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Summary: Part 2 of 4 in the Intentional Living series

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“Intentional Living”

Part 2 - Re-engineering Your Thought Process

NewSong Church 02/17/08

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**NOTE: THIS IS A CONCEPT OUTLINE FOR THIS MESSAGE. GRAPHICS AND MULTIMEDIA ARE AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT THIS SERIES.

Thought Processes

Psychologists teach us that there are two mental laws that contribute heavily to our mental state of being.

They are:

1: The Law of Concentration

2: The Law of Substitution

The Law of Concentration states that whatever we dwell upon grows in our life experience.

• Whatever we think about on a continual basis becomes a part of us.

• We become what we think, and the more we dwell on something, the more we have of it in our lives.

The Law of Substitution states that our mind can only hold one thought at a time.

• It makes no difference to our mind whether the thought is "negative" or "positive"

• We can choose to substitute "negative" thoughts with "positive" thoughts, thus changing our mental state of being.

** your thought process determines your direction **

Discover: Life Exchange

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Romans 8:5-8

“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.”

Internalize: Change Your Thinking

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Romans 12:2

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Remember: The Word in Your Heart

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Psalm 119:9-11

“How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. I have tried hard to find you — don’t let me wander from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

Re-Engineer Your Thought Process

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Discover

• The Word of God – the source of truth & life change

• Devotional & Studies

Internalize

• Meditation

• Rehearsal thought

Remember

• Communication with God

• Communication with others

• Intentional reminders

Intentional Thinking

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Think: Evaluate your thought process – is your mind controlled by God?

Do: Change the way you think – internalize God’s Word and apply it

Be: Follow God’s direction


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