How To Change Your Way Of Thinking - Outline

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Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Here’s a five-step process on how to deal with your thoughts.

1.       Receiving

2 Timothy 1:7 AMP 

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.“

2.       Analyzing

2 Corinthians 10:5 AMP

“[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ…”

3.       Accepting or Rejecting

2 Corinthians 10:4 AMP

“For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,

Strongholds are a collection/grouping of thoughts, ideas and suggestions. If your stronghold is not based in the Word, it will cause you to act on information that is wrong.”

Jeremiah 48:41 NLT

“Its cities will fall, and its strongholds will be seized. Even the mightiest warriors will be in anguish like a woman in labor.”

4.       Replacing

1 Chronicles 28:9

“And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” 

5.       Renewing

Romans 12:2 AMP

 “Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”

Romans 12:2 NLT

“. . . 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.”

Philippians 4:8 MSG

“Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”

Psalm 40:17 TLB

I am poor and weak, yet the Lord is thinking about me right now!”

Here are seven keys to changing your way of thinking.

1.       God knows what you’re thinking regardless of your geographical or spiritual location.

Psalm 139:2 NLT

“You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.”

Matthew 9:4 NLT

“Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, ‘Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts?’”

2.       God even “knows what unbelievers are thinking” but your Heavenly Father is giving them a way out.

Matthew 6:32 NLT

“These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.”

3.       You cannot continue putting positive thoughts and negative thoughts into the same environment and expect success. 

James 1:8

“…. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

Luke 11:17 NLT

“He knew their thoughts, so he said, ‘Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A family splintered by feuding will fall apart.’”

James 3:12

“Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.”

According to an article from the Mayo Clinic here are six advantages of being a positive thinker:

An increased life span.

Lower rates of depression and distress.

Greater resistance to the common cold.

Better mental and physical well-being.

Better coping skills during times of stress.

A more natural ability to form relationships and cement bonds.

4.       You must refocus your thinking on God, His Word and His solutions to every problem you’re facing.  You’ve got to trust God to be God. . .doing what His Word says.

Romans 12:2 NLT

“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.”

Isaiah 26:3 NLT

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

5.       Make sure your thoughts are well-pleasing to Him.

Psalm 104:34 NLT

“May all my thoughts be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.”

Psalm 104:34 TLB

“. . .he is the source of all my joy.”

Psalm 19:14

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”

Ephesians 5:10 YLT

In your daily life make sure you’re doing what is well-pleasing to the Lord.”

6.       The only effective way to change your life is by changing your thoughts and attitudes.

Isaiah 28:9-10

“Whom shall he teach knowledge? …. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.”

Ephesians 4:23 NLT

“Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.”

7.       Let His thoughts be your thoughts.

Psalm 49:3 NLT

“For my words are wise, and my thoughts are filled with insight.”

Psalm 51:10

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

Joshua 1:8

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Isaiah 55:8-9

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

2 Corinthians 3:8

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 2:16

“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.”

Jeremiah 29:11 NIRV

“I know the plans I have for you,” announces the Lord. “I want you to enjoy success. I do not plan to harm you. I will give you hope for the years to come.”