Predicting Your Future

Joseph LephiewLiving Life Without Limits, Series, Sermons

SERMON NOTES

Old classic movie where Doris Day sings, “Que Sera, Sera.” The song goes something like this: “When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother, what will I be? Will I be pretty? Will I be rich? Here’s what she said to me.” “Que Sera, Sera. Whatever will be, will be. the future’s not ours to see. Que Sera, Sera.”

This is the mentality and belief of so many miserable and unhappy people. They just except their lot in life. It is what it is. What’s even sadder is this spirit is in the church. What ever happens, happens or here is a lame one, if its Gods Will He will make it happen.

Peter Drucker said, “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK ABOUT. Then it gets into our heart and his controls our life, hooches, decisions and future.

Imagine a farmer has some land and it is good fertile soil. The land gives the farmer a choice. He is free to plant on the land whatever he chooses. The land doesn’t care about what he chooses to plant. IT WILL RETURN WHAT IS PLANTED.

“WHAT YOU SOW YOU WILL REAP.”
GALATIANS 6:7

The land does not care what seed you plant. The farmer can plant corn and poison ivy. The land will return whatever is planted. The seeds you sow determine what harvest you will reap.

The mind works in the same way. You can plant success or failure, lack or prosperity, doubt & fears or faith.

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].”
JOHN 10:10

He has come to give you life, but not just any regular or mediocre life, abundant life, overflowing. God’s purpose for you is that you live in success and prosperity. You need to settle the issue. His purpose for you is to be blessed, loved, happy. Gods Will is you find the life you were born to live, fulfill your destiny and live this kind of life.

YOU MUST DISCOVER YOUR VALUE, OPERATE IN THE LAWS OF GOD AND MANIFEST HIS KINGDOM WHEREVER YOU GO.

GOD IS NOT LOOKING FOR CHANGE, HE IS LOOKING FOR TRANSFORMATION. THE CHURCH AND RELIGION CHANGE PEOPLE. HOLY SPIRIT AND INTENTIONAL LIVING BRINGS TRANSFORMATION. SEE CHURCH FOLKS CHANGING BACK AND FORTH BUT REALLY NOT GETTING WHERE GOD HAS PLANNED FOR THEM.

WHAT YOU THINK DETERMINES WHAT YOU BELIEVE. WHAT YOU BELIEVE DETERMINE YOUR DECISIONS. YOUR DECISIONS DETERMINE WHAT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH. YOUR RESULTS ARE A MATTER OF YOUR CHOICES.

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants,”
DEUTERONOMY 30:19

WE CHOOSE EVERYDAY. IF YOU DON’T CHOOSE YOU MADE A CHOICE ANYWAY. RENEWING YOUR MIND, ESTABLISHING YOUR HEART AND TRANSFORMING YOUR PERSONAL BELIEF SYSTEM IS NOT JUST MEMORIZING SCRIPTURES.

IT IS THE TRANSFORMATION OF YOU DECISION-MAKING.

GOD’S PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR YOU

“Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].”
3 JOHN 1:2

GODS DESIRE IS YOU SUCCEED, PROSPER, AND BE IN GOOD HEALTH, BUT THE SOUL PROSPERITY IS WHAT TURNS THE SWITCH ON AND ALLOWS THE POWER TO FLOW THRU YOU.

A PROSPEROUS SOUL IS A RENEWED MIND, A PERSUADED , SUBMITTED WILL, POSITIVE EMOTIONS AND A FOCUSED IMAGINATION (MEDITATION). THESE THINGS IN TURN PRODUCE HEALTH AND PROSPERITY.

SO MANY DON’T PRODUCE THIS LIFE BECAUSE THEY THINK AND BELIEVE FROM HUMAN INSTEAD OF SPIRIT.

WORD SAYS GUARD YOUR HEART, YET FOR MANY IT GETS HARDENED HEART. THIS IS WHEN YOU ARE MORE SENSITIVE TO THE NATURAL THAN THE SUPERNATURAL.

“and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new self [the regenerated and renewed nature], created in God’s image, [godlike] in the righteousness and holiness of the truth [living in a way that expresses to God your gratitude for your salvation].”
EPHESIANS 4:23-24

PUT ON THE NEW SELF BECAUSE WE HAVE BECOME AS A NEW CREATURE. SEE YOURSELF ACCORDING TO THE TRUTH.

MY SON MUST SEE HIMSELF WITH MY BLOOD AND MY NAME AND BIRTHRIGHT WHICH MAKES HIM MY SON. IF YOU LOOKS AT HOW GOOD OR NOT SO GOOD HE WILL FAIL TO SEE WHO HE IS AND ONLY SEE WHERE HE FAILS. IF HE SEES AND FOCUSES ON SONSHIP HE WILL MOVE CLOSER AND CLOSER TO REALLY KNOWING WHO HE IS AND THE ENEMY CANT MESS WITH A SON OR DAUGHTER WHO KNOW WHO THEY ARE.

IF YOU SEE YOURSELF DIFFERENTLY THEN THE TRUTH WILL CHANGE YOUR VIEWPOINT TO THE TRUTH. THEN, YOU ACT IN ACCORDANCE TO TRUTH.

THE KEY IS LEARNING TO SEE THE TRUTH OF WHO YOU REALLY ARE. YOUR PRESENT BELIEFS ARE WHY YOU ARE WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW IN YOUR LIFE.

Henry Beckwith says, “People hear what they see.” You can tell them anything but they tend to believe what they see.

Your dominant thoughts get into your heart, and whatever is in your heart, that’s what you are going to do. What is learned can be unlearned, so that false beliefs can be replaced with new beliefs.

Everything that happens in your life comes out of your heart. If you want to break the pattern of your present and predict your future, you must learn to write on the tablets of your heart.

“My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you [so they are readily available to guide you]. Keep my commandments and live, And keep my teaching and law as the apple of your eye. Bind them [securely] on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.”
PROVERBS 7:1-3

1. Treasure my commandments within you. The word treasure is like store which means to put aside a supply for use when needed, a treasure. Study and meditate on His Words and Ways. Meditation is combination of information and emotion.

2. Keep my words, keep my commandments. Keep means to guard or protect. You will protect what you treasure through the act of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a powerful force. Emotions like thanksgiving cause your will and your mind to move into action towards a goal. This is why God’s Word mixed with thanksgiving protects the Truth in your heart and mind. Get the mind to align with spirit and God’s power is released.

3. Keep my teachings as the apple of your eye. Keep, guard God’s teachings. Don’t let circumstances rob you of God’s newly established Truth.

4. Bind them on your finger. This is the idea of tying a string around your finger to remind you of something.

5. Write them on the tablets of your heart. In other words, storing meditating, keeping, protecting, guarding, prioritizing, and binding repetition contributes to WRITING ON THE TABLETS OF YOUR HEART. ONCE IT IS IN THE HEART, IT WILL DICTATE YOUR ACTIONS.

It’s not what is in the mind but what get deep in the heart that controls our lives. You can rewrite the directions on your heart. We don’t always do what we say but we will always do what is in our heart. Your actions show what is really in your heart, not what your mouth says. Word says GUARD YOUR HEART BECAUSE OUT OF IT FLOW YOUR ISSUES OF YOUR LIFE.

HERE IS HOW TO IMPRINT A NEW TRUTH FOR YOU FROM GOD’S WORD

“Let the LORD be magnified, who delights and takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
PSALMS 35:27B

REPLACE USING THE WORD I. LORD I THANK YOU THAT YOU DELIGHT IN MY PROSPERITY. DON’T FOCUS ON WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE BECAUSE LACK ATTRACTS LACK. FOCUS ON YOUR PRESENT PROSPERITY. DON’T LOOK AT NEGATIVE, FOCUS ON POSITIVE. MAKE IT PRESENT TENSE, “I AM” PROSPERING, I AM INCREASING. I AM GROWING CLOSER TO GOD.

“Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].”
PROVERBS 3:5-6

All of your faith comes out of your heart. We do not accomplish this process on our own. It is a product of the Holy Spirit’s Work in our lives.

“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you, and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My ordinances and do them.”
Ezekiel 36:26-27

ONCE OUR HEART IS TRANSFORMED, BELIEVING NEW TRUTH BECOMES EASY.

IS CHRISTIANITY EASY? It’s based on our experiences. Most would say extremely. It really does not have to be. It really can be easier with a renewed mind and transformed heart.

New empowering beliefs by confessing and applying God’s Word.