Extraordinary Pt. 3
You will never have an Extraordinary life until you change the way you think
Joke: A little girl once found a book in her home and asked her mom what it was. The mom replied, “It is God’s book, the Bible.” The little girl replied, “Why don’t we send it back to him…since we aren’t using it.” (Everyone say WOW)
Ephesians 2:10 AMP – For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].
“I think it’s possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”
You are a remarkable person who has extraordinary qualities – You have more talent and abilities than you could use in 100 lifetimes. What you can do with your life from this day forward is limited ONLY by your Thinking or imagination
•Your brain contains about 100 billion neurons, each of which is connected to as many as 20,000 other cells in a complex network.
•This means that the possible thoughts and combinations of thoughts that you could think would be equal to the number one followed by 8 pages of zeros; this number is greater than all the molecules in the known universe.
•The only question is, “What are you thinking?” Are you ann optimist or pessimist?
Have you ever said, “What was I thinking?” Some people just don’t think right.
Extraordinary – beyond unusual, exceptional, amazing, astonishing, astounding, sensational, stunning, incredible, unbelievable, phenomenal; or remarkable. (1) a very special thing (2) something ordinary with something extra
The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life!
•The better you think, the better decisions you make. The better decision you make, the better actions you take. The better actions you take, the better the better results you get.
Ephesians 3:20 NKJV – Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
Ordinary people THINK only in the possible. Extraordinary people THINK not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by THINKING the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.
Nothing limits extraordinary achievement like small thinking; Nothing expands possibilities like unleashed extraordinary thinking.
The truth is – some people have some stinking thinking (Mind viruses – A virus is a small infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of other organisms.), so nothing is working!
Mark Twain once said, “Take your mind out every now and then and dance on it. It is getting all caked up.”
The difficulty with thinking for a change…Lies not so much in developing a new mindset, But in escaping the old mindset
There is nothing more powerful than a changed mind! You can change your hair color. Your address. Your residence. Your Spouse. But if you don’t change your thinking, the same experiences in your life will perpetually happen over and over! If you want things to be extraordinary on the outside, you HAVE to have extraordinary thinking on the inside!
“For things to change, you have to change. For things to get better, you have to get better. For things to improve, you have to improve. When you grow, everything in your life grows with you.” Jim Rohn
Thoughts are like trains they take you somewhere. Therefore, Life will always move in the direction of your strongest thoughts.
1. It’s often the small things that no one sees that result in the extraordinary things everyone wants.
Proverbs 23:7 NKJV “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” James Allen
2. You life will always move in the direction of your strongest thoughts.
Proverbs 4:23 NIV – Above all else, guard your heart,for everything you do flows from it. (NCV “Be careful what you think because your thoughts run your life.”)
Henry Ford said, “If you think you can, you’re right. If you think you can’t, you’re right.”
Why? Because you mind is the drawing room for your tomorrow. What happens in your mind will happen in time.
Benjamin Disraeli said, “nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.”
Our thoughts determine our destiny.
(Romans 8:5-6 NLT) “Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace.”
2 Functions of our mind
- Memory – Replay the Past
- Imagination – PrePlay the Future
•You can use (Jesus) or misuse (Tower of Babel) your imagination
•Your thoughts/words trigger images. Your imagination is not evil, it is a gift from God. Why? We think in pictures. Where is your mind taking you?
Einstein said, Logic will take you from A to B, but imagination will take you everywhere!
In your mind, you can go to your past or to your future. You decide. Your mind is not restricted by location. God gave you a MIND so He can give you a picture of where He wants to take you.
a. Negative thoughts never lead to a Extraordinary positive life.
(Psalm 42:5 NIV) “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God…”
Romans 12:1-3 NIV – Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
•Renewing your mind will Transform your life!
•“How you think determines what you become” Zig Ziglar
Ephesians 4:22-24 NLT 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
b. Unlock the power of possibility thinking.
Stop focusing on the impossibilities
Take the word out of your vocabulary. Don’t reduce God down to the size of your brain
We need to think with a mind of faith – possibilities. Otherwise you will limit yourself and God
(Mark 10:27) Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Audrey Hepburn said, Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m Possible!”
3. Extraordinary thinking will change my life.
“Whatever we think about and thank about we bring about.”
Philippians 4:8-9 NIV “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things… and the God of peace will be with you.
•Think true thoughts.
(John 8:32 NIV) “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
•Think powerful thoughts.
(1 John 4:4 NIV) “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Don’t see yourself as average or a victim – see yourself as a victor. God wants you believe Him for big things – powerful thoughts
(Romans 8:37 NIV) “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
•Think pure thoughts.
(Psalm 19:14 NLT) “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
•Think positive thoughts.
(Philippians 4:13 NIV) “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Positive minds produce positive lives – Negative minds produce negative lives.
Take charge of the way you look at every day – every situation. There is a lot in life you cannot change. But you can change your attitude
(Ephesians 4:19 NIV) “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
The Extraordinary thinker sees the opportunity in every difficulty!
•Think God thoughts.
(Joshua 1:8) “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
(Isaiah 26:3 Amplified) “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.”
4. God paints your future success, significance, peace, and joys on the canvas of you mind
(Isaiah 55:9) “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Amos 4:13 NIV- He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth— the Lord God Almighty is his name.
Isn’t that awesome? The God who set the mountains in place puts the thoughts in your mind. How you think matters to God!
God not only wants to help you control your thoughts. But He wants to take your thoughts to higher heights
What to do with What you Think
Turmoil, anger, bitterness, aggrevation, worry, lack, anguish, fear, stress, hurt, etc…The fight is in your mind!
It’s with our mind we serve the Lord, that’s the enemy battles us in our minds!
(2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV) “For 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. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments 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 2:11) “in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”
Thoughts = Schemes
1. We are in a war for control of our thoughts.
(Ephesians 6:10-13 NLT) “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.”
2. We take every thought captive.
(2 Corinthians 4:4 NIV) “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.
3. We make every thought obedient to Christ.
(Philippians 4:7-8 NIV) “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything
“The best time to start improving the next 10 years of your life is always – now. Why wait?” What you do today determines what happens tomorrow!