Shift Pt 4
Shift Your Thinking -You will never change your life until you change the way you think
Ask your neighbor: “Do you have a Mind to Change?” Then tell them, “You need to make a Shift!”
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,
The truth is – some people have some stinking thinking, so nothing is working!
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 mind, the same experiences in your life will perpetually happen over and over! If you want things to SHIFT and Change on the outside, you HAVE to change and shift things 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.
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
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 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?
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.
The Battlefield of the Mind
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
Negative thoughts never lead to a 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.
Unlock the power of possibility thinking.
Stop focusing on the impossibilities – stay away from “experts”
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
Discover the joy of possibility thinking – getting out of the box. God is able!
(Mark 10:27) Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Changed 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.
1. Think true thoughts.
(John 8:32 NIV) “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
2. 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.”
3. 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.”
4. 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 negative.
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 positive thinker sees the opportunity in every difficulty!
5. 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.”
What to do with What you Think
1. If you think of something hurtful – swallow it.
(Ephesians 4:29 GWT) “Don’t say anything that would hurt another person. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you.”
(Proverbs 13:3 NLT) “Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.”
2. If you think of something helpful – say it.
(Proverbs 16:24 NIV) “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
(Proverbs 15:4 NIV) “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”
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
There are only 2 options: Shift Your Thinking or make execuses.
“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! So Shift your thinking today!