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June 4, 2023 - How To Structure Your Thinking - Philippians 4:8-9 - Pastor Stephen Puett

The principle of displacement means that we replace our thinking with God’s thinking and are thereby controlled by God’s viewpoint.

Psalm 119:9-11 - How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Proverbs 23:7 - As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he…

9 Steps to Restructuring Your Thinking…

  1. Things that are true

Truth is a building block of a good relationship. Truth builds trust between people.

2. Things that are honorable

1 Timothy 3:8 - Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain…

Respect is a building block of a good relationship.

3. Things that are just

Fairness is a reflection of God’s character and a building block to good relationships.

4. Things that are pure

If we live in the will of God we must be pure in our dealings with others.

5. Things that are lovely

We win others with a disposition of agreeableness, not bitterness

6. Things that are commendable 

God wants us to share good, kind and true stories about others. This builds an environment for reconciliation.

7. There is excellence

1 Peter 2:9 - But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

2 Peter 1:3 - His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence…

It is a fact that every believer holds a status before God. Every believer should recognize that status no matter how carnal the other person may be.

8. If anything worthy of praise

God expects us to find the good things in people’s lives and then praise them for it.

9. Meditate on these things

Psalm 1:1-2 - Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

2 Corinthians 10:5 - We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

Two things to practice…

  1. learn and receive

2. heard and seen

Romans 16:20 - The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Hebrews 13:20-21 - Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, buy the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.