Transforming Your Mind
Changing the Way You Think
God redeems us by liberating us from sin, replacing our sinful nature with godly nature, and making us like Jesus. Our role in this process is to live a life of repentance by changing the way we think, including our attitudes, perspective, priorities and standards. This Bible study explores the subject of repentance by examining such topics as forgiveness, thankfulness, success, integrity, judgment and feelings.
The current phase of your redemption involves changing the way you think.
The world system applies relentless pressure to keep us thinking like the sinners we used to be. To offset that pressure, we must aggressively change our thinking until it conforms to God’s in every respect.
In Transforming Your Mind, you will discover:
- God has an exclusive-rights covenant with you.
- You are an alien to the world system.
- Exercising proper judgment is essential.
- You can be successful even if you don’t succeed.
- God has legally transferred you to His kingdom.
- You have an integrated internal guidance system.
- God’s value system is completely different from the world’s.
Part 1: Changing the Way You Think About Yourself
- Changing Your Attitude
- Repentance is for Believers
- Believing by Choice
- Forgiving When it Hurts
- Thankful for What?
- An Alien in a Human Body
- An Integrated Guidance System
- Personal Success
- Being Perfect While Becoming Perfect
- A Matter of Integrity
- How Do You Feel About That?
- Proper Judgment
Part 2: Changing the Way You Think About God’s Kingdom
- Kingdom Values
- Legal Matters
- Personal Initiative
- Kingdom Business
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- God has done absolutely everything He needs to do. He has defeated your enemy, Satan; He set you free from your enslavement to sin; He adopted you into His family, making you a legal heir; and He made His resources available to you. Therefore, the only barrier to your success as a believer is the one that figuratively exists between your ears.
- Christianity is at odds with the entire world system. It is at odds with human nature. It is at odds with normal human thinking and attitudes. That is why God insists that you change the way you think.
- What do people in the world think about? They think about themselves and how to get what they want. They compare themselves with others to measure their own worth.
- The correct perspective tells you that what is eternal and unseen is more important than anything you experience in this life.
- Your role in this joint effort is to reprogram your mind. You need to change what you think about, change your attitudes, change your priorities and even change your standards.
- Your attitude should be that an intimate relationship with God is more important than anything else, and that whatever you have to do to achieve it is worthwhile.
- Now is the time to submit yourself to the process, even though you have no idea what the results will be like, simply because you trust your Father.
- You can only put your earthly perspective to death if you believe it is not as important as “things above.”
- Jesus taught that if you make His kingdom and His righteousness your number one priority, then He will take care of your needs and you won’t have to worry about them (Matt. 6:33). That is the exact opposite of the worldly way of thinking. Paul wrote that you should not think about how to gratify sinful desires (Rom. 13:14). Don’t even think about it!
Introduction to the Book
Sin has perverted every aspect of human nature, warping God’s intent for man and causing man to be focused on himself rather than God. The “flesh” (often called sinful or carnal nature) includes a mindset oriented toward earthly human existence and motivated by self-centeredness. Self-centeredness is the predominant characteristic of sinful nature.
God has a plan to redeem mankind, buying us back from our enslavement to sin, replacing our sinful nature with godly nature, and restoring us to His image. God’s plan of redemption is as extensive as the effects of sin, so it is relevant to our spirit, our mind and our body.
The “real you” is defined by what we call your character. Your spirit is most likely the source of your character traits and your mind affects the way you express them. It is reasonable to expect, therefore, that redemption should have a significant impact on the way you think, which is the subject of this study.
The underlying theme of every chapter in this book is repentance: changing the way you think. First, we will consider how you should change the way you think about yourself. We will examine such topics as forgiveness, thankfulness, success, integrity, judgment and feelings. Basically, what you think, how you feel and what attitudes you have, are your responsibility. There is no room in Christianity for victimization. But far from being a condemning message, this study shows that God has given you everything you need to be successful. There is hope! And in God’s system, hope is not a “maybe someday it might possibly work out” kind of wishful thinking. The hope that God offers is a guarantee of results. And He will produce those results in you with your cooperation. What is the extent of your cooperation? Changing your mind to conform to God’s system.
The second part of this book shows some of the ways you should change your thinking about God’s kingdom. It is natural to think of the oppressive, dictatorial kings of history and project this image on God’s kingdom. But there is no way you can understand the truth of God’s kingdom by comparing it with the perversions of power and authority sin has caused in earthly kingdoms. We will examine God’s values, your rights and responsibilities, and what it really means to be a part of his kingdom.
God has done absolutely everything He needs to do. He has defeated your enemy, Satan; He set you free from your enslavement to sin; He adopted you into His family, making you a legal heir; and He made His resources available to you. Therefore, the only barrier to your success as a believer is the one that figuratively exists between your ears.