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Summary: Life change comes from a mind renewed by the truth of God’s Word.

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[I’ve taken the main points of this sermon from Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox article ’Preaching Tips that will change lives’, Issue #246, 2/15/2006.]

Rom 12:2

Do not conform any longer 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.

Transformation comes when you renew your mind.

• NLT: “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”

• Once that happens, you find yourself no longer conforming to the pattern of the world but to the will of God.

Our behavior will change, when our thinking changes.

• If there is no change in your behavior, question your thinking.

• If someone says, “I believe in tithing” but do not tithe – then he don’t believe in it.

• You only really believe the parts of the Bible that you obey.

Let me share with you some pointers I learnt from Rick Warren.

1. All behaviour is based on a belief

• If you cheat and lie, it’s because you believes that disobeying God (this way) will cause less pain than being honest. It’s a lie, but you believe it.

• Eating the forbidden fruit will not bring them blessings – it’s a lie - but Adam and Eve believed it.

• When somebody comes to you and says, “I’m leaving my husband, and I’m going to marry this other man because I believe God wants me to be happy.”

• They just told you the belief behind their behaviour. It’s wrong, but they believe it.

2. Behind every sin is a lie I believe

• It starts with the mind. At the moment you sin, you’re doing what you think is the best thing for you. You say, “I know God says to do that, but I’m going to do this.”

• What are you doing? You believe a lie. Behind every sin is a lie.

Start looking for the lies behind why people act the way they do. Or why you act the way you do today. Why?

• Because you believe that it is good for you, even if it is an outright sin to God.

• When you live in sin, you’re living in deception and believing a lie.

Confront these lies. When you start dealing with these, you’ll start seeing change.

3. Change always starts in the mind

So you got to start with the mind.

• You’ve got to start with the belief – the lie – behind the behaviour.

Romans 12:2 “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act.

• If you want to change the way you act, you must determine the way you think.

• You can’t start with the action. You’ve got to start with the thought.

THOUGHTS AFFECT OUR EMOTIONS

Dr Alice R. Cullinan did a study in the University where she teaches, regarding the influence of our thought on our emotions and actions.

We do not just get hit by a certain feeling out of the blue. We have thought something first that causes our feelings to be activated. In class just today, I ask them to try something to illustrate this truth. I asked them how they would feel if a person pulled their car onto the path they were travelling, and almost causing a collision.


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Brian Anderson-Payne

commented on Sep 8, 2006

This was a very insightful sermon. I enjoyed reading it.

Wayne Murray

commented on Jan 31, 2009

Very helpful. Excellent message.

J. Allen Lucas

commented on Nov 7, 2014

A great inspirational word.

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