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It’s In My Head
March 13, 2022

It’s In My Head

March 13, 2022

4 Levels of RESET of the MIND – Romans 8:5-11

  • your Mindset – search me, O God

5 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7 the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

  • The word “mind” refers to disposition or attitude. It is your way of thinking about life.
  • We can evaluate our mindset based on how we think about various situations in life. When faced with decisions about what we will believe or what we will do, here are some telling questions we can ask ourselves that come right out of vv.5-8

    David, the Shepherd-King, Man after God’s own heart, prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

    •  SURRENDER your Mindset – you are controlled by the Spirit

    9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.

    • We surrender our mindset to God when we come to Christ; however, if all our decisions are self-based, where does the Holy Spirit fit in? How can we say we are controlled by the Spirit if we do not give the Holy Spirit control of our thoughts, our decisions, our lives? Until we come to God on His terms and surrender ourselves entirely to Him, we cannot honor Him with our thoughts or with our behavior! If God’s Spirit lives in us, then we must stop living like He doesn’t! If we are controlled by the Holy Spirit, then we need to stop living as if the old self is in control. And how do we do that? By surrendering our hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit who lives in us

     

    • your Mindset – things above, transform, capture, God-thoughts

    Colossians 3:1-3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

    Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will.

    2 Corinthians 10:5 …we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

    Philippians 4:8 Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

     

    • your Mindset – The Spirit can help you change! Resurrection life now and yet to come.

    11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

    • The Holy Ghost can surely transform your mind! He already displayed His power when He gave breath back to Jesus in the tomb. The Holy Ghost wants to help you reset your mind to think holy thoughts and reset your life to live a holy life!

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