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Summary: Allowing the Holy Spirit to help us keep the "right stuff" going into our minds and the "wrong stuff" out.

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INTRODUCTION: There are so many things out there which can effect us AND can

effect our minds. You have the different types of media which, if we don’t guard

ourselves carefully, can hurt us spiritually and in so many other ways. Music,

radio, internet, television, movies, reading materials, and even ads - billboards,

television, music,

There are so many things involved with guarding our minds from worldly things

Colossians 3:1-4 - Since, then, your have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on

things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on

things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with

Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with

Him in glory.

Understanding the Mind:

I. The Mind is the Center (Catalyst) of Our Decisions in Life

A. Trash In - Trash Out

I Timothy 6:6-11

B. Where the Mind is, So is the Heart

Proverbs 23:7 - For as he thinks in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, says He to you;

but his heart is not with thee.

II. Flesh Controlling the Mind

satan gets too much credit for our sin(-s) - sometimes it’s just the flesh which is

controlling us... sometimes it is satan, who is using our flesh, to control us...

We NEED to get our FLESH under control

Ephesians 2:3 - Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the

lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by

nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Colossians 1:21 - Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your mind

because of your evil behavior.

III. Spirit Controlling the Mind

We NEED to be led by God, by His Spirit, to live a victorious Christian life

--a life which God wants us to have

Allowing God to control our our minds... what comes into it... WILL control

what comes OUT... controls our thoughts... controls the amount we SIN!!

Romans 12:2 - Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the

renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is --

his good, pleasing, and perfect will.

1Corinthians 2:16 - For who has known the mind of the Lord that He may instruct him?

But we have the mind of Christ.

Acts 17:11 - These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received

the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those

things were so.

Ephesians 4:23 - And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

(NIV) to be made new in the attitude of your minds.

Hebrews 8:10 - This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,

declares the Lord; I will put my laws in their mind, and write them on their hearts: and

I will be their God, and they will be my people.

1 Peter 1:13 - Therefore, prepare your minds for action, be self-controlled; set your

hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

CONCLUSION:

We NEED to guard our minds from things which don’t belong, to do this we NEED go

after things of God. WHAT do we fill our minds with?? Are we having trouble in


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Sharon Stonestreet

commented on Oct 27, 2006

You have brought out a very important principal. We can't just tell ourselves not to think as the world thinks, we must think right thoughts to replace the wrong or negative thought patterns.

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