Updated: May 24, 2021
CHOOSING TO MANAGE MY MIND: PALM SUNDAY
CHOOSING TO MANAGE YOUR MIND may seem a bit out of place considering it is Palm Sunday. Our Series is RETHINKING YOUR LIFE.
PALM SUNDAY IS THE START OF THE HOLY WEEK TO US CHRISTIANS WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. PALM SUNDAY IS WHEN JESUS COMES RIDING TRIUMPHANTLY INTO JERUSALEM. EVERYONE IS EXCITED IT WAS LIKE A PARADE. THE PEOPLE LINED THE STREETS WAVING PALM LEAVES AND LAYING THEM AS A PATH IN FRONT OF JESUS. JESUS HAD BECOME SOMEWHAT OF A CELEBRITY AFTER THE RAISING FROM THE DEAD WITH LAZARUS. PARADE & PRAISE CAN SENSE HOW JESUS WAS FEELING, HIS DISCIPLES? EVERYONE IS ON THE HIGHEST MINDSET FOR LESS THAN A WEEK.
Matthew 21:9 the people cried out as Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a donkey which was the symbol of Peace. They cried Hosanna, Hosanna which means, “Please save now.”
The people are in a celebration mode but really this is Jesus riding in knowing this is leading to His Death. He knew no matter what the people believed Jesus knew in His mind what was ahead of Him.
Imagine you are being celebrated by thousands but in a week you would be betrayed, falsely convicted, tortured, executed, and shamed before the thousands who just a week prior were shouting your name and praising you AND YOU KNOW THIS BEFOREHAND.
What do you think your mental state would be? Jesus is our example. He managed His mind during this whole time.
Manage means: to have control of (something, such as a business, department, sports team, etc.)
What’s on your mind becomes what’s in your life. So think about the thoughts you want to see.
What consumes your mind, controls your life.
Napoleon Hill said, “You are searching for the magic key that will unlock the door to the source of power; and yet you have the key in your own hands, and you use it the moment you learn to control your thoughts.”
We are talking about CHOOSING TO MANAGE YOUR MIND.
I love Jack Canfield's quote. There are only 3 things you have control over.
1. The thoughts you think.
2. The images you visualize.
3. The actions you take.
I am going to add one more thing you have control over. You have control over choice. You have to ability to choose or not choose the thoughts you think. You have the choice to visualize images, negative or positive, productive or destructive.
You have the choice of whether you take action or not.
My point is to manage. How do we manage our health, wealth, relationships, mind?
Have you ever seen those dog leashes that have a release to let out a longer leash or you can zip it back in? The dog is controlled by the owner and the leash. The dog is not running loose, it is under the control of the owner.
1. You have to CHOOSE TO MANAGE YOUR MIND. I remember when we went to the store and I am yelling at my kids, “MAKE UP YOUR MINDS I WOULD YELL.”
NOTHING WILL CHANGE OR GET BETTER TILL YOU DECIDE TO MAKE A CHOICE. IF YOU DO NOT CHOOSE TO MANAGE YOUR MIND, YOU HAVE MADE A CHOICE
Jack Canfield said, “You only have control over three things in your life-the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, & the actions you take.”
If it is unacceptable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Joshua 24:15 AMP
CHOOSE FOR YOURSELVES. Joshua said it and it is a powerful truth. No one can choose for you anything. If it is to be it is up to me. Joshua said choose for yourselves, but as for me and my house, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.
So many married people where one wants to serve God but they wait for the other spouse. You are making a choice.
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 AMP
God gives us multiple choices but we have to choose. Life and death, blessings, and the curse are set before us every day. God says CHOOSE LIFE.
YOU HAVE THE CHOICE OF LIFE AND DEATH, BLESSINGS AND THE CURSE. CHOOSE LIFE.
2. YOU HAVE A CHOICE ON THE THOUGHTS YOU THINK.
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].” Colossians 3:2 AMP
WHEN I READ SET YOUR MIND IT HIT ME THE SAME WAY YOU SET YOUR CLOCKS OR WATCHES. WHEN YOU SET IT ON THE CORRECT TIME YOU ARE ON TIME.
THE OTHER DAY I PUT ON MY WATCH DID NOT REALIZE IT HAD STOPPED. I LIVE BY A SCHEDULE SO WHEN MY TIME IS OFF SO IS MY LIFE.
WHEN YOUR MIND IS OFF SO IS YOUR LIFE. THIS IS SAYING KEEP THE SPIRITUAL ABOVE THE NATURAL.
JESUS HAD TO KEEP THIS MINDSET DURING ALL THAT WAS LEADING UP TO HIS DEATH WHILE HE IS STILL ALIVE.
3. YOU HAVE A CHOICE ON THE IMAGES YOU VISUALIZE: Whatever you think about will create images in your mind and you will visualize them.
Visualize: to form a mental picture of (someone or something). Jesus had to manage his thinking during this week-long process. From celebration to death in a week. Imagine you only had a week to live and then this most awful way to die is your end. Your mind would go crazy which is what we allow it to do when we are facing challenges, painful situations.
Jesus kept visualizing Pleasing God and Saving Us, and all humanity. You are thinking thoughts and now your picture in your mind and they are moving you.
We spend way too much time and energy explains why we think and feel a certain way. STOP, it does not matter really why you think or feel a certain way. The why changes nothing. Trying to get people to understand why you think and feel a certain way does NOTHING TO HELP YOU.
WHAT YOU THINK AND PICTURE IN YOUR MIND, VISUALIZE WILL BECOME YOUR REALITY. GOOD, BAD, POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE, TOXIC OR DESTRUCTIVE AND WHY DOES NOT STOP IT.
You are the pilot of a plane and 100 people are on board. You are going through a horrible time in life and the plane is nose-diving and going to crash. You are trying to explain your feelings and behavior to those who are on your plane. If they understand you all still crash and die.
WHAT IS THE TRUE COURSE CORRECTION? God said He put before you and life and death so choose life. You will make life and death choices based on what you think and images you see in your mind.
4. YOU HAVE A CHOICE ON THE ACTIONS YOU TAKE: Jesus was battling near the end He knew Judas would betray Him. It was so close to the time that He called His disciples to go pray. Jesus walks away by Himself and the Word says He was struggling.
Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved so that I am almost dying of sorrow. Stay here and stay awake and keep watch with Me.” Matthew 26:38 AMP
See the pain, struggle.
“And after going a little farther, He fell facedown and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible [that is, consistent with Your will], let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.””
Matthew 26:39 AMP
Battle to manage your thoughts. We all will battle thoughts, images but at the end WHAT WILL YOU CHOOSE TO DO?
“Get up, let us go. Look, My betrayer is near!” Matthew 26:46 AMP
Jesus got control by remembering who this is for. Jesus could see there was a much bigger picture. The bigger the image of God's Will, God's Love, God's Purpose, will cause you to get up and go through and see and be with God Victory.
You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character] Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].” Isaiah 26:3 AMP
“But when the disciples saw it they were indignant and angry, saying, “Why all this waste [of money]? For this perfume might have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware [of the malice] of this [remark], said to them, “Why are you bothering the woman? She has done a good thing for Me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have Me. When she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, wherever this gospel [of salvation] is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her [for her act of love and devotion].” ” Matthew 26:8-13 AMP
Heart of disciples. Indignant-malice Mission or Master Jesus. Jesus considered her gift an Act of Love and Devotion.