This Sunday, September 18th, 2016, Pastor Duane White began our new series titled REthink at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.
REthink: It’s All in Your Head
We are still in the year of the RE! And as were are closing in on the end of the year, we want to take some time to REthink.
What is the standard to get us to rethink something? Life and circumstances can cause us to rethink our position or belief on something, which can be good, but if we have no standard to measure our thoughts by, then we can rethink things and come to wrong conclusions.
We want to rethink according to the Word of God. In Romans, Paul tells us not to conform to the world that we live in, or to become accustomed to worldly standards.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2, NKJV)
Every generation has a “system of thinking.” You can probably think of some that are distinct to your generation. As you move through seasons of life, you naturally embrace the system of thinking of the season you are moving into.
So how do we change? By being “transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Don’t be outwardly fashioned, but be inwardly changed. Your mind is merely a collection of thoughts. Every wrong thought needs to change so that the metamorphosis Paul is speaking of transforms your inner most thought processes in order to bring your mind back to where it would have been if it wasn’t marred by a fallen world.
The present continuous tense in this verse indicates PROCESS! Deeply rooted thoughts don’t change overnight, and you won’t transform in an instant; it’s a lifetime process. Your mind is never so renewed that it no longer needs renewal.
The enemy wants to get you to be blind to the truth and to look at life through his distorted lens as a perverted viewpoint, which creates wrong thinking.
“Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” (2 Corinthians 4:4, NKJV)
If you are unbelieving, you are letting the devil blind your mind from the truth! So how do we fight that? What weapons do we use?
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 CORINTHIANS 10:4-5)
If we don’t take our thoughts captive, we become prisoners to our own through processes. Vain imagination is the opposite of Godly imagination. Godly imagination is stifled by vain imagination. You were created to create the future, but God can never use you to create a world you can not imagine. God is wanting to release a spirit of creativity through the power of Godly imagination, but reasoning that demands verdicts contrary to what God is saying can blind us to seeing this creativity.
It all begins with a thought. If you change your thoughts, you can change your mind. Change your mind and you can change the world.
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18, NKJV)
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