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What Do You Believe About Yourself?

Series: Building Your Spiritual Life Plan

What Do You Believe About Yourself?

As we began the 2019 teaching curriculum, we laid out three teaching objectives for this quarter: 1) Discover the importance/relevance of asking, “What About Tomorrow?” 2) All good preparation begins with self-examination. Now, as we move into February, we want to 3) help you develop a spiritual life plan that will help you navigate this world and ultimately, be ready for the one that is to come.

What You Think Matters

  1. Proverbs 4.23: 
    1. Heart: the mind or personality of an individual.
    2. Source: A well spring. From it, our life flows.
  2. Proverbs 23.7: NASB footnote: “as he reckons in his soul,” so he is.

Two Types of Thinkers: Scarcity thinkers & Abundant thinkers.

Limiting Beliefs

  1. Scarcity thinkers: distorted beliefs about the world, others, and themselves.
  2. What gets us here? There are plenty of sources for limiting beliefs.

You Can Upgrade Your Beliefs

  1. In whatever circumstance you find yourself, you have the power to upgrade your future.
  2. Exodus 3.10 - God calls Moses to a monumental task.
    1. See Exodus 3.11-4.13.
    2. Exodus 3.13 - I don’t know what to say.
  3. Each time God responds to Moses’ limiting belief. See Exodus 3.12-4.17.
    1. Exodus 4.14 - I will send  Aaron  with you as a spokesman.                                                                                                
  4. Who will we trust? God or our self-talk? What was Paul’s message to the Ephesian church?
    1. Ephesians 1.18-23 - the same power that resurrected Jesus from the dead  is in us. 
    2. 3.20 - God’s power  “is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.”
  5. Matthew 25.15 - one person received 5 talents. Another 2. Another 1.
    1. Matthew 25.16-17 - These men took personal responsibility…
    2. Matthew 25.24-25 - What limiting beliefs do you see here?
      1. 25.24 - blameshifting.
      2. 25.25 - I was afraid. Maybe he tried before and failed.

How to Revise Your Beliefs

  1. Recognize the limiting belief.
  2. Record the belief. Review the belief.
  3. Reject or Reframe the belief. Revise the belief.
  4. Reorient yourself to the new belief.

Where Christianity Begins

  1. 2 Corinthians 5.17: This is the new reality Jesus has created for you.
  2. Romans 12.2: It is in your mind where the real transformation begins.
  3. Philippians 4.8: whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and excellent … think about these things.
  4. John 7.38: Is your heart characterized by living water?
  5. Don’t allow the limiting thoughts Satan is placing in your head make you believe salvation is for everyone else but you.
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