A Winner's Mindset: Feeding Winning Beliefs (Part 3b)

(Psalm 1:1-3 and Romans 8:37; Pas. Baines, Jr. 11/2017)

Introduction: If we believe that we are losers, we will sow and reap like losers. But if we believe that we are winners through Christ, God can help us to sow and reap like winner. After examining our current mindset, the next step is to feed the winning beliefs. A key idea in today’s discussion is “We should work on feeding winning beliefs.”

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Key Points:
1. Contributions.
Notice in passages like Matthew 5:13-16; Jeremiah 29:7 that God calls His people to make positive contributions to the times and places that they find themselves in. We should strive to be like the sheep and not the goats of Matthew 25:31-46.

Let’s work on making positive contributions to our communities, based on biblical principles. We can contribute by volunteering, giving money, etc.

2. Keep your radar on. Notice that I Thessalonians 5:17 talks about praying without ceasing. One of the things we should be praying for is for us to hear and obey God’s will, in whatever way God sends it. In addition to selected passages, we would do well to listen for godly principles, promises, and examples, in the course of our day. We never know when God is going to drop something in our spirits (see Jm. 1:17).

We should listen carefully for God to speak in our personal devotions, listening to the Bible on our devices, Bible based preaching, growth group discussions, and the like. We should listen with the following question in mind, “What does it mean to me”? Let’s work on keeping our radar on to hear anything that God may place on our minds.

3. Meditate. Notice the idea of focusing our thoughts on God’s will, in passages like Colossians 3:2; Philippians 4:8; Psalm 1:1-3.

We need more than exposure to God’s word; we need to really think about - what does God want us to believe, do, and have – what is God’s will for our mindset, sowing, and reaping? Let’s work on giving serious effort to thinking about what God is calling us to do, in every area of our lives.

4. The devil’s foothold. Notice in Ephesians 4:27; 6:12 that the devil is always trying to establish a foothold in our lives. In this spiritual warfare, he is trying to destroy us, one piece at a time.

But thank God, II Corinthians 10:4-5 teaches that we don’t have to be victims. We can work to bring our thoughts into obedience to Christ. Our goal should be to think what God wants us to think, believe what God wants us to believe, sow the behavior that God wants us to sow, and reap the results that God wants us to reap. Let’s work on keeping the devil from having a foothold in our minds.

5. Keep your space occupied. Notice that Matthew 12:43-45 teaches the value of keeping the space of our minds occupied. The devil would rather occupy an empty mind than to fight his way into a mind that is occupied with faith in God’s word.

Keeping our space occupied calls for more than a Sunday sermon. Every day, we need to think about what God is calling us to do. For many of us, this means more Word and less television, radio, and internet. Let’s work on keeping the space of our minds occupied with God’s word.

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