed.  An example is a thin, pretty girl who thinks of herself as fat and ugly.  Do you have any ‘strongholds’ that hinder your thinking? How do you think they got there?  What steps do you need to take to tear them down?

4.  Read Proverbs 15:14.  With all of the technology and entertainment available today its easy to feed our mind on the wrong things.  When you look at them from God’s perspective are they helpful and beneficial to your mind?  Describe the things you feed your mind that are mental health food, mental junk food, and mental toxic food.

5.  Read Romans 12:2.  Share some ways God has transformed your heart and mind since you’ve become a follower of Jesus.

6.  Read Philippians 4:6 and James 1:8.  Pastor Bob said, “Worry is assuming a responsibility that God never intended you to have.”  What are some things in life you worry about most?  Why is this wrong? What should you do first about it?

7. Paul gives three types of prayer that can help us with our worries: prayer that adores God, prayer that asks of God, and prayer that appreciates God.  What kind of praying do you do most?  What area do you need to work on most?  Why?

8.  Read Philippians 4:8.  Describe the eight ‘filters’ God wants us to push all of our thoughts through.  How would this help your thought life?  How could daily intake of God’s Word help you?

9. Maintaing a healthy mind is growing in Gods Truth and Knowledge of His plan for your life, by staying connected to him daily through Prayer and Study of His Word. Read John 15:1-8. How would applying this passage change the way you live?

MUSICAL WORSHIP SET

Hosanna – Baloche

1st Love – Horn

You Alone Can Rescue – Redman

In Christ Alone – Young

Before The Throne – Shane & Shane

We hope that you found Sundays Message and following Small Group Questions helpful. If you missed this weeks message, I encourage you to get it here.  While you are there, browse around our website … we think you will like it and find it to be a great tool in inviting friends to FBC Harvester.

As always, I hope you make plans to join us at FBC Harvester next weekend! If distance is a problem, you are always welcome to listen to any of the teachings from our worship service on our website. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us here. We would love the privilege of helping where we can and seeing God do amazing things in our lives together.

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