For this week’s class, we are focussing on thinking brilliantly and what that means for our everyday life. If you are really interested in transformation, it begins with the renewal of the mind. So we want to be intentional about asking the question: “What am I focusing on most in my thinking?”
During this session, we'll be looking at:
• How to EXCHANGE negative thinking for God’s thoughts and OVERCOME being double minded;
• How wrong thinking MAKES a way for NEGATIVE behavior to persist in our lives.
• Why PERCEPTION is always empowered by thinking, which then produces our language.
How to be FASCINATED with Who God is for you, MAKE pre-determined choices, and EXERCISE your will in every situation you face.
• A key ACTIVATION for you to PROCESS your current challenges and CHANGE your focus!
• In Christ, we never deal with a negative; we exchange it for a positive and deal with that.
• When we are in two minds, we get pulled in many directions, and we lack the focus to move in the Spirit properly.
• God isn't trying to talk us out of something, He is trying to talk us into something.
• Unsanctified thinking will keep us in a place of immaturity because we remain in the low place of trust and faith.
• We were created to magnify; we will either magnify the negatives in our lives, or magnify the true nature of God and Who He wants to be in us, for us and through us.
• You need to be intentional with your focus, because what you focus on you empower.
• We don’t focus on what not to think, we focus on what God is thinking instead.
• We take negative thoughts captive by finding the opposite God-thought instead.
• James 1:5-8: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting. For the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, he is driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he would receive anything from the Lord being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
• Psalms 57:7: My heart is fixed, O Lord. My heart is fixed.
• Colossians 3:2: Set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on earth.
• Philippians 2:13: For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Think of an area in your life that has been challenging, areas of development or circumstances that have gotten a bit on top of you. Take some time out just to rest in the Lord’s loving kindness towards you. Then, worship the Lord and think about who He wants to be for you in the area or circumstance you are considering. Thank Him for His help and comfort when it’s been difficult. Find a scripture promise and read it aloud. Then choose with Him how you want to respond when the situation you’re considering appears again. Lastly, write down, what you want to and how you want to think about it.
Finish this thought: “No, I’m not thinking that....I’m thinking this __________.”
The thing I love about God and my learning is that He is always happy to teach me and show me something new. He is always delighted in showing me the upgrade that is available in my situation.
So the issue then is what do you want to focus on and what do you want to empower in your thinking?
It’s not about getting it right every time, so practice with your current life situations, take notes on what you learn, and keep loving the learning. I would love to hear about what you are choosing to focus on in the comments.
Thanks for listening!