05/07/17 Uphill Habits

“Most people have uphill dreams and downhill habits.” – John Maxwell

Romans 12:2 Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (MSG)

Habit #1 – Controlling thoughts.

2 Cor. 10:3-5For 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.

 

Ecclesiastes 10:2Wise thinking leads to right living. Stupid thinking leads to wrong living. (MSG)

Why God wants us to take control of our thoughts…

  • Thoughts determine actions.
  • Thoughts determine our attitudes.
  • Thoughts determine our destiny.

Thoughts turn into actions

Romans 12:2 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. (NLT)

Thoughts determine our attitudes.

Philippians 4:8-9 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.

Thoughts determine our destiny.

Romans 8:5-6 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. (NLT)

  1. Decide who and what controls your thoughts.

Hebrews 4:12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

  1. Find a place where you can take your thoughts.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (NLT)

Colossians 3:2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.(NLT)

  1. Find people that encourage the right thoughts.

Hebrews 10:24-25 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.  (NLT)

  1. Find a pattern to order your thoughts.

Romans 12:2 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.

  1. Find a power to fuel your thoughts.

Ephesians 3:20 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. (NKJV)