A Winner's Mindset: Reasons and Definitions

(II Corinthians 10:4-5; Galatians 6:7-9; Romans 8:37 Pas. Baines, Jr. 10/2017)

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. These passages support the idea that believers should work on having a set of life governing beliefs that are aligned with sowing and reaping like winners. A key idea in today’s discussion is “We should be mindful of the reasons and definitions related to a winner’s mindset.”

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Key Points:

1. It is God’s will. Notice in Romans 12:2 and Philippians 2:5 that God is concerned with the minds of His people. God calls for us to renew our minds. God calls for us to let the mind that was in Christ be found in us.

As people/sheep of God, we should learn to simply do what the Lord tells us to do (see Jn. 10:27). Let’s work on our minds, in obedience to the Lord.

2. It is to our advantage. Notice in Galatians 6:7-9 that when we sow good things, we reap good things. But we sow bad things, we reap bad things. The proper sequence is mindset, sowing, and reaping.

From our mindset comes the behaviors that we sow, and from the behaviors that we sow, we reap the appropriate results. If we have a grasshopper mindset (see Num. 13:33), we will sow and reap accordingly. If we have a mind to build (see Neh. 4:6; 6:15), we will sow and reap accordingly.

Our mindsets about getting older can make a world of difference in how we experience the next few years. Sowing and even reaping, without the right mindset will leave us as less than winners.

Let’s work on our mindsets, because it is to our advantage. Being happy, healthy, and wealthy with great relationships has so much to do with our mindsets.

3. It blocks the devil’s plans. Notice in I Peter 5:8-9 that the devil is out to destroy believers. John 8:44 shows that he doesn’t mind lying to us to get us on the road to destruction.

Whatever pleasure we get from doing what the devil wants, it is nothing but cheese in a mouse trap, and we are the mice. The devil’s plans for us always end up bad for us. Let’s work on our mindsets, so we can block the devil’s plans.

4. We don’t have to be victims. Notice in Ephesians 4:27 and II Corinthians 10:4-5 that the devil can start with a foot hold, but his plan is to move to a strong hold. The remedy is to resist the devil’s attempts to establish a foot hold in our minds and lives.

We are called to capture every thought that claims our attention and make it obedient to Christ. In other words, we are called to “think about what we are thinking about,” and as necessary, change our thoughts to those things that are in line with obedience to Christ. Let’s work on fighting the devil’s attempt to have strong holds in our lives.

5. A definition of mindset. Notice that James 2:17 teaches that faith without works is dead. A mindset is the set of beliefs that govern how we live. There is a difference between thinking and believing. We may talk about what we think. But we behave according to what we believe.

Think about what we say about praying together and how we behave. Romans 14:14, 23 supports that our faith or our life governing beliefs or our mindsets are personal. We can believe the wrong thing and make our lives more challenging than they have to be.

Or we can believe what God is calling us to be believe and have a better experience. Let’s work on developing a mindset that is in line with God’s word.

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