“GETTING CONTROL OF YOUR THOUGHT LIFE!” PART 1.

Please don’t miss reading this for the next three days.

2 Corinthians 10:1-6

Without question, this is one of the most important studies in recent years. It is a lesson that is needed by everyone, young and old, male or female alike.

Someone said, “Input determines output, program determines production.” Another said, “The thought precedes the deed, as lightning the thunder.” Wise men think out their thoughts, fools proclaim them. Definition: The desires and purposes of the souls of men. If we can master our thoughts we can master ourselves as well as the world. And, live life in victory.

One of the greatest problems with most men is their thought life. The truth is that everyone has a problem with this at one time or another. It is important to remember that every act is first preceded by the thought. Every act of adultery, immorality is first preceded by the thought. As a matter of fact every command of God is first preceded by the thought to obey or disobey.

So, how can I get control of my thoughts?

I. REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR THOUGT LIFE.

Someone said, “From thoughts to destiny.” What made God destroy the world?

Genesis 6:5, “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

Proverbs 15:26, “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.”

Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”

Matthew 5:28, “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“GET BACK IN THE BATTLE” CONCLUSION!”

Please read Ephesians 6:10-15 again.

What we need tin this modern culture is a time of self examination, determine God’s will and then do it.

Stay in the battle and you will do a better job more consistently. All of us can do a better job at whatever we may be doing. Determine to stay in the battle or get back into the battle today. And then do your best.

FOUR IMPORTANT LESSONS:

1. Acknowledge your personal condition.
2. Start something, anything.
3. Return to Jesus, not church only (Galatians 2:20).
4. Do it now!

I like what Billy Sunday said, “Get right with God and do it now.”

“GET BACK INTO GOD’S BATTLE!

Ephesians 6:10-15

Think about the devil’s plan for us: to kill you, steal you, destroy you and make you less effective. Then think about God’s plan for us.

Your problem is not your husband, wife, boss, etc. Your problem is the devil. We have been taught four spiritual lies by the devil, the world or maybe even our brethren.

  1. THAT ALL YOUR PROBLEMS ARE ADDRESSED IN THE BIBLE.
  2. THAT ALL YOUR PROBLEMS ARE SOLVED BECAUSE YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN.
  3. IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM YOU ARE UNSPIRITUAL.

             A thousand times no. You have problems because you are human.

 4. BIBLE READING AND TEACHING WILL SOLVE ALL YOUR PROBLEMS AUTOMATICALLY.

Wow, have you been sold a bill of goods. As a matter of fact, only obedience and trust will help to solve your problems. And notice I said, “help.” Yes, if you stay in the Bible you can do a much better job in solving your problems, but by no means will it solve all of them.

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“THERE IS A GENERATION” CONCLUSION!

 Read Proverbs 30:1-20.

 III. A GENERATION THAT IS RECKLESS IN PRIDE VERSE 13.

Also 2 Timothy 3:1-5, “heady, high minded.”

The Bible says, “pride goeth  before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”  Proverbs 16:18.

Man loves to boast, “thinking himself to be something when he is nothing.”

HOW TO AVOID PRIDE?

  1. Realize you are NOTHING.
  2. Realize you can do nothing WITHOUT HIM.
  3. Realize His is EVERYTHING.

IV. A GENERATION THAT IS RUTHLESS IN PRACTICE.

We are surrounded with it today. Look at the terrible things happing in our country and condemnation of our President, what a mocker of justice, etc.

NOW HERE IS THE CHALLENGE:  LET’S KEEP OUR HOMES IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE INFLUENCE OF THIS GENERATION DOES NOT AFFECT OUR HOMES. HOW?

  1. BELIEVE GOD.
  2. LIVE BY HIS WORD.
  3. STAND ON HIS PROMISES.
  4. BE WILLING TO PAY THE COST.

“THERE IS A GENERATION” PART 2.

Read Proverbs 30:1-20.

Yesterday we said, I.THERE IS A GENERATION THAT HAS NO RESPECT FOR THEIR PARENTS VERSE 11.

II. A GENERATION THAT HAS NO REGARD FORPURITY…HOLY LIVING VERSE 12, “..pure in their own eyes..”

Look at verse 5 “every  Word Of God is pure“ Paul told Timothy to, “keep thyself pure….”  in 1 Timothy 5:22 But, let’s look at what else he said in verses 1-8.

If this generation would heed and read the Word of God; they would realize how impure they really are. They have never seen themselves as sinners; filthy in God’s sight, and therefore they think themselves to be something when they are nothing -deceiving their own selves.

Jesus said in John 9:41, “If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.”

The generation that is pure in their own eyes are sinful in God’s sight; those sinful in their own sight can become pure in God’s eyes.

HOW TO BE PURE:

  1. Stay in His SHADOW.
  2. Walk in His SPIRIT.
  3. Study His SCRIPTURE.
  4. Stay in His SERVICE.

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“THERE IS A GENERATION!”

Proverbs 30: 1-20

This is a wonderful text and reveals to us some great truths. In verses 11-14 God speaks to us about a wicked generation. This generation is spoken of    in  four ways, and all of these speak of the moral and spiritual state of the last days.

I. A GENERATION THAT HAS NO RESPECT FOR THEIR PARENTS VERSE 11.

You would think that this statement was taken out of the evening news. How very true of our generation today. I mean today we have children killing their parents and parents killing their children:

Years ago we heard about the Menendez brothers, Susan killing her two children by drowning and a few weeks later we had 2-3 parents kill their children right here near our area.

What has happened to us? Look at 2 Timothy 3:2 as one of the reasons; “disobedience to parents.”

Let me say a word to our parents on how to keep your children off drugs, sex, dirty movies, back talk, Aids, abortion, etc. MAKE THEM DO RIGHT BY YOU DOING RIGHT….Church attend is very basic…don’t expect your children to do it if you are not willing to pay the cost. One way or another you will.

SO, HOW CAN WE TEACH OUR CHILDREN TO HAVE RESPECT..?

  1. Teach them to LOVE THEIR PARENTS.
  2.        ”      HONOR          “
  3.         ”       OBEY            “
  4.         “      UNDERSTAND    “

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“FUNTIONAL CHRISTIAN HOMES” CONCLUSION!

Read Epesians 5:21-32

V. HUSBAND MUST PROTECT HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN. VERSE 25, HOW?

“Even as Christ loved the church.”Meet her spiritual, emotional, physical needs.

Protect them from evil means not only from impending danger from without, but from what comes in. “The eye and gate.” Man is the aggressor and woman is the responder. Look at Song of Solomon 1:15 and 2:15.

First the Bridegroom says in 1:15, “Behold thou art fair, my love; behold thou art fair, thou hast doves’ eyes.”

Then she responds in 2:16, “My beloved is mine, and I am his.”

VI. PROMOTE DISCIPLINE IN THE HOME.HEBREWS 12:1-6.

Discipline is not punishment.  As a matter of fact, God does not necessarily punish His children, but He chastens them. If the TV and computers rule in your home, you are not in charge.

There are four headships in this text.

  1. WIFE SUJECT TO HERE HUSBAND.
  2. HUSBAND TO CHRIST.
  3. CHILDREN TO PARENTS.
  4. SERVANTS TO MASTERS.

This is a willing subjection to someone who loves you.

VII. PURITY AND HOLINESS IN THE HOME.

  1. A Personal walk with God.
  2. A Pleasing relationship with oneanother.

Ladies must be feminine and act like ladies. Men must be masculine and act like Godly men. A woman ought not to wear that which pertaineth unto man.

Deuteronomy 22:5, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.” Also see 1 Peter 3:1-7

I believe Paul’s teaching is that the Home is to be a mirror of the relationship between Christ and the Church.

LET’S BUILD CHRIST HONORING HOMES FOR HIS GLORY!