The Power of The Mind – Part 3

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Sermon Notes

So as we continue in our talk about the power of the mind and specifically how the Holy Spirit through the word can transform our thinking and change our lives to cause us to gain power and prosperity in all things.

3John 2; Beloved, I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.

The word “soul” in this passage is defined as you mind, will, intellect, or emotions.
In other words, for you to prosper (have success) your soul, (mind), must be the source of that prosperity, it is the mind that is the source of life change.

How can we say that? Isn’t it the word that is the source of all life change? Well yes, but if the word is being filtered by a messed up thinker, the outcome is going to be messed up!

There is another way to look at this, borrowing from a term in a book I read; lower perspective vs. higher perspective.
The ordinary person develops a way of thinking based on past events, experiences with those events and to a large part we are programed by the way we were raised. So if our thinking is not somehow influenced by higher truths, we will be stuck in a repeating pattern of “doing the same thing and not getting the results we were looking for”!

There is a better way!

2 Cor. 10:2-6 The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

Now here is what the ordinary mind tells us; we will call this lower perspectives.

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