Words to Live By

BIG IDEA: Our lives move in the direction of our strongest thoughts.

If your thoughts are full of faith, full of God's truth, you are becoming more like Christ every single day.

If your thoughts are negative, toxic, polluted, I promise you, you will not live in victory. I promise you, you will struggle in your actions because your thoughts are far from God's truth.

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. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

Inner dialogue matters

  • Is your mind dominated by sinful, negative, critical thinking?

  • Or is your mind controlled by Spirit of God? —Consistent with God honoring truth.

Your life moves in the direction of your strongest thoughts.

Are excited about the direction your thoughts are taking you?

A Change of Thinking

Romans 12:2 NLT - 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.

This isn't me working to change me. This is me working to align my thoughts with God's thoughts and when I think God thoughts, God changes me not into a better version of me, but a new person. He’s making all things new.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company...a church....a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes.” ― Charles Swindoll

2 Corinthians 10:3–4 NLT - We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.

We don't have normal weapons and our weapons are powerful.

2 Corinthians 10:5 NLT - We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

You take captive every thought and you make it obedient to Christ.

What negative thoughts are dominating your thinking?

  • TO-DO: Carry a journal around and start recording/making notes of your self-talk

What spiritual truth will demolish your strongholds?

Words of Live By:

What I want to encourage you to do is seek God first every day. If you put God first every single day and you spend time with him and you pray for just a few minutes, if you feed on His word and then you speak aloud what He says is true, that discipline, Words to Live By, can completely change your thinking.

  • WORRIED: Because of Christ, I'm not anxious about anything. I cast my cares on God because He cares through me. I have the peace of God dwelling in my heart and ruling my mind, day-in and day-out.

  • DON’T KNOW GOD’S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE: My life belongs to God. Daily I seek Him and daily He directs my step. I know His voice and He leads me to His perfect will.

  • LACK CONFIDENCE: My confidence is in Christ and Christ alone. Because His spirit lives within me, I can do everything He calls me to do.

  • INCONSISTENT IN YOUR TIME WITH GOD: I love the living and dwelling presence of my good God. Praying is as important to me as breathing. God's word nourishes my soul. I depend on His presence every moment of every day.

Summary

That's why with every bit of excitement, passion, and spiritual enthusiasm I have, I would love to invite you to join me in going before God and letting Him change us into new people by changing the way we think. No longer placing our confidence in strongholds and deceptions from the enemy, but set free by truth.

John 8:32 NLT - And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

You know the truth and the truth will set you free. When you declare it over and over and over again, you might just get to the place where you believe it. Satan is a father of lies. Jesus is the author of truth and when you know the truth, the truth will set you free. That's why these are words to live by.

Philippians 4:8 NLT - And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.