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





(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. God wants us to win. Passages like II Timothy 3:16 make clear that God’s word, the Bible, is authoritative truth. When we prayerfully study the Bible, with a mind a to obey it, we are lining up with winning beliefs.

Prayerful study with a mind to obey is radically different than cursory reading or reckless interpretations of selected passages. Passages like Jeremiah 29:11; John 10:10; I Corinthians 2:9 show that God’s agenda for our lives is a winning agenda.

Let’s live like we believe that God wants us to win. This kind of living should be known for obedience, anticipation, and peace of mind.

2. Choose to believe the Bible. Passages like Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 24:15; I Kings 18:21 call for the people of God to make a decision about believing God and His promises.

A decision to believe and live by God’s word is a decision to win - to line up with the blessed promises of God. Beliefs that a contrary to God’s word are losing beliefs.

Let’s decide to believe and live by God’s word. When we really get this point, it will be more than lip service. It will show up in the behaviors that we sow.

3. General scriptures. The following are some great general passages to be familiar with: John 3:16; Mark 12:29-31; John 14:15; Matthew 6:33; Luke 11:28; Hebrews 12:6. You can use google to get a Bible promise book, topical Bible, and/or concordance. These tools can help you add more scriptures to the those above and below.

Since the Bible has winning beliefs for us, we should be familiar with some general scriptures. These help us understand salvation, the chief commandments, and reasons to obey. Let’s work on being familiar with some general scriptures. The hope of being familiar with them is that we will believe and live by them. 

4. Personal stewardship scriptures. The following are some great personal stewardship scriptures to be familiar with: John 15:10-11; I Corinthians 6:19-20; Luke 19:11-27. “Personal stewardship” is concerned with taking care of ourselves or self-management.

These scriptures support God wanting us to give effort to being happy, healthy, and wealthy. Let’s work on being familiar with some personal stewardship scriptures. The hope of being familiar with them is that we will believe and live by them.

5. Relationship scriptures. The following are some great relationship scriptures to be familiar with: Ephesians 5:21-6:4; Psalm 133:1; II Corinthians 6:14; II Thessalonians 3:14-15. These scriptures give us principles for family, friends, and people we meet along our life journey.

We all want at least a few people whom we have relationships of mutual enjoyment and trust. Let’s work on being familiar with some relationship scriptures. The hope of being familiar with them is that we will believe and live by them. 

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