It's Not A Money Problem...It's A Mind Problem - Outline

Written by Harold Herring on .

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The dictionary defines mentality as:

“a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations”

Proverbs 23:7 KV

“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he….”

Henry Ford once said:

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”

Your Mentality Operates on Three Levels and all of them can be found in Proverbs 23.

THINK (verse 7)….what you think on is basically determined by what you think on.

Philippians 4:8 AMPC

“For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].”

Cleanse your mind before you sleep.

Victor Hugo, the noted author, once said:

“When you go to bed at night, have for your pillow these three things -- love, confidence, and joy. And you will waken in the morning with a song in your heart.”

Ephesians 4:29 AMPC

“Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.”

John 5:15 AMPC

“And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.”


Proverbs 23:16 AMPC

“Yes, my heart will rejoice when your lips speak right things.”

Proverbs 23:16 TLB

“My son, how I will rejoice if you become a man of common sense. Yes, my heart will thrill to your thoughtful, wise words.”

Matthew 12:34 KJV

“. . .for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”

Matthew 12:34 AMPC

“For out of the fullness (the overflow, the [superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Matthew 12:34 NLT

“For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.”

Here’s a truth…nothing is coming out of your mouth that you haven’t first thought about. So what are you thinking about?


Apply and COMMIT

Proverbs 23:12 NLT

“Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge.”

You will never be any better or higher than your best thoughts.

African proverb that says:

“If there is no enemy within, the enemy on the outside can do us no harm.”

Job 20:2 NIV

"My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed.”

Hebrews 3:1 NIV

[Jesus Greater Than Moses ] Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.”

Ephesians 4:23 NLT

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

Jeremiah 29:11 KJV

”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.”

Isaiah 48:17 NCV

“This is what the Lord, who saves you, the Holy One of Israel, says: "I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to do what is good, who leads you in the way you should go.”

Proverbs 3:27 KJV

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so.”

Have you ever heard of Edward Kimball, J. Wilbur Chapman or Mordecai Ham?

Let me ask you about these three other men.

Have you ever heard of Dwight L. Moody, Billy Sunday and Billy Graham?

Of course, you have. As Paul Harvey would say. . .here’s the rest of the story.

Sunday School teacher Edward Kimball helped lead Dwight L. Moody to Christ;

J. Wilbur Chapman was converted at a Dwight L. Moody evangelistic meeting;

Billy Sunday was converted at a Chapman meeting;

Mordecai Ham was converted at a Billy Sunday meeting; and Billy Graham was converted at a Ham meeting.

When you become the change . . .things will change.