Summary: In this sermon, we explore the truth that for change to take place in our lives, we must think for a change. We have to change how we think, before we can change how we live.
A. As you know, we are in a series that I am calling Extreme Makeover – God Edition, and we are addressing the question: is real, profound life-change is possible?
1. Can we stop being the way we have always been, and become people of more noble character?
2. Can we be freed from some of the destructive patterns we have fought all our lives, and be the people we really want to be?
3. The answer to those questions is an emphatic and faith-filled “YES”!
B. So far, in our series we have emphasized the following things.
1. We have discovered and declared that through the power of God our lives can be changed.
2. We have seen that God is ready and willing to help us – God will provide the way, but we must provide the will.
3. No change is possible unless we really want to change.
4. Today we are going to talk about the power and place of the mind in the process of change.
I. The Power of the Mind
A. The truth we want to explore today is this: For change to take place we have to decide to “think for a change.”
1. Somebody has probably told you that at least once in your life. “Why don’t you think for a change!” (My mother used to say that to me a lot!)
2. Well, “thinking for a change” is a very biblical idea.
3. Because the center of all spiritual bondage is the mind, then the key to transformation is also the mind.
4. We have to change how we think, before we can change how we live.
5. One comedian used to say “I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, but then I thought: What good would that do?” (Ronnie Shakes)
6. Sadly, that’s the kind of stinkin’ thinkin’ that we need to overcome.
B. Dennis Waitley wrote an interesting book called Empires of The Mind – Lessons to Lead and Succeed In a Knowledge-Based World (1995).
1. He tells interesting stories about how the power of the mind either liberates or imprisons people
2. One of those interesting stories is about a man named Nick Sitzman who worked in a railroad yard.
3. Nick was a competent worker, but had a very negative attitude. He was known as a pessimist.
4. One day, everyone got off an hour early to celebrate the birthday of a foreman.
5. Just before Nick left to go to the party, he went in a refrigerated car that was in the yard for repair and accidentally locked himself in the boxcar.
6. He began to shout for help, but by then everyone else was gone.
7. He began to panic and pounded on the door so hard that his hands became bloody.
8. What Nick feared was that if he stayed in that car all night he would freeze to death.
9. He began to get cold and began to shiver.
10. He figured that the temperature in the boxcar was 5 to 10 F at best.
11. As he realized that no one would be rescuing him, he found a pen in his pocket and an old piece of cardboard on the floor and wrote this note: “It is getting cold. My body is numb. If I don’t get out of here soon these will probably be my last words.” And they were.