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Fixing Your Mind Fixes Your Win

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1. Opening JOke

I heard about this man and his wife. They argued for months over who should make the coffee in the morning. The man definitely thought it was the wife's job and she just didn't agree. After several heated debates she finally said, "I can prove from the bible that it's your job." He said, "There's nothing in the bible about making coffee. She said, "Sure there is." She called him over and opened her bible and pointed to the book of He-Brews."

2. Ha-Foke-Bah

3. Topic

3.1. Fixing your mind fixes your win.

4. Problem

4.1. The imagination will still your win by making a FUS

4.1.1. Fear

Fear based thoughts I always magnify the problem, amplify the problem, turn up the volume on the challenge.
Fear makes you feel like you are small, inadequate and ill-prepared.
Fear told the people of Israel there was no way they could take on Goliath. Fear will tell you there is no way you can get that job, no way you can get into that school, no way you will marry that girl, that guy, now way you will succeed in life.
Fear does not make you retreat, even worse, fear just makes you settle.

4.1.2. Uncertainity

Thoughts of uncertainty will always trip you up by throwing out the constant "what if this" and "what if that" and "what if" and "what if" until your dream has been smothered in a spaghetti bowl of "what ifs"
Uncertainty always makes you feeling helpless and confused. It causes you to abandon the future because there are just too many possibilities that things could go wrong.
The Spies that Moses sent into the land were faced with uncertainty. How will a bunch of untrained military men fight trained giants. How will a bunch of people fed on manna beat a people fed by milk and honey. How will be a punch of people trained in walking in a zig-zag defeat a people dwelling in the land.
The uncertainty filled10 of the spies with a certainty that God's promised future was impossible to obtain.

4.1.3. Second-Guessing

Second guessing might be the most dangerous of the three. Second guessing always happens after a decision has been made, after you decided to go for that promotion, after you took that new job, after you stood in faith, after you made a bold proclamation.
After you made that decision you begin second guessing yourself:
“Did I really make the right decision?”
“What if I fail?”
“Maybe it’s not the right time.”
“What if there was something better out there?”
"Should I have done this it is harder than I thought?"
"I don't see the results I hoped for should I bail?"
How many times have we bailed on God's future because of second guessing?
Barring decisions that put us in real danger, or patterns of thoughtless living that require constant do-overs, we have to learn to make a decision, and stick with it.

4.2. Satan loves to confirm the FUS in your mind.

4.2.1. He will show you the mountain but not the mountain moving.

4.2.2. He will show you the valley but not the Shepherd with you in the valley.

4.2.3. He will show you a hard road in front of you but not goodness and mercy following you.

4.2.4. He wil show you the ashes and not the beauty

4.2.5. He will show you the sadness but not the oil of joy

4.2.6. He will show you the scarcity but not the abudance.

5. Probelm is Even Worse

5.1. Once you fix your mind on the FUS you will pass it on to others.

5.2. The 10 spies poisoned the whole community with their FUS.

5.3. Since my profession in is religious space I see how this shows up especially in a legacy synagogue.

Being unwilling to face a challenge, when a challenge is necessary in order to grow, is the wrong attitude.
It is so easy to remain comfortable, to keep what is easy, what is known and what is secure.
And your FUS thoughts, your imagination controlled by your FUS will always cause you to be unwilling to face a challenge, to confront change when change is necessary.
Ed Stetzer who is considered a "guru" on how and why religious organizations grow and die says that the number one reason is a group of FUSy people will attack the leader who calls them to change, calls them to sacrifice what is easy for what is hard, that calls them to give up what is comfortable for the fight, that calls them to take the future and let go of the past. They will pour out their FUSy thoughts on the leader, create a murmer in the organization and eventually the leader quits, is foreced out or compromises the future for the sake of the FUS.
Ed Stetzer the result is always the same, "they have accepted an attitude of defeat," killed the future for the sake of comfort and accepted a slow death.
Stetzer, Ed. Comeback Churches (p. 205). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition.

5.4. I have seen people give up on God's dreams because of a bunch of FUS

5.5. I have seen people live their whole life in light of other people's FUS.

5.5.1. They divorced after 20 years so will you

5.5.2. They had heart disease so will you

5.5.3. He was abusive you will be also

5.5.4. No one in our family has ever been trully wealthy or successful

6. The Scriptures Say

6.1. FUS Thinking Leads to FUS Living

The Bible says that FUS thinking leads to defeating living. The Scriptures say it this way, "The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in GOD protects you from that." (Proverbs 29:25).
Proverbs 29:25 The Message
The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.
Some of our older folks remember the KJV of this verse:
Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but one who trusts in ADONAI
will be kept safe.
If you constantly cave to your FUSy thoughts or to the FUSy thoughts of others. You will see God's dream from your life from a distance, from a mountaintop moment in your life but because of Fear, Uncertainty and Second Guessing you will not take the land. You will give up on the dream. That is why FUS is a snare and it disables.
FUS thoughts love to steal, kill and destroy God's abundance for your life, His joy in your life, His plan for your promotion, your dream, your marriage.
The Only Thing Strong Enough to Fight FUS is Faith

6.1.1. Fight FUS with Faith

6.1.1.1. 1 Cor 10:4-5 Wage War Against FUS thoughts

6.1.1.1.1. Jeremiah 1
6Then I said, “Alas, ADONAI Elohim!
Look, I don’t know how to speak!
For I’m still a boy!”
7But ADONAI answered me,
“Do not say ‘I’m only a boy!’
For to everyone I send you,
you will go,
and all I command you,
you will speak.
8Do not be afraid of them!
For I am with you to deliver you.”
It is a declaration of ADONAI.
9Then ADONAI stretched out His hand and touched my mouth and ADONAI said to me,
“Behold, I have put My words
in your mouth.
10See, today I have appointed you
over nations and over kingdoms:
to uproot and to tear down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”
Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society, Holy Scriptures: Tree of Life Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2015), Je 1:6–10.

6.2. but FIxing Your Mind Fixes the Win

6.2.1. Fix your Mind on the Rhema Word

Eph 6:17 the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

6.2.2. Fix your mind on A Prophetic Word

14Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands of the elders. 15Practice these things—be absorbed in them, so that your progress may be clear to all. 16Give attention to yourself and your teaching. Persevere in these things, for in doing so you will save yourself and those who hear you.
Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society, Holy Scriptures: Tree of Life Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2015), 1 Ti 4:14–16.

6.2.3. Fix your mind on Whatever

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll win by fixing your minds on whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is reputable, whatever is authentic, whatever is compelling, whatever is tipheret—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse... Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
Php 4:8–9.
Rabbi Paul says we all have a filter for the mind. What’s your filter? Rabbi Paul’s series of whatever statements serve as a grid to filter what we should dwell upon. It eliminates the negative influences without hindering the flow of the positive ones. Which positive ones? Any that meet one of the criteria.
Steven E. Runge, High Definition Commentary: Philippians (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2011), Php 4:8–9.

6.2.4. Fixing Your Mind is the most Jewish way to win.

רַבִּי אוֹמֵר׃ אֵיזוֹ הִיא דֶּרֶךְ יְשָׁרָה שֶׁיָּבוֹר לֹו הָאָדָם? כָּל שֶׁהִיא תִפְאֶרֶת לְעֹשֶׂיהָ וְתּפְאֶרֶת לֹו מִן הָאָדָם

Which is the right path that you should choose for yourself?

One that is admirable in your eyes,

And admirable in the eyes of others

6.2.5. We aren't making God get on our path, we are getting onto His path.

6.3. Your mind is like a television with Cable

6.3.1. There are Three Channels worth watching

6.3.1.1. Rhema Channel

6.3.1.2. Prophetic Word Channel

6.3.1.3. Whatever is Tipheret Channel

6.3.2. All the other 500 Channels are just FUS

6.3.3. Change the Channel from the...

6.3.3.1. I will only have enough to get buy to the I will have abundance.

6.3.3.2. the fear of divorce to the song of solomon for life channel

6.3.3.3. Children aren't going to make it, to whole family will be prosper and be saved

6.3.3.4. from the giants will kill my dream to I am more than a conqueror

6.3.4. Fixing your mind on the right thing will fix the win.

6.3.4.1. Self-Fulfilling Prophecy FUS

Ezekiel 11:6 "you feared the sword, so I brought the sword upon you."
Prov 23:7, "as a man thinks in his heart so is he."
Proverbs 23:7 TLV
For as he thinks within himself, so is he. “Eat and drink”, he says to you, but his heart is not with you.

6.3.4.2. Self-Fulfilling Prophecy RPW

6.3.4.2.1. See Yourself as a Victor
6.3.4.2.2. See Yourself as an Overcomer
6.3.4.2.3. See Yourself as fulfilling God's dream
6.3.4.2.4. See Yourself as a Leader, A head

6.3.4.3. You Control the Remote, Now Switch on the Right Channel

6.4. What if it does not work?

6.5. What if it does!

6.5.1. I would rather stay the course, then concede defeat

You’re blessed when you stay on course,
walking steadily on God-street
When you make the Torah your greatest joy
the path that guides your feet.

You’re blesssed when you do observe
His testimonies sure;
Who seek Adonai with all their heart
and keep their actions pure.

You’ll do no wrong, but walk within
the ways He has ordained;
He gave His precepts so they’d be
obeyed and not disdained.

Oh, that my ways were steadfastly
aligned with His decrees!
Then I would not be put to shame
when Your commands I see.

I thank you for speaking straight from your heart;
the pattern of your righteous ways I learn
I’ll do all you say; only, do not ;
walk off, leave or from me turn.

6.5.1.1. Endured the Struggle: The Passover Story

6.5.1.2. Heed the Call: Joshua and Collapse of Jericho

6.5.2. I am not promising it will be easy

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