Rethinking Your Life Part 1

Updated: May 24

Sermon Notes:

Romans 12:2 AMP.“And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].”


1. Why You Need to Think About What You Think About.

I was thinking about this old Native American story. The old wise man was teaching a youngster about life and why people act certain ways. He said within every person is two wolves. The good wolf and the evil wolf. Whichever wolf you feed the most will control you and your thoughts, beliefs, and actions.


Everyone I believe wants to do life well. Everyone wants to be blessed and happy and successful. No one wants to be miserable, nor a failure. Yet many people who desire a great life fail to attain it.


I believe we want better but unless you see what is really controlling you and take back control you will just give in. The power is between your ears.


Ever wonder why we seem to struggle with the same things or the same areas over and over?

It is because if you do not see how and what you think every day you do not change your thoughts.


This is our scripture here at DCI. This is the foundation we live in. Still many struggles because we feed the evil wolf. Whichever one you feed on a daily basis will control and consume you.

It will control and consume your thoughts, your feelings, your emotions, your finances, your focus, your relationships, success or failure, on and on this goes true for you and me.


There is two processes for change.

Conformed and transformed.

Conform means to adopt the form of those around you. To do what other people do: to behave in a way that is accepted by most people.


Transform means to change in character or condition: CONVERT. To change in composition or structure. It implies a major change in form, nature, or function.

Metamorphosis means: suggests an abrupt or startling change induced by or as if by magic or supernatural power.


Conformed is when you allow outside pressure media, music, friends, family, etc to change you. You become like the culture.

Transformed is a change that comes from within. A total change from within that changes the outside.

Conform is outside power changing, natural. Transform is inside power, supernatural.


When you want to lose weight you become very intentional and you watch every day what you put in your mouth and stomach. I remember doing this weight loss plan and I had to weigh my proteins, 4-5 ounces. I had my food pre-set for the week.


I have a medication table and container for the week. I have to set up my medications for mornings, afternoons, and evenings. I check my medications container 3 times a day to stay on track. I can not afford to miss my time.


Some of us are so intentional about work, on time and work overtime, keep our desk so clean and organized. That paycheck controls us.


Some of us are so intentional about our health, gym, gym no matter what.

Some of us are so intentional about?????????


Most do not even think about what we think about. We allow toxic, destructive, thoughts to just hanging around and we even feed them and keep them really close to us...


If you look at the areas you not progressing you will see that it has to do with what you are thinking. If you look at the areas you are progressing you will see that it has to do with what you are thinking.


Everything about you was first created by your thoughts. You can see what you consider priorities and those areas that you don’t by looking at your actions and behavior. Your actions and behaviors are what you were thinking first. We think before we do.


2 Corinthians 10:5b. AMP.“and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ,”


Thoughts are just running wild in our heads trying to get down in our hearts so to become apart of our subconscious thoughts buried deep inside of our secret place.


The enemy says, “you won’t succeed, you won’t grow or change.” You can’t do this or that, you are no good. You have tried to change but look at you. On and on these thoughts go unchecked in our heads. Feed the evil wolf.


Taking every thought and purpose captive is an ACTION PROCESS. YOU HAVE TO DO THIS OR YOUR THOUGHTS WILL CONTROL YOUR LIFE, FUTURE, ETC.


CAPTIVE MEANS: kept within bounds: CONFINED, one taken and held usually in confinement, one captivated, dominated, or controlled. Captured and kept in a prison, cage, etc.

Forced to watch or listen to something because you cannot leave


This is why it is so important you read the Word of God. His promises are your power. His Words must become your words. His Word is like guards and police. They guard and will take these toxic and unhealthy thoughts and lock them up.


The Word of God will capture those destructive and harmful thoughts and lock them up.


I remember when we had a sheriff who made everybody mad but I remember this one thing he did. He took away regular tv stations and put on educational and words of being honest, living productive lives, and obeying the law.


Imagine you have so much Word in you that when toxic thoughts show up in your head the TRUTH FORCE SHOWS AND ARREST THOSE THOUGHTS AND MAKE THEM LISTEN AND WATCH WHAT GOD SAID.


When I had the stroke, and fear of death came by I had to release the TRUTH FORCE AND ARREST THAT THOUGHT. I THROUGH THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. ONE OF THE JOBS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS TO BRING BACK TO REMEMBRANCE THE WORD OF GOD.

THE WORD TOOK THAT TOXIC THOUGHT OF FEAR AND DEATH AND LOCKED IT UP AND KEPT SPEAKING “I WILL LIVE AND NOT DIE IF GOD IS FOR ME WHO CAN BE AGAINST ME.”


THIS IS WHY YOU WANT TO FEED YOUR SPIRIT HIS WORDS SO THEY CAN PROTECT YOUR MIND. IF YOU HAVE ONLY FED YOUR MIND TV SHOWS AND SPORTS AND BUSINESS THEY DO NOT HAVE THE POWER TO ARREST TOXIC THOUGHTS OF JEALOUSY, BITTERNESS, FEAR, UNFORGIVENESS, GUILT, ETC.

Job 3:25-26 AMP. “For the thing which I greatly fear comes upon me, And that of which I am afraid has come upon me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet, And I am not at rest, and yet trouble still comes [upon me].”


What he thought, fear comes upon him. See his attitude. His mindset of fear is the creator of his life and outcome.


Fear and faith are both attractive forces. You will draw them and other things to your life by what you think. Your thoughts positive or negative, toxic or healthy will draw things to you and you to them.

Job 3:1 AMP “After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.”


Job is going through it. He is under attack, trials and tribulations are intense. I just want you to see Jobs thoughts became his words, his voice.


Proverbs 18:21 AMP.“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.”


“He cursed the day of his birth. At the end of the chapter, you see fear has come upon him and what he feared the most he got.


Before a word was released out of his mouth he had thoughts that were being fed over and over.


Jobs thinking and thoughts became his reality. Many times when you are the type of person who just speaks his mind or thoughts you see what your thinking is really.


Everything starts with a thought. Adam and Eve downfall started with a thought, Did God


Colossians 3:2 AMP.“Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value].”


Seen any military campaigns where the groups set their watch’s together. Set your watch at 1400 hours. Set your mind on Jesus things, the Word of God. Set your mind and keep focused habitually on things above.


Many of the failures we experience is because we do not do this Word. We do the opposite and therefore get the opposite results.


Philippians 4:8 AMP.“Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].”


Philippians 4:9 AMP.“The things which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things [in daily life], and the God [who is the source] of peace and well-being will be with you.” For something to become habit you must practice it over and over and over and keep on practicing to think a certain.


Man can alter his life by altering his thinking. William James


Most people are prisoners of their own thoughts. Set yourself free by God’s thoughts about you.

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