Sunday, March 7, 2010

How To Make Changes That Last! Part 1

HOW TO MAKE CHANGES THAT LAST
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”  2 Corinthians 5:17

Every lasting change in your life begins with God’s POWER, not your WILLPOWER.
“Can... a leopard take away his spots?  Nor can you who are so used to doing evil now start being good.”  Jeremiah 13:23 (LB)
“’Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord.” Zech. 4:6

1. ALL BEHAVIOR IS BASED ON BELIEF.
“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” Pr 4:23 (TEV)
“Out of the mind come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual sins, stealing, lying, and speaking evil of others.” Matt. 15:19 (NCV)
2. BEHIND EVERY SIN IS A LIE THAT YOU’RE BELIEVING.
"At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures." Titus 3:3 (NIV)
“For you are the children of your father the Devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He… has always hated the truth. There is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44 (NLT)
3. CHANGES THAT LAST COME FROM CHANGING YOUR MIND. (THINK, FEEL, ACT)
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32 (NIV)
4. TRYING TO CHANGE THE WAY THAT YOU FEEL WITHOUT CHANGING THE WAY THAT YOU BELIEVE IS A WASTE OF TIME.
“What people say with their mouths comes from the way they think; and these are the things that make people unclean.” Matt. 15:18 (NCV)
“...Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” Galatians 5:16

KEY THOUGHT- Focus on DOING good not FEELING good.

5. THE BIBLE TERM FOR "CHANGING YOUR MIND" IS REPENTANCE.
The greek word for repentance is metanoia = it means "to change your mind!"
“... I will put a new way of thinking inside you. I will take out the stubborn hearts of stone from your bodies, and I will give you obedient hearts of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26
“Our weapons have power from God that can destroy the enemy's strong places... We capture every thought and make it give up and OBEY Christ.”  2 Cor. 10:4-5
6. CHANGING THE WAY I ACT IS THE FRUIT & PROOF OF REPENTANCE.
“Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” Matt. 3:8 (NIV)
“I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” Acts 26:20b (NIV)

KEY THOUGHT- YOU ONLY BELIEVE THE PARTS OF THE BIBLE THAT YOU DO!

GOD WANTS TO GIVE YOU TRANSFORMATIONAL THOUGHTS FOR OLD FEELINGS
 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord...” Isaiah 55:8-9