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2018 New Years Eve

What does 2018 look like for BCC?
Intentionally seeking the presence and power of God in our lives so that others may experience God through us...
Your thoughts matter
our lives move in the direction of your strongest thoughts
Fact-
Romans 8:5–6 NLT
5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
who talks to themselves?
what do you think when you wake up?
Your life is moving you in the direction of your strongest thoughts
Maggie’s scans
are you happy with the place that your thoughts are taking you?
Romans 12:2 NLT
2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
so much of life is not what happens to you but how you think about what happens to you
2 Cor
2 Corinthians 10:3–4 NLT
3 We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.
2 Corinthians 3:10 ESV
10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it.
stronghold: prisoner locked by deception
luke with medicine
2 Corinthians 10:5 NLT
5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
What negative thoughts are dominating your thinking?
can’t get it done
not good enough
I will always battle with...
I’m inconsistant
I’m always struggling
I’m alone
What spiritual truth will destroy these negative thoughts?
- I have everything that I need to do what Christ called you to
Christ in me is more than enough
worry is not my master; my faith is in God and God alone
I am not easily offended; I am full of the love and power of God
my God is with me; He will never leave me or forsake me
SEEK GOD FIRST
seek God 1st of the day
worship God 1st of the week
tithe 1st
study Word
Time talking to God
Negative about others: I love people, forgive others & not only hope the best for them but will help them see God’s plan for their life
Struggle reading God’s Word:
Hebrews 4:12 ESV
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Cut down with words:
Proverbs 12:18 ESV
18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
or
Proverbs 18:21 ESV
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
or
Ephesians 4:29 ESV
29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Truth:
Matthew 15:18 ESV
18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
I believe that it’s a two way street and that our words can affect our heart as well
because
Proverbs 13:3 ESV
3 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
Challenge for us if we are going to ...
Intentionally seeking the presence and power of God in our lives so that others may experience God through us...
Change our thoughts and our talk to align with God’s truth
God’s purpose for you is not that you
- would be overtaken by sin
knocked down by the weight that you carry
crippled by pain in your life
anxious
unforgiving
hurtful to others
short to your spouse
condescending to those not like you
If we aren’t careful we will begin to think that the power of our thoughts are our god & solution
BUT our trust and hope may be in the Lord
we begin by aligning ourselves with Him and we know that it says in
Isaiah 55:8–9 ESV
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
so this is the beginning process of aligning our minds with God’s mind
Romans 12:2 ESV
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:1 ESV
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
His desire is that you would be
Intentionally seeking the presence and power of God in our lives so that others may experience God through us...
who has the faith this morning to boldly proclaim that they are ready to trust in the power of God to change their minds to align with God’s plan for them
and to stop feeding the enemy- the great destroyer- but to speak God’s truth until they believe it
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