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Are You Getting God's Best?

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Sermon shared by Christian Cheong

May 2012
Summary: Life change starts with the renewing of our mind. We need to (1) watch what we feed our mind, and (2) not quench the Spirit (1 Thess 5:19) when He prompts, reminds and guides us with the Word of God.
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Audience: Believer adults
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pride of life – we will end up in misery.
• Like fast food, it tastes good, looks good, and promises to give us a wonderful time, but at the end it leads us to despair.

Erwin W. Lutzer: “The difference between worldliness and godliness is a renewed mind.”
• Paul says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Cor 10:5)
• So STOP the flow of toxins into your thinking (the deceptions and lies that , media, etc.) and FILL your mind with the truth of God’s Word.

You need to take some radical steps to shut off the supply lines of the bombarding messages of worldly values.
• If you continue to fill your mind with messages that promote lust, greed, pride, desires of the flesh, or whatever, you are giving lots of room for these thoughts to become a mindset – a mind set on the things I fill it with.
• A worldly mindset is a mind filled with the values of this world, conforming to the pattern of this world.

You have to shut off that supply line, and renew your mind with the truths of God’s Word.
• You will experience something amazing – your thinking will change.
• And because of that, your desires and attitudes will begin to change. You’ll find your behaviour changing because some things just don’t appeal to you anymore.

You see, the change in your behaviour did not come by focusing on your behaviour.
It comes by changing your thinking. Here are some practical ways to renew your mind:
(1) Hear God’s Word – faith comes from hearing the Word (Rom 10:17)
(2) Read God’s Word – we grow in the knowledge of God (Col 1:10)
(3) Study God’s Word – Paul says to Timothy, so that you can “correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15)
(4) Memorize God’s Word – Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
(5) Meditate on God’s Word – the one who meditates “is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (Psa 1:3)
Josh 1:8 “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

(2) DO NOT QUENCH THE SPIRIT (1 Thess 5:19)

The Holy Spirit is our Helper, the Lord says. He reminds us of the truth. He prompts and enlightens.
• Jesus says in John 16:13-15 “13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.”
• “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” (Phil 2:13)

It is interesting to note that this word “renewal” in Romans 12:2 is only used one other place in all the Greek Bible - Titus 3:5 where Paul says
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