How to Radically Improve Your Life
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].
•To make profound changes in you life, you need either inspiration or desperation
•Sad thing is 95% of our society settles for far less than they want in this life, wishing they had more, living with regret, and never understanding that they could be, do, and have MORE our of life
Jesus intended for you and I to have an Amazing Life
John 10:10 ESV – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
III John 2 NKJV – “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
Personal growth and improvement is our responsibility.
“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
The greatest value in life is not what you get but what you become! When you improve yourself you improve your life!
You only need to take a series of tiny steps, consistently over time, to radically improve your life. Darren Hardy
1. If you want to Improve the life you have, You have to change the thoughts you think
Thoughts are like trains they take you somewhere. Therefore, Life will always move in the direction of your strongest thoughts.
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
When you change how you think, you will change what you do, which th n will change the results in you life.
Where you are today is a collection of the thoughts you had yesterday; where you go tomorrow is based on your thoughts today.
You’re not what you think you are, but what you think…you are.
Proverbs 4:23 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 Outcomes.
(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
•Images, Impressions, Visions, and thoughts are connected
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.
(Cast down Negative Imaginations and Replace them) •Quote (2 Cor.10:5)
Negative thoughts never lead to a positive life.
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, getting new images 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.
What to Think:
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.
When your Mind is filled with Thoughts, Images, and Meditations on the promises of God, the by product is An Extraordinary Prosperous Life.
Colossians 3:2 “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”
Remember: God paints your future success on the canvas of you mind
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!
II. If you want to improve the life you have, you have to change the words you speak
Small changes in the words we speak—big difference in the life we live.
Proverbs 18:21 NIV “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit (Moffatt translation – “Determined” by the tongue)
Words were an important element in God’s work of creation. The plan of creation had been set in place, but God had to speak the words before it could become a visible reality. (Genesis 1) – Words carry creative power!
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightening and a lightening bug – mark twain
My Words Direct where I go
James 3:3-5 NLT We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.
Your future does not respond to anyone’s voice but your own
My Words Produce What I can Have
Mark 11:23 ESV – Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.
We are not missing it in our believing, we are missing it with our words
By getting God’s Word deep into your spirit and speaking it boldly out your mouth, you release spiritual power to change things in the natural circumstances.
Start saying things you want to happen in your life, not what you don’t want to happen! Jesus said to speak to the mountain, not about the mountain. Jesus said you can have what you say, but you have been saying what you have
The Words we speak indicate what we believe in our hearts and ultimately determine what we will receive in life
Remember, Every time you open your mouth, your mind walks out and parades up and down the words.
Luke 6:45 NIV – A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
My Words can destroy what I have.
James 3:5-6 NIV “Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire…it sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”
Proverbs 21:23 NLT – Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.
You never saw a fish on the wall with its mouth shut
Anyone who controls their words is literally protecting their own life
Proverbs 13:2-3 NLT – Wise words will win you a good meal, but treacherous people have an appetite for violence. 3 Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.
If you think of something hurtful – swallow it
Words are Spiritual – They Carry Power
Matthew 12:34-37 The Message – “You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”
Our Words must please God
Psalm 19:14 NIV May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
God’s Word and Strong positive affirmations are powerful means of self-transformation, and they are a key element in the creation of the life you desire. They work by purposely replacing limiting ideas, negative beliefs, and self-talk you have taken on and internalized
over the years with positive statements that assert who you want to be, and how to experience life.
The thoughts and words that are put into your heart will create the world you live in.
Romans 10:9-12 NLT – If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”[a] 12 Jew and Gentile[b] are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him.