Growing and Changing #4 – Our Thought Life

You are responsible for taking control of your thoughts

Growing and Changing #4 

Prov. 4:23  “Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life.”

 

WE ARE AT WAR

We are at war and our mind is on the front lines

 2 Cor. 10:3-6  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, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

  • Spiritual in nature
  • Fight it in the spiritual realm
  • The fight starts in your mind…take every thought captive

THE MIND IS THE GATEWAY TO THE HEART

Making new the mind is key.

Rom. 12:1-2  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Eph. 4:23  “and be renewed in the spirit of your mind”

 

  • Present your bodies (sacrifice, holy, acceptable)
  • Do not be conformed
  • Be transformed by the renewing
  • Prove what is
    • Good, acceptable and perfect
  • HOW DO WE DO THIS
    • WORD=TRUTH

DAILY FOCUS AND PROGRESS SHOULD BE OUR GOAL

Focus on the things above

Phil. 4:8-9  “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Col. 3:2  “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth”

  • Meditate, think on
  • Notice the process
    • Learn keep learning, received keep receiving, hearing keep hearing, seeing keep seeing
    • Progressive and intentional

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