A Winner's Mindset: Starving Losing Beliefs (Part 7)

(Proverbs 26:20-21 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. A key idea in today’s discussion is “We should work on our starving the losing belief of ‘problems define us.’”

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Key Points:

1. Saved people are more than conquerors through Christ. Notice that Romans 8:37 teaches that we are more than conqurers through Christ. We should make sure that we are in Christ. Make sure that you have asked and are trusting God to save you because of Jesus’ death for your sins (see Jn. 3:16).

Without Christ you can do nothing (see Jn. 15:5). But with Christ, we can do what God calls us to do (see Phil. 4:13). Let’s make sure that we are saved.

2. We are not in denial of our situations. Notice in Romans 8:37 that we are not in denial of “these things.”  First, all of us have some stories to put in the blank of “these things.” Some could talk about their sick body or mind, financial woes, relational problems, or disappointment with how they have lived their lives (see Ps. 34:19a).

Second, we are defined by “Christ” not “these things.” We are called to look past what seems right to us and trust what God says (see Pro. 14:12; 3:5-6). Third, as more than conquerors, we can do what God calls us to do through Christ (see Phil. 4:13). God calls us to do our best and trust Him with the rest.

Fourth, as more than conquerors, we can fall without defining ourselves as failures. We can have sickness in our bodies, without defining ourselves as being only victims of sickness. We can have sick bodies and healthy souls. Let’s work on focusing on what God says about us, instead of the opinion of others.

3. Saved people are cared for by the great Shepherd. Notice Psalm 23:1 teaches that the Lord is the writer’s shepherd. The Lord’s shepherding includes His protection. Sheep are no match for wolves. But wolves are not match for our Shepherd. If it were just us against the wolves, we would suffer from all kinds of anxiety and panic attacks.

But we have Somebody who can and will take care of His sheep. Let’s live like we believe that the Lord is our shepherd. This kind of living should be noted for confidence, joy, and expectation.

4. The Lord’s shepherding includes His provision. Notice Psalm 23:1 talks about the Lord being the writer’s shepherd. The shepherd doesn’t only protect his sheep, but he provides for them. We don’t have to worry about tomorrow, because the same God who took care of us in unexpected ways in the past can be trusted to take care of us on tomorrow (see Mt. 6:33-34).

Our God owns the entire world (see Ps. 24:1), has creating power, and is willing to lay down His life for His sheep (see Jn. 10:11). He will take care of us. Can you look back over your life and see how the Lord has been protecting and providing for you? Let’s live like we believe that the Lord is our provider.

5. The Lord’s shepherding is personal. Notice Psalm 23:1 talks about the Lord being “his” shepherd, not “our” shepherd. First, when we consider how many people are going to Hell, instead of Heaven (see Mt. 7:13-14), we don’t know who is one of the Lord’s sheep and who is not.

But every saved person should be able to declare, “I know the Lord is my shepherd.” When you don’t know who your friends are, who is with you and who is against you, you should know that the Lord is your shepherd.

Second, we should be thankful that God takes cares of His sheep for His own name’s sake. He already knows that we are sheep, how fragile we are, how stubborn we can be, and how we are subject to wonder off. But He keeps on using His rod and staff to protect and provide for us.

He is good, kind, and gracious because it is His nature to be so. Romans 8:38-39 reminds us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Let’s live like we believe that the Lord is our personal shepherd.

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